"So Nick, after all those dark nights that you spent with your
father and mother….how did you pull through?" asked a reporter
woman as she held a pen ready to write down my answer. To
understand how I got here, we must trudge back to the year I was
born. Hi, my name is Nick Apple; yes it's just like the fruit and
also spelled the same way. So, let's go back to the day I was
March 12, 1988
March 12, 1988, yep this is when I was born. I was surrounded by
doctors and nurses and my mother holding me in a blue blanket. My
father; well, I didn't see my father anywhere that I can
remember. My mom always tells me that he had to go do a job, but
now I know where he goes all these hours of the day. Let's skip
ahead a little shall we.
April 12, 1988
I was eleven this time when my father decided to come home on one
of his drunken rampages. He was about in his late thirties early
forties, had short brown hair, and was a little muscular. He just
gotten laid off at the factory he was working at, and my mom had
to get two jobs to support our family. One job was in a
restaurant as a waitress, and the other was a janitor and a
When my dad had arrived home from the day at the bar, he had seen
that there wasn't any dinner on the table. He would always get
mad if mom didn't have any dinner ready for whenever he would get
home. So, as I sit in the living room at the coffee table doing
my math homework, that I was really good in, I hear dad start to
yell and throw things in the kitchen.
Mom had just gotten home from her second job, and she was in the
bathroom getting her pajama's on, as she ran out and into the
kitchen, to see my dad throwing plates across the room and
smashing them against the wall as they fell on the floor in
pieces. 'Bill! Stop it!' screamed my mother from the entry way of
"You!' he yelled as he pointed a finger at my mother. "You know
the rules! You are suppose to have dinner ready for me when I get
home!' he yelled at my mother. It always scared me whenever my
father would yell, because it would echo through the entire
house. I would just sit on the couch doing my homework, and
waited for the fighting to stop.
'How am I suppose to know when you come home! You are always at
the bar and you don't have a job anymore for me to know what time
you come home!' yelled my mother. Ought oh! This was a bad thing
to say to my father. He took losing his job very hard and he
would was get angry when someone asked him why he didn't have
'Don't talk back to me!' yelled my father as he quickly rushed
across the kitchen and slapped my mother across the cheek. My
mother couldn't believe her eyes as she held her cheek and looked
at him stunned and scared. My father had never hit my mother
'I can't believe you hit me!' screamed my mother at the top of
'Well, you didn't have my dinner ready and you know not to talk
back to me!' yelled my father.
'I'm leaving!' yelled my mother as she went to storm to the
bedroom to pack, but my father grabbed her and pushed her up
against the wall.
'Your not leaving me! None of you can leave me….I will find you
if you leave me!' my father yelled before taking a fist and
hitting the wall beside my mother. He then took a look over at me
and one more look back at my mother, before storming out of the
house and slamming the door. My mother noticed that he was gone,
and ran quickly over to me, and hugged me hard.
'I'm sorry baby that you had to see that,' she said as she held
'What's wrong with him?' I asked confusedly not knowing what
drinking was at the time.
'He's just in a bad place right now, and if we stay clear of him,
and does what he tells us to do then we'll be fine, okay?' asked
my mother with tears in her eyes. I looked up at my mom with
water feeling my eyes and just shook my head in agreement. I went
back to my homework as she went to clean the kitchen up and to
make us something to eat.
This is my first time writing one of these stories....for some
reason this just popped into my head and it wouldn't leave me
alone...I apologize a head of time if I have offended anyone and
let me know if I should add anymore!!!!