Category: SYS Season 2

Show Yourself: Chapter 23 – Long Silence

The last day of my trip in Brightpoint was here. After breakfast I began packing my belongings back into my luggage. It would be one less thing I would have to do before heading to the ferry back to Bridgeport. I know we would have to head out a bit early because the airport is a few miles outside of Bridgeport. I just wasn’t looking forwarded to the journey back home. I had some unfinished business here.

 

 

 

“Do you have your things all packed up?”

“Yeah.”

“Awesome. Our flight is gonna be a little earlier. I booked us on a different flight. I can’t wait to bury my face between your mom’s-“

“Okay dad! I don’t need to know all the details.”

“I just miss her so much.”

“Me too, dad. How much earlier?”

“We have a 4pm flight so we gotta head out about 1.”

“Mind if I hang out with Noelle for a little bit?”

“Yeah, can’t leave your lady behind without goodbye.”

“Dad.. She’s not a- Never mind.”

 

 

 

I shot Noelle a text letting her know that would be leaving soon and I would like

to see her for one last time. However I didn’t know some would go by.

 

 

 

I waited and waited for Noelle to respond but nothing. I was confused. Why was she not responding to my text. I sent another one, thinking maybe she didn’t get the first time. I would check my phone every 5 minutes but still nothing.

 

 

The wait was agonizing. I tried to think did I do anything to offend her but I couldn’t think of anything. I was lost, confused and felt like I was losing my mind.

 

 

 

“What’s going on, bro?”

“I don’t understand why Noelle won’t respond to me.”

“What did you do?”

“Nothing.”

“Girls are strange. You can piss them off and they won’t tell you what you did.”

“She was happy when I last saw her. I didn’t think I pissed her.”

“Weird.”

 

 

“What do I do, Bash?”

“Not sure. Maybe her phone is dead or she lost it in the house.”

“Just my luck. The day I leave and something happens to her phone.”

“Sucks man but who knows. Guess gotta play the waiting game.”

“Yeah.”

“Let’s chill outside with Eli. It’s a nice day.”

“Okay.”

 

 

 

With an hour and half passing by, still no response from Noelle. I went outside in the backyard with Bastian and Eli. It was a pretty nice mid morning out but I wish I could be spending this time with Noelle. 

 

 

 

“Cheer up, Sunshine.”

“Only she can call me that, Eli.”

“I was trying to make you smile a little, Rai.”

“Still nothing, bro?”

“Nothing. I’m kinda worried. Should I go over there?”

“That’s probably not a good idea.”

“I agree with Bash. If she’s mad about something. If might make things worse.”

 

 

 

“What could she be mad about?”

“Maybe you chewed your mouth too loudly?”

“Or you farted. Ha ha ha!”

“I swear I didn’t do any of those things.”

“Noelle is a girl so it could be any little dumb thing like burping without excusing yourself. Ha ha ha!”

“Some girls are really petty about the small things.”

“Noelle isn’t like those type of girls. She doesn’t seem petty.”

 

 

 

After a while I decided to lay down for a while and think to myself.

 

 

 

I had so many thoughts racing through my head. What could be the reason of why I haven’t anything from Noelle. She’s usually quick to reply to but today of all the days, I get nothing when time is quickly running out.

 

 

I started to grow angry with each passing minute. I thought about sending her an angry text letting her how I felt.  My ears twitched as I could sense Jada’s presence was near by. It was a small reminder to not act on my impulses.

“Go away Jada. I’m not gonna do it!” 

 

 

 

My phone read 12:29 when it blurt out a chime, alerting me that I have a text. It was Noelle telling me to meet her at The Watchman’s Dock. I darted out the door once my Uber driver arrived.

 

 

 

I found Noelle sitting at the end of the dock, looking down into the water. The breeze from the ocean felt cool and nice. I enjoyed the light mist of ocean water on my face. I needed that cool down as I started to get a bit hot and nervous during my ride here.

“Noelle?”

 

 

 

“Hey Sunshine! Good to see you.”

“Good to see you too.”

 

 

 

“Why are you all red? Did you run here?”

“Uhh no. Uber driver had no AC.”

That was a lie.

“That blows. Maybe we take a dip in the water and cool off. You do know how swim, right?”

“Yeah. I know how to swim now.”

“That’s good to know.”

“So I wanna know why it took so long to get a reply back from you.”

 

 

 

“To be honest I saw your text as soon as you sent it but I dunno why I took so long to reply back. I guess I was a little nervous, scared.”

“Nervous? Scared of what? I thought you were mad at me. Bash said some girls can be a little petty.”

“You think I’m petty?”

“You don’t seem like it. But what was you nervous and scared about?”

 

 

 

“You know how things are kinda different between us. We aren’t little kids anymore. Anything we say or do is legit now.”

“Yeah that’s true and all.”

“I just feel so different whenever I am around you.”

 

 

 

“So how? What do you by mean that?”

“I dunno how to explain it. I just feel different. I got a feeling that you feel the same way when you’re around me.”

“I guess you’re right. I do feel a little different around you too.”

“See, it was just hard to face you again. I’m gonna be sad to see you go.”

“Me too. I had lots of fun here. I wish I could stay longer.”

 

 

“Me too. What are your plans with Anna?”

“Not sure. She hasn’t talked to me yet. Why ask?”

“Just curious.”

“Oh okay. I really haven’t been thinking about her lately. I kinda been thinking about you.”

“Really?”

 

 

“Yeah, honestly. It’s been so fun hanging out with you. It’s easy to talk to you unlike the other girls. And you’re so much prettier in person.”

“Awe, really? That’s so sweet. I’ve been thinking about you too?”

“Why? There’s nothing special about me.”

“That’s bull. I knew there was something special about since the day we met.”

“You’re talking about me turning into that freakish thing during a full moon. That doesn’t make me special.”

 

 

 

“That’s not what I mean. You have talent, you always make me laugh, you can cheer me up when I’m down, you always been my best friend.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah, Sunshine.”

“You’re my best friend too. Well girl best friend, cause these Bash.”

 

 

 

“Uh huh right. So I need to tell you something. I better get this off of my chest.”

“Is it bad?”

“Well… not really?”

“Oh.”

“But what I wanna say is that I like you, Raiden.”

“I like you too, Noelle.”

“I don’t think you what am I saying. I like you, Raiden. Like really like, like you a lot. More than friends.”

 

 

“Oh.. is that so?”

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I was taken back by Noelle’s words. Hearing her saying that she liked me more than echoed around my head. I stood there in confusion, not sure how to react.

 

 

 

Before I knew it, Noelle pull me towards her. She embraces with me the most passionate kiss that I ever had during my teenage years. We kissed before as kids but never like this. It felt real, anything that we did as kids seems foolish now. This was legit. I kissed her back without thinking much, it felt like we were kissing for hours but it was only for a few seconds.

 

 

I quickly pulled back when I thought I heard Anna’s voice. I was in a lost for words as I looked into Noelle’s now love filled eyes. She was smiling ear to ear, swaying her body innocently. But all I could say was…

“I gotta go!”

 

 

 

….

 

 

……

 

 

It was close to the time for us to get on the ferry. I was scolded by my dad for almost missing it. He sent me a million texts asking where I was. But of course I ignored during my time with Noelle. I knew my mom would ground once my dad tells her what happen. It’s my own damn fault.

 

 

 

I felt like such a jackass for leaving Noelle hanging like that. I knew she would be confused but I’m also confused myself. I have conflicting feelings. I care about Anna and hope to work things out. But also feel like there’s much of a relationship anymore. I think she’s just gonna dump me. I do like Noelle, more than a friend ever since I came to Brightpoint. But can we make a long distance relationship work? I don’t know what to do. At the moment, I feel like shit.

 

 

I just hope I didn’t just screwed up things with Noelle permanently..  

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Show Yourself: Chapter 22 – Weak

Nearing the end of my trip in Brightpoint Island, I finally spent some time with Bastian. He was happy to have some guy because he is the only male in Nova’s household. So far he’s enjoy his end of the trip, he met a few girls in Bridgeport during a couple of shopping trips with Nova and Abby.

He suggested that we should go hang out with them but there’s no way my Dad is gonna let me go off to Bridgeport without him since the night club incident. I told Bastian about that and he wished he was invited out but was kinda glad he wasn’t since we got caught.

We were trying out a new game that hasn’t come out yet. Cyrus came over as he usually does to see Nova and to bring Aimee over to play with her sister Abby. Cyrus is a game tester at Interstellar gaming and sometimes brings home games that he’s currently trying out. To smooth things out with Bastian, he brings with him a shooter game for Bastian and I to play with while he keeps Nova company. It was awkward for both Bastian and I as we tried to ignored the sounds of our siblings fucking like rabbits upstairs. It wasn’t be so bad if my brother wasn’t already married.

 

 

 

“Do you know what you’re doing?”

“Yeah but do you know what you’re doing? We don’t even need to go that way get. Get back over here! We gotta go this way!”

“How do you know? You have no sense of direction! You can’t even drive in Mario Kart without flying out into space!”

“That’s because the game is bugged and has something against me, Bash! Trust me on this! Go this way! I got a good feeling about it.”

“Okay. HEY! I just stepped on a landmine, asshole!”

“Heh! Well maybe not that way. This way. I swear.”

“I’m not listening to you! You’re gonna get me kill! I’m going to way I was going in the first place!”

“Okay. Yeah. I’ll follow you but I still think we should go this way though.”

 

 

 

“Should we be outside with the girls, Rai? They might come in and hear them. Abby doesn’t need to hear them going at it like that.”

“Probably but this game is kinda fun. My Mom isn’t gonna let me buy it.”

“Yeah. This game is kinda awesome.”

“Uncle Rai, Uncle Bash, I’m thirsty. Can I have some juice?”

“Oh shit. Hold up, Abby.”

“I guess we gotta stop now.”

 

 

“Um why is my mommy screaming oh god? Is she praying again?”

 

 

 

We gave Abby some juice and rushed her back outside along with Aimee. We needed to keep the girls outside as long possible so they wouldn’t hear anything that was going on upstairs. Cyrus had to be nailing Nova pretty good because I swear the whole block could probably hear her.

 

 

 

Cyrus made his way to the playground and didn’t look a bit a shame or anything. Bastian and I weren’t stupid, we knew was going on between Cyrus and Nova and he knew we knew. Cyrus acted like it was no big deal, I get why Bastian doesn’t care much for my brother.

“Hey Am’s, I gotta get.”

