Monthly Archives: March 2017

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To my surprise, a boy and his mother moved into the trailer park just a few days after Dad built the rocket ship. I could barely contain my excitement as I watched the movers bring all their stuff in. Finally the boy was alone and I found the courage to go talk to him. “Hi.” I said shyly while looking down at my feet. “I’m Jane. Jane Fontaine. And I live next door. Do you want to be friends with me?” I looked up into his bright green eyes and he smiled. “Sure.” He replied. “Great!” I said excitedly. “Want to come play on my rocket ship?” His mouth dropped open in shock. “You have a rocket ship?” I giggled. “Not a real one, silly. Come see!” I grabbed him by the hand and we ran behind my house. “Isn’t it great?” I pointed at it proudly. “Yeah!” He said enthusiastically. We played for hours. His imagination was just as vivid as mine was. Finally we needed a rest. We both laid on the ground and pointed out shapes in the clouds. “My name is Nolan by the way.” He murmured while searching the sky. “Nol-an.” I repeated quietly. I liked the way it sounded…

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~Odessa~
“Our girl is all grown up now. And she’ll be heading to college this fall. The house is going to be so quiet. And empty. What are we going to do?” Eli said with a sigh. We were relaxing on the beach, watching the waves roll in. I lifted my head up from his arm and just blurted out, “What if I were to tell you that…we’re having another baby?” His mouth dropped open but he quickly regained his composure. “Are you serious?” He asked. I nodded and smiled. “Well…the first one turned pretty good…so why not have about a dozen more?” He chuckled. He pulled me close and laid his hand across my stomach. “How long have you known?” I put my hands over his. “Only a few weeks. I was going to tell you after I went to the doctor. But there’s no better time than the present right?” I smiled again. “Right.” He murmured while kissing me on the cheek.

“Maybe it’ll be a boy this time.” He said hopefully on the walk back home. “Maybe.” We walked a little further then he said, “How about Finn if it’s a boy?” I came to an abrupt stop. “Why that name?” He shrugged nonchalantly. “It just popped in my head. I like it. Don’t you?” I nervously wiped my hair out my face. I hadn’t thought about my brother Finneas in years…and the memories of him now made my stomach clench. “Yeah it’s okay.” He suddenly picked me up and twirled me in the air. “I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” He shouted before kissing me. “Yes. You are.” I giggled.

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One of the coolest things Dad ever made was the life-size rocket ship model for Blake and I to play with. I was thrilled when he brought us behind the us and revealed it to us. “Wow! It’s so cool!” I told Dad animatedly and threw my arms around his waist. “Thanks Dad!” Then I glanced over at Blake who was texting on her phone. “Come on Blake, let’s play! We can be astronauts!” I shouted to her. To my disbelief, Blake walked over to it and turned her nose up at it. “Booor-ing. I’m going over to Macy’s house. See ya.” My smile immediately turned to a frown. “But it won’t be as fun without you.” I called behind her. She turned around and rolled her eyes at me. “You’ll live.” I looked across the yard at Dad who was working on another project. No use bothering him. He was always too busy to play. I pouted for a few minutes before climbing in by myself. I didn’t need Blake or Macy or anyone else. I could entertain myself just fine.

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~Odessa~
We’ve remained close with Eli’s family over the years…it was kind of hard not to since we all live practically next door to each other. I even met some of his extended family a few years ago…Lauren’s brother, Chris and his family. They’re all such pleasant people. They were also invited to come to Seashell Bay with the rest of us but unfortunately decided to stay in Hylewood. They keep in touch though.

The rest of us see each other almost every day. For outings, family dinners, birthday parties and vacations. Being part of a big family is amazing! The love they all have for each other and even for me…it’s endearing. I know I made the right decision all those years ago…the day I gave up my tail for a human life. It was worth it.

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With Dad distancing himself, Blake and I had to entertain ourselves. Being two years older than me, meant that Blake was always put in charge. We were never really close but I suppose we got along like most siblings do. One moment we we were having fun, the next we were fighting like cats and dogs. Also it probably didn’t help any that we were complete opposites. I was always on my computer or had my nose in a book. While Blake was much more social…always with her phone in hand. Her best friend was a girl named Macy from school and they hung out together all the time. Sometimes they let me play with them but it was so boring listening to them talk about boys all the time. Boys were gross. Every night before bed, I’d wish that I had a best friend too. One that was just like me…

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~Odessa~
Seventeen years later…and here we are. A very happy little family. Our daughter Chelsea is almost fully grown. She is a senior in high school. She’s so beautiful and so very smart. Eli and I are very proud of her. We’re also still very in love with each other. And oddly enough, we haven’t aged as much as everyone else over the years. Not a single wrinkle or gray hair…I look exactly like I did the day I met Eli. He compliments me on my good genes all the time and jokes that I’m the one that keeps us young. I laugh it off but at the end of the day, it gets to me. What if he’s right…in a sense? What’s going to happen if we still look the same in seventeen more years? How would I ever explain it?

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After Dad lost his job, it was hard for him to find work in town. There were too many fuzzy details around Mom’s accident…which started the rumors about him being at fault. And within just a few short months, we were put out of our beautiful home. Dad says the bank took it away. With the very little money he had left, he found us a place on the outskirts of town. Once we were settled in, he seemed to pull away from us a bit. He still helped us with homework and pushed us to do the best we could do in school. But the rest of the time, he kept to himself. Always in the backyard…working on something. You would think that after Mom’s accident, Dad would’ve stopped with his experiments and odd inventions. But he didn’t…