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CASSIE
Sep 08, 2022
In Short Stories
Word Count: 1460 Warnings: N/A Created for Tropetember Event - Reunions I was extremely nervous. Straightening out my skirt, I watched the onslaught of people walk through the airport gates. Originally my father was supposed to be here, but upon getting called into work he had elected me to pick my brother up from the airport. Now usually I’d be ecstatic to see him. If it weren’t for the fact that his childhood friend was coming along to come visit the family, and extension his family. He was just staying with us since his family didn’t have room, with his younger brother taking his room and all. Joshua Harvey was my childhood crush. Not only that, we did have a small fling when my brother was off to college - and Josh was taking a week off to gather his things, and his semester hadn’t started until a week after his. It was a drunken thing. I was drinking my parents wine when I wasn’t supposed to, Joshua had come over to visit a little bit and well… Let's just say adult things happened. Things that shouldn’t have happened, and probably wouldn’t have if we weren’t drinking. Biting my lip nervously, I kept going on in my head about what I might say to him. I had always been an awkward person, and never really knew how to talk to people. It was a problem I was trying to fix, and was being fixed with work being in the mix. I was able to have small talk without stuttering, which was a huge feat for me. While I was still awkward, I had friends - friends that I didn’t go to school with. I went out with them every week at least once or twice. They understood that I was a homebody and didn’t really enjoy going out all the time, but I did go out often. Maybe this meeting wouldn’t be so bad? I was an overthinker. Which tended to get to my anxiety, which tended to give me unneeded panic attacks. Calming myself down, I shook my head. It will be fine. Josh was a nice guy, and I was sure that he wouldn’t say anything about the fling to my brother. He valued their friendship, sometimes more than his own actual feelings. “Pops!” My head snapped up when I heard that nickname. Only one person in the world called me that. My brother bounded over to me, a bright smile on his face. If he were a dog I could swear I saw his tail wagging in happiness. He was a bundle of joy, and I missed him so much. “I thought dad was picking me up?” He hugged me tightly for a second before letting me go. Glancing over to the side I saw Joshua sauntering over to us, though there was an awkward expression on his face. “Dad got called into work,” I explained as I turned towards Mark, who frowned at that. He knew what that implied. I turned towards Josh and gave him a smile. “Hey Josh, good to see you!” I didn’t want things to be awkward between us. Joshua smiled back at me and I saw some of the tension leave his body. Maybe that was what he was hoping for? “Poppy, it’s good to see you as well.” He brought me into his arms and hugged me, though this seemed much more intimate than what I was expecting. I blushed a little bit, but hugged him back - enjoying the feeling of his arms being around me again. If my brother recognized the intimate feeling between me and his best friend he didn’t say anything. “Let's go! I miss mom, and I want to see Ellie.” Ellie was our younger sister who just turned seven this year. According to mom she was the last child in our family, but I knew that was probably not true. That’s what they said about me, and looked at what happened there. I grinned at the mention of Ellie, pulling away from Joshua - though immediately missing his warmth. “Ellie’s been missing you too,” I informed him, earning a shit-eating grin from Gavin. “All she could talk about today was you coming home. ‘When is Gavy coming home?’” I mocked in a baby voice, using air quotes. “I don’t know what’s so great about you.” I waved my hand dismissively, earning a snort from Joshua. Gavin gasped indignantly. “Excuse you? I am incredible, thank you very much!” He refuted and I laughed. I have missed him. My Senior year has been total shit without my brother to tease. “So you choose what you are doing for college next year?” Gavin asked as we walked towards my car. “I think English,” I nodded my head, “with a minor for Creative Writing. Mom wants me to go into Criminology and follow in the footsteps of dad and you, but I don’t know if I can do it.” I admitted, rubbing the back of my neck. Becoming a cop took a lot of courage, and I didn’t have that much. I loved writing and reading, and could see myself becoming an English teacher. Maybe even a writer if I put my head into it. “That makes sense,” Gavin