Today is time for the second season finale of Aftershock! There WILL be a season three guys, so don’t worry about that. I’m *hoping* that the final season will air in spring 2022, but it *could* be fall 2022, and there *could* possibly be a fourth season.
Basically, there’s a lot of maybes. But for today, here’s one last episode of Aftershock before all the craziness of the holidays. (you would not BELIEVE the things I have planned this year…more to come soon)
Let’s see…I believe we left off with Tori deciding to go to a random address? Let’s see what’s at that address, shall we?
CATCH UP ON SEASON ONE
CATCH UP ON SEASON TWO
It took a lot of courage for me to knock on the door of Glitterview Apartment number 266.
What if this is a dead-end?
I shook out the anxiety and made up my mind to just knock. There was only one way to know if I was on the right track or not.
My heart sank as a young boy answered the door. Mr. Man had given me the wrong address. I didn’t know if that was his intention, or if she was just that good at hiding.
“Can I help you?” the child asked.
I shook my head. “I’m looking for someone, but I don’t think she lives here.”
“Oh. I can get my mom if you want,”
I didn’t want to cause a scene, but the little kid was already calling for his mother.
How was I going to explain this?
The little boy reappeared a few moments later with his mother. It took me a second to recognize her, but when I did, my jaw fell open.
“Lauren?” I couldn’t believe my eyes. “Are you-”
It was one of the few times in my life that I was at a loss for words. Shock overtook me.
I didn’t know Lauren had a kid.
Teddy pulled me to the door, and I was surprised to see Tori standing there. She seemed utterly confused to see me, but I was equally confused to see her. How had she found us?
“Lauren?” she gasped. “Are you-”
She paused, probably unsure of how to continue. I decided to interject my own question before she could continue.
“What are you doing here?”
Flustered, Tori forgot her own question. “I need you!” she exclaimed, throwing her hands into the air. It was then that I noticed that her left wrist was in a cast.
Something must have happened to her. I then felt a pang of guilt. Something had happened to my best friend, and I was nowhere to be found. What a friend I was.
“Come in,” I gestured, attempting to be a gracious host. The least I could do was invite her in.
I gave a warning look to Teddy, hoping he gathered that our powers were to be kept secret around this woman. He met my eye with a subtle wink.
I slunk onto the sofa and patted the seat next to me for Tori to sit. Once she sat down, she fell apart.
“Lauren, it’s awful,” she choked back a sob.
My concern grew. “What happened?”
It was alarming to see Tori in such a state. She usually kept her emotions in check, I’d only ever seen her cry once or twice since I’d known her.
She finally managed to calm down enough to explain. “Pyro…burnt the plane. It was all I could do to get Andy and myself out of there in one piece. And now he’s in a coma, and I don’t know if he’ll wake up…”
Another burst of tears overtook her as I pulled her into a loose hug. I didn’t know if her wrist was her only injury or not, but I definitely didn’t want to squeeze too hard.
“He’ll be fine,” I reassured my friend.
My thoughts were filled with guilt. All of this was my fault. Every single piece of the blame rested on my shoulders. I was the one who recruited Pyro. I was the one who vouched for her. I was the one who left Tori and Andy to deal with her alone. Anything she did from now on was my fault.
It wasn’t long before a few stray tears left my eyes too. “I’m sorry,”
Tori sniffled. “Why are you sorry?”
I hesitated, but I came clean. Once I started talking, I couldn’t stop. Every last truth about my past and my absence from the team, I explained it all. I knew that I risked the hatred of Tori forever, but she deserved to know.
She looked at me in astonishment. “I had no idea,”
I guiltily looked down at the floor. “I should have told you sooner.”
“Why didn’t you?”
“I was afraid you’d hate me like you do now.”
“I don’t hate you,”
I met her eyes. She was right, there was no trace of anger in her gaze.
“For the record, I would have kept your secret. I can’t speak for Andy, but I’m sure he would have done the same.”
I sighed. I’d been so stupid lately. I really should have trusted my team more.
Teddy looked up at me. “This lady was from your team?”
I nodded. He’d been so quiet that I’d forgotten he was in the room.
He walked up to Tori. “My mom always talks about how much she misses you.”
Tori laughed, and for a moment we shared the laugh. Then, it somehow turned into crying, and we shared that too.
I had missed her more than I’d realized. At that moment, I decided to never doubt my friends. Tori and Andy had proved themselves over and over again to me. I would never lie to them again.
Once our strong emotions had passed, Tori met my eye with a solemn gaze.
“Lauren?” she asked, I could feel the determination in her tone.
I nodded. “What?”
“I need you to help me take down Pyro. For good.”
And with that, season two is officially a wrap! Hopefully, these guys will see you again in 2022 for more Aftershock!
But, in the meantime, some of the cast may have other projects to star in…
I will be back on Friday with a fun Fall craft! I’ll also make some announcements that I’ve been meaning to make. (possibly involving the Holiday season!)