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Hazy Blood Moon
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"Demi Plié and stretch ladies!" The shrill voice of Madame Mercier resounded throughout the ballet studio. "Keep your form!"copyright protection112PENANA1vvd4fXs3a

Listening to the boring, slow melody of Adagio #2  was making me very sleepy and thus, my movements were becoming sloppy. I knew that Madame Mercier had noticed this and that her "Keep your form!" comment was specifically directed towards me.copyright protection112PENANAXGnNLanGhq

"kEeP yoUr fOrM!" I lowly mocked under my breath as my knees began to ache from the pressure. God is it time to go home yet. I quickly glanced at the large clock in front of the studio to see that I had an entire hour left! Someone, please save me!copyright protection112PENANAwNbPHUf4tm

I heard a chuckle from in front of me and my head snapped up to see a lithe, chuckling form three persons ahead of me on the barre. When she turned her head slightly to look at me I instantly recognized her as Roxanne Knox, AKA, the most talented ballerina in Madame Mercier's ballet company. I would even bet she's the best amongst all the dance companies in Wisconsin in our age category.copyright protection112PENANAuvSZIWeFpi

Yes, she was that good at ballet.copyright protection112PENANAQnYdaKoyqF

Not only was she a dancing prodigy, she was breathtakingly gorgeous as well! Long brunette hair, a slender, tall body and a pretty face with gorgeous grey eyes. Meanwhile, my inky black, curly hair, is well overdue for another Brazilian blowout, my eyes are a freakish blue/violet mutant mix and lately, I've been binge eating a lot of bread so I'm starting to get pudgy again; let's not forget the fact that I'm average/terrible at ballet.copyright protection112PENANAZWtaLa51ey

Life isn't fair.copyright protection112PENANAnJ4gINdXsC

"Geh," I groaned as I rose from yet another Demi PliéMy thighs Lord! My thighs!copyright protection112PENANAfj0exaYVIo

Roxanne gave me another amused look and I wondered how she even heard my little complaint in the first place. copyright protection112PENANAAIl4S6eX7t

"Grand Plié," Merciless Mercier, as I liked to call her, said as she inspected each of our footwork.copyright protection112PENANAwvcALVnYTQ

My face etched itself into pure pain as I tried to gracefully bend to the floor to execute the Grand Plié while making sure that my back was straight and I wasn't sticking my butt out. But Madame Mercier's scowl when she saw me let me know that I most likely was doing the exact opposite of what I was trying to accomplish.copyright protection112PENANAB89BnHLlCu

"Miss Grey," Her thick French accent resounded as she stared at my pitiful form. "What are you doing?"copyright protection112PENANAKdc5h4bv2j

"Uh," I stumbled as I looked at her stern face, her bun was so tight that it was pulling the skin on her face back. "Executing the Grand Plié."copyright protection112PENANAZyOb9A7wy0

 Her eyebrows shot up (well as much as they could), "Really?" She sarcastically replied. "Then why is your back bent and your butt sticking out?"copyright protection112PENANAn99xKwewSQ

Damn it!copyright protection112PENANA0C4dHliTRk

"I-uh-I," I stumbled over my words. This is a terrible situation for someone with social anxiety, such as myself. Everyone turned as was looking at us which made me panic even more. "It's been a long day for me, Madame Mercier. I'm just not feeling that well today."copyright protection112PENANAdQT222Caya

"Or you've just been slacking off on practice," She accused. Well I mean, that too.copyright protection112PENANAaWkkt5QHBJ

"It's not that I'm slacking off, I just have been busy with other things." I have nothing else to do besides this. copyright protection112PENANAyClCP3Y8XQ