“Do I gotta too? I’m having fun playing with Uncle Rai.”

“Nah, you can stay. Nova said it’s cool since your uncle is here.”

“I can? I can stay longer?”

“Yeah, just a couple of hours but I’ll be back to pick you both up so we can go to the beach. Alright?”

“Okay!”

 

 

 

“Give Daddy a kiss and a hug.”

“Okay!”

“You too, Abby. I gotta go.”

Cyrus’ treatment towards women may be poor, however I can see he treat his daughters well and he adores them. The treats his daughters like queens but why couldn’t he do the same to his own mother and wife?

 

 

 

I was in the bathroom when I overheard Bastian ragging on Nova about his involvement with Cyrus. Bastian has already express his dislike towards it, however Nova doesn’t care nor does she wants to hear it.

“Rai and I were down here listening to you guys going at it like rabid monkeys. I couldn’t stand to listen to that shit and Abby walked in and heard that shit. She doesn’t need to hear that! It’s gonna fucked with her mind and confused her! What is she going to think? She knows her dad is married but he’s still fuckin’ you and that’s okay? It’s not okay, Nova!”

“Shut up Bastian! I already told you that Cyrus and I will be together one day but just not now. When he gets that promotion, he’s gonna leave Sara!”

“He’s not going to leave Sara! You are just a side chick who he just fucks when he’s bored! Why can’t you see that?!”

“You don’t know anything! You’re just a kid!”

 

 

 

“I’ve been around Uncle Mason long enough to know what a side chick ho is when I see one and you’re one of them! Nova you really deserve something better than this. Screwing someone’s husband is just skanky!”

“Well maybe I’m just like mom! Leave me alone! I’m gonna do what I’m gonna do and there’s nothing you can do about it! If you don’t like me screwing Cyrus so much then go stay with Raiden’s family! I don’t wanna hear about it anymore, Bastian!”

“I’m just telling you the truth!”

“No one asked for the truth, Dr. Buzzkill!”

 

 

Bastian was upset and decided to go cool off on the steps outside. I followed him and talked to him for a bit.

“Nova has always been so stupid when it comes to him. I don’t know what she sees in him. No offense, I know he’s your brother but I don’t like him. I think he’s a piece of shit.”

“I know my brother is kinda shitty but aren’t some girls attractive to assholes?”

“Guess that’s true. Fuck, Nova. Why does she has to be one of those stupid girls who likes men who are bad for her. Like what’s the appeal?”

“I dunno. Aren’t you kinda a bad boy yourself?”

“A little. I did some shit, kinda minor but nothing like Cyrus. I treat girls with respect.”

 

 

 

“You’re with Vexille but you keep sending flirtatious texts to my sister Giana. You’re kinda not respecting Vexille.”

“Man; we aren’t talking about me. We are talking about Nova and Cyrus. Don’t flip the subject, Rai.”

“Just sayin’ man. You can tell Nova how you don’t like this until you’re blue in the face, but she’s gonna do whatever she wants. That’s the way it is.”

“I don’t like it.”

“Me either, but what can we do?”

“Tell Sara?”

“It’s kinda not our place.”

“True.” 

 

 

 

Bastian started to talk about some other things until we saw a speeding car come flying down the street. The car came the screeching halt in the driveway. Sara quickly jumps out of her car and begins shouting from the top of her lungs.

“I know he was here! Where the fuck is Cyrus! Nova you skanky ass bitch! Where the fuck is Cyrus! Where is he?!”

 

 

 

Nova came running out from the townhouse yelling at Sara. They quickly escalated into a heated screaming match in front of Bastian and I. We could do nothing but watch helplessly.

“He’s not here! Do you see his car or you fuckin’ blind, bitch?!”

“I know he was here! My friend said he said he was here for a good hour or so! Why was here? Why the fuck was he here?”

“What do you think, bitch? To get away from your naggy ass! He wants to be around a real woman!”

“He’s already with a REAL woman! He married her! Do you see this ring? Where’s yours? OH wait? You don’t have one because he didn’t want to be with you!”

“If didn’t want to be with me then why is he always coming over here?! When he gets that promotion, he’s saying goodbye to your skanky ass!” 

 

 

 

“If you think for one second my husband will leave me for a slut like then you are sadly mistaken! He did get that promotion and a raise! I guess he didn’t tell you that! We are leaving Brightpoint for Brooklyn Heights! That’s 4 hours away from your ho ass! And we are also expecting twins! I guess he didn’t tell you about our babies either, huh?”

“You are lying bitch! Cyrus would tell me something big like that! You’re just making shit up!”

“I’m not making anything up! You’re just a weak and sad little bitch who can’t get her own man! When we leave, maybe you’ll finally get your own but knowing you, you’ll probably just fuck someone else’s husband too! Once a skank is always a skank!”

“Oh really? Well I hope your babies die!”

 

 

 

“You bitch! How dare you!”

Sara grabs a hold of Nova’s neck and begins choking her. Bastian rushes to his sister’s aide and breaks Sara’s grip from Nova’s neck.

 

 

 

Unfortunately both Abigail and Aimee witness Sara’s attack on Nova. It’s a shame how well the girls get along but the their mothers can’t stand each other.

“Mommy?! What are you doing?! Don’t hurt Nova!”

“Let go of my Mommy, Sara!” 

 

 

“C’mon Aimee! Let’s go! I can’t believe your Daddy left you at this skank’s house. It’s not safe for you here!”

“No, Mommy! Daddy said I could stay! Uncle Rai is here!”

“I don’t care! Your uncle is just a kid. You’re going home. That skank wished death on your unborn siblings!”

“But I don’t wanna! Daddy said I can stay!”

“I don’t care what he said!”

I stepped in, trying to calm Sara down while she attempted to force Aimee into the car. Neighbors were coming out of their homes to watch the commotion. I pointed this out to Sara and told her I would look after Aimee. She let Aimee stay and drove off.

 

 

 

The girls are upset, Bastian tried to consoled them both. I pulled out my phone as I knew I needed to called someone. My first instinct was to call my Dad but since this was Cyrus’ mess, I would need to call him but I called my Mom instead.

“Hey Mom.”

“Hey Rai, what’s going on?”

“Something had happened but I don’t know what to do?”

“What’s wrong, baby?”

“Well Sara and Nova got into a fight in front of Abby and Aimee. They are really upset. Do I call Cyrus or Dad?”

“Where’s Sara and Nova? Call Cyrus and make him deal with this mess. Why were they fighting?”

“Nova is inside and Sara went home. Sara confront Nova about her sleeping with Cyrus. One of Sara’s friends saw him over here. Nova didn’t deny it. Then Sara said she’s pregnant and Nova said she hopes the babies die.”

“Hmm. That girl. Call Cyrus and once he gets there, call your Dad and tell him to pick you and Bastian up. You boys don’t need to be over there. Tell Bastian to bring a change of clothes because he’s staying a night with you guys.”

“Okay, Mom.”

“Alright. I gotta call your Dad. I love you.”

“I love you too.”

“Bye.”

 

 

 

 

After calling Cyrus, I went upstairs to check on Nova. I hear her crying, I didn’t think she was going to be upset seeing how she didn’t care about sleeping with an attached man.

“Go away, Bastian. I don’t wanna hear it.”

“It’s Rai.”

“Oh.”

“You okay?”

“Does it look like it?”

“No. But sorry for caring.”

 

 

 

“I’m sorry. Come back. Sit. I know I can be a bitch.”

“Are you going to be okay?”

“I dunno. I can’t believe he didn’t tell me about the promotion. Did you know about it?”

“If I tell truth you the truth, you can’t get mad at me.”

“Okay, I won’t.”

“But yeah, I knew. We had a celebration dinner 2 days ago. Like his Mom was super happy that’s he’s finally doing something with his life. He’s also going to attend school in Brooklyn Heights so he can go further in the gaming career.”

“So everything my brother was telling me was true? I’m just some side chick ho who Cyrus fucks when he gets bored?”

 

 

 

“I really don’t know what’s going on in Cyrus’ mind. So I can’t say what you are to Cyrus but probably not something he’s gonna leave Sara for. Let’s be real about that.”

“He would hold me at night and talk about how he wish we could lay together every night and how he didn’t have to get up and go home. He talked about wanting to go on trips and do things as a family. I thought he really loved me. So it had to be more than just sex, don’t you think so?”

“I dunno. I’m no expert. I’m only 14 and a half.”

“Oh right. I forget that you’re still a kid. You wouldn’t understand the things I feel but I’m in love with Cyrus. I think about him all the time. I see him in my dreams. He’s the first one I call whenever something great happens in my life. When you find love, then you’ll understand.”

“So is that how love feels?”

 

 

 

 

“Yes. Truth be told, I know Cy is bad for me. I know I need to leave him alone and I have tried but I am so weak. I just keep crawling back to him. I need him, I can’t live without him, he’s my everything and without him, I am nothing.”

“He’s leaving and he didn’t tell you what was going on. I don’t think my bro feels the same about you as you do for him. So what are you gonna do?”

“It would be foolish to love a man who doesn’t love me back. Bastian is right. I do deserve better than this.”

“So?”

“I’m done with him. I deserve a man who is going to love me back.”

 

 

 

She didn’t last 12 hours before her weakness consumed her. Not surprised to be honest.

Show Yourself: Chapter 21- Take A Page

I awaken around 10 am and asked to head over to my brother L2’s house. Selene needed some help around the house and as some form of punishment from my parents, I was sent there to be some kind of service for my sister-in-law. I was wanting to sleep in a little since Mateo and did stay up a little watching some videos online. However I should had known better that my Mom would put my Dad up to something and I would be up early. I was still groggy as I crossed the street to L2’s house. Morde and L2 made sure they would be neighbors so they could see each other whenever they can. I guess that’s cool. My family often live near by each other if they live in the same city.

 

 

 

I rang the doorbell and was told to come in. Selene was alone except for her youngest child Liam Jr. who they nicknamed L3. 

“There’s my helper for the day. I sent my daughters off. I hope you are more useful than they are. Halo is moody and Nichelle can’t stay off her phone. They are driving me crazy and I have so much to do before I can return to work.”

“I guess I can be little helpful. What’s going on?”

“As you might know, I had some health issues just before I had L3. Stress related. I worked too hard and too much. I decided to stay home when I had L3. I had a high risk pregnancy and had to stop working during my second trimester. I haven’t been to work since. Well, I’m ready to go back to work.”

