Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Miss Opportunity - Ch. 9.2

“Diego kinda reminds me of your daddy,” Little Man told Junior as they sorted through the portable orange and white basketball cage for the right sized ball. Though they’d played this sport earlier with other youths, now that things were winding down at the carnival, they wanted to play a game of one-on-one.

“I mean, he has a toothpick hanging out the left side of his mouth and everything. Just like your daddy used to do after eating,” Little Man continued.

Junior paused from his search to look over to where his father’s cousin was talking to yet another woman by a tree. “You’re right.” He nodded, noting the toothpick in Diego’s mouth. “He also walks like Daddy, has hands like him, and kinda sounds like him too at times with certain words.”

“For real?” Little Man looked amazed, forgetting about the balls in the cage for now.

“Yeah. Watch him walk now,” Junior said as Diego started walking over to the two picnic tables where the rest of their family was.

Little Man’s eyebrows rose. “Sho’ do. Man, that is spooky,” he said, slipping into a bit of slang while his starchy grandfather wasn’t around.

Having spent a lot of years in the military, Grandpa Frank insisted upon correct behavior, posture, and language in his presence at all times. He even put a halt to Cami’s tendency to curse when she was angry, though he couldn’t quite cure her of slang.

Little Man liked his grandfather’s no-cursing rule. He didn’t like his mother cursing anyway. He didn’t like a lot of things his mother did these days.

Junior laughed at Little Man’s reference to Diego’s spooky walk. “I know, but it sure helps with the hurt of missing my dad. Having Diego around makes me feel closer to my dad for some reason. But don’t let that get back to my mom, all right? She might get mad if she knew that I feel closer to Diego than I do to my stepdad, even though Diego hasn’t been around as long.”

“My lips are sealed, dude,” Little Man promised, revealing the close bond the boys still had between them, despite the fact that they lived apart for most of the year now. “I wouldn’t hurt Mama Dee for nothing.”

Junior smiled. “That’s good to know.”

Little Man suddenly looked puzzled. “But help me understand why you don’t feel as close to your stepdad. Is Uncle Royal mean to you behind your mama’s back or something? Is that why you favor Diego over him?” He grabbed one of the balls from the cage and tried to twirl it on one finger as he waited for a reply.

“No, to both things. Pop is a great stepdad. The best. Especially after he got my school to offer advanced classes just so I wouldn’t have to transfer out,” Junior clarified. “But some hurts are so deep that even he can’t reach,” he added sadly. “But I like that he tries.” He smiled, catching sight of his pop-locking stepfather helping Cuba (Delia’s second son by E-Blade) entertain the family. Royal danced while Cuba used wooden spoons to create a snazzy beat.

Little Man chuckled at Royal’s animated display. “He looks like he tries hard, too.”

Real hard. It’s not his fault that Diego can reach me on a deeper level when it comes to missing my dad. Just like it ain’t my dad’s fault that Mom loves Pop more than she ever did him.”

“She does?” Little Man stopped spending the ball on his finger.

“Yeah. Can’t you tell how happy she is with him?” Junior pointed towards the picnic table. “She ain’t never smiled this much with my birth daddy.”

“Mama Dee has been smiling a lot more since Uncle Royal came on the scene,” Little Man said, noting the obvious joy on Delia’s face even now as she stood up and tried to pop lock with her husband. Tess and the twins stood up, as well, trying to mimic their parents.

“As you know, I didn’t like it at first. I’m cool with it now because I know Pop really loves her,” Junior replied.

“And y’all, too,” Little man inserted, speaking of what he’d observed of Royal concerning the Jackwood kids.

Junior smiled. “Yeah. Like I said before, Pop is the best.”

“I wish my mama could find a man like that.” Little Man’s eyes suddenly grew sad.

“Maybe she will one day. We can pray about it before you leave town,” Junior volunteered, having learned how to pray about everything from his stepfather and the Sunday school teachers at their church.

“Cool.” Little Man smiled, feeling better already.

Grabbing the ball out of his hand, Junior said, “Now are we going to stand here all day jaw-jabbing? Or are we going to ball?” He started to dribble skillfully, revealing his readiness.

“Let’s ball,” Little Man replied, using quick hands to steal the ball from his cousin, who obviously wasn’t as ready as he thought.

© 2008 by Suprina Frazier

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Book giveaway question for this post is in the comment section. The first one to answer it correctly wins a free E-Book of his/her choice. Previous winners don’t qualify.


Suprina said...

Giveaway question: Who is Diego for real?


Paula said...

Suprina, this really does hurt. I thought I could deal with this but please can I answer the question and give the free book to someone else.


Suprina said...

Paula: Stop begging, 1st of all. lol. Secondly, I'm trying to give some of the new people and the lurkers a chance to win a free book. Thirdly, you must be talking of law in school, because your pleas almost convinced me to relax my rules just then.


A sista is just flattered that you would be so pumped about answering all these questions.

Much luv.


PS. Just be a little more patient. If the lurkers/newbies don't answer the questions by the time the giveaway phrase is over, then I'll open the leftover questions up to the previous winners.

PSS. Now if you TOLD the answer to a friend and he/she came on the blog and answered the question for the freebie, then I see that as a win/win situation. Your friend gets a free book. I get a new reader...and you get to release the answer into the universe like you're bursting to do now. LOL!

Suprina said...

I meant to say you must be "taking" law in school in the previous post. Sheesh!

It must be time for a break.


bambi said...

Diego is actually E-Blade.

Subrina said...

Deigo is E-Blade who Delia thought she had killed but he's now an undercover agent.

Suprina said...

Bambi: You're exactly right. Yay!

Per the contest rules, go to my Main Website or the site and decide which E-Book you want. Don't order from there, just window shop. Then email me at with your choice of freebie.

Since you are a new reader and/or lurker, I may not have an email address on file for you, so make sure your email to me is the one that you want your E-Book sent to.

Congratulations again, Bambi, and welcome aboard!


Suprina said...

Subrina: You're right, of course, but you missed the freebie. Bambi got to it 9 seconds before you did (see the comment timer above).

Keep trying, girl. There's a few more giveaways up ahead.


Suprina said...

9 minutes ahead, I meant to say before. Okay, I have got to slow down.





Be back soon, y'all with more post (another hour or so).