Show Yourself: Chapter 16 – Salty

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Anna?”

“Hey, Rai. How are you feeling?”

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

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

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

“We need to talk.”

 

 

 

“Talk about what?”

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

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

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

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

“You act like it was no big deal!”

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

“I can’t tell you about that.”

“Why?”

“Cause I just can’t!”

“See, this isn’t gonna work.”

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

“I wish you could share everything with me.”

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

“No. We just need a break.”

“For how long?”

“I don’t know.”

“Well can I get a good-bye kiss?”

“It’s best if we don’t.”

“Oh.”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

“Shut up, Jada! Not now, fuck!”

“You’ll catch more flies with honey.”

“Don’t you mean, shit?”

“Touche, brother. Touche.”

 

 

 

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

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

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

“I know what you are just saying!”

“You gonna let me finish?”

 

 

 

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

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

“But can I fix this?”

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

“I can’t.”

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

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

 

 

 

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

“What?”

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

“What?”

“Facts, brother. But it’s okay.”

“How?”

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“You’re not funny!”

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

“Fuckin’ shit!”

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

“Sorry, Ms. Jaio.”

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s quiet and peaceful.”

“Right.”

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

“Yeah. Why?”

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“What do you mean?”

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

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

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

“Shut up.”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

“You’re not ready.”

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“You want a challenge?”

“Fuck yeah!”

“You got it then!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“What the fuck!”

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

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

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

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

“Man, don’t be such a sore loser!”

“Screw you, prick!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

“How can I?”

“I’m going to teach you.”

 

 

 

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

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

“I’m trying, granddad!”

“I don’t think you are, son.”

“I’m trying! I’m really am I swear!”

“I know you can do better than this.”

 

 

 

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

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

“Yeah?”

“Yep. Keep going, don’t stop.”

“Alright!”

 

 

 

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

“So I did good?”

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

“You think I’m ready for that?”

“Let’s see.”

 

 

 

 

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

“Aaaaarrrrggggghhhhh!”

“Don’t strain yourself!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

“I want to train. I wanna try.”

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

“You could?”

“Son, I can see straight through you.”

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

 

 

 

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

“But you said I was doing good earlier.”

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

“So can I still train with you?”

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

 

 

 

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

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

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Show Yourself: Chapter 15 – 20 Minutes

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

“Raiden?”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“Mom?”

“Hey baby.”

“Wha-what happen?”

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

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

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

“I died?”

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

“I’ve died before?”

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

“Handled? How?”

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

“So I’m gonna get better?”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Hey man. What’s up?”

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

 

 

 

“Are you okay? You need anything?”

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

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

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

 

 

 

“You sure?”

“Yeah. So what’s been up?”

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

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

“Your pops said he’s been handled.”

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

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

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

“Raiden! Calm down, man!”

“Fuck that! I wanna kick his ass!”

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

“Damn right, I love you, brother.”

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

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

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

“Ha ha ha ha! Whatever man!”

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

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

“Yeah. I know but I need rest.”

 

 

 

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

“Raiden?”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Ow! Shit!”

“Oh no! Raiden, are you okay?!”

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

 

 

 

 

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

“Nah. I’m good.”

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

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

“What?”

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

 

 

 

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

“I love the sound of you being alive.”

“I would love to hear your sound.”

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

“Are you feeling better?”

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

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

“It wouldn’t hurt.”

“You are so bad, Raiden. Ha ha ha!”

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

“Ha ha ha! I guess that’s true.”

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

“Yeah man, I thought you were tired.”

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

 

 

 

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

“I just need some fresh air.”

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

“No chair. I can walk.”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

“Damn it.”

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“So where’s Claudio?”

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

“Speaking of brothers, where are my others?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Maybe they turned him?”

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

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

“No.”

 

 

 

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

“Did you say full moon?”

“Yeah, why?”

“When is the next full moon?”

“Tonight.”

“You both should go.”

“Why?”

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

“I want you to leave too, Anna.”

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

“Exactly. Now go.”

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

 

 

 

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

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

“You gotta be kidding me.”

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

“Why won’t you just go!”

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

 

 

 

 

“Seriously?”

“Seriously.”

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

“Hey! Not with that attitude!”

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“Fine then! Go!”

“Fine!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Oh my gosh! Are you okay?”

“I don’t feel so good, I’m in pain.”

“Oh no! I’ll go get you some help!”

“No! Just help me towards the bed.”

“No, Raiden! You need help now!”

“Please don’t leave me on the floor.”

 

 

 

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

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

“Look Annaliese.”

“It’s okay.”

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

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

“I don’t wanna break up.”

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

 

 

 

 

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

“Papa?”

“Yes, I’ve come to check on you.”

“He needs a nurse, Sir.”

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

“Oh okay. We’ll talk later, Raiden.”

“Anna?”

“Yeah?”

“Again, I’m sorry.”

“I know.” 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

“Did you?”

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

 

 

 

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

“Why?”

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

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

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

“So I gotta train, huh?”

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

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

 

 

 

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

“I guess so.”

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

“Yes.”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

“Sounds like it’s gonna be hard.”

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

“Okay.”

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

“Right! Ha ha ha!”

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

“Awesome! I am kinda hungry.”

 

 

 

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

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

Show Yourself: Chapter 14 – Round 2

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

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

 

 

 

“About time, Princess.”

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

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

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

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

“Those things are ugly!”

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

 

 

 

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

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

“Nah. Do you smell that?”

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

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

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

“I guess.”

 

 

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

“Hi Rai! Whatcha doing?” 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“Two? How?”

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

“Oh well I’m kinda dirty and all.”

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

“Well not yet, Issy but soon.”

“I still want my 2 hugs!”

“Okay.”

 

 

 

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

“Look what I got for you.”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Can I play with her now?”

“Yeah. I gotta finish up my chores.”

“Yay! I’m so happy!”

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

“So what was mommy like?”

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

“Didn’t you get to meet her?”

“Yeah unfortunately.”

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Wanna see me do a cart-wheel?”

“Yeah. Think that would be best.”

 

 

 

 

“Be careful, Issy.”

“I will! I’m a professional at this!”

“Oh you are?”

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

“Oh that’s cool.”

“Do you know how to do a cart-wheel?”

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

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

“Is that so?”

“Yeah!”

 

 

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

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

“You always have a girlfriend.”

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

“Is she pretty?”

“Yeah. I can show you a picture.”

“Wow, she is pretty. Can I meet her?”

“Yeah, maybe tomorrow.”

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

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

“But I love strawberries! Ah man!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

“Get away from her!”

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

“You got 2 seconds to leave.”

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

“I’m older now and I take you.”

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

“Please guys! Don’t fight!”

“Go inside, Issy.”

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

“Go in, Issy!”

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

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

“But-“

“No buts! Go!”

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

“Now I’m pissed.”

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

 

 

 

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

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

“Fuck; you.”

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Want to find out?”

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

———

 

Coward.

Show Yourself: Chapter 13 – April 22nd

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

 

 

 

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

“Hey, just trying to tweak some things.”

“Like what?”

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

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

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

“So my birth ruined your life?”

“No! That’s not what I mean!”

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

 

 

 

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

“I have 56 siblings; so.”

