Quil, Jake and I have known each other for as long as I can remember. Before I started school, I remember vaguely, the days that the store was too busy for mom to keep me with her, staying over and playing with him until things calmed down. The earliest clear memory I have of us though is when we entered school. We were all there: Quil, Jake, Me.
I wasn’t one to socialise much with people as a child, given that everyone looked at me funny for wondering who my father was. I wasn’t used to being with people my own age, so I got picked on a lot. One day, I was having a bad day when I saw Jake and Quil coming up to me.
“Are you okay?” they both said. “You wanna come play with us?” Jake asked me after I answered him. From that day onward, we were always together. When someone tried to come make fun of me, it was always funny seeing how they both would tell them to back off.
While growing up, we pulled quite a few pranks. Our targets of choice? Rebecca and Rachel, jake’s twin sisters. Rebecca always reacted stronger than Rachel did, so we got her more often. At first, we used to just take their toys and hide them away, sometimes throwing them up on tree branches. I remember once, when I was older, at one point, we had some big boxes to put away, and I just hid into one. When Rebecca came to pick it up and put it away, I jumped out of the box screaming. She jumped up about 2 feet high and just after, Jake and Quil came out of the shadows to startle her again. Needless to say, she didn’t like that one bit.
As we got older, our pranks got more aimed with both of them getting interested in boys. We drove our parents nuts with our pranks. We had a great complicity though, always coming up with more stuff to make us laugh. When we started ourselves having interest in girls, we didn’t miss an occasion of teasing each other.
When I think back on those days, I tell myself how lucky I am to have them in my life. My two best friends, I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. Seeing both of them happy now either it being with Ness or Claire, girlfriend or simply little sister like, I know they’ll both be happy in life. I know someday it will be my turn to have that happiness around me, but until then, I’m just glad they are in my life.