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Anna's Baby Shower

It was Saturday, March 20, 2004. Anna’s 5th baby shower was one week away. It was evening. Steve and Kevin were in their room watching TV. Both of their parents knocked on their bedroom door which was closed at the time.

“Hey, is it alright if we can in and talk to you two real quick?“, Kevin Sr. asked. “Sure, come in.“, Steve said. Steve and Kevin’s parents entered the bedroom.

“Guys, we have a huge announcement to make. We’re gonna have my baby shower right here next Saturday.“, Anna said. “I’ve never been to a baby shower before. Have you Steve?“, Kevin said. “No, I haven’t. All of us were at another relative’s house the last four baby showers which were not at home.“, Steve said.

“What’s a baby shower?“, Kevin asked. “Is it gonna be a party where it will be raining babies?“, Steve joked. “A baby shower is a party that celebrates the upcoming birth of a child.“, Anna said.

“Oh, well, okay.“, Kevin said. “We’ve invited several family members already.“, Anna said. If you want to invite your friends over before next Saturday, you can.“, Kevin Sr. said. “And that’s all we have to say for now. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday night you two.“, Anna said. Steve and Kevin’s parents left the bedroom and closed the bedroom door.

“So, do you think we should invite our friends?“, Kevin asked. “Sure, why not? They hang out over here a lot anyway.“, Steve said. “I wonder if these kinds of parties have a cake just like birthday parties.“, Kevin said.

“I wonder if there will be pizza. A cake would be cool too.“, Steve said. “What do you think Mom and Dad have planned for this upcoming baby shower next week?“, Kevin asked. “Who knows? Maybe the baby’s gender will finally be revealed to us. I’ve been dying to know the gender forever.“, Steve said.

“So, do we invite our friends over through the phone or at school next Monday?“, Kevin asked. “Hey, we got cell phones. I’ll call them on my cell right now, and see if any of them are interested in coming.“, Steve said. Steve got his cell phone and was about to call some of his friends.

“Okay, you do that. I’ll just keep my eyes on the TV screen.“, Kevin said. Steve held two thumbs up. Then Steve started calling someone and Kevin continued keeping his eyes on the TV screen.

***

It was Saturday, March 27, 2004. It was afternoon. Anna’s baby shower just got started and there were lots of people present at Steve’s place.

Steve and Kevin walked up to the dining room table where the cake was sitting. “Well, it looks like baby showers do have cakes after all.“, Steve said. “I’m starting to like baby showers already.“, Kevin said.

I walked up to Steve and Kevin. “Hey, look who made it.“, Kevin said. “Hey, cool party. Is the gender of the baby revealed yet?“, I asked.

“No, not yet.“, Steve said. “Well, is it going to be revealed today or tonight?“, I asked. “We’re both not sure.“, Kevin said.

“I wonder what our Mom is doing now.“, Steve said. “Oh, I just saw her. She’s currently playing Uno with the other party guests.“, Kevin said. Kevin saw finger foods being placed on the dining room table.

“Hey, we got finger foods too. Can this day get any better?“, Kevin said. “It sure can.“, Stacy said standing behind Kevin. Kevin turned around.

“Hey, Stacy. Thanks for coming.“, Kevin said. “You’re welcome.“, Stacy said. “I also decided to invite Stacy.“, Steve said.

“Hey, great thinking, little bro.“, Kevin said. “I gotta go use the bathroom real quick. Catch you later, baby.“, Stacy said. Stacy walked away.

“So, I guess it’s just the three of us. What do you guys wanna do?“, I said. “Let’s hang out in our room for a little while.“, Steve said. “Sounds like a plan.“, Kevin said.

All three of us starting walking to Steve and Kevin’s bedroom. All three of us entered Steve and Kevin’s bedroom. “Well, here we all are. So, what do you guys wanna do in here?“, I said.

“Hey, baby.“, Kevin’s second girlfriend said after entering the room. “Oh, no.“, Kevin said to himself. “What was that honey?“, the girl asked.

“I said oh hey. Who in the world invited you here?“, Kevin said. “Your little brother did.“, the girl said. “Oh, I should’ve known.“, Kevin said.

“And your brother didn’t tell me there was going to be a cake here.“, the girl said. “Yeah, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.“, Kevin said. “No, not that cake. I was talking about you silly. Well, I’m gonna go now. See you later, baby. I know I’m going to be craving some sugar real soon.“, the girl said smiling.

The girl left the bedroom. After Kevin saw the girl leave the bedroom, he smacked the back of Steve’s head. “Ow! Hey, what’d was that for?!“, Steve said.

