A/N: Well, I believe this is the last chapter from me for this story. Showtunediva and I will be collaborating again for a story about Grace's family life with her mother, father, and sisters, as well as a holiday themed fic about Annie, Molly, and their cousins.
Chapter 6: Family shocker
One day in early December, Grace recieved a call from the orphanage.
"Hello?" She said.
"Hi, Mrs. Warbucks. This is Freida from the orphanage and I wanted to inform you that Molly's birth parents contacted us just the other day,"
"Excuse me? I thought they were dead,"
"We did, too, until they contacted us just a few days ago. They would like to speak with you and Mr. Warbucks,"
"They want to work something out with the both of you so they can see Molly on a regular basis,"
"Okay, thank you. Would you give me their information so we can call them?"
Once Grace recieved their information, she made her way to Oliver's office in complete and utter shock.
"What's wrong, darling?" Oliver said to his wife when he saw the expression on her face.
"Freida from the orphange just called. Molly's birth parents are alive and they want to see her,"
Oliver thought about this for a moment and then uttered a simple "No,"
"They gave her up, Grace. Why should they get to see her now?"
"It's the same thing as with Annie's parents, Oliver,"
"No, it's not. Annie's parents left a note. Molly's parents just up and left her. I'm not letting them hurt Molly,"
"They don't have to see her right now. Why don't we talk to them about it and then decide?"
"Decide what, Grace? They left our daughter at the orphanage. They have no right to just waltz back into her life as if nothing happened."
"You haven't even heard what they have to say to us,"
"I don't have to. She's our daughter now, Grace. It's our job to protect her,"
"From her own parents? They want to get to know their daughter, Oliver. I think we should at least listen to what they have to say,"
"Not without a DNA test. I don't want them fooling us into taking Molly and then hurting her,"
"Why on Earth would they want to hurt Molly?"
"I'm the richest man in the world, Grace. If they want money, they can easily kidnap one of the girls and then make us hand over money to get them back,"
Grace nodded, accepting this as a good reason. "Then we'll meet with them alone and go from there,"
"Okay. I guess it wouldn't hurt to hear what they have to say,"
Grace kissed Oliver. "I'll go call them," She left the room and went to call her daughter's birth parents.
Molly's birth parents came over to the Warbucks mansion on Friday while the girls were at school. They arrived around ten in the morning and when Grace answered the door for them, she could see the resembelance between her youngest daughter and them.
"Come on in," She said, trying to swallow the lump in her throat. "It's very nice to meet you both,"
The woman shook Grace's hand. "I'm Nicole and this is Robert," She said, gesturing to her husband.
Grace led them to Oliver's office and they all took seats. Nicole noticed a picture of the girls on Oliver's desk and gasped.
"Oh, my. Is that her? She's so grown up,"
Grace nodded. "Why did you abandon her like that?"
Nicole nodded. "We left her at the orphanage for a reason. I hope you two know that we never abandoned her, we simply took her when she was asleep. We had to do it, we were running out of money and we were about to be kicked out of our house. I didn't want my little girl growing up on the streets,"
"Didn't you have any relatives?" Oliver asked
Robert shook his head. "Not nearby. We knew she would be taken in to a loving home,"
"What exactly are you hoping for, as far as seeing her?" Oliver asked.
"We're hoping to get to see her at least once, so we can explain everything to her. If you're comfortable with it, we would also like to have visitation rights,"
"She thinks you both are dead. I don't know if it's alright that she knows that you're not," Grace said. "She's really sensitive,"
"I have no doubt that she is, but she's still our daughter," Nicole said. "We're not asking for much,"
Grace looked at Oliver. "I suppose that it's alright if you speak to her once,"
Nicole smiled. "Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Warbucks,"
"The girls will be getting home around three. Do you want to stay around and talk to her after school?"
"I suppose so," Nicole said.
The rest of the day, Oliver and Grace got to know their daughter's parents and told them what they had missed out on. Grace hoped her daughter would take the news that her parents were still alive well.
When the girls got home from school, Grace met them in the foyer.
"Hi, girls. How was your day?"
"Good," Annie said, hugging her mother tightly.
"Mine too," Molly said.
"That's wonderful. Molly, sweetie, your father and I want you to meet some people,"
"Come with me, sweetie," She led her to where Nicole and Robert were. She knelt down on the ground in frotn ot Molly. "Sweetheart, a few days ago I got a call from the orphanage saying that your birth parents are still alive. This is them," She said.
Molly looked at Nicole and Robert, shocked. "Hello," She said, feeling a million emotions rush through her.
"Hi, sweetheart," Nicole said. "I bet that you're wondering why we left you at the orphnage, huh?"