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

“I dunno. Lunch downtown and a movie?”

“Hmm.”

“Is that bad?”

“Pretty average, pretty lame.”

“Oh.”

 

 

 

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

“Like what?”

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

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

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

“DAD! Seriously!”

“You get what I’m saying?”

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

 

 

 

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

“Really? I can have it?”

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

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

“With my help, every lady will.”

Somehow I seriously doubt that.

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

“And where are you going?”

“I have a date.”

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I hate you! My hair is perfect!”

“Yeah? The feeling is mutual!”

Not really but sisters are annoying as hell.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

“Hey!”

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

“Hey.”

“Come over here and sit closer to me.”

“Okay.”

 

 

 

 

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

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

“Do they know about the date?”

“My mom, yeah. Dad, nope. Ha ha ha!”

“Oh. I guess I feel half better.”

“So where are we going?”

“I was thinking the spa?”

“Really?”

“Is that bad?”

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

“Great cause I just have a scooter.”

“Me too!”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“Cool.” 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

“How is your bath?”

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

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

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

“What school are you going to go to?”

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

“Awe, no discount?”

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

“Great!”

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“You’ll be missing out.”

“I can live with that. Ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“Well; um.”

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

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

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

“I bet! Ha ha ha ha ha!”

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

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

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

“I know! So what time is the party?”

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

“We do at 3 of our other houses.”

“Houses?”

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

“That’s pretty cool.”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Dad, this Annaliese.”

“Hi Annaliese, I’m Dad!”

“Ha ha ha! Um, Hi Dad?”

“Dad; please.”

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

“Borage like in the flower?”

“Yep.”

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

 

 

 

“Marry her, Rai.”

“Dad!”

“Ha ha ha ha!”

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

“Cool, bye Dad.”

 

 

 

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

“Eh. Sometimes. I got you a drink.”

“What is it?”

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

“Will you stop checking out my sister!”

“Dude; I cannot help it.”

“I will kill you.”

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

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

 

 

 

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

“Won’t that be kinda rude?”

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

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

“Don’t tell her that I said that!”

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

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

“You wouldn’t do that.”

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

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

“Ha ha ha ha!”

 

 

 

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

“May I cut in?”

“I was hoping you would cut in.”

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

“I would have more fun with you.”

“Yeah?”

“Yeah.”

 

 

 

“You got some nice moves, Raiden.”

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

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

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

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

“It’s okay.”

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

“10 bedrooms and 3 and half bathrooms.”

“So anyone got their own room?”

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

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

“Yeah.”

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

 

 

 

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

“Um, okay?”

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

“I’m confused.”

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

 

 

 

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

“Yeah?”

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

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

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

 

 

 

“I still feel like a jerk.”

“Maybe you can make it up to me.”

“I can? How?”

“Hmm. A kiss? Is kissing okay?”

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

“Oh? Wanna find out?”

“Uh. Uh. Sure!”

 

 

 

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

Show Yourself: Chapter 12 – Blackberry

What is my preference? What type of girl is truly my type? These were questions that I often ponder since slowly ascend into man hood. In the past month I’ve been involved with 4 different girls since I came into my irresistibility. Of course my dad was proud and thought I was some kind of ladies since I didn’t date them long. My experiences with these girls had been anything but good.

The first girl is cute and she was nice but we didn’t have much in common. I figure if we dated, then I might find something in common with her. But I was unaware that she was just using me to get back at her parents. They refused to let her attend school in Paris, so she dated me to show her parents that I would be the kind of boys she will date if she stays. However when she and her parents learned that I was a well-rounded student on the honor roll at Trinity Parks, they felt I would be good for her. She thought I attended Bella Vista and was a bad boy by the way I appeared. She did try to get me to dye my hair neon colors, get more piercings and a tattoo but I refused. Her parents met me and liked me. She dumped me shortly. I wasn’t edgy enough to piss off her parents. 

The second girl attended Bella Vista and she seemed nice at first. We started to date for a couple of weeks until she dropped the bomb on me. She wanted to have a baby because her best friend was pregnant. They made a ridiculous pack to be pregnant together. I refused and it wasn’t like I could get her pregnant. I had no interest in sex and she thought I was probably gay. Luckily for me, her family was moving to Rome. 

 

 

 

I met another girl who also attended Bella Vista shortly afterwards. She was extremely into me but we had nothing at common but she’s cute. Like a fool, I agreed to be her boyfriend. It made her happy and she bragged about bagging herself a rich boy among her friends. When we spent time together, it was her picking out things on her laptop that I should buy her. Needless to say, she wanted to use me for my family’s wealth.

My parents didn’t toss money at us like other wealthy families. We were taught if we wanted money, we needed to do the work. I wouldn’t give into her gift demands and claimed that I didn’t love her. She often threaten to kill herself if I didn’t show her that I loved her. I didn’t love her, I barely knew her. She made a suicide attempt when I tried to break up with her. But what she did wouldn’t kill her anyway, she swallowed a bottle of baby aspirin. She also tweeted about her suicide attempt. She needed some serious help and lucky for her, the parents took action.

 

 

 

And then there’s Alessandra Giordano, a girl who attends the same school as me. I thought maybe I would have better luck dating a girl who goes to the same school as me. Alessandra and I do have same things in common but she seems to act more like a friend until her ex-boyfriend Royce is around. Suddenly she’s all lovey dovey and at times it’s a bit too much. I’ve been dating Alessandra for almost a month and this has been the longest relationship so far. But to be honest, I do regret agreeing to be her boyfriend.

 

 

 

“My awesome boyfriend! I missed you so much! Did you miss me? You wanna kiss me now?!”

“I can’t breathe!”

“Oh so I take your breath away? Awww how sweet! I’m so glad to have a boyfriend who adores me!”

“No! I seriously can’t breathe! You’re hugging me too tight and I have a condition! Plus Royce isn’t around!”

“Oh. Sorry.”

With that said, she quickly let go of me.

 

 

 

When she’s not heavy with the PDA, she’s constantly talking about all the things her ex did that she didn’t like. It bored me to death and it was obvious that she was just using me to make her ex jealous. I don’t think Royce cared too much and was probably over her.

“And one time Royce didn’t offer any of his fries. It’s so rude! Like I was his girlfriend and he doesn’t offered me any fries. Who does that? You wouldn’t do that would you?”

“No. I’ll give you all of my fries and maybe you’ll stop talking.”

“Ha ha ha! You’re so funny. Royce was never funny. He never laughed at my jokes. I don’t think he likes fun or life at all. He’s all serious and boring!”

“Wanna know what’s boring?”

“What?”

“This conversation.”

“O. M. G! You are too funny, Raven!”

“Ugh. It’s Raiden!”

 

 

 

 

As I was about to head to my locker, Alessandra quickly pulls me into a kiss without notice. She notice Royce was near by and needed to show him how happy she was. I don’t mind kissing her but I hate when we only kiss if she happens to see her ex. I figure by now she would actually notice that I’m a pretty good guy.

“Kiss me right now!”

“Wait!”

“Now Raven!”

 

 

 

“What the fuck! For the last time, my name is Raiden! I’m suppose to be your boyfriend and you can’t get my name right!”

