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Sachiko's Plight

By Geziena Anne Mallett

Drama

Chapter 1

"What the fuck do you mean you're getting remarried?!" Sachiko yelled down the phone as she stopped stroking Wolf's ears.

Wolf whined as he nosed her hand insistently.

"Language, young lady!" the woman scolded on the other side "He proposed and I said yes! His sons are eager to welcome you into their home."

"Oh no, no, no, no!" Sachiko wagged her finger "I am not moving in with his sons! This is my home, you haven't been here for years, you cannot decide where I'm moving to or who I'm moving in with!"

"Sachi, don't exaggerate…"

"Look, I'm happy that you got your job overseas as some international worldwide journalist or something like that but let's face it, you haven't been here since my twelfth birthday and you didn't even tell me about this guy when you met him or when you started going out with him, this is the first I've heard of this guy!"

"Well maybe if you'd pick up the phone and call me once in a while…"

"You're always busy!" Sachiko raised her voice as she stood from her seat "And what about you?! Not even one crappy postcard!"

"Well you could send me letters too, you know or text me?"

"I do and you know that, check your damn Japanese phone, not your international one," Sachiko sighed as she walked towards the fridge and grabbed a bottle of milk.

"Why send them there, I never use it."

"It's cheaper that way," Sachiko shrugged before taking a swig of milk.

Wolf barked for attention and she reached out to pet him with her foot.

"You have a dog?" the woman on the other side sounded surprised.

"You could say, I found him, fed him and he's loyal. It's good to have something to keep me company."

"Well why didn't you ask me to get you one? I could have gotten you a pure bred instead of some mongrel."

"This mongrel is my loyal companion, it doesn't matter if a dog is mixed or pure bred, they're dogs who need attention and love."

"Don't tell me you have the whole pound there."

"I'd love to but no, I just drop off the other animals I find at the animal rescue centre."

"And this…dog that you have?"

"Like I said, Wolf is special and keeps me company."

"Wolf? Really, you couldn't think of a better name?"

"Eh," Sachiko shrugged "Seemed fitting."

"How long have you had him?"

"Four years," Sachiko said with a tone of malice to give her a guilt trip.

"Oh right."

Sachiko shrugged again as she sat up on the kitchen counter.

"I'm still not moving into these guys' apartment," she said.

"Sachi, they're going to be your new family, you need to get to know them and you won't be so lonely anymore."

"I'm not lonely, I have Wolf, I'm fine."

"It'll be fun, the family you've always wanted."

Sachiko tensed as she bottle broke in her grip, milk and glass spilling everywhere.

"Damn, it's hard to find bottles of milk like these nowadays," she huffed, ignoring the woman expressing her concern "Shut up, I may have wanted an older brother or a dad when I was younger but I'm over it."

She shoved her foot in Wolf's nose and he backed up, making sure not to go anywhere near the milk and glass.

"Sachi, stop being so stubborn. They're all excited to meet you."

Sachiko sighed as she shrugged.

"How many are there?"

"Thirteen."

"Jesus, fuck, what is he a man-whore?!"

"Sachi!"

"Thirteen sons?! How is that possible, surely he has daughters!"

"Well…"

"He has daughters too," Sachiko sighed resignedly.

"Sachi, he just has custody over the boys and the wives take custody of the daughters."

"Whoa, whoa, whoa," Sachiko held up a finger "Wait a minute, wait a minute, wives? As in plural wives? What?!"

"Oh, I, uh um, happen to be the seventh woman he's marrying…"

"Oh HELL no!" Sachiko shouted and was met with a loud banging next door "Oh shut up, everyone has problems and has different ways of dealing with it, just bear with me for a goddamn moment!"

"Sachi!"

"I am not moving into their apartment if you're going to go into this marriage even though you know his track record for keeping wives!"

"Well they all had their problems and I think it would be nice for you to have a father and brothers, it will help with your growing up."

"No way."

