Aria and Rylan: Best Laid Plains

Aria and Braydon made their plans, the serenity offered in Granite Falls, a quaint lodge, fishing spot, romantic forestry walks, stargazing and cuddling near the campfire. Despite reservations, Aria agreed to the plans and the chaos the twins had in mind for their graduation and birthday that same weekend. The twins arrived home excited, discussingContinue reading “Aria and Rylan: Best Laid Plains”

Aria: A New Normal

Aria cried, Rylan was right, her mind was elsewhere, the impact her absence was having on her family. Wrapped in grief Aria focused on her career and friendships, everything except the children, their needs all but brushed aside. Her son was rude, arrogant and hurting, how could she get through to Rylan, he missed hisContinue reading “Aria: A New Normal”

Aria: We All Need A Time Out

When romance is young, you feel you have all the time in the world to explore; it can mean taking it for granted. For Aria, time slipped by as she embraced new love. She felt disconnected from her children, the distance growing as they did, so having Braydon, filled in the little moments. Feeling closeContinue reading “Aria: We All Need A Time Out”

Rylan: Fast Food and Faking it!

Manual labourer, local cafes, Rylan found it tough finding a job to support his desire for independence until Newcrest Burger Palace called him back. Work was lousy, slave labour, cleaning tables four days a week, on four-hour shifts, the perks did include chatting with customers when the boss was absent. He hated that two shiftsContinue reading “Rylan: Fast Food and Faking it!”

Aria: Those We Leave Behind

The house felt odd, a palpable emptiness, their father gone in an instant, the laughter, his voice, leaving the family desperately clinging to memories. The physical presence of man was evident, his life remained, an outsider could mistake those items as belonging to Rylan. Months rolled by, Jose’s possessions, clothes, disappeared, until few mementoes remainedContinue reading “Aria: Those We Leave Behind”

Aria: Saying Goodbye

Friday, the best day of the week, no boring school, no feeling exhausted from feigning interest, Rylan lived for the weekends. He would storm upstairs ditching his bag in the hallway, ignoring the family pleasantries, sleeping until called for dinner. Any friends that came back with him ended up working on science projects with Ziva.Continue reading “Aria: Saying Goodbye”

Aria: The kids are alright… but what about us?

Aria’s energy kept her family motivated, furthered her career and reminded Jose of romance, slowing down was for retirement. Her thick black hair was now grey, bobbed curls framing her face, fine lines appeared around her eyes and mouth, stealing nothing from her beauty. While Jose tired easily, Aria kept busy in the kitchen, improvingContinue reading “Aria: The kids are alright… but what about us?”

Aria: Sometimes we are up to no good

Over the next few months, Rylan struggled academically, at the weekends however he hosted his exclusive club hangout; no girls allowed. They fought scary monsters, rescued distant lands from invading aliens. Ziva hovered on the side-lines when she tried to join in, the boys ran off to do something else. It wasn’t all games, Rylan’sContinue reading “Aria: Sometimes we are up to no good”

Aria: Is there such a thing as too cosy?

Their tiny home was perfect for raising toddlers, nestled in their nursery the twins were close and played together without incident. Flash forward into childhood and nothing could be further from the truth. Rylan was wild, he had been active as a tot, now he was a rambunctious scamp, when he couldn’t get to theContinue reading “Aria: Is there such a thing as too cosy?”

Aria: Tots Know How to Party!!

All this quality time as at home had enhanced Jose cooking skills; experimenting with new flavours and textures. It wasn’t easy, every meal was being criticised by two toddlers with very discernible taste buds. For some reason, it made Jose nervous when his brother-in-law visited. Wesley, although retired was still serious about food, although heContinue reading “Aria: Tots Know How to Party!!”