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  1. Dahawk

    Back Together Again

    God it is great having the family back. Nice startbtobthe next book Bill, I can't wait to see what is in store for the Curries snd the future members ofvthe family. Keep up the great work.
  2. Dahawk

    End of Summer Bash

    I feel the struggles with pc issues, I went without any computer at all for close to two months. Attack kitty!!! or Ninja Cat!
  3. Dahawk

    End of Summer Bash

    Lincoln paced in front of the couches as his family sat wide-eyed waiting for him to speak. He’d summoned them about ten minutes ago to a family meeting but he’s furious and hasn’t said anything yet. He stopped turning toward them, everyone leaned forward in anticipation of why they were there. Link opened his mouth but nothing came out, closing his mouth he paced again until Kyle felt dizzy and tried to put an end to their torture. “Link you would be wearing the carpet out if we had any.” Kyle smiled at his son but got the evil eye from him. Cody looked at Lincoln, “Should I write his hostile reaction down?” Tapping his pen on the tablet his brother had provided. His big brother nodded at him then giving their dad a wary look. “Someone has been stealing my candy,” Lincoln blurted out in a huff, “I want to know who?” The young boy stood observing his family individually for any type of reaction. Unfortunately, no one reacted when he spoke, nor did they seem the least bit nervous. “There,” Link pointed when Levi shuffled a little closer to Brody as he tried to hide their hands clasped together. “Levi, did you touch my candy?” “Get a grip, and mind your business before I stuff your guitar in the garbage.” Levi glared at his twin for drawing attention to Brody and himself. Cody tapped Lincoln’s shoulder, “He seems pretty uptight and hostile, I’ll document that.” Link scowled at his brother, “Yes, he does.” Lincoln scratched his chin, “What about you Brody? Did you take my candy or see Levi take it?” Brody sat back in the couch crossing his arms over his chest smirking defiantly saying nothing then Lincoln pointed at him and bellowed, “answer the question.” Lashing out he grabbed Brody’s hand. Levi loosened his hand from Brody’s before standing making a fist, “Pop you better do something with him or he’s gonna need to visit a dentist to replace his teeth that will be missing.” Just as Lincoln went to retaliate and Blu stood to calm the boys; Teddy rushed into the room anxiously. Link looked up at the tall man pointing to Levi and said, “Dude, he took my candy arrest him.” “Uh, yeah okay later dude!” Teddy growled obviously frustrated. “Kyle, Blu, can we talk in private.” Kyle rolled his eyes at Link and nodded as he stood up, grabbing Blu’s hand in his. “Sure, this conversation was getting a little out of control anyways. The office okay?” Kyle asked as he led the way out of the room. The three men went to the office closing the door behind them, Blu held up his finger for Teddy to wait a moment before speaking. Then all of a sudden he banged his fist on the door. “Ow, that’s mean.” He heard Link whimper on the other side of the door. Blu opened the door to find the four young boys all staring at him and Link holding his ear. “Go upstairs and get ready, when Teddy’s finished we’re going back to school shopping. Hit the bricks boys you have fifteen minutes and if you’re not dressed and ready you’ll be going in whatever you’re wearing I don’t care if it’s only your underwear.” Blu admonished them. Levi smirked at Lincoln, “You still wearing your ‘Casper the Friendly Ghost’underoos?” “Shut up, I hate you.” Lincoln stormed off with Cody chasing after him peppering him with questions about their investigation into the ‘Great Candy Caper.’ “Go,” Blu said staring at Levi who was watching Lincoln storm off, attempting to follow behind. “And Levi lay off your brother will you?” he called out to Levi’s back then shutting the door and sitting down next to his husband across from Teddy. Although Teddy was excited about something he was still all squirrely. “Spit it out Teddy, we’ve got complaining kids to get back to,” Blu smirked. “Well, I have good news. At 7:38 am this morning the police picked up one Carson Grecco trying to buy drugs down in New York City. Since there is a warrant for his arrest he was detained and according to my sources, he’s wanted in connection to the hit and run of Stephen. It looks like he’s going to be in jail for a quite a length of time as the evidence against him is more than a little damning.” Teddy had a grin on his face by the time he got all the information out. “So that means you guys are safe, he has no friends to speak of and his dad’s connections are jumping ship quicker than passengers on the Titanic. The madness might just be over boys.” “What about Penelope, Teddy?” Blu questioned him with some caution. “The woman has been trying to get to Kyle for years now and she has been increasing her attempts with Carson. Shouldn’t we still be worried about her?” Teddy offered the guys a smile, “That’s the beautiful part of the whole situation, the Justice Department has cut her off from communicating with anybody apart from the correctional facility staff.” Blu smiled adoringly at Kyle squeezing his hand in hope. “Are you for real?” “It’s finally over, her, Rudolph, and Carson. Now we can focus on our family,” Kyle said as he let a relaxing sigh escape. “Yep, it’s finally over. Saying that however, I’d be more comfortable if we kept a couple of security detail around the family for a little while.” Teddy held his hands up quickly stopping Blu from interjecting. “Just as a precaution Blu. It will be an observe and report type of deal not quite as intense as it has been for the past year.” “Can we keep Brent and Derek then, they know the family the best?” Blu asked. “I’ll run it by them, but since Kyle has retained our security services for the school I’ll need Brent and Derek to also head the team there.” Teddy nodded as he spoke. “Hey Gramps, can you ask Grandpa James if he took my candy?” Link yelled through the door. “Lincoln if I open that door and you aren’t ready to go shopping. I’m taking you in whatever you’re currently wearing,” Blu yelled back before standing to reach for the door. He stuck his head out to find Lincoln hurrying toward the stairs with a towel wrapped around his waist. ***** Saturday afternoon Brody and Levi lounged around the pool, as Link and Cody continued to investigate the still disappearing candy. Brody stretched as he laid on the lounge chair casting a quick glance at Levi, “Are you sure you still like me after what my Dad did?” Levi let his head fall so he could see Brody’s face. “What are you talking about? You’re my best friend. I promised you, remember? I’ll always be your best friend and I meant that as forever. It’s not your fault that your dad’s a little cray-cray. You’re not him.” “But he’s my father maybe I’m gonna be like him someday. Not that I want to be, but what if?” Brody rolled on his side facing Levi. Levi chuckled a little, “What if you could lay eggs?” Brody blinked at him. “See one thing has nothing to do with the other. You’re my best friend end of the story, now stop talking crazy.” “You sure are bossy, maybe Cody is right to call you hostile for stealing candy,” Brody laughed hysterically. “Funny, maybe you stole the dickhead's candy,” Levi teased Brody. Brody chuckled, “It would be kinda hard to steal his candy with my hand