*A Few Hours Later*
“Amber!” My sister screams after she finally picks up the phone. Every time I call, she thinks it is a brilliant idea to yell when she picks up.
“No need to yell, Franny,” I chuckle.
“Sorry,” Franny giggles. “So, how’s Australia? Meet any cute boys yet?”
“Australia is great. Cute boys are all around me, silly.”
“Do you love the accents?” Franny, at twelve years old, always knows what questions I’ll answer and what ones will make me laugh. Even though I’m always traveling, we have become super close. If only I could say the same about my brother. Theo is almost ten and barely interacts with me because he claims I don’t care.
“I’m loving the accents. It is sad that one day I’ll get so used to them I won’t even care.”
“Did you design your room yet?”
“I put some posters up, my stuffed animals from you are in a visible spot, and it is organized the way I like it. So, yes, I guess so,” I laugh.
“Well, I hope it feels like home. Until you get to come home. Or, will you continue to explore the world with a significant other?”
“I’m not getting a boyfriend while I’m here. I would like to travel the world though. That would be a lot of fun.”
“Whatever. So, anything cool happen? How many friends do you have? Boys or girls?”
“I’m taking up the keyboard again in a few days. And I have five friends so far. Two of them are boys.”
“They keyboard? That’s awesome. It’s been years since you’ve played. Wait, you have two guy friends?”
“I know. I’m really bursting out of the box I’ve been trapped in. Say, is Theo around? I haven’t talked to him in a while.”
“You’re going to cut our conversation short so you can talk to Theo?”
“We can talk tomorrow or whenever you want. But I need to talk to Theo before you guys leave for school. You must understand, Franny?”
“I understand. I’ll call on the weekend so we can talk more.”
“That sounds great.”
“I love you, Amber.”
“I love you too, Franny.”
There’s a moment of silence when I know Franny is getting Theo.
“What do you want?” A young boy’s voice fills my ears that can only belong to my brother.
“Theo, how are you doing? I miss you.” I smile and feel tears building behind my ears.
“I’m doing fine,” Theo is trying hard to sound calm. “How are you?”
“I’m doing quite well.” A tear escapes and slides down my cheek. “How’s school? Are you into any sports?”
“School is fine. You’d know if you were around for more than just the summer!” His voice rises for just a few seconds. “And I’ve settled on baseball.”
“Baseball? That’s awesome. What do you play?”
“Well, the team is still working on who will play what. I’m a pretty good pitcher. Coach says that’s what he’ll put me as, but I still want to try everything. See if I like anything better.” His voice sounds like he’s just talking to a friend, not the sister he seems to hate. It makes the tears fall at a quicker pace.
“I think you would make a great pitcher, but I would love to see you play as anything. You send me a schedule and I will make sure to come to at least one game. Okay?” I am full on crying now, and I’m surprised to be getting any words out. I just can’t stop talking to the baby brother who is just now starting to open up to me.
“Are you crying, Am-bam?” His voice sounds so little, and it makes me break.
“Yes,” I cry to him. “My baby brother is talking to me like I’m his big sister and not some bully. I much sound like such baby. I love you so much, Theo. I’m so glad this has happened.”
“Stop. You’re gonna make me cry. I’m sorry I’ve made myself distant from you. It made sense at the beginning, but talking to you now has make me realize how stupid I was. This is so sudden of me, and I love you. I’m sorry.”
“No, I’m sorry. I love traveling the world, but I think I need to spend time with you and Franny more. And mom and dad.”
“No, you travel the world and learn new things visit us when you want. Not because we want. You’ve got too much riding on you.”
“If you say so. I’ll let you go now. I love you so much, Theo.”
“I love you too.”
The line goes dead and my phone slips out of my hand: sobs taking over.
I let my pencil fall out of my hand as I finally finish all my homework. “That was ridiculous,” I mumble before standing up and walking to my wardrobe.
I change into some shorts and a t-shirt before flopping onto my bed and going through my emails. It’s mostly spam and annoying messages form websites I never log into. There are a few from my Japanese friend Yuzuru Hanyu. He’s a fantastic figure skater, and that’s actually how we met. I can’t ice skate at all, but my Japanese friends still wanted me to at least try. He caught me from failing on my butt, and then we started talking. Well, tried to. We’re both super shy, but after while we were both talking away, laughing, and skating.
My phone vibrates, not only frightening me, but also snapping me out of my thoughts of Yuzuru.
I see I have a new text from Ashton, so I quickly check it out. ‘Hey love. I was wondering if tomorrow you could help me with maths?’
I smile and text back. ‘Sure. There was no need to text me though. You could’ve just asked tomorrow in class though.’
‘Well, I wanted to say goodnight and have lovely dreams. I had to start out somehow.’
‘Ah, I see. Goodnight to you too. I’ll see you tomorrow at school.’
‘Wait, I was also wondering if I could eat lunch with you tomorrow, as well.’
‘I don’t know. I don’t want to leave Brylee out or anything.’
‘Come on love. Figure something out with that genius brain of yours.’
‘How about you hang out with me after I’m done eating? Kind of like what you did today.’
‘That sounds perfect. Well, I guess I’ll see you and hopefully get you to talk a little more tomorrow.’
I smile and shake my head. ‘You can try, but I don’t know how I’ll be tomorrow.’
‘As long as I get to hear your voice at least once, I’ll be good.’
‘Goodnight Ash. I’ve got to get my rest tonight so I don’t fall asleep in school.’
I plug my phone into the charge and place it screen down on the bedside table. There’s no way I’ll be tempted to pick it back up and text Ashton more.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Hope you liked it! Next post will be in a few days. Feedback is appreciated! :D