I just finished getting dressed. My shower was heavenly. I wasn’t being watched as I cleaned myself, and I was in my own personal bathroom. My mother had left for work as she always did, and as usual, she locked the door behind her.
I sat in the kitchen making myself some scrambled eggs. I was starving at his point. I’d been up all night and all I could think about was what had happened over the course of the past 12 hours.
I finished cooking my food and I sat down in the living room to eat it, flipping on the TV. Just then I heard someone coming down the stairs. It was still a couple hours before I had to leave for school, so I figured it was my dad. And I was right.
“Ava, what are you doing up this early? When did you get home?”
I swallowed my bite of food. “About an hour and a half ago dad.”
His expression shifted from curiosity, to irritation. “Are you kidding me Ava? What was the time that I gave you last night before you went out with Trina?”
I didn’t answer. I rolled my eyes and I looked back at the television, flipping through the news stations.
“Ava Lynn answer me!”
“Yeah, and you didn’t get home until an hour and a half ago.” His walked away from the living room and into the kitchen. “Ava,” he called from the other room, “you know what your punishment is right? No phone for the next week.”
I smiled to myself. Too bad he didn’t know that my phone was completely desolated.
“I’ll be collecting it before I leave.”
I continued smiling to myself. “Too bad you’ll be collecting it from the pond father,” I said quietly to myself so that he didn’t hear it.
His head peeked around the doorway. “What was that?”
I looked over at him as I took another bite of my eggs. I swallowed as he stood there and watched me. “My phone is gone dad.”
He rolled his eyes as he stepped into the room. He was super tall and dressed up in a tie, like he always did for work. “What do you mean your phone is gone?”
I looked down at the plate on my lap. “Um, I mean that my phone kinda fell out of my pocket at the park last night, and ended up in the pond.”
He shook his head. “You’ve got to be kidding me Ava. This is why we should’ve never gotten you a phone.”
“Dad I’ve never had a problem with anything before in my life, and you know that!”
“If that was true then you would still have your phone. Do you know how much that phone cost me and your mother?” He walked out of the living room and back into the kitchen.
After him yelling at me for another hour, he finally left for work. I continued sitting on the couch for another hour until it was time for school. I wasn’t sure whether or not Jed was going to be coming to get me like he always did, but then I heard the car door from outside. There was a small knock on the front door, and then it opened. I turned to see Jed walking into the living room.
He smiled at me, and I smiled back, getting up from the couch and running into his embrace. I couldn’t tell, but I think tears were coming to my eyes just from seeing him.
He pulled away and stroked my cheek with his hand. His smile and his dazzling sapphire eyes calmed me as I continued to smile at him.
“Is everything alright?”
My smile hid it all, and I nodded. I wasn’t going to begin explaining to him what happened the night before. All I can do is make sure that he stays beside me at all times…at least until I’m sure that everything is okay.
I grabbed my backpack from the floor beside the couch, and I put it over my shoulder. He held his hand out to me and I took it.
We were just walking out the door as, Mikey, my brother came slumping down the stairs. His clothes were all baggy, and his hair was uncombed. This is how he came to school every single day. Only a year younger than me, and still a pain in the ass. Unfortunately, he rode with us.
It was a quiet ride to school this morning. Unfortunately, I had nothing to talk about. If I opened my mouth, the only things that would come out, would be what happened last night. I wasn’t going to trouble my boyfriend with something like that.
My brother was sitting in the backseat listening to rap music. I could hear it over the radio in the car. I finally couldn’t stand it anymore, so I turned around in the seat and I whacked him in the knee.
“What the hell was that for?” He grumbled at me.
“Turn down your music you butt!”
He did. He turned it down, but I could still hear it.
I glanced over and saw Jed looking at me mysteriously. “What?”
“I dunno, you just seem kinda distant this morning Ava. Are you sure everything’s alright?”
I nodded at him, and I continued to look forward. The drive took a little longer this time. There were a lot of kids walking to school today. It was a beautiful morning, so I’m not really surprised.
I rolled the window down, letting the cool air hit my face as we pulled into the parking lot. I took a deep breath, in and out. I breathed in another deep breath, only to choke on it a moment later!
I could believe what I was seeing. I couldn’t stop coughing. Jed parked the car, and then started patting me on the back. Once I finished coughing, I took a couple breaths. My brother and my boyfriend were both staring at me, waiting for a response that they would never get.
I watched in horror as I saw Carter and Marshall both walking into the school. You’ve got to be kidding me!
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