“I’m sorry Rav-Raiden! They sound alike and plus you’re like a raven. Dark and broody, it’s cute.”

“I’m nothing like a raven! And why can’t you be my actual girlfriend when Royce isn’t around?! Am I not good enough from you? What the hell do you want from me!”

“I want you to stop yelling at me and kiss me again. You kiss better than Royce.”

“I am so tired of hearing about Royce! How will I ever love and care about you if all you’re gonna do is talk about him?!”

 

 

 

“Oh my gosh! You love and care about me?!”

“That’s not what I said.”

“I knew it! I love you so much too, Raven!”

“But I didn’t say that exactly.”

“Yes you did! You said that you loved me and cared about me and I love and care about you too.”

“You may be cute but you’re not very smart.”

“You’re so funny! You should be a comedian!”

“Dio mio.”

 

 

 

That could had been my moment to dump Alessandra but I learned from my brother that dumping a girl before school started is a bad idea. He told me if I’m ever going to break up with a girl, I should do it once school was over for the day. She can go home and cry instead of causing a scene in the hallways. The rest of the school day would be uncomfortable. Alessandra left and I was alone with my thoughts.

Why do I continue to date girls like her? To be honest, I was 100% attracted to them. They were cute and I thought if I date them, I would eventually find them attractive. I started to wonder if I’m not attracted to white females. They have given me the most grief since I was a kid. 

“You’re just not into white chicks.”

“Hey Jada.”

 

 

 

“In my thoughts again?”

“I know everything that you’re thinking. And when are you gonna stop wasting your time with these crazy girls? You don’t have to date every girl who asks you out. You can say no, especially when she isn’t your type.”

“I thought they were cute at least. And I thought maybe I would like them eventually.”

“I know you, brother. You need to start picking darker berries. I see the way you look at Noelle, Annaliese and any other female of color. Some people date others who have a likeness of their parents. The mother who is raising you is black, very nurturing, who plays the piano, into art and can cook. Naturally you’re attracted to black females who plays the piano, nurturing, is an artist and can cook. That is your type, a female like your mother.” 

“It sounds kinda gross that I wanna be with someone like my mom.”

 

 

“Dad is with her cause she has a likeness of his mother. Dad wants to be taken care of and adored like our grandmother is with him. It’s very normal. Deep down inside, you know I’m right. You’re only dating these girls cause you think if you don’t that you’ll be a racist.”

“Wouldn’t I? If I go around saying I don’t date white girls, it would make me look racist.”

“Depends on how you say it. Everyone has a type. Some girls like nerdy boys, some guys like blondes and there’s some people who only date fairies. There’s nothing wrong with it. These girls who you dated were terrible for you, regardless of race. You have nothing in common with.”

“I know but maybe things will get better with Alessandra. I think she’s starting to be into me now. She acted like cause she thinks I love her.”

 

 

 

 

“Raiden, no. Obviously she’s still all about her ex, plus she isn’t too bright.”

“She’s a great artist and can play the piano well.”

“But are you attracted to her?”

“Not really but I still think she’s cute.”

“Cute. Puppies and kittens are cute, they are likable. You didn’t say she’s sexy or hot. I just proved my point.”

“I guess I can see that now.”

 

 

School was close to starting and I headed to my new locker to grab some things for study hall. But I decided to get a drink cause kissing Alessandra always left my mouth.

“Hi Raiden.”

I was in mid sip when I heard the voice of an angel called my name. I felt my heart starting to race and butterflies in my stomach. I was too nervous to look up. I lifted up my head with water drizzling down my bottom lip.

“Hey.”

 

 

 

Annaliese smiled and giggled a little as I quickly wiped my mouth. I looked like a drooling baby and was completely embarrassed.

“So what’s up? Are you having a nice morning? It’s really nice out today. I hope we can paint outside today. But the last time we painted outside, a bird pooped on my painting. It was a nice one too so with I went with it but that was kinda gross. I did another painting cause Ms. Jaio would be grossed out. There’s nothing cute about bird poop bit it did blend in with my painting. Ha ha ha.”

“Uh right.”

“I’m sorry. I run off from the mouth and say stupid stuff whenever I talk to a cute girl. Sometimes it’s hard for my to shut up. Ha ha ha.”

“So you think I’m cute?”

“Yeah. Wait; no.”

“No?”

“No! I mean puppies and kittens are cute and you don’t look like a puppy or a kitten.”

“Um; okay?”

“You’re hot! Totally, super hot. Heh. You probably think I’m an idiot.”

 

 

“Ha ha ha! Thanks but no. I think you’re cute well no, you don’t look like a puppy or a kitten either. You’re hot, ha ha ha!”

“Really? You really think so?”

“Yeah, I’ve been meaning to talk to you. I notice you haven’t been stalking me lately, ha ha ha.”

“Uh, uh. I wasn’t.”

I totally was.

“I’m kidding! I guess you are more of a lurker. But anyway, my dad wanted me to talk to you. He’s looking for a new wine vendor and since your dad is running a winery, maybe your dad can give my dad some samples? My mom loves your dad’s wine and they want someone new.”

“Sure, I could talk to my dad about it.”

“Cool, wanna walk me to my class?”

“Sure!”

 

 

“So what’s your first class of the day?”

“Oh like you don’t know. I know you follow me.”

“You do? I thought I was incognito. I was just curious about you. Your dad is kinda famous having a cooking show and all. You seem normal and not like those other stuck up rich kids.”

“Oh are you gonna ask me for a free ticket to watch my dad’s show too?”

“I haven’t thought about it. My sisters Giana and Solar would be more interested in that. I’m not gonna use you or anything. I know the feeling all to well. People here are learning about my dad is the owner of the winery. I was dating a girl who only wanted me cause she knew my family is well off.”

“Right! Some of my friends are my friends cause of my dad’s money. But I made some real friends since attending this school. Less users here. Most who are attending here are pretty wealthy.”

“I would like to be your friend but I probably creep you out a little, don’t I? You’re so pretty and all.”

“Actually you don’t. I thought it was kinda cute. Maybe cause you’re attractive. It would be different if it was some old balding man.”

“Yeah. That wouldn’t be cool but could you blame them?”

 

 

 

 

“So this is my class. I better get changed and warm up. Thanks for walking me to my class.”

“You’re welcome. I’m willing to help you out whenever. Do you need any help changing into your dance tights? I mean you can already wear them nicely. They fit you perfectly but I don’t mind giving you a helping hand.”

“What?!”

“Oh shit! I can’t believe I just said that. Well actually I can. I say really stupid shit! I am so sorry!”

“I’m flattered but you really need to think before you speak.”

 

 

 

“I guess I ruined things, huh?”

“No. I think the awkward thing is cute.”

“Heh, heh. Really? I’m really trying not to be but I can’t help it. I didn’t get to be social much back in the states. No one wanted to be my friend.”

“That’s crazy! So you got a free period?”

“Yeah, why?”

“Maybe you could watch me warm up, you don’t have to be creepy now. I don’t mind. I like being watched.”

“You dance beautifully. I had to watch. Sorry for creeping on you.”

“It’s fine. We’re friends now.”

