“We have been here forever! When are they going to tell us what’s wrong with Nancy?” Andrew was very anxious to find out what was wrong with his girlfriend.
The doctor came out of the room and said, “Are you Nancy’s family?”
“Yes!” Andrew stood up.
“Well, Nancy is pregnant,” the doctor said.
“We already knew that,” Aaron said.
“Well, it seems as if Nancy hasn’t eaten in days. That could not only harm her, but it could also harm her baby. She needs to be eating enough food for the both of them. She’s about four months along.”
“Can I go in and talk to her?” Andrew asked.
“Who are you?” the doctor replied.
“I’m the father of Nancy’s baby.”
“Oh, go ahead in, son.”
Andrew went into the room that Nancy was in. “Well, at least people will leave us alone for a while,” Angie said to Derek. “I’m sorry you have to go through all of this. I mean, you get to my house and like five minutes later Nancy collapses and we have to go to the hospital. Could you tell my mom doesn’t care?”
“She seemed like she did when she told Andrew to call the ambulance. I’m sure it will be fine,” Derek said.
Aaron, Andrew, Angie and Derek were the only ones that went to the hospital. They were there for like five hours with Nancy. It was about eleven o’clock at night, so Aaron told Angie and Derek to go home and get some sleep before school tomorrow. So Derek drove Angie home. Then he drove around to the back of her house and turned his car off. He climbed through Aden’s window and snuck around into Angie’s room. “It’s only November and already, this school year has been ridiculous!”
“I know what you mean. After punching Alex a couple times, being accused of a bunch of things I never did, hospitalizing Andrew, finding out Nancy is pregnant, Nancy getting kicked out and then having to go to the hospital…”
“My aunt and uncle died, five of my cousins having to live with us…”
“Yeah, that sucks, I’m really sorry about all this, Angie.”
“It’s not your fault,” Angie paused for a second, “Well, not all of it.”
“Yeah, well, I know I have caused a lot of pain for this family, and I want to make it up to all of you. So, my uncle is very sick and it’s just me working on the farm. If you brothers want jobs then they can work for my uncle. Or I can put in a good word for Alex Figaro’s Food Mart. You could help me with the filing stuff I do for my aunt. I just want to help.”
“That’s a great idea, Derek! We should bring that up to my mom and dad.”
“I love how your parents like me now. It’s weird.”
“Well, with all that’s going on with Andrew and Nancy, nobody has time to be all up in our business,” Angie and Derek both laughed.
“I’m so glad that we can be together and nobody is questioning it,” Derek said. They were sitting on Angie’s bed. They looked in each other in the eye. “You have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen.”
“Thanks,” Angie smiled.
“It’s very tempting to kiss you right now.”
“Then why don’t you?” Derek leaned into Angie and right before they kissed, Angie’s door flew open.
“Get out! Get out of my house right now, Derek,” Alex came into Angie’s room yelling.
“Alex, you are going to wake everyone up! Keep your voice down!” Angie stood up and walked over to her brother.
“You brought him into the house at this time of night.”
“Look, I will get him out of the house, right now, okay?”
“Angela Katelyn, what are you doing?” Allison walked into Angie’s room.
“Mom, I… we…” Angie couldn’t even speak.
“I asked Derek to come over so that we could talk about or differences and whatever; for the benefit of the whole family. We talked things over, then he came in here to say goodnight to Angie, and now he’s leaving,” Alex said. Angie and Derek were both surprised that Alex backed them up. “I’ll walk him out, while you talk to Angie.”
“See you tomorrow, Angie. Night,” Derek walked out of Angie’s room and went downstairs. “Can we talk outside?”
“Sure, why not,” Alex opened the front door and walked out of his house. Derek walked out after him, closed the door and sat on the porch steps. Alex sat down next to him. “What did you want to talk about, Michaels?”
“Why did you kiss Sally when I was dating her, have a problem with me and Angie dating when you knew I didn’t do anything to you and then just back me up? I don’t understand you, Anderson.”
“We both wanted to get girlfriends that year, and you knew that I wasn’t good at talking to girls when I was a freshman. You always knew what to say, which is why you got one right away. And I’ll admit it, I was jealous.”
“You were jealous of me and Sally, but why did you freak out because I started dating your sister?”
“You and I were best friends, Derek. When you got a girlfriend and started walking her home, and hanging out with her after school, I wanted one too.”
