Friday, March 24, 2017

around the table

around the table




"OH." Macy found herself saying, after listening to Draco explain how Sky was his brother.

"But, you have to keep it a secret." He told her.

This was the first time she was meeting his mother and father.

"Will Sky be there?" She wanted to know.

"He's probably at the hospital with the baby, but you can meet my other brother Draco and his husband." They lived across the river in Iowa in a little place called Glenwood.

Macy smiled thinking it would be nice to meet them. Were they(Macy and Draco) actually a couple now?

Yes, they'd kissed, but that had been after a long winter weekend of snow. Now, it seemed like a dream, but so did this. It didn't seem quite possible that Draco would include her, on something with his family. Of course, she was good friends with his daughter Lily..who was at his parents.

Sky's mother was there too. She was in the kitchen baking cookies with Lily. Draco's mom was resting in her reclyner in the livingroom while his dad was watching a basketball game. The volume was so loud. Draco turned it down with the remote.

Honestly, she could see a bit of resemblance of Draco in his father, who looked so fit and ready to take on the world, but once Draco said a few words to him..she could see he looked confused. He didn't say anything.

It wasn't long til his mother awoke. She looked a bit exhausted.

"Oh, I didn't know if you were coming or not." His mother got up as if she'd been asleep in this space all night, not just 10 minutes.

They went to the kitchen while Draco's dad stayed put, in front of the TV.

"We made chocolate chip cookies." Lily said ever so brightly. "Auntie B is the best!" She hugged her around the waist, as if they were truly fond of each other.

Macy didn't know what to say. But she remembered Draco said Sky's mother Rebecca would be here. Rebecca introduced herself and shook Macy's hand. Still, to Lily, Rebecca was her grandmother's little sister, or maybe she was her Dad's big sister.

Macy only nodded.

Soon both women set the table. Nico and his husband arrived with fresh baked rolls from the store. Draco opened a bottle of red wine. He brought Macy and Lily some fresh lemonade from the fridge.

Naturally, his Dad was the last to be seated. He was walking without a cane, but it was a slow go for him to get in his place.

"All, my kids are here." He smiled. Then he stood for a moment, looking at them blankly. "Wait.."

"Sky is at the hospital, Dad." Rebecca reminded him about the baby.

"Sky has a baby?" His question went unanswered as everyone passed his plate around to put a little bit of food on. He didn't really eat that much anymore, according to Draco's mom.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

these two sides of my brain

these two sides of my brain




So, this was what she'd been waiting for.

Sheena sucked in a breath.

There were a lot of things she knew about Omaha.

1. He liked the left side of the bed.

2. He could kiss her in places on the map of her body to send her reeling into a space that was not of this earth.

3. There was just something so natural about him...that she just couldn't get enough of it.

4. And... then he could fart as if he was only there for her to smell it. And it was as if an old dog was finding his territory so he could sleep anywhere he pleased.

He talked about Carmen. That was his real family. He might have had a cousin here or there, scattered about the Indigenous Nations. But he'd been a scrappy kid who ate at the neighbor's table and never had new shoes to wear to school.

"I knew I was never good enough for her. I kept thinking she'd meet someone perfect, when she went off to the University. But she'd call me.. sometimes, like she was checking up on me. Seeing if I was OK." He seemed quite sad to share this with Sheena. "Its just..I..I didn't know..she wasn't OK. She never told me."

He pressed his lips tight.

"You..were..just a kid then." Sheena just said.

He shook his head, no.

"After she died, I didn't do much of anything. I should have gone to see her mom or something. I'm so.." He wouldn't say stupid. He sighed. "And..and then there is that Emily. I didn't know Taylor was going to marry her. Its..its like I broke them up..and I didn't even know.." He pushed his dark hair away from the side of his face.

"But..but you and Taylor are friends..and..and.." She didn't know where she was going with this, but she took both his hands, as if that would have to do. "I love you." She only said.

"I love you too. I do." He said ever so quiet. The silence began..for what seemed endless. Finally, Omaha looked her in the eyed. " I think we should..we should find a bigger place, but..but will you marry me?"

She looked at him startled. She couldn't speak, but she nodded.

Suddenly, it felt as if they could climb mountains together. It was future she wanted to run, too.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

even if you say so

even if you say so




"You, are OK, about this..right?" Omaha hadn't meant to move forward like this with Sheena, but sometimes, it took other things to give him the push to go on with things.

They were moving things around in her little apartment. There was a pile of winter items on her bed. They could move them to her Mom's.

He felt as if he might be wrecking her life, but he thought they'd be happy together.

"You know, I want to be with you. Its just..I dunno if..if I'm really.." He winced..could he say it..HUSBAND MATERIAL.

"What?" She wanted to know, as he went to put a box of her stuff in his truck. They could load it down, but the boxes might blow away on the freeway. It was windy again.

The snow came only in the form of ice. It melted and the cold wind dried out the soil as if it might be ready for a grass fire.

"Nothing..its really nothing." He winced.

"You always say that." By the sound of her voice, it sounded as if she was ready to do battle with him. He took all the boxes out and tied down a tarp. They were going to her Mom's for supper, but that was a couple of hours away. She heated the kettle and had some coffee and cookies, waiting for him.

"I know..I said..we..we would go somewhere and talk." Why on earth did he think they needed be on the prairie in a tent, somewhere to talk about things.

Omaha set down and sipped the creamed coffee, even if he thought the instant flavor was far too bitter. Minnie would have never made it this way, but he drank it..anyway.

"I know, I've made a lot of mistakes..but..but the thing is..nobody told me anything." He hadn't learned a thing from his mother, other than to stay in school. " And..and then..there was Carmen." He didn't know if he could say anything else.

Sheena looked at him as if this was a first. He didn't want to say anything else, but he knew..he had too.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

moving on

moving on




"I don't think she likes me." Minnie didn't sound thrilled with the idea of moving in with Taylor and Sara, while she was folding towels at the dining room table.

Josh let the chocolate chip cookie set in his mouth for a moment, not sure what to say to that. Finally, he swallowed and cleared his throat.

"We..we would be in Omaha's room. Its the basement. There's even an outside entrance. We wouldn't be bothering them, much." He told her. Besides, he wanted to get out of here, soon as possible. It was best to make a clean slate and never think of Tina, again. As it was, she was overseas. Hopefully, still in Germany and not in some God forsaken country driving a truck.

"I know..I've been there." Minnie remembered with a bitter frown.

"What? You, don't think its big enough?" He winced. Unsure, what she was getting at. Usually, she was always in a happy mood.

"Its big enough." She was even lipped. She finally mentioned that the bathroom was nice, just a shower, though.

"Oh." He nodded. He couldn't think of her getting into a bathtub, not these days, anyway. She was due with the baby in April.

"Look, we..we can put a lot of stuff in storage." He looked around, as if everything would have to be packed. Perhaps, the military could do it, at least for Tina. This was her stuff.

"Or we could sell it." Minnie mentioned how a lot of this furniture could be bought up in a matter of seconds, online.

"I couldn't do that...not to Tina." Now Josh was even lipped. Perhaps, she would change her mind some day. He was certain she would want to see their daughter, Naddy (Nadine) again.

"I know." Minnie said ever so quietly. "I know she left you, for a woman."

Josh slightly flinched. He said nothing.

Minne went on in the silence. But they both knew Tina was never coming back.