Love For The Ladies: Chapter 103.1 – Family Affair

 Finally the weekend of the wedding has come. Months of planning and prepping had been a headache for Vega. Everything had to be perfect, the wedding day is more for the bride than it is for the groom. I gave little input, what little Vega would allow me. All I needed to do was picked out a tux, groomsmen and a best man. Vega said she could handle the rest but it was a bit more than she can handle with the pregnancy.

I handle the venue, there was an issue with our booking at Unity Gardens. Apparently another wedding which was previous booked there but had been overlooked. This news would send Vega into a tailspin but there was a quick fix. There was another Unity Gardens in Bridgeport with an opening for our weekend. However it would be an hour and 45 minute drive away from Jericho. I delivered the location change to Vega, of course she was about to have a melt down but I told her it was handled. Our venue is confirmed and locked, we just have to show up.

 

 

 We left EC early in the morning and drove 2 hours to Jericho. But first we had to pick up Chanel, her grandma had to work during the weekend and couldn’t take her. Next we had to pick up Aaliyah but only to find out that she couldn’t. Aaliyah got in trouble a couple of days back and was grounded. Sunny did call us the night before but Vega forgot to check her messages. I saw Aaliyah peeking through the windows as we spoke to Sunny outside. I could see the hurt in eyes, I would love for her to come. It would be a chance to get to know her. She is my little sister after all.

 

 

 We arrived to our destination. We rented out a mansion for the weekend for some of our families to stay in. Our other guest and family planned to stay in hotel rooms in the city. This place was nice, it stood on a hill and had a nice view of the city from the balcony. 

 

 

 “Can you believe it? It’s our weekend!”

“I’ve been waiting for this weekend to finally come.”

“Me too. I can’t believe that I’m about to be someone’s wife. I thought I would never see the day.”

“Well I’m no Jeremy. I’m not a fool.”

 

 

 

 “How did I get so lucky? It’s cause of our son isn’t it?”

“Of course not. I’m not marrying you because of our baby. You know that.”

“Sometimes I wonder. I wonder what do you see in me cause sometimes I can be a bitch.”

“Sometimes I can be an ass, what do you see in me?”

“You could never be an ass! Stop it.”

“You could never be a bitch, so you stop it too.”

 

 

 “This place is beautiful. We should just get married in this house.”

“Ha ha ha. But your dream was to get married in a botanical garden.”

“I know but this place is really nice.” 

 

 

 

 “If you want, we can have the rehearsal dinner here. There’s plenty of room.”

“You would be okay with that? I think a dinner here would be better. BJ is starting to get too heavy to carry around. Dr. Adams said he’s gonna be a big one.  He’s almost 3 lbs already!”

“He must be a little Navox then.”

“Ya think? He makes me eat so much! I’m gonna be so fat after I have him. You don’t mind having a fat wife?”

“I would still love you if you were as big as this mansion.”

 

 

 

 

—-

 

 “I don’t think we are alone anymore. I heard a car.”

“I swear it better not be my cousin Maverick. I told him to stay at the hotel!”

“But he’s family.”

“And an ass! He stole my favorite necklace! He stole a lot of things from me! Why did you invite him?”

“He’s still a good friend of mine.”

“Just wait until he steals something from you.. I’ll be watching that jerk!”

 

 

It wasn’t Vega’s cousin, it was my brother Junior with his new girlfriend. Since my brother was 15 he had health issues. He’s often weak and has trouble getting around. Since living alone, he hired a health aid to help him around. Her name is Allora and I guess after time, they fell in love. I don’t know much about her other than she makes Junior happy.  It’s good to see him happy again. He suffered from depression since learning about the truth of who his real father is.

I can’t imagine of what Junior was going through. Learning that your father is actually your half brother and your grandpa is actually your father. I know that had to be rough. Having a rare illness on top of that just adds insult to injury. When Junior found out, I did notice he kinda distance himself from Lotus and I. He didn’t feel like a real brother to us anymore. We always took pride of being full bloodied siblings, but learning that is wasn’t true just flipped things. Rather if he had the same dad or not, Junior has always been a real brother to me. It took a couple of years before he realize that it doesn’t matter who his real dad was. We are still family no matter what. My dad will always been his dad.

But I do get the sense that Junior still doesn’t feel like he’s apart of this family. We when last spoke, he talked about if he were to get married one day. “What name would I give my wife? I’m not a real Montigo. I don’t want to be a Champagne nor do I ever want to be a Gelman. What if I have kids? What name could I give them? I certainly couldn’t name my son after me, Borage the 3rd. He isn’t my real dad, just my brother.”

