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Wed Apr 18, 2018 23:20

Even though Raine seemed to trip up on her words, she seemed to be aware of it and tried to elaborate. He didn't laugh or even smile at her fumbling, but just nodded with whatever she was saying. He took a sip of his drink and wondered briefly how his sisters and his mom were doing without him when she mentioned her other brother. They were probably fine, but Isaac always felt guilty leaving them for too long, like he had to watch over them and be the "man of the household". At least his dad would be back, but Isaac's heart sank a little at the thought that he wouldn't get to see his dad again for another six months.

Isaac suddenly realized he'd accidentally tuned out for a quick second. He quickly tuned back in when she talked about how her parents were usually out and they went to party. "That's pretty sweet," he said. "Having a big family is pretty nice, although I can't imagine not having a schedule. My mom's all about scheduling." He grinned at Raine and picked up a cookie himself. "I've got two siblings too, but two sisters. The younger one goes to school in Korea where my dad lives." Isaac was glad Raine was getting into the snacks. He hoped free sweets would draw more people in.

"For Christmas, my dad comes back with my sister Maia for like a week and we have Christmas dinner with just us five, no extended family included. It's been a tradition since my dad left to take over his family business in Korea permanently, so for like..." He paused to do the math in his head. "Uh, like, all my life pretty much. It's the first year I'm missing it.

"Then after Christmas Day, my friends and I go on an annual snowboarding trip up in Big Bear, California. There's four of us who've been tight since grade school, pretty much, and it's pretty much become our thing. My friend Drake's parents have a cabin up there that they usually stay in during the summers, but we always use it for our trip. It's usually, like, five days long and then we go back for New Year's. We've gone snowboarding together every year since fourth grade, so this is going to be the first year I'll be missing that too." Isaac hadn't realized how many traditions he was missing until right now and it made him feel a little sad.

"Anyway, and then New Year's I usually spend with family. Last year my mom had a party and invited a ton of family members and friends and it was a lot of fun. I got to invite my friends and we just hung out and played video games for most of the time. Nothing too crazy, but it was hilarious seeing the adults get drunk together. I'm not sure what we've got planned this year, but I guess I won't know." Isaac tried not to seem too bothered by it. As long as his mom and sisters were doing fine, he didn't feel like he was missing out too badly with New Year's.

"We should throw some kind of New Year's Eve party," he said. Isaac was probably coming off as someone who loved to party, which was partially true. He did love to socialize. "I mean, I don't really know what you guys do when you party for NYE, but it might be fun. Low-key though, probably, since we've got all the professors monitoring us."

  • Oh. Um. Er...Raine, Wed Apr 18 09:03
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    • Let me help you out with that — Isaac, Wed Apr 18 23:20
      • Yes, please doRaine, Tue Apr 24 09:22
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        • But in case you want out...Isaac, Wed Apr 25 16:50
          "Yeah, I talked to Kyte about it last year, I think." Isaac hadn't remembered that until Raine brought it up just then. "We were talking about tricks, but it's hard to get really good if you only go... more
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