 

 

 

 

I did watch Annaliese warm up before her class started for a bit. I was eventually ran off by the teacher. I didn’t stray too far away and was viewing from through the glass door whenever the teacher wasn’t looking. Annaliese smiled when she saw me. I waved and smile before deciding to head to study hall to work on my paper. I was happy to finally have Annaliese’s attention. I’ve been crushing on her since school started.

 

 

 

It was stir-fry day at lunch and I love stir-fry. It wasn’t any mediocre stuff either like in most school cafeterias back in the states. Trinity Parks bring in different chefs to prepare school lunches. The parents expect their kids should be fed good quality food, especially when paying the high tuition. I had lunch with Vexille while Annaliese had lunch with her friends. I kept eyeing Annaliese but was trying to not be creepy about it. She looked up and smiled at me and I smiled back.

“Just go sit with her. I saw you with her this morning.”

“She with her friends and I might make a fool of myself in front of her friends.”

“You’ll do fine, Rai.”

“Thanks for the vote of confidence but maybe I will another time.”

“Alright.”

 

 

During my literature class, I was surprised that Annaliese decided to sit with me. I tried to focus on my assignment but the sweet smell of Annaliese was a bit distracting.

“Hey some friends and I are gonna chill at the coffee house after school. Wanna join?”

“I was planning on hanging at the Fresno street park with my friend. I usually go there after school.”

“Oh. Okay. I was hoping you would but I guess you can’t leave your friend hanging.”

“You idiot! Say yes! This is your chance, Raiden. Take it or I swear I will slap you!”

Realizing Jada was right, I quickly changed my mind.

“On second thought, I think it will be fun. I always end up being the third wheel anyway.”

“Great! Meet me at my locker after class.”

 

 

 

Once school was over, I quickly made my way to Annaliese’s locker. I almost tripped a couple of times but I was too excited to hang out with her. We made our way to Verona Square where there’s a pizzeria one the first floor and a coffee shop on the second floor. We chatted for bit and she laughed at all of jokes about Mr. London. Although he’s a dwarf, he’s one mean-spirited prick.

 

 

“So where’s your friends?”

“I have a confession. I lied. It’s just us. I wanted to hang out with you and thought if I said friends would be here then it would be less pressure on you.”

“Oh good cause I was really nervous about being around your friends. I might say something dumb.”

“Ha ha ha! I wanna get to know you. I always admired your paintings and drawings. You’re pretty great at it already.”

“Thanks. I had lots of time to work on my skills. As a kid, I have no friends well I had one but still, I was alone a lot.”

“Why didn’t you have any friends? You’re funny and seem nice.”

“Kids felt that I was weird with my mix-match eye and medical condition.”

“What kind of condition? I hope you don’t mind me asking.”

“I have abnormal sized heart and lungs and my activities were severely limited. But as I get older, the better it gets.”

“You’re a genie, right? I thought genies were perfect.”

“Yeah but I was born really early. My biological mother was in a coma during her pregnancy and there was 8 of us. Only 5 of us lived.”

“Biological mother? You’re adopted?”

 

 

“Yeah kinda. My dad is my biological father but my mom isn’t. She adopted us when were 4. My biological mother was supposedly in a forever coma so when my mom married my dad, she could legally adopt us thanks to a new law. However my bio-mom woke up to be a total bitch.”

“So it also true about your family, like there’s 10 kids?”

“Just 10? Please. My dad  had over 50 kids.”

“Over 50 kids?! Wow! How the hell did he have so many? I guess your dad had a lot of girlfriends or something.”

“My dad started to have kids at 21 and he’s in his sixties.”

“I’ve seen your dad and he does not look like he’s in his sixties! My dad is starting to push 50 and he looks much other than your dad.”

“We are immortal. We’ll always look young.”

“That’s cool. You gonna answer your phone? It’s been buzzing non-stop.”

“Nah. It’s probably just one of my sisters being annoying.”

“I hear ya! My little sister can be such a brat.”

 

 

 

“Yeah, I have a little sister too. My bio-mom had a daughter and she’s nothing like her. Total sweetheart. I hope she stays that way.”

“They don’t. So your drawings are kinda interesting. It’s something that my brother would probably like. The man who turns into a monster during a full moon would make a great comic book.”

“You think so? That’s so cool cause one day I want to make comic books. But my brother said I would make more money if I did hentai.”

“Ha ha ha! Maybe. I could see you as a comic book artist and writer. I think it would be perfect for you.”

“I’m glad that you think so. You’ll make a great dancer and I don’t mean like a stripper or something but not like you wouldn’t make a great stripper cause you have the perfect body to be one. You have really great moves!”

“Um, thanks.”

“I really wish I worded that differently.”

 

 

 

“It was really nice talking with you but I gotta go. Someone gotta be home to let my sister in. Maybe we can hang out again. I want to get to know you better.”

“Really? Cool. Can I ask you something?”

“Sure.”

“Do you have a boyfriend?”

“Nope. You?”

“Boyfriend, no unless you count my best friend Bastian. We are always together, ha ha ha!”

” Ha ha ha! Mind if I give you a good-bye hug?”

“Um, sure.”

 

 

 

I was nervous about hugging her cause her nice breast would be pressed against me and it’s something that I’ve been dreaming about. Plus I should be honest with her about my girlfriend Alessandra. However I couldn’t stop thinking about Annaliese’s breast. I knew I was about to say something that I shouldn’t.

“Um, I got a confession.”

“Oh?”

“I kinda have a girlfriend but she’s annoying.”

“Alessandra?”

“Yeah but I’m probably going to break up with her.”

“I hope it’s not because of me.”

 

 

 

“I don’t like her and I don’t feel the same way as I do when I look at her tits like how I look at yours. Yours are much nicer and rounder than Alessandra’s. I hope you don’t think that I’m weird but I always fantasize about hugging you. I just really needed to get that off of my chest.”

“Uhhhhh. Okay.”

“You can slap me. I really don’t know how to word things right.”

“No. I won’t slap you. I had a feeling you would be a quirky guy so I kinda half expect this from you.”

 

 

 

 

Annaliese wasn’t weird out like I expected her to be. After all of the inappropriate things I had said today, I figure she would had run away by now. I guess she really likes me and her hug was as amazing as I thought it would be.

 

 

 

 

After Annaliese left, there was one thing that I needed to do and it was a long time coming. I grabbed my phone and did something that I should had done weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

 

I got online to chat with Noelle to tell her about Annaliese. I was excited to tell her about Annaliese and how I finally broke up with Alessandra.

 

 

 

 

 

That was strange. I wonder what was that about?

 

 

 

Show Yourself: Chapter 11 – Irresistible

“Just five more minutes.” I mumbled to my blaring alarm clock. The most annoying song rang through my ears. “I’m gonna kill, Monty.” I growled as I shifted around in my bed. I knew he changed the song that plays when my alarm goes off. It was long before auto-snooze kicked on.

I sighed with relief, hoping to get another 5 minutes of sleep but I knew those 5 minutes would turn into an hour and a half.  I should get up but my bed is so warm and comfy.

 

 

 

A lot has changed in the last 6 years. I’m now a 14 year old finishing up my freshmen year in the great country of Italy. I’m so glad that summer is near. I really don’t like having to wake up at the ass crack of dawn every weekday. We live out in the country side of Canosa, I don’t have much choice since my school is far out.

