Category: SYS Season 2

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.”

Show Yourself: Chapter 18 – One For The Team, Part 2

I burnt dinner and it really my fault. I told the guys that I had idea what I was doing but they told to try anyway. We headed to Mamma Rosa’s Pizzeria in Toscana. My family and I go here time to time and sometimes I come here for lunch since it’s next to my school. It’s pretty great to eat at a place with real Italian food. There was some good places back in the states but nothing like from the country itself.

“So who’s paying?”

“Funny you should ask, Rai. You.”

“Me? Why I gotta pay?”

“Maybe cause you’re the one who burnt the hot dogs.”

“Hey! That wasn’t my fault. I told you guys that I didn’t know how to grill. I paid the last time we went out.”

“Well I don’t have much cash to spend. I gotta save with little I have for my trip back home. Besides one of you gotta pay for mines. It’s like my going away dinner.”

“You’re coming back in September, Claudio. It’s not like you’re going home for good.”

 

 

 

“I have a solution, guys.”

“Yeah, Rai?”

“Bastian is paying. You never pay. It’s always Clad and me. You gotta pay for once, Sebastian.”

“One, don’t ever call me that and two, I’m always kinda broke.”

“We know Landon gave you some cash. We both saw him.”

“You saw nothing.”

“I know what I saw, Bash.”

“Okay, fine. I guess I can pay.”

“Finally. It’s a Christmas miracle. Bastian pays.”

“Ha ha ha! Right.”

“Assholes.”

 

 

 

“So Clad, are you excited to return home for the summer?”

“Yeah, I miss my parents and my brother and sister. My mom said a lot has changed since the last time I was there for Christmas. And my parents are thinking about returning to Italy so they can be closer to me. I think it would be cool. It would be nice to see them more often. My dad asked if I wanted to take a year off, I wanted to but then I met Rosaria.”

“So she’s your only reason to stay? Hmm.”

“Course I wouldn’t want to leave you guys either! But sometimes it’s hard being away from home. Don’t you guys miss living in America?”

“Kinda. I miss not having to wonder if this person knows English or not. My first year sucked cause every chick I tried to get with spoke Italian. And if I wanted to get to know them, I better learn the language. I suck at speaking Italian. I got lucky when I met Vexille, a fellow American.”

“To be honest, not really. I really didn’t have any friends. I had better luck here than I did back in the states. Yeah the first year was a little hard but I have you guys now.”

“I miss living in Italy and it’s nice to come here for school. I don’t have much memory about America. We left when I was only 3. We always lived in Italy until I was 12. Switzerland is pretty nice.”

 

 

 

After dinner, we headed back to Bastian to spend a few hours playing some video games. I was finally having fun and doing what we were suppose to be doing. It was our last week to hang with Claudio before he returns home for the summer. We needed to hang out as much as possible cause this could be our last time together. There’s always the chance of Claudio changing his mind during the summer and doesn’t return for the following school year. You never know what’s going to happen in the next day. 

Three hours had passed by and the doorbell rang. Bastian drops his controller and smiles. “Tonight is the night.” Bastian said with a smug look on his face. I wanted to punch him, knowing that I will have to deal with Tara. Bastian answered the door while Claudio continued to play. I only heard the voices of Vexille and Rosaria. For a moment I thought it was just them and Tara didn’t come along. Maybe she got the hint that her and I won’t happen. 

 

 

 

“Hi Raiden.”

I felt the hair on my neck stood up as I heard Tara’s voice. “Shit.” I thought to myself, I was hoping she wouldn’t come but I should had known she would. I tried to ignored her as I continued to play the game.

“I brought some vodka. Maybe we can have some real fun.”

I continued to ignored her until Bastian mumbles under his breath.

“Dude. Get it together.”

I sighed before telling Tara hello.

 

 

 

“This game looks fun. Can I play?”

“Do you even know how to hold a controller?”

“Of course I can! I also know how to press buttons.”

“That I can believe.”

“Raiden. Man. C’mon.”

“Would you like to join, Tara?”

 

 

 

“Nah. I can watch you play. Some which one is you?”

“The one in red.”

“Ooh I like red. It’s my favorite color. What’s yours?”

“Red.”

“Oh nice! We have something in common.”

“Yeah? That doesn’t mean that I’m going to date you.”

“Hey guys, the drinks are done. Raiden, you could probably use a drink or two.”

“Yeah, Raiden. We gotta get you to loosen up.”

“I’m pretty sure, you’re very lose.”

“What?”

“Nothing.”

 

 

 

I wasn’t much of drinker mainly because my parents didn’t let us drink. I was only 14 anyway. Everyone else grabbed a drink and I was reluctant. The last thing that I needed to do was get drunk around a girl who is trying way too hard to get into my pants.

“I got you a drink. I brought the good stuff ya know. My step mom probably won’t know it’s missing.”

“I really don’t drink.”

“That’s okay. You’ll like it.”

“I don’t want it though. But thanks.”

Bastian bumps into me as he headed to the kitchen.

“Just take the drink.”

I sighed and extended my hand for the drink of soda and vodka. I knew this was going to be a bad idea.

 

 

 

“So is it true that your family owns the winery in Toscana?”

“Yeah.”

“That is so cool! So did your parents try out the wine? My step mom loves wine from there. She got a couple of cases for her next dinner party. You’re welcome to come. It’s next weekend. You can be my date.”

“My dad lets me time to time. But no, I can’t come.”

“And why not? My step mom throws the best dinner parties. You gotta come out. You don’t wanna leave me dateless.”

“I’m pretty sure you won’t have trouble finding a date. I’m leaving for a trip on that weekend.”

“Oh? Where to?”

“Back to the states.”

“Oh cool. I gonna miss you!”

“Yeah?”

“Of course I would!”

 

 

 

I was feeling annoyed and wanted to tell Bastian that I couldn’t deal with Tara anymore. I’m all for helping to get laid but not if I have to suffer with the company of a dick thirsty girl. I walked into Bastian’s room only to find him finally sealing the deal with Vexille.

It was  pretty awkward being greeted with Bastian’s bare white ass in mid air. I caught him in mid stroke and he quickly turned around with his face all red. I wasn’t sure if it was from embarrassment or that just his sex face. He growls at me to get out and he didn’t have to tell me that twice. Now when we think about it, that was hilarious.

 

 

 

 

I needed a drink or more to get rid of the image of Bastian pumping away on Vexille. However I did get a nice view of Vexille’s breast and hers are lovely. I’m sure Vexille would be kind awkward afterwards but then again, I don’t think she minded that I seen her naked.

 

 

 

 

I was starting to feel a little tipsy and sat down on the couch. I counted to 3 before Tara made her way over and sat down next to me.

“We are all alone, Raiden. Rosaria and Claudio are getting freaky in the pool. And you know what Vexille and Bastian are doing. What should we do?”

“We can maybe watch some TV.”

“Just watch some TV?”

“Yeah, why not?”

 

 

 

“We could be doing something more fun than watch TV.”

“I’m pretty content in watching some TV.”

“We could make out a little.”

“Nah. I had some spaghetti with tons of garlic for dinner.”

“I love spaghetti and garlic. I wouldn’t mind it.”

“Uh huh.”

 

 

 

“Oh man, I’m starting to feel a little tired.”

I can’t believe she tried the oldest trick in the book.

 

 

 

“If you’re tired then maybe you should go home!”

“What is with you?! You must be gay.”

“Trust me, I’m not and who cares if I was. I’m just not into you at all!”

“You won’t say that until you are inside of me.”

“I never want to be inside of you.”

“Well I’m not having a good time. My friends are getting some and I’m not. Maybe I should tell them that I’m ready to go home.”

“Okay, okay. You don’t have to do that. What do you want to do?”

 

 

 

“So you’ll do anything with me?”

“I guess.”

“You guess?”

“Yes.”

“Okay. Well I’m going to go into that room and slip out of this dress. I want you to follow me but count to 50 before you do.”

“Why?”

“Just do it. Okay? You can do that?”

“Yeah. I can do that.”

“Grazie amore mio.”

 

 

 

I knew I was going to regret this. This would also be one of the worst nights of my life. I did what Tara asked and counted to 50 before following her into Bastian’s mom and step dad’s room. She had slipped out of her dress and stood near the bed waiting for me.

“Do you like? I’m wearing your favorite color.”

“I can see that.”

“So?”

“What?”

“Do you like what you see?”

“Yeah I guess.”

 

 

 

“I think it would be a little more fair if you take your clothes off too.”

“I kinda don’t want to.”

“You said anything.”

“I know but this isn’t right.”

“It will be right when you take something off.”

“Okay but I’m not taking my pants off.”

“Fair enough.”

 

 

 

I removed just my shirt and shoes. She smiled as she watched me undressed. I felt so uncomfortable and sick to my stomach. I don’t know what she expects from me. If she thinks she’s going to get sex out of me, she’s sadly mistaken and I already told her about genie’s delayed puberty. My body isn’t ready for that.

“That’s much better. I want to kiss those lips so bad.”

“I know.”

“Do you want to kiss me?”

“You want the lie or the truth?”

“Kiss me, silly boy.”

 

 

 

Tara kissed me and all over my neck. She told me to lay on the floor and I did with much hesitation. She quickly pounced on my chest, caressing me and tracing her finger around my nipples. I didn’t react to her touches but only sighed quietly.

“You could touch me if you want. I won’t bite.”

“I got a feeling, you would.”

“Only if you want me to, silly boy.”

“Well I don’t.”

“Do you like it when I play with your nipples?”

“Meh. It doesn’t do anything for me.”

“How about when I lick them?”

“Anything you do to me will be pointless.” 

 

 

 

She continues to ignores the fact that nothing will aroused me and starting kissing me all over while fondling me. She shouldn’t be surprised when my genitals refuse to respond to her touching.

“Seriously? After all of that, you’re still soft?!”

“I told you this already! My body isn’t sexually matured yet! My junk ain’t gonna work! All of your efforts are pointless! I kept telling you that but you won’t listen!”

“What the fuck am I suppose to do with you?”

“I dunno!”

 

 

 

“Well if your dick isn’t going to work now then maybe your fingers would be enough.”

“My fingers? What about my fingers?”

“You know.”

“I don’t know. I’m a virgin and don’t know much about sex.”

“You can use your fingers to finger fuck me.”

“I don’t know how to do that.”

“You just play with my clit until I cum.”

“I don’t know anything about girl parts!”

“Well you’re going to learn tonight.”

 

 

 

 

She laid on her back and requested me to remove her panties. I never seen a female’s genitals before and was sure what to think about it. Tara’s looked like a face of an angry old man and I was kinda scared to touch it. She guided and told me what to do.

She soon started to moan and I took it as a sign that I was doing well. Her moans grew louder and get became wetter as I fingered. My fingers slipped out a few times and then she told me to add more fingers. I started with 2 but now using 4. Her moans got more intense and she began to call my name, which it made me uncomfortable. I could feel my hand starting to cramp up and wished she could be finished already. She finally announced that she was cumming and I felt a sigh of relief.

“You were amazing with those magical fingers of yours. That was probably the best orgasm that I ever had. I can’t wait until you turn 15.”

 

 

 

I said nothing to Tara and quickly stood up to head into the bathroom. I washed my hands vigorously trying to get the smell of Tara off of them. I scrubbed and scrubbed but still felt so dirty and ashamed.

 

 

 

 

I stopped and looked at myself in the mirror. I could barely look at myself. I couldn’t believe that I did that with her although I still have a girlfriend in a way. If Annaliese wants to break up, I don’t blame her. I feel so guilty and ashamed that let peer pressure get to me. I didn’t want to ruin Bastian’s time with Vexille but at what cost? My dignity and now I have a hand that still smells like a 3 day old fish that was left in the sun. 