nodded as he tossed his suitcase into the trunk. “I mean, it’s not for everyone. The classes are intense but I like them,” he was always the ambitious one out of us. He’d be a Sophomore in college, and I knew he would do well in his future career. “What about you, Josh?” I wondered, turning to face him. He was getting into the back seat of my jeep as Gavin took initiative to call shotgun. He looked surprised that I asked him as he snapped his head up. “Alright. I suppose. It wasn’t my first major idea, but it’s not bad.” He shrugged and I felt bad for him. His parents had pressured him into going to law school. They wanted him to be a lawyer, but I knew Josh did not want that. The rest of the ride was kind of quiet, albeit Gavin was telling me what he did throughout his college days. From time to time I glanced back to look at Joshua, who was already looking at me. Seemed we were going to have a talk later, and I wasn’t sure if that was a good or bad thing. Hopefully Gavin didn’t care about whatever happened. Although thankfully my brother was more of a go with the flow type of person and didn’t exactly get so hung up over the little things. “GAVY!” A shrill voice called in delight. Joshua pulled me out of the way so I didn’t get pummeled by my younger sister barreling herself into our older brother's arms. “I’ve missed you so much!” She squealed, her eyes bright in glee. I scoffed, crossing my arms over my chest. “Hey now, I’ve been here the entire time!” I teased, knowing she didn’t mean it in a mean way. Ellie just shrugged nonchalantly. “I see you every day,” she said innocently and my jaw dropped, though Gavin and Joshua were laughing at her audacity. “Gavy has been away.” “So you’re saying I’m boring? I am not boring, you little demon!” Shrieking, she laughed as I tickled her in Gavin’s arms. Joshua gave me a discreet look and I gave him a small nod. “We’ll be back, I’m going to show Josh to his room.” I called over to the two, who paid me no mind. Gavin had gotten used to us hanging out from time to time, which was a relief. When we were far enough away I gave him a small smile. “It’s great to see you again,” I told him genuinely. I missed my brother very much, but Joshua and I had a connection. It was something that I wasn’t very accustomed to yet. “Missed you too, Poppy Seed,” he told me, though he paused as if he wanted to say something else. Eyes flickering towards the end of the hallway I opened the door that would be his bedroom. “I, uh, wanted to ask you something. And you can say no!” He added hastily. Pausing, I glanced over at him. “Well… I wanted to ask before I left, but we both got busy. I was wondering… would you like to go on a date? This weekend? Before we have to leave?” My eyes widened at that. “I enjoyed our time together. Maybe a little too much…” He admitted sheepishly and I laughed at that. “I’d be honored.” I smiled when he beamed at me, and I knew this was the right thing to do. It was something we both wanted, wanted for so long. I just hoped Gavin understood where we were coming from.
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CASSIE
Sep 04, 2022
In Short Stories
Word Count: 1176 Warnings: LGBT+ full of fluff and angst Created for the Tropetember Event - Pinning Today was the day. I was going to confess. No matter what. It took a lot of pep talk. A lot of goading from my friends to get me to this point. My pinning has not been a secret, and I was horrible at keeping it that way. I’ve had a crush on my best friend ever since I could remember, and because I didn’t want to ruin our friendship I kept my emotions at bay. Waiting for the right time. Though it never seemed like the right time. The right time was a myth. It was something that made you procrastinate telling someone something important. I knew that if I didn’t tell her now, I’d lose her. Was it too soon after her recent breakup? Probably. Though she seemed to be over it, and while I knew she was good at hiding certain emotions, it seemed genuine. They’ve been broken up for a few months now. Surely it was enough time? “You can do this, Hannah…” I murmured to myself, straightening my back. “You’ve practiced in front of the mirror for years. Tell her.” “Talking to yourself again, Queen?” I jumped, whirling around to see another one of my friends giving me a smirk. Silas was like a brother to me, and he knew of my crush on Serena. I stuck my tongue out at him childishly, pouting. “I’m trying to encourage myself and you’re not helping,” I accused with a roll of my eyes. His eyes brightened at that. “Oh? Are you going to tell her then?” He wondered, eagerness in his tone. They’ve all been waiting for this moment. Everyone was in the know, and