I got up usually early on a Thursday. My classes didn’t start until 4PM, I usually just sleep in since I work late on Wednesday. But today I agreed to meet with the strange alien girl, Leda who is my half-sister. She lives 6 hours away from me, I figure we should hang out before she heads back home. Lakey was still asleep, I didn’t get a chance of where I’ll be. I figure I’ll just send her text.
Leda wanted to meet at Sticky Stuff for breakfast. I never been here before but I heard good things about this place. I know how Lakey has been dying to come here but I keep blowing her off. I kinda feel guilty coming here without her. I did want to bring her along but she looked so peaceful sleeping and she’s been having a hard time sleep cause of the baby. She wakes up a million times during the night to pee.
Leda was already there, browsing through the fresh baked goods. It smelt like heaven in there. I could hear my stomach growling. The sweet aroma that filled the air drives a genie’s stomach insane with hunger. I made some small talk with Leda before finding a table to dine at.
“I’m ready if you are. I feel like I’m dying.”
“Yeah sure, we can order something now.”
“Great! My boyfriend thinks I’m dramatic when I’m hungry but he doesn’t understand.”
“Yeah, my lady thinks the same thing.”
“It’s nice to know someone who understands a genie’s hunger.”
“I bet so.”
“So whatcha plan on ordering?”
“This strawberry cobbler sounds interesting. I love strawberries and I love cobblers. So why not. How about you?”
“Hmmm, I wanna try something different and strange.”
“I’m this Kahlo fruit pie would be interesting.”
“Ahhh, the fruit of life. You know that fruit was created by the first tribe of the Gaivania genies?”
“No but that sounds like something Earth genies would create. I hope it’s sweet enough for a Navox tongue.”
“Any good for ya?”
“Not bad, honestly. I thought it might be a little tart but it’s sweet.”
“My sister would eat it. She would eat anything, I swear.”
“You have a sister? How many?”
“Well she’s your sister too. She’s an annoying 15 year old weirdo. Her name is Echo, she has hair like you and the same blue eyes like you. We also have a little brother named Xavier. He’s 7, a total sweetheart unlike Echo who is a brat. We all lived together at home…it’s crazy and all. Plus my boyfriend and daughter added to the mix.”
“So your mother made more kids with dad’s stolen sample?”
“Yes, she plans for more children. But honestly she should just find a husband and have children like most earthlings. Mother insists that all of her children should be fathered by the same man. My mom is kinda weird.”
“She couldn’t be any weirder than mine. She started a long term relationship with my brother when he was only 14. She died almost 5 years ago. She also had 2 kids by my brother too. So it’s strange. You mention you have a daughter? How old are you? You seem kinda young.”
“I’ll be 19 soon, my daughter Valeri just turned 2. I had her young…but I’m still with her father. He just moved in. My mother kinda doesn’t like him cause he’s older than me and she’s still not thrilled with the whole having a teenage daughter with a baby thing. But I’m almost 19 now, I hope things will get better. Sylar is a great guy and he treats me well. How long have you been with your lady?”
“Since we were 17. We are 32 now. Seems like forever.”
“Awww! That’s sweet. Why together for so long and not married yet?”
“We had plans but a month before our wedding, dad lost his fiancée a day before the wedding. We felt the timing was awful.. We haven’t set another date since. We just been enjoying ourselves. But now that she’s pregnant.. She probably wants to push it.”
“You kinda sound like you don’t wanna get married.”
“Well I do but….”
“Not with her?”
“I love Lakey, I care about her but I’m not sure if she’s the one.. I can’t believe that I just admitted that.. But it’s how I feel honestly.. I know she would just die if she heard me say that.”
“I might be kinda young but don’t stick around if you’re not feeling it. Go find someone who you feel is the one. Ya know the saying, follow your heart!”
“I thought she was but over time, I just don’t feel the same way like I use to. Ever since we moved here, I don’t feel the same way like I once did. She dragged me out here cause she wanted to get away from city life but I love the city. This is a nice quiet town to settle and raise a family in but I don’t belong here. I wanna own a night club, I wanna DJ just like dad once did. I wanna be like dad.”
“So dad was a great guy? Tell me some things about him. I would love to meet him.”
“Dad had a lot of flaws but overall I think he’s a great guy. He taught me how to make a dirty martini when I was 8. He also taught me how to pick up ladies when I was 3. I was mainly a tool since I was a cute little Asian boy. I would pretend that I lost my dad and needed help finding him. I pretty much helped my dad make younger siblings. Other than that, he lead me into the world of music with showing me how to DJ and produce my own music. He also got me into mechanics. We use to attend car shows that came into town. I didn’t know my dad was into cars. His ladies man way overshadowed a lot of his interests. On the weekends, we would visit the garage and work on a car together. Just me and him, it was the only time I could spend time with him. I mean there was so many of us.”
“Dad sounds interesting. I always wanted to know about him. All I know is his name and blood type. You think he would be weird out if he meets me? I mean me being a lab baby.”
“I dunno… I dunno if you will get that chance to meet him. He had an accident late last month. He’s in a coma.”
“Oh.. my.. That’s a serious thing for our kinda.. He has a year to awake before it’s permanent….”
“It’s only been a few weeks. I hope he awakes long before then.”
