“But Dad! I can’t start working now! I’ve just made it to the football team. I need to train.”
“Okay, okay. Calm down. It was just an idea.”
Chris backed off. It was a smart excuse. And maybe it wasn’t excuse at all. Amon was actually visiting the gym. Regularly. Chris thought it was a good habit for a teenager.
Amon thought so, too. And so did the girls. And Amon was not losing any time. He asked the loveliest one on a date.
A: “My parents are pretty chill, but they just can’t understand that I don’t want to live like them.”
A: “Working twelve hours a day, for average pay, come home only to eat and sleep. And to start with that madness while I’m still studying, ugh!”
“I know, right? Mine are exactly the same. They can’t see how this approach won’t teach me to be responsible – it’ll only teach me how to be a slave!”
Amon: “Exactly! It’s good to know someone who share my opinion. Even better if that someone is a beautiful girl like you.”
“Oh, that’s sweet, thank you! You’re quite handsome yourself, if you must know.”
Few blushes and flaterred smiles later, the girl was completely smitten.
A: “I had such a nice time with you, Brylee. But… I feel something’s missing.”
B: “Oh? Is it… is it something I said? I though the date was going perfectly…”
“There. Now it’s going perfectly.”
Seth was a complete opposite of his brother. He didn’t care about girls and he openly despised sports. He loved R.E.F.U.G.E, though. And teh forums. And everything related to his computer.
“Ha! Take that, noob!”
And he refused to find a part-time job, because there were no job opening in his field. Chris was getting desperate.
Chris: “It’s hopeless. They knew we were coming and they prepared for us. I mean, Seth told me he can’t get a job because he needs to focus on the advanced courses in information sciences he takes this year. How can I argue with that?”
“I know, love. Let them be. As long as they are doing something useful, I don’t mind what it is. Although I fear that ‘information sciences’ is just another name for watching Youtube podcasts.”
C: “We shouldn’t be forcing them, that’s for sure. It would only lead to hatred towards work – and Watcher knows they’ll have enough of that later in life.”
“Chris, my love. If you dislike the company that much, you should just quit.”
“I don’t know, Mel. The money is good.”
M: “I know. But that’s the thing – I could help with the money. Our boys are basically grown-up by now and girls don’t need me around that much, either. I think it’s time for me to go back to work.”
C: “That… that would be amazing, Mel, but… Are you sure? What about the garden?”
“Well, let’s just say I can’t grow anymore in that department. Pun intended.”
Cowplant was a sufficient argument for Chris, so they agreed. Melia’s maternity leave was finally over. She’s got a job at a small Italian restaurant in the neighborhood and she was about to work as a caterer, which was far from ideal but better than a dishwasher position.
She was a little bit nervous to start working again and she wanted to train a bit before her first day in the restaurant. And what’s a better way to train your catering skills than become a caterer for a day?
Luckily, she had two anxious birthday girls at home, who were in need of a great birthday party.
T: “Etty! Happy birthday! Aren’t I a good sister to remember?”
E: “You sure are. The best sister I have! Happy birthday to you, too!”
And since last party was such a success with all the goofy costumes, they decided to do it again.
Clowns and hotdogs were once again absolute hit among the guests.
The more clowns, the merrier.
But maids, pizza boys and Grim Reaper could also be found.
Devi: “I think this costume is rather scary, considering my role in this household…”
And the mysterious green boys came, too, much to Etta’s delight.
“You do know that frogs don’t have ears, right?”
“I’m not a frog, you silly little princess. I’m Master Yoda.”
He then proceeded to tell her all about the Republic and the Empire and about dozen of other things that were not making any sense to her. He had a lot to talk about. By the time he was done, it was already time.
What time, you ask? Well, everyone’s favourite time: time for cake!
Both girls were more than ready to enter the new, exciting phase of their lives. They learned to always expect positive outcomes. And in their minds, birthday parties could only lead to good things, anyway.
Chris: “Don’t forget to make the right wish, cupcakes!”
Maybe even to the best things. At least for those who dare to dream big and move forward. Because fortune always favors the brave.
“Say cheddar, Etty!”