My mom calls Natsu.
Hey did he really do what you texted me? Rachelle asked. Yes, and I got on him. Natsu replied. Good, he needs to know boundaries. Rachelle replied. Yes, that's what I am trying to teach him. Natsu replied. So is the guy handsome and does he live by himself? Rachelle asked. Yes, he is. He is the handsome guy who has feelings for a childhood friend that makes him happy. Natsu replied. Then her overprotective father would do almost anything to expose him. Rachelle replied. Yes, that was not his intentions to do that to her. Natsu replied. Natsu, hun. Shiki is trying to reconcile with that matter of how he treated me. Rachelle replied. Now that I think about it, when I asked him to spend time with Izumi, he was hesitant. Natsu replied. I wouldn't be surprised. Every time he sees Izumi, he sees me and the guilt crushes him. Rachelle replied. She reminds me a lot of you. Your independent lifestyle. Natsu replied. I live my life that way because my parents were heavy activists. They were in and out of jail throughout my childhood. I would hear about their many escapades. Rachelle replied. I wish I had a rebellious attitude like yours. Natsu replied. No, you don't hun. You will be violent towards men. I think Shiki would not like that, Natsu. Rachelle replied. Now that I think about it. He said; you were always rude and rebellious. Natsu replied. I am both. He added the only good thing going for her is her appearance. Rachelle replied. Yes, and I got on with him about that. Natsu replied. It's ok. I am a single woman and a single mother. Rachelle replied. Shiki walked behind Natsu. Who are you talking to? Shiki asked. Our talk has to resume later on. Natsu replied. Yes, we should link up as we planned. Rachelle replied. Yes, we should. Natsu replied. She hung up. Who was that? Shiki asked. Rachelle LaFromboise, Izumi's mother. Natsu replied. Why would you talk to her? Shiki asked. As I got to talk to her, she is a very kind and helpful person. Natsu replied. When did you meet Rachelle? Shiki asked. I met her when my car broke down in LA a few years ago. She showed me a place to get my car fixed for an affordable price. Natsu replied. A few days later, we went out drinking, and that is when I found out she was that woman who used to threaten you about taking care of a child. Natsu replied. Now your buddy-buddy with her? Shiki asked. She is not a bad person. You just wanted to control her. That was not your place, Shiki. Natsu replied. As we heard them talk, Rii was thinking about Haruto. I feel like he is going to talk to her someway behind our dad's back. As I was thinking this, I heard a phone go off. Who is that? I asked. Well it's Haruto. Rii replied. He texted you. I replied.
Haruto: Hey Rii, I see your father is being unreasonable again.
Rii: I know but he means well.
Haruto: He's always been like that. Even though you are eighteen now.
Rii: I plan on moving out when I start college this coming August.
Haruto: What college did you get accepted into?
Haruto: I go there too actually. I am in my second year there it's awesome.
Rii: What did you major in?
Haruto: I am majoring in Medicine and you?
Rii: Oh I majored in Law.
Haruto: Cool, our departments are not that far from each other.
Haruto: Who was that girl with you? A sister or friend?
Rii: My half-sister, Izumi LaFromboise she's Dutch, French and Japanese
Haruto: Wow that is one mixture of different cultures.
Rii, are you texting him? I asked. Yes. Rii replied. What is he texting you? He's handsome and a Med student? Rii, I don't care what dad says. You should date him for you not for any other reasons. I replied. You sure, Izumi? Rii asked. Yes you can date him. He really likes you and he seems persistent too. I replied. As I called my mom. Yes Izumi? Rachelle asked. Hey mom if a guy is persistent what does that mean? I asked. He can come off as two things. Annoying and creepy. Rachelle replied. He can also come off as a genuine guy who just wants to shot his shot. Rachelle replied. Genuine guy who just wants to shot his shot. I replied. Is this about that guy who likes Rii and what your father did earlier today? Rachelle asked. Yes. I replied. Rii, I want you to listen to me. If your heart says date him go for it, lady. Rachelle replied. Thank you, Rachelle. Rii replied. Rii smiled as my mom gave her that advice. Mom, I think that pep talk really helped her. I replied. As long as I help others, I know I am doing something right. Rachelle replied.
Haruto: How about this weekend you and your sister can go to a party.
I looked down at Rii's phone.
We should go out about, Rii. I replied. My friend Risa is hosting it. Rii replied. Then we should go for it. I replied.