Make Or Break: Chapter 2 – Meet & Greet

 I finally arrived to Newbrey with Rhena and my daughter. It was a long drive from EC to here, I was happy that I got to drive there with my car. It was a gift from my grandpa. My dad told my grandpa that he shouldn’t do that cause now my cousins would want a car from him when they graduated from high school too. He’s hoping they’ll forget but I doubt they will. Mariah and Kimora both have sharp memories.

Newbrey is a nice looking college town, I admired its beauty as I drove to my new home. It’s a very clean town and I guess there’s a lot of work to keep it in tip top shape. The town was almost too perfect to be honest. My dad drove the moving van so he could help me move in. He said the town still looks the same from when he once attended NU however The Grotto is now a bar, the coffee shop is more colorful and the bowling alley has more to do. There’s also a film school in town now. My dad almost wanted to stay.

 

 

I rented out one of the student houses and the location was perfect. It was next to the daycare where Amora will be going to while I’m in class. There was a park near by to and it was also close to Rhena’s dorm. It had 4 bedrooms so I placed an ad for roommates before I moved in. I had to mention that a toddler would be living there and I figure I wouldn’t get much of a bite.

Before placing my ad so did see an ad place by a single mother looking for another single mother as a roommate. However the ad was already answered. She told me that she wished she had room for another single mother but we should set up play dates for our kids. I told her that would be cool. I’m happy that Amora will be making some new friends too.

 

 I eventually did get a bite on my ad. Luckily my uncle Devin and his secret girlfriend Nicole were looking for a place together. They both had full scholarships that offer to pay for room and board, however they didn’t like the rules of the co-ed dorms. Guys and girls couldn’t sleep in each other’s room, the curfew was midnight and there are nightly room checks. They didn’t mind Amora and they both liked kids. I was happy to have family around me, I won’t feel so alone.

Devin made me promise to not let my grandpa that him and Nicole were together. Their parents are kinda dating and they might flip out. He mention is was originally a secret cause Nicole wasn’t allow to date. They been together since they were 16. Now that their parents are seeing each other, they felt it was best to keep it a secret. 

I wonder what are they gonna do if their parents get serious and get married. My grandpa mention to me that he always could see himself settling down with Nakia if he played his cards right.

 

 

 My aunt Echo needed a place too. She had a roommate but they didn’t get along. Echo moved into town a month before Devin, Nicole and I did. Devin and Nicole are close to Echo and suggested she should move in. I really haven’t talked to Echo before but Devin vouched for her so I guess it was okay.  He warned that Echo can be a little odd but she’s harmless.

Echo said her mom once ran a in home daycare and she’s use to being around little kids. Echo suggest they I should still look for a 4th roommate, she doesn’t require sleep. She mainly need a place to eat and relax at. I figure she could still use the room to have privacy but Echo plans on entertaining guys at their place. She doesn’t feel right bringing strange men around a small child. I’m glad that she feels that way cause that’s one of my concerns.

 

 

 Devin told me that he’ll find another roommate. I would just have to focus on moving in. The last 2 weeks of summer flew by and before I knew it the last day of summer had arrive. However I was curious about where is the extra roommate at. School starts tomorrow so I figure I should ask Devin about it. He said he found one but he has been kinda vague about this person. All he could tell me was the person’s name was Tony. I kinda didn’t want a male moving in..

 

 

 “Oh that Tony person will be moving in today. There’s been some issues with Tony with the move so that’s why they won’t be here until today. I guess I should have told ya that, huh?”

 

 

 “Yeah but this Tony person, they don’t happen to be a guy? Cause I kinda have some concern about that. I guess I should mention that I wanted another female. But if this Tony person is guy, we can figure something out.”

 

 

 “Oh… I probably should had thought of that but I’m pretty sure this Tony person is a female. I mean they texted like a girl. They spelled Tony with an I. I’m sorry Alyssa, I forgot about Amora..”

“It’s okay Devin. Like I said, we will figure something out.”

 

 

 I haven’t been to the school’s daycare just yet. Today was the last day to register Amora and I know that I shouldn’t be waiting until the last second to do these type of things. I just been so busy settling in and get familiar with the town. I made sure I had the check for the first year. I almost flipped out when I couldn’t find it. I thought I may of left it in EC but I did find it thank goodness.

 

 

 I met with Francis Parks, she was outside with one of the toddlers. I told her who I was and that I needed to register my daughter. She was happy to me and greeted me. She seems very nice and I think I can trust my daughter with her. She’s older lady so I figure she’s experienced with childcare.

 

 

 

“It’s nice to meet you Alyssa. I was wondering when you would be showing up. I was told that I would have 4 children in my care this year. Are you all settle in now?”

 

 

 “Yes I am. I’m sorry about registering this late. I just been so busy with settling in and try to get Amora settled too. The first week was kinda hard for her but she’s adjusting now.”

 

 

 

 “It’s fine Alyssa, I understand. This is a big adjustment for you and your daughter. I admire the fact that you brought your child with you. NU opened this daycare 6 years ago to help students who have children. We only take in children from the ages 12 months to 3 years. I should go over the ground rules with you. I will only be looking after your daughter for academic reasons. You are not allowed to use me if you wanted to go out and party or go on a hot date. All parents must submit their class schedules so I can make copies and be insure that I am watching your child while you attend school. As for studying, I have a small studying area if you need to study. Unfortunately I haven’t had a room built for the study hall, the study area is the open and it can be noisy if other children there. I do take them outside if the weather permits it. Hopefully by the next semester, the study room will be built.  I do offer my personal living space for studying if it’s too noisy.”

 

 

 “I figure you would only watch the kids only for school stuff. So you actually live here too? Is it only just you watching the kids? Are there any other babysitting services if I just need a small break? I’m sorry if I’m asking too many questions.”

 

 

 

 “It’s fine but yes I do live here. I’m on call 24 hours a day. The daycare is opened from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays, I go to the town over to see my 2 young girls. For the last 6 years it’s just been me but this year I have a helper. A part time film student who’s in need of some extra cash. She has some childcare experience. I do more than just watch the children but I teach the children things as well. I worked as a preschool teacher for 15 years prior to accepting the job here. I like to think of this daycare more like a preschool. And yes there are other babysitting services from students who need extra cash. This evening will be a meet and greet at the student center, you can drop Amora off once you register her. I consider the meet and greet an academic reason. You should get familiar with the campus, your professors and your peers.”

 

 

 

 “Oh really? I was going to ask you about meet and greet. Well I’m ready to register Amora if you are.”

“Of course, let’s on inside so you can fill out the paperwork. It’s really just one form. Did you bring your class schedule?”

“Yes.”

“Perfect, I’ll have my helper make a copy of it.”

 

 

 

 It didn’t take long to get Amora registered. Francis told me I could stick around for a bit to let Amora get familiar with the place. I took Amora so she could play on the rocket ship that she kept pointing at. So far Amora likes the place but she may react differently if I’m not around.

 

 

 

 “We gotta go home now. We can come back later, okay?”

“No!”

“You’ll get to play her later. We gotta go meet up with your Auntie Rhena at the park.”

“No!”

 

 

 “Okay well I’m gonna leave you and you will be all by yourself.”

“Bye, bye!”

“Oh come on. You’ll like the park.”

 

 

 

 After Amora stop throwing a fit, we headed to the park up the street from us. Amora likes riding in her stroller. It was a nice day and felt like we should just walk there instead of driving. I think Amora and I are gonna do just fine here. While I’m in class, she’ll being learning things too. Francis said she thinks of the daycare being more as a preschool. I did mention that Amora isn’t potty trained yet but Francis said she didn’t mind that. She will help out potty training when it comes to that time.

 

 

 

 It wasn’t long before Rhena shown up at the park. I haven’t seen Rhena since we first came to Newbrey. We both had been so busy with settling in. We haven’t hung out one last time before school starts.

 

 

 

 “What’s Al?”

“Not much. I finally got Amora registered in daycare so everything is ready. How about you? How is your schedule?”

“Not as busy as I thought it would be. But that’s okay, that gives some time to get a part time job.”

“I thought your parents were giving you an allowance?” 

“They are but there’s some hot guys working at the call center. You should think about getting one there.”

Rhena was right. I should think about getting a part time job at the call center. I’m just walking distance from it too. My dad is giving me a small allowance, just enough to pay my half of the rent, food and things Amora needs. I could use the extra income. But I wonder if the daycare will still take Amora if I get a job.

“Yeah I should. I can apply tomorrow after class.”

 

 

 When we got home, I notice there was the moving truck in the driveway. The new roommate was moving but who he or she was still a mystery. Boy was I in for a surprise.

 

 

 

 I walked in to find my former friend Toni exiting from the kitchen. Her face nearly turned white when she saw me. We haven’t spoken since the end of our sophomore year in high school. I didn’t know what to say, having her living here isn’t ideal. Toni has no family, she’s one of the Second Chance Home kids, she has no one to turn to if I was to turn her away. Before I could say anything, Toni spoke. 

 

 

 “Ally.. I had no idea. Honestly I didn’t have a clue. I saw the ad and thought I got lucky finally. I almost thought I had to live in a tent if I couldn’t find a place in time. Just trying to get here was a hassle since the home was shut down. I had to work all summer just to get down here.”

 

 

“My uncle was vague about you. But I shoulda figured. Rhena told me how only 4 of you guys would be attending this school.”

“Yeah and trust me it was not easy trying to get here. I hope me living here won’t be an issue..”