in yours all the time.” “Shuddup, I like it there,” Levi mumbled. “I like kissing you too, but that is on hold until we find somewhere that has a door attached. Your Pop sure is testy over a stupid kiss,” Brody shrugged recalling Blu’s reaction to them kissing in the laundry room and the subsequent removal of the door. “It wasn’t a stupid kiss,” Levi replied quietly, “but still he didn’t have to take the door off our bedroom too.” “God that’s embarrassing, I mean Bella walks by in the mornings and when morning wood is goin’ ugh…” Brody trailed off as his face reddened. Levi moved Brody out of the way as he stood from the chaise lounge and stretching. “I’m going to go for a run, did you wanna come with?” Levi asked looking down at Brody. “Yep, gotta make sure your butt doesn’t get fat.” Brody giggled slapping Levi’s rear end. “Race ya.” Levi laughed as he took off to their room with Brody giving chase. They thundered up the stairs coming to a sudden stop when they found their bed up against the wall. The boys cautiously got closer to the bedroom, looking inside they found Brent and Blu setting up bunk beds. “Pop!” Levi shouted. “Have you lost your mind?” He shook his head after saying it. “Don’t bother answering that. You’ve removed the doors off of everything but the bathrooms, and now this? What have I done to make you not trust me? You and Dad kiss! That’s all Brody and me have ever done other than hold hands. What is so wrong with that?” Levi pulled Brody to his side throwing an arm over his shoulder before kissing his cheek. Blu winked at Brent. “Give us a minute will ya?” Brent shuffled out of the room mussing Levi’s hair on the way past. “Look, Levi, I do trust you and Brody. But without going into the birds and bees talk. I know you understand why we’re putting bunk beds in here. You’re a smart kid. Now the beds are staying, I’ll put the door back on if you promise you’ll be respectful with this relationship. I don’t mean to each other I have no doubt about that. But to me and dad. This is our house, you are our son and we love you. Your teenage hormones are ready to kick in and we can’t have you boys living together, being in a relationship, and sharing a bed. Do you understand what I’m saying.” Levi glared at Blu, “Pop, I love you but get a grip. I AM going to hold Brody’s hand and I AM going to give him a kiss.” Blu shook his head. “That’s fine, I don’t mind. But things just can’t go any further and stop shaking your head at me. I wasn’t saying you can’t have a relationship or that you have to break up. You just can’t share the bed, not permanently anyway. A nap here or there isn’t going to hurt anyone, but you can’t sleep in the same bed all of the time.” “Agreed. But can you stop treating me like a little kid? I am thirteen now, it’s a little frustrating.” Levi softened his demeanor towards Blu. “I get that, and I’m sorry,” Blu said hanging his head, “I just want you happy and safe all the time.” Levi slapped Blu on the shoulder, “It’s okay Pop, you just don’t wanna admit you’re old.” “Hey, Pop,” Link said from the door, “find out if they took my candy.” “No dickhead I didn’t for the final time, go question somebody else. How can you be so smart and so dumb at the same time?” Levi grumbled. Blu cuffed the kid on the back of the head. “Don’t call your brother dumb. Dumbass. You and Brody go out to the garage and grab your door and we’ll put it back on.” “Sure thing old man,” Levi chuckled grabbing Brody’s hand. “Let's go get that door before his mind goes, and he forgets how to hang the door.” “I heard that, kiddo. You just wait until next weeks chores are posted,” Blu called out after Levi. “Don’t worry he will forget it,” Levi could be heard saying as the two boys retreated toward the garage. ***** The following Tuesday Kyle came out of the bathroom toothbrush still in hand poking Blu’s side. “Wake up and get dressed, I’m showered as soon as I finish brushing my teeth I will wake the tribe.” “Go away dad, five more minutes.” Blu swatted his hand at the toothbrush. “Okay… Have it your way,” Kyle opened the bedroom door and Khan meandered into the room. Pointing toward the lump of covers on the bed, “Attack!” Khan hopped on the bed bouncing around sending covers flying, once he achieved the loss of shelter Kyle smirked. Pointing once again now at his husband he gave Khan the command “kisses!” Khan’s tongue immediately started slurping about Blu’s face. Blu sat up quickly with Khan slurping long kisses up side his face. “Gross,” he yelped wiping the side of this face. “Stop it, Khan.” He tried to push the dog away but that just made Khan try harder like it was a game. “So gross, stop it.” Blu struggled to get out of the bed wrestling with a hundred-twenty-pound dog. “I’ll get you back boy, this isn’t the end,” he threatened the dog while wiping the slobber off his face. “Don’t think you’re out of the woods yet either, you’ll get yours,” Blu said manically wiping the slobber from his face and quickly rubbing it down Kyle’s cheek before he ran into the bathroom locking Kyle out, toothbrush in hand, with a foamy Colgate, covered mouth. “Let me in babe,” Kyle called out banging on the bathroom door. “Nope,” his husband yelled back, Kyle heard the shower go on. “I’ll fix you and your little red wagon,” he muttered to himself popping his head out the bedroom door. “LEVI!” “It’s too early for Pop to scream like a little girl,” Levi grumbled as he ran his fingers through his damp hair when he looked at Kyle who appeared to be frothing at the mouth. “Did you get your rabies shot?” “Very cute, brat.” Kyle wiped his mouth on one of Blu’s t-shirts that he threw at the bathroom door. “Where are the other Musketeers?” “The what?” Levi asked with a weird expression on his face. “Never mind it’s too early to explain good movies to you,” Kyle ruffed Levi’s hair. “Remember I can provide early detention, go get your tribemates up.” “It was a novel you heathens, by Alexandre Dumas written in 1844,” Blu yelled, they could hear him grumbling further insults through the door although weren’t able to make out what he was muttering about. “The movie was better, more action and it kept your eyes glued to the television,” Kyle glanced in the mirror above their dresser, “Blu hurry up Bella is always ready before you are.” The bathroom door swung open, Blu stepped into the bedroom with a towel hanging low on his hips. Kyle reached over and swung the bedroom door closed. Blu sauntered over to the dresser letting his towel drop further down his body until he knew his butt was visible to Kyle and bent over putting on a show to find his boxer-briefs. Kyle smirked grabbing the towel off the floor twirling it between both hands and then snapping the damp towel across Blu’s ass, “Quit trying to make us late.” He tossed the towel in the hamper, giving a quick kiss on Blu’s neck as he made his way to the door. “You could have at least kissed the boo-boo,” Blu yelled to his husband. Kyle chuckled from the stairs, “breakfast is in five minutes, Babe.” He paused a moment, “Boys get a move on.” ***** “Good morning, Kyle, will Blu be long?” James asked putting down a plate of fruit on the breakfast table. “He shouldn’t be long, he was hunting for clothes and nursing a sore behind,” Kyle held his hand up halting any response, “I snapped his ass with his towel. He was being super slow this morning.” James snickered. “Sounds like Blu, should I get a donut for him to sit on?” “Grampa Teddy,” Cody squealed running