But some things are just too good to last. Plumb lost most of his interest in his son after his first birthday. In fact, Plumb had lost interest in most of the things he used to enjoy. There would be days when Yuzu would come home to find him doing nothing more than staring out of the front window.
Yuzu came home one day to find her fiancé staring out that same window while their son sat by himself in the corner. Dekopon wasn’t crying or anything, but she still found it to be an unnerving sight. Dekopon’s face lit up at the sight of his mother. Poor thing was probably bored out of his mind…
“So…how long have you been standing there today?” Yuzu inquired.
“I dunno… I wasn’t really keeping track,” Plumb said, his gaze not leaving the window. “Couldn’t have been that long.”
“You know, you could spend some time with your son instead of staring off into space…”
“Ugh, not this again!” Plumb growled. “For the last time, I take care of the kid! I’m here all day with him! I make sure he’s changed and fed! Just because I’m not spending every second with him doesn’t mean he’s being neglected!”
Yuzu let out a sigh. Here we go again…
“That’s not what I’m saying at all! Spending time with him is more than just making sure his needs are met… and nobody said you have to stay at home! The two of you could go to the park, I’m sure Dekopon would love that!”
When Yuzu’s suggestion was met with no response she realized there wasn’t much she could do. “I don’t mean to keep saying the same thing over and over. I just worry about you, you know? Let’s all go to the park sometime. It’s not the end of the world, it’ll be fun…”
More silence. Yuzu gave up for the moment and walked over to her son. She scooped him up and gave him a big hug. She glanced back at Plumb to see him still by the window. ‘Maybe he’s just stressed from taking care of the baby all day…’
Yuzu knew that probably wasn’t the case, but she decided to try and give him some space for the rest of the day.
By the time dinner came around, it actually seemed to be working. Plumb was smiling and making some light dinner conversation. And then…
“I’m going to bed.”
The second he had finished his meal he stood up and stared off in the direction of the bedroom. Yuzu was caught off-guard. It was still fairly early to be going to bed. She stuffed the remainder of her meal into her mouth and hastily stood up from her chair.
“I’ll go to bed with you, if you’d like. I mean, Dekopon needs to be going to bed now anyways, and we’ve all finished our meal.” Yuzu reached over to collect the plates and hurried them over to the sink to be washed. “You can put him to bed while I do the dishes. I’ll come to the bedroom in a little bit, ok?”
“Uhhh, ok, I guess…” Plumb mumbled. He picked Dekopon up from his highchair and plodded off towards the bedroom.
It didn’t take Plumb very long to fall asleep, but Yuzu stayed awake. Something was obviously bothering Plumb. Was it just staying home with the baby? He always used to go out on his own, but nowadays he was staying home while Yuzu was at work. Maybe they would have to get a nanny? They couldn’t really afford it, especially since they needed to make a new room for Dekopon eventually. ‘We’ll work something out,’ she tried to reassure herself as she fell asleep.
‘Things will get better, right…?’
So… I’m not dead. I’m sorry for disappearing off the face of the earth for like two months. I’ve been going through an “adjustment period,” to put it simply. But my winter break just started, and I’m not going to take any classes during the intersession, so I’m going to have a lot more free time for the next month.
- As far as updates go, I don’t know what (if any) sort of schedule I’ll be following. Just know that updates will exist and be written. 😛