Suddenly winter turned to spring and summer was nearly upon us. I started working in the garden again and Adam prepared for graduation.
Xander rocked the upgrades and gave the entire house a boost.
Adam was also making a bit of a name for himself as a writer. He had moved past comic books and into novels. He was bringing in nearly as much money as I was…only it took me an entire week and he got it done in one day. He’s doing it right.
I prepped for Adam’s birthday and went on a gift spending spree. I snagged him a guitar and a laptop.
Xander remembered how often his own laptop died in college and so he upgraded Adam’s to be unbreakable.
Oh…I may have gotten him the car he wanted, too.
Then it was time for the party. I used my new oven to make the cake. I am really becoming a little…obsessed.
We set up the table with all of Adam’s awards. He won something in every club and prom king. He’s going places. At least, he better be after all this time I put into him!
Everybody showed up. Well, everyone but mom and dad. The baby was sick so they had to miss out.
Adam was more or less amused by the party antics. He just wanted to be done with the mess.
Before too long…
…he was done. My baby brother was an adult.
Adam took his college entrance exams and all his planning paid off. He ended up getting scholarships in whatever degree he wanted. Now all he had to do was choose one.
“Fine arts.” He announced on graduation day. “Or communications. One of those. Yep.”
“Good choice, kiddo. One of those…yep.” I wasn’t too worried. Adam has always had a good head on his shoulders so I had no doubt he would settle on something eventually.
Xander and I got to the ceremony early. We were loitering when we saw him.
“I have arrived. Yes, yes, thank you. I know I am amazing.”
“Oh, Christ. Get in there and graduate you dumbass,” I said as I rolled my eyes.
Adam was named Valedictorian and Most likely to have five kids. Good luck to him if that is true!
“Bow down to my awesomeness, Penelope. I am BOOMSAUCE!”
Despite having no idea how long his god-like mindset was going to last I was mostly just glad that I had raised a successful, college bound graduate regardless of my own faults.
My prayers of gratitude were interrupted.
“So…we’re down a kid and that one wasn’t even ours.”
“HA! I have to change.” I had a vague idea of what Xander was getting at but I just didn’t want to go there today.
“Penny? Let’s have a baby.”
There it was. We had been dancing around it for months. Here we were, nearly one year married and child-free. I liked it. It was good. Why mess that up with a kid?
“Erm…what?” Smooth, Penny, I thought to myself.
“Yeah, baby. You’ll be a wonderful mother. Look how well you did with Adam! If we had one of our own you would be just as awesome if not more!”
“Oh, yeah. Well, I guess.” He wanted this so badly. I’m sure he was right that I’d be a great mother.
“So…let’s throw caution to the wind? Toss the pills and stuff, yeah?”
“Yeah, yeah ok,” I said with less reluctance that I expected.
What had I gotten myself into now?