to give his grandpa a hug. He looked so tiny wrapped in the giant man's arms. The family watched on as Teddy enveloped the small boy in his embrace kissing the top of his head. “Good morning, Codes. How’s my young man? Excited for the first day of your new school?” Teddy asked. “Yep, Link is gonna show me around. I wish I was in his classes though.” Teddy smiled, “You’ll be okay, you will find your own crowd and before you know it you’ll have a ton of friends.” “I hope so, but I love hanging out with Link. Do you think they’ll let him hang around us?” “You’ll be fine I promise.” Teddy smiled warmly roughing the boy's hair. “Hey, Teddy, morning James,” Blu said entering the room, checking out the spread on the table. “Wow, what a way to start the first day of the school year. You guys are joining us aren’t you?” Blu kissed Kyle on the top of his head then took his place in the seat next to him. James looked to Teddy for confirmation, his husband nodded his head so James took two more plates so they could sit with the family and have breakfast. “When do you leave for your rehab thingy?” Lincoln asked Teddy around a mouthful of watermelon. Teddy narrowed his eyes quizzically at the kid, then the light went on, “Do you mean reunion thingy?” he replied with a chuckle. “Yep, uh-huh, that.” Lincoln nodded shoveling cantaloupe in his mouth. “Tomorrow morning we leave for Vietnam for two weeks, then we’ll be touring throughout Asia for about four months. James has never been so we are going to try and go everywhere. We have no plans per se, we’ll see where the wind blows us.” Teddy smiled affectionately at his husband. “Will you send us postcards from all the cool places you go?” Levi asked excitedly. “We’ll be taking lots of photo’s, we try and email them as much as possible Levi.” James smiled. “You can send as many emails as you like, we’ll do our best to check every day.” Kyle and Blu glanced around the table happy how excited the kids were for their Grampa’s. Bella knocked over her glass spilling her juice, Blu stood to get a cloth quickly while Bella and Kyle tried to contain the river of juice. As Blu turned around he was met by a hiss and the cat staring daggers two inches from his face. Blu let out a very manly squeal pulling the cat from the bench muttering promises of an untimely death for the fluffy fleabag. Bella deserted her post as river containment to rescue her cat which meant juice on the floor, and to Khan, the opportunist meant something for him to eat. Diving under the table before anyone could stop him, he stood up to his full height lifting the table at one end. End of breakfast, beginning of morning chaos. ***** After dinner later that night, the family sat in the living room watching ‘The Voice.’ “Dad mute the television.” Link requested. “I started thinking, there is only one person that has ever broken into my candy stash and stole from it. Pop, I’m sorry but by reason of deduction, I am finding you guilty. I will pass sentencing tomorrow.” Blu raised his eyebrow at his son pointing a fork in his direction. “Firstly, you’re forgetting that I always replace the candy I steal. Secondly, I’m the one who dishes out the allowance for said candy. Thirdly, if you punish me you’re only punishing yourself, I’m your English teacher this year. Good luck.” Cody perked up, “Sounds like a confession to me. I can help you with English, Link.” Pulling a notepad outta his back pocket he jotted down the apparent confession. “Dad, you may be lonely once we pass sentencing. The dog house is only large enough for Pop.” Kyle rolled his eyes and chuckled, “What about Pop? He will be lonely too.” “Don’t you worry about Pop, he’ll have all the candy to keep him warm,” Blu smirked. “Can you say the same when the D’s and F’s start rolling in?” Cody roared with laughter, “You wouldn’t do that, it’s just mean.” “Oh, won’t I?” Blu answered in his best authoritative teacher tone. “Let’s test that theory if you’re brave enough.” Cody stretched and tossed out a fake yawn, “I think I’m tired, I should go get a shower and head to bed.” He snatched the notepad from the floor before shuffling out of the room. “That was weird,” Blu stated watching Cody rush away. Levi bumped shoulders with Brody as he leaned into his side, “I smell a little rat.” “So do I,” Bella said not looking up from her kindle. Link looked around the room, “That’s mean for you guys to try blaming Cody. He helped with the investigation and everything.” Brody broke out into giggles. “Uh, he helped to keep you off his tail. Or was that someone else’s bag of skittles wedged into his waistband when he left the room.” Blu stood up from the couch, “OWW!” he kicked his foot away from him. The cat still attached to his leg from where she’d grabbed him. She’d been under the couch waiting for him to move to make her plan come to fruition. “Damn cat, I swear Bella, keep this thing under control or make no mistake she’ll be delivered back to us in the version of some type of Asian cuisine.” Kyle snickered and buried his face into his school portfolio, pretending to be busy with his schedule. “Can’t everybody keep it down, there is too much horsing around and making noise.” “You do have an office, Bozo, use it,” Blu snapped at his husband before storming off into the kitchen. Bella put her kindle aside picking up Scarlett hugging her to her chest as she walked upstairs. “Pop didn’t mean it, he’d never do anything to you.” “YES I WILL!” Blu shouted from the kitchen where he was making him and Kyle a cup of tea. “Pop, do we have any ‘Kitten Chow Mein’ in the fridge?” Levi asked with a chuckle. Blu filled a bowl with cat food and took it out to Levi with a spoon. “Enjoy!” “Umm,” Levi looked at the bowl. “Here Scarlett, look at what Pop brought you.” He sat the bowl beside Bella, reaching out to give the four-legged attack cat a scratch behind the ear. “If you keep Pop busy, at Christmas time we will get you a nice stash of catnip.” Blu came back into the room giving Kyle his tea and sitting down beside him. “If you bring catnip in this house it’s all you’ll be having until next Christmas. Now it’s nine o’clock, go get ready for bed. Lights out in one hour.” Levi stood up giving Blu a mock salute, “Sir yes sir.” As the three older boys headed off to bed. Blu nudged Kyle to get his attention. “Um… I want to talk to you about a kid in my seventh-grade class. A new kid, I don’t recognize him. We might want to get the teachers to keep an eye on. I caught him pushing kids out of his path while he walked down the hallway today. When I called him on it, he swore and gave me the finger. He seemed agitated so I let it go for today. But tomorrow I’m going to give him after-school detention.” Kyle sat his planner down, “Let me know if you need me to become involved. It might be an adjustment period for the kid, I’m not making excuses for his actions which I don’t condone.” “No, I get it. I just wanted you to be aware in case his behavior escalates and ends up in your office. But I really think we should get to the bottom of his anger. We could try music therapy to see if Charlie can bond with him? Find out what’s going on to make him act the way he does.” “I agree do you want to speak with Charlie? We could even try getting the kid onto the wrestling team to work off his energy and tame that anger,” Kyle said as he picked up his cup of tea. “It’s all worth a shot,” Blu said, “I’m going to shower, I’ll be waiting for you. Naked. Ready to go.”
  4. Hi all,

