Blood is thicker than water. A saying that symbolizes the ties of family, but if you ask the Marshall siblings Rocco, Phoenix, Moselle and Skyla they’ll tell you that’s not necessarily true. Abuse, abandonment and neglect have brought these four siblings together and created a family like no other. Take a journey with The Marshalls as they go through the good, the bad and the ugly and prove that when it comes to family: Loyalty Is Thicker Than Blood.
It was a bright and sunny afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The crowd is cheering for their Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team as Bray Marshall threw the game winning pass to a wide receiver in the end zone with only a few seconds left in the game which broke the tie. Bray’s teammates carried him off the field in victory while the photographers took pictures and the reporters asking a million and one questions.
Bray is the best college quarterback in the country. He’s a junior with a 4.0 GPA and a journalism major. NFL scouts have taken a great interest in him. Playing in the NFL had been Bray’s dream since he was in kindergarten. His backup career is in sports journalism.
After getting away from the press Bray took a quick shower and put on his black suit for the press conference. He took the podium and gave his speech, “It was a tough game, but we pulled it out. I was nervous about the last play, but I took a chance. I would like to thank Coach Williams and my teammates for their support and motivation. It’s going to be a long and challenging road to the championship, but with hard work and determination we can make it happen. Most importantly I want to thank my family for being there for me since day one. My mother Moselle for being the best mother in the world. My grandmother Eloise for teaching me the importance of family unity and loyalty. My uncles Rocco and Phoenix for being strong father figures in my life. My Aunt Skyla for being like a big sister to me. Aunt Bella for being a wonderful wife to my Uncle Rocco and their lovely twin daughters Rose and Violet. Together they demonstrated that with the foundation of love, loyalty and family anything is possible. Thanks you guys,” After Bray’s speech he got a standing ovation.
He left the podium and went into the audience to find his family. They never miss any of his home games. The first person he found was Moselle. “Thanks momma!”
“Congratulations baby! I love you!” Moselle said before she gave Bray a kiss on the cheek.
The next person he hugged was Eloise, “Thanks grandma!”
“Bray baby!” Eloise said.
“Grandma did you…..”
“Boy, you know I always bring my legendary red velvet cupcakes for the team,” she said with a smile.
“Momma, no one can resist those things,” Phoenix said. He turned to Bray and said, “Congratulations my boy! You nailed it!”
“Thanks Uncle Phoenix!” Bray said as he shook his hand. “What’s up Uncle Rocco!” He greeted as he shook his hand.
“Way to go boy!” Rocco said.
“That game was scary,” Bella added, “But as usual you pulled it out. That was a lovely speech.”
“Thanks Aunt Bella!” Bray said as he hugged her.
“Bray! Bray! Yay! Yay!” Rose and Violet cheered.
“Aww my little cheerleaders! Group hug!” Bray said as he hugged his ten year old twin cousins. Bray glanced at Skyla who gave him a ‘boy I know you not about to forget about me’ look. “Aunt Skyla you know I wasn’t going to forget you.”
“I know you know better,” Skyla said with a playful attitude. “Now get over here and give me a hug, Bugs.” Skyla is the only person that calls Bray that. That name kind of stuck after Moselle found out that she was having a boy. Skyla dropped the ‘Bunny’ part when Bray was born. “Where do you want to eat?”
“Oh we’re not going out to eat. I already have a meal prepared at the house,” Eloise informed.
“Really momma?” Rocco asked.
“Yes I did. I cooked all of Bray’s favorites and of course some red velvet cupcakes.”
“Thanks grandma,” Bray said as he hugged Eloise, “are you sure that it’s not any trouble?”
“Boy, you know how much I love to cook and great at it,” Eloise responded with a laugh, “Dinner is ready. The coach and the team have their cupcakes. With that being said we can head to the house.”
“Whatever you say momma,” Moselle said as everyone headed to Eloise’s house for dinner.
Cynthia Blue is a military brat and a native of Albany, Georgia. She is the oldest out of two children and the only daughter. She is single with no children. She graduated from Dougherty Comprehensive High School and is also a Savannah State University Alum with a BBA in Computer Information Systems. She started writing in the beginning of 2011 as a coping mechanism. In time she found it to be her passion and decided to let it grow and blossom into a challenging and fulfilling career. In December 2014 Cynthia Blue decided to take her literary career a step further by starting her own publishing company Cynthia Blue Creations.
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