I stepped off the plane slowly. I examined the airport. People were bustling all around. Suddenly, a very friendly looking woman came running up to me and flung her arms around me.
"Oh Winter! Oh sweetheart. It's me, Aunt Carole! I bet you don't recognize me, do you? Ohh but I knew it was you! I did. I can tell because of your eyes! They've always been such a gorgeous crystal blue. You've grown so much..." she babbled on as she was hugging me. I weakly tried to hug her back, but I suddenly felt overwhelmed and homesick. My feelings, as well as Aunt Carole's rant, were interrupted by a tall teenage boy.
"Mom, you're scaring her." Aunt Carole pulled away.
"Oh, I'm sorry sweetie. You must be overwhelmed. Do you remember Finn?" she asked.
"It's ok, I, uh, well I know...I think...no. No, not really. Sorry Finn." I stuttered, sounding like a complete idiot.
"It's ok, I don't recognize you either." Finn awkwardly stood in front of me. I could tell he was trying to decide whether or not to hug me. It was awkward to look up at him. He was just so darn tall. I was saved by Aunt Carole.
"So how have you been, Winter?"
"Cay." I said, partly without realizing who I was talking to.
"Oh...oh sorry. No, uh, most people call me Cay. You...uh...don't have to if you don't want to..." I trailed off.
"Of course! Cay it is." Aunt Carole smiled. "Let's go get your luggage, shall we? We should get home for you to meet Burt and Kurt."
I almost asked who Burt and Kurt were, but then I realized it must have been Aunt Carole's new husband and son. Aunt Carole walked far ahead, leaving Finn and I behind. We walked in awkward silence. I was gathering that Finn was a very awkward person. He had always been very kind to me when we were little, but I had no idea what he was like now. But then again, he had more reason to be afraid of me. He probably still remembered me as the girl who knocked down his blocks.
"So, you'll be going to my school." Finn said.
"Is the school ok?"
"I guess so. Beware of slushies." Finn laughed. I didn't get the joke, so therefore didn't laugh. Finn coughed, and continued his sentence. "You're joining Glee Club, right?"
"I guess. I mean, I have the..." I almost said "talent", and then stopped myself. I didn't need to come across as a jerk.
"The what?" Finn asked.
"Nothing." I said.
The ride home was mostly in silence, besides Aunt Carole babbling. Honestly, I wasn't paying attention to most of what she was saying. All I could focus on was staring out the window and feeling sorry for myself. Just from seeing the scenery of Lima, I could tell I wasn't going to like it here. There was nothing there was back home. It was just all different. I wanted to go home, to all the places and people I knew and loved.
When we arrived at Aunt Carole and Finn's house, a tall man opened the door.
"Ah, this must be Winter. I'm Burt."
"Burt, it's Cay." Aunt Carole interrupted
"What?" Burt looked confused.
"She likes to be called Cay." It was at that moment that I realized I had made a bad choice by correcting Aunt Carole when she called me Winter. Sure, I hated being called Winter, but everyone back home knew I was Cay. Nobody had to be corrected ten million times to finally get my name right.
"Well then Cay it is." Burt smiled. "Now let's see where Kurt is..."
I couldn't help but smile realizing that "Burt" and "Kurt" rhymed. That was actually pretty cute. Maybe Aunt Carole didn't marry such a bad guy.
Suddenly, a fairly small teenage boy seemed to appear from out of nowhere.
"Cay, this is Kurt." Aunt Carole said. I looked at the boy. He had a very feminine appearance. I immediately felt guilty for thinking that. What mattered was on the inside, right?
"Hi." I said weakly. I was angry at myself. Usually I made such a huge first impression on people. Usually not a good one. I was known for having a rather fiesty personality. And now the best I could come up with was "hi"? Nice job, Cay.
"Well hello." Kurt said. "You're going to be going to school with us? We'll have to do something about those clothes."
"I'm sorry, what?" I was shocked at his comment. "These clothes happen to be from the top designers in LA..."
"Well at William McKinley High, they'll get slushied. But don't worry, we can go shopping. Bonding time." Kurt giggled.
I stared at him. I had so many questions just from that one sentence. But the first one that came to mind was, "What the hell is with the slushie thing?"
"You'll find out." Finn said.
Great. I couldn't wait.
"Well let's not overwhelm Cay now. Let's get her settled in her room and then we can have some dinner. Sounds good?" Aunt Carole asked.
"I, uh, I guess." I said.
And with that, Aunt Carole hurried me and my suitcases off into the house.