A/N I DO NOT OWN ANYTHING! Yay! I'm back with another Kris and Matt one shot. This was takes place around the end of season 3 but there was no illegal match race.
Summary: Kris's life with Matt is perfect. When she least expects it Jace returns and he's brought not only her mother but her father as well. How will Kris handle it? What if they want Kris to go live with them? Will she go? Can Matt help her through it all?
Kris Furillo laughed as she raced through the trail on her horse, but also best friend, Wildfire. She had her boyfriend Matt Ritter on his horse Taz racing behind her. They both laughed as they finally made it back to the house bringing their horses to a slow walk.
"Told you, I'd always beat you. Wildfire is a racing champ you can't beat that." Kris smirked.
"One of these days, Kris, I'm going to beat you. Just you want and see, one of these days I'll beat you." Matt told her.
"Yeah in your dreams." She mocked.
"Don't make me punish you." He threatened playfully.
They both just laughed.
A white beat up car pulled up and Kris couldn't help but gasp. "No, he can't be back."
The car stopped and turned off. Kris's brother Jace got out of the car.
"Hey, Sis, miss me?" he asked.
"Um….I don't know, you haven't been gone that long. What are you even doing here?"
"Can't a guy come to visit his baby sister?"
"Most guys can, but there is always something with you Jace, so spill, why are you here?"
"Well…I know you didn't want to go see dad, because you didn't want to leave the Ritter's so…"
Kris gasped as she saw the other door open to the car. She knew what Jace had done. She pulled the reins on Wildfire backwards and he took an involuntary step back.
"…I brought dad to you."
"Hello, Kris, it's good to see you again." Her father said.
Her father was about 5'9 with black hair and green eyes. He had a beard that was unshaved and wore a black shirt with jeans.
"Wish I could say the same." Kris said. "Jace, how could you do this to me? You know how I felt about dad. Why would you bring him here?"
"I told you, Kris, I'm going to fix out family. In order to do that, you have to be here."
"What about Mom? She's in the family too. I don't see her."
"The door opened and Barbara walked out "Hi Krissy!"
"Oh my….Jace, you….I can't believe you did this to me." Kris said.
"Mom and I have both been here before, now it's time for dad." Jace said.
"Jace, I'm not going back with you. This is my home, this is where I belong."
"These people aren't your family. These people pity you so they're nice to you."
"Hold on, I love Kris, yeah I feel bad she had to grow up in the environment that she did but that's not why I'm her friend. Don't you dare stand there and judge me or my family because we've done more for Kris than any of you and we did it without breaking the law."
"Yeah, we're done with all that breaking the law stuff. We're good people now." Jace said.
"That's what you said last time you came and then you stole Junior's car and used it in a street race." Kris said.
"Yeah, but now I really mean it."
Kris shook her head. "I don't believe you."
"Believe it, Kris. We're going to be a family again. This time we're going to do it right." Her father said.
"Why should I listen to a word that comes out of your mouth? You just left me to take care of mom all by myself. I had no help from anyone."
"I was going to get you help."
"Yeah? You left when I was three years old, I'm 18. I think you're a little late. Why did it take so long?"
"It wasn't easy finding help, by the time I got back you and your mother had already left."
Kris shook her head. "You're lying! Now listen and listen good, I don't want to be a part of your family! I'm already a part of a family and they care more about me than you do. So leave me alone and don't come back."
"We're not going anywhere, Kris. Not until you agree to come with us."
"Actually, you are. This is my property and you're trespassing. Now either you leave right now or I'll have the police remove you." Matt said.
Kris was physically shaking and her breathing was getting harder and harder. Matt knew if he didn't do something soon she would have some kind of panic attack.
"We're staying at a hotel down the street. Don't think this is over Kris, we will be back." Her father said.
They all got back in the car and drove away. Matt got off Taz and went over to Kris.
"Are you ok?" he asked.
"I can't….I can't stop shaking, Matt." She whispered.
"It's ok, you're safe. Let's get you down from there."
"I'm so…so shaky, what…what if I…I fall?"
"You won't I'm right here to help you. Come here, Kris."
