Post by wildheartashley on May 17, 2022 5:20:06 GMT -5
Title: Growing Up Brady and Johnson
Author’s Note: This is a story focusing on the Days Of Our Lives characters of Carrie Brady and Steve and Kayla Johnson. Time in which the story takes place is 1988. The children in the story will be slightly sorased for story purposes. At this point, I have 22 completed chapters that I will be posting here over the next few days. I have this work in progress archived on another site, but I feel this is a more appropriate home for it. Once my story has been moved over to My Hourglass, I will update my story on a weekly basis. New story updates will be released on a weekly basis, on Sunday. Reactions and comments are welcome. Happy reading.
Summary: Carrie Brady is anxious to begin junior high. As she begins to navigate this new chapter in her life, she is feeling the pressures of being an adolescent without a mother. Can she remain true to her Brady roots as she tries to find her way of who she is? Kayla Brady Johnson is enjoying newlywed life with her husband Steve Johnson. When an unexpected person comes into their lives, they must make a decision that will effect their marriage and the bedrock of the family that they are trying to create.
August, 1988 Salem, Illinois
The morning sun streamed through twelve year old Carrie Brady’s bedroom window. She lay in bed, cuddled beneath her blankets, clutching a teddy bear. Not quite ready to get up yet, she stretched lazily. She opened her eyes, and rubbed the sleep from them. She only had three days of summer vacation left, and then she would be starting junior high. Carrie glanced at her alarm clock, and noticed the time. It was 8:00 AM. Before she could get up, she heard pounding on her bedroom door “Carrie, time to get up,” Eric, her six year old brother called. “Dad wants you up,” Eric stated as he gave one last pound to her door. Carrie groaned loudly. “Okay. I’m up. I’ll be down in a few.” Carrie laid in bed, and listened. Total silence. She figured that her little brother probably went downstairs for breakfast. Carrie took this as a sign that she probably should get up. Today was Friday, and she had a big day ahead of her. Today was junior high orientation. Today she would go to the junior high school, take a tour of the school, and get her schedule. Next Monday, she would officially be in seventh grade, and at the junior high. Carrie was excited to be going into junior high. This meant school dances, going to junior varsity football games, and cheerleading. Carrie’s main goal this year was to try out for the cheerleading squad. She quickly got dressed, putting on a pair of jean shorts, and a pink t-shirt. She brushed her hair, and clipped the sides back with silver barrettes. To finish her outfit, Carrie put a thin layer of pink lip gloss on her lips. Smiling at her reflection, feeling satisfied with herself, she put her flip flops on, and hurried downstairs for breakfast.
Roman Brady was at the kitchen counter, pouring bowls of cereal for his children, six year old twins, Eric and Samantha. Roman put the bowls of cereal on the kitchen table. “Okay,twinners, breakfast is ready.” Upon hearing this, six year old twins, Eric and Samantha, Sami, for short, came running into the kitchen. They took their seats at the table, and began to Hungrily eat their cereal. “Thanks, Dad,” Eric said with a mouth full of Cheerios. Roman nodded, as he joined his youngest children at the table. Carrie entered the kitchen. “Morning pumpkin,” Roman greeted his daughter. “Hey dad,” Carrie said, as she moved towards the pantry to get out the cereal. She poured herself a bowl of Cheerios with milk, and grabbed a banana from the counter. She walked carefully over to the table, and joined her family. Sami eyed her older sister’s breakfast. “Carrie,” Sami said sweetly, “Can I have some of your banana?” Carrie rolled her eyes at her sister. Sami smiled innocently. “Please,” she pleaded. Carrie sighed heavily. “Fine.” Carrie broke her banana in half, and gave half to her sister. Sami grinned triumphantly, pleased with herself, as she sat munching on the banana. Roman grinned at his three children, as he watched them eat. “So, you have junior high orientation today,” Roman said. Carrie nodded. “Yep, Maggie and Sarah are picking me up at ten.” Roman nodded. “Are you sure that you don’t want me to take you? I can always go into work late.” “It’s fine, Dad,” Carrie assured. “I’m cool with Maggie taking me.” “Okay, as long as you’re sure,’ Roman said. “All good,” Carrie said. “Oh, and then Sarah is just coming over here after the orientation, and we’re going to hang out for the rest of the day. That’s fine, right?” “Sure thing, kiddo,” Roman said. “Does she need a ride home once I get home from work?” “Nope,” Carrie said. “Jennifer’s going to give her a ride home, since she’ll be here watching the twins.” Roman nodded, satisfied with his daughter’s plan. Carrie finished her breakfast, and went back upstairs