Surprises & Space
For a moment nobody did anything. Mom stared at the red van in shock. Laz scratched his head and surveyed the damage from the safety of the car. Becca Lou didn’t seem to notice and kept singing along with the song. Matt looked like he wanted to laugh but he was clearly annoyed.
A man cautiously opened his door. His head turned to survey the damage before I saw his face. Laz decided that now was a good time to get out of the car.
“Hello,” Laz said with his thick drawl. even to this day I don’t know how Laz got his thick Southern accent. I know his mother was from Mississippi, but come on! The guy sounds like a true Texasan!
The man turned around. He had hazel eyes and dirty blonde hair with a hint of grey. He was wearing a faded pair of jeans and a tee-shirt about making places wheelchair friendly. For I second my brain scrapped to figure out who he was, but then it all came to me like a flood. He was Steve Matthews. The stepfather of Natalie Matthews.
“Oh my gosh!” I screamed.
“What!” Mom shouted startled.
I quickly rolled to the van door and opened it.
“Stay in the car!” Mom shouted.
At the same time I heard a woman shout, “Natalie, stay in the car!”
“Oh my gosh!” I shouted as I pointed to the girl who had just rolled out of the red van. She had long dirty blonde hair and blue eyes. She had on a pair of jean shorts and the same shirt as Mr. Steve had on. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought they were biological father and daughter.
“Do I know you?” Natalie asked perplexed at my sudden outburst.
“Yes…well no…you don’t know me but I know you,” I said really really fast.
A woman walked out of the van. She was wearing sweats and a Fourth of July Tee-shirt. Her hair was pulled back into a pony-tail and her amber eyes screamed that she was very tired. She started to get into the back seat and only then did I hear the whimpers of babies.
“You’re Riley Matthews,” I blurted.
“Yup,” Mrs. Matthews said not even looking at me.
A tall young man walked out of the van with Down Syndrome girl on his tall and a little blonde girl was on her tail.
“You’re Yule!” I squealed. “And that’s Bella and Megan. Where’s Noel?”
“At the B&B with Bennet,” Yule said. “Wait who are you?”
“I’m Charolette Lily King,” I said.
“You’re Charlly?” Natalie asked.
“Yup,” I nodded. “I love your blog.”
“Thanks,” Natalie blushed.
Matt finally walked out the van. His eyes landed on Natalie and he smiled.
“Hi,” Matt said offering his hand.
“Hi,” Natalie said shaking it. “I’m assuming your the stepbrother that wasn’t mentioned. You know Charlly I could have helped you out with annoying brothers. Yule’s not my stepbrother but he’s pretty annoying.”
“Hey!” Yule shouted in a playful voice.
A strange looking Mustang pulled up and a man with a cane got out.
“Noel changed her mind,” The man said as he opened the back seat door. “She wants to go to the triplets doctor’s appointment now.”
“We’re not going anywhere, Bennet,” Mr. Steve said. Bennet looked at the damage and whistled.
“How did that happen?” Bennet asked. “Darcy, you’ve got to see this!”
A tall black haired guy walked out the car. His blue eyes filled with shock when he saw the side.
“What happened here?” Darcy asked.
“You’re Darcy Edwards!” I squealed. “You’re cuter in person!”
“Thank you…I think,” Darcy said. His voice trailed off at the last.
“Can someone please tell me what’s going on?” Matt asked.
“Watch out!” I screamed as our space shuttle nearly coliaded with another space shuttle.
Laz stopped the rocket just in time. The nose of our shuttle was just inches away from the nose of the other shuttle.
Laz put on the headphones and started to chat with the people in the other shuttle. The next thing I know we’re following the shuttle and we’re at the Space Shuttle Station.
“Sorry about that,” Laz said as he shook hands with the flyer of the other rocket. “I haven’t flown in years.”
“Its all right, Larry,” The man smiled. “Its just good to have you back.”
“I’m happy to be back, Levi,” Larry smiled. “Is the Asteroid Inn still open?”
“Yup,” Mr. Levi said. “My wife, daughters, and sons are there helping out Dana. Her husband died right after you left.”
“I heard,” Laz said with a sad face. “I tried to come but-“
“We all understood,” Mr. Levi said. “We all knew you had joined the army and couldn’t make it.”
“Well, I’m out of the army now so let the space adventures begin!” Laz shouted.
He could say that again.