     

    I will hopefully be back soon after the new year I am waiting on a new graphics card for my desktop to come, it was shipped on last Monday.  My laptop was a total loss after the power supply caught fire it shorted out the motherboard. I would like to take a moment and wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

     

    Love and warmest of wishes,

    Rob

    1. Boybig007

      Boybig007

      Same to you good SIR! my you have a Joyful Christmas and a FUN New Years Eve. Good wishes, good health and wealth in the coming year. 🎄🎆  

    2. chris191070

      chris191070

      Same to you, have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  5. First I am gonna apologize and take whatever punishment you guys dish out. You will not be getting a new chapter until after my payday. I had a computer meltdown of my power pack for my laptop. I got my desktop back up and running but all my writing stuff is on the laptop. 

     

    Sorry,

    Rob

    1. chris191070

      chris191070

      Not to worry Rob, good things come to those who wait patiently.

    2. empresslovesreading

      empresslovesreading

      Go slap Joh. You'll feel better. Well, I will anyway😁

  6. I know you are all wondering where the next chapter of Family Struggles is, I promise one way or another even if I have to skip sleeping I will catch up with Joh and finish the chapter. We are nearing the end of this book of Struggling Forward. I am hoping to get the final few chapters done over the next month and take a few weeks to work on the next book before we start to publish it.

     

    I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving, that are celebrating it this week. For those that already celebrated I hope you had a blessed holiday.

     

    Love,

    Rob

    1. Boybig007

      Boybig007

      Thank you! Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. 🦃🥧

  7. Hi Dahawk. Just over a year and a half and you are one of the solid bricks helping to build this site into a better place. With authors and members like you, this place will continue to grow and become a home for oh so many more looking for that place to become a part of and feel good belonging to. Thanks for all that you do.

     

    A little late, I still would like to wish you a Very Happy 47th Birthday and that you had an awesome celebration. I hope things have gotten better for you and your family, positive thoughts going your way.

     

    Take care

    sandrewn:cowboy:

    1. Dahawk

      Dahawk

      Thank you Sandrewn, I appreciate the kind words and birthday wishes. This year has been a rocky one family-wise, I am hoping this calm down enough that I can return to full-time writing. 

       

      Rob

  8. Happy Birthday!

    1. Dahawk

      Dahawk

      Thank you Hopper.

       

  9. Happy Birthday, Rob!! I hope you have an awesome day! 

     

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    1. Dahawk

      Dahawk

      Thanks, Gary, I had a quiet day for once. My oldest son took me out to dinner.

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉

    1. Dahawk

      Dahawk

      Thanks, Dughlas!

  11. Hi everybody,

     

    Joh and I have started on the next chapter of Family Struggles, so far we are 2k words into the chapter. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, you will have the next installment. We are leading up to the conclusion of this book. Book four will bring a whole new dynamic to the series.

     

    Thanks for reading,

    Rob

  12. Hi everybody.

     

    Status quo on the family front, last few days I have been at my sisters house 16 hrs a day. Today was a sad day here in Pittsburgh. The shooting in the synagogue was in my old coverage area when i was a medic. It is sad what our world has devolved into, that life isn't sacred no matter ones race, religious beliefs, or sexuality. The pure evil in human beings just leaves one at a loss of words.

     

    Today I pray for a healing to all wounded both physically and mentally with senseless violence and hatred. Take a moment to hug someone special tonight and be thankful for them. Love one another in the moment, as we aren't guaranteed tomorrows.

     

    Love to all, 

    Rob

  13. Hi everybody, 

     

    I know it has been a while, i am sorry for the lack of communication. This week my brother in law is to have an artificial heart placed, so I have continued to help my sister with my nephew and niece. At the moment, I don't have time for writing. However, as soon as my schedule becomes less chaotic I will get back to writing.

     

    Love to all,

    Rob

    1. BHopper2

      BHopper2

      Prayers and Well Wishes for you and your family. We'll be here when you get back.