“So you haven’t worked in 2 years? Why you wanna go back? Doesn’t working kinda suck?”

“I love my job, sometimes it can be stressful but I love helping people at the hospital. Being a nurse is awesome although we are overworked and unappreciated. I do love spending time with L3 but we need the extra L3. Living in Brightpoint cost us a pretty penny. And it’s time for L3 to start interacting with other kids his age. I don’t want to sit at home bored and alone.” 

 

 

 

“I guess that’s a good reason to go back to work. I thought L2 was making enough money at the gaming company. Didn’t he get a promotion or something?”

“Yes he did, but with the bills, mortgage and 3 kids, some extra money would help us a lot. We’ve taken in a 4th child whom may stay with as permanently. L2’s son Marco is with us now. With an extra mouth, a genie mouth we need more food than usual.”

“So what do you need me to do?”

“I got a lot of errands to do and it’s hard to do this with a 2 year on hand. L3 can be a bit of a wiggle worm, so that’s where you come in.”

“So I’m basically babysitting?” 

“Yeah, can you handle that?”

“I think so.”

“Great!”

 

 

 

We first headed to the preschool so Selene could enroll L3 in. I kept watch over L3 and she was right, he is a wiggle worm and won’t be still. He kept insisting that we should go play but I wasn’t sure if he was allowed to. One of the preschool teachers saw I was struggling to hold L3 and giggle. “Trouble with your little brother?” She asked. I smiled and corrected her, “He’s my nephew. He wants to go play but I’m sure if that’s okay.” She told me it would be okay, enrolling was going to take a little time and he should have a tour of his new school. The school was pretty nice and kinda reminds me of the one I went to back in Riverview when I was L3’s age.

 

 

 

I entertained L3 during the next three stops, the bank, book store and grocery store. Honestly I never spent this much time with a toddler and wasn’t sure if he was going to like me. I was never left with a baby or didn’t get to hold one much as a child. My older sisters seemed to always been a little nervous having me around their babies. However Nicole felt different, she didn’t seem to mind me around the quads. Since I wasn’t never really allowed near babies, I kept my distance. L3 likes me a lot, I wonder maybe because he’s tired of his older sisters.

 

 

 

“Having you around made things easier. The girls would just whine the whole time. They whine more than L3 does but I have one more errand I have to do.”

“What’s that?”

“I have a doctor’s appointment but it’s Bridgeport. I’ll need for you to stay here with L3 and straighten the house a bit.”

“Okay I guess I could stay with L3 but clean up too?”

“Yeah, your Mom called me and told me you had to, Mr. Party pants.”

“Ugh. She told you about that too?”

“Yep! I grounded Cyrus 3 months for sneaking off to go party. He also made Abby on that night too.”

“Well I didn’t make any babies. I can’t right now.”

 

 

 

“I know but you better not think about making any babies, anytime soon, Mr. Party pants. The last this family needs and anymore teenage parents. L2 was a teen dad and then his daughter Ally. Cyrus had 2 kids at 16. And Kimora having one at 15. I guess we can’t count that one, she was assaulted. It wasn’t her fault. You kids need to be kids. L2 wants Ally here, he think he can break the cycle with Amora now that she’s 16. Amora could be kept busy with activities like what we do with the girls. Nichelle is in cheerleading, mathletics, drama club and chess club. Halo is in the debate club, art & music club and she volunteers at the preschool. She likes working with small kids. “

“Yeah, I know but trust me. I don’t want any kids. They might end up like me. Freaky half wolf monsters.”

“You don’t know that. They could be genies.”

“Well it’s a chance that I’m not willing to take.”

“Okay. I just hope your parents plan to have the “talk” with you.”

“The “talk”?”

“About the birds and the bees.”

“Oh that. Can’t wait.”

“Ha ha ha! We get to have that chat again with Marco in a few years. We already had it with the girls recently. First time for us, so uncomfortable. We failed to have the talk with our first born kids and they both ended up having kids at a young age. We can’t make that mistake again. I better go so I can catch the ferry to BP.”

 

 

Selene told us goodbye and made her way to the ferry to visit her doctor. She said she would be gone for about 2-3 hours and hoped that would be fine. L3 seems to be cool with me, it wouldn’t be the problem. She gave me a spare key if I wanted to take L3 to the park near by. She told me to wait until Marco got home, Marco was at day camp and wouldn’t be back until 1:30. That’s about thirty minutes from now, I’m in no rush taking L3 to the park.

“I guess it’s just you and me, little guy. So whatcha wanna do first?”

 

 

 

“I go pooped!”

Just my luck…

 

 

 

Selene failed to mention L3 isn’t quite potty trained just yet and I had to clean up his gross diaper. I never changed a diaper before so I called my Mom and asked. I whined the whole time while she laughed at me. She asked if I learned my lesson and I told her yes. After today, she said me I could enjoy the rest of my vacation. After L3 was changed, I started cleaning up the house. I never imagined I would be doing this on my vacation, becoming my brother’s housemaid.

 

 

 

It was L3’s lunch time and Selene said there was some spaghetti in the fridge. I warmed some up for L3 and was happy to feed him some since spaghetti is my favorite kind of food. However L3 didn’t seem to be interested in it.

“C’mon L3, you gotta eat this.”

“No! No want!”

“You gotta lunch your lunch.”

“Uh uh! Yucky!”

“It’s spaghetti! Spaghetti is awesome! It’s yummy. You gotta eat it.”

“No ‘ghetti! No ‘ghetti! No!”

“Look, I’ll eat it. See it’s- Oh. Never mind man. This is bad. Your Mom really don’t know how to make spaghetti. You gotta come to Italy and then you’ll know what real spaghetti is. I dunno what this is. But I’m not gonna make you eat. Want some PB and J?”

“Yea! Sammich, please!”

“You got it, little man.”

 

 

 

After lunch I hanged out with L3 for a bit. He was happy with his sandwich and was happy with hanging out with me in general. I haven’t had much issue with L3, he’s a pretty easy-going kid other than him not wanting to eat the gross spaghetti lunch and he can be a little antsy.

 

 

 

The door opened and a squeaky voice followed behind it.

“Are you Raiden?”

“Yeah.”

“I’m Marco! I’m staying here for the summer but I might live here. I hope I do. I wanna stay with my Dad.”

Marco’s existence is a mystery to most of the family and was to L2 himself for some. I wasn’t told the full story but what little I was told L2 got April pregnant for a second time but she left town and gave the baby up. However the parents who adopted Marco fell onto hard times. L2 found out about Marco through April’s Mom. He was upset and wanted Marco back but was talked out of it. But when the adopted parents fell onto hard times, they reached out to L2 for Marco’s sake. Now Marco is with L2.

It’s clear that Marco rather stay with his biological father than his adoptive family. I feel the complete opposite towards my biological mother. I want to stay as far away from her as possible. I wonder how bad things are with his adoptive family.

 

 

“So you like it here better than home?”

“Yeah! Way better! There’s so many kids at home. My moms have foster kids and I gotta share my room with 2 other kids and it’s super lame. I know I gotta share a room with a baby but its better than those 2 other kids. They are annoying and they aren’t my real brothers. And I like being with my Dad. I’m like him and he makes video games and I get to play them. Plus kids don’t make fun of me here. I have a normal family. A mom and a dad. Not 2 moms.”

“So you don’t like having 2 moms? I kinda have 2 moms but not in the sense you have.”

“I do but I also like having a Dad. Plus one of my moms is really, really sick and might die. So they let me come live here for a while. But I don’t wanna go back ever. I don’t wanna see my mom all sick. It makes me sad.”

“You should probably see your mom at some point, it will make her feel better.”

“Nah. I’ll be okay if I stay with my Dad.”

 

 

 

I get the impression they only sent Marco here just have more for money medical bills and not for Marco’s sake. I also get the sense that Marco feels rejected once again and it’s true why he doesn’t want to return. At least by staying here, Marco knows he is wanted and wants to stay.

“Can we pretty please go to the park? We gotta go! There’s a girl named Keely and she’s really pretty and she said she’s gonna be up there and I gotta there. Evan is gonna be there and he might try to be her boyfriend but I can’t let that happen! I really, really like her and she HAS to be my girlfriend and maybe my Dad will make me stay if he knows I have a girlfriend. He can’t break us up because that would mean!”

Kid logic is hilarious but I told him we could go to the park.

 

 

We were at the park for a while and I didn’t notice Noelle was there with her little brother Evan. I was still without a phone and would be getting it back after today.

“Hey stranger.”

“Hey Noelle!”

 

 

 

“Where you been?”

“In trouble. I got my phone taken away. I wasn’t ignoring you or anything. We got so wasted that night. Apparently I called my Mom then she called my Dad and they found a creative way to punished me while on vacation. How much trouble did you get into? I guess your friend don’t wanna see Mateo anymore, huh?”

“I figure you had to be in trouble or something. But no, I didn’t get in any trouble. I stayed the night with Kayla and her parents were out-of-town. She wants to go on another date with Mateo.”

“So Mateo and I were the only ones who got in trouble. Oh great.”

“I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay. It was a bad idea to go to the club. We shoulda stuck to the original plan.”

 

 

 

“So who is this little cutie pie?”

“Oh this is Liam Jr., we call him L3. He’s my nephew.”

“Aww he’s so cute but why L3?”

“Oh we call his Dad L2. For whatever reason my dad named him Liam.2 cause my grandpa is name Liam and I guess adding .2 was supposed to some upgrade or something. Just made him more nerdy. I’m just glad my Dad had no part in naming me. My grandma did.”

“That’s actually clever. Nice to meet you, L3. I’m Noelle, I’m your uncle’s friend.”

“Hi! I two!”

“You are? You’re a big boy!”

 

 

 

“I’m gonna tickle ya!”

“No tickle! No tickle! Ha ha ha!”

“You’re so good with little kids.”

“You think so?”

“Yeah, I watched you play with L3 for a bit before I came over here. You’re gonna make a great Dad one day. You’re gonna have the cutest little kids ever.”

“Eh.”

“What?”

“Like wise. I’m not having any kids.”

“Why not?”

 

 

 

“You think the world needs anymore freakish monsters like me roaming around? The last thing that I want to do is spawn a creature and have it feel the same kind of pain I do. It’s better that I don’t have any kids. I knew ever since I was a kid myself that I wasn’t going to have any kids.”

“You don’t know what your child is going to be. Your child could be a full genie or a full wolf. Your child could be normal.”

