Erica walked over and sat on the floor in front of me. With tears welling in her eyes, she
said, "I'm really sorry Nick. So was Dad."
I toked again. I looked at her and still didn't get it. So I toked again! I was still confused,
but with each drag, I cared less and less.
"Nick, Mom couldn't have kids," Erica began. "They tried for years. They almost divorced
when they found out Mom was infertile, but they loved each other too much to do that. Dad
kidnapped me, Nick. When I was born."
That called for two more tokes. "Kidnapped? Wow. That's some serious shit, Erica." Puff
Puff. "I can understand why you two wanted to keep it secret." Puff Puff. "But what's all that got
to do with me?"
She took a deep breath and laid it all out. "Nick, you and I are fraternal twins."
I stared into her eyes as she told me this. In a flash, all the strange feelings I had,
suddenly made sense. I could see our connection through her eyes, and for a second I felt like I
was staring at myself. Laurie gasped. Dad lit up a Lady Jane and collapsed on the couch. I toked
yet again. "That's not possible," I said, though I suddenly saw how it was possible. "Mom didn't
have any more kids." I looked at Dad. Did she?"
He shook his head and said nothing.
"She did, Nick. Your dad was at sea when your mom went into labor. She was drugged
and unconscious when she gave birth to us. She never knew she was having twins. No one did!
Dad said it was the perfect setup. He gave you to your mom when she woke up, and he kept me
as his own. Mom and Dad kept me a secret till after you and your parents left."
Dad finally spoke. "So...you're my daughter?" he asked, still very much confused.
Erica stood from the floor and sat next to him on the couch. "I'm sorry, Jerry. Dad fought
with himself about it for years. He hated himself for what he did to you. But...he very much
loved me. When Mom died, he was crushed. He said if it hadn't been for me, he would've died
soon after just from being lonely and heartbroken. He had