    2. empresslovesreading

      empresslovesreading

      Take it easy! We'll be here. Real life family is more important.🤗

    3. chris191070

      chris191070

      Prayers and Wishes for you and your family.

  14. Dahawk

    Losing It

    After the funeral services, the family found themselves at Steven and Nan’s home for a light lunch. Doug waded through the sea of somberly dressed mourners. He wandered around trying to avoid most of them, if he had to have one more conversation about politics he was going to lose his shit. Passing by an open door, he looked in to see Steven’s office and decided to take a peek inside. Closing the door behind him, he stood looking around the room. It was painted in a deep burgundy with dark wood furniture,. iIt suited Steven, he decided. He moved around looking at the shelves and bookcase to see what kind of books the man would have read. It was mainly casebooks, on the third shelf, Doug found some of the classics. There was a copy of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck. He pulled it out of the bookcase and sat in the wingback chair to have a quick read. The perfect way to avoid the sad clusterfuck of pretentious assholes in the other room. Doug looked on the table next to the chair, finding a decanter of scotch and a clean glass. He poured himself a two fingers of the fine liquid into the glass, bringing it up to his nose and giving it a quick sniff before taking a sip. “Mmm, Glenfiddich. I knew I liked that man for a reason.” Doug said out loud with new respect for the dearly departed. He settled back into the chair comfortably, scotch in one hand and Steinbeck in the other. He opened the book and small piece of napkin floated into his lap. Reaching down he pulled it closer so he could read it. It had ‘A. Hernandez’ and the phone number 804-555-9843 written beneath it along with one other name, ‘Kyle Waters.’ Kyle’s name on the napkin sent a cold shiver through his body, along with an onset of panic. He watched the door for a moment as if someone would come barging in, but of course, that was his overactive imagination getting the better of him. He cautiously locked the office door quietly and went to the mahogany desk. He picked up the landline and dialed the number on the napkin, hoping to hell whoever picked up the call on the other end would know something. He sat down in the office chair while the line rang. “FBI Special Agent Hernandez,” the voice announced. Doug’s gut turned upside down, this was all very surreal. “Uh… um, my name is Doug Waters. I found your number in my stepfather’s office on a napkin along with my son’s name. Can you tell me why Steven was in contact with you?” “Can I speak with Judge Powell?” Agent Hernandez asked with an edge to his voice. “Unfortunately no. He was killed last week by a hit and run driver.” Doug’s voice was a little croaky from all of the emotions he felt. “Mr. Waters, the only other person I can speak with regarding that note is Kyle Waters himself. I’m sorry but this involves an active federal investigation,” Agent Hernandez stated with no other information. “I’ll get Kyle, he’s here,” Doug said in a panic while texting Kyle to discretetly remove himself and come to the office. ***** Blu nudged Kyle when his phone dinged with a message. “Who is it, Blondie?” he asked annoyed. Kyle slid his phone out of his inner suit pocket, glancing at the message. “Damn telemarketers. I’m just going to check on the kids, I’ll be right back.” Kyle gave Blu a quick peck and walked off as if on a hunt for the younger kids. He found the office door locked, gently tapping with his knuckle and said in a hushed tone, “Dad, it’s me.” The door opened a few inches. When Doug saw Kyle was alone he let him in, closing and locking the door behind him. “The FBI is on the phone. there is a Special Agent Hernandez that wants to speak with you. He won’t tell me anything.” Doug led Kyle over to the desk, his eyes wild with his hair sticking up in different directions, like he’d been grasping at it. Kyle looked at the phone receiver laying on the desk, after taking a seat, he picked it up bringing it to his ear. “Hello, this is Kyle Waters.” “Mr. Waters, I first need to ask, do you feel safe at the moment?” Agent Hernandez asked. “Hell I think this is the safest house in the city at the moment, there are more Police and Judges present than the federal building itself.” Kyle chuckled dryly. “Mr. Waters, would it be possible to meet with you later this evening? I can fly out in an hour from Quantico,” Hernandez insisted without waiting for an answer. “I should be on the ground there in a few hours. I have your address.” “I have kids, I don’t want them in any danger.” Kyle said with hesitation. “Listen Mr. Waters, with Stevens death and the information he was in possession of, anybody you are close to could be in danger. I will be there as soon as my plane touches down,” Hernandez cut the call. “What’d he say? What’s this all about Kyle? And are you, or we all, in danger?” Doug fired rapidly. Kyle stared at the phone as he placed the receiver in the cradle. “Um… Dad, I gotta check on the kids. Can you call Teddy and get the full security detail back in place?” “Sure, will we be okay with just Derek and Brent here or should I ask for more?” Doug asked worriedly. “Full detail! Dad!” Kyle shouted as his hands shook. “Okay son, are we staying here? What’s happening?” Doug asked, knowing that Kyle was concerned about the entire family, including Brody and Maria. “I’m sorry for yelling Dad. I want everybody at our house but I doubt Nan will accept that,” Kyle said as he started walking to the door. “Agent Hernandez said anybody I’m close to is in danger,” He unlocked the door, opening it to go in search of his family. ***** Blu and the rest of the family sat around watching the kids in the pool. They’d tried to make sure everything felt normal for them. Kyle insisted to the other adults that the kids didn’t know what was going on. The last thing they needed was more drama and more importantly, that no matter what was happening in their life, that they felt safe. The FBI agent would be there soon enough and the kids would be suspicious anyway. Nan was inside with Lily, Maria, and Elsie. Kaleb was at the edge of the pool tormenting the ever-loving shit out of the twins for his own entertainment while Davis looked on in amusement at his husband. Kyle and Blu sat at the table and chairs near the grill. Doug had been quiet since they left his mom’s place, his forehead creased with worry lines. Jared and Mason were sitting a few feet away cuddled up on a lounge chair. The atmosphere among the adults was somber, almost