I told everyone about the new changes that was gone to Montigo Palms and how it was pretty amazing. When Janiya left the room, I mention how pretty the female employees were to the guys. Of course Niro and Borage suggested that we all check out the place tomorrow night. Any mention of a pretty girl and these 2 would be on it.

The next night we all made our way to the palms for a nice night out. Janiya was hoping for a cozy night in front of the TV with me but my cousins are still in town and it would be nice to show them around town as much as possible. Janiya gave me a half smile as I told her that we all plan to check out the club. After we were all dressed, we visited the club. Janiya’s frown turned into a smile as she sat down at the blackjack table with my cousin. Janiya is pretty good at playing blackjack and probably felt like she could beat them. I hope she’s seeing that this was a better ideal than sitting at home. This gives Janiya a chance to bond with them.

 

 

 

“So have any of you played before?”

“I do on my computer when my kids are gone.”

“I have no ideal what I’m doing. I just do whatever Tequila does.”

“I see you’re lost without sidekick, Amaretto.”

“She got a boyfriend and lives with him now.”

“Poor you. I’m not gonna be your new sidekick.”

“I wasn’t asking you, dummy! Anyway how do I play?”

“Wow guys.. This is gonna be easy.”

“Don’t be so sure of yourself, Janiya. I’m pretty good at this.”

“We’ll just see about this Borage.”

“Oh please, B! You can’t even read. So how you gonna play?”

“You can’t read either, Tequila.”

“Oh yeah.. True.”

 

 

 

“I can not believe this! How did you- You must have cheated, Borage!”

“I told ya that I was pretty good, Janiya. Let’s make this more fun. When I win the next round, you can give me a friendly kiss on the cheek.”

“You cheated.. I just know it! I never lose. You counted the cards!”

“So I didn’t win?”

“No, our brother-cousin did you idiot. Those wings made you more dumb. When did you turn into a fairy?”

“Twallan? I wanted to win. So if I count the cards I can win?”

“That’s cheating! Don’t you dare cheat like your brother, cousin or whatever he is to you.”

 

 

 

 

“Looks like I won again. Looks like you own me a friendly kiss.”

“That’s cause you cheated again!”

“Don’t be a sore loser, sexy lady. I tell you what, I’ll let you win the next round and I’ll kiss you on the cheek.”

“I don’t need you to let me win cause I can and will beat you!”

“You know you’re kinda sexy when you’re pissed off.”

“Shut up!”

 

 

 

“I wanted to win. I’m gonna go broke.”

“Why play when you don’t even know how to? If you think grandmama is gonna send you more money then you’re dead wrong.”

“We can’t get anymore from grandmama.”

“She said we were old enough to handle money now and should have figure out how to make more of it by now.”

“How are you gonna pay for your school?”

“Grandmama said she’ll pay if I prove to her that I enrolled. She sent me a nice check.”

“You’re spending that check here, aren’t ya?”

“Totally.”

 

 

 

Niro and I tried our luck in blackjack on another table. Let’s just say that my skills are a bit rusty. Janiya taught me how to play. We use to come up here a lot when we turned 18.

 

 

 

Clearly Niro was a better player…

“I hate this game.”

“That’s cause you suck at it. I am the master of this.”

“Yeah.. you’re still a virgin.”

“That was cold and unrelated to this.”

 

 

 

“Oh no! That was most of my college fund!”

“Muhahahaha! Stupid!”

“Hey, don’t laugh at my misfortune B.”

“Why would you spend your college money here? You know you suck at gambling.”

“Maybe we can rob a bank?”

“Go do what you’re both good at.”

“Like what?”

“Fucking strangers, but ask for money this time.”

 

 

 

 

“How did you know about that? I swear I only done it for a month.”

“Huh? You were hookin’?”

“Maybe.. Your face is stupid!”

“My face is not! Let’s just call daddy and ask for money?”

“Daddy is busying hoing his dick around, he ain’t got no money.”

“So they don’t pay you for having 100 babies?”

“You’re idiot! No they don’t pay you to be a ho unless you’re a hooker!”

 

 

 

We were starting to get a little hungry and I made my way to the piano lounge while the others finish up their game. I saw a face whom I haven’t seen in years. It was my aunt Lei. She moved away soon after her 18th birthday and haven’t made much contact with us since then. I figure she was having a better life in Twinbrook and that was probably why we didn’t hear much from her. However that was far from the truth which I later found out.

 

 

 

“I didn’t know you were in town. Dad haven’t said anything to me. When did you get here? How long are you staying? We got so much to catch up now since we haven’t heard much from you. How is life treating you? Are you still in TB?”

 

 

 

“Oh wow.. so many questions. I guess I can’t blame you since I wasn’t good about keeping contact with everyone but I’m having better days now. I was in a dark time in my life but things are better. I just moved back into town with my husband Eddie. I guess you can call me Mrs. Montigo-Starr now. I’m here to stay now. I dunno why I left. Twinbrook was a terrible place but I’m glad to be back with my husband. LP is my home.”

