Storytime Blog Hop January 25th, 2017
Welcome to another chapter in Storytime Blog Hop. We have new short speculative fiction tales from authors around the world. My contribution below. Follow the links to all the other stories and participating authors in the blog hop. Leave us comments. We love hearing from you.
Jesse and Tyler
“What if they don’t like me?”
My nerves were shot. Tyler and I dated for two years and tonight I was going to meet his parents. He just recently told them about us because he knew they would have a hard time accepting our relationship. They agreed to meet me and to try to keep an open mind.
Tyler calmly smiled. Those were two of the traits that endear him to me — his ability to remain calm and his smile. “Jesse, they know all about you so there won’t be any surprises. Besides, what they think about you won’t impact my feelings for you one bit.”
“I wanted to hear ‘they’ll love you’ or ‘everything will be fine’, but I knew better. Tyler is too honest for such white lies. I appreciated that ninety-nine percent of the time. This just happened to be a one-percent moment.
I watched him set the last plate on the table. He looked handsome this evening. He didn’t wear anything fancy — a blue polo shirt and Khakis — but he wore them well, if you know what I mean. I had a strong urge for some physical contact when the doorbell rang.
Tyler opened the front door. His mom looked at me, gasped and slapped her hands over her mouth. Her face flushed. She may not have been surprised but she didn’t handle this well. She quickly tried to recover. “Um, it’s nice to meet you, Jesse.” Apparently his mom didn’t have trouble with white lies.
“Jesse, this is my Mom, Mary, and my dad, Wayne.”
“I’m glad we finally get to meet,” his dad said. “Tyler has told us all about you.”
“Welcome to our house,” I said.
Things went fine during dinner. Small chit-chat prevailed. Afterwards we retired to the living room for more talk.
His parents shared stories about Tyler as a child, which were entertaining and very enlightening. When his dad mentioned how Tyler had taken his first step at nine months his mom started crying. “I’m sorry.” She blew her nose.
“What Mary is trying to say is that we have looked forward to being grandparents. As you know, Tyler is our only child. If you two stay together, well…”
“There is no if!” Tyler said through gritted teeth. “We love each other and are committed to making our relationship work.”
“We know you are dear,” his mom managed. “Maybe given enough time we can adapt and accept Jesse.”
“Mary, stop it!” Wayne scolded her. “We can’t accept this relationship. Jesse, I’m sorry. I know Tyler thinks he loves you and you seem nice enough, but you’re too different for us to ever be comfortable with. This just isn’t normal. You’ll be societal outcasts.”
“I don’t care what you or anyone else thinks,” Tyler snapped.
I had already felt guilty that Tyler would never have children if we remained together. Now I felt even worse as I listened to his parents’ disappointment. “Maybe your parents are right,” I managed through my sobs.
“No, Jesse. I love you! I don’t care what you look like and I don’t care what society thinks.”
He turned to his parents. “I know you would love and accept Jesse for who she is if you could see past what she is.”
Mary started to say something, burst into tears and fled out the front door. Wayne followed, but stopped in the doorway. “Son, you’ll have to walk this path on your own. We cannot support our son being married to a ghost.”
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I hope you enjoyed! Read more stories by selecting the links below. These are fellow writers and friends of mine.
The Poisoner of Time by Karen Lynn
New Stork Inc. by Katharina Gerlach
THE THIEF & THE POCKET HEART by Juneta Key
Hello Again! by J. Q. Rose
Reflected by Elizabeth McCleary
Veronica by Jessica Kruppa
Last Stop by Erica Damon