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What We Call Life

Novel By: Ryin Kelsin

Following the life experiences of seven different people who are all connected in some way. Laina Montgomery is a single mom of two. She works at day care and is involved with AA. Teddie Hoffman is a single lesbian bar tender who tends to be a bit of a player. Dylan Montgomery is a Junior in high school and is madly in love with her girlfriend Lexi. Dennis Johnson is a married man with four kids who is trying to rekindle an old flame. Thomas Montgomery is a CEO of a company he owns and is very absent most of the time. Richard Day is the owner of a shrimp house, is single with no kids, and he doesn't really care when it comes dating. Dana Coast is new to the city and is a student at John Marshall Law School View table of contents...

Submitted:Jul 14, 2013    Reads: 7    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   


I'm on my way to Teddie's house and I'm hopelessly lost. I've never had to walk to her house by myself. She told me to jump on the orange line train and get off at Roosevelt and I did and now I'm lost. Teddie is laughing at me through texts messages while trying to give me directions. I told her not to trust me. I'm directionally challenged and Chicago is huge and it's a lot different than my home grown town of Knoxville.

She told me to walk North down Roosevelt but which way is North? I send her text and then my phone rings. I answer it.


"Where are you?" Teddie asks.

"I don't know."

"Don't move, I'm coming to find you." I hang up the phone and throw it into my pocket. Hopefully I'm not so lost she can't find me.

I'm glad we are back together. I finally came out to my parents. I told them that I'm gay and that I met the girl of my dreams. They didn't react the way I expected them to. They both told me that they already knew and that they still loved me anyway. My Mama was a little upset that I'm not going to settle down with Trevor like she always wanted but she's okay with it. They told me that they want to meet Teddie. They said that they have to meet the girl I've fallen in love with, and then came the questions about how I was going to give them grandchildren. I told her not to worry about it because it is possible.

Teddie and I had a conversation about kids and she told me that she wants them and I want them to. She told me that she really wants a little boy at some point. I told her that we needed to have one boy and one girl because for as long as I can remember I've always wanted a little girl. She told me that she liked that plan. Hopefully it works out that way for us.

"HEY SEXY!" I hear someone yell and I look over. It's Teddie. She walks closer to me. "You know I would really like to get your number." I smile and laugh at her.

"I don't know, you're not really my type." I joke.

"You really did get lost." She says.

"I told you that I'm the worst when it comes to directions."

"Yeah, you're not even close." We start to walk and she grabs my hand. I love holding hands with her. It just feels right.

"So, how's your Mom?" I ask. Teddie looks over to me.

"She's still really upset." She says. "I wish her and Richard would just get back together already." I barely know Teddie's Mom but from the few times I have met her she did seem happy with her boyfriend.

"You have to let them figure it out." I say.

"I know. I just wish I could speed up the process a little."


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