You’re probably wondering how did I end up here. It’s a bit of a long story but I can gloss over a few bits, other details of how will shortly come to light as I continue to tell my story.  When I was 10, my dad came into owning a winery in Canosa but the details of how this came to be is a bit hazy. My parents were excited about the move from the states to Italy. My mom ran into a runt in her career in Riverview, she could go further in Italy. My dad enjoined making wine which most of us didn’t know he could. Dad was known for mixing drinks that pleased most, so I guess he would be good at wine making. He named the winery, Amore Di Genio; which roughly translate to “Love Genie”.

The move was also great for me, a fresh start, no one would know about my secret. I also received better care from doctors for my condition. When I knocked into a coma when I was 8, one of the Italian doctors was able to bring me out after a week. Luckily for me, she happen to be someone who studies genies. At first I didn’t want to move after the summer we visited our grandparents. My parents assure us that Clarissa is far away and no harm will come to us. I’ll later explain what happen to her.

 

 

 

Fear of facing Clarissa or her husband wasn’t the only thing that made me want to stay. Noelle, I would be leaving her behind, my first and only friend. One the day we left for Italy, Noelle cried like I never seen before. Her eyes were filled with hurt, she begged me to never leave her but it wasn’t my choice to make. My parents promise us they we could chat on the phone, write letters and send email. I attempted to hide in Noelle’s tree house, hoping my parents wouldn’t notice but of course after 10 minutes, I could hear my mom’s voice demanding me to come down.

4 years later, Noelle and I are still close. We chat online, text and Skype each other everyday, I hoping that I can convince my parents into letting Noelle visit here for the summer. She always wanted to see Italy. Man do I miss her.

 

 

 

With the clock showing 5:15 am, I finally got up to get ready for the day. It’s no fun getting up this early and I try to get up before my siblings do. I have one of the bathrooms for my self for the next 35 minutes until everyone else wakes up and fight over 2 available bathrooms. My parents weren’t about to let us mess up theirs.

 

 

 

With everyone being a genie with active powers, fighting over the shower isn’t a big deal. But for me, most of my powers are inactive and I require a shower. The only difference from 7 years til now is I can conjure some food, which is more than I could do when I was a kid. My body is getting stronger, my essence is building up. My grandmother suggested to my parents that it’s time for me to be trained.

 

 

Mom was up, cooking breakfast as usual. Even as teens, she still won’t send us off without a hot meal. However we got a little more freedom since we all got scooters. Sometimes we have to head into town for school projects early.

“Coffee again? I know you’re not running off. I’m making your favorite, chocolate chip pancakes.”

“Yeah? I would stay but I’m meeting up with Bast at the bakery.”

“You need some real breakfast. You’re getting skinny.”

“The bakery has some good stuff.”

“Yes dear but it’s nothing compare to your mama’s cooking. Stay Rai, Bast is welcome to have breakfast with us anytime. I know his mama can’t cook. I bet she can’t boil water. Mama said he basically lived at your Uncle Isaac’s house. His mama pawned him off every second she got. She had the nerve to have another baby. Good thing she married that man. He’s too good for her.”

“Ha ha ha. Okay mom, I know you’re not much of a fan of Petra. I’ll be home for dinner with Bast again.”

“I know. Who else is gonna feed him? Keep this in mind but when you’re off to college, you’re gonna wish how you stayed for mama’s breakfast.”

“Ha ha ha ha! Sure mom.”

 

 

 

With the sun coming up, I made my way to the bakery that lies on the boarder of Monte Vista and Canosa. There’s a debate rather the bakery lies in Monte Vista or Canosa. I believe it’s mostly on Monte Vista’s side but honestly it’s hard to tell.

Sometimes it’s fun to argue of which buildings are apart of Monte Vista or Canosa since the boarders are in strange places. This whole region use to Monte Vista many decades ago. It’s especially hilarious to watch our teachers hesitant on telling us which is which. 

 

 

 

My best friend Bastian Yager was late as usual. I always had to wait on him and he doesn’t live that far from the bakery. My stomach is never happy with him, it growls intensely with hunger for sweet pasties. I never thought I would have another best friend other than Noelle.

I first met Bash vaguely at my 7th birthday party. One of my older cousins use to baby sit him all the time and she brought him to the party. I remember saying hi and watching him play a game for a little bit. I didn’t see Bash again until I was 11 during a wedding. My sister Bora Bora married his uncle Mason and we been friends since then. It was pretty cool when his step-dad Landon got a teaching job at the academy where I’m attending. Now we can hang out all the time.

“Seriously dude; you live like less than 2 miles from here! How am I always getting here before you?”

“My mom kept bitching at me. I think she’s on the rag or something cause she’s extra bitchy than usual.”

“That’s why you head out before she wakes up.”

“Please. Lance gets all whiny if I leave early then my mom bitches at me for it. Someone gotta protect him from her rage. Guess it’s gonna be me.”

“You’re such a good bro. Taking the beating ha ha ha! I’m glad that my little brother lives in Riverview.”

“Whatever.” 

 

 

 

Our stomachs were communicating to each and we decided it was time to order our usual pie. Cherry pie but we call it breakfast pie. By the end of the year, Bash would gain 20 pounds. Luckily he has my body image obsessed dad around to whip him back into shape.

 

 

 

“Hey, I have an issue. And I need your help.”

“You always do. Nothing new.”

“Don’t be a smart ass, Rai. But seriously dude, I think I fucked up. I was texting Giana.”

“Why are you texting my sister?!”

“Lemme get to that. I was texting Giana but one of those texts accidentally was sent to Vexille. She thinks that I’m cheating on her with your sister.”

“What exactly did you say?”

“Um something like, “You have a nice smile and any guy is lucky to have you. You’re sexy as fuck with a hot ass.”.”

 

 

 

“Why the fuck did you say that to her? I don’t blame Vexille for thinking something might be going on between you and Gia. You still didn’t explain why were you texting her anyway.”

“I was trying to make her feel better. She was crushing on some dude and he wanna hook up with some other guy. Gia texted me, she was sad.”

“Ha! Dude, she’s playing you. She recently came into her irresistibly and she’s testing her power. She’s not all broken up over that loser. He’ll be falling over once he sees her again.”

“Well it fuckin’ works! Now Vex got me in the dog house.”

“It’s your own damn fault, Sebastian. Ha ha ha!”

“Hey! Don’t call me that! You know I hate that.”

“Don’t text my sister.”

“But she texted me first, asshole! But when you see Vexille, tell her that I’m not cheating her! I was trying to be nice.” 

“Okay but you coulda worded your text better than that. You can also; ya know not check out my sister’s ass too!”

“I’m a guy. I like what I see.”

“I will kill you.”

 

 

 

After breakfast we headed to Bastian’s school first since his start an hour before mine. Bastian attends a normal upper secondary school called Bella Vista, while I attended Trinity Parks, School of Fine Arts along with Giana and Antonio.

Trinity Parks is a school for gifted kids who either excel in art, music, dance or all three. Unlike other Italian schools, Trinity Parks has an American school system with the span of 4 years. Giana and I were accepted into the art program and Antonio was accepted into the dance and music program. The school encourages all students to sign up in all 3 areas but I only signed up in art and music, Antonio just does dance and music and Giana signed up for all 3 cause she’s an overachiever.