No literally, I have no life. I don't really have any friends. I mean, there's the girls at school I hang out with, but we don't talk or do things outside of school. Most of the girls at ballet are bitches and are already in cliques so there's no hope for me here. I don't have any other extracurricular activities. I don't even like ballet that much! I'm only here because my mother forced me to find a hobby when I was twelve. When she saw that I had no motivation to go and find one, she took it upon herself to enroll me in Madame Mercier's ballet company, which is where I've been now for the past five years. I've decided to just bear with it until I graduate. Besides, I'm going to need something to put for my extracurricular activities for college applications.copyright protection112PENANAsbHldKoPUW

"If you want to excel in this art form Miss Grey, you will have to make some sacrifices," She chastised as she adjusted my bad posture into the painful, correct one. "Ballet requires constant practice."copyright protection112PENANA05Tkpmpg41

"Yes Madame," I sighed as I tried to bear with the ache in my thigh.copyright protection112PENANAZDElftpeCn

We continued with Grand Pliés for another five minutes, with Madame Mercier watching me like a hawk to ensure I don't screw up again.copyright protection112PENANA45yMqLwOBq

"Well done," She said, relieving us from the torture that was Grand Pliés. "We will now work on pirouettes."copyright protection112PENANALBvFWV1mb6

I looked down at my pointe shoes in disgust. My toes look like shit because of you!copyright protection112PENANAobJ2wZwWd8

It soon became my turn to pirouette across the room and I did it reluctantly. Just one more hour!copyright protection112PENANAjidR4EDBte

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"Well done today ladies!" Madame Mercier chimed as everyone prepared to leave. "I'll see you all tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your day."copyright protection112PENANA2yPLAmK6iY

I hurriedly removed my pointe shoes to reveal my blistered big toe. Is this really worth it?  Most of the girls would stay behind to socialize for a bit, but I turn into The Flash when it's time for me to leave this hell hole. The last one to arrive and the first one to leave.copyright protection112PENANAfBhttm76XA

I pulled on my sweat pants over my sheer purple wrap skirt and threw my jacket over my black leotard. Yanking the wretched ballerina bun out of my hair and letting my wild tresses flow down my back, hurriedly made my way towards the exit, but the shrill voice of Madame Mercier stopped me. What does she want?copyright protection112PENANAkZQbxKY0H8

"Miss Grey, a word please." She said folding her arms.copyright protection112PENANAFJGuvhRgo9

"Yes, Madame?" I replied in an innocent tone.copyright protection112PENANAfDLw6eTekR

"Your performance at classes has been...lacking lately," She said. "You have the potential to become a wonderful ballerina, but it's like you're just unmotivated.copyright protection112PENANAOFRFQoqOp7

Bitch I AM unmotivated!copyright protection112PENANAX4QDzmUqCj

"Like I said Madame, a lot of other things going on my life right now that prevent me from-"copyright protection112PENANAARWlo3AhhV

"Stop your lies," She interrupted.copyright protection112PENANA96A0LrobgO

Pardon me?copyright protection112PENANAidS9RrvMR8

"Ex-Excuse me?" I stuttered as I stared wide-eyed at her. How the hell can she accuse me of lying? I mean I am lying, but how does she know that?copyright protection112PENANA5sZ2Oo5oGm

"I know you're only here because your mother forces you to do this," She started. "You have no desire to come here every day and no desire to practice, that's why you were in so much pain just to execute a simple Demi Plié!"copyright protection112PENANAkPsVPemepD

What point is she trying to make here?  "And your point is?"copyright protection112PENANA2IQVSImoue

Her eyes narrowed even more. "My point is that you may not like ballet, but you're still coming to my classes. Why not make the most of it and actually put in some effort? You have so much potential and it pains me to see it wasted!"copyright protection112PENANAwAGwCuUHTA

Effort means waking up at 6 AM to practice before heading to school for 9 AM; not to mention I'll have ballet lessons again after school until 6:30 PM.copyright protection112PENANA4dqw8gKvva

It's a no from me, Mercier.copyright protection112PENANA8yTZtLHP9c

"I'll...try Madame," I lied to get her off my back. "I'll see if my schedule can allow it."copyright protection112PENANA3FMJbpd677

