Gen 7- Chapter 7: Sunlit Zest

I thought it was a disagreement, and maybe a misunderstanding. I thought I would be able to talk to Cedar the next morning and maybe just maybe forgive my best friend. I thought everything was going to be much simpler. Oh how I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“You can’t! You just can’t!”

“I have to.”

“No you don’t! I was wrong! I’m sorry! Please don’t leave me! Please!”

“It’s time for me to move on Sunny. I don’t deserve to be here and I know that. I’m so sorry, but I have to do this.”

“Please?! I’m not angry anymore!”

“Goodbye Sunny.”

 

Just like that… he was gone.

I felt my world crumble. A feeling that only grew when I got to school the next day to find one seat in the far left corner vacant. I was alone and now there was no one for me to turn to.

But life goes on and regardless of my sadness, I had a household to help run. My sister was sprouting up quicker than I remembered growing myself, and she definitely got into way more trouble than I ever did.

I started jogging every night. It helped to ease the empty feeling. Until I would cross the park next to the school. I tried to avoid it most nights, but every once in a while curiosity would get the better of me and I would find myself drawn to its sacred grounds.

Oh Cedar…

“Pretty lady? Why are you crying?”

I didn’t even have to look, I knew it was, i sniffled and wiped my face. “Because I hurt someone. Someone I really cared about. I am pretty sure he hates me now.”

“Oh I bet he doesn’t. I bet he misses you… more than anything.”

Without hesitation, I launched myself into his arms. “Oh Cedar! I am so sorry! Please forgive me. I made a terrible mistake!”

“Hey… it’s alright beautiful.”

*Sob sob sob*

“There is a way to make it up to me.”

*sniff* “Ya? What’s that?”

“Kiss me.”


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Gen 7- Chapter 6: Sunlit Zest

I was so angry. I thought I was angry before, but it paled in comparison to what I was feeling then. I stormed up the steps to my room and slammed the door behind me. Anger as well as embarrassment clouded my mind and heart, making it difficult to speak. I shook my head in disbelief. “How could you?”

 

“I can explain.”

“HAH! This should be good.” I gestured for him to continue. “Sure… why don’t you explain.”

Blaze took a deep breath. “Because I wanted to keep you safe. Away from other people who might harm you.”

“He never said anything!”

“I know that!”

“So why? Why did I need saving? How do you know he would have done anything?”

He didn’t know how to reply to that. So instead he stood there, his mouth opening and then closing over and over again. “I’m waiting…”

“I think I have an answer. I think you were jealous, and instead of being the friend you were supposed to be, you stabbed me in the back and made me look like a big jerk to very nice person!”

“Sunny. I’m sorry.”

“Sorry, won’t fix what I just did AGAIN to that poor boy. Sorry doesn’t take back all the hurt I felt over words that YOU SAID! You may not have directed them at me, but you might as well have!”


“Sunny? Wh-Who are you talking to?”

My whole body froze, and I squeezed me eyes tight. I never even heard Lemon come in the room.

I dropped down beside her and tried to steady her. “It’s okie sis, I was just letting off some steam. Been a long night.” I added a laugh at the end, but it wasn’t very convincing.

“Yes, but WHO were you talking to?”

I shook my head… “It was no one. No one at all.”

Gen 7- Chapter 5: Sunlit Zest

“What are you doing here Cedar?”

“Sunny, you gotta hear me out.”

“Why?”

“Becuase, there is something, something really weird about all of this, and if you would just listen, well maybe we can figure it out.”

“No way! You are going to listen to me!”

“I wa——”

“Do you have any idea what you put me through in school? All those mean things you said! They really hurt me! I thought we were friends.”

“We were!!”

“No we were not! Friends don’t do that to each other!”

“I ran home crying. All because of you!! You and your big mouth! Why don’t you just take your bald head off my porch and get… get… get bent!!”

“Sunny…”

“Oh that is it!! I don’t know who ever told you that line, but it is 100% false! I never said anything about you!”

