Ashlynn tried not to shuffle around in her seat. The scent of the freshly baked cookies wafted up to her nose. Orion’s father and mother stared at her with the same look people gave animals at the zoo. Curiosity and little more.
Ashlynn: “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. and Mrs. Fraiser.”
Aiden and Anita were throwing a party… as fucking always. Aiden wouldn’t become the life of the party without hosting parties. Before the party could start though, there were a few things to take care of.
Aiden: “How’s the homework coming, Pumpkin?”
Ashlynn: “Can I plead the fifth?”
Aiden: “That’s going to be a no. Let me see what you have here…”
Aiden started by trying to help her answer the questions, but after a few minutes it was obvious he was just doing all the work himself. He finished the homework and probably got a 100 on the assignment.
And then it was time for Orion to meet the parents…
It was Thanksgiving and Ashlynn couldn’t put it off any longer. Anita extended an invitation for Orion to join them for Thanksgiving dinner and there was no declining the invitation. Orion has to meet the parents.
We begin the morning Ashlynn awakens from the strangest dream in her life…
Pepper had moved in and it had now been a month or so since she had joined the family. Ashlynn didn’t notice anything different. Pepper had been always hanging around anyway. Now she just did it in her pajamas.
Pepper whispered to Ida, but she was the sort of woman with the sort of whispers that were loud enough to hear across a room.
Pepper: “I’m ovulating, we should go try again for that baby.”
Ashlynn’s face twisted in disgust.
Aiden munched his breakfast of leftover turkey dinner.
Aiden: “I agree.”
Ida promised Pepper a rain check and she stormed off to do whatever it is that she did. Help Anita in the garden or something. Pepper liked doing that. Except the bees, cause they were fuckers.
Ida tried to put Pepper out of his head and Jenny helped with that. She was his lab partner and she really knew how to light a bunsen burner. And not in an academic way.
Jenny sat on the edge of the bed and ate up every word Ida said. It was refreshing. Ida chatted about his responsibilities on the student council. Jenny talked about her duties over the summer as a camp counselor. The conversation then turned to Jenny discussing the flavor of her lip gloss and if Ida would like to taste it for himself. The conversation continued with their lips and tongues in a sloppy make-out session.
Ida’s birthday rolled around not too long after. Both girls had their eyes fixed on him throughout the party. He made the mistake at laughing at one of Jenny’s flirtatious jokes and Pepper would have charred him if her deadly glare were eye beams.
He frowned. What did they want from him? Both girls left the party in a sour mood before he had even had the chance to blow out the candles on his cake.