oct 13th, 2019. walgreens. brooklyn, new york, new york. eighty-forty two am.
whoever had decided that walgreens needed to have fluorescent lighting should absolutely be sued. dom had grudgingly pushed the front door open, not bothering to move out of the way of some of the patrons exiting the establishment. he was too hungover to care. his body instinctively pulled him towards the long row of refrigerators that lined the east wall of the building. he needed gatorade. he needed to remind fiona that the two of them had to go grocery shopping because he needs to stop spending overpriced new york city money on a bottle of gatorade.
this was all so therapeutic to him. it was his normal routine. some people had routines of waking up at five am so they could hit the gym to find at least thirty minutes of fleeting happiness before they head on to their dead end office job for the next eight hours of their day. some people had routines that involved less than stellar activities, but that was their life.
dom's routine was always the same. he would head out of town for a few days to film his soon to be next hallmark hit. he'd return, exchange stories with fiona based on what they missed while the other were away. he would find his way to a bar, with or without fiona. and then would wake up in his bed. roll out and walk to the same walgreens.
he loved it. he loved his life. from bouncing from foster home to foster home, he was finally home. this wasn't the life for everyone. but it was the life for him.
he hated the foster homes when he was a kid. having to share a room with three other kids. never having a bed long enough to call it his own. never knowing if that was going to be his last breakfast at the same house, last walk to the school he had known for the past few months, last everything. he always wondered if he would've still ended up here if he never ended up in foster care. or even if he had managed to find a forever family. but alas, things don't always work out the way they did. but he has his forever family within hallmark and fiona.
dom pulled his hood over his head as he feet dragged along the porcelain tiles. he knew it was early, but his body instinctively pulled him into the candy aisle. one of the few things he never learned, even at a young age, was to learn self-control. and being twenty-seven living in the greatest city in the world? of course he was going to have a candy bar.
normally, he didn't pay attention to anyone around him. living in a city with eight and a half million people taught him to put his headphones in and manage to walk through the streets without ever having to talk to anyone. however, out of the corner of his eye, he couldn't help but see a tiny figure standing next to him. he kept his eyes forward, cycling through the shelves of candy while he awaited his mind to make its decision. most likely was going to be chocolate. the girl stood next to him, though. rocking back and forth on her heels, head perched up towards him.
"yes?" he asked, turning his head, trying to keep his voice as playful as possible. normally, dom wasn't too big a fan of children, but this girl was cute. the girl continued to not say anything. just rocking back and forth, staring up at him with a smile on his face. "let me guess," he smiled, kneeling down, "you want my autograph, huh? you know me from hallmark? i bet your mom watches those movies all the time. you should go find her." he laughed, standing up and running his fingers over his head, scratching at the back of his head. why the hell was he talking to himself?
the girl still stood there as dom turned back towards the candy, wanting to make a decision. "jules!" he heard from his side, watching as the girl turned around, trotted down the aisle laughing towards, who he assumed was her father. the other man, couldn't have been much older than him, reached his hand out and took the little girl's, giving him a head nod.
little did he know that this one tiny fleeting moment in time, where his hungover self could care less about anything else except for gatorade and crawling back into his bed, was going to change his life forever.
little did he know that was his brother and niece.
and little did she know that was her uncle.