“Why in the world would you invite my other girlfriend over here and Stacy? Now, I’m at an even greater risk of being caught by Stacy with another chick.“, Kevin said. “Because we both agreed to invite at least some of our friends. Girlfriends included.“, Steve said. “That was really stupid, dude.“, Kevin said. “Yeah, I’m gonna have to take your brother’s side on this one, Steve.“, I said.

“Well, what did you want me to do? Not invite our three girlfriends?“, Steve asked. “No, just not invite the extra girlfriend. Stacy and Ariana would’ve been just fine.“, Kevin said. “Well, it’s too late now. Sorry, Kev. We should’ve discussed the two-girlfriend situation first before inviting some of our friends over.“, Steve said.

“Come on, guys. Let’s go hang out somewhere else.“, Kevin said. All three of us agreed with that statement. Then all three of us left Steve and Kevin’s bedroom.

***

Later that afternoon, a close female friend of Anna’s got behind the microphone next to Anna who was sitting down in a chair in the living room. “Okay, everyone, can I have your attention, please? It’s about that time for the soon-to-be mother of five to open her gifts. Now, you go ahead and open your first gift of the day.“, the close friend said. “Okay, I wonder what it is.“, Anna said.

Anna grabbed her first gift and started unwrapping it. “I didn’t know pregnant women get gifts during their own baby shower.“, Kevin said. “A baby shower must be like a birthday party for pregnant women.“, Steve said. “I wonder what’s next. Are there gonna be candles our Mom has to blow out or something?“, Kevin said.

Anna finished unwrapping her first gift. “It’s a firetruck.“, Anna said. “Hey, this is great. My new son or daughter’s first toy. I absolutely love it. Okay, onto the next gift.“, Anna said.

Anna started unwrapping her second gift. Anna finished unwrapping her second gift. “It’s a baby bottle.“, Anna said.

“That gift is from me.“, Anna’s close female friend said. “Thanks, I love it. Okay, let’s see what’s next.“, Anna said. Anna started unwrapping her third gift. Anna finished unwrapping her third gift.

“Blankets. These sure will be useful during the winter months.“, Anna said. Anna started unwrapping her fourth gift. Anna finished unwrapping her fourth gift.

“Diapers. I sure am gonna need these after my pregnancy.“, Anna said. Anna started unwrapping her fifth gift. Anna finished unwrapping her fifth gift.

“Clothes. I think these baby clothes are so cute and adorable.“, Anna said. “Hey, I think I get it now. The gifts given to the pregnant woman are gifts related to babies.“, Kevin said. “Dude, how is a firetruck related to a baby?“, Steve asked.

“Maybe that baby is a future firefighter.“, Kevin said. Anna got finished opening up her next gift. “Blocks from Fisher-Price. Loving it.“, Anna said.

“Wait, are these gifts for the mother or the child?“, Steve asked. “Yo, Jamal, you know anything about baby showers?“, Kevin asked. “No, this is the first baby shower I’ve ever been to in my entire ten years of living.“, I said.

“Are you sure you haven’t forgotten any baby showers during the past ten years?“, Steve said. “I’m positive.“, I said. Moments later, all of the gifts were opened.

“Well, that concludes the opening of gifts. Have a wonderful rest of the baby shower everyone.“, the close female friend said. The close friend walked away from the microphone and the baby shower continued. “I wonder when we’re finally gonna eat some cake. I’m starving.“, Steve said.

“Dudes, isn’t the birth of your little brother or sister way more important than cake?“, I asked. “Sure, but for right now, the cake is the only thing on both of our minds right now.“, Kevin said. The baby shower continued.

Later that afternoon, Kevin walked up to Nathan and Brad who were drinking punch near a table. “Hey, dude. What’s up?“, Nathan said. “Hey, listen, I need you guys to do something for me.“, Kevin said.

“Sure, what is it?“, Brad asked. “I need you to keep my second girlfriend busy while I go hang out with my first girlfriend.“, Kevin said. “But how are we supposed to do that?“, Nathan asked.

“I don’t know. Talk to her or something. Thanks.“, Kevin said. Kevin walked away to go hang out with his first girlfriend. “Come on, let’s go.“, Nathan said.

A few moments later, Nathan and Brad walked up to Kevin’s second girlfriend. “Hey.“, Nathan said. “Hi.“, the girl said.

“We’re friends of Kevin.“, Brad said. “Oh, nice to know. Hey, speaking of Kevin, where is he anyway?“, the girl said. “Um, we don’t know. We haven’t seen him anywhere.“, Nathan said.

