Gray was still excited the next morning. “I just can’t believe they’re here! The Alien family! Thrintun and Charlie and their kids! It’s just too cool for words!”
“Yeah, it’s pretty cool! I’m just relieved that nobody got hurt in that fire last night.”
“You know, it’s the last day of Plum Day. We gotta do something special!” Gray said. “In honor of Thrintun, let’s all wear green!”
“Yeah! Like green plums!” Emma said.
“Good idea! ” I said. “Then it’s not like an ending at all. It’s like a beginning.”
Forrest started singing, “Closing time… Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
“If it’s a beginning,” said Tani, “then we can wear pink, too! Like plum blossoms!”
We invited everybody over for card games and apple pie. I used apples from the garden. These aren’t just any apples–they fetch 100 simoleans a piece!
Young Horta seemed to be a little overexcited with traveling and everything. She started making fun of us hippies to her mom, and her mom got really upset with her.
And then, once she’d finished the scolding, Thrintun immediately hugged and reassured her daughter. I didn’t grow up with a mom, just with Uncle Jacob who never once raised his voice to me and basically let me do anything or be any way I wanted. It was interesting to see a mom-daughter interaction.
Charlie and Tholian had taken a father-son day at the park, so they didn’t come. But I enjoyed the chance to get to know Vulcan and Horta better. Horta kept me entertained by telling llama jokes.
Gray was so funny. He’d told me earlier that he had so many questions he’d wanted to ask Thrintun, but when they were together, he just sat there tongue-tied.
Uncle Jacob and Elder held a friendly blic-block competition.
Thrintun showed Jacob her blog.
Elder, Vulcan, and I played cards. Or rather, I tried to. It was hard to concentrate on my hand with that smile across the table from me.
And then, before I knew it, the sun was setting and people were leaving.
“I guess this is it!” I said to Elder.
“Here!” he said, after we hugged. “I’ve got the perfect idea! To help us remember this always.” He whipped out his phone to take a photo.
And then he did something magical. With a sleight of hand, his cell phone disappeared, and he held his fingers up to frame us.
“See,” he said. “This way, we’ll remember forever. We’ve got it stored inside of us, so it will never be erased.”
Everybody was leaving. Plum Day was over.
We just stood there in the hallway.
He leaned over to tell me a secret.
I told him he could stay awhile. His flight didn’t leave until the morning. We had an extra couch if he got tired. I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. But Emma said he was still there when she got home from work.
She said he asked her about woo-hoo! That makes three of us that he’s asked about this. At least Emma knows something about it, for her mom and dad were head-over-heels in love.
She said she gave him just enough info to keep him interested.
He was still there after Emma went to bed.
He was gone when I woke. Good-bye, golden boy. I’ve got that photo burned into my imagination, and it has crystal resolution. Whenever I want to remember, I will look at you.