74. Are You Challenging Me?"Why do all dentists' offices have fishtanks? I don't understand."
Matty D looked up from the magazine he was reading to see his girlfriend staring straight ahead, her expression a mixture of fear and anger. They were sitting in the waiting room for their little girl's very first dentist appointment. So far, all had gone well, until Cale had seen the office's pride and joy, a rather large fishtank with varied types of fish swimming about for all the patients to see.
Of course, little Marieke was absolutely fascinated by the shimmering, graceful creatures. She sat on her knees, gripping the ledge of the table that held the tank, peering through the glass in amazement.
Matty D grinned. "They're not going to jump through the glass and eat her, Cale. You should go over there and sit with Spider."
"No." She replied flatly.
As if knowing what her parents were talking about, Marieke turned around, a bright smile on her face. "Mama! See fishes!"
Cale couldn't help but smile. Marieke had graspe
MeditationCale fidgeted. It was too quiet, too still, for her to handle. She felt uncomfortable like this, legs crossed and arms folded. This time yesterday she had been throwing punches and kicks at dummies in the holo-trainer. Her muscles felt like they might jump right out of her skin.
She couldn't take it any longer. Very slowly, she opened one eye, looking straight ahead at the still body sitting in front of her. His eyes were still closed. He couldn't see her.
Cale smiled to herself, muscles relaxing as she reached around to her back, scratching at a spot that had been itchy for what seemed like hours to her. She bit back a sigh of relief.
"Cale, I know you opened your eyes."
Green eyes widened in panic. "Uh, sorry, Uncle Ace."
Ace opened his eyes as well. "Is there something bugging ya?"
"No," She shook her head. "I just... I don't get this whole... meditation thing." Cale winced, expecting him to be angry; but Ace only laughed a little, shaking his head.
"You're exactly like your mother.
Iron MattyBlue eyes stared in wonder at the soft, white object in his hands. While Matty D was no stranger to the idea of these objects, he had yet to actually see and hold one up close and in person.
That was, until Cale reached a point in her life where such things were a necessary evil.
He peeled the paper backing off of one, revealing the adhesive side that he applied to his forearm without a single second of hesitation. He took another out of the box, unwrapping it and applying it to his other arm. He glanced at himself in the mirror, grinning in pride at his newly acquired "superhero armbands." With that, he carried on, applying more of the adhesive pads to his shoulders, stomach, chest, and even his thighs. Again, he faced the mirror.
"What a dashing superhero you make." He grinned wildly at his reflection, flexing his arms as he did so. He then threw a couple of fake punches at the mirror, missing by inches. Leaning back on his heels, he stretched his arms out, the palms of his hands fac
Happy Birthday Lisa-Face"Cass? Are you okay in there?" Tech called out, cautiously peeking past the bathroom door of their hotel room. Cassidy had been in there for a while, more than what was normal for her; and it had him a tad worried.
Much to his relief, Tech heard Cassidy's light giggle answer him. "I'm fine! I'll be out in a minute."
Tech laughed, turning and walking away. He wandered past the bed and out on to the balcony. Leaning against the railing, he soaked in the cool evening air and the gorgeous sunset. He sighed, content. This was turning out to be one of the best weeks of his life.
Cassidy poked her head out from behind the bathroom door. Spotting Tech on the balcony, she slipped out of the bathroom quietly. She was dressed in a pair of thin, silky pajamas, the bottoms of which were shorts, showing off her curvy legs. Her hair was tied back loosely, allowing pieces to fall down her shoulders and frame her face. When she reached the sliding door that led to the balcony she stopped, leaning again