———— Kady Keyper————
Never felt so sweet, you pass the key unlock my heart
The sound of the front door opening and closing brings Kady back to reality. Well, as much to reality as she could be. Julia was still co-conscious in her mind, but she was merely 'watching' what was going on rather than trying to take over or communicate to the host. It allows the woman to focus on what her daughter was saying.
'Mom! Are we weird?'
A chuckle escapes from the woman as she shakes her head at the question. "Depends on what you define as weird. I think we're perfectly fine." She calls out from the other room before setting the current picture aside and continuing to rummage through them. "And no, it's not weird. Some people don't get along with their family. That just happens to be the case on both your father and I's sides." Which would explain why Percy rarely ever saw her grandmother. Kady's own father was never in the picture, she wasn't even sure if he was dead or alive, and she never bothered to find him. But her mother was a cruel person. Someone who had used her own daughter to pay off her debts when she was in a gang. It was an unforgiving action, but when Kady was younger she did her best to try and love her mother.
Granted her mother loved her dearly. She just... didn't make the right choices.
For a moment everything feels right in her world when Persephone gives her a hug from behind. She thinks that maybe she's doing this parenting thing right. That she wasn't following in her own mother's footsteps, but sometimes late at night her thoughts would say otherwise. There were moments when the woman had striking similarities to her own mother whether it be by looks or parenting methods.
She tenses up slightly when Percy picks up the photo where she was covering her face, but then realizes she'll never know the full story. There was no reason to worry. "Yeah, they are. Pictures over the years I guess Hannah, your grandmother, had collected." Her voice is soft now when she speaks. There was slight admiration for her mother managing to collect all these photos, but at the same time it made her feel guilty. It was probably her only way to keep up with Kady's life as she trailed further and further away from her mother.
Her hand reaches into the box for another photo and this time it's one with Hannah herself. Both women had brown curly hair and looked strikingly similar. The only difference they had was that Kady's eyes were green and Hannah's were brown. They looked happy. Honestly she couldn't remember why the picture was taken, but it looks like they were in the basement of the gang's house. It must have been after a successful run.
It must have been before the leader stopped viewing Kady as a child and more as a woman. Before he started flirting with her. Sleeping wih her. Using her to the gang's advantage during heists.
Her jaw clenches at the small memories and this one is gently placed to the side knowing that Persephone would be curious and pick it up right after. She was bound to have questions, but that's not something she wanted to provide answers to. How could she tell her daughter she had been a criminal? How could she tell her she used to sell and use drugs? That she's been arrested and the only reason why her life turned around is because she offered to help the police take down almost all of her gang in return for no prison time? That they offered to help her pay for an education and would have a job with them if she was successful?
Sure, she turned her life around, but Persephone didn't deserve to know just how low her mother was when she was younger. It was something she only told Gabriel, and all the other secrets would be taken to the grave with her.
After a few moments of silence Kady decides to continue the conversation. "Your grandmother wasn't a good person, Perse." She says quietly before casually grabbing another photograph. This one was Kady as a toddler, celebrating her 6th birthday. It was the typical mother daughter pose in front of the cake looking as happy as could be. If only this innocent soul knew what she'd be dragged into. "She tried to be, she really did. But she went about it in all the wrong ways." How could Kady tell Persephone that her grandmother hadn't died of old age? How could she tell her that her grandmother was homeless and sick, begging Kady for help through pay phones? It was just another embarrassment to the family that she wanted to avoid. "I decided to separate myself from her when I was young. You just happened to see her a few times because she begged to see you..." And also begged for money privately after she saw her beautiful granddaughter. Money Kady unfortunately gave her. Who knows what happened with it? "But don't let other people's words fool you. They're fortunate to have good people in their life already. Your father and I had to find those good people rather than just be given them." Hopefully that made sense. If not then she was ready to explain, but of course without bringing up her past.
You and my best friend, we cowboys and angels