they seemed to think that Serena had a crush on me as well. That she used the little flings to make me think she didn’t so that she wouldn’t ruin the friendship we had. That made two of us, at least. If their theory was true. Which in my mind was not. If she had feelings for me wouldn’t she tell me? She was much more outgoing than I was, given her many different relationships that she pursued. Hell, she was even on the dance team and was the captain - elected by her peers. If that wasn’t enough, she could even sing and play the guitar. I had zero such talents. I was clumsy to a fault, had the voice of a dying cat, was awkward as hell. Sure I had many friends, mostly school friends that I never hung out with after, but that was all because of Serena. Besides Silas, as we met at a conference a few years back and have been tight ever since. “I’m trying,” I finally let out as he kept staring at me. “I want to,” I replied as he huffed, rolling his eyes. “I’m too awkward to do it. What if she says no? I ruin the friendship, things get awkward and the next thing you know she’s leaving the school forever and I won’t speak to her until the high school reunion we’ll have in five years!” I exclaimed dramatically and glared when Silas laughed hysterically. “It’s not funny, Si! It’s a real thing that could happen!” It was an actual fear that I had for all of us, really. We were closer and closer to graduation. Would we keep in touch afterwards? “I’m sorry Han,” he chuckled, trying to let up with his laughter, “but we’ve been telling you that she does like you back. You just have to be the first one to initiate it.” Yes, they all have been trying to tell me that, but with my anxiety and fears I just could not believe that they were right. “You have to make the first jump for happiness, Hannah.” He told me again gently, placing a comforting hand on my shoulder. Sighing deeply, I relaxed a little bit - looking over at Hannah who was talking to someone that was on her dance squad. I nodded my head a few times. “Alright,” I concluded, making Silas’ eyes brighten at my declaration. “I’ll do it, but you have to ask Emma out after.” I accused him, making him blush. Emma was another friend of ours that I knew he had a crush on. It was cute, really, and I could see him and her being an adorable couple. “Fine,” was all he said, though I wasn’t sure that he would keep his word. Taking a deep breath I walked over towards Serena and the other girl, who I thought was named Taylor. “Hannah!” Serena grinned when she saw me. “You know Taylor, right?” She introduced me and I was glad I remembered the girl's name. We had a few classes together, but we weren’t at all close. “Yeah I know her,” I nodded towards Taylor, who did the same. “Uh, Rena, can I talk to you in private for a minute?” I asked nervously, not wanting to lose confidence in this again. Serena raised an eyebrow at me but nodded. “Sure, we’ll talk strategy later Tay, okay?” Taylor nodded, giving me a small smile before walking away from us. We watched as Taylor walked away before Serena turned towards me. “So, what was it that you needed to talk to me about?” She wondered, though there was something in her eye that I couldn’t quite name. Was that hope? “I, uh…” I trailed off, taking a deep breath. You can do it. “I’ve liked you for a while now,” I admitted, making her eyes widen in surprise. “As in like, like,” I added, wanting her to understand what I was talking about, even though I knew she did. “I didn’t want to ruin our friendship so I kept it a secret. But I think I’ve come to love you, and I don’t know what to do. I can’t suppress it anymore…” I trailed off again sheepishly. “I…” I winced, embracing myself for the fatal blow. “Hannah, I’ve been waiting for you to say something for a while now…” She trailed off sheepishly, chuckling in amusement. My mouth dropped. So they were right?! “Huh?!” I gasped, my mouth still open. “What do you mean?” “Hannah, I’m always the one initiating things,” Serena started with a giggle. “I wanted you to do it. I thought maybe if I had a few relationships that were meaningless, you’d get enough courage to ask me.” She admitted and my heart lurched. So those other relationships she’d been in meant nothing to her? Kind of felt sorry for those people, but that made my heart warm at the possibilities that seemed to be endless. “Oh…” was all I could say to that, laughing. “Well, this is awkward. Go on a date with me?” I suddenly felt bold enough to ask. Now that I knew she liked me back. Serena grinned at me, taking my hand. “I’d be honored.” And that was the day I learned that I should always do what my heart wants. To never let the small things be taken for granted.