 

 

 

 

I stripped down and stepped into the shower. Maybe with a shower, I could feel clean. I was too distracted and didn’t lock the door. My night of horror was far from being done. As I showered, Tara entered the bathroom naked. She slid the shower door open and stepped inside. She told that I looked amazing naked and very impressed with the size of my flaccid dick. If it appears large when soft then she had to know how big it will be when erect.

She started to fondle me although she knows by now it was pointless. It was more for her than it was for me. She knelt down and attempted to perform oral sex on my still flaccid dick. It was awkward to feel her mouth on my genitals. She then started to lick on my sack and I tilt my head upwards,  holding back tears, waiting for this torture to stop.  The water turn cold and this prompted Tara to finally stop. I took some time before exiting the bathroom. I felt even more guilty now.

The girls soon left. I said nothing about what happen between Tara and I until breakfast time the following day. I told Bastian and Claudio that I never want to ever see Tara again. I also told them that would be the last time I would ever entertain any of their girlfriends’ friends. Bastian felt bad and apologize. Vexille happened to be there and she was upset with Bastian. She knew Tara would be a bit much for me but thought everything was okay cause I didn’t complain. She didn’t know that Bastian wanted me to suck up it so he could get laid.

Vexille headed back to the states in a sour state. Bastian doesn’t know if Vexille will return as his girlfriend in September.  With Vexille going on a one month cruise with her dad, he won’t hear from her for most of the summer. I could had kept quiet about it but I fear I may have to entertain Tara again. Bastian wasn’t mad at me, he was mad at himself instead. He guilty that I had to do that with Tara and I wasn’t comfortable with. He believes that he may had ruined sex for me, but I told him to not worry about that. When it comes time, my body is most likely to forget about that night. 

Show Yourself: Chapter 17 – One For The Team, Part 1

Finally the day of most teenagers had come, first day of summer break. It was also perfect timing with Bastian’s mom and step dad going out of town for a few days. This gave Bastian the opportunity to have a sleepover with Claudio and I. His mom knew he was gonna invite some people over and gave the okay as long as it would be just us. Unfortunately for Bastian, he happens to live next door to on my of teachers, Edgar London. Mr. London is a cranky little troll and would probably report any sound Bastian makes. I’m convinced he hates teenagers and could never understand why he chose to teach at a high school.

We started the day at the courtyard at Bastian’s school to play some basketball. I wasn’t really interesting in playing since I never got to play as a kid with my dad and brothers. I can do a lot more now than when I was a child but since the surgery, I still have to ease into physical activities. While Bastian and Claudio played, I chatted with Noelle on my iPad. I will be visiting her in a week and I’m excited to see her. I haven’t seen Noelle since we moved to Italy when I was 10. My dad meets with his publisher in Bridgeport about turning his personal journal into a book. Noelle and her family moved back to the Bridgeport area when her dad’s department relocated to Brightpoint Island permanently. My dad is letting Eli and I tag along on his trip since Eli’s grandmother May is now living there. We also have some older siblings living there as well. It will be great to see my older brothers again. I haven’t seen them since I was a little kid.

 

 

 

I finally put away my iPad, Bastian’s younger brother Lance took notice and asked me to join him. Lance was playing hopscotch, a game that I haven’t played in ages. I only ever played with Noelle and sometimes I had fun but other times I got pissy if I messed up. Noelle had always cheered me on anyway. Man, do I miss her. Lately I’ve been thinking about her. It’s not like I can talk to my own girlfriend, Annaliese.

“Join me, Rai!”

“You really want me to?”

“Yeah! It will be fun!”

“Well I am kinda a pro at this. I might kick your butt.”

“Oh really?”

“Yeah.”

“Okay, man! Bring it on!”

“Alright, you was warned.”

 

 

 

I had a little fun with Lance, he has 2 slides of himself. He can be friendly and silly but he also can be a little snot, it really depends on how his mood. His mother usually puts him in a bad mood and today he had fussed at him. His parents were running a tad late to the airplane and all Lance wanted was a good-bye hug.

Petra couldn’t be bothered and rushed her husband, Landon out the door to their waiting cab. Lance didn’t get a chance to tell either parent bye. So we figured Lance would be a snotty brat today. Lance’s mood was eventually brightened up after watching Bastian trip and fall face first on the pavement. He’s fine though.

“Ha ha ha! Look! Bastian fell! Ha ha ha!”

“Ha ha ha!”

“Stop laughing! It’s not funny.”

“Sorry bro, but it’s kinda funny. You okay?”

“Yeah, but you 2 are still assholes.”

 

 

 

Bastian looked at his phone and called me over. I wasn’t sure what else he had planned for today but I was sure it would be good. So I thought.

“Look Rai, we are about to head to Venice Point in  little bit.”

“Isn’t that the make out spot? Why are we going there?”

“Girls. Why else? Hopefully it will be just us. Vexille and Rosaria are gonna meet us.”

“So it’s gonna me, you, Claudio with both of your girlfriends? Geeze, can I not be the odd man out for once?”

“Ah man don’t worry, we gotcha covered. Rosaria is bringing her best friend, Tara. She’s half black and Italian, so she’ll be your type.”

 

 

 

“Thanks for looking out for me but I have a girlfriend. Well kinda.”

“And that’s why you need a girl to chill with. Maybe you’ll like her better than Anna.”

“I dunno. I won’t feel right trying to get with another girl.”

“You don’t have to date her, man. Just keep her company. Her boyfriend dumped her a few weeks, she’s probably not ready to date anyone now. Just hang out with her and everything will be okay.”

“Alright, I guess I can do that.”

 

 

 

“C’mon squirt. We gotta go.”

“Where?”

“Venice Point.”

“Eww gross! That’s where you go to kiss girls! I don’t wanna go there! It’s so boring!”

“Too bad, squirt. You’re going.”

“You can’t make me!”

“Oh cute. You gave me the bird. Wait until I tell mom.”

“She’s not gonna care!”

“Okay then I’ll tell your dad!”

“Fine! I’ll go but I’m not gonna have fun!”

“Chill out, besides Vexille is gonna be there and you like her.”

“Yeah cause’s not boring like your other 8 girlfriends!”

 

 

 

After Claudio changed into his street clothes, we headed towards Venice Point along with Lance. He will have to tag along until his friend comes home. Bastian convinced Lance to ask his friend to have a sleepover so we can have the house to ourselves.

Having Lance with us is common, Petra usually makes Bastian take Lance if Landon isn’t around. I’m really glad that I don’t a smaller sibling that I have to bring along. My parents are done having kids, I do have Isabella but I also have many other siblings she could be pawned off to. Having a huge family does have its advantages.

 

 

 

“So this girl, Tara. She isn’t butt ugly or anything?”

“Why do you ask, Rai?”

“I wanna know what I’m dealing with. Is she like the ugly friend they gotta bring along? Cause Clarice has one of those type of friends.”

“She got a nice body, don’t she Claud?”

“Yeah. She has other great qualities about her, Rai.”

“So she’s ugly? Great.”

“Let’s just say she has a unique look to her. Not the standard beauty. She can be cute but tends to make her face look weird.”

“You both are assholes.”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

We got the Venice Point, the usual teenage hang out spot for secret parties and making out. I only been here once with one of my early girlfriends. My parents are aware of this place and really don’t want us hanging out here. I didn’t see what was the big deal, my litter mates and I can’t have sex just yet.  I guess they didn’t want us to get use to being here.

“Where are they?”

“Vex said they’ll be here in soon.”

“I’m bored! I don’t wanna be here!”

“I didn’t want you here either, Lance. But I had no choice. I can’t leave you at home.”

“Why not? I’m almost 8, I don’t need a babysitter!”

“I really hope this girl isn’t too ugly, Bast. But if she is then nothing is gonna happen. Maybe that’s a good thing.”

“Hey, Vex said they are here. Tara is parking the car.”

“Wait? She has a car?”

“Yep. Tara is a rich girl by the way, Rai.”

 

 

 

I was introduced to Tara. She was okay looking and has a nice body like Bastian mention. She would probably be better looking it if wasn’t for the potato nose. She seemed nice and said hi to me. I did kinda stare Vexille a bit, she really looked nice in shorts. Vexille took notice and shyly smiled back as she winked . I wish I could slap myself for looking at her cause it’s not right. But Vexille is probably the only white girl whom I found attractive. I really hoped Bastian didn’t notice.

 

 

 

I was quick to dismiss Tara and headed towards the fire pit. She gave me an uneasy feeling by the way she looked at me. I know that I’m suppose to keep her company but I find myself really not wanting to do that.

“So Raiden, that’s kinda a cool name.”

“Thanks. Yours too.”

“Uh huh. What school do you go to?”

“Trinity Parks, same as Vexille.”

“Oh cool. The art school. I wanted to go to that but I couldn’t get in.”

“Why not?”

“Probably cause I can barely draw a stick figure. Ha ha ha!”

“You kinda need some kind of talent to get in.”

“Yeah, my step mom hoped if she tossed some money, I could get in. Money didn’t matter but it’s okay. The school I go to is pretty okay.”

“Yeah?”

 

 

 

 

“Yeah but we don’t have any cute art boys like you there.”

“I heard you had a boyfriend. What happen with that?”

“Oh there was just some dumb misunderstanding. But it’s whatever.”

“Like what?”

“Do we really have to talk about that?”

“Not if it’s a touchy subject.”

“What about you? You have a girlfriend?”

“Kinda. She said we kinda rushed things and we needed to take a break but we aren’t broken up.”

 

 

 

“Please! We need a break is girl code for, I want to break up but not until I find another boyfriend first. Sometimes I have a back up boyfriend before I break up with the current. It sucks to be single.”

“I don’t think she’s gonna break up with me when she find another. I think she just needed a break to think about things.”

“It’s bullshit, Raiden. And guys fall for it. We just don’t want you guys looking for another girl. We keep you on standby until a better one comes along and we cut you lose.”

“That’s kinda mean. Why do girls do that?”

“Not all girls do but most. So you’re pretty much fair game and I like what I see.”

“You do?”

“Rosaria didn’t tell me how sexy you are. She said you’re a genie and I also think that’s hot. I never met a genie before but I heard they are sexy as fuck. I see that’s true. I almost didn’t come out but I’m glad that I did. I’ll be a fool to pass up on you.”

“Uh, thanks.”

 

 

 

I felt a little uncomfortable when she started to kinda rub up against me. I excused myself and laid on the ground thinking about what she said about this girl code. I get the vibe that Tara has had a lot of boyfriends and she may be a bit aggressive. It’s other reasons why I felt a bit uneasy, I don’t want her to think that I’m going to be her next victim.

But what if this girl code is true? It’s not the first time I was told that she’s just gonna break up with me once she has a new boyfriend. I really couldn’t see Annaliese being that type of person or maybe I could be wrong. I didn’t spend a lot of time to really get to know her.

 

 

 

As I started to get lost in my thoughts, Tara had made her way towards me and sat down. I sighed as I barely had a moment to myself since meeting her.

“Whatcha thinking about?”

“Of what you said about the girl code.”

“Yeah?”

“Is that shit legit?”

“Yeah, you guys have your guy code too. Not much better than ours. But it’s okay, you’re a hot guy. You won’t be single long.”

“What makes you so sure? You don’t even know me.”

“A hot guy like you will always have girls after you. I don’t mind having to fight off a few.”

 

 

 

“I’m not looking to get into anything. I just hope things between Anna and I will get better cause I miss her.”

“What if it doesn’t?”

“It will.”

“But if it doesn’t? There’s always me.”

“You don’t know me.”

“But I wanna get to know you. Don’t you want to get to know me?”

“I guess.”

“That’ what I want to hear.”

“What are you doing?”

“Trying to give you a little kiss on your forehead. You look so sad. Don’t be sad.”

“Uh. Please don’t do that.”

 

 

 

 

I wondered off to the picnic table only to be followed by Tara. She wasn’t getting the hint that I really wasn’t interest in her. However I still have to keep her company. I sighed and figure I should try to do so.

“So Raiden, what are your hobbies?”

