*Well.. the first chapter of Unbroken Love. I hope that you all like it.
* About 4 years later*
"Mama," said Chelsea who was a couple months away from being 11 and almost done with the 6th grade, "when is Dad coming home from California?"
"He'll be home this afternoon because Athena and Lexie are coming over because Athena has some big announcement for us," said Alex as she poured some cereal for Josiah and Jordyn. "Come on, Chels, eat, stop texting on your phone."
"Mama, I'm in the middle of a conversation. I'm ready for school. Don't forget I have my hip hop class today after school at the studio."
"Chelsea, I know!" she said as Josiah came into the kitchen. "Hey, Josiah, where's Jordyn?"
"She in the bathroom," he said. "Mommy, I can't find my shoe!"
"I'll find it. Let me get her out of the bathroom. Just sit down to eat. We have to leave soon because I have to go to work and you have to go to Grandma Brooks' house." They had moved to New York about two years ago so that Dave could run his business and so that Alex could be closer to her mother. It was two years ago that Tony told them that his father had finally gotten caught. It was Tony that turned him in. Tony told the police everything he knew about his dad so that he could get out of jail on good behavior. Tony had cleaned himself up a lot and he was a completely different person. He was NOTHING like his father. He had turned himself around completely and was a great dad to Lexie. Dave hadn't gotten too friendly with him but he tolerated him for Athena's sake. Alex and Tony had become really good friends. Tony even helped Alex with her domestic violence center and out of the kindness of his heart Dave gave Tony a job at his barber shop that he opened up where Ron's pizza shop used to be.
Alex made her way upstairs to the bathroom to get Jordyn out because she knew she would sit on the toilet forever and Alex didn't have time that morning for her to be on the toilet forever. "Get out, Ben!" said Kaylee. "This is my room. GET OUT."
"NO," said Ben.
"MOMMY!" yelled a 6 year old Kaylee. "BEN WON'T GET OUT OF MY ROOM!"
Alex let out a sigh it was a lot easier when Dave was home because the morning went quicker and Ben actually followed the rules. As Alex was walking into Kaylee's bedroom she heard, "MAMA! JOSIAH SPILLED HIS MILK!"
Alex let out another sigh and said, "This is going to be a LONG day." Alex walked into the bedroom and said, "Benjamin Michael, what did your sister just say to you?"
"Uh she said it was her room and to get out," said Ben as he was standing on Kaylee's just made bed without his shirt on in just his khaki pants for school.
"Then get out," said Alex. "This is her room. If you want to destroy a room and other people's stuff destroy your own. Get down NOW!"
"I'm not listening. I'm not listening!" Ben sang as he jumped on her bed.
"Mommy! Make him stop," said Kaylee. "I just made my bed."
"Oh you just made your bed huh?" asked Ben. "Okay," he said as he started throwing her Hello Kitty pillows off her bed and messing up her Hello Kitty sheets.
"MOMMMY!" said Kaylee as she started to cry. "MAKE HIM STOP." Kaylee was a little on the sensitive side. It didn't take much to make her cry and Ben knew it and he used it to his advantage every time.
"BENJAMIN MICHAEL!" said Alex as she walked over to the bed and pulled him off, "you will remake her bed and then you will apologize to her. Do you understand me?"
"No I'm not," he said.
Alex gently took his arm and made him face her, "yes you are. Do it now and then go get your shirt on for school. Do you understand me?"
"Nope," he said as he looked at Alex in her eyes with his big brown eyes he had inherited for her. He was a tough little guy and he didn't back down too much. He was the rebel of the group. Ben only did what Ben wanted to do. If he didn't want to do it then he didn't do it. He had a mind of his own and he had gotten in trouble numerous times at the prestigious private school Alex and Dave were sending Chelsea, Kaylee and Ben to because of his behavior.
"Just get him out!" said Kaylee. "I'll make my bed myself."
"Okay," said Alex as she took Ben by the hand and escorted him out of the room. "By the way Kaylee good job at getting yourself dressed for school today. I will do your hair after you eat."
"Okay, Mommy," she said as she started to remake her bed in her plaid jumper and white polo underneath. Kaylee was a good kid all in all. She never really gave any problems. She followed the rules and she aimed to please everyone. Alex figured that was the reason her and Ben fought so much but Kaylee and Jordyn were as close as they could be. Dave had nicknamed them Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Alex escorted Ben to his room. She was appalled at the mess she saw in front of her. He had colored all over the walls. His toys were laying around everywhere and his Spiderman sheets were ripped off his bed. He had no respect for anything it seemed. He had so many toys because Dave spoiled him but he never really took care of anything. Sometimes when he got a toy he would have it destroyed within a day or two. "Ben, what happened in here?" asked Alex as she got out his white polo shirt for school.