She let out a deep sigh before taking a step back. "I hope so Miss Grey." She said before walking away.copyright protection112PENANAHbk7IsntYT

"I hOpE sO miSs gReY," I mocked her again before grabbing my gym bag and slinging it over my shoulder. copyright protection112PENANAD6rw5UiNJr

I don't understand why she's on my back. So what if I don't want to try harder? At least I show up to lessons and cooperate. Besides, even if I become an absolute failure, she'll still receive her $250 per month that my parents pay for these lessons, so I really don't understand her overly concerned notions.copyright protection112PENANAZN6MwibKoj

When I walked outside I saw that it had begun to rain and I swore under my breath as I hurriedly tried to unlock my grandmother's Kia Sportage, but I got the shock of my life when I started the SUV and made a spluttering noise before not starting at all. Oh no.copyright protection112PENANAR5ucddFBGD

This isn't happening, this can't be happening!copyright protection112PENANAukJVRPP9Cz

"No, No NO!" I shouted in anger as I accidentally slammed my fists down onto the horn which scared a few of the other girls who were walking out of the building.copyright protection112PENANAABmHoSZADo

 I groaned as I dug through my gym bag for my phone, only to realize that it was dead. Are you fucking kidding me?copyright protection112PENANATvuoHIBmjh

"This is not my day!" I sighed dramatically as I reluctantly got out of the jeep and ran back towards the ballet studio.copyright protection112PENANA0NBJJszzCb

When I went to open the door, someone on the other side had too. I looked up in shock to see Roxanne staring at me. Why was she still here? She usually leaves around I same time as I do. I watched her steel gray eyes look at my jeep then back towards me.copyright protection112PENANA8cNuTbnTL1

"Car trouble?" She said staring so intently my eyes that it was making me feel very intimidated. What the fuck?copyright protection112PENANAiEwM3dvEAO

"Uh-Yeah-Umm," I stammered as I tried to look anywhere but her. Her gaze was too intense for me. "It's probably just the battery or something."copyright protection112PENANAWACykl1UUD

"Oh, well did you call a mechanic?" She asked.copyright protection112PENANA53PSxJ4VDP

"I was going to call my parents but my phone died so I guess I'll have to borrow a phone."copyright protection112PENANAWVusIxGdch

I'd really appreciate it if she lent me hers so that I won't have to go and ask anyone else.copyright protection112PENANA28SEGd0I7V

"You can use mine," She offered as she pulled a white iPhone out of her pocket. God bless you.copyright protection112PENANAldYb5vUarx

"Thanks a lot," I said as she unlocked and handed it to me.copyright protection112PENANAZntuQb2woe

I quickly entered my home telephone number and waited as it rang.copyright protection112PENANAOrnG54T5M1

And rang.copyright protection112PENANA08eZjkueuV

And rang.copyright protection112PENANAMujfZ9q1GP

And fucking rang.copyright protection112PENANAgugEamI4sv

Eventually, a beeping tone came on to notify me that the call had not gone through. copyright protection112PENANA5tDjsXEXb8

"Come on," I groaned as I looked up at Roxanne, slightly embarrassed. "Um, can I try again?"copyright protection112PENANASXDccClDE1

"No problem!" She beamed. "Take your time."copyright protection112PENANAtVvJzG6iKy

I tried my mother's cell next. I was hopeful that she'd pick up since she was always on her phone, but that hope got shut down when the tone changed to a beeping tone to notify me that someone else was on the line. Oh for fuck's sake!copyright protection112PENANANP1r9toNqz

"Uh," I started as I looked up at Roxanne in even more humiliation. She seemed to find this whole ordeal very amusing.copyright protection112PENANAWjxzvJcRnQ

"Maybe it'll work the third time," she offered optimistically.copyright protection112PENANATQLozk5GDP

