I turned to Andrew. “What?”
“I think that chick has just broken up with that kid over there.”
From our perch on top of the roof, where we were looking for the leak that was pissing me off when the storm tore through over the weekend, we could see to the corner of the street. Two high school kids were crouched on the gutter. His head was in his hands and he appeared to be sobbing. She kept grabbing his shoulders only to be shaken off and ignored.
“Shouldn’t those two be in class?” I asked and still joined my brother sitting down on the slope and watching.
“Not me. But surely they do realise they are more likely to get into trouble if they’re out of class.”
“Trouble?” he snorted.
“You got your first girlfriend pregnant while skipping class.”
He had no comeback for that. And then he opened his mouth. “Maybe we should make a sign for them saying ‘using a condom’.”
“Or we could find a song on youtube that explains everything and play it for them. Surely there is something like that out there.”
Andrew patted his pockets. “My phone is downstairs.”
“But if we go down then we lose the best seat to watch them. Oh, there’s movement. It looks like she is getting up.” I excitedly sat up straighter. My, this was exhilarating to see her stand and simply walk away from the boy. “That heartless cow just left him in the gutter.”
“Maybe she told him the baby wasn’t his.”
“Or that she wanted time to find herself before giving herself to someone else and is joining a Buddhist monastery in India.” I speculated along with him.
“You have the strangest ideas. Hey, the boy is up and is chasing after her.” Sure enough as he swiped under his eyes he went after her and caught up. “That is so shameful dude. Have some pride and walk away.”
My heart broke a little as he placed his hands this time on her shoulders and stood still, blocking her way. “Maybe he really loves her.”
There was a pause.
Together we started to cackle. “Yeah right. Hey, maybe he told her that he really is gay and is afraid that she will spread the rumour.”
Andrew stopped laughing and stared at his hands. “We shouldn’t joke like that; it shouldn’t make a difference to anything what someone’s sexual orientation is.”
“So, if Jenny came home from school and told you that she had a girlfriend, you would support her no matter what?” I think I knew the answer my brother would give, so I’m not sure why I asked.
“Always.” There was no hesitation and he didn’t glare at me for suggesting that he would judge his daughter for being a lesbian.
I smiled, happy to know that at least one of my brothers was a good father and leaned my head against his shoulder.
“Look, he’s giving her a hug.”
“But she doesn’t look like she wants it,” I raised my head.
“Speaking of romance… do you have a boyfriend yet, Lori?”
That made me confused. Since when did he have an interest in knowing about his little sister’s dating habits? “No. Why are you asking?”
“Well, you’re no longer living with mum. You have the house and a job and the next thing to come would be a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. If that’s what you’re into.”
I blinked. “Where is all of this coming from? Seriously Andrew, why are you asking about my love life? And who says that it should be the next big thing in my life to get a bloke? Maybe I don’t see the big deal.”
Andrew held up his hands. “Down girl. I was just asking, and anyway, finding a partner is a big thing. Trust me when I say that they can change your world.”
“I don’t believe that.”
I rolled my eyes. “I don’t want someone who is going to come into my life and destroy everything and make everything about him. Actually, I really just want to be single and do my own thing right now.”
“But you get to share your life and maybe have kids one day.”
“No.” I glared. “If this is a conversation about having babies, you should remember I am only just heading into my mid-twenties and don’t want a baby any time soon. And if that’s all a bloke is good for then I will go for donor sperm.”
He sighed heavily. “You don’t get it.”
“No, brother, it is you who doesn’t get it. I am happy being me and I don’t need a man to complete my life. Did you hear that? I don’t NEED a man to complete my life.”
“Oh, hell no. Don’t tell me that your wife has decided to mess with my love? Please, oh please no. Tell her to buy me kitchen stuff for my birthday. Do not let her find me a boyfriend.”
Andrew nodded his head. “I understand. I just had to have the conversation with you and will now report back saying that you are happy as you are now.”
“Thank you.” Ugh, I needed men to help do the heavy lifting for the house not one to sleep in my bed with me. “I guess we can hop down now, I think that was the last hole back there.”
“But, the kids are still having their drama.” He pointed at them and now we could see that she was hugging him back. “Puke worthy.”
“Sweet. They walk up this street every day holding hands. And by walk I mean they dawdle the whole way.” My heart softened a little and I had to smile. “Oddly I hope they find happiness.”
“But I thought you were against couples.”
“No, that’s not what I said at all, brother. Love is nice and I do hope one day to find someone, but I don’t need someone to make me happy, to make my life complete. Which means I am more than happy to wait until the right guy comes along.”
Andrew stood up, wobbled a little but found his balance. “Right. Are you sure you don’t want Alice to give you a hand?”
“Hell no. I love her, but she is a little more on the crazy side than I am. Now get down that ladder so I can pass you the stuff. With the amount of silicon I pumped into this roof, I will be super pissed if it leaks again. I just need it to hold out until I get the new roof here.”