As they settled down at the dining table, Michael looked around. How blessed was he that even though his dad left the family 10 years ago, they still stuck through together as a family. He remembered telling his mom, when he saw her crying on the day his dad left them.
"Mommy don’t cry.. Mikey will take care of the family now because Mikey is already a big boy. Mikey can work!"
His mom looked at him with teary eyes and smiled.
"Mommy knows, Mikey. You will be a big and successful man when you’re all grown up. Much better than your useless dad”, she told him, while trying to fight back her emotions. Michael hugged her tightly.
"MICHAEL! HELLOOOO! Can you pass me the sauce over there?” Stephanie shouted across the table, cutting his flashback short.
"Uh? Oh! Right. Here", as he passed the sauce over, feeling silly that he had fallen into deep thoughts.
A few minutes later, Michael felt something tickling his feet. It was something long and furry, like a tail or some sort. He looked under the table and SURPRISE! His pet monkey jumped right up on his lap, startling Michael who nearly fell backwards from his chair.
"Hey Mojo! Sorry I’ve forgotten about you", said Michael, brushing Mojo’s head.
Mojo stared at him with a flurry of actions and loud noises, that only monkeys are capable of. It was as if Mojo was expressing his anger in the most animated way with hands and tail flying in all directions while he was jumping up and down.
Or so it sounded.
"Alright, alright. Here!" Michael gave him a piece of fruit from the fruit bowl on the table.
Stephanie looked at Mojo with sinister eyes. She always bullies Mojo whenever Michael is not around because Mojo loves to annoy the hell out of her. When Mojo saw Stephanie staring at him, he spitted the seeds of the apple at her, startling her. With such amazing speed, Stephanie ducked underneath the table and screamed.
Mojo finds entertainment in annoying Stephanie whenever Michael is not around. There would always be a battleground every single day in the living room where both Mojo and Stephanie would fight for the remote. While Stephanie loves to catch some of her best chick dramas on TV after a long day at school, Mojo on the other hand loves to watch cartoons. And it just so happens that both TV programmes are shown at the same time! So, one can only imagine the amount of ruckus made by these two “famemies” (pronounced as: fair-MUH-mees; a combination of ‘family’ and ‘enemies’) in the house. It doesn’t even stop there!
Once, Stephanie caught Mojo using her shampoo as his toothpaste. What comes next was a few days of bubbles coming out from Mojo’s mouth. Even though Stephanie was pretty much amused about it, she still felt irritated that Mojo used up the last bottle of shampoo that can never be found in the local supermarkets anymore.
Michael was aware of this, but he is pretty much entertained by all the hoohas in the house. Well, it’s not really surprising when your own social life don’t even come close to such ‘action’. Sarah Parsons just got used to it, after her attempts to stop them two fell on deaf ears.
"Okay, enough now! Can we eat our dinner like normal families would?" Sarah exclaimed. She hadn’t even touched her food!
So everyone settled down in their own seats (even Mojo), eating their own share and talking about their own experiences for the day.
"How was your day, Mike?" Sarah asked.
"Mmm t’was okay. Nothing much happened", Michael mumbled.
He knew that if he went on to describe the details of his life, they would all be bored to death. He compared his life like a walk through a history museum, where schoolchildren attempt to understand whatever the curator was saying. But after the trip, nothing in their lives were enriched by the museum experience one way or another, even though they echoed impressive oohs and aahs. Hence, it was all an act. Yeah, an act - like that of his own life. Michael felt as if he was living a double life, but not much of that of celebrities though.
Suddenly, there was a knocking at the door. It didn’t sound like any kind of knocks. These were hard, aggressive and impatient knocks that may just break through the door any moment and you see a hairy, large fist sticking through. Stephanie got up from her seat to see who was at the door. She peeped through the peephole and turned back to face Sarah and Michael with the most shocking facial expression.
- Sunshine :D