narrated by: Oliver
I thought that Isaiah would have broken up with Maeve while I was overseas teaching for the summer, but she’s still here. It’s more serious then I thought, feels like Maeve is a worm, digging her ways into him. He does seem happy though, so I don’t begrudge him. She’s at the apartment constantly, and for whatever reason, his kid brother Isaac keeps coming around. Naturally he brings his girlfriend Lauren. Overall, it feels like high school again.
I was friends with Hadley and Julia a bit by default, she was rather obsessed with me for a spell, which made talking difficult for her. But my loyalties lie with the Millett family, and knowing what Lauren and Isaac did to Julia while she was pregnant, makes it hard for me to be around them. I was student teacher for some of it, and there still wasn’t much I could do to help the situation.
Lauren is rude toward Maeve, so I know I’m not alone in wishing they’d stay at campus. She looks anxious as heck when she’s forced to interact with Lauren. Anyone else might just ignore Lauren, but as crazy as Maeve is, she is incredibly nice, and she wouldn’t think of being rude.
In the process of all this downtime, Isaiah managed to get fired from his chosen field in Natural Science. Called in to work, and popped in late too many times, and they cut their ties.
I head off to work, and he’s in his pajamas, eating potato chip crumbs for breakfast. He’s going through a mid-twenties crisis, and doesn’t know what to do for his life now.
His parents call him like a well-planned tag team. Never fails, that every evening there is a talk of some sort. They seem to have a schedule of what the conversation will be, sometimes it’s encouraging, and he will rebound in time, or a blessing in disguise. Other times, they ream him for being irresponsible, and he’s gotta get back on track yesterday.
I don’t think my parents would care much if I got fired or quit, they’d just want the best for me. I definitely prefer my parents imagined reaction over the Gavigans real one.
Maeve has taken to doing Isaiah’s portion of chores around the apartment, which she’s here so often, she might as well chip in. Besides as neat as we are for two roommates, we tend to forget aout the inside of the toilet bowl.
Isaiah does get out of the apartment to take Carl for his walks and to burn off his energy. German Shepards need more room than a city apartment can offer, so he cuts into Isaiah’s time for wallowing.
I can always tell when he’s had a particularly hard day full of self-pity, because Carl gets into mischief, namely the garbage can. It could be worse, he could use the restroom indoors, but the garbage is pretty sick too.
To escape the apartment, I started hanging out at Eastborough University, I’d tell friends that I just liked the atmosphere. But in reality, I couldn’t stop thinking about Brooklyn. She’d told me to do my summer overseas teaching kids, and to basically dump Meg, and her face kept popping into my mind ever since. I knew she was Paige’s younger sister, but I was never friends with Paige, nor familiar enough to show up at her duplex and ask about her sister.
In my lurking behavior, I ran into Julia one time at a coffee spot.
We ended up catching up, she’s seeing a guy named Cabot, and sounds like she’s doing well.
It was unfortunate to hear that Hadley had flunked her senior year and had to try again next fall. We were both surprised by this development, it felt nice to catch up with Millwood friends, been eight years since I lived there, and everyone’s grown up since then.
When I wasn’t hanging out at the coffee shop on Saturday mornings, I was hitting up Duffy’s bar in the evenings, the place we originally met. I force Isaiah to join me, Maeve comes sometimes but not often. Isaiah had been busy meeting Maeve when I first met Brooklyn, so he didn’t know what she looked like. He came more for company, then to help me spot her.
Oddly, it was him that noticed Brooklyn when she finally made an appearance at Duffy’s.
I flagged her over, and Isaiah excused himself to the bar. It was all quite transparent, and I’m sure she knew my intent.
She was impressed that I’d taken her advice, and I had to tell her that I’d gone to my big sister Grace too. I didn’t put that much stock in stranger’s opinions.
Instead of monopolizing the conversation, I found out more about Brooklyn, like the fact that she was studying to be an elementary teacher. I told her that I could get her introduced to Lucy London, as she was my boss. Though I realized afterward that EU would set her up as they had for me.
When I asked her out for dinner later in the week, she agreed, which was a giant relief. I’ve never pursued a girl, Paloma had been my friend, and while I’d initiated, I knew she was interested. And Meg had loved me all through high school, much like Julia. This was new territory, with a girl I didn’t know since kindergarten.
I took her to the new asian restaurant on campus for some dessert, and she was very stern about what could be placed in her food. I thought instantly, that she would make a great teacher, rather bossy and definitely confident.
We both grew up in Millwood, but she’s never been in my circle of friends. It was interesting to share memories of neighbors, and to realize our paths never crossed.
It was a great evening, probably the best date I’ve been on, and it had all to do with the company. I haven’t felt infatuated like this ever, not to discount past relationship because there had been emotions. It’s just different with someone that I’m just getting the privilege of knowing.
Somehow we ended up back at my apartment, seeing she was roommates with Julia back at EU, and spending the night there would have been wildly inappropriate.
We made plans for the following weekend; it all seems to be going in a very positive direction.
Even Isaiah was able to land a job with the help of his Dad doing road construction, well he holds up the signs that say slow, and stop. He works before the sun comes up, and is falling asleep in his coffee mug in the morning. He’s not happy with this new development, but it’s all that’s available so he’s making due.
Notes: Isaiah had a rough session, first he died (and I would have saved it but then Oliver died coming home from work… er..?) so I didn’t save, but in the process he did get fired. I’ve gotten some help at N99 on what to do with Isaiah, and have a few ideas for him. He’s going to be floating for the time being though.
Both boys had a cold… who dies from a cold? And they didn’t have bad motives ether, I’m actually worried about my pneumonia ROS… I really hope there are no casualties.
When I came into the household, Oliver’s want field was filled with Brooklyn’s face, so we had to track her down on a community lot, since I don’t think they would have exchanged numbers at their original meeting. They had a couple fantastic dates, and seem pretty happy.
Shocking to me, I found out that Oliver had some ACR woohoo with a college dormie, and not that long ago ether, because she was on his first page of memories. She’s on the right in this photo of Isaiah, her name is Yuki, but he didn’t have any wants for her at all so I didn’t pursue it.
Look at this old photo of them as teens, back when they were friends, and Julia was the tagalong little sister, who crushed hard for Oliver. All before break ups, and baby drama. Really had no clue what was in store for these guys back then.
standing: Paloma, Oliver, Hadley; Sitting: Lauren, Julia, and Isaiah.
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