It's almost December. For those days you have planned to go to visit your mum, and have a decent family time, and hope to god and dear life that it WON'T repeat what happened in October, you probably won't forgive your manager about that, like in a couple of hundred years. You checked your phone, your editor send you a message about the last book you submitted through your messages.
Now at 8:25
Editor<3: Alright, they HAVE finally started to check your book darling. I literally gave them your book the same day you send it here! Yet, they do this! I'm so sorry darling, lately they have been hiring the laziest re-viewers!
You: I see…
It's alright though, is not like I'll starve to dead, or anything!
Editor<3 : Darling you're the most patient person I've had the pleasure to meet
You: Well, the you in the past didn't think that!
Editor<3 : I won't deny. You used to rush things in the past. Now you're incredibly calm!
You: You think?
Editor<3: Indeed. You still a ball of energy and you still have your moments. I mean, look the difference between first stared and now. You were obnoxious, but with some time that changed, to a more calmed eccentric ball of energy.
Sure you have. When you first stared, you were an obnoxious nerd (not to mention those dark days full of weebness of yours). You stared on the art and writing business at the age of 18, why not sooner? Well, your mum told you to focus on your studies first before staring anything, and as good daughter you are you listen to her. After you graduated, you went to a shiton of classes, form small like "How to make a story" and Art classes, and more, you studied a lot in those days, more than you did in high school!
And let's not mention when your first book was publish, you cried form happiness when your editor and manager just came to your house, and surprise they show you the first copy. Said book is called "We sink". The story of a small kid who is transported to a inside a water world, and as the story progress said kid saves the said world, but in the end he returns to his world, with no memories of what happened, the end was sad as the story itself. After that your books (and drawings of course) became famous, so you did. After that you began to write book after book, and people stared to know you better.
You don't recall when you became that popular, you think it happened around the eleventh book you published!
Mmmm, lately you have been dwelling in your past a lot. That's weird, you usually never do that… Or well not this constantly. You put your phone away, you needed to make sure to protect your precious garden from the snow. In the news report a 75% chance of snowstorms this year, you needed to make sure your
garden was save from the heavy snow!
You finish the barrier, your beautiful daisies and lavenders are safe now!
Soon, your train of thought is interrupted by your phone. Oh must be Kenneth, you guys planned to hang out for a little before he goes to work. "Hello Nugget, where are you now?"
" I'm still home, but it seems that I have to pick up my younger sibling, form school" He explains "Do you mind go and pick them up with me?"
"Sure" You get up and pap the dirt away from your pants "I'll wait for you in the front, is that alright?"
"Good for me" He say "See ya"
"Bye bye!" You hang up
You go inside. And you check on Dot, lately he has been really sick, you wonder if his age is staring to get him . You ask him he wants to come with you, he seems uninterested. You give him a small kiss in the head, he groans.
"I'll make you something after hanging with Kenneth" You promise him
You pick up your keys and you go. You feel sleepy, probably because cold temperatures are perfect for sleeping, you just need to cover yourself up in a cozy blanket and you're ready to go, probably you're now planning to take a nap once back home, and maybe after you wake up just write some more.
It also comes in your mind that holidays are closer now, maybe you should get something for Kenneth and Bran. What could that be... Maybe for Kenneth you could get him a fancy whiskey, maybe he'll like that? Or some rum? You're not sure, you'll need to check your wine storage, he is lucky that you're not really interested in drinking (and you're probably the only crazy woman in this planet that decided to move to a country where people drink beer like water, when you don't).
When you finally get to Kenneth's house, you see someone, in the front garden. Your first reaction is to hide, where he can't see you. Despite your friendly nature, sometimes you feel shy. This was one of said cases. Why?, easy:
1. You don't know this person
2. If it's one of Kenneth's brothers, he might think you're a weirdo or a stalker (You just assume that probably Kenneth hasn't told anyone about you)
You peek, a little bit. Uh, surprising enough, he is almost an exact copy of Bran, with blonde hair and shorter hair, and a bit taller too. He was working on the garden, it looks like you're not the only who has a garden to protect form Mr. Winter .
