Saturday, October 21, 2017

just a matter of time

just a matter of time



It was Hal who told Joey that Liv was over at Xander's with Dakota.

"I wonder why she didn't tell me?" Joey actually dropped by Liv's where Hal was eating alone. Naturally, Hal fed Joey the left over stew.

"Did Liv make it?" It was a wonderful. He was beginning to think he wanted to move in with Liv, but she'd been such a mystery, lately.

He thought they'd had a perfect night together. After all, he knew how to man up. Or at least, he imagined.

"No, I made it." Hal shrugged as if he did all the cooking after, all.

Joey was hoping Liv would be back soon, but she never returned any of her text. Maybe he could sleep over at Xander's.

Naturally, he found Liv cuddled between Dakota and Sunny on the couch. They were both sleeping with the TV on.

Joey couldn't help to be perturbed. It looked like Liv loved everyone but him.

He helped her get the two kids to bed. He carried Dakota to her room and tucked her in. Liv got Sunny to brush his teeth.

"What are you doing?" Joey asked later.

"I promised Ducky I'd  help him out." Liv told him as she went to clean up the kitchen where they'd made do with leftovers.

"Why didn't anyone call me?" Joey was in a pout.

"It's OK." She promised, ever so sweetly. He caught her wrist as she walked by and looked her in the eye. He wasn't so sure, everything was OK.

"How? How come?" He didn't know how to say it, exactly. "How come you won't stay with me?"

"Oh...it's just.." But she didn't really have anything to say as she went to clean up.

His arms came around her middle as she stood at the sink washing dishes. He hugged her from behind.

"You, you should go home." She told him.

"Why?" He didn't want too. He needed her. Right now.

She sighed, as if she'd have to give in. After all, they could stay in Xander's guestroom.

Friday, October 20, 2017

an unlikely story

an unlikely story




"Oh, its fine." Liv said into her Android. "I can stay, as long as you need me."

She promised Ducky, Dakota was doing OK. They'd just came from the Halloween place, to shop for costumes, but they hadn't bought anything yet. She handed over the phone so Ducky could talk to Dakota about Xander staying over night at the hospital.

Finally, Dakota handed her back the phone. She was straight lipped. Sometimes, it was hard to know if she was happy or not. She could look so sad.

"I'm sure he'll be OK." Liv did her best to talk about the costumes. "I could make you a robe with a hood." She was thinking up all sorts of DIY Halloween costumes. Of course, she spent nights on Pinterest pinning all sorts of ideas. Now it was time to put them to good use.

"We'll find something warm for you to wear when you trick-or-treat." Liv smiled.

"What if its not cold?" Dakota's dead stare made Liv squirm a little.

"Oh, I see. So, so you'd rather be a princess?" Liv's smile was open. She went to look in the freezer of the refrigerator for Dakota's favorite chicken nuggets.

"No, I said I wanted to be a witch." Dakota could be demanding at times.

"Right." Liv nodded. "Its just..I..I think your mother would rather see you, as a princess." Liv found herself saying as she was looking in the fridge for the vegetables Xander always had ready for Dakota to snack on.

"My mother?" Now Dakota was in a pout. "How do you know my mother?"

Liv shook her head, how could she have said something so dreadful?

Still, she thought of the night she'd stayed over with Joey, and she was certain she'd seen something in his closet.

Yes, it had been a little spooky, and she hadn't wanted to go to Joey's since, nor had she wanted to sleep with him.

He was someone's father, after all. She needed to respect that. Still, she did wonder if Dakota's mother wanted to speak to her.

"I don't." Liv quickly said. "I just..feel..feel she would want to see you... in something pretty." Liv promised she would make Dakota the hooded robe from an old black sweat shirt she had at home.

No way, could she tell Dakota that she thought she'd seen a ghost, which so happened to be Dakota's mother.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

we need to talk

we need to talk



Ducky was certain it was the flu.

A part of him wanted to tell Xander, he should have gotten his flu shot before he went to Seoul, but that would only bring Xander down.

"You'll be fine." He promised as he text the nurses to bring the meds for the flu. Not many had been sick lately, so maybe they'd nip this in the bud before anything more serious happened.

"Oh, I..I should tell you..before.." Xander grabbed at the sleeve of Ducky's white doctor coat.

"What?" Ducky looked at him blankly. Xander wasn't that sick, was he? Xander squinted hard. "We..we have company coming."

"What?" Ducky squinted a scowl. That's all he needed, another guest, at the house.

"My..mother's son." Xander started.

Ducky looked at him as if he must be hallucinating. Granted, he and Xander didn't talk that much, lately, but he didn't think he was keeping anything from him.

"I don't even know him, but..but he's all alone..and..and he needs family right now." Xander could barely say above a whisper. Ducky knew Xander needed rest.

Ducky hoped Xander was only making this up. It couldn't possibly be true.

"You, need some rest." Ducky put his hand on Xander's feverish forehead. Finally, he pulled his hand back to reach for his smart phone. He kissed Xander's head.

Soon Xander was asleep in the hospital bed.

Ducky brought up the information of their bank account on his phone. It was true. Xander had paid for a one way ticket for someone.

Ducky shook his head, even lipped. How could he stop this from happening? He hated it, when Xander did things like this. But he loved him. He knew family was important to Xander.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

so much to ask for

so much to ask for




"You, didn't get your flu shot?" Josh looked at Xander as if he must be a bad boy, after all.

"I didn't think about it." He did have a cough and a fever. Oh, and a headache that would not go away. Of course, he didn't think Josh would be at the emergency room.

Josh took his stats.

Xander felt as if his throat was burning. Even his ears.

"Its probably my sinuses." Xander guessed. Of course, he hadn't felt well since the disturbing phone call he got. Honestly, he didn't even know how the guy got his number.

"You aren't really congested." Josh told him. "How's everything going?"

It was true, it had been ages since they'd seen each other. They'd worked together a short while as medics.

"um.." He really didn't want to bring up his mother, but finally he told Josh about going to the funeral in Seoul.

"So, you've been out of the country?" He wrote that down in Xander's file. "The doctor might want to run some test."

Xander didn't like the sound of that.

"My..my mother's son..called me." Xander thought it might help if he told someone about Kevin. But the way he felt at the moment, it was just a bad dream, perhaps.

"Kevin?" Josh looked at him. "Where is he?"

"Busan." Xander was even lipped. "I don't even know him..and he calls me. Mad, at me."

"Mad? Like how?" Josh winced.

"He..he says I took her, away from him..and..and she never ever mentioned him. She didn't." Xander was almost in tears and the cough was back. He felt so weak.

Before he knew it, Josh had him hooked up to an IV. Evidently, he wasn't going, anywhere.