to brush her teeth. Once she was done with brushing her teeth, Carrie noticed that she had a little time to kill before her best friend Sarah Horton, and her mom, Maggie came to pick her up. Carrie could hear the twins downstairs watching TV, as they waited for their baby-sitter, Jennifer Horton to arrive for the day. Carrie decided to take advantage of the quiet, and sit at her desk, and finish writing her letter to her mother, Anna DiMera. Carrie’s mother was living in Europe with her husband, Tony DiMera. Carrie hadn’t seen her mother for a few years now. Once Anna had married Tony DiMera, she had made the decision to move to Europe with her new husband, leaving Carrie behind in Salem, to be raised by her father, Roman Brady, and her stepmother, Marlena Brady. At the time, this did not bother Carrie. Carrie was very close with her stepmother, Marlena. In a lot of ways, Carrie thought of Marlena as her mother. Anna was only in Carrie’s life when it was convenient for her. So, when Anna had made the decision to move away, Carrie was all happy to stay behind in Salem, so that she could be raised by her father and Marlena. That was six years ago, and at that time, Marlena had just given birth to Carrie’s half siblings, twins, Eric and Sami. Carrie simply adored her new little siblings, and she didn’t want to leave them to move to a strange country with her mother, and a man, who she didn’t view as her father. That was six years ago. A lot had changed since then. Two years after having the twins, Marlena had been in a plane crash, and she was presumed dead. Carrie was eight at the time, and the twins were only two. Carrie had had a very hard time dealing with the death of her stepmother. She missed her terribly, even to this day. She knew that her father still missed her as well. The twins were lucky in a way, because they did not remember their mother. With Marlena’s death, Carrie still didn’t see Anna as her mother though. Anna never came back to Salem after Marlena’s death to be with her daughter. Roman was left to raise the children by himself. At least that’s how Carrie had felt at first. But over time, Carrie had grown to realize, that her father was not alone in raising she and her siblings. Roman had quite the help in raising his bunch. Roman’s parents, Shawn and Caroline Brady, helped with the kids almost everyday, and then there was Carrie, and the twins, aunts and uncles. Roman had three younger siblings, Kimberly, Kayla, and Bo. They too helped with the kids. Kimberly was married to Shane Donovan, while Kayla had just gotten married to Steve Johnson. Bo was married to Hope Williams, but Bo and Hope weren’t around as much, as they had moved away from Salem with their baby boy, Shawn-Douglas. Bo and Hope did call often, and they were always sending letters, and gifts for Carrie and the twins. Caroline Brady had always told her family that it takes a village to raise children, and that Roman would have the village of the Brady clan to help him raise his children now that Marlena had passed. As Carrie got older, she became happy with this arrangement, and looked to her aunts for advice and guidance. Carrie took out her stationary pad, and began to write a letter to her mother, Anna. Anna had just sent Carrie money, so that she could go buy new clothes for school. Anna may not be present in Carrie’s life, but Carrie had gotten used to Anna doing things like that. Anna would make sure to always send Carrie money for birthdays, Christmases, or any special occasion throughout the year. The first day of junior high was no exception. Anna had sent Carrie a check with a note, instructing Carrie to buy clothes for school with the money. Carrie had done as she was told, and had gone shopping with her aunt Kayla. That day, as she waited for Sarah to pick her up, Carrie sat at her desk, and wrote a thank you note to her mother for the money. Carrie wrote to Anna about her summer. She told her about how she was a junior bridesmaid in her Aunt Kayla’s wedding to Steve Johnson. She told Anna about the beach vacation she had gone on with her father and the twins, and lastly, she told her mother about how excited she was to start junior high. Once finished with the letter, Carrie put the letter in an envelope. Carrie also included a picture of herself from her Aunt Kayla and Uncle Steve’s wedding. It was a picture of Carrie, all dressed up in her bridesmaid dress. Carrie had felt so grown up that day. She wanted her mother to see that. Just as she finished sealing the envelope, she heard a car horn honking. Carrie peered out her bedroom window, and saw that Maggie Horton had arrived to pic her up. Carrie ran downstairs. “I’m leaving,” she called into the living room. Seventeen year old Jennifer Horton came into the hall. “Okay, have fun. See you when you get back.” “Okay,” Carrie said excitedly as she left the house. Carrie ran out to the car, and jumped into the backseat. She was excited to start a new school year.
