narrated by: Oliver
Summer break is a big deal for me as it is to the kids I teach. My Mom has been nagging me constantly to keep an eye on my younger brother, Julius since he lives in South Port. We do live a city block away, but I don’t have time to just snoop around my brother’s business.
Apparently he’s been in some shady business since high school, which we only found out about his senior year. Only so much any of us can do for him, he is going to make his own decisions irregardless of our input.
I don’t like being there, his boss is always around on the sofa. Said he knew my landlord and would get my a better rate. Which he did, but I hate to think it was at the cost of blackmail or threats. Me and Isaiah were doing fine paying our bills, and I don’t want to owe any crime-lord any debt.
I almost spend more time at Brooklyn’s place now. She’s at the far west side of South Port, while I’m the farthest east one can travel. When Mom calls to plea that I check on Julius, I can just say that I’m not home. It’s a nice excuse without having to be a bad son.
Brooklyn wanted to take it a step further, and insisted we go on vacation up in the Cascade Mountains. She invited Isaiah and his long-time girlfriend, Maeve for the ride. Isaiah was thrilled to get out of dodge for a bit. His brother, Isaac just started working in construction with him, and is driving him batty.
He is disgruntled that he lost his job, and has been stuck in this back-breaking position, while his brother nearly flunked out of university entirely, and gets the same job. He insists that he is serious about finding a legit career after vacation, and one that preferably uses his degree.
We rented separate cabins, and it was wildly more romantic than I had anticipated. Brooklyn and I take turns sleeping over if our schedules are free, but this was much better. There were no bills, or landlords lurking about, no phone calls from Mom since the reception was nonexistent. It was a true escape.
Maeve has been around for years, and Brooklyn a bit less, and we have all fallen into a good friendly rhythm. It worked out that the girls get along well, though Maeve wouldn’t be the first person Brooklyn would pick for a friend.
Silly is one way to describe her. She’s about as sheltered and unworldly as Rapunzel in Tangled, wanting to marry Isaac after just meeting. A bit unstable, but she seems to be harmless and mean well.
Isaiah is happy with her, and that’s about all I can ask for as his best friend.
Maeve gets talking sometimes about ‘one day…‘ like when we are all married, or have kids. As if that is a certainty. But I’m just not as positive about my future. Brooklyn just graduated and started teaching, if I asked her to marry me, I’m certain she would say yes, but I don’t think the timing is right.
Being at the same place, and the same beach that Abby drowned has put me in a tailspin that I hadn’t anticipated. I should have, it shook my world, I ended up crushing Paloma’s heart and going through a personal crisis. I suppose that depth of emotion doesn’t exactly disappear even if years have passed since the tragedy and shock has worn into a resigned acceptance.
I’m trying to hide my emotions, not wanting to be a bummer on our trip, but I think Brooklyn picks up on it. If it was just Abby then I would have no issue discussing it, Brooklyn has never been jealous of Paloma, but it’s caused me to have doubts about breaking up with Meg.
It was four years ago, exactly when Isaac met Maeve, and while I know that Meg isn’t seeing anyone serious, I don’t know if she ever has thoughts of me. Paloma took years to get over me, and now I feel like I’ve tasted the medicine. I had never meant to break anyone’s hearts, it’s a messy business falling in and out of love.
During the day, we try to get out and have a good time. As long as we are away from the cabins and the beach, I can forget the troubles on my mind. I don’t know if it’s just my mind reeling from the scenery, or if there is something to my thoughts centering on Meg, and if action should be taken on my part.
When I’m with Brooklyn, and actively enjoying my time with her though, then I think it is crazy to even think of Meg. It was all in the past, and no good can come from visiting a ship that has sailed.
Isaac is cool to talk things over with, I’m thinking I will after the holiday. It seems too serious to branch into with beautiful clear skies, and adventures to be had.
Nearing the end of the trip, Maeve was getting tired of Brooklyn’s constant chest pounding. She’s really caught on to the mountain atmosphere. I was humored that Maeve was being theatrically annoyed, when she is generally the most annoying person that I associate with, and that’s not said in a mean fashion.
We did a fire at the beach. Ironically, at night the beach didn’t seem quite as haunting. The sky was lit with stars, and the air was downright freezing. Not much reminded me of that fateful day, and I was able to really relax with Brooklyn while not running around all over the mountaintop.
I’m a science child, even though my Dad has been kicked out of the field, I did learn quite a bit from him. I was able to point out constellations and stars to Brooklyn, outside of Ursa Major which was the only constellation she knew. She even got confused and thought Jupiter was Polaris.
We ended up having to go in earlier than we wanted when it unexpectedly began to snow. They weren’t kidding when they said it could snow year round up here.
Maeve and Isaac had sneaked off to do their own thing, and it turned out they had gotten engaged. I knew that Isaac had bought a ring a few months back, but he didn’t confess his intention to me. Back when he bought it, he planned to just feel it out when the moment felt especially magical, and I guess the Cascade Mountains was it for him.
They are both thrilled, Maeve is already saying that she always knew it would happen.
On our last day in town, Maeve was talking to Brooklyn about when it might be our time, or if I was going to be popping the question. She seemed to wave the questions off without seeming upset.
But then she was looking at jewelry and seemed to be very blue over it.
For the ride home, she picked up magazines instead of wanting to talk with me. I don’t know that she’s guessing at where my mind has been for the trip, or is just feeling down about Maeve and Isaac’s engagement. Logically, I hope she realizes that they have been dating for four years, which is two years more than us.
I’m going to sleep on things and see how I feel once I leave this haunted beach. Maybe next time we will fork over the money for a nicer hotel or rough it in tents. If we had at the start, then this vacation might not have needed an appointment with a counselor.
Notes: Title from – “We are Young” by Fun.
Brooklyn has had the want to specifically marry and be engaged to Oliver since she was in university. But Oliver is not cooperating with me. I was considering just going ahead without the want (I wouldn’t say that I require the want from both parties, but that’s not entirely true these days), but then he started rolling romantic wants surrounding Meg… *sigh* I don’t even know. All I know is that these two can give me redhead babies! Or blond or brunette. And I would love any of those, especially if they had one of each, how cute would that be?!
Isaiah and Maeve both had the wants to get married for a very long time, and I let them go ahead. Isaiah doesn’t have great chemistry with any of my girls, except Violet-Adele, and she is not going there, tyvm. Isaiah is great, just not for Vi. I’m sad to lose this roomie set up though, I will likely not rush into a wedding.
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