“Maybe we should talk. Clear some things.”

“I agree.”

 I wonder what sob story would Toni tell me now. I know she’s already trying to guilt me into letting her stay here since its been a hassle for her to move here from EC. But I would hear her out before I decide something.

 

 

 “I wanna apologize about the whole Deshaun thing. It’s not what you think.”

“You dating the guy I liked and blowing me off wasn’t what I think? Wanna clear that up?”

“Well… Deshaun and I never dated… It was just a dumb rumor that was started when he asked me to tutor him. It was a rumor I wished that was true. I mean I was a nobody and the coolest guy in school was asking me to tutor him. I thought maybe him and I could be friends.”

“Why did you let me believe the rumor was true?”

 

 

 

 “Cause I was embarrassed.. When I first heard the rumor, I thought Deshaun might actually like me. I heard that he secretly likes geeky girls. We started to hang out a lot so I thought he did like me until he told me about a girl he was seeing. I thought he was into me but I was nothing more than a friend. Plus you were the one who blew me off so I didn’t bother clearing things up. I was ashamed for even going after a guy that you liked.”

“I wish I knew the truth cause I hated you since. You should had been honest with me. We coulda still be friends now.”

“I know but I was just afraid.. and I felt stupid. No boy is worth ending our friendship over. Can we start over, maybe?”

“Now I know the truth, yeah. We can start over. We can be friends again.”

 

 

 “I was wondering… Is your daughter really Deshaun’s? Word got around that you had a baby by him. I remember seeing you both go into that tree house. Is that were it happen?”

“Yeah.. It’s true. He’s Amora’s dad. And she was made in that tree house.”

“How was it?”

“How was what?”

“Sex. I mean how was the first time? Did it hurt?”

“You’re still a virgin?”

“Umm…yeah. No guy wanna be with me. I’m not all that cute.”

“There’s a guy out there for you. Trust me on this. We are in college in a new town after all.”

 

 

 

It was almost time for meet and greet. I dropped Amora at the daycare and went to the student with Toni. The others were already there and I was hoping to meet up with some of my professors for this semester.

 

 

 

 I saw a familiar face in the crowd of my peers. It was Liz Tarry, a friend that I made back in Star City. I first met her when I attended one of the public schools in Star City before attending school in Sundale. She was one of my closest friends and our due dates were kinda close. We didn’t keep in touch once I started to attend school in Sundale during my senior year. I was happy to see Liz again and she was happy to see me again too.

 

 

 

 “Hey Liz, how things been? How is your son doing? Do you have any pics of him?”

“Umm.. well.. I think he’s doing pretty well…”

“What do you mean you think?”

“Well… I gave him up. I just wasn’t ready to be a mom.”

“Oh.. I see. Maybe it’s for the best.”

“Yeah. So how about your daughter?”

“She’s doing great. She’s at the daycare. She likes it there.”

 

 

 

 “That’s amazing that you brought her with you. I dunno if I would be here if I kept my son. He’s better off with the family who has him now.”

“I wasn’t sure about it at first but I got things figured for the first year. My parents are helping me out.”

“I stop having a parent when I got knocked up at 15. My mom still looks at me like I’m a piece of trash. She still wasn’t impressed that I got accepted here. But it’s whatever. I’m glad you still have parents who care about you.” 

 

 

 

 As I caught up with my friend Liz, I kept having the feeling that someone was watching me. I would glance over but I wouldn’t see anyone. Maybe I’m a bit nervous being around all these new people. Liz asked me if I was okay and I told her it was nothing but I just couldn’t shake off that feeling.

 

 

 I did run into Rhena later on during the M&G. We didn’t talk long because she wanted to meet some of the other art students. Liz told me she was majoring in art so I figure I should introduce them to each other. Before I got to Rhena delivered me some unwelcoming news.

“Just a F.Y.I. I just saw Deshaun here. He asked about you and I’m pretty sure he’s looking for you. Unless you wanna avoid him, you may wanna head home now.”

“I do want avoid him but I don’t want to leave just yet. It’s only been an hour. I haven’t met any of my professors yet.”

“I’m just letting you know.”

“I know, thanks for the heads up.”

 

 

 

 Ignoring Rhena’s warning, I met with one of my professors named Robert Richards. I made small talk with him not knowing that he was a bit curious about me. Apparently he knew a little bit about me. His sister taught at the college in EC where I took weekend computer classes when I was 15. His sister mention about me to him since I was one of her start students during that time.

 

 

 

 “I saw your name on my list of students for this semester. I wonder if this was the same Alyssa Montigo which my sister spoke fondly about it a few years back. She wondered what ever happen to you. You didn’t enroll for the summer a couple of years back or since.”

 

 

 

“Wow I didn’t know I was worth mentioning. I was just a silly high school kid trying to build some extra  school credits. I gotten into some trouble during my sophomore year and I relocated to Starlight Bay until 2 weeks ago. Your sister is a fun professor. She really cared about her students.”

 

 

 

 “Trouble? She always mention that you were a fairly good student. I hope whatever trouble you were in is long over. My sister said she saw great potential in you. You were more skilled in computer programming than her college students.”

 

 

 “That part of my life is over. I’m back on top of things now. I plan to stay focus on my studies like I should back in high school. I promise that I won’t be a disappointed.”

 

 

 

 “I think you’ll do just fine.”

I really hope so….

 

 

 

 M&G was winding down a bit, I looked at the time and decided that I should head home. It was getting close to Amora’s bedtime. As I was heading to the staircase, I happened to spot Deshaun playing ping pong with a female. I felt my throat tighten when I saw his face, it’s been a long while since I last saw him. I didn’t send me anymore messages after I finally replied to his message.

 

 

I tried to scurry to the staircase but I was caught in Deshaun’s vision. “Hey Alyssa!” Deshaun called. He stopped in mid swing of his paddle before setting it down. I froze like a deer caught in headlights as he made his way towards me. My stomach started twist in knots, I felt my knees getting weak. I didn’t think he would still have this affect on me. I have a lot of dislike towards me, what’s wrong with me?

 

 

 “I’ve been looking for you. I started to think you already went home. How have you been lately? I’m glad that you finally replied back to me.”

 I wished that I already went home… Why didn’t I go before I had the chance?

 

 

 “I’m just on my way home now. I would like to stay and chat but I gotta go.”

I lied.. No way I wanted to talk. I wanted to run but my legs just wouldn’t move.

 

 

 

 “Really? Can we talk just for a bit? It is important seeing how we have a child together. I wanna know if I can meet her tomorrow after class.”

“I’ll think about it..”

“Where’s there to think about? I’m her father and as her father I have my rights to see my child. At some point you need to get over of what happen after the party. You can’t hold that over my head forever.”

 

 

 

 “Excuse me? I need to get over it? Really? You don’t think that stunt you pulled was no big deal? You treated me as I were nothing the next day.”

 

 

 

 “We were just dumb kids back then but now we are adults and we need to act like it. I want to do the responsible thing and you’re still holding a grudge against me like a high school girl. You think not letting me see her is hurting me. But it’s hurting her as well.”

 

 

 

 “You couldn’t be anymore of an asshole if tried. My reasons aren’t because I don’t like you my reasons are that I’m afraid that you may hurt her like you did to me. You are flaky, Deshaun! That is one thing that concerns me about you. You act like things are perfect but the next day you get dismissive. So what if Amora pulls one of your dreadlocks. Is she not going to be your daughter anymore the next day? You say you wanna be her dad, be in her life. But I am afraid one day you’ll wake up and decided that you don’t want to be her father anymore. You say all the right things cause you think that you should but you never followed through. You shown me this with your actions. You changed your major twice before school has even started. Until you can prove to me you that you won’t flake out on fatherhood, I don’t want you anywhere near her. It’s gonna take more than the right words to convince me. You gotta show me and be genuine.”

 

 

 Deshaun was in a lost for words. He couldn’t say anything cause he knew that I was right. I don’t think Deshaun is reliable and solid. He’s very charismatic, says the right things but it doesn’t mean it comes from the heart. As much as I want Amora to have both parents in her life, I can’t risk Deshaun hurting her later on. I don’t regret anything that I told Deshaun cause what I told him was the truth. The hard truth that he needs to hear.

 

 

 

 Amora was happy to see me when I came to pick her up. Francis said Amora was wonderful and played nice with the other 3 kids. She especially played nice with a little boy named Pierre. She joked how he might be her little boyfriend. She already had dinner so I just have to give her a bath then off to bed we go.

I looked at Amora a little differently tonight. I can see a little bit of Deshaun in her. She has his pointy, her nose kinda looks like his. I never notice much of Deshaun in her until tonight. Maybe cause I chose to ignore it. As I bathed Amora I pondered if Amora will ever know him. Will Deshaun commit to being her father 100%? I guess time will time but I hope not too much time flies by before he decides. But for now, she has me. Someone she can fully rely on.

 

 

 

Make Or Break: Chapter 1- Summer’s End

I lived most of my childhood in Star City and I always loved this place. It was always sunny and warm. Beach trips were always exciting. I never I got bored playing in the water and sand. I never wanted to leave this city but things changed when I was 15. 

My grandpa wanted a change of scenery after losing his house in a fire. We stayed in a hotel for a while before renting out a house temporary. We were only there for a couple of month before my grandpa returning back from a little trip. He traveled to the east coast and found a house in Evansdale County that he liked. “I’m moving on up to the east side.” My grandpa once said, we thought he was joking which was something we haven’t seen in a long time. Daddy B. was serious, he was moving on up to the east side of the country. 

