Post by wildheartashley on Nov 27, 2022 7:00:57 GMT -5
Carrie made her way through the cafeteria with her lunch tray. She quickly found her table, where the rest of the cheerleaders were sitting. Carrie took a seat next to Sarah. The seventh grade cheerleaders were telling the eighth grade cheerleaders about their Science project for the next two weeks. “Who’s the sorry dope who got paired with that pathetic loser, Jennie?” Tori asked. Carrie took a small sip of her milk. “Me,” Carrie said in a small voice. “Sorry, Brady,” Tori said. “It will be fine,” Carrie said. “She’s not that bad.” “Hey, Tori said, “I still got my Science project from last year. I researched the heart with Lisa. You want our project. You can just copy down everything, and just change the names. Then you won’t have to work with that loser.” Carrie about choked on her pizza. She swallowed hard. “That’s cheating. I can’t do that.” “Come on,” Lisa said. “Mr. Lowe would never know. You’d be changing the names to yours, and Jennie’s, and then you wouldn’t have to work with her. You’d just copy down all the information. How about it?” “You should do it,” Rachel spoke up. “If that were me, and I was working with Jennie, I’d so cheat, just so I wouldn’t have to spend time with her.” “Besides,” Lisa piped up,” tori has the project at her house. It’s not like Mr. Lowe even has it anymore. He probably doesn’t even remember what we did last year.” “We already decided on a body part,” Carrie said. “We’re doing the ear.” Lisa sighed heavily. “Suit yourself, but if you change your mind.” Before anyone else could say anything more about the Science project, Jennie walked past the cheerleaders table with her lunch tray. Megan smirked at Jennie. “Watch this,” Megan said. Before any of the girls could say anything else, Megan stuck her foot out from under the table. She stretched it out, and Jennie tripped over Megan’s foot. “Oops,” Megan said snidely. “I didn’t see you there.” Jennie fell forward onto her lunch tray, as she and her tray fell to the cafeteria floor. The entire room erupted in laughter. Jennie’s milk busted open from the force of her fall,and a puddle of white milk submerged her peanut butter sandwich. Her carrot sticks flew in different directions, and her apple went rolling across the cafeteria floor. Jennie just sat there stunned over what had just happened. The entire cheer table was laughing uncontrollably. Carrie was the only one who didn’t laugh. Even Sarah was laughing. Carrie wanted to get up to help Jennie, but before she could get up from her seat, Jennie quickly got up from the floor, and she ran out of the cafeteria. Her ruined lunch tray still sat on the floor, forgotten. “Why did you do that?” Carrie asked Megan. “Jennie didn’t do anything to you.” “Come on Carrie,” Megan said. “You have to admit it was funny.” “It wasn’t funny,” Rachel said, “It was hilarious.” She began to laugh again. Carrie sat for the remainder of lunch in silence, eating her food. She still couldn’t believe what had just happened. She finished her food, and got up to throw her trash away. She wanted to go see if she could find Jennie. “Carrie,” Sarah said, “Are you coming back to the table?” “No," Carrie said. “I’m heading to the bathroom before Gym. I’ll see you in study hall.” Carrie then went over to the vending machine. She took some change out of her purse, and put it into the machine. She had no idea what Jennie even liked, but Carrie felt awful for what had happened to Jennie’s, and that her lunch was ruined by her friends. Carrie selected a bag of potato chips from the machine. She took the snack, and went to try to find Jennie. She just hoped that Jennie liked potato chips. Carrie went into the girls bathroom. She figured that was a good place to start looking for Jennie. Carrie walked into the bathroom, and heard Jennie crying in a bathroom stall. Carrie walked up to the closed stall door. “Jennie,” Carrie said. “It’s Carrie. Are you okay?” Jennie didn’t say anything. Carrie stood by the door, and continued to listen to Jennie quietly crying. Carrie then slid the bag of chips under the stall door. The bell then rang. Carrie quickly left the bathroom so she wouldn’t be late for her next class.
Oh man, finally had a chance to play catch up. Such a sweet moment here with the potato chips and Carrie trying to make things okay for Jennie. Hope the two of them can join forces against the mean girls!
