I stormed home from school that day, muttering pretty much every swear word I knew. Lets just say, if it was on T.V before 9:00, there'd be way more beeps than words. You see, Vanessa took my inability to react as a green light to torment me. So, when I was in my room, I turned my stereo on at full blast. The song was very fitting: Misery Business, by Paramore. I thwacked my Vanessa-substitute pillow in 3 ways: hard, fast and continuously. And It felt good. Over the music, I could just make out the words, "Honey, could you turn it down please!". Reluctantly, I did. Then, there was a knock at the door.
"Come in!" I called. Lotta slowly and carefully stepped into my room, closing the door behind her. She knew better than anyone else in the world that when I was in a bad mood, I was as fragile and dangerous as a grouchy lion. I needed to be treated with care. She sat down beside me, her intense auburn hair falling around her shoulders. Her emerald green eyes stared into the wall. Then, she broke the silence, "Your Mum let me in. I've had an idea.". I perked up. She was known for her clever ideas. Plus, this morning I had told her all about the family crisis. "Go on." I said.
"You could perhaps volunteer to provide entertainment in that casino, and in the process we could try and investigate what happened to your fathers money." she explained. I waited for more, then realised that that was it.
"Ok, but how am I supposed to provide entertainment? I mean, I could release my clumsy side and fall over a lot with ease, but still, I'm only 13!" I queried. She smiled. Bending down, she reached under my bed and pulled out my guitar. A smile spread across her lips. "I've heard the Casino is in desperate need of entertainment, and doesn't care about age." she replied. I grinned.
"Kenyatta Wanaka and her accomplice Lotta Drew are off to solve the mystery of the missing money!" I giggled.
"Yes Keny, you can be the black belt karate girl, and I'll be the brains in the matter!" she agreed.
"Yea-hey! I'm smart too you know!". We both fell about laughing. It was the first time I'd properly laughed since Vanessa Stern came into existance.
Casino of doom, here we come!