"Nothing," he said.
"It looks like a Hurricane blew through this room," she said. "Hurricane Benjamin."
"Oh," he said as he put his polo on.
"What's your dad going to say when he gets home?"
"I don't' care," he said.
"Ben, how old are you?"
"5 but I'll be 6 in May," he answered as he got his shoes on.
"So tame it down on the attitude."
"Um. No," he said.
"I'll be talking to your dad about your attitude."
"I don't care," he said as he left the room and headed downstairs. Alex knew that she better get Jordyn out of the bathroom and get Josiah's shoe before World War Three broke out in the kitchen during breakfast.
She walked into the bathroom Jordyn, Kaylee and Chelsea shared. She walked in to see Jordyn pouring Chelsea's shampoo down the sink. "Jordyn Nevaeh, what are you doing?"
"Nothing, Mommy," she said putting the bottle of Herbal Essence down.
Alex walked over to the sink and saw the shampoo. She turned the faucet on and rinsed it down the drain. "I guess Mommy is going to have to stop at the grocery store after work today," she said picking Jordyn up. "Do you know where Josiah's shoe is?"
"No mommy. I have no idea," she said with a smile and looking at Alex with her big brown eyes. Her curly brownish blonde hair was hanging down in her face.
"Are you sure?" asked Alex.
"Yes, Mommy," she said as Alex carried her down the stairs. Alex walked into the living room and started searching for the shoe as she held Jordyn. She looked everywhere she could and she finally found it behind the cushion of the couch. "You find it Mommy!" said Jordyn with the biggest smile on her face.
"Yep, Mommy found it," said Alex as she carried her into the kitchen. She saw that Josiah's milk was still spilled on the table and dripping onto the floor. "Chelsea? Why didn't you clean up his spilled milk?" Chelsea didn't answer her and continued texting on her phone. "Chelsea!"
"WHAT?" she asked with attitude like Alex was bothering her.
"Why didn't' you clean up the milk Josiah spilled?" asked Alex as she put Jordyn down and handed her Josiah's shoe and walked over to the sink to get a paper towel.
"Oh. Because I didn't want to," she said as she went back to doing what she was doing.
"You know it would have been nice if you helped me out instead of playing with your phone," said Alex as she got down on her hands and knees and began cleaning up the spilled milk on the floor. She then started cleaning the spilled milk up off the table and took Josiah's glass and put it in the sink.
"I'm sorry, Mommy," said Josiah.
"It's okay. I'm sure it was an accident," said Alex.
"Siah," said Jordyn. "Mommy find your shoe." She handed her twin brother his shoe.
"Thank-you," he said as he put it on.
"Thank-you, Jordyn," said Alex, "but sit down and eat."
"Okay, Mommy," she said as she walked to her seat and climbed up to her booster seat to sit down and eat.
"Chelsea, who are you texting?" asked Ben, "your boyfriend?"
"Ben shut up. I don't' have a boyfriend," she said.
"Make me shut up."
"Do you really want me to?" asked Chelsea.
"No one is making anyone do anything. Chelsea and Ben knock it off!"
"Fine," said Chelsea, "just tell the toad to mind his own business."
"I'm not a toad," said Ben, "ugly."
"I'm not the one that's ugly. You're ugly," said Chelsea. "Now shut up."
"CHELSEA AND BEN!" yelled Alex. "KNOCK IT OFF!"
"Ooh, you got Mom upset," said Ben.
"No you did," said Chelsea.
"If I have to tell you two to knock it off one more time Chelsea, you're not going to hip hop and Ben you're not going to soccer."
"Okay," said Chelsea.
"Okay," said Ben.
Kaylee finally made her way into the kitchen to eat. "Good morning," she said with a smile as she found her place at the table.
"What's up, Fed Ex," said Chelsea with a smile.
"My name isn't Fed Ex. It's Kaylee. Stop calling me that."
"Chelsea," said Alex, "cut it out."
"Okay, Mama," she said. "What is Athena telling us today?"
"Chels, I have no idea," said Alex as she went through book bags. She signed the note that got sent home from Ben's teacher and said, "Ben, you really need to respect your teachers and respect your classmates. You can't keep acting out in class."
"I know," he said, "but she told me to sit down and I didn't want to so I didn't."
