You Gotta Have Friends
Posted February 26, 2009
Links to previous stories with Raven and Blackwell:
Raven: *to self* Maybe… maybe I’ll go to school tomorrow… maybe…
**sound of door unlocking**
Blackwell: *off* Hey, Sis – I’m home! Where are ya?
Raven: Oh – Blackie – I’m in the living room –
Blackwell: You’re in your jammies, Kid – it’s kinda early for that, isn’t it?
Raven: I – I didn’t go to school today, after all… I didn’t feel so good this morning –
Blackwell: Again, huh? How many times is that this month?
Raven: Only three, Blackie – I didn’t miss any tests this time, or anything –
Blackwell: Yeah, but I get tired of explaining when they call me, checkin’ up. I know they want their Fed money, but they gotta understand, you’re not so strong. Guess I better go down there, and talk a little sense into them… though I get the feelin’ it’s not just about bein’ sick – is it, Sis?
Raven: It’s… it’s hard when we move, Blackie, making new friends. I’m not really good at it –
Blackwell: I gotta go where the work takes me, Sis. This time I thought I was findin’ a nicer school for ya, anyway – is someone givin’ ya trouble? Do I need to have a little talk with them, too? Ya gotta let me know these things –
Raven: No… no, it’s not that bad. Nobody’s making fun of me, or deliberately hurting me. Just… I don’t know what to say to people sometimes. It’s like I can’t make myself talk; it won’t come out –
Blackwell: Heh – I have the opposite problem, then – I don’t know WHEN to stop sometimes. I just don’t worry about it *shrug*.
Raven: Sometimes… I think it’s easier for boys to – just talk –
Blackwell: One way, is, ya ask ‘em questions about their selves. People like to talk about themselves more’n anything. Ya learn stuff about ’em, it’s useful later, too –
Raven: *sigh* You always make it sound so easy –
Blackwell: Ain’t rocket science, Sis – ask ’em what’s their favorite things, where’d they get their shoes, or their hair cut --
Raven: I try to ask questions, but they seem to wind up just “yes” and “no” answers, and then I don’t know what else to say to keep things going, and they go back to their friends, and – and – there I am, alone again *tear wells up* --
Blackwell: Aw, Sis… I wish this wasn’t happenin’ to ya. I dunno what else to tell ya, but ya gotta keep tryin’, don’t give up – ya did have friends at the last school, didn’t ya? You’ll get some at this one –
Raven: *sniff* Oh… kinda… I knew a couple girls there, but – not that much. **toys with stuffed bunny** I’ll – I’ll try harder – tomorrow –
Blackwell: That’s th’ spirit –
Blackwell: Y’know I’ll always be here for ya. I know it’s not like havin’ gal pals; ya need some ‘a them, too. But I’m always here for ya, promise –
Raven: I know that, Blackie – you’re so good to me… so good –
Blackwell: We’re all we got, so we gotta stick together. Wouldn’t want it any other way.
Raven: Me neither, Blackie…
It must be hard for Blackwell… but he is a devoted brother.
Time for a look in on some other siblings, namely Natsumi Hitada and her younger sister and brother…