“Ya, nice try. There is no way I would beleive you. I had a very reliable source.”

“You sure about that? because it sounds like your source has been lying to you. I never, no… would never say anything about you! I love you!”

“…”

“I mean… I liked you. A lot. I thought you were the coolest girl in school. Then you started harrasing me. Bullying me.

“Me? Bullying you?”

“Ummm ya?! How do you think I felt!”

“But I…”

“You never gave me a chance to explain. Who was it?”

“Who was what?”

“Who told you all those things?”

“I can’t tell you.”

“Okay…”

“I gotta go.”

“Wait.”

“I just… I can’t do this right now. I’m sorry.

“Sunny wait.”

“Goodnight Cedar.”

*door shuts*

“Goodnight Sunny.”

“BLAZE!!!!!!!”

“Oh sweet Berry no.”

Gen 7- Chapter 4: Sunlit Zest

“Sunny, please will you just talk to me?”

“No Blaze. Go away. I am still furious with you.”

“But, I didn’t mean to. I was just trying to keep you safe.”

“I don’t care your reasons. You broke a promise.”

“But…”

“No Buts, we will talk about this later. You need to just leave me alone right now.”

I had done a lot of things in my years as Sunny’s friend, but none of them measured up the monstrous mistake I made that night. I had crossed the friendship line, and there was no going back.

One small problem. This mistake only coincided with a much larger one… The one where I made up all the stuff about Cedar or Coffee or what ever his name was. He never said anything about her, but he was getting way too close. It was the only thing I could think of.

It wasn’t my fault really. I loved her, and I wanted her all to myself. Cedar was way to close to getting in between us. So I started my little stories and sweet little Sunny ate them up as if they were the gospel truth.


I still had a chance of keeping them under wraps, as long as Cedar… Oh no. There he is. Coming to talk. Oh man, now what do I do?

Must hurry! Must convince her not to see him. If she ever found out, she would never talk to be ever again. For real…

“You can’t go out there.”

“Why not?”

“Cedar is here.”

“Oh.”

“Just ignore him, I’m sure he will go away.”

“You know what? NO. I am going to give him a piece of my mind. Tell him exactly how it made me feel, all those means things he said.”

“Are you sure that is good idea?”

“Yes. Now out of my way please.”

“Okay…”

“Oh this is sooo not good.”

Gen 7- Chapter 3: Sunlit Zest

“So explain something to me please.”<br />
“Alright.”<br />
“How is that you still get lost? I have shown you around town a couple dozen times now?”<br />
“Well… it’s a big place, and you know it so much better than I do.”</p>
<p>“Uh huh. You know what I think?”<br />
“What’s that?”<br />
“I think you kinda like hanging out with me, and you use this as an excuse.”<br />
“You’re wrong.”<br />
“Oh am I?”<br />
“Yes.”</p>
<p>“I don’t kinda like you… I like you a lot.”<br />
“Ah. I think I might kinda like you too.”</p>
<p>“Sunny I don’t like this guy. He’s bad news. We should go now.”<br />
Ughhh Blaze was yappin non stop. It was hard to tune him out. I tried, but when someone is blah blah blah in your ear it’s insanely difficult to be alluring. Which was what I was shooting for.</p>
<p>“So you and I…”<br />
“Yes?”<br />
“I was wondering if maybe…”<br />
“Sunny Don’t! You don’t understand! This guy! He isn’t who you think he is!”<br />
I shook my head subtly hoping Cedar wouldn’t notice.</p>
<p>Before I had a chance to get that kiss… My body started to tingle. </p>
<p>“Sunny? Are you okay?”<br />
I watched in horror as once again I was shoved to the passenger seat. My hand reached up and took hold of the hair on top of Cedar’s head. I tried to scream but nothing came out. With a *rip* there was a wig in my hand.</p>
<p>This was not happening!</p>
<p>“Wha!!! What did you do that for?!?!”<br />
“Im sorry!!” I squealed. “I was…wait.” My stomach turned over. Suddenly it all made sense. “You!!!” I bellowed! “It’s you!”<br />
“Sunny… I can explain.”</p>
<p>“No way!! I don’t want any explanation from you!! Get out of my face!”</p>
<p>“Sunny please! Will you just listen?!”<br />
“No!”</p>
<p>I started to run, run as far away as I could. My heart was broken two times over. Once by an old bully and the other by my best friend. I had never been so angry in my life.<br />
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Gen 7- Chapter 3: Sunlit Zest

“So explain something to me please.”