 

 

 “Hey what’s up man?”

“Not much. Vega and I are just settling in. I feel like a jerk.. I forgot about your chair. I didn’t get a ramp. I’m so sorry, bro.”

“It’s okay, really. I only use my chair when I get tired. I can still climb steps.”

“We do have a room on the first floor. Lotus wanted it but I think she’ll be okay if you took it.”

“No, if Lotus wants it.”

“She can have one of the rooms upstairs. So are you-“

“My bad! This is Allora.”

“Hi Allora. I’m Junior’s younger brother, Boragio.”

“Nice to meet you, Boragio! You both look alike.”

“I am the prettier brother. Ha ha ha.”

“That’s what you think!”

 

 

 “Have the others made it in yet?”

“Nope, you two are the first to arrive.”

“Oh I see. So where is the lovely bride? I would love to meet her.”

“She’s inside with Chanel. Our newest littler sister officially. The DNA test confirmed it. L2 wanted to be sure of things.”

“That’s cool about your little sister…”

“She’s yours too.”

 

 

 “Ohhh is this the mommy and wife to be?”

“Yes I am! You must be Junior!”

“Yep and this must be my little nephew inside.”

“He he he! BJ is gonna be a big baby. Look how fat he’s making me!”

“Ha ha ha! You look beautiful, Vega. Any female carrying life is beautiful.”

“Aww thanks! Maybe I should marry you!”

“Ha ha ha ha! You cool with that, Borg?”

“Ha ha ha ha sure! Only if I get your puppy.”

“Nah man, you can’t have my little buddy.”

 

 

 “So how are things in Sundale? I don’t hear much from you.”

“Pretty good. I’ve been meaning to call more but I don’t wanna seem like a downer.”

“You been through a lot. It’s cool, really.”

“Well things are starting to look up. I’ve been trying an experimental treatment for the past year for my blood disorder. It’s suppose to purified my blood. It was created by an alchemist from Lansing Falls. I wanted to go the herbal route in curing my disorder. Modern medicine is just making it worse.”

“Oh really? How is that going? The experimental stuff?”

“Great actually! I’m getting stronger and becoming less sick. The treatments are improving my health. I may be cured from this soon.”

“That’s awesome.”

 

 

 “Hey I’m from Lansing Falls. There’s a lot of good alchemist and herbalist there. I really hope the treatment actually cures your illness.”

“I hope so too. I was told when I was a kid that there was no known cure. My blood disorder was rare and fairly new.”

“I’m pretty sure herbal medicine could cure you. It does a lot of magical things.”

“It would be nice to be normal again like before I got sick. Having Allora has been great but she still feels like an aide instead of a girlfriend.”

“She’s your girlfriend?”

“See, that’s the reaction I usually get.” 

 

 

 “Oh my gosh… I’m so sorry. I didn’t- I mean..”

“It’s okay Vega. We are used to it by now.”

“So is she still your aide?”

“No technically. She still helps me out but I gotten a new one. He doesn’t live in with us though. Soon I won’t really need him.”

“I hope so too.”

“Me too, bro.”

“I just hope that this will be the end of it.”

 

 

 

—–

 

 “Mom! Dad!”

“Hey sweetie. How have you been?”

“Getting fat. Where’s Veronica?”

“Your sis didn’t want to travel with us. She said your dad is too embarrassing.”

“I’m not that bad. I’m a pretty great singer.”

“Oh dad… Promise me that you won’t sing!”

“Honey, I was hoping to sing at the wedding.”

“Dad! No! Please!”

“Ha ha ha! I’m only kidding.”

 

 

 “So where is this boy. I gotta see if he’s good enough.”

“You guys will like him. You gotta!”

“So far he sounds like a nice guy. I just hope-“

“No mom.. He’s nothing like that jerk Jeremy!”

“Good, cause I didn’t bring any bail money.”

“Dad!”

“Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 “And how is my little grandson?”

“He’s getting big. We had a 4D scan last week. Wanna see the pic?”

“Of course. I’m curious of what he’s gonna look like.”

“See?”

“Aww, he kinda looks a lot like you. I can already tell.”

“I think he looks like his daddy.”

“Well he has his lips.”

“Really?”

“Honey, you forget that I’m an ultrasound tech. I look at unborn babies for a living.”

“Oh, right!”

 

 

 Vega quickly introduced me to her parents before running to the bathroom. I was a little nervous at first. I never met her parents or any other female I dated parents either. I better make a good impression, I’ll be apart of their family soon.

