My name is William James Equidae. I am named after my grandpa’s who both died before I was born. Everyone calls me Liam.
I have an amazing older sister named Lily. She still lives at home and she reads me bedtime stories at night.
Lily and my parents are all doctors so they are very busy with work. But we always find time to eat at least one meal together as a family.
I come from a big family. My mom has two sisters and three brothers and they all have kids meaning I have 11 cousins. But most of them are way older than I am. My cousins Kaitlyn and Molly are closest to me in age. They just turned seven.
To give you an idea of how much older my other cousins are this is my cousin Lauren. She is my teacher at school. It is so weird calling her Miss Equidae.
This is Megan. She is my second cousin or is it first cousin once removed. Anyway, her mom is my cousin Lynn. Megan is only a few months older than I am.
I also have Somer and Miranda Dowd to play with. Their mom Alana is my sister Lily’s best friend. Somer is five like me and Miranda is 7. Miranda and my cousin’s Molly and Kaitlyn have the same birthday.
They are all great friends and we have fun together. They come over and we play video games.
“Take that and that,” I cried as my player battled with Somer’s.
We love having water balloon fights and swimming in the pool during the summer.
But my best friend in the whole world is named Riley.
We goof around, share secrets, and tell each other stories.
We also play games like tag and rock, paper, scissors.
The only problem is I am the only one that can see her.
“Riley told me this really funny story yesterday . . .”
When I talk about Riley most people do not believe me when I say she is real. They will just shrug their shoulders and I have seen a few roll their eyes.
The only one who believes is my Aunt Kristen.
“Did you know that when I was a little girl your uncle Puzzles was a friend that only I could see. During my travels I came across a special potion that was able to make him real.”
“Really?” I asked. “Where did you get it? How is it made? How can I get some?” I asked. I had so many questions.
“I never knew what was in it and I visited so many places while touring with my band I can’t even remember where I came found it.”
“Oh,” I said struggling not to show my disappointment.
“I bet you could figure out how to make some,” she said.
For my 10th birthday my aunt Kristen gave me my very own chemistry set.
I have created a few potions that do funny things like make someone’s bladder fill so full they have an accident.
Sometimes my experiments don’t go so well. I don’t tell mom about those times.
While I am dedicated to making Riley “real” I also have other interests. I enjoy playing chess with mom and dad. I can beat dad sometimes.
But never mom.
I also love to read. My favorites are super hero comics and books about science. I think it is cool that mom, dad, and Lily are all doctors but I want to be a scientist.
At night I like to search the sky. I think it would be cool to discover a new star or planet.
Or better yet meet aliens.
My sister Lily is getting married today. Her and Greg have been engaged FOREVER. They made me wear this suite and tie. I hate it.
The wedding was kinda boring. I had to sit still and mom wouldn’t let me read during the ceremony.
But I do think Lily looked really pretty in her dress. I heard her say it was the dress that mom wore when she married dad.
My cousin’s Lynn, Laura, and Lauren were bridesmaids. So was Lily’s best friend Alana and Greg’s sister Kristi. Alana’s daughter Miranda and my cousin’s Kaitlyn and Molly just turned 13 so they got to be something called Junior Bridesmaids. They all wore matching dresses.
The adults all danced. The slow dancing looked really boring.
The best part of the wedding was getting to eat this big piece of cake.
After the wedding Lily and Greg moved into their own place. I am going to miss her.
After school I go to scouts. It is a lot of fun and we get to earn badges for different things.
To help me get my nature badge dad took me camping. We put up a tent.
We went exploring and I had to identify different types of plants and rocks. I am sure this is a rock from space.
We went fishing.
Dad caught a huge rainbow trout.
I caught a giant toad which I threw back.
And some Gold Fish. I think I am going to put them in the tank at home.
Dad grilled hotdogs.
They were very tasty.
When it started getting dark dad lit a fire.
We roasted marshmallows.
Mine started on fire and burnt. Dad gave me one of his to eat.
Later that night dad told me a ghost story but I wasn’t scared.
We slept in a tent.
And got up at sunrise to do some more fishing. This time I caught a rainbow trout too.
When I got home I gave mom my rainbow trout to cook and added my gold fish to the fish tank.
We recently got some exciting news. Lily is going to have a baby. I am excited to become an uncle and mom and dad are thrilled they are going to be grandparents.
Lily ended up having a little boy named Martin. Mom spends a lot of time over at their house playing with him.
