Motorcycles & A Man Named Lou
The next day I stayed at home while Natalie, Noel, and Yule went to the B&B. I tried to rewrite some of my stories, but my brain was blanking out on creativity.
I fiddled around with Checkers, but the high score on the computer was way higher than the score I had gotten on my old computer. Who knew Bella was good a checkers?
“Charlly, there’s someone here to see you,” Mrs. Matthews called. I rolled out of what was now my bedroom and onto the porch.
“Leo,” I whispered.
“Hey,” Leo shrugged. “Natalie asked me to come ask you if you wanted to join us. We’re going to have a water balloon fight.”
“Sure,” I shrugged. I opened the door and told Mrs. Matthews where I was going and she told me to be back by dinner.
“Charlly,” Leo said as he walked and I rolled towards the B&B.
“Yeah?” I asked.
“Last night I thought about telling you something, but at the last second decided not to. I accidentally hit send and gave you half of the message. I then told you to delete it. After much thought, I’ve decided to confess to you,” Leo said.
I stopped rolling. Leo stopped walking. He looked at me straight in the eyes. I tried not to flicker or scream something I would regret.
“I’m crazy for,” Leo started.
Time seemed to go by very slowly. Seconds seemed like hours.
“Science fiction,” Leo finished.
“Huh?” I asked.
“I know impossible to believe right?” Leo asked.
“You like science fiction?” I asked relieved.
“Love it,” Leo said. “Anything in the future or with aliens I’m all for it.”
“Wait, how did you know I liked science fiction?” I asked.
“I just guessed since you named yourself MyHeadsInSpace. A normal daydreamer would have called themselves MyHeadsInTheClouds,” Leo said.
“Thanks a lot,” I said shoving him. “Why do you act like your love of science fiction is some big secret?”
“It is!” Leo shouted. “Not even Virginia knows how much I like science fiction! She also doesn’t know I write Sci-Fi stories.”
“You write?” I asked. I found that quite hard to believe. Leo was a tough looking boy. He was dressed in jeans, an undershirt, and a leather jacket. His hair was slicked back and he had a playful almost joking manor and attitude. He was not what I would have imagined when I thought male Sci-Fi writer.
“Yup,” Leo said. “I actually just finished my third draft of my novel last week.”
“You’ve written a novel?” I asked.
“A hundred thousand words,” Leo said with pride.
“Can I read it?” I blurted. Leo looked at me hesitated.
“I’ve never shown it to anybody,” Leo said.
“What’s it about?” I asked.
“It’s about this guy named Logan Leopold. He’s an astronaut in the year 2476. He’s on a mission to explore the galaxy closest to the Milky Way. While he’s hovering around the planets, his ship malfunctions and he crashes onto the planet Lux. The planet Lux is a more advanced Earth and the people that live on them are just like humans. This discovery perplexes the people back on earth. I call it Hopping Galaxies.“
“It sounds good,” I said.
“You really think so?” Leo asked.
“Really,” I smiled. A smile popped up on Leo’s face.
“I’ll email it t you through the messenger tonight,” Leo smiled. “Race you up the driveway!”
Leo beat me by like three seconds.
“There you guys are!” Virginia shouted. “We’re ready.” Virginia threw a water balloon at Leo.
“Oh no you didn’t!” Leo shouted. He picked up a water balloon out of the bucket and threw it at Virginia.
Soon wet kids were running-and rolling- across the B&B yard trying their hardest not to get wet. Screams and giggles erupted without notice. Nobody even noticed the motorcycle that had made it’s way down the street, into the driveway, and then was parked. Nobody noticed the rider of the motorcycle walk up the driveway and ring the doorbell and nobody noticed him walk into the B&B when the door was answered.
“Who’s bike is that?” Leo asked as he stopped throwing balloons to admire the bike. I withheld throwing a water balloon at him and stared at the motorcycle.
“Does anyone around here ride a motorcycle?” I asked.
“None that I know of,” Leo shrugged.
“What are you guys doing?” Yule asked as he threw a water balloon at the back of Leo’s head.
“Cool ride,” Yule said. He walked up to the bike.
“Awesome bike!” Darcy shouted. He ran towards the bike.
“Who rides a motorcycle!”
“I wonder who the rider is?”
“Did anyone see anyone?”
“I wonder if it has a name?”
That question came from Becca Lou.
“It does, Ducky. I call it Tommy.”
I literately froze in my chair. I knew that voice anywhere in the world.
“Lou,” I said turning around.
Lou looked at me with tear stained eyes. Becca Lou ran into Lou’s arms.
“Hey, Ducky,” Lou smiled as he picked her up. “How you been?”
“Good,” Becca Lou said. “Mommy got married.”
“I know,” Lou said nodding.
My eyes went over to the porch. Mom was sitting on the porch swing. Laz was by her side. I couldn’t see Mom’s face well which meant I couldn’t read it. I couldn’t see Laz’s face either.
I felt like crying. What right did Lou have to show up here and ruin a perfectly good game of water balloon fight? Why hadn’t he just stayed in Colorado? I hadn’t seen Lou since he was sent to jail right after Becca Lou had been born. I hadn’t heard from since my twelfth birthday. Why did he decide to just show up like this now?
“And how have you been doing, Lottie?” Lou asked.
“Just fine without you in my life,” I snapped.
Everyone stared at me. Their eyes were searching for answers.
“Excuse me,” I said as I rolled through the crowded and towards the wheelchair ramp.
My mom didn’t say anything to me as I rolled up the wheelchair ramp. She didn’t even look at me. Laz did though. His face was blank.
“What does he want?” I asked.
Mom sighed. Her eyes kept watching Lou. Now Lou was answering questions about his bike. Becca Lou was still holding on tight to him. Something inside me wanted to do the same thing, but something else inside me told me that no matter how hard I hugged him he would still leave and he would still let me down.
“Why is here?” I asked. Mom finally looked at me. Her face and tears were mixed with regret and…was that happiness?
“Because I asked him to come,” Mom said.