Everything seemed very quiet that morning. Sean walked downstairs to the kitchen to find something to eat. He turned to the refrigerator to find a note. He didn’t bother to read it. He just gave it a quick glance and threw it on the shelf. He knew that his mother would do anything crazy to get things off her mind. She doesn’t even ask me what I want, she doesn’t even care. Hell, she barely even knows that I exist; he slammed the refrigerator door hard and went back to his room.
He tried taking things off his mind. He tried taking his mom off of his mind. He walked into her room to find everything gone. He went through her drawers and her closet even in her bathroom, everything was gone. He ran back downstairs to read the note that his mom left.
‘Dear Sean, I don’t know how to say this, but I’m leaving. I always wanted you to have a better life and I didn’t want you to turn into me or any of the men I have met. I’m sorry. I’m leaving for now to try and live on my own for now. I hope you understand why I left. I’m trying the best I can to change myself. I love you.’
He just shook his head in disbelief. Why would she do this to me? He muttered a curse under his breath repeatedly. He tried to think of something else but he couldn’t. He cried for his mom, he cried for his dad (if he even knew he had a dad). He just cried not knowing what to do. He was occupied with what he was thinking and what might happen to him that he didn’t hear the phone ring. At the fifth ring he finally picked up.
“Hey Sean. Are you ready or what?”
“Yeah,” he muttered slowly and quietly that he wasn’t sure that David heard him. He barely had a grip on the phone so it slid from his fingers but he quickly caught it.
“You okay buddy?”
“Yeah. Yeah. I’m fine,” he cleared his throat and talked a little louder.
“You sure? We don’t want you to feel empty on a nice warm day like this,” David replied with laughter. Sean looked out the window and saw a few clouds hovering in the sky. It seemed more of a gloomy day to him rather than a warm day.
“Sure you are. Anyways I’ll see ya later.” They both hung up. Sean stood there by the phone waiting for his mom call, but she never. Even after all the days that he told her that him and his friends were going on a trip she didn’t even bother to call.
The day rolled by quickly and as fast as possible to get it over and done with. When the evening all came for them, they were psyched. They all met at David’s house. They all had a great time, except for Sean. Sarah and Heather took a quick glance at him and didn’t even bother to talk to him. Sean overheard Billy talking to Heather.
“Why do you spend more of your time with Sarah?”
“Because she wants me to.”
“Well why don’t you start talking to Tracy so she feels good about something for once?”
“Sarah will get mad at me if I talk to her.”
“Well then you’re making the biggest mistake of your life. Tracy needs you more than Sarah and I don’t give a damn about her even though she’s my girlfriend.” Billy turned and walked away when he saw Sarah coming towards them.
“What was that all about?” Sarah glared at her.
“Nothing. He was just being nice that’s all,” Heather hid the guilt in her eyes. She felt the guilt leave her when she saw Sarah roll her eyes.
“Do you want to leave? I’m kinda getting tired of this.”
“No. I want to stay. You can go if you want,”
“Suit yourself,” Sarah scoffed and left. Now that Sarah was gone, Heather moved toward the kitchen and sat with Tracy and talked happily.
“What’s the matter with you?” Billy looked at Sean.
“Nothing. Nothing,” he muttered under his breath not caring if he heard him or not. He sulked in the corner and didn’t want to be bothered. He just wished that he could turn things around and make it better, but he knew that he couldn’t do that.
“Come on Sean. Everybody’s having fun except for you,” David came in.
“I’m not in the mood to have any fun right now.” David moved and sat beside him.
“Tell me what’s wrong.”
“I told you nothing’s wrong,” he spread his hands out in exasperation.
“I know there’s something wrong. I wanna know.” Sean leaned back against the wall and hit his head hard against the wall.
“Is it mom?”
“Yeah,” he stared at the floor. There was a long moment of silence between them.
“Would you let me move in with you? I mean like get the hell away from that house and stay with you since you have no life compared to mine.”
“I just wanna get the hell out of that house.”
“Mom needs you and you’re just gonna leave her?”
