"Kade! Where are you sweetheart?" Lucy called out for her three year old son.
Lucy sighed in relief as she seen him come out of his now empty bedroom. She kneeled over to his height putting a hand on his light blonde hair. "The moving van is ready to leave sweetheart, are you ready to go to your new home?"
"Yeah! I can't wait for daycare!" Kade said happily, his chocolate eyes sparkling.
Lucy smiled sadly at her son. He was three years old, but she couldn't afford to put him in a daycare of any kind in this town due to her income. It's just been him and her 24/7 since Kade was born. Its been a long three years… but things were finally starting to pick up. Lucy was offered a job at Sorcerer Weekly four hours away in Magnolia. With the money she's saved up plus the very nice pay raise she was receiving she could finally afford to give her son everything he deserved, even if she couldn't afford the things she wanted. Kade came before everything and anything, especially herself.
Her son was her whole world.
"You're going to make so many new friends honey. I'm happy you're excited." She smiled, picking him up. "Ready to go see your new room?" Kade nodded eagerly as his mother made their way out the door.
"Mommy! It's so big!" Kade shouted as he seen his room for the first time.
Lucy laughed at her son as she set him on the ground, letting him run around his room. "Do you like it sweetheart?"
"Yes!" He exclaimed throwing his hands up in the air. "Mommy! Dragon blankets!"
"I know you love dragons, so I got you some." Her son's face was as bright as the son, and it made her heart melt to see him so happy for simplistic things such as a new bed set. She watched as her son ran over to her, his tiny arms wrapping around her jean lad leg.
"Thank you mommy!"
Lucy smiled down at her son. "Anything for you honey."
"Mommy do you think I can have friends over?"
"If your friends parents don't mind and I'm not working, I don't see why not."
Kade grinned. "Mommy, I like this place better already."
The young mother laughed, her son sure was something. "Well my little dragon, lets get you tucked in. Daycare starts tomorrow and I don't think you want to be tired meeting everyone now would you?"
Kade's eyes grew wide. He turned to his bed in a hurry trying to climb up but was having difficulty. His mother walked over to him and helped him up. Once under the covers, Lucy kissed his forehead. "I love you sweetheart, have sweet dreams."
"I love you Mommy."
Lucy walked away from her son, turning on his new dragon nightlight before walking out of the room leaving his door cracked. She entered her new room, seeing that she really hadn't unpacked anything but the things she needed for her new job tomorrow. She had been too busy setting up Kade's room to even worry about her own. She sighed, thinking about all the work that had to be done. She got settled underneath the covers, before drifting off to dreamland.
"Mommy!" Kade had tears in his eyes, clinging onto his mother not letting her go.
"You were so excited about starting daycare, what happened?" Lucy said smoothing the back of her son's head. The daycare associates stood there waiting patiently. They understood why Kade was showing signs of separation anxiety, hes been with his mother almost every hour of every day for the past three years.
"I don't want you to go Mommy!" He cried, tears running down his chubby cheeks. Lucy felt her heart breaking with each passing second.
"I have to go to work honey, I wish I could stay. Mrs. Aries is going to take very good care of you, okay?
"No!" He said stubbornly, not letting go of his mother.
"Kade…" Lucy sighed as she rubbed his head. "Guess what Mrs. Aries told me?" Kade pulled back looking into his mother's eyes. "She said she has dragon toys! I bet the other kids want to play dragons with you."
Kade looked up to his daycare teacher, his eyes red and puffy. "R-Really?"
"Of course! We love playing dragons here." She said with a smile. "Do you want to go see them?"
Kade nodded his head, letting go of his mother. "Mommy, will you go look at them with me?"
Lucy looked at her phone to check the time, thanking Mavis she left early in fear this might happen. "Of course sweetheart."
Kade held his mother's hand to the toy chest, where a kid with blonde hair and black eyes was looking through its contents.
"Momon." The child in question looked up at his teacher. "This is Kade, it's his first day here so he's really nervous."
Momon looked at the kid who held on his mother's hand. He grinned, extending out his hand. "I'm Momon! Its nice to meet you Kade!"
Kade looked at Lucy who was ushering her son to go forward and shake Momon's hand. Kade nervously went up and accepted it. "Hi Momon."
"Momon loves dragons, I'm sure he wouldn't mind showing you the dragon toys." The pink haired haired teacher smiled, seeing Kade's unshed tears dry up.
"Y-You like dragons?"
"Duh, they're only the coolest things ever!" Momon shouted. "Do you want to play with me?"
Kade let go of his mother's hand and nodded his head. He turned around to face her, reaching his little arms up signaling he wanted a hug. Lucy was teary eyed as she bent down to give her son what he wanted.
"I want you to be good for Mrs. Aries okay?" She felt him nod on her shoulder. "I love you Kade, play nice okay?"
"I love you Mommy!" Kade said when his mom kissed his cheek. Momon took his hand and Lucy watched as they ran off towards the play area.
Lucy wiped her tears as Aries approached her. "I promise Kade will have a great first day. The children are all accepting and well behaved."
"I appreciate you letting Kade in so late in the year Aries." Aries smiled at the single mother.
"My pleasure Lucy, now off you go! If Kade sees you again I'm not sure we'll be able to bribe him away from you."
Lucy laughed, taking one last look at her little boy who was playing with a stuffed dragon in the middle of the carpet with the others. With a teary smile, she tore her eyes away. Ready to start her first day at her new job.
"Hi Lucy! My name is Levy McGarden, I'll be showing you around and training you for the next few weeks." A petite blue haired female said with a kind smile.
"H-Hello." Lucy stuttered, not used to people being this excited at eight in the morning.
