“So what do you think Coheed? Would your Mom let our cousins come over to play?”
“I don’t know Holly...my Momma is really busy with work right now…”
Claudio kicked his brother’s leg under the table,
“Come on Coheed! Momma loves us and of course she would say yes! Even if she can’t watch us Uncle Delsin and Aunt Callie will!”
Holly shook her head in agreement,
“Yea Coheed! My Mommy and Daddy will definitely watch us all! Anyways we’re just staying at the house!”
Claudio was staring at Coheed and when he still looked apprehensive he finally said he would do it.
“I mean I AM Momma's favorite so it isn’t like she’ll say no to me.”
Coheed raised his eyebrows at his brother,
“Suuuure you are brother.”
Claudio was on a mission. He checked his Mom’s office first and when she wasn’t there he found her in the kitchen talking to his Grandpa.
He ran up to her and tugged on her shirt. As soon as he got her attention he went all out to try and convince her, he even broke out the cute puppy dog eyes and his winning smile.
“Momma please please please please PLEASE let Yusun, Seiko, and Alessandra come over!”
Harley was taken aback for a second,
“Why baby? Do you want to have a play date with them?”
“Yes please! I promise we won’t leave the house or backyard! It’s just that we kind of started a club already between all of us called The Unicorn Knights…”
Harley opened her mouth,
“Momma please don’t ask about the name. There’s two boys and four girls in our club there’s no way we were going to have a tough name. Anyways! PLEAAAAASE let us invite them over today!”
Jensen nudged his daughter with his elbow and whispered,
“Go ahead Harley. All of us will keep an eye on them while you work on finishing your book. They’re about to become teenagers anyways. Let them hang around other kids for a little bit.”
Harley bit the inside of her cheek and finally gave in,
“Okay hunny, you can invite them over. Just don’t give your Grandma and Grandpa a hard time! And please don’t scare Yusun and Seiko with fake snakes again! I was cleaning up glitter out of the playroom for a week.”
Claudio fist pumped the air and smiled broadly,
“Thank you thank you thank you Momma! I’ll go call them over right now!”
The first to get there was Yusun so Claudio ran outside to greet her while Holly and Coheed were still arguing over what they would do today.
Yusun gave Claudio a big hug and looked so excited she was hopping from foot to foot.
“Aren’t you excited that we get to hang out today! Last time your Mom got soooo mad about the glitter I didn’t think she would ever let us back.”
“Psssh, my Momma loves you guys. She was just mad because she’s stressed about getting one of her books finished by its deadline. Don’t even worry about it! By the way where’s Seiko?”
Yusun shook her head and face palmed,
“Ugh. She couldn’t pick out what to wear. Since we’re identical twins you think what I picked out would be enough but noooooo. Watch, she’s going to come in what I’m wearing right now but just a different color.”
Yusun, Holly, Coheed, and Claudio were all outside playing on the jungle gym when they heard a yell coming from the lake behind the house.
“Guuuuuuuys! I’m sorry I’m late!”
Claudio pointed off into the distance,
“Well you’re late for playing Sun Wars! We already killed Sarth Bader!”
Seiko was all smiles as she ran up to her group of friends.
“Aw man! For real?! I couldn’t pick out what to wear so my Dad ended up bringing Yusun early and my Mom just dropped me off!”
Seiko heard Yusun yell at her from a distance,
“That’s EXACTLY what I picked out for you to wear!”
“Oh shut up! I have options you know!”
The last one always to arrive was Alessandra. Everyone in the house, and the family, treated her extra special because she was very delicate. Her Mom, Amber, and her Dad were constantly fighting and it wasn’t a rare sight to the soft spoken girl walking up to the Belle Estate seeking refuge.
“Hey Alessandra! You haven’t missed much. We’re about to go in and try and pick some movies to watch for tonight!”
Alessandra had a sad smile on her face,
“Yea I’m sorry I’m late again...My Dad forgot to drive me here and then my Mom refused to come anywhere near this house. Eventually they started fighting again so I just walked down the street by myself here…”
Holly grabbed her friend in a tight hug. They weren’t first cousins but family is family.
“Next time call my Grandparents or my Mom and Dad or Aunt Harley. You know they’ll come pick you up.”
After finishing up playing Sun Wars and destroying the Death Sun the kids headed in to start watching the first movie of the night.
Yusun was always loud spoken and said what was on her mind. Sometimes that ended up with awkward conversations.
“So I never asked you guys this but where’s your Dad? Don’t all kids have Dads?”
Seiko threw a wooden block from Don’t Wake the Llama at her sister,
“Yusun! That’s not a nice thing to say!”
“I always wondered too...I mean it’s okay if you don’t want to talk about it…”
Claudio raised his hands and had a confused look on his face,
“Well. I mean I DO have a Dad. I know me and Coheed aren’t adopted because we’re twins. Like you and Seiko. My Momma doesn’t really like talking about my Dad because when she starts to talk about him she gets all sad and she looks like she’s about to cry.”
Coheed interrupted Claudio,
“But! What we do know is that they met when they were both teenagers and fell in love. Then when my Mom had just been named the heir she got pregnant with us but for some odd reason my Dad had left. Momma never seemed like she was mad about it and she never said he left HER, he just kind of left in general.”
All questions were interrupted when Delsin came in the room and announced that the popcorn was ready and whoever brought pj’s could change into them in the bathroom.
Kids have a short attention span and Coheed and Claudio never really put any thought into their Dad. They had a house full of people that loved them enough to fill that void.
The rest of the night was filled with popcorn, Super Vortex Kids, and playing Don’t Wake the Llama.
What no one knew was that Mason Brownstone was on a bus headed to Newcrest and soon Coheed, Claudio, and definitely Harley’s lives would be turned upside down.