My Kinda Life

Written by: ThomasZoey3000

Invitation

My Name is Matthew Gagnon, I'm at a proper age of nineteen, I have a licence to drive, got several computers to work with, all with internet access and I have some huge collections about Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.

My life however isn't what you might call pleasent, I live in a two story countryside house with my two parents who argue all the time and to make things worse, I'm stuck with a curfew.

Over a year ago I found an online chat room, where I met this young girl named Kaede Fuyou and yes, it is the same Kaede from Shuffle! I talk with her alot, even on the days she wasn't happy.

"I'm losing Rin," she said once, "I don't know if I can go on without him."

I simply replyed back, "you can make it even without Rin, you'll still have your friends and family to spend time with."

"Yeah, you're right," she said.

Now getting on with my life, the worst news came to me all in one day, my boss at the HMV store fired me because it was a new law, not to have over ten employees in the store and even though I was one of the best around, he still fired me.

"Here's your paycheck," he said to me, "I'm sorry for letting you go Matthew."

I only sighed as I walked out, the good news was that he gave me double my usual pay, but the bad news now was that I didn't have a job.

I drove on home after cashing my paycheck, just a little note I drive a black GMC pick up truck with a really loud sterio system.

"What a day," I groaned, "my parents are going to kill me when they find out."

I got a huge surprise however when I got inside, there were lots of boxes just lying around.

"Are you planning on going anywhere?" I asked my mother.

"Well, we're moving!" she snapped.

"But you two don't like each other, so why are you moving?"

"We're moving to a bigger home," said my father, passing me with some suitcases, "and we are leaving you the house."

"What?"

"Sorry Matthew, but it's for the best," said my mother walking out.

"Where are two moving to?" I called out.

"New Liskard, of course," called my father, "you can visit us anytime, just make sure it's once a year and I better not hear that you were fired from your job."

So they left it that, they drove off, they had taken the big flat screen TV, the DVD system, the couch, the chairs, well they pretty much took anything that wasn't mine.

If you don't know at this point, I lived my life mostly in Markham, Ontario, of course it's in Canada.

"Darn it, what do I have to do to get some much needed respect around here?"

I logged onto the computer in the living room, it was the only one my parents didn't take, along with my printer/scanner/copier, then I logged in on the chatroom.

"I hope you're logged in tonight, Kaede," I said to myself.

Thankfully she was, I told her everything that had happened, it was alot to say to her.

"I just don't know what to do anymore, without a job I'll be homeless in less than three weeks." I concluded my sentence with this a frown. I fell back onto the back rest of my chair, groaning loudly and nearly ready to cry, when a message came from Kaede, it read...

"Why don't you move in with me?"

Was I really reading this right? Was she really asking me to move in with her? Just to make sure I asked, "are you sure?"

"Yes," the message came back, then came some instructions on where to find her house, I gasped that she was in Tokyo Japan.

"Well better to move there than stay here and fail," I said to myself, "in that case, I would be happy to move in with you Kaede."

Over the next week, I got to work in packing up my stuff, then once that was done, I handed the keys over to the next owner of the house and I told them to be careful in that house and then I was off.

I travelled along to Stouffville, where I said my final goodbyes to my friends and then I was off.

I had to pay the man down at the dockside extra just to allow me to take my truck with me.

"Alright, but don't expect this on your return trip," he said with an evil smile.

"Believe me there is no going back," I said quietly.

The main reason I'll travel on a boat and not a plane, is because I don't trust them and plus I have a fear of high places, like above the clouds.

At last, the long trip across the ocean was over, I drove my truck into the Tokyo city, I stopped in a shop to pick up a map, thankfully I can speak japanese.

At last I pulled down the street to Kaede's neighbourhood.

"She said her house is the middle one," I looked up and noticed that there were only three houses in this area, two of them were huge, then I noticed the middle house, "this must be Kaede's house."

I opened up the gate, walked up the pathway and rang the doorbell.