“I like to draw and paint. I’m working on my own comic book. I also like to play video games a lot too.”

“That’s cool. I would like to see your art. I think it’s cool you got a comic book. I wish I could draw.”

“Thanks. What about you?”

“I like to go shopping.”

“Is that it? Just go shopping?”

 

 

 

“Well I also like to make out with cute guys. I’m a very good kisser. Are you a good kisser?”

“I guess so. I haven’t had any complaints.”

“I bet so. You have really nice kissable lips. I bet I could just kiss you all night long. I wouldn’t need to have sex. Kissing those lips would be enough.”

“Uhh. Okay.”

“I bet you had a lot of girlfriends too.”

“I guess so.”

“Maybe I can be one of them.”

 

 

 

“Well I don’t know about that.”

“You don’t think I’m pretty?”

“I didn’t say that.”

“Then what? Do you think I’m pretty.”

“I guess so.”

“You guess?”

“Well no.”

“I’m not?”

“No that’s not what I mean. I think you’re pretty. But I’m kinda with Anna.”

“You’ll be wasting your time. I would never want to take a break from you. A guy as hot as you, I would never want to be away from you.”

“You’ll rethink that once you get to know me.”

 

 

 

I removed myself from Tara and made me way towards Bastian. He could tell that I was annoyed and shook his head at me. I sighed as I plopped down on the chair near the mini fire pit.

“Is it that bad?”

“A paper bag has more personality than her. Her hobbies are to go shopping and make out with cute guys.”

“C’mon bro. You gotta talk to her and play nice. Please brother. I need you to do this.”

“Why? How is this some kind of favor? It’s not like you’ll hanging out with Vexille for the first time.”

“Cause I’m kinda in the doghouse. You know Vexille leaves for home in 2 days. I need to spend as much with her as possible.”

“What did you do this time?”

“I sent Giana a shirtless pic of me. I didn’t know Vex was with her. I said it was a joke but she’s not seeing it that way. I need to show her that I’m still gonna be here for her when she returns for school. I think she’s gonna let me take it.”

“Take what?”

“Her virginity.”

“You guys haven’t?” 

 

 

“No. I hoping we will have some crazy sex before she goes home. I really like Vex and she has been my longest relationship.”

“Then maybe you should stop texting my sister. And what does have anything with me having to be nice to Tara?”

“If Tara feels uncomfortable then the girls won’t want to hang out with us later on. So I need to spend time with Vexille. They’ll not gonna leave Tara hanging. Plus Claudio is gonna be returning home this weekend and he needs to spend time with Rosaria too.”

“Tara is a bit too aggressive for my taste. I told her about Anna and she doesn’t seem to care.”

“I know she can be. She made me let her give me a blow job during my first year. I did like it bet don’t tell Vex about that. Please just hang with her and take one for the team. Make her feel wanted and do whatever she wants. I really need this. This is my last shot to show Vexille that I’m real about her.”

“If you’re serious about Vex, I guess I can but you owe me big time.”

“Thanks bro!”

 

 

 

Bastian wandered off to Vexille’s direction which left me alone. I stood up from the chair and stared off into the ocean. I didn’t hear Tara coming up from behind me, usually I can hear from quite a distance but since the surgery, things had been a little off. From my surprise, I suddenly felt my ass being grope from a pair of unfamiliar hands. 

“Nice and tight as I thought it was be.”

 

 

 

I wasn’t a fan of being groped by a female whom I’m not attracted to. Although I just promised Bastian I would play nice with Tara, she took it a step too far. I didn’t think before lashing out at her. My temperament is one reason why Annaliese isn’t here. Just maybe my temper would also scare Tara. At this point, I didn’t care about keeping my promise to Bastian.

“What the fuck! I would really appreciate if you don’t grab my ass!”

“Oh lighten up! It’s not big deal! You’re a guy!”

“That doesn’t matter! Not all guys like to be groped by some random girl!”

“I’m not some random girl! I was just seeing if you’re not gay or anything! You haven’t once tried to hit on me!”

“I told you that I have a fuckin’ girlfriend!” 

 

 

 

“Yeah you say that but I really don’t care! Besides you are really cute when you’re mad.”

“What the fuck is wrong with you?”

“No the question is, what the fuck is wrong with you? Here you got some hot girl trying to get with you and you get all icy.”

“Has it ever occurred to you that you’re not my type?”

 

 

“Don’t be ridiculous. I’m every guy’s type. You just don’t know it yet.”

“I know my type and you’re definitely not it.”

“Oh you’re so funny too.”

“I’m not joking.”

“Yes you are. I’m every guy’s dream. I’m amazing in bed and if you’re good then you’ll find out.”

“I likes girls with a personality and talented. The only talent you have is laying on your back. I’m a genie which also means that we go through puberty much differently. We’re not sexually mature until the age of 15 and guess what? I’m 14! Telling me that you’re a great lay doesn’t interested me!”

 

 

 

“Oh c’mon! Tell me that when you look at me, something does go on in your pants! Every guys thinks I’m hot and lucky to be with me. Do you know who I am? I’m the step daughter of Lia Rasi! No guy ever tells me no!”

“I don’t care who the fuck you are! And I’m the first guy is going to tell you no! Even if I didn’t have a girlfriend, I still wouldn’t give you the time or day!” 

“You’re just saying that cause you’re scared if your girlfriend finds out. Trust me, she won’t!”

“You are fuckin’ nuts!”

 

 

 

“Well if that’s how you’re going to be then maybe I’ll tell Rosaria that I’m not having a great time and we should go. I’m pretty sure your boys wouldn’t be too happy about that.”

“Seriously?”

“Yeah. So what’s it gonna be? You gonna try to get with me or me and the girls go else where. Rosaria is my girl and if I’m not having a good time, then we are gonna go do something else. She promised me this would be fun.”

“Fine Tara, you win. For now.”

“See Raiden, I told you that I’m your type.”

 

 

We went swimming for a bit until the girls had to go see a movie. Since Tara was now having a great time, the girls promised they’ll return. Bastian thanked me for putting up with Tara but has no idea how big he owes me.

“That girl is fuckin’ nuts. But a promise is a promise.”

“I think tonight is gonna be the night, man. Please just keep making Tara happy.”

“You owe me and you have no idea how much.”

“Ha ha ha! You’ll live bro.”

 

 

 

We were getting hungry and I was left in charge with the grilling. I don’t know why they thought this was a great idea. I really had no idea what I was doing. My dad tried to show me how to but I was too busy texting on my phone. I probably should had stopped but I was 13 at the time and just wanted to be on my phone all the time. I thought by now I would be able to conjure food but it’s a skill that I have yet to have.

 

 

 

“Damn it all the hell! This is bullshit!”

Looks like we are gonna eat out.

Show Yourself: Chapter 16 – Salty

It’s been a couple of weekends since my surgery. The transfusion was successful and my body was able to self-heal. Today was my first day back at school and mom made my favorite breakfast of mushroom and spinach omelets with turkey bacon and french toast sticks. She wanted me to have a nice breakfast before sending me off to school. We just have a few weeks of school left. I’m a bit behind in my work but mom is gonna make sure I catch up eventually.

 

 

 

I saw Annaliese standing on the balcony at our school. We really haven’t talked since the evening that I completely lost it on her. She did still stop by to check on me at the hospital afterwards but has been a little standoffish. This made me a bit nervous. I thought we was over this but apparently not. She told me that we still needed to talk about that night. 

 

 

 

“Anna?”

“Hey, Rai. How are you feeling?”

“I’m okay for the most part. How about you? I missed you.”

“I’ve been good. Ready for your first day back? I gotta warn you that Mr. London is more cranky than his usual. It’s the end of the school year and everyone is restless.”

“I guess so. So how about a little welcome back kiss?”

“We need to talk.”

 

 

 

“Talk about what?”

“You know. That one night at the hospital.”

“Oh. I thought that was in the past. We’re good, right? I said I was sorry.”

“I know but it made me think about things.”

“What things? It was just one fight. Don’t we kiss and make up now?”

“You act like it was no big deal!”

“Well it really wasn’t. I mean all couples fight here and there but they get pass it.”

 

 

 

“You’re a very angry guy and that scares me! When you yelled at me, I was so afraid of you! I never been yelled at like that before! I had an aunt who had a husband who yelled at her like that and he use to beat her! I think we rushed into this relationship and we should had gotten to known each other better. I dunno if I can handle your temper. It scares me and I think we should just take a little break from each other.”

 

 

 

“What? I didn’t mean to yell at you the way that I did. I really didn’t mean to but all you had to do is go and let me be. I just needed some rest. I was very tired and you kept pestering me. And I’m nothing like your aunt’s husband! I would never hit you or hurt you in any way. My mom would beat my ass if I ever hit a female! I take a lot of shit from my sisters!” 

 

 

 

“You didn’t want to tell me why you wanted me to leave. And if you can’t tell me what’s bothering you is gonna be problem. When you’re in a relationship, you gotta tell your girlfriend everything! You shouldn’t keep any secrets.”

“But I was just tired. I told you that!”

“I don’t believe you. I think it was something else. Your reaction about a full moon got me thinking there’s something deeper going on. I just wanted to help.”

“I can’t tell you about that.”

“Why?”

“Cause I just can’t!”

“See, this isn’t gonna work.”

“Annaliese, please. I just can’t right now. But when I’m ready. I’ll tell you.”

“I wish you could share everything with me.”

“There’s somethings I can’t for the moment. I don’t wanna scare you off. I was gonna tell you when I felt you could handle it. So I guess we’re broken up now?”

“No. We just need a break.”

“For how long?”

“I don’t know.”

“Well can I get a good-bye kiss?”

“It’s best if we don’t.”

“Oh.”

 

 

 

I was confused of what just happen. We need to take a break? We only been dating for about a month and we need to take a break? Who on earth just presses pause in the relationship? I never got that and now I’m in one of those relationships. We aren’t broken up but we can’t talk or see each other. Does this mean that I can’t see other people or could I? Maybe I should had asked or maybe it’s good that I didn’t. So much for a warm welcome back, I never felt so hurt in my life so far.

 

 

 

“All the flavors in the world but yet you always choose to be salty.”

“Shut up, Jada! Not now, fuck!”

“You’ll catch more flies with honey.”

“Don’t you mean, shit?”

“Touche, brother. Touche.”

 

 

 

“I wouldn’t say that I didn’t see this coming but I did.”

“Uh huh. Here to mock me? I am in no mood for your shit, Jada.”

“I know that, Salty pants. I’m just saying-“

“I know what you are just saying!”

“You gonna let me finish?”

 

 

 

“How am I gonna fix this? Can this be fixed? I told her that I was sorry and we would get over it.”

“Sometimes sorry isn’t good enough. And can you blame her? You berated the poor girl and she was looking after you. You get scary mad when you’re flying off the handle. I told you about your temper. You need to chill and be a little less salty.”

“But can I fix this?”

“Maybe. Tell her the truth. Tell her about the full moon and who you really are.”

“I can’t.”

“Well I guess you’ll have to wait around and hope she’ll forget, which she won’t. She’s a woman. We forget nothing.”

“But if I tell her then we’ll be broken up for sure.”

 

 

 

“That’s a risk that you gotta take. But she is right about one thing.”

“What?”

“You both just kinda rush into this. You both barely know each other. So maybe a break would do you both some good. Or not. To be honest, you guys are probably gonna break up.”

“What?”

“Facts, brother. But it’s okay.”

“How?”

 

 

 

 

“You’ll find another girl who you can be all gross with. “Hi I’m Raiden. I’m kinda weird but I wanna kiss you all over and say things that will offend you. But it’s okay cause I’m a love genie and you won’t care anyway.” “Oh yes you have a cute face but you’re weird. Let’s kiss and be gross.” “I like your boobies!”.”

 

 

 

“You’re not funny!”