“Alright.”

“How is that you still get lost? I have shown you around town a couple dozen times now?”

“Well… it’s a big place, and you know it so much better than I do.”

“Uh huh. You know what I think?”

“What’s that?”

“I think you kinda like hanging out with me, and you use this as an excuse.”

“You’re wrong.”

“Oh am I?”

“Yes.”

“I don’t kinda like you… I like you a lot.”

“Ah. I think I might kinda like you too.”

“Sunny I don’t like this guy. He’s bad news. We should go now.”

Ughhh Blaze was yappin non stop. It was hard to tune him out. I tried, but when someone is blah blah blah in your ear it’s insanely difficult to be alluring. Which was what I was shooting for.

“So you and I…”

“Yes?”

“I was wondering if maybe…”

“Sunny Don’t! You don’t understand! This guy! He isn’t who you think he is!”

I shook my head subtly hoping Cedar wouldn’t notice.

Before I had a chance to get that kiss… My body started to tingle.

“Sunny? Are you okay?”

I watched in horror as once again I was shoved to the passenger seat. My hand reached up and took hold of the hair on top of Cedar’s head. I tried to scream but nothing came out. With a *rip* there was a wig in my hand.

This was not happening!

“Wha!!! What did you do that for?!?!”

“Im sorry!!” I squealed. “I was…wait.” My stomach turned over. Suddenly it all made sense. “You!!!” I bellowed! “It’s you!”

“Sunny… I can explain.”

“No way!! I don’t want any explanation from you!! Get out of my face!”

“Sunny please! Will you just listen?!”

“No!”

I started to run, run as far away as I could. My heart was broken two times over. Once by an old bully and the other by my best friend. I had never been so angry in my life.

Gen 7- Chapter 2: Sunlit Zest

Normally it wasn’t my usual routine to hang around the neighboring park after school. Since the passing of my grandfather though, life at home was almost unbearable. Every where you turned someone was crying. It was awful. It made it impossible for me not to cry right along with them.

Homework had also gotten progressively more difficult. It was hard to concentrate on anything when your mind is in mourning mode. It didn’t stop me from trying. I would sit with my book every day after school till I got it right, but one not so special day, I had one more distraction to add to my list.

“Excuse me? May I sit here?”
I was so engrossed in my algebra, I just nodded and continued to scribble down formula solutions.
“I hope I am not intruding, but I am new to the area, and you looked like a cutey that I needed to say hello to.”
I nodded again.

“My name is Cedar. Cedar Pomegranate. What’s yours?”
This guy did not take a hint.

After realizing this guy wasn’t just gonna go away, I hastily dropped my notebook on the bench. I started to say something really not so nice, when my eyes finally caught a glimpse of my new companion.

Berry, was he cute!!

Suddenly my words were stumbling forth from my mouth. “I’m Sunli- Sunny Sunlit Zest.” I shook my head. “No, that’s not right. My name is Sunlit Zest, but everyone calls me Sunny.” That was a little better.
“Sunny…It suits you.”
“Thanks.”
“I hope I am not being too forward, but seeing that I am new here, do you think maybe we could go out sometime. Maybe show me what you like to do around Honey Sprigs? Right?”
“Sure. That sounds fun.”

