Sunday, October 22, 2017

a little matter

a little matter

Betty wasn't sure what to do about this matter of Ed's son Ollie. At least, she'd made a few phone calls and someone she knew down at the Children's Institute knew of who Ed spoke of.

At least, Ed felt comfortable enough to talk about his son. He'd also done some odd jobs around the house and he did know how to paint a room.

"What are you going to do?" Her daughter Tiffany asked. "Marry him?" She sat at the kitchen table, picking at the pumpkin bread that Betty served with decaf coffee.

Betty looked at Tiffany, as if being pregnant had made her strange. Betty only sighed and thought of her own life when she was young.

She had not came from the best family, like she thought she did when she was little. There was  a short time when she loved her cozy home with her mother and father, out in rural Iowa. And then, things went bad when her father left them.

She'd watched her mother become ill, and it wasn't long after that, she moved in with her father's new family that he'd evidently started before her mother passed away. She had a feeling now that maybe her mom had done herself in, but she didn't know for sure. It was a long time ago, and she didn't want to spend her time researching it now, just so she could be depressed, all over again.

No, she would look forward and not dwell on how much she hated her father's family( it wasn't long until she was married off to some other family that she didn't like much better). It had been a rocky road, and she'd been alone most of her life to raise her own family.

She'd hate for Ollie to feel that way. He needed a real home to come home, too.

"No. Why would I marry Ed?" She'd been done with marriage for a very long time now. "I'll just adopt his son."

"What?" Tiffany sounded offended. "What about Dewey?"

"What about him?" Betty winced. He was a teenager who had been distanced..since..well, he was quiet. She would have to settle on that. "He's doing fine. He's got a girlfriend. He's got his scholarship now." A college recruiter had it all settled. He'd move to Lincoln by June. As much as she hated the sport he thrived in, she couldn't say no to the scholarship.

"You're too old, for anymore kids." Tiffany told her.

"I'm not the one pregnant." Betty's smile was smart. "First, I have to see if..if he'd even consider it."

Betty hadn't even met Ollie yet, but she'd spoken to who he was staying in. She knew they needed a break from him.

"What if..what if..he.."

"What? I have spent plenty of nights worried where you'd gone, you know. He couldn't be any worse than you." She reminded Tiffany about all the fights she'd get in at school. She didn't want to her daughter was a bully, but she might have been.

Now Tiffany looked at her annoyed.

It might be rough, but it was the right thing to do.

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?"

"'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.