“Well, I’m gonna go look for him.“, the girl said. Nathan and Brad got in the girl’s way. “Wait, we were thinking maybe we could be your friend as well.“, Brad said.

“Yeah, can we be your friends?“, Nathan asked. “I’ll consider it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a boyfriend to go look for.“, the girl said. Nathan and Brad got in the girl’s way again.

“Before you do that, how are you doing today?“, Brad asked. “I’m fine.“, the girl said. The girl tried walking away, but Nathan and Brad got in the girl’s way for a third consecutive time.

“Do you like baby showers?“, Nathan asked. “I think they’re okay.“, the girl said. “What about this baby shower?“, Brad asked.

“It’s okay.“, the girl said. The girl tried walking away, but Nathan and Brad got in the girl’s way for a fourth consecutive time. “How likely are you gonna be at another baby shower in the next three months?“, Nathan asked.

“I have no idea.“, the girl said. “What about in the next six months?“, Brad asked. “Again, I have no idea.“, the girl said.

“What about in the next nine months?“, Nathan asked. “For the third straight time, I have no idea.“, the girl said. “What about in the next year?“, Brad asked.

“Okay, what is up with you two?“, the girl asked. “We have no idea what you’re talking about.“, Nathan said. “Why are you two preventing me from looking for my future husband?“, the girl asked.

“Preventing? Us? No, we weren’t preventing you at all.“, Brad said. “Well, if you weren’t trying to keep me from Kevin on purpose, you would have run out of things to say to me by now. So, do you two have anything left to say to me?“, the girl said. “Um, can we think about it for a minute or two?“, Nathan asked.

“No, you can’t. Think about it now or I’ll run you two over.“, the girl said. “Um, what about in the next five years?“, Brad asked. “Ugh, out of my way losers!“, the girl said.

Nathan and Brad got out of the girl’s way and the girl walked away. “The next ten years?“, Brad asked as he saw the girl walk away. “Well, we did the best we could. Come on, dude.“, Nathan said before walking away. “Darn it. I was just about to say the next one hundred years.“, Brad said to himself before walking away to follow Nathan.

Later that afternoon, Kevin walked up to Amanda, Ariana, and Jessica. “Hey, ladies.“, Kevin said. “Hey, Kevin.“, Ariana said.

“My second girlfriend is currently looking for me as we speak. What I need for you three to do is talk to her to buy some time while I hang out with Stacy. That way, she won’t be able to catch me with Stacy.“, Kevin said. “Okay, sure. We’ll help you out.“, Amanda said. Kevin held two thumbs up and walked away.

The second girlfriend was seen trying to look for Kevin in the spot where Kevin was previously standing. “Hi.“, Jessica said. “Hey, have you three seen Kevin anywhere?“, the girl asked.

“We have not. We’re his friends by the way. I’m Amanda. This redhead over here is Ariana. My best friend. And this girl with the black hair is Jessica, but we call her Jess for short.“, Amanda said. “Okay, nice to meet all of you.“, the girl said. “So, after this baby shower is over, maybe we can all hang out. Just the four of us. Would you like that?“, Jessica said.

“Maybe next Saturday.“, the girl said. “Hey, maybe we all could spend the night together. All four of us next Saturday.“, Ariana said. “I’ll see whether or not my schedule allows it next Saturday.“, the girl said.

“And maybe we could all spend the night at my house next Saturday. How does that sound?“, Amanda said. “I’ll see what my schedule is gonna look like next weekend.“, the girl said. The girl was about to walk away.

Jessica ran to the front of the girl. “Um, excuse me, you’re in my way.“, the girl said. “Oh, sorry. I guess I’ll just get out of your way then.“, Jessica said smiling.

“Yeah, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.“, the girl said smiling. “You’re welcome. And I’m glad that you really appreciate it.“, Jessica said smiling. The girl tried getting out of Jessica’s way.

The girl tried getting out of Jessica’s way some more. The girl tried getting out of Jessica’s way some more but was unsuccessful. “Okay, you’re still in my way.“, the girl said.

“Sorry, I’m not trying to prevent you from walking away on purpose.“, Jessica said. “So, that must mean you’re trying to prevent me from walking away on purpose. Ugh, why does my boyfriend have such weird friends?“, the girl said. Jessica got out of the girl’s way.

“Okay, see, I’m out of your way. Happy now?“, Jessica said. The girl tried walking away. Then Ariana got in the girl’s way.

“Oh, sorry.“, Ariana said smiling. Ariana got out of the girl’s way. The girl tried walking away.

