Monday, July 6, 2015

Cool Kids, part 2

Remar, summer 2018
Olivia is 12, Vivienne is 11. Jasper is 3. Walt Jones is 35
Soundtrack: Cool Kids by Echosmith

narrated by Olivia

Things are so much different.

It's the eight of us now. We are permanently living with my aunt and uncle. For all practical purposes, we are orphans.

I feel bad that they look deep in the fridge, trying to figure out how to feed six kids. But I am thankful for every meal, even if it's deli sandwiches and soup because it's more than we used to have.

I hope one day, when I have a family of my own that I am able to feed them enough each night that they get full and not go to bed with hungry stomachs. That I won't have to pretend that I am not hungry so that they will get enough. When I have a family of my own, I will never forget about my aunt and uncle. They didn't have to help us out...again. They helped so much when mom left and now they are here, helping again, not in a mean way either. They seem happy to help us. 

I told them that once, well, I told them thank you for helping us, thank you for letting us live with you. They looked at me strangely and said that it was never an option not to help and that we are family and family sticks together. When I grow up and have a family, I want my family to stick together. No runaway dads or moms, no piles of unpaid bills. None of that.

Vivienne and Jasper are doing so much better since we moved in, but then of course Jasper doesn't know what's going on and Vivienne. Well, we are lying to her.

When we go to the cold building each week, we tell her that dad is working there. I don't know what they will do when she starts asking questions. 

She's eleven, not stupid.

My aunt insists on casting a spell over us each time before we walk in. I am still getting used to all the supernatural powers in this house. 

I wish they had the power to make money fall from the sky, or at least change history.

We wait until he is able to come in the room and when he does it's like sunshine entered.

I hate it. It's like my parents died, but they didn't die. At least when your parents die, there is a funeral. And you can talk about it and people say how they are sorry for your loss and give you a hug. There isn't any shame. There are no whispers as you pass by. You don't have to lie to your teachers when they ask about your dad, instead you say that he's away working and that you're staying with relatives for a while.

We can't see him when we want, or call him when we want. Instead we have to plan our trips and get permission and make sure that we have the correct paperwork. We can't chat for hours because when the phone beeps giving us our 15 minute warning we must rush "I love you"'s. We can't have a normal life, no matter how harsh it was. At least he was there with us.

Now he's in jail and who knows what will happen. I'm scared. What if he comes out without an eye, or not come out at all. Aunt and uncle said that it's not like the tv shows and that's he's safe, with three meals a day, medical care and resources. But they seem so sad when they talk about when he will get out. I hear them whispering. Whispers of how unfair the system is, how he is supposed to go to get rehabilitated and then reintroduced to society, but that society doesn't want him. That no one will hire him, no one will approve a rental application and how will he raise three kids alone then?

Dad says that he wants to work on his education and get a degree, so that when he gets out, he can do something else with his life.

The only thing I want him to do with his life is be with me.

Walt is in jail for six years. Since it's his first offense he has a lower sentence and is housed in a minimal security facility. Olivia doesn't know what he's in for, but he was caught transporting illegal substances in an effort to make some simoleans for his family.


  1. Oh, prison. :( That actually never crossed my mind when I was pondering what might have happened in the last update. Olivia is going to be all grown-up by the time he gets out and Vivienne won't be far behind. And Jasper won't even remember his dad pre-prison. So glad they have Susie and Anthony to step in, as hard as it probably is for them.

    1. Susie and Anthony have taken on a large burden, but even though they wouldn't have it any other way, it doesn't mean that they are not effected, which I will explore later :) thanks for reading and commenting

  2. I wondered what happened, how sad for Olivia (and all the kids) that their Dad is in prison. I'm glad he got the smaller prison sentence. Too bad that Walt didn't find a legal way to support his family, but I'm glad that the kids have a nice place to stay in the mean time.

    1. The sad part is that the resources and help for children of incarcerated is pretty slim. With death, there's a funeral yet with prison nothing. No one talks about it, it's a big shame, which means Olivia won't have as many opportunities to deal with her grief over her father being sent to jail and her mother leaving them. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. I had hoped that things would look up, even if marginally for Walt. I'm going to be interested in how Olivia will continue to feel as she gets older and how Viv and Jasper might come to form opinions of their parents.

    I would love to know how Anthony and Susie are feeling too, even if I know they're fine with taking in the kids since they are the victims in all of this.

    1. We will get an update on Susie and Anthony soon to see how they are coping. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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