It was Christmas morning and I was looking forwarded into spend time with my new family. Lakey went to go see her family 2 days before, she didn’t bother telling me bye. She just packed her things, got into her car and leave. I was a bit hurt by it.
I invited Linza over so she didn’t have to spend this day alone. Her plans to go see her family fell through and I figure it was the right thing to do.. I do feel a little nervous about having her over, honestly. We really haven’t seen each other since the night we took things too far. But we can’t pretend that night didn’t happen. We gotta face each other at some point.
“Thanks for inviting me over. I was just gonna stuff my face with ice cream and watch Christmas movies all day.”
“We can’t have you doing that. I think you’ll get along with them.. Leda seems nice, so I figure the rest would be the same.”
“I hope so. But Bruce.. Look up.”
“Look at what we are standing under.”
“You know what that means. You gotta kiss me. It’s the Christmas the rules ya know.”
“Ha ha ha ha.”
“Well if it’s a kiss you want. Then a kiss you shall get.”
“Aww how cute.”
“You have soft hands.”
“Thanks. I’ve been trying out this new lo-“
Linza and I got started on the cooking. It wouldn’t be long before the others arrive. Cooking with her was fun, although she kept teasing me about my cooking skills. I didn’t know much about cooking since I usually just used my magic. But when I was a teen, Lois tried to teach me a few times. I never had the best luck at it. I managed to burn water but over the times I got better.
A few hours later, there was a knock on the door. I knew it was them, I greeted my new family and introduce Linza to them.
I didn’t get a chance to say much to Echo and Xavier. Leda’s mother Fraine made Echo and Xavier march to the kitchen table to write their essays. Apparently they got in trouble for misbehaving during the road trip.
“This is your fault. You’re a butt face.”
“Was not, you little shrimp. You kept putting your feet on my side!”
“My feet were on my side! You kept putting yours in my space!”
“Whatever, just know that this war is not over.”
“I’m gonna tell mom.”
“You’re such a tattle telling twerp!”
“Mommmmmm! Echo called me a tattle telling twerp!”
As soon as everyone was settled in, we all mingle and got to know each other. I was surprised that Leda’s daughter, Valeri had quickly taken a liking towards me. She walked towards me and reached her little arms up. I picked her up and she tells me hi. So far she’s a sweet little girl but she kinda reminds me of Luna.
“What are doing?!”
“Nothing! Mind your business!”
“You better not be setting up another one of your traps! For fucks sake, Echo. We are guest. Can you stop your shit for one day?!”
“I wasn’t doing anything!”
“That’s bull Echo! You’re always up to something!”
“But I wasn’t this time! I swear!”
“Well just so you know… I’m watching you, sister.”
“Well you’re gonna be bored if you think you’ll catch me being sneaky.”
Dinner was ready and we all gathered into the kitchen to eat together.
It was nice, it kinda reminded me of all the dinners I had back when I was a kid. Sitting down together, talking about anything in general and some playful teasing. I was having a great time with my family.
Soon after dinner, we all opened our gifts together. Xavier was a bit impatient during dinner. He just wanted to open his gifts like any other child. It made me smile as he and Valeri opened their gifts. I can’t wait until my son’s first Christmas.
After finished opening our gifts, we all went outside to play in the snow.
“These winters here always remind me of my home. However they aren’t as cold but they are still nice. I want to thank you again for inviting us.”
“You’re welcome, Fraine. It’s nice having you all here. Forgive if I sound rude but what are you?”
“Cool but can I ask you something?”
“You want to know why I stole your father’s sample. I guess I should explain myself. I always been interest of the Navox since learning about them when I came to this planet. Finding love here would be difficult because of who I am but a Navox would be easier to pursuit. They love all things, right? However coming across one was impossible. Your kind is new, your kind is rare. But when I came across your father in the database, I struck gold. Why not just have Navox children? I am unlikely to come across a Navox anyways. I have 3 wonderful children from your father’s sample. I was shocked when Leda told me she found you. I can finally meet a Navox, I can finally meet the donor. Please tell me that your father is single.”
“Well yeah but I’m not sure if you’ll get a kick with dating a comatose male.”
“I see. I figure I should at least ask. He has brothers? Single brothers?”
“Ha ha ha, yeah my dad has brothers. Single.. I dunno honestly. But I know one is married.”
“Linza is a nice lady. I see why you’re falling in love with her.”
“What? No.. No.. I’m not.. I’m engaged to Lakey.. We’re gonna have a baby and I love her. Linza is just my best friend. Nothing more.. nothing less.”
“Bruce, You cannot kid me. I know love when I see it. But I am confused of you saying that you love Lakey. How can you love a woman whom you do not like? Clearly this “love” for Lakey isn’t the same love you have for Linza. You stay cause you feel it is the right thing to do. But Bruce, do not deny your heart for what it really wants.”
“Look Fraine, I dunno where you’re getting these ideas from but I really do love Lakey. I stay cause I love her. We are in a rough patch but we will work things out.”
“Bruce, you should not lie to yourself. This rough patch is just the start of the downfall. Things will not improve. You can save yourself heart break by following your heart. You are falling for Linza. You’re a Navox, you know love, you know I speak the truth. Linza is falling in love with you too.”
“But Fraine… I just can’t leave Lakey. I know if we work out things, find a middle ground, we can last. I do like Linza but I can’t be with her.”
“Bruce, you already have one foot out of the door. You know this to be true. It’s written all over your face. I see it whenever you look at Linza.”
“Wha-what? You know about what we did?”
“It’s obvious. But Bruce I must warn you. If you prolong things, the outcome will be dire. So please, follow your heart. Now.”
We all came in for a little bit to have come hot cocoa and chat a little. I was a little quiet cause I was thinking about what Fraine me. To be honest… there’s some truth to it. And that scares me.
It’s true, I know love and I know it well. I know the love I have for Lakey isn’t the same as the love I have for Linza. To be honest, I was never in love with Lakey although I do love her. It was the type of love you would have for a long time friend. I stayed with Lakey cause I thought maybe I would eventually fall in love with her.
I admire Leda and Sylar’s relationship. I can see they are in love with each other. Sylar seems okay but honestly I’m kinda nervous about him. I mean from what I know, he’s covered with tats, owns a bike, has a rock band called Skinny White Boy. He said his goal in life is to be a rock star and believes his band is the next big thing. However the one good quality is that he has a real job, he’s a fire fighter but often loot from the fire victims homes.
Leda must see some good in him at least cause she’s in love with him and the feeling is mutual. That should matter, right?
But yeah… I am falling for Linza. We spend a lot of time together.. Lakey has been so distant with me and that brought me closer to Linza.
But should I really follow my heart now?
“Hey Bruce.. Long time, no see. You remember me right? I hope you didn’t think you saw the last of me.”