The school’s main focus is on the arts but we do have a period were we do regular subjects such as math, science, history, literature, world languages or such. We are require to pick 2 core subjects, I choose literature and Italian language. However they offered a new subject, Occult Studies which is an elective class. I was excited when I found out they offered such a class now. Since I have literature on Mondays and Wednesdays and Italian on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I could take the Occult Studies class on Fridays instead of having a free period. According to Noelle, they offer Occult Studies all over America as of 3 years ago. 

 

 

 

My first class was soon to began but I struggle to open my locker as usual. I asked for a new locker but was denied. It makes me furious when the damn thing doesn’t open. Sometimes I’m almost late to class because of it.

“Locker trouble again?”

My ears twitched to the sound of the familiar voice of Vexille Knight, Bastian’s girlfriend. She’s one of the American students attending school via a gifted program. She’s an art prodigy and way too smart to be with Bastian. She often makes him look dumb and it’s pretty hilarious.

“Like always. This piece of shit. I dunno why they won’t give me a new locker.”

“Have you asked nicely?”

“Yeah. I guess. I dunno. FUCK!”

I pounded my fist into the locker door with frustration after another fail attempt to open it.

 

 

 

“Calm down, Raiden. You don’t want Mr. London to come out to rag on ya. You just know he’s looking for someone to bitch at for the day.”

“Bring it. I can take him. He’s a little troll anyway.”

“Ha ha ha! Be nice! It’s fair to talk about his shortcomings.”

“I’m not afraid of the half pint. But if I was a midget, I’ll probably be pissed off at the world too.”

“Oh stop it, Raiden! Ha ha ha! You’re so mean.”

“Oh screw this POS! I’ll just borrow some paint from my uncle. He always have extra paint.”

 

 

 

“Have you talked to Bash yet?”

“Yeah, he wants me to tell you that he’s not cheating on you with my sister.”

“Oh I know that. I just like to make him squeal. Don’t tell him that. I’m friends with Giana and I know there’s nothing going on between them.”

“Doesn’t what he said to her bothered you?”

“Well yeah. I guess I should be a bit mad at that too.”

“You should. He should be only be checking out your ass. I mean it’s nice and all.”

 

 

 

“Oh? You think I have a nice butt?”

“Well yeah I guess.”

“You guess?!”

“Uhh. It’s really nice! I like it. I like looking at it!”

“Really?”

Vexille blushed a little and twirl her finger in her hair. I couldn’t believe what I just said but she seemed to like. The more she looked flirtatious at me, the more word-vomit spewed from my mouth.

“Your jeans are well fitted. It shows the nice shape of it. Rounded. Curvy. Your jeans aren’t trying to grab onto imagination like some of the other girls in school. Like there’s so much air in the back of their jeans. With you, your jeans has something. Happy jeans!”

 

 

 

“Ha ha ha! I guess these are happy jeans. My mom sent me these in my care package. I guess my mom has good taste if you think I look good in them.”

“Yeah but can’t say the same about your shirt. It’s a nice shirt but it makes your boobies look lumpy like you stuffed your bra with tissue. But that’s okay if you do cause I know boobs can get all sweaty and gross and having tissue in your bra will help with that. Maybe if you wore a tighter shirt then it make your boobs look nicer but maybe not too tight or we can see the outline of your nipples not like I wouldn’t mind. Nipples are nice.”

“WHAT?!”

“I don’t appreciate your shirt.”

 

 

 

“You think my boobs look lumpy?! You think that I stuffed my bra?! I don’t stuff my bra and I think it’s a nice shirt! My grandma got me this for my birthday! How dare you!”

“Uh. Uh. Uh! I mean, it is a nice shirt! You look nice!”

“That’s not what you just said!”

“I dunno what I meant but I like your boobs! You have nice, not lumpy boobs! Boobs. Sexy!”

“Raiden!”

 

 

 

“I gotta go!”

“Hey!”

With much embarrassment, I attempted to scurry off without paying attention of what I was doing. I ended up bumping into Vexille, knocking her down flat on her ass. I felt like more of a dick now, knocking her down as hard as I did. I could be so stupid when it came to girls, especially in high school. I didn’t know how to talk to girls and I probably got that from my dad. All I could produce was word-vomit when speaking to girls at school.

 

 

 

“I am so sorry Vexille. I didn’t mean to knock you down. Are you hurt? Need some help?”

I extended my arm, half expecting Vexille to slap my arm away but she smiled and reached. I gently lift her up from the ground, continuously apologizing to her.

 “I’m fine Raiden. I have enough booty to land on.”

“Ha ha, right!”

I chuckle nervously as Vexille brushes the dust from her jeans. Turning her back towards me, she continue to brush the dust off, sliding her hands on her ass up and down at a slow pace.

 

 

“Am I all clear?”

I quickly turned around, still embarrassed of the ordeal. I didn’t think it was right checking out my best friend’s girlfriend. She seem to like it somewhat but it didn’t feel right.

“Uh yeah.”

“You weren’t looking. You can’t let me walk into class with a dusty booty.”

I turned around to find her back facing me, with her head over her shoulder, she caught a glimpse of me. She smiled and wiggled her hips.

“If you see any dust on me, you can brush it off.”

I was confused of what was going on now. Does she want me to touch her butt? Is she testing me? Is she gonna tell Bastian if I do? She wiggled her hips once, inviting me to wipe off any remaining dust which she had none. Vexille never acted like this towards me. For a moment I felt like I was still dreaming.

“You’re all clear. The booty is fine.”

“Hell yeah it is! Have I ever told ya how cute you look when you’re all embarrassed?”

“Umm no. You think so?”

“Yeah.” 

 

 

 

The 15 minute warning bell rang, reminding us that school will be starting in 15 minutes. This was my out and I quickly told Vexille that I needed to find my uncle Angelo so I could borrow his acrylic paints since my locker refused to open. Luckily Angelo was at his locker near by and I was able to use his set for my morning classes.

As I roamed the halls to my first class of the day, I couldn’t help but notice all the girls were staring at me. This made me nervous, I wondered why were they looking at me. But these stares were different, they didn’t look disgusted or offended, they looked a bit dreamy eyed as they gazed at me. Shy smiles, flirtatious giggles and a few very friendly hellos came my way.

I was basically invisible to most of the females in school and now I was the star of their center. I felt uneasy and blushed at every sudden female greeting. I finally get to class and Vexille had set up next to the easel that I usually used. Vexille usually painted next to Giana and I found it odd that she wanted to be me. I nervously told her “what’s up” before I notice most of the females set up near me. This was totally strange. 

 

 

 

In my music class, things were a bit more milder than in my painting class. Today most of us played on the keyboard. The lesson was to play an old Italian nursery rhyme, something I never heard before and I was sure I was butchering it. I was a bit nervous playing it, fearing that a certain girl in class would take notice how badly I sucked at it. I always thought she was pretty but never had the courage to ever speak to her. 

 

 

 

Her name is Annaliese Ferrari, her father owns the bistro in Monte Vista and she’s one of the richest girls in school. I usually creep on her, watching her work on her paintings, chat with her friends, dance in the studio and hoping that she hasn’t notice.