Naturally my dad was up for the move. My dad never felt like he belonged in Star City, he never manage to find a date. However I don’t believe he even attempted, he devoted all his time in raising me. I didn’t want to move, I wanted to stay here with all my friends. But it didn’t matter rather I wanted to move or not. I would have to leave this place no matter what. I didn’t know getting pregnant a year later would bring me back here.

 

 

When my dad decided that I should live with my mother who came back in my life, I was a bit excited. I knew I would only be staying until I had my daughter but I look forwarded into returning to my hometown. Even if it for a short time.

My mother enrolled me into my old school, I would be there for the first semester. My daughter was due during the beginning of the second semester, I would be transfer to a specialty school in Sundale. I didn’t mind it so much. I didn’t know how much would change when you’re away for only a year. My old friends weren’t really my friends. They acted like they didn’t know me, I felt it was cause of my pregnancy. It wasn’t that, they were just showing their true colors. I returned as a pregnant nobody.. I was only enroll for a couples of months before transferring into a different public school. I was able to make new friends there, some were pregnant too.

I transferred again after Amora was born. I blended well in the school in Sundale, I made more friends, I did well in school. My mother looked after Amora while I attended school, after school activities, hanged out with friends. It was something that my dad didn’t agree with it. He felt I should be working so I could support my daughter since I made the decision to act like an adult. I didn’t want to trade in my after school activities for a part time job. My mother wanted me to be like any other teen and my dad didn’t see me as a kid anymore. He said my childhood ended when I got pregnant. I started to resent my dad until Amora started to see my mom as her mom. Things gotta change… 

 

 

 

 I excelled in school and earned a full scholarship in Computer Science. I applied for a several colleges and was accepted into every school I applied for.  I chose Newbrey University since their computer science program was the best in the country and it was in New England, I wouldn’t be too far from my dad in EC.

The question was what am I gonna do with Amora? My mother offered to keep her while I attended school. My dad wanted me to go to school but had mixed feelings if I leave my child with my mom. When my parents attended NU, they left me with my grandpa and Lois. My dad said he was basically a stranger when he came to visit me. He said I called my grandpa “Daddy” and I called him “Brother”. My grandpa often corrected me but I still saw him as my daddy. By the time I was 4, I knew who my parents were.

I didn’t want to be a stranger to my daughter and she was starting to see me as her sister. I made the decision to take my daughter with me to Newbrey. They offered childcare for students however my scholarship wouldn’t cover it. I would have to come out of pocket and it wouldn’t be cheap. My dad nags me that I should have been working. My grandpa offered to pay for childcare but my dad told him no. He felt my grandpa did enough for me and I am his child. My parents put money together but my grandpa still pitched in. He has always been like a second father to me, he wasn’t taking no for an answered. I am his first grandchild and he wants to see me off to college as much as my parents do.

With things in order, Amora and I would be leaving at the end of summer.

 

 

 

 My 18th birthday was early this summer. It was a big deal, I graduated from high school on my birthday. A huge party was thrown for me. It was great to see my family once again. 

This summer was pretty great, I spent a lot of time with my daughter. She’s 19 months now and she loves playing in the water like I once did at that age. She loves the beach but as the summer ends, I hate to take that away from her.

Today marks the end of my summer. Tomorrow I head for Newbrey to settle before school starts in 2 weeks. My mom took off from work so she spent the day with Amora and I but I already had plans. I wanted to see the beach for the last time. I stared into the ocean, listening to the waves as I got lost into my thoughts about school. I slipped off my shoes and walked closer to the coastline. Digging my toes into the wet sand, I took in deep breath. I will miss the smell of the ocean. My felt my phone go off a few times. I tried to ignored but I remember I had another place to be. I pulled out my phone and checked my messages, one was from my grandma telling me to stop by before I leave and another one was from someone special to me. 

I replied back to both texts, I sighed knowing it was time to go now.

 

 

 

 Rhena texted me telling me to get my butt down to the boardwalk. During my birthday/graduation party, my grandpa surprised me by bringing my best friend Rhena with him. I was even more of a shock that she planned to spend the summer here in Star City. She has family here and they said she could stay with them. Rhena and I kept in contact after I moved, she’s my one true friend, my best friend. She’s like my sister although she was technically my first kiss. We laugh about that night now.

I made plans to spend my last day of summer with Rhena. She calls it our last day of ultimate freedom. Will be slaves to text books and professors for the next 4 years.  Rhena will be attending NU along with me. She earned a full scholarship which her parents were very proud of. Rhena has a lot of pressure on her by her parents. They want her to become something unlike her older sister Piper. Rhena often complains about her sister, she being the reason why her parents were harder on her. “If she wasn’t such a failure, I coulda had more freedom.” Rhena would often say. Rhena’s hard work paid off in the long run.

 

 

“Yeah that’s a good pic. I look pretty hot. You think Travis would miss me more?”

“What? You still hung on that jerk? He cheated on you with Kori.”

“Nah.. I’m over him but I still want him to miss me cause I was a great thing! Kori slept with Chaim and got pregnant by him. Serves him right though! You gonna cheat on me with a skank and she cheats on him!”

“Wow.. So Kori is gonna be a mother of 2 now?”

“Yeah that baby is due later on this year. Travis said Kori does things that I won’t do. Catching crabs isn’t my thing!”

“Ha ha ha ha! That’s so wrong. I thought Kori was a nice girl. She was nice to me and she talked about her plans for college. She was so happy about the Second Chance home. It gave her a better lookout on life.”

“Kori is as fake as her hair extensions. She wants everyone to think she’s on the right road but she’s a Slutty McSlut. I heard she has a crappy part time job at a fast food place. Chaim dumped her and plans on enrolling at the community college. At least he’s gonna do something with his life. Ya know.. he’s kinda cute.”

“Stop it, Rhena..”

“Just saying ya know.” 

 

 

 I didn’t take any pleasure in hearing about the downfall of the kids from the Second Chance home. I always had hope that the program would turn their lives around. I was friends with a few of them. Rhena told me that 4 of the 8 kids would be attending NU too and one of them being my former, Toni Keen. Rhena mention that the state shut down the Second Chance home after graduation cause they were displeased of the recent events and didn’t think the program made a real impact on the kids. Only 4 were accepted into college, 2 ran away, and 3 had no interest in college. Kori and Simone both became pregnant and Simone being one of the runaways. Yumi lost her funding and the home was shut down. Rumor has it that she returned to Sundale to start over.

I didn’t want to think much about it now. Today is supposed to be all about fun.

 

 

 Rhena spend half of the day at the boardwalk. I’m really gonna miss this most of all.  I remember my dad taking me here when it first opened up when I was 8. It was my birthday and he thought it would be the perfect gift and it was fun. I always had so much fun here with my dad and uncles. I took Amora here a few times and she loves it. I’m really gonna miss this place…. again.

 

 

“Hey Al?”

“Yeah?”

“Check this out…”

“What is it?”

“Just look.”

I always liked the view from the elevated balloon, I didn’t think much when Rhena asked me to check something out. I was too busy watching the sun set over the ocean. I should had ignored her..

“Is that guy-?”

“Oh yeah! He couldn’t wait to get home to rub one off. Hey asshole! We can see you!”

“Shhh, Rhena!”

“No! There are kids around. That creepo needs to be called out on! I forgot about all the weirdos that live in this city. I guess it wasn’t too bad when we left.”

“He’s the type of guy who would make me not miss this place…”

 

 

 

I guess someone had seen that guy cause it long before the police dropped by to arrest the creep. After watching him be hauled off, Rhena reached into her bag to pull out a bottle of champagne with a couple of glasses.

 

 

 

 “Where did you even get this?”

“I convinced some sucker to go bring us a bottle. We need to celebrate!”

“We can get in trouble!”

“Only if you don’t fast enough!” 

 

 

 “Let’s make a toast, Al.”

“To what?”

“To not be like my sister Piper. A loser who chases men who don’t want her. She’s super obsessed with your uncle Mordecai. But then again… he’s kinda hot.”

“Rhena! Uh.. gross!”

“Just saying… your family has some tasty genes. Even your dad is kinda hot in a nerdy way.”

“Oh my stars… you’re being gross. My dad? Really? Ha ha ha.”

“Your grandpa is mad sexy though. He has a nice-“

“Don’t you say another word! Ha ha ha.”

“Here’s to us! We are both awesome enough to get an edumaction!”

“Ha ha ha. Yeah!”

 

 

 I hope we will have a great time in school. We won’t be living together though. Rhena’s scholarship is paying for room and board, so she would be staying in the dorms. She would like to stay with me but the idea of living with a toddler isn’t appealing. I understand though, it’s gonna be hard to study with a noisy toddler around. I’m not sure how I will manage but Amora is usually a quiet child. As long as she has her favorite teddy bear, she’s happy.

 

 

 

I came home to have dinner with my family and finishing packing up the last few things. We will be flying out to EC then making a 10 hour drive to Newbrey with our dads.

We never really ate together but tonight was different. My mom even cook tonight, she didn’t cook much since she was never good at it. I cooked most nights, sometimes I conjure meals if I was too tired. It was a nice thing for my mom to do for my last night here.

 

 

“Do you have everything ready, Ally?”

“Just about, there’s a few things I need to pack.”

“Whatever you leave, I’m keeping.”