 

 

 

 

I wished Annaliese would have waited to tell me all of this after school. She lays out all of this shit right before class, knowing our first class is together. To add salt to injury, the teacher assigned Annaliese to the keyboard next to me. It was cool before our “break” but it sucks now. I couldn’t help myself from looking at her and hoping she would notice me. She would but she just look away quickly. It made me feel like shit. 

 

 

 

Ms. Jaio didn’t care if it was my first day back at school. I still had to give my oral presentation of the inventor of the cellos. I don’t even know how to play a cello and don’t care much for it. We had to draw subjects from a hat and of course I picked the cello. I was never good on public speaking and giving oral presentations is a nightmare. It definitely doesn’t help with Annaliese and my ex Alessandra both being in my class.

 

 

 

“Andrea Amati was the inventor of the cello. He  was born in Cre-crea-moan-na uhh; Cremona, Italy a really long time ago. I mean in 1505. That was like in the 16th century? Yeah the 16th century.”

The microphone screeched with feedback and it was bad enough that I was stumbling with my words. I struggle to remember what I wrote about as I had forgotten half of my paper. 

“Fuckin’ shit!”

“Raiden Montigo! One more outburst like that and you will be sitting in detention!”

“Sorry, Ms. Jaio.”

The class laughed but was also threatened with detention if they continue to laugh at me. This day just suck more and more for me.

 

 

 

I was happy that I had study hall after lunch. I needed some peace and quiet. It was also nice to finally be away from Annaliese cause it’s hard to be around her when I can’t talk to her. I took this time to read up about lycanthropy and how this came to be. I do remember Eli saying he heard lycanthropy was a curse that came from a witch.  

I  always wonder if lycanthropy is a witch’s curse. If that is true, a curse would be broken. I decided that I would do some digging to find out if this is possible. If this is really a curse then I have it broken. I can finally be a full genie and not turn into a freakish monster during a full moon. And just maybe Annaliese and I would actually be together.

 

 

 

I thought I would hide out in study hall alone but my uncle Angelo eventually found me. I did honestly did try to avoid him because he would remind me that I need to join him after school. Today would be my first day of training and I’m really in no mood for that. Honestly, I don’t want to do it all but I told my grandpa Muraco that I would.

“I hope you didn’t forget. My dad wants us to meet him at Fiore Nascosto park after school.”

“Yeah I know. Why there? That’s kinda out there.”

“Cause no one ever goes there. That’s where we always do our training there. It’s pretty there.”

“I only been there once. I guess I could see why you guys go there.”

“It’s quiet and peaceful.”

“Right.”

“Hey what’s that? Is that a book on lycanthropy?”

“Yeah. Why?”

“I didn’t know we had books like that here. You trying to get in touch with your lycan roots, nephew?”

 

 

 

 

“No! I’m trying to see if I can get rid of it.”

“That’s not possible, nephew. Once you’re born a lycan, you stay a lycan.”

“Isn’t it a curse? Curse can be broken.”

“A curse? Ha! Man, maybe you should read up.”

“What do you mean?”

“I’m just saying, there’s no way you can get rid of that part of you. You really hate being a lycan, huh?”

“Hate doesn’t begin to express my feeling about it!”

“A salty wolf doesn’t go far in life.”

“Shut up.”

 

 

 

Angelo and I made our way to Fiore Nascosto park and my grandpa Muraco was already there waiting for us. He was happy to see that I did come with Angelo. It wasn’t like Angelo gave me much of a choice. He made sure that I was going to show up no matter what.

 

 

 

“Okay boys, pair up. Being a lycan can be a stressful as we have more testosterone than any other being. With that said we can be a bit more aggressive. Sometimes we need to do some friendly sparing. Since this is your first time, Raiden I asked Angelo to go a little easy on you.”

“Give me all you, Angelo! No holding back.”

“You’re not ready.”

“Don’t get ahead of yourself, Raiden. You need to ease into this. This is gonna help you with your anger cause you are a fiery one.”

 

 

 

I could tell Angelo was holding back on me. I know I can be a bit hot-headed but I ready to take him on. They knew that I wasn’t ready even when I felt I was. I always felt that I always have something to prove. Every since I was a child and I was even bold enough to take on Tyrese when I was only 8 years old. If I was going to get the fight that I wanted, I needed to egg on Angelo a bit.

“This is you holding back? I’m barely breaking a sweat!”

“I know what you’re trying to do! It’s not gonna work!”

“Oh yeah? I know a few 7 year olds who would give more a challenge than this! C’mon, uncle! I’m getting bored with this!”

“You want a challenge?”

“Fuck yeah!”

“You got it then!”

 

 

 

I really wished that I would learn to keep my mouth shut. Angelo delivered swifter and quicker blows which I had a difficult time avoiding. Of course my temper flared up and I wasn’t too happy about getting my ass handed to me.

 

 

 

“What the fuck!”

“What?! You said you wanted a challenge and I gave you one!”

“Bullshit! You’re not even giving me enough time to react!”

“Look you told me to step it up and I did! You can’t get mad cause this is what you asked for!”

“I don’t give a fuck! That was some bullshit that you just did!”

“Man, don’t be such a sore loser!”

“Screw you, prick!”

 

 

 

My grandpa Muraco stepped in and thought we needed a break for while. It was the right call cause I was ready to bury my fist into Angelo’s face.

 

 

 

 

“You can’t let your temper get the best of you during your training. You’ll lose focus and energy quicker this way. And your temper will cause other to push away from you.”

“I know that I gotta work on my temper but I get so fired up and angry!”

“It’s cause you don’t know how to properly channel your anger into something else.”

“How can I?”

“I’m going to teach you.”

 

 

 

I continued my training with my grandpa while Angelo took a break. For once I tried to listen to my grandpa’s instructions but I was really to do much more than this. At least I thought I was. I can be a bit impatient at times. 

“Pace yourself, Raiden. You’re gonna burn through your energy much quicker.”

“I’m trying, granddad!”

“I don’t think you are, son.”

“I’m trying! I’m really am I swear!”

“I know you can do better than this.”

 

 

 

I paced myself at a steady speed. I could feel my stamina increasing as I kept a rhythm. My grandpa was right and I tried not to feel so big-headed now that I’m getting the hang of things.

“There ya go. I knew you could do it, son.”

“Yeah?”

“Yep. Keep going, don’t stop.”

“Alright!”

 

 

 

“I’m actually impressed, Raiden. To be honest, I wasn’t so sure about you given how reluctant you have been.”

“So I did good?”

“Sì. Maybe we can now work on trying to transform into a full wolf.”

“You think I’m ready for that?”

“Let’s see.”

 

 

 

 

“You need complete focus and try to not push yourself too hard. Let your body guide you.”

“Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhh!”

“Don’t strain yourself!”

 

 

 

My body wasn’t doing anything and I certainly didn’t feel anything different happening to me. I thought I could feel my essence converting into blood. I felt hot but nothing was happening at all. I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to turn into wolf. I had no idea of what I was doing. The only thing I did feel was confusion.

 

 

 

“Nothing is happening! I did what you said.”

“I know but I needed to show you that you don’t need to get ahead of yourself. It’s going to take time and effort and I know you’re not 100% commitment to this. Your mind, body and sprint need to all connect with each other. I told you that I’m not willing to train you until you are ready. You’re not.”

“I want to train. I wanna try.”

“I need your 100%. You won’t get far. I could tell just now that you didn’t want to turn into a wolf.”

“You could?”

“Son, I can see straight through you.”

“I had a bad day at school. My head is kinda cloudy.”

 

 

 

“You can only train with a clear mind. You gotta learn to leave the drama behind for your training sessions. But I also need for you to accept your lycan bloodline. You can’t bullshit me, I’ll know if you truly accept it”

“But you said I was doing good earlier.”

“You were, getting out some of that aggression but there’s more to it than releasing aggression after having a bad day at school. You got some potential, I can tell you that.”

“So can I still train with you?”

“We can work on the aggression because you seriously need help with that. You’re not going to keep a pretty girl like Anna around long. But as for turning, that’s up to you.”

 

 

 

I thought about what my grandpa Muraco had told me. He was right, I wasn’t 100% and didn’t want to turn. I do want to keep training and work on my anger. I can’t lose Annaliese and I need to get better. I came home and headed to the backyard to train on my own.

My dad got this wooden dummy for his training. He didn’t mind me using it. I got about 20 minutes in before my mom made me stop. She felt I had enough physical activity for the day. I know she’s right, I still need to take things easy. 

Show Yourself: Chapter 15 – 20 Minutes

I was waking in a daze of confusion. My ears twitched to the very familiar sound of machines and monitors. “Oh no.” I thought to myself, I know where I was before I focused my eyes. My vision continues to become clearer as I noticed the familiar white hospital window blinds. I let out a low growl as I knew I was at my least favorite place, the hospital. But then I heard a familiar voice although it was a bit shaky.

“Raiden?”

 

 

 

I felt exhausted and attempted to respond but fail. My eyes grew heavy as cement blocks,  quickly shutting close, I drifted back into a deep slumber. It felt like hours, days and months had passed as I laid frozen on my hospital. I could hear the voice of mother speaking to me. I wanted to opened my eyes and speak to her but my body refused to do so. It was struggle trying to fully awake myself but being slam dunked in a comatose like sleep.

 

 

 

“Rai-sweetie, it’s mom. Can you hear me?”

I could hear her but my body refused to respond. She gently picks up my hand and caresses it before holding my hand against her soft skin.

“I know you’re trying to wake up. Just keep on trying, baby.”

I let out another moan and growl as I again attempted to open my heavy eyelids.

“Mom?”

“Hey baby.”

“Wha-what happen?”

“You had surgery two days ago. Your heart was in pretty bad shape. We almost lost you, baby.”

“Lost me? I’ve been out for two days?”

“You been in and out of conscious, you probably don’t remember much. And yes baby, we almost lost you during your surgery. Your heart stopped for 20 minutes.”

“I died?”

“Yes, technically but you were able to bring yourself back. This wasn’t the first time.”

“I’ve died before?”

“Your heart stopped a few times when you were a baby. 20 minutes each time.”

“So is my heart worse than what is before? Am I gonna be restricted from doing everything like when I was a kid? I can’t go back to that life. Where is Tyrese, I swear I will kill him!”

 

 

 

 

“You don’t have to worry about him anymore. Your father said he’s been handled. You’ll need to rest for a while before you can get back to your normal. As long as you rest as long as the doctor said, your heart will repair.”

“Handled? How?”

“Don’t worry about that. You need focus on getting better so you can come home.”

“So I’m gonna get better?”

“Yes. You also had a special procedure done. It’s something new but it is believe its going to make you stronger. As you know your body doesn’t produce enough genie essence and your levels are severely low for your age. They were able to do an essence to essence transfusion. It’s something like a blood transfusion with humans. They extracted some essence from your father and gave it to you. Now your levels are normal for your age and your body will be able to self-heal. You notice you’re not hooked up? They doctors are allowing nature take it’s course but they still need to monitor you for a couple more days.”

“So will I start having all of my abilities now?”

“Possibly but not for sure. You will need to have this procedure done every 60 days if everything goes well. They’ll need to start watching your levels. It can’t get too low like it was before. But I need to go speak with your doctor. I won’t be leaving you alone. You have another visitor.”

 

 

 

My mom kissed my forehead before letting Bastian in. He looked like shit as he haven’t slept in two days. I could see the sorrow in his eyes as he gazed at me. He was unusually quiet and always been a bit chatty but he was in a lost of words.

“Hey man. What’s up?”

I tried to break the awkward silence in the room. It almost seem like Bastian was about cry. I’ve never seen him cry or anything like that before today. He’s usually a happy go-lucky type of guy even when the world often hands him a pile of shit. Bastian was usually the one guy who could make me laugh. 

 

 

 

“Are you okay? You need anything?”

“I need you to stop being weird. I had heart surgery and you look worse than me. Ha ha ha.”

“I’m being serious, Rai. If you need anything, I’m your man. Whatever you need, just tell me and I’ll get it for you.”

