Blue Skies

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Stacey POV

I gazed outside the window of the kitchen while Summer went on about one of her kids messing with her makeup. The sun was starting to rise bright as it reflected off the clear window glass. Hopefully it didn't rain for practice today.

"Staceyyy," Summer snapped her fingers purple manicured nails in my face taking me out of my thoughts.

"Sorry, what were you saying?" I asked bring my attention back to her taking a sip of my black coffee.

"Never mind. It wasn't important any ways. Any ways I talked to my mom and Joe is coming home this weekend to finish up setting up for the big annual family barbecue next weekend," she informed me while packing up her kids lunches.

"Yeah?" I didn't know what to do with Joe at this point. Everything was a mess right now but I was more than determined to fix things between us. The only problem was that I didn't know how I was going to remind him of how things used to be.

How they could be.

He had completely shut me out.

"Mhmm," She hummed as she put some of the ingredients back into the fridge. "Plus I think mom just wants him and Dad to smooth things over before the rest of the family comes over." She explained as she sat across from me resting her arms on the marble kitchen island.

"Did something happen between the two of them?" I asked curiously as I already knew Joe and his father never saw eye to eye on many things.

"They just got into some stupid argument. I don't really remember what it was about but Joe hasn't been home since. But I'm pretty sure Dad talked to him since then over the phone, Mom just doesn't want any arguing when the rest of the family is there," Summer told me while drinking her own coffee. "Anyways, guess what else is coming up next week?" She grinned wiggling her eyebrows at me.

"What?" I replied laughing at her goofy movements.

"Your birthday!" She cheesed as she seemed more excited than I was.

"I'm not really in the mood to celebrate anything right now," I shook my head as I cringed at the thought of going out right now.

"Aw come on, don't tell me you're still sour about things with my brother," she asked.

"Well yeah. And plus the anniversary of our child death passed last week so I've been kinda bummed about that," I said quietly finishing my cup of coffee.

"I'm really sorry about that hun, how are you holding up?" She asked as she reached her hand across the grey marble table grabbing my hand for comfort.

"I'm fine really. I used to cry a lot the first couple years but now it's easier to deal with the pain. But I'm doing well I promise," I assured her as I didn't want her to worry too much. She had helped me a lot with my depression since I lost the baby and we had always been like sisters since we met each other. "I guess it just hit me of how much we both missed out on," I smiled weakly as I thought of all the wonderful life we could have had. We would have been married by now.

"It's just worse because only a few people know about him," I whispered talking about the son I lost with Joe. It hurt that the rest of the family didn't know about our child or what happened.

"Yeah well it's different now. That was years ago and the two of you have grown up since then. There is no reason it should be kept a secret anymore," Summer shook her head as she went to the sink to clean her mug. "But I have to admit that my father would have definitely disowned Joe back then. Especially with all the trouble he had gotten into while playing for that school. He just kept fucking up," she shook
her head probably remembering back when Joe was too much to handle. He definitely spiraled out of control his senior year.

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