We exchanged numbers, and then he said he needed to get back to his house for dinner. I asked if he needed directions on how to find his way back, but he was pretty sure he could find it.
“Will I see you at school tomorrow? It’s my first day.”
“You sure will. Maybe we will get a class together.”
“I’d like that. See you later Sunny!”
“Bye, Cedar.” My heart did a little skip as I uttered his name.

“He seems nice.” I sighed happily as the handsome figure walked away.

“I don’t like em…”
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Gen 7- Chapter 2: Sunlit Zest

Normally it wasn’t my usual routine to hang around the neighboring park after school. Since the passing of my grandfather though, life at home was almost unbearable. Every where you turned someone was crying. It was awful. It made it impossible for me not to cry right along with them.

Homework had also gotten progressively more difficult. It was hard to concentrate on anything when your mind is in mourning mode. It didn’t stop me from trying. I would sit with my book every day after school till I got it right, but one not so special day, I had one more distraction to add to my list.

“Excuse me? May I sit here?”

I was so engrossed in my algebra, I just nodded and continued to scribble down formula solutions.

“I hope I am not intruding, but I am new to the area, and you looked like a cutey that I needed to say hello to.”

I nodded again.

“My name is Cedar. Cedar Pomegranate. What’s yours?”

This guy did not take a hint.

After realizing this guy wasn’t just gonna go away, I hastily dropped my notebook on the bench. I started to say something really not so nice, when my eyes finally caught a glimpse of my new companion.

Berry, was he cute!!

Suddenly my words were stumbling forth from my mouth. “I’m Sunli- Sunny Sunlit Zest.” I shook my head. “No, that’s not right. My name is Sunlit Zest, but everyone calls me Sunny.” That was a little better.

“Sunny…It suits you.”

“Thanks.”

“I hope I am not being too forward, but seeing that I am new here, do you think maybe we could go out sometime. Maybe show me what you like to do around Honey Sprigs? Right?”

“Sure. That sounds fun.”

We exchanged numbers, and then he said he needed to get back to his house for dinner. I asked if he needed directions on how to find his way back, but he was pretty sure he could find it.

“Will I see you at school tomorrow? It’s my first day.”

“You sure will. Maybe we will get a class together.”

“I’d like that. See you later Sunny!”

“Bye, Cedar.” My heart did a little skip as I uttered his name.

“He seems nice.” I sighed happily as the handsome figure walked away.

“I don’t like em…”

Gen 7- Chapter 1: Sunlit Zest

It was a bad day. A horrible rotten day. Just when I thought I understood how the world worked, this horrible day came along and changed everything.</p>
<p>Oh but what did I truly know? I was only 9. I pretty much had the whole world ahead of me to learn what was truly going on, but at the time, I thought I knew it all. I had my best friend, what else did I need?</p>
<p>Nothing. He was always there for me. Looking out for me. When the bully at school who I thought was my friend, started talking about me behind my back, Blaze made sure I knew.</p>
<p>I was so hurt and angry. How could he. We were just starting to become great friends, but then, the horrible awful things he said… I don’t even want to repeat them. I felt utterly betrayed, more so because I really liked him, a lot.</p>
<p>What right did he have to say anything about me? I never once mentioned his bald head, or oddly shaped face. Ohhhh if it weren’t for the fact my momma raised me better, I would clocked him square in the middle of his goofy glasses. Instead I settled for a tongue lashing.</p>
<p>Thankfully after that, everything settled back down. Burnt Coffee Bean’s father was a high up mucky muck and they sadly had to move away. </p>
<p>Life went back to normal after that. Blaze and I had always been inseparable, but one day there was something he wanted to try. I wasn’t to sure about the idea at first, but I decided to go for it. Blaze said there was a way he could “take over” my body. Just for a few seconds…</p>
<p>Once I had agreed, my body started to tingle. I was suddenly watching myself move from the passengers seat. I was roaring like a dinosaur and all kinds of other weird things. Then just as quickly it was over.</p>
<p>I felt terrible after. My head was pounding and I knew I was going to throw up.</p>
<p>“I did not lilke that at all.”</p>
<p>“Awww but it was so fun!!”</p>
<p>“Maybe for you…”</p>
<p>We made a pact that day. We would never try that again. It felt creepy and I hated it. To top it off, I made a promise to never forget him. </p>
<p>Promises we never broke…</p>
<p>Best Friends…</p>
<p>Forever.</p>
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<p>Gen 7- Chapter 1: Sunlit Zest

It was a bad day. A horrible rotten day. Just when I thought I understood how the world worked, this horrible day came along and changed everything.

