Casey – Chapter 11 – Puzzle Pieces

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Casey sat silent in the chair beside his father’s still form. It had been a difficult couple of months but their family was still intact. Bryan was mending well despite being bound to a wheelchair. He beat the odds to have survived his injuries and Casey had a feeling he would defy the odds again. He will be up and running around like any other healthy kid his age.

Gregory recovered and was allowed to go home five weeks ago. He still had nightmares but who wouldn’t after what he experienced. It was their dad that concerned them the most. They had given him two transfusions of the aliens blood and his body was still slow to heal. Sighing Casey wondered if it had been the right decision to trust the alien. Maybe it would have been better to let their dad die instead of watching him slowly waste away in the hospital.

A part of Casey realized it was a selfish desire to be released from the burden of having to sit helpless and watch his dad waste away. He was tired of spending his days at the hospital or watching over hordes of children. He wanted his life back. He wanted things to go back to the way things were before mother dearest shot their lives full of holes.

He looked at Lynn and smiled. She had been great through all of this. He didn’t know what he would have done without her. Despite their misunderstandings she was his strength that got him through the day.

Screenshot-185 “Penny for your thoughts,” she murmured.

“I was thinking about how I’d like to have another date,” Casey replied.

“I don’t know if I could handle another one. The first date didn’t end so well.” As soon as the words left her mouth she regretted saying them. That night ended in tragedy. She’d never be able to remember that night without that memory. “I’m sorry…. I shouldn’t have said ….” She bit her lip to keep from saying anything more.

“I know,” Casey hugged her close. “You’ve been great through all of this. I know you didn’t have to …”

“What? Of course I did,” Lynn blinked at him “they’re you’re family. I wanted to help.”

“Thank you,” Casey sighed “I wanted you to know I appreciate it.”

“You’re welcome,” looking steadily into Casey’s eyes “I did it mainly for you. I couldn’t sit back and do nothing while you suffered. I love you.”

Screenshot-186 Smiling Casey leaned over and kissed her. “I love you too. But I thought you wanted to take things slow.”

“I did … I do ….” she smiled up at him “but I also don’t want to waste the time we have trying to fit it into a preconceived mold of what I think should happen when. It was made abundantly clear to me that we don’t know what tomorrow will hold and one crazy person could take it all away.”

Kissing her soft lips he whispered in her ear “I still want that second date. Even if it’s a trip to the hospital cafeteria.”

“I guess we have a date, I’m hungry,” she leaned into him content to be in his arms.

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Walking into the cafeteria they selected a table before standing in line for food.

Screenshot-187 “Isn’t that Gene?” Lynn tugged on Casey’s hand. “What’s he doing here?”

“I’m not sure,” Casey frowned “I hope nothings wrong.” He watched Gene sit down at a solitary table. It nearly broke his heart that his brother was having to deal with so much shit. It was bad enough that they almost lost their dad and brothers. Now Gene had to adjust to the fact of being a father and raising his daughters alone when their mother, his ex girlfriend died during childbirth. Coupled with that Aimee left him unable to deal with it. Casey knew that rejection was weighing heavily on Gene’s heart. Casey had to admit though that Gene was handling it better than Casey expected him to.

Casey was proud of his brother and the fact he hadn’t given into the pressure to give up despite the helpful suggestions from their friendly drug dealer and bar owner Celeste. Casey was tempted to have a upclose and personal conversation with Celeste to leave his brother alone. He was positive that Celeste was at the hospital for the sole purpose to entice Gene back to his old life. The kiss proved it was far as he was concerned. Thanks to her little set up in the parking lot that kiss was plastered in every magazine along with stories of how Aimee left Gene for infidelity. Which wasn’t true but Gene couldn’t be motivated to sue the papers for libel and defamation of character. He was so lost without Aimee Casey knew he just didn’t care. Casey worried that Gene was slipping into depression.

Screenshot-188 Once they had their meal and were sitting at their table Casey waived Gene over to join them. “What brings you here?” Casey asked concerned.

“I got a call informing me the twins were ready to go home” Gene told them in a subdued tone. “I’m scared as hell of having two little ones relying on me.” Looking at Casey he gripped his hand “am I doing the right thing? Am I capable of being responsible for them? Maybe I should have ….”

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“Gene,” Casey said loud and firm “get a grip. You’re doing just fine under the circumstances. It’s not like you’ve had months to wrap your head around being a father. Those babies were literally dumped in your lap. You can do this. Trust me everyone has doubts and is overwhelmed at first. It gets better.” Casey tried to encourage him to boost his self-confidence that had been low to begin with but had since dropped off the radar since Aimee left. “I know what you’re going through. I’ve been there. One day you will meet the right girl.”

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Gene looked blankly at him before dropping his gaze to the table mumbling “I had her and she left.” Casey wished he could go and drag Aimee back so that she could see what she had done. But since he couldn’t he had to be content with picking up the pieces she had left Gene in. Sighing Casey hated jigsaw puzzles in the best of times and he hated the puzzle involved his brother’s heart.