“Or my child could be a freak like me. Why does that even matter to you?”

“Don’t you remember?”

“Remember what?”

“The promise that you made? We would have kids if we ever gotten married.”

“Seriously? We were just kids. Dumb little kids, I only agreed so you would shut up. You can’t possibly take anything we said as kids seriously.”

 

 

“So you just agree to things so I will just shut up? What other things did you just “agree” to so I will just shut up? How many other things are there, Raiden?”

“It was just that one thing, Noelle.”

“I don’t believe you, Raiden! You’ll just say anything so I’ll shut up, huh?”

“Noelle…”

“I gotta go!”

 

 

 

Noelle stormed off, taking her kid brother with her. I sat down in the sand with L3 and knew I screwed up. I expected to see Jada at any moment, however she didn’t appear. I guess this would be a problem that I would need to fix on my own. Jada told me once before how she won’t be fixing all of my messes, I would need to fix some of my own. I guess this would one of my own.

“Well L3, I screwed up big time. Take a page from my life and never agree with a female just to get her shut up. It’s gonna come back and bite in the butt.”

“Owwie?”

“Yeah owwie. Especially don’t admit that you agree just to shut her up too. That’s asking to screw up things but I’m an idiot.”

 

 

 

“How the hell am I going to fix this?”

“Give cookie?”

“If only things were that easy, kid”

“I have cookie?”

“Sure, why not.”

“Yay, cookie!”

 

 

 

I returned back to the house and watched some TV while L3 played with his activity table and Marco plays outside with one of his friends. I heard a car pull up in the driveway and figure it must be Selene coming back from the doctors. I thought it was odd how Selene stayed in her for some time before entering the house. However I didn’t think much more of it and kept on watching TV until the front door finally opened.

“Rai..den?”

I turned around to find Selene a blubbering mess.

“Selene? What’s wrong?”

 

 

 

“So things at doctor was going fine but I had to do one last test. I didn’t think it was a big deal but I peed in that damn cup.”

“Gross and?”

“I’m pregnant. I’m supposed to be going back to work. I can’t be pregnant! Liam and I were supposed to be so careful. We were advised to not add any new additions into the family. Not even a goldfish! We been seeing a marriage counselor, one your mom recommend and right now we don’t need to have another baby! L3 was the baby who brought as back together and this baby could break us apart. We are just getting better and Marco is dropped into our lives. When I look at Marco, I’m reminded over and over when L2 cheated on me. Now the child is living with us.”

“Oh I didn’t know that. L2 didn’t seem like the type who would cheat. You guys always seems so happy.”

“L2 gets drunk and he gets stupid. He’s also a Mr. Party pants. We were having issues, I got involved with a co-worker, he found out, got drunk and slept with April. She leaves town, has Marco and gives him up. L2 didn’t know about it. Marco’s adoptive parents just gave up their rights. They don’t want him, they gotta pay for medical bills. I just checked the mail and found out. Now we got this baby and Marco for good. We don’t have the room! I know L2 is gonna be pissed at me!”

“Why? He doesn’t want a baby? He can’t get mad at you. Maybe he should pull out.”

“No. When we first moved to Brightpoint, he wanted a bigger house but I wanted this house. He said we should get a 5 bedroom house so Ally and Amora could have a room to stay in when they come to visit. And Marco could have a room to stay in during the summer. But I wanted this 3 bedroom house, only because Cyrus and Sara won’t be able to move in and mooch off on us. I love my son but I can’t stand to have him live with me. I feel like a bad mother thinking that way but if I let Cyrus and Sara stay with us, they’ll never leave. Thankfully they get to mooch off of Sara’s dad instead.”

“Dad said he was gonna have a talk with Cy and make him go find a place for him, Sara and Aimee.” 

 

 

 

“Borage will be wasting his time. I don’t know what I’m going to do. Where am I going to put this baby? The girls will still be here for another few years. There aren’t that many available houses in town. I know he’s going to berate about not buying the bigger house. This house is too small for 5 kids.”

“You’re not the only one worried about finding rooms for kids.”

“What do you mean?”

“Morde and Adria are having twins. And Piper is acting crazy so they are trying to bring in Kiara and Kailia.”

“Twins? Oh no. What if I’m having twins? I forget L2 comes from a Navox family. I could be having twins! I don’t feel good!”

“Relax, Selene. It’s probably just one baby.”

” My sister Shae is having quints! So I could be having triplets!”

“I’m going to make you a glass of lemonade and you’re gonna relax. Okay? Let’s not think about what your sisters are having. Watch some TV and chillax. Marco has a little girlfriend outside, she’s cute.”

“Thanks Rai. Can you do me a favor?”

“Yeah?”

“I want you to be here when I tell L2. You’ll be my buffer. Maybe he’ll won’t get mad.”

“Alright.”

 

 

 

Selene relaxed in front of the TV until L2 came home from work. I think I was more nervous than Selene once I heard L2’s car pull up in the driveway.

“Hey Rai. Talkin’ to the cute ladies on the interwebs?”

“Uh; no?”

“Oh. Cool sticks.”

Not sure who’s more awkward, me or my brother.

 

 

 

“Honey, you know I had to go see the doctor today.”

“Yeah, how did that go? Did everything checked out fine?”

“Yes for the most part but the doctor did find something. But you have to promise me that you won’t get mad or yell or do anything dramatic. Your kid brother is standing right there.”

“Hi.”

“Um, okay. I’m getting a little concerned. What’s going on, Selene?”

“I’m pregnant. I’m not sure how far along I am yet but I have another appointment in 2 weeks to find out. I know weren’t supposed to have another baby but we going to have one. Please don’t get mad or yell at me about not buying a bigger house but I had my reasons why. Right now we don’t need to fight. We made so much progress. Remember, Liam. Your brother, right there.”

“Hi.”

 

 

“Well I was wondering when was you finally going to admit that you were pregnant. I mean I kinda figured you might be because your breast are more bigger than usual. Not that I’m complaining. I’m really enjoying it a whole lot. Have you notice how I fondle them a lot more? I was trying to rush home so I could possibly give you a breast massages. So is that okay?”

“Liam! I just told you some serious news, we are pregnant!”

“I know, I know. We will figure this out. Breast. Massage.”

“Well guys, this is getting awkward. I think I’ll check on L3 and Marco. Have fun, congrats and good luck.”

I see just saying whatever comes to mind runs in the family. I’m glad it’s just not me.

 

 

Show Yourself: Chapter 20 – Party Pants

I woke up early to the smell of food being cooked. My stomach growled as the home cooked breakfast reminded me of my Mom’s. My nephew Mateo was still asleep and I slept on the bottom bunk of his bunk bed. I tip toe out of his room so I wouldn’t wake him. It was a little before 6 AM. I continued to tip toed through the house. I could hear my brother Mordecai chatting with his wife Adria downstairs in the kitchen.

She was making breakfast for my Dad, hoping to have one in-law she could impress. I’m guessing things didn’t go well with Morde’s mother. My Dad has his meeting with the book publicist and Adria doesn’t want to sent him off without a hot meal. That’s something my Mom would do. I got a feeling that I will like my sister-in-law. I tip toed down the downstairs so I could listened on what they were talking about.

 

 

 

“My Dad already adores you, honey. You don’t have to worry sending him a lunch too. Mimi is gonna take him out for lunch. He’ll be cool with breakfast. You gotta take it easy now since you got my little babies in there now.”

“I know but I always felt I could do more. Tristan’s parents never gave me a chance when I was married to him. Your Mom is impossible but at least your step dad is pretty nice. According to your Mom, I did nothing right with Mateo when he was baby but I kinda find that funny given her history with her first 3 kids. Honesty Morde, I don’t buy her story. No one made her leave for your safety. She left because she couldn’t handle it. Your little sisters resent her and basically your step dad is raising them.”

“I really think someone was gonna hurt us if she didn’t go. She did what she had to go do. I’m sorry if you don’t believe that. But she’s like from another planet and there’s a war and she had to go into hiding ya know.”

“I dunno but I think your mother isn’t telling the whole story. But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about us, these babies and what are we going to do about Piper and her drama. We should look for a bigger house for our upcoming twins and possibly moving your daughters in. They don’t need to be with Piper at least until she get things together. We don’t have to worry about Reba at least. Adele is doing great and she’ll be visiting towards the middle of July. But we need to figure what to do with Kiara and Kailia.”

“They need to live with us. I got a text from Kiara last saying Piper was screaming at Kailia for no reason. It went on for a few hours until someone called the police. Piper got mad because Kailia left a bowl of rice in sink. Shit is getting crazy and I need to get my girls out of Piper’s house. I knew I shouldn’t have left them with her. Kaia offered to drive up there and pick up the girls in the middle of the night.”

“Really? That’s a 3 hour drive. Did she get the girls? Do we need to go get them?”

“Kaia has them, Piper has passed out drunk and didn’t notice Kaia was there. Kaia has the room for the girls, so they are better there for now. They’ll stay there for the rest of the week until we can figure something.”

 

 

 

“We give Mateo’s room to the girls and split the guest room. Make one side Mateo’s new room and the third bedroom will remain a nursery for the twins.”

“That’s a great idea! That’s what I married you. Cause you got nice big tits and you’re hella smart!”

“So you guys are having another baby?”

 

 

 

“Hey little bro! What’s up?”

“I’m surprised to you see you’re up. I heard you and Mateo up pretty late playing video games last night. I didn’t take you for an early bird, Rai.”

“Your cooking woke me up. It smells good.”

“I wish it would wake up, Mateo! I guess it’s true about the Navox. You guys like food a tab more than the rest of us genies. Ha ha ha ha. We Gaivania genies love to grow food and you Navox genie love to eat it. Ha ha ha!”

“So this baby-“

“Twins! Two heartbeats found! That’s some Grade A Morde-batter at it’s finest. I made two little awesome babies. They are probably in there having a dual of who is gonna be the sexiest. Watch out, ladies! My boys are coming soon!”

“So the babies are gonna be boys? Isn’t it kinda too early to tell? But I kinda don’t know much about pregnancy to be honest.”

 

 

 

“Yes, Rai. It’s too early tell. But I’ve been pregnant before, I had 2 girls before Mateo and this feels like another girl pregnancy.”

“I think these are boys. I can feel it. This was the same feeling I had when you was pregnant with Mateo. I just know!”

