............................ "It's Graduation" Channing
said as I opened the door to my room.
shouting why" I groaned flopping back on my bed.
"Did you and
Cam go to the party at Justin's last night" she asked looking at
her reflection in the mirror.
"Yep you missed
a fun night".
when the grandparents fly in for Alabama for today I have to stay
around" she sighed sitting on the end of the bed "Talking of tall
dark and handsome where is Cam".
"He had to work
this morning" I said sitting up.
"Have you heard
from your Dad" I shook my head not since Christmas he was going
out to China to work for 6 months or something and obviously they
don't have phones or e-mail there to keep in touch with your only
living child" Channing sighed knowing she'd hit a raw
"I'll get ready
I said getting up you want to go on the bike" I
'No Hell no"
she said raising her eye brows. "I'll take your cap and
"It's in the
hall closet" I smiled she nodded.
"Hey Mandy you
know your Mom's passed out on the couch right" Channing said
leaning on the bathroom door as I turned on the
"I guessed she
would be we got into a fight again last night" I sighed looking
at her. "It would have been Paul's 22nd birthday
she nodded "when you saw the date of graduation you got
"Yeah well when
I got home last night she was sitting by the garage with Paul's
leathers in her hands" I shrugged.
"How did she
get in I thought you locked it when you went out"
"She broke the
lock with a shovel" I said feeling tears stinging my eyes 'She
took his things out of the trunk and as I pulled up the drive way
she poured the vodka that was in her hand over them and threw a
match on them" a tear splashed off the back of my hand I turned
over my hand to show a burn on the palm of it.
Mandy" Channing said looking at me.
stop them burning" I said shaking my head she hugged
"Does Cam know"
"He came over
right away" I sighed wiping my eyes. "I'm done after today my
trust is mine and I'm out of her like I said all
"You sure you
don't want a ride to school".
"No I'm fine" I
said taking a deep breath at least I'll have the rest of the
family and Cam there today "shame my own parents couldn't give a
"That's why you
have Luke's family and us" Channing smiled
"I know and now
Karen got herself knocked up by Tony it's the funniest thing
ever" I smiled "Luke is so pissed" Canning looked at me and
"I know he was
talking about it last night" she smiled "Well you did tell Tony
that Karma was a bitch and it was going to bite him in the ass"
she hugged me again "Okay I'll go grab your cap and gown and meet
you at school"
you" I called after here as I closed the bathroom door. I
showered got out and dressed I dried my hair and put on my makeup
my phone started to ring.
Me * good
Ryan * hey I
just got a call from Cam asking e to make sure you were
ME * I'm okay
did Cam tell you what happened.
Ryan * yeah You
should have come here for the night you know Mom said
Me * I know but
Cam came over till Mom passed out in the front yard and he put
her on the couch in the living room.
Ryan * you want
to give me a ride to school.
Me * sure I'll
be there in 10 minutes.
I hung up the
phone and looked at the picture before the screen went blank, a
heavy feeling came over me as I looked at the picture of Ryan and
Greg the day they both shaved their heads ready for boot camp
they were leaving in the next week the gang was going to be spilt
for a while to come in a hard way where we couldn't even get to
talk to 2 of them for a while. I picked up my helmet and keys and
walked out of my room. Mom was in the kitchen trying to make a
pot of coffee she looked at me as I walked in.
'Where are you
going on a Saturday" she spat.
"Out" I said
putting on the helmet and the jacket "If you don't even know
where I'm going you're more screwed up than even I gave you
credit for" I headed for the door.
next week and you're out of here you trouble making
"Fine by me" I
closed the door behind me nothing she said anymore bothered me as
far as I was concerned last night was the end of my relationship
with her. I opened the garage door and walked inside and climbed
on to the bike and started it as I pulled out she came out on the
porch and watched me. I pulled up at Ryan's the house decorated
with a heap of graduation stuff which made me smile I got off and
took off my helmet and walked up on to the porch and into the
Ryan's Mom called out as she walked down the stairs Luke just
"I saw his
truck turning down the street" I nodded "Ryan ready I did tell
him 10 minutes"
"He's out back
with Grandpa Sid talking about next week" I look of sadness
washed over her face making me feel down. She sighed and shook
her head go out to them. I walked out of the door As Ryan got up
from the chair next to his grandpa.
"Mandy how is
my favorite rebel" his Grandpa laughed.
seeing you gorgeous" I laughed kissing his cheek "I'm stealing
have done that before Uncle Sam got his chance" Sid smiled
patting my hand I saw Ryan groan and shake his
"I meant I'm
taking him to school" I smiled "And you'd better cheer when I get
he nodded as Ryan and I walked back inside he opened the closet
in the hall and pulled out his helmet.
him" he said as we walked out and got to the bike.
"Hey I love
your grandpa he can say what he like" I smiled putting my helmet
back on Ryan caught my hand.
"Is that what
happened last night" he asked
nothing" I shrugged.
"Ryan I promise
if I was in pain I'd go to the Emergency room but I'm fine I
cleaned it up" he looked at me "Don't Cam gave me that look last
night" I sighed getting on the bike Ryan climbed on behind me and
held on and tapped my shoulder I glanced round.
"We only do it
because we care"…………………………………….