We went to bed pretty late last night and now I’m lying in bed with Karoline’s head on my chest. She is still sleeping and I’m observing her chest rising and falling with hers and my own breath. Her red hair is half scattered over my chest and half in her face. I’ve never really seen myself dating a ginger, but I don’t really see a reason not to. She has told me that she was bullied quite a bit, because of her hair color and that she has considered dyeing it a lot when she was younger. I’m glad she didn’t though, I like it this way.
The boys and I are really excited for tonight. We are having some of the other gamers from YouTube coming over and some friends and some other people. Some of the other gamers are Bodil, Vikk, Taylor, Tyler and a very special Swede… He has been in LA for a bit now and he and his girlfriend Marzia are coming with some of their friends. Karoline is going to freak, I think. I’ve looked through her YouTube account and who she is subscribed to and most of the gamers are coming tonight. Some of the people are coming for dinner and some are coming later.
Karoline’s phone rings and I recognize the theme song of Harry Potter. She starts moving and reaches out for her phone. “Hello, this is Karoline,” she says with a yawn. The person on the phone says something and Karoline answers with a yes. Then she puts down her phone and looks up at me. “Good morning,” she smiles at me. “Good morning,” I reply. She gets up from the bed holding onto my hand until she has to let it go. She goes over to her computer and turns it on. “Who called?” I ask her and she turns to me. “Just my aunt,” she answers. “What did she say?” she looks at me and smiles. “She just told me to get on Skype, my mom apparently really wants to talk to me,” she shrugs and turns to her computer again. She is wearing the same shorts as yesterday, but a new t-shirt. It’s dark blue and has a green print at the top front. It reads Basen.
I don’t really want to talk to my mom I front of Mitch. What if she says anything embarrassing?! “You should probably put on some pants honey,” I smile at him. He gets up from the bed, only wearing his boxers - that’s why I told him to put on pants. Wouldn’t want my mom to see that… I open my Skype and Mitch sneaks up behind me, now wearing a blue t-shirt and some jeans. As soon as I go online my mom calls me. “Hi Sweetheart, how are you?” she asks.
“I’m good, you?” I say as my sister walks into the picture as well. “Oh. Hi Pif, didn’t know you were there too,” I smile at her.
They are both smiling and then Pif says; “I have a present for you when you get home.” I didn’t really expect to get anything this year. Pif is only 12 and don’t seem to have realized that I’m not home on my birthday.
“Thanks Pif, I’ll look forward to it,” then my uncle, aunt, two of my cousins and my dad walk into the picture and start singing Happy Birthday. The biggest smile is on my face. I had already ditched the idea of anything special, now that I’m not home. We usually have a brunch for my family on my mom’s side. I’m pretty surprised to see my dad there with my mom’s family. They have been divorced for 6 years now.
“Thank you so much!” I say to them.
“Why didn’t you tell me it is your birthday?” Mitch has sneaked up behind me and now my entire family is looking at him.
“It’s just not important.” I told him, but my family comes with protests - they obviously think it’s important and keep assuring him that it is.
“So who is this?” one of my cousins asks with an interested look on her face.
“I’m her boyfriend,” Mitch says with a smile. That is the first time he has called himself my boyfriend.