“I’m fine, really. Well I hurt a bit but I had some genie thing done so I’ll be okay in a few days.”

 

 

 

“You sure?”

“Yeah. So what’s been up?”

“Just been waking for you to wake up. I was afraid you were gonna be in a coma again. Your mom said you was in one when you were 8 for like a week or so?”

“Yeah. That fuckin’ asshole, Tyrese. He’s such a fuckin’ coward! When I get out of here, I’m going to kill him!”

“Your pops said he’s been handled.”

“What does that even mean? My mom wouldn’t tell me!”

“I dunno and I probably don’t wanna know.”

“Well I wanna know! This is the second time he put me in the hospital! I hate this place!”

“Raiden! Calm down, man!”

“Fuck that! I wanna kick his ass!”

 

 

 

Bastian quickly throws his arm around my neck, pulling me closer to him. I tried to pull him away from me until I could hear his voice cracking.

“Twenty minutes, Raiden! Twenty fuckin’ minutes. you were dead! I lost you for 2o minutes! The doctors gave up on you after 10 minutes and 10 more minutes your heart started to beat again! They gave up! I could had lost you if you weren’t a fuckin’ genie! Twenty fuckin’ minutes, Raiden! Twenty minutes! Who cares about Tyrese! We almost lost you! I almost lost you! I don’t know what would I do if I ever lost you! Without you, I would have no one! I thought I would never have a family again after my mom took me away from my dad. Then I met you and now I have a family. I can’t lose you again! Not even if it’s for 20 minutes!”

“Hey; I’m here now. I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m just pissed off how that asshole can get away with the shit that he does.”

“I know but we don’t have to worry about him anymore! For the last 2 days I haven’t slept or ate. I didn’t want to leave the hospital but my mom tried to force me to leave. Your mom let me come over but I wanted to stay. I didn’t want to leave until you finally woke up! I’m so happy that you’re awake and you’re worried about that asshole. I’m so fuckin’ happy that you’re alive!”

“I’m sorry; I’m so sorry. I guess I didn’t realize you were in as much pain as I am. You don’t have to worry about me, brother. I’ll never leave you.”

 

 

 

“You better not or I will kick your ass!”

“Yeah I know but you won’t do. You love me too much.”

“Damn right, I love you, brother.”

“I love you too but I hope you’re not trying to make out with me. Cause I do have a girlfriend ya know.”

“If I was gay, I would make out with you so hard. You have pretty man-lips. Ha ha ha!”

“Ha ha ha ha! We can never get drunk together.”

“Ha ha ha ha! Whatever man!”

“But seriously, I’m kinda feeling tired. I should probably rest for a bit.”

“Alright. I guess I could go bug my mom for a while. I’m going nowhere, man. Whatever need, I gotcha.”

“Yeah. I know but I need rest.”

 

 

 

I’m not sure how long I slept before I could hear someone entering my room. I figure it was probably my mom or Bastian but they said nothing. Maybe it was one of the nurses checking up on me but I hear them make any other movement in the room.

“Raiden?”

I opened my eyes to see Annaliese staring down at me. I smiled at her and she smiled back.

“I heard you were awake, kinda. I tried to get here as fast as I could but my scooter was out of gas.”

“I’m glad to see that sexy face of yours.”

 

 

 

I attempted to lift myself but feeling a sharp pain run across my chest. I growled in pain which gave Annaliese a mild panic attack.

“Ow! Shit!”

“Oh no! Raiden, are you okay?!”

“This shit hurts. So much for self-healing.”

 

 

 

 

“Maybe you should lied down. Do I need to get a nurse for you?”

“Nah. I’m good.”

“You don’t look like it! Lemme you some help, Raiden.”

“No, no. All I need now is your body against mine.”

“What?”

“I died for 20 minutes and all I wanna do is hold you.”

 

 

 

A tear rolled down her cheek, I wiped the single tear telling her she wasn’t allowed to cry. I’m here now and I’m going anywhere, there was no need for any tears. I held her against me, we didn’t speak, we just gazed into each other eyes. I pressed my head against her chest, listening to her heartbeat. It began to race a bit as I caressed her lower back.

“I love the sound of you being alive.”

“I would love to hear your sound.”

“I would let ya but it kinda hurts in that area.”

“Maybe a little kiss will make it feel better?”

“I dunno. My nurse tried but I’m still feeling a little pain.”

“That’s cause your nurse doesn’t know what’s she doing.”

 

 

 

I pulled her into an embrace. Her kiss was gentle and soft, she didn’t want to hurt me but her kiss doesn’t allow me to feel any pain. I held her closer and kissed her passionately, probably more than I usual have. I believe coming back from the dead did make me a better lover cause this was the best kiss she ever received. 

 

 

 

 

“Are you feeling better?”

“Wanna be my nurse? I can fire the other one. You got better healing medicine.”

“Ha ha ha! Sure and I guess you want me to wear one of those sexy nurse outfits.”

“It wouldn’t hurt.”

“You are so bad, Raiden. Ha ha ha!”

“Well you can’t complain. You picked me.”

“Ha ha ha! I guess that’s true.”

The opened up and Bastian walked in. As promised, he didn’t leave and he probably should left long enough to take a shower. If he wasn’t going to eat or sleep, he could at least wash his ass.

“Am I interrupting anything? I don’t mind watching. I’m kinda into that. Ha ha ha.” 

 

 

 

 

I started to grow a bit antsy as I already mention my distaste to hospital stays. If they gave me this special genie essence transfusion, they why must I continue to stay here. It’s not like I hooked to any machines to monitor me. I rose from the bed and began to pace around the room. Naturally this made Annaliese and Bastian nervous.

“You should get back into bed, Rai. You just had surgery, you gotta rest.”

“Yeah man, I thought you were tired.”

“I can’t stand it in here. I gotta get out of here.”

 

 

 

“No way Mister. You’re not going anywhere. Are you insane?”

“I just need some fresh air.”

“We can get you a wheelchair, man. I know there’s one near the door.”

“No chair. I can walk.”

“You’re in no shape to be walking around, let again standing up. Stop being difficult.”

“You don’t understand! I gotta get out of here.”

“Hey Rai, what is your deal? I never seen you like this. You been in hospitals before, I don’t get why you’re all freaked out. You know how things go here.”

 

 

 

“That’s exactly why I don’t want to be here cause I’m always at the hospital. I’ve spent most of my infancy in a hospital and even celebrated my second birthday in one. All through my childhood I had numerous doctor visits and some of them ended up with me having to stay at the hospital. I really can’t stand this place and can’t spend another moment here. I want to go home.”

“Well your mom isn’t gonna let you so you’re stuck here, man.”

“Damn it.”

 

 

 

Annaliese made me sit down and I started to feel a little light-headed. They were right and I needed to rest for a bit but I can never get comfortable at the hospital.

“Suck it up Rai, no one is ever relaxed at the hospital. Once you chill out, heal then you go home. You’re not gonna get out of here any faster by being a jackass. And it could be worse, my mom coulda been your nurse.”

“I guess that’s true. Your mom is unpleasant. No offense, Bast.”

“None taken, I know how she is. She knows I’m here so don’t be surprised if she tries to check on you.”

“So where’s Claudio?”

“He wanted to come but his parents are in the country. It’s not like his ‘rents are here often. Vexille wanted to come too but she knows my mom works her and my mom doesn’t like her. You don’t need to see of that drama. They both send you their love.”

“Ah gotcha. At least you and Anna came to see me. That means a lot.”

 

 

 

 

“Well I am your girlfriend, it’s my duty to come up here.” 

“Yeah and I’m basically your brother. Of course I’m gonna be here.”

“Speaking of brothers, where are my others?”

“There’s a limit of visitors you can have at a time and you got a lot of brothers and sisters, sweetie.”

“True. Has anyone talked to my dad? I thought it was strange to see my mom but not my dad.”

“Well your dad was kinda missing for 2 days with your papa; but your mom wasn’t gonna let him come see you until he got some rest. Your dad and papa looked like they got hit by a truck.”

“They went missing for 2 days? Where the fuck did they go?”

“No clue and they won’t talk about it.”

“I wanna know what they mean by Tyrese being “handled”.

“Maybe they turned him?”

“Doubt it, Anna. The way my mom responded to my question makes me think my dad did something illegal.”

“Rather your dad and papa did or not, do you really wanna know, bro?”

“No.”

 

 

 

“People get a little crazy just before a full moon. Maybe it’s a good thing that your dad and papa won’t explained what “handled” really means.”

“Did you say full moon?”

“Yeah, why?”

“When is the next full moon?”

“Tonight.”

“You both should go.”

“Why?”

“I need for you both to leave as soon as possible. Just go!”

 

 

 

“Ya know I always notice how you act really weird when it’s about to be a full moon. What’s your deal with full moons anyway? Plus I was hoping to check out your nurse. Is she hot? I’m not ready to go just yet.”

 

 

 

“I just want to be alone. Can you guys please leave?”

“Did we say anything that offended you? Please Rai. Tell us what’s wrong?”

“Nothing is wrong, I just need you both to leave now.”

 

 

 

“Well if you want us to go, I guess we should.”

“You can go Bastian but I’m not going anywhere.”

“I want you to leave too, Anna.”

“Rai does need his rest. Ya know how cranky he gets when he’s tired, ha ha ha!”

“Exactly. Now go.”

“I’ll be back tomorrow after school, bro. I promised.”

 

 

 

Although Bastian left, Annaliese refused to leave as that made me very agitated. Why wouldn’t she just leave like Bastian. I can’t risk her seeing me turn, not even Bastian knows about that. I was always careful  and  watched the lunar phases to avoid making any plans with friends.  If I turn in front her, I know I will lose her and the whole school would know about my secret.

“You can’t get rid of me so easily like Bastian. I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what’s your deal is?”

“You gotta be kidding me.”

“Not kidding at all. So you gonna tell me or what?”

“Why won’t you just go!”

“I just told you that I won’t until you tell me what’s wrong.”

 

 

 

 

“Seriously?”

“Seriously.”

“I seriously need you to go right the fuck now!”

“Hey! Not with that attitude!”

 

 

 

“Get the fuck out! I don’t want you here! And can’t you fuckin’ understand that? There’s nothing wrong with until you have to be so fuckin’ annoying with you not leaving! Why couldn’t you just go like I asked?! I seriously thought you wouldn’t be this damn stupid!”

“What the fuck?! I am sorry that I care about you and want to know if you’re okay! Obviously there is something bothering you! I want to help you!”

“If you want to help me so bad then get the fuck out of here! Just fuckin’ go and not make this a big deal! It’s so damn simple! I need my rest! Just fuckin’ go!”

“Fine I’ll go and I won’t bothering ever coming back to see you! You don’t have to ever worry about me annoying you ever again!”

“Fine then! Go!”

“Fine!”

 

 

 

As soon as Annaliese turned her back towards to storm off, I dropped to the ground. She quickly races over towards me. Pain shot throughout my body, pain which I never felt before. I wasn’t sure what was happening me. It didn’t feel like I was about to turn. I called out for Annaliese with a weak and shaky voice. Beads of sweat formed on my forehead and the pain continued to blanket all over my body.

 

 

 

“Oh my gosh! Are you okay?”

“I don’t feel so good, I’m in pain.”

“Oh no! I’ll go get you some help!”

“No! Just help me towards the bed.”

“No, Raiden! You need help now!”

“Please don’t leave me on the floor.”

 

 

 

Annaliese gently help life me from the floor and helped me towards my bed. The pain had subsided and I just felt exhausted and sore.

“Get I get you into bed, I’m gonna find you a nurse. Okay?”

“Look Annaliese.”

“It’s okay.”

“No. It’s not okay. I shouldn’t yell at you like that. I got a temper but it’s no excuse for me to be a dick. I’m sorry. I know you’re just looking out for me. I’m really sorry.”

