Luke’s Point of View
“So, no matter what you said she still said no?”
I sighed, “Yep, no jungle gym. She said something about it being too expensive. Pass me the red block?”
She tossed it at me, pouting “It’s really not fair. I mean, the grown-ups go to a job to get money. How can they say they can’t buy it? Jobs give you money, money buys toys! It’s simple algebra.”
I rolled my eyes at her, “We’re in 6th grade? What could you possibly know about algebra, besides how not to spell it?”
“HEY!” she shouted “I’ll have you know I’m the top speller in our class, Luke! Who got an A? Not you!”
I just ignored what she said; I have other things on my mind.
“Phea, uhm… can I ask you a question?”
“Why is it that your daddy and mommy are together, but mine aren’t?”
She stared at me, and stared at me some more. She kept trying to figure out something to say, but nothing came out of her mouth when she opened it up. I know it’s a pretty big question, but I don’t know who else to ask. It just bothers me, is all.
“Luke, you- I mean- … Hey, there isn’t any reason to get sad about that, right? Maybe your dad is like, an astronaut, and he went on a mission to Mars before you were born. SO, that means he’s been in space and never had any chance to contact you.”
I just looked at her, and then shook my head. I’ll give it to her for trying. I know for a fact my dad is not an astronaut. My mom would have told me that, right?
“Besides, you can just borrow my dad in the mean time. He’s cool in a dorky way.” she giggled, knowing her dad was standing at the door.
“Hey…” he pouted “I can be cool…”
She grinned up at him, “Then you’ll let us stay up?”
He laughed at her, “That’s not happening. Come on you two, time for bed.”
I strugged my shoulders, “It was worth a shot, Phea.”
Jed’s Point of View
Pffft, trying to pull one over on me? She reminds me of her mother… Even Ana got in on it, and started showing me the puppy dog eyes and letting some tears loose. What do they take me for? I’ve learned to be strong with this type of stuff! I’m the enforcer dad now!
I need to get out of this room, before I give in!
“Good night girls, Daddy loves you.”
I followed Luke into the boys’ room. I thought I’d say good-night to Noah, even though his good-night back sounded like a muffled groan. Teenagers… I tell yah.
When I got into the room though, Noah wasn’t in his bed. That’s really weird, because I could swear he told me he was going to bed at least 3 hours ago. I even saw him go into his room!
I turned to Kim – who was putting Nix to bed – and I asked her if she had seen Noah at all today.
“Well… he came home from school, and then I saw him come into his room and never come out. I just assumed he went off to the bathroom when I wasn’t looking. Why something wrong, Jed?”
Oh yeah, I’ll say something is wrong alright! If Noah isn’t in his room, that means he’s not even in the house. Gosh, not AGAIN! Why does this boy insist on not listening to us? This is the 3rd time he’s found a way to sneak out. Last time we got a call from the neighbors saying he let off firecrackers in their lawn- What’s he doing now?!
“MAKENZIE!” I yelled “Noah’s gone… AGAIN!”
Kim gasped, “Are you serious?? That kid just doesn’t learn, does he? Still waiting on that apology Jed. Admit it, it’s impossible to keep Noah in the house!”
I glared at her, “Oh would you just hush your face?!”
She laughed, “Just saying is all.”
Makenzie’s Point of View
Jed called my name, telling me Noah was gone. My first and only reaction was to slam my head down on the table and let out a loud groan. It’s tough to not just give up on him, and crawl in my bed and cry! That’s the old Micki though; the new Micki wants to do something about Noah and his not listening. It’s just so much easier to give up though…
Before I had the chance to reply, I heard this loud crash and then screaming!! What the?!
I scrambled to my feet, and then darted out onto the landing outside. The moment I saw my son, and his stupid friends; all I felt was RAGE!
“NOAH, what did you do?!”
They freaking crashed the car into the fence! Were- were they drinking!?
Noah shouted, “That was the most insane party ever! Let’s freaking crash the car again! WOO!”
“Duuuuude, there’s a lady watching us.” The one in the red stated “Shhhh…. be quiet, maybe she’ll think we left.”
Think they left?! My CAR is in now part of my LAWN!
“Ohhhh…” moaned the one in the black “I needa lay down, or sumtin. The trees keep spinning, and that-that house looks like it’s ’bout to tip over.”
“SHHHHH! She’s getting really close! She could- could… wait what happened?”
Yup, it’s clear as day… these 3 are wasted!
“No-Noah… why is your mom looking like angry?”
“She’s just playing, don’t pay her no mind! Oh, and you guys need to stop complaining ’cause this is awesome! You’re awesome, that car is awesome, that tree is awesome-
“-Oh god… I think I’m gonna hurl…”
I couldn’t take watching this for another second! All three of these boys are morons! What the heck were they thinking, going out and getting drunk? Then driving while drunk?! I always hated alcohol, it never did any good! It only caused people to get hurt, either physically or mentally. If anyone should know… it would be me.