Oh but what did I truly know? I was only 9. I pretty much had the whole world ahead of me to learn what was truly going on, but at the time, I thought I knew it all. I had my best friend, what else did I need?

Nothing. He was always there for me. Looking out for me. When the bully at school who I thought was my friend, started talking about me behind my back, Blaze made sure I knew.

I was so hurt and angry. How could he. We were just starting to become great friends, but then, the horrible awful things he said… I don’t even want to repeat them. I felt utterly betrayed, more so because I really liked him, a lot.

What right did he have to say anything about me? I never once mentioned his bald head, or oddly shaped face. Ohhhh if it weren’t for the fact my momma raised me better, I would clocked him square in the middle of his goofy glasses. Instead I settled for a tongue lashing.

Thankfully after that, everything settled back down. Burnt Coffee Bean’s father was a high up mucky muck and they sadly had to move away. 

Life went back to normal after that. Blaze and I had always been inseparable, but one day there was something he wanted to try. I wasn’t to sure about the idea at first, but I decided to go for it. Blaze said there was a way he could “take over” my body. Just for a few seconds…

Once I had agreed, my body started to tingle. I was suddenly watching myself move from the passengers seat. I was roaring like a dinosaur and all kinds of other weird things. Then just as quickly it was over.

I felt terrible after. My head was pounding and I knew I was going to throw up.

“I did not lilke that at all.”

“Awww but it was so fun!!”

“Maybe for you…”

We made a pact that day. We would never try that again. It felt creepy and I hated it. To top it off, I made a promise to never forget him. 

Promises we never broke…

Best Friends…

Forever.

Gen 6- Chapter 12: Leaf

“Dear, I do believe there is something going on with our daughter.”<br /><br />
“Lemon? What’s wrong with her.”<br /><br />
“No not Lemon. Sunny.”</p><br />
<p>“Oh alright, so what’s happening?”<br /><br />
“I am not exactly sure. She has been talking… strangely…”<br /><br />
“To who? You? Mom?”<br /><br />
“No…herself.”<br /><br />
“Oh.”</p><br />
<p>“She’s up in the girls room right now, telling ghost stories to no one. Not just little stories either, really gruesome, in depth, takes a good thirty minutes to tell stories.”</p><br />
<p>“At first I thought she was talking to Lemon, but she kept saying Blaze. Blaze this. Blaze that, and on top of all that, Lemon was fast alseep.”</p><br />
<p>“Same thing is happening at bath time, and I know for a fact no one is in there.”<br /><br />
“I see.”<br /><br />
“You don’t think there is something a miss in her head do you?”<br /><br />
“I’m sure there is a good explanation, I will talk to her tomorrow.” </p><br />
<p>And talk to her I did. The very next day, after her arrival home from school, I found her in the backyard dancing as she always did. This time, she was also giggling and talking to herself.<br /><br />
“Hello sweetheart.”<br /><br />
“Hi Dad!!”<br /><br />
“Can we go inside for a chat please?”<br /><br />
“Okay!” </p><br />
<p>“Love we wanna ask you something. Lately you have been talking about Blaze an awful lot…Who is this Blaze?”<br /><br />
“Blaze is my friend.”<br /><br />
“Oh.”<br /><br />
“You can’t see him though.”</p><br />
<p>“He lives in the hamper under my bed.”<br /><br />
“So this Blaze. Do  you see him often?”<br /><br />
“Duh mom, like everyday.”</p><br />
<p>“You mean you think you see him?”<br /><br />
“No. I see him. There is no thinking. He’s here right now.”<br /><br />
I looked around the room. “There is no one here love.”<br /><br />
“Dad! I already told you. You can’t see him. Only I can.”</p><br />
<p>“Ugggh we don’t have time for this! We’re gonna be late for school. Bye Mom! Bye Dad!”<br /><br />
“Bye Dear!”<br /><br />
“Be careful!”</p><br />
<p>“What are we going to do with that girl?”<br /><br />
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Gen 6- Chapter 12: Leaf