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CASSIE
Sep 03, 2022
In Short Stories
Word Count: 454 Warnings: N/A Created for the Tropetember Event - Gaia's Lament There was something in the air that made me reminisce about when things were normal. Though I knew, oh how I knew, how things were definitely not as they once were as I stared at the military guards guarding the streets. The year was 2030. When the Military found otherworldly lifeforms living among us, they decided to take force. It was something we all had seen coming - especially with all the UFO sightings that had been happening, but this… even the President could say this was a bit drastic. Though we didn’t even have a President anymore. We were run by an eccentric Government hell-bent on keeping us in line. Not wanting us to find out more than what we already have. We were constantly watched. Day and night. We had a curfew and couldn’t be out past eleven. If we were caught we got arrested, and interrogated for hours. Mostly why we were out, and asking what we knew. What can I say? I was a teen once, and this all happened when I had just graduated high school. I’d been seventeen when this all started. Couldn’t even go to college, like I was going to. Now kids have it a little easier, growing up with our new normal, but it was a pain in the ass for adults who still didn’t know what the hell they were even doing with their lives. “Amber!” A familiar voice called out, making me pause in my cooking. I turned around, smiling when I saw Lakely and Maurice walking over to me with big grins on their faces. These two were my younger brothers. Along with my mother, we lived in this run-down house that really wasn’t big enough for the four of us. Yet we made it work. “That smells super good!” Maurice piped up, a little bit of drool was on his face. I cringed, though warmth spread through my body. Eating a good meal was rare, and I always made extra so we would have leftovers the next day. You had to make sure that every ounce of food counted, who knows when the next day we’d be able to go out and get groceries. “It’s almost done,” I told them with a small smile. “Go tell mom so that she’ll stop overworking herself.” Mom had a work-from-home type of job to help with finances. The government took over half of what she made, but it still helped us in the long run in order to get what we needed. With a happy yip the two boys ran down the hall, screaming for mom. I sighed, glancing back at the almost finished soup sadly. Missing when we could just be a normal family.
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CASSIE
Aug 06, 2022
In Short Stories
Everything wasn’t so black and white. Some things that happened just happened. There didn’t have to be some kind of fate, or destiny that allowed it to happen. The will of God did not dictate what you did and didn’t do. Sometimes things just did, and that was okay. We were only human, after all. We weren’t some meaningless robots that was under someone’s control. Our decisions are our own, and we had to own up to the ones that we make. For me it was watching my house burn to the ground. Standing beside me was my elder brother, Isaac Chevron, who had set our house on fire. Our parents were dead, stabbed to death by some intruder mumbling something about a spell book. It didn’t make sense, that he would come to our home and destroy us just for a book. My brother didn’t want the strange man to come back and find us so he set the house on fire - it wasn’t like we were going to be able to afford living there anyway. Sure, some other lovely family could have bought the house, but who would want a house where people died in? “Where are we going, big brother?” I asked as I held onto his arm. He had lead me away from the burning house, a hard look on his face. He was always the optimistic type, but in that moment I think reality hit him hard. He had to make the decision to burn the house down, and now we had to find somewhere else to live. We had to live on the streets until we can afford to rent somewhere, or a nice family took us in. Though in this day and age that would be hard to come by. “I’m going to drop you off at Uncle Rhys house,” he stated as he pulled me behind him. “Then I am going to train so I can find the fucker that killed our parents.” He growled lowly, not at all happy with the outcome. That made me frown though. Big brother always had some rage inside of him, but the thought he wanted to kill someone made me uneasy. It wasn’t the fact that he had that strong desire for revenge. Hell, I had wanted revenge on the person who destroyed us. But killing someone was a line you didn’t cross, and I knew if my brother went down that path he would never be the same again. Though with me being the younger sibling I was in no obligation to tell him he couldn’t do it. That killing this man would ruin his soul. So when he dropped me off at Uncle Rhys and left I didn’t call out or say anything about what he had planned on doing. Because deep in my own heart, I wanted the same. And I knew I would be following in my big brothers footsteps.
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