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Tough Decision

Short story By: poet 3
Young adult



A story of a High school kid who decides one time to not get into trouble with his friends... And it ends up one of the worst nights of his life.


Submitted:Aug 13, 2007    Reads: 161    Comments: 5    Likes: 1   


God, this is so boring. The sub has no clue what he is doing. He stutters through the equations like they're a foreign language to him. Damnit, why did Mr. Hawkins have to be gone today of all days? I really needed the points on this test, I cant even understand what this guy is saying. Another test down the drain, I'll never get an a on this one. I guess I could look a my notes quick, I've still got ten minutes.
"Jake, what are you doing?" asked the sub
"looking at my notes." replied jake.
"you should be paying attention to what I'm saying."
"I would, except I cant understand a thing your saying."
" well, maybe if you had listened to Mr. Hawkins then you would understand." the sub sighed.
Well, I guess he is kinda right. Maybe I should just keep my mouth and listen to the teachers.
Yeah, I'll do that. No more talking in class, not for me. I'm just going to listen to the teachers from now on.
" all right guys, take out a pencil and start working on the test." the sub blurted out.
"hey jake, are you actually gonna take this test?" asked the kid sitting next to him.
"I was thinkin' about it ."
"why?"
"cuz I need the points"
"Ah, your no fun!"
"alright, I wont do it then!"
"great!"
So much for not doing anything outrageous. Now I have to lose these points too. Oh well, I never would have been able to get anything higher than a D anyway. I guess I could make it look like I'm doing something. Hmmm, lets see what could I draw? Ha ha ha, lets see, we need a body and a head. There we go. Now lets add some blood and a noose, ok there we go. Now all we need to do is add a name, hmmm, how about,
" All right, I'm coming around to collect the tests."
Jake scribbles something on his paper.
" Jake, what is this?"
"I don't know."
The sub takes the test from jake and looks at it.
"Jake, this is not funny!"
"I thought it was."
"No it isn't!"
"ask them, I bet they will tell you its funny."
The Sub holds up jakes test and shows the class the drawing of him on it.
" do you guys think this is as funny as Jake thinks it is?"
The entire class bursts out laughing.
Well, I guess I won back the favor of my fans, but I think this sub hates me now. Great now he'll tell Mr. Hawkins and I'll get suspended. It wouldn't be the first time I guess.
But I really did want to take this test, man why cant I just say no? It would have boosted my grade a little. It really would have helped, GOD I'M SUCH A COWARD!
I can't even say no to a strange kid I barely know, so how am I ever gonna say no to a friend? That's right I wont be able to, So when they ask me to join them I will...
The bell rings and Jake gets up to leave. The sub walks over and asks him to stay after for a while.
"Jake," The sub begins when the class is empty.
"Why didn't you take the test? It would have brought your grade up to a D." He finished.
"I was thinking about it, But something came up." Jake said on his way out the door, not waiting for the teacher to finish the lecture. He headed out to the parking lot after school and stopped in front his car, hoping to get out of there before his friends showed up.
"Hey Jake, wait up!" Too late... Jake turned around as Ben and Dylan showed up.
"Hey, we're headed out to the lake, let's go, you gotta come with us!" Dylan said excitedly.
"Yeah, Dylan's older brother left his I.D. on the counter, so we got enough beer for ten!"
Ben said looking at Jake expecting a yes.
"I don't know guys, I got a lot of homework to do..." Jake started to say.
"Homework? Jake The Ditcher is gonna do homework instead of come drinking with his two Best friends." Ben exclaimed.
"Alright, I'll go. What time?" Jake said exhaustedly.
"Great! We're Leaving for the beach at Ten!" They shouted over their shoulders as they walked away. Man, I know I shouldn't have said yes, Maybe I just wont go, Yeah that's it, I just wont show! Jake drove home and told his mom to tell Dylan and Ben that he wasn't here if they showed.
"All right, But why? Are they getting into trouble again?" She asked as Jake was climbing the stairs to his room.
"Of course, They always do, and I'm not going to be a part of it this time." He said as he shut door to his room. He laid down on his bed and fell asleep ten minutes later.
At around midnight his cell phone rings. He stands up from bed and digs around on his desk in the dark for his phone.
"Hello?"
"Hey Jake, It's Katie." Says a small voice on the other end.
"Hey Kate, What do you want?" Jake asked.
"I need you to come here and take Dylan and Ben home, They are totally trashed! But you have to hurry, cuz we cant stop them from taking off much longer." Kate sounded tired.
"Sure Kate, I'll come pick them up now." Jake rushes down the stairs and heads toward the door.
"Jake, Where are you going?" His dad asks quietly.
"I have to go pick up Dylan and Ben, They are completely trashed"
"Well, hurry home then. And be careful" His dad sits back on the chair again. Jake slams the door on his way out and tears out of the driveway headed for the beach. He got down to Claire Ave. When he saw the beach lights four blocks up ahead, He turned onto the next block and ran head on into an SUV. The last thing he remembered seeing was the lights of an ambulance parked near the side of a road and his mother screaming at the medics to hurry and get them to the hospital.
***
When Jake woke up two days later he was in a hospital bed lying next to Dylan and Ben, The drivers of the SUV.




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