Chapter 1: Summer’s Day
In the red-roof house, which shined like a sore thumb in this neighborhood of auburn roofs. Inside, I was playing a game of Eternity, an RPG game on the hardest difficulty. The living room was connected to the dining room. The dining table was to the right of me and coffee table was in the front. The gaming console was with the wall-mounted, sixty inch, flat screen TV that Mrs. Wilson bought the day after yesterday. The air conditioner was on and it kept the room cool. The kitchen was oddly in another room where the door was closed. Well, it was pretty nice since it kept the odor away from me. The floor was covered by a deep blue carpet with a beige wallpaper. Though I had taken my shoes off at the front door, I placed my legs up on the coffee table and gotten myself into a comfortable position.
It had been about a month since I met Juliette.
“Jaiden, can you come here for a second?” Juliette’s mother shouted for me. “I need help with something.”
“Then why don’t you ask for Juliette?” though I questioned that, I went to the kitchen either way. And— “Oh, she’s already helping.”
I never even realized that she was gone, damn her video games! She chuckled at my disclosure. “Can you get the flour for us?”
If they asked for it, then it was probably up somewhere really high where they couldn’t reach. In other words, the two of them were idiots and decided to place it up really lofty. I was taller than both of them, which made me a monster. Hahaha, I’d wished. I was only taller up to the point where Juliette was up to my neck height. Her mother was shorter than Juliette and I didn’t know where her father was. I never saw him for all the days I had been here.
I was a terrible person when it came to timing. “Where’s your dad? I haven’t seen him yet.”
“He’s on a business trip,” Juliette replied.
“Ah.” At least it wasn’t the usual, “They split up.”
“When will he come back?” I had to bring up some kind of conversation while I tried to find the flour that they never told me the location. “Cause I’d love to meet him.”
“Oh, no you wouldn’t,” was from her mother. “He has no patience for anything. Whenever he comes home, he always goes straight to bed, then eat, then repeat until his next trip.”
Sounds like a cheater. Oh, there’s the flour. It was at the peak of the left cabinet. Grabbing it with one hand, I handed it over to… “Who wanted the flour?”
Juliette’s mom came over and grabbed it in a hurry. Currently, they were cooking dinner and her mother decided to start baking some muffins. “What are you making?” I posed a query.
So simple yet delicious. “Sounds good.”
Then I left the kitchen with no other intention of helping. I wasn’t all into cooking anyway. Besides, I needed to get back to playing.
After thirty minutes or so, I finally became bored with the game and shut off the console. Juliette came out from the kitchen and sat beside me on the couch. She sighed, saying, “Mother told me to take a break.”
“Good for you.”
I gazed at the ceiling with my mouth opened, and I was beginning to doze off into space. Though she pulled back as fast as she could. “You’ve been eating here a lot lately.”
“I guessed it’s because I like your food better.”
She was a bit flustered by the thought, and thanked me. “Although I just help, really. My mother’s the one who does all the work.”
“Which reminds me, why is she making muffins?”
“Because I was mentioning how you liked them the last time we went out.”
“Wow. How nice.”
Juliette grinned, suddenly grabbing my arm and pulling it. “Can I come to your house once in awhile?”
“Nope,” I immediately responded.
She pouted, “Why not?”
“Then how about you come with me to an amusement park?”
“What kind of question is that? How does this have to do with my house?”
She watched my reaction, still holding on to my arm. Ah, she was waiting for me to answer. “No, I wouldn’t want to go to an amusement park.”
“I can’t stand amusement parks. I mean, unless you take me to a water amusement park.”
“You like those types?”
“Then how about we go to one?” she smiled.
At this point, I wiggled my arm free and scooted away. “If you’re the one paying.”
Sure, I had a job and had money, but I wasn’t going to waste it on something like amusement parks. I’d rather waste it on games, or upgrading my computer. It was selfish, but somehow, Juliette didn’t seem to mind. She was alright on paying for the both of us. And I thought it was a trick, because it made me feel guilty. “At least I’ll pay for the entrance fee.”
But where were we going exactly? When? These questions were later asked due to the fact that her mother came out with dinner readied. I went straight to the dining table while Juliette went to help her mother carry out the food. I couldn’t say I was lazy… okay, I was. Although I didn’t lend a hand unless it was needed.
It was still summer, just two weeks away from ending. It was still hot, so I always came here in any shorts I could find in my wardrobe. Though I tend to always wear baggy black shirts whenever I had the chance. Due to my shirts, I had trouble pacing this five minute walk without sweating like a pig. And because of that, I used their bathroom to cool myself down. For some reason, the weather decided to take a sudden change from seventy to one-hundred. I had deducted that the weather was being fair because it wouldn’t be summer without the heat wave. Today I wore a hat for protection. It didn’t aid me in my journey to Juliette’s house.
Anyways, dinner was the last thing for me to do at her house and when I finished, I quickly left the house and rushed back to mine.