Kris carefully and slowly lifted her leg over to the other side and allowed Matt to help her slide down. She was even shakier off the horse; she could hardly keep herself standing. Matt kissed her forehead. "It's ok, you're safe."
Two ranch hands came over and took Wildfire and Taz away. Matt wrapped Kris tightly in his arms and led her back to the house.
He went into the house and into the living room. He set Kris down on the couch. He kissed her head one more time. Then he got up and went in search of his mom and Pablo.
Jean came running from downstairs, Pablo was behind her.
"Matt, Honey, what's the matter?"
"I need your help, its Kris. I think she's having a panic attack or something."
They all ran back into the living room to see Kris on the couching shaking and breathing very heavy, almost panting. Pablo went over to her. He put his hand on her heart.
"Her heart is racing, her breathing hard and shaking; these are all signs of having a panic attack. What happen?" Pablo asked as he put his hand on her forehead and the back of her next.
"Her brother came back, only this time he brought along Kris's mother and father."
"Her father was here?" Pablo asked
"Where is Wildfire?"
"In his stall…why?"
"Matt, if you want to help Kris, you need to do as I say. Now grab Kris and follow me."
Pablo got up and rushed outside. Matt went over to Kris and lifted her back up and led her back out. Jean followed behind him. He took her over to the stables. Pablo was standing there with Wildfire.
"Matt, let Kris go, and come stand over here by me. Jean you too."
Matt did as Pablo said. He and Jean went over and stood next to him. Pablo took Wildfire off his leash.
"What are you doing? He's going to run away." Matt said.
"No, just watch."
Wildfire went over to Kris and put his nose to her cheek. To their surprise Kris wrapped her arms around Wildfire's neck. Wildfire wrapped his head around her, almost as if he was protecting her from any harm.
"Wow…" Matt said.
Pablo smiled and nodded. "This happen once when she was at Camp Lagrange. He father came to see her and she flipped out, Wildfire was the only one who could calm her down and take her out of her shock."
"I always knew they had a special connection but this….this is amazing." Jean said.
"Why is Wildfire so protective of her?" Matt asked.
"To Wildfire, Kris is one of his own, his child…or foul sort of speak. He'd do anything to keep her safe and keep her feeling safe." Pablo explained. "They've always been like that, since they very first time she rode him."
"Now, when Kris is calm enough, she'll come back over here to us, but she won't be speaking a lot. That's normal. Also be careful on what you say to her. If she feels the need to, she will pull herself back into this state of shock."
Jean and Matt nodded.
After a couple minute Kris pulled away and gave Wildfire a kiss on the nose. "Good boy. Thank you."
Just like a trained dog Wildfire turned and went back into his stall. Kris went over to the others.
"Thank you, Pablo." She said softly.
"You're welcome. Let's go back inside."
She nodded. Matt wrapped his arms around her and they all went back inside…after closing Wildfire's stall door of course.
They went back into the living room and sat down on the couch. Kris cuddled into Matt's side he held her close. Jean sat on the coffee table in front of them.
"Kris, do you want to talk about? You can if you want to, don't be scared of hurting our feelings." Jean said.
"I…" Kris started slowly and softly. "I…I don't want to….to go with them. I want…I want to stay….to stay here."
"We want you to stay here too, Honey. We love having you here."
"What…what if they…they take me….what if they take me away?"
"Honey, you're 18 years old now. You're legally an adult, they have no say in where you live or what you do. So they can't take you away, if they do it's considered kidnapping."
Kris just sighed and cuddled closer to Matt. He hugged her closer. "I'm right here, you're safe. Nobody is going to take you anywhere. I promise." He kissed the top of her head.
"I love you."
"I love you too."
They kissed softly on the lips.
"Kris, you're a part of this family, we're going to make sure that you stay here. I promise." Jean said.
Kris nodded. Jean kissed her head and left her alone with Matt. Kris was never a clingy girl but today she seemed very cling and honestly…Matt was ok with it. A small part of him actually liked it.
The next morning Kris was on the track with Wildfire. Matt was on the side with the timer.
"The race is on Saturday, his times are already amazing, but let's see if we can make them better." Matt said.
"Let's do it." She smiled.
After a lot of cuddling and a good night sleep Kris woke up feeling better.
