Wednesday, June 29, 2016

its a new day

its a new day




Omaha finally gave up. Yes, Taylor had a way of getting him..into all sorts of fixes. Usually, he was left to his own vices when it came to Sheena.

Had they had a real date?

They'd help paint the rooms in Josie and Henry's new..but OLD house.

He had to admit, he worked pretty hard on the main floor bathroom. Sheena helped with the tiling. It started as a sticky mess that turned into laughter..and finally a master piece.

Now they were moving furniture around. They were cutting it close. Henry and Josie would be home with the new baby, any minute.

Camille went to pick them up at the hospital.

Sheena smiled ever so charming. Omaha smiled back. He wanted to play a trick on her. Say something was on her nose. Play around as if know one was here..and it would end with a kiss. Instead, he guessed they'd better be on their best behavior.

He took her hand.

"They're here!" Someone whisper shouted. Luckily, it wasn't a complete surprise party where they hid hid behind the couch.

Omaha drew Sheena near and somehow put his arm around her. She seemed fine with it, as if they'd mastered a dance of knowing the other's warmth.

Yes, they'd had long talks, gone on longer walks, even watched a hometown baseball game together and ate Popsicles from the Ice Cream truck.  Now they waited to welcome a couple with a newborn to their new home.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I don't mind waiting

I don't mind waiting




Gabby was waiting for Will at the art museum. It was early yet. Will, had had a rough night with his allergies. She'd caught a ride with Rico who was pretty single minded, lately. She guessed. It never occurred to him to pick up Will.

He was Mr. Silent, these days. She didn't know if it had to do with his sister Macy or his girlfriend Lizzy. Maybe it was Rita, aka his stepmom and Gabby's foster mom.

Gabby was staying quite too. Maybe if she'd spoke up sooner about the ride, Will would be here, but his Dad was going to drop him off.

Suddenly, she heard laughter echo through the marble corridor. She looked up to see her, rather earthy art teacher....and Macy.

She winced.

This wasn't suppose to be happening. Gabby sighed. OK, she knew she'd never actually have him. A lot like indie pop-star Callum Cade, but she could dream. True, she shouldn't have been thinking about guys when there was trustworthy Will.

But....

What was Macy doing with Mr. Drake.

"Gabby? You're here early?" Mr. Drake's smile was open.

"Oh, I dunno..just had to get away. You know." She never actually did any of that stuff he said. Like, sketch some famous art painting. As if..she could learn from that. No, she liked her comic book characters.

This was all so old. Even the old building that housed all these paintings smelled a little strange to her.

"Can I look at your sketchbook?" He asked as he and Macy came forward.

She hugged it close to her as she glared at Macy.

Mr. Drake introduced them. Gabby slightly gave a nod.

She didn't want to hate Macy, but she couldn't help it. After all, didn't Macy hate her? Gabby lived in Macy's room now.

Luckily, Will finally showed. He put his arm around Gabby, who's smile was quick. Maybe Mr. Drake would talk to Will now.

Monday, June 27, 2016

how should it be

how it should be




Ducky found Xander at the kitchen table, peeling limes. He was getting ready to juice the limes for limeade.

Ducky could imagine Xander with surgeon hands. He wondered now, how long Xander had been manicuring hands and feet.

He thought of the time, of watching Xander from a distance at the mall where Xander worked. Xander was bent over, washing some old woman's feet, but he'd been as happy to see this customer as he was to see a girl still in rollers, getting ready for prom.

Why did Xander have to be so nice?

And now his face was like an open book. He missed Josie and Henry.

"You, should be happy for them." Ducky found himself telling Xander that it was all a part of life. Everything evolved.

Ducky cleared his throat. Not sure if he should say it or not.

"Lets get a house." As if that would take care of their troubles.

Xander looked at him, as if that was a pipe dream.

"A house?" Xander winced. "What would we do with a house?"

"You know, what you'd do with a house." He sighed. Certain, Xander would go to great lengths to help Joey. It was a reality, Ducky couldn't deny.

Xander shook his head and went on with getting the limes into the juicer. Ducky watched the process.  Soon Xander poured the lime juice into the sugar syrup he'd made earlier from boiling water after he made coffee from the coffee dripper Su-Ra had brought him.

Naturally, Ducky got the first glass of limeade. He smiled.

"We could do it. We could." Ducky was straight lipped. "But..but I want us. I want you..I want to marry you."

That would be the start of everything.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

say it ain't so

say it ain't so




"They're home already?" It was early yet, but the days were still long. Xander heard noises from next door. But he hated to investigate. He went to make coffee. It wasn't long until Ducky was up to grab a cup.

They were alone now. As soon as Ducky put down his cup of milked coffee to cool, he came up from behind and wrapped his arms around Xander and kissed him on the neck.

"We could have slept in." Ducky told him.

"Yeah, I guess. I wonder what they are doing over at Josie's?" Xander had noticed a few extra cars out.

"Maybe, they're remodeling." Ducky let go.

Xander went to take another look out the livingroom window. People were taking out furniture from the apartment.

"THEY'RE MOVING?" Xander's brow furrowed.

"Maybe they need a bigger place." Ducky sipped his coffee.

Suddenly, Xander felt so bitter. Everything was changing. He wanted to see the baby. He put on his shoes, and grabbed his favorite kimono to put over his gray ribbed tank. He was in his old jeans. He was ready to help.

"Wait." Ducky called after him. He was in his flannel pants, but Xander didn't wait.

"What's going on?" The hot wind whipped Xander's dark hair in his face.

"Oh, its a surprise." A young woman said who was in old jeans and huge sweat shirt and rubber gloves. She'd been cleaning. Xander remembered her from the library.

"I'm Audrey, Henry's sister-in-law." She told him. "His Dad found this house, not long ago. Its not so far from the library. A block or so. Easy for Henry to get too. Anyway, his dad bought it, but he wants Henry and Josie to own it one day. They don't know about it.

"I see." Xander felt himself choking on his words. He was so disappointed, but he understood.

"I'll give, you, the address." She promised him it wasn't far from here. "I'm sure, they'll miss you, too. But the place is big enough for a nursery, and a big back yard."

Xander nodded. He didn't want to cry, but he couldn't help it.