Then Amanda got in the girl’s way. “Hey, move it Blondie or else I’ll knock that pretty little blonde hair of yours into last week!“, the girl said angrily. Amanda got out of the way without saying a word.

“Yeah, that’s what I thought.“, the girl said. The girl successfully walked away. “I so wanted to stop her right there and give her a piece of my mind.“, Amanda said.

“Well, we all did the best that we could. She’s gone now.“, Ariana said. “Yeah, all we can do from this point moving forward is nothing at all.“, Jessica said. Jessica walked away and Ariana followed Jessica. Then Amanda followed the other two girls.

Later that afternoon, Kevin walked up to Nathan and Brad. “Hey, guys.“, Kevin said. “Hey, did you get caught by your girlfriend with another girlfriend yet?“, Brad asked.

“Which one? Don’t answer that. Okay, I need you two to talk to Stacy while I go hang out with my other girlfriend. Deal?“, Kevin said. “It’s a deal.“, Nathan said. “Great, catch you dudes, later.“, Kevin said.

Kevin walked away. Moments later, Nathan and Brad walked up to Stacy as she was getting some punch for herself. “Hey, Stacy.“, Nathan said.

“Oh, hey guys.“, Stacy said. Stacy took a sip of punch. “Hey, do you know where Kevin is? I haven’t seen him in quite a while now.“, Stacy said.

“Oh, you know Kevin. He’s always disappearing somewhere into nowhere land.“, Brad said. “Sorry, we don’t know where Kevin is.“, Nathan said. “But hey, you’ve got us to talk to.“, Brad said.

Stacy took another sip of her punch. “Okay, fine, what do you want to talk about?“, Stacy asked. “Um, go ahead Brad, you’ve got this.“, Nathan said.

“No, you go ahead my man.“, Brad said. “But I can’t think of anything to talk about. Therefore, you go ahead.“, Nathan said. “You can probably come up with a way better topic of conversation than me. You go ahead.“, Brad said.

“No, you’re older than me. You go ahead.“, Nathan said. “No, I insist.“, Brad said. “What does insist mean?“, Nathan asked.

“I’m not sure. But I think it’s pretty much the same as you choose the conversation topic.“, Brad said. “But I don’t want to.“, Nathan said. “And neither do I.“, Brad said.

“Maybe I should choose the conversation topic.“, Stacy said. “Oh, yeah, great idea. Okay, you go ahead.“, Nathan said. “Let’s talk about the weather.“, Stacy said.

“Okay, well, at least it’s not showering babies outside. Am I right?“, Brad joked. “Okay, this just got weird. I’m gonna go now.“, Stacy said. Stacy walked away from Nathan and Brad.

“Wait, I’ve got plenty more weather-related jokes where that came from!“, Brad said. “Dude, when did you become a comedian?“, Nathan asked. “Well, we lost Stacy just like we lost that other chick.“, Brad said.

“Yeah, we tried our best. But our best just wasn’t good enough for a second straight time.“, Nathan said. Nathan walked away. Then Brad followed Nathan.

Later that afternoon, Kevin walked up to Amanda, Ariana, and Jessica again. “Girls, hey. Listen, I need you three to keep Stacy busy while I hang out with my other girlfriend. Just keep talking to her as long as you possibly can. Thanks. Bye.“, Kevin said. Kevin walked away.

“Who in the world made him boss? He can’t tell us what to do.“, Jessica said. “Stacy! Hey! How are you today?“, Ariana said. “Hey, I’m fine.“, Stacy said.

“Hey, have you three seen Kevin somewhere around here?“, Stacy asked. “No, we have not.“, Jessica said. “So, after this baby shower is over, maybe we can all hang out. Just the four of us. Would you like that?“, Amanda said.

“Sure, maybe next Saturday.“, Stacy said. “Hey, maybe we all could spend the night together. All four of us next Saturday.“, Ariana said. “I’ll see whether or not my schedule allows it next Saturday.“, Stacy said.

“And maybe we could all spend the night at my house next Saturday. How does that sound?“, Amanda said. “I’ll see what my schedule is gonna look like next weekend.“, Stacy said. Stacy was about to walk away.

Jessica quickly ran to get in front of Stacy. “You want a Pepsi?“, Jessica asked with a second drink in her hand. “Um, no thanks. I already had punch. I don’t wanna have to use the restroom too much while I’m here.“, Stacy said.

Stacy tried walking away, but Jessica kept preventing her from walking away. “Is there a problem or something?“, Stacy asked. “What? A problem? No, no problems here. Why do you ask?“, Jessica said.