"Ok, ready and…..go!"
Matt hit the timer and the starting gates opened and Kris took off on Wildfire. There was nothing that made her feel better than riding on Wildfire. It was her true escape from life.
She made it back to the gate and Matt chuckled. "You're amazing."
She laughed. "Yeah, I am aren't I?" she teased. "But, I think I deserve a little reward for doing so well."
"A reward huh?" He climbed over to fence and walked over to her. "I think I can manage that."
She leaned down and they were just about to kiss when
HONK! HONK! HONK!
The sound of a car honking spooked Wildfire causing him to rear up and Kris to fall off; luckily Matt had been close and caught her with ease.
"Are you all right?" he asked.
"I'm fine, who did that?" she asked.
She and Matt calmed Wildfire down. "It's ok, Buddy, you're ok. That wasn't Junior was it?" Kris asked.
"No, Junior, now, knows better than to honk like that, especially when you're on Wildfire. He knows Cars scare Wildfire."
"So then who was it?"
Matt sighed. "You really don't want to know."
Kris groaned at the voice. She looked to the fence to see Jace standing there again. Kris sighed. "What did you want, Jace? I'm working."
"I came to see if you thought anymore on my offer."
"Yeah, I did."
"And….it's never going to happen! I'm never going to leave here to live with your mom and dad, ok I'm just not!"
"Why not? These people are not your family! You're nothing to them, you're just an employee."
"You have no idea what you're talking about. The Ritter's love me; I'm a part of their family. I have been for a very long time."
"Oh yeah? What do you think would happen if you stopped working for them? What do you think they'd do if you stopped riding Wildfire in big races, how would they feel if you stopped winning them loads of cash?"
"Stop, you do not get to come here and talk to my girlfriend like that. She may be your sister but she's my girlfriend and I will not allow you to fill her head with lies and doubt mine and my family's love for her." Matt said. "She is way more than an employee, she's my world, my life….my everything. She always has been."
"Oh please, you sound like a cheesy romance novel." Jace laughed.
"Look, either you leave now, or I'll call the police." Matt growled.
"You keep threatening that, yet you never follow through."
Matt just shrugged. He reached into his pocket and pushed three buttons. Then he put it to his ear.
"Hello? Yes, there is a man on my property; he's harassing myself and my girlfriend….."
Jace didn't wait to hear the rest he took off running. Matt chuckled. "Sorry, Junior, just had to scare someone, I'll talk to you later."
He hung up and looked to Kris. "Are you all right?"
She shrugged softly. "How did you do that?"
"You only hit three buttons, how did you call Junior?"
Matt chuckled. "Contacts, J, send. Three buttons could have all been 911."
Kris gave a small smile. "That was smart."
"Thank you. Now, are you ok?"
Again she shrugged.
"I've got an idea, get back on Wildfire."
"Matt, I can't run right now."
"I know, you won't be running just trust me."
Kris nodded and got back on Wildfire. Matt grabbed his leash and led him off the track and down the road. There was something about that motion that made Kris feel very relaxed and calm. She smiled softly when she realized that it had all been part of Matt's plan.
They made it to the hot springs and Matt tied Wildfire to a tree and took Kris over to the springs to put her feet in. Kris relaxed in his hold.
"Matt…can I…if I tell you something will you keep it just between us? You won't tell anyone, not even Junior?"
"Of course, not even my mom will know."
Kris sighed and let out a deep breath. "I normally tell people that my dad left before I was born but…that isn't the full truth. He was around till I was about 3 or 4 years old."
Matt kissed the back of her head encouraging her to continue. She hardly ever spoke about her past before RainTree so he wasn't going to try and stop her from finally opening up and trusting him.
"But, also, from the day I was born till he left, I was physically and mentally abused by him. So was my mother, that's why she got hooked on pills, she used to tell me they made her boo-boos stop hurting her. Then once she became an addict, my dad didn't want to take care of her so he left, he took Jace with him and he left. I can't go back to that life, Matt. I just…I can't go back to that girl."
"Kris, how do you know it would be the same life? Maybe they all changed, you changed, how do you know they haven't?"
"I don't want to go with them, and then find out the hard way that they haven't changed, Matt. I just…I can't do that to myself again."
