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It's the day of my graduation and I'm so excited I could…pee and a million times, which I'm currently doing. It's only noon and I've been to the bathroom at least a dozen times. I guess I'm nervous or something. I know I'm seen as a total badass but truth be told, the thought of walking in front of…everybody makes me have to pee.
When I came out of the bathroom I went back downstairs. Cece was decorating for the get together I was having after the ceremony. I heard the radio playing; Bullfrog was on it giving me props by way of the air. This day is really happening. It just feels so surreal… I know I'm only graduating high school and that isn't really a huge accomplishment but I'm scared a little.
Clare came through the door holding my dry cleaned suit. I greeted her with a kiss on the cheek and Cece "oohhed and awed" at us. I put the clothes in a safe place and I sat down for lunch. A cold cut turkey sandwich with chips a coke and a Twinkie. Lunches just don't get any better than this. As I was eating my last few chips the doorbell rang and the smell of whiskey filled the air. This can only mean one thing…
"Oh look at you! All grown up and graduating!"
"Gram gram I want you to meet my girlfriend… Clare."
"Clare I've heard so much about you! You must be one heck of a woman to put Lijey in the nuthouse."
"Okay okay… It's nice to meet you Clare…Hello, that is one huge rock on your finger."
"Cece certainly you and my son have seen this."
"The rock on Clare's finger."
"What rock? Baby boy…what rock?"
"The one I gave Clare for Christmas."
"On which finger."
"Are you two engaged?"
"No Ms. Goldsworthy. Eli just gave me the ring as a sign of commitment…it's a pre-engagement ring."
"Oh, Ruthie it's a pre-engagement ring."
"Lijey you didn't happen to give her that ring because she's pregnant did you?"
"Gram gram no, Clare isn't pregnant."
"Okay…because I remember your father gave you mom a 'promise ring' and a few months later they were at the altar saying I do while you were crowning. I just want what's best for you."
"Ruthie I've taught Eli the importance of safe sex."
"But you never were very assertive Cecelia… Just saying."
My grandma went up to the guest room and my mom counted to ten. She and my grandma never get along. As I saw Cece's face turning red I walked over and gave her a hug.
"Cece it's going to be okay."
"You're right…she's only here for one night… one night and then she'll hop back on her Harley and ride out of our lives again."
I went to get ready for graduation. Everything is about to change but one thing is for certain. My friends, family and the love of my life…never will. Oh, and my car. No matter what, Morty stays.
Eli's grandma was really colorful. I can tell she and Cece have battled before. She seems like the overbearing type. It kind of reminds me of my mom and grandma. I guess all mothers are skeptical of their son's wives.
I showered and put on the floral belted dress I was wearing to the graduation. Eli went into the bathroom after me. He had to rush in to pee. He's nervous. Probably more nervous than I've ever seen him before.
I slipped into his room and I pulled out the gift I got him. Well actually its two gifts, I just put them in the same box. The first is skull cufflinks. The second is a plain silver band with "I twisted your rubber arm" inscribed on the inside. I made his bed and then laid the tiny box and the love letter on his pillow. I hate giving gifts. It makes me feel awkward so I left before he could get into his room.
When I got downstairs Gram gram was sitting in the living room having tea with Cece, though I suspect Gram gram added a little "spice" to her tea. I could smell is from across the room.
"So Clare, how did you and Eli meet?"
"He ran over my glasses at school and then a few days later we got paired as writing partners…ever since then we've been inseparable."
"Until you dumped him and he got put in the looney bin?"
"It was a dark time for us both."
"Ruthie Eli had some issues he needed to work through and losing Clare helped him see that."
"It helped him see the noose he wrapped around his neck."
"Gram gram I didn't try to hurt Eli and I never would so don't make it look like it was my entire fault. He had some problems like we all do and we had a rough patch like all good relationships have but he's better and we are happy. I love him more than anything."
I cannot believe I just stood up to Gram gram! She got a stern look on her face and she put her cup down. Cece looked really worried. I think I'm about to be bitch slapped. Gram gram got up from her chair and walked over to me. To my surprise she pulled me into a hug.
"I like her Cecelia! She's got a little bite to her! She stood up to me! You're a keeper alright Clare… Welcome to the family."
Wow, I earned Gram gram's respect. It was easier than I thought… Eli called my name and I went upstairs to see what he wanted. Once I arrived he was standing there with the present and the love letter.
"This is…the perfect graduation gift Clare."
"Yeah, well you didn't think you'd be the only one giving out rings did you?