“Fine, Lizzie. You can have them until I come back ha ha ha.”

“That’s if you can find it!”

“Okay, girls. Let’s not fight tonight.”

“I was just teasing, mom. Ally knows it!”

“It’s cool, mom. I’m gonna miss the munchkin.”

“Stop calling me that!”

“Girls, stop it. Let’s enjoy this night.” 

 

 

 After dinner I decided to clean up while my mom gave Amora a bath. She told me that I didn’t have to and it was Lizzie’s night anyway. But I decided to do it anyway, it’s my last night after all. Its my little gift to Lizette.

 

 

 After Amora’s bath, I got her ready for bed. Although my mom wanted to, I felt it was time for Amora to start getting use to me putting her into bed.

 

 

 

 I chatted online with my cousin Mariah for a bit. She was excited that I would be in town, even if it’s just for a day. I remained close with my little cousins since moving to Star City. She can’t wait to see Amora again. I’m excited to see her along with my other cousins and my 2 youngest sisters, Halo and Nichelle. I’ll also get to meet my grandpa’s quintuplets for the first time. He’s thinking about moving to Riverview so he’s know when I’ll see my new uncles and aunts. 

 

 

 I saw that I got a new message on my Facepage. I figure it was a friend or family member wishing me the best of luck but it was from Deshaun, Amora’s dad. I refuse to speak to him after what he did to me after the night of the party. Word got around to Deshaun about Amora being his. Since he learned about Amora, he messages me non stop. He talks about how sorry he is and he wants to help out with Amora. I ignore all of his messages before I decided to block him. He logged under his sister’s account to make one more attempt to reach out to me.

“I know I did a shitty thing to you in the past Alyssa but I am sorry. I’m truly am. I wanna make things right between us and I want to be there for our daughter. I don’t wanna be like my dad and wait to be involved until something bad happens to the mother. I wanna be in her life right now. I wanna be her dad. I’m going to NU like you are. I’m gonna make something of myself so I can support our daughter. Please let me be her dad.”

I’m not sure if Deshaun is being genuine or just trying to make it look like he tried cause he thinks I’ll say no. My dad often told me that he had a good talking to him, in fact my dad threaten him. My dad doesn’t look like much but he can be scary when he’s drunk and pissed. But Deshaun isn’t speaking to me out of guilt or fear according to my uncle Morde. He’s good friends with Deshaun’s dad and they talk. Deshaun wants to be her father, he wants to “man up” and if push comes to shove, he suggested his son should sue me for custody. Morde told me to not let it come to that, my dad agrees. 

I finally sent Deshaun a reply, “I’ll think about it.”

 

 

 I got a text before I decided to head to bed. It was from Rhena telling me its ladies night at The Edge. There was no cover for females, even if you’re under 21 and Rhena said we needed to take advantage of it. It’s our last night and we should party it up. I asked my mom and she said it was okay. I already put Amora in bed and she sleeps all night since being a genie. I told Rhena that I would be there.

 

 

 We had a lot of fun at the club, Rhena managed to convince a couple of guys buy us shots. We only did a few, we didn’t wanna get caught for underage drinking and get kicked out. I told her we shouldn’t stay out long, we have a 9AM flight tomorrow.  The last thing that we wanna do is miss our flight cause we wanna party all night.

 

 

 We agreed to leave at midnight, giving us 2 hours to party as hard as we could. It was getting near midnight and Rhena shown no signs of leaving anything soon. She was busy chatting with some purple haired guy named Mason.  When I realize who this Mason was actually, I tried to pull Rhena away.

Rhena was all flirty with him and felt that I was cockblocking her but I told her he’s trouble and I’m doing her a favor. Rhena was annoyed until I explained things better to her about him. I heard a lot about him through the grapevine and it was enough to cool Rhena off. On that note, we left.

 

 

The cab driver took the long route back to my home just to squeeze as much money he could from me. It didn’t bother me so much tonight, it gave me a chance to have a last look at the city. I don’t if I will return when I’m done with school.. Then I wonder will I finished school? My parents didn’t and so far I’ve been following their footsteps. My dad said if I keep my nose clean, focus on my studies, I will succeed. It’s simple as that. You have 2 choices, make or break. The choice is up to you… 

Love For The Ladies: Chapter 92 – Diary of a Bored Teenager – Part 4

It was finally Friday night. I’ve been looking forward to this weekend. My dad lectured me on good behavior well before dropping me off at Rhea’s house. I tuned him out cause all I could think about was Deshaun’s party and how fun it’s going to be.

This is my first party that isn’t family related. Yeah family parties are fun but I knew this party would be better since I have a date with the host. Maybe at this party, I can make some new friends as well.

 

 

 

When I got there, Toni was already there and was watching a movie with Rhea. After setting my bag in Rhea’s room, I joined the girls to watch the movie about some crossbreed of a cow and a venus fly trap plant that eats old ladies in a garden shop. It’s an oldie but it’s still pretty funny.

 

 

 

 “I don’t get why does old buzzers would go near that freaky monster plant. Nothing about that thing says “safe” Are people just that dumb?” 

“Well Rhea, they are old and stuff.”

“That’s no excuse. They say the older you’ll get, the wiser you’ll get. Trying to be friends with a monster plant is NOT wise!”

“Geeze, Rhea.. It’s just a movie.”

“So what, Toni! They could make a better movie than this.”

“Well I like this.”

“Me too.”

 

 

 “The idea of this movie is good but the plot sucks!”

“Can you do better then, Rhea?”

“Actually I think I can do better. Maybe I’ll make better horror movies than this.”

“So what else are we gonna do tonight?”

“I’m not sure… I really didn’t have a plan.. Any ideas?”

 

 

 

 “Okay…This is really lame. Math homework?”

“I figure studying would be fun, guys.”

“Toni… No wonder why everyone else calls us nerds…”

“I agree with Rhea. This is a slumber party.. We should be doing something exciting. Math isn’t one of them. Sorry Toni.”

“Well….you pick something then, Ally.”

 

 

 

We just went up in Rhea’s room and just kinda hanged out. Rhea worked on a painting, Toni played some computer games and I played around on Rhea’s keyboard. It was fun I guess but we had to call the night early cause of weekend computer class in the morning.

 

 

Rhea’s dad dropped us off the college but not before telling us that he needed to leave town for a meeting. He told us to be on our best behavior and no boys were allowed to come over. Since he’s a lycan, he’ll know if a boy was over. We promised and attend our 6 hour class.

 

 

After class was over with, we went outside to hang out for a bit before catching a cab home. I saw Aries was there and I figure my dad sent him to check to see if I attended my class like promised. I knew my dad wouldn’t fully trust me.

“Hi Aries! You can tell my dad that I was here. I can’t believe he sent me.”

“Hi Ally. L2 didn’t send me. He knows you’re a good kid and will go to class.”

“Oh? Then what brings you here? I didn’t know you had classes on the weekend?”

“Um no, Ally.  I had to return a book. I didn’t want to be late.”

“Oh okay. That’s good.”

“Yeah, fines are bad.”

“Yep, they are. I guess see you tomorrow at home.”

“Have a fun sleep party!”

“I will!”

 

 

 It was an hour before the party. We were getting ready for it. I really liked the dress I was wearing and thought Deshaun would like it too. Rhea suggested that we should change cause we been it in all day. I really wanted to wear this dress. So I made my genie magic to good use and magically cleaned ourselves. We were fresh along with our clothes. Rhea and Toni thought it was cool. I don’t use my magic as much.

“Can your magic remove pimples?”

“I dunno. Never tried. But you have any.”

“Yes I do! If you look real close, you’ll see that abomination!”

“You’re being silly! You look fine. Do you think Deshaun will like my dress?”

“Probably… Boys like anything that gives them easy access. Reasons why I’m wearing short pants. Travis is gonna have to work to get these off.” 

“I’m not that kind of girl! Were you and Travis planning on…You know?”

“Maybe.. I’m becoming less of a virgin.. I might as well.”

“Oh..”

“Plus I don’t wanna lose him.. I think he’s losing interest. I got condoms in my purse.”

 

 

 

After we were done getting ready, we called the cab. During the ride there I started to get a little nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect there. I just hope I don’t make a fool of myself. Once we got there, I could see that Deshaun was waiting for me. Boy did I get more nervous.. I could feel butterflies in my stomach. I was afraid that I was gonna puke…

 

 

 “Hey! So glad that you could make it.”

“Me too.”

“So how was your day?”

“It was pretty good.”

“I hope you’ll have fun here. I’m not sure how long this party will be.”

“Oh how cool. I’m staying with Rhea. I can stay all night.”

 

 

 “Well as the host and your date, can I offer you a drink or some food? We got chicken, burgers, hot dogs, cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.”

“Sounds cool, maybe later?”

“Okay cool but you should probably have at least one drink now. I know the kegs are gonna tap out quickly.”

“I guess one drink won’t hurt.”

 

 

 

Deshaun poured my first drink of the evening. It’s not like I haven’t drank before, I had a few times with my granddad. He always liked mixing drinks and had me to taste some time to time. I just had to promise to not say anything to my dad or he’ll get mad. I can say that I’ve never gotten drunk thought. It was always a little sip here and there at home. 

