I can’t believe he just told me that.
“Wait, what happened exactly?” I ask confused.
“I pissed off the wrong guy and he took it out on my mom. She was doing relatively okay until last November. There was an incident that made the whole situation ten times worse. Since then, she hasn’t left the house.”
“Oh my god Cade, I’m so sorry that happened to her. But I don’t think it’s all your fault. That much blame is too much to carry.” I tell him. I know what it’s like to feel guilty. I also feel like his father may have something to do with it. But maybe I’m wrong.
“I had been in a bad place since my freshman year, things happened and I found out some stuff about my father. Then I went off the rails partying and doing drugs. After that, I caused the stuff with my mom. Sometimes I feel like my family would be better off without me.” Cade says.
“Sometimes I feel like that too,” I say honestly.
“What how could you though? You’re well, you’re amazing. But for me, I’m a fuck up.”
“No, you’re not. I’m better off with you. And even not knowing the whole story I can tell you are blaming yourself too much.”
Then there’s silence. We just stare at each other for a while. I think about how similar we are.
“Forget I said anything, I don’t want to ruin our day,” Cade says looking at his empty plate.
“No, I’m glad you trusted me enough to tell me. I won’t let it ruin our day if you won’t?” I ask.
“Deal,” he replies.
Cade pays for breakfast, and we drive to my house.
“So how are you getting the money to pay for the meth?” Cade asks.
“I have enough in savings to pay for it.”
“Let me pitch in some,” he says.
“No Cade it’s okay, it’ll be a bit over 3 grand I can pay,” I tell him.
“C’mon, if it makes you feel any better my dad gives us way too much allowance. I’m not doing anything with my money.”
I realize he won’t leave the topic, so I agree, “fine but we each pay half.”
“Sounds like a deal.”
We get to my house and pick up Tomás. Who- as I expected- was extremely excited. He was jumping up and down in his car seat the whole way.
Our time at the indoor play structure was awesome. Cade and I played with Tomás who had the time of his life. We finished by grabbing tacos at a stand and ate them at a park.
On the way home Tomás fell asleep. It put a smile on my face to see him so happy and peaceful.
“I had a great time today,” Cade says.
“Me too,” I reply. “So, for the next month, I have play practice most days after school. I was thinking we could do Spanish over lunch and still do Thursdays for our history project. Once the play is over, we can go back to after school for Spanish.”
“Sounds good.” He says sounding a bit disappointed.
“I’ll be free some days on the weekend depending on when I work, so we could do this again soon,” I say.
“Yeah, that would be great,” Cade replies.
After Cade drops us off, I put Tomás in his room so he can finish his nap. My mom wasn’t in the main area, so I check her room. She’s in bed at 2 pm. I hope she is okay.
That night Leo and I get the stock from Guillermo. Leo took it and hid it until we needed to plant it. Leo was doing a lot of the work in the framing of Wyatt. I was okay with it since I was going to be so busy with the play for the next month.
The next day I went to school. Wyatt didn’t show up which I was grateful for. Cade and I ate our lunches in the library and did Spanish. I wasn’t ready to go back to the tree area yet and Cade was understanding about it.
I was on my way to play practice when I ran into Clarissa.
“I haven’t seen you all day. How are you doing,” she asks me.
“I’m okay, glad Wyatt didn’t show up. How are you?”
“Okay. Elizabeth and I got in a huge fight at lunch. I called her out on what she did, and she was mad that I wasn’t on her side. I don’t think we are going to be friends anymore.” Clarissa informs me as we walk towards the drama room.
“I can’t believe she would put another girl in that position, she sure has changed since I met her in freshman year. I mean she was always a bit critical of people but lately, she has actually been acting on it. What she did to you was the last straw for me.” Clarissa rants. I let her get out her frustrations, sometimes we need to have someone listen.
“Sorry, I’m unloading all of this on you,” She apologizes.
“No, it’s okay, sometimes we just need someone to listen to us. I have 2 childhood friends that I always complain to my mom for hours about after I see them.” I tell her referring to Theresa and Sofia.
“Thanks for understanding. Anyway, what day works for us to grab supper?”
“How about tomorrow after practice?”
“Sure, that works for me!”
“Could I bring my 3-year-old brother?” I ask.
“Of course! I love kids I’m so excited to meet him” she tells me.
We reach the drama room and grab a copy of the script. We take seats beside each other and highlight our lines as we wait for the first read-through to start.
The read-through goes well. The rest of the week goes by like normal. My supper with Clarissa was good. She was super nice to Tomás, and we figured out that we both like comedy movies. We planned to have a movie night once the play was over. It was nice to make a friend who was so nice.
Wyatt showed up on Wednesday but avoided me for the rest of the week. Leo got most of the things for the framing done. Guillermo’s men were ready to get caught and rat on Wyatt, Meth was planted at Wyatt’s house and in his car and we found a kid who went to my school who would also rat.
We were planning to get him arrested on Monday. Guillermo’s dealers were planning to get caught on the weekend. We had to plant the meth in his locker Sunday night and then the kid from our school would call it in.
Sunday night came and Cade and I disarmed the video surveillance at the school while Leo planted the evidence. When Cade asked how I knew Leo, I told him that I knew him from when I used to work for the cartel and he had taken a liking to me, sort of a father-daughter type thing. I told Cade I asked him to help since I knew he cared about my well-being. He seemed to buy it, plus Leo was acting very protective of me which aided the lie.
On Monday morning between my pre-calc class and Biology class, Clarissa came up to me in the hall.
“Did you hear what happened during first period?” She asked in a hushed voice.
“No, what happened?” I ask acting intrigued.
“The cops came and found one and a half pounds of meth in Wyatt’s locker. They then arrested him in front of his gym class.”
“What?” I say in a shocked tone.
“Yeah, apparently besides being a rapist he is also a drug dealer.” She says while shaking her head.
“I can’t believe it; he didn’t seem like the type. Why would he even need to sell drugs isn’t his dad rich?” I ask as we walk towards my locker.
“Well, his dad’s company declared bankruptcy in the summer, so maybe he needed the money. People are also saying he may have owed a dealer money from buying roofies and other drugs. He couldn’t pay them back, so he started working for them.”
“Wow, who would have thought,” I say.
“I know right? Anyway, I should get to class. See you at play practice.” she says. I wave goodbye and go to my bio class.
The rest of the day goes by like normal until I am halfway through my last-period art class.
While I’m sketching some flowers, I hear the door open. The principal and 2 cops walk in.
“Lola, could you step into the hall with us?” The principal asks.
I get up and follow them. Cade gives me a worried look from across the table. All the others in the class start to whisper and text their friend.
When I’m in the hall one officer says, “Lola Sanchez you are under arrest for the suspension of drug position and drug distribution, you do not have to...” he begins to recite my rights while I’m being cuffed.
All I could think was, how did they get a warrant when there was no evidence on me?