Billiards wasn't usually as crowded as it usually was that is why
we always came on Wednesday. But today it was packed. Almost
every table was full with men and woman playing pool. We walked
up to the counter. "Hey Bernie, what's going on?" I asked pulling
my hoodie sleeves up. He looked up at us from where he was
cleaning some old pool balls.
"Hey Kids, I didn't think you would be coming today." He said
pulling the ball back.
"We always come on Wednesdays." Colt said putting a hand on my
shoulder, as he held Jenna to him.
"Yeah but with the tournament going on I just thought you could
go bowling or something." My eyes widened.
"The tournament is today?" I asked smacking my forehead as he
nodded. "Fuck I thought that was next week."
"Nope. It's today, sorry." He said giving me a half smile.
"Well do you have a table for us?" Wyatt asked him with a hopeful
look. Bernie gave him a disapproving look.
"I have known you kids since your fathers first brought you here
to play. Of course I saved you a table. Any way Bailey always
calls if you guys aren't coming." He smirked taking a set of
balls out from under the counter and handing them to us. "You
know I still got some spots left in the tournament if you're
interested." He said leaning on the counter to look at the 4 of
us. "Win gets 500 dollars and the trophy." He said wiggling his
eye brows. I looked over at the trophy. He knew I loved that
thing. My eyes were fixated on the golden metal that it was. I
have wanted it since it came in last week. You see when I was 15
I wanted to buy a car so I got a job. When I saw it was going to
take a long time I got another one. Here. I loved to come here
and Bernie has known me for a long time. I could come in on
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Thursday night and Monday night. I work
at the dinner on Monday afternoon after school to 6, Then
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I know I work a lot, but I like
it. It keeps my mind off a lot of things that I don't want to
think about. I only work from 6 to 8 on Mondays, and 3 to 8 the
rest of the time. It keeps good money in my bank account, and I
liked to have money. Just in case something happened. Or I got
sick again. But not know, that's a story for another time. "Come
on Kid, I know you want it." I swallowed nervously and looked at
"You want to give it a shot?" I asked Wyatt. He shrugged.
"It's it too late to join. Don't you have to do this an hour
ago?" Wyatt asked looking at the poster. Wyatt worked here on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday during football season.
He didn't work Mondays or Thursday s because he had football
practice, and Fridays he had games. I usually go to them then go
back to work. Bernie said its fine because he knew Wyatt and knew
how much it meant to him to see me there. On the off season he
worked here every day. Joy, I know.
"Boy, you and your sister have been working for me for almost 2
years. I have known you since you were both babies and would come
in with your father when they all come out to play. They, and I,
have taught you everything you twins know. You come here every
Wednesday to play, your good. I trust both of you will get far.
So a yes or no?" He said looking at us.
"Yeah, I'm in how much?" I said taking my wallet out from my back
"1,000 dollars." He smirked opening his hand. I stopped and
looked at him.
"Not funny, how much?" I was glaring at him not. He chuckled.
"50 dollars for a team Sweetheart." I looked at Wyatt.
"You in?" I asked him. He nodded pulling out his wallet.
"Yeah might as well." He chuckled pulling out a 20 and 5 singles
and handed it to Bernie. I rolled my eyes handing over my 25
dollars before I put my wallet back into my pocket. Bernie handed
us a set of balls.
"Go to your table and practice. Colt and Jenna you guys can still
play after the tournament starts. Don't worry about it." We
nodded taking the balls and walking over to the last empty pool
table. My phone started to vibrate in my pocket. "Colt break, I
will be right back. If I'm not Jenna just take my turn." Jenna
was on my team this time. I walked into the bathroom and answered
Colt looked at the time on his phone. "You think she is okay?" He
said looking at the girl's bathroom door.
"Do you think want me to go see if she is alright?" Jenna asked
looking at Wyatt as he hit a striped ball into the left third
pocket. Wyatt shook his head putting the down of his pool stick
on the ground so it went up to about his waist.
"We should just leave her to her thoughts it could be important.
You never know." He said going for another ball.
"I don't know maybe I should just go check." Jenna said trailing
off still looking at the bathroom door.
"Don't worry Jenna. Come on it's your turn." He said standing up
letting her get to the white ball…..
Me* Hey Jay that's great.
Jay* I know it was amazing Bails. Like magic. Hey where are you?
Your cars not at the dinner? I thought you worked till 8? Are you
Me* No I'm with Wyatt doing something for my Mom. Don't
Jay* Aw I was going to come over and tell you more. You know the
parts that I can't tell you over the phone.
Me* I'll be home later and I'll -
Jay* Sweet its Sophia I got to take this.
With that he hung up the phone, not even letting me finish my
sentence. I shut my phone and sighed. I stood up from where I was
sitting leaning on one of the bathroom walls. I walked out back
to the pool table as Jenna looked at me. "You okay?" I nodded
looking around the room at some of the people I would be playing
against tonight. My eyes landed on a newly familiar pair of
piercing blue eyes……….