Hallo! So upon re-reading the original chapter I realized things were . . . too messy. (And broken...) So I rewrote it. Since I don't like Keeta at all, I might as well do it this way.
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Anzu was sitting on the couch when the door opened. All was silent as two kids tried to tip-toe their way up to their rooms. She sighed and shook her head, seriously, they should have known by now that mothers' had eyes on the back of their heads. "Stop right there you two." She said softly.
There was a pause in the foot shuffling and Raven and Danny stepped in front of their mother, cheeks lobster red.
Might as well been their hands.
Raven opened her mouth to defend herself but it was Danny that beat her to the punch. "Because, Keeta would have hurt you, Mom. From what Raven says and the old house cleaning people we contacted that lady was really mean, and she has a history of doing some horrible things!"
"And yet Atem wanted to keep this a secret, and he probably had a reason for it."
Raven stood up straight and it didn't take a genius to see that she was gathering her defenses. "It doesn't matter, he should have told the whole world about it the day he found out. I was the one who was hit, I may not remember it sense I was three but I sure as heck want to see her pay for it!"
Anzu sighed and shook her head. She could see where Raven was coming from, she could understand that, but Atem had also told her that he had a reason as to why he never told anyone. "Right now I'm going to wait until your father comes home, then we can talk about it, all right?" she asked.
Raven's shoulders slumped. "Fine." She mumbled.
"Now both of you, homework, table, right now." She said sternly. Raven looked up, ready to fight again but Anzu gave her the same look that made Danny slip into submission. The girl's crimson eyes widened she just as Anzu hoped, they both went to the table.
Anzu sat back down and looked at her watch. 3:45. Two hours until Atem came home; they could work on their homework for that long.
And to the kids' horror, they did just that as much as they begged to have a break. Anzu stayed firm and refused to let them leave. Yes, she was being horrible, in a child's mind, anyway, but Raven and Danny had stepped over line. Way over.
Raven was nervous, and she had a right to be nervous. She knew she'd be in trouble but she expected to be able to ship away at her mother's resolve, and Danny had warned her that his mother wasn't like that. She should have listened to him.
Too late for that but that didn't mean she couldn't get her attack plan ready. For the past two hours she and her brother had been passing notes to each other to discuss their plan.
Only two minutes later the door slammed open and Raven heard her father's angry voice. "Raven!" The two kids got up and were up the stairs in a flash, leaving a blinking Anzu sitting on the couch. She turned to see her husband march in to the living room.
"Hey there, Husband. Want to give me a kiss before you go huff and puff?" Atem turned to her and smiled. He walked over and leaned on the couch as he planted a kiss on her lips.
"How was your day?" he asked when the kiss ended. Anzu sighed and shrugged her shoulders.
"I cleaned for a bit and then I started to unpack a few things and try and make your . . . palace," she said with a teasing tone. "More homely." Atem blinked and leaned a bit closer.
"Is it too much for you?" he asked. "We could find a smaller place." Anzu smiled and patted his cheek tenderly.
"Hush, hush. I was teasing you. Your home is fine love. Besides," she whispered into his ear. "What if our family grows suddenly? We'll need the room." Atem smiled, it was almost shy, which made it all the cuter. She giggled. "Have you forgotten why you came home fifteen minutes early?" Atem blinked before he turned to the stairs.
"Raven." He called out, in a much calmer voice. Raven and Danny peeked over the stair railing. "Come down, please."
"No way! So you can yell at me? As if!" she snapped back. Atem pressed his lips into a thin line.
"All right, then we'll talk like this. Why did you do it?"
"Because she hit me, screw the fact that I can't remember. No one gets away with it these days and Keeta shouldn't be able to get away with it now!"
"You don't even have proof." Atem said exasperatedly. Raven's brows rose.
"I don't?" she said and threw a heavy envelop at her father's feet. "Well, my nanny did." Atem picked it up and opened it. Pictures of large bruises and scratch marks over the innocent body of his baby girl. He felt the air in his lungs leave, very suddenly, leaving him breathless. "I have copies. I'm going to get back at her no matter what and I'm not letting you stop me! Grandpa would agree." She snapped.
"I'm sure he would have but can't you let this go?"
"No! You didn't let it go when Joey broke Grandma's vase." She pointed out primly. Atem sighed and rubbed his temples.
"Raven, can't you see what position this puts me in?"
His daughter glared at him and marched down to stand right in front of him. "You're clean, right?"
"Of course I am, with a few tickets from when I was younger, but that's it."
"Then what are you worried about?"
"Sit down and I'll tell you." He said gently. Raven sat on the couch while Atem sat next to Anzu, Danny took the simple chair. "I made a deal with your Grandpa, that if anything came up, I wouldn't press charges against her."
"What happens if you do?"
"The contract is void and I lose a part of my profits."
Anzu hummed as she thought about her question. "Couldn't you . . . buy the company out?"
"I'd have to. It's the second deal I made with him if the contract does go void. I have this all down on paper, Keeta's mother and Keeta herself cannot have any part in the company."
"So why are you defending her? If the contract is void then you get the diamond mine."
"Raven, think for one second about what would happen if that happened." Anzu nodded, seeing at what he was getting at.
"Keeta will be surviving off of the saved money that she got, and so will her mother. I don't even want to imagine what could come of it. They'd be standing outside our house with guns just waiting to shoot us down."
Danny paled a bit. "Isn't that a bit too much, Mom?"
Atem shook his head. "It's actually not that far off the mark. When I divorced her she sent me threatening emails every day for a year and not to mention she tried to bring a gun into my own company to try and 'kill' me, as she put it."
Raven was twirling her thumbs around as she frowned. "I still want to do the interview. Even if I can't sue her or anything I want to show the world what a monster she really is, and those pictures will help me. If I can't take away what she depends on then I'll give her something that will forever stain her name."
"You're sure you want to do this?" Atem asked, giving in. It was fine that she do the interview, the contract only specified things like lawsuits.
Raven looked him right in the eye and Atem could see a part of himself in her then. His cruel and uncaring side. "Yes. She's not getting away with her deeds. Karma doesn't like it when bad people get off scot free."
Atem turned to his wife who merely shrugged but he could see the cold anger that only a mother could possess. "All right, honey. Just do it carefully, please?" He begged.
Raven smiled and kissed him on the cheek. "Anything for you Daddy."
As far as I can see, this is probably going to get really messy. The other ending would have ended on a funny note and this chapter didn't need funny. More so honesty. (And revenge. *evil giggle*) Ahem, anyway, I hope you enjoyed this chapter and I hope you have fun just imagining the pure chaos that'll probably be present in the next chapter. -.-
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