“I know on the New York subway you see some otherworldly shit such as someone holding a live, sentient peacock or someone lugging a wardrobe back to their apartment. But today I overheard two teenage girls talking about how it was cuffing season. For me, cuffing season never stops.” Tyler joked, slinging the handcuffs from his belt. He twirled them around his finger as his eyebrows raised at the other. “Am I taking this too literally?”
“Kinky,” the brunette raised a brow with a small smirk. “Although, I’m not up to date on what cuffing means. I liked being cuffed in the bedroom, but I don’t think that’s what they mean,” she shrugged.
“I need a good story for this.” Dalton held up his hand with fresh stitches across his index finger. “Because slicing limes is not going to impress anyone and I might as well milk this.” He narrowed his gaze in thought, “Like I fought some knife wielding weirdo dressed as Cookie Monster on Halloween… Or something.”
“I’m like the last person to ask for a good idea when it comes to that. I’m not that creative. Although I would pay to see a knife wielding weirdo dressed as the cookie monster. I’m sure my kids would hate it, but I wanna see it.”
“I don’t think they were that convinced in the first place, Sadie.” The older sibling released a fond laugh. Those memories and many more were so precious to him and it was a nice feeling thinking how his niece and nephew could hopefully share the same dynamic of closeness they did. His smile faded, although he understood, he still wished circumstances were a bit different for her. “You think they’ll approve of me?” It was best not to tell her how she deserved a break as he so often did. “You know the stories of her mother. If only they’d both just sit down and really talk. Get all those things out and in the air to discuss but she prefers to avoid which just makes it that much worse.” A heavy sigh broke his words. “I’ll try my best, though. As for the gifts, you can just have them shipped to our place. Save on transfer and all that.” Her words of Lakyn’s holiday spirit rang all too truly. “She’s already talked about me becoming S-A-N-T-A and this whole elaborate rouse. If possible, she would probably also be my E-L-F and I’m already anticipating Clark Griswald levels of decorations come December.”
“We would have never known if you didn’t tell on me, now would we, Scotty?” A brow raised on the younger sister as she pouted. It was normally the other way as children. She found ways to get him in trouble, even when she was the one that did it. She liked to think it was part of being the youngest. “If you completely change your personality and be charming, yeah,” a small joke slid out. “But seriously, you will be fine. I mean, it’s not like you’re a career criminal. You are okay looking, good job, somewhat decent personality, smart. I don’t think they could not not like you.” Sadie shrugged as she took a drink of coffee. “I did. Didn’t Lakyn tell you? I think they are in a room somewhere in your place. Caleb learned my hiding spots, so can’t use those anymore. Yeah, I’m too lazy to decorate before Thanksgiving. One holiday at a time for me.”
“Need I share the story of the tooth fairy to the youngsters?” His brow cocked up in place. Referring to when she was a child, trying to gain extra money by passing off tic-tacs as extra teeth under her pillow. “Well, you know they’d be happy to fly you and these two on over. I could help chip in.” He didn’t want his sister to feel stuck and alone for the holidays, after all. “You know I don’t mind at all, plus there’s those frequent flyer miles I’ve kept away. As for the presents, you’re welcome to buy them and just bring them over here. I’m sure Lakyn would love to wrap up the gifts. You know how enthusiastic she is about the season.”
“Hey, mom and dad didn’t know the difference until you told them. Snitch,” she gave him a stern look, shaking her head. “I’m fine. Really. I might have to work anyway Hospitals don’t close on holidays. And I have the sitter I usually get when you’re working, so don’t worry. She’s gonna make sure they have a Thanksgiving meal because I don’t know when I’ll be working yet. Seriously, go and relax. Or relax as much as you can by being with her parents as her boyfriend.” Sadie smirked as she ran a hand through her hair. “Yeah, she gets a little off the rocker. I love her to death, but Lakyn during Christmas is a little scary. I actually have a good amount of shopping done, thanks to Amazon Prime. I just need to get the things that just came out that they want. We’ll see.”
