I've been short a computer.. Long story short, I no longer have an available computer to write on. So I'm sneaking around class and school to find time to update. Sorry for the longevity of the wait! I'll try to be better about it!

I'd like to dedicate the chapter to: Alexx'Doee. You're review made me feel so happy inside! Like a little girl on Christmas!

Hope you all enjoy!


She pushed the door open as quickly as she could, forcing herself to press onward. Too late to turn back. Too late to change her mind. She quietly stepped in and shut the door behind her.

"Hello?" She called out daringly.

Suddenly there were footsteps. She heard them as they came down the hall and stopped in front of her. "Oh. Hey Sutton! What are you doing home?" Laurel looked down at the phone in her hand and typed away.

"The better question is why you're not at school." Emma pressed on as she followed her down into the living room. She plopped down on the couch and Emma soon followed.

Laurel shrugged. "Mom and dad left early and I guess I just didn't feel like it. I was going to, but I didn't. Why are you home, Sutton?"

Emma gulped. "Laurel. I'm not Sutton."

Laurel looked up from her phone and gave Emma an odd look. "What?"

Emma sighed and rubbed the bridge of her nose before looking up into Laurel's eyes. "I'm not Sutton... I'm.. Her twin sister, Emma." She saw Laurel shift back slightly and her eyebrows furrowed. "I know it's a lot to take in, but I can explain. Sutton left to California a few months ago to find our real birth mother after we found eachother. I have been subbing in her place since. That's why I was 'acting different' and being nice to you, unlike how Sutton was. At least try to understand?"

Laurel's jaw dropped and she stared at Emma for a few minutes. Her mind seemed to be churning as she struggled to digest. "Wow..."

Emma nodded. "If you don't believe me, ask Mads, Thayer, or even.. Ethan.." The words sounded wounded as she choked them out. "It's all true. I've been in Sutton's place. She came back last night after Ethan got busted at the ranch. I'm sorry I kept it from you, but I just didn't know how to tell you.."

Laurel nodded slightly. "So that's why she was treating me like a total stuck up bitch last night."

Emma couldn't keep down the smirk. "So I'm guessing mom and- I mean Kristen and Ted don't know yet?"

Laurel shook her head. "Not from what I've heard, no."

Nodding, Emma looked down at her folded hands in her lap. "I need to tell them."

She saw Laurel shrug slightly. "Well mom and dad won't be home for a little while. Until then, tell me about you! Where did you come from? How'd you guys find eachother, you and Sutton that is. And did you find your real birth mother? Oh my gosh! This is so cool!"

"Are you sure you don't want me to go with you?" Thayer looked at Emma from where he sat in the driver's seat.

Emma nodded. "Yes. I'm sure. Plus, you have to go to that meeting. I'm not going to keep you from your future. Just... Keep your phone on in case I need you to come get me, okay?"

Thayer nodded at her. "I wouldn't dream it any other way."

Looking up at the door, Emma took a shaking breath. "I don't know if I can do this.."

"You can, and you will. You're strong, Emma. Stronger than any girl I have ever met. I am so proud of you and where you came from. You've gone through so much. You deserve so much better than what you're getting. I believe in you." Thayer reached across the seat and took her hand gently. When she turned to look at him, he met her eyes and gave her a small smile, encouraging her to take the first steps to her future. He saw something akin to relief flood into her eyes along with something else. But all he knew was that looking into thos brown eyes of hers made his own heart feel fuzzy and warm. "Go for it, Superstar."

Emma nodded. "Thank you for everything, Thayer. It really means a lot. More than you could imagine."

Thayer returned her recognition. "No. Thank you Emma Becker. I am so lucky I ever even met you. Now, quit stalling and go get your future back!"

Emma smiled and opened the door, casting him a quick smile of thanks before stepping out of the car and shutting the door. She strutted around the car and up the walk to the door. She paused and turned to him. Their eyes met for a moment before she smiled and pushed open the door.

The Mercer parents came home earlier than expected, but Emma had still managed to tell Laurel everything. Now, the younger Mercer was strutting around the kitchen, helping make dinner, with a stupid grin plastered on her face that could only be decifered as an 'I know something you don't' look.

"Why do you keep smiling like that, honey?" Ted asked his youngest daughter as Emma helped Kristen grab the last of the dishes and place them on the table.

Laurel shrugged. "No reason."

Emma breathed out. She wanted to be the one to tell them. They didn't need to find out through Laurel, if anyone. But it turns out, they won't be learning it from either of them as the front door came open and a voice flooded the house just as the mashed potatoes were being served.

"I'm hoooome!"

It was the voice of Sutton Mercer.

Emma's head shot up and she whirled to see Ted and Kristen looking at eachother confused.

"Did you guys really start dinner withou-" But the Mercer girl was shut up when she walked into the dinner room to see Emma in her spot.

"What is going on." Kristen spat out first.

"I can explain!" Emma blurted out.

Kristen snapped over to her. "Wh- Wh- Who are you people?"

Sutton raised her hand. "I'm Sutton! I swear it!"

"Then who is that!" Kristen pointed to Emma.

Emma gulped. "Hello. My name is Emma Becker. I am Sutton's twin sister. I've been living in her place for a few months."

Ted and Kristen both stared at Emma with mouths gaping.

Sorry about the crappyness of this chapter! I was just not with it today! I'll try really hard to write more when I can. I love you guys! Please leave a review predicting the outcome!:DD