Lindsay put her arms up; so I could lift her up. I was smiling at
her much she looks like me; expect she got her daddy's dark brown
curly hair. But my icy blue eyes; just like Amber. Expect she
isn't my kid. But I still love her as much as anyone else does;
one day she might find out; or we could lie to her for the rest
of our lives. Princess is 15 years old. We got her when Lynds and
I we're 5. And now we're twenty. Prince Charming is her twin. So
they go outside and do their cats stuff together at night.
I placed Lindsay on my hip and we walked up to the porch were
Lyndsey was doing baby talk to Star. Now it's gonna be confusing.
"Her middle name is Hope too." Summer and Dream came up and
smiled "Who is she momma?" "Your new little sister." "Aw, can we
go play in the sand box with Amber, Emma, and Jake?" "Sure girls.
Your daddy should be back soon." I smiled at Lyndsey. You can
tell raising three kids is tough on her at the age of twenty and
now this. But it's January 10th. And it's 70 degrees out; that's
North Carolina for you. They are all almost three; Emma and Jake
are almost four.
"I can't believe they are almost three." I said to the girls "Me
either, it feels like yesterday Emma and Jake were a baby." "And
now I got Caitlyn, who is just a good little baby." I smiled,
"Courtney is too." "If you don't mind me asking how did you come
up with Courtney?" Ally asked her, and then Lyndsey looked at me;
"Starry, remember Courtney Lane?" Ah, she was our best friend
since before we were born. And then we lost contact after 15
years of friendship when we moved over here to Roxboro. "Yeah,
how can I not." "Who is Courtney?" Ally asked again, "Our best
friend since before we were born; and before we moved over here."
I said smiling about all the fun times. "Oh she's the girl in all
those pictures?" We nodded and laughed. "I wonder if she's
online right now." Lyndsey said putting Star in the baby swing
and going to get her old lab-top; it's for outside use.
All this talk about Courtney made me miss her even more. So here
I am signing on my old IM account and sure enough she is so I
sent her an IM:
Lyndseyloo: Hey Court!
Courtneyloo: Hey Lynds!
Lyndseyloo: how have you been?
Courtneyloo: good, I've missed you and Starry
Lyndseyloo: we missed you too. You still live in NC?
Courtneyloo: Yeah, Roxboro. It's an amazing city
Lyndseyloo: Yeah I know. Been here for five years J
Courtneyloo: Awesome, Starry too?
Lyndseyloo: Oh yeah, you married? Got kids?
Courtneyloo: Yeah, Married Jacob Black. Three kids: Lindsay
3, Tara*Star 2, Austin 9 months old.
Lyndseyloo: Yup, Married Blake Wakefield. Three kids that I
had and one that we adopted: Summer and Dream 3 (in 8 days),
Courtney 1, and Star that is 9 months old.
Courtneyloo: what about starry?
Lyndseyloo: Her husband had a baby with another woman; but she
claims him. Married: Mike Campbell, Amber 3(8 days), Lindsay 1,
and they adopted a boy name Nick who's 13.
Courtneyloo: Aw, we should so hang out soon. And by the way
Lindsay birthday is in 8 days as well and then she'll be
Lyndseyloo: this Saturday?
Courtneyloo: I'll check with my husband and call you. What is
Courtneyloo: Okay, call ya tonight! Love ya'll!
Lyndseyloo: love you too!
Courtneyloo has signed off
"She's married Jacob Black." I said frowning; he was my boyfriend
11-14. He's a creep. Or he was. But I always knew they'd be
perfect. "She has three kids, Lindsay, Tara*Star, and Austin"
"Aw, I can't wait to meet them." "This weekend hopefully." "I'll
be here." "Man, I wanted to meet them; but we're going out of
town." Ally said. Trace, Blake, Mike, and Nick was walking up the
driveway now. Summer and Dream went running to Blake's open arms
and he lifted them up off the ground. He was smiling and
laughing; and so were they. "Hello my sweet love." I smiled at
him, as Courtney made her way to him. "Why hello Courtney!"
"Daddy!" First word she said was "ma." First clear word daddy,
then mama. I'm okay with it and so is he.
We love all of our kids; he hates that none of them looks like
him; with the eyes and hair. But Star has Baby blue eyes, and
dark brown hair. So she looks like him. "We might be having
company this weekend." I said feeding Star her bottle. "An old
friend of Starry & me." "Oh okay, I'm fine with it."
Blake and Mike were cooking hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill.
And their car pulled up; Starry and I were so happy. Courtney
stepped out and helped her kids out and handed Austin to Jacob.
Courtney has always had long beautiful curly strawberry blonde
hair with green eyes. She hugged us both; we were acting like
teenagers again. "We missed you Court!" Jacob saw me and smiled,
he gave me a hug with little Austin. I'm guessing Lindsay and
Tara*Star are the little girls hiding behind their mom. "Lindsay
and Tara this is Lyndsey and Star, my old school buddies." She
said smiling, "Hey, we're not that old!" They looked just like
their momma did. Summer & Dream came walking up, "Court, this
girl right here is summer. And then this is Dream." They smiled
at her; and then saw Tara and Lindsay, "Hi, wanna go play with
Amber and us?" "Sure, can we momma?" She nodded. "Amber is that
one." Starry pointed out, "This is Austin and of course you know
Jake." "He goes by Jake now?" I said forming a smile. "Blake this
is my best friend, Courtney, Courtney my husband Blake, and her
husband Mike." They smiled, "And Jacob this is Blake and Mike."
The men went to talking and we went to the kids. "Court, this is
Courtney." I said as Courtney and Lindsay quit playing with their
toys to smile. "This is Star." "Nick is over there watching over
the little girls." Starry added smiling; she really likes him. He
helps out a lot.