Letting out another loud sigh I tried my father's number next, that too, rang until the phone started beeping.copyright protection112PENANAeqFgSPJhCa

"Seriously!" I exclaimed. Highly annoyed that I couldn't reach my family during an emergency like this. Trying to call my grandmother would be a lost cause because she doesn't even use her cell phone.copyright protection112PENANAQzto8Z7lRu

"Maybe something happened," She said as I handed her phone back to her. "Hopefully nothing bad."copyright protection112PENANAbKkW9UheAU

Her saying that got my mind racing at all the possibilities that could've happened to my family; all of them bad scenarios. Oh gosh, what if a robber or something came and has them held hostage? What if someone died? What if they were in an accident? What if-copyright protection112PENANA4PlJ5eyPvb

"Don't worry," Roxanne said as she sensed my distress. "I'm sure they're fine. I'll give you a lift home."copyright protection112PENANAZmLtKUtRfl

"Oh no you don't have to inconvenience yourself because of me," I instantly protested.copyright protection112PENANAmq5HnfCFud

"It's no problem at all!" She reassured as she readjusted her gym bag. "I'm not just going to leave you stranded here."copyright protection112PENANAzy2Vi89RXF

I fidgeted under her stare. She was extremely pretty, even after coming from practice, and it was making me feel terribly insecure and hyperaware of my appearance. "Th-Thanks a lot."copyright protection112PENANA3X1OqLIUDX

She gave me another small smile before making her way towards the door with me trailing behind her. This car ride is going to be awkward, I can feel it in my bones.copyright protection112PENANAf0olHLAjq5

"Let me just lock up my car first," I said before speed walking over to the SUV and ensuring that everything was locked and secure.copyright protection112PENANAw0EzWXI6OF

Roxanne pressed the unlock button on her car keys and the bright headlights of a Mercedes Benz lit up. Wow.copyright protection112PENANALSDNG3zpYc

"You can just throw your bag in the back," She said flinging her gym bag onto the back seats.copyright protection112PENANAmecLzUwaeX

I quickly followed suit and ungracefully managed to scrambled my way into the luxury vehicle. Roxanne started up the engine and motioned for me to enter my address into the built in GPS. I managed to that (albeit I fucked up twice) and she sped off in the direction towards my house.copyright protection112PENANAgLYUlVR31G

We were driving for about five minutes now and as expected, it was awkward; for me at least. Say something you fool!copyright protection112PENANAINylAep9Eo

"Um, I'm Africa," I quickly said as I held out my hand for her to shake. But I realized that was a dumb move considering the fact that she's driving. What is wrong with you, you idiot?copyright protection112PENANAm0CzMcujmI

I felt my face heat up as I went to drop my hand, but instead, I felt her soft hand encase mine as let out a chuckle. "I knew your name already, but it's nice to meet you, Africa. I'm Roxanne."copyright protection112PENANAgCufxPaoSc

"Ye-Yeah I know," I nervously chuckled. "You're a bit of a big deal at ballet."copyright protection112PENANA4BZDXARmKv

I hope that didn't sound like I was jealous of her or anything because I was definitely NOT!copyright protection112PENANAL7wnGjAaCW

"I don't mean that in a bad way!" I tried to correct myself. "I just meant that since you're the best dancer out of everyone, you stand out a lot and everyone knows who you are because of that."copyright protection112PENANATTzn86cjv5

"I wouldn't say that I'm the best," She said trying to be humble. Who are you trying to fool? Madame Mercier practically worships the ground that you pirouette on.copyright protection112PENANAvAGvdD650Q

"Have you ever seen yourself dance?" I asked. "Your technique is flawless."copyright protection112PENANABLX89ErJP3

"Are you just flattering me because I'm giving you a ride home?"copyright protection112PENANAGIWg65nipS

"What!" My eyes widened. "No, no I was just-"copyright protection112PENANAnVt4qGHxLH

