Chapter 2.01: All Grown Up

Hey, it’s Selena. I’ll be doing these from now on… I had my young adult birthday today, but I never imagined it would be like this. When I got home from school, I was excited to tell my parents that I finally got an A, and on the last day too! As I looked around, though, I noticed that nobody was outside today, which was odd, cause normally someone was outside… we had to take care of the garden, and our laundry was done outside too.

I heard the front door open, slowly. “Selena?”

“Hey, Jonathan, what’s going on?” I half-expected him to say nothing.

“Dad…he died…Selena…”

I cried, rushing toward my brother. “Where’s mom?”

“In her room. She hasn’t left all day.”


“I baked you a birthday cake. I know dad always did it, but…”

“Thank you. Really.”

“I’m sorry.”

“Why are you sorry? He was your dad too.”

“I’m supposed to be the big brother here, Sel. But I don’t know what to do.”

“We’ll be strong, Jonathan. For Mom, and for each other.” I whispered these words like saying them would make them come true.

I never imagined once this would be how my 18th birthday would turn out. I was just happy I didn’t have to go to school tomorrow, or ever!


Happy birthday to me.


I watered the plants with a newfound importance. My parents, I knew they were old, but I didn’t know they were that close to dying. How we lived for those few weeks, I don’t know. We watered the plants, did the laundry, tried not to literally break-down. I think we all tried to be strong for each other, when we were crying ourselves to sleep every night. We were just distracting ourselves from the reality-our dad was dead. I don’t think the laundry was ever ever done more than in those weeks. I know that I just wanted something to do.


Mom needed a lot of cheering up. She’d sit in bed a lot, or cry, or just do nothing, say nothing. It scared me.


“Mom. It’s going to be ok. Trust me.”


I also think, though, that I learned a lot. If I found something broken, I’d fix it. If the laundry needed to be done, I’d do it. If it was time to have a meal, I’d cook. I grew up so much from doing anything just not to talk to people those days. As the initial shock and sadness wore off, I found myself still doing things myself. I enjoyed being able to do things myself.



I guess this is what it’s like to be an adult, huh? I guess it’s not all that bad.

7 thoughts on “Chapter 2.01: All Grown Up

  1. Alison Dilaurentis June 3, 2018 — 9:39 pm


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  2. Ahh what a sad birthday! And so much responsibility right off the bat. Selena is going to be a very hardworking heiress, I can tell!

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  3. Welcome to adulthood. Woot? Poor Selena.

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  4. Hey, I’ve missed your story. I am very sorry for disappearing for so long, but I’m back at last and ready to catch up on Selena’s story! Not a good start to adulthood for her. Poor girl.

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    1. Hi again! It’s okay, I haven’t gotten back over to your story either, I’ve been really busy with school and then the holidays! 😄

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      1. Oh yeah, it’s absolutely understandable. I’m glad I finally found some time.

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