"What do I say? I mean, I've only ever spoken with this girl over the internet."

The door slid open to the side, and there she was, with orange hair, red ribbons and beautiful blue eyes and wearing a nealy white dress was Kaede.

"Ah, hi," I said in a shy voice, "you must be Kaede, right?"

"Yes," she giggled, "and you must be Matthew."

It was funny, but at that moment, I stopped feeling nervous and started smiling.

"Would you like to come in?" she asked me.

"I love to," I answered and followed her inside, it certainly was a beautiful house and all clean too, "this is a beautiful home you got here."

"Thank you," she said happily.

"Kaede," called another voice, "I'm finished cleaning up the empty bedroom."

"Thank you Rimu."

"Rimu?" I asked.

"Yes, Matthew I would like to introduce you to Rimu, her real name is really Primula."

"It's nice to meet you Primula," I said, holding out my hand, she shook it back.

"It's nice to meet you too," she said.

"So Matthew, would you like some help bringing in your stuff?" asked Kaede.

"No that's okay," I said, trying to sound nice, "I've got it."

Kaede showed me the room I was to be staying in, "I'm sorry if it's a little small," she said.

"Nah, it's okay with me, it's defintely bigger than my last bedroom, it was too small, barely any room to move around in there."

"Yeah, I remember you said that when we talked on the chatroom."

"True and yet here we are," I smiled, "thank you so much for inviting me to stay with you."

"It was my plessure," smiled Kaede, she walked on over to me and surprising enough, she started hugging me, "I should be thanking you, for it was you who helped me out of the sad moments of my life."

I remembered that Rin used to live with Kaede and Primula, my guess was that now I was in his room, still I had to smile, "your welcome," I said, wrapping my arms around her, I then heard her crying, so I gently rubbed her hair, hoping to help her smile again.

She did smile again, when she revealed her face again to me.

After that, I got started in bringing in the boxes of my stuff, once that was done I got my computer stuff out and hooked everything up, it ran perfectly just like it did at my old home.

I decided to log onto the Sodor Island Forums and check out what was new in the world of Thomas.

"What are you doing?"

I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard someone asking me that, it was Primula.

"I was talking with my friends online, this is actually how Kaede and I met in the first place," I said to her, "I've been going on this forums page for over a year, just like the chatroom."

"Do you talk with them all the time?"

"No not all the time," I answered, "it's not like I'm on the computer twenty four hours a day, seven days a week," I concluded with a little chuckle.

Just as I turned back to the computer, Primula said, "I think Kaede really likes you."

Well, I had to blush the moment she said that.

"What makes you say that Primula?"

"Well she wouldn't have invited you here if she didn't."

"That's a good point," I chuckled, "of course we've been friends for over a year now, which is why we know so much about each other."

"Kaede was talking about you long before you came here."

I had to smile.

After logging off both Sodor Island Forums and my computer, Primula and I walked back downstairs, Kaede was standing at the door, talking to two adult men and two girls.

"Kaede," said the man in the bath robe, "did you notice that there is a truck over there," he said pointing to it.

Before Kaede could answer, I walked up next to her and spoke up...

"Yeah, that's my truck," I said.

"And you are?"

"I'm Matthew Gagnon, I just moved in today."

"So you're Matthew," said the red haired girl, "Kaede wasn't kidding, you are cute."

"And handsome too," added the dark blue haired girl.

After a while, I explained everything that had happened back in Canada, then of course they told me their names, the man in the bothrobe was named 'Eustoma', his daughter with the red hair is 'Sia', 'Forbessi' stood next to Eustoma, along with his daughter 'Nerine'.

To add on top of that, Nerine and Sia are princesses of two different realms, Sia is from the realm of the gods, and Nerine is from the realm of the demons and yes, that makes their fathers...kings!

Then Eustoma asked me, "so Matthew, are you single?"

"Well yes, at the moment I am," I answered.

"Well today is your lucky day, if you chose my Sia..." he never got any further, Sia had attacked him with a chair knocking him out cold.