“Whoever made those a thing is just…. inhuman.” The man shook his head, pretty much in agreement with her as he’d still struggle from time to time with it. “That’s still a sad thing, but at least he died a hero.” Hoping that what was probably something she heard countless times helped in some small inkling. ““Yeah~. Some birds live long, anyways. I think her’s live to about twenty so they got a while to still enjoy themselves. Don’t try to ride one, though, or they will probably get squished and there’s a lot of awkward with that, heh.”
“Plus cheese wiz just has a weird taste. Or maybe that’s just me. It tastes like it’s been in a can for a while. Probably safer off that we didn’t eat it,” she nodded as she scrunched her face in thought. “Yeah, I think that makes the pain worth it a little. I was actually pregnant with Denise. So she was my blessing during all that. Although now, sometimes she’s a nightmare,” Sadie joked as she nodded. “Oh wow. That’s crazy.” Sadie couldn’t help but laugh, nodding her head. That would not end well at all.”
Lakyn listened as Sadie explained not being on any apps “i mean i agree, it’s weirdly impersonal. and it’s possible to meet someone in person and things just click, granted you’re right and it doesn’t necessarily happen all the time that way anymore, that’s how me and Scott worked out” she smiled, hoping the other wasn’t too discouraged “is there anyone you have your eye on so far that i should know about? like, did you meet a guy that made you think dating might not be so bad?” Lakyn asked, laughing softly as she realized she was bombarding the other with questions “sorry to be so nosey i’m just, completely interested. we both used to be on the ‘no dating’ bus and now it’s just like, it’s fun to think about how far we’ve come i guess.”
“All people want on those apps is sex and I want more than that. Plain and simple,” she shrugged in thought. “I mean, I was married and I miss that kind of connection. I don’t want just sex. I also have two kids, and I want them to be accepted by whoever I date. And I doubt Tinder would have someone who likes kids.” Sadie gave a small sigh in thought. She couldn’t help but feel a slight jealousy over Scott and Lakyn’s relationship. Even when Sadie was married, it wasn’t like she was able to spend all her time with Mike. The military was his wife and Sadie was just the mistress on the side. “Oh, um, no. I haven’t met anyone. I mean, I haven’t really tried looking. I just decided it’s time to try it out.” The brunette smiled over at the woman, shaking her head. “Oh I’m still kind of on the no dating bus. I just want to get a wardrobe that makes me look less like a forty year old mom and more like a twenty nine year old mom.”
#literally me with the navy. i was just the mistress and the navy was my husband's wife #chat#lakyn
Question: Which of your children is more difficult to handle than the other?
Oh, lord. Um, I hate to say that Denise is. She’ just like me. A bit of a free spirit who doesn’t always think of the consequences. I was the same way as a kid, so I guess I’m getting punished for being like that myself.
Lakyn’s eyes widened slightly when she mentioned being ready to date again “well then, i think we definitely have a start for what we’re looking for” she chuckled slightly, watching her threaten Scott a little regarding Denise’s hair. “And if you guys ask nice enough i believe we have some gumless candy, Uncle Scott might reward you for being good” she said with a little wink, the kids had been watched by the pair enough they knew they always got at least one piece of candy from her. Was she trying to buy likes? Definitely. With a smile and a wave she followed Sadie out the door “so dating? have you like, joined any dating apps or anything like that or you’re just starting to think about it kind of thing?” she asked, extremely curious. In the time she’d known Sadie she has always been focused on the kids and her job and was content with it being that way so when she mentioned dating Lakyn’s curiosity was at a high.
“I hope so, anyway,” the brunette shrugged,pushing her lips to the side. This was really the first time she felt okay enough to consider it, but it still terrified her. “Yes, please. No gum,” she pointed at her brother, making sure he got the hint. As they were walking out, Sadie gave a small shrug in thought. “I’m just thinking about it. Definitely don’t want to do an app though. I just feel that’s not really personal. And if I’m gonna date someone, i would like to meet them in person, even though that’s not really a thing anymore. But it would be nice. Maybe some hot guy will be walking in the hospital and I run into him and poof, sparks.”
“Which means I’m very on brand.” He gave her a little playful wink. In a rather good mood which was easy to tell amidst his sparkling baby blues. “Pff, ain’t that part of bein’ a mom? Most feel like they look like they’re havin’ off days.”
