The girly voice on the other side of the phone brought some easiness
to his heart.
It’s me, Teo,” he spoke with a steady voice.
darling! I thought you wouldn’t call me after your little fit
back at your house.”
well. I’m not going through the best times, Carla,”
he said with a sigh. A long
pause followed. Teo glanced to his computer’s screen and then
rolled his chair a bit further from his desk. “Listen, my parents
called.” A gasp echoed from her side and the young man nodded in
perfect agreement. “Tell me about it,” he whispered and rubbed
his eyes, pulling, afterwards, his hair away from his face.
I mean, they didn’t even bother coming to our wedding. As far as I
can remember, your mother sent us a post card from Bali with
congratulations on it and signed only by her. Your father-”
know, Carla. I was there when we received it. I know.”
Teo let out an awkward
chuckle. His relationship with his parents was like this since
forever. He was after all the unwanted second child. His older
brother was everything that they were dreaming of; successful, with a
company of his, goals that matched the family name’s prestige and a
bright future that wasn’t threatened by silly wishes as being
married and being devoted to family. In few words; Devon was the spitting image of their father. As for Teo, well, they allowed him to take
whichever path he desired. He was free of their restrictions and
their affection, hence their
absence in one of the most important event of his life.
Are you there?”
I’m sorry. Took a small trip down memory lane.”
What did they want?”
the funny thing, actually! They are coming to Australia. I mean, they
spent the past eleven years traveling around the world; they refused
to come to our wedding and even pay a visit to our house, and now the
want to come. Now!” His tone was raised in a very furious manner.
Teo stood up, shut the door of his office and leaned against his
down, now. Ok? They must have their reasons,”
she tried to put out the fire that was burning him, but somehow she
managed to anger him.
a wonderful idea, honey! I will calm down, alright. My parents are
coming to visit and probably see how
I am doing with my life, and do you know what they will come across
Absolute failures! A divorce and a job that is hanging on the tiniest
and thinnest rope in existence.” His heart was pounding painfully.
“I can’t...I can’t face them, not now, Carla,” he spoke
defeated by fear and disappointment.
don’t! Come up with a lie and convince them to visit some other
cheery voice was slowly driving him over the edge. To
her everything was so easy and possible. There was a solution
everywhere for this woman. He was dying sick? Vitamins! His hard
drive burnt? Get a new one! Their marriage falling? Grab a new lover!
Easy. When it came down to Carla, everything was easy.
I’m going to be blunt so...Come back to our house, pretend that we
are back together and you are free to go when they leave.” He heard
himself and a part of him wanted to cry so badly while another wanted
to fall down laughing.
darling, I want to help, really, I do. But I’m not in Perth right
now. Jonas and I are at a resort in Ahipara.”
he chuckled, “you are –
he asked in disbelief and continued, “Ahipara, as in Ahipara in New
Zealand? Y-You are in New Zealand? Why? How? When?” So many
questions were filling his head and even though he needn’t to know
the answer, he was curious enough.
when I told you that Jonas-”
the guy from the app?” “Mhm, that one. I told
you that he is a surfer, right? Well, I wanted to see him in action
and one thing led to another and here I am! I will definitely send
you some pictures later! The place is gorgeous! We should have
thought of coming here on our honeymoon. I mean…” All
the while Carla was blubbering about the new joy in her life, Teo
couldn’t stop thinking
alternatives; he could easily call them and tell them that he’d
have to go to an unexpected business trip. Then again, what business
trip a computer programmer would go to? A convention maybe? Nuh, not
good. They’d probably ask him which so they could accompany him. An
illness, perhaps? That would keep his mother away but not his dad. If
they couldn’t meet him then they’d love to see their daughter in
law. ”Teo? Are you listening to me?” Tell
them the truth. How hard could that be, since he’s been nothing but
a constant disappointment? Of
course that would also mean that he lied in the phone call.
damn it, Carla, you’ve got to help me!” And so it came to this;
as I said. I can’t. Give lots of kisses and hugs to my...ex
in-laws. Is that even a thing? Hahahah.”
Got that. Thank you for nothing.”
And just like that he hang
even a minute later, a knock on the door echoed in the room.
this a good time, Theodore?”