"Don't go starting that up again!" she snapped.

"Alright," groaned her father, I only stood there nearly shocked, it was true of what Kaede told me about Sia and if that was true, I didn't want to see what could happen if Nerine got mad, I didn't want to think about that.

"Well, we hope you'll enjoy your stay here," said Forbessi.

"I'm sure that I will."

"So Matthew, what are your plans?" asked Sia.

"Well, I guess I need to find myself a job first of all, then after that...actually I don't know..." I said shaking my shoulders.

"That's okay Matthew," smiled Kaede, "we'll help you out in any way we can."

"Thank you," I said.

After the little meet and greet, I went back upstairs to do some unpacking, Kaede was working in the kitchen while Primula watched.

"Do you really like Matthew?" she asked her.

"He's a good friend," smiled Kaede, "of course I like him."

"But you haven't seen his face till today."

"That is true, but it's always good to help a friend in need, which is why I invited Matthew to stay with us."

"What about his family and friends, won't they miss him?"

"Why don't you ask him that when he comes back downstairs."

Meanwhile up in my new room, I was emptying out one of my boxes full of manga books, the one thing about me, is that I am a huge collecter, I have over fifty manga books, over two hundred DVDs and please don't even bother asking how many Thomas items I have.

I pulled out an entire box of Railway Series books I had in a huge box.

"Glad I brought these along with me, hope I didn't leave anything behind."

I checked out all the boxes and thankfully everything had been packed up as I had originally thought, even the DVDs I made up on my own computer, known only as the Original Classics Series with over forty different titles, were here too.

I was soon called down to dinner, I was looking forward to this, Kaede had said many times through the chatroom that she could cook, but it wasn't till I got into the kitchen that I saw how good of a cook she was.

"All this looks delicous," I wasn't even thinking at the moment, I was just amazed.

"Wait till you try it," giggled Kaede, walking over to her spot at the table, I blushed and giggled, but only a little.

I sat down at my spot, just across from Kaede, Primula sat down next to her, she smiled happily to me.

"Enjoy," she said happily.

Well, I took the first bite of the food she made, it was a special chicken dinner, oh man the taste was amazing and heavenily.

"Delicous Kaede," I said happily.

"I'm glad to hear that," smiled Kaede.

"Half the time, Kaede threw other dinners out," added Primula.

I looked over to Primula, I knew what she was talking about...during a short period of time, Kaede didn't come onto the chatroom, I knew something had happened and when she did come back on, she told me that Rin had picked Asa and had moved out to live an apartment.

Kaede looked down again, looking disapointed, I had to do something to cheer her up.

"Well, it's like I said, the food tastes amazing, I've never tasted anything so good in all my life," Kaede's face lifted up again and I knew that worked, she was smiling again, "of course I'm the worst cook out there, all I can make is pizza and spagetti."

"Well if you want I can teach you," offered Kaede.

"Really? Well, thank you Kaede."

We continued to eat, there wasn't anything left on the plates after that.

"You must have been hungry," giggled Kaede.

"Yeah I was," I said, "the food that was served on my boat trip tasted really bad, I swear I felt like I was eating garbage."

"It was that bad?" asked Primula.

"Oh yeah," I chuckled, "tonight however, the meal was amazing," then I turned over to Kaede and said, "thank you for the great meal."

"Your welcome," she smiled.

"Listen, how about if I help you clean up the dishes?"

Kaede looked over to me, kinda surprised, I always wanted to help out with the kitchen work, but I only ever got to do that when my parents were out doing other things and yet I always got yelled at, everytime.

"Okay," smiled Kaede.

"Okay then," I smiled.

"Do you want to do the washing or the drying?"

"I'll do the washing, I sometimes crack plates when drying them."

Kaede giggled a little more, I had to laugh along to that, Primula watched us from the kitchen table, "you two look like you're having a lot of fun."

"I guess we are," I smiled, continuing to wash the dishes.

