My depression hit hard, and at the worst possible time. I knew, as heir, I couldn’t let the Defesco’s down. My grandfather had one goal in mind, and I will continue this legacy. I didn’t care what my father wanted anymore. This was all for Pop-pop Allen.
Finally, after struggling to even find a desire to live, I decided to get out. I ended up picking up on the mixology skill and traveling to different bars to tend.
People saw the sad look on my face, and I always got questioned.
I liked bartending. For one, I did not have to see my dad’s face. For two, I knew it would help me out when I finally got a culinary career. Unfortunately, all of the positions are filled at this moment. Besides the fact, I probably would be in no mood to work in a kitchen right now…
That’s when we met. Her name was Brittani.
Brittani was a little tipsy the night we first me. “Oh gosh, what’s your name?” She asked me.
“I’m Clarence,” at first, I kinda’ brushed her off. I still didn’t feel in any mood to talk to women.
“I’m Brittani, and this is my friend Fred,” Her words were slurred and I could barely understand her. “He’s gay.”
“Hi,” Freddy waved and winked at me.
“Uhhh, I’m not into boys… Or women at the moment,” I warned.
“Don’t worry about him,” Brittani started. “He has a boyfriend… Me, on the other hand… Anyways, you’re cute.”
Ugh… Maybe I’d just give her a chance. See what she was like.
When I returned home from the bar that night, I thought deeply about Brittani.
Could I possibly be falling for her? Was I finally moving on?
I shook the idea out of my head, and browsed my online job profile. Suddenly, I saw that I had an offer at the diner down the street! They were hiring a mixologist! I accepted the offer.
It was time for Clarence Defesco to start over! I picked my life up out of the dirt, and started fresh.
All night, the only thing I could think of was Brittani. I actually couldn’t wait to see her tomorrow when she wasn’t drunk. Hopefully she still had feelings for me.
Sure enough, the next day, when I invited her over, we instantly hit things off!
That day, we declared our relationship status as good friends.
Even sober, Brittani was the perfect girl. Potentially, my soul mate.
After a few days of getting to know Brittani, we were ready to take our relationship to the next level.
This is exactly what I needed.
Finally, I started to feel better about my life.
After a hard day at work (I really enjoyed my new job; it was a lot better than the landscaping job), I really couldn’t wait to hang out with Britt.
Unfortunately, it was 11:30 by the time I got home, and she already was sleeping.
I guess a girl that beautiful needed her sleep.
Things were pretty busy at work, so the days flew by, until the unthinkable happened…
My father, Bruno Defesco, died of old age. He barely made it home from work. No matter how much I felt disrespected by my dad, for some reason, deep down inside, I felt heart broken. I remembered all the times we giggled and played when I was growing up. I thought back to playing pirates with him; him cooking us dinner every night. I realized he was my inspiration behind my interest in cooking. Suddenly, I realized I was balling my eyes out.
I thought I would have been joyed by my father’s passing, after he ruined my life. I had wasted so many years because of him, sad and depressed. Why did I feel sorrow now?
That’s when Britt showed up by my side.
“I’m sorry for your loss Clarence,” Brittani warmed my heart. “I didn’t realize how close you two were. You never really talked about your father.”
I didn’t tell Brittani about anything. I assumed I would tell her eventually, but now was not the time.
I wiped the tears from my eyes, looked up, and noticed she was crying too.
“Why are you crying?” I asked Brittani. She didn’t even know my father… Or did she?! I swear, if my father was with her too, I was done.
“Sorry. It’s just,” the tears were pouring down her face. “All of my life, I have been a gloomy person.”
It made sense now. But, if she was gloomy, the next few days would be terrible because I was sad myself.
We decided to take the conversation inside, and I whipped up some garlic noodles.
I realized how lonely the house would be without my father. I would be the only one living here. I started to cry again.
No. I can’t do it alone. Before, the only thing preventing me from asking Britt to move in with me was the fear my dad would steal her from me too. Now, he was gone. I was confident that I would have Brittani all to myself.
“Britt, things are gonna’ be pretty lonely here,” I wiped the tears from my face, again. “So, would you move in with me?”
“Oh boy,” she rubbed her hands together, and I could tell she was still sad. “Of course I will Clarence.”
She was such a hard person to read! I thought she was about ready to cry her eyes out, and deny me.
The next day, I noticed that Brittani was on the computer almost all day.
“Whatcha’ doing there?” I asked.
“Oh nothing. Just some programming,” Brittani responded. Suddenly, I remembered how successful my grandfather was with programming in the tech guru field.
