Sorry this update took forever! With school and everything, I can't find the time to actually sit and write. Either I am doing homework or just not in the mood. But now, here in New York, Hurricane Sandy shut down all the electricity, Internet, cable, and I have no hot water! Then we got everything back but since I missed a week of school, I ended up with test, after test, after test. As soon as I'm free I will post!
"Mom, I'm going to dinner tonight with Chad's family." I say, when I get home. I'm trying to read her face. I honestly don't know what kind of impression Chad left on my mother. I really hope she doesn't mind my relationship with Chad. She still hasn't responded to what I said. She stops cutting her strawberries and looks at me.
"You guys are finally together!?" she asks with a huge smile. I guess she doesn't mind.
"Why does everyone say that? You guys knew before we even knew." I said.
"Oh, honey. Don't be so naïve. You knew you liked Chad. Chad liked you too. The way that boy looks at you? You have to be blind not to see that he likes you." She said. I immediately blush and turn away. "And that week when you guys were fighting, the sheen in his eyes disappeared." I look at her shocked, eyes wide.
"I don't know what you're talking about."
"Sonny, a mother knows. You were all sulky and boring. And just like your father, you had to prove a point. You think I didn't know why you went to school so early?" My eyes widened once more. "Don't worry, I didn't tell Chad when he came; asking if he was going to give you a ride. I covered for you." She said, giggling slightly.
My mother has always been like that. She is right also about my dad. When I was 10, my dad and his brother got into this huge fight. It was something so trivial no one remembers what it was about. And I'm sure if I were to ask my uncle now, he wouldn't know. My dad didn't talk to his brother for three weeks. It tore him up inside, not talking to his brother, but he stood his ground. Eventually, my uncle came and they talked it out. The next day, they got together and went to the bar to watch a football game.
"So, are you going to tell me why you guys were fighting?" my mom asked, looking at me pointedly. I sit next to her at the island and take some strawberries that she cut.
"Tawni, Chad's sister, she doesn't like us together. I don't think it has anything to do with me, mostly. I heard that Chad has had his heart broken. She just doesn't want it to happen again. She doesn't trust me." I said sighing. "For a month we kept it a secret. I had to endure Tawni's teasing and stabs, and Chad never said anything to defend me. And when the school's "hotie"," I said with air quotes, "started to flirt with me, Chad couldn't even claim me as his. It just seemed that he didn't really like me as he made it out to seem." I said.
"You know, I understand where you are coming from. You are in a relationship and you want to be respected. You have the right to be. If Chad likes you, he shouldn't have to hide it." She said, smiling. "Don't worry about Tawni, she will get over it."
"That's the thing. She thinks she can get back at Chad for dating the school "hottie", Gabe Trunk. And Chad told me he was dangerous. She just wants to spite him. That's why we are having dinner. Tawni told Mrs. Cooper we were dating before Chad could. So to spite her, Chad told Mrs. Cooper that she is dating Gabe. So now she invited us to dinner." I explained.
"Well, be careful and good luck. It should be interesting." She said, laughing. I got up from the stool, kissed my mom on the cheek and went upstairs to get ready.
Sonny came early to help my mom set the table. My dad is in his office, putting away today's paper work. Tawni is in her room, still getting ready. Me, I am on the couch dreading the moment the bell rings.
"Babe, I'm here!" Gabe Trunk didn't ring the door bell. He came in as if it were his home. Tawni runs down the stairs and gives him a wet kiss. He walks down the foyer with Tawni and sees me. "Chaddy, how's it going, buddie?" he said, giving me the chin nod. Did he just call me Chaddy?
"Gabe." I said, curtly. Sonny and my mom walk out of the kitchen.
"Hey Sun Beam." He says, smiling at Sonny; Sun Beam? Sonny looks confused. It's kind of funny; Gabe just made a fool out of himself. Gabe is still smiling, so he doesn't even care that he looks dumb; which defeats the purpose of it being funny.
"Gabe" Sonny says.
"Mrs. Cooper, you have a beautiful home" Gabe says, putting a hand out for her to shake. When did he become a proper human being?
"Nice to meet you, Gabe"
"I now see where Tawni gets her stunning looks."
"Who is talking about my wife's looks?" my dad bellowed, coming out of the room.
"Dad, I told you my new boyfriend is coming to dinner tonight." Tawni said, wrapping an arm around his waist. "This is Gabe Trunk" she introduced. Gabe stuck out his hand and my dad shook it sternly, giving him a cold stare.
"What are you doing here Sonny?" he says when he spots her next to me.
"Oh Dad, she got here a few minutes after you rushed into your office. Sonny and Chad are dating now." Tawni informs him, looking at me as if she just got me in trouble.
"That's fantastic!" my dad says, wearing a big smile. "Chad, she's a good girl, don't ruin her." He says, slapping my back. Sonny smiles and leans against me. I give her a one armed hug and kiss the top of her head. Tawni has a sour face on and Gabe just frowns.
"Well, are we going to eat?" my dad asks, walking to the dining room. "What a nice table" he said, sitting at the head of the table.
"Sonny came early to set up." My mom said brightly, looking at Sonny. Sonny blushed as she sat next to me.
"Oh, wonderful; thank you. Tawni, did you help?" he asked, looking over to her. She scowled at Sonny, and never answered my dad.
"So, Gabe, what do you want to do after college?" my dad asked, putting a mound of mashed potatoes on his plate. I handed Sonny the green beans, still looking at Gabe for an answer. This should be good.
"I want to be famous".
"I want to be a musician." He says.
"You know, if you are good, you can go far. But in that industry, I tell Chad this also, you have to have luck. It is good to have a back up. What are you planning to do?" my dad asked. It's true, he tells me that all the time. If the whole music thing doesn't work out, I might want to be an agent or something. I still want to work in the entertainment industry. My parents are for whatever I decide to do. I just need a plan. Without a plan, it just looks silly and easy to fail.
"Well, I haven't really thought about it. Maybe I can work with my dad or something. Good thing I am usually lucky. How else would I have scored Tawni?" he said, winking at Tawni. I think I saw my dad pale a little.
The rest of the night was uneventful to say the least. I don't think Gabe made a great impression on my dad. Tawni isn't one be convinced.
"Tawni, I really think you can do better than Gabe." My mom said, clearing the table. Sonny picked up the rest of the empty cups and headed to the kitchen, keeping quiet. I know that she doesn't want to be part of this scenario.
"I like him."
"Tawni, he seemed a little shallow and bland." My dad insisted.
"I like him. You will learn to like him." She said, turning toward the stairs.
"Keep an eye on them."
I know this is really short, I just thought it was about time I posted something. I wish I had more time to write! Please review!