Here is the first post for this part of the Hoves family, hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂
Vanessa thought she would be more exited with the prospect of going back home but as she walked up to the front lawn she realized she wasn’t eager to go back to this dysfunctional hellhole any more then she was to leave it. Still it was the house she grew up in filled with people she grew up with and that kind of made it home, at least more then her father’s house where she had spent the last year and a half.
After her father had broken up with his girlfriend things got complicated and Vanessa’s mum figured it was best if she returned home. Vanessa agreed, like she had agreed when her mother told her she had to go live with her father for a while but she still held a resentment for her mother for pushing her away like that. She had to have her thirteenth birthday and her first period while living with her father. That sucked.
And coming here would probably suck she suddenly realized. At least Lysa wouldn’t be here she tried to comfort herself. She actively disliked her adopted sister, she hated the way she treated her, she would often start yelling over the stupidest of things, like Vanessa borrowing her sweater and then later she would pretend as if nothing had happened. Vanessa could not do that. Luckily however Lysa was the one that got the boot this time, she was sent to her other mother, Phaena.
Vanessa took a deep breath and walked to the door, she still had the key so she opened them. As she opened the door she was greeted with the sound of the old washing machine, it was old years ago, and she heard that now it had only gotten louder. She sighed quietly, it was Sunday morning, she assumed everyone would be in bed and she will somehow be able to sneak in without anyone making a fuss about it.
She followed the sound into the first floor bathroom and saw Krystal battling to steady the machine enough so she can pull out the load of clean laundry. And of course she was in her undies. Nothing really changed around here Vanessa thought to herself.
“Need any help?” She asked and Krystal turned to her almost dropping the laundry she was so desperately pulling out of the machine. She stared at her in surprise for a moment, like she forgot who she was and Vanessa wondered did her mum even bother telling everyone she was coming. “Hi Vanessa.” She said in her serious voice. “No, no, I’m good.” It was the answer Vanessa was expecting so she just nodded and left the bathroom. “See you around.”
Upstairs it was quiet. The door to the bedroom the five of them shared was closed and she assumed everyone inside was sleeping. She dropped her bags in the study and for a while just idled around looking at everything, unsure what to do. I should have insisted on helping Krystal she thought but then she remembered she had homework and decided she would get on that.
She didn’t get far with her calculus however since the door that connected the study to the children’s room opened suddenly and a thin bushy haired girl appeared. “NESSA!” Laquita yelled from the door and Vanessa got up to run to her embrace. “Mornin’ Lucky.” She told her best friend as they hugged. “Could you two pleeease SHUT UP?” A groggy voice belonging to her brother came from the still open bedroom. Somehow Vanessa could not help it, she smiled and at that moment she couldn’t believe she spent half the morning fantasizing about running away. This was home. A place where she could see Lucky just rolled out of bed, and where they got to annoy Zeke together.
“What ya doin’? Laquita asked walking to the table. “Homework…” Vanessa replied grumpily. “Take it downstairs, we’ll be there in a minute, I just need to get dressed.” She said with a wicked smile. She then turned around and banged loudly on the bedroom door. “ZEKE, IRENE, BREAKFAST!” She then grinned back at Vanessa and ran to the bathroom. “WHAT’S WITH THE YELLING LAQUITA? JILL IS SLEEPING.” Krystal yelled back from downstairs.
Vanessa heard her brother muttering disapproving sounds into his pillow and a little girl appeared in the doorway. Laquita’s sister couldn’t have been more than seven and Vanessa didn’t now her that well, she moved in after Vanessa left to live with her dad. The girl looked at her surprised but only said “Hello.” and left the same way Laquita did.
Downstairs Vanessa tried to concentrate on her homework while Laquita just gossiped away. “And do you know what Summer’s big sister is doing for a living? Fishing. She fishes. Isn’t that hilarious?”
“Umhm.” Vanessa muttered in reply. She didn’t actually find fishing funny but Lucky was her best friend so she had to support her. She wasn’t usually the mean gossiping type, she only disliked Summer Caliente because she was seeing Bradley Frail, and he had a crush on Laquita for ages but was now totally ignoring her when Summer was around.
“I don’t have to listen to you bad mouthing your classmates.” Zeke said getting up abruptly. Laquita looked at him and Vanessa could see she was feeling a little guilty but she had nothing to say to stop him and Zeke left. Vanessa was a little relieved, she wanted to spend time with her brother too but she wanted to talk to Lucky alone, she wanted to tell her about her new crush, Walter and she couldn’t do it in front of Zeke. However Laquita was not done with talking about Summer. “Well I guess I will get the same reaction from you soon enough… Now that she is gonna be your sister and all…”
For a moment Vanessa thought she misheard something so she just turned to Laquita and stared at her trying to figure out what she didn’t understand. She noticed as the older girls face went from slightly confused to completely surprised. “You don’t know? You seriously have no idea?” What? I don’t know what? Tell me! Vanessa wanted to yell at her best friend but somehow words escaped her. She just sat there mutely staring as Laquita got more and more uncomfortable. “Shit. Shit. Shit and more shit.” Laquita repeated. “I messed up… I thought you knew… I…” “Just tell me.” Vanessa said wanting it to be over. “Your mum… She got engaged… To Summer’s mum, Nala.” She got abruptly, her heart was beating. She couldn’t believe her mother didn’t tell her this. She got engaged and what forgot to include her in this family news? She obviously told Zeke, she probably told Lysa… She even told Laquita… Just not her. “Nessa…” She heard Laquita calling her but she had to go. She just had to leave.
