.............. You know looking from
the outside in you'd think my life was heaven… Looks can be very
I walked down the stairs pulling my
hair back through the hole in my ball cap.
"Hey Megs" the sound of my brother
running down the hall from his room made me stop and wait for him
'Where you heading"
"I'm picking up Bree and then we're
heading for the lake" I carried on down the
"You know you're not allowed out today"
he hissed grabbing my arm "Megs it's not worth it Mom and Dad
have that reception here and we're expected to be
"I'll be back by then and you have
baseball practice so I'll say I was with you" I smiled "It'll be
okay" Shawn shook his head.
"Okay I'll tell you what" He said
picking up his bat and bag from the floor by the door "take my
car drop me at practice and come back and pick me up at
"Don't you trust me?" I
"You know I do and I saw what Dad did
last week when you were late for dinner" he picked up the keys
for the shiny new Charger he'd gotten for making Varsity Captain
for Base ball, Football and Basketball as well as making National
honor roll and getting accepted into Harvard medical school.
"Please humor me" he threw me the keys.
"Fine" I picked up my bag and walked
out to his car I opened the trunk and threw my things in followed
by Shawn putting in his Baseball gear he got in the passenger
side as I turned the key in the ignition.
"Did Mom get you that dress she wanted
to?" he asked
"Oh yeah all $700 worth" I moaned
"Total waste all it is, is a little black strapless dress that I
have like 10 of already"
"Wish you could be in jeans and a
t-shirt?" he chuckled.
"Hell yeah" I rubbed my hand over my
face "she chewed me out this morning because I'd broken a nail
and she took me for an emergency repair at 8
"Got to have the whole package sis" he
sighed I held out my perfectly manicured hand. "Keep up the
"You wait I heard her calling Her
Tennis buddy this morning you have a date for tonight" I teased.
Shawn's face dropped
"Don't tell me she's hooked me up with
the girl that looks like a stick insect" he whined "she tried to
get me naked in the pool house"
"Robin did Wow no wonder she looks at
you with goo-goo eyes at school" Shawn glared at me
"Don't forget she'll be bringing Anton"
he smirked poking out his tongue "you know how much Dad likes to
think of you with a future Lawyer"
I groaned I'd forgotten that Mom and
Dad's closest friends as well as having a daughter the same age
as Shawn had an older son that Mom kept trying to fix me up with
because he'd just made partner in his Dad's corporate law firm
but the guy was a known player never staying faithful to a girl
for more than a week and his sister had the body that was as flat
on the front as it was on the back and tried to use way to much
make up even when she was at the beach most guys used her to get
to some of her friends but she had this thing for Shawn and Mom
had picked up on it and boy was Shawn suffering now for
I pulled into the drive of my best
friends' house I turned off the engine and looked at Shawn who
was still looking green at the thought of Robin trailing him
"Be a good boy and Stay" I laughed
getting out before he could swipe me as I ran up the porch steps
of the house I loved more than any where a cozy house with
everything inside I could ever dream of.
"Hi you… bye you" Bree's brother ran
past me "I'm late for practice"
"Alec grab a ride if you want" I called
after him "I'm taking Shawn" I pointed to where Shawn was leaning
against the side of his car.
"Awesome… Shelby's picking me up so you
won't have to worry about later" he shouted back before he turned
and said something about practice to Shawn. I walked into the
'Hi Honey" Bree's Mom walked down the
stairs her arms full of laundry "Bree's coming" she
"You want some help with that" I asked
as she dropped a load of towels.
"You are such an angle Megan…" She
sighed "I wish my kids would take note" she laughed loud enough
for Bree to hear as she came down the
"Ha ha Mom… that's why I did all my
chores and made dinner so you and dad can have a night to your
selves" she smiled kissing her Mom on the
I looked at the ease of the
relationship my friend and her Mom had… a normal life of chores
and hard work making it a happy house not the picture book life I
have covering the false lies that lie behind the pretty cover…
Yes my parents gave me and my brother everything we could ever
want, and friends of mine were jealous of relationship that it
seemed like we had and the possessions that we owned… but after
years of practice I knew how to make it look good… no one was
there at night when the tears stained my pillow… no one was there
when I had to cover up bruises with makeup. The only thing people
saw was the perfect all American family, The Smith's Joan and
Stuart and there wonderful children Shawn and Megan…. oh if
people could see inside