“I know my body, Morde. Beside, you come from Navox blood, they have a high daughter fertility rate. You have 5 daughters to prove that theory. Plus with me being Gaivania, we also have a slight high daughter fertility rate. Mateo may be our only son, unless we are like your Dad and have 50 kids.”

“Then let’s have 50 kids!”

“We can do that but only if you agree to change the diapers and do the night-time feedings.”

“I’ll do anything as long as we can have all the awesome sex all the time and I can get some sons! Let’s do this!”

“Have you lost your everlasting mind?”

“Ever since I fell in love with you.”

“Aww. I love you, babe.”

“I love you too.”

 

 

 

“I think I am going to be sick now.”

 

 

 

 

Breakfast was ate. Adults were at work. My Dad left for his meeting in BP. Now it was just Mateo and I. We spent most of the morning playing with the Foosball table in the den. I won a rounds and he won a few. It was pretty fun and wonder why we didn’t have anything fun like this at home. So I asked Mateo what else was we going to do for the day.

“Are just we just gonna fool around with this thing all day are we gonna do something else?”

“What do you want to do since you are so bored?”

“I’m curious of what do you do during the summer here.”

“Well I was thinking about visiting the library and catching up on my studying.” 

“Seriously? You’re just joking with me, right?”

 

 

 

“Not really. I do like to hang out at the library and study. I know it’s so out-of-place being the son of Mordecai. I come from a long line of playboys. There’s Great-Great-Grandpa Lorenzo. Great-Grandpa Liam, Grandpa Borage and then my Dad.  But we can go do the stereotypical thing. Meet girls and such, it keeps my Dad happy. You know that girl Noelle Sheridan, right? I think she’s really pretty and smart and I kinda wanna ask her out. Maybe you can ask her to hang out with us so I can meet her. I would like to finally talk to her. You think she would like me?”

 

 

“Noelle? You kinda have a thing for Noelle?”

I didn’t realize how small Brightpoint was until now. Of course Mateo would know who she is and I shouldn’t be surprised that he would also have a thing for her. Noelle is an amazing person. But instead of calmly telling Mateo Noelle’s no dating rule enforced by her father, I just blew up in Mateo’s face.

 

 

 

“You back the fuck off! She’s not gonna be instead in you! Like you haven’t started high school yet! She’ll be a sophomore and she’s not gonna want to be dating some freshman next year! She’ll not gonna be into a guy who thinks hanging out at a library during the summer is cool! That’s lame as fuck! You are better off staying the fuck away from her! Don’t look at her! Don’t talk to her! Noelle is off-limits! Do I make myself clear?!”

“Dude I’m sorry?! I didn’t know I was pushing any buttons!”

“I’m just warning you!”

“Okay, okay! I’ll back off, I guess. I thought you had a girlfriend back in Italy but whatever.” 

 

 

 

The doorbell rang before I got another word in. It was Zoey, Kimora’s daughter. Mateo babysits her during the summer while Kimora is at work. I recall my Dad telling me Kimora was always a slightly difficult child, however Zoey was a polar opposite of how Kimora was. Although Kimora is single working mother, Zoey is sweet and has a good outlook on life. She’s quick to remind you how she’s still a child with innocence and gullible nature. Our fight was quickly extinguish as soon as Zoey greeted us.

 

I went outside to cool off for bit.

“Obsessive much.”

“Jada?”

“Who else? The boogieman?”

“Well you’re close enough to being the boogieman.”

“Oh ha ha ha. Very funny.”

 

 

“I know why you’re here. I shouldn’t have yelled at Mateo. I’ll go tell him I’m sorry and then everything will be cool.”

“No it will not. You don’t realize how insane you sounded. This town is small, very small. All it takes is a small whisper and she won’t talk to you ever again. You seriously to think before you speak. I seriously hate to see what will you do to a guy if the so much take a glance at Noelle if you and her were together. You can’t take claim on a girl who isn’t your girlfriend. You can’t take claim on a girl like she’s a piece of property.”

“I don’t know what came over me. Just the thought of Noelle being with someone bothers me a lot. A whole lot. It makes me rage so bad.”

“Jealousy is not a cute trait. And if the thought of Noelle possibly dating another guy bothers you this much probably means you’re in love with her. Which also means you probably means you need to get rid of Annaliese. Probably would do you some good. Waste of time to be honest.”

 

 

 

“Me in love with Noelle? Well I know I like her and know she’s amazing but in love? I dunno. And I still care about Annaliese. I haven’t decided if I wanted to work things out with her yet. Annaliese is an amazing person too. What am I gonna do?”

“Boys are so dumb. I kinda just told you. But since you won’t listen, let’s fix things with your nephew so he won’t run around town telling everyone how crazy and obsessive his uncle is. Call Noelle and asked if any of her single friends wanna hang Mateo at the park today. Trust me, one of her friends has a crush on Mateo.”

“How do to know that?”

“I’m a ghost, I spy on everyone. That’s what we do. You’ll thank me.”

 

 

 

Jada left but I wasn’t alone in the backyard.

“Who was you talking to? Was it your imaginary friend? I got one of those too! It’s okay if you have one, cause I got one too. His name is Frank O’ Noodles and his favorite is yellow and he likes to eat pizza! What’s your’s name” 

 

 

 

“Um her name is Jada.”

“Cool! What’s her favorite color and what does her like to eat?”

“I guess she likes the color white. I never asked what was her favorite food.”

“Maybe Frank O’ Noodles and Jada can play together and have a picnic!”

“Yeah. I’ll ask her when I see her again.”

“Cool!”

 

 

I took Jada’s advice and called Noelle. She was right, Noelle does have a friend who happens to have a crush on Mateo. We agreed to meet at the Hidden Haven park around noon, taking Zoey along. There was playground there, she wouldn’t get bored or anything.

 

 

 

Noelle told us they would be on the other side of the fishing dock under the big tree. Mateo hasn’t had much experience with females and I could tell he was getting nervous as we got closer to the girls. 

“What if she thinks I’m a geek. I’m not a super playboy like my dad was. I’m not a charming love genie. I’m just a veggie growing Earth genie.”

“You’re gonna be fine. Noelle said Kayla already likes you. She thinks that you’ll think she’s the geek.”

“That’s insane! Kayla is like super awesome!”

“Then go tell her that, nephew. You got this.”

 

 

 

“So who’s the guy with the white hair?”

“That’s Raiden. He’s Mateo’s uncle, he’s from Italy.”

“Ooh the way you smile when you say his name. You must like him. I can see why. He’s cute and kinda look like he could be a bad boy. So Italian huh? Mmm.”

“Well part Italian, he was born in New York, lived in the Midwest for a while before moving to Italy.”

“Looks like the boys are ready to hang out with us.”

 

 

 

Mateo and Kayla wandered away so they could chat alone. That let me alone with Noelle. Remembering my talk with Louis I was ready to confront Noelle about possibly telling her father about my secret. Jada suddenly appear before me, glaring at me, reminding to watch my temper. Jada has never appear whenever I was in front of anyone and was afraid Noelle would see her. But then I remember that only I could see Jada. I took a deep breath and calmly asked Noelle if she did or not.

“Can I ask you something?”

“Sure. What is it?”

“Did you tell your Dad about my secret?”

“No. Why would you think that. I promised you that I would never tell anyone. We pinky swear. I did tell my cat, Boots but I don’t think he’s gonna tell anyone. I would never break my promise.”

 

 

 

 

“Your Dad gave me this big speech how you weren’t allow to date but I got the impression that he just didn’t like me. I thought he did like me. Then I thought maybe you told him my secret and now he doesn’t want me around you!”

“Oh don’t be silly, Sunshine! That’s just my Dad being a dad! He doesn’t like any boys around me but trust me, he does like you. He doesn’t trust you cause you’re a boy! Ha ha ha ha!”

“So he’s just being a dad and nothing more?”

“Yeah silly! Isn’t your dad like that with your sisters too?”

“Yeah. I guess so.”

“See. There’s no big deal. You’re worrying about nothing.”

“Oh. Now I feel like an idiot.”

“It’s okay. You’re a guy. It happens! Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

We hanged out with a while and chatted. We had fun for the rest of the afternoon. Zoey started to get hungry and wanted to eat at her favorite place, Drama Cream. Noelle and Kayla wanted join but they both had to go home. Kayla had to be home before her little got home and Noelle had to go do some things with her mom. We said our goodbyes and planned to hang out again tomorrow afternoon. Mateo and Kayla hit it well.

 

 

“Looks like you and Kayla were hitting it off well. Told ya that you got this.”

“We got a lot of things in common. It’s almost crazy. I asked her out on date for tomorrow evening. But I’m kinda nervous about it. I was wondering maybe you and Noelle can double date with us?”

“Uh well. I guess I can if she’s okay with it.”

“Where you going to take her on a date at? If I had a boyfriend, I would want him to take me on a date to Disneyland!”

“I don’t think you’ll find too many boyfriends who will do that, Zoey. Ha ha ha!”

“But I’m really, really nice. If I ask nicely Mommy said one might do it.”

“Ha ha ha, okay Zoe!”

 

 

The next day the date was set, dinner at the Sonata bistro and some dancing afterwards. However Mateo had plans that I wasn’t aware until shortly before the double date.

“Hey there’s kinda a change in the date.”

“What kind of change?”

“We’ll still be having dinner at Sonata but we’ll be dancing somewhere else. My Dad can get us in at Club Aquarius. I think we would have more fun there than upstairs at Sonata.”

“Seriously? Man that would be awesome.”

“Yeah. I think Kayla would be impressed. My Dad would be chaperone us though.”

“Morde’s cool. I guess that’s okay.”

“Do you think I look okay? I’m wearing my party pants. It’s showing off my best assets.”

“Party pants?”

“Pants that will make girls look at my package and my ass. My Dad call them Party pants. Plus you’ll look good dancing even if you can’t dance at all.”

“Well I guess these pants are my party pants.”

 

 

 

We met the girls at the Sonata Bistro and had dinner. The food is good, the conversation was interesting and so far things were pretty great. I never imagination I would be going on a date with Noelle. However I’m not sure if I can exactly count this as a date. We are kinda tagging along Mateo and Kayla’s date.  Mateo explained to the girls about the changes in the date. They were pretty excited about going to Club Aquarius and were on board. Once we were finished eating Mateo texted Morde, he picked us up and we headed to the club.

 

 

 

While Mateo and Kayla went to go dance, I played pool with Noelle. Neither one of us are any good at it. I did have fun playing pool with Noelle.

 

 

 

“Hey little bro. You guys having any fun yet?”