 

 

 

“Wow.. You’re married? Congrats.. When did this happen? I had no ideal that you got married and all. It’s good to see you again. I’m sorry that TB didn’t work out for you. So had any kids yet or did we all miss out on that too?”

 

 

 

“We got married about 3 years ago. Sadly no kids yet. Eddie and I are trying to have a baby despite what the doctors say. Hopefully I can get a second option from a doctor here. Eddie and I just bought a house and we just moved in 3 days ago. I been meaning to call everyone but I figure I would surprise everyone. So here I am. Matius did a great job with the palms.”

“Yeah my dad did a pretty awesome job here. So where did you meet your husband? What were the doctors saying?”

“I first saw Eddie when I took a trip to Sunlit Tides but I was too shy to say anything to him. I later saw him again when I helped my friend Monique move to Sunset Valley. I was a total clutz and tripped in front of him. There was no way I could say anything to him. So one night.. he found me in a club where I worked at in TB. He was visiting a friend. Let’s say that night he changed my life forever. In fact he rescue me that night.”

“Rescue you from what?”

“From the life that I was living. I was in a dark place. I had a miscarriage and the dad wasn’t as supportive as I thought he should be. I lost my scholarship at the art school that I was tending. I wanted to pay for school with money that I earned and not with money that was handed to me. I wanted to be a humble person. Amaretto suggest that I should work at the strip club with her. I refused. Then one night, my art teacher made an offer. He would pay from my schooling if I sleep with him 3 times a week. I refused his offer… He raped me more than once.. I dropped out of school. I drank a lot. I tried a few party drugs. I became so depressed that I took Amaretto’s offer to dance at the strip club. I didn’t about anything anymore. Then Eddie found me.. We fell in love and now I’m here. Having better days.. Better days compare than the time in TB.”

“I dunno what to say to that. Just wow. I’m sorry that you had to go through that. Did you ever press changes against your art teacher.”

“There wasn’t enough evidence to convict him with. I was shunned at school. No one believed me. They felt that I set it up. He raped me 2 other times but it didn’t matter if I went to the police. They wouldn’t believe me. So I dropped out.”

“That’s fucked up.”

 

 

 

“I try not to think about the past. Eddie and I will start a new life together here in LP. I miss the sunny skies and warm climate. Hopefully with the move, Eddie can put a baby in me. We thought about other methods if I can’t get pregnant on my own.”

“Adoption?”

“That’s one of them but I want to have a biological child at least. IVFs and possible a surrogate mother.”

“Well I wish you nothing but the best. you remember Janiya?”

“Yeah.” 

“We are still together and living in a house that I had built that’s not too far from here.”

“I had a feeling that house I passed was a Montigo home. It’s nice. Maybe I’ll come and visit you soon.”

“We are about to have dinner in a bit. You should join us. Tequila just moved here and Borage and Martini are visiting.”

“I had dinner with Eddie before he head off to his new job. But thanks.”

 

 

 

It was nice to see and catch up with my aunt Lei but I had no ideal she was having a hard time. Hopefully with her return here, she’ll have a better life. The others were done with their game and we all sat down to order. Kensi was on the piano. I had no idea that she could sing as well. It was nice to hear some nice jazzy music to go along with our dinner.

 

 

 

“You need with the menu. It lacks pictures you know.”

“Shut up, Rio.. I can read somewhat.. I can read at a third grade level.. I’m gonna learn soon.”

“Borage, how are you getting life without knowing how to read?”

“Easy.. Avoiding books or anything with words.”

“Sometimes I wanted to email you but I don’t. I figure you wouldn’t be able to read it.”

“I’m not that dumb, guys. I can read a little bit. I just can’t read those big words.”

“You need glasses?”

“Don’t be a smartass, Rio.”

“Just joking with you, cuz. You got kids, maybe it’s time you learn so when your kids need help with school-“

“My kids are grown..”

“Well when you have more-“

“I’m not having anymore..”

“Yeah you say that every time a female gives birth.”

“Shut up..”

 

 

 

“Tini, turn your head.”

“Why?”

“Someone wants to take our picture.”

“Who?”

“The person who watches us. Listen to Niro and do it.”

“We are being watched?!”

“Duh, don’t you think it’s odd how you suddenly became a fairy? Now turn and smile.”

“I thought I was just special. Besides Niro, you’re cray cray. No one is watching us.”

“I thought Niro was crazy but this time he’s right. Someone is watching us.”

“You guys are scaring me!”

5 thoughts on “Tango Inferno: Chapter 2.9, Better Days

    1. Thanks. They are Martini & Tequila, Amaretto is the one with dark hair and I haven’t shown her for sometime. Soon. It’s good to have Lei make her return. I was surprised to find her on the lot. I just wished her husband was there too.

    1. Thanks. Sorry, I did get your email but I opened it at the most inconvenient time :/ Last week I was busy getting ready for a trip and I just forgot to reply back :/ Please forgive my terrible memory :p

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