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Marshal White is 48, Shamella is 45, Ethan & Evan are 8 (Joe Carr is 48, Ariel is 42, Kayden is 14, Javion is 12, Layla & Lauren are 5)
No matter where we go
Or even if we don’t
And even if they try
They’ll never take my body from your side
Love don’t die
Marshal White had almost saved up enough money to open his own garage. After a lot of hard work and long hours, he would finally be able to soon work for himself. Not only did that mean that he could do what he wanted, it also meant that he would be able to spend more time with his family…………
His twin sons, Ethan & Evan, were now 8 years old and he really wanted to be around to spend more time with them. The boys couldn’t be more different. Ethan was a confident and outgoing child who had a big interest in playing sports. Marshal had had to have a talk or two with him about throwing the ball too hard when he played catch with his brother. Evan, on the other hand, was just as outgoing as his brother but he didn’t have an interest in sports. Evan was much more studious after having a bit of a rough start once he started school. Now he had a much more quiet temperament……..
The boys had been requesting both a new sibling and a dog for the longest time. Since there was no way in hell that Marshal and Shamella were adding anymore kids to their family, they decided on the dog! The boys were old enough now to help out with caring for the dog and Marshal wouldn’t mind the added protection it would provide their home.
Because protection was what he had in mind, he decided on a pit bull. Shamella was in no way happy with his choice, but he knew that the breed was only violent if its owner made it that way.
The kids named him Shadow and he was pretty much just a large puppy. He was very gentle with the boys and Marshal knew that it wouldn’t be long before he grew on Shamella as well……..
It was always a challenge during spring break to find things for the kids to do. Marshal knew that there would be lots of beach trips during this week. That was one of the things he loved about LaQuest, the fact that the beach was always just a short drive away…………..
And while they wouldn’t be getting any new siblings ever, he was very happy with the bond that his twin sons had with one another. They were the best of friends and rarely fought. Marshal knew that this probably would not be the case once teenage hormones made their appearance, but a father could dream.
Later that night he had his own sibling bring her large brood over to the house for some family time. He still couldn’t believe his sister’s change from Ariel White to Ariel Carr. If someone told him that his sister would be a mother of four when she was still living with him, he would have called them a bald faced lie! The immature woman that was his little sister had blossomed into a great mom and wife. He still couldn’t believe the change!
He loved the times when they could all get together like this. Their mother would have been proud of the people they had become. And she would have loved all of her many grandchildren. They hadn’t done too bad for two kids from the wrong side of the tracks.
“So how have you been big head? I haven’t seen you in a while,” Marshal said.
“It’s called having a life, you should invest in one,” Ariel said laughing.
“Hey I have a life! I’ve been working my behind off so I can finally open up this garage!””I know big brother……..I’m glad you’re finally in a place where you can do that. I know how much this means to you,” she said.
“Well thank you. How’s it going being the right hand to Mellow Metal?”
“It’s okay, busy as ever. But you know I love every minute of it. Guess it’ll be our turn to host this little soiree next time huh?” Ariel asked with a laugh.
“You know it! You and the doc can manage that,” Marshal said with a laugh.
Marshal was big enough to admit that he had been wrong about Joe Carr. Sure, he had been super pissed when Ariel winded up pregnant, but what older brother wouldn’t have been? But Joe had been one of the best things to happen to his sister. He was a dedicated doctor to the people of LaQuest Beach and he was doing a great job being a father and a husband. Their son Kayden was well on his way to being one of the best basketball players at LaQuest Beach Public School, though Marshal liked to think that it was all the time he spent with his nephew on the court that contributed to that!
He was glad that they all lived close enough that their children could grow up together. Evan may not be getting a little sister, but he would always have his cousin Layla to boss around when the mood struck!
Things weren’t perfect. Shamella drove him crazy sometimes. And sometimes the boys weren’t on their best behavior. And he knew that opening his own shop was going to be time consuming and that it would be a lot of work. But anything in life worth having was worth working for. And regardless of what happened, he knew that he would always have his family right there with him to weather any storms that came his way.