"I'm just kidding Africa," She laughed as she turned a corner. "You should be an emoji because your facial expressions are hilarious."copyright protection112PENANAnmtlvCZWmO

I actually take that as a compliment. "Th-Thanks, I think," I mumbled out.copyright protection112PENANAZ3xWjD2GWs

She let out another chuckle before making another turn onto my street. "It's the house right there with the large rose bush in front," I pointed to my two-story home.copyright protection112PENANAzkn2oOI5lu

I noticed that all the cars were in the yard and lights the lights were on in the living room. Well, that rules out the accident theory at least. copyright protection112PENANANJRg4mT4ig

"Thanks again for doing this," I said as I reached for my gym bag on the back seat. But I was shocked to see that when I exited the vehicle, Roxanne exited as well.copyright protection112PENANASijqfC3ij0

I gave her a look of confusion before she responded. "You couldn't get through to your family; I mean I don't want to jinx anything, but what if you go inside and meet a burglar or something?"copyright protection112PENANAKSk8VIWEOi

Well thanks for spiking my paranoia! Besides even if a burglar was there, I doubt he'd be intimidated by two ballerinas!copyright protection112PENANA8C1ZS6mMaF

She noticed my facial expression turning into one of anxiety before she quickly tried to dissuade my fear. "I-I mean, that possibility is very unlikely! But I'll still walk you to your door just in case."copyright protection112PENANA23XltdYxvh

"Thanks," I mumbled as we began to walk across the stone steps on my pavement.copyright protection112PENANAxgaRo5AkJp

"Your house is really pretty by the way," She complimented as she took in the scenery of colorful flowers, tall hedges and full rose bushes that occupied my front yard. "I take it someone in your family like plants?"copyright protection112PENANACS1ESUKeGU

"Yeah, my grandmother really loves gardening," I responded while trying to fish out my keys. "The inside of my home is practically a garden as well."copyright protection112PENANATJXR5r44YA

She hummed in response as I finally managed to open the door. I peered around the empty living room noticing that my father's DVD and book collection were scattered on the floor, one of the loveseats was turned over, and the floor was very much wet and slippery. What the hell? Did a burglar actually break in and ransacked my house?copyright protection112PENANAlwQwoeBYzl

"Uh, I don't suppose this is how your home normally looks right?" Roxanne hesitantly asked as she reached for her cellphone.copyright protection112PENANAncdpQ5jAk0

"No it doesn't," My voice said trembling from the panic was beginning to creep up in me. "Your theory about a burglar isn't sounding so far-fetched anymore."copyright protection112PENANAvdJt5PU9TT

Jesus, where are Mom and Dad? Where's my brother or Grandma?copyright protection112PENANAJfpALNPnMo

"Don't panic yet!" She said trying to calm me as I slowly backed away. "You met the front door locked so maybe someone didn't break in."copyright protection112PENANAI9BWyr1S2m

"They could've came in through the back," I said.copyright protection112PENANASxAC0FrVOl

Roxanne and I turned to look at each other before I bolted off towards the back door to see it swinging wide open for anything to make its way through it if so desired.copyright protection112PENANAOyAd8l1YIN

My jaw practically unhinged as I stared at the open door in disbelief. Holy shit! We really did get robbed! And my family, did they take them hostages?copyright protection112PENANAmqXYnwppos

"Oh God," I felt my stomach bubble like I was about to throw up. Staring into the deep woods while it was pitch black was not helping my fear in any way.copyright protection112PENANALhZlT00lVP

"Oh my gosh," Roxanne said as she came behind me. "Come on let's get back to the car and I'll call the cops."copyright protection112PENANAGJngXwCYvk

But as soon as we went to turn around, a small white figure came darting at us which scared the crap out of me. I screamed as I fell back onto the ground and shut my eyes tight as I felt my face being licked repeatedly. They peeled open and I saw my white shih-poo, Mango, licking me in the face.copyright protection112PENANAMSLJQ8ffxE