“Because you keep preventing me from walking away and it’s really starting to annoy me.“, Stacy said. “Okay, I’ll get out of your way.“, Jessica said. Jessica got out of Stacy’s way.

“Okay, there you are. A clear path to walk without anyone standing in your way.“, Jessica said. Stacy stopped looking at Jessica and started walking away. Ariana quickly ran to the front of Stacy.

“Hi, can I help you with something?“, Stacy asked. “Ummmmmmm, you know what? I totally forgot what I was gonna say.“, Ariana said. “Well, come back to me when you remember.“, Stacy said.

“Okay, I’ll do that if I remember.“, Ariana said. Ariana got out of Stacy’s way. Stacy stopped looking at Ariana and started walking away.

Amanda got in the way of Stacy. “And why are you in my way?“, Stacy asked. “You aren’t gonna threaten me with violence. Are you?“, Amanda said.

“Why in the world would I do that? I’m a sixth-grader. You’re a fourth-grader. You wouldn’t win even if you’re life depended on it. But I would never hurt any of you. Now, what I wanna know is this. Why are all of you getting in my way? Be honest.“, Stacy said. “Okay, you want the truth. Here it is. Your boyfriend has a second-.“, Jessica said. “Look, there’s Kevin!“, Ariana said.

Stacy turned around and started looking. “Where? I don’t see him.“, Stacy said. Stacy stopped looking and turned back around. Amanda, Ariana, and Jessica were all gone. “When did Kevin’s friends start being total weirdos?“, Stacy asked herself before walking away.

It was evening. Steve and Kevin got done eating dinner while Anna’s baby shower was continuing. “Man, that was probably the best dinner I had all year.“, Kevin said.

“Hey, heads up. Here comes the dessert.“, Steve said as everyone was being served dessert. “Dude, I’ve been waiting for this moment all day. And now the moment has finally arrived.“, Kevin said. Steve and Kevin were served with strawberry cake and strawberry ice cream.

“Hey, look, we’ve got ice cream too.“, Kevin said. “You know, now I want Mom and Dad to have another baby after this one so we can go to another baby shower.“, Steve said. Steve and Kevin started eating dessert and the baby shower continued.

I sat down next to Steve and Kevin while eating my dessert. “Hey, Jamal. You see my two girlfriends anywhere near here?“, Kevin said. “Don’t worry, Stacy is eating with Amanda, Ariana, and Jess. The other girlfriend is eating somewhere far, far away from here.“, I said.

“Oh, well, that’s a relief.“, Steve said. “Hey, who knew baby shower desserts could be so delicious?“, I asked. “I know, our family should have this kind of dessert every night after dinner.“, Kevin said. We all continued eating while the baby shower continued.

Moments later, the baby shower came to an end. All the party guests, myself included, were in the process of leaving. Kevin was standing with Steve and me.

“Well, this sure has been an awesome day. All three of us got to experience what it’s like to be at a baby shower for the first time, the dessert was amazing, and I didn’t get caught having two girlfriends at once.“, Kevin said. “Alright, well, I’m heading back home. See ya later guys.“, I said. “Okay, catch you later.“, Steve said.

I walked away and left Steve’s place. “So, you know where Stacy and/or the other chick is at?“, Kevin asked. “I don’t know where they are at, Kev.“, Steve said.

Stacy walked up to Kevin. “Well, I guess I better get going. See you later, honey bun.“, Stacy said. Stacy gave Kevin a short kiss on the lips and left Steve’s place.

“Isn’t she the best sixth-grade chick in the world?“, Kevin asked smiling. “In the world? I don’t know about that one.“, Steve said. Kevin’s other girlfriend walked up to Kevin.

“Well, see you later, baby.“, the girl said. The girl kissed Kevin on the lips and left Steve’s place. “Dude, your lips just touched two other girls’ lips in a very short amount of time.“, Steve said.

“Yeah, I know that I still have got to get my love life cleaned up as soon as possible. I guess I’ll just have to wait a little longer before I’m back down to one girlfriend again.“, Kevin said. “Yeah, good luck with that.“, Steve said. Steve left the living room.

Kevin saw Dexter sitting on the living room couch after no one else was in the living room. Kevin sat down on the living room couch. “Well, I guess it’s just you, me, and a little TV. Oh, and F.Y.I., no romance movies tonight. I’ve had just about enough romance for one day.“, Kevin said to Dexter. Kevin grabbed the TV remote and turned on the living room TV. Then Kevin put down the TV remote and started watching TV in the living room while sitting next to Dexter to end the day.

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