Post by wildheartashley on May 17, 2022 5:27:27 GMT -5
Kayla Brady Johnson awoke to an empty bed, and an equally quiet house. She peered at the alarm clock, and noticed that the alarm had been turned off. She figured her husband Steve had to have done that. She and Steve had only been married for a few short weeks now, but he was always doing little things like turning her alarm off when it was Kayla’s day off. Kayla and Steve had just gotten home from their honeymoon. They had one last weekend together to enjoy one another before they had to go back to their working lives. Kayla was the head nurse at the Riverfront Clinic, while Steve was a private investigator. Kayla was anxious to return to work. It had been a crazy summer. Earlier in the spring, she had been in an accident, causing her to lose her hearing. That had been a whirlwind time. She had to adapt to being deaf, and learning sign language. Steve had even taken it upon himself to also learn sign language, so that they could continue to communicate. Kayla had been determined not to let her deafness stop her from marrying Steve, or living a normal life. Just as Kayla was getting used to her new life, living with her hearing impairment, she had learned of a surgery that could restore her hearing. Kayla’s good friend, Dr. Mike Horton encouraged her to have the surgery. Steve had stood by Kayla, signing to her over and over again, that he would love her no matter if she were to have the surgery or not. Kayla had decided to have the surgery. Two weeks before she married Steve, Kayla had surgery to restore her hearing. The surgery worked, and Kayla’s hearing had been restored just in time for her wedding to Steve. On her wedding day, she was able to walk down the aisle, and say, “I do,” to her husband. Hearing herself speak those words was one of the best feelings that Kayla had ever had. Now that she had her hearing back though, Kayla had promised herself that she was going to do something with that experience of sign language, and make it count. She didn’t want to lose the ability to sign even though that she could now hear and speak normally. After her wedding to Steve, they had honeymooned for two weeks in the Orient. It had been a romantic couple of weeks, but now they were back in Salem. Their lives as newlyweds had to return back to their normal lives, with family and work responsibilities. Kayla was anxious to return to work at the clinic. Throughout her deafness, she had found it hard to return to work. Now that she had her hearing back, she was anxious to get back to work, and caring for the sick and injured of Salem. Kayla got up, and took a shower. When she got out of the shower, she was greeted with the aroma of coffee, and breakfast being made in the kitchen. She smiled to herself as she got dressed, and headed downstairs. She walked into the kitchen. “Morning Sweetness,” Steve greeted Kayla. “Morning,” Kayla said as she walked over to Steve. She kissed him lightly on the cheek. “What’s all this?” “Breakfast,” Steve said. “We need a little something to start our day out right. I know it’s not what we’ve been used to for these past few weeks, but hey, we gotta get back to normal.” Kayla grinned as she looked at the breakfast spread that Steve had prepared. “As much as I loved our delectable breakfasts while in the Orient, I’m definitely in the mood for normal.” “Me too, baby. Me too.” Steve said. They sat down to eat a breakfast of coffee, juice, toast, yogurt, and an assortment of berries. “What’s the plan for today?” Steve asked as he began to clear the breakfast dishes. “I want to go run some errands. Get some things for the clinic, and patients,” Kayla said. “Alright,” Steve said. “I need to check in with my office, and make sure things are fine. Why don’t we meet up at your parents pub for lunch.” “Perfect,” Kayla said. “We can take the gifts