"Mango!" I let out a sigh of relief as I clutched the little dog to my chest. "Don't scare me like that! You nearly gave me a heart attack."copyright protection112PENANAHiVHEPHEaC

"How cute!" Roxanne squealed as Mango went over and immediately sniffed her. "You're so adorable!" She said as she lifted him up and he attacked her face with licks.copyright protection112PENANAuRmR7joKiT

Mango was a very sociable dog and he got along well with everyone, even complete strangers.copyright protection112PENANA44LQNCY3Rw

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But wait we're forgetting the situation at hand here!copyright protection112PENANAMdDBQU5iSe

"Um Roxanne," I started as I tried to gain her attention away from the charming Mango. "Maybe we should go back to ca-"copyright protection112PENANAVuRqsm2Kgo

But I never got to finish my sentence because a figure dressed in all black, donning a Scream mask and wielding a gun suddenly stood in the doorway of the back door, pointing it at us.copyright protection112PENANAk3PZD6rOlX

"HOLY SHIT!" Roxanne shouted as her eyes went wide and she accidently dropped Mango, who thankfully landed on his feet.copyright protection112PENANAS8avJ0pPji

I on the other hand had fallen to floor in complete shock again as I struggled not to faint. But the gunman suddenly ripped off the silly mask and I saw wild black curls sprung out from underneath. There's only one person I know with hair like that.copyright protection112PENANA4eMVEfhG0y

"GRANDMA!" I shouted as her face was completely revealed. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHY DO YOU HAVE A GUN? WHAT'S GOING ON?"copyright protection112PENANA5kBUkf0L3m

"Hush, you'll give away my position!" She said as she stalked towards the living room while skillfully aiming the gun. How does she even know how to use a gun?copyright protection112PENANAIWuSreTQ3c

"Grandma, what are you doing? What is happening?" I asked again, but she completely ignored me and instead shot at something behind me.copyright protection112PENANA87rV35blMb

I heard a grunt of pain and we all turned around to see another masked figure holding his chest with a red splat in front of him. DID SHE JUST SHOOT SOMEONE?copyright protection112PENANATSwvMQKMCO

"No fair Grandma, you cheated!" The figure said before ripping off his mask to reveal my younger brother, Keenan.copyright protection112PENANA9lKDebR72V

"I didn't cheat, it's called SKILL!" Grandma shot back at him. "Something you obviously wouldn't know about."copyright protection112PENANAjb3L76RirD

"God damn, it felt that burn from here," Roxanne said holding her chest.copyright protection112PENANAulw0QiQA5t

"What are you talking about!" Keenan exasperated. "I'm the one who introduced you guys to extreme paintball in the first place.copyright protection112PENANAoeO9S2lKan

"FALSE!" Another voice shouted, as we all looked up to see my father standing at the top of the stairs, and ripping his mask off. "I'm the one who introduced you to extreme paintball, then in turn, you introduced it to the rest of the family. THEREFORE, I am the true benefactor here!"copyright protection112PENANAFuyIfGP6Yh

"I don't care who introduced it," My mother said as walked out from behind my father from the stairs. "All I know is that it wasn't my idea so I'm not cleaning up!"copyright protection112PENANAKsCgttzj3E

"You and Grandma were the most aggressive players though," Keenan said. "That's not fair."copyright protection112PENANANsTBBMEWwO

"I cook for you, I clean for you, I drop and pick you up from school everyday, I buy you whatever you need/want and I carried you in my womb for NINE months and you have a problem with cleaning up the mess that was your idea in the first place?" My mother asked with a raised eyebrow.copyright protection112PENANAkbiTUxzKDx

She's got a point there. But wait a minute...copyright protection112PENANA2n0EEt7dNb

