“Hey, Angie, right?” Derek said as he walked up to Angie.
“Yeah, that’s my name. You want to sit by me?” Angie said.
“Why not? Who are… great.”
“Here comes your brother dearest.”
“Oh, yeah, that’s great,” Angie said sarcastically.
“What did I say, Angie?” Alex said when he got up to them.
“It’s not her fault, I came up to her,” Derek said.
“Shut up, I wasn’t talking to you,” Alex said. “What did I say about him, Angela?”
“Alex, I’m a big girl. I think I can pick who I want to hang out with,” Angie told her brother.
“Don’t give me that crap.”
“What crap, Alex? I’m not kidding.”
“You better be kidding.”
“Well, I’m not. Sue me, shoot me, I don’t care! I’m going to hang out with Derek no matter what you say.”
“Go away, Alex!” By now the whole lunch room was quiet except for Angie and Alex.
“Keep your voice down. People are staring.”
“Let them stare.”
“Angela, knock it off.”
“Me? You’re telling me to knock it off?”
“Leave me alone, Alex.”
“There is only one thing that a 16 year boy old wants out of a 14 year old girl.”
“Do you want to be known as the school slut?”
Angie looked her brother in the eyes, “Are you kidding? Do you seriously think I would do something that stupid?”
“Well, you never know with you.”
Angie couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She was so mad at her brother she smacked him right across the face, “Go to hell, Alex,” she said. Then she got out of the lunch line and went into the bathroom.
“Way to go. You have just been voted best brother of the year. What are you going to do now?” Derek said and he put his hand out in front of Alex as if it was a microphone. Alex looked up at him and began walking away. “You’re supposed to say ‘I’m going to Disneyland!’” Derek shouted. Then he began to laugh.
“Hey, Alex, what was that all about?” Andrew saw the fight when he was in the lunch room.
“She’s hanging out with him,” Alex said and he kept on walking.
“Who’s ‘him’?” Andrew yelled.
Derek walked up behind him, “Me,” he said.
Andrew turned around, “And you are…?”
“Like Alex’s friend who gave him a black eye?”
“Is that what he told you?”
“Yeah and you think you can hang out with my sister now?”
“She’s your sister too? Dang how many brothers does she have?”
“Where’s the other one?”
“Middle school, but he’s graduating this year. So next year all three of us boys will be in this school, and you won’t be able to set one eye on her. And if you do, we will make sure you can’t see out of either eye again.”
“Is that a threat?”
“No, it’s a promise.”
“Really. Well, I guess you forgot that the last time Alex and I got into an argument he was the one who walked away with a black eye, not me,” Derek said. He looked at Andrew, shook his head and began walking to a table. He sat down and started to eat his lunch.
“Who was that, Andrew?” Nancy said.
“It was no one. Just forget about it, sweetie,” Andrew said and he kissed Nancy and they went back to their table.