Seth couldn't belive he was letting them in his home. As the man brushed past into the foyer with his wife and daughter trailing behind he cringe inwardly. This wasnt the first time some family came with the wrong address, and it wouldn't be the last. Seth walked in and towards the stairs where the four children stood looking to him with a question in their eyes. He shook his head at them and looked back at the man.
"Are you sure your parents aren't home? I was sure this was the address I was given." The thirty-two old man said, drawing Seth's attention. The man scratched his scratchy dorty blonde beard and looked to Seth with mud brown eyes.
"I assure you our parents are away on business. I am sorry for the trouble but you should leave and contact that employer of yours." It was a good try to get them out of here before things got messy but it failed miserably as the mans twenty-nine year old wife with blonde curly hair and dark green eyes looked up from her phone to her husband with an apology in her eyes.
"I'm sorry but my phone just died." The man looked to her with suprise on his face.
"What? But I thought you charged it earlier."
"Remember, I never had time before we got here." She said shaking her head. The man rubbed his temple and turned to Seth.
"Do you happen to have a phone on you? It will just be for a few minutes." Seth was about to tell them they didnt have a phone when the woman spotted it on the dresser beside the living room door.
"Oh, could I use it, I'll be real quick?" He nodded reluctantly and she went for it. Seth looked at the four children and saw they were close beside him ust as he taught them. Diana was clutching Seth's leg with her stuffed bunny in her other hand.
"Big brother..." Seth saw how scared Diana was and put a hand on her head for comfort. She clutched tighter and he looked over to the others. Alex was whispering to Leo, and Renee was watching the woman. She looked up at him and gave a little smile of encouragement. Seth smiled back, she was always smart and could notice things very attentively. Sometimes it was annoying but now it was sort of comforting. Out of the corner of his eye a little hand came from behind the man and yanked his coat. The man twisted to get a better look at the little girl behind him.
"Daddy I'm hungry can we go get some food?" His seven-year old daughter with straight blonde hair held in pigtails looked up at her father with big brown eyes. Seth winced forgetting about her and hated himself all over again.
"Not now, little petunia. Let mommy make a phone call then we will go get some food, ok?" The little girl pouted but nodded anyway. The man trained his gaze on Seth and smiled.
"What's your names?" Seth looked at him and groaned inwardly but plastered a smile on his face.
"I am Seth. This is Alex, Renee, Leo, and Diana." He replied looking down at the children who were looking at him with fear in their eyes. Renee was the first to look to the man and smile at him. She was the strongest of the four, only second oldest from Alex. Leo was next who was the more mischievous of the lot, and then there was little Diana who was the more frightened of them all. Being the smallest she didnt understand the importance as well as the others and that just made me want to protect them even more.
"Well, you all have a very beautiful home." The mans smile grew bigger as he looked at the children. He then looked to Seth.
"What do your parents do?"
"They are consultants." Seth lied without hesitation.
"Oh, very tough job. Why aren't you with them?" Everyone asked these sort of questions and he always was prepared for any of them. Seth had also been teaching the children just in case they would start asking them.
"We decided to stay behind. The children need their education amd its not good for us to be moving around a lot." The man nodded his head and was about to ask another question but was stopped as his wife walked over to her husband.
"They aren't answering." Seth knew this was part of the curse or all F.A.D's taking effect. He felt helpless for a second before he cooled himself. There was nothing he could do anymore, he tried his best.
"Did you try the office? Or his cell?" The man asked.
"I tried both he isn't picking up."
"He must be in a meeting then." The man rubbed his temple.
" I could have sworn he said today was his day off." The woman murmured. The man was about to say something else when they heard a big crash near the door startling the woman.
"Oh no, Chloe what did you do?" The little girl had her head bowed and hands clasped behind her back. Seth cursed softly, he had forgotten the little girl again. She had wandered from her fathers side
"I'm sorry mommy." She said near the door with a broken vase at her feet.
"Its not me you should be saying sorry to." Her mother scolded. The little girl looked at Seth with tears in her eyes.
"Its alright." Seth said dismissively but the woman wasn't having it.
"We will pay for the repairs. I'm going to clean this up, Chloe step back. Would you mind getting me a bag or something to put all the pieces in?" She asked her husband but Seth stopped him.
"It is really alright. I'll pick it up just please get away before you get hurt.." The woman just shook her head.
"Honey, he said it was alright just please get up." She looked at the man.
"But I want to help." She was still bent over trying to pick up what she could.
"Ouch, dang it." The woman murmured.
"Are you alright hon?"
"Yes I'm fine." But Seth could barely register what they were saying. The smell was wafting over to him getting stronger and sweeter by the second. She had cut herself, and by the smell of it, it was a very big cut. Seth looked down at the children and knew it was too late, they were changing and there was nothing he could do.