BY RUTHIE LEE
“Auggie go change your uniform, you come with me”
my grandma said and dragged me into her room
while Auggie walked into ours, living the strange
boy with towel around his waist in our living room.
I closed the door to my grandma’s room and turned
“what do you mean tenant” I asked and she sighed.
“he’s the person who rented out the place” my
“him? I thought you said the person who wanted to
rent out the place will inspect the place today first
before living here but how come he’s living here
already?” I asked dropping my school bag.
“he said he’s been looking for a place to stay for
the past few weeks and seeing this place he just
realised how perfect it is for him, and he moved in
immediately and he’ll be staying for a few months
and the money he paid is just enough, it’s enough
for you and Auggie’s school fees, and also for us to
eat healthily” my grandma smiled.
“he’s paid everything already?” I asked.
“yeah he seemed like a rich” my grandma blurred.
“really? Why would a rich kid want to live in such a
“who knows everyone has their choices, and
reasons” my grandma tells me and I nod.
“so we’re going to be living with a stranger for a
while” I said dryly and grandma sighed.
“look June, I know you’re against this but it’s the
only way and Eric is a really nice person so just
treat him like family” my grandma explained and I
rolled my eyes.
“sure whatever” I said grabbing my bag almost
walking out but my grandma stopped me.
“and no one knows we rented out our place so if
anyone’ asks you who he is, just say he’s your
cousin got it?”
“yeah sure grandma” I said before walking out.
The living room was empty when I walked in and I
sighed and walked into my room, correction, I and
Auggie was on my bed having difficulties in
removing his shoes, seriously this kid is stressing
me out, he’s nine.
I walked up to him, bent down and helped him, “go
take a shower in grandma’s room, I’m taking one
here” I tell him and he immediately took his heels.
I took a shower and wore something comfotable, I
walked out of my room and saw a little white dog
running in the living room.
“what the..” I muttered to myself
“Ella… Come back here” Eric our new tenant or
should I say ‘family member said running out of his
room to catch the whole dog. And the dog
suddenly ran up to me and curled up on my feet.
“Ella… Daniel called softly when he saw the dog on
“sorry for that, she just really like this place and she
likes you too” Eric said picking up his dog.
Wow! I was angry about a new tenant and now he
has a dog, what an ungrateful day.
“do you know I hate dogs” I lied
“oh.. I don’t but I’ll be sure to keep Ella out of your
sight” he said and took a step back.
“good” I muttered .
“you must be June right and your brother is Auguse
right?” he asked and I nod. “but we call him Auggie
so stick with that” I said and he nods with a smile.
He raised his pet to his face and start to sweet talk
“who’s a good girl, yes you are. Who’s a good girl”
he kept repeating till he got into his room and his
dog barking in return.
“Auggie!!” I yelled and before I knew it, he came out
of my grandma’s room.
“yeah?” he said lowly.
“go get your home work” I said and he immediately
stormed into our room while I plopped down on the
floor and moved the small living room table beside
me. Auggie came out with his text books and a
pencil and he sat down beside me.
“what’s your homework today?” I asked flipping the
pages of his book, since I don’t have any homework
I better help him with his.
“it’s multiplication but I can do it myself” Auggie
said and I smiled.
“oh really?” I raised my brows at him and he nods
happily and turned to his text book, I watched him
write his assignment happily and he got everything
“smart boy” I smiled and pat his head.
I heard a door open and Eric suddenly walked up to
us and sat opposite Auggie and I on the floor.
“so what are you guys doing?” he asked cheerfully.
“we’re doing nothing that concerns you” I said and
bat my lashes at him.
“right! Your grandma mentioned your stubborn
attitude” he muttered to himself and I turned to him
“look, I came to live here to be independent, free
and happy, so seeing me if you have anything
against me please just get rid of it” he smiled
making me roll my eyes.
“you must be Auggie right?” he turned to Auggie
and Auggie raised his head up with a smile before
“are you Eric?” Auggie asked calmly.
“sure hell I am, you’re so cute, you and your sister
are very opposite” he said and whispered the last
part to Auggie but I heard it clearly.
“grandma said you’ll be living with us for a while
and she said you have a puppy” Auggie said, his
eyes filled with excitement and I haven’t seen him
look like that for years.
“her name’s Ella and she’s a lady, she’s quite older
than you and don’t underestimate her petite body,
she bites pretty hard, wanna see her?” Eric asked
and Auggie nodded happily standing up.
“Auggie!! Your homework!” I half yelled. “oh the
killjoys” Eric murmured
“but I’m done with it” Auggie said sadly..
“lemme see” I said and he passed the text book to
me. I checked his work and he did pretty good in
“okay, you can go” I said coldly and he happily went
to Eric and they both entered his room .
This kid gets along with strangers too well, I have
to warn him.
My grandma later came out saying we’re having
fried chicken and rice for dinner tonight.
“why are we having that, can’t we have something
simple for dinner, we’re not having a party or
anything” I said and she smiled.
“you asks questions too much, just go prepare it
and I’ll come help” my grandma laughed and I
sighed and walked straight to the kitchen.
