June 16th, 2019
The sun hit my eyes as we turned the corner.
The car engine rattling as we continued the ride down the freeway. I
sighed and leaned back in my seat.
almost there yet? It's been three hours since our last stop!" I
complained. I hated being in long car rides. They always made me feel
sick and uncomfortable. We already had been driving for six and a half
hours. A few stops on the way for some food and bathroom breaks wasn't
enough to make me feel comfortable again.
"You're more impatient then I am waiting for a new anime to come out!" my younger brother teased as he looked at me.
My younger brother's named Elijah. I usually
didn't spend too much time with him since I had a lot of friends to hang
out with and he didn't. That and I'm older than him by a year. That's
enough to not hang out with your younger sibling right?
whatever! You are more impatient. I just get uncomfortable when I'm in a
car for too long. You should know this since we've lived together our
entire lives!" I said kind of meanly. I didn't think too much of it
since I usually talked to him like that.
Elijah rolled his eyes and put his hand
through his chestnut brown hair that he left unkempt. It annoyed me that
he was able to walk around so careless about his appearance all the
time. What if a hot girl walked by that was his age and wanted to check
him out? Oh wait she wouldn't since he never takes care of himself.
"Do you ever brush your hair or wear a
different hoodie than that stupid black one?" I complained again. Elijah
looked at me with a hint of despise, but soon let out a small laugh.
complain more than a girl on her period." Elijah said with a smile. I
wanted to grab him and wack him upside his sarcastic head.
"Shut up! At least all I have wrong with me is
complaining. You don't take care of yourself at all! I mean, we're
gonna see our cousins and grandparents after a year and you're hair
looks like you just got out of bed! That and your hoodie looks like you
haven't washed it in months! Is that how you want to present yourself to
your family?" I lectured out of anger. All Elijah did though was let
out a smile.
"You're right. I look like a
homeless guy. But that's better than being a teenager who acts and talks
like his mom." Elijah replied. His roast burned me like I was caught on
fire. I wanted to not only wack him, but punch him too.
"Shut up!" I yelled as I punched him in the gut. I didn't do it too hard, but it was enough to make him let out a small sound.
worse than a bitch!" Elijah said with a laugh as he hit me back. I
couldn't help but smile at my brother who attempted to hit me. His
punches were like I was being hit by a squeaky toy.
"Settle down you two!" our dad said which caused us both to look at him in the drivers seat.
"Oh come on! It was self defense!" Elijah replied with a laugh. Him and his laughing!
don't care, you two can't be acting like monkeys looking for their
banana." our dad said sarcastically. Both Elijah and I looked at each
other and moved to our sides of the car. At least as far apart as we
could get. The tiny Toyota Camry made it feel like I was in a barbie
"Seriously though, are we almost there yet?" I
asked again, the whole reason why Elijah and I got into a fight. You
see, it's all his fault!
"We've got about half an hour so you'll be fine." my dad replied. I was consumed by extreme boredom.
"Can we listen to some music?" I asked. My mom looked at me from the passenger seat and smiled.
"You sure do complain a lot." she said as she twisted the nobs on the radio to find a good station.
"Agreed." Elijah said as he took a sip of his Dr. Pepper. I looked at him with rage.
you want to get punched again?" I asked raising a fist. He let out a
mischievous smirk while closing the cap to his drink. His hair blowing
around from the wind. It looked better blowing around than it usually
did, which caused me to smile to thank the wind. Wait......why am I
"Your punches don't really hurt so go right ahead." Elijah replied looking at me. His smug face causing my temper to rise.
"Your punches don't hurt either! In fact,
they're like I'm being hit by a stuffed animal." I snapped back. He
rolled his eyes and leaned back in his seat.
I don't have any reason to have big bad punches. I don't interact with
anyone anyway." he replied while closing his eyes.
I sighed and leaned back in my seat. I started
to listen to the song on the radio. I recognized it as 'High Hopes' by
Panic! At The Disco. My cousin Natsuki is in love with that band.
However I've always been a fan of people like Lewis Capaldi. His voice
soothes my temper a lot. I could never tell anyone that though. That'd
be social suicide!
I could faintly hear Elijah humming to the
song as he shook his head softly. I let out a faint giggle and looked
outside my window. We were on our way to my grandparents mansion. It was
pretty much a vacation spot, but it was so fun to stay at. It had about
ten bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and two kitchens. Let alone five living
rooms. It's gigantic. But my parents have to go there with my cousins
parents for this business thing with a client that just so happens to be
Despite the fact my parents are gonna be doing
their own thing, I at least get to see my cousins. I mean, they're the
same age as Elijah, but I don't see them very often so I'll let the age
difference slide. And I guess I can do the same for Elijah just while
we're at the mansion. Not for any other reason
though....well.......maybe if I get bored or something.
The scenery outside my window was beautiful.
Dark green mountains spread through the sides of the valley, while trees
were sprinkled here and there across the grassy plains. A huge lake sat
in the middle of the valley which was a perfect dark blue. I guess
people weren't kidding when they said Idaho was beautiful. I've only
been to Idaho twice and I was too young to remember it. I mean, I think
the last time I came here was when I was three and Elijah was two. I
loved the sight I was seeing. It made me feel so relaxed and soothed. I
took a deep breath to take in the fresh air, but then I remembered I was
in the car. The only fresh air I was getting was the intense wind that
felt like it could blow me away.
I wish I could
move to Idaho with my cousins and grandparents. We lived in Salem
Oregon and we were on our way to Lewiston. We were the only ones that
lived in Oregon and I wish we weren't. However, I would miss my friends a
lot if we were to move, so that'd be the only bummer. But I could make
friends in Idaho easily. I'm a pretty outgoing person and I enjoy the
company of others. Well, as long as they're not dorks or girls. Girly
girls at least. I can handle tomboys or my friend's girlfriend if he has
"Wait. Are we here?" I asked happily, seeing a
huge white mansion coming into sight. It looked like a plantation house
with huge pillars coming down the front. I noticed that there was a lot
more land that our grandparents owned than I thought there was.
"Well no shit!" Elijah replied with a tease.
"Language Eli." our mom said as we pulled into the yard of the huge mansion.
"Okay." Elijah replied while looking down.
We pulled in next to a bright red Honda CRV
which I recognized was my aunt Amelia's car. I was so excited to get out
of the car that I almost flew out of the car door. I pretty much ran to
the trunk and opened it to get my stuff. I could hear Elijah laughing
at me from the car as he got out. He slowly walked over next to me to
grab his backpack that had an anime character on it named Kaneki. He
said it's from an anime called Tokyo Ghoul which he was obsessed with. I
never got his love for anime. It's just a cartoon right?
"You sure are happy to be out of the car." my mom said to me while coming over to grab her things. I rolled my eyes and smiled.
car ride was horrible. Nothing but the enclosed car that we had to sit
in for decades, and the only time we got to get out was for bathroom
breaks and snacks. Too little time outside the car!" I replied while
moving out of everyone's way to get their things.
I already had my backpack and was ready to go inside the mansion. It
was my favorite since it had the Call of Duty symbol on it. I had a good
taste for video games. Unlike Elijah. He always had this love for games
with bad graphics. It's like he searched for the games with the worst
graphics and he played only those. It's stupid to me. Why would you play
a game that you can't take seriously because you have trees that look
like blobs on top of sticks?
"Well we're here now so you can be out of the
car for the whole weekend. That's if we don't go somewhere." my dad said
with a chuckle.
I turned around to face the huge mansion and I
smiled. Little did I know that that would be one of the last times I
would ever genuinely smile again.