I saw Dani many more times after that day in the coming weeks. She and I always seemed to be able to make time to see each other. We met up often, more than I saw my friends from high school. I told people Dani and I were good friends, but I really wanted to say we were together. Gosh, I’ve never wanted to be with someone so badly. In the time I’ve known her, though, she never dated anyone, but, hey, neither have I, in the time she’s known me.
Oh, yes, and my friends from high school. Lyric and her boyfriend are still going strong, and Raini and hers have been living in a little one-bedroom up in San Myshuno while they figured out their next step. Raini says they’re considering getting married! Zoe’s boyfriend has moved in with her, while Zoe’s brother and his husband have moved into their own place. (yes, her older brother is married now! She mentioned they might get engaged at the protest a while ago, but she said once they were engaged, things moved fast, and the wedding was very small, and not long after). The thing is, they’ve got at least part of their lives figured out! All of them are set up to be married and possibly having kids. And of course, the only person who needs to have a kid, me, is the only one who isn’t even dating anyone. I’ve met the perfect woman, yes, and I think I fall for her more every single day, but…what if she doesn’t like me that way? What if she isn’t a lesbian, or bisexual, or pansexual, or if she just isn’t attracted to women in any way?
The city council approved my plans, and I’ve become definitely more ‘known’ since. Miss Saile kept her word, and said I’d been part of the plan. It really was a win-win for both of us, saying I’d helped out. For her, it gave the new plan some credibility (after they lost many people’s trust) and for me…the people would know I was the one really on their side and helping them out. That will help me a lot in this world. I haven’t heard from Miss Saile, or anyone on the council since the changes were implemented. I can only hope that means it’s all working out and they have no need to contact me.
Lexie’s been really worried and tense lately, especially coming home from work in the early morning. I don’t know what happened! She used to love her job. Maybe something happened?
Most days, I’m sleeping when she gets home, but can you blame me? She gets off work at 4. Four am. I don’t exactly want to bother her about it, because it’s work, for goodness sake! I have no idea what happens at her work!
“Adelaide?” She asked.
I turned, surprised. Lexie really hadn’t been very talkative lately either. “Uh, yeah?”
“Have I seemed weird?” Seriously? Why would she even ask this question? I had absolutely no idea how to answer this, especially because the answer was yes, so I was relieved when she kept talking. “Cause Daisy from work said I’m acting weird, but she’s weird, so…”
“Well, you have been…a little disconnected.” Yeah. That sounded good, right? Apparently not to her, because she stared at me for about 3 seconds and started crying!
“Umm…” I looked at her, then wondered if I shouldn’t look at her, and just settled for looking at my hands. Lexie’s done this before, when we were kids. Teenagers, really. She’s never had complete control over her emotions.
“I’m sorry.” She whispered. Then an outburst I was fully not expecting. “Watcher, why?! Why the plum can’t I even control myself? If anything, I should be able to do that, right? But nooo…that’s too much to ask!” she kept going, talking like I wasn’t there. I’ll be honest, it freaked me out a little!
“Lexie.” She stared at me, like she just noticed I was there.
“Ummm…” Lexie said, looking away. “I think that I might get fired.”
Oh Watcher. But, why? She’s always cooking, and I’m sure she has to be one of the better, most enthusiastic people there! “Why? I’m sure you’re a great worker.”
“I am. But, there’s rumors that they’re downsizing. And I think that I’d be first to go.” She sighed. “Because I was a crap student, you know? Nobody thought I could even do anything when they first hired me, and I was slowly working up, but I don’t know if it’s enough.”
“If they fire you, they’ll be missing out. How hard you worked as a student in high school doesn’t show how hard you’ll work now.” That made sense, right? I hope so. Lexie shouldn’t get fired, I’ve seen how much she loves this job!
“Yeah, you’re right. But what if I can’t get another job?”
“We’ll deal with that if it happens.” I sighed. “I want my happy, funny sister back!”
She laughed at that. “I’ll try. Rumor says they’ll announce it in a week. I’m just going to show them they need me!”
Ever since the city council approved the plans, I haven’t had much planning to do. There was no longer a need to protest! I’m sure something will come up. Sooner or later, something always does. A few people have called me, asking for help setting up their own protest, or my input on something they plan to do, and it makes me remember why I wanted this kind of job so much. I wanted to help people, make things better one step at a time. And…it’s actually happening. Maybe it’s time to take the next step. Our little neighborhood in Brindleton Bay has their own ‘thing’. The people on that work on making the neighborhood better and fixing it up. Beach clean-up is one thing. I think it’s the next obvious step to try to get in an actual spot where it’s my job to do something. No, it’s not the mayor or anything, but it’s a start. And, it’s helping out where I actually live! What could be better?