"WHAT IS GOING ON!" I shouted, finally gaining everyone's attention. "YOU MEAN TO TELL ME THAT THE REASON NONE OF YOU ARE ANSWERING YOUR PHONES IS BECAUSE YOU WERE PLAYING PAINTBALL? I HAD AN EMERGENCY AND I COULDN'T REACH YOU GUYS!"copyright protection112PENANASAELcgxQc3

"Oh Fi-Fi, you're finally home!" My mother said noticing my presence. I cringed so hard when she called me "Fi-Fi". It was the nickname my family gave me because when I was younger I couldn't pronounce my name properly and would only end up saying the words "Fi-Fi" instead, and it stuck ever since. I normally don't have a problem with them calling me that but not in front of Roxanne! That's so embarrassing!copyright protection112PENANAFxfXqavZU9

"And you brought a friend!" She continued as she wiped her hand on a towel before extending it towards Roxanne. "I'm Eve, Fi-Fi's mom."copyright protection112PENANAxWxyBb1JoP

"It's nice to meet you Mrs. Grey," Roxanne beamed. "I'm Roxanne Knox."copyright protection112PENANAVgpz2CPAt2

"Who'd want to be friends with this psychopath," Keenan snorted.copyright protection112PENANAE8AU604B0Z

"Bon-Bon, please," My mother chastised as he blushed upon hearing his equally embarrassing nickname.copyright protection112PENANAKxWi6yt7hS

"This is the first time since junior high that I've ever seen you brought a friend home Fee," Grandma said.copyright protection112PENANAWd9mNbYDMs

Thanks for letting her know just how pathetic my social life is.copyright protection112PENANAFqAgkGgpih

"It's very nice to meet you Roxanne," My father said shaking her hand. "I'm Adam. It's so nice to see that Fi-Fi is making friends now-a-days."copyright protection112PENANAo3OklVTO2a

"Guys, please," I said giving them pleading looks to stop embarrassing me. Roxanne must think my family is a total nutcase.copyright protection112PENANAGZoQmb1lOO

"Oh how cute that your names are Adam and Eve," She grinned as she pointed to my parents.copyright protection112PENANANuenKz41Ym

My mom chuckled. "Yes, it's one of the reasons what attracted us to each other in the first place. "And get this, I have another daughter named Eden."copyright protection112PENANAinp7IK2Bz5

"No way!" Roxanne said as if her mind had been blown. "That's just so cute."copyright protection112PENANAMg4a6rm8Mb

She turned to my brother. "What about you? Oh yeah I forgot, your name is Bon-Bon right?"copyright protection112PENANAWzGbXqL1sK

"NO IT'S NOT!" He quickly defended. "My name is Keenan."copyright protection112PENANAnK7NSPyUr7

"Like Keenan and Kel?"copyright protection112PENANA0dn5ouwLCi

"Who?" Bon-Bon stared at her in confusion. He's way too young to even fathom what she's talking about.copyright protection112PENANAWzSCKP3wRv

"Oh you probably wouldn't know about that show anyways," She waved it off as she turned to my grandma next. Does she intend to introduce herself to everyone?copyright protection112PENANAgfgn29dA4F

"There is no way you're a grandma?" She charmed. "You look way too young."copyright protection112PENANAI4T69hAF3c

Compliments. The most effective way to win my grandmother over.copyright protection112PENANAYZMRCxGG3x

"That's the power of eating right, daily exercise and melanin Sweetie," Grandma said. "Also trying to stay as stress-free as possible. Hakuna Matata is my motto."copyright protection112PENANAbjNsHPBUqF

She rolled up her pants leg to reveal the words tattooed on her left calf.copyright protection112PENANAA8JteTLOzO

"That is sick!" Roxanne chimed as she stared in awe. "I wish my grandmother was as cool as you."copyright protection112PENANA1yOOprl67o

"No no Sweetie, be happy that your grandmother is alive at least," Grandma said. "Some people wished that their grandmother was still alive."copyright protection112PENANAEjIrLpgnkG