Before I knew it I was turning 13. Mom and dad threw me a party at the local bowling alley.
Mom made a bunch of pizzas.
She also made me a huge birthday cake.
All of my family or friends were there.
Here I am as a teenager.
Lily came straight from work and we played pool. I haven’t seen as much of her since Martin was born so it was nice hanging out with her.
There was a photo booth and I had fun posing for a variety of goofy photos.
We all had a great time bowling.
Now that I am a teenager I am even more committed to making Riley “real”.
I am also really into inventing things.
After school I go down to the junk yard and search for scraps to use in my inventions.
Right now I am making toys but I think it would so cool to invent a time machine.
When the weather is nice I spend time out in the garden. No one has really done anything with it in years and it was full of weeds and dead plants.
Sometimes I find seeds around town. I like analyzing them to see if I can find out what kind of plant they will be.
I also enjoy running various science experiments. Mom told me that when she was in college she cloned a fish. I think it would be cool to clone myself or maybe Riley after I make her real.
Sometimes my experiments don’t go very well.
I also continue to search the sky at night.
I also like to go over to Lily’s house and play with my nephew Martin. I can’t believe he is already four years old.
Lily just announced that she is going to have another baby. She had me place my hand on her belly and boy does the baby kick a lot.
On my 18th birthday we had a major snow storm. Dad said it was fitting as I guess I was born during one.
Due to the weather I wasn’t able to have a big party but mom still baked me a cake.
Here I am as a young adult. I think I look pretty much the same only taller.
With the snow storm outside we were all surprised when Lily and Martin came walking through the door.
As soon as Lily saw Mom she started sobbing.
I guess Lily came home from the hospital early because of the weather.
She walked into their bedroom and found Greg in bed with his assistant.
They got in a big fight.
“HOW COULD YOU WOOHOO WITH SOMEONE ELSE,” Lily screamed.
“WELL YOU WEREN’T WOOHOOING WITH ME,” Greg screamed back.
“I AM SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT!”
“THAT DIDN’T STOP US WHEN YOU WERE PREGNANT WITH MARTIN. NOW ALL I GET FROM YOU IS THE COLD SHOULDER.”
“WELL SORRY,” she shouted sarcastically. “THIS PREGNANCY IS DIFFERENT. MY BACK HURTS ALL THE TIME AND I AM NOT IN THE MOOD. PLUS I AM EXHAUSTED FROM TAKING CARE OF A FOUR YEAR OLD. THAT DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO WOOHOO WITH SOMEONE ELSE!”
After that she grabbed Martin and stormed out of the house.
“You are welcome to stay here as long as you need,” mom said.
The next day Greg came over and apologized. He begged Lily to forgive him and come home.
“NO WAY,” she shouted. “I AM NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO TRUST YOU AGAIN.”
“WE ARE THROUGH!”
After that Greg left and we haven’t seen or heard from him since. I guess no one in his family is talking to him. After their wedding my uncle Lucas started dating Greg’s sister Kristi. He is close to 10 years older than her but they don’t care they are very much in love. They married and have a son. Lucas’s sisters Lauren and Laura married Greg’s brothers Luther and Nicholas. They also don’t care about the age different. They are both expecting. Greg’s mother Gwen is one of mom’s best friends and she adores Lily so she is furious with her son. I am trying to think of how to get even with him for hurting my sister. I thought about slipping him my bladder flow potion but that seems too mild.
Two months later on a beautiful spring day Lily went into labor.
Mom took her to the hospital where she surprised everyone by giving birth to triplets. As a curtesy Lily called Greg but he didn’t bother coming to the hospital to see his girls. I hear he is dating someone else now.
This is Madison.
This is Madalyn
And this is Matilda. Mom just loves having her grandkids living with her. She is always playing with the girls.
Today I graduated from high school. Mom, dad, Lily and her kids all came. After the ceremony we had a family portrait taken. While we were at the courthouse Lily had her last name changed back to Equidae. She also changed the kids last names to Equidae. The triplets are over a month old now and Greg still hasn’t made any attempt to see them.
As soon as graduation was over I headed straight for the science lab and got a job as a test subject. Mom doesn’t like that other scientists are going to be experimenting on me but I don’t care. Anything for science.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Will I ever make Riley real? Will I ever find aliens? Will I ever invent my time machine? Will I ever be able to clone myself? There are so many fascinating scientific things to learn and explore.