Story:I've Been Thinking

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I've Been Thinking
Written by Shataivian

David was gathering his things after spending the last few days with Lisa and packing them for his trip back home to New York. Lisa helped him, and in no time, David was ready to go. Lisa hugged her father. “Thanks again, Daddy.”

“Of, course, baby girl. I’m your dad. I’m gonna be there for you.”

“I know, but still.” Lisa sat on the couch and stared off for a moment with a smile on her face. As the seconds passed the smile slowly faded. “I… I still feel kinda bad for Jason.”

“He made his bed,” David said, getting himself a glass of water to drink.

“Yeah, but this has been a weird year. We’ve never really fought before any of this. He’s always been a really good friend to me, and always been there when I needed him.” Lisa’s voice started to wander with her mind. “And his friends used to always come to me and say that he should be marrying you instead of her.”

“Lisa,” David’s voice softly warned.

“I know, I know,” she said, snapping out of her trance. “Still, though. To have a child with someone you fell out of love with. That’s gotta be rough.” David only chuckled in response. “Well, I mean, he wants kids. He’s not like mom where he’ll just disappear.”

“You sure about that?” Lisa nodded back.

“Positive. He won’t leave her. But that means he’ll have to constantly interact with Sharice.”

“Well, that’s his problem, not yours.” After finishing his glass of water, he checked his watch. It wasn’t quite time to leave yet, so he sat down next to his daughter. Lisa started to chuckle to herself.

“What,” David asked, inquisitively, catching her infectious laugh.

“I can’t believe how much you scared everyone with our name.”

“The DuPont name has power,” he laughed.

“Like, both lawyers knew exactly what that meant the moment you said DuPont Industries. Moore jumped right on the opportunity, too, and played you up.”

“He was smart.”

“You know, it’s got me kinda thinking.”

“Thinking? About what?” Lisa slowly dropped her head.

“About when we spoke last Christmas.” David’s smile started to fade.


“How… How when I asked if we were related to the family and you said it was complicated. I’d like to talk about it.”

“Hunny,” David sighed. He brushed his fingers through his hair. “Another time, okay?”

“Seriously,” Lisa said as if she didn’t hear him. “There’s a whole lot about our family that I don’t know. It’d be interesting to see if there actually was some kind of tie to them or, really, to anyone.”

“I understand.” David placed his hand on her shoulder.

“It got me thinking about… you know… Mom.”

“Lisa.” David’s voice was that of someone who’s been through this before, but this didn’t stop Lisa. She continued to talk on as though this wasn’t bothering her father: calm and unconfrontational. She might as well have been thinking out loud.

“People were telling me that it might be beneficial to reconnect with her.”


“Someone even mentioned that if mom isn’t interested in getting to know me, chances are someone in the family is. She could be the linchpin to a potential whole side of the family.” David stood up in front of her.

“We are not doing this again.”

“I know. It’s just a thought,” Lisa said, though her demeaner stayed the same. When David looked into her eyes to check and see if she was back on board with him, he found that she was not there in the room with him. Wherever she was, he was having a hard time reaching her. “I could have aunts, uncles, grandparents. What’s one rotten egg compared to a whole family?”

“You made a promise,” David reminded her.

“I know.”

“Stop saying I know and listen.” David knelt down and grabbed Lisa’s hands. “Just let it die. Please.” Lisa sighed.

“I know, I know. I mean. Okay. Sorry.”

“Please. Don’t break your promise.” Her father’s eyes darted back and forth between hers. “Please?”

“Yeah. Okay,” Lisa chose to say. David stood back to his feet and sighed a sigh of relief. But Lisa’s face did not change. She still was not there in the room with him. He needed to grab her, quick. Something in her apartment might snap her out of it. Anything. Mention something.

“H-hey! Where’s the big guy,” David asked with a laugh. Lisa looked up at him. “I hadn’t seen him the whole time I was here.”

“Damario? He’s been busy. His patients have been a little problematic lately.”

