Down On Jackson Street

Nobody ever expected them to become friends, much less brothers.

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6. Back At Home

 I walked Marie home. We held hands the whole way. As we got to her door, she smiled at me. 

 "I had a great time, Ki. Thank you for taking me out."

 "Thank you for letting me." I smiled.

 She stared at me and smiled.

 I held her hand tight and kissed her.

 We held each other.

 "I'll see you later." She smiled and kissed my cheek.

 I walked home, completely amazed. I opened the front door to see Jay watching TV.

 "How was the date?"

 "What's the word for enchanting, magical, amazing, and perfect?" I smiled.

 "The word is 'great', Ki." He laughed.

 "What are you watching?" I asked and sat next to him.

 "How It's Made. How do they connect the wire to the machine? I'm on the edge of my seat." He laughed.

 Our parents walked down the stairs.

 "Ok guys, Me and Mona are going out with my brother and his wife. Will you guys be able to handle babysitting Stacy?" Jay's dad asked.

 I looked at Jay.

 "Yeah, no problem." Jay said to them.

 Our parents left and I stared at Jay.

 "What?" He asked.

 "Who is Stacy and are you sure we can babysit her?"

 "Ki, she's my- I mean, OUR cousin. Babysitting her will be no problem."

 As they walked out of the door a little girl came running in.

 "Jay!" She smiled and hugged him.

 She looked at me and made a disgusted face.

 "Who's HE?" She growled.

 "This is my new brother and your new cousin, Ki." Jay smiled.

 "Jay, can we watch a movie?" Stacy smiled.

 "Sure. I'll be back with the popcorn." He said and went into the kitchen.

 "Uh.. hi." I said.

 She got in my face.

 "Listen you little best friend stealer, if you interrupt our movie watching time I will cut your head off in any pictures I see, got it?" She growled.

 "You're not the boss of me, kid. We're your babysitters."

 "Actually, Jay is. You're just some back up." She hissed.

 "I'm staying down here." 

 "Why?"

"Because this is my house and you're not the boss of me." I smirked.

 "As you wish." She grinned.

 Jay walked back in.

 "I have popcorn." He smiled.

 "Poppy-corn!" Stacy smiled.

 I rolled my eyes.

 "Jay! Ki is being mean!" She screamed.
 "Really? Okay, Nice. Thanks, Stacy." I mumbled.

 "What's going on?" Jay asked.

 "Our cousin is a spoiled brat."

 "Shut up, nerd." Stacy laughed.

 "Listen here you little devil child. This isn't your house and you can't treat everyone like shit." I growled.

 "Ki!"

 I sighed, "You know what? I'm going for a walk." I growled.

 I walked out the door and down the street.

 I knocked on Marie's door. She opened up and smiled.

 "Hey, Marie. I was wondering if you wanted to like... continue the date from earlier?" I asked.

 "What happened?"

 "I was supposed to help my brother babysit our cousin, but long story short, she didn't want me around, and I'd much rather be with you."

 She smiled.

 "Sure, let me just get changed."

 When she came back outside, she held my hand.

 I smiled at her.

 "So, what's wrong? I know you have something on your mind." She said.
"Well, everyday it seems like I get less and less wanted around, you know?" I asked.

 "Yeah. I'm sorry all of that is happening." She sighed.

 "It's not your fault. I think the best thing for me to do is stay out of everybody's way." I said.

 I looked over at her to see her looking at the ground.

 "What's wrong?" I asked.

 "It's nothing, really." She sighed.

"That's a lie. C'mon, you can tell me."

 She stared at me.

 "D-Did you ask me out on a dare?" She asked.

 "No, of course not. I really like you, Marie. Why would you think that?" I asked.

 "It happened before. My friends dare guys to ask me out on dates." She sighed.

 "Then they don't seem like friends."

 She looked at me.

 "I know. You're right, but our school is vicious. If you try to break away from a group, especially if it's the popular group, they will do anything to ruin your life." She sighed and a tear rolled down her cheek.

"What? Ruin your life? What do you mean?" I asked and wiped her tear away.

 "They know secrets. A lot of them."

 "Marie, a lot of people at that school are douche bags. But there are really nice people. The outcasts, the lone wolves, the geeks... most of them know what it feels like to be bullied or left or heartbroken. They don't judge, and they cheer you up when you're heartbroken. That's why I hang out with them. They're amazing people."

 She looked at the ground.
  I kissed her hand.

 She smiled and hugged me.

 I held her close.

 "Ki, where have you been all my life?"

 "Waiting for you." I smiled.

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