Note from SweetPoyzin: This chapter gets a bit heavy in adult content and language later in the chapter. Reader discretion is advised.
I don’t know why everyone keeps telling me raising teenagers is a pain in the ass. Adam is awesome! I know I was just a great.
He gets up every morning and makes his own food.
He does chores.
He even helps take care of the crazy critters I call my “Slime Babies”.
A few months had passed since my adventures abroad and the bills were starting to pile up. In fact, the repo man had just left my house after stealing my washing machine.
Alas, it was time to get a job.
So I headed the salon. I got my hair, nails, and makeup done. I also donned a stellar new suit I picked up at a garage sale.
I realized as I looked in the mirror that I was, in fact, an adult now. I tried not to vomit at this thought. It was time.
I got to the hospital just in time for my interview. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t think I’d get the job. I mean, I had a mediocre school record and here I was trying to get a job as a surgeon? They’d laugh me out of the hospital.
But they hired me! After some celebration in front of the hospital I realized where I was and toned it down a bit.
You know how it is. You hire a surgeon and then someone sees her dancing like a mental patient in front of the building. Then you get fired.
I ran home to change because I had a date later that afternoon. Not with Xander though.
“Did Bug get my gifts!? I missed that kid!”
“Yeah, the movers came and dropped off her stuff months ago. Why are you just now getting here!? Also, don’t you think a whole bedroom set from France is a bit much for a 6 month old? At least call next time and tell me a moving truck is coming with 30 things for my daughter’s room!”
“Uh, hello! I’m pulling rank. As the oldest twin I do not have to listen to what you say about my gifts for Bug.”
“I am the MOTHER. Which trumps anything you are to Katie. I appreciate the furniture and toys you got her but next time a heads up would be nice. Also, if you turn her into a spoiled brat you get to keep her.”
“Ok, well you can ride your high horse. I’ve got a niece to visit!”
“BUG! I missed you, kiddo!”
The look on that kid’s face is everything to me. I hope one day I have one just like her.
It was neat seeing the post cards that I sent her on the wall. At least Liv didn’t toss them!
I spent some quality time with Bug in her new room. I heard Liv crying downstairs and I took Bug to go investigate.
Liv didn’t even notice when I stuck Bug in her swing.
“Honey, what’s wrong. What’s going on?”
“Oh, Penny. While you were away I had a miscarriage.”
“Oh, Sweetie. I’m so sorry…I didn’t know you were trying.”
“We didn’t either…”
“Look, I know this isn’t going to make up for what you lost but I got you something while I was away. I have something important to do but I really want to be here for you. Let’s have a lunch date next week.”
“Ok, Pen. I’ll call you!”
I left Liv’ house with a heavy heart. I will always hurt when she hurts. Right now I had my own fish to fry.
After a staring contest with the box, willing it to go my way, I took the test.
“Penny…I’m home! I got a promotion today! Penny…where the fuck are you?”
“Yeah…come on in.”
“Penny…what’s wrong? Are you sick?”