Charmed Ones: Part 1

Disclaimer: This is just fiction. Please read it with an open mind.

Caleb sat in the kitchen staring into nothing. He thought about his father as he was standing there powerlessly as they lowered the coffin into the ground. Tears fell down his cheeks. Stood next to him during the funeral were his brothers, Connor and Charlie. Caleb found it very hard to accept the death of his father. Among the three of them, he was the closest one to their father, Calvin Alexander. He reminisced about the memories that they shared together. 

The most memorable thing was the day he came out to his dad, admitting to him that he didn’t like girls like his brothers were. He felt the pounding in his chest when he told his dad about his homosexuality. He could not withhold the fact that his dad might be upset with this and kicked him out of the house and told him he wouldn’t love him anymore. In fact, he had his stuffs packed in a luggage in his room just in case if that were to happen.  

“Dad, can I talk to you about something?” Caleb said nervously. He grabbed a stool in front of him gesturing his dad to sit in front of him. “It’s important.” 

“Sure, son.” Calvin sat on the stool, making himself comfortable with the position. “You okay, son? You look like you had seen a ghost.” Calvin chuckled. He looked at Caleb’s face; the expression in his face didn’t change. He knew then that it was serious. “I’m sorry. Come on, talk to me. Isn’t that what you wanted to do?” 

Caleb cleared his throat before starting to tell his dad the news. “Dad, I’ve been keeping this to myself for quite some time and I don’t think I can keep this any longer.” He paused, looking at Calvin’s face for reassurance. “Dad, I’m gay.” 

For a minute there was an awkward silence. Caleb looked at his dad. He was perplexed by his dad’s expression because there was nothing. He stood up, beginning to leave. He could not bear seeing his dad’s face turned into a face of disappointment. Calvin clutched Caleb’s arm holding him from leaving. 

“Where are you going? I don’t think we’re done here, young man.” spoke Calvin. 

“I don’t want to look at the disappointment all over your face because your son didn’t turn out as you expected.” Caleb said as his eyes started to water. 

To Caleb’s surprise, his dad hugged him. He was shocked. He didn’t know what happened. “Who says I’m disappointed?” Calvin let go of the hug and looked straight at Caleb in the eyes. “I’m proud of you. You have the courage to actually admit it and tell me about it.” He continued, “How long have you been keeping this?” 

“For a couple of months. You’re the first person to know this, dad. I don’t know what to do.” He wiped his tears. “I thought you were going to kick me out of the house. I even had my stuff packed in my room. You know, just in case.” 

“Caleb, you shouldn’t think about it like that. No matter what happens, I will always love you. All of you”. Calvin said, “Have you told your brothers about this?” 

“No, I haven’t. I wanted you to know first. I was wondering if we could tell them both. I don’t think I can do this alone.” Caleb took a deep breath. “Will you?” 

“Of course, son.” Calvin said, “No one should go through this alone. I’m sure your brothers would be okay with it. I didn’t raise them to be judgmental freaks, you know?” he laughed. 

Caleb laughed as well. “Thanks, dad. I would never have done this without you.” He embraced his dad and said, “Love you, dad.” 

“Love you too, son.” Calvin hugged Caleb tight. “Now, come on. We wouldn’t want your brothers to miss this remarkable news, right?” he said it with a big smile making the lines beside his eyes appeared. 

Caleb snapped back into reality. Now, he realized that he was in the villa’s kitchen. That was the place where the conversation took place. He didn’t realize that he was in tears. He grabbed a tissue from its box and wiped them. He blew his nose into another sheet of tissue. Then the youngest brother, Charlie stepped into the kitchen. 

Charlie got closer to Caleb. He could see that Caleb was crying. “Dude, you okay?” 

“Am I okay? Our dad just died.” There was anger in his tone. “How can I be okay with that?” 

“Caleb, I lost our dad too.” Charlie said. “We all lost our father. I didn’t mean it that way when I asked if you were okay.” He said calmly. He understood how devastated Caleb was considering that he was the closest to their dad. 

“I know. I’m sorry.” Caleb put on a smile, faintly. “So what brought you here?” 

“We’ve got a company. There’s a lawyer at the living room with Connor right now. He said something about our dad’s will. I think he’s going to read it to us.” Charlie put his hand on Caleb’s shoulder. “Come on, I think we shouldn’t keep the lawyer waiting.” 

Caleb and Charlie left the kitchen. Sitting with the eldest brother, Connor, was the lawyer. He shook both Caleb and Charlie’s hands. Caleb thought that the lawyer looked attractive in his suit. The shirt that he wore was soft green in color with his apple green necktie that had pictures of leaves on it. 

“Hello, my name is Luke Greene and I am you father’s lawyer.” Luke put on a big smile on his face while introducing himself to the brothers. 

“Mr. Greene? Does that have anything to do with what you’re wearing now?” Charlie cracked a joke but no one laughed. Connor shot a killer look at his way. “What? I’m just kidding. I didn’t want us to go all awkward about this will thingy.” 

“It’s okay. Well, it’s a coincidence. As for what I’m wearing today, it’s my favorite color.” Luke explained to Charlie. 

“You don’t have to explain that, Mr. Greene. Charlie doesn’t think before he says anything. I’m sorry if it made you uncomfortable.” said Connor apologetically. 