“Noah, how could you do this?! You’re just a kid! I’ve told you 100’s of times that drinking is bad for you, why would you go out and do that? Don’t give me that lame excuse that it was a dare either. I swear Noah; give me something better than that crap!”
“Heeeey, mom! You’re funny… did you know you were funny? Ha ha ha!” he slurred, barely keeping his balance.
Not the answer I was looking for…
At the same moment I was trying to lecture Noah, the boy in the black sweat-shirt took off running. He was screaming something about me going to kill him, and then he darted down the road. The other one passed out with a bottle of booze next to him. This is getting ridiculous!
“Noah, you need to get your friends inside the house right now! I don’t need the neighbors calling the cops on me because one kid is passed out while the other is running down the street shouting that I am going to murder him!!”
“I… uhh…” he covered his mouth, trying to hold back something from spewing out. Oh god, please don’t throw up!
“Noah are you alright?”
“I feel rweally funny. I think Ima juss go to shleep now…”
Before I had a chance to say anything else; he was already on the ground out cold. I screamed for Jed, and he came running outside in his Pj’s. Everything just happened so fast, I could barely wrap my mind around it!
The first words out of Jed’s mouth were, “MY CAR!”
“Uhm yeah… what about the two kids passed out on the lawn!?”
“Oh… them too!”
Yeah nice save.
Noah’s Point of View
God, I’ve been in bed all day long. Whatever I drank, and however much I drank; did me no justice. I have a severe hang-over. I’d give anything for a bottle of aspirin right about now, but I’m afraid to talk to my parents. This is Peter’s fault! Why did he suggest we play beer pong at his uncles’ house?! It’s freaking 20 minutes away! If we did it at his house, then I could have walked home, and not crashed the car. I forgot everything that happened last night; except that.
After a while though, my dad came in the room. I knew it was him because he always creaks my door open like that. Also there was that, and he said my name. What? I’m still trying to recover…
“Noah, your mother and I want to talk with you out in the dining room. Get your drunk butt out of bed and come on.” he sighed.
I groaned; my words muffled into my pillow “I’m not drunk, I’m hung-over.”
“I don’t care what you are, now GET OUT OF BED!” he shouted, then repeatedly clapped his hands “Chop-chop!”
I shot upright, throwing my hands to my head! Oh dear god, that hurt like crazy!
“FU- You did that on purpose!! You know I have a hang-over!!” I screamed, throwing my pillow at him.
He just started busting up laughing! The nerve!
“Yeah, well that’s what you get for crashing my car!” he laughed again “Now get out of bed before I SCREAM EVEN LOUDER!”
Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow OW OW!!!
I quickly stood up, “You’re messed up, Dad.”
“Oh you mean like my CAR?” he retorted back “Then yeah, I’m pretty messed up. That was an expensive car you totaled!”
“It was an accident; I didn’t even know what I was doing. And would you stop cracking up? It’s not even funny! You really made my head hurt worse!”
“Oh, I’d say it’s pretty funny. Otherwise I wouldn’t be laughing.” he chuckled.
“How long are you going to keep this up?” I sighed, becoming annoyed.
“For as LONG AS YOU HAVE A HANGOVER!” he shouted, laughing again.
“UGH, would you stop?! Let’s just go out in the dining room and get this over with!! Mom’s probably already getting annoyed by the wait.”
“Oh, well LET’S NOT KEEP HER WAITING!”
God, do I really deserve this torture!?
I slammed myself down in the chair, slouching slightly. I was only out of my room for 3 minutes and I was already day-dreaming about being back in my bed. I was tired, and my head hurt… I just wanted to sleep.
I sighed, “So I’m guessing this is about the car. How long am I grounded this time?”
It was easier to just get to the point. Maybe I can be in my room sooner…
“Well yeah… “My mom started “But this is not about how long you’re grounded for, because I and your father both agreed that doesn’t do anything. We could ground you until you graduate, and you’d still find trouble.”
“Soooo…. what’s this about then?”
“We both decided that we think you should get a job. Noah we’re sick and tired of how destructive you’ve been over the last year. We can’t take paying for all these damages! We have to fix the car, the neighbor’s lawn, the school library?! Either you get a job, or we’re going to enroll you with some sort of private tutor, and we’re going to keep you under our surveillance 24/7. Would you like feeling like a prisoner, Noah? ‘Cause right about now, you’re not leaving us with many options.”
I just stared at the both of them. They’re not serious?
