EPISODE 3 – I CONFESS MY SINS

SATURDAY 5th NOVEMBER 1995

INT. THE RUE RESIDENCE, LIVING ROOM — MORNING

 

A peaceful, sunny morning and a clear blue sky, and as usual mother and I are waiting on sister and brother to get ready.

My day is going to be… insightful.

Going to see my uncle and aunt—

My gut wrenches every time I think about it.

I’m nervous of what they will say to me…

Maybe I’m just over thinking it.

RAKAYA: Guys come on!

CHRISTABELLE: We’re coming mommy! I’m trying to put my shoe on.

RAKAYA: Come let me help you.

CHRISTABELLE: Thanks.

GABRIEL: Where are we going?

RAKAYA: Anabelle wants to visit her uncle and aunt, and it’ll be good for us to get to meet them as well.

CHRISTABELLE: Cool. I hope they aren’t boring.

RAKAYA: Chris!

ANABELLE: I can introduce you guys to my baby cousin Juliet. You guys will get along just fine.

GABRIEL: Is she into girly stuff? Because I don’t want to be do girly stuff.

ANABELLE: No she’s not. She is quite mature for her age and above all that childish stuff. She does play a bit of basketball—

CHRISTABELLE: I don’t play basketball.

GABRIEL: I can try a bit of basketball, but I don’t want to lose to a girl.

CHRISTABELLE: Ugh… you’re such a boy. Besides, you always lose to me. [taunt]

RAKAYA: Come on, less chat. More haste.

Bringing these guys along will sure be good.

However, I do want to have a one-to-one with uncle and aunt, and a heart-to-heart with Janet.

I really want to repair my relationship with them all.

I am to blame for all the problems I’ve caused, and I hope that this reunion doesn’t escalate into something negative.

I… just have a lot of explaining to do.

RAKAYA: How are you feeling?

ANABELLE: Good, but slightly anxious. I’m just thinking through the things that I’m going to say and possible scenarios.

RAKAYA: Don’t over think it. Just let the moment flow naturally and relax. Inhale… and exhale… Inhale…

CHRISTABELLE: Mommy… you’re not doing yoga again?

RAKAYA: Get in the car Chris!

CHRISTABELLE: [sassily] Well come on. I don’t have all day—

RAKAYA: Excuse me!

CHRISTABELLE: Sorry.

RAKAYA: Let’s go before we get stuck in traffic. I told your uncle that we’d be there before eleven. I want to make a good first impression so I want you all to be on your best behaviour.

CHRISTABELLE: Okay.

They exit the house, enter the car and set off on their journey.

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