My mother had dressed up fancy for her date
tonight. Ever since the divorce its been man after man coming in
and trying to impress my mother. I stayed home with my little
brother forced to relinquish any hopes of a social life outside
of school because of his age. Tonight should have been no
different from before.
Until the doorbell rang a little bit too early.
I was laying, sprawled out on the couch in my
PJs, flipping through channels. My little brother, Mason, was
playing with the blocks, banging them against each other. My eyes
flickered to the clock, noticing that whoever the man was had
shown up fifteen minutes too early.
My mother's high-heels clanked down the stairs as
she rushed to the door. I didn't move from my position, not
caring whoever the hell was there. Not like he would stay here
She opened it, saying hello so the whole
"Hello Ms. Johnson!" A voice said from the door
way. Their conversation was drowning out my television. I turned
the volume up a few notches.
"Come in! Come in!" Mom said, ushering the man
inside our home. "I'll show you around before Phil comes"
Her heals headed towards the couch I was laying
on. I assumed the other set of feet belonged to the stranger
inside my house.
"Alright, these are the two" Mom said from right
next to me. I didn't look up to see who he was. I didn't care.
Neither did Mason apparently. He continued to play with his
"That's little Mason. He's only 3" Mom introduced
"And that's Joanna. She's pretty good about doing her own thing.
Just leave keep her on track with her chores and stuff"
I turned the volume up more, a signal Mom was
talking to loud.
"Turn the damn TV down, Joanna" My mother
snapped. I rolled my eyes, muting it and rolling over to face
her. My eyes fell on the stranger, noticing the age difference.
He looked to be only a few years older than
myself. He was easily a good five inches taller than my mother,
which meant five inches taller than me. He was pretty cute. For a
second, I was actually jealous of my mother.
"Joanna" Mom said in a voice that was "This is
I waved a mocking hello at him. He smiled
tightly, nodding once
"He's going to…take care of you and Mason while
I'm out on my dates from now on" My mother said, heading towards
the door. "So beha-"
"Excuse me?" I interrupted, laughing once
sarcastically. "I'm 15. I'm perfectly capable of taking care of
myself and Mason"
"Sweetie, Caden's just a precaution. Incase
something would happen to you and you wouldn't be able to get to
"Mother, he doesn't need to be here" I said,
"Yes he does. I've already paid him for tonight."
"This is an insult to me, you realize that
right?" I said, raising my voice "You're saying you don't trust
me enough to watch over my younger brother for a few hours while
you go off and get drunk with some pedophile like you have every
"I never said that, Joanna. I'm simply saying,
what if you fall asleep and Mason hurts himself? I want an extra
pair of eyes watching over Mason"
"So you don't trust me?"
"I do trust you!"
"Then why the fu-" I caught myself before cussing
around Mason "-frick is he here?!" I pointed to the strange man
standing next to me now.
"Joanna, just shut up for once. I need to leave.
Phil will be here any minute."
"I'm not putting up with this! This is bullshit!"
I yelled, stomping my foot.
"DO NOT CURSE IN FRONT OF YOUR BROTHER" My mom
yelled at me.
"Then make him leave!" I yelled "Or I swear I'll
A hand clamped over my mouth, silencing the rest
of my threat to my mother. Anger boiled up in me as I felt an arm
wrap around me, holding down my arms. I struggled against my
bonds, trying to free myself to continue the argument.
"Don't worry Ms. Johnson. I've got it under
control" A voice said from behind me. My mother gave a weak
"I'm terribly sorry Caden. She'll calm down
eventually. She's just really stubborn about some things"
"Aren't all sophomores?" He teased
My eyes widened. How'd he know I was in tenth
grade?... mother must've told him. I glared at my mom as she
smiled at me.
"Behave sweetie" Mom said before walking off to
the door, one last wave as she slipped out. I gave a final shove,
pulling myself free of my restrainer.
Mason went back to playing with blocks, noticing
the fight was over. I glared at the man, breathing coming in
short and quick.
"Get out of my house" I growled
He smirked at me, sitting down on the couch I had
been previously laying on "Sorry, but I'm being paid to babysit
you two. Can't really do that outside, now can i?"
"I'm not kidding. Get out of my house"
"Neither am i. I'm not leaving the house until
your mother gets back"
I groaned, slamming my fist against the wall. I
gasped slightly at the pain.
"Don't do that. You'll hurt yourself" Caden
laughed at me. My blood was boiling. I wanted to hurt him. He was
the proof my mother had lost trust in me. And he was rubbing it
in my face. Son of a bitch. I realized what I had to do to get
rid of my problem. I had to show mother I was perfectly capable
of taking care of Mason. Even more than before.
I turned around, picking up Mason.
"No!" He whined, reaching for the blocks. "Pumme
"No, Mase, you gotta get your bath" I said,
hitching him on my hip. I headed for the stairs towards where
he'd take his bath when I felt Mason being lifted from my arms.
Caden stood next to me, holding Mason who looked up at him
strangely. Mason poked a finger in Caden's cheek. Caden took his
hand away, holding it in his.
"Relax, Joanna, I'll give him his bath. Go back
to watching TV" he teased
I clenched my first quickly "You don't know how
to do it."
"Why don't you show me?"
"Well then I'll just figure it out for myself"
"Give me my brother back"
Caden held Mason out for me. I took my brother
clutching him to me tightly. Mason squirmed in my arms, trying to
get a look at the new man in our house.
Without a word, I walked up the stairs, ignoring
Caden's following footsteps. I practically ran into the bathroom,
shutting the door behind me. I locked it, feeling a slight
satisfaction from that.
The door knob jingled as I set Mason on the
counter, turning on the bath water.
"Let me in Joanna" Caden called through the door.
"Not in this life time" I muttered under my
breath so he wouldn't hear. Disastrous