We Be Family

I’m just going through life, minding my own business when I get a message on my Facebook account from my cousin. At that time Bobbie and I didn’t really know each other. I remember seeing her at the hospital a few months back and we caught up with each other a bit. We didn’t even exchange phone numbers or anything, just polite conversation.

When I got the message I thought that maybe she sent it to the wrong person. It was just a short one, “I need to talk to you about something. Call Me.” She left her phone number. I called her and she asked me if I knew Rebound. Yeah, I did. I asked her why? She didn’t tell me. She wanted to know if we were dating. No, we weren’t. Not yet. He had been chasing me for a little while, but I was still playing hard to get. I was interested, oh yeah, but he had other female issues that I wasn’t comfortable with.

I told Bobbie that I was not dating him. Once again I asked why. She told me. They had been dating, but weren’t anymore. He was a good for nothing SOB that stole her laptop. Oh, wow. I wasn’t expecting that. Damn. That shit was uncool. This ass was actually trying to get with me while he was with my cuz. What the fuck? Oh hell no. That was not going to work for me.

I told Bobbie what was going on, which wasn’t much of anything. I had just gotten back a couple of days before from taking him to Atlanta. That was how she figured it out. She was just going through her friends on FB and noticed my recent posts. They matched up to things that she knew was going on with Rebound. Hell, my last post was “In ATL with the babe. Spending some quality time before he goes off to Vegas.”

I knew something wasn’t quite right about Rebound. He told me that he was no longer with the crazy girl, but he wasn’t clear about where he was staying with me. I thought that maybe he was still with her, but I was wrong. Bobbie set me straight on that. That SOB was one hell of a liar, but not a good one according to cuz.

I had gotten my hopes up. He told me that he was working at a law firm as a paralegal and making decent money. He had a nice car and a nice place. All lies. He stayed in a nice house, but it was Bobbie’s house, not his. He had a car, but it was a piece of shit. Hell, I drove us around more than he did. I even knew where my cousin lived because I had dropped him off there one night when we had went out to play pool. I was starting to fall hard for him and he was just another good for nothing lying jackass.

Hearing all this from Bobbie was a bit of a shock. She always seems so cool and in charge and her life is perfect, but that was wrong too. She told me about Daniel and then some more about Rebound. She’s just a woman, like me, and she had been taken advantage of. I hate that. Bobbie is good people, more importantly, she’s family.

Bobbie told me that she wasn’t trying to keep me from seeing Rebound. I could see who ever I wanted to, but she wanted me to be cautious. He has proven not to be trustworthy and she didn’t want me to let him get too close and have him take all my shit. Oh no, Cuzzo. This punk ass man has messed with the wrong family. I was going to keep talking to him and let him think that I was eagerly waiting for him to come back home. Once he got back to town I was going to get cuz back her laptop. I was also thinking that I would get Hood and his boys to beat the shit out of him. Yeah, that sounded like a plan.

Bobbie told me that she did not think that Rebound was coming back. I thought that he was. Every time I spoke with him he talked about what he was going to do when he got back. I was still certain that he was going to return after his one week trip turned into a two month trip. He never once said that he was going to stay in Vegas. He was having some money trouble, which I’m certain was true, and he just needed to get up the cost for a plane ticket or at least gas money. He was planning on buying a car and just driving it back. (I know, that makes no sense, but that’s what he said.) Bobbie thought that he was trying to get me to play for a plane ticket. She had done that for him once before. I didn’t have no money to be buying his ass a ticket. I wouldn’t have done it even if I did have the cash.

A couple of weeks into his trip he started calling Bobbie again. He was giving her those “Baby I love you and I can’t wait for us to be together” stories. She called me the second she got the first text from him. We agreed that she would pretend to miss him and want him back. He was either going to her or me first when he got back into town. We were just trying to get that laptop back. Bobbie kept their conversations to a minimum cause they made her sick to her stomach.

It was funny. He would text her and she would forward me the messages and I would do the same. He would lie and lie and we knew about it. He was a damn fool. We had to be careful about what we said to him. We couldn’t let it slip that we knew he was full of shit. We both dropped hints every now and then about family. lol. Bobbie told him that they could have a cook out when he got back. It could be a party. She had a cousin that she wanted him to meet.

We both got tired of playing along with him waiting for him to come back. Bobbie said that she couldn’t pretend to be nice to him anymore. It was making her physically ill. She could do without her laptop. She would rather never see him again. Ok, I could go for that. But he made it clear to us both that he was coming back. He wouldn’t give either one of us a date, but he was going to be back. He tried to get Bobbie to buy him a plane ticket, but she refused. Told him that if he woulda paid her back for the last ticket like he was supposed to then she woulda had the money for a ticket, but he didn’t pay her back and she was broke.

