Chapter 7: Text
“So, you’ve met her,” Maddie said when Amarea sat down.
“Who?” Amarea asked.
“Aunt Judy,” she replied. “Isn’t she weird?”
Amarea didn’t say anything.
“I went over there with Joey last week. She was canning peaches. I mean who cans peaches?” she said.
“The weird thing is she wanted me to help. I’ve never done anything like that; it was just weird,” she said.
Amarea said nothing. Maddie waited.
“Anyway,” she finally said, “Thanks for going with Joey.”
“No problem,” Amarea mumbled. “Anytime.”
Amarea felt a buzzing in her pocket. She took out her phone and saw the new message symbol. She pushed a button and a message popped up.
“Ello Luv,” it said.
Why are you texting me? Amarea asked.
I don’t know. I thought it would be fun, Joey replied.
That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. You could have gotten me in a lot of trouble! What were you thinking? Amarea asked incredulously.
I just wanted to say hi, Joey said meekly. Sorry. I’ll never do it again.
I have to pee. She was trying to think of any excuse to leave the room.
I didn’t need to know that, Joey replied as he rolled his eyes.
But I really have to pee, Amarea urged.
So pee, Joey shot back.
I can’t, Amarea said.
Why not? Joey asked.
Jimmy’s out with the pass, Amarea said as she squirmed in her seat.
So? Joey asked.
Mr. Braddock only lets one person out at a time. I really have to pee, Amarea whined.
What do you want me to do? Joey asked.
Go get the pass, Amarea replied.
How do you suppose I do that? Joey asked.
You know where Jimmy is, Amarea rolled her eyes.
Oh, yeah, I forgot; I’m psychic, Joey replied.
He’s out back smoking with the rest of the losers in this school, Amarea spat back.
Smokers aren’t losers, Joey stated.
Smoking causes cancer, Amarea replied.
So does having the name Amarea, Joey laughed.
That was mean. I have to PEE! Amarea screamed.
Joey wasn’t sure how she did it, but she could sometimes scream her thoughts. Ok, ok, I’ll go get him. Joey looked behind the old gym. He found the usual group of kids, but not Jimmy. He asked them if they knew where Jimmy was; they didn’t even know who Jimmy was. Joey checked every bathroom on campus. He checked the cafeteria, the guidance office, the main office, and the nurse’s office. Jimmy wasn’t anywhere.
No way, Joey thought to himself.
No way what? Did you find him? I really have to pee, Amarea said anxiously.
Give me a sec. I think I know where he is. Joey walked the old brick steps to the small building. He knew it would be empty. No one ever went in there, except for special meetings or services. He pushed the heavy oak door; it silently opened. In the back of the room, in the last pew, sat Jimmy, eyes closed, meditating.