narrated by Lorelei
After graduating, I moved back home temporarily. Erin was going to be my roommate, but had to get things settled back at home before she could move out here permanently. It gave me time to find an affordable, two bedroom apartment to rent. Which wasn’t as easy as I had originally thought it would be. Most were one bedrooms, and the others that had multiple rooms were intended for families, and cost too much.
I did end up finding the perfect place on the corner of Frontier and Rutherford. Just a few blocks from The Red Mill, and most importantly, it had two bedrooms, and didn’t cost a fortune.
It was all set up that we could move in on July 15th, in the meantime I just enjoyed myself at home. Dad sold another book, this time it was a real Best Seller, raking in over $12,000 in royalties. When Mom came home, and Dad told her, she started crying uncontrollably. She’s always inspired all of us to go for our dreams, and that anything was possible, and Dad has written many books, but this is the first time it was such a hit.
We are all really proud of him. Dad wants to take a vacation this winter to a beach in the southern hemisphere, he thinks it’d be the perfect escape. I volunteered to keep Dean with me if they go through with it. I don’t think they have ever gone away just the two of them. When Dad met Mom she already had a very volatile Zeke to handle.
It’s nice being back home, my parents don’t have strict rules to abide by. I do help Dean pick up the dinner dishes, we just have a mutual respect for everyone and the shared spaces, that it makes living at home a pleasure.
I’ll miss having Dean at hand to play, and toss the football with.
But in the end, I’m really excited for my own place. I won’t have to live in the living room, and have no personal space. I understand why my parents bought another two bedroom home, but it’s made it a little difficult to get privacy in the evenings.
Now I have to do Eva’s job, and it’s not easy. She had this post for years, and I feel incredibly guilty over the entire ordeal.
Eric is wanting me to take over management of it, and has even talked of selling me the business. He has his nightclub that he wants to make as successful as this one. I’m pretty baffled over it, I will admit that my lifetime dream is to be a business entrepreneur, and owning The Red Mill would be a huge jump start to my success.
In the meantime, I’m just focusing on learning all the skills this business requires.
When I guessed that Erin and my cousin, Colin were dating, I had been correct. They didn’t keep in touch much while we were finishing our senior year, but once we moved into our new apartment, he was over all the time. Luca usually came too, and generally lots of booze was involved.
I don’t have anything against my cousins, but they are messy slobs, and I’m the opposite. Add to it that Luca can’t hold his liquor, and it’s just not cool.
I like to suggest we head out, usually we just walk to Shortstack Pancake House, it’s right on the corner. None of us own vehicles, and they don’t sell alcohol which makes it the perfect place to hang out.
My cousin Luca seemed to be getting a crush on the server, Nadia, which I was relieved about. He’s spent too much time hung up on Meme, for pity sake he was the one to break up with her. If he didn’t want to do it, he shouldn’t have!
One night, when he went off to use to the bathroom, and Colin went out to smoke, I decided to approach her. I thought it was in the best interest of my cousin, and if she wasn’t interested then I wouldn’t have to even tell him.
She wasn’t uninterested per say, she just said that she was busy with work, and had a toddler son at home. Reading her body language, I think she likes Luca too.
I told Luca as we were leaving, and I think he might try himself next time.
At the apartment, it’s been difficult for Erin to get a job. She’s certain that any job not in her major, will destroy her chances for a good career in the future. She wants to be involved in the creation of video games, and I don’t think waiting tables or working at the gas station would ruin the chance of that; she’s certain it would.
As long as she pays her share of the rent, I don’t worry about it.
It’s always me though that has to go get the groceries. Mostly it’s her fear of the city. She’s from a rural town back in the midwest, and she’s terrified she’s going to get mugged. I grew up downtown, it doesn’t bother me at all.
She’s really lousy with laundry too. I have to wear black dresses for work, and only have a few of them, so when she did the wash and threw my satin dress in with the towels, I had a panic attack. I called my Mom for reassurance, and I think it made Erin feel horrible.
It’s not as much fun as I thought it would be, having Erin as a roommate. Part of it is that she is dating Colin, he’s always over, which makes it difficult for me and Erin to just hang out. I feel like a third wheel in my own home.
I could do without all the kissing too, and I don’t feel that I’m a prude.
So I spend time in my bedroom, reading business books. Most are about how to start a successful business, and how to decide what is needed in my current market. I made myself the goal to have my first business started before I turn thirty, and I hope these books are as helpful as they seem to be.
During the day, I usually take my nephew, Lewis down to the community center. He gets bored being cooped up with the nanny and the twins. I don’t get the feeling that he loves having toddlers in the home, but I tell him it’ll get better when they are a little older.
One rainy afternoon, we went inside the Community Center to play a board game, when Isaiah Gavigan sat down across from me. He used to hit on me in high school. It was incredibly awkward the way he smiled at me across the table.
He’s in college now, going to be a sophomore this fall, and wanted to catch up sometime. I wasn’t really feeling it, we weren’t friends back in high school. But I agreed, I’m not really in the position to be picky.
I agreed we could catch up, and met him at the Promenade le Jardin. He told me how his mother opened Mini Sprout, and he has a new baby brother. I was most interested in the fact that Eva had been hired there, and a little piece of my guilt ebbed away. At least I knew her girls weren’t out in Millwood starving to death.
The entire conversation of the “date” ended in five minutes; I tried to save the afternoon with some football. I’m pretty decent at it, since my big brother, Zeke has been throwing it at my head since I was a tot. Still, I’ve never seen a grown man behave this way to one of my tosses.
He made me feel like an amazon ape woman, and I’m barely five feet tall. He seemed kind of pissed off over the entire thing, which I didn’t understand. Though, if he had been an interesting person to talk to, I may have enjoyed his sort of smoldering look he gave me.
Instead I just feigned innocence, and made an excuse that I had to go into work early.
I may not have men falling head over heels for me, but I definitely feel confident enough in myself to not settle for that. Without a doubt, I need a man who is not afraid of a football, at the very least.
My sister-in-law, Morgan encouraged me to check out the Old Town Gardens, she said that her friend, Hazel frequented there, and always needed a good gardener to give a hand. It’s just a public owned garden, only a handful of people bother gardening there, and sometimes your fruit gets stolen.
I decided to check into it, and found Hazel there with her children. I began coming regularly after the first visit, her kids are well-behaved, and she’s very pregnant. She shouldn’t be out in the sun as much as she is, but she confessed she gets lonely at home with her husband touring.
So I keep her company, and we split the harvests, and I don’t have to worry about finding a boyfriend anytime soon, or if Colin is wearing clothes while sitting on my sofa.
Notes: Lorelei is BFF with her cousins, Luca and Colin, but she did seem a bit miffed at all the messes they made. She was constantly cleaning up their beer bottles, and dirty dishes, while everyone else partied.
I’m pretty pleased that Colin and Erin have hooked up. I didn’t have anyone planned for him, and didn’t even “know” Erin, she just ended up being a dormie that Lorelei immediately made friends with! It’s worked out so nicely.
She wants to own 5 businesses, not sure what she will open/buy. Any ideas?