“Yeah, this place is pretty nice. How did you get us get in here?”

“I helped out the owner of the club a while back with a financial situation. So he was okay with this, as long as you kids don’t try to drink anything alcoholic. I got tab open under my name, you guys can order drinks but they’ll be virgin drinks and sodas.”

“Okay cool. I’ll let the others the know.”

“Alright. Have fun but not too much fun.”

 

 

 

I got a couple of drinks from the bar, one for me and one for Noelle. 

“Hey I got you a drink.”

“How? Is this alcohol? We’re gonna get in trouble!”

“Relax. Morde has a tab and all of the drink are virgin drinks.”

“Oh well I was gonna hoping it was.”

“You drink?”

“No but I’m curious ya know. Ha ha ha.”

 

 

 

There must had been some miscommunication with the bartender when ordering the drinks from Morde’s tab that night. After that first drink, things were a bit blurry and I didn’t remember much after that….

 

 

 

 

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“Heyyyy Mom! Did I wake you? I just wanted to tell you that I love you. I’m having fun. Wanna talk to Noelle?”

“Hi Nakia! I’m Noelle!”

“Raiden Enrique! Do you realize it’s 7 AM here? And are you drunk? Are you in a club? Where is your Dad?”

“I”m wearing my party pants!”

“Lemme talk to your Mom!”

“Mom? Mom? Mommy? I think she hung up!”

“Awe man!”

 

 

 

“Hey Borage, are you staying in BP for the night?”

“Yeah, I’m staying with Mimi. Is Raiden at the house?”

“No, he went on a double date with Mateo. Morde is chaperoning it, I thought you knew.”

“Yeah, I knew. They went dancing at the Sonata Bistro, right?”

“Yep.”

“Well I got an angry call from my wife saying she got a call from Raiden and it sounded like he was drunk and like he was at a dance club.”

“Oh really. I think I know exactly where they are. I’ll go handle this. Thanks for the heads up.”  

 

 

 

“You got some explaining to do! This doesn’t look like the Sonata!”

“I thought the kids would have more fun here.”

“Of course they would. They could get their hands on alcohol easier here!”

“They were supposed to be getting virgin drinks! I don’t know what happen! I swear! This won’t happen again!”

“How did you even get them in? They are only 14!” 

 

 

 

“Well I kinda told the owner they were 17.”

“Why would you do that? Mordecai, you gotta stop trying to be the cool dad! It’s time to grow up and be a parent! We are about to bring in 2 more babies into this world and have Kiara and Kailia live with us full time. You can’t keep doing things like that is.”

“I know but it was Mateo’s first date and I wanted him to have a great time.”

“Getting him and his date drunk isn’t the way to go.”

“It wasn’t my intention. Things got out of hand.”

 

 

 

 

“Look at these kids, Morde. It scares me how we are about to have twins when you can’t handle these 4. Maybe we should take something parenting classes together before the babies are born. I seriously think you need some retraining. You got lucky with Mariah and Kimora because you had family around but now it’s you and me. You have to be a parent, not a friend. I’ll handle the boys while you take the girls come and explains to their parents of what happen. You may be the bad guy but that’s the part of parenting.”

 

 

 

I don’t remember returning to Mordecai’s house. I was sleeping well until the sound of my Dad’s voice shook from my sleep.

“Wake up, Enrique.”

“Dad? What time is it?”

“6:21 AM. Time to get up.”

 

 

 

 

My head was pounding and the light peeking through the window just made it even worse.

“Now? Why do I gotta up?” 

“If your Mom had it her way, you would be on the first flight back to Italy and would be grounded for a month. But I was able to talk her out of it. But instead you’ll be doing chores with Mateo today.”

“But I don’t feel good! My head is pounding! I barely remember last night. I think there was a man dancing around in a kilt.”

“Hangovers kinda sucks, party pants. But it’s what you gotta do anyway. I was supposed to be spending the day with Mimi and the kids today but I’m here to deal with you. I took the first ferry back to Brightpoint at 5 AM.”

“I didn’t know those drinks had alcohol! It wasn’t my fault! I shouldn’t be in trouble any way.”

 

 

“That’s where you’re wrong, Rai. You told me the date was at the Sonata, you said nothing about Club Aquarius. If I knew about that then I would had said no. You kids didn’t need to be at the club. You’re gonna get drunk, call your Mom and I’ll get chewed out for it. Morde had 2 tabs opened, an easy mistake was gonna to happen. I knew it would be a bad idea if I had known.”

“I thought you were suppose to be the “party dad”. I didn’t think this would be a problem with you.”

“I am the Party Dad but I am still a parent and allowing my kid to get drunk at a club isn’t cool. Plus your Mom really doesn’t like it. You’re still a kid and you should still be doing kid stuff and not at the club drinking. Enjoy being a kid while it last. Later you can do this other stuff and party. Yeah I know I got to party when I was your age but I also missed out on being a kid too. I never got to do any of the things you got to do. Your Mom and I want you to enjoy being a kid. No more Party Pants until you’re 21, it can wait.”

“I hope Noelle didn’t get into too much trouble. I bet Louis probably hates me a lot now. Where’s my phone?”

“No phone for a couple of days. And for the rest of the trip, you must have adult supervision all times. That exclude Mordecai for obvious reasons and Cyrus isn’t any better.”

“Seriously? Mom put you up to this?”

“Yeah. Or you can fly back to Italy in 4 hours and be grounded for a month.”

“Fine. I wanted to hang out with Bash on Thursday.”

“You can as long as Nova or Shonda is home. I’ll be checking to be making sure they are. You better get dressed so you can get started on the yard work. Mateo is already up.”

 

 

 

The rest of the day pretty much sucked. We both had hangovers from hell while we attempted to do yard work under the summer hot. The temp rose as the hours passed by. It wasn’t until noon until we was finally done with all of the yard work. We were allowed to have a break indoors with the AC on full blast before cleaning the house.

It would close to 2 before we was finally finished cleaning up. I was dead tired and hoped to finally lied in bed. Any other parent would take this chance to make us do another dreadful chore however given with my medical conditions, my dad knew he couldn’t continue to push me. I was able to rest for the of the day. A lesson was certainly learned for the time being.

Show Yourself: Chapter 19 – Different

“Welcome to the Bridgeport to Brightpoint Island ferry. Please have your ticket ready when boarding.” said the lady standing behind the booth as my dad, Eli, Bastian and myself prepare to board the ferry-boat that would take us from Bridgeport, NY to Brightpoint Island, NY. Brightpoint Island is a small coastal town that lies 45 miles east of Bridgeport and can only be access via ferry-boat.

I was pretty excited about joining my dad and Eli to their trip to New York. My dad needed to meet with his publisher in Bridgeport about turning his life journal into book. Eli’s grandma relocated to Brightpoint Island after her mother-in-law fell ill before passing away. He usually spend a few weeks with his grandma during the summer. And Bastian is only here because he was supposed to go see his uncle Mason who lives in Bridgeport but Mason had to start filming on a movie a few weeks early. Bastian was bummed out, he was looking forwarded in hanging out with his uncle. He haven’t seen him since the wedding. His sister Nova lives in Brightpoint Island and was okay with letting him stay with her. I tagged along so I could see Noelle. Her family relocated to BPI after the division her dad was running in Riverview shut up. Louis was transferred back to BP but those chose to live on the island instead of the city. I remember Noelle telling me how they wanted to keep her away from the city vampires.

 

 

 

It kinda felt nice to be back in the states again. We usually come during the summer but to the islands in Hawaii to see my other grandma and some family. My parents recently purchased a summer-house and we told we will be spending our summer there after our New York trip.

I pulled out my phone and was texting Noelle, telling her that we were on the ferry-boat and it won’t be long before we’ll be there. I was both excited and nervous to see Noelle. I haven’t seen Noelle since we were both 10. I wonder if things are gonna weird and awkward between us, or will things remain the same.

 

 

 

I was fulled with anxiety the closer we got to BPI. It wasn’t long before we could spot the mainland. There it is. There’s the place where Noelle has been living at. To settled down a bit, I had to remind myself, she’s not the only living there or the only that I’m going to see.

My brother Mordecai, his wife and their son Mateo live there. My dad and I will be staying with them. My brother L2, his wife Selene and their kids also live in BPI. Mordecai’s older children, Mariah and Kimora stay there with their kids and there’s also my brother Cyrus. It’s gonna be fun to spend time with my brothers, nieces and nephews. But I really want to spend time with Noelle.

 

 

 

“What’s on your mind, Rai?”

“What if she think I’m weird?”

“Well you are, so? She knows you since forever.”

“Won’t things kinda be like different now?”

“How?”

“Cause ya know. She has boobs now.”

“In that context, you say that like it’s a bad thing.”

 

 

 

“Well I don’t know what I’m saying.”

“You never do. Nothing new.”

“Shut up. So is Nova cool with you staying with her? Morde said he has room if not.”

“Yeah. Nova is okay with it. I’m kinda looking forwarded to it honestly. I haven’t seen my sister since the wedding. My mom was reluctant about me coming with you guys. She’s crazy paranoid because of my dad. I gotta call once every 2 hours. No texting, I gotta call so she know it’s me and not someone pretending to be me. This is probably the only time she’s being all motherly since I real little. It’s kinda annoying honestly.”

“I think it’s kinda sweet. You gotta call your mommy. Ha ha ha!”

“Shut up asshole! Don’t you need to call your mommy?”

“No. My dad is on the phone with her. She knows we are okay.”

“Whatever. Well I gotta go call her.”

“Tell her that you love her.”

“I’ll kick your ass!”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

“Nova sent me this pic of Abby. She’s wearing the shirt that her favorite uncle gave her. And when I say favorite uncle, I mean me.”

“Cute but I believe I will be the favorite uncle before this trip is over.”

“Yeah right.”

“You don’t think Abby will think I’m cool?”

“You don’t even like kids.”

“I like kids in small dosages.”

“Well you’re on. The loser has to wear a dress during your parents anniversary dinner.”

“Okay, you better stop eating pie so you can fit into one of my sisters’ sundresses.”

 

 

 

It wouldn’t matter who would lose with our bet about winning the love from our shared niece, Abigail. My mom wasn’t about to let neither one of us waltz into the dinner wearing a fancy dress. Bastian always made ridiculous bets and dares since we were kids and this was one of them.