"The letter is nice too. I feel exactly the same way, only I love you more than you love me."
"What? No, I love you more."
"No… I love you more so just accept that fact."
"Whatever Eli. We'll see."
I helped him tie his tie and put on his cuff links. He looked nice. He always looks nice though. At least in my eyes. I went for the door but he pulled me back and kissed me. He closed the door quietly and locked it.
"What are you doing?"
We would have made love if Bullfrog hadn't knocked on the door to ask Eli about his aftershave. I guess there will be plenty of time to make love in the future. Things are about to change, it's going to be a huge change but hopefully it won't negatively affect me and Eli's relationship. Since absence makes the heart grow fonder maybe we'll just fall even deeper in love.
It's my sister's graduation day and I'm happy. We arrived at the school and my mom and I got seated while Bianca went to take her place in the line. It's going to be weird with it being just me around the house now because she's going to LA. She auditioned to be a dancer some singer and she got the gig. I just hope she doesn't forget where she came from. I and my mom sat next to Adam and the rest of the Torres crew. My mom and Mrs. Torres chatted while Adam and I talked.
"Man, I'm so looking forward to having the house to myself. I'm going to turn Drew's room into my office. Every president needs an office."
"Adam you are a mess. I'm going to miss Bianca."
"At least they are riding off into the sunset together. She's going to be dancing; he's going to playing for UCLA... I guess it all panned out."
"Yeah, I guess so."
Clare, Eli's parents and I'm guessing his grandma came and sat beside us. Clare looked happy, yet sad. I guess this would be a bittersweet day for her too considering the fact that Eli won't be at the same school as her anymore. At least she'll be in the same city as him though. It's not like he's moving to another country altogether like some folks I know.
The ceremony started and the graduates started walking across the stage on by one as their names were called. When they called Bianca my mom and I yelled at the top of our lungs….we yelled for Drew too. Clare was crying when Eli walked across the stage so I'm not sure if she's happy or sad. All I know is that tears were shed. When the ceremony was over I hugged Bianca, Drew and even Eli… I love Reese now but I'll never forget Eli. He was the first guy I've ever loved and he officially took my virginity. This will probably be the last time I ever see him and even though he hurt me… it's a little saddening. I just wish him well.
When we left the building Reese was outside leaning against the side of his car.
"What are you doing here?"
"Oh, I just wanted to know if you'd like a ride to the restaurant."
"Sure… Mom, Bi.."
"Go Olive, we will see you there."
I got into the car with Reese and I kissed him on the cheek just because I felt like it. This will be us next year; I just hope fate's deciding winds blow us in the same direction…
"The QB1 spot is yours now bro…the captain's spot too. You have to lead Degrassi to victory. I'm leaving it in your hands."
"Drew are you serious?"
"Yeah…I already talked to Armstrong and everything. Do right by the team. I'll have my snitches telling me all the stats of your games."
"Don't mention it."
I got off the phone joyful at the prospect of being the QB1 and captain. It's going to be a lot of responsibility but I think I can handle it. Gerry came into the living room carrying the sandwiches for our picnic. She handed them to my mother who placed them in a cooler. We are going out to the park. It's going to be a pleasant Saturday.
We piled into my mom's car and I drove us to my favorite spot. The geese are rather friendly and the picnic tables are clean…at least as clean as a picnic table can be. We arrived and set up our outdoor feast.
"Jared and Ms. Lucy, I had to get the champagne glasses because the other cups were in the dishwasher…so I propose we make a toast."
"Gerry I think that's a great idea. I want to make a toast to the new little family we've formed. Jared and I have been through tons of bad times and now it seems things are good. We are just lucky to have you be a part of it Gerry."
"Thanks Ms. Lucy… I want to toast to you guys. Jared showed me that people can be decent and nice. He singlehandedly restored my faith in the human race. Ms. Lucy you took me in when I had nowhere else to go…thank you. You're the closest thing I've ever had to a real mom."
"Well… I want to toast to you beautiful ladies. Mom, we have had bad times but now is our time to be happy… I think God is going to give us so much happiness that we can't stand it because we survived the tornado that was our life up to a year ago. Gerry, thank you for helping me heal and help myself."
Life is great. There is nothing more to say. Though it's no fairy tale… I'm no prince, my mom is no queen and Gerry is no damsel in distress things seemed to have fallen into place perfectly and even though I endured hell, I have to think it was so I could end up here…basking in the sun and a warm breeze with my mother and the girl I intend to love until there's no more love left in me. Life…is as close to perfect as it can get.
Well that is the end. I hope you guys enjoyed it!