Note: Before I start this chapter I want to apologise for the photos of Lily… I know it’s still the old wall paper and furniture in their room. I took the photos before I redecorated it, and kinda sorta maybe forgot to take new ones…. So imagine something less childish in those two, or just ignore the background, it’s up to you 🙂
The evening was beautiful.
It was late summer, and the sun was slowly setting over the sea. It showered me in warm golden light as I sat down on the bench, as I had done almost every evening since we had bought it.
All four of my children thought just sitting outside watching the sunset was boring, but I enjoyed it. It was relaxing, and calming, and it gave me time to think in silence without being interrupted.
I know it’s such a clichee thing to think, but I couldn’t believe how quickly the years in Sunset Valley had gone by. It really did seem like only yesterday that I ran away from home, and yet at the same time it seemed lifetimes ago. I had wondered a few times what had become of my parents, but I never had the courage to contact them. What would I have said to them, anyway? Had they changed at all, after I left? Did they ever wonder where I went, or did they miss me at all?
Then it would always occur to me that they could just as easily have contacted me. Our name was in the phone book, after all. If they had tried, they could have contacted me years ago.
So I decided it was for the best. Not knowing what happened to them hurt a little, but I never once regretted the choice I had made so many years ago.
“Mind if I join you?” Kobi asked me as he walked up to me.
“Not at all” I smiled, and moved over a little. He had joined me every evening he wasn’t working so far. Sometimes, when he came home from work and I was still outside, watching the moon and the stars rise, he would sit with me then, too. And sometimes, we would say a few words, but mostly we would just sit next to each other, enjoying each others company.
There were times in my life where I wasn’t so sure if we would ever make it this far. Sitting in his arms now I was wondering how I could ever have doubted him. It’s true that Ruby made things difficult for us on a few occasions, but they all seemed longer ago than they really were, and I was happy to say that we came out fighting and had won. It wasn’t easy, but very worth it.
Watching my children grow up made me realise just how precious every moment really is. I didn’t like thinking about it, but I knew that something could happen to me or Kobi, or maybe both of us, and our children would be-
Well, as I said, I didn’t like thinking about it. The thought of anything happening scared me, so I had finally written my will. I knew we were both still young, but accidents happened every day and I wasn’t willing to take chances.
Illusion had grown into a responsible young man, and his birthday was slowly sneaking up on me. He had been a great help to me all these years ago, and I was very proud of him. I honestly thought we had done a good job, and I knew that Kobi felt the same.
Just as I had thought on their birthdays, I had to keep an eye on Lily. They had not been teenagers for long, but already I kept hearing her on the phone every other evening. I heard her giggle and even though I couldn’t see her (she would usually go to her room for these phone calls and lock the door) I could just picture her blushing.
I wasn’t sure what the name of this young man was, but my Lily was falling for him and all I could do was watch it happen. Or listen, since she had never actually brought him home. At least it always seemed to be the same boy on the phone, which made me sightly less nervous.
Lily often did her homework with Brink, who would be reading a book his teacher had “recommended” for him. We had not had the phone call yet, and to be honest there had been no obvious signs, but I had a feeling Brink was getting lucky a few times too often. Call it instinct, but I just knew he was sometimes skipping classes. He had not said anything, but I knew all these books he brought home were his teachers way of making him catch up on his work. Also, I never actually saw him do his homework, but he assured me that he was always getting it done and as I said, his teacher had never complained to us or asked us to come in for a few words, so we figured it couldn’t be as bad as we often feared. It’s easy to be wrong, after all, and we didn’t want to accuse him of something he didn’t do.
Brinks enthusiasm for it may not have been as big as Lily’s, but they were both into sports. They had both joined different sports teams at their school, and every now and then we would run into them working out in the living room. They also both used their training dummy in the back garden a fair bit, but again Lily seemed to be more interested in it than Brink was.
Rosee was the complete opposite to her sister. She was more quiet, and never needed prompting to do her homework. Unlike her siblings, she even seemed to enjoy it. She had joined the debate club at school, and was on about taking a part-time job. I was worried she would have too much stress and not enough fun, but she assured me that these were all things she wanted to do.
Now I’m not saying I was complaining about this, but unlike her siblings she also didn’t show any interest in boys. Or girls, for that matter. It gave me less to worry about, but on the other hand I was also concerned that she was putting too much effort into her work. I was happy that she took school so seriously, but she never brought any friends home. She would come home, do her homework while Lily was on the phone to her secret boyfriend we all knew about, and then she would go into their room when Lily came out, and study some more on their computer.
She was dedicated, but was she too dedicated? Was it even possible to be too dedicated?
I even tried bringing the subject up every now and then. Rosee was doing her homework, and I thought I’d join her for a casual chat.
“I heard Lily and Brink are going to the cinema with some friends tomorrow night, why don’t you join them?” I got the same answer I usually got from her when I mentioned it. A frown.
“I don’t know, mum, the house is going to be quiet with them out for a few hours. I’ll be able to concentrate much better on school work.” Honestly, I didn’t think it was all really school work. Her siblings never got that much to do, and Illusion never had this much to do at home either.
“I think they are both bringing… someone.” I never really knew how to start this conversation without making it awkward. By now I must have brought it up more often than I was aware off, though, because Rosee cut me off.
She tried to hide it, but I knew she sighed. “Yeah, mum, I don’t really have anyone I would bring. Not like that.” Next she would usually get back to doing her work, which also automatically ended the conversation.
I cuddled further into Kobi’s arms. The sun had almost completely disappeared behind the horizon now, and it was slowly getting darker.
Whatever they chose, I would be happy as long as they were happy. I wasn’t looking forward to their birthdays, but luckily most of them were still quite a few years away.
And once they were all moved out with their own little families and hopes and dreams, I would still have my ever faithful husband. I knew now that I never really had to worry. I also knew how incredibly cheesy it was, but I loved him more every day. And nothing or no one would ever change what we had. Not even Ruby.
Until death do us part.
And this marks the end of generation one! 🙂 It’s gone quick! 🙂
The next chapter will be the beginning of generation2, Rosee Charm Lace. I have big plans for her and can’t wait to get started, so the first chapter might just be out before next weekend 😉
Thank you again for reading, everyone! I really appreciate your comments, and hope that you have both enjoyed this generation, and will enjoy the second one even more 🙂