Jessie and Go stood with their backs to the fence in the yard of the Manly household. Both had sodas in their hands and watched as the oldest sibling in the family, Alannah, was working the grill. The pair met her and the rest of Hunters family a few days ago. Alannah was the head of the household and in her mid twenties. She was the only of the four with black hair which made Jessie assume that she dyed it. Alannah had a few tattoos and piercings and it was easy to guess that once she was the rebellious one of the Manly children, until fate made it so that she would have to look after the family. The other daughters included Britney, the middle sister, who had just turned twenty. The youngest of the girls and the baby of the family was Rosemary, who was thirteen.
Go was curious as to what happened to the parents but held his questions while Jessie was aware of their situation. The Guard, or rather a portion of the Guard, looked a bit deeper into their Hunter’s background than some of the other new teammates. Hunter had tried out for a spot in the government sponsored team Division-1, that made the team anxious. As it did with Eartha and Erica who had both been attempted recruits.
Jessie reflected on the family situations of the parents, both having passed in a terrible situation. Alannah took on raising the family with the money left to them by insurance and support of grandparents plus working part time. Jessie could see she took her role seriously. This made her think about the families of her teammates that were met with tragedy. Sally, her partner and dear friend, lost her parents after arriving to Earth. Antoine lost his mother in a car crash. Reed’s father dead and mother frail in the explosion that gave him his powers. Araminta’s adoptive parents were murdered by the cult who was involved in her birth. Aamil’s parental situation, some would be surprised he does as well as he does. Jessie was not, Aamil was a strong one.
Jessie then spied a look over at Go, family divorced and now living in Long Beach, California with his mom and some of her family. Pearls parents and Arturo’s parents were divorced as well. Frank’s parents were never married, breaking up when him and his sister were young. She thought about that. How her parents had an on and off relationship for years-her sister Lucita being her half sister. It was a combination of her status as a hero, Sally needing a new family, and her parents own issues and loneliness that brought them back together. It was an open relationship and that annoyed Jessie to some degree but she was lucky. As was Elijah and Eartha. Well, Eartha’s father was actually her step dad but she lived in a two parent household. April and Erica’s parents were also still together, but both were rejected. April for being who she is rather than the Adam O’Conner they wanted her to be. Erica, her parents just did not want to deal with having a superhuman (or rather magically inclined) daughter.
“Deep in thought?” asked Go.
“Yes I am. You?”
“Was. Then decided to try and focus my brain power on how good the food will taste.”
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