Adjo and Shanni were still joined at the hip. They did as much as they could together.
But now that they were teens, their personalities began to really diverge.
Shanni took up cooking.
Adjo discovered his grandmother’s guitar in a closet, dusted it off, and started to strum.
It turned out he had a natural talent. He hadn’t been able to keep his little hands off the xylophone when he was a toddler.
But most of all, Shanni discovered *men*. Every day, she came home from school raving about some hot boy in homeroom or gym class.
The first boy she talked about two days in a row was Michael Bachelor. She virtually stalked him on the phone to get him to go out with her.
Adjo, on the other hand, just liked people. He was particularly popular with married women with children. He developed such a platonic entourage of older women that Layla started to get nervous.
He also loved his family in a way that Shanni couldn’t seem to understand.
Once Shanni was able to get Michael to answer her calls, it wasn’t long before she had him wrapped around her little finger.
They couldn’t keep their hands of each other.
The problem was, most of the time when Shanni called, Michael wasn’t home. He claimed he had a part-time job at the bookstore that ate up all his time. Adjo also had a part-time job at the grocery store for about three days before he quit from stress. (Dude. Part-time jobs for teens SUCK. They get no time to do more than school, work, and homework until the weekend. AND they get stressed out.) He saw Michael hanging around talking to his friends after work when he was supposed to be visiting Shannni.
When Shanni found out, she freaked out.
She broke up with Michael then and there. She didn’t have time for men who didn’t have time for her.
Adjo, on the other hand, developed a show, shy crush on Toya Ursine. Sure, she was his second cousin, but that just made the connection deeper on, like, a family level.
He got her to go out to the movies with him, and he was just starting to get her to warm up to him when the POLICE showed up.
Instead of a girlfriend, he was treated to a lecture from his mom about staying out after curfew.