for the kids over when we go for lunch.” “I already have them in my car,” Steve said. “You’re always one step in front of me,” Kayla said. “I try,” Steve said. They kissed one another, and then parted ways. Kayla spent the rest of the morning getting supplies for the clinic. She always liked to have a variety of products for the patients that she saw. She bought a variety of necessities from feminine products to personal hygiene products, such as razors, shampoo, and deodorant. The people whom she cared for at the clinic came from all walks of life, and some people, even children had very little. Kayla liked to help in anyway that she could. Once she was finished with her shopping, she took everything to the clinic. She opened the back door for the employees, and set her bags in the lounge area. “Hello,” Kayla called, as she shut the door behind her. “There’s the blushing new bride,” Robin Jacobs greeted. Robin was one of the doctor’s at the clinic, along with Dr. Mike Horton. “Hey,” Kayla said. “What have I missed?” “Not much,” Robin said lightly. “Mike and I have been holding down the fort. I can say though, there’s gonna be some patients who are going to be happy that you’re back to work.” “That makes two of us,” Kayla said. She began to put everything away that she had bought. “So,” Robin exclaimed. “How about those honeymoon pictures. Kayla blushed. She sat on the lounge couch, and took pictures out of her purse. “I thought you’d never ask.” Robin giggled, and sat down beside her. The women began to look at Kayla’s pictures, and Kayla told Robin about her honeymoon. “I’m so glad you and Steve had a wonderful time,” Robin gushed. “You both deserve it after what you both went through.” “Yeah, we did,” Kayla agreed. “But I’m better now. My hearing and speech is all back to normal, and I’m ready to go back to work.” “Well, we’re ready to have you back,” Robin said. “I was thinking,” Kayla said. “With me knowing sign language now, I want to incorporate that into work whenever I can.” “I think that would be great,” Robin said. “If a patient comes to us and they’re deaf, you can be their interpreter as well as their nurse.” Kayla nodded. “I just think there’s no need for us to turn anyone away if they have a hearing impairment, if the clinic is more financially sound for them for treatment verses the hospital.” Robin nodded in understanding. “Yeah, I get it. I like your thinking.” “Great. Thanks.” Robin grinned. “Hey, get out of here. You’re not supposed to start back to work till next Monday.” Kayla laughed lightly. “Okay. I’m going to go meet Steve for lunch. I’ll see you next Monday.” Kayla left the clinic, and went to the Brady Pub to meet Steve for lunch. Kayla’s parents, Shawn and Caroline owned the Brady Pub. It was a quaint family restaurant that had the best clam chowder in town. Before Kayla was a nurse, she would work at the pub. She sometimes would help her parents out on the weekends if she wasn’t working, and work a lunch or a dinner shift. Kayla always found the pub a comforting place to be. Her parents made it feel like home to all their customers, from those who they saw everyday to those who came in once in a while for a bowl of chowder. Steve arrived a few minutes after Kayla. They talked about their mornings as they each ate a bowl of clam chowder, and their respected sides. A cobb salad for Kayla,and a burger for Steve. Before leaving the pub, Steve and Kayla left the presents they had gotten for the kids with Caroline. Roman was bringing Carrie, Eric,and Sami over that night for dinner. Kayla and Steve would be joining them, along with Kimberly and Shane. Tonight’s dinner would be a celebration of first and new beginnings. New school year for the children, and the beginning of Kayla and Steve’s married life together. The Brady family always loved to celebrate, and looked for any excuse to do so.
