“Legends” Feature #5-Excerpt
Today’s Feature is an excerpt from Legends: Episode I-Identity.
Xavier Matthews stood in the middle of the walkway leading up to the new mansion. It looked similar to the last one in Seattle. It wasn’t a coincidence-Xavier’s dad always tried to have the builders model each new house after the last; they’d have the same floor plans and everything. Xavier’s dad probably thought it would help his son adjust to the new places they moved to, but it didn’t matter. Xavier was tired of moving around.
He’d actually thought for a while that they might finally settle down in Seattle but, like always, his dad had decided it was time to move again. Xavier sighed. He had liked Seattle.
Two of the hired movers waddled up the walkway carrying a couch between them. Xavier stepped out of there way and glanced back at his father who was conversing with one of his assistants. A smile forced its way onto Xavier’s face as he watched his dad blink his eyes sleepily. It was obvious he was trying his best to listen to all of the no-doubt important information the assistant was rapidly relaying.
Turning to look back at the mansion, Xavier decided to do his best not to let his dad know he didn’t really want to be here. He knew his dad worked hard and had worked even harder the last few weeks to make sure the transition went smoothly for Xavier. Knowing that Xavier wanted not to go to another private school, he had even made sure the house was positioned in the district of the best public school.
Besides maybe this new city-Riverwood-wouldn’t be so bad. Maybe he could actually make some friends for once…
“You okay buddy?”
Xavier turned to see AJ standing next to him. The man stood probably a half foot taller than Xavier. With a burly, muscular frame to go along with his height, he more than likely looked like the Matthews’ bodyguard to the average observer. In reality, AJ was his dad’s personal mechanic who had lived and traveled with them for the last four years. People always found it strange when they learned about AJ living with them, but AJ was more than just an employee. He was family. And maybe Xavier’s only friend.
Xavier replied to AJ. “Yeah I’m fine. Just thinking is all.”
“Riverwood won’t be so bad,” AJ said knowingly. He always had a knack for knowing what the boy was thinking. “I have a good feeling about this place. I think we might actually stick around for a while this time.”
“Yeah I wish,” Xavier sighed.
AJ patted him on the shoulder. “Things are going to be different this time. Trust me.”
Xavier gave AJ a smile and began to make his way up the walkway to the house. AJ turned to walk back the way he came. He really did hope things would be different this time. He’d watched Xavier grow up over the years and felt a strong attachment to him like he was his little brother. He wanted him to be okay.
Now that Xavier was 16 and almost a man he needed to be able to settle down and find his own identity. Even more important, he needed to make some friends, and with his long, curly brown hair and blue eyes it probably wouldn’t be long before he had a girlfriend.
AJ smiled at the thought while making his way toward Xavier’s father and his assistant. James Matthews-Xavier’s dad and AJ’s boss-was just as important to AJ. He’d given him the job of his dreams and treated him like part of the family. While AJ appreciated and respected him he always did wonder why the man insisted on moving so much. All the relocating couldn’t be easy on him either.
The assistant finished talking and walked away briskly. James shook his head and sighed with exaggeration. AJ laughed.
“Sometimes I forget what it is I even do for a living, AJ.”
“Before I met you, I always thought millionaire tycoons just sat in big window offices and counted their money.”
“Well there’s more to what I do than meets the eye.” James fell silent and looked off into the distance. He seemed to have immediately gotten lost in his thoughts. AJ noticed that it was something he did quite a lot.
“Mr. Matthews?” AJ said politely.
“Hm? Oh, sorry AJ. I just have a lot on my mind.”
“I understand, sir.”
James continued to look off into the distance while twisting the ring that rested on his right ring finger. It was a gold band with a large golden “L” overlaid on a dark blue sapphire stone. AJ had asked about the ring before and James had said that it was from a fraternity he used to belong to. AJ couldn’t imagine what fraternity used a single L as its insignia.
“Do you know why I chose Riverwood, AJ?” James asked abruptly.
“Uh, no actually.”
James kept staring into the distance. “I got a call from an old friend recently. She’s been living here for years and I didn’t even know. I figured why not move to a place where I actually knew someone. And she has a son. Maybe he and Xavier could be friends.” James trailed off.
“Well I think maybe this could be a great place to settle down for a little while,” AJ suggested.
James smiled and looked at AJ. “I think so, too.”
AJ smiled back. Maybe he was right. Maybe things would be different.
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