OH, MY GAWD!
It appears the soap opera saga continues – but now there is something new!
On the tram ride to school this morning, Erik seemed fine and I think he was sorting things out in his heart and mind to sum up a serious chat with Parker.
“But not until after I have my time alone at the North Sea, Amar.” He told me as we got off the tram. “The Sea is a good listener.”
“I agree and understand, little buddy.” I said. “Ben should give me the word today if we are going this weekend, OK?”
But it was when I headed to Base that I was stopped by Carel!
“We need to have a serious chat, Amar.” He told me with a well worried look in his dark eyes. “A WELL serious chat!”
“No clues, Carel?” I asked as he unconsciously followed me into MY Base and up to my Station – getting a few looks from some of the others.
“It’s too long and complicated to go into without having enough time to tell you everything, Amar.” Carel sighed.
I too sighed. “Let’s meet in the Media Centre after lunch then.” I told him.
As Carel left, Ben came in and gave me a puzzling look. “Troubles in Carel Town, Love?” He joked, giving me a quick peck on the cheek.
“He wants to have a serious chat about something, but he wouldn’t give me a clue, Ben.” I shrugged as we unpacked our totes. “It looks like another Soap Opera is in the making.”
“Maybe Carel also needs a bit of time at the North Sea.” Ben winked, getting a grand hug from me when he said that’s where we would be heading this weekend AFTER I got the Doctor’s permission!
I was baffled and perplexed as I listened to Carel explain his dilemma – a complex one involving both Pieter and Joopey – as well as his family and the Harpers!
“Now Pieter wants to move back with the Harpers on weekends and Holidays, Amar,” Carel sighed as he began. “Joopey is missing staying with us and now HE wants to move back in with us on weekends and Holidays.”
“What do your Mum and dad say about this, Carel?” I asked.
“They think Pieter belongs with the Harpers.” Carel shrugged. “They said he just seemed happier before. They also miss Joop something terrible.”
“And what do YOU think?” I pushed.
“If I had it my way, I would have them both stay,” Carel smirked. “But I know that’s not possible. Actually, Pieter is great, but I sure miss Joop a lot. He and I go a lot further back and are closer.”
“Have you talked to either of them?” I asked.
“I had a chat with them both alone and together.” Carel said.
“Pieter agrees he was a bit happier living at the Harpers.” Carel said. “He misses them and misses the Music Store and everything. I think deep down he really wants to return. He’s a bit homesick, I think.”
“Then I think he should return.” I said. “What do the Harpers say?”
“They would take Pieter back in a heartbeat.” Carel smiled. “They miss him at the store, and on weekends and such.”
“And Joopey?” I asked of our mutual chum.
“He cried when he pleaded with me to let him live with us again.” Carel lowered his head. “He misses his room and even told me he loved us as his family.”
My heart filled with warmth and I smiled widely just then.
“I well think you solved your own dilemma, Carel.” I said, giving him a quick hug. “If Pieter wants to return to the Harpers, and the Harpers want him back. That should happen, and if Joopey loves living with your family as much as he says, then I think you should make the arrangements with your Mum and dad to take him back in.”
“I sure could use a chat with the North Sea about all this, Amar.” Carel sighed.
“Interesting you should bring that up, Carel.” I smirked.
Since I don’t have a Chemo drip session this Friday, the Doctor gave his blessings for a North Sea excursion! That is GRAND!
Ben said we should invite Carel AND Erik. He said there was plenty of room for them to have separate rooms at night and have at the Sea during the day!
“They won’t get in each other’s way when chatting with the Sea, will they, Ben?” I asked jokingly.
“It’s a BIG Sea, love.” Ben gave me a kiss.
Carel was well excited about being invited to the North Sea, and I was pleased that Erik was mature in saying nearly the same thing as Ben – that it was a big enough Sea to hear about both his AND Carel’s dilemmas.
It was quite the relief to have this Soap Opera solved in such short order!