depressing. Not surprising after the past week they’d shared. Kaleb had taken the week off work to help Nan, but so far she’d been resisting Kaleb’s comfort. Blu could tell it hurt him a little considering how close he was to Nan. Even he didn’t have the type of closeness the two of them had. It made Blu a little sad for Kaleb, almost. He insisted he was fine but by his behavior, they all knew he wasn’t. Lincoln cursed at Kaleb, frustrated with his tormentor. Kyle turned his head to the side, trying not to laugh, leaving it to Blu to be the bad guy – because he was good at it. “Lincoln Abraham Waters, you get out immediately.” Blu stomped over to the pool by Kaleb. “You don’t use those words in this house and you certainly don’t get to yell at your Uncle Kaleb and curse. Even if he is being an ass.” Kaleb reached out and gently pushed Blu into the pool fully clothed. Link crawled out of the pool placing his hands on his hips, “See what I mean? Pop!” Blu came up for air spluttering, “What the fuck, dude?” he smacked the water with his hand splashing Kaleb. “Bite me, asshole,” Kaleb said as he turned stomping toward Davis. Kasey rushed out of the pool, all smiles as he rubbed his hands together. “Uncle Blu and Uncle Kaleb, you used bad words. Money, please?” Blu lifted himself out of the pool to find Kyle losing his shit. He was laughing so hard he almost fell out of the chair. Once he was out of the pool he put his hand on Lincoln’s shoulder. “You go and sit with Dad. Don’t move an inch, you’re still in trouble.” Blu huffed as he went into the house to dry off and change. Luckily he wasn’t still in his suit from the morning. Tommy Hilfiger would be horrified. Kaleb shook his head, pointing at Davis, “Get it from him,” as Kasey walked in his direction. “Pay up Uncle Davis,” Kasey said as he flexed his fingers. Brent came out to the pool area with a party tray of subs for anyone who was hungry. He laid the tray on the table then threw his thumb over his shoulder. “What happened to Blu?” “He slipped and took a flying leap,” Kaleb said sarcastically. “You sent his as… you sent him flying,” Link crossed his arms, staring defiantly at Kaleb. “Oookay, then. I’ll be inside where it’s safe.” Brent took his leave. Teddy came in, stating the Agent had just called and would be here any moment. Brent was giddy with excitement, he was going to get his chance to mess with an FBI agent. Hopefully, his boss wouldn’t stop him before he had his fun. He quickly went out to Kyle to let him know it was time for him to prepare. Kyle came into the house as the door opened and the Agent waltzed in like he owned the place. Brent grabbed the man shoving him up against the wall while frisking him. A tingle of delight ran through his body, it was hard for him to keep the smile off his face. “Gun.” Brent brought the weapon into the air passing it to Derek who casually took it rolling his eyes. He held the guy to the wall. “Big mistake bringing a firearm into this house. Blu is going to tear you a new one.” Agent Hernandez was about fifty shades of red from anger, “I’m an FBI Agent, did you notice the badge you ran your hand over while you frisked me?” “I don’t give a shit. I’m their personal security, there are kids in this house. Why would I let anyone they don’t know in carrying a weapon? I’d lose my job.” Brent tried to keep a straight face. Teddy came in rolling his eyes at Brent, “Derek, give the Agent his weapon. Brent, I hope you enjoyed yourself. Now, go check on Link. I think he might be plotting against Kaleb.” “Yes, sir,” Brent grinned winking at the Agent before leaving the room. Kyle shrugged his shoulders before introducing himself to the agent. “Can we meet somewhere without everybody listening?” Agent Hernandez asked. “Sure. Teddy will be joining us since he provides security for our family.” Kyle led the pair to the office. After everybody was seated Agent Hernandez shifted in his seat, “First, I want to offer my condolences in regards to Judge Powell. I have worked with him on many cases.” Kyle looked at Hernandez, “Why are you here?” “Steven contacted me a while ago about Carson Grecco,” Hernandez said as he opened his briefcase, pulling out a manila folder and laying it on the desk in front of Kyle. Kyle reached out, sliding the folder closer without opening it. “What did you find out?” “How much do you know about your mother’s past?” Agent Hernandez asked. Kyle’s shoulders tensed, “More than I care to. To be honest I don’t consider her my mother.” “Do you know anything about Senator Grecco?” The agent asked remaining stoic. “Nothing more than Maria and Brody have told me,” Kyle hunched forward resting his elbows on his desk. “Are you familiar with Penelope’s marital indiscretions?” Agent Hernandez asked. “Oh, for cChrist sake, how would I know what that woman did? She committed murder, she dumped my twin on my grandparents…” Kyle said with agitation. Agent Hernandez pointed to the file folder, “Your mother and Senator Grecco are parents to Carson Grecco. Carson has been in contact with your mother since she became incarcerated.” “You have to be fucking with me.” Kyle flipped the folder open staring at a picture of Carson and Penelope in a prison visit. “Fucking bitch!” Teddy put his hand on Kyle’s shoulder. “Calm down Kyle, the others will hear you. We will deal with whatever this is. For now I’m restoring full detail. The kids are to do nothing alone outside of this house. If they go into the backyard, it will be with security, if they so much as get the mail or Blu’s morning paper it will be with a detail. Nothing will happen to them. Meanwhile, we’ll figure this crap out.” Teddy thought about the situation before turning to the agent. “There has to be more to this? It’s a lot of cloak and dagger to hide maternity of his mother,” he asked. Agent Hernandez cringed, “We’ve opened an investigation into this whole situation. When we pulled records of conversations that Carson and Penelope had during her visitation, we found some troubling discussions. Your mother, Penelope, wants Carson to kill you for all of the ‘trouble’ you caused her.” “The trouble I caused her?” Kyle sat back down, shaking his head in disbelief. “What do we do now?” He asked. “I have a family to worry about.” Special Agent Hernandez stood up, “You have security in place. I can offer a few agents until we capture Mr. Grecco. To be honest it is up to you how intrusive you want the FBI to be.” “Teddy, what do you think we should do?” Kyle rubbed his temple. “To be honest, I know my guys can handle it… but I think an agent or two is a good idea.” Teddy held his hand up to stop Kyle from responding. “It will help that