"Working here is so much fun! Especially if you have a partner helping with articles. You just brainstorm and write all day! It's great!" Levy shouted as she made her way inside an empty room surrounded by windows. It had a long, rectangular table in the middle with 8 chairs. Levy took a seat in one of the empty chairs, beckoning Lucy to join her. "Depending on how you do, we could be partners! Wouldn't that be fun?"
"Yeah…" Lucy slowly agreed. "You sure are energetic in the morning."
Levy smirked at her, taking a sip from her coffee mug before replying. "Two cups of coffee before work is the only reason I haven't gotten fired for snapping on someone. People here can be real jerks."
Lucy laughed a bit. "Isn't that how every workplace is though?"
"Perhaps, but my temper is as short as I am without my coffee." She said with a grin. "Probably not towards you, you seem like a nice person."
"Thank you." She said softly. "You seem… very energetic."
"Not really. I would rather be laying down with a good book then be outside."
Lucy's mouth dropped open. "No way! Me too."
"You read books?!"
The blonde nodded. "Yep! I try for one book a week since my schedule is busy. I'm actually trying to write one…"
"You have to let me be the first one to read it." The short journalist said amazed. "I could even edit it for you!"
"S-Sure." She replied shyly. "I'm pretty self-conscious about my writing though."
"Most authors are." Levy explained with a smile. "Don't worry, I won't be harsh. I've always wanted to be an editor of a book instead of journal articles.
"Okay, you can be the first one to read it." The blonde replied nervously.
"Yes!" She exclaimed, throwing her fist in the air. "You picked a good day to start, we just finished all of our deadlines. Nothing really to do but sit around and talk. Wanna do that?"
Lucy beamed. "Sure."
"So, where are you from?" Levy asked.
"Hargeon. Its my first day in the city as well."
Levy's mouth dropped open. "So you're new to this job and new to the city?"
Lucy nodded her head.
"Do you know anyone?"
"Besides you… no."
"This won't do!" Levy shouted scaring Lucy a little bit. "My best friend can't be all alone in a new city!"
"Best… friend?" Lucy muttered to herself seeing that the small woman was about to say something else.
"Me and my friends get together once every two weeks for a night out. What do you say you come and join us next week? We usually go out to eat and then to someone's house to play games or watch a movie. What do you say?"
"That sounds great Levy, but…"
Lucy looked down at her lap. Should she tell someone she just met about her son? She was going to find out eventually, but if anything she was an overprotective mother of her son. Levy seemed really nice though…
"I… have a son."
"You do?" Lucy nodded, fearful of the judgement she was going to receive. "That's amazing! I would love to meet him."
"Y-You don't care I have a son?"
Levy looked genuinely confused. "No, why would I?"
"Usually people shame me for being a mother so young."
"When did you have him?"
"Has it always just been you and him?"
Lucy hesitated before nodding her head. "I've raised him for three years on my own with a part time bookstore employee wage.I'm so thankful for this job because it's so much easier to provide for him. Today's my first day without him for more than two hours though and it's killing me."
Lucy felt a soft pressure on her hand, looking over she seen Levy put her hand on top of hers and was giving her a soft, understanding look. "You sound like a great mother Lu-chan. Your son is lucky to have you."
The blonde felt a few tears slip down her cheeks, she quickly wiped them away before saying, "T-Thank you."
"I understand you would have to get a babysitter and everything set up before you can spend a night with us. Just take your time, my friends are very friendly and understanding. I bet they'll be super excited to meet you and your son, but I understand if you want to meet them first before introducing them to him."
"Yeah. Thank you for being so understanding… I really appreciate it.
Levy grinned. "That's what friends are for."
"MOMMY!" Kade shouted as he seen his mom walk into the daycare doors. Lucy smiled as she kneeled down and opened her arms as her son came crashing into them.
"How was your first day?" She asked her little boy as she hugged him to her chest.
"It was great! Me and Momon played with dragons! And Mommy guess what!"
"I got chocolate milk for lunch!" Kade sounded to happy it melted Lucy's heart.
"You did?" Lucy said with a shocked tone. "What else did you have for lunch?"
"Pizza! I ate all of it too!"
"Oh my!" Lucy said with a laugh. "You're going to be so big if you keep it up!"
Lucy's expression softened. "Yes honey, really."
"Ahh Miss Lucy!" The single mother looked over to her son's daycare teacher. "Kade was an absolute delight. Him and Momon get along very well, they were practically inseparable."
"Momon is my best friend Mommy!" Kade exclaimed.
"I'm so happy you made a friend baby." Lucy looked to his teacher. "Thank you for taking such great care of him. We'll see you tomorrow."
"Bye Mrs. Aries!" Kade waved as his mother carried him out the doors. Aries waved back at the small boy before attending to her other students.
"What is it honey?" Lucy asked as she tucked him into his bed. She seen he looked hesitant about asking her. Lucy brushed his bangs back, and tried again. "What is it Kade?"
"Momon said he was going to play soccer this season… I was wondering if I could play with him?"
Lucy looked down to her son, seeing the hopeful look in his eyes. She wanted to see her son to try new things and be happy, but money was a major issue. She sighed, running her hand through her son's blonde locks. "How about after work tomorrow we'll go down to the sports center and see. How does that sound?"
Kade smiled widely, his happy persona infectious as Lucy felt all her troubles and worries vanish seeing her son's smile. "Okay!"
"Get some sleep sweetheart. I love you."
"I love you Mommy."
Like she did the night before, Lucy kissed her son's forehead and turned on the nightlight to his bedroom before leaving his room with the door cracked. Once she was in her room she hopped on her bed and sighed, she only hoped she could afford to let her little boy play soccer. He deserved so much more than what she could give him. He never asked for anything, so when he actually asked for something she tried her damndest to give it to him. Tears slipped from her eyes as her head hit the pillow, sleep slowly taking over.