Hi wildheartashley. Great start. I'm just going to comment on the first chapter because that's all I've had a chance to read so far.
It's so fun to go back in time when Carrie and Jennifer and Sarah were all teens and Sami and Eric were so much younger.
I adored that bit about the banana. Such a small moment yet it says so much about Carrie's nature and the way she interacts with her siblings. Surely Carrie could have given Sami a whole banana. I imagine Carrie wasn't eating the last one in the house. But instead she shared hers. Looking forward to seeing how this story progresses.
Chapter 2: It was good to get that refresher of Kayla's history and where your story comes in. I'm really glad both Shawn Sr. and Caroline are alive. Can't wait to see where their story goes from here.
Post by wildheartashley on May 21, 2022 15:40:27 GMT -5
Yes, Drake was playing Roman during this time. As I write, I’m envisioning Drake’s Roman in my head. I have plans for Carrie and Jennie. I’ve broken down my original chapters of my story,and made them into more manageable readings. By doing this, I have around 36 chapters. Once I get home from vacation, I plan to post regular weekly updates.
Post by wildheartashley on Jun 5, 2022 10:05:06 GMT -5
Kayla got home from work. Steve was not yet home. She changed into more comfortable clothes, and began to make dinner. She had found herself thinking about Ellen for most of the rest of the day. Kayla couldn’t shake the feeling that Ellen was living with an abusive husband, but if Ellen wouldn’t necessarily admit to that, there wasn’t much that Kayla could do for her. Kayla began grilling salmon and asparagus for she and Steve. Once that was finished, and warming, Kayla started on making a salad. As she chopped vegetables, her thoughts again turned to Ellen. Kayla was so deep in thought that she didn’t even hear Steve come home. Steve breathed in the aroma of citrus as he walked into the kitchen. “Hey Sweetness,” he greeted. “How was your first day back to work?” Kayla didn’t say a word. She just stood at the counter, continuing to chop vegetables. Steve walked over to Kayla. “Baby,” he said. Still not a word. Steve walked over to the food that was warming,and looked at the citrus salmon and asparagus. Steve took some olive oil and tossed the asparagus with it. He figured by doing so, it would get Kayla’s attention. No such luck though. He gave the asparagus one last toss, and a quick taste. It was to his liking. He then turned his attention back on his wife. He approached her, and gently put his hand on her wrist. “Kayla,” Steve said gently.
Kayla was finally broken from her thoughts, and she looked up at Steve. “Goodness, I didn’t even hear you come in. How long have you been standing there?” “Long enough to season the asparagus,” Steve said. He motioned to the salad. “Are we having chopped salad too? If you chop any further we won’t need a fork to eat that.” Kayla blushed slightly. “Sorry, guess I wasn’t paying attention.” Kayla put the chopped vegetables in a salad bowl, and began to toss everything together with salad tongs. “Can I do anything else to help?” Steve offered. “No,” Kayla said. “Dinner is almost done.” Steve nodded, and went upstairs to wash his hands,and change into more comfortable clothes. Once he came back down, Kayla was putting the food on the table. They sat down to eat. “You were in deep thought when I got home,” Steve said. “Rough day back?"
