Show Yourself: Chapter 23 – Long Silence

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

 

 

 

“Do you have your things all packed up?”

“Yeah.”

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

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

“I just miss her so much.”

“Me too, dad. How much earlier?”

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

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

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

“Dad.. She’s not a- Never mind.”

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

“What’s going on, bro?”

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

“What did you do?”

“Nothing.”

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

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

“Weird.”

 

 

“What do I do, Bash?”

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

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

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

“Yeah.”

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

“Okay.”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Cheer up, Sunshine.”

“Only she can call me that, Eli.”

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

“Still nothing, bro?”

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

“That’s probably not a good idea.”

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

 

 

 

“What could she be mad about?”

“Maybe you chewed your mouth too loudly?”

“Or you farted. Ha ha ha!”

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

“Go away Jada. I’m not gonna do it!” 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

“Noelle?”

 

 

 

“Hey Sunshine! Good to see you.”

“Good to see you too.”

 

 

 

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

“Uhh no. Uber driver had no AC.”

That was a lie.

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

“Yeah. I know how to swim now.”

“That’s good to know.”

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

 

 

 

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

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

“You think I’m petty?”

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

 

 

 

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

“Yeah that’s true and all.”

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

 

 

 

“So how? What do you by mean that?”

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

“Just curious.”

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

“Really?”

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Yeah?”

“Yeah, Sunshine.”

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

 

 

 

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

“Is it bad?”

“Well… not really?”

“Oh.”

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

“I like you too, Noelle.”

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

 

 

“Oh.. is that so?”

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

“I gotta go!”

 

 

 

….

 

 

……

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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.