"What if we could find out before?"
"What do you mean?"
"How would you feel about setting them up?"
Kris turned in his arms to look at him. "What are you talking about?"
"We will have them over for dinner, through the night we will set a trap for each of them, to see if they'll fall back into their old habits. If they do you'll know they haven't changed, if they have, then maybe you could consider giving them a chance, I'm not saying you'd have to leave here but at least let them back into your life."
Kris nodded. "I like that, that's a good idea…but….can I ask one request."
"Sure what is it?"
"Can we leave Wildfire in the paddock? I just want him close in case something goes wrong."
Matt smiled. "Of course."
He kissed her head and they spent the next few minutes relaxing, before heading back to the house. They had quickly gotten everyone else involved in the plan, Junior, Todd, Jean, and even Pablo. They had all agreed to it and agreed to play their part to help with the plan.
"Ok, so we got your mom and your brother set, how do we trap your father?" Matt asked.
"I just have to test his anger, if he snaps and tries to hit someone or even hit the table then he hasn't changed at all."
Matt nodded. "I'm not going to let him hit you, that's a promise."
"I know, I believe you."
They kissed passionately on the lips. The plan was set, now they just had to put their plan into action. They would have the answers soon enough.
The night of the dinner Kris was shaking, a part of her wanted everything to go wrong, she wanted her parents and Jace to be lying to her, but the other part of her was really hoping they had changed, that maybe she could allow them back into her life.
She was pulled from her thoughts by Matt.
"Are you ok?" he asked.
"Nervous, but I'm all right."
"I have Wildfire all ready in the paddock. If at any time you start to have that scared feeling and you need him just say 'Wildfire' and I'll take you to him."
Kris nodded. "Matt, what if they really have changed?"
"That's good, right?"
Kris shrugged. "Even if they have changed, I still wouldn't want to leave with them. I belong here, I feel safe here, I fit in here."
"Nobody says you do have to leave. If they really have changed, that's great, you allow them into your life. Meaning you go shopping and have a girls day with your mom, you can invite them to watch you race, you can go see a movie with them, little things, that involve them in your life, yet you still come back home here where you belong."
Kris smiled and nodded. "You make it sound so easy."
Matt chuckled. "It is easy."
He kissed her forehead. Just then there was a knock at the door.
"Are you ready?"
"As I'll ever be."
He took her hand and squeezed it. Jean, Pablo, Barb, Jace, and her father walked into the dining room, where they table have already been set.
"Have a seat, dinner will be ready shortly. Can I offer you anything to drink?" Jean said nicely.
"Just water is fine, thank you." Jace answered politely.
"Same for me." Her father said.
"I'll have a soda if you have any." Barb answered.
"Coming right up."
Jean went into the kitchen. Kris followed behind her.
"Can I help?" she asked.
Jean chuckled. "Normally I'd say yes, but I know you're only offering because you don't want to be at that table."
Kris smiled softly and nodded.
"Go sit, I'll be along in just a minute."
Kris nodded and went back to the table. She took a seat next to Matt and Pablo.
"SO, Kris, Jace tells me you're a jockey now?" her father said.
"Yeah, I love it." Kris nodded. "Wildfire and I make the best team, but I just love racing on any horse."
"I'm kind of surprised Wildfire is still alive." Barb said.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Kris asked.
"Well….he's old….isn't he?"
"He's a very fit horse. He's a got a lot of races left in him."
"I'm sorry, my mistake."
Kris just shook it off.
"Why Wildfire, what made him so different from the other horses?" her father asked.
Kris just smiled. "I honestly can't explain it, I just….since the very first time I road on him, I felt this connection to him and we just have this bond….it's hard to explain. A good friend of my mine once explained it as having a wire with someone."
Nobody said anything.
"Wildfire was the first horse Kris bonded with. She learned to ride on Wildfire and she's been a pro ever since. Wildfire was actually who helped Kris come out of her shell a little bit, from when I first met her." Pablo explained. "She never let anyone get close to her, Wildfire was the first."
"When she was in jail?" her father asked.
Kris flinched. Matt reached under the table and gave her knee a squeeze.