“Noah, we’re not joking.” My mom added “We think you should take responsibility for what you destroy!! We can’t just let you do those things, and not learn a lesson. Just you wait and see. Once you have to pay for things, you’re going to think twice before destroying it!”
“I just do that stuff for fun! I don’t mean to destroy stuff, it just happens! What’s getting a job going to do?! I don’t care what anyone says, I like doing crazy stuff! It’s just who I am!”
They both exchanged glances, giving one another a sly smile.
“This discussion is over. You’re getting a job, that’s the end of it. You can go crawl back in bed and fight off the rest of your hangover now.” My dad chuckled.
Why do they think this is some big joke?? Screw them!
I screeched the chair back, “You know what?! FINE, I’ll get the fu- stupid job!”
I stormed off to my room, and then slammed the door shut. A JOB? You know what, whatever. It’s not like it’s going to stop me from doing what I love. I’ll give them credit for trying though…
I pulled my phone out of my pocket and dialed up Dash. We shall see who teaches who…
“Hey, man. I got a really good idea of what we should do next…”
Luke’s Point of View
Even though today was a school day, my mommy told me to just stay home and we would spend the afternoon together. She had off from work, and she said that we never get to just have a mother-son day. I guess she’s right. We really don’t. Plus this is my chance to ask her what I’ve been trying to all along…
“Thanks for taking me to the park with you mom, and for buying me the big ice cream at lunch!”
“Hey.” she smiled “It was my pleasure, baby-cakes! Sometimes I and you just need to have some time to do stuff together.”
I nodded, and smiled at her.
“Since we are alone, do you think I could ask you something? It’s sort of important…”
“Of you can course Luke! Ask me anything.”
Well, here goes nothing.
“Mommy, I was just wondering. You know how Phea has a dad in her life? And how Uncle Jed and Aunt Micki are married? How come you aren’t with my dad? Where is my dad?”
She just stared at me. Her eyes grew really wide, and she looked a little scared.
“Y-your dad?!” she gasped “Well, he… uhhhh…. he d-died?”
My eyes began to water, and it felt like someone just ripped a big whole in my chest. He DIED?! All this time I’ve been wondering, and dreaming about my father. That I’d see him come to my doorstep, and wrap me in a big hug! That can never happen…
“How come you never told me!?” I cried out, tears coming down my cheek.
She wrapped her arm around me, and then cleared the tears from my face.
“I’m so sorry hunny. I just never knew how to come about saying it. Are you mad at me?”
I stared straight ahead. At first I didn’t know how to answer that. I mean, should I be mad at her? She kept a giant secret from me, that I should have known my entire life. I just always assumed he had left. I never knew he actually died…
“Luke, I’m sorry! I just didn’t want to hurt you.”
I stared at her, “It’s fine… I just think we should go home now.”
She nodded her head, “If that’s what you want to do.”
Honestly? I didn’t know what I wanted to do…
Phea’s Point of View
Even though Luke didn’t come to school today, I was still going to make the best of it. It was weird though, because I never been at school when Luke wasn’t. He helped me throughout the entire day with things I needed, and helped carry my books. It was tough doing all that myself!
I took a bite of my hotdog, “Yuck! This thing needs more ketchup! Luke-… oh wait.”
I almost forgot that Luke wasn’t here that fast! I really do everything with him! So, I had to try my chances with someone else.
I turned to the boy next to me, “Hey kid? Do you have any ketchup? It would mean a lot to me if you gave me yours.”
Before looking at me he shouted “NO, get your own!” Then once he faced me he said, “Oh… I mean, sure of course!”
What the heck was that?
“Uhm, thanks a bunches!” I smiled wide, taking his ketchup from him.
The entire time I ate, he just stared at me with this stupid grin on his face. Like, hello?? Trying to eat here!
I spun around after I finished my food. I was about to go take off to play with the other kids, but he stopped me.
“Wait!” he shouted “Is-… Is there anything else you want? Y-you sure are pretty…”
I was a little taken back by what he said. He thought I was pretty? I never heard a boy say that before. They always just made faces at me or tugged at my hair! Luke always made them go away though. I miss him being with me.
“Uh, thanks for the offer. I’m good.”
“Are you sure? My friends and I could hold your books or something. We just never had the chance to ask. My friends were chicken, cause they thought you were pretty too.” he blushed.
“Well… now that you put it like that.”
Oh I could so get use to this…
Qiana’s new trait is Lucky
Phoenix’s new trait is hot-headed
Thanks for reading! So Noah went off and got drunk with his friends. His parents told him he had to get a job, because he needed to learn the value of a dollar sign. Though we can only wonder if that will help at all… Luke is wondering about his dad, and Kim told a lie in a panicked state. The lie has Luke hurting really bad now, and Phea is learning she likes boys’ attention… this could only end swell, eh? 😉