Family Matters

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One month before graduation Josephine Hart and Amber Foster gets some unexpected news.

Josephine helps her music teacher make a decision about his future teaching career

Submitted: July 16, 2017

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Submitted: July 16, 2017



Amber Foster was sitting at the kitchen table reading a college catalog from the local community college. Her step sister Josephine Hart came into the kitchen and poured a cup of coffee. “What are you reading?” asked Josephine. Amber held the catalog up so Josephine could see it. “Piney Point Community College,” said Josephine with a puzzled look on her face. “Yes, Joey, I was seeing what courses they offered. We graduate next month,” said Amber. “I thought you were planning to go to New York and become a famous fashion model,” said Josephine. “Some things have changed  and I think I want to stay in Piney Point,” said Amber. “You are not pregnant are you?” asked Josephine with a concerned look on her face. “No, silly,” said Amber putting a smile on her face. “Then what is it?” asked Josephine sitting down beside Amber. “Well for starters, I am in love with Korey and I would like to pursue a relationship with him but that is not the only reason,” said Amber standing up. “What is the other reason?” asked Josephine. “You,” said Amber standing behind Josephine. “Me?,” asked Josephine. “Yes, you, I want to be close to my sister that I love and means the world to me,” said Amber putting her arm around Josephine.


Amber’s best friend Korey Hunter pulled up and blowed the car horn. “Korey’s here” exclaimed Amber with excitement as she started walking towards the front door. “I will see you after while,” said Josephine.


Amber opened the front passenger door to get into the vehicle Korey was driving. “Before you get in would you please hand me the small brown box in the back seat,” said Korey. Amber opened the back passenger side door, picked the box up, and got in the passenger seat. “Open it,” said Korey as Amber started to pass the box to him. “Oh-my-gosh, said Amber taking a promise ring out of the box. “Do you like it?” asked Korey. “It’s beautiful,” said Amber looking at the ring. “I know it’s a few months until your birthday, but I didn’t want to wait that long to ask you this question,” said Korey. “What?” asked Amber. “Would you be my girlfriend?” asked Korey. “Yes,” said Amber as she put the promise ring on her ring finger


Jason Clark was in the garage playing the keyboard. Josephine quietly walked into the garage and listened to him play. Josephine started clapping when Jason finished playing the song. “I didn’t know you played the keyboard,” said Josephine as Jason turned around to see who was behind him. “I have been playing since I was ten years old,” said Jason. “That is so cool,” said Josephine. “I am hoping that one day I can catch a break and be able to perform at a club or in a contest, like you,” said Jason.  “You will,” said Josephine putting a smile on  her face.  “Do you want to grab a bite to eat?” asked Jason looking at his watch. “Sure,” said Josephine. Jason took Josephine’s hand and they started walking towards Jason mother’s car.


Amber and Korey stood outside by the front door. “I had a great time this afternoon,” said Amber with a smile on her face. ‘I am glad you did,” said Korey kissing Amber. “I’ll call you tonight,” said Amber as she started to open the front door. “I will be waiting,” said Korey with a smile on his face.


Amber went into the kitchen. She was shocked when she saw a positive pregnancy test sitting on the kitchen table. “Oh-my-gosh, Joey is pregnant,” said Amber with a horrified look on her face.


Josephine entered the kitchen as Amber was staring at the pregnancy test. “Joey Hart, how could you,” exclaimed Amber. “What?” asked Josephine with a puzzled look on her face. “This” shouted Amber handling Josephine the pregnancy test. “Positive,” said Josephine looking at the pregnancy test. “Don’t play innocent Joey Hart,” shouted Amber. “It’s not mine,” said Josephine. “Don’t lie to me,” exclaimed Amber. “Sis, I am not lying. It is not mine,” said Josephine. “If it is not yours, then whose it?” asked Amber. Josephine and Amber stared at each then both came to the same conclusion. “Can you believe it Joey, soon we are going to have either a baby brother or sister,” said Amber with a smile on her face. “It’s going to be so exciting, but there is just one problem,” said Josephine. “What’s that?” asked Amber. “I bet mom was planning a family dinner and break the news over dinner,” said Josephine. “Oh man, what do we do?” asked Amber. “Put it back where we found it and act surprised when she tell us,” said Josephine putting the pregnancy test back onto the table. “That’s a good plan,” said Amber.


Josephine and Amber was stretched out across Josephine’s bed watching tv. Karen Foster walked into the bedroom. “Girls, did you see anything setting on the kitchen table?” asked Karen. “I didn’t see anything. Did you see anything Amber?” asked Josephine. “I didn’t see anything either,” said Amber. “Are you sure girls?” asked Karen. “Ok, we saw the pregnancy test. Sorry we ruined your plans to fix a nice dinner and announce the news,” said Josephine with a sigh. “You didn’t ruin anything, the pregnancy test on the table was my way of breaking the news to you,” said Karen. “What,” exclaimed Josephine and Amber together. “But, I thought you had probably made plans to make a fancy dinner and tell us during dinner,” said Josephine. “No, if I had planned to announce it that way the pregnancy test  would not have been sitting on the kitchen table,” said Karen with a smile.


Josephine put trash in the trash can and started back towards the house. She saw her music teacher Wilson Stephens reading a letter with a confused look on his face. “Is there a problem Mr. Stephens?” asked Josephine walking over to a white picket fence. “I got a letter from my son in Florida and trying to figure out what to do,” said Wilson. “What’s the problem, maybe I can help,” said Josephine. “I seriously doubt you can help Ms. Hart. My son wants me to retire and move to Florida at the end of the school year,” said Wilson. “It kinda sounds like you don’t want to,” said Josephine. “I like the idea of being closer to my son, I am just not sure if I am ready to give up teaching,” said Wilson.  “Do you know what someone once said?” asked Josephine. “What’s that Ms Hart?” asked Wilson. “Follow your dreams, do what you love doing, and forget what others think you should do,” said Josephine. “Very interesting, who said that, Ms. Hart?” asked Wilson. Josephine stood there with a puzzled look on her face. “You made it up, didn’t you, Ms. Hart,” said Wilson. “Yeah. But, I wished you would consider staying a while longer,” said Josephine. “Why is that?” asked Wilson. “Because you have been a role model not only to me but to everyone you have ever taught. You taught me not to look at things as stupid but rather as inspiration. An inspiration to set bigger goals and work harder,” said Josephine. “Tell me Ms. Hart, how do know I have inspired others?” inquired Wilson. “It may not be today or tomorrow, and they may have acted like they weren’t paying attention, but trust me one day that person you taught will pass along what you taught them to someone else,” said Josephine. “I am very proud of you, Ms. Hart,” said Wilson crumpling the letter. Josephine turned around and started to walk off. “I am not finished, Ms. Hart,” said Wilson. “Yes, Mr. Stephens,” said Josephine turning around. “Thank you, Ms. Hart,” said Wilson. “Your welcome,” said Josephine putting a smile on her face.


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