"Ben, she's your teacher. If she tells you to do something you do it."
"I don't like to," he said.
"Oh well," said Alex. "You don't have to like it. You just have to do it."
"Whatever," said Ben.
"Just wait until your dad comes home," said Alex. "I'm sure you're going to have an attitude adjustment."
"When does Dad come home?" asked Ben.
"This afternoon. He'll be here when you get out of school so be prepared."
"Oh well," he said. Sometimes Ben's boldness amazed Alex. He was very outspoken and Alex couldn't believe he was so disrespectful. It was like he didn't care that he got in trouble. He always acted like it was no big deal.
When breakfast was over Alex cleaned up the table and quickly did Kaylee's and Jordyn's hair throwing it up in a ponytail. She handed Ben, Josiah, Jordyn and Kaylee their backpacks while Chelsea grabbed her own book bag. Alex took Jordyn's and Josiah's hands and walked them to the car as Chelsea, Kaylee and Ben followed behind. Kaylee and Ben began fighting about where they were going to sit as Alex put Jordyn and Josiah in their car seats. Alex never understood why it was such an issue for Ben and Kaylee to just get in the car and sit down. They fought about it everyday while Chelsea made her way to the front seat. Once Jordyn and Josiah were in their seats Alex stopped the fight between Ben and Kaylee and picked the seats for them. Neither of them were happy but they did as she said. Alex got into the driver's seat and headed to the school to drop the older kids off. She pulled up to the cross walk in the parents' parking lot and dropped the kids off. Chelsea, Ben and Kaylee got out of the car and Alex said, "Have a good day!"
"You too, Mommy," said Kaylee. "I love you."
"Love you, Mom," said Ben.
"Bye, Mama," said Chelsea in her southern accent. She was the only one of their kids that had the accent. Ben and Kaylee had a small one but it wasn't as strong as Chelsea's. It was understandable though because Chelsea was raised in the south for 8 years while Ben and Kaylee were only raised in the south for 3 years.
"Love you guys," said Alex as they shut the doors and walked into the school. Ben and Kaylee had a pushing match when they got to the door and then walked into the school. Alex let out a sigh and headed to her mom's house.
When she pulled into the driveway she put the car in park and Jordyn yelled, "Grammy's house!"
"Yes. We're at Grammy's," said Alex with a smile as she got out of the car to get them out of their seats. She took them up to the door and rang the doorbell.
After a few minutes her dad answered the door. "Hey, Alex," he said.
"Hey, Dad," she said sounding exhausted as they walked into the house.
"Rough morning?" he asked.
"Isn't it always? It's been 3 months since Dave has been in Cali and the mornings have gotten worse," she said. "Ben's behavior has gotten worse."
"Oh God," said Theodore, "tell me about it. You're getting them from school today right?"
"Yes, Dad," said Alex with a smile. "Don't worry. Ben won't be here to destroy your house today."
"Good because I'm still repairing the hole in the wall he made last week. I asked him why he did it and he replied because he wanted to."
"Dad, I told you, Dave and me will pay to have it repaired. I am so sorry."
"It's okay," said Theodore, "the boy just needs to know his limits."
"Believe me he has limits he just goes past them all the time and he acts like it is no big deal."
"I know," said Theodore as Sylvia walked up.
"Hello, Alex," she said.
"Hey, Mom," she said hugging her. "They had breakfast and they have their backpacks."
"Okay," said Sylvia. "Are you tired, Honey?"
"Very," said Alex. "When you have 3 year old twins sleeping in bed with you kicking you every chance they get you don't get sleep and with Dave being gone I've been Mom and Dad it's so much harder now than it was when Chelsea was little."
"How is that little Gem doing?"
"Full of attitude as usual," said Alex. "And her and Ben fight ALL the time and if it's not those two it's Ben and Kaylee. And if it's not them it's Kaylee and Chelsea. I am so glad their dad is coming home today."
"I bet," said Sylvia. "Well, you better go or you're going to be late for work. The older ones aren't coming today are they?"
"No because I took half a day because of Dave coming home. I'm even picking Jordyn and Josiah up from pre-school at 11:45 so you won't have to do that either."
"Okay," said Sylvia. "Have a good day at work."
"Thanks," said Alex. She bent down and hugged Josiah and Jordyn. "I love you guys. Have a good day."
"I love you, Mommy," said Jordyn.
"I love you, Mommy," said Josiah.