“He’s not uncomfortable, Connor. Could you please for once stop putting words into people’s mouth?” said Charlie, irritated with what Connor said about him. 

“Guys, come on. Could you both stop killing one another just for a minute?” Caleb was annoyed by their actions, fighting like small children. “We have a guest for crying out loud. If anyone is making Mr. Greene uncomfortable, it’s you both.” 

“You can call me Luke, Mr. Alexander.” Luke said reacting to what Caleb said. 

“Well, you shouldn’t call me that either. Caleb’s just fine.” Caleb said to him back. 

Connor and Charlie looked at one another and for a moment there was an awkward silence. Connor cleared his throat and said, “So, Luke. What brought you here?” It broke the awkwardness in the room. 

“Yes, about that. I have here a short will from your father, Mr. Calvin Alexander.” He pulled out a piece of paper from his briefcase. “According to your father’s will, he named the three of you to become the heirs of this villa and that old wooden chest sitting at the corner of the room right there.” Luke pointed at the old wooden chest beside the floor lamp. 

“So, you’re saying you have the key to open the chest?” Connor said blatantly. 

“Unfortunately, no. This will is the only thing I have. Your father trusted me to give this will to all of you if anything happened to him.” Luke replied. 

“I’ve tried opening it before, but it’s locked. There’s no way we can open it without the key.” Caleb told everyone. 

“We can break it. Just smash with a large rock or something.” Charlie gave an idea. 

“We can’t risk breaking whatever inside the chest, Charlie.” Connor rejected Charlie’s idea. 

“I’m sure all of you will figure out what to do next. I believe that’s what your father wants. If you excuse me, I need to go to the court. There’s a divorce case that I need to attend.” Luke said as he began to stand. 

The brothers all stood up but Caleb volunteered to walk Luke out the villa. Both Connor and Charlie looked at each other and pulled out big grins on their faces. 

“Thank you, Mr. Greene for your trip over here. I know you’re a very busy man.” Caleb said to Luke as he opened the door for him. 

“Come on, it’s Luke. Have you forgotten about that?” Luke said it with a smile. 

Those nice set of teeth and amiable smile exactly what made him looked charming. Caleb looked at Luke talking but he didn’t hear any sound coming out from his mouth. All he could see was a very attractive young man stood before him. He didn’t realize that Luke was handing him his name card. He became a bit clumsy and took the name card from Luke’s hand. 

“That was my name card, if you notice.” Luke said it teasingly. “If you need anything regarding the will or anything at all, call me.” 

“Err…thank you. I’ll keep that in mind.” Caleb looked at the name card then said, “Drive safe.” 

Luke let the door closed behind him. He still smiled with Caleb’s reaction toward the name card. Suddenly, green lights started to appear around his head like some sort of flashing orbs. Slowly, the shining green lights started to spread around his arms, legs, every parts of his body. Before he disappeared into thin air, he said “The time has come for you, Charmed Ones.”

10 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Lol dari prologue lagi I dah agak that this is going to be sooooo gay. Btw, I nmpk satu flaw. Isn't it weird to see a lawyer of will and property also handling marriage and divorce? -ija-

Iz said...

U don't have to be anonymous la Eija pastu mention ur name. Haha. By the way, Caleb is the only one character that's gay, yang lain sume straight. Haha about the lawyer, there's a reason why I wrote it that way. I will write them in the following parts ok. Thanks for reading. Seriously! (´⌣`ʃƪ)

nananananad comel penguin :D said...

mcm Charmed. haha. oh but it's funny that the first chapter berkisar around the fact that caleb is gay. :P

Iz said...

Yes Nad, macam Charmed. I based the story from that tapi some things I ubah they way I've always wanted them since I watched Charmed. The reason nape cerita Caleb being gay in the 1st part sebab he's the only gay character. So I felt there's the need to put the character's background into the story. Connor dengan Charlie pon ada nanti. hehe

Amir Izuddin Ghazali said...

personally,i think this homosexuality issue is coming too soon.way too soon.maybe u can keep it for,say part 5 or 6.u know,impression and stuff.just my thought lah..heheheh :)

Iz said...

Ok amir. Actually I don't think I'm writing any more about Caleb's love life anytime soon. Something will happen. I'll be focussing on Connor & Charlie' lives in the next installment. Plus, I introduced Caleb the first thing because initial idea was "3 magical brothers with one of them being gay". I tweeted about it & some people said it would be interesting. But I'll do Connor & Charlie justice. Thanks for your comment, Amir! (‾⌣‾)♉

ija said...

because I was commenting from my phone. No account. Sebab tu Anonymous -_-

Ahaaa, thought so. Mmg obvious sangat yg pasal lawyer tuuu.

Iz said...

Malas nak login lettew. I pon reply comment korang through my bb. Huhu

fafa said...

well-elaborated, esp. Caleb's background. I like the part where the lawyer said that he has divorce case to attend, that's kinda obvious that u r trying to tell us that he's not a 'real' lawyer,but still,the ending of this chapt. is quite a suspense =)

Iz said...

My point exactly. Mmg nak bagi sebab utk the brothers get suspicious, but I think about the perfect way to break the news to Caleb. Huhu