Sim State, here I come!
She continued on without pause, "Two - killer parties!..."
Jason wasn't paying attention. He pulled the fight song flag out and waved it around. "Killer parties, huh?" he asked with a smile.
Jason shoved the laundry basket on his bed. It wasn't like he was going to be using it anytime soon, anyways!
Turning, he hurried down the stairs back to the livingroom. Only a few more things and he'd be done!
"What?" she called back down distractedly.
"The DVDs! Where do you want them?"
He heard his mom sigh heavily. "Upstairs, I guess!" she called down to him. "Are there any DVDs you want?"
Jason glanced at the rickety holder and made a face. "Not likely," he muttered under his breath." But, he started flipping through the movies available. Huh, weird...a blank case...
"Is that Grandma?" Jason asked, watching as the woman on the screen.
"Yes!" Haley wiped a tear from her eye. It was a punch in the gut to see her mother, alive and laughing on film. She missed her parents so much.
Jason laughed as he watched his mom shove a huge bite in her mouth. "Man! You were shoveling it!"
"Turn it off!" Haley yelped, grabbing the remote from her son's hand and turning it off.
Haley's cheeks were flaming. Her Dad had videoed her Mom in the bath? Lord knows what else they might find! She shuddered, picturing coming across her parents woohooing. "I think that's enough for now. I should probably go through these on my own.."
Jason laughed. "Oh man, what if he took video of them woohooing?!"
"Jason! They did not take video of that!"
Jason smirked. "How do you know? He took video of her in the bathtub!"
She glanced at him again and felt her heart clench. She was leaving her little boy...
Johnny had was due back in Bridgeport soon and they had decided that she and Kimi would move back with him before Jason left for Sim State so she wasn't left on her own with the newborn. Jason swore he would be fine on his own. But, it felt wrong... it felt like she was leaving her son behind to start a new life...
"Mom, I told you, I'm gonna be fine! I'll just hang out here until school starts. And if I need anything, Rio's right down the road."
Haley's mouth pinched tightly with disappointment. "I should be taking you to school!"
"Aw, Mom! I don't need my mom to drop me off at school!" he protested. "That would be so lame!"
Shaking her head, Haley flicked a tear away with a small laugh. "So now I'm lame?"
"Moooooom!" Jason complained, worried that his mom was going to try to stay. That would mess all his plans up!
Haley nodded, squeezing his hand. Her voice was thick with emotion as she had a little heart-to-heart with him. "You're an adult now. I trust you to make responsible decisions."
"I'm gonna be fine, Mom!" Jason said, fighting back a wave of emotion. Why did he want to cry when he couldn't wait to be on his own? It didn't make any sense!
Haley stepped back with a small laugh and wiped her eyes dry. "Almost," she teased back.
Jason took a deep breath.
"Jason, if you want us to stay..." Johnny began to tell his stepson that they could adjust their plans.
Jason shook his head. "Nah, I'm good," he said, glancing back at his mom. "It's going to be a long drive. You probably need to get going soon, huh?"
Haley wiped another tear away and nodded at her husband. "I think he's trying to get rid of us," she said.
"Ya think?" Johnny winked at Jason, then walked over to Haley and slipped Kimi into her arms. "I'll go double-check the truck while you make one last walk-through."
He was well and truly alone now...
Jason laughed. "Yeah! No 'rents!"
"No rules!" August added with a laugh.
Jason shrugged. "Nah. The more the merrier. Is she underage?"
August laughed. "No, we're twins."
"Huh, twins? Cool!"
August waved to his sister across the room, "Hey Edna! Come meet Jason!"
Edna smiled. "Sure!"
"Great! I'll be right back!" Jason said with a smooth smile. Maybe he was gonna be fine without Vita! There were other fish in the sea...