Thanks to my beta reader Scarlet Moon for living up the story.
Life just got harder after Jean's death. The Chipettes became no more. Alvin was always late for rehearsal. It was becoming harder to see my family. So, I talked to my brothers and we agree that was time to end it. It was time to end our career and live the life that we've been waiting to have.
Of course, Brittany didn't like it at first, but considering that we already quit, there was nothing she could do about it. She wasn't upset for long. She just didn't want my brothers and I to give up something we spent our whole life working towards. Doing this I won't miss a lot of my daughter's life and I'm sure moving to the country and staying out of the city as much as possible to avoid the journalist and paparazzi is a big relief.
This is not how I expected my life to turn out. With the result that I ended up with, I wouldn't change a thing. Even if it meant losing the one I loved…
"I have seen you read that more than a book. I can't believe that you aren't tired of it." Alvin said making breakfast.
"Reality tends to be better than fiction." A sixteen-year-old girl said. "Besides, I like to know what happened in my family's life."
"I don't know why. Nothing exciting happened. I still think you're too young to read parts of that." Alvin mumbled.
"Once you learn about the human body and how things…uh, work, you're just about prepared for anything." She said setting the journal down as her little brother takes a seat at the table.
"Touché." Alvin said putting breakfast on the table. "Eat up."
"I'm tired." The little boy said.
"You could have stayed in bed."
"We have school." The boy said rubbing his eyes.
"S.J., it's Saturday and the beginning of summer."
"Oh… I'm going back to bed." He said dragging himself toward the hallway. "Alexis?"
"Yeah?" She looked at her sleepy brother.
"Can you tuck me in?" He asked holding his hands up slightly, wanting to be carried back to his room.
"Sure." Alexis stood from the table and picked S.J. up, carrying him up to his room.
Laying his head against her shoulder, he asked, "When is Daddy coming home?"
"Daddy!" S.J. yelled, running to Simon as he walked into the living room.
"Hey, buddy." He smiled, swinging his son into his arms.
"I missed you." S.J. wrapped his arms around his father's neck.
"I missed you too. Are you okay?"
"Where's your sister?" Simon asked as S.J. released his hold from his neck.
"She's outside in the hammock."
"What is she doing?"
S.J. shrugged his shoulders. "I don't know."
"Well, I was reading. Then I heard the car pull up." Alexis commented.
"You doing okay?" Simon asked, putting S.J. down.
"I'll be okay Dad."
Simon bent down and ruffled his son's hair. "Why don't you go find your Uncle while I talk to your sister."
"Okay!" He said running outside.
"Dad, seriously. I'm okay."
"Considering that you're actually speaking, I believe you but you were in the accident." He said walking to the couch, encouraging Alexis to sit next to him.
"What do you want me to say? I'm not going to forget what I've been through, but I'm also not going to let it control my life either."
"It's been two years, and every time you're reminded of Mom you shut down, stop talking. This is the first real conversation you and I have had since I met Emily."
"I'm fine." Alexis stressed.
"Alex." Simon grunted. "Emily told me what you said." Alexis looked towards the ground. "Why didn't you talk to me?"
"Because I didn't want S.J. to be disappointed again. He likes her."
"But she's not Mom." Simon said, standing from the couch, Alexis refusing to look Simon in the eyes. "She's not replacing Mom. I can't raise you and your brother alone."
"I know. I'm sorry. I'm just… I'm not ready." Alexis mumbled as her father hugged her.
"I think you just need to get use to the idea. You can tell me all you want that you aren't, but you are a lot lit your mother." Simon said getting her to chuckle.
"It's a Kodak moment." Alvin smiled, leaning against the doorway.
S.J. looked at his father and sister, his Uncle, and back at his father and sister. "I don't get it." He frowned, causing everyone in the room to laugh.
"You will one day bud, I promise." Simon smiled.
Let me catch you up to speed. First of all, my name is Alexis Sage Seville and I'm 16 years old. My little brother's name is Simon Ryan Seville Jr, he is 5 years old. My father is Simon Seville and my Uncles are Alvin and Theodore. I have an Aunt Eleanor, who is married to my Uncle Theo and is my mothers little sister. The only thing I know about my would have been Aunt Jeanette is that she killed herself sometime after I was born. Why and how... Those pages were torn from the book for whatever reason.
My mother died 2 years ago. Mom and I were driving into town to get some groceries for the house and it started to rain harder then usual. It was difficult for Mom to see so we pulled to the side of the road and waited it out. We talked, listened to the radio, sang a bit... That's when it happened; A truck hit the drivers side of the car. From what I was told, only one ambulance was able to make it out but it couldn't take us both. The truck didn't hit us that hard but it was hard enough and Mom got the worse of it. I hit my head against the door frame, a couple of fractures, and a broken arm. My mom had more severe wounds, so you'd think she'd go first. Mom told them to take me first. By the time another ambulance got there it was too late... Dad always said that she was suborn.
For the first couple of months I wouldn't dare come out of my room. When I did, I didn't say much, just the occasional yes, no, I don't know, and the shoulder shrug. When I did become my somewhat normal self, it was time to go back to school. All was fine until a new kid transferred- Let me rephrase that- new bully transferred to my school. I don't think I need to say anything more on the subject. So, being bullied led to shutting down even more. And what did my dad do? He gave me his journal, figured that there was a life lesson in there somewhere. He was right, there was a life lesson.
My daddy may be a very nerdy but he knows exactly how to teach someone a lesson without being verbal about it.
Thanks for hanging around but I'm afraid that this story has to come to an end. Who knows, maybe a sequal is in the future but with school coming up it might be a while. So, I'll "see" you all around.