 

 

 I never had beer before and wasn’t sure if I was going to like this. I did wanted to fit in with the others. I walked around for bit, looking for Deshaun. After pouring my drink he wandered off which I though was strange. I did later see him chatting with his friend Curtis at the DJ booth. I guess maybe he was requesting some music. I decided to pick a spot to drink and wait for him to return… He should though since he asked me to be his date…

 

 

 Deshaun kept on chatting with Curtis as I waited. I can feel my drink starting to get warm from my unnatural warmness due to being a genie. I took a sip and realize that this beer was really gross. Then I remember that genies naturally dislike the taste of normal beer. It’s too bitter and salty for our taste buds.

I was a bit confused cause I remember my uncles and granddad drinking from a keg from some of the families. But then it hit me when I glanced over to the other keg with the label hard cider. I do recall my granddad always ordering a special unique genie beer in a keg for parties. It’s sweet in taste and it kinda like hard cider but stronger. I couldn’t bear the bitterness of my drink, I gave it a little magical zap which made it sweeter and suitable for my taste.

 

 

 

After finishing my drink, I went to the bonfire to hang out. I didn’t notice that I was followed, Deshaun joined me finally.

“I thought you forgot about me.”

“Sorry, Curtis was having issues with the sound. I was trying to help him out.”

“It sounded okay to me.”

“Yeah but to the ear of a DJ, it doesn’t. Ha ha ha.”

“Oh..”

 

 

 

 “Are you having fun?”

“I am now that you’re here.” 

“Oh really?”

“Yeah, looks like there’s a good turn out here.”

“I guess so, more are coming later on.”

“I guess that’s cool. Looks like my friends are having fun too. Rhea and Travis are an item now.”

“Hmmm.. they are?”

“Yeah.. What’s with the tone?”

“Oh…Just nothing.”

 

 

 “Is there something going on with Travis?”

“Well…. I saw him with Saphria the other day. I was happy to see she was moving on. I didn’t know about him and your girl. Maybe Sap and Travis were just hanging out, some kind of vampire thing.”

“It’s probably a vampire thing. I think she has the hots for this guy in Storybrook. She likes all of his pics and status updates on FacePage.”

“That’s cool I guess. She hasn’t been a bothered. Just Gabby now. She’s mad cause I turned her down for you.”

“Yeah she let me know how mad she was at school..”

“So I heard… She can be a bit crazy sometimes.. I’m not into that type.”

“So my type is more fitting? Geeky and quiet?”

“It’s a nice change- Oh shit.. The sound system is jacking up… I’ll be back.”

 

 

 

Deshaun went to go fix the sound, I got myself another drink while he did that. I wanted to talk to Rhea but I see she was busy making out with Travis. I hope nothing is going on between Travis and my cousin. I would hate to see Rhea get hurt. I did like seeing them together.  They make a cute couple.  I hope Deshaun and I would be like that one day.

 

 

 

 “Sorry about that.. I think Curtis is messing up things on purpose.”

“Why you think that?”

“He tends to cock block me at times, ha ha ha.”

“Ohhh, gotcha.”

“So, wanna go somewhere quiet? We can talk and not be bothered.”

“Sure, I would like that.”

 

 

 “It looks like its gonna be a beautiful night.”

“I believe so too. I like your dress.”

“Thanks. I was hoping you would like it.”

“So, wanna watch the ocean?”

“Yeah.”

 

 

 “Do you always take your dates here?”

“No. Usually to the movies or  the arcade. They usually want me to spend money.”

“So you invited me to your party to get out from paying?”

“Trust me this date isn’t free, ha ha ha. I’m thinking I should take you out on a proper date.”

“I think this is nice.”

“No.. Our first date should be better than this..”

“I don’t mind, really.”

“Really? That’s cool. It’s what I like about you. You’re so down to earth.”

“Oh thanks.”

 

 

 “How about on tomorrow we can see a movie?”

“Oh okay sure.”

“You’re really beautiful tonight.”

“Thanks.”

“I wished that I noticed you sooner but I was so caught up in drama. I never notice how stunning you are until now.”

“Ohh, you!”

“I mean it.”

 

 

 “Deshaun!”

“I hope you don’t mind… Your hand feels so warm and soft. I like it.”

“Thanks.”

 

 

We listened to the waves crashing against the shore and chatted a bit. I got to know him a little more and he got to know me a little more too.

 

 

 

 This evening couldn’t be anymore perfect than what it already is…

 

 

 

 “We should head back to my party.”

“Yeah I think so. Rhea and Toni might be worried if they don’t see me.”

“I doubt they’ll notice. Rhea tied to Travis and I saw the new kid Justin chatting with Toni.”

“Oh.. well but still.”

 

 

 We returned back to the party grounds. I poured another drink for myself while Deshaun went to the bathroom. This night is going so perfect and I hope it never ends…

 

 

 

We danced for a little, had more drinks then went back to dancing.

 

 

Rhea lit up the fire pit and we roasted some marshmallows. I wanted to sit next to Deshaun but Justin got in the chair next to him. I guess it was okay cause we still got to chat.

 

 

 

Gabriela still wasn’t going to let things go. She was dancing sexually near us, trying to get Deshaun’s attention.  He tried to ignore her but I saw him glance over at her a couple of times.  Gabriela has a nicer built, I’m all skinny and flat chested. I’m worried Deshaun isn’t  interest in my body and how Gabriela’s is more appealing. But I gotta remember that he chose me over her.

 

 

 “I know I’m lacking in some areas… Gabriela was blessed-“

“I like how you look.”

“Well I don’t.. But you were looking at her.”

“I am a guy, we will look but it doesn’t mean anything.”

“Yeah well… I heard you once liked her..”

“I did but things changed.”

“Like how?”

 

 

 “I saw someone with a much prettier personality.”

“Oh you did?”

“She has a better attitude on life, kind to others and sweet.”

“I heard that person is here. So what are your plans with her?”

“Well…”

 

 

 “Where have you been? I was looking for you.”

“With Travis.. In the tree house.”

“In the tree house? Why?”

“Ya know.”

“I know what?”

“Don’t you know what the tree house is for?”

“No.”

“Hooking up!”

“You did?”

“Oh yeah!”

 

 

 “So you’re not-“

“Totally not a virgin!”

“Oh wow. Um..congrats?”

“Yeah, thanks! Looks like Gabby might swipe her V-card with Deshaun if you don’t get over there.”

“What do you mean?”

“She’s getting a little grabby and we are all wasted! Anything goes now!”

 

 

I saw it with my own eyes, Gabby was flirting with Deshaun and getting a little handsy. I wasn’t sure what to do. It wasn’t like I was his girlfriend or anything. What could I say?

 

 

 I got another drink while I think of what I was going to do. I watched them as I drank. He seems like he’s liking her advances which was confusing to me. He said she wasn’t his type but here he is…flirty with her and all.

 

 

 

I tossed back a couple more drinks. I was starting to feel a little dizzy but good. I had another drink and knew what I was going to do. I made my move once I saw Gabby head for some food.

 

 

 “Sha-shaun! Wanna do something real fun like?”

“Yeah like what?”

“The tree house! Let’s go in the tree house!”

“Ally? Are you drunk?”

“So what!”

“Ha ha ha! I guess that answer my question. I dunno.”

“You scared? I wanna go in the tree house.”

“You do know what’s the tree house for, right?”

 

 

 “I know so let’s go! Chop, chop! Let’s go, mister.”

“Ha ha ha. Damn girl. So you really wanna?”

“Yus!”

“I don’t think we should but if you really wanna.. I’m game.”

“So?”

“Follow me.”

 

 

 

 A few days later….

How could I be such a damn fool. I did end up making myself look like a fool at the party. As I thought the night ended well, the next day proved me wrong. I waited for Deshaun to call so he could take me to movies which he never did. Then on Monday at school, he ignored me. On Wednesday when I approached him to ask if he needed me to tutored him, he told me that Toni was his new tutor.

I asked him why was he avoiding me then he dropped the bombshell. He lost interest in me when I slept with him at the party. He thought I was different but felt he was wrong. He didn’t want a girl who wants to sleep with him on the first date cause the end results was always bad. It wasn’t like I was forcing him to sleep with me. I told him that he was my first but he didn’t believe me cause I was pretty good at sex. I had to remind him of my love genie status and sex comes natural like breathing.

Then on the last week of school, I learned that him and Toni were dating. Toni kept her thing with Deshaun a secret cause she knew it would hurt me.. I was hurt that she was dating him behind my back. That was adding salt to injury.. However Toni and I are no longer friends.. It would be so hard seeing them together when I still have a crush on him. I can’t see why she would date him after she saw he took my virginity and dumped me. He’ll do the same to her… I just know it when she sleeps with him… 

 

 

 

I just wanted to forget that night.. However I will never forget that night. I will have something that will remind me of it everyday of my immortal life.. On the morning of the last day of school, I came to know this with a positive pregnancy test….

My dad is going to kill Deshaun…

Love For The Ladies: Chapter 91- Diary of a Bored Teenager – Part 3

I was awaken by the sound of my cell buzzing on top of my desk. I knew it had to be Rhea texting me that she’s outside waiting for me. I tried to adjust my eyes in my dark room, reaching out to grab my glasses from the night stand but I forgot that I left them on the desk with my phone. I was a bit sluggish when I attempted to emerge from my bed. I didn’t know how tired I was. I really could use the sleep honestly.

 

 

I carefully worked my way towards the desk to check my phone. It was Rhea telling me to hurry up and get out here. I replied back saying I’ll be out in bit.

 

 

I carefully tip toed through the house, trying not to awake my dad and Solar. I wasn’t sure why I was doing this but honestly I liked the idea of sneaking out. I felt like such a rebel, I always been the goody good girl and I’m kinda tired of that label.