“So you decided to steal mine?”
“Well, if I couldn’t be happy, I didn’t want you to be.”
“You know what, Anderson? You were a great a friend. I mean, you had my complete trust. I told you things I had never told anybody in my whole life. You knew all of the things were going on and that had gone on in my life. And then you stole my girlfriend, making all hell break loose. I don’t know what I would have ever done without you.”
“I didn’t mean to make things worse.”
“So making out with my girlfriend was supposed to magically make everything better? And now you are making it hard for me and Angie. You never like it when I’m happy do you? I haven’t dated anyone after you did that to me. I mean, I’ve kissed girls in between Sally and Angie, but I could never commit. You want to know why that hurt me as bad as it did? My mom was lying in a hospital bed dying, and my dad had girl after girl coming in and out of my house. I was six. I couldn’t do anything about that.”
“Why can’t you just accept the fact that me and Angie are happy together?”
“I begged for your forgiveness, Derek. You wouldn’t talk to me; you wouldn’t even look at me.”
“Because the image of you and Sally was all that went through my head every time I looked at either of you! And you continued to date her.”
“I still dated her to make you mad after you wouldn’t talk to me. And then you started talking to my sister and…” Alex paused for a moment, and then looked up at Derek. He was too embarrassed to finish the sentence. He didn’t want to tell Derek that he was jealous of Angie; his own little sister.
“And? That’s where you stop? You can’t tell me what the big deal is?”
“My family is going through a lot right now, and Angie needs someone. It’s good that you are here for her.”
“It’s good that I am here for her? Seriously, Anderson, you think I’m going to buy that? You had a problem with Angie and me before all this stuff with your family happened.”
“I was jealous, okay? I was a horrible friend to you, and I deserved you shutting me out the way you did. But when you started talking to Angie, I didn’t think it was fair. All this time, I have been trying to be your friend.”
“You tried to be my friend? Well, I couldn’t tell by how every time we got in spitting distance of each other there was face punching going on.”
“Another reason was because I knew if you and Angie started hanging out you then everyone would find out the truth. Everyone would know what happened with Sally. I would have been called a hypocrite.”
“But you are a hypocrite, Anderson. That’s the only problem. You didn’t want to get what you deserved. But finally, you did. And trust me, it feels good to be on the other side, it really does. But I am dating your sister. So, I’m willing to help out your family in there troubled time.”
“What do you mean by that, Michaels?”
“I can get you, Andrew and Angie all jobs. And you will all be paid, quite a lot, I may add.”
“And how are you going to do this?”
“Well, I work three jobs right? Each of you could be a coworker at one of them. You could work at the food mart, Angie can help with the filing I do for my aunt’s company and Andrew can help on the farm. So, what do you say, Alex?”
“Well, I suppose. I can tell you are serious about this.”
“Yeah, I am. How could you tell?”
“I don’t think you have called me Alex since the ninth grade.”
“Well, don’t get used to it, Anderson,” the two boys sat on the front porch and talked until about two-thirty in the morning, when Derek’s cell phone rang. “Hello?” he said when he answered the phone.
“Derek, you need to come to the house, quick,” his aunt said. Then she started rambling on and Derek couldn’t understand her.
“Whoa, slow down, Aunt Kate, I can’t understand a word you are trying to say,” Derek said into his phone.
“Derek, we need you to come home, okay?” this time, it wasn’t his aunt on the phone.
“Darcy? What are you doing over there?” Derek asked.
“Uncle Henry had a heart attack. He’s fine now, it wasn’t that bad. But he’s going to stay the night at the hospital just in case. Aunt Kate needs you, Derek.”
“Okay, I will be there in like twenty minutes.”
“Where are you?”
“I’m at Angie’s, but I’m leaving now, so I will see you when I get there, Darcy.”
“Okay, don’t speed, it is past curfew.”
“I know that.”
“Bye,” Derek hung up the phone. He looked over at Alex, “I have to go. My uncle had a heart attack.”
“Oh, no, is he alright, man?” Alex was very concerned, since Derek didn’t have any other family.
“They said he was stable, but they are going to bring him to the hospital.”
“Oh, well, I guess I will see you tomorrow then. If you go to school.”
“Yeah, I don’t if I am yet. Tell Angie why I’m not there, if I’m not there,” Derek got into his car and drove off.