“Mom doesn’t need me. She has her damn boyfriends to keep her satisfied. Did I tell you what she did?” David just shook his head. Sean moved away from the wall and stared at him.
“She took all her stuff and left. She left some stupid note saying that it was best for her if she just leaves.” David’s eyes went wide in shock.
“You didn’t see the note or anything this morning?” David just shook his head.
“Are you just saying that or did she actually leave?”
“She left. All her clothes ….everything…. it’s all gone,” Sean was mad at himself. They both sat there quietly thinking about it.
“You know what I still don’t feel sorry for her after all the things she did to us.”
“Don’t say that. She needs us and we need her.”
“It’s nobody’s fault.”
“Yeah well what about you?”
“What about me?”
“You left as soon as you could without telling me.”
“I didn’t leave.”
“Really?” David sighed and told him everything.
“One day while you were still at work, I went to see mom. I went and found her all wrapped in her bed and there was someone else there but I couldn’t see. I left the room and mom came after me and she yelled at me just for barging in on her like that. She said. “Don’t you dare come in my room like that. You know better than me not to do that.” I said sorry but she didn’t buy it. Then we got into a huge fight and I saw these two guys walking downstairs and I knew right off the bat who they were. Instead of fighting with mom the whole entire time. I went and fought with them both. They were both crying on the floor like babies. Mom yelled at me for that. We got into a huge fight and mom slapped me and pushed me down the stairs and told me to leave and never come back.
“That was the last time I saw mom. Before I left I saw her sitting by the window crying and she didn’t even bother to say she was sorry and she didn’t even bother to watch me leave,” David finished off his sentence with a long swig of the bottle. Sean stared at him in amazement.
“So technically she kicked you out?” He nodded without a shrug.
“Where did you get the money for the house and everything?”
“I stole it.”
“Yup. Mom doesn’t even have a damn clue,” he nodded.
“Did mom tell you anything about going anywhere or where she was going?”
“No. She just wrote a note. Didn’t even bother to say where she was going. Why? What’s going on?” Sean wanted to know what was going on or what might have happened.
“Tell me.” David drew in a heavy sigh.
“Remember when I tell you you’re going to be very mad.”
“I don’t care.”
“You’re going to make me regret it.”
“I seriously don’t care. I want to know. What’s going on?”
“You’re going to kill me after I tell you.”
“I don’t care. Just tell me before I kill you anyways.”
“Mom might go to jail because of the way she constantly drinks every night and does all that crap. I think she just wrote the note to tell you that she did leave but they might’ve taken her in for custody.” Sean’s face grew pale. He wanted to scream. He wanted to throw something against the wall.
“I told you. I knew it wasn’t a good idea.” David saw the look on his face.
“Why? I mean why did she tell you, but not me?”
“I have no idea.”
“There has to be a reason why she told you and not me.”
“I don’t know. Probably because she knows one of us will handle it better.”
“How did you handle it when she told you?”
“Let’s just not talk about this for now. I’m sick and tired of talking about this crap.” David got up and walked to the kitchen. Sean watched him wrap his arms around Tracy and smiled leaving all the pain behind. Sean was shocked how David just let it all pass. He never seemed to linger on one thing. He always made a way to get rid of the pain and it never showed, not even in front of him or anybody. Sean just sighed and sat there for a really long time.
The evening drew faster than the morning. They were all excited about the next day and their plans for the trip. Tracy and Heather sat in the kitchen exchanging thoughts and ideas about what they were going to get and what they were going to do.
Josh and Billy also sat in the kitchen and were in a heated discussion about the presidential debate and what they thought of the new president of the United States. David and Sean sat in the den talking and thinking aloud about what they were going to do and what they thought was going to happen. Tracy, Heather, Josh, and Billy all moved towards the den wondering what David and Sean were up to.
“Their probably setting a mood,” Josh and Billy laughed.
“You’re not funny you know that,” Heather looked at him.
“You always used to think I’m funny what happened to that huh?”
“That was after you started acting weird.” Both Heather and Tracy laughed.
“The only person is weird here is you.”
“I don’t think so.”
