“Hi! It’s so great to see you!” Janna said to Angie as she walked in the door.
“You too!” Angie said back, though she didn’t completely mean it. But who could blame her? Her cousins where just plain weird. Well, Janna and Suzanna were at least. Lukas was pretty cool though.
“Hey Angie,” Lukas said as he walked in the front door.
“Hey Lukas! How have you been?” Angie gave him a hug.
“Angalicious, what is up, girl?” Suzanna said as she pushed her way between Janna and Lukas.
“Girls, you will be staying up in Angie’s room for now,” Allison said as she walked into the room holding two suitcases.
“Ew!” Janna and Suzanna said in unison.
“Aunt Allison, I’m not sleeping in someone else’s bed, sorry,” Janna said.
“Yeah, me either; even if it is Angalicious’s,” Suzanna added.
“Why? What do you think is wrong with my bed?” Angie said. She was a little bit offended that they thought something was wrong with it.
“Well, people, you know, do it in beds,” Suzanna said.
“So we would rather just sleep on the couch,” Janna said.
“You guys are so lame,” Lukas said.
“No, Suzanna is just emotionally scarred for life!” Janna said. “Our dad and step mom did it in her bed.”
“Well, it’s not like they can do it again. Dad’s dead. And do you think Angie would really do that?” Lukas said. Right after he said it, he went upstairs and put his stuff in Alex’s room.
“Yeah, what do you take me for?” Angie asked.
“Well…” Janna began.
“Don’t answer that!” Angie yelled. She got all of her stuff and brought it back upstairs to her room.
“Hey, Angie,” Lukas peeked his head out of Alex’s bedroom door. “I’m sorry about my sisters. They are kinda…”
“It’s okay. I get to sleep in my room now!” Angie said cheerfully. She walked the rest of the way down the hall. Her room was on the right side if you were walking from going up the stairs. Her brother Aden’s room was right next to hers but a little bit further down. Andrew’s room was right across the hall from Angie’s. Alex’s was right next to Andrew’s. There was a bathroom at the all the way end of the hall.
Angie surprisingly had the smallest room; but it was actually pretty big. She didn’t have any windows in it. Her dad said it was so she wouldn’t sneak any boys in. But he didn’t care if the boys snuck girls in, because he said he snuck girls in all the time when he was a teenager; and he didn’t want to keep that from his boys. Angie thought it was a bunch of crap.
When Angie got into her room, she began to put her blankets back on her bed. “Hey!” a voice called from behind Angie.
“Ah!” Angie jumped in fright. “Oh my gosh! Don’t sneak up on me like that!”
“Sorry Angalicious, I didn’t mean to scare you,” Suzanna said. She walked into Angie’s room and sat on her bed.
“Um… I’m trying to make my bed and you just sat on it,” Angie informed her. Suzanna began to cry. “Oh, don’t cry. I wasn’t yelling at you!”
“It’s not that. My dad is dead, Angie. I was trying to just get through the trip here okay, but… what if my step mom goes to?” Suzanna was sobbing.
“Hello, Baltimore!” Janna walked into the room. “Suzanna, honey, what’s wrong?”
“She’s upset about your dad,” Angie said.
“Suzanna, sweetie what is it? You can tell me!” Janna said.
“Um… I just told you! Hello?” Angie said.
“Well, Daddy’s really gone,” Suzanna said.
“Oh, Suzanna, honey, it’s alright. We are all sad,” Janna said.
“If you aren’t going to acknowledge my existence, I’m not going to acknowledge yours. But to do that, I’m going to have to kick you out of my room,” Angie said. She walked over to the door and opened it. Janna and Suzanna then walked out. “Bye, bye now,” Angie said as she shut her door. She walked back over to her bed and began putting the rest of her blankets on, when she heard a knock at the door. She walked over to the door and opened it, “What?” she said.
“I don’t want to ever hear you slam your door like that again, got it?” Alex said.
“First off I didn’t slam my door. And secondly I’m not talking to you,” Angie said.
“Don’t talk to me like that, little girl,” Alex began to raise his voice.
“Let me set you straight, this is a door slam!” Angie grabbed the side of the door with both hands, flung it far back, and slammed the door.
Not but two seconds later, Alex opened it and came barging in, “You are not going to be acting like this while we have family over. Besides, your little boy troubles are nothing compared to what these three have gone through. Their dad died, Angie. You were called a slut.”
“Yeah, by you!”
“Knock it off!”
“Knock what off, Alex? You come barging in acting like you control me! You’re not my dad! Leave me alone!”
“What is going on in here?” Allison came running in.
“Nothing, nothing at all,” Alex said.
“Nothing? That’s exactly what you said to Mrs. Nimple when you were about to punch Derek in the face!” Angie commented.
“You were about to do what?” Allison asked her son.
“Nothing, Angie doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” Alex said. He looked over at Angie.
“Well, I have witnesses, they can tell Mom what happened,” Angie said.
“Shut up, Angie,” Alex opened his eyes really wide at his sister.
“I also have the whole lunchroom of kids who are witnesses when you called me…”
Alex put his hand over Angie’s mouth, “Don’t, Angie, please! I will be grounded forever!”
He took his hand off her mouth. She didn’t say anything, so he headed for the door. Right as he put his hand on the doorknob, Angie said, “He called me a slut.”
“Angie!” Alex turned around and looked at his sister.
“Alexander Jacob, how could you?” Allison asked.
“I… she… I’m sorry, okay. I didn’t mean for the whole lunchroom to hear it,” he said.
“So you are okay with calling your little sister a slut if nobody else hears it? Just wait until your father here’s what you said to her,” Allison said.
“No, Mom, please, he will… Mom,” Alex said. Allison headed downstairs. Alex looked over at his sister, “I hate you. Our cousins with a dead father come here to grieve and you go and start a bunch of drama. This isn’t middle school, Angie, it’s life.”
“Then you shouldn’t have said it.”
“Then you shouldn’t be messing around with Derek.”
“I’m not messing around with him, I talk to him.”
“And flirt with him and are all over him! If I didn’t know you, I would think that you and him were a couple.”
“Yes, Angie, really.”
“Guys, I just found out that my brother died yesterday. And my nieces and nephew just got here today. Can you get along until we find out how my sister-in-law is, please?” Aaron started off calm and then began to get louder and louder until he was yelling. “Your mother told me what happened. And I will deal with you tomorrow, Alex.”
“Alright, night, Dad,” Alex said in a gloomy tone.
“Night, Daddy,” Angie said.
“Night, sweetheart. Love you,” Aaron said to his daughter.
“Love you too!”