“So Boragio, you want to marry my first born daughter.”

“Go easy on him, dear.”

“I will but he gotta pass the test.”

“A test?”

“How are your grilling skills?”

“Pretty great I guess.”

“You guess? You can’t come to a Hooley barbecue if you don’t know your way around a grill. No using your genie magic either. Grilling is love. Grilling is life.”

“I grill steaks all the time. I had no complaints.”

“We have a grill here, right?”

“Yeah.”

“How about we grill up a couple of steaks?”

“Garren no! What did your doctor tell you? You need more green leafy foods in your diet and need to stay away from red meat. You’re already getting a little pudgy in the middle.”

“Just one last steak?”

“No Garren. You gotta watch what you eat now.”

“You sure you wanna get married, Boragio? Are you ready to be told what you can eat or do?  Lose your freedom? Lose your balls?”

“Garren!”

“Ha ha. I’m just teasing.”

 

 

 “I’m back. I see my dad hasn’t scared you off yet.”

“He would if you didn’t come back in time. He trying to convince him to grill some steaks when your dad knows he can’t be eating foods like that anymore.”

“I just wanna know if the guy can cook.”

“Trust me dad, he’s pretty great in the kitchen. He cooks most of the meals since I got pregnant.”

“See honey, we treats our daughter well. He cooks for her like you did for me when I was pregnant with the girls.”

“You eat food? I thought you are a vampire?”

“I am but I had the taste bud procedure done years ago. I now can taste normal food.”

“That’s pretty cool.”

 

 

 “I never had a taste for vampire food and most don’t. Technically we aren’t real vampires, just some genetic hybrid. Real vampire food isn’t too appealing. I had the procedure done when I was 18. I wanted to fit in and be normal. I gained 40 pounds after it was done. I didn’t know how amazing real food tasted. I lost the weight over time, I’ve gotten better with eating. Now if I can get Garren to watch what he’s eating.”

“That doctor is a buzz kill.”

“That doctor is trying to save your life, Garren.”

“What’s wrong, dad?”

“Just a little high cholesterol but I’ll be fine.”

“Oh gosh…dad.”

“Don’t worry, sweetie. I’m gonna be fine.”

“You will if you do what I tell you. We got a little grandbaby on the way. He’s gonna need his granddad around.”

“Well I do gotta teach him how to grill with perfection.”

“No grilling!”

 

 

 “Hi mister! Can you teach me how to grill? I like hotdogs!”

“Oh sure if my wife will let me. What’s your name, cutie?”

“I’m Chanel. I’m Boragio’s little sister!”

“Nice to meet you, Chanel. You have a pretty name. I’m Garren, Vega’s dad.”

“Oh cool! Wanna go swimming with me?”

“Wife, am I allow to swim?”

“Oh ha ha ha. Swimming would be great for you.”

“Yay! We all should go swimming! It would be so fun!”

 

 

 

—–

 

 It wasn’t long before my twin sister Lotus, my aunt Laurie and my older sister Phoenix arrived with their guest. It’s been so long since I last seen them. We went different directions since Star City. I followed dad to EC while Lotus followed Phoenix to Clover hill Bay. I do miss them a lot. We haven’t been able to meet up in a long while. We shouldn’t wait for big events just to get together.

 

 

 “So do you all drive or fly?”

“We drove the whole 16 hours here.”

“Wow and how to Ayana take the trip? I can’t imagine travelling with a 2 year old.”

“Endless mounts of DVDs help. Plus she slept most of the time. She’s a good kid.”

“You all must be tired now.”

“Nah, we’re fine. Keith drove the rest of the way here.”

“Keith?”

“Ya know… PC’s special boy toy. He he he!”

“Oh shut up, Laurie! Keith is Ayana’s uncle and a very good friend of mine. I hope you don’t mind me bringing him.”

“No problem. He’s family after all.”

 

 

 I haven’t met my niece Ayana until today. I’ve seen many pics of her and even skype with her along with PC. I think my sister has done a pretty good job on raising Ayana giving the situation. But I’m not surprised. She did often look after Lotus, Junior and me when we were babies.

 

 

 “Now remember Ayana, I’m the prettiest uncle.”

“Pre-dee?”

“Yep!”

“I pre-dee?”

“Of course you are. The most prettiest girl in the world.”

 

 

 

—–

 

 “Hello.”

“Hey.”

“You’re Vega?”

“Oh no, I’m Veronica. I’m her younger sister.”

“Oh my bad. You look a lot like her. I haven’t met her in person, just seen pics of her.”

