"Morning mom." Shaylyn said as she stepped into
"Morning Shay. So, have you and Valerie found
somewhere to stay yet?" Her mother asked while pulling a plate
out of the cupboard. Valerie and Shaylyn had just graduated, and
planned on staying somewhere together for a couple years, they'd
been best friends for years, and didn't want to separate.
"No, would it be ok if she came over today so we
could find something?" Shay asked helping her mother prepare
"I guess so. I have to go out, I can take Sammy
with me I guess. You two really need to find someplace to stay. I
told your grandparents that when the come in from California they
can stay in your room." I rolled my eyes.
"I don't know why they would want to leave
California to come to Florida, its like the same weather." Shay
said, rolling her eyes as eight year old Sammy ran into the
"They want to see you guys and me, they don't
care about the weather!" Shay shrugged her shoulders and got her
breakfast, sitting down at the table.
After eating, she went to her room, and pulled a
pair of shorts and her bikini out. She got in the shower, and
washed the chlorine from the day before out of her long,
strawberry blond hair. She finished, and threw on her bathing
suit, slipping the shorts over it. She called Valerie.
"Hello?" she heard Valerie say.
"Hey, want to come over today? We really need to
find a place to stay!"
"Yeah, and I might have a place. I'll bring
pictures and the information."
"Ok great, see ya soon." They hung up, and Shay
dried her hair, and put on her make up. She didn't have any
plans, but even when she was just around her friends, she felt
like she had to look good. Her other friends, Allie, Jackie,
Mary, and Beth had all gone off to different states, and they
only kept in touch through email. The only friends that she had
kept in touch with were Valerie, Matt, and Derek. They had no
intention of loosing contact either.
She heard a knock on the door, and ran out to
find Valerie standing there, holding a pile of papers.
"Hey, I'm taking a guess that's the place?" Shay
asked, pointing to the picture on the top.
"Yeah, that's it. Is your mom home?" Valerie
asked, looking around the room.
"No, she and Sammy went somewhere. I don't even
know where." Shaylyn smiled, she loved having the house to
herself. They went to the kitchen table, and Valerie sat down at
the table in the kitchen. Shaylyn got a cup of coffee for each of
them, and sat down across from Valerie, handing her the
"Ok, so, this is the house." Valerie pushed the
picture that was on the top of the pile over to Shaylyn. The
house obviously used to be white, but was old and broken down.
There was a small porch on the front, that used to be a green
color. It was a huge three story house.
"Valerie! We can't afford this." Shaylyn
"Actually, we can. My aunt owns it, she used to
let people rent it…but then she noticed that people would run
from the house a couple days later, they wouldn't even take their
stuff. She doesn't know why…there is only one problem." Shaylyn
"Ok, what's the one problem?"
"Well, she says that she wont let us move in
unless we find at least two other people to live with us. She
says that the house is too big, and she could find a family with
more people to pay her more for the rent. But, if you and I can
find two other people, we have the house." Shaylyn sighed, and
thought for a minute.
"Matt and Derek!"
"Matt and Derek, they were looking for some place
to stay together too. They could stay with us. Don't worry,
different rooms." Shaylyn smiled at her thought. Valerie
"I guess that would work…" The girls smiled, and
gave each other a high five.