Rhea was in front of the house waiting for me, she couldn’t believe that I was willing to come join her. She figure that I would chicken out at the last second. I proved her wrong, showing her I wasn’t so predictable.

 

 

 “Is your bike ready? You’re gonna need it.”

“Yeah, I have it out. Where are we going?”

“You’ll see!”

“We’re not gonna get caught, right?”

“That’s kinda the point. I know the perfect spots where we will go unnoticed.”

“Okay if you say. I don’t wanna stay out too late. We got school in the morning.”

“I know, don’t worry sleeping beauty. You’ll get your beauty rest.”

 

 

 

Our first location was behind a movie theater. Rhea pulled out a few cans of spray paint from her bag and tossed a can at me. “Let’s get to work.”, she smiled at me. I notice something different about Rhea when she handed over the can. She seems a bit upset but trying to mask it with a smile. I’m guessing her parents were fighting again.

“Is everything okay?”

“Yeah. Why?”

“Your parents were fighting again tonight, right?”

“Yeah but they always fight. It’s like their new thing now. It’s gonna be okay.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yeah but can we talk about something else?”

“Yeah, sure.. Anything you want.”

 

 

We headed to a few other spots to spray. So far the night has been good, no close calls or anything which is cool. My dad would kill me if he knew that I sneaked out and was spray painting on public property. I was enjoy this rush of defacing public property but I figure we should quit while we are ahead of ourselves.

 

 

Rhea wanted to make one more stop. She suggested that we visit Skip Island cause it’s beautiful at night. Rhea run ahead of me, she’s really not herself tonight. She seems quiet and distant tonight…

 

 

 

 “So did Deshaun asked you out yet?”

“No. I don’t think he likes me. Maybe as a friend.”

“I doubt that. I talked to Travis tonight.”

“And?”

“He said yes. We’re going on a movie date after school.”

“That’s awesome. I’m happy for you.”

“Thanks, now if Deshaun would just ask you out. Or maybe you could ask him.”

“I couldn’t do that… I’m too scared to do.. I wouldn’t know what to say.”

“You go, “I like you, wanna date?” See how easy that was.”

“That’s not exactly charming ha ha ha. Plus I really never talked to a boy.. My dad said I’m not allowed to date boys until I’m in college.”

“Geeze, did he make you wear a chastity belt too?”

 

 

 “Even if Deshaun asks me out.. I wouldn’t know what to do. I never kissed anyone… What if I’m a bad kisser? I would really be a loser then.”

“You never kissed anyone before?”

“No.. Not romantically. I would be too nervous to kiss him if he were to ask me out.”

“So you’re a total virgin?”

“Yeah. Aren’t you?”

“Not fully! I’ve to third base a couple of times. Who hasn’t now days?”

“Me!”

“Well I can help you with first base at least.”

 

 

 “Ally, come back! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to go all lez on you. I’m just teaching you so you’ll be ready for Deshaun!”

 

 

 

 I didn’t know how to react to Rhea’s sudden kiss. I got scared and ran home without saying anything to her. I felt bad for taking off but I can be so awkward at times.

It was a little before 3 AM by the time I got home. I carefully tried to sneak back in but someone was waiting for me…

“Ally? Why were you outside? It’s late. Shouldn’t you be in bed? You have school in the morning, right?”

 

 

 “Um…hey Aries… I was just uhhh…looking for Sassy. I left her outside and she didn’t come. I heard a kitty meowing outside and I thought it was her. It wasn’t…it was the neighbor’s cat. Everything is fine…Please don’t tell my dad!”

 

 

 “Oh okay then. You should go back to bed. You gotta be rested up for school, okay?”

 

 

 

That was too close, good thing it was Aries and not my dad. He would throw a fit and wouldn’t believe my ridiculous story. I would be grounded for life… I just hope Aries doesn’t tell my dad..

 

 

In the morning my dad was making breakfast. He told me to have a sit and the food would be ready in a bit. It’s been a while since my dad made breakfast before school. Solar probably stayed in her crib all night, giving my dad some rest for once. My dad did look a bit more cheerful today. He mention he was going to meet the lawyer about custody of Eli in about an hour.

I was happy to hear about Eli might be coming home with us when he’s ready. I figure Aries didn’t say anything about me being out last night, my dad was just too happy. I’m so glad that my uncle Aries is cool like that.

 

 

 I arrived at school a little bit before the first bell. It was a nice spring morning and I sat outside for a bit. I saw Rhea exist her dad’s car, I knew she would be heading my way. I pretended that I was looking at something on my phone but Rhea knew better as she headed my way.

“I know you’re not really busy.. I wanted to say that I’m sorry about last night. I hope this doesn’t changes anything between us. Are we cool, Ally?”

“Yeah, have a seat with me..”

 

 

 “I just wanna say, I’m straight and lezzy kisses don’t count.”

“Ha ha ha. I know. I was nervous.. I didn’t know how to react to being kissed.”

“Well for starters, running away isn’t a good thing. If I was Deshaun, I would feel insulted.”

“I’m sorry..”

“Was I bad kisser? Be honest, Al.”

“No, it was nice but just weird cause you’re my best friend.”

“Maybe but once were drunken roommates in college, we’ll be making out all the time. It won’t mean nothing ha ha ha!”

 

 

 “Ha ha ha! I guess. But for now..just don’t do that again.”

“Okay but speak of the devil. There’s Deshaun.. Maybe you can go talk to him.”

“About what? I don’t know what to say to him.”

“Well you could mention how you like his new haircut. Start with that.”

“Oh….”

“You’ll be fine.. I gotta go find Travis before the bell.”

 

 

 “Hi Deshaun. I like your haircut.”

“Thanks, my dad felt it was time I got mines cut. Maintaining my locs hasn’t been easy since my mom died. She was the one who took care of them. I like your shirt. It’s cute.” 

“This old thing? It’s okay.. Not like it’s old or anything. It’s new! Just haven’t worn it or anything. Boy…do I feel like a dork..”

“It’s cool, Ally. I wanted to talk to you anyway.”

“Really?! I mean.. really?”

“Yeah.”

“Oh? What do you wanna talk about?”

 

 

 “Thanks to you tutoring me, my grades improved. My dad was impressed and I wanted to thank you for helping me. You really didn’t have to.”

“Oh you’re welcome.”

“Yeah and I’m throwing a party at Skip Island, Saturday night. There’s gonna be a bonfire, a keg there. It’s gonna be fun. I would love for you to come.”

“You’re inviting me to a party?!”

“Yeah, you down?”

“Um..sure. I would love to come.” 

“Would you love to come as my date instead?”

 

 

 “What? Did you just say as your date?”

“Yeah, I really like you Ally.. I wasn’t sure how to ask you. You’re all smart and pretty.. I thought you would shoot me down.”

“Me shoot you down? You’re so popular.. It should be me worrying about being turned down.” 

“So you’ll be my date then?”

“Yeah, I’ll be your date.”

“Cool, some of us are gonna be meeting at Honeywood park. You should come, that’s where I’m doing my party planning at.”

“Oh yeah.. I think I can do that. I hope you don’t mind me bringing a little kid with me. I gotta babysit after school.”

“Well it’s a park, I wouldn’t mind.”

“Oh cool. See you then!”

 

 

All day I kept thinking about Deshaun. I was so happy when he asked me out. I guess Rhea was right after all. By 5th period it was my broadcasting class. We had to do pretend interviews for our assignment. I should have been a little more nervous when I was paired up with Gabriela Gold. She has the biggest crush on Deshaun and he turned her down for a date this week. But I was on cloud 9 and wasn’t thinking much about Gabriela’s feelings. 

 

 

 “Hello Beyonce, how are you doing today?”

“I’m doing just fabulous. I just finish another album that’s gonna go platinum like my other albums. You know how I do!”

“That’s great Beyonce. What is your new album about?”

“It’s about ratchet home wreckers.”

“Excuse me? Ratchet home wreckers?”

 

 

 “It’s about YOU!”

“What?! What did I do?”

“You know how I liked Deshaun and how he was gonna be my name and you took him anyway! I found you that he’s taking you as his date! You home wrecker!”

“That doesn’t make me a home wrecker! You weren’t married to him!”

“Well then you’re a man stealing slut! Deshaun was supposed to be mine!”

 

 

 “It’s not my fault! Can we get back to our assignment?! We gotta start over!”

“I refuse to work with a man stealer!”

“Deshaun wasn’t yours to steal..”

“I don’t care! You tell him that you’re going with someone else!”

“No!”

“Then I will hate you forever!”

“Fine by me…”

 

 

 “So did ya hear?”

“Did I hear what?”

“That fight between Gabby and the nerdy chick.”

“What are you about, Chaim?”

“In 5th period in broadcasting class, they was going at all cause of you.”

“Oh.. Gabriela and Alyssa. Yeah I heard.”

“That’s wild, huh?”

“I guess.”

“So you having Gabs as your date, right?”

 

 

 “No..”

“Why? You for real picking the nerd over her?”l

“Yeah, cause you think I wanna deal with Gabby’s ratchetry? Its reasons why I dropped Saphira. I’m tired of girls like that. I need a break from crazy. Ally isn’t like other girls. She’s smart, classy and isn’t about drama. It was reasons why my grades sucked..Dealing with the ratchets all day long.. I’m trying to get on my pops’ good side. How you think he’s letting me have a party with a keg?”