Bobbie tried her best to hold out until he got back, but she finally reached her breaking point. She made it clear that she was still upset with him and didn’t think that she could just jump right back into a relationship with him. He still denied taking the laptop. I know for a fact that he has it because he let me use it when we went to Atlanta. Anyway, he told her that he understood and that they could take things slow. She let him know that he did not have a place in her house and that’s when he started to lay it on thick. He was in love and wanted to marry her as soon as he got home. She listened to that BS without bursting into laughter.

While he was proposing to my cuz over the phone he was professing his love to me as well. His lease was just about up on his place and it would be a great time for us to move in together. We were meant to be together. I countered with the fact that my lease was just about up too and I would just rather we stayed at his place since it was so much bigger than mine. He didn’t like that, but couldn’t explain why he would want to stay at my small apartment when he had such a big house.

Bobbie got fed up and she didn’t want to play games with him anymore. It was time to end it. She could just get her a new laptop when she had the money. She already had an older one at home that still worked fine. The laptop that Rebound took was actually one of those netbooks. She loved that little thing and hated to let it go, but letting it go was preferrable to possibly being in the same room with Rebound again.

It was time for the two of us to end things with Rebound. Just calling him up and telling him wasn’t good enough. We wanted to make him sweat. And that’s exactly what we did. Good times, oh yes. Check back for the rest of the story.

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So This Is Me

Hi all, my name is Krystal and I’m new to this blog. I’ve known about this blog since Bobbie first starting posting on it. She told me about it and I checked it out. I found out quite a bit about my cuz that I didn’t know. Shocker. It’s true that we were never really close before we ended up with roles in the soap opera she calls Rebound, but we are family. Usually you hear things about what’s going on with everyone else. You didn’t really hear a lot about Bobbie though. We are from different branches of the family. My side is more vocal and I guess “ghetto”. Not me though, of course not.  Bobbie’s side is very conservative.

About me. I’m 25 years old. I work as a LPN at the hospital. I’m single, no children, living on my own. You would think things would be easy for me, but hell no. I find myself struggling alot and Bobbie has helped me out some, but she is having a hard time now too. I trying to make improvements to my life and going back to school is the first step for me. Bobbie has helped me there. She’s actually been really great to me and I’m thankful, but I need to grow up and do some things on my own.

I grew up in a very confused household. My parents were never married. My dad has not ever been a large part of my life. I do know who he is and he does know who I am, but we just don’t talk. My mom wasn’t a large part of my early years either. She had me young and had things that she wanted to do with her life and my grandmother took up the responsibility of raising me. She is the woman I call Momma. Most people believe that she is the woman who gave birth to me, but no she did not. In fact, she gave birth to my Uncle Joe three months before I was born.  Yep, my uncle and I are the same age.

Things were tight with money growing up and I wanted better than that when I finally became a grown up. That has not exactly happened yet. I’m not struggling so much that I’m begging for help, but things are hard. It’s my fault too. I think that since I’m not raising kids that I can spend my money on whatever I want. I can, but bills gotta be paid too. Shopping is just too addicting. I like going out with my girls too and you can’t always depend on guys to pay your way.

I’m dating, nothing serious yet. I do believe in true love, but not sure if it’s for me. I didn’t grow up around that. My Momma was a single mother. My mom was too when she got her act together, so is my aunt and majority of the women on my side of the family. I’m not used to having a good man in my life or around my family. Honestly, I don’t believe that they exist.  Just use them for what they are good for and let them move on cause they are going to anyway.

Bobbie tells me that this is wrong. Good men are out there, they are just hiding and you have to find them. She is on her little hunt now and tells me that I’m on my hunt as well. I don’t agree. I’m not looking for a man, I don’t think. Yes, I like male attention and enjoying spending time with them, but don’t think that married life is for me.

There is one man in my life that I find trustworthy, for the most part.  I’m gonna call him Hood, well everybody calls him Hood. He’s not your average hood boy, but likes to think that he is. He is also my best friend. We grew up together. He started out being friends with my Uncle Joe but I was always there that we became friends too. There has never been anything romantic between the two of us and I have never wanted there to be. He’s just a good guy that is there when I need him. And I’m there for him when he needs me, which is a lot. I’m the one who has to get these hos out his life when they get out of hand. But he my boy and I can do that.

That’s me, like my road sign says. Bobbie makes those by the way. Ty and I tell her what our posts are going to be about and she comes up with those little signs for us. I think they cute. She tends to go overboard with stuff though. Love her, but she gonna wear herself out. I think I’m gonna help her with that. The least I can do.