Alex walked out the door and headed to her job. She had finished her schooling to become a teacher in the last year. She worked as a Learning Support teacher at a public school inside the city. It was the only job that she could get for now. She was hoping to become a classroom teacher but she took what she could get. It was good money but NOTHING compared to the money Dave was making by being an actor again and plus they had money coming in from the Barber shop. When Alex got to work she stopped in at the office got her mail, talked to a few friends and got her work started. She worked with a couple students that day and then headed home for the day. She stopped by the pre-school and picked the twins up before she went to the airport to pick up Dave.
When they got to the airport the first thing Jordyn said was, "I have to go potty!"
"Of course," said Alex as she walked them to the bathroom. It wasn't unusual for Jordyn to have to use the bathroom. She ALWAYS had to go to the bathroom. Alex walked them into a stall so that she could use the bathroom and said, "Don't take too long because we don't' want to miss Daddy."
"Okay, Mommy," said Jordyn as she went to the bathroom. When she was finished she said, "I'm all done, Mommy."
"Okay," said Alex as she helped her pull her pants back up and flushed the toilet. She took her out to the sink and helped her wash her hands. "All better?"
"All better," said Jordyn with a big smile.
They left the bathroom and went to where they were meeting Dave. His plane was a little late getting in but it finally landed. Dave got off the plane and rushed to meet his family. As soon as he left the terminal he looked to where he was supposed to meet them and saw them standing there. A smile grew on his face and he rushed over to them. "Hey, Beautiful," he said to Alex.
"BABY!" she said wrapping her arms around him. "I missed you so much. You have no idea how much I missed you."
"I missed you too. These three months have been hell for me," he said as he kissed her lips passionately. When the kiss broke he got down on the twins' level and said, "what's up my homies?"
Jordyn let out a small laugh and hugged her dad. "I miss you, Daddy!" she said with her big brown eyes growing bigger and a big smile on her face.
"I missed you too, Jelly," he said hugging her. "And Josiah, my boy. I missed you too."
"I miss you too," said Josiah as he hugged his dad too.
"So how was pre-school today?"
"We sing songs and paint," said Jordyn.
"I play drums," said Josiah.
"You played the drums?" asked Dave.
"Yeah," said Josiah. Next to Dave he was a spitting image of him. He had everything of Dave's and you could not tell that Alex was his mother at all. He was all Dave but Jordyn on the other hand was all Alex. She was a spitting image of Alex when she was little. She had the curly hair and the big brown eyes. She was her mother's daughter. They were definitely fraternal twins.
"I know my ABC's" said Jordyn.
"You do?" asked Dave, "let me hear them."
"Okay, Daddy," she said as she started to sing, "A B C D E F G H I J K MNM O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z."
"Very good," said Dave with a smile.
"Thank-you," said Jordyn.
"So how are the other ones?" asked Dave as they walked to the baggage claim.
"Well, Chelsea is full of attitude. She seems to have her cell phone attached to her hands but as for school she's still doing great."
"That's good. You should have never allowed that cell phone at 10," said Dave.
"I know but everyone has a cell phone these days. I didn't want her to be left out."
"I know," he said, "and Kaylee?"
"She's doing good. She gives me no problems but she does just cry a lot. She's doing good in school."
"Good," said Dave, "and dare I ask.. How is Ben?"
"The same old Ben. He put a hole in my dad's wall last week."
"What the hell?" asked Dave.
"Yeah. He had no reason he did it just because he wanted to."
"That boy of ours. I will not tolerate that. Did you tell your dad that we will pay for the repairs?"
"Yeah," said Alex. "Wait until you see his room. It's big mess and he keeps getting in trouble at school and I don't know what to do because nothing is working with him. Then he acts like it doesn't matter."
"I will handle that," said Dave. "He's mine when he gets home from school."
"You handle that, Baby," said Alex.
"Believe me I will," he said. "And Athena?"
"I guess she's doing good. She's coming over for dinner tonight."
"Why?" asked Dave.
"Because she has a big announcement for us," said Alex.
"I can't wait for that," said Dave. "I can only imagine."
*A/N: As you can see Ben and Chelsea have become pretty bad kids. Chelsea isn't as helpful or sweet as she used to be and Ben is just BAD! Kaylee is sensitive and sweet. Jordyn seems like a handful too but Josiah seems to be a little angel. Alex was doing it all by herself for 3 months while Dave was away. DAve didn't seem happy about what he heard about Ben and Chelsea when he came back... and he doesn't seem too sure of Athena's announcement. Only time will tell. How is Dave going to handle Ben and what is Athena's big announcement? So what did you think.. it will get better as the story goes on. Please review and thank-you for taking the time to read.