Ah! he saw you. You immediately hide again. Come on (Y/N) man up! or woman up, It doesn't matter! Uh, there's no use, you're now too afraid to get out.
" Excuse me, are you looking for something?" The young man ask you.
You slowly go out of your hiding spot. Great what are you're supposed to do now?
"I'm waiting for somebody…" You say, avoiding looking at him at the eyes
"Oh, you're (Y/N)?" He ask you-
"Ah… how did you know?" You ask looking at him in confusion
"Kenneth said that he was waiting for someone" He removes his gardening gloves, gives you a hand
"Arthur, nice to meet you. I'm Kenneth's younger brother"
"Nice to meet you Arthur… but I thought you were in school?…" You look at him confused "… if you're the younger brother…"
"Oh, probably he meant Shannon, they're are at school still. Sorry I should have explain myself better, I'm 4th oldest brother, Shannon is the youngest of us" You make a "oh" sound, as he explains you "Sorry that you have to wait for Paddy here, probably he still looking for a clean shirt for work"
You giggle at the comment. But then a question came in mind.
"Paddy? You mean Kenneth?" You ask
"Well he is the only Iris-" He was cut by the sound of the door closing-
"Oi! (Y/N)!" Kenneth calls you form the door "How long you have been out here?"
You were about to answer him, but Arthur suddenly says:
" Paddy, don't you think it's rude to leave your girlfriend waiting for you like that?" He ask, you believed that Arthur was just messing with him.
The next thing that happened, well was a pretty unique situation to say so. Kenneth pulls off his shoe at an incredible speed and throws it at Arthur's head. Somehow, you end up catching said shoe , just to hear both brothers screaming, Arthur said "Give me the bloody shoe!" while Kenneth screams "Don't give him the shoe!". Before you could do something Kenneth took the shoe form your hand and began to ran, you had no option but follow him (That or stay with Arthur, who was obviously mad)
"Kenneth what the fuck just happened?" You ask him, confused still about what you just you saw.
"An everyday occurrence in my family" He said smiling
"… You can't be serious" You tell with scared
"I am" He says "You can't believe me? I thought we were friends, oh I'm so hurt!"
"We are, ya nerd. But it's hard to believe that you throw a shoe to your brothers everyday!" You said with an unusual serious tone.
"Well not 'everyday' " He says "It's once at week, to be more precise!"
" … More believable" You tell him, really impressed by the fact that grown men throw shoes at each other.
You stay quiet for a while, till things stop being awkward after the shoe incident. You ask him a few things. Example, how many brothers he had?
"I never told you?" He asks you " It's possible that you have, but I think forgot it…" You tell him, kinda ashamed about that, he simply laughs it off " I have 4 brothers, that makes us 5, and 6 if you count Pa' ". You are impressed, you knew he had a big family, but not this big!. So far you have met 2 of them (if we don't include Kenneth): Bran, and now , Arthur. That leaves 2 other brothers to meet, and Kenneth's dad (or Pa' as he usually calls him).
"That's a big family!" You tell him, you find it exciting! Since it's always has been only you and your mom. "I guess, it's never boring?" You ask him "Yeah, it just can be annoying, but indeed, it's never boring" You awe, Kenneth is really cute when he talks about his family, you can tell that he really loves his family.
"I never asked you this, but why did you guys move here in the first place?" "Dad found a work here, that gave him a decent payment" You make a strange face, that's it? Uh, you were something different, but that sounds like a good reason. "What's his work?"
" Art teacher. He found the job in the next's town school. But we had to move here because there wasn't empty houses there" he says "Ah", you two keep walking. Then it began it's time to ask questions "and why did you move here?" You think for a little, you don't remember EXACTLY why you move in here. You could have moved to the city, you lived closed to Glasgow after all. " I don’t remember, I think I liked it here because it's calm and peaceful…" You say softly, but you try to remember more "… Give me a minute, I think I can remember this… ".
