When I got back to the house my mother wasn’t even paying attention to me. I knew that my mom would be busy with her “honey”. And I did not want to be around.... that.
So I turned back to the woods to see the wolf just along the border, watching me. I walked into the woods again and glanced at the wolf one more time before deciding to sit down against the tree I had sat next to before. I patted the ground next to me and the wolf moved over to me quickly, best case scenario it would eat me. It laid down next to me and he placed his head in my lap. I subconsciously started to play with its fur and took in my surroundings.
Roar by Katy Perry started playing and I took my phone out of my pocket answering it.
“Hey.” I said and leaned my head against the tree putting my phone on speaker.
“You have know idea how much I miss you right now.” My best friend Kelsee said and I laughed. “It’s not funny. I’m stuck with all these stupid people.” She sighed and I could see her now running a hand through her hair and looking around.
“I miss you too. Although it has only been two days.”
“That’s too long. That’s it. I demand you come back this instant.”
“You know I would if it was up to me,” I said pausing for a second. “I would be finishing my senior year with all my friends who I have known for my entire life and live my half normal life with my parents still together and, thing one and thing two never came into the picture.”
“Don’t you find it weird that you parents would just split up like that? I mean seriously they were happy. What do you think happened?” She asked me and I sighed thinking about my response.
“I don’t know.” Was all I seemed to come up with. “It was weird. John and Karen (John’s wife, also the woman who is with my dad now.) Showed up it was like all that matter was them. I don’t get how people can just split up two marriages like that. ”
“I know,” She said sympathetically. “Well at least they are happy”
“You know I don’t mean to sound selfish or like a total brat but they were happy before, and they never thought of my feelings about this. They paid me no attention whatsoever except when they realized there was still a teenager who needed to be dealt with. I would have gladly gotten out of their hair and stayed at home. But then they have to act like they still care for me and pull the guilt treatment. I’m just done with them. I’m done with people.”
“People suck. But on a positive note, any hot guys yet?” She asked. “or maybe someone you would like to go out with?” She was getting excited and I laughed at her childness.
“Well there is one sexy wolf I’m sitting with,” I said, picking up my phone and taking a picture of him. “I wouldn’t say I would date him. There is the fact we are opposite species. But I can dream.” I said sarcastically. The wolf shifted its head.
“That thing is huge! Where did you find it?” She asked.
“I’m in the woods. It just kind of showed up in front of me when I was running back to the house,” I said and I think the wolf snorted.
“That’s cool. But seriously. Any “human” guys?”
“I’m not even going to try. Plus I have more things to worry about besides guys.”
“Hot guys,” She corrected.
“I have more things to worry about besides hot guys.” I rolled my eyes.
“Nonsense. There is always time.”
“I’m just not feeling it. Besides, I have never gone out with a guy. Never had a first kiss. And I’m not that attractive. So I’m going to save myself the misery and drama that would have come and focus on school. Pass all my classes. Then leave this town and try and figure out what I am supposed to do with my life.”
“I know what you mean. I have know idea what I am doing with my life, I don’t even know what I am going to have for lunch. And I’m not sure if I will pass my history class without you here.” She chuckled softly and I smiled.
“Have any questions and I will help you. And if you really want you can come here personally and I will gladly help you and hide in your suitcase on the way back.” I joked.
“haha, yeah. Well, I have to go. My brother needs help. Love you.”
“Love you too,” I said and we both hung up.
I hummed and patted the wolf’s fur.
“School tomorrow. Yay,” I said sarcastically to myself.
“Ashley.” I looked up to see John walking my way.
“Yes?” I asked, still petting the wolf.
“What are you doing out here? I thought I said not to go too far?” He didn’t seem mad, not that I would have cared. He never talks to me unless mom is around, and sure enough. my mom was right behind him.
“Ashely.” My mom sighed and looked at the wolf. “First a tiger now a wolf.” She sighed again
“Tiger?” John asked, confused.
“Long story,” My mom and I said at the same time.
“You can’t keep him,” Mom said, jumping to conclusions that I wanted to keep it.
“But it’s soooo fluffy,” I said, wrapping my arms around its neck to give it a hug. It licked my face and I pulled my face away from him.
“You can’t keep it.”
“What if it was human?” I asked and John and the wolf both stiffened.
“W-why would you say that?” John asked and I gave him a weird look then turned away from him and to my mom.
“Would you let them just stay out in the cold to fend for themselves when they had nowhere else to go?” I asked and I did not let her respond and kept talking. “I did not plan on keeping him. I was just petting him.”
“Are you joining the band?” mom asked, changing the subject.
“No,” I said without hesitation.
“Why?” She asked shocked and sat down on the forest floor. John sat down as well but did not say a word. Though I’m sure if he did I would be totally forgotten and they would continue playing sucky face.
“There is no point and I do not want to,” I said furrowing my brows.
“But you’re good.”
“Just because someone is good at something does not mean that they want to do it. There is no point in playing in this band.” I said ending the subject. Stop acting like you care, I thought, pushing the tear in my eyes away. Now is not the time to cry. me and the wolf let out a huff at the same time.