“We do look alike. We could pass as twins. Why do you wanna know if I was her?”

“I’m Bradley. Boragio’s best man.”

“Oh hello there, Bradley. I’m Vega’s maiden of honor.”

“Oh really? That’s nice.” 

 

 

 “You kinda look familiar Bradley. Where are you from?”

“New Zealand originally. I move to Starlight Bay when I was 17 but only stayed there for a couple of months before moving to Roland Heights but I’m living in Starlight Bay again.”

“Oh I’m not sure why you seem- Wait! Aren’t you Brad from that reality show, Hot Wings?!”

“Yeah, I appeared on that show for 2 seasons.”

“Oh my stars! It’s really you?! I love that show! Please tell me you’re still a fire fighter?!”

“Yeah, I’m still fighting fires and such. Being on Hot Wings was fun but I wanted to take my career more seriously. Having cameras following me around got annoying.”

“You’re much cuter in person. I can’t believe that I’m meeting you. You are my favorite!”

 

 

 “You’re pretty cute yourself. It’s kinda nice meeting a fan.”

“So are you still single?”

“Yeah, how about you?”

“Very.”

“You know what they say about the best man and the maiden of honor at weddings.”

“They’ll make pretty babies?”

“Ha ha ha. Maybe. You seem cool, Veronica.”

“And you’re very hot, Brad.”

 

 

 

 

—–

 

 

 “Who is that asshole….”

 

 

 

 “I don’t know who you are but you better back off!”

“What?! What did I do?!”

“Nothing yet and I’m gonna make sure it stays that way!”

“I’m confused?! What did I do to offend you?”

 

 “Brad, this would be Vega. My sister, your best friend’s wife to be…”

“That’s Brad?”

“Yeah I’m Brad.”

“Then you stay away from my sister. You’re some kind of player, aren’t you!”

“No.. Why do you say that?”

“You just look like one! I do remember Boragio saying that you have a new girl every night!”

“Yeah I did back when I was on that show. I had to do that for the ratings. But trust me, I’m not that kind of guy anymore.”

“Yeah?! I’m not convinced! Keep your dick out of my sister!”

“Uhh.. I think I’m just gonna go inside.”

 

 

 “Seriously? What in the hell! That was so embarrassing! Are you gonna rip every guy that talks to me a new hole? You can’t be doing that!”

“I’m just trying to protect you. You’ll think me! I know Brad’s type.”

“The last I knew I am 21 years old. I don’t need you protecting me. I can’t face Brad again! Thanks a lot!”

“I just don’t want you to be taken advantage again…”

“Not every guy in the world is going to rape me! It’s been 3 years ago and I’m trying to move pass that. I’m starting to regain some trust in men… Just back off. Please.”

“But Veronica.. I’m just scared of it happens again.”

“I know but I’m not going to let it happen again. If I just shut off from the world then that’s letting my rapists win. I want to live a normal life, date men and just enjoy life. I came a long way to get to this point in my life..”

 

 

 I was happy to see my best friend Bradley again. He’s kinda one of my longest friends. Back when I was 15, I met Brad at high school. He just moved from a small town in New Zealand to Star City. It was a huge change for him, coming from a small town into a big city in another country. He was confused about his class schedule and I helped him out. I was one of his first friends. He didn’t stay long though. Just a couple of months before moving to the suburb Sundale for a month before moving to Roland Heights. We kept in touch for a while but lost contact.

We reconnected in Twinbrook during firemen training. As we trained for a month, we caught up on each others lives. Brad was already a fire fighter but needed to train to receive a promotion. I learned that he relocated back to Star City and was about to appear on the third season of a reality show that followed the lives of fire fighters.  I thought it was cool and all but I didn’t become a fellow fire fighter like Brad or like the other friends we made while there. 

 

 

 “So I met Vega. She gave me the third degree cause I was talking to her sister. Is there anything I should know?”

“She’s just very protective of her. Just don’t lead her own if you’re planning on doing anything with her.”

“She’s cute but I think it would be nice to have a friend to chat with. Nothing serious of anything.”

“Well if you’re still like you were in your Hot Wings days…”

“Nah. It was just for the show. I was the young, single and attractive one. They needed a ho for the show. I didn’t mind being that ho.”

“You looked like you enjoyed it.”

“I’ll admit that I did but those days are over. Trust me. One day I wanna settle down like you. Get married, have some babies. Maybe you’ll be my best man.”

“Ha ha ha! We’ll see. I’ll go talk to Vega. Maybe she’ll go easy on you.”

“Thanks, man.”

