Generation 08.05

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When I returned home to Appaloosa Plains there were a few surprises waiting for me.

First of all I learned that I am now an uncle.  My sister Hailey and her boyfriend Willard had a little baby boy whom they named Derick.

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But the biggest surprise was, apparently my parents had made the most out of having the house all to themselves while I was away at University.   I returned home to find out that mom is pregnant.

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In fact the very day I arrived back home she went into labor and gave birth my baby sister Holly.

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I had been the youngest for 22 years so it was kind of strange to suddenly have a baby sister after all this time.  But I absolutely adore her and love being a big brother.   I know I am going to spoil her rotten.  Plus it is good experience for when I have kids of my own

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Due to my success in university both as a student and as an athlete the Appaloosa Plains Llamas recruited me to play on their minor league team with the possibility of moving up to the majors.  My sister’s boyfriend Willard is one of my teammates so we are quickly becoming friends.

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While I was in college I had learned how to cook a few things – a person can’t live on nothing but bagels – so I have taken over the cooking at home.   Plus this way I know my parents are eating healthy.

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When Grandma passed she left all of her grandchildren some money.  While my sister’s used theirs to buy houses I invested mine.  My investments had paid off big time, more then doubling my money.   I decided to purchase the gym Swole on Fitness.

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It’s not much to look at right now but I have big plans for improvements.

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I don’t need to be at work until 2 pm each day so I spend the mornings at the gym. Recently I met Gabrielle Rossi.  We have a lot in common and spent the day yesterday talking sports.  We also made plans to go out to dinner later in the week.

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A few days later, while I was making the rounds at the gym, I was approached by a women around my age.

“Excuse me are you Hunter Equidae?” the woman asked.

“Yes, how can I help you?” I responded.

“I have struggled with my weight all of my life,” she said.  “I have tried diets and none of them work.  I would work out more but I am really clumsy and have always been a little afraid of the equipment.  I was wondering if you would perhaps become my personal trainer?”

I had never done any personal training before but I thought why not.  “Sure, meet me here tomorrow morning at 6 am and we will get started.”

“Great!  I will be here.”

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Later that night Gabriella and I went out for a nice dinner.  After I invited her over to my place for a cup of coffee and a little kissing.  Since it was the first date we didn’t go any farther than kissing.  I had a great time and asked her out again.

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The next morning I met Eboni at the gym right at 6 am.  She wasn’t kidding when she said she was a klutz.  She fell on the treadmill several times.

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“Come on you can do it!” I shouted.

“I need a break,” she said.

“Come on five more minutes.  No pain no gain.”

“I hate you!” she said.  But I could tell by her tone she didn’t really mean it.

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It is finally summer and also happens to be Holly’s birthday.   So we decided to hold a big birthday bash/pool party for her.

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She is an adorable little girl.

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Who loves to be tickled and will just giggle and giggle.   I can’t wait to have kids of my own some day.

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All of my family came to the party.  It was great spending the entire day with them.  Especially my sisters.   I was excited to see that my sister Hannah is expecting.  I am thrilled for her and her boyfriend.

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Lately time seems to be flying by.   Gabrielle and I have been seeing more and more of each other.  I know I am not yet ready for marriage but I am thinking about perhaps asking her to move in.

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I have also been training more in martial arts.  I recently earned my blue belt which only puts me four belts away from becoming a black belt.

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I have also been working daily with Eboni.  We have moved on to strength training.

“Grrrrrr” she groaned as she pressed her arms together lifting the weights.

“Come on, you can do it,” I said.  “Only two more reps.  That’s it.”

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“Great job today,” I said.  “You not only increased your weight by another 5 lbs you also did more reps.”

“Thanks,” she said.  “I am definitely going to feel that tomorrow.”

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“So I want to change up our workouts a little,” I said.

“Really?  How?”

“You’ll see.  Tomorrow instead of meeting here at the gym let’s meet at my house at 6 am.”

“Ok,” she said sounding skeptical.

“It will be fine,” I said.  “Don’t worry.”

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The next morning she met me at my house right on time.

“So what’s the plan, coach?,” she asked.

“We are going jogging,” I said.

“Jogging? Seriously?”

“Yeah.  It is a great work out and the weather is great.  Why run on a treadmill when we can run outside in the great outdoors.”

“Ok but when I trip on a rock, fall and break my nose I am holding you responsible.”

“You will be fine.  Let’s just try for the end of the road and back today.”

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So that day we set off down the road and then ran back.  The next day we went a little farther.

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Each day we ran a little farther then the day before.

“So tomorrow morning I want you to park your car at the gym and then take a cab to my house,” I said.  “We are going to jog all the way to town.”

“But that’s like 10 miles,” she said.

“I know but you can do it.”

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So the next day we set out jogging to town.

“You never mentioned anything about jogging up a mountain,” Eboni shouted.

“It is just a little hill,” I hollered back.

“Looks like a mountain to me,” she grumbled.

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“See I told you could do it,” I said when we arrived at the fitness center.

“Barely,” she said with a chuckle.

“Come on,” I said.  “I will by you a fruit smoothie to celebrate.”

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Before long it was once again Holly’s birthday.   We had a big party for her again.

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She is really shy but loves to draw and paint.

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As summer turned into fall Eboni and I had to move our workouts back inside.  One day after a great workout instead of the normal high five I usually give Eboni I pulled her in for a hug.

Over the last few years we have become best friends and so giving her a hug to congratulate her on another milestone seemed natural.  However, as I pulled her close I was startled by the other things I was feeling.  As I pulled away I realized how badly I wanted to kiss her.  But I was dating Gabrielle.  I loved Gabrielle right?

Now that it was fall it also meant that a new season was about to start which meant more games and practice for me.  It seemed like a good excuse to distance myself from Eboni until I could get all of these feelings sorted out.

“So I go back to work next week.   We have all day practices coming up.  So my next challenge for you is to try the workouts on your own.  I want you to keep a workout journal to record your progress.  I think you are ready,” I said.

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I decided to go home and think over my relationship with Gabriella.  Did I love her?  Could I see myself marring her?  Or did I have feelings for Eboni that I wanted to explore?

I was surprised when I got out of the shower and came downstairs to find Gabrielle waiting for me.

“Hey Gabriella, I didn’t know you were coming over.  We didn’t have a date tonight did we?”

“No I just couldn’t wait to share the news with you.  I’m pregnant.  We are going to have a baby.”

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