I don’t think she would be interest in a guy like me, I’m awkward and can’t talk to females. The last I heard was she was dating a football player at Bella Vista. I had to pick up another spread sheet when I notice Annaliese was looking at me. She gave me a shy smile and a wink. Yep. Today is very strange. I must be dreaming, no way Annaliese would ever notice me!

 

 

 

During lunch time, I had lunch with my litter mates. Usually I ate with my friend Claudio and my uncle Angelo but ate in class as they worked more on their class project which was due later in the day. I wasn’t expecting to see Vexille since she usually has a different lunch period than me.

“Can I sit with you all?”

“Sure.”

“Great!”

 

 

 

We had our usual chats of whatever is going on. Lunch started to get uncomfortable once Vexille began to play footsie with me. I wasn’t sure what to say so I gave her an odd look on my face. She just giggled and smiled as she stroke her foot against my leg. I quickly jerked my leg away, making the most awkward look on my face. Vexille giggled some more and mouthed the words. “You’re so cute.” What the fuck is going on?

 

 

 

In study hall, I attempted to work on a paper for my literature class. I struggle to get words on my blank notebook page. I couldn’t help be think about all of the weirdness that going on with the girls at and especially with Vexille. She’s suppose to be my best friend’s girlfriend and she’s all flirty with me suddenly. It felt wrong to like the attention from Vexille and I felt like I should talk to her. But I was sure that I would say something stupid or offensive.

 

 

 

“That’s an interesting way to write your paper.”

“Do you have to be in here?”

“Yeah. I have a history paper to write. If one of the teachers catches you napping, you’re gonna be in big trouble.”

“So? You gonna spank me?”

“Maybe but I think you would like it too much. Or maybe I would.”

“Vex.”

“What?”

“Nothing.”

 

 

 

I chickened out on trying to talk to her about her behavior but suggesting that she should spank me wasn’t helping either. She could see that I was serious about my assignment and let be me. We both worked quietly until the last bell of the day rang.

 

 

 

After school I usually hang out with my friends at the Fresno street park for a while. Vexille tagged along today, she usually have to go to one of her after school clubs but today she was free. I was still bit nervous after how she’s been acting towards me today. Bastian was late and I would hate for him to walk in on Vexille flirting with me.

“Hey Vex. We gotta talk. What’s your deal?”

“What do you mean?”

“You been acting strange all day, flirting with me. I thought you and Bast were all about each other.”

“Honestly I don’t know. When I saw you today, something was different about you. Something that I never notice.  I’m trying to be all weird but I really can’t help myself. You’re so beautiful. Like I must have you but I love Bast. But you are; I am so confused.”

“You and me both! But you know that we could never date. Bast is my boy and I can’t be doing anything with you.”

“Right. But you are so nice to look at now. Oh I really wish I didn’t say that. I hope things won’t get weird now.”

 

 

 

“Why am I’m so attractive to you suddenly? Was it something that I said?”

“I don’t know. I’m thinking it’s because of what you are. You’re a love genie, right? Don’t love genies make girls or guys go all crazy?”

“Yeah.”

“Please make your genie thing stop. I wanna be friends and not try to get into your pants. Bast wouldn’t like it.”

“I’m not doing anything. I don’t think I’m at the age where I make girls go crazy.”

“Well I know you’re gonna make Annaliese go all crazy too. I heard her talking about you. It was good things.”

“Like what?”

“She thinks you’re hot. Maybe you should talk to her and make her go loco instead of me. Ha ha ha!”

“I can’t talk to her. I’ll just say something stupid.”

 

 

 

Bastian finally shown up, Vexille quickly leaped from the swing and into Bastian’s arms. She was extra lovey-dovey towards him which he thought it was strange for a moment, but then he thought maybe it was her way of making up. After all she had him believe that she was mad about the text he sent to my sister. As usual I was feeling like the third wheel and told them that I was heading. I let them know they were invited for dinner and course Bast was on board. Vexille would come over and she had a curfew. It’s probably best if she didn’t join us.

 

 

 

After dinner I headed to my room to chat with Noelle. I needed to tell her about my crazy day I had. I’m sure she would get a giggle out out it.

“Tell her to show you her tits.”

“Dad! Do you know who am I talking to? I could be chatting with one of my grandmas.”

“Ha ha! Just checking on you. How was your day?”

“It was strange.”

“Wanna talk about it, son?”

“I guess. You won’t leave me alone until I do.”

“I worry about you, kid.”

 

 

“What’s going on?”

“Well all of the girls at school was acting all weird. Vexille kept being all flirty with me and other girls were like that too. Yesterday I was invisible to them all. I dunno what changed.”

“You changed.”

“I did? I don’t understand.”

“Son, this is a proud moment. You came into your irresistibility. You’re starting Navox puberty. It won’t be long before you get your first boner and then we gotta talk about the birds and bees but not sure what they have anything to do with love making.”

“Oh please. We cannot have that talk.”

“But we gotta. My dad didn’t have the talk with me and I have 50 plus kids.”

“I’m sure somewhere you heard about condoms, dad.” 

 

 

 

“I always thought condoms were for nerds but those things can come in handy. I don’t need them any way. We got the fruit.”

“Fruit stops you from making babies? C’mon dad, even I know that doesn’t sound legit.”

“No, no Rai. It’s a special Navox fruit, it makes my baby gravy from being active. Your mom makes me eat it but sometimes I forget. Don’t tell her that. She’ll kill me.”

“You should probably keep eating it cause mom will find out when she’s pregnant and all. Mom doesn’t want another baby or 2.”

“Your mom is so hot when she got a baby in her. I get so hard when I think about seeing her all pregnant.”

“Dad! TMI!”

“There’s nothing hotter than a lady carrying your baby. Your mom is about to get some good dick tonight.”

“DAD! SERIOUSLY!”

 

 

I wish my dad had a filter when it comes to things like that but that’s where I probably got it from. Dad just says whatever without thinking. After we chatted, I returned to the computer to chat with Noelle to tell her about my day. After talking with my dad, now I know why. I wonder if I could control it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did I have to say that?

Show Yourself: Season One Refresher

In season 1, Raiden starts out being mostly singled out by outside peers after incident during a slumber party when he was much younger. The party fell on the night of a full moon and Raiden transformed into man-wolf causing fear among the other kids. He was later labeled as a freak and a monster, he had no friends.

Raiden overheard his parents talking about something important and later found out his mother, Nakia isn’t his biological mother. Nakia turns out to be his adoptive mother and his biological mother beat the odds and woke from her coma. Nakia assure Raiden that nothing will change and she will remain his mother.

 

 

After learning the truth about his mother, Raiden meet a girl name Noelle Sheridan who just moved in next door. Her family was from Bridgeport and she has a fascination with the occult, especially genies since she never met one before. However their meeting didn’t go so great at first due to Raiden’s temperament because he took Noelle’s innocent compliment of his different colored eyes as an insult. When Noelle asks Raiden what is his name, he tells her it’s Raiden but his family calls him “Rai”. Noelle jokingly gave him the nickname “Sunshine” playing on the word “ray/Rai” saying “I see! You’re a ray of sunshine! You’re really grumpy. I think I’ll call you Sunshine.” The nickname stuck. Noelle’s friendly personality overlooked Raiden’s grumpiness and quickly befriended Raiden; making her Raiden’s first friend.