the FBI and you know what is happening with both. Especially since, I’m guessing here, but Maria and Brody are staying here for the time being.” Kyle nodded his head, “Agent Hernandez, I don’t want your agents talking around the kids. The weapons have to remain out of sight, or Blu will make them wish they chose a different profession. Lastly, I don’t want any of the kids knowing I’m in danger. I’ll talk to my brothers, on my own.” Hernandez nodded, pulling out his phone as he stepped out of the office. “Teddy, can you get Blu and send him in here? I’ll talk to the rest of the adults after,” Kyle slouched into the couch and heaved a big sigh. “Sure Kyle, did you want James? He worries about you, you know. He loves you and your brothers as if you were his own.” Teddy’s demeanor was firm with a nurturing that didn’t really suit the giant man. “Have him stop over. I need to break the news to everybody. I don’t want anybody hurt if it can be prevented.” Kyle raked his hand over his face. ***** “Nan, wait!” Blu called out as she stormed out of the house with two agents following. The security’s job was to follow along and not interfere with their free will. Elsie followed along behind with one of the men. “We’ll take care of her, Blu,” said one of the new security guys Blu was unfamiliar with. He nodded his head, standing on the porch, watching her storm down the road. She’d said nothing after Kyle updated the family. Nan picked up her purse and left. He felt the warmth of Kyle’s body come up behind him. He leaned back into his husband, hoping his Nan would be okay, eventually, but the last two weeks had been pure hell on her. “I feel bad for her. Steven would still be here if he wasn’t trying to help me,” Kyle said as he kissed the back of Blu’s neck. “Why? You didn’t run him down, did you? You’re not the one conspiring with that woman. None of this is your doing, Blondie. It’s the work of pure evil, and that you are not.” He turned his head to kiss Kyle chastely. “Let’s go check on the kids and your brothers before they form their own battalion.” Kyle took Blu’s hand, lacing their fingers together, “Kaleb’s really upset over Nan’s behavior,” he said as they walked toward the door. “Kids,” Blu called out. They appeared, one-by-one, in front of Kyle and Blu. “Why don’t you guys go up to our room and watch a movie. Someone will bring you popcorn and I’ll let you know when dinner arrives. Kaleb is having somebody bring over a nice roast beef dinner. While someone picks the movie, Lincoln can bring down his dirty laundry.” Lincoln’s face went red from embarrassment, “You’re so anal reactive Pop.” Kyle laughed as he leaned in whispering in Blu’s ear, “Your ass does have quite the reaction.” Blu’s face grew red, “What?” he said to Lincoln, clearing his throat. “He means anal retentive, Pop!” Bella snickered. Blu smacked his husband on the back of the head, then walked away from the love of his life who was barely holding his shit together. The kids ran upstairs, already arguing over what they were going to watch. Kyle heard Arabella admonish the boys. “It’s Levi’s turn to pick, so suck it up.” “Brody can pick for us,” Levi called out. ***** Blu banged on the laundry door, “Breakfast is ready assholes. You’ll find the disinfectant under the sink. I suggest you use it.” Levi poked his head out motioning Blu over, “Why do we need disinfectant? We only kissed a little,” he whispered with rosy colored cheeks. “What?” Blu asked incredulously hoping he wouldn’t find Brent or someone in the laundry room with his kid. Brody was trying to curl into himself with a sheepish look on his face. He pointed, “Out, don’t let me catch you boys in here again unless you’re doing laundry.” The boys squeezed past Blu. He followed behind them as they took off upstairs. “What the hell is going on around here?” It took a few minutes before everyone was seated at the breakfast table, the usual conversations happening. Levi and Brody kept glancing at Blu, worried he might say something to the others. But they should have known that he would never do that to anyone. But Blu planned on using their fear to his advantage to keep the two in line for as long as he could. Mean – maybe, helpful – abso-fucking-lutely. Kyle watched the looks that were being made between Blu, Levi, and Brody. “So who did what? You three look like each of you could faint at any moment.” A smile grew over Blu’s face as he shrugged his shoulder. “I caught these two,” he paused, pointing to Levi and Brody, who both looked like they’d seen a bear, “sneaking into Link’s candy.” The two boys now looked horrified and confused as to which would have been worse; the truth, or the wrath of Lincoln. And by the look on Lincoln’s face, they were about to find out. “You’re both gonna replace whatever you took without asking permission for,” Link stood up and crossed the kitchen to check his stash, before returning scratching his head, “nothing’s missing. Are you sure your Allsheimers isn’t kicking in?” “Aren’t you lucky I caught them when I did then,” Blu plastered a fake grin on his face while glaring at Levi and his kissing companion. Brody shifted in his chair uncomfortably, “We won’t try and sneak again,” he pretended to make a cross over his heart, “I promise.” “Just ask next time. Pop was always mad when Uncle Kaleb and Uncle Davis came over and used the washer without asking,” Link said before taking a sip of his orange juice. “Oh my God,” Davis mumbled into his coffee. All eyes were now on Kaleb and Davis, because everyone knew they weren’t doing laundry, but the kids... Brody slouched down in his chair, trying to hide his face, “May I be excused? I don’t feel so good.” “Nope, you need to eat,” Blu said cheerily piling scrambled eggs onto the kid's plate. Levi relaxed his knee against Brody’s, offering him a smile. Kyle looked at Blu again then two guilty looking boys. As his eyes went big, “Oh my GOD, Blu, they didn’t. Did they?” Kyle shook his head, “Levi I… we are gonna have the talk again.” “No, no, they were in the candy.” Blu tried to silently send a message to Kyle telling him they’d talk about it later – without the audience. Kaleb smiled at his nephew knowingly, then focused on Blu. “I like the all-day suckers myself. The snakes aren’t too bad, fireballs get a bit hot around the collar.” Mason jumped in trying to save his nephew and friend, even though he didn’t know what he was saving them from. “I was thinking if we had a group message we’d be able to keep everyone updated with where we are at all times. Like if we go from, say home to school, we could just use the one word of where we were heading, that way we know the others are safe