Post by wildheartashley on Dec 4, 2022 11:09:25 GMT -5
Kayla stood at the kitchen counter, stirring the crock pot of sweet potato chili. She had had a productive day of planning for when she would return to work at the clinic. Kayla had gone into the clinic that morning to check on how things were going. Kayla’s sister-in-law, Adrienne, who also worked at the clinic, confessed that things had been crazy at the clinic since Kayla had been gone for the past few weeks. Patients were missing Kayla. Kayla felt a pang of guilt as she listened to Adrienne. In that split second, Kayla had made the decision to cut her leave short so that she could return to work. After talking to Adrienne, Kayla went in the back to talk to Robin and Mike. Rachel was busy with patients. Both Robin and Mike had confirmed what Adrienne had already said. Kayla then told the doctors that she would return to work next week. Robin was concerned about Benjy, but Kayla assured her that Benjy was adjusting well,and she thought that things would be fine for her to return earlier then planned. Kayla then left the clinic. Now back at home, Kayla had spoken to her mother-in-law, Jo about her keeping an eye on Benjy after school. Jo was delighted that Kayla had asked her to sit with Benjy after school once Kayla returned to work. Jo even offered to keep Benjy if he were ever sick, so that Kayla and Steve could still work. Kayla was grateful for the generous offered,and accepted. Benjy had seemed to taken well to both Jo and Adrienne when he had met them the past weekend. As Kayla gave her chili one last stir, she heard the front door open. She glanced at the clock, and noticed that it was time for Benjy to be getting home from school. She went into the living room to greet him. Kayla noticed Max standing with Benjy in the living room. Both boys took their backpacks off. Benjy signed excitedly to Kayla. “Max play with Benjy.” Kayla smiled. “That’s fine,” she said. “Max, do my parents know that you’re here?” Max shrugged, and signed no. Before Kayla could say another word, the boys ran upstairs to play. Kayla sighed heavily, and went back into the kitchen to call her mother to tell her where Max was. Kayla then went back to check on the simmering chili. Her thoughts drifted to Max and his older brother, Frankie. Kayla and Steve had found the boys wandering on the pier earlier in the year. Frankie had tried to steal her purse, and Steve had chased him down to get Kayla’s purse back. Once Steve retrieved the purse, both Steve and Kayla had learned that Frankie and Max were homeless. Frankie was 16 and Max was only 6. Frankie had confessed to Steve and Kayla that both he and Max had been living in foster care, but they ran away from their foster home because it was abusive. Because of the abuse, Max did not talk. Steve and Kayla had taken the boys in, and had begun to get them help. In doing so, Kayla’s parents, Shawn and Caroline had agreed to adopt the boys. Frankie and Max were now living with Shawn and Caroline. The boys were in counseling. It was thought that Max was capable of talking, but because of the abuse that he had endured, he chose not to talk as a form of protection. Counselors had assured the Brady family that Max would talk again once he felt secure in his new home. The transition had been a little rough for both Frankie and Max. Kayla was secretly relieved that she and Steve hadn’t had any real problems with Benjy’s transition into their home. Once done talking with her mother, Kayla went upstairs to check on the boys. She found them sitting on the floor in Benjy’s room playing Legos. Kayla knelt down beside Max. She began talking and signing to Max. When Kayla and Steve had found Max and Frankie, Kayla had begun signing with Max immediately. Frankie had explained at one time, Max was able to talk, but then all of a sudden he had just stopped. So Frankie had taken it upon himself to learn sign language, and he then had taught Max, so the boys could talk to one another. Kayla signed to Max while talking. “Buddy, you have to tell an adult where you are going. You just can’t leave without telling anyone. Mama was worried about you when you didn’t get off the bus today.” Max signed back. “I’m sorry. I won’t do it again. Am I in trouble?” Kayla ruffled the boy’s hair. “I don’t think so,” she assured. “Mama was just worried.” Max nodded. “I’ll ask next time,” he signed back. Benjy then began to sign. “Kayla, Max stay for dinner?” “Sure,” Kayla said. Benjy beamed happily. “Benjy happy he has Max. Max signs like Benjy.” He signed. “I’m glad too,” Kayla said. She then went back downstairs and left the boys to play.
So I'm catching up on this while I'm waiting for my Chinese food to arrive and I'm starving - so thank you for putting the mouthwatering idea of sweet potato chili in my brain, lol. Not surprised all the patients are missing Kayla but love that Adrienne and Jo are able to help her out with Benjy. Also, Frankie teaching Max sign language is the sweetest thing in the world. I wish the show would've explored that! Looking forward to more.