"I like to think of it as a juvenile detention center." Pablo explained. "I honestly believe, Kris is a good kid, she just didn't have the best role models growing up."
Jean came back in with the drinks and handed everyone there drinks. "Dinner will be ready is just a moment."
Then she walked back out.
"More like she wasn't the best behaved child." Her father muttered.
Matt growled when he heard that but didn't respond to it.
"So, Pablo, you taught Kris everything she knows about riding?" Jace asked.
"I taught her the basics. Matt taught her the most."
"He's being modest. He taught me almost everything I know." Kris smiled.
Jean came in carrying a few plates of food. She set them down in the middle of the table. "Everyone help yourself."
Jean took a seat on the other side of Pablo.
Everyone had some food and started to eat. "So, Jean, how did you manage to handle my troubled daughter? She was a handful as a child I'm sure as a teenager, just out of jail, I'm sure she wasn't much better." Kris's father said.
"Actually, Kris was very mannered, and polite, when she first got here. But to be honest, the thing that made me want to keep her here is her love for horses. She was risked her own freedom just to save Wildfire was being killed.
"Yeah, I saw that on the news. Pretty crazy."
"So, Jean, I remember you having a younger son, when I was here last." Barb said.
"Yeah, where is Todd?" Jace asked.
"Oh, he's having dinner at a friend's house; he should be home real soon." Jean said.
It was all part of their master plan. Like clockwork Todd walked in through the back door.
"There he is now, Todd, come say hello. This is Kris's mom and dad."
He looked at them and smiled nicely. "Hello, nice to meet you."
"Why don't you come join us?" Jace offered.
"No thank you, I just ate."
"Did you remember to take your pills?" Jean asked.
"No, I didn't bring any with me. I'll take them now."
Todd went into the kitchen cabinet and grabbed a bottle of pills. He opened it and pretended to pop one into his mouth, but really dropped it right back into the bottle. He left it sitting open on the counter.
"Pills, what for?" Barb asked.
"He's got a heart condition." Jean explained.
"Oh, I see."
"May I go to my room now?" Todd asked.
"Come on, at least come to talk. I thought we were buddies." Jace said.
"We were, and then I heard what you said to Kris before you left. Now I don't like you."
"You heard that?" Kris asked.
Todd nodded. "He hurt you and anyone who hurts you is not my friend."
With that he walked away.
"Was that part of the plan?" Pablo whispered to Kris.
"No," she whispered back. "That was real."
"Well, if it helps your mother hasn't taken her eyes off the bottle since Todd took them out."
Kris nodded. "I noticed that."
Just then there was a knock at the back door.
"That'll be Junior." Matt said.
"He that dude with the Porche right?" Jace asked.
"Yeah, needless to say he doesn't like you either." Kris said.
Jace shrugged. "I only borrowed it. I returned it without a scratch."
Kris just shook her head.
Matt got up and answered the door.
"Hey, Junior thanks for coming."
"No problem, sorry I'm so late."
"It's fine, come on in."
Junior walked inside. "I'm going to use the restroom real fast. I'll just leave my keys here on the counter."
Junior walked down the hall and to the bathroom. Matt went to sit back down. Jace eyed the key, Barb still hadn't taken her eyes of the bottle of pills.
"I think I left my cell phone out in the car. I'll be right back." Jace said.
He got up and went outside. Junior returned and sat in the open seat next to Matt.
"I need to use the restroom, Excuse me." Barb said.
She got up and walked down the hall to the bathroom.
"So, you're Junior, I've heard a lot about you from my son." Kris's father said.
"All lies I'm sure." Junior said.
"Actually, he said you were a very handsome, rich, guy who had a thing for my daughter."
"Ok, maybe not everything was a lie." He muttered.
Junior, Kris, and Matt looked awkwardly at each other.
"Are you a horse's man?"
"Honestly, I didn't used to be, but now I am, I'm actually helping my father with the family business."
"What changed your mind?"
"I honestly, don't know, if I had to guess I'd think it was Kris and Wildfire but I'm not too sure."
"I'm not a horses man myself, come to think of it, I'm not much of an animal person either."
"That's a surprise; your daughter is a natural on horses. I assumed she got it from her family." Junior said.