We ate; talked; watched movies; did what we use to do. Expect
there are men here and our own kids. We use to dream of what life
would be like; and trust me this is not how we dreamed it. Dream
is already a dreamer; and I love that about her! They had to
leave, we said our good-byes. And I have a feeling that this is
gonna be a weekly thing! Mike & Nick carried Amber and
Lindsay in the house, 'Night Lynds." 'Night Starry." We hugged
and off they went. Blake and I carried our kids in.
Lives for these kids are flying by. Before I know it they'll be
18 and out of the house. I don't wanna see that day came. I love
my daddy's girl and momma's boy. Actually Jake will goes to
anybody. He's just that kind of boy. "So they lost contact with
Court?" I said asking Ally as we put Caitlyn down in bed. "Yeah,
they sounded really close." "They were, our families were best
friends since elementary school, and never lost touch until my
parents spilt." "Lynds & Star seemed so happy when they
talked to her. I haven't seen them that happy since they found
out you were alive." Tears came in her eyes, "Ally, its okay."
She hugged me tight; I wiped away her tears and kissed her lips.
"Ah, I want an ice cream float." I got up and got two. Since that
now sounds good. "I love you Trace." "And I love you more than
all the stars in the sky Ally." "Does Starry still write?" She
asked me, "I don't know to be honest."
Starry has always wanted to be a writer; she has always loved
writing; so did Lyndsey. But I guess their plans had changed. I
mean I wanted to be a lawyer, which is why I'm now in college for
it. I'm getting my degree next week though. Between that,
working, and my kids. We never have time for ourselves anymore.
But I guess its okay; since I'm gonna be bringing in more money
than now. LawSchool was easier than college; but all of us
Summerland's are smart.
Ally fell asleep after she ate her ice cream so I carried her up
to her room, and went down in the basement and looked in my box
of pictures. Holly & me, my sisters other best friends, we
went on two dates, but it felt weird, she's my age. So we were
best friends until Starry and Lyndsey were born. Then I found the
picture of two years old me holding Starry and my brother was
holding Lyndsey. I have always loved Starry & Lyndsey.
Sassy came down the steps and licked my face. She's four years
old soon. I love her so much; just as much as my love for my wife
& kids, I'm twenty-two years old. Never thought I'd see the
day that I would have three kids at the age of 22. But I guess
life changes all the time. I mean I could be dead; watching them
from above. I'm glad I'm not though; I'd of missed out on them
growing up. And Starry & Lyndsey first kids.
I rubbed Sassy some more and then we went up to our bedroom she
jumped on the bed and fell asleep in-between me and Ally. She
loves doing this. Ally wants a little dog; tomorrow we'll go find
her a little dog. I think she wants a yorkie or something. I just
want my wife to be happy. Sassy sighed and then rolled up on her
belly for me to rub her while she fell into a deep sleep. My
wife, kids, and dog are all spoiled and yet I love this!
The boys put the girls down in their bed and we're all in the
living room watching TV; we already talked about it and he calls
us momma and dad. "Momma, you need anything to drink?" I was in
the mood for vodka, no I don't drink much. "I'll get what I
want." "Ah, you're in the mood for a drink?" "No, I'm underage."
For another year that is. I just went and got a soda and handed
Mike his bottle of beer, one bottle per a week. He isn't gonna be
a drunk. He's okay with it. "Can I check my email?" "Sure, the
family computer is down the hall." "Starry, sometimes I forget
that your only twenty. "Ah, me too." "I love you Starry." "I love
you too Mike, you're the best." "I didn't know Jake was Lyndsey's
ex." "Yeah they dated for three years." "He told us; he's glad
that she has married Blake." Yeah, me too. He's an awesome guy.
"And I didn't know that she was raped." "Yeah, we don't like
talking about it."
We were just talking about random things when my phone rang:
Caller ID: Holly. "Hello?" "Starry is that you?" "If this is
Holly then yes." "Yeah, it's me." "How are you?!" "Pregnant for
the fourth time." "Ah, who did you married?" "Nick Summerlyn."
"Knew you would." "Starr, you still lives in North Carolina?"
"Yeah, Roxboro." "Get Trace, and Lynds at your place next
weekend, and Court. If you don't mind, having a cook out?" "For
you, no way! Next Saturday four PM?" "Sounds good, I'll be
there!" "Another old friend, Star?" "Yeah, she's Trace's age."
We're all at the house, including Holly, and her daughters Jessie
4, Nicole 3, and Lindsey is 2. Holly hasn't changed a bit, Trace
smiled when he saw her and Courtney. He hugged Holly and smiled
at Ally, "This is Holly an old friend of mine." Ally looked a
little suspicious. "They went on two dates; mine and Lynds fault.
They are best friends, besides us girls." She smiled at that and
her and Holly hit it off like that. Holly, Adam, and her kids
lives in Oklahoma.
The time we spent together flew by to fast, Blake never was mad
that Lyndsey never told him that she dated Jacob. She is kind of
ashamed of it. He was a creep back then. Now he's a good dad and
husband to Courtney. I love them to death. They are so amazing!
"Starry, we must go." Holly said, she hugged me, then Lynds, then
Court, then Trace. "Nice to meet you Ally. I'm glad Trace has
found an awesome girl like you." Ally blushed. "Thanks you Holly.
You're welcome here anytime." Ally said, "Yeah anytime!" We
agreed. They left and so did Courtney. So it just us three
families. "Holly and Courtney seems nice." "They are. And they're
amazing." "Trace how come you never told me?" "We swore we
wouldn't tell nobody, we're just friends. I love you and only
you." "What about us?!" Lyndsey and I said, "As my wife. You're
my best sisters ever!" We smiled at that!