“It’s okay, Raiden. I should just go like you asked. It was selfish of me trying to stick around when you wanted to be alone.”

“I don’t wanna break up.”

“We’re almost to the bed. We can talk about that later.”

 

 

 

 

“You know you should be in bed. You were always a difficult child. You’re a lot like your uncle Angelo.”

“Papa?”

“Yes, I’ve come to check on you.”

“He needs a nurse, Sir.”

“No, the boy needs to rest and calm down. I can take it from here. You should probably go, dear.”

“Oh okay. We’ll talk later, Raiden.”

“Anna?”

“Yeah?”

“Again, I’m sorry.”

“I know.” 

 

 

 

My grandpa heard everything between us.  I felt like shit because of the way I yelled at her. I regret everything that I said to her. I won’t be surprised if she wants to break up after I get better. I really felt like I screwed up here.

“She’s a nice girl. Was the girlfriend I heard about.”

“Yeah. Was. She’s probably gonna break up with me.”

“I heard everything. That’s no way to speak to a lady or anyone else in general. You gotta work on how you speak to others. Resorting to a yelling match doesn’t resolve anything.”

“I was so mad cause she wouldn’t leave. All you had to do was leave but she kept asking what was wrong and wasn’t gonna leave until I did.”

“Did you?”

“Are you crazy, Papa? I’m not gonna tell her that! She would for real dump me then. Nobody can know what happens to me during a full moon.”

 

 

 

“Nothing was going to happen to you during this full moon, anyway.”

“Why?”

“Your body suffered a serious trauma. You’re too weak to be forced into a turn. Besides I was told about the essence transfusion, you got some extra genie DNA to protect you from a forced turn.”

“So as long as I have extra genie essence, I won’t turn?”

“Yes but this is a temporary fix. According to your doctor, your lycan hormones and essence levels are imbalanced. You’re not neither trained to be a genie or a lycan and that needs to be fixed. You can’t try to be one and not the other. I know how much you hate your lycan bloodline but you will have to eventually accept it.”

“So I gotta train, huh?”

“Yes, son. You can join Angelo during his training sessions after school and on the weekends. We will train you how to control your lycan powers. You won’t always be stuck in mid-turn if you are properly trained.”

“I do some lycan training and I’ll stop turning into a monster?”

 

 

 

“Yes and one part of the training is to accept yourself. You whole self, genie and lycan. You must love and accept yourself. It’s the only way to control both of your powers and abilities. Are you ready to do this?”

“I guess so.”

“You guess? I’m not interesting in training you if you’re not ready. It’s more than physical. There’s mind and spirit involved too. Now again, are you ready?”

“Yes.”

“Great. We will have to wait until your body is done healing of course. I’ve talked to your parents about this and they both feel it’s time you train to be a genie and lycan. Your dad will be training you and I will be also training you.”

“Okay. So how long is the training gonna take? A month or two?”

“Son, it could take years. I’ve trained for years and still training.”

 

 

 

“Years?! It’s gonna take years before I stop turning into a monster?! I can’t wait that long! I thought after a few months I’ll be like everyone else!”

“Ha ha ha. You kids want everything quick and easy. Your dad still trains himself. It takes time before becoming your full potential. And your father learned there’s more genies can do and it’s which why your father is still training. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort. Angelo is learning that.”

“Sounds like it’s gonna be hard.”

“It might at first but over time it won’t be so much. You’ll get a hang of things, son.”

“Okay.”

“Right now, we need to get you to your 100%. Please rest and keep calm. The quicker you heal, the quicker you can go home. As you know the food is the worse.”

“Right! Ha ha ha!”

“But don’t worry, son. I brought you some dinner. Simona made your favorite, spaghetti.”

“Awesome! I am kinda hungry.”

 

 

 

After I ate, my Grandpa Muraco headed home so I could rest. Sleep didn’t come easy as I was worried about my relationship with Annaliese. Bastian left my phone and I heard my text alert go off. I reached over to grab my phone, hoping it was Annaliese. But it wasn’t, it was Noelle. I almost forgot about her cause she’s been pretty distant since I first met Annaliese.

She was told of what happen to me and was worried cause she haven’t heard any updates lately. I texted Noelle telling her that I was fine and will be going home in a few days. She was happy to heard from me and I was happy to hear from her. She apologize for being distant and explained that she was crazy busy with a school project. Something tells me that it’s more than that but I decided to leave it alone. I should try avoid getting into another fight this evening. Right now, I need rest. I gotta get out of this place.

Show Yourself: Chapter 14 – Round 2

It was the beginning of May and the garden was in full bloom. It’s a great thing for Mom, she enjoys garden but it kinda sucks for some of us. Each weekend we take turns weeding and watering the plants. This weekend it was mine turn along with Eli, Saffron and Clarice. Saffron started early in the greenhouse, he doesn’t mind working in the garden, but he’s a fairy and kinda his thing. Clarice was being a diva about it, she just got her nails done and doesn’t want to get dirty. She spent all morning whining about to Dad, hoping he’ll let her out of the chore. Dad probably would but he’s afraid of Mom.

There was something different in the air, a scent that seemed unfamiliar at first. It gave me an uneasy feeling as I felt like I was being watched. I tried to shake the feeling off and thought it was nothing. Every once in a while I would pick up scents. I guess it’s my lycan side, heighten sense of smell and hearing. I tried to ignore that part of me but I’m sometimes reminded of it.

 

 

 

“About time, Princess.”

“Shut up! This is unfair! I wanted to go to the mall today. There’s a sale and all the good stuff is gonna be gone by the time we finished!”

“Oh poor baby. Maybe if you didn’t whine all morning, we could be done already.”

“Ugh! Whatever! I don’t see why we have to do this anyway! My nails are gonna mess up.”

“That’s why you wear gardening gloves. Mom has those ya know.”

“Those things are ugly!”

“Fine. Mess up your nails. I really don’t care.”

 

 

 

My phone buzzed a few times and it was Annaliese. We been dating since Bastian’s birthday 2 weekends ago. She was hoping to catch a movie with me later on this afternoon. I would love to be spending time with her instead of doing chores. I told her I would but really needed back to weeding the plants.

“Just gonna stand there and text on your phone?”

“Nah. Do you smell that?”

“The tomatoes? Kinda I guess but mostly dirt.”

“No, not that Eli. I smell something different but it’s also kinda familiar. I kinda remember smelling it a long time ago.”

“Oh well I really don’t smell anything but dirt. Maybe your wolf nose is smelling something.”

“I guess.”

 

 

But I did pick up a familiar scent. One that doesn’t give me the feeling of unease. My ears twitched to the sound of her squeaky voice, another lycan thing my body does.

“Hi Rai! Whatcha doing?” 

 

 

 

I turned around to find my little sister, Isabella. I guess I should finally mention what happen to my biological mother, Clarissa. After her husband, Tyrese put me into a coma for a week they attempted to flee Italy. Word got back to their pack and crimes against a non-lycan is frowned upon. It brings unwanted attention to the pack and it was Tyrese’s last strike. Not to mention Tyrese had stolen a large sum of money from the pack as well. Abducting me was their ticket to remain in the pack. Without me, they could never return to the pack.

Tyrese took the money, to flee to Switzerland leaving Clarissa behind. He only cared about saving his own ass and Clarissa had to find her own way to Switzerland. Clarissa was caught trying to board a flight to Geneva and was arrested and charged with child abuse, child endangerment and attempted kidnapping. During court my parents brought the incidents in Evansdale and Richdale. They felt she was too dangerous to be around us.

As with this being the 5th child abuse case that month, the judge wanted to make an example out of Clarissa by sentencing her to 10 years in prison. However my grandmother, Antonia felt that was too harsh and felt Clarissa needed help more than anything, she was able to persuade the judge to his ruling. Clarissa was re-evaluated and learned she was misdiagnosed. Clarissa was sentenced to 3 years at a mental hospital. Clarissa was pregnant with triplets at the time but only Isabella survived. After sentencing, Clarissa couldn’t have any type of contact with until we were legal age. After Isabella’s birth, Clarissa’s parental rights were taken and my grandparents were granted custody of Isabella. She lives with my grandfather, Muraco most of the time and stays with my grandmother on the weekends and during the summer. Once a month, Isabella stays with us during the weekend.

It’s been 6 years since Clarissa was spent away and after the 3 years, the doctors didn’t think she was well enough to be released. Clarissa was ordered to remain at the hospital until she shows improvement.

 

 

 

“Hey Issy! I didn’t know you were coming this weekend.”

“How can you forget? I wrote it on the calendar! ‘Member Raiden? I wrote it with my glitter marker! It’s my most favoritest!”

“Oh yeah. I’m sorry, Issy. I’ve been kinda been busy lately.”

“That’s okay! Can I have a hug? You owe me 2 hugs!”

“Two? How?”

“‘Cause you didn’t ‘member that I was coming today, silly!”

“Oh well I’m kinda dirty and all.”

“That’s okay! You’re a genie, you can magic clean yourself.”

“Well not yet, Issy but soon.”

“I still want my 2 hugs!”

“Okay.”

 

 

 

I told Isabella to wait outside for a bit. I had a surprise for her. Lately she’s been collecting Fairy Bears, it’s one of her favorite cartoon. I’ve been saving some of my money to get her the latest Fairy Bear, Cotton Candie Bean.

“Look what I got for you.”

“Cotton Candie Bean! Papa said I had to wait for my birthday to get her!”

“Well you don’t have to wait any longer.”

“This is so cool! But Abrielle is gonna be so jealous.”

 

 

 

“Maybe you can share with Abrielle. I guess I shoulda gotten her something too.”

“Can I play with her now?”

“Yeah. I gotta finish up my chores.”

“Yay! I’m so happy!”

 

 

 

Isabella was happy with another new Fairy Bear to add to her collection but I do feel a little bad not getting anything for Abrielle. She’s my aunt and is the same age as Isabella. Grandpa Muraco and his wife had 4 more kids since their son Angelo.

It does feel strange having an aunt way younger and an uncle who is the same age as me. But my youngest aunt and uncle are both toddlers. After the birth of the twins, my grandpa said they were done having kids.

 

 

 

I was done and Isabella wanted to talk. She’s getting older and is getting curious about her parents. She does call my parents hers and always had since she was a toddler. Grandma Antonia tried to correct her, telling her they weren’t her parents but she’s attached and wanted them to be.

It’s why Isabella gets to stay with us. We use to get her every weekend but Grandma Antonia felt Isabella was too attached to my parents. She started to have resentment towards my mom and regrets letting her adopt us. She believed if she never allowed it, then none of this would happen. However Grandpa Muraco thinks differently. He felt we were all family and we all should have Isabella.

 

 

 

 

“So what was mommy like?”

“Well I’m not sure how to answer that.”

“Didn’t you get to meet her?”

“Yeah unfortunately.”

“Was she mean cause grandma said mommy is good person but she’s sick. She’s gonna get better again and then she can be my mommy.”

“Grandma is insane if she thinks that’s a great idea. Clarissa may had been a good person at some point but that person is dead and gone.” 

 

 

 

“But isn’t the hospital going to make her head feel better?”

“Yeah right. They just pump her with meds to turn her into a zombie. The second she stops taking them, which she will. She’s gonna be bat-shit crazy. I hope stays there.”

“I hope not! I wanna meet mommy. I’m sad ’cause you don’t like mommy.”

“I can’t forgive her for the things she has done. If you only knew.”

“What about my daddy? Papa said he’s a bad man. Is that true?”

“Bad? Bad doesn’t begin to describe him. He’s the reason I suffer with migraines. Where ever he is, I hope he rots in hell.”

“Wanna see me do a cart-wheel?”

“Yeah. Think that would be best.”

 

 

 

 

“Be careful, Issy.”

“I will! I’m a professional at this!”

“Oh you are?”

“Yeah. I take gymnastics and we learned how to do cartwheels.”

“Oh that’s cool.”

“Do you know how to do a cart-wheel?”

