“Angie, you’re home, thank heavens!” Allison said as Angie walked through the door. It was about three in the morning. Allison sat at the bottom of the stairs awaiting Angie’s arrival.
“I’m sorry, Mom. I was just so mad and… I really like Derek. But I already told him I couldn’t talk to him or anything. I know I just met him, but I do like him, Mom,” Angie explained.
Alex was sitting on the top of the stairs. He heard everything that Angie had just said. He stayed there and listened to what Angie and Allison had to say for about five minutes, and then he went back into his room. Furious, Alex planned a beating for Derek. He was going to catch him off guard.
After Alex planned the beating of Derek, he realized he shouldn’t do it if he doesn’t talk to Angie. But he will do it if he sees Derek all over his sister.
The next morning at school, Angie was by her locker, and then Derek came up behind her, “Hey,” he said.
“What are you doing? I told you I couldn’t talk to you,” Angie replied.
“I know. But there’s I have problem… I can’t stop thinking about you.”
“Well, stop. I can’t talk to you,” Angie grabbed her books and walked away.
Alex was standing around the corner. He was listening to his sister tell Derek she couldn’t talk to him. Alex was happy that she finally listened to him. She never disobeyed him before. They used to be like best friends. He saw Angie walking down the hall and he went up to her, “Hey, can I talked to you?”
“About what?” Angie asked.
“Well, I just wanted to say thanks. I heard you talking to Derek and say that you couldn’t talk to him. That really means a lot to me. I know you like him.
“And how would you know that?”
"I heard you talking to Mom after you came back home. I was on the top of the stairs; I was worried about you. So I waited with Mom, but I didn’t let her see me. If she did I would have gotten yelled at.”
"So you are ease dropping on all of my conversations now?”
"What are you talking about?”
“Mom, Derek; you said you heard them both. Which means, you’re stalking me, bro.”
“You know what?”
“Leave me alone. You got what you wanted. So now we can go along like nothing happened. That’s how it always is with you anyway.”
"And that’s supposed to mean..?”
“Alex, every time something doesn’t go your way you fight, harass, and irritate, which you are doing to me now, even after you got your way.”
“I have to get to class. See you at lunch, I guess.”
“No, I’m going home for lunch. Are you going to let me drive you home today? You can sit in front!”
“You don’t have to persuade me. Why wouldn’t I let you drive me?”
"Oh, well, okay then.”
“Get to class before you’re late.”
“Alright, see you later.”
At lunch time, Alex signed the sheet that says I’M GOING HOME FOR LUNCH AND WILL BE BACK ON TIME. He went home and talked to Lukas while he ate.
"Hey,” Alex said as he first got home.
"Hey, you’re home?” Lukas asked.
“Yeah, I needed to talk to you; actually that’s why I came home for lunch.”
“Oh, well, what do you want to talk about?”
“Well,” Alex looked over at Janna and Suzanna, “meet me up in my room, okay.” Alex went into the kitchen to make himself some lunch. “I’m home!”
“Hey sweetie,” his mom called from upstairs.
When Alex came upstairs, Lukas was sitting on his bed. Alex closed the door and sat next to him, “I know from mine and your prospective, things are different, but what would you do if you were in my position?”
"What exactly do you mean, Alex?”
“I’m talking about the whole thing with Angie.”
“Well, I wouldn’t have said anything about anyone being a slut first off. But, I don’t know the whole story.”
“Me and Derek were friends, he punched me, and now Angie likes him and I don’t want to see her get hurt.”
"Why did he punch you?”
"That doesn’t matter. I’m asking you if you were in my position what would you do?”
“Well, if I don’t know why he punched you, I don’t know how you feel about him.”
“He’s a jerk! He promised we would get through high school together and he lied. He punched me our freshmen year because I wasn’t in with his group of friends and I tried to talk to him.”
“Okay, well, did you tell Angie that?”
“I didn’t tell her the reason, no.”
“Well, tell her and see what happens next,” Lukas looked over at the clock, “You better start heading back to school. You can talk to your sister when you get back home.”
“Alright, thanks, little man.” Alex grabbed his empty plate and headed downstairs to the kitchen. “I’m going back to school!” he shouted.
“Bye, sweetie,” his mom called from upstairs.
Alex got into his car and drove back to the school. When he got there, he went into the door and signed the I LEFT FOR LUNCH BUT AM BACK NOW paper.
"Hey, Alex, you can sit over here until class begins again,” Angie called her brother over to the table. It was their third day at school. Alex and Angie had lunch together on A-days.
“Hey I need to talk to you,” Alex said to his sister.
“I don’t know if I ever told you why Derek and I got into that fight in the 9th grade.”
“Alex, it doesn’t matter, really.”
“Actually, it does. It’s the reason I didn’t want you two to hang out. When we got to high school, we found two different groups of friends. His new friends didn’t like me; I tried to talk to him and BAM! I got punched in the eye.”
“What? That doesn’t sound anything like Derek.”
“You've known him for three days! Look, I just wanted to tell you that. I thought it was the right thing to do. Now you know why I don't want you hanging out with him.”
“Thanks for letting me know, Alex.”
“No problem, sis, you deserved to know the truth.”
“I will never talk to Derek again! That is the most horrible thing ever.”
“Perfect,” Alex whispered to himself.