Sunday, July 6, 2008

the birthday party

It was about time for Jane to blow out the candles when Gordy's cell rang.

"Don't answer it," his mother said.

"It might be B," Gordy hoped. He'd at least hoped she'd call to wish her daughter a happy birthday. It was the least she could do.

"Hello," he said as he looked around at the streamers and such that Serena had brought over to decorate the place.

"Gordy?" The voice sounded shocked.

"Bella?"

"Oh my God, did I get you?" There was a laugh. Gordy remained even lipped. What was so funny?

"I thought you might call," he said.

"Really?"

"Jane," he said. "Its Jane's birthday."

"Oh shit." She wasn't joking now. "Really, I didn't mean to forget. Its - just I'm kind of stuck here. I lost my phone. And I could only remember your cell phone number. I'm sorry."

"I see." It was silent. "Well, maybe you should call back later."

"Wait." Her voice sounded a little scared. "I have to call my mother, and I don't have her phone number."

"And you think I do?" This was a laugh.

"I know, its ridiculous. Are you having a party or something for Jane?" Her words sounded strange to him as if maybe she were on drugs.

"Yeah, that was the plan." He looked at everyone who was staring at him with the cell phone.

"Right now?"

"Yeap." He looked at Jane trying to get to the lit candles. "She wants to blow out the candles."

He wanted to just hang up. No one from Bella's family was even here.

"Go ahead. Just let me listen," she said.

"All right."

This was awkward, holding up the phone while everyone sang happy birthday to Jane. Finally, she blew out the candles from her high chair.

"Ok, we got the party started."

"Is Emily there?" Bella then wanted to know.

"I guess she was busy," Gordy said. "She hasn't been herself, lately."

"What happened?"

"I don't really know, you'd have to talk to your mother about that." He didn't want to talk about it. It was a party. He wanted to celebrate his daughter's birthday.

"If you could just get ahold of my Mom, I'd really appreciate it. Kal left me." She told him.

"Really?" Gordy asked. "What did you do?"

"It wasn't my fault, but I'm all right."

"Of course, you are."

"Listen, I'll send her a package. I'm terrible with sending something in the mail. I don't even know where a post office is around here."

"So you're still in Austin?"

"Yeah."

"You want to talk to her?"

"Jane? Would she even know my voice?"

"You could give it a try."

He put the phone next to Jane's ear. Maybe she'd say something smart. But then again, she kept calling Serena, Mommie.

19 comments:

Cate said...

oh, no. how could bella forget her own daughter's birthday? normally it's the fathers that leave the mothers with their child, this time it's the other way round. i guess jane won't have any special connection to bella until she is older, if she's already calling serena mommie. what i really wanna hear about again is emily...gordy's my favourite character, but emily is by far the most fascinating character.

La créatrice said...

thank U for your com
i enjoy jack johnson, the kooks, muse , jeff buckley in particular ... but i like a lot of others singers .. see you soon
valentine

ellie said...

This was so sad in a way, how it came about with Bella. I liked it though. I liked the conversation between Bella and Gordy.

Lux said...

Hello my name is Chloé!!!
I'm french!
My address's blog is:
http://vivirlafascination.blogspot.com/
Let a lot of comm's!!
:-)

La créatrice said...

thanks ! im really having a good time
we're actually watching tina turner's concert
what a singer !!!!
what about U ??
bye

Cady Lola Cep said...

Ooohh. Ouch.

EM Girl 96 said...

cool blog do you mind if i link you?

autumn said...

what a sad and very touching scene. *sniffs*

Reggie said...

as much as i hate to say it, i think serena would be a better mommy than bella.

i hate saying it cause im REALLY rooting for bella!!!!

xxoo,
reggie

Kyla said...

bella needs to pull herself together!!!

i really like your story!!!

check out mine if you'd like!

RASPBERRY said...

Bella needs to face her problems, not run from them.
Is she ever coming back?

I think Serena is a good influence for Jane, though. And for Gordy.
But Emily (or should I say Crystal) needs Bella. Poor Rosco, Emily turned his life upside down.

another.ellie said...

Wooo..I do kind of feel for Bella. I think she knew, but not really. Like the birthday just slipped up on her..so fast.

Rose Valentine said...

Nice! I really like this. Oh and thanks for the comment. :)

Aurley said...

Good point about Metro Station- Looks like youve got an awesome story going. Love the character's names! (Esspecially Fish)
~Aurley :)

Ivy said...

What a scene. Bitter sweet all around.

Aurley said...

Thank you for the backround about your story! :D I just noticed Cappie in the Banner! Im slow... I <3 him! Nice choice for a character ;D

Rose Valentine said...

Thanks!

Cate said...

thanks for your comment! by the way, i like your new header!

Liz said...

Ouch, poor Bella.