“Touche,” she pushed her lips to the side as she formed a smile. “I guess. I’m a single mom with two kids, so I’m just shocked my brain hasn’t exploded yet, in all honesty.”
“I’m cunning, but you know I wouldn’t spread such lies as the age thing.” He shook his head till a thought popped back into his mind. “Oh! I was speaking with Lakyn and I might be forcing her to go to her mother’s for Thanksgiving provided I go with her…” It would be the second one he’d missed with his family. The first having been spent over in Europe for his work. “But for Christmas, I figured we could ask mom and pops out here. They can stay with us with the extra guest room and maybe Christmas Eve you and the kids camp out in the living room.” They had that and a seating room as well, it seemed there would be enough room in his mind. “What do you think? Instead of having to pack the kids up and everybody go on over to Iowa. Plus, I think it’d be fun to entertain it this year.”
“Yeah, sure. I believe you,” she rolled her eyes with a smile, shaking her head. Once she heard him mention him missing the holiday, the smile faded as she took a deep breath. “Yeah. Right now I can’t afford to go back home for Thanksgiving, so we will be spending it here. But it would be nice for them to come visit for Christmas. The kids would like that,” a small nod as she rubbed her lips, the brunette thought for a moment. “Yeah, I like that. Won’t be too much fun carrying all the gifts over, but maybe I’ll just bring a small amount over at a time.”
“We won’t even get into reading. A week in, my dad bought some cheese wiz and I couldn’t read how to use it plus Korea doesn’t have those weird nozzle things. It was a struggle for twenty minutes till I gave up.” Jordan knew he looked a damn fool in that struggle, comically frustrating as it was. “I’m sorry about loss…” A common thing to follow up such a thing with, yet he did mean it. “They’re lifelong pets, too. Mom’s are still alive. It’s been about twelve years or so, now.”
“I’ll admit, when my mom bought them, I literally could not figure out the nozzle. I still can’t do it. I make my own whipped cream so I don’t have to figure out the nozzle,” the brunette shook her head at the thought, slightly embarrassed about it. “It’s fine. He died serving the country, so I’m proud of him and it helped a little to know that.” She hated the pity, knowing that it wasn’t going to change much, but it was easier to know that he did it for the country. “Oh wow. That’s crazy. I actually would have never thought that. Kind of like horses. I know a friend I went to school with had horses and they were like fourteen or fifteen years old.”
“I know this is a dumb question…” Erik allowed a small pause to follow his words, as he really considered whether or not he wanted to ask. Surely a Google search would yield the same results, right? But he pushed on. It’d be weirder to start a question then stop. “I’ve lived here for so long, I’m kind of used to everything New York has to offer. What are some good, touristy places to take guests? My Nana finally decided New York isn’t full of just murderers and muggers, so she’s coming to visit next week, and I figured she’d probably want to see more than the inside of my apartment and the McDonald’s down the block.”
Giving the kids a snack, Sadie furrowed her brow as she looked over at the man. A smile formed at the question, setting some hair behind her ear. “I can’t really help you. We just moved here recently and I’ve only known to go to Central Park or the zoo with the kids.”
Rather than continue discussing his own hair, he backed his sister up on the gum ban. “That’s probably for the best. No gum at least for a few months.” He handed off the little girl and began to defend himself. “I never told her anything to the contrary of the truth. She’s the one using her own perceptions of reality.”
“Good deal. And if they ask, just say we don’t know what they are talking about. Keeps them in the dark.” Sadie smiled as she looked at her daughter, moving the hair out of her face. “Sure, sure. I know how you are. I grew up with you. You try to act all innocent, but I know you’re not,” she pointed at him with her free hand, smiling. “Caleb is taking your steps in that manner.”
“Trust me, as someone who speaks two languages and was the person who had very broken English when I first arrived, it’s stressful but people appreciate the effort more than anything.” A sort of aged nod came while reflecting back on a few of those memories. Not bothering to bring up how a lot of kids mocked him for it those first few years. “Mh, a dog could help… I know lots of women and even men feel safer with them around. But, uh– I don’t know what type they were. They’re those tiny blue birds, you know? They were okay. Didn’t like me much but one seemed to like my hair to nap in sometimes and it’s not like they would attack. They just stuck to themselves and my mom most of the time.”
