The house was in serious need of cleaning, so I decided to do it. Alec wants to hire a maid, but I don't want one. I'd rather do the housework on my own. Rosie is at work, Katherine's gone, Swan and Malena took Lizzie and Oona for a picnic, so it's just me and my twins.

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Astrid + Callie

I was cleaning the kitchen counter when I heard my girls running to the kitchen. "Mommy! We going outside to play," Astrid said. "Alright. Stay close and be careful," I told them. "We will!," Callie called out. I watched them run outside and shook my head. I went back to cleaning.

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Astrid walked in from the side door. "Grandma's here," she announced. Grandma?....What grandma? Alec's mother died. My mother hasn't been around. We have a complicated history. She's a narcissistic bitch and I swear that's why Katherine is the way she is. "Where is she?" I asked, concerned. "She in the yard with Callie. She said she's come we didn't know we had a grandma?" Astrid asked. Astrid. Always asking the real questions. I sighed and dried my hands. "Stay inside now," I told her. "But we were hav-," I cut her off before she could finish her sentence. "Astrid," I warned. She sat down on the rug. "That's my girl," I said, kissing her on the head. I just want my girls to be safe. I do not trust my mother. I stepped outside and saw my mom crouched down talking to Callie. Callie's shyness was showing. "Go inside, Callie. Astrid's waiting for you," I told her. That's all it took. She got up and ran inside. I walked outside to the backyard.

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"What are you doing here?" I asked my mom, crossing my arms. I haven't seen her in years. I was 15 when I decided to cut all contact. Now I'm 28. 13 years is a long time with no speaking. I'm assuming she wants something. "You're so grown at're beautiful," she said, admiring my features. I just looked at her. "You know...I stopped in at Alec's bar and Katherine told me you had twins," she explained. Fucking Katherine. Of course she did. "Leave my daughters alone, mom. I don't want you fucking them up like you did to your kids," I spat. "Stay away from my house and Alec. Just stay away," I added before she could say anything else. I walked back inside. I made sure to lock the doors.

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I walked in and saw Callie trying to blend in with the wall. "What are you doing?" I asked. She hesitated before replying, "I wanted to make sure you were ok," she said. Astrid popped up from behind the couch. "We were grandma coming in?" she asked.