"Oh no, not me. I don't understand the big deal, I mean they're like little tiny robots, they're programmed to act, feel, and even think, the way they do. They have no minds of their own."
"That's not true! Every horse is unique their own way just like people." Kris growled.
"Oh please, Kris, you've been telling me that since you were a kid. You're not going to make me change my mind now."
"Well then I guess this dinner is over because I refuse to sit here and listen to talk about horses like they're computers. Wildfire is my best friend in the entire world and he helped me through the darkest time of my life, if he didn't have a mind of his own he never would have come to help me the way he did. So shut up and get out of this house!" Kris said.
She and her father both stood up. She went to walk away when her father grabbed her by the wrist and pulled her back. She hit the corner of the table making it shake and some of the glasses break.
"You little brat you do not talk to me that way! You're still the same useless, pathetic, piece of trash, you've always been. You're the biggest mistake of my entire life. I don't feel guilty about beating you as a child nor will I feel back about doing it now."
He raised his hand up….Kris covered her face with her hands….but the blow never came. She removed her hands and saw Matt, Junior, Pablo, even Jean, had grabbed his wrist.
"Kris is right, this dinner is over. You get out of this house, right now, and don't you dare ever think of coming back." Pablo said.
Just then Todd came back inside dragging Barb. "Caught her going through out medicine cabinet." He explained.
Dani came walking through the door with Jace behind her. "He tried to hotwire the porch and drive away in it."
"None of you have changed, you're still the same people you were when I was kid. I'm not going back to you. I don't want to ever see any of you again." Kris said.
"Fine, we haven't changed. But we're your family, Kris. When things go wrong and Wildfire doesn't race anymore, or you stop racing for the, you'll end up on the streets and guess what, we will be watching from our home laughing at you."
Matt wrapped his arm around Kris's waist and pulled her into his side. "Kris is our family. We will never send her to the streets. We love her; we care about her, that's a lot more than I can say for you three. Especially you Jace, you knew your sister didn't want to see your father and you bring him here just to upset her. A real brother would respect Kris's choices not to see her father and a real brother would never have brought her father to see her without her consent."
"As far as I'm concerned, we're Kris's real family. Now we may not share her blood, but that doesn't matter to any of us. Kris is our family in every way that counts. You have no right to stand there and tell us that we're not her family, because we done a lot more for her than you have. We've been there for her through more than you have." Jean said. She went to stand on the other side of Kris and wrapped an arm around her shoulder.
"You can't call yourself a father when you treat your daughter like a piece of trash and verbally and physically abuse her. That's not a father, that's a monster. A real father is someone like me, who helps their child when they're in need, who gives them shelter, food, water, and but most importantly love. That's what the Ritter's and I have all given Kris since the second we met her." Pablo said. He moved to stand behind Kris and put a hand on her shoulder.
Junior and Dani moved to stand next to Matt as they both nodded their heads in agreement. Todd looked to the three of them. He moved to stand in front of Kris, almost as if his protector. "We certainly don't judge her by her past mistake and we don't always remind her that she was in jail before, we don't treat her like a criminal. Kris has come so far since then and we love her, she's the big sister I never had and I love her like I love Matt, she's my best friend and my big sister, you three had hurt her enough so either you get out of this house, or I'll send Wildfire after you, and you should know Wildfire is way more protective of Kris than any of us."
As if on Cue they heard Wildfire neigh in the distance. The three of them looked to each other and rushed out the door.
"AND DON'T TOUCH MY PROCH OR I WILL FILE CHARGES!" Junior yelled after them.
They heard a car drive away and everyone sighed. They were finally gone. Kris's knees gave out from under her but Matt just held her tighter to keep her up. She let the tears fill her eyes and slid down her cheeks. "Thank you so much everyone. I love you all too."
They all shared a group hug as Kris cried tears of happiness.
She stopped and everyone pulled apart.
"Are you ok now?" Todd asked.
"I'm fine, Thanks." Kris smiled.
Todd smiled and nodded. "Anything for my big sister."
Kris giggled at the sound of that and ruffled his hair. He chuckled and rushed back to his room.
"Kris, there is something, Jean and I have been wanting to talk to you about." Pablo said.
