Los Angeles, November 9th, 2026
“No.” I groaned and Jake came and crawled onto me, “Baby, let me sleep. Please.”
“Mum, I got to go to school.” He said, “Dad’s gone again.”
“He’s at a conference.” I mumbled and turned and looked at him, “How’d you sleep?”
“Enough. I’m gonna be late, mum. Get up.” He said, getting up and pulling my arm. I sighed and sat up before I picked him up and hugged him.
“Good morning to you too.” I said, kissed his cheek as he chuckled a little. I watched as he slipped out of my grip and made his way out of my room.
I took a breath to myself and got up myself.
Seven years old and he’s just like my brother Jacob. Waking me up for school but now he’s waking me up so he can go to school.
Jake’s named after Jacob. His real name is Jacob John Drawt but Jake was his name for short. And he likes it better, he told Jax and I that a few years ago.
Now it gives me a name to yell when I’m angry, I guess.
I looked towards the clock after I was finally dressed and it’s only seven o’clock.
“Jake, it’s seven o’clock!” I yelled as I made my way out and through our massive mansion of a house, “Why’d you wake me up this early?” I asked, walking downstairs.
“To be fair, you’re supposed to be waking me up.”
“No, you’re not a teenager yet.” I answered, walking behind the kitchen bench, “I’m young, I’m allowed my beauty sleep.”
“Girls.” He rolled his eyes and I pointed my finger to him.
“What was that?”
“Dad said it first.”
“Dad’s not here.”
“But he still does it.” He shot back and I turned and got the orange juice out of the fridge, “Will he be home tonight?”
“Should be. You need to explain to him about this bully at school.”
“But I told you.”
“And I told him. He wants to talk to you about it.” I said, pouring myself a glass, “Want some?”
“No thanks, mum.” He sighed and I smirked a little, putting the juice away, “Can we go? I want to go?”
“Calm your farm, I still need breakfast.”
“I had cereal.” He said and I nodded, looking at the cereal and milk on the bench.
“I see.” I said, “Come clean up your mess.” I said and he got down from the stool and got the cloth from the sink, “Anything going good at school today?”
“Ok. Well, I was thinking of starting my Christmas shopping this week. Anything in particular you want?”
“Um, maybe.” He said, sitting back in his seat.
“Well, share. I want to know.”
“No, you’ll only laugh.”
“Tell me. How will I know if you don’t?” I asked, raising my eyebrow and he looked down a little, “Sweetie, it’s ok. You can tell me.”
“I want a baby sister.” He said and I smiled before I laughed a little and he frowned, “You laughed.”
“That’s so adorable.” I said, going to him and hugging him.
“I know.” I said, moving away, “But a baby sister might be a little hard.”
“Why? How do I get one?”
“I think your father should be here for that talk, buddy.” I said, “But a baby sister, that’s a pretty big present. But for you, I’ll talk with daddy about it, ok? How does that sound?”
“Good.” He smiled, “Now, let’s go.”
“Is there a reason you want to go so early?”
“Peter’s coming back and I want to beat him to school.”
“Peter’s back?” I smiled, getting my keys and phone, “How was his trip?”
“Good. There was this big theme park he went to, Dreamworld. And then there was Movieworld and SeaWorld. Can we go to Australia, mum?”
“Yes! A big holiday to the parks like he did.” He said and then got into my little pearl grey Hyundai. I got in behind the wheel, buckled up and waited until he was buckled in too.
“You’re going to have to ask your father for that one. I’ll get the baby, he can get the holiday.” I said, reversing back and I smirked at him as he smiled, looking outside.
I parked at the school, my old school but over the road where the primary school was.
“Hey, hey, hey.” I snapped as he opened his door, “Kiss.” I said and he came around and kissed my cheek, “And don’t tell anyone about your presents!” I yelled as he got out and closed the door. I watched as he ran away and inside before I looked down at the screen to see Jax’s name.
I answered as I started down the road again.
“You never know. I haven’t brushed my hair yet.” I replied and heard him chuckle a little, “So, I had a big talk with the champion.”
“Here we go.” He muttered on the other side and I laughed a little.
“I think we should meet up for lunch? Or maybe you can come home early?”
“I’m in New York, baby.”
“New York?” I said. Did he tell me that? “Ok, I guess those are out.”
“You want to save it or is phone alright?”
“Well, do you want to know now?”
“A little, yeah.” He said and I smirked a little, stopping at an intersection with lights.
“I guess you’ll have to wait then.”
“I knew you were going to say that.” He sighed, “How’d you sleep?”
“Rock solid until Jake came and woke me up. Just dropped him off.”
“Katie, it’s only quarter to eight.”
“He wanted to beat Peter. Peter’s back from the Gold Coast. I think he and Jake were talking last night about it.”
“He wants to go, doesn’t he?”
“As one little present?”
“Little?” He said, “Shit, what’re the others?”
“Do you really want me to tell you over the phone?” I said, parking outside of Nate’s place. I looked up at the house to see his car in the front but also Jorden and Mason’s.
“Did you call me an idiot?”
“Nope.” I said, “Nate’s had a party again with the boys. I bet you they’re all going to be high when I walk in.”
“Katie, I don’t want you with them then.”
“They’re only Angels.”
“Exactly.” He said and I laughed a little, “Ok, tell me everything tomorrow when I get home, ok?”
“Ok, will do. Call tonight, I’m sure Jake would want to talk to you.”
“I will. Love you.”
“I love you too. Be safe!” I yelled before it ended and I turned down my mirror and fixed my hair and makeup.