As Will was cleaning his room that afternoon, he thought about the day he spent showing Sonny around town. He had the biggest smile on his face, it was contagious. He stopped short of cleaning when he heard his parents talking in the hallway. He opened his door slightly to hear what was going on.
"I don't understand what you're telling me Rebecca. You're talking so fast, I can barely understand anything. Talk slowly honey."
"It's too much to handle."
"What's too much honey? Why are you crying? Hey." He looked into his wife's eyes and wiped them away with his thumbs. He kissed her gently on the lips.
"I went to the doctors today. The one you made an appointment for me." Rebecca sobbed softly.
"I thought we were going to go together?"
"I know. I wanted you to come more than anything. But you had that meeting. And I didn't want to bother you."
"You can bother me anytime sweetie. You're more important than some stupid meeting. What happened?"
"There was too much that the doctor was saying. It was hard to wrap my mind around it."
"I have cancer. I was there for at least five hours today. They had to run some tests and do x-rays. They had to check it twice just in case. The doctor diagnosed me with some type of cancer that I don't even understand myself." She began crying again.
"For how long?" He was trying not to cry himself. But his voice cracked when he asked that question.
"Apparently I've had it for two and a half months already. They're looking in for other treatments that can help and…" Will closed the door and stopped listening. He closed his eyes and let the tears fall softly before he broke down. He got up from by the door and walked up to his bed to bury his head in his pillow.
His mom of all people. He couldn't believe what was happening. He wanted to shout out at the world, at everything. Will sat up and buried his head in between his knees. He let his head fall back and hit the back of the wall continuously. His eyes red with tears, he wished that things were different. Why couldn't I be the one to have cancer? Why mom of all people. Why do this to me? Why, why? These questions kept dodging towards him. He just wanted to get rid of them all.
He went into his bathroom and looked at himself in the mirror. Will saw the tears and the hurt that he has been putting himself through already. He sighed heavily before he washed his face. Getting rid of his tear-stained face. He didn't want his parents to know that he knew, at least not now. He opened the door slightly again to see if they were still there. And they were.
"How are we going to tell the kids Jared?"
"We'll figure it out together. I promise." He held her close in his arms and they both stood there for a while. Will pulled the zipper on his sweater before he got out.
"Hi sweetie." She tried to smile through her tears.
"Are you okay?"
"I'm going to go out for a walk if that's okay."
"Of course. Go ahead. If you'd like, you can invite your friend over for dinner. I'll make your favorite."
"Okay." Will surprised his mom with a hug before he went downstairs.
Will walked for about two blocks before he knew where he was even going. He wasn't paying any attention at all. He just wanted to clear his mind of all the heaviness that has been building up in his chest.
"Hey Will. Will. Wait up." He heard a familiar voice calling out. He turned around to find Sonny running up to him. Will set his head down to wipe away the small tears that were forming again.
"I was calling you from before."
"I'm sorry I didn't hear you."
"Apparently. Something on your mind?" Sonny caught up to Will and they were walking side by side.
"Want to talk about it?"
"No offense, but I just want to see if I can figure this one out on my own."
"I just overheard something that I wasn't supposed to and I'm just trying to make sense of it all first. I just want to think about it before I tell anyone."
"I understand. Does this have to do with one of your many brothers?" Sonny smiled.
"Because I heard from someone in school that one of your brothers is sneaking out at night. And I saw him a few times."
"Oh god. Cole is the biggest loser ever. He thinks he's so sneaky. But really, he isn't."
"I'm sorry." Sonny sounded apologetic.
"Don't be. He's the one who should be sorry. Anyway, on to better and happier news. How's that project coming out?"
"It's coming out great. I'm using my brother as a guinea pig." Sonny laughed.
"Are you serious?" Will laughed.
"Yeah. He even offered to help."
"I'm sorry." Will said through his laughter.
"No you're not. My project will be better than yours."
"Really! How much do you want to bet on that?" Will coughed.
"How about a movie? You lose, you pay for the movie and the snacks. Or if I lose, I will."
"You are so on Kiriakis."
"Where are we?" Sonny asked as they ventured through a different path.
"This is where I like to go to think. My favorite spot."
"I like it." Sonny surveyed the area.
"This is where my dad used to take me and my brothers fishing. I still like to come here and think about all that. I love sitting out here on the docks."
"I can see that. It's amazing." It was a small dock where the geese came out to either fly around, or just looking for food when they needed it. A small cabin was off to the side where the lifejackets and paddle boats are stored. Along with the fishing rods and bait.
They kicked off their shoes and set them aside as they let their feet hang out from the dock gently touching the water. Will leaned back on his elbows taking it all in.
"You never really mentioned why you moved here. I don't mean to pry or anything."
"No, it's fine. As a friend, I am always honest. My dad had this really great job where we were from before. But it was demanding so much of his time and he wanted to put his family first. And my mom, well, she liked it there. None of us really complained about it being too hot in Dubai. It was nice there. Me, on the other hand, I didn't mind it.
"But I really wanted to leave there. It seemed like too much. So, my parents decided to come here. But I felt like I wanted to do a little exploring of my own, you know? It was nice for the first bit. But then you kind of get lonely when you don't have anybody to do it with."
"Wow." Will replied when he got the chance to talk.
"I know." Sonny joined Will in the same position.
"Why? Did you not have any friends when you were there?"
"I did. But they weren't that great of friends."
"Sorry to hear that."
"Don't be. I'm glad I came and met a few friends. One of them being you."
"Wow, Sonny. Are you using some sort of a catchy line on me?" Will laughed.
"What if I was?" Sonny laughed as well.
"You make me laugh Sonny." They got up from their position and looked straight out to the horizon. The once bright blue sky, casted an orange sun with a display of orange and red misty clouds. The water reflected against the horizon with slight waves.
Will felt a shiver run down through his spine as he felt a cold breeze. His shoulders shuddered from the cold.
"You okay?" Sonny turned to him with concern in his eyes.
"Yeah. It's getting cold, we should get going."
"Good idea." Sonny got up and offered Will his hand and he took it.
"If I fall in the water, it's your fault. I'm not that great at swimming you know."
"I could come in and rescue you. But I'm not that great myself either." They both laughed as they put their shoes back on and started walking. It was a silent walk for about ten minutes before they reached the neighborhood.
"Do you want to come over to my place for dinner? My parents gave you the invite if you want to come over." Will spoke.
"Would it be okay if we did it another day? It's just my parents were going out for dinner and they want it to be a family thing. How about tomorrow?"
"That's fine. I actually have football practice tomorrow. And T invited me over for dinner with his family."
"Well how about we schedule a day that's free for the both of us?" Sonny asked.
"Sure, sounds great. Oh, uh, Sonny?"
"Thanks for the company. It helped a lot."
"You're welcome. Thanks for the walk."
"Anytime. See ya."
"See ya." They both parted ways as Sonny walked to his house and Will walked a few houses down to his. Wishing that there was some way he could make things better, Will still couldn't stop thinking about what his mom said earlier. He walked in to see his mom at the stove making dinner.