“Hopefully before your baby comes. He can’t miss out on the little guy’s life.”
“Oh my bad.. I probably shouldn’t spoiled that for you. Sometimes I forget you non alien types can’t detect the gender early on like we can…”
“I don’t mind knowing soon. I can win the bet now. So you detected that Lakey is having a boy? You sure it’s a boy?”
“Yes, I’m positive. I knew Val was a girl when I first conceived.”
“I’m gonna have dad’s first grandson. So far everyone has had a daughter. And now yours, that makes it 7 little girls.”
“Girl power! Speaking of my daughter, I should return home. Sylar said that she misses me. But it was nice hanging out. I hope to get to know you more soon.”
“How about Christmas? It’s around the corner.”
“That sounds like a cool idea.”
It was nice spending time with Leda. We exchanged numbers so we could chat and get to know each other better. We hugged before parting ways. I hope Lakey would be okay with having Leda and her family with us for Christmas. But I got this feeling that she’ll be against it..
I decided to head to the library instead of going home. I had a project that I needed to work on and Lakey might be a distraction. Lately she hasn’t been understanding when it came to my studies. While I do my homework or study, she wants to chat, or spills her worries about ridiculous things. At the beginning she was supportive but now she wants me to drop everything for her.
I guess it’s my fault. I always did drop everything for her and I see she’s now taking advantage it. Or maybe it’s baby? I remember dad telling me that women can get a bit demanding when pregnant. He said the baby makes them crazy. I didn’t believe him but maybe he was right.
There’s been a quick shift with Lakey’s moods and attitude in the past weeks. Slightly more pushy, whiny, and needy. She needs me around a lot and I try but with school and work… It’s hard. She thinks I dislike the baby but in reality…it’s cause of how she’s been acting..
I ran into Linza at the library. She was doing a little studying and I was happy to see her. We chatted for a little before she asked me if I wanted to study for an upcoming test with her. She admits that she hasn’t been doing that well and could use the extra help. I told her that I didn’t mind studying with her, I do enjoy her company.
Studying went well, it was nice and quiet there. I think I will do pretty well on the test. However my phone buzzed a few times. I tried to ignore it but I knew it had to be Lakey. I knew I had to answer but I really needed studied.
I read one of the texts that Lakey sent me. I forgot that she wanted to go shopping for the baby today. She was wondering where was I. I told her that I was studying for test that’s tomorrow. She replied back “Whatever.” which kinda annoyed me. I tried to not let that bothered me cause I needed to focus.
I also had a project that was due on Monday and I worked on it after I studied with Linza for a while. As I work, Lakey kept texting me, telling me to come home but I just couldn’t do that. She wasn’t understanding that I really needed to do my things for school and it was starting to get annoying.
The first snow came down today. It wasn’t long before the grounds were blanketed of snow. As I watched the snow fall, I remember all the times it snowed when I was a kid. I use to have snowball fights with my brothers, sister and my dad.
I remember building an igloo with PC, L2, Morde and Greta. After we were done, we pretended it was a fort that protected us from the snow yeti. Greta pretended to be the yeti and tried to get us. I had fond memories of my childhood. I hope for my son to have the same. However I have doubt it when I live in a town that I don’t feel like I belong in. I’m uncomfortable. Now I find myself questioning my relationship with Lakey…
After class I wanted to hang out with Linza for a bit. We both could use a break from our studies. I thought it would be nice to play in the snow. It’s been years since I’ve seen snow.
Afterwards I invited Linza over, I kinda want Linza to meet Lakey so she wouldn’t start getting jealous. I thought maybe if they were friends, things would be a bit easier.
However Lakey wasn’t home. She left a note saying she went to go see a movie with friends. I made some hot cocoa for us and we chatted for a while before she went home.
Over the next couple of weeks, Linza and I hung out a lot. We watched movies, played video games, visited the bar and studied together. She was quickly becoming my best friend. It’s something that I needed.
However my attempts to have Lakey socialize with Linza has failed. She shows no interest, she often ignores her. When I ask about it, Lakey changes the subject…
“Hmm, I guess he forgot to lock his man cave. I wonder what does he do in this place..”
“I saw it!”
“You saw what? What are you talking about?!”
“Your secret man room! You got a bar and a DJ booth in there! I thought you were gonna give that stuff up!”
“There’s nothing wrong with the things in my man cave! Why are you upset about it?!”
“Because it reminds you of the city! We came here to forget about that! I don’t want nothing of the city in this house. I want all of your stuff gone!”
“There is no way I’m getting rid of my hobbies! It’s what keeps me sane!”
“Well when was you gonna tell me the truth about your plans!”
“I saw your business plan on your computer! About starting a night club!”
“That was for school! It was one of my assignments! But yeah I would like to make that into a reality!”
“We are about to have a child! You need real plans! Most night clubs fail within the first 6 months! You have a better chance in opening a garage! This town could use a place like that!”
“Who said that I can’t have both?! I can open a garage here and I can open a night club in the city near by! I know I can! I just wished you would be more supportive of my dreams!”
“I would if they was a little more realistic!”
Lakey stormed out, telling me to not worry about where she was. I was pretty heated about our argument and gave Linza a call.
“Hey, can you come over for a bit? I need a friend right now.”