Here We Go AgainHe had always expected that he would die first. He supposed that that's what he wanted, but life had a way of not letting him get what he wanted.
Most days, it was bearable. The loss. Some days, he couldn't even get out of bed, because she wasn't there to share the morning with him. Then, there were days like that one.
Alek stepped out of the cab that he had taken to his son's house. Artemis stood at the door, awaiting his arrival. He took Alek's jacket and gave his father his arm for support as they slowly walked along the cobblestone path.
"Sorry that Julia isn't here to greet you right now, Da. She had to go pick up Jaspert from football practice." He said as he hung up his father's tweed jacket onto the coat rack. He sighed heavily. "I have no idea where Deryn's disappeared to."
Alek smiled, his green eyes had never quite lost their soft twinkle. "I'll go outside to look for her." He offered. Artemis seemed at a loss, but nevertheless, he nodded, letting his father have that one si
Ears"Ma, are you sure that you and Da can handle both Jaspert and Deryn for the weekend?" Artemis asked her over the phone. "We can always drop him off with Soph"Ears2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Now you listen here Artemis Ferdinand Sharp-Chotek, your Da and I raised all three of you perfectly adequately!" She scorned him over the phone, wagging her finger at the invisible apparition of her son. "I think we can handle our grandkids for one measly weekend!" She shoved the phone back on its jack, wanting to have the final word as always. Deryn was so mad at her son for thinking that she and Alek couldn't take care of Deryn Jr. and Jaspert! As if they hadn't done a good job with their own children!
"LIEBE!" She heard Alek yell from the kitchen. She was in the next barking room! Why couldn't he just talk like a normal person?
"WHAT?" Deryn yelled back. Alek poked his head out of the kitchen doorway, his graying hair falling over his eyes and covering his once large ears. He had grown into them quite nicely.
Misogynist"Ican'tbreathe" Alek said through gasps, his lungs felt as if they were going to burst at any moment. His chest was trying, and failing, to heave enough air into his lungs to successfully oxygenate the rest of his body. "Thisistorture"Misogynist2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
"Oh, do be quiet, Alek, and stop your whining. We women go through this nearly every day to satisfy the male perspective of a perfect feminine figure." Dr. Barlow said perspicaciously as she tightened the laces of Alek's corset.
"Misogynist!" yelped the Loris on her shoulder in agreement.
"Iamnotamisogynist!" Alek huffed out in outrage. "I'mperfectlyalrightwhenDeryn"
"Ah, yes. Miss Sharp. You are perfectly all right when Miss Sharp dresses up as a man because you think that everyone should try to be as strong and sturdy as a man. Anyone who wears a dress is considered to be weak. In fact, you men, think that all women should be obsessed with you lot. You all think t