Chapter 2: Better

I was very diligent in my work, and got several promotions that came with nice bonuses. Every paycheck I got something new. The first thing I got was a shower. Then I got a refrigerator. Then I expanded the house a little. After that I added a counter, and then another, and then a stove! Then I got a bathroom, then a bedroom, and then a dining table and chairs. I was feeling so proud. At times I wished my mom could see me being so independent and successful, but I was too proud to call her.

Life was looking up for me, but I had a long way to go. I had been feeling a bit lonely, and I desired to meet someone. I wasn’t looking for anything serious, but I just wanted to begin to cultivate a relationship with someone that could possibly evolve into something.   I met a LOT of women in that town. But it seemed like there was something wrong with all of them. I knew that all the women couldn’t be bad, so I kept looking. After months and months (a year actually!), I still only had one friend: Stella Stokes. When I met her I thought that she could be something special. She was so smart, and she loved working out like me. She even encouraged me in my own workouts.

I appreciated her friendship. When I was down, she was the first person I wanted to call or hangout with. But after a while of knowing her, I learned that she was gloomy. I never actually saw her completely in the doldrums, but sometimes I got the feeling that she got blue sometimes. She was probably hiding it from me so I wouldn’t get scared away. I wasn’t sure if that was something I wanted to deal with for the rest of my life, so I kept looking.

There was Caitlyn: mean as heck!

…Gina. I’m still getting to know her.

Fallon: a snob AND gloomy…and waaaay too comfortable with early morning visits!

There were others, but there was something I didn’t like about all of them. Then I remembered something my mother said.

“Everybody can’t be wrong. The common denominator of all your failed relationships is YOU!”

Yikes! Moms sure know how to slap you in the face sometimes. I knew that I was picky. I thought that I deserved to be because I was so great, but the truth was I was more messed up than they were. I was shallow! I thought about it. I had a big birthday coming up soon, and I didn’t want to be a lonely “grown” man. Like I said earlier, I never saw Stella in a bad mood. Maybe it was that I made her happy! If I could make her happy, then perhaps she could make me happy too. I decided to invite Stella over for a talk about the future of our relationship.

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15 thoughts on “Chapter 2: Better”

  • It’s funny how you KNOW when your heir has found the ONE! Even if they don’t seem perfect at first. My founder married her special guy without finding out most of his traits and they were slob and noncommittal. But they had a great marriage. On their own, they would love on each other, even to elder. I’m so excited to read more! And I love your family tree! Something I need to be doing before it’s too late!

  • Tough to find love when you’re picky. I still have no idea what this guy’s name is. Hmmm…I must have missed it somewhere. hehe Maybe she will be the One. Only time will tell.

  • Awwww I love that he’s giving Stella a chance! I like how you incorporated all of the other ladies traits. Yeah snob and gloomy would be awful! Always in the dumps because you are probably dissatisfied with your situation!!

    I love Xavier!! He’s so handsome too! ♥️

    • Thank you! On one hand, I feel like we got to know Xavier pretty well. But, on the other hand, I wish I would have told more of his story and slowed things down a little. I felt like we barely got to see him while he was young. Oh well! Lessons learned for next time!

  • Loving that blue and yellow colour scheme, and that little row of sprouted plants lining his driveway! 🙂

    What a pool of women for Xavier to choose from! Not very good traits to work with there! At least he’s giving it careful thought. *looks pointedly at Don Lothario* 😛

    Hoping for the best with Stella, and maybe Gina if things don’t work out with Stella. She might be a cool chick! 🙂

  • Yeah, well, at least Xavier knows that he’s picky. The real problem are those who truly think it’s always the other ones’ problems. XD And he sure isn’t afraid to take things in his own hands. A great quality for a legacy founder!

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