“You should get a job in the tech guru career,” I suggested. Hoping this wouldn’t go over wrong. I could tell Britt was still sad.
“Oh yeah. That sounds interesting. I’ll look into it.”
“If you need any recommendations, just mention the Defesco’s. My grandfather was very popular.” I had no doubts she’d easily get a job.
Brittani and I went on dates almost every night, and finally, after our fifth date, I felt confident enough to ask her the question. It was time for me to finally start a relationship again.
“Brittani, will you be my girlfriend?” Once again, she had a frown on her face, and I expected a denial.
“Of course I will Clarence,” Brittani said as she wrapped me in a hug.
We were official…
The next night, when I came home from work, I realized that Brittani got a little makeover. She looked beautiful before, and now, she was just stunning!
I couldn’t resist any longer.
This definitely brightened my mind, for the first time in a while.
Finally, the next morning, I felt 100% back to normal. I was very happy. That woo hoo sure made a difference.
I was going to propose.
First, I went downstairs, and my genius, stunning girl friend was playing chess.
“Hey babe,” I cleared my morning voice away. “How about a nice date in the park today?”
“That’d be just wonderful,” she responded.
Then, at the park, I made the scene very flirty and romantic.
A nice smooch should do.
Finally, the mood was just right. I bent down on one knee (for the second time in my life, and hopefully the last).
“Brittani Bain, will you marry me?” I was a professional at this now.
But, when she didn’t answer right away, I got nervous. It was the Sienna situation all over again. Then, I thought to myself, wait… She’s gloomy. This is how she answered all of my questions. No worries.
It wasn’t until she started crying that I really panicked. I just smiled harder.
The frown on her face was heart breaking… Could she really do this to me?
Suddenly, she snatched the ring out of my hand. “Of course I will, silly! This ring is beautiful… Did you think I was gonna’ say no?”
“Uhhhh. I always do,” I teased.
We wrapped each other in a warming kiss.
But I noticed, she was still crying.
“Britt, what’s wrong babe? Be happy, for once…”
“I am happy Clarence. I’m overwhelmingly happy. Because, there’s something you don’t know… I’m pregnant!” She revealed the huge news, shocking me almost as much as I shocked her.
I now realized why no one answers me right away when I shock them. It’s literally breath taking.
This time around, it felt so much better. “I am over joyed.” I told Brittani.
Atlas, my life finally turned around.
At night, after work, I tried to look at Brittani’s belly… How could I not notice?
“Britt, you aren’t even that big,” I reassured her.
“You really think so Clarence? Because, my third trimester is tomorrow,” I couldn’t believe she was already that far along.
“My lady, as always, you look stunning,” I grabbed her hand and kissed it romantically.
(Also, tonight, at work, I chose the Chef path!)
Brittani loved my cooking.
She was too caught up in eating that she actually forgot to go to the bathroom.
Brittani had an accident! Woopsies!
Brittani was a genius. She obsessed over sciences. Since she moved in with $20,000, we had some extra money, so she decided to buy this huge observatory.
I still didn’t understand what was so great about it, or why we needed it. It seemed a bit over the top.
At dinner, Brittani and I speculated how greatly our lives would be changed very soon.
“Are you ready?” I asked.
“Definitely. I can’t wait to meet our little peanut. Our first kid.” When she said this, I almost spit out my food… It was her first kid.
Sure enough, after dinner we decided to woo hoo. We figured there wouldn’t be much time once the baby came.
I feared poking my little man in the eye.
And the next morning, I reconsidered buying the telescope.
Maybe it was a good idea after all.
It sure was fun… Telescope woo hoo!
Britt even bought this cool new toy. It was a virtual video game! Surely, when my father was creating video games, this was not around. I hoped that when Brittani finally got a job after the baby arrived, she could create video games for it!
Suddenly, that night, when I was getting ready to go to bed, Britt jumped up.
“I’m in labor!!” She screamed.
“Oh gosh. Do you think it was all the woo hoo’ing?” I thought maybe I hurt him or her.
“Nah, it’s tiiiiimeeeeee!” She started screaming, extending the word time.
Brittani told me just to sleep and she would handle the rest.
As promised (while I slept), Brittany grasped her stomach, let out the smallest squeak, and…
Ta-da! Our baby was born!! She did wonderful at pushing. Didn’t even wake me up.
I’m gonna’ leave ya’ guys hanging there?… Ten fingers, ten toes, boy or girl, nobody knows!!