“Oh, wow. That’s too bad. I was hoping to see him again. He’s not the guy I introduced you to anymore. Now he’s my potential son-in-law.” Lisa’s eyes widened.

“What?! What do you mean?! Did he say something to you?!” David laughed.

“I can’t tell if you’re excited or terrified.”

“Are you serious?! Seriously, Dad! Did he say something?” Lisa was up on her feet now, pressed against her father’s chest as though she was trying to take something he held just out of reach. David slowly brushed her off.

“No. I was just saying that that was where you two were headed. I said I haven’t seen the guy in a while.” Lisa let her breath drop, but her voice was still elevated.

“That doesn’t mean you haven’t spoken!”

“Are you scared?” Lisa looked off in a different direction. “Really? I thought you two were doing great. You said you were in love with him.”

“No. No, I never said that. I said that maybe, just a little bit, I might be falling for him.”

“But you’re not in love?”

“He’s… too perfect.”

“What does too perfect mean,” David chuckled. “Is that a bad thing?”

“No, no. It’s just… Jason was perfect.” Lisa’s arms were hugged close to her.

“You’re still thinking about Jason?” David took her hand and led her back to the couch as they both sat together.

“No! Well. Maybe? I don’t know. That’s not what I mean, though! It’s just…”

“You’re wondering when he’s going to hurt you,” David finished for her. Lisa didn’t answer. With that, David turned as best he could to face her more. “Listen to me. Damario’s never going to be able to hurt you if all you do is wear armor. Sure, you’re protected, but he’ll never get to see the real you. And you’ll never get to be the really you.” Lisa kept her gaze off her father. “I’m a pretty good judge of character. I was able to see right through Jason and was right about every single thing. And do you know what I saw in Damario?” Lisa looked up and shook her head. “I saw a kind, gentle soul who has learned to mature and take life seriously. Did he ever tell you about the tattoo he has on his chest?” Lisa sighed. “I imagine he did since you pretty much got the same tattoo on your neck. You of all people know what that means.” Lisa looked back down to the ground. “He’s not going to take you for granted. I’d say the two of you both have a new look on life, wouldn’t you say?” Lisa slowly nodded. “And. IF he were to hurt you, you now know how well your dad can kick someone’s ass.” Lisa laughed. “There’s a reason you chose him over Jason. Trust that.” Lisa nodded. David then leaned over and hugged his daughter, telling her that everything would be alright. “He’s part of the family, now. I’m too old for that to change on me.”

“What,” Lisa chuckled.

“I like him. You do, too. I think you can trust him.”

“Are you seriously hoping he becomes your son-in-law?”

“Well, yeah! I’ve always wanted a son, you know,” David laughed. Lisa swatted at her father, joining him in laughter. In the moment he caught a glance of his watch. “I’ve gotta get going, sweetie. Got a special father-daughter event at The Daffodil tomorrow.”

“Aww, really?” Lisa hugged her father. “I love you.”

“Love you, too sweetie.” David grabbed his bag and made his way to her front door.

“Call me, when you get home?”

“Yes, ma’am,” David joked. “Make him part of the family?” Lisa laughed.

“We’ll see, we’ll see.”

The two hugged again ad David headed off to the airport. Lisa closed her door slowly and turned around to face her empty apartment. Her eyes glazed over for a moment. Then they started to slowly shift between different spots in the room. Finally, she took a step away from her door and walked across her apartment to a long wooden cabinet on the opposite end of the room. On it was the picture David gave to her last year of him and her mother. She held it up and held on her mother’s face. After some time, she took the photo into her room where her computer was. Carefully setting it down beside her, she opened up a browser and typed in “SnoutBook.” Her fingers continued to move across the keyboard before a list of search results filled the screen. Clicking on a particular name, she scrolled down the home page to the “About” section.

Went to.

Studied at.

Born in.

Is married to.

Lives in...

Works at…

She opened a new tab and pulled up the game schedule for Las Vegas. New York, New York, New York.

December 12th.

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Lisa Belle DuPont

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