We didn't go straight home that night after dropping the girls off, Junior decided it was such a nice night that we'd keep the windows down and go for a ride. Junior was going at a smooth slow pace down a long high way that was surrounded by woods on either side, we had only passed two cars within the hour we have been driving. I couldn't tell how long these woods were or if Junior was just going in circles, either way it was nice.
The wind felt good against my skin, cool damp air, better than the warm dry air back at home. Junior decided to speed up and I watched the rushing woods in silence.
It was little past one in the morning when we got back to the house, and I don't think my uncle cared much at all, no phone call complaining we were out late. A note was left taped to the door. Junior grabbed it and read it aloud as we walked in.
"'Boys, there is pizza left in the fridge, I left a fire going out back not sure if it's still going by now but just in case you wanted to spend time out there, see you tomorrow'"
I followed him to the kitchen, he went though the fridge and grabbed the pizza as I glanced outside to see a bright fiery ball glowing out in the darkness of the back yard. The whole yard was pitch black except for two places, where they dying fire is and where the moon was able to shine though the tall trees.
"Wanna go outside?" I asked
"Yeah" he mumbled with his mouth full
We took plates of pizza out with us and sat outside by the fire. I thew a log on and watch as the hot fire burned the dry wood in minutes.
"So" he said, he swallowed the food he had in his mouth "did you like your date?"
"Yeah she was nice. I'm assuming you liked yours"
"She was nice?" He asked "that's it? Really?"
"Because it really looked like you two were hitting it off"
"Not as much as you and 'Miss chatty'"
"Excuse me? Miss chatty? Mate we didn't hit it off that much at all"
"Oh right sorry, that's just why you were sucking her face off"
He laughed, "she started sucking my face first" he said "and yeah, that means nothing"
"I don't get you, you stood there for like ten minutes making out with her, you're telling me that you didn't hit it off with her?!"
"Like I said, she kissed me first and yeah I'm telling you that. Look remember there is a girl at home I want to try for, Cassy is just for fun and I can tell I'm just for fun too"
"Well I don't think me and Esme hit it off that much and it doesn't matter if we did or not because I live in Australia and I don't want my first girlfriend being one that's so long distance she's sixteen hours behind me"
"That's seriously the time zones?" He asked, surprised
"And why do you know this?"
"I have family now here..isn't that kinda obvious?"
"Right" he said "anyways, what's wrong with that?"
"We wouldn't be able to talk much ever and long distance relationships are based on being a talking relationship, If not I just have the status of being in a relationship"
"True I guess" he said
"just thought you guys were getting along and going somewhere"
"As in relationship"
He sighed "alright fine, I just set you up with a pretty girl for nothing"
I laughed a bit "sorry?"
"So what's tomorrow-today's plan I guess?" He asked
"I don't know, sleep"
"Well you are eager to find everything out aren't you?"
"I'm also tired" I said "and staying up this late we're gonna sleep in anyways"
"Yeah true" he said "and I'm probably going to go to bed now"
He stood up and stretched And let out a yawn.
"I'm not going to be able to fall asleep so I'm staying here for a bit" I said
"Alright, night mate"
I sat still for the longest time staring at the sky, the stars burned dimly in the sky compared to the bright moon shining down. The moon lit up the very tips if the woods, it looked so beautiful. Everything was perfectly still, small bird noises echoed out over the sound of the crackling fire.
The woods looked so beautiful that it made me get up and adventure out onto the path towards the shack. It wasn't the greatest idea ever, the further I went down the path the thicker the trees got and the darker the path got, my phones light didn't help much.
The bugs were much worse the further I went down the path, I soon gave up sick of the constant swatting at the bugs and went back to the house and climbed into bed. Junior was knocked out on his bed, his mouth open and small snores coming out. This night I fell asleep quickly, getting used to being here.
Over the next week Junior waited on the girls call for his parents, when they had finally finished they called him and gave him the disappointing news that they had no adoption filed under his adoptive parents names. I asked him if he wanted to take a ride down to the other centre but he said no and was very upset over the next few days. After a few days he told me he didn't care much anymore and was going to give up for now on his parents and wanted to focus on mine.
For awhile we had no clue what to do and spend our days over at my aunt Nichole's helping around her house hoping we could get her to tell us more. She never did speak to us more about it, and she still didn't like junior much. We spent time talking to my uncle Jessie as we were there but he never said much about what happened either, always got away from the topic when we tried to start it. He liked joking with us more than talking about anything else.
"Have you talked to your mum recently?" He asked as we helped him in the yard
"Yeah last night" I said "she says hi"
"Yeah, I bet your mother misses it here" he said
"She doesn't really seem to" I said
"She probably only misses everyone that was here, especially me because I'm the best out of our group" he said with a smile "and I bet your dad misses it here slightly too, all his buddies moved though"
"Yeah uncle ash is back in Australia with us" I said
I carried the logs he told me and Junior to carry over from a different pile as we spoke.
"Yeah and if I remember Calum should be in Brazil right now from the last time we spoke and I'm not so sure where Michael is"
"Yeah, so you all used to live here together?"
"Yeah and all went to school together, except your aunt Nichole"
"Where was she?"
"Off dealing with other things, she got stuck in one house for awhile and her parents left her and she got uh..sent to another house and then I let her move in with my family her after awhile"
"Was she adopted?" Junior asked "not to be rude or anything"
"No she wasn't, she was more..kicked out I guess, lost her home"
"But she met my mum where?"
"Oh umm off someplace elsewhere and they stayed together, go into the shed and grab me my tool box" he said and changed the subject
After that we tried to ask more but he dismissed it all with more orders and we soon gave up. We were more frustrated and sore every night. We had been down for a month now and had other one left before we would leave and we still had nothing on either of our problems. I wanted to ask my mother about things but I knew it would be too obvious for her so I held back every time she called.
The next morning as Stacy made us breakfast I called Esme, we had talked a bit over the last week but she hadn't helped us with anything yet. We walked about what me and Junior did at my aunts and uncles.
"So I'm running out of ideas because I can't get anything from them and I don't know what else to do" I said
"Anyone else you can think of to ask? Any more of your parents friend and family?"
"No they all move away and my actual uncle Jake is the only family here, so that makes it a no and a no"
"Is there anything else to help?"
"I don't know, just I'm starting to think she was doing crazy things and was like depressed. That's all I ever got from her stories and from her art"
"Yeah, all her old art at least. She has boxes and boxes of old shit here, many just black and white creepy or sad art"
"You've gone through it all?" She asked
"No, didn't really bother"
"Hey, do you mind if me and Cassy come over? I wanna look though the art, I love art and just, maybe it might help"
"I'm not sure it would help, just makes you think she had problems, but yeah sure, you guys can come, it'd actually be great to have more people help go though it"
"Great, so we'll see you soon"
"Yeah, okay bye"
"Who was that?"
Junior asked as he walked into the room rubbing a towel to his head as another rested around his shoulders
"It as Esme, you better get dressed lover boy because her and Cassy are coming over" I said
"Oh, what for?"
"To help, she wants to go though the boxes" I said
"Boys! Breakfast is ready!" Stacy called
"Okay!" I called back "don't spend your time sucking of Cassy's face this time please"
He laughed "I'll try"
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