Laughs In Good Company.
Alex descends from the mountain, listening to the sound of the nocturnal animals and the wind, along with the growing storm.
He hurries his steps and arrives at the door of his house, where after opening it and passing inside, he sees Beth sitting next to Kenai, who is calming and comforting her, until they both see Alex at the entrance of the kitchen.
At the mere sight of him, she rushes to Alex and forcibly hugs him, who against his will, receives Beth’s embrace.
Alex: LET’S NOT START THIS!!!!
Beth: Are you okay?! What about your-!
Before she could finish saying what she was going to say, Alex pushes her away from him.
Alex: You don’t need to hug me to see that I’m okay, old lady!
Beth starts to look at him in detail, and is surprised to see his face.
Beth is silent for a few seconds before she speaks.
Beth: Nothing is wrong, I’m just so happy to see my little star doing well!
Kenai holds back her laughter after hearing her mother.
Alex: I-I already told you to stop calling me that old lady!
Kenai: But the nickname suits you!
Should I start calling you Star now?
At that moment, Alex looks at Kenai with a bit of anger.
Alex: Do it and I’ll kill you!
Beth: You have nothing to be ashamed of Alex!
You have a very beautiful nickname just like Kenai, don’t you princess~?
At that moment it can be seen that Kenai visibly look away in embarrassment after hearing what Beth said.
Alex starts laughing a little and says the following to Kenai.
Alex: It’s true! The old lady used to call you “her sweet princess”~.
Beth: Called? She’s still my sweet princess~
Kenai now with a red face of embarrassment, says the following to Alex.
Kenai: Sh-shut up “star”!
Alex trembles after hearing that word.
Alex: You shut up “princess”!
Alex starts walking towards the table while Kenai stands up and walks towards Alex.
Kenai and Alex: Star/Princess!!!!
Alex looks at Kenai with an irritated face as Kenai tries to squeeze out a sarcastic smile.
At that moment Beth peeks out and hugs them both from behind.
Beth: You don’t have to fight over who has the better nickname, my sweet princess and my beautiful star~.
At that moment they both suffer shivers simultaneously as they receive their mother’s hug.
Both of them free themselves from the hug and sit on the table, which was near them.
So tell me mom, speaking of family night, what’s keeping dad?
Beth: He’s having a talk with Mr. Caney, it won’t be long before they finish talking.
At that moment Beth begins to resume the dinner she was preparing as she continues to talk, Alex sits across Kenai in the table.
Kenai: Let me guess, Alex caused trouble again?
Alex: I’m here you know?
Beth: I wouldn’t say trouble, you just know what he’s like.
Alex: I’m still here.
Kenai: He’ll never change, you should make him start doing something productive with his life!
Alex: (I don’t seem to exist.)
Says Miss “adventurer”.
Kenai turns around with a smile towards Alex.
Kenai: What are you insinuating kid?
Alex: You don’t do anything but go around and do whatever you want! Anyone can do that!
Kenai: If it’s SO easy to be an adventurer and ANYONE can be one, Why don’t I see you wearing this yet?
Kenai points to one of the items on the table, a silver plate with engravings on it, seeing her point to this with a smile, Alex gets a little angry.
Alex: If I were an adventurer, I’d wear a better plaque than that without a doubt!
Kenai: And why don’t you do it yet?
Alex noticeably looks nervous when she tells him that question.
Alex: It’s because those people in the guild don’t know how to recognize my talent.
Kenai: They recognize it quite well, and that’s why they won’t let you be one.
Alex: That’s a lie!
Beth: Come on daughter, don’t say that to your brother!
Kenai: Am I lying or not?
Beth: No but…
Alex: (The only time I’m depending on you Old Lady.)
Kenai: To be an adventurer, you need a lot of virtues and qualities…
Alex: Which YOU don’t have!
This response from Alex catches Kenai off guard.
Kenai: Pffft, you can’t be serious about what you’re saying!
Kenai points to the silver medal on the table.
Kenai: Look, if one day you get a bronze one at least, I will never doubt you again, until that day comes, you will still be a kid~.
Alex: Call me a boy again and I’ll cut out that tongue of yours.
Alex looked at Kenai angrily and Kenai returned it with a smile, at that moment both of their ears were pulled by Beth.
Beth: Stop fighting both of you, we have one family night a week and I don’t want any fights!
After being released from the ear, the sound of the door of the home being opened could be heard, everyone looked in the direction of the door and Rudolph was seen passing into the hallway of the home.
Beth: Honey, you’re back!
Rudolph looked in everyone’s direction and gave them a smile as he walked over to hug Beth.
Kenai: Welcome back father!
Kenai leans out and offers a hug to her father, who accepts for a few seconds as he responds.
Rudolph: I should tell you that, daughter!
Alex just sat there looking disgusted at the affection his family was showing, Kenai saw this and whispered something in Beth and Rudolph’s ears. After a few seconds they all approach Alex in tandem with outstretched arms, Alex, noticing this, gets up from the table and slowly walks away from them.
Kenai/Rudolph/Beth: Happy birthday Alex!
They all manage to hug him as Alex tries to shake them off.
Alex: GET THE FUCK OFF ME!
At that moment, Beth puts a piece of cake in Alex’s mouth, making him shut up, while Rudolph picks him up to throw him in the air for a few seconds.
Beth: I can’t believe my beautiful star is finally 18!
Rudolph: You’ve finally become a man!
Kenai: Only in age!
Alex: LET ME GO!
Rudolph smiles when Alex says this, and Alex looks at him realizing what that smile meant.
Rudolph: As you command Captain!
He throws him one last time in the air before he moves to the table to sit down, at that moment Alex falls back against the floor, staying there for a second as he stands up and looks at Rudolph.
At that moment Kenai and Rudolph laugh as Beth checks to see if Alex is okay, but after he pushes her away, she continues to serve the food.
Half an hour passes where the family talks about the quality of the food, Kenai’s travels, the fact that Alex has a birthday, etc. Finally the meal is finished and everyone seems satisfied with their food, Alex having mountains of plates on his side of the table empty in comparison to the others.
Rudolph: I will never cease to be amazed by your appetite Alex….
Alex looks at him while he has a piece of bread in his mouth.
At that moment, Rudolph remembers something and looks at Beth, who looks at him with concern, at that moment Alex finishes his food and yawns, after doing so he gets up and starts walking towards the corridor.
Kenai: Are you sleepy yet?
Alex: So what if I am?
Kenai simply shrugs her shoulders after hearing what he says, she then walks over and smacks him on the head.
Kenai: For not cleaning your dishes and helping your mother!
Alex: She can do it herself!
Kenai simply shakes her head as she walks alongside Alex to the second floor, leaving Beth and Rudolph in the kitchen, where Rudolph is shown putting a hand to his head as he sits at the table.