“Yo’ pops is cool with that?”

“Yeah. It’s the least he can do for not being in the first part of my life…”

 

 

 I came home right after school like promised. My dad was still downtown and Aries needed to head for his evening class. I got Solar ready to go to the park. She was excited about it once she saw that I pulled out her stroller.

 

 

 

Once at the park, I hanged out with the other kids from school. We talked about the party and what all we should have there. But it hit me… My dad wasn’t gonna let me go to a party. How on earth will go? If I don’t show up, Gabriela would try to get her hands on him! I wasn’t sure how I was going to do.

Rhea had an idea, a weekend sleepover. The idea was pretty clever and sounds fun. Its been ages since I last been to a sleepover. Rhea would also invite Toni so it would look legit. I would just have to convince my dad to let me stay over…

 

 

 

 “So is the essay about the family?”

“Yeah, I’m at the part where I talk about my grandfather.”

“Are you preparing to lie?”

“Ha ha ha! Daddy B. isn’t that bad. We did a lot of fun things together when I was little.”

“Yeah, dad wasn’t too bad. There’s some good parts about him.”

 

 

 “So dad… can I ask you something?”

“Sure.”

“Will it be okay if I go to Rhea’s sleepover this weekend?”

“Who’s all going to be there?”

“Just me and Toni. Nothing big and fancy. Rhea is gonna be alone with her dad all weekend. She needs us as her buffer.”

“I think it’s good for a daughter to spend time with their daughter as much as he can.. Especially when that daughter is a teenager.”

“Dad, please? Pretty, pretty please?”

 

 

 “I dunno, you have your computer class on Saturday. You can’t miss that.”

“Rhea and Toni has that same class. Rhea’s dad is gonna be dropping off us. You can call him and check.”

“Well as long as you’ll be going to your class and not be going to any wild parties. I’ll be okay with it.”

“Thanks dad. You’re in a good mood. Did the meeting with the lawyer go well?”

“Yep, there’s gonna be a hearing in 2 weeks. Our chances of getting Eli are good. It might just be temporary custody but it’s a start.” 

 

 

 “That’s great to hear. So Eli is ready to leave the hospital?”

“Yep, in 2 weeks. The tough part is finding June unfit. If the investigation goes well then it won’t be hard to figure that. We got money on our side, Eli will have a room and all the things he needs. Plus we been paying for most of Eli medical bills since June’s insurance didn’t cover everything. I found it odd given she’s a nurse. Selene found out June’s new address, let’s just say that her house isn’t in the best shape.”

“So I heard…”

“Things are looking bright for once.”

“Yes they are, dad!”

 

 

 

 

Love For The Ladies: Chapter 90 – Diary of a Bored Teenager – Part 2

In the morning I entered the kitchen to get a bowl of cereal. I figure that my dad is still asleep, he must had a rough night last night. I did check on Solar and she was sound asleep. Normally she would be up but she must had escaped last night. I feel bad, I should had waken myself up to check on Solar so my dad could sleep. I could had gotten Solar to sleep again if she did escape from her crib.

As I was almost done eating my cereal, I could hear Aries pulling up, he must had left last night. Aries really hasn’t been around the house much since his nervous break down cause of my granddad’s coma. He said being at the house was hard for him, so he goes else where to hang out. I kinda wish he would stay so he could look after Solar for my dad’s sake. I’m worried about him cause he never gets to sleep and is always working. Aries have no reason sleep so I wonder what’s deal. I told my dad that he should ask Aries but dad say that Aries is having a rough time. I think we are all having a rough time over this…

 

 

 

My first period was hand writing class, the only class where we actually get to touch paper and a pencil. Everything else is done electronically  via computer or tablet. I might be a little weird if I say that the feeling of paper and pencils makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Sometimes its kinda good to go back to basics. I love got major love for my computers and stuff. I think my hand writing class is probably one of my favorite classes next to art.

I love to paint and draw various things but my main subject are flowers. I dunno why I like drawing and painting flowers so much but I’m just drawn to them. I figure its cause of the flowers that’s growing around the house. I guess that I always admire nature. My granddad use to take me to the botanical  garden when I was a child. It was a 45 minute drive but it was a beautiful place. We always went on Sunday mornings, I always look forwarded to the trip there. My granddad would pick the most prettiest flower we saw that and place it in my hair. One day he said to me that someday I’m gonna grow and blossom into a beautiful woman like these flowers and how I was just a little flower bud then. I wiped a tear from my eye while in class when I remember this. His comment made me feel so good about myself. I was having a bad time at school, the previous week. Kids made fun of me saying that I had an ugly huge nose. But when I was told this, the kids mean comments didn’t bother me so much anymore.

Boy do I miss my granddad now…

 

 

Chemistry was my next class, it’s also a favorite. I like mixing potions and see what they do but I think my friend Rhea was more interest in chemistry than I was. She always had something cooking up.

“Hey Al, I figured something.”

“Like what?”

“A stink bomb. I’m sooo gonna do it.”

“Rhea, don’t! You’ll get in trouble!”

“Pssh! Only if I get caught which I won’t.”

“How you figure that?”

“Blame it on the boys… They are always eating burritos. We can say how they all decided to make a massive fart at the same time.”

“No one is gonna believe that. Ha ha ha!”

“You’ll be surprised!”

 

 

I was having a hard time focusing on my school work this morning. I wasn’t sure why. Deshaun sat down next to me and notice I was struggling. So course he tried to be helpful, which was nice. This was probably the first time he acknowledge me at school. Usually he only spoke to me to find out if I could tutor him on that day. I wonder what changed. He was pretty nice to me yesterday. He said how he thought I was cool. Now I’m nervous now.. What is he planning?

 

 

“Today is kinda weird. Like today in 3rd period, Deshaun acknowledge me. He was all nice and helpful. I wonder what gives.”

“Isn’t it obvious?”

“What? What’s so obvious? Am I missing something?”

“Gosh Ally! You might be smart but you can be a total oblivious air head! The boy likes ya!”

 

 

“That’s insane! There’s no way that Deshaun likes me cause.. I’m me…”

“Yeah? You’re awesome, Ally. But I see the way Deshaun looks at you. I’ve notice it for weeks. I figure you would realize it by now but I guess now.”

“I think it’s silly. He doesn’t like me cause I’m not like those other girls he date. I’m a geek and those other girls are pretty and popular. It’s probably some awful prank..”

“Bullshit, Ally. I was talking to Travis the other day and he said Deshaun is being all strange. Like he tried to set him up with Gabriella cause she likes him and stuff. He told Travis that he wasn’t interested.” 

 

 

“So? That doesn’t mean anything.”

“Just a few weeks ago he thought she was pretty and kinda liked her. Now he’s saying that he gots the hots for some nerdy chick, which must be you. So yeah, Al.. That chocolate candy bar wants to melt all over you.”

“Wha-what? Are you serious?”

“Like implants on a porn star.”

“Huh?”

“Yeah, girl! Ally is gonna get a boyfriend.”

“Shut up! I am not! No way!”

“Yes way and you and D are gonna double date with Travis and I.”

“He asked you out? Oh my god!”

“Nope but I’m gonna ask him today.”

“What makes you think he’ll say yes?”

“When I grab him by the balls, he’ll be smart to say yes.”

“You’re a trip!”

 

 

All day I kept thinking of what if Rhea was right? What if Deshaun had a crush on me? Will he ask me out? Why would it matter. My dad said that I wasn’t allowed to date boys anyway. I think it would pretty lame to tell Deshaun that if he asks me out. I wish my dad wasn’t so strict about everything. I don’t wanna go through my whole high school career never having a boyfriend. I think it’s so unfair.

Anyway I’m meeting up with Rhea and Deshaun to work on some homework. My dad is okay with me hanging at the coffee shop but he needs to come home in an hour so I can watch Solar while he works.

 

 

 

We all sat down and pulled out our notebook. We had to work on an 10 paper essay about our family roots. I knew this was gonna be a struggle since I don’t know much of my family. I have no memory of my mom and I haven’t been told much about my genie heritage. But I wasn’t the only one who struggled.

“Ugh.. I hate writing about my fam. I don’t know much about my dad’s side. He wasn’t around much when I was growing up. All I knew was my mom and grandma. Now that I live with my dad, I still don’t know much. All I know is that he was kicked out of his wolf pack and join another.”

“I have no clue about my mom’s side. I don’t know a thing about her other than her name is Ashley Wood. I don’t know much about my genie heritage either. I know a little of what my granddad said. I probably gotta call my great-great grandmother and ask.”

“Whoa! Your great-great grandmother is still alive?”

“Yeah, Deshaun. We are immortal, never age or die.”

“I guess that’s cool.”

“I know about my family, guys. I’m kinda forced to know everything. Damn wolves and their pride. I’m sorry you two are having trouble. You both got something in common. Right, Ally?” 

 

 

“Shut it Rhea!”

“Ha ha ha! I’m just saying, Al.”

“What? What’s going on?”

“Nothing Deshaun, just nothing.”

“Oh okay then.”

 

 

“You two got any plans after this?”

“Rhea!”

“What? Just asking a question.”

“Actually I’m gonna head to the gym to meet up with my dad. It’s b-ball day.”

“Oh? Well I gotta watch my aunt… I really don’t wanna.”

“Watch your aunt? Why?”

“My dad gotta work and she’s just a baby. My granddad is still having kids.”

“Oh.”

“Do you gotta watch her? That’s lame. We should hang.”