She ran upstairs. Not sure where she was going, weather to her mum, or to Zeke, or just to be alone, she couldn’t think… She ran to the bedroom but she stooped abruptly at the study doors. They were open and she saw Jesse and Krystal playing chess. But it wasn’t the sight of father and daughter playing chess, or the fact that Krystal had bothered to dress that made her stop it was the bit of conversation she overheard. “It’s still your house Krystal and you have a say…”
It was obvious to her what they were talking about – her. Krystal must have complained to her father about her being here and he was giving her leave to kick her out. She needed air. She finally realized what was it that filled her with dread, not the fact that her mother neglected to share important news with her but the nagging question at the back of her head: What will happen with me? Her mother already tried to get rid of her once, what was to stop her from doing so again, now when she gets married and starts a new happy life…
She ran outside pass little Irene who was chatting with their neighbor Penelope Belgen only overhearing part of their conversation: “And what about dangerous chemicals, can you make poisons out of them?” The little girl had asked her brown eyes opened wide in amazement.
She hid in the garage and cried her eyes out wishing nobody would ever find her, wishing she would just stay here forever, forgotten, until she turned into a mummy.
When Laquita and Zeke finally found her it was already getting dark outside. When Zeke saw her tear stained face he seamed on the verge of tears himself but he just stood in front of her crossing his arms uncomfortably. It was clear for her he would let Laquita do the talking. She sat next to her on the cold, concrete floor paying it now mind. “Look Nessa… I know this must be hard on you…” Hard? Vanessa thought, hard was when I think Walter likes Latricia and not me. This… This is a whole new level… But she said nothing, she knew Lucky only wanted to help, and Zeke too. Encouraged by her silence Laquita went on. “It was hard on Zeke too, it still is. When your mother moves he would be leaving his father, and all of us… And…” She sighed. “Look guys, the important thing here is for your mother to be happy? Am I right?”
“She is right Nessa.” Zeke finally spoke. Vanessa never noticed how his voice had changed, it was much deeper, manlier. “Mum loves us. And she will, always no matter what. She wants what’s best for us and we should want the same for her. As for why she didn’t tell you, she probably wanted to do it in person…” Now she felt stupid, and childish, she shouldn’t have let them see her this way. She nodded weakly and Zeke helped them both get up. The rest of the evening they spent together. Laquita was practicing her bass playing and she tried to finish her darned homework before Monday morning rolls in.
The next day Vanessa got up early, only Krystal was up before her. She went straight to the fridge and picked out some leftover salad. Her stomach was growling, a nagging reminder she had nothing to eat the previous day. “Hey, I’m making waffles!” Krystal told her. “I’m on a diet.” Vanessa replied feeling slightly guilty, but she simply could not wait a minute longer. Krystal said nothing more, only got back to the waffles.She could have at least put a shirt on, Vanessa thought but remained silent eating her salad.
It wasn’t long before one by one the rest of the children dragged themselves down the stairs. Vanessa watched them all eat Krystal’s waffles and babble on about what awaited each one of them in school. She hoped her mother would join them but she was working the afternoon shift at the diner this morning so she was absent from breakfast, as were Jesse and Nadine but they were probably enjoying sleeping in, retired married couple style.
Her day at school passed rather fast, her attention was devised between anticipation of the talk she was to have with her mother and Walter Vivi. Her heart jumped up and down when he came to her and Latricia in the hallway and said “Hi.” And she couldn’t get his lovely red hair out of her head at least not until the bus ride home.
She sat her face pressed against the glass, her doubts back to her. What if her mother does send her away? Where would she send her? Back to dad’s? What will happen to dad, will he even stay in Sunset Valley? Maybe she will have to move…
“Thank God I don’t have bass practice today! I’m so beat, and look it’s raining!” Laquita spoke suddenly from the seat next to her. Vanessa moved away from the glass and noticed that it was in fact raining. She was about to say something but Laquita wasn’t done. “Look it’s Dina Caliente!” She said pointing to a poster on a telephone pole. “I’m going to forget she is Summer’s mum for a while and go ahead and say it.. That woman is amazing!” Laquita said leaning back in her seat. “If she wins this election she is gonna be the Leader of the Free World! Imagine that! I want that!”
Vanessa stayed silent the whole ride and when she finally got home, eager to get rid of her bag stuffed with even more calculus homework she saw her mother in the kitchen. She was already in uniform, mixing a drink before work it seamed and Vanessa walked right in front of her. “Why didn’t you tell me you are getting married?” Her mother appeared both flustered and embarrassed and for a while even lost for words but then she took a deep breath and looked at Vanessa sadly. “I should have told you baby… I really wanted to, I planned to take you all out for dinner and talk to you, but I was so busy at work and you were going through a lot anyway with your dad… I didn’t want to drop this on you too.”
Vanessa was not content. “You should have told me. And what happens now?” She asked dreading the answer already. “Well ,there would be a wedding. You will all attend and then we will get a new place, the three of you, me and Nala. How does that sound?” She smiled but Vanessa couldn’t. “If that is what you want…” Her mother continued. “If you want to go back to your father…” “No.” Vanessa replied shortly. “I’m happy with you and Zeke.” She finally smiled and her mother walked over and hugged her.
That night it rained even harder, she decided to drop her homework and watch a movie with Zeke, Laquita and Irene but all the time she fantasized about this new house, and new life they that awaited, maybe I’ll even have my own room she thought and smiled to herself.
Sorry this one ran a bit too long, I even had to remove some parts, leave them for some future installment. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it!