“Really? What makes you think you’re better than me?” He moved towards her and was about to wrap his arms around her.
“I’m not saying that I’m better than you.” She turned around to face him.
“Then what exactly are you saying?” He smiled an evil grin. She turned around and left. She caught up with Tracy and raced downstairs to the basement. Josh followed them and ran after them and Billy walked toward the den.
“What are you guys doing?”
“Nothing much. We’re just talking about the same old things.” Their conversation was erupted with laughter and screams. They all got up to see what was going on. They ran to the basement to find Heather and Tracy wet from the pool.
“What’s going on? Why are you all wet” David asked in amazement as he saw them dripping wet as they walked towards them.
“Josh pushed us in the pool and we had to push him back.” Tracy and Heather laughed. Behind them, Josh walked with a limp and was dripping wet.
“That wasn’t funny you know.”
“It was to me.”
“Who’s wants to help me with payback?” No one replied. David walked silently behind Tracy and carried her back to the pool.
“I will.” Tracy screamed with laughter as he drove her back to the pool. Sean ended up carrying Heather to the pool who also screamed with laughter. They all ended up in the pool wet and exhausted. They all blew in a sigh of relief, happy that they were all having fun for the first time.
“Too bad Sarah wasn’t here,” Josh replied with a grin on his face.
“Who cares,” Heather replied back and pushed him in the water.
“I will never forgive you for that,” Josh gasped for air as he came back up.
“I’m not asking you to.” They all cried with laughter that hung in the air. They didn’t know exactly what the time was. They got out of the pool splashing each other as they got out. As Josh was getting out of the pool, Heather pushed him back in. They laughed at him as he sputtered water out of his mouth.
“I think you made him mad,” Billy laughed. Heather watched him get out of the pool and run after her. He grabbed her and threw her in the pool. He jumped back in the pool at the same time.
“At least we’re even now.”
“Yeah that’s all you think about anyways.” They both laughed. Josh kissed her softly on the lips. They both got out of the pool and walked into the den where the rest of them were. They walked to the living room in the basement and relaxed for a while. There was a moment of silence in the air between the six of them.
“What makes you all think that we should drive rather than going in a plane tomorrow?” Billy asked them.
“What?” Sean laughed. They all laughed at Billy because of what he said. He had to laugh himself.
“No. I’m saying that when we go tomorrow, should we take a plane or should we drive?”
“Plane.” Both Tracy and Heather screamed and laughed when they said it at the same time.
“Jinx. You owe me a soda.” They both said it at the same time and laughed.
“What do you think?” He nodded his head towards David and Sean and Josh.
“Doesn’t really matter.”
“It does make a difference actually. Because when you drive it will probably take more than twenty-four hours to get there. That includes how long you drive at night the stops that we make. Whereas in a plane, well you all know where I’m going with this,” Sean explained. They all stared at him.
“Nothing. We just thought that maybe you happened to be an expert or something like that,” Josh laughed hard.
“I am actually. And if anyone has a problem with that speak up or forever hold your peace.” No one said anything.
“That’s what I thought.”
“Does anybody have any suggestions about Sean ’cause I do,” Heather replied. They all laughed.
“What time is it?” Josh answered.
“What you wanna go to bed already?”
“No. I just want to know so we don’t look out to find the sun in the sky.”
“My phone says it’s twelve. I put it an hour ahead,” David replied.
“My phone says it’s twelve too. I don’t know dude. Why don’t you go check the clock upstairs we changed ours an hour ahead for the trip.” Josh walked upstairs to find the time. When he was gone, David busted out laughing.
“I don’t have a clock.” They all laughed at Josh when he came back downstairs.
“You find the time?”
“No. Oh well I’ll figure it out later.” They were all lost in the time that they didn’t exactly know what time it was. Josh was the first one to sleep. They stared at Josh and kept poking at him but he wouldn’t wake up. Staring at Josh, made them all tired.
One by one, they all got tired and weary looking. Soon enough they were all fast asleep. They couldn’t wait till the dawn broke out and the fun that they were going to have. The only thing that they could think of was the fun that they were going to have. They thought of nothing else.