I was deep frying the chicken when my grandma
walked into the kitchen, I didnt even know she’d
already bought the chicken I could have stopped.
seeing I was almost done she decided to help set
the table in the living room but I stopped her
saying she should rest that I’ll do it all. The rice
was already cooked and after frying the chicken I
set the food and plates on the table Auggie did his
assignment, it’s the only table we have. And it’s
kind of embarrassing we have no couch too, just a
plastic chair at a corner in the living room. Auggie
came running in the living room and helped me
arrange the plates and cups, I set three plates
spoons and cups but my grandma told me to add
one more and I don’t know why, it’s only just me,
her and Auggie.
The three of us sat down around the table, silently
blessed our food and was about to eat but my
grandma’s voice made me stop.
“June!” she said she said sternly.
“huh!?!!” I looked up at her.
“aren’t you forgetting one thing?” she said .. “what?”
“Erick!” she said.
“for godsake grandma what does he have with our
dinner” I whined and she glared at me.
“don’t be selfish and go get him” my grandma said
and I huffed and got on my food, I moved to his
door and knocked. I knocked again but no reply and
I turned to my grandma to see her looking at me.
“see he’s not answering” I said
“try again” she said and I sighed and knocked on
his door angrily, “hey Erick open this door!” I yelled
and turned to Auggie.
“what was he doing when you left him and his dog?”
“he was just busy with his phone” Auggie replied
and I sighed and was about knocking for the last
time but the door open and he caught my hand.
“oh hey June” he smiled, his blonde hair covering
his face and he moved it back.
“grandma said you’ll be joining us for dinner” I said
dryly before walking away and he happily trailed
behind me to the table, and his lady dog following
him. We both sat around the small table and ate
“wow grandma, this is the best food I’ve tasted in
my nineteen years of life” he said and my grandma
“I’m glad you’re enjoying it” she said and smiled
touching his cheek and I scoffed, Erick shoved a
piece of bone to his dog and Auggie did the same
earning a glare from me.
After dinner Erick kept thanking my grandma with
his annoying attitude my grandma sees as
charming, and my grandma couldn’t help but feel
flushed. But for the first time in my life, I ate full,
fuller than before.
I cleared the table and Erick wanted to help me but
I declined his help and did it on my own, I packed
the plate to the kitchen and his dog Ella, followed
me to the kitchen, what the hell does she want.
As I washed the dishes, Ella kept jumping up and
down on my bed barking louder than I’ve heard her
bark, I sighed and found a leftover chicken on one
the plates and I passed it to her and immediately
she kept quiet. She picked up the bone and walked
out of the kitchen and I breathed a sigh of relief.
It was nighttime and I had nothing to do, my
grandma was in her room sleeping, Auggie had
fallen asleep too in our room, remaining Erick and I,
and his dog which he was playing with at a corner
of the living room and I had my earpiece in my
hear listening to Maria Li’s song.
I became hot inside and I decided to go outside for
fresh air, I got on feet and hurried outside, I sat on
a short and wide table we have outside our small
house, a table big enough for eight people to lie on,
sometimes Auggie and I lay there to watch the
stars when we have nothing to do.
I sat on the table and then laid on it facing the sky
with my hand beneath my head.
� One day you will remember me,one day you
will laugh at the memories,one day you will try to
find me. But One Day I wont be waiting for what
you have to give I sang deeply feeling myself in
the music until someone tapped my shoulder and I
had to take the earpiece away from my ear.
“what?” I said seeing Erick
“nothing you’ve got a nice voice, maybe you should
be the second Maria Li” he said and my head
sparked at that, that is the greatest compliment
anyone has ever given to me.
“you know Maria Li?” I asked and he nods.
“you were singing her song right?” he said.
“well it’s none of your business” I quickly said not
to get friendly with him.
“you guys have a beautiful place, I can see so many
things from up here” he said climbing the table.
“what are you doing?” I said, “get down from here”.
“I see why you chose to stay outside, the freezing
breeze is freezing but it gives your soul a warm
feeling” he said sitting down beside me and I sat
“look Erick, you can get close to Auggie, or my
grandma but not to me” I yelled and he sighed.
“why do you hate me so much” he asked.
“why would I hate you I don’t even know you” I said.
“yeah but you don’t like me being here.”
“why?” he asked.
“because you’re annoying and we don’t need another
person in our lives” I snarled.
“but I’m not trying to get into your lives, I just
needed a place to stay and I found here and I’m
just trying to be friendly with everyone” he
“well I don’t want your—
“mom?!” I heard Auggie’s sleepy voice behind me
and I turned.
“Auggie, why aren’t you in bed?” I asked.
“I couldn’t sleep cause you weren’t there” he said as
he walked closer to me, got on the table and
sleeps beside me placing his head on my thighs.
“mom?? No wonder you two look so alike, did you
give birth to him?” Erick gasped dramatically.
“he’s nine and I’m seventeen, how do you expect
that to happen” I rolled my eyes.
“oh I guess you guys must just be siblings, why
does he call you mom then? Where are your real
parents?” he asked and I sighed angrily and carried
sleeping Auggie, bridal style.
“you ask too many questions” I said before heading
inside. I placed Auggie on our bed and laid beside
him, lost in thoughts I drifted off to sleep.
T. B. C
By RUTHIE LEE
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