Post by wildheartashley on Dec 11, 2022 13:49:14 GMT -5
The doorbell rang. Kayla went to answer the door. She opened the door to find Frankie standing on the front porch. “Hey Kayla,” Frankie greeted easily. “Hey sweetie,” Kayla said. “What’s up?” She moved aside to let Frankie in. “I just came to talk to Steve. Is he home?” “Not yet,” Kayla said. “Do my parents know where you’re at?” “Nope,” Frankie said. Kayla rolled her eyes. She sighed heavily. “Frankie,” she said in mild annoyance. “You just can’t leave. You have to tell someone where you’re going.” It was Frankie’s turn to roll his eyes. “Come on Kayla,” Frankie said. “It’s not a big deal. I was just coming over here. Besides, Max is here right?” “He is,” Kayla said. “But still, you boys need to tell an adult when you want to go somewhere. “I’m 16. I can take care of myself,and Max.” “Frankie,” Kayla warned. “I mean it. You’ve got a really good thing going here with my parents. They love you. They worry. They need to know where you’re at.” “Fine,” Frankie relented. “I’ll tell them.” “Good,” Kayla said. “Max is upstairs playing with Benjy. Steve should be home soon. Would you like to stay for dinner? Max is staying.” “You don’t have to ask me twice,” Frankie declared. “What’s for dinner?” “Sweet potato chili,” Kayla replied. “What?” Frankie wrinkled his brow. “Sweet potato chili. Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving food. Chili needs beans and beef.” Kayla laughed lightly. “This chili has beans, and sweet potatoes, and turkey.” “I guess,” Frankie said. He sauntered into the kitchen. Kayla followed behind him. Frankie breathed in the aroma of the chili. “Yeah, I guess it does smell good. What else is with chili?” “How about grilled cheese?” Kayla suggested. “Yeah, Frankie agreed. “Everyone knows that you’ve gotta have grilled cheese with chili.” Kayla nodded. “Okay, why don’t you call Mama and tell her where you’re at, and that you and Max are staying for dinner.” Frankie agreed, and he made the call. Just as Frankie hung up the phone, the garage door opened, and Steve walked into the house. “Frances,” Steve greeted. He clapped Frankie’s shoulder in a friendly greeting. “What’s up my man?” Frankie grinned. “I just came to talk.” “Max is upstairs too, playing with Benjy,” Kayla explained. “We’re staying for dinner,” Frankie said. “Great,” Steve said. “Sweet potato chili I gather. Smells delicious, Sweetness.” “Why don’t you and Frankie make grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the chili,” Kayla offered. Frankie rolled his eyes. Steve put his hand up. Stop,” he said in a warning tone. “You and I will make sandwiches. Besides, you said that you needed to talk to me anyways, right?” “Yeah,” Frankie said in a mutter. “Alright then,” Steve said. “Wash your hands son. I’m going upstairs to change, and then we’ll make us some grilled cheese.” Steve went upstairs to change his clothes. He said hello to Benjy and Max before going back downstairs. Kayla then left the kitchen to give Steve and Frankie some privacy to talk as they made the sandwiches.
Post by wildheartashley on Dec 18, 2022 13:29:30 GMT -5
Steve buttered bread as Frankie unwrapped cheese slices for grilled cheeses. “So, what’s up?” Steve asked as he turned on the griddle. “Um,” Frankie said, “I need to talk to you.” “Sure,” Steve said. “What about?” “Girls,” Frankie said sheepishly. Steve nodded as he began to assemble sandwiches. “The Homecoming dance is in two weeks, and I kind of want to go.” “And you want to ask a girl,” Steve interrupted. Frankie nodded. “Kind of." “What’s stopping you?” Steve asked. “You’re a great looking dude.” Frankie blushed. “Yeah, but I want to ask Jennifer Horton. She’s way out of my league.” “Hey man,” Steve said. “Give yourself some credit. You’re doing well in school.” “Yeah, but Jennifer is into the football players. She’d never go out with me. She’s hanging all over Glenn Gallagher. I don’t stand a chance.” Steve took sandwiches from Frankie and put them on the griddle. “Francis, that’s no way to talk.” Frankie scowled at Steve. “Man, do you have to call me that?” Steve grinned. “Hey, Francis is your name.” “Maybe so,” Frankie said, “But can you just call me Frankie? It’s cooler then Frances.” “Fine,” Steve relented. “Frankie, just be real with Jennifer. I’ve learned the hard way that if you’re not honest with the ladies, then you really don’t stand a chance. Just ask her. You might be surprised.” “Maybe I will,” Frankie said. “What else is bothering you?” Steve could tell that Frankie was still bothered about something. “Well,” Frankie’s voice trailed off. “Um, it’s just, if I do go to the dance, I don’t want everyone making a big deal out of it. You know what I mean?” Steve nodded in understanding. “You mean you don’t want Caroline fussing over you.” “Yeah,” Frankie said. “And I don’t want Kim or Kayla taking tons of pictures. It’s just a stupid dance. People don’t need to make a big deal over it.” “Tell you what,” Steve said, “If you ask Jennifer, and she says yes, I’ll at least make sure that Kayla tones it down. And I’m sure if Kayla talks to Kim, she won’t go crazy either. As far as Caroline goes, Frankie, talk to her. She loves you. I guess parents fussing over their kids is probably in the job description.” “You and Kayla haven’t fussed over Benjy,” Frankie countered. “I haven’t,” Steve said, “But Kayla has in her own nurturing way. I really can’t tell her not to. I never had anyone fussing over me as a kid, but I’m sure my time will probably come as Benjamin’s parent.” Steve and Frankie finished making the sandwiches.