"Um…ok…whatever it is….Matt made me do it."
"Hey!" Matt laughed and poked her stomach making her giggle and jerk away.
Jean and Pablo laughed.
"No, no, no one is in trouble. Kris, you're 18 now so technically you don't have a legal guardian anymore, yet, should anything happen to you, my name is on the papers as such." Pablo said.
"Jean and I have been discussing it and we both feel that we should take my name off that paper and make it so I'm not your legal guardian."
"Wha-what? Why? Did I do something wrong?" Kris asked panicked. "I haven't stolen any cars or horses or anything like that. I swear!"
Jean and Pablo laughed. "No, we want to take my name off that paper so we can put it on the other paper under Jean's name….the paper in which you become our daughter…."
Kris gasped as her eyes filled with tears. "You want to adopt me?"
They both nodded. "We love you, Kris, and we'd love nothing more than to be your mom and dad."
"Yes! Yes! Yes!" she cried. She hugged them both and cried into their shoulders. "I love you both soo much too. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
After a tight hug Jean and Pablo pulled back. "We're going to make some phone calls."
They linked hands and walked out.
"I better go home too; will you be ok getting home?" Dani asked Junior.
"Yeah, I've got my porch."
"All right see you at home. Bye Kris, bye Matt."
Dani walked out.
"You played your part of the plan well tonight." Matt said.
"Thanks, although I did think he'd grab the keys." Junior said.
"It would be too obvious." Kris said. "Thank you, Junior, you really helped us out tonight."
"Anytime, I may not be happy about the two of you being together but I'd never make you go with people who don't care about you." Junior said.
"Speaking of which, did we ever tell you how sorry we were about keeping the truth from you?" Matt asked. "You know, we wanted to tell you, but you had just lost RJ and we didn't want to make you feel worse….but we should have just been open and honest about it. We're sorry."
"I am too, I was angry, but most of my anger was towards losing RJ so are we friends?" Junior asked.
They shared a hug and pulled away.
"Awwww see I knew you guys would kiss and make up." She teased.
"We didn't kiss, we just made up." Junior said.
"Oh please, I saw those lips touch." She teased again.
"Watch it, Kris, you're asking for trouble." Matt told her.
"I'm just telling the truth." She smirked.
"Oh…you want the truth? OK, I'll give you the truth." Matt said with a smirk. "The truth is….you are….extremely ticklish!"
"Whoa, whoa, wait, since when?" Junior asked.
Matt laughed. "Since always, I actually figured it out when I was with Gillian."
"The water gun thing?" he asked.
Matt laughed and nodded. "So, shall we tickle Kris?"
"Oh we shall."
Kris squealed and took off running. They chased after her. Kris ran into the barn and grabbed the hose. They guys reached her but stopped as she aimed it at them.
"Come any closer and I'll turn this water on." She warned.
"Go ahead, we don't care." Matt said inching closer to her. "You're still going to be tickled.
"You can't touch me as long as I have this hose."
"Want to bet?"
"Careful, betting is a dangerous game." Kris teased again.
Kris expected him to respond but instead he lunged at her. She squealed and quickly turned the water on, she felt Junior behind her prying her hands from the hose and pinning her arms behind her back as Matt wrestled the hose from her hands.
Once Junior had her pinned Matt turned off the hose and attacked her sides and stomach. She screamed in laughter and dropped to the floor. "Stop! Stop!"
"Should we stop, Junior?" Matt asked
"Nope, let's find her most ticklish spot." Junior answered.
"Oh, I already know where it is. Lift her arm up
"No! No!" Kris cried out in giggles as she squirmed around on the ground. Junior lifted her arm up over her head. She screamed and laughed harder when Matt moved to her armpits. Her laughter turned mute as she choked out "Stop…please….can't…..breathe!"
Matt chuckled and stopped. "Now you have to say sorry for teasing us."
"I'm sorry….for teasing….you." she panted.
Junior chuckled. "You know, Kris, this all could have been avoided, if you had gone with your mom and dad and brother."
"You're right. It could have." She said as they all stood up. She smiled at them both and said "But I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world."
They all shared a hug. They may not have shared her DNA nor had the same blood type, but they were her true family.
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