"Well I guess you're right." Roxanne said, albeit she seemed to be thinking very hard about the statement.copyright protection112PENANA3UPMn3G8Sf

Once again, I've managed to get sidetracked from my original agenda.copyright protection112PENANAXUOMIdd3jk

"Grandma your car broke door." I told her.copyright protection112PENANAsXEappzGNU

"What do you mean it broke down?" Her brown eyes widened. "You see, this is why I don't like to lend you kids any of my stuff! You destroy everything! You destroyed my car, Keenan destroyed my glasses, your father destroyed my Keurig! What next?" She ranted.copyright protection112PENANAmQOcDcgjl8

"Mom that Keurig was already half dead when I used it and you know it," My father defended himself.copyright protection112PENANAzi3n5LAiPU

"That's a damn lie!"copyright protection112PENANADhShshH2Xu

"So where's the car now? Did you call a tow truck?" My mom asked, ignoring the banter in the background.copyright protection112PENANAWkkLwXXNhi

"No my phone is dead," I showed her the blank screen. "That's the reason why Roxanne gave me a ride home. The car is still parked by the ballet studio, and I locked and secured everything."copyright protection112PENANAVQBZdGKOZA

"Well I'll call a tow truck to bring it back here then I'll let the mechanic check it out in the morning," Mom said as she went to grab the house phone.copyright protection112PENANAICSBUkTBmQ

"And thank you Roxanne for bringing her home," She said before disappearing into the living room.copyright protection112PENANA5jbq4In2vE

"It was no problem," She smiled. "It was lovely to meet you all, despite the unorthodox circumstance."copyright protection112PENANAlrvXqIDbxD

"What does unorthodox even mean?" Keenan mumbled to himself.copyright protection112PENANALgfDRaYKLl

"Thanks again Roxanne for helping me out," I said as I led her towards the front entrance.copyright protection112PENANABQEMhJvEL0

"Would you stop with the constant thanking," She playfully rolled her eyes. "And after all that excitement I think it's safe to say that were friends now, so you can just call me Roxy."copyright protection112PENANAj7rO4SxI35

Friends with Roxanne? The concept sounded a bit foreign to me. Why would someone like her want to be friends with someone like me? She's a very charming and extroverted person, while I'm introverted and try to avoid attention at all possible costs. It's safe to say that we're polar opposites personality wise.copyright protection112PENANAlOlBsdLqYw

"Al-Alright...Roxy," I tested the new name on my tongue.copyright protection112PENANALAnqmE9RjV

"Can I call you Fi-Fi? It's a cute nickname!" She grinned while I grimaced. She noticed this and quickly tried to back track. "But if you're not cool with it I can just continue to call you Africa."copyright protection112PENANASD2js7cZPf

"No it's fine!" I quickly said. It's not fine, but I don't want to seem like a mean person. "You can call me Fi-Fi."copyright protection112PENANA5a4qMwExXC

"Great!" She beamed as she took out her keys. "I'd better get going before my folks start wondering where I am."copyright protection112PENANA4Ics8z7irr

"Yeah, that would probably be for the best," I awkwardly said as I walked with her back to her car.copyright protection112PENANAdj4gDwnPwd

"Well, I guess I'll see you tomorrow at ballet?" She asked.copyright protection112PENANA5Bo92aGHHD

"Yeah, yeah I'll be there," I said as I tightened my jacket around me. "Um, drive safe and have a good night."copyright protection112PENANAkMmxfu6mMy

"You too, good night," She smiled one last time before getting into her luxury vehicle and speeding down the road.copyright protection112PENANAN0SShvpElV

"Today was weird as fuck."copyright protection112PENANASrxgAzqhg8

~copyright protection112PENANAUBUg8aLewy

I hope you enjoyed the first chapter!copyright protection112PENANANkyFcQbBvx

BTW – "Fi-Fi" is pronounced as "Fee-Fee".copyright protection112PENANAxnY4DzE3QV

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