Yaro,” Teo exclaimed and
returned to his seat. “What can I do for you?”
James made sure to fill me in before he leaves-”
nothing serious. He had to take some time off, I
guess. All this work and the poor boy wouldn’t rest.”
boy, my arse, Teo nearly laughed
at those words, but he maintained his professional image. “And what
can I do?”
apparently James was very worried about you. He did tell me- Oh, do
you mind if I sit?” The old man pulled the only chair across Teo
and sat down without waiting for an answer. But of course he was the
boss and he could do as he pleased, whenever he felt like it. “As I
was saying,” he crossed his legs and rested his hands on the knees,
“James asked me to keep an eye on you. He knows how important this
project is to you and he’d hate if anything happened due to your
exhaustion. I mean, I took a look at your extra hours and this month
alone, well, we might as well say that your paycheck will be
doubled.” Mr. Yaro chuckled like and for a second, to Teo’s eyes,
he looked like those little, chubby, old men in anime and cartoons;
absolutely innocent, full of silly humor and in dire need freaking
ok. Yes, I did have to work harder than before and that was due to
some unfortunate events. But
I do rest as much as I need.”
happy to hear that. You don’t want to end up like me; old and with
crackling bones, stuck behind a desk and checking files all day!”
He laughed, again. This time a little louder cause he knew. Oh the
old man knew that Teo would wish to be in his place. And not for the
crackling bones or the years. No. But to being paid thrice his
regular paycheck and doing nothing but spending a few hours in the
office and then leaving before noon to catch up with his favorite
else, you want me for, sir?”
Just checking in. Making sure that you are ok!” Mr. Yaro stood up,
straightened his suit and coughed a little. “Oh, and another thing.
Tomorrow we will have a meeting with a new client. They want to meet
our head programmer and discuss a few matters.”
what about my project? ”
yes. The reason why I’ve been doing so much overtime. My main
project that I’ve been working on for two years now.”
take it you have been informed that the files of the concept art were
lost today.” He spoke in a sharp manner.
I’ve been told. A virus caused the hard drive to almost burn.”
was incredible fortunate that
it got restrained and didn’t mess with the entire system”
well as the fact that a few days back the game’s code was faulty?”
Yaro smirked and turned his back with a deep inhale. “Ah, Theodore.
I suggest you take some time off,” he turned his head just to look
at him, “If someone was to hear you, they’d say you are implying
that your work has been...sabotaged?”
gulped. A threatening aura surrounded him. The odds were not in his
favor at all. He relaxed and lowered his head. “Of course not. I’m
say anything and try to rest a bit more,” he had turned back to
that innocent little old man, with his dark blue blazer, the gray
pants and shiny black shoes, “go home or even go out to search for
a nice sweet honey for your self!” In the end, he left while
nice sweet honey, huh? Right…” and with that, he returned back to
was no intention of staying longer than he was supposed to. He had a
bunch of things to do after that like; go grocery shopping for his
parents’ visit and take a look at the hardware shop for some brand
new equipment. And, at the end of the day grab a beer and sit in
front of his laptop, searching the web for a way to save himself from
his own family.
Parents are on their way, Carla is having the time of her life and...did anyone get a weird kinda aura from Mr. Yaro?
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I feel very sorry for Teo, that is, everyone around him overwhelms him, it seems that Teo's feelings don't value anything, he feels a lot of emotional pressure and as in the previous episode, Nick isn't the best support Teo could ask for, they're both so different, he's like my mom says, "a man with a teenage mentality with raging hormones".
Teo has everything he ever dreamed of; a job as a video game designer in a very established company in, an apartment of his own and a wife that anyone would envy, while he still is in his late 20s. Life in Perth, Australia, goes easily and smoothly, even during those few rainy days.
But what happens when everything is bound to turn a full circle?
His wife files for a divorce after falling for a random stranger. His boss keeps on pressuring him and errors come out of nowhere.
And the worst?
His parents, the incarnation of his most terrifying nightmares, are planning to visit him soon.
Desperation tends to drive a sane man off the edge and Teo has to consider every possible way out. Luckily, he is not alone, with a couple of friends willing to help, and a very controversial young man living next door...
This might be your typical love story but with a playful twist (or twists) along the way!