“Dear, I do believe there is something going on with our daughter.”

“Lemon? What’s wrong with her.”

“No not Lemon. Sunny.”

“Oh alright, so what’s happening?”

“I am not exactly sure. She has been talking… strangely…”

“To who? You? Mom?”

“No…herself.”

“Oh.”

“She’s up in the girls room right now, telling ghost stories to no one. Not just little stories either, really gruesome, in depth, takes a good thirty minutes to tell stories.”

“At first I thought she was talking to Lemon, but she kept saying Blaze. Blaze this. Blaze that, and on top of all that, Lemon was fast alseep.”


“Same thing is happening at bath time, and I know for a fact no one is in there.”

“I see.”

“You don’t think there is something a miss in her head do you?”

“I’m sure there is a good explanation, I will talk to her tomorrow.” 

And talk to her I did. The very next day, after her arrival home from school, I found her in the backyard dancing as she always did. This time, she was also giggling and talking to herself.

“Hello sweetheart.”

“Hi Dad!!”

“Can we go inside for a chat please?”

“Okay!”

“Love we wanna ask you something. Lately you have been talking about Blaze an awful lot…Who is this Blaze?”

“Blaze is my friend.”

“Oh.”

“You can’t see him though.”

“He lives in the hamper under my bed.”

“So this Blaze. Do  you see him often?”

“Duh mom, like everyday.”

“You mean you think you see him?”

“No. I see him. There is no thinking. He’s here right now.”

I looked around the room. “There is no one here love.”

“Dad! I already told you. You can’t see him. Only I can.”

“Ugggh we don’t have time for this! We’re gonna be late for school. Bye Mom! Bye Dad!”

“Bye Dear!”

“Be careful!”

“What are we going to do with that girl?”

Gen 6- Chapter 11: Leaf

Grandma did make it to see the birth of her second grandchild…

But it was not long after that, that we had to bid our goodbyes. RIP Grandma.

The house yet again, was a in state of utter turmoil. Mom, took the death extremely hard. Goldie did her best to pick up the slack. but her cooking, bless her soul, could never stand up to my mothers. It was edible though, so we ate it anyways.

Sunny did her part to take care of the household as well. She was pretty broken up over grandma’s death as well, but she put on a brave face for her little sister.

She stayed by her side for several weeks, just to make sure she would be alright.

Best big sister ever.

Yes, we loved our little girls, but I know secretly Goldie was wishing that our third child was a boy.

She got her wish alright. The same night as my birthday.

My little man and I would share the same birthday.

Little Citrin.

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Gen 6- Chapter 11: Leaf

Grandma did make it to see the birth of her second grandchild…

But it was not long after that, that we had to bid our goodbyes. RIP Grandma.

The house yet again, was a in state of utter turmoil. Mom, took the death extremely hard. Goldie did her best to pick up the slack. but her cooking, bless her soul, could never stand up to my mothers. It was edible though, so we ate it anyways.

Sunny did her part to take care of the household as well. She was pretty broken up over grandma’s death as well, but she put on a brave face for her little sister.

She stayed by her side for several weeks, just to make sure she would be alright.

Best big sister ever.

Yes, we loved our little girls, but I know secretly Goldie was wishing that our third child was a boy.

She got her wish alright. The same night as my birthday.

My little man and I would share the same birthday.

Little Citrin.

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Gen 6- Chapter 11: Leaf