"Oh, that's horrible," My aunt said, fluttering her bright blue eyes in surprise. "So, who's going to go on the cruise with me now?"
"I'm sorry, Lydia," My mom said. "I can't go because my new job starts Monday and they need me there sooner than I thought. I can't get out of this, I'm really sorry."
"Julia, do you know how long I've been waiting for this cruise?" Aunt Lydia asked mom.
"I know how long, Lydia. It's just..."
"So I'll repeat myself, who will accompany me on this cruise?" Aunt Lydia dropped in the seat across from me. Ever since Uncle Glenn died, Aunt Lydia hadn't been doing too well on her own. It had been a year since he died and she was still grieving. She didn't usually do things on her own and now that mom couldn't come with her, she was really upset about it.
I was lying on the couch upside down with my feet in the air and my head almost on the floor, listening to the conversation between my mother and aunt. If this were a contest to see who was more upset, it would be my Aunt Lydia. She looked like she was on the verge of crying.
"Well, Nathan is away at college, so he's out." Mom informed as she treaded back and forth across our living room floor like she always did when she was in deep thought. Nathan was my older brother.
"But I already paid for two fares and the cruise is next week. I can't get my money back." She pouted.
Mom didn't seem to hear her because she was still pacing back and forth with a small frown on her face. Suddenly, she stopped and looked at Aunt Lydia then me. "I know," She announced. "Remy can go."
At the mention of my name, I sat up correctly and looked at my mom. "Me?" I asked. Usually I was all for participating but I knew under this circumstance, it meant trouble.
Aunt Lydia turned to me and a wide smile plastered across her face. It was the most energetic I had seen her since mom dropped the news to her. "Of course, Julia! Remy is the perfect age and companion."
"Uh," I stammered. How did I get thrown into the conversation anyway? How was I supposed to get out of it. I was terrified of boats, ships and anything that involved large bodies of water. Ever since I saw Titanic, I hadn't done anything that required me to go on a big boat.
"You'll have a great time on the cruise, honey, I just know it!" Mom ruffled my hair as she took her seat again. "We can take you shopping for your cruise wardrobe tomorrow."
"A cruise wardrobe?" I questioned. "If I have to go on this, I thought some t-shirts and pants would suffice."
Aunt Lydia and mom began to giggle. Did I say something funny? If I did, I would love for them to point it out to me.
The only reason I had decided to go with this was because I really did love my Aunt Lydia and I wanted her to be happy. If she...