"Well, darling, we didn't have much money and we didn't want you growing up on the streets. We wanted you to have a wonderful life, a good education, all things that we couldn't provide for you at the time,"
"I thought you were dead," Molly said, an icy tone in her voice, one Grace had never heard from her before. She was starting to doubt if this was a good idea.
"I know, honey, and we're sorry. We never thought you would be mad,"
Tears started to well in Molly's eyes. "I woke up one morning to find my Mommy and Daddy were dead and now I find out they're not? Of course I'm mad!"
Grace pulled her daughter into her lap and started to rub her back. "I think you two should go," She said, as Molly buried her face into Grace's neck. Nicole and Robert left the office.
"Were they really my Mommy and Daddy?" Molly asked.
Grace nodded. "I'm sorry, baby. You never have to see them again if you don't want to,"
"Okay, baby girl,"
Oliver came into the office and noticed that his youngest daughter was in tears. "I'm sorry, sweetheart," He said. "They wanted to explain everything to you,"
"They left me at the orphanage. You and Mommy aren't ever going to do that, right?"
"Oh, sweetheart, of course not. You and your sister mean the world to us. We would never leave you like that,"
Molly nodded and ledt to go start on her homework.
Oliver sighed. "This is exactly what I didn't want happening,"
"At least we know how she feels about it all. I'd feel like we were lying if we didn't tell her about them,"
"We'd be protecting her feelings,"
"But it's right for her to know, Oliver," Grace said.
"She's only eleven, Grace. She doesn't need to know that she was abandoned by her parents and that they lied to her,"
"When are we supposed to tell her, Oliver?"
"Never. She doesn't need to know. It's irrelevant,"
"What if she wanted to get to know them? If she can, she should be able to choose for her self,"
"So? She's old enough to make decisions for herself,"
There was a knock at Oliver's office door. Annie peeked her head in.
"Come in, sweetheart," Grace said.
"Who were those people that just left and why was Molly crying?"
Grace sighed. "They were Molly's birth parents. She got mad at them and that's why she's crying,"
Annie nodded. "I thought her birth parents were dead,"
"They're not and they wanted to see her."
"So, if they weren't dead, why did she go to the orphanage?"
"Same reason as you, honey. But they pretended they were dead and that's what's got Molly so upset,"
"Wow. I never expected this to happen,"
Grace chuckled. "Me neither, sweetheart. I just hope your sister will be okay,"
"I'll go talk to her," Annie said, going upstairs. Oliver looked at Grace.
"What are we going to do about this?" He asked.
"We just have to let it run its course. We can talk to Molly about how she feels abou this, but, Oliver, she's mad at her birth parents and there's nothing we can do to fix that,"
Oliver nodded, kissing Grace's temple. "We'll get through this,"
"I know we will. We always do,"
Molly was very upset for the rest of the night. Oliver was angry at himself for letting Nicole and Robert see her, but he knew deep down it was the right thing for them to do. When Grace went to go check on the girls before she went to bed, Molly was still awake.
"Sweetheart, what are you still doing up?" Grace said from the doorway.
"I'm thinking about my Daddy and Mommy,"
Grace came and sat on her youngest daughter's bed. "Are you still mad?"
Molly nodded slowly. "But I feel wrong for being mad, because if they hadn't left me, I'd never had met you or Daddy or Annie. So, I'm mad at them for leaving me, but I'm also thankful because I got to meet you and live with you,"
Grace hugged her daughter. "I know what you mean, sweetheart. It's okay to be mad at them, you know. They shouldn't have lied about being dead,"
Molly nodded. "But I feel so confused about it,"
"I know, baby. We can talk about it in the morning. It's time for bed right now, sweetheart," She kissed Molly's forehead and settled her under the covers.
"I love you, Mama," Molly said.
"I love you, too, my sweet little girl,"
Oliver, Grace, and Molly talked about everything in the morning and Molly confessed that she was really guilty for the way she reacted to everything the precious day. She said she wanted to meet with her birth parents again and explain everything to them from her point of view. Grace was proud of Molly for being so mature about this whole situation, as was Oliver. It just showed the both of them how grown up the girls had gotten over the four years they'd been adopted. Grace loved her daughters so much and was so glad Molly could be able to get to know a little about where she came from. Nicole and Robert agreed not to overwhelm Molly too mcuh and see her once every six months. Grace wanted Molly to be apart of their family, as well as her birth family. Molly thought of her birth parents as a distant aunt and uncle who just happened to be where she came from. She still loved Oliver and Grace as much as she did before, but now she had even more of a family to interact with.