“I can’t, Rhea.”

“Gimme your phone?”

“Why?”

“Cause I got a clever lie to tell your dad.”

 

 

Whatever Rhea texted to my dad, it got me an extra hour to hang out. Rhea suggested that we should take a walk and we ended up here.

“We should make this dump area look better.”

“How?”

“I got some spray paint. I figure we can spice this place up.”

“I dunno about that.”

 

 

“Oh come on, Al. It will be fun. You complain about never having fun.”

“Yeah but I don’t wanna get in trouble. It’s risky.”

“That’s what makes it fun, Al.”

“If you say so.”

 

 

 

I wasn’t sure about doing this but it was pretty fun when I got started. I just hope we don’t get caught or anything. This will really give my dad a reason to never trust me again.

 

 

 

“Why did you stop?”

“My dad is texting me. What did you say?”

“That you were thinking about joining the chess club. You stayed for a meeting.”

“What?!”

“It got you something extra time!”

“Now he really thinks that I wanna join!”

“Just say that you weren’t sure.”

“Ugh… I’m never handing my phone over to you again!”

 

 

Rhea reached into her backpack and pulled out some eggs. She looks over at me with a devilish smile and began tossing eggs at the house. I wasn’t sure why she wanted to throw eggs at the house suddenly but I yelled at Rhea to stop. I think we did enough to the house, I didn’t bother to ask if anyone lived in this house. It did look a little run down but someone could be living here..

 

 

 

“Grab an egg, Al. It’s fun.”

“But this wrong. What if someone lives here?”

“Ehh..who cares. You know this person and she’s a bad person. You’ll want to throw an egg.”

“Um.. I dunno.”

“Do it before she come out!”

“Ahh! The egg broke in my hand!”

“Goodness Al, we gotta do this more often. Gently pick up the egg then throw it like a mad woman at the house.”

“Okay!” 

 

 

 

“Hey! Stop that! You better stop that!”

“Oh my god? This is June’s house?”

“I heard about your uncle at the hospital. My family owns it ya know. Rumor has it that she’s poisoning that baby.”

“Yeah…. A few nurses think that’s happening.”

“So more of a reason to throw more eggs.”

“You jerks better go home or I’m gonna call the police!”

“Call the police bitch! We all know that you’re hurting that baby!”

“For the last time, I’m not hurting my baby!”

“We won’t listen to your lies! You will pay!”

“I’m calling the police!”

 

 

 

June ran back into her house. We figure that she was going to call the police. However we saw a squad car heading towards her house in the matter of seconds. Rhea and I didn’t think twice before running off. We know she didn’t call the police yet, so we wonder why the police was heading towards her house.

 

 

 

“That was close. We could have gotten in trouble, Rhea!”

“It’s no big deal, she’s the one in trouble. I overheard daddy saying they are doing an investigation on June. The hospital received yet another anonymous tip on her using witch magic to harm the baby. Since daddy owns the labs in the hospital, he isn’t taking any chances of June making the hospital look bad.”

“Us tagging and throw eggs at her house would be harassment on your family’s part.”

“Well… it was fun. The bitch had it coming.”

“Yeah but..”

“Come follow me.. I wanna show you something.”

“Okay.”

 

 

I followed Rhea but was a bit uneasy. Once I reached up on top of the hill and looked down, I saw it was a beautiful piece of land. It was surrounded by trees, flowers and plants. I could tell that it looks like a hang out spot but it still held its beauty. Rhea said it’s called Skip Island. It’s where kids go to when they are skipping school. Rhea said she visits this place to think. Usually after watching her parents fight. I could see why she would come here.. It’s so pretty and peaceful.

 

 

 

“This place is nice but I gotta go. I really gotta go watch Solar.”

“Okay, I’ll let you go. But tonight we hanging out.”

“Tonight? It’s a school night. My dad isn’t gonna let me leave.”

“Neither will mine. Sneak out ya know. I’ll be at your house around 1 AM.”

“Why?”

“Let’s go paint the town. It was fun today. It’s have a go.”

“I dunno..”

“Look, my parents are fighting a lot since Piper left… Painting eases the hurt…”

“Oh.. Are you okay?”

“I will after some late night street painting. So?”

“Sure… Just text me.”

“Cool!”

 

 

I came home and found my dad working and Solar playing in the pen. Everyday is the same thing with my dad. I’m really starting to worry about him…

 

 

 

“Did you have a good day?”

“Yeah I guess. How about you?”

“It was okay. Nothing different.”

“So no phone calls?”

“Um no.. Am I suppose to be getting a call?”

“Uh.. no.. Selene maybe?”

 

 

“Why on earth would Selene call me? Eli is doing well. She has no reason to call me.”

“I think she kinda likes you and you feel the same why. Maybe ask her out?”

“You’re kidding? I can’t ask her out.”

“Why not, dad? I like her.”

“I just can’t… I never had the guts to ask a female out.”

“You got my mom to date you.”

“I tried to ask her once.. It was so lame. I written her a note and asked Bora to give it to her. She never did… Then one night she asked me if I wanted to watch the stars and I said yes. Then she told me how she liked me. So I told her that I liked her..”

 

 

 

 

“That’s so sweet dad. How come you never talk about my mom.”

“Cause it’s hard..”

“But dad.. I wanna know about her. Do I look like her? How was she like? I wanna know things about my mom. That would be fair, dad.”

“You are a lot like your mom, you have her eyes and nose. She loved to paint and play chess. She was pretty great at gaming just like you. She was once a wonderful person, so nice and caring.”

“What changed?”

 

 

“College. The first year was good, we studied every night and worked hard. Then she was invited to a frat party on night. She wanted to go but I wasn’t sure about it. I knew it was a bad idea but she really wanted to go. I just found it odd that suddenly we were invited to a frat party.”

“Were you right?”

“Yeah, the frat brothers wanted me to do their term papers which I refused. I was asked to leave but they let Ash stay. I should had taken her with me but I didn’t. Since that night she changed into a raging party monster. She was always drunk and high. I would be up all night worried when she didn’t come home from a party. Then one night she told me that she was done with me. She said I was a loser and was holding her back from living life. She didn’t want to be mom anymore. She said you were my problem now. I’ve so depressed that I started to do poorly. I dropped out of school before I flunked out.”

“My mom didn’t want me anymore?”

“This is why I didn’t want to talk about her, Alyssa. I’m not sure about that.. I think it was the drugs talking. She did come back to the home when you were just 7 years old.”

 

 

“She came for me? Maybe she really did care about me but why didn’t I get to see her if she did?”

“It was in the middle of night, you were sleeping and she was high. She demanded to see you or she was going to call the police and say I kidnapped her. I told her that she can see you once she’s clean and sober.”

“I guess she never got clean and sober…”

“Honestly I don’t know.. I’m sorry Ally. I’m real sorry.”

“It’s okay dad… Now I know. I’m better off without her then..”

“Alyssa..”

“I got you…kinda. You just work so much and I miss having meals with you..”

 

 

“I am sorry.. I’m going to try to get more time off. I miss having meals with you too.. Between working, raising you and Solar and keeping up with Eli’s medical bills… I just get so tired and thinned out. I wish things would get easier but I don’t think it will anytime soon. Please just bear with me.”

“I will but you really don’t have to work so hard..”

“I know dad wouldn’t mind me using his cause he wants me to.. Genies have a special will if one day they are trapped in a coma.. Dad’s lawyer called, I didn’t know he had one.. but we went over it.. He has enough money to take care of everything. He made some interesting investments in his younger days…it made him a very rich man.. I’m only using his money on his house and Solar. But for you, I want to use my own cause you are my child.”

“Daddy B. made investments? Like what? That sounds smart.”

“I’ll tell ya when you’re older…”

“Awe! I wanna know.”

 

 

“I rather not.. But anyway, things for me are gonna be a bit more busier soon. In my dad’s coma will, he planned to get full custody of Eli after he was born. If anything were to happen before his birth, dad wanted me to fight on his behalf. I am the sole guardian of all of my minor aged siblings. He wanted it that way. I got an eerily when reading his coma will… It’s like he knew something was about to happen..”

“Rhea told me the hospital got two anonymous tips of June causing Eli harm. They are doing investigation on her now.”  

“I’m aware of it. I heard from the lawyer today. I was also told some distributing news as well.”

“Like what? I’m old enough to handle it.”

“They searched dad’s car once again, his brakes were cut… Dad’s accident was on the same day that he made his coma will. He knew June was stalking him..”

“You don’t think…”

“I think she had something to do with dad’s brakes failing. Eli is doing well and I’m going to get custody of him for dad’s sake. When he awakes, he’ll finally be proud of me…”

 

 

“You know what will make me feel proud of you, dad?”

“How?”

“If you ask Selene out.”

“Alyssa… I can-“

“You can, dad! I really think she likes you!”

“I don’t think I’m her type. She’s pretty and I’m boring.”

“I can ask her for you.”

“Please don’t…”

 

 

“Just kidding, dad. I think you should go for it. You might be surprised.”

“Yeah?”

“I see the way she looks at you. She has love in her eyes!”

“Don’t be silly.”

“I’m serious dad! You really need to go on a date! I worry about you and I think if you’re not in front of that computer for one night will do you some good.”

“You think so?”

“I know so!”

“I’ll think about it…”

“I hope so.. I really enjoying talking with you dad… It’s just like old times before the accident.”

“I miss doing this too. I promise we will do this more often, no matter what.”