“No. I never got the chance to learn.”

“You’re in luck, Rai. I can teach you!”

“Is that so?”

“Yeah!”

 

 

After a while, Isabella got a little tired and rested her head on my lap. It’s been hanging out with her. My phone has been buzzing and I know it’s probably Annaliese. We were supposed to go see a movie in about an hour but I forgot about Isabella coming over. Out of everyone, she likes me the best and I couldn’t just run and leave her. I texted Annaliese to tell her I couldn’t. She understood and decided to go with a friend.

“You’re making me miss out time with my girlfriend.”

“You always have a girlfriend.”

“I know but I really like this one. You’ll like her and she’ll probably like you too.”

“Is she pretty?”

“Yeah. I can show you a picture.”

“Wow, she is pretty. Can I meet her?”

“Yeah, maybe tomorrow.”

“Okay! We should go to the park. Will dad take us?”

“Yeah if you ask him nicely. But hey, I need to go get the clothes off the line. Stay here and don’t try to pick any of the strawberries. Mom said they aren’t ready yet.”

“But I love strawberries! Ah man!”

 

 

 

I could hear Isabella talking and didn’t think much of it. I figure she was talking to Dad or one of our brothers. That’s until the voice I heard made the hair on the back of my neck stood. A voice that I once heard before. The unfamiliar scent in the air was now familiar. To my horror, I saw Isabella talking to Tyrese.

 

 

 

“Issy! Get away from him!” I yelled as I raced towards them. I couldn’t believe Tyrese had the audacity to appear at my house, let alone return to Italy. I’m pretty sure his pack want his head on a platter. 

 

 

 

 

“Get away from her!”

“Well, well, well. Look who’s all grown up now.”

“You got 2 seconds to leave.”

“Or what? You’ll gonna hurt me? Remember how well that went for you or did I bash your head in too hard?”

“I’m older now and I take you.”

 

 

 

“Oh how cute. Your balls dropped and now you think you could take me? You are still a weak pup like you were 6 years ago. You should probably run away now. I come for what is mine.”

“Isabella isn’t going anywhere with you! You’ll have to go through me to get her!”

“Now that doesn’t sound like a challenge. I could just blow and it would knock you over. I am not going to waste my time on you. You’re certainly not worth it.”

“Is it because I’m not a child or a woman? Yeah I know about you and what you do. You’re such a fuckin’ coward. And you call me weak.”

 

 

 

“Please guys! Don’t fight!”

“Go inside, Issy.”

“No. Stay, it is time you come with me. It won’t be long. Taking this punk out will be easy.”

“Like I said, you are going no where with Isabella!”

 

 

 

“Look mutt. I’m giving you an out. Take it or leave it, your choice. I’ll make sure to finally end your pathetic life. To be honest, I’m probably doing you a favor.”

“You’re all talk, Tyrese. All talk like other cowards like yourself!”

“Ha ha ha ha ha! I needed a good laugh. You made my day, mutt.” 

 

 

 

“Go in, Issy!”

“I’m not gonna leave you! What if he hurts you?”

“Don’t worry about me! Go inside, Isabella!”

“But-“

“No buts! Go!”

I braced myself to take on Tyrese. I was filled with blind rage at this moment, remembering our first meeting. I was more annoyed with Isabella ignoring my demands. I didn’t want her to get hurt nor see any of this. But my request fell on deaf ears.

 

 

 

I took Tyrese from surprise by landing a swift kick into his chest. He was taken back for a second before mocking me once again.

“Oh you got some kick in ya. I would say I’m impressed but you just got lucky.”

I laid a few punches into his face, clearing the smirk from his face. He spits out blood and possible a tooth.

“Now I’m pissed.”

I avoided some of Tyrese’s swings and was able to get in a few more punches and kicks before he lands a hard kick into my chest. I fell to ground and literally knocked the breath out of me. I struggle take a breath and lift myself from the ground. Tyrese kicked me down and proceed to stomp my chest before picking me up from my neck.

 

 

 

Tyrese clamped his forearms tightly against my neck, forcing me to struggle to breath. I was just seconds from blacking out as his grips tightens more.

“You may had been lucky to get a few shots in but I gave you an out. You had the chance to walk away and let me take what is mine. But I think I’ll take your life and take my daughter. It’s shame cause you have potential if you had proper training. I bet you regret training with your pops, huh?”

“Fuck; you.”

 

 

 

“Let him go! Try taking someone your own size for once!”

I heard the voice of my dad demanding Tyrese to un-hand me. However this made his grip even tighter.

 

 

 

“You too? You think some weak ass genie can fight a lycan?”

“Want to find out?”

“You genies have death wishes or something. This one wasn’t much of fight anyone. Bring it on magic man.”

 

 

 

The last I would remember was Tyrese throwing me onto the ground and Isabella crying. I did remember the sounds of my dad and Tyrese grunt before I passed out. What happen next was later told to me.

 

 

 

My dad quickly shown Tyrese that he was no ordinary genie. Dad had his own hidden power, a power that I didn’t think any genie had.  A power that I hope to gain one day.

 

 

 

 

Tyrese failed to get one shot on Dad. He delivered one blow after the other. I had no idea that my dad could even fight.

 

 

 

 

Like a coward Tyrese is, he felt the anyway from could possibly take my dad down was to transform. Dad quickly picked Isabella up and got her to safety.

 

 

 

 

Grandpa Muraco was near. he had been waiting for this moment as he searched nonstop for Tyrese for the last 6 years.

 

 

 

 

———

 

Coward.

Show Yourself: Chapter 13 – April 22nd

April 22nd, I will always remember that date. Not only because it’s the day of my best friend’s birthday but that date also had a special meaning to me. The night before, I was having some issue sleeping and figure I could chat with my dad since he was still up. Which that was kinda odd cause my parents always went to bed together. But lately my dad has been spending a lot of time in front of the computer.

 

 

 

“Hey dad, what are you doing? It’s almost 3 AM.”

“Hey, just trying to tweak some things.”

“Like what?”

“A book. A few weeks back, your mom dragged me to one of her boring book club luncheons cause she said I spent too much time at the bar. But they was meeting with a publisher and your mom wanted me to tell her about my old journal that I use to keep. Your mom already told her about it and the publisher thinks my life journal would make a great book.”

“Really? I never thought you would ever be a published writer, dad. Mom, yeah. You, no.”

“I had a pretty great life before you were born.”

“So my birth ruined your life?”

“No! That’s not what I mean!”

“Ha ha ha ha! Anyway, I need to talk. Like advice. I asked Annaliese out on a date and I don’t know the first idea about taking a girl out.”

 

 

 

“I’m glad you asked, my boy as you know your daddy is the master of love.”

“I have 56 siblings; so.”

“Okay, I am the master of making love. But first of all, where are you taking her?”

“I dunno. Lunch downtown and a movie?”

“Hmm.”

“Is that bad?”

“Pretty average, pretty lame.”

“Oh.”

 

 

 

“It’s okay. I can help ya out. She’s probably been there and done that but what you need to do is take her out on an extraordinary date. Something she wouldn’t expect and probably something legal.”

“Like what?”

“The spa. All ladies love going to the spa. I take your mom there and give her the full spa treatment. Oil massages, tub soaks, mud bath, body scrubs, mani-pedis and a steam. She’s always relaxed and a good mood afterwards.”

“I guess the spa would be kinda cool and mom always seem happy afterwards.”

“Yeah and afterwards we have a nice meal at the bistro and drinks back at the winery. The bar isn’t classy enough for my lady. I wish we had a piano lounge here like back in Bridgeport. Your mom loves piano lounges cause she’s a classy ass lady in the street and a freak in the-“

“DAD! Seriously!”

“You get what I’m saying?”

“Yes, unfortunately. But I can’t afford to take her to a spa. Not with the allowance I get.”

 

 

 

“Nah, I gotcha. I got this 2 hour session voucher. You can have it. It doesn’t give ya full access but it’s something.”

“Really? I can have it?”

“Sure, was gonna give it to one of your sisters and make them fight over it but your mom will get mad. Ha ha ha!”

“Thanks dad! I wanna take her out on the best date ever.”

“With my help, every lady will.”

Somehow I seriously doubt that.

 

 

 

Today is going to be a big day, it’s Bastian’s birthday and my first date ever. I had 4 other girlfriends but I never taken them on an actual date. I felt Annaliese deserved to be taken out on a date since I really liked her. Hopefully the spa will help her forget about all of the stupid stuff that I’ll probably say. I wish Jada would come out and help me with getting a filter. But she enjoys watching me embarrass myself. Some help she is.

Naturally I was nervous as I got ready. I could hear Giana bossing everyone around upstairs as the other prepare to get the house ready for Bastian’s party. My dad is throwing him a party so he would like his birthday. Parties, especially birthday parties are important for my kind. Bastian said every birthday he could remember sucked. His dad felt birthday parties were pointless and his mom couldn’t be bothered. His 7th birthday was the worst. He came home after school and was told to pack his things by his mom. They drove across country running away from his dad and was never told why.

Bastian is turning 16 and most people make turning 16 a big deal. When my dad offered to throw him a sweet 16, Bastian was on board. I don’t think I ever seen him that happy before.

 

 

 

I was making my way towards the front door until I was confronted by a displeased Giana. She can be a bit bossy when it comes to setting up things since she’s a freakin’ perfectionist. Everything has to be perfect in her eyes. She really making a big deal about this party which is more than usual. I don’t know what her deal is but I’m not amused.

“And where are you going?”

“I have a date.”

“A date? A date?! Are you serious, Raiden Enrique? You need to be helping! Bastian is YOUR friend?!”

“Yeah? I did some shit for the party last night. I put all of the drinks in the mini frig like mom said! Plus I set up the karaoke machine last night too! I did my part. Mom and Dad said I could go on my date!”

 

 

 

“This party has to be perfect! And everything is WRONG! Dad made the burgers too dry and the coleslaw could need a little more mayo! Stella doesn’t know what she’s doing. Why couldn’t mom make the coleslaw? This party is ruined!”

“No it’s not and why do you care so much if everything is perfect? Not like it’s your party!”

“Bastian deserves the best! And you’re giving 23%! Don’t you care about Bastian? Don’t you think he deserve the best? Do ya? Do ya?!”

“Yeah but you are fuckin’ nuts! Everything is gonna be fine if you just chill.”

“I just want him to have a great party!”

“You act like your his girlfriend! News flash, Vexille is! So relax cause the kitchen on the back of your head sure isn’t!”

“I hate you! My hair is perfect!”

“Yeah? The feeling is mutual!”

Not really but sisters are annoying as hell.

 

 

 

I made my way to Annaliese’s house on my scooter, I didn’t think of how was we going to get around. She could probably fit on the back of my scooter but what if she’s afraid of that. I guess I should have thought about this before. I started to panicked a little bit but maybe it won’t be a big deal.

 

 

 

 

Finding her house wasn’t hard, she was close to the bistro and I didn’t know she lived across the street from my sisters Janaya and Solar and my brother Orion. I rang the doorbell and was greeted by her brother, Gino Jr. I’m glad it was him instead of her dad.

Of course Annaliese wasn’t ready just yet and was told to sit and wait.

 

 

 

“Hey!”

I felt like I was waiting forever on her. The whole I was nervous her dad would come in and 50 question me about my intentions with his daughter. I felt a sight of relief when I heard the sound of her voice.

“Hey.”

“Come over here and sit closer to me.”

“Okay.”

 

 

 

 

“I’m glad it’s just him. I was worried your dad will come in and interrogate me at any second.”

“Ha ha ha! No! My dad is doing a taping today. It’s just my brother and I. My mom took my sister to the park.”

“Do they know about the date?”

“My mom, yeah. Dad, nope. Ha ha ha!”

“Oh. I guess I feel half better.”

“So where are we going?”

“I was thinking the spa?”

“Really?”

“Is that bad?”

“No. I like the spa. I live close to it. We can walk to it.”