After the work was done, I went back to my room, and continued on unpacking my stuff, while I was doing that, I plugged in my radio and played some of my mix CDs, they all had up to twenty songs.

Kaede entered into the room, just as the song 'for you' started up.

"I always wanted to dance to that song, but nobody wanted to dance with me," I sighed.

"Would you like to dance with me?"

I look up to Kaede standing there, holding her left hand to me, I agreed and we started dancing, both of us with our arms wrapped around each other and spinning in a slow circle, I knew I was enjoying this but, I wasn't sure if Kaede was...well I got my answer when she looked up and she was smiling at me.

Out of all the moments in my entire lifetime, dancing with Kaede along to the song 'for you' was definetly the greatest moment in my life.

By eight, I was done at last, all the boxes were empty, and everything was set up, from my computer to my small TV, to the video game systems, well to be honest, I decided to leave those unplugged, just in case. My DVDs and video games all sat on another shelve, my books were on another and my clothes were placed in the dresser that was already in the room.

"It's like I said before, this room is bigger than my old bedroom."

In my old room, there was only one bed and barely any space to move around, I usually liked getting out on the right side, but I couldn't do that without banging my head on the ceiling or hitting the wall.

My pajamas was just a simple South Simcoe Railway T-Shirt and blue pajama legs as well, not much to it really, I never wear the pajama shirt mostly because there isn't one.

After I had finished changing, I heard someone knocking on the door, of course it was Kaede, she was in her pajamas as well. Hers was a long white dress with blue straps on the top of them.

"Going to bed already Kaede?" I asked.

"Yeah, I get up at four thirty, so I need to get my sleep."

"Four thirty, geez. I remember getting up at that time, I could hardly keep my eyes open throughout the day. Don't you get tired?"

"Nope," she smiled, "I wake up feeling refreshed every day."

"Really? Wow!"

I was impressed for sure, there was more to Kaede then meets the eye. For some reason however, Kaede looked sad again.

"What's wrong?" I asked.

She ran right up to me and hugged me all over again, "nothing's wrong," she said, "now that you're here, I always wanted to meet the person who saved my life."

"Saved your life?"

"Without your kind words, I don't know how I would ever go on, thank you Matthew."

I could feel the tears pouring down my shirt, they were coming from Kaede's eyes, so I did what I had to, I hugged her back, wrapping my arms around her, holding her closely.

"Your welcome," I said to her, "and I promise that I'll always be here for you, I'll make you smile even on the days you feel sad."

Kaede looked up to me again, "do you mean it?"

"Of course I do," I answered.

"Thank you," she said happily, then backing off slowly and wiping away her tears she said, "I promise that I'll be there for you, no matter what."
I had to smile back, we were both making promises to each other and we were both determined to keep them.

"Well I better get to bed, I'll see you tomorrow Matthew."

"See you tomorrow Kaede," I said, just before she went into her room, I winked at her, that's the way I always said it on the chatroom.

Kaede giggled happily as she walked back into her room.

I went back online for a minute to talk to my friends on Sodor Island Forums, one of them was named Warrior, he was asking me how things were.

"Well let's just say the old saying is true, God never closes one door without opening another and today proves it. I had just moved in with the sweetest girl ever, she's amazing and to think I only used to talk with her on an online chatroom."

A message came back a minute later.

"You moved in with a girl you met on a chatroom?"

"Of course I did," I replied back, "Kaede is super sweet and so kind for giving me a place to live, I don't know how I'll ever be able to repay her."

"Just being her friend is good enough," said Warrior's message, "and being there for her helps too."

"You're right about that, well I better go, I'm getting tired and I have a lot of work to do tomorrow, I'll talk to you later buddy."

I logged off the forums, shut down my computer, turned off the lights, but I didn't fall asleep.

"Thank you," I said to no one in particular, "for giving me this second chance."

Of course, I was saying that to both Kaede and God, with that said I finally closed my eyes and I finally went happily to sleep in my new bedroom.