Thursday, July 28, 2016

That's how it is

That's how it is




Vada didn't mean to be curious. She hadn't meant to steal her brother's thunder, either.

But it was obvious, Lottie wasn't being true to Frankie. She wasn't even there for the 4th.

Actually, Vada caught Lottie upstairs at the Boarding House with Bear(her boyfriend's little brother).  The thought of the laughter pained Vada now. Obviously, they were having a good time.

But she hadn't got the courage to bring it to her twin brother's attention. After all, he was in the midst of summer school. He even received a recognition from some Corporation, for his summer internship. Yes, there were lots of good things happening for her brother.

By August he'd get a real salary. He wouldn't be working for peanuts. She hoped Lottie wouldn't bring him down. Vada certainly didn't want to be a downer.

She was busy with shelving books as the Children's Reading Program was winding down. She did her best to focus on her work, but she looked over to see some long haired dude staring at the graphic novels. Or was he just staring into space?

"Can..can I help, you, find something?" Vada knew she wasn't helpful enough. Of course, they were on the lookout for someone who was stealing DVDs with a box cutter. She didn't think it could be him. After all, she saw him, come in with those from the group home. Most went to the computer lab.

He only shrugged.

"What do you like to read?" She asked.

"I used to be into all those old gangsters when I was kid. Now, I dunno. Thought, I might find some Dare Devil to read." He told her his name was J, and he didn't have a library card.

She showed him the series. Actually, Vada felt a little sorry for him. He didn't even have a library card.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

only a brother would know

only a brother would know




Xander wished Ducky would lighten up. What could happen with his little brother around?

"Don't you like each other?" Of course, it wasn't until this past year that he'd gotten to know his own brother Simon (even if they were only half-siblings). Xander was happy to know him.

There were times, he could imagine an American version of himself through his brother's eyes. However, they were complete opposites, too. Simon was straight, yet a romantic at heart. Maybe Xander was, too. Still, they'd hit a rough patch with his step-mom who would have nothing to do with Su-Ra.

Xander didn't understand his Step-Mom's actions. Still, Xander would be there for Simon, who could call him, anytime, anywhere.

"You, should be that way with your little brother." Xander told Ducky.

"But..but he's such a baby." Ducky swelled a frown.

"I think, you're the one, being the baby." Xander pointed out that he should be happy his brother was coming to their wedding, which would be a garden wedding in his soon to be mother-in-law's back yard.

"You'll say, he's a carbon copy of me." Ducky snapped. "Which..is not true. WE, are nothing alike."

"How so?" Xander headed back to the kitchen to help with dinner.

"Because.. everyone loves Jamie." Ducky looked at him blankly.

Xander couldn't help but smirk. Jamie couldn't be that perfect.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Does it really matter

Does it really matter?




Who knew it was going to be so hard to get married?

"You're making this complicated, Mom." Ducky shook his head, certain he'd said too much. Why did she have to bring up his little brother Joon aka Jamie.

"But, it'll be only a few weeks, he wants to be here for your wedding." She sounded pleased to hear from him. However, she was the one to call him about the news. Jamie lived with their father in Portland.  When his parents divorced, Ducky went with his Mom and high schooler Jamie stuck with his Dad.

Ducky gritted. He didn't want to bring this to Xander's attention. After all, Xander thought Ducky's family was perfect.

"What's she talking about?" Xander was in the kitchen with Su-Ra, who didn't plan to go back to Korea until the wedding was over. They were chopping up veggies to stir-fry for dinner.

"About that." Ducky practically winked in discomfort. "Its..nothing really."

"His brother is studying to be a doctor too." Vera, Ducky's mom beamed with happiness, as if two doctors in the family was much better, than one.

Ducky, only sighed as he hugged himself.

"How come, you never mentioned him?" Xander popped an almond in his mouth and fed one to Ducky too. All Ducky could manage was to crunch on a nut.

"He's a sore subject." Vera filled in the blank. "Ducky feels his little brother is too competitive."

Xander smirked. "Does this mean...he'll be getting married too?"

"No, he's decided to move in, once Ducky's moved out with you." Vera told them both. After all, this real estate lady had found them a home. Move in ready.

Ducky looked at Xander, wishing they were already there. Honestly, he had nothing to say to his little brother.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Angie and Dewey

Angie and Dewey




"It was like a panic attack, of some kind." Angie cradled the cup of coffee, not wanting to look into Dewey's eyes.

They sat at the back booth at Oliver's. They'd both walked to meet up. Finally, she'd mustered up enough confidence, to really talk to him.

Dewey looked down at his creamed coffee.

"I was really worried." He'd been off to Iowa, recently to see his mother's brother. They hadn't been able to see each other. Perhaps, the time away would bring them closer together. "I know, I..I didn't do enough."

"You, do enough." She quickly reminded him, how good he was at first aid. Especially, that time she cut her hand, accidentally, at the farmer's market. "You're..you're really good with your hands." She pressed a smile. But she looked away as if something was bubbling in her psyche. She needed to tell him, everything.

Angie sighed. "I..I don't want to be my Mom."

"What?" He looked at her with concern.

"That..that night..all I could think of, was how..how my Mom let this guy...." She shook the thought. "She'd let him, decide everything." She pressed her lips once more, not wanting to miss her, but she actually did.

"Look, just because, they are suppose to be a grownup, doesn't..mean..they are." His gaze caught her off guard. "My mom never finds the right guy."

"I didn't want to go with my Mom and..I dunno, maybe she's married to him now. They were moving to California." She guessed her brother knew where their mom was. They still talked to each other on the phone, once a week. She didn't want to talk to her mother, she didn't want to talk about her, either. "This..this Keith, he's in college, and it sounds so cool..a college guy, but in reality..it would turn into nothing, sooner or later. I mean, he's..he's not you."

Dewey almost laughed. He reminded her of all the things he didn't have. Like a car nor a driver's license.

"That's OK, I'm getting my license soon." Even that frightened her a little. Still, she would be the driver and he seemed OK to be in the passenger seat.