“I never thought about it that way. I don’t always think I’m that good in English if that helps. At all,” she shrugged, shaking her head. Resting back against her hands, the brunette nodded in thought. “That’s what I was thinking. I mean, I had someone that kept me safe, but he passed, so I’m thinking that maybe a dog is a good idea. I really never thought about birds. I heard they make good pets, but it just never came to my brain. I always think of the cliches.”
Lakyn hadn’t heard much from Sadie lately so when the invite for shopping had come about she’d gotten real excited. Hearing the kids running around she quickly grabbed her purse “yes yes i’m ready, are we looking for anything in particular or is it one of those ‘when you see it you’ll know’ things?” she asked as she went over to Scott and gave him a quick hug before meeting Sadie at the door.
“Well, Halloween and possibly a new wardrobe. I think I’m ready to date again, so I need to get new clothes,” she gave a small nod, smiling in thought. “Or at least I think I’m ready. One can never truly be ready, I guess,” Sadie took a deep breath as she thought for a moment. “Guys, now be good. And no more gum. If I have to give Denise a new haircut, I will be cutting you.” The younger sister pointed at Scott, raising a brow.
With a raised brow, Angeline chuckled. Kids… they were hilarious. Completely unfiltered. While she was great with children, she couldn’t imagine having any of her own, but she did enjoy the time she spent with her friends’ little ones. “I wouldn’t say you look a thousand years old. Maybe 997 years at most.” The actress joked, shaking her head, indicating that she was only kidding.
“I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not,” a smile formed on the brunette’s face. “I didn’t even know how she thought about it. It must have been a show or something. She gets creative with her ideas at times.”
Jordan listened to the woman with a soft nod of his head and smile to match. Letting it branch a little wider at her attempt, then. “That’s it~. See? Not so hard, is it? The spelling is– Well, there’s a reason I refer to him as Lulu in general, text and things included. Heh.” His head was tilted as she spoke further with a small hum in his throat. “My mom has had some birds since we moved here when I was a kid. Because of that reason, they said I couldn’t have a cat or dog. It made sense to give into my life long dream after getting my own place and adulting and all that, you know? I’d say they deserve a pet, but I’m sure you’d be the one taking care of it in the end.”
A smile formed when he gave her his smile, Sadie moved her shoulders in pride. “I’m slightly proud of myself, actually. I’m usually really bad at trying to say stuff. I think I offend people at times,” she made a face, running a hand through her dark hair. “Birds? I mean, I hate to say this, but it’s definitely not the first animal I would think of for a pet. Are they good pets? I was thinking more into the common line of a dog. I mean, it’s just me with the kids and I feel like a dog could give some sort of security.” Sadie rubbed her lips as she smiled at her kids as they played. “We were about to get a dog a few years ago, but uh, we just didn’t.”
The man gave a small shrug. How was he to know when he didn’t even know this particular brunette who just strike up a conversation. “Got nothin’ to help back ya up on that one, sheila.” A term he used that often amused the ladies. “Best guess is she caught ya on an off day, hence the added six hundred years.”
“Sheila? That’s very Australian of you,” Sadie tilted her head as her brow furrowed. “Well that sucks, I’m always looking like an off day. That doesn’t help me any.”
“If you want a reference, my hair is always short. People do say it’s nicely styled and looks nice on my as well.” Compliments he often got flustered over, as he always did. “So, you can use that, if you have trouble debating and Caleb, you can still brush her hair. It’s just shorter now thanks to your doing.” He ruffled the boy’s hair with his free hand. “Dennie, who’s older? Mommy or uncle?” He questioned the little girl directly to settle this playful argument.
“You’re a guy. And we both know that you wouldn’t be looking too nice with longer hair. Only I can when it comes to us,” she smirked. Sadie couldn’t help but stare at her daughter a little more, tilting her head as she tried to get used to it. “Yeah, we’re not gonna have gum for some time, okay? We are gonna avoid that for a little until we are old enough to know what to do with it.” Slowly taking Denise into her own arms, she kissed the top of her head. “Mommy is younger like you are. Don’t let Uncle Cot tell you different, okay?”