Sins of the Child
Multi-Chapter, On-Going Story
Rating: Eventually R at least
Chapters 8: 4,167 words
Author’s Note: Given that TPTB did indeed manage to take an amazing storyline that they labored over with love and devotion for the past eighteen months and royally screw it up, I decided to write my own version of what I, and some good friends, felt would be a logical storyline in keeping with the overall arc of this relationship, in order to explain Natalia’s month long absence.
It also embraces the over-riding theme of family and motherhood without resorting to the trite and clichéd, hack-writer scenario of making Natalia pregnant, much less having her leave Olivia without a word or note, a plot that beggars the imagination. This is a story that does deal with the past, with the struggle on the part of both these women to somehow be better parents than their own mothers were. And of how all of us, eventually, have to come to terms with our own pasts.
This is set post June 22, but does not include the events of the week of June 29, 2009. This timeline and story veer off forever from this point.
A/N: Thanks to darandkerry for the support, encouragement and friendship, as well for being a dedicated beta! Love ya, Tex-Ass! Thanks as well to Kelinswriter, who has offered advice and suggestions, and who lets her Liv come out and play with my Bossy one. Cheers!!
And a new addition to the Few’s Betas team, Senpai20, who has generously offered her extensive knowledge of Chicago to one whose entire store of information about the Windy City comes from sitting in the terminal at O’Hare. Thanks, dear!!
A/N 2: Warning: Chapter 2 does make a reference to Olivia’s past and in particular to an act of violence in her past. I did want to make certain that I made the reader aware of this discussion, due to its sensitive nature.
A/N 3: Well, since we know little to nothing about Natalia’s family and her past, I have taken some liberties. I know there is no reference to her having siblings, but my own personal experience with many Puerto Rican friends leads me to surmise that she probably does. Given the proscriptions of the church and societal expectations, it is rare to find Puerto Rican families with only one child. And, to me at least, there is a symmetry in Natalia having two older brothers, making her not only the youngest, but the only girl, a factor that would no doubt play a large part in the reaction of her parents to her unexpected pregnancy at 16. I have tried not to stray too far down the path of stereotypes in terms of sibling relationships, but clichés are clichés for a reason: they hold elemental truths. Thus, Natalia’s brothers. Chalk it all up to poetic license, if you will.
Sins of the Child, Chapter Eight