Remember when we said that you usually " you usually don't dwell in your past", there's a good reason for that. Your memory sucks, small (yet important) details. Writing has helped you with that, putting all your ideas in paper, keeps your mind active, and as long your mind is active you don't forget… Okay, you know it sounds ridiculous, but THAT'S your way to not forgetting things (better said, it helps you to not forget everything).
"Okay, fuck it. I can't really remember, it was long ago!" You said angry, Kenneth snorts by your actions. When you two finally got to the school, you decided to wait for Kenneth to get his sibling.
When he goes back, there was a tiny person next to him. A kid, no older than 14 years, with the same orange hair as Kenneth. They must be around the 1.50 meters tall, with a cute face covered in freckles! Your first thought was "I want to pinch their cheeks" Obviously you wouldn't do that, you just met them!
" (Y/N), this is my younger sibling, Shannon. Shannon, this is my friend (Y/N)" You greet the young one with a smile, but they show shy towards you. Rather than push the moment into awkward situation, you choose to stay quiet in the way back to the family's house.
Of course, you as third party, you might hear the brothers have a small conversation about their day, mostly with Kenneth asking small stuff "Did you manage to finish all your homework?" and in response he gets a typical teen answer like "Nah, I simply decided to not do it", and in response Kenneth snorts. You don't give your opinion on the matter. You weren't precisely the best student, but your grades never got lower than 15.
You remember how difficult it was for you to keep track of things like homework, projects and exams; in multiple occasions you tried to use an agenda, even then you even forgot to write things in your agenda. Now that you think about it, you have no idea how you managed to keep straights 15 in all those years…
"Oi! (Y/N) are you listening?" You look at him, coming back to reality "Ah, sorry! What did you say?"
Kenneth sighed "as I was saying; I'm running late for work, could you take Shannon back at home?" You nod "sure!… no problem man"
Shannon says goodbye to Kenneth and walks away. "Well, let's go!" you tell Shannon. The first minutes of the walk, the silence was super awkward "So… Shannon, what year of secondary are you now?" you ask "Oh,
I'm in Third year" they answer. You keep asking small questions, so the awkward silence won't set in again, but It does anyways, after you ran out of questions.
Then, Shannon stares at you, in complete silence. "Uhh… something wrong?" you ask "Kenneth told that were cute, he wasn't lying" both of you blush "Sorry! I was just thinking out loud!" Shannon said nervous, you give them a compressive smile at them "Come on, you must be tired form school" you tell them, as you offer your hand. They hesitate at first, but they take your hand in sign of trust.
You take Shannon back at home, Arthur was still working in the garden "Howdy Arthur…" You call him, he looked at you, he was obviously angry, he looks at Shannon and then at you "Where's Kenneth?" "He was running late for work… so he asked me to bring Shannon home" Arthur grunts after you explain him. You let go of Shannon's hand "Well, I did I was asked for, see ya guys later!"
You turn around to leave, to then bump into someone. "Ah! Sorry!" "No, it's alrigh-oh" You look up to the person you just stumble, a tall man, way taller than you and with an auburn hair…
"Hello again" He says "…" you still remember him…OH HELL NO.
"Lass? Ye there?" He waves his hand in front of your face, your face at first is pink and slooowy becomes a bright shade of red. "Rory, what the hell did you do to her?" Arthur asks worried for your red face "I haven't done anything! She just turned red!"
You still remember this person, you STILL remember what happened in October but no, that’s not the worst thing here, no; this (obviously handsome) man REMEMBERs YOU, and probably that your drawing, OF HIM. "…Fancy, seeing you here…" you say doing your best to not sound awkward "Well, I could the same to you, since I live here, lassie". He what!?
"…OH! HAHA! I SEE! well I GOTTA GO, SORRY ABOUT BUMPING ON YOU! BYEEEEEeeeeeee…!" and you just ran away from the family's house, as fast your legs could carry you. You had a single thought in your mind:
What. The. Fuck. Just. Happened?
End of Chapter 6