I got a text from Noelle but my smile quickly erased from my face when I read her text saying she wouldn’t be meeting me at the port. Her parents had to step out for a bit and she needed to stay home to watch her little brother Evan. She said they wouldn’t be gone long and asked me to wait at the shuttle stop in front of The Crossing Crab. It’s where most tourist wait to go on tours or to the hotel. I told her I could possibly could but had to check with my dad.

 

 

My dad was okay letting me stay at the shuttle stop. It was probably good because Nova wasn’t there pick up Bastian yet. My dad went with Mordecai to drop Eli off at his grandma’s and to visit other family in town. My dad told me to return to The Crossing Crab at 6 PM so we could have dinner, he’s cool with me spending the rest of the day with Noelle.

“I told her we was gonna be her by noon. It’s almost 10. She’s always late. She’ll probably be late to her own funeral.”

“You know there has been some people who had been?”

“Yeah and she’s gonna be one of them. I might get to see your friend Noelle too.”

“What do you mean?”

“Her aunt is Nova’s roommate. I wonder if she like white boys.”

 

 

 

“Back off.”

“What? Why? Shonda doesn’t?”

“Oh you mean you her. Never mind.”

“I’m not trying to get into your kool-aid or anything. You know I wouldn’t do anything like that. I do wanna meet her if that’s okay?”

“I guess that’s okay but don’t try anything funny cause I know how you are. You got a girlfriend.”

“So do you or did you forget?”

 

 

 

“Touche, Bash. Touche. But that’s if you wanna call my relationship with Anna a relationship. We haven’t talked since before school ended. That’s been a month ago. What about you Vex? She left on a sour note.”

“I dunno. She was pretty upset with me about me pressing you to play nice with that girl so I could get laid. So I just wanna have fun this summer. If Vex comes back for fall semester then I guess we are together if not, then I had one hella summer.”

“So if she comes back after you slept around then you’re gonna feel guilty as hell. You know you care about her. You’re not going to do anything. Just gonna eat pie and play video games all summer.”

“Fuck you. There’s more to me than pie and video games. I can fish, kinda boring but sometimes I do that. Look, I’m just going to have fun with my family and hopefully meet some new friends. If things go right, maybe my mom will start letting me come out here in the summer. I haven’t seen Abby since she was a baby and it’s been forever since I’ve seen my sister.”

 

 

 

During our conversation we were greeted by the familiar voice of Bastian’s older sister Nova. She sounded a bit cheerful and I don’t recall her ever been a very cheery person. Maybe she was just happy to see her kid brother after all these years.

“Hey boys! Whoa, Raiden! Is that you? You almost look like a grown man. You sure you’re not legal? The things I could possibly do to you.”

“Nova. Seriously. You’re already screwing his brother. Someone who you have business doing, with him being married and all.”

“I’m just joking. Chill out baby brother! How was the trip? Which one of you boys joined the mile high club?”

 

 

 

“Nova. What the fuck.”

“You run off the Italy and come out with no sense of humor. All of the pasta soaked up your American humor!”

“No. Your jokes are just lame!”

“I thought they were kinda funny.”

“Not helping, Rai.”

 

 

I’m sure this wasn’t the reunion Bastian had hoped for. While they still lived in Richdale, Nova was once involved with my brother Cyrus when they were teens. Although Cyrus had a girlfriend named Sara, that didn’t stop him from being involved with both girls. Both girls ended pregnant 2 months apart from each other. Cyrus married Sara but as Bastian mention, Cyrus is still involved with Nova.

When Cyrus moved to Brightpoint Island, Nova followed along although she couldn’t afford to live in BPI. She got a roommate but that wasn’t enough, their uncle Mason pays her half of the rent and bills. I learned about during our flight from Bastian. His mom said this was another reason why she didn’t want him to come, Nova is irresponsible. She can’t make clear decisions with Cyrus in her sights.

Bastian quickly put two and two together of all Nova shown up all cheery and happy.

 

 

 

 

“You were with Cyrus! You knew I was coming! Couldn’t that wait? Better yet, how about you do better for yourself and stop sleeping with a married man. He made his choice when he picked Sara. You deserve better than that.”

“Don’t tell me what I deserve! He said once he gets a raise, he’ll leave her and they we will be together!.”

“And you believe that? You gotta be kidding me. He’s never gonna leave his wife. He’s just gonna keep screwing you cause you’re just gonna keep letting him and then you’ll get up with more babies.”

“You don’t know anything! Cyrus loves me and we are gonna be together soon! You’ll see! And if he doesn’t well I got my ways to make that happen.”

“You wouldn’t. Think about Abby’s sister Aimee.”

“Aimee will be fine. I would make a better mother than that ho bag Sara. Her face is so gross. I don’t know what does Cyrus see in her. Have you seen her tits? Can you even call those tits? She has a boy body! But me, I have a body of a woman. A grown woman. Don’t ya agree?”

“Ugh!”

 

 

 

“Anyway baby brother, I’m now in charge of you and you have to do everything I say. You can start by washing my car. Ha ha ha ha!”

“Oh fuck that! You’re not gonna be the boss of me and I don’t care if you’re older than me!”

“Well my car isn’t wanna wash it’s self.”

“There’s a place called the car wash. You can try using it. I’m not gonna be your little slave boy!”

“That’s no fun! Are you ready?”

“I’ve been ready. I guess I’ll see you later, Rai.”

“Yeah man. Have fun. Bye Nova.”

“Bye cutie!”

Bastian and Nova banter more as they tossed his luggage in the back of Nova’s car. I quietly chuckled to myself before watching them driving away. It wasn’t long before the next shuttle bus had stopped at the stop I was waiting at.

 

 

 

One by one, I watched passengers exit the bus. My heart raced as I thought any moment Noelle would be the next passenger exiting. I was confused of why I would be so nervous. We’ve been friends for years and it was silly for me to suddenly be a nervous wreck. I closed my eyes to collect myself and when I opened, there she was.

She’s just so beautiful. 

 

 

 

“Hey sunshine, gonna hi? Or are you just gonna stand there and stare at me with your mouth open? I guess sometimes will never change. Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

“Uhh; uhh; I uh; I’m might say might say something dumb because I always say dumb things when I’m around really pretty girls and I think you’re really pretty. Well you’re more than pretty. You’re fuckin’ hot to be honest. Your boobs are bigger in person than I thought they were gonna be. Not that I didn’t like how they were small because I still thought they nice if they were small, but your boobs aren’t small and that’s okay if they were but that aren’t. Your dress is also pretty.”

 

 

“Okay. You just kinda say whatever without thinking, huh?”

“Yeah. You know me, heh.”

“Ha ha ha! I’m glad you like my dress but don’t you ever perv on me again!”

“Noelle, I can’t make any promises. I’m a guy, it’s kinda our thing.”

“No excuses, Raiden!”

“I guess I can try.”

“Great!”

“So now that I’m here. Whatcha wanna do? My dad said it’s okay if I spend the rest of the day with you. He told me him back here at 6 for dinner.”

 

 

 

“We can go to my favorite hang out spot! It’s not too far from here. We can walk there from here. I hope you’re not too tired from your flight.”

“I’m good. After 2 flights, I’m kinda ready to stretch my legs out a little.”

“That’s good. I think you’ll love it here in Brightpoint. There’s a lot of places that I wanna show up.”

“We’ll be here for 2 weeks. So I can’t wait to see everything.”

“We are gonna have so much fun, Sunshine!”

 

 

 

We made our way to Noelle’s favorite spot. It’s a little fishing dock and it happen to be empty at the moment. Good, there wouldn’t be any outside distractions and it would just be us alone. However maybe that wouldn’t be such a good thing. I already made a fool of myself with my word-vomit and she did seem a little uncomfortable with it. I’m not if she’ll let that slide again.

As we made our way down the steep hill, Noelle grabbed my arm. I wasn’t sure what to think of it. I said nothing, I looked at her and smiled. Her petite hands were soft and I didn’t mind her grabbing on her. It was kinda nice feeling the touch of her skin.

“I almost forgot how warm you always were. You would be nice to have around in the winter.”

“I was never a cuddlier but for you I could probably change that.”

Noelle giggled and tightly grabbed my arm. I smiled back at her.

“So this is the place?”

“Yeah. The watchman’s dock. Papa Dade use to take me fishing when I little.”

“What happen to him?”

“Cancer.”

“Oh. I’m sorry.”

 

 

“It’s okay. He died when I was about 5. But I still have memories of him whenever I come here.”

“I use to go fishing with one of my grandpas when I was kid but now he beats me up.”

“That sounds awful!”

“Nah. I mean he’s training my lycan side of me.”

“Why didn’t you say it like that?”

“Just being dramatic.”

“You jerk! Ha ha ha.”

“Heh.”

 

 

 

“I was happy when we came back to the east coast. It was easier when your family moved to Italy first. I miss living out by the coast. The Midwest was nice but I missed the salty air and the sea. My dad knew our stay in Riverview was temporary. How are things in Italy?”

“It’s nice for the most part. A lot different from the states. I got friends and no one is judging me. I think you would love it if you got to visit there one day.”

“So how are things between you and your girlfriend?”

“Ha.”

“What? Did something happen?”

 

 

 

“When I was in the hospital I found out it was a night a full moon. Anna doesn’t know my secret and I didn’t want her to find out this way. I was trying to get her and Bastian to leave my room but she was being annoying and wouldn’t leave. So I got mad and yelled at her. She finally left and I later found out that my body was too weak to turn because I had major surgery. That side of me scared Anna and she felt that we rushed things and she wanted to take a break. We haven’t spoken in a month.”

“You can get scary when you get mad. You always had a bad temper and it’s very short. I thought you were working on that.”

“I am but she was being very annoying. I was being patient with her but she was being too pushy. Bastian knew I needed my rest but she just wouldn’t go and let me be.”

“Maybe a break will do you both some good. You both can figure things out.”

“Everyone says that she’s just holding onto me until she finds a better boyfriend and then she’s gonna break up with me. What do you think?”

 

 

 

“I dunno. I think that’s kinda evil if that’s true. I would never do that. If I think the relationship is doomed then I’m just gonna end it right now. Only she knows what she’s up to.”

“I just wish I knew so I know what to expect. I just hate waiting around to know if I have a girlfriend or not.”

“Well Sunshine, have you thought about the relationship too?”

“Me? I’m suppose to be thinking too?”

“Well yeah. Do you wanna work things with Anna? Ya know she doesn’t call all of the shots.”

 

 

 

“I guess I really haven’t thought about that. I do care about her but honestly I don’t know.”

