Green Mile

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Joseph POV

"Hey mom," I greeted my mother walking into the kitchen where she was cleaning up the dishes. From the looks of the kitchen table it looked like she had cooked a mini feast. Or at least what was left of it from all the empty dishes and trays.

"Leati! How are you," she greeted back happily as she wiped her hands on the kitchen cloth and hugged me.

"I'm good mom," I replied giving her a warm smile as she went back to cleaning the dishes. "It smells delicious in here ma, what did you cook?" I asked as my nostrils filled with whatever she made and took a seat at the kitchen table.

"Your favorite breakfast. It's a shame you were too late and missed the feast. I tried to save you a plate but you know in this house the food is gone as soon as it's on the dining table," she laughed a bit.

"It's alright. I ate before coming here anyway," I answered watching her clean the dishes.

"How's the new job treating you?" She asked.

"Well it's not so new anymore. It's been a few months now and everything is going well so far." I responded picking of the fruit plate in the middle of the table.

"How are you liking it?" She asked.

"It's great. Busy but so far so good," I answered. I knew she was constantly worried about me and I loved her for it. Even with all the bullshit I put her through she had always loved me unconditionally and stuck by my side. I can't say the same for all of my family members.

"I'm glad to hear that, I can't wait to come to the school next week. I'm really proud of how far you've come Leati," she said softly before wiping her hands on her apron.

"Thanks Ma, I really appreciate it. Where's Dad?" I asked getting up. I wanted to start helping before he thought I was avoiding him or hiding.

"Outside with your brother and cousins. Your uncles will be here soon to help. Can you take these with you please," she handed me the box filled with missing part for the tents that had been on the kitchen counter.

"Alright, Ill see you in a bit." I left the kitchen and made my way to the backyard of my parents house.

The sun flared against the sliding door as I walked out into the humid weather. Being home now felt different from when I had lived here all my life. Everything was pretty much the same but the memories made me view the pace differently.

"Look who decided to make it," I heard a Matt's voice as he stood by a pile of chopped wood along side my cousin Jon. The large backyard was a mess with tents and tables stacked amongst each other.

"What up uce?" Jon greeted me as I approached them and shook his hand.

"Hey man. Matt," I nodded my brothers way. Taking a look at the mess around us it looked as if we had a lot to do.

"What? No hug for your big bro?" Matt asked with his arms stretched wide for a hug as he smirked at me.

"Where is Dad?" I asked ignoring his question not in the mood for his antics.

"The garage," Matt replied as he went back to sorting the wood.

"Alright,I'll see you guys in a bit," I told them before making my way to the garage. Our backyard was nice and big as it was the perfect spot to have family over.

It would definitely be a full house next week.

"Aye Coach Anoa'i in the house!" Jey yelled as I walked into the garage where he and my father were.
How you doing uce?" He asked as he approached me giving me a quick hug.

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