 

 

 I talked to Vega about Brad, asking if she could go a little easy on him. Brad is a good guy and wouldn’t hurt her sister in any way. She does feel bad yelling at him and wasn’t sure what came over him. She made her way over to him to apologize. I hope they can play nice now. It would be awkward if my wife-to-be and best friend don’t get along. 

 

 “Mind if I join you, Brad?”

“Is it safe?”

“Think so. Boragio talked to Vega. I’m really sorry about that.”

“I guess I could understand her. If I had a younger sister or brother, I would be protective over. But I am an only child.”

“You’re lucky. What I would give to be an only child. I love Vega but sometimes she’s just too much.”

“To be honest, I think she was a bit over the top.”

“She has reasons..”

 

 

 

 “Oh?”

“I dunno why am I telling you this.. I hardly know you but 3 years ago I was raped by 2 guys who I knew for a long time. We attended the same high school and a writing class. It was only 3 weeks after our graduation and we started to attend a writing class before heading off to college. One night after class, my 2 guy friends asked if they could walk me to my car. I didn’t think much of it since I’ve known them since the 10th grade. The next thing I know, one hits me over the head and the other stuffs me in the trunk of his car. They drove me out into the woods and they both took turns raping me for hours. I was beaten and left to die. I was found by a hiker the next day.”

“Oh wow.. That is some serious shit.”

“Yeah. I’m trying to move forwarded in my life. Not letting that rule my life. Vega thinks every guy who talks to me is a rapist. I’m trying to regain trust in men, not every guy is like those 2. Everyday I’m still recovering. But I am doing better most days.”

“I understand now. So what happen to the guys?”

“They were trialed and convicted. 10 years each however one got a lighter sentence of 7 years. They gotta do at least 5 before parole and I’m gonna fight that. No way those monsters should ever be released.”

“I feel that all rapists and pedos shouldn’t be released until after being castrated.”

“Only in a dream world. So you’re not put off by this? I’m damaged goods.”

 

 “No way. You’re not damaged goods.  You’re strong. You’re a survivor. Not many girls are lucky to walk away from such an attack like yours. And seeing how you’re just opening up to me, a guy, someone whom you don’t know tells me that you’re far from being damage.”

“You think so?”

“I know so. I was hoping maybe we can be friends?”

“Sure, I would like that.”

 

 

 Most of my family who planned to attend the wedding made it into town. I got a call from my grandparents telling us they plan to take the kids to the park. I figure we all should go join them since everyone was settled in. It was a nice evening, might as well go enjoy it with the people I love.

 

 

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  9 comments for “Love For The Ladies: Chapter 103.1 – Family Affair

  1. March 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    So much is happening! lol. I’m excited to see Ayana, she’s just the cutest! ❤ Good start to this series. Hopefully Brad doesn't cause any drama for Boragio. I really loved the bit with Garren needing to watch what he eats. Just like any good chef, lol.

    • thenay83
      March 11, 2015 at 7:45 AM

      Hehehe I almost forgot what all was going on in this chapter seeing how I wrote it a month ago :p
      So many Montigos in one place. Things are sure to get interesting lol
      The Garren bit was funny, Martina nagging him about his eating habits lol

  2. neansbeans
    March 11, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Great chapter. Lot of character, some new and some old. Wow, something could happen and stir up drama. Brad looks like he may be up to something.

    • thenay83
      March 19, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      Thanks

  3. Buffy
    March 13, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Getting giddy seeing everyone arriving. It’s so exciting seeing everyone coming together! 😀

    Poor Junior. He’s been through so much. At least things are really looking up for him.

    Oh Brad, getting yourself into trouble before you’ve even walked through the door. Lol.

    The little slideshow at the end was cool 🙂

    • thenay83
      March 19, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      LOL Brad didn’t need much help in starting trouble. He’s a natural hahaha. It is nice to see the family all coming together. They haven’t seen each other in so long. Some picked up from where they left off.

  4. March 17, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Your background is killing my eyes!! Lol. Aw poor Junior :(. He’s been through a lot. I love Boragio and Vega together. Good seeing Garren and Martina again :). Some of the pictures after they are introduced are black. May be how the page loaded. Love the slideshow.

    • thenay83
      March 19, 2015 at 11:57 AM

      Maybe there was some loading issue or something. I now load my pics on WP now since FB can’t act right.

  5. April 26, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Fun chapter. I am getting excited about the wedding! Good seeing Brad and his little flirting with Veronica. Poor girl had a hard time thats she’s recovering from. 😦 Loved the slide show – great seeing the family have fun together and scaring one another. Lol

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