“Maybe you should start thinking about your relationship. It’s not fair that you gotta sit around and wait around on her to come around. If she don’t work things now then you have every right to move on. You’re young and you should be out having fun. It’s the summer!”

“Yeah, you’re right. I shouldn’t have to be sitting around waiting around on her. I’m young. I should be having fun and that’s what I’m going do! I’m on vacation too!”

“That’s the spirit, Sunshine!”

 

 

 

Noelle slipped her boots off and playfully kicked at the water. I watched her and smiled. She asked me to join her but I told her I didn’t want to step on a random crab or anything like that.

 

 

 

“Oh c’mon! You’re not gonna step on a crab! I thought you were gonna have fun.”

“But I am. I’m watching you have fun. That’s fun for me.”

“That doesn’t count! Take your shoes off and get those toes wet with me. I’ll look silly doing to alone.”

“No you don’t. You look cute. If I stick my toes in the water then I’ll kill all of the fish in the sea.”

“Ha ha ha! Very funny, Sunshine. Stop being silly!”

“What if I toss you in the water?”

“You wouldn’t dare!”

“Would I?”

 

 

 

“You’ll have to catch me! Ha ha ha!”

“Okay! Fine!”

“Ha ha ha ha! Remember how I was always a fast runner? I’m a faster runner now!”

“Shit!”

 

 

 

She headed up the hill at full speed, she was always a fast runner like she mention. I could never run after her as child because of condition but even as teen I really shouldn’t push. It hasn’t been that long since my heart surgery. To my surprise I was able to pick speed and with instinct I pounced on her like some animal. It eerily felt natural to me.

Noelle landed on her stomach and I quickly flipped her on her back. I gazed into her eyes, she looked surprised and was speechless. I quickly snapped out of my primal trance by tickling Noelle senseless. With my lycan training, certain activities trigger my lycan-like mannerism. That’s something that I want to avoid.

“Stop it! I’m gonna pissed myself! Ha ha ha!”

“Say please!”

“Stop it! Ha ha ha! Stop!”

“You didn’t say please!”

“Please stop or I’m gonna pee on you!”

 

 

 

Noelle suggested that we should go to her house. She didn’t live too far from the fishing dock and we could walk from there. It did give her a chance to show me her neighborhood which kinda looked cool.

“So that art school that you go to in Italy. I heard it’s pretty great and pretty hard to get into. How did you manage?”

“Luckily for me I had a sister would went to the sister school in Riverview. But yeah it’s kinda hard to get into the one in Italy. Why do you ask? Aren’t you going to an art school in Bridgeport? I thought you liked it?”

“I do but it’s not as great as the one in Italy. I’ve been trying to get into the one in Italy, the one you go to. But I was denied last year.”

“Oh man. That fuckin’ sucks! I don’t get you didn’t get in. Weren’t you in any of the recommended art programs?”

“Yeah but my work and grades wasn’t good enough.”

That’s insane! What a bunch pasta-eating snobs! That’s fuckin’ bullshit that they wouldn’t let you in!”

“Well I’m trying again. I gave 400% last school year and I hope I will be accepted this time. I’ll find out in 3 weeks.”

 

 

 

“I hope you’ll get in this time or I’ll be piss because you deserve to attend that school. You do better art than most of my classmates honestly.”

“Aww you’re sweet, Sunshine.”

“I’m being honest. I think a lot of them are there because of money.”

“Well if the art program doesn’t get me in, then there’s the dance and music programs. My 400% like I said.”

“You’re gonna get in. I just know it. Your chances are higher if you’re in all 3 programs, even higher if you’re actually good. I know you’re actually good. You can dance, you can play the piano and the painting are awesome. You got this.”

“We’ll find out in 3 weeks.”

 

 

The Sheridan home was one the nicest looking houses in the neighborhood. Noelle said it once belonged to her grandparents on her mother’s side. It is also one of the reasons why her family chose to live in Brightpoint rather than the city. Her mother liked the ideal of living in the same house where she once grew up in and thought it would nice for her kids to grow up in that same house.

“Pretty sweet house.”

“Thanks! It was one of the first houses built on the island. It’s also one of the bestest houses too.”

“Well it looks like it.”

“But the only downfall is, the house is next to the grave yard. I guess that’s the price you pay if you want the nicest house in town. Ha ha ha. I can visit my grandparents’ graves anytime I want though.”

“I think living next to a graveyard is kinda cool.”

“Really?”

“Yeah.”

“You’re weird! Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

We watched some TV and talked for a bit. Her little brother Evan joined us. This was the first time I officially met him. Noelle’s mom had a difficult pregnancy and delivery, Evan was born with difficulties. Noelle’s parents didn’t want anyone in the house after Evan was born, so I never actually seen him. I caught a few glances of him whenever they were outside getting ready to leave or coming home, but Evan was a very sick baby and didn’t leave the house often. 

“This is my friend, Raiden. He use to live in Riverview too but he lives in Italy now. Say hi, Evan.”

“I don’t wanna watch this. This is boring.”

“Don’t be rude, Evan. Say hi to Raiden.”

“Hi. Can you change the channel?”

“Hi Evan. What do you wanna watch?”

“Don’t change the channel. He’s gotta watch what you gonna watch. You’re the guest. We are watching what Raiden wants to watch. Don’t be rude, Evan or I’m gonna tell mom.”

“But I don’t wanna watch this. I wanna Fairly Oddparents!”

“We can watch that. I kinda like that show. I watch it all the time with little sister.”

“Raiden, don’t give into my bratty brother.”

“No, it’s okay. It’s no big deal, really.”

“I like your friend, Raiden. He’s cool!”

 

 

 

It was almost 6 PM it was almost time for me return to The Crossing Crab. Noelle walked me to the front porch. I stepped off the porch while Noelle remained on it. There was a moment of awkward silence. We stood there staring at each, unsure what to say to each now. I could tell that things between us are certainly different since we are teenagers now. I also could tell Noelle wanted to say something but couldn’t exactly find the words. So we just stood there until she finally broke the ice.

 

 

 

 

“It was nice hanging out with you today. We can hang out tomorrow after I’m done with my chores and dance class. That’s if you’re gonna be free cause I know you have some family here who you haven’t seen in a while. But just letting you I’ll be available after 2. I guess I better let you back to The Crossing Crab. I can ask my Dad if he can drop off there. I’m sure he won’t mind.”

 

 

 

“Oh cool. I had fun hanging out with you too. I’ll probably be free for the most part tomorrow. My dad will be heading to BP for his meeting while my brothers will be at work. I’ll just be at the house with my nephew, were about the same age for now. That’s cool if your Dad can give me a ride, if not then I don’t mind walking back.”

 

 

 

Noelle smiled and stepped down from the porch, making her way towards me. She leaned in, whispering into my ear, “It was really good to see once again.” Placing a tender kiss on cheek. My ear twitched to the sound of her voice, she giggle when she took notice. “They do with pleasing sounds sometimes. It’s a wolf thing.” I said with a smirk. She giggled once more before kissing my cheek once more. The second kiss made blush, if I wasn’t so tanned then I would probably turned beet red after each kiss.

 

 

 

“Are you ready?”

The sound of Noelle’s Dad’s booming voice made my heart skip a few beat. Noelle quickly jerked away and stated it was only a friendly peck on the cheek and nothing more. Louis’ brow buried deep within his forehead while beads of sweat form around my forehead.

 

 

 

I never encounter the father of girl before and although I’ve known Louis since I was a child, I still feared like any other teenage boy would. I cleared my throat and told Louis I was ready. Noelle quickly gave me a hug before Louis told her that was enough. I nervously followed Louis to his car and knew this was gonna be the longest car ride ever.

 

 

 

“I’ve known you since were a kid and always kinda like you and I know how Noelle had always been crazy about you.”

“Yeah I know.”

“Watch yourself, boy. Things are different now. You both are teenagers and there are changes with your bodies and you’re gonna feel things. You’ll want to do things with my daughter. Things you do not dare think about doing with my daughter. Do I make myself clear?”

“Yes but you really don’t have to worry about me.”

 

 

“Perhaps because you’ll be running off back to Italy but for the time being, I do have to worry about you. You are not to be alone with Noelle. You’re a love genie, I know you love genies are all about sex and my daughter will stay a virgin as long as I say so.”

“I guess you don’t know too much about love genies but young love genies can’t have sex until after their 15th birthday. I’m still 14. I won’t be doing anything with Noelle. Not anything unless she was ready and I have a girlfriend back home. You don’t have to worry about me, Sir. Noelle and I are just friends like we always been since we were kids.”

“That kiss didn’t look friendly. Boys and girls can’t friends when you’re young. Maybe when you’re older and mature but not at your age. There will always be some kind of sexual attraction. I guess I am a little relief you’re not sexuality mature yet but I must also be clear about one other thing.”

“What’s that?”

“Noelle is not allowed to date. So whatever idea you have in your mind, that even think about.”

“But I have a girlfriend.”

“I know but I also saw to way you look at my daughter. I was your age at one point. Don’t even think about it.” 

 

 

 

The rest of the drive was quiet and awkward. I felt relief once we got to the restaurant. I told Louis thanks for the ride and scurried from the car. At first Louis seemed to be the typical overly protective father however I started to get the sense that he had a distaste towards. I never done anything to offend him and Noelle was the one who cheeked me on my cheek twice. But then I ponder if Noelle had told him about my secret of what happens to during the full moon.

Noelle promised she would never tell anyone, not even her parents. I was puzzled of why Louis suddenly didn’t care much for me. Noelle never mention about a no boyfriend rule. I think Louis just doesn’t want Noelle to ever date me. Maybe I’m just reading too much into, maybe Noelle really does have a no boyfriend rule that she hasn’t told me about, or maybe Louis doesn’t want me involved with Noelle because he know what I’m really am.

“Tell your Dad to come over for a drink.”

“Okay. Thanks for the ride.”

“Anytime.”

 

 

“Hey Dad, I’m at The Crossing Crab. Are you guys here yet? Can I have a beer for dinner tonight? I think Noelle’s dad hates me.”

“But your mom will yell at me.”

“Only if you tell Mom that let me have a beer, Dad.”

“Maybe just a hard cider.”

“That’s not a real beer, Dad!”

“Apple juice or hard cider. Take your pick, Enrique.”

“Fine; Dad.”

“Good. We’ll be there in 10 minutes, Rai.”

“Bye Dad.”

“Bye Rai.”