"Sachi, it'll be much better if you move out of that cramped little apartment and into their place where it'll be more spacious and you'll be closer to the school, you'll be able to get help with your work!"

"It'll be problematic, I'll have to figure out a new route to school," Sachiko sighed as she covered her eyes.

"You can just walk with your new brothers."

"Urgh, you wouldn't understand. I'm still opposed to this."

"Sachi, please? Do this for me?"

"If he only has custody over the sons then why should I go and live with them? I can stay here."

"Sachi, as your mother, please just move in and be part of a family!"

"Shut up!" Sachiko screamed "Just shut the fuck up!"

She threw the phone hard into the opposite wall where it left a dent and the phone probably broke by the sound of the tone it made when it dropped to the floor. Wolf saw this as a game as he ran over and began tearing it apart. Sachiko brought her knees up to her chest and huffed.

"Bad things always happen in spring," she grumbled "New beginnings my ass, tch…"

She glared out of the window miserably as Wolf began barking aggressively at the chewed up phone.

"Yay, yay, yay!" Yuuki cheered as he sat in front of the TV screen "Baby sheep are so cute, look at them jumping, Akira!"

Akira lifted his head from his book to look at the lambs skipping across the field before switching back to his book.

"Yes, spring is wonderful," he nodded "New things happen in spring, it's exciting, isn't it?"

"And I'm going to have a new big sister, yay, yay, yay!"

"Oh, that's why you're so excited," Daiki laughed as he came down the stairs with some healthy snacks and a glass of milk.

"So you heard, huh?" Sora hummed as he stuck a piece of pocky in his mouth "Annoying, I thought father only cared for sons."

"Well it'll be nice to have a girl around, wouldn't it?" Daiki shrugged as Yuuki lunged for the plate of snacks.

"It'll be annoying," Sora insisted.

"How long has it been since I lived with a lovely woman?" Tsubasa sighed as he leaned against the sofa.

"You mainly live at your office," Sora retorted as Kohaku let out a rough cough "And no, you certainly do not count."

Tsubasa just grinned and Kohaku pouted whilst Riku flipped through his magazine.

"I wonder what this sister is like," he muttered "She's sixteen, right?"

"Yeah and owns a dog," Daiki sighed.

"Yay, we're getting a dog!" Yuuki cheered with his mouth full of oatmeal biscuits.

"Heaven forbid," Kohaku sighed as he continued writing on his notepad "Those mangy mutts chew things up, desecrate where they please and are so noisy."

"But they are loyal," Hideaki raised a finger "They are a man's best friend."

"Certainly not a woman's," Kohaku flicked his long hair behind his shoulder with a huff.

"Oh, look," Yuri said as he looked up and saw petal blowing in the wind outside "The petals are so pretty."

"I'm going to have to clean that up tomorrow," Aoba sighed as he lowered his headphones and glared at the petals.

"I would help but, you know, work," Ichigo shrugged dismissively as he flicked through his script.

"Riku, there you are!"

"Shit!" Riku sat up as Toshiyuki walked in, teacher glasses and teacher expression on.

"Maths homework."

"No, don't make me do it!" Riku shouted as he hopped over the sofa and began running off.

"Riku!" Toshiyuki chased after him "If you want to get into Meiji, you need good grades!"

"I changed my mind, I don't want to go to Meiji!"

"Then what are you going to do after school, you need to decide early so you can prepare!"

"Leave me alone!"

"I wonder what our new big sister is going to be like," Yuuki murmured as he sipped his milk.

"We have plenty of big sisters, there's no need to get so excited about this one," Kenichi chuckled as he got off his phone.

"But they're all around the world," Yuuki pouted as he waved his arms around, spilling his milk "Germany, Austria, America, China, we never see them!"

"I wonder how long wife number seven is going to last," Sora chuckled as he tossed his empty pocky box into the trashcan.

This is for my writing challenge, please check it out if you want to be in future challenges

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