Saturday, September 17, 2011
Hi Mum it's Sammy (clone 59 - part 15 - final)
Apparently she knighted someone who didn't bow low enough to please her royal highness. She started waving that scepter around most alarmingly.
"Merry, careful. You don't want to fall off the chair."
"That's Princess Merry to you, daddy."
"Yes, Princess Merry. Still, be careful and don't fall off the chair. I don't want to run you over to the hospital."
"Hey, Charlie. What's up?"
"Well, if you don't have other plans, want to go on a date tonight?"
"No work or school stuff tonight. So sure."
"Dinner and a movie sound ok?"
"That's great, Charlie."
"There's a rumour around the school that you set the frogs loose. Did you?"
"Yeah, wasn't it great? The teachers were finding frogs everywhere all day."
"Charlie! Don't you remember what my daddy does for a living?"
"He's the principal and he gave me the works last night."
"Oh no, if he yells, it's not too bad. It's when he gives you the 'I'm so disappointed in you' routine. That one is very bad. He doesn't want me to associate with someone who pranks the school, it sends a bad message to the other kids."
"Well, the gist of it is, if you prank the school again, we can't see each other. I have a feeling you are getting an extra chance because my parents really like your parents."
"Charlie, how well do you think that would work in a town this size? Even tonight, my daddy is just over there." Even at night from a block away, that red hair of Thomas's is unmistakeable.
"Yeah, true. Do you want to keep dating?"
"I'd love to, Charlie. But not if daddy disapproves."
"Ok, Tulip, no pranks. I promise."
"Yes, I know I won't be able to get the pension until retirement age. But I'm not going to live until retirement age if I stay in this job."
"Sorry, but the lack of decent fire fighters in town is your concern, not mine."
It's done, I'm officially unemployed.
"It was a complete makeover, Sam. New from hair to shoes."
"You are looking gorgeous, my Sunshine. Say, umm, could we have a chat?" God, my heart is attempting to leap from my chest. This conversation could be very painful.
"Us. You. What's happening." I took a deep breath and tried to convince my heart to stay in my chest. It felt like it was trying to escape. "You quit the career you loved. I've heard rumours about you and other guys. What are your plans, Amelia? Do they include the family? Me?"
"Sammy." Sunny took a deep breath and my heart stopped. I guess that's an improvement over my heart attempting to leap from my chest but not much of one. "I went back into music. Politics is too dull and boring. I don't have to start from the bottom but I'm not quite at the employment I had when I quit."
"And the guys?"
"It was only a bit of harmless flirting Sammy. It was," she paused for a moment while she considered, "it was a test of sorts. Flirting with a guy is a way to see if they think you are worth flirting back to. I've been feeling so old and ugly, Sammy."
"You've always been beautiful to me."
"That's what you say, Sammy, but how am I to believe that's what you mean?"
"But flirting could so easily lead to more."
"Don't worry, Sam. I'm starting to feel better. And I'd never do anything to hurt you. Weren't you ever tempted by other women?"
"No Sunny. Not even for a moment. You are the only woman in my life since the day we started dating."
"Did you like the job?"
"Well, it had some points but I won't miss it."
"So what are your plans?"
"I'm thinking about it. Something dull with regular hours. Maybe politics, I hear that's pretty dull." Sunny smiled. She has the prettiest smile.
"Oh thank you, Sam."
"By the way, since I'm at home all the time, I was wondering about another baby."
"Sam Grant, you know very well I want to get somewhere with this career. Three children are plenty."
"Sunny, I was thinking adoption. Take in a baby that's an orphan or abandoned or neglected."
"We have money to spare and I expect Charlie to move out soon after graduation."
"Maybe, Sam, maybe."
His grades are up, his after school activities have proven excellent skill building opportunities.
Merry was about to become a teen, and Charlie a grown man.
He has translated his love of outdoors into a profession. He is self employed as an angler. It's not likely to make him rich, but it will keep him happy.
So, Mum, after Charlie grew up.
He's a bit underweight and small for his age. He's also very quiet. We don't know if he's a bit shy, still timid from moving here or he's just a quiet youngster.
The whole town knew, Tulip still practically has her own personal flock of paparazzi. At least we'll always have newspaper clipping of everything they do together, if they forget to tell us.
Me? Well, I'm still unemployed but we have a fair sized bank account. And I'm enjoying actually being around home more. While we have two teens and one toddler, I'm sure that somehow it's all going to work out, eventually.
So Mum, it's farewell from this Sam. I wish my other clone brothers well.
I had ideas about where the story would go if Mia wanted a divorce or if Sam did. And Mia flirting was as far as any of their midlife crisis wishes went, which was pretty innocuous really.
You can download the family; Sam, Amelia, Charlie, Donna, Merry, Arthur and Tulip Tomasi from the exchange. Donna is almost entirely Grant genetics but the other two are an interesting mix of both parents. I put in Tulip so Charlie has his girlfriend and little Arthur because.