Loved this so much. I could picture the scene so well in my head, and I'm such a sucker for Steve in papa mode. His last line about having a chance to eventually fuss over a kid as Benjy's dad, yeah that totally made me melt. Looking forward to more!
Post by wildheartashley on Dec 23, 2022 18:57:37 GMT -5
Author’s Note: I’m posting the newest chapter a few days early. With having Christmas festivities tomorrow and Sunday, I won’t be able to post on my usual Sunday. Next week’s update may also be a few days early, with NYE next weekend. Thank you for all the wonderful feedback. Your comments are always nice to read. Onto the next update.
Kayla then came back into the kitchen. “Everything okay?” She asked. “Yep,” Frankie said. “Things are fine.” Kayla nodded as she went to the fridge and got out vegetables to make a salad. “I don’t gotta eat that?” Frankie motioned to the salad. “No,” Kayla said. “This is for me.” Just then, Benjy and Max appeared in the doorway of the kitchen. “Dinner,” Max signed. “Yeah, it’s all ready,” Frankie said. Without signing, Max went over to the kitchen sink,and washed his hands. Benjy did the same. Everyone then sat down to eat dinner. The younger boys examined their chili before eating it. “If you don’t like it, it’s okay,” Kayla said. “Just try it.” Frankie was also examining his chili. “Man baby, I’m not sure how these fellas are digging your Thanksgiving in a bowl.” Frankie began to snicker as he took a spoonful of chili. “It’s pretty good. Why don’t you guys try it.” Frankie motioned to both Benjy and Max. The younger boys both nodded, and each took a spoonful of their chili. “What do you think?” Kayla asked in anticipation. “Thanksgiving in a bowl,” Max signed. “Benjy like,” Benjy signed. “Good Thanksgiving.” “It’s not really Thanksgiving,” Frankie said. “Steve was just being funny. It’s just chili. Just not the chili that we’re used to.” Max nodded in understanding. Everyone finished dinner. Steve then took Frankie and Max back to Shawn and Caroline’s. Once he got home, he and Kayla got Benjy ready for bed. They tucked him in, and then went back downstairs. They sat on the couch. “Steve,” Kayla said. “Yeah, baby.” “I’m going back to work next week.” Steve looked a bit surprised. “What happened to taking six weeks off to get Benjy settled. It’s only been two weeks.” “I know,” Kayla said. “But I went into the clinic to check on things today, and.” Her voice trailed off. “And you missed work,” Steve finished for her. “Sort of,” Kayla confessed. “Adrienne was working the front desk,and she was telling me how crazy things had been in the past few weeks.” “Did my sister guilt you into coming back early?” “No, Steve,” Kayla said. “There was no guilting from your sister. I truly do miss work. I think Benjy is adjusting fine with us. Don’t you think?” “Yeah, baby. I do think he’s adjusting well. If you want to go back to work, I certainly won’t stop you. Nurse Kayla has gotta go heal the sick and down and out.” “Stop,” Kayla said as she playfully hit Steve’s arm. “Thank you.” “Any time,” Steve said as he kissed Kayla on the cheek. “Was Frankie okay?” Kayla asked. “Yeah,” Steve said. “The dude is fine. Just a little nervous about asking a girl out.” “Aww,” Kayla cooed. “Right there baby,” Steve said. “What?” Kayla asked. “You don’t gotta go making a big deal over Frankie asking a girl out.” “Okay,” Kayla said. “I’m sorry. It’s just sweet that’s all.” “Just don’t make a big deal out of things, if he does ask the girl out. Okay?” “Got it,” Kayla said. “I’ll keep it cool. Like you.” “Exactly,” Steve said. “It’s just a Homecoming dance. No biggie.” “Aww,” Kayla cooed. She grinned. “Sorry. I just had to say it one last time.” They then went upstairs and got ready for bed. Kayla felt content as she laid in bed that night with Steve.
“Aww,” Kayla cooed. She grinned. “Sorry. I just had to say it one last time.” This line brought the biggest grin to my face. SO cute. Love me some S&K cuteness and great interaction with them and the boys. Loved Frankie not being on board with eating the salad, lol.