Kayla took a bite of salmon,and chewed slowly. "It was fine,” she said. “It was nice to get back to work. I really did miss it. How about you? How was your day?” Steve stabbed at an asparagus spear. “It was good. I got a new case today, so I’m going to get into that tomorrow.” Kayla nodded. “That’s good. Steve…” her voice trailed off. “What baby? What’s bothering you? I can tell something is.” Steve’s words were gentle. “A woman came into the clinic today with a cut chin. She needed stitches. When I asked her about her chin, she told me that her husband hit her with a beer bottle.” “That bothered you,” Steve said. Kayla nodded. “How did you live like that? I mean when your mom was being abused by your father. It had to be hard.” Steve put his fork on his plate. He sighed sadly. “Oh baby, it was hard. That's why my mom gave me and my baby brother up. She was too scared to leave. If I had stayed, I probably would have ended up killing him.” Kayla nodded. “My heart just broke for this woman today. I can’t stop thinking of her. It just makes me sick knowing that she’s not going back to a safe home. And then if there’s any children.” Kayla’s voice trailed off. “I know,” Steve said softly. “When Adrienne killed our father, I know that she did it in self defense. She did it to protect our mother, and to protect herself. I can’t even call Duke Johnson my father, yet he is. But in my mind, he will be a sick abuser who hurt my mom and sister for years. My mom was too scared to leave him, even to keep Adrienne and I safe from him. She couldn’t do that. I’m sure this woman you cared for today is scared. The thought of leaving the abuse is too much, so you stay. All you can do is be there for her if she’ll let you.” Kayla knew that Steve was right. She promised herself that when Ellen came back into the clinic to remove her stitches, that Kayla would be there for her. That would be all that she could do, and Kayla would have to be fine with that. “Thank you,” Kayla said. “Talking helped. Steve nodded. “Why don’t I clean up dinner. You cooked. I’ll clean up.” “Okay,” Kayla said. She and Steve ate the rest of their meal,and then Steve cleaned up the kitchen. They spent the rest of the evening watching television before going to sleep.
Post by wildheartashley on Jun 12, 2022 8:04:30 GMT -5
Carrie had shared with her father how her first day of school had gone. As they ate dinner that night, Carrie, Sami, and Eric excitedly talked about their first day of school. The twins were in first grade, and they were pleased that they were in the same class. Sami was also happy that her best friend, Jamie was in her class as well. Carrie took that time to ask her father if she could start buying her lunch at school. Roman didn’t have a problem with that, and said that it would be fine. Carrie was going to ask about wearing more make up to school, but she decided against it. She didn’t have a lot of make up,and she knew how her father felt about make up to begin with. She instead talked about cheerleading tryouts. There was going to be a meeting on Friday at the end of the day with all the girls who were trying out. Then next week, there would be a cheer clinic after school. During that time, Carrie would meet the eighth grade cheerleaders, and the girls trying out would learn the tryout routine. Next Friday would be the tryouts. Carrie decided that she was going to work really hard to learn the routine. Roman told his daughter that she’d be great, but to also make sure that she spent time on her studies, not too much on cheer. Carrie rolled her eyes at her father,and assured him that she would be fine. It’s only the second week of school,and the work won’t be too much, Carrie reasoned. Carrie assured her father that if she were to make the cheer squad, that she could manage her schoolwork and cheer. **** The next morning Carrie left for school. As she got ready that morning, Carrie put on her perfume and light pink lip gloss. She had decided that she would wear this make up everyday. It was all that she owned, but at least by doing so, she felt that she fit in a little more with the other girls. Roman had left lunch money for Carrie by the cookie jar before he had left for work. Before leaving the house, Carrie put her lunch money in her backpack. She said bye to her grandmother,and walked to the bus stop. She met Sarah at the bus stop. Carrie noticed that Sarah was wearing make up. Blush, eye shadow, lipstick, and even lip liner. “Wow,” Carrie said. “How did you get out of the house like that?” Sarah grinned. “My parents left early for work today. They’ll never know. I’ll just wash it off once I get home after school.” Just then the bus pulled up. Carrie and Sarah got on the bus. As Carrie made her way to her seat, she notice Lindsay, Megan,and Rachel. All three girls were wearing make up, similar to Sarah. Again, Carrie felt slightly out of place, but at least she had lunch money today. Once she got to school, she went to the bathroom with her friends. “Time to touch up,” Rachel said. Rachel dumped make up out of her purse on the bathroom counter. She began to touch up her face. Carrie watched her. “Want some?” Rachel offered. Carrie hesitated for a minute. “Sure,” Carrie said.