There comes a time in the life of every teenager when your family, no matter how much you love them, becomes downright embarrassing. Instead of the god-like figures who have answers to everything, your parents turn into silly oddballs desperately trying to pretend they are not middle-aged.
And the siblings are not much better either…
Peter: “Happy Birthday tooo youu, Happy Birthday tooo youu, Happy Birthday dear daaaaaad!”
Erica needs to meet someone her age stat!
Queue Peter’s best buddy Jaxen, freshly teenified.
Peter: “Oh wow, you’re as tall as my big sis now! I got to tell her. Ericaaaaa!”
Erica: “Hi Jaxen! Doesn’t seem like too long since you and my brother were chatting about made up superheroes, who was yours again? Officer Slugleg?”
Peter: “Officer Wormshoe!”
Jaxen: “Thanks kid…”
Peter leaves the big kids to chat and retreats back to his typing game.
Peter: “Dad, I don’t think Jaxen likes Captain Duckhorse anymore…”
Isaac: “Don’t worry Pete, soon enough the two of you will be on the same page again… hopefully not too soon though!”
Seems like tonight is the night to be out if you’re a teen in Newcrest, as Erica also meets a girl her age called Jessica.
Erica: “You guys, we need to go out and see what the neighbourhood is about now that we’re all grown up!”
Jaxen: “Oh I don’t know, I only aged up yesterday. I don’t think my mom would be too happy about me staying out late… Maybe some other time!”
The girls head out on their own instead.
Jessica: “So this blond guy, what’s the story with you two?”
Erica: “Jaxen? Oh, he’s just my little brother’s friend. They would always run around and act dorky together…”
Jessica: “Aww, so there is no love story there? Shame, he’s kind of cute!”
Erica: “Feel free to craft your own love story with Jaxen, he’s a nice kid. Just not for me.
I want to have a love story with a capital L! Meet a handsome artistic stranger with a bit of a bad boy edge, and be swept off my feet in a whirlwind romance that defeats all odds.”
Jessica: “That sounds sooo romantic!”
Random girl #1: “I couldn’t help but overhear what you said, that would be so dreamy!”
Random girl #2: “I know right, it sounds amazing!”
Well tough for all of you, as it appears there’s only females in this town!
The girls spend the evening chatting away about their dream romances and say goodbye once it gets late.
Erica stays behind just a little bit longer, imagining she will meet her handsome stranger.
Sadly the chances of that happening appear to be a bit slim.
The twins on the other hand are having quite the opposite problem, they can only find little boys their age and no girls to play with.
Kevin: “We’ll play with you!”
Karter: “Yeah! Here comes my monster truck, vrum vrum!”
Gretchen: “You ran over my doll!”
Charlotte: “You boys don’t know how to play! You should leave and not spread your icky cooties over our beds!”
Gretchen: “Yeah you icky cootie-filled boys!”
Karter: “Whatevs, my monster truck is way cooler than all of your dolls together!”
From then on, the only boy Gretchen and Charlotte tolerated playing with was their brother.