and where they are.” Jared smirked quickly, “I like it. That way we know if somebody isn’t where they are supposed to be, we should find them.” Levi glared at Blu, “I’m not texting where I’m at in the house, that’s just mean.” “Of course not,” Jared choked out, “that would be a little overkill.” Levi pushed his plate away, “I’m not hungry.” “Sure you are,” Blu returned, “you were going to eat the candy. This is much healthier. Here,” Blu said handing his son the platter with the bacon. Levi’s face was red with anger as he took a few pieces of bacon, “I’ll get even Pop.” “Looking forward to it, son. Eat up, you want your energy for all your extracurriculars.” Blu deadpanned. Brody’s eyes went wide then focused on his plate as he shoveled his food in his mouth. “Can I have some more bacon?” Cody asked. Brody grabbed a handful of bacon, throwing it at Cody’s plate. “Thanks,” Cody said as he picked a piece up. “Pop, about that puppy we were discussing getting a while back. What do you think about a small Saint Bernard?” Blu looked up from his plate like a deer in the headlights, “Uh, there’s no such thing as a small St. Bernard, buddy.” “Sure there is… when they are puppies they are small,” Cody said as he snuck Khan a bite. “Dear God, rescue me from this hell on earth. I’d really appreciate your help. Amen.” Blu said looking up at the ceiling. Kyle chuckled, “He did have a valid point. Puppies are small, Babe.” “We already have that friggin’ demon ninja cat. We don’t need a damn grizzly bear too,” Blu argued. “Okay, so anything but a grizzly bear. When can we pick up a puppy?” Cody asked giving Blu his pathetic ‘I win by default’ look. “How ‘bout a chihuahua, or what about an ant farm?” Blu suggested. Link smirked at Blu, “A nice big python. We could feed it mice and stuff.” His pop’s face screwed up as he pushed his plate away. “Now I’m not hungry, and no bloody reptiles.” Levi took the opportunity to return Pop’s favor, as he piled more scrambled eggs on his plate, pushing it back to him. “Eat up, you need the energy old man.” Blu picked up a fork full of eggs while glaring at Levi, turned the utensil around and flicked the eggs at his son. “For being old, you cheat,” Levi said, as he wiped the eggs from his face. “Boys, enough!” Doug said firmly and loudly. “Eat.” Then he went back to moving food around his plate. Lily put her hand on top of Doug’s, giving him a sad smile. He leaned over, kissing his wife. “Sorry love.” Link took a bite of breakfast and started talking, “I anna see An tooay.” The table went silent, everyone watching for Doug’s reaction. “I’m sure she’d like that Lincoln. Would you like me to come with you?” Doug asked, somewhat calmer than he’d been a minute or two before. Cody gulped his juice, “I’m goin’ too. She needs a hug.” “Brent said he would take us over to visit, but if you want to go you can.” Link said as he wiped his mouth. “No that’s okay, you boys see if you can cheer her up a little.” Doug smiled genuinely at his two grandsons. ***** Kyle was watching his crazy ass husband take the laundry door off permanently. He’d tried to reason with him, but after finding Levi and Brody in there, he was adamant that nobody was going to use the room other than to do laundry. “Babe, it was innocent,” Kyle said as Blu unscrewed another hinge. Blu twisted his head so he could see Kyle, “For now, Blondie. Innocent for now. In a little while, we aren’t going to be able to stop the boys from humping anything that’s not nailed down. Nope, damn your flippin’ brother. I’ll kill him.” Blu mumbled while he struggled with the door. “A little help here.” Kyle rolled his eyes, “You realize that you’re acting like a lunatic, Babe. The boys are growing up, we can’t make them stay little.” “The hell we can’t,” Blu argued. Kyle laughed as the front door opened and then immediately slammed shut. The boys stormed up the stairs, not even stopping to say how their visit went. Blu bit his lip, watching Kyle as he placed the newly freed door against the wall. “Should we go and see what that’s about?” Blu asked to Kyle’s worried face. Kyle frowned, “This can’t be good. Let's go try and make the boys feel better about whatever happened.” Blu wrapped his arm around Kyle’s waist as they walked up the stairs. As the pair approached the boy's bedroom door, they could hear both of them sobbing inside. Kyle knocked on the door before opening it, “Mind if we come in?” The boys didn’t even acknowledge their dads. The two men went and sat on either side of the boys, sandwiching the two youngsters between them. Kyle pulled Lincoln into his lap while Blu did the same with Cody, then moving closer to each other. They cuddled the boys, while they sobbed, waiting for them to calm down. Blu looked over at Kyle, resting his head on top of Cody’s. “Love you,” Blu mouthed to Kyle. Kyle smiled weakly at Blu, then kissed the top of Link’s head. Lincoln sniffled and wiped his eyes, “She told us to go away and never come back.” Cody took a tissue that Blu offered and blew his nose, “She wouldn’t take the flowers we picked her even.” “Aww, sweet boy.” Blu hugged Cody tighter, his heart shattering into a million pieces. Kyle himself sniffled, “Nan loves you guys a lot, she just can’t handle all of the stress that has been happening.” “I promise you boys when she’s feeling better, she’ll be here to apologize when she realizes how much she’s hurt you. You have to remember though, like Daddy said, she’s under a lot of stress and is hurting a thousand times more than you are.” Blu said sadly. “Give her some time, she didn’t mean to hurt your feelings.” He kissed Cody. “Why don’t we lay here and you boys can take a nap?” Kyle asked the pair. “You’d stay with us?” Link asked in a childlike voice. “Of course buddy, just like when you first moved in. We aren’t going anywhere.” Blu slid down a little, laying Cody between him and Kyle. Kyle laid his arm over the group, protecting their fragile state. “We love each of you kids, plus we cherish all the time we get to spend with you. Pop and I aren’t ready for you to grow up quite yet. Especially Pop,” He snickered at his own comment. Blu laid there for a minute, cuddled up with his family, while looking around the room. “God this room is a pigsty,” Blu mumbled before finally closing his eyes. “There you go, being anal again. I took my laundry down to the wash the other day,” Link looked around at a few piles of things around the room. “I know where everything is, anyway.” “Close your eyes and rest,” Blu said, opening one eye to see Lincoln. Lincoln sighed as he laid his head down, closing his eyes. “I love our family.”
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