Crux’s idea of fixing me involved dragging me home with him and badgering me with his thoughts. It’s not like I had much defence against this method because I didn’t need to say anything and while I wanted to simply NOT think, it just wasn’t possible.
Of course, while he had previously always given me time to vocalise whatever was going through my head he now didn’t bother and I answered him unwillingly in my head As such he knew exactly what I was thinking without me having to even utter a sound. He knew when it was time to distract me and when it was time to back-off and just leave me to wallow. I found the entire experience calming and not as intrusive as I had originally thought it would be. I also found myself accepting and coming to terms with Crux’s differences. Something I had never fully grasped when he was in the house.
I ended up staying at Crux’s dorm and as such ended up meeting most of his friends. He even dragged my along when he went to class. He was studying for an art degree, the one that I would have taken if I had ever had the time to go to university. While I still really didn’t want to be there the subject matter was something I was interested in. Slowly, I began to take an interest in what was being discussed.
Crux didn’t hide the fact that he had a gigantic crush on one of the girls in his Dorm and spent the time that he wasn’t talking my ear off trying to get her to go out with him. Allie seemed immune to his charm. While I felt sorry for him, I was also amused that everything he tried wasn’t working and I had to smile as I watched his every attempt fail. I was pleased to notice that he wasn’t using any of his alien powers on her.
I thought that the ability to read her thoughts would make it easy for him, but that was apparently not the case. She rebuffed his effort to form any sort of bond with her. He even asked me what he was doing wrong. I really couldn’t help much. I would have given up long since, I was never looking for a long-term commitment and as such had never pursued anyone with the intent of actually keeping them.
It took him quite a while to get a date with Allie and unfortunately for me it came with strings. I’d been reading when the two of them had come inside from their latest argument.
“I need a favour” Crux asked, after Allie had made her way upstairs.
“No”, I answered, once again not bothering to verbalise my answer.
“Ma! She agreed to go bowling with me if it was as part of a group” he told me.
“I’m not sure what you think I can do to help” I continued, I knew he could tell I was wavering.
“Please! I want you to be part of the group and I was also going to invite one of my other friends?”
“You mean like a Double Date?” I asked, “Crux, I can’t do that!”
“Why not? You’re going to have to find another guy soon, yes?”
“Oh, great! Now I have my grandson setting me up!” I replied.
“Please, I need help?”
“Just who am I supposed to be going with”
“Just a friend of mine”
“He’s a professor here at the University”
“It’s just bowling Ma, it’ll be fine.”
“Crux”, I warned.
“I’ll introduce him to you tomorrow”, he told me, giving me a kiss on the cheek before making his escape upstairs.
“Crux, I don’t remember saying yes” I yelled up the stairs as he disappeared.
The following morning I took the opportunity to escape the dorm room, I knew Crux would know where I was going. I had promised I would attend class with him later in the afternoon but I needed a moment to myself.
I spent the morning enjoying the sunshine and sketching pictures of the Campus below.
Later when I had met back up with Crux, we ended up drawing again. I had no complaints as it was an activity that I had always enjoyed, although recently I’d had less opportunity to indulge in it.
“How did you get Grandpa to fall in love with you?”, Crux asked quietly, not wanting to disturb the rest of the class.
“I have no idea, you would have to ask him that.”, I told him honestly, “I’m amazed he puts up with my drama, but you might like to try just being friends with Allie first”
“Really, do you think that would work?”, he asked.
“I’m fairly sure it’s what worked on me”, I confessed.
It was the following evening when I was finally persuaded to go bowling with Allie, Crux and Crux’s Professor. We had met earlier that day and even I would admit that he was cute. His name was Marshall Gamble and told me that he was amazed with Crux’s persuasive abilities. I wasn’t and Crux spent the rest of the afternoon convincing me that this outing was a good idea. He talked, countering every objection I had before I had even thought one through. In the end I gave in. At least it was an excuse to get out of the dorm, it was all starting to feel a little cramped. I was sure it was nearly time for me to go home.
Allie and Crux seemed to be getting along well. He had decided to take my advice to try just being friends with Allie before pursuing anything more.
Marshall was nice and we got along well.
He was nice enough not to laugh when I showed just how little bowling I had done in the past and was the one who suggested we all play pool instead.
I’ll admit it was an activity that I had far more experience with even if the pool table at home saw little use.
We played for hours and I realised that I really did like Allie and hoped that she and Crux remained at least friends for the foreseeable future. I also liked Marshall but this was not the time to ask him to help me out.
“Don’t say anything” I warned Crux, as he smirked knowingly at me. “I don’t want to hear it”
“Told you so”, he whispered quietly as he walked behind me preparing to take his shot. I glared at him in response.
The following day I decided that it was time for me to go home. While I had enjoyed my much-needed break with Crux, I missed my family at home and I missed Dale. There was just one thing I needed to take care of first and as much as I didn’t want to admit it I needed to find another man to father my next children.
I finally found Marshall in his classroom.
“Hi” I answered, standing awkwardly in the doorway.
“I had a great time last night” he told me, finally breaking the silence.
“Me too, it was fun” I answered, “So I was wondering if Crux has told you anything about me at all”
“Crux, your grandson you mean?” he smiled, ” I believe he told me quite a bit”
“So if I asked if you would mind helping me out, you would know what I meant?”
“I believe so, yes”