“I’m going home,” Gene announced disrupting Casey’s thoughts. “Michael needs to get back to class and I …. I need to focus on my career. My manager has gigs lined up for me that I need to get in shape for.”

“Are you sure?” Casey asked “You’re welcome to stay here as long as you need.”

“Thanks Case I appreciate that” Gene flashed him a smile “I need to get out of here, the sooner the better. I know too many of the wrong people here. Celeste is too eager to introduce them to me all over again. If I stay I’m asking for trouble and I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to keep from falling back into old habits. You can’t always be looking out for me.” Standing “I need to get back to where the people I know aren’t boozers or druggies. For me that’s Starlight Shores. Barnacle Bay holds too many bad memories. I’m sorry Case I .. I just can’t stay.”

Screenshot-195 Reaching out Casey gave Gene a hearty hug. “I know. We’ll manage things without you. You take care of yourself and those babies. When are you going to get around to naming them? Call me when you get home, alright?”

“I’ll do that,” Gene told him as he walked away.

Sitting Casey pushed his half eaten sandwich away “I could strangle Aimee.”

Lynn reached over and held his hand. “Gene’s going to be alright” she told him seeking to give him reassurance. Casey had become a more sympathetic person since his bender. It made him a more rounded person and Lynn no longer felt like she had to be perfect around him.

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“I hope so. I truly hope so,” Casey said quietly. “He deserves some happiness. I thought he found a gem,” shrugging “I guess I was wrong.”

Smiling sadly Lynn said “Casey we don’t know Aimee’s side. It might not be what we think.”

Standing Casey picked up their trays and discarded their half eaten meal. “I don’t care what her side is. No matter what it is, it didn’t give her the right to just leave. She left without even talking to him. She didn’t give him a chance to explain. How could she do that?” Looking at Lynn “tell me how she could do that if she truly loved him?”

Shaking her head “I can’t answer that. I didn’t get a chance to really get to know her. I got the impression though that she was painfully shy and socially awkward.”

***

Screenshot-196Walking back to William’s room. Lynn reached out and wrapped her arm through his. “Mr. Bennett I think I’m falling hopelessly madly in love with you.”

Screenshot-198 Smirking Casey stopped walking and pinned her against the wall “I think I could live a thousand years and never get tired of hearing you say that to me.” He leaned close and kissed her mouth.

Slipping beneath his arms giggling Lynn practically skipped down the hall lighthearted and happy. Casey followed her with his eyes enjoying her playfulness. He needed that in his life more not than he ever did before.

 Casey – Chapter 10 – Life and Death Decisions / Casey – Chapter 12 – Where do we Go From Here?

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6 thoughts on “Casey – Chapter 11 – Puzzle Pieces

  1. Casey and Lynn ❤ They're so cute, glad that Lynn stuck by Casey in his time of need. Gene is really upset with Aimee, but even if things don't work out, I think he'll make a good father. Maybe it just takes some children to lighten up his life a little bit. I'm curious to see how he handles the girls.

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    • Lynn and Casey just needed to be on the same page. Gene is upset but if Aimee walked into the room right now he’d take her back without thinking twice. Her biggest obstacle will be his family not accepting her back and trying to keep them apart in their attempts to protect Gene from getting hurt again. Gene will be an awesome dad once he gets his head wrapped around the idea and quits freaking out about it.

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  2. I think that Lynn is a better woman than Aimee, at least, she’s more put together. I understand Aimee’s low self esteem issues caused her to run away, but it doesn’t make me approve of her decision. When Lynn had problems with Casey, when he was moving too fast, it made more sense to me that she wanted to leave because that just seems like a scary situation, and you can get yourself into trouble moving too fast. Of course I know Casey’s a good guy, but that reaction Lynn had was a normal one. Aimee’s reaction I suppose is also normal, since jealousy is an emotion too, but just the fact that she jumped to conclusions when she knew about Gene’s past girlfriend, was super annoying.
    I am glad Gene is going to go back to Starlight Shores where he can be away from Celeste and her terrible influence. XD

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    • Lynn has a lot of things going for her that Aimee doesn’t, self-esteem being one of them. Lynn’s reaction was normal. Casey made her feel really uncomfortable moving so fast. I was in that position and my response ok I’m out of here.
      Aimee on the other hand over reacted since she knew about Gene’s past. She had no reason to be jealous; especially since Tracee wasn’t even in the picture really. My opinion she’s acting like a child by running away instead of confronting the problem. She’s not emotionally mature enough to handle the situation, so she ran back to what she was familiar with.
      Gene has good friends in Starlight Shores, which is kind of ironic since most of his friends are celebrities and most people assume they would be the bad influence not his acquaintances from the small town he grew up in. Celeste would have sucked him right back into drinking and drugs again. Hopefully we’ve seen the last of her.

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