“Great cause I just have a scooter.”

“Me too!”

 

 

 

We walked to the spa and it happen to be a nice spring day. My hand bumped into hers a few times. She smiled and asked if I was trying to hold her hand. I quickly said no but realizing that I sounded like I was rejecting her, I told her I didn’t mean it that way. She giggled saying how she thought it was cute when I’m nervous. I blushed a little with slight embarrassment. I needed to get it together, I said to myself over and over in my head.

 

 

 

“So we’re here. Whatcha wanna do first? I have this 2 hour voucher. We have access to the hydrotherapy baths, massage chairs and a tub soak.”

“Hmm, hydrotherapy bath! I love those! Especially with aromatherapy. My mom and I usually does those combos.”

“I’m not sure if this voucher covers aromatherapy but you do smell nice.”

“Aww, thanks. It’s okay, spending time with you is good enough.”

“Cool.” 

 

 

 

I couldn’t stop staring at Annaliese once she dropping her robe. She looked so hot in her swimsuit. I never seen her in one and it was a nice treat for me. She did caught me staring her down, she just smiled and said nothing. I’m glad she’s cool with me being creepy but I wonder how long is her going to put up with it.

 

 

 

 

“How is your bath?”

“It’s pretty nice. I really needed this after the week I had. I had so many projects due this week. I’m glad it’s all over for now.”

“I bet so. I dunno why they keep giving us gajillion projects to work on at the same time. It’s no easier than regular school.”

“True. But it’s a nice school, it’s gonna help with going to college.”

“What school are you going to go to?”

“The school of design in Rome. Do you plan to go to college too?”

“I dunno. Maybe. My mom is gonna make me so. Education is important for my mom. My dad didn’t finish school so she’s like really hard on us. So you wanna be a designer? Like do fashion or something like that?”

“Interior designer, I would love to makeover homes and buildings. And have my own business too.”

 

 

 

 

“Oh cool. My sister Janaya is one of those. I bet you’ll be great at it. Maybe you could make my house look fancy or something.”

“Mmm, maybe but I’ll still have to charge ya.”

“Awe, no discount?”

“Well, yeah since our first date was at one of my favorite spots.”

“Great!”

 

 

 

After the bath, we headed to the massage chairs next. I always heard those chairs were nice and I never tried one before. I could see Annaliese was really enjoying herself and I was happy that I was giving her a great time. I guess coming to my dad was a good idea.

“I’ll be honest, Raiden. I wasn’t sure about you. You don’t seem like you had much experience with girls and probably had no idea how to take a girl on a date. But I am really impressed.”

“Oh, yeah. I didn’t take any of my girlfriends on dates. We just kinda hung out somewhere. It was good enough for them I guess. You’re a very sexy lady and thought you deserved a real date.”

“Really? That’s sweet. I’ve been on a few dates but they were nothing like this and that’s a good thing. I think I could get use to you taking me on dates like this.”

“Oh cool. I’m glad you’re liking it.” 

 

 

 

“Now all I could use is a nice mani-pedi.”

“What is that? Sounds like an Asian dish. I’m kinda hungry.”

“It’s a manicure and a pedicure. It feels nice and looks nice afterwards. I think you would also enjoy it.”

“One of my sisters thought it was funny to paint my nails and toes while I asleep when I was 12. I think I’ll pass on that, ha ha ha!”

“You’ll be missing out.”

“I can live with that. Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

After our 2 hour session was over, we went to walk around for a bit. I really enjoy talking with Annaliese and getting to know her more. I’m surprised with myself how I haven’t said anything too dumb. I think I’m getting comfortable with her and feel more relaxed.

“Oh when I was about 6, I wanted to be a princess so bad. I use to try my really fancy dresses everyday but my mom wouldn’t let me. I thought I was clever and packed my most favorite dress in my book bag for school. It had rained the day before, mind you. So before class, I changed into my dress and demanded to called “Princess Anna”. I was so full of myself, I even demands to bow to me. So during recess, I wasn’t paying attention and tripped over. I fell face first into a pile of mud. Kids called me “Princess Mud Face” for a week. I was so embarrassed! Ha ha ha ha!”

“Ah man that’s kinda funny! Ha ha ha ha! Princess Mud Face, huh? I bet you still looked cute though.”

“Yeah right! Even my hair was caked with mud. I got into so much trouble when the teacher called my mom. So what about you? Got any embarrassing stories?”

“Well; um.”

I certainly couldn’t tell her about me turning to a man-wolf during a sleepover when I was 5. That’s one part of me that I will never share with her. If my awkwardness doesn’t scare her off, my man-wolf form would.

“I know you got one. I told you one about me. It’s only fair.”

“Okay. I want to make this clear but I was only 4 years at the time. But I use to wear my mom’s bras cause I could carry all of my favorite toys in it. My dad told me how my mom wears bra cause she carries his favorite toys in it. I thought that’s what bras were for.”

“I bet! Ha ha ha ha ha!”

“Yeah so one day my mom’s sister-in-law, Anastasia came over and mind you I had the biggest crush on her. My mom and Ana caught me leaving my room wearing her bra filled with my action figures and cars. My mom and Ana laughed so hard and took a pic. I was so mortified and hid in the closet. I wouldn’t come out until Ana left.”

“Oh my gosh! I would love to see that pic! I bet you looked so adorable in a bra with your toys! Ha ha ha ha ha!”

“I was 4. I didn’t know any better! Ha ha ha ha!”

“I know! So what time is the party?”

“It starts in about 2 hours. So you come with me now?”

“Sure. I would love to see your home.”

 

 

 

We both drove our scooters to my home. I could hear most of the family was outside probably still setting up things. The cat, Magic greeted us and was really friendly with Annaliese. He was never like that with my girlfriends. I guess it’s true about animals, they can sense bullshit.

“Wow, your house is lovely. I bet you got a pool.”

“We do at 3 of our other houses.”

“Houses?”

“We 4 houses in America. 2 of them are vacation homes. One in Starlight Bay, California and Konani Tide, Hawaii.”

“That’s pretty cool.”

“Sorry if I’m bragging but my dad can’t stop buying houses.”

“Your dad and mine! We have 3 vacation homes. One in my mom’s hometown in New Orleans, one in Rome and another one in Spain.”

“My dad wants one in Spain but my mom said no.”

 

 

 

Introduced Annaliese to my dad and hoped he won’t say anything embarrassing about me to her. I’m pretty sure my mom told him to watch what he says. But then again, these are my parents. It’s their job to embarrass us.

“Dad, this Annaliese.”

“Hi Annaliese, I’m Dad!”

“Ha ha ha! Um, Hi Dad?”

“Dad; please.”

“Lighten up, kid. You can call me Borage or Party Dad.”

“Borage like in the flower?”

“Yep.”

“Oh nice! That’s like my favorite flower.”

 

 

 

“Marry her, Rai.”

“Dad!”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

“You kids have fun. It’s getting close to start this party. Bastian is here by the way.”

“Cool, bye Dad.”

 

 

 

“Your dad is funny. I see where you got it from”

“Eh. Sometimes. I got you a drink.”

“What is it?”

“Just  a sprite. Don’t worry, my dad knows better to not serve minors alcohol. But I’m pretty sure most are hoping my dad slips up.”

“My dad sometimes let my brother and I have a glass of wine for special occasions.”

“So does mine but this isn’t one of them. Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

The party was going well for the most part. Giana was less bossy and finally relaxed. Bastian was having fun of course, dancing with most of the girls. Vexille didn’t seem too happy about that. I hoped no drama would start up but Montell and his girlfriend tried to keep Vexille in good spirits. Some of Annaliese’s friends were invited and she was quickly pulled away. I wasn’t sure to do. I just creepily watched her chat and danced with her friends. I guess the date is over.

 

 

 

“Man does Giana look hot today. I like dancing with her. I should go dance with her again.”

“How about you leave my sister alone. Vexille is already annoyed with you dancing and grinding on the other girls.”

“I’m the birthday boy. I should be getting all of the love. Vex is cool now.”

“Will you stop checking out my sister!”

“Dude; I cannot help it.”

“I will kill you.”

“Why are you sitting over and not hangin’ with Anna?”

“She looks like she’s having fun with her friends.”

 

 

 

“Yeah? Wiggle yourself between them. You’re on a date with her.”

“Won’t that be kinda rude?”

“She wants you to. Trust me on this. Show her your moves. The pigeons will take flight.”

“You do know one of those “pigeons” is your girlfriend.”

“Don’t tell her that I said that!”

“I’m gonna remember this when I need something.”

“Whatever. You gonna go over there or do I need to make you and then it will be all awkward but funny for me.”

“You wouldn’t do that.”

“It’s my birthday! The rules don’t apply to me today!”

“Don’t say anything when you get arrested.”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

I took Bastian’s advice and placed myself between Annaliese and her friends. Like Bastian predict, they took flight.

“May I cut in?”

“I was hoping you would cut in.”

“I saw you with your friends and it looked like you were having fun. I didn’t want to be rude.”

“I would have more fun with you.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

 

 

 

“You got some nice moves, Raiden.”

“I do? Would you be disappointed if I tell you that I need a little break?”

“A break? You barely broke a sweat! Ha ha ha ha!”

“I know but the whole tiny heart and lungs thing.”

“Oh my gosh! Right! I am so sorry. I forgot about your condition.”

“It’s okay.”

 

 

 

When my dad decided to start grinding on my mom, that was my cue to go run in shame. Everyone was laughing and cheering my now obviously drunk dad. I was so mortified. I quickly grabbed Annaliese’s hand and lead in her inside away from everyone. Annaliese laughed the whole way, commenting how funny she thought my dad was. I wasn’t amused at first but her smile made me laugh about it too. It’s kinda hilarious now when I think about it.

 

 

 

I took Annaliese downstairs to my room. I wanted to show her a comic that I’ve been working on. But I was pretty sure she wasn’t too interesting in my comic at the moment. I could tell by the way she looked at me.

“You got a nice room. How many rooms does this house have?”

“10 bedrooms and 3 and half bathrooms.”

“So anyone got their own room?”

“Most of us. Two of the rooms are guest rooms and one is empty. My mom has plans for it.”

“So you got me all alone in your room.”

“Yeah.”

“Your parents won’t be freaked out about this?”

 

 

 

“I gotta tell you something and you’ll probably think I’m a weirdo and I’ll totally understand if you don’t wanna talk to me ever again.”

“Um, okay?”

“I think you’re really sexy and having you alone in my room is probably every guy’s wish at school but nothing is going to happen to us. I don’t mean that in a bad way but not all of my parts work.”

“I’m confused.”

“I’m genie as you know. We go through puberty differently. Even when I think you’re super hot, my part doesn’t exactly get stiff. It just doesn’t work, yet. Us genies aren’t sexually mature until after our 15th birthday. And mine isn’t until July. So I can’t have sex with you until then. If you’re not cool with that then it’s fine. I’m just letting ya know.”

 

 

 

“That’s okay, Raiden. I’m cool with it.”

“Yeah?”

“Well to be honest, I’m still a virgin too. I’m not exactly ready to hop into bed with someone anytime soon.”

“I feel really awkward now. I thought maybe you had, ya know. You’re so hot and sexy as fuck. I figure. I shouldn’t assume that. I’m a dick.”

“It’s okay. Most guys I’ve dated thought the same. Just cause I’m a pretty girl shouldn’t mean I already spread eagle. I’m only 15 and my parents would kill me if I was out having sex.”

 

 

 

“I still feel like a jerk.”

“Maybe you can make it up to me.”

“I can? How?”

“Hmm. A kiss? Is kissing okay?”

“Well yeah. Kissing feels nice but I bet yours would be wonderful.”

“Oh? Wanna find out?”

“Uh. Uh. Sure!”

 

 

 

I haven’t felt a spark like this since Noelle. And I wonder about Noelle, she’s been acting weird since I told her about Annaliese. I wonder why?