 

 

Raiden’s friendship with Noelle was going well without a hitch but their friendship would be put through a test during the night of a full moon. Raiden learns how Noelle likes astronomy and especially love watching the full moon. She invites Raiden to stay for dinner but he declines and his moods turns sours as he got closer to sundown. Raiden tries to return home before the sunsets but Noelle isn’t making it easy for me which makes him snap at her. Noelle lets him go home and Raiden makes it home in the neck of time.

He starts his transformation once he enters the backyard. Once it’s done, he heads into the treehouse. However he later founds out he’s not alone and Noelle is in the backyard, telling him to come down. He tells Noelle to go away but she refuses. Raiden is afraid if she sees what he is she’ll run away. Noelle makes a treat if he doesn’t come down, then she’s come up. Raiden comes down and to his surprise, Noelle doesn’t reject him. She only wished that he told her the truth of what he really is. Noelle promises she won’t tell anyone about his secret.

 

 

Raiden travels to his birth town Evansdale County with his father and his siblings to meet their birth mother, Clarissa. As things seem to go well, Clarissa bluntly rejects Raiden in front of everyone, as she didn’t see him as one as her children. Borage needed to speak with Clarissa privately and asked the kids to go play in the play area however Raiden was curious what Borage wanted to talk about with Clarissa. Clarissa demanded they should be a family and he should leave his wife. Clarissa also believe Nakia brainwashed Borage into thinking he loved Nakia when he actually loved her. Borage began furious as there was no way of getting through Clarissa and left to join the kids in th play area. Raiden entered Clarissa only to be rejected once again and be called a demon and he’s the reason why everything went wrong.

Later on Clarissa shown up at the hotel where Raiden and his family had been stay. Clarissa attempted to kidnapped Giana. Raiden ran to his sister’s aid but was attacked by Clarissa before Borage and Alexia shown up. Clarissa begged and pleaded in front of their hotel room for some time. Raiden saw Borage call someone on his phone but it was never clear if he called the police or someone to come get her.

 

 

When Raiden and his siblings learned the truth about their mother, they also learned they had 3 other siblings. However those 3 siblings 3 shortly after birth, with one named Jada. During their trip to EC, they got to visit the graveyard of their 3 siblings and Jada appeared before Raiden’s eyes. However only Raiden can Jada because they have a special connection. Jada explains since he visit her grave, she was allowed to exit the light realm, a realm where all the spirits of children without parents go to. Jada also explains they are both part Snow-Caps lycans.

Jada already knows things about Raiden and also was given the gift of great knowledge while in the light realm. She now acts as a guide to Raiden. Although dying as an infant, she will always appear the same age as Raiden. Jada appears to Raiden when he needs his attitude adjusted and she is his voice of reason. Jada does take joy in mocking Raiden time to time, to remind him she’s just a kid too.

 

 

Raiden celebrated his 7th birthday in the neighboring city, Richdale where his adoptive maternal grandparents reside. During the first part of the day, he time at the park with Noelle and her parents. Weeks earlier Noelle wanted Raiden to her boyfriend however he has rejected her in the past. While playing, Noelle asked Raiden to be her boyfriend and Raiden accepted. With this being Noelle’s first time at this park, Raiden wanted to show her something unique. He knew a special kind of butterfly can be found toward the back of the park. However Noelle thought they might be too far away from her parents. Noelle couldn’t believe what she saw and thought they were beautiful. They sat in the grass and watched the mysteriously butterflies flutter around. Now being an official couple Raiden wasn’t sure what to do and thought maybe it was time to kiss. However Noelle rejected him, telling him it had to special like in the movies. Raiden was confused.

During his birthday party at the bowling alley, things were going well until Clarissa shown up causing a since. Both Noelle and Raiden witness Clarissa lashing out Nakia and Borage. Clarissa accuse Nakia for stealing her family and calling her a whore. Raiden was told to go inside with Noelle. It was obvious that Noelle was distraught from incident. She hugged Raiden calling him to best boyfriend ever because she felt he saved her. They had their first kiss.

 

 

 

 

Raiden learns where babies come from where his adoptive sister Nicole comes into town shockingly heavily pregnant. And to make the situation even more shocking, her husband Devin is Raiden’s half brother; which makes Nicole and Devin step siblings. Nicole explains to her Nakia that her and Devin had been secretly dating since high school, long before Nakia and Borage were together. Nakia didn’t take the news well at first because she wished that Nicole didn’t hide big things like a marriage and a pregnancy from her.

Raiden attempts to bonds with Nicole and is happy to know he will get to see more of Nicole and Devin because they will be living in Richdale once their house is done but will be staying in Riverview until then. Raiden had some confusion of the status of Nicole’s triplets if they were gonna be her siblings since her and Devin are step siblings. Nicole laughed and told Raiden they are simply her kids.

The following day, they all visited the autumn festival until Nicole went into labor, it was short and Nakia quickly deliver not 3 but 4 of her first set of grandchildren named, Avery, Ebony, Ivory and Evelyn. Raiden witness the birth of the quads but it left him with the question of how do babies get inside of the woman. A question which Borage decided to hold off on answering until due time.

 

 

Season one ends with Raiden spending the summer along with his siblings in Canosa, Italy with their maternal grandmother Antonia. Clarissa has also returned to Italy and has supervised visitation and for the most part things had been going well. Unknowingly to the kids, Clarissa poisoned her mother’s cup, causing her to pass out. Clarissa requested her younger brother to go to the park next door but to only go with his twin, Giana, Clarice, and Montell.

The kids left, leaving Raiden and Antonio behind. Tyrese shows up and Clarissa berates Antonio for dressing up like a girl. Raiden attempts to come to Antonio’s aid but is stopped by Tyrese. Clarissa forces Antonio inside of house and Raiden can hear Antonio cry and scream. Raiden thinks Clarissa may be whipping him. As Raiden attempts to save his brother, Tyrese challenges Raiden but not before telling him how his pack master requested to Raiden for unknown reasons. However Tyrese mentions Raiden is worth a lot money in the black market and he has plans to sell. He tells Raiden how he was his ticket to Switzerland. Raiden wasn’t willing to go with Tyrese decided to put up a fight. Tyrese figure he would beat Raiden into submission but was unaware of Raiden’s medical condition. Tyrese savagely beaten Raiden until he was unconscious. Clarissa ran outside and saw what Tyrese had done. She knew they would be in here. They picked a scent of a familiar lycan near by and panic. They both left, leaving Raiden on the ground.

Raiden’s lycan maternal  grandfather, Muraco found Raiden on the ground and picked him. Later Raiden could be seen laying in the hospital in a coma with Borage and Muraco by his side. Muraco reports to Borage that Clarissa has been caught but no sign of Tyrese yet.

Raiden is seen laying on the ground in a mysteriously world and is awaken by Jada. He is pressured by Jada that he needs to returns but Raiden thinks he’s better off dead. Jada reminds him that he family who cares about and his friend Noelle would be hurt if he dies. Jada tells Raiden that he’s running out of time and they rush towards a well.