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The light of sun rise poked in from my stain glass window. I blew my brown hair out of my face as I started to slowly open my eyes to see the figure of my dad next to my door.
“Morning brown eyes” he said with a calm, soft voice
I trudged out of my bed to go brush my teeth. Once I pulled down my blue shirt. I walked away from my closet to eat my breakfast. When I got to the kitchen I squinted to make out the time. It was only 7:30. Man! I was up early. I had like one and a half hours until I had to go to…you guessed it school.
“Did you sleep ok?” Matt asked. If you haven’t got it yet my dad is matt we are the only people living in this house.
I jumped from not hearing his quite footsteps come into the kitchen.
“Um, yeah I did” I said. I was lying trough my teeth. For some reason I could not sleep which was not very common for me.
“Are you sure you don’t seem like yourself Jen”
“I am fine dad really” I said as I took a big bit of my bagel.
My dad walked away as he gave me the, I know your lying look. I know my dad was the one who took care of me ever since I was born until now that I am a 16 year old girl. I just have to say he knows me to well, for a dad at least. I know you’re asking yourself if I have a mom or what happened to her. Well of course I have a mom we all do but my dad and my mom spilt up when I was born and I have never seen her since. So now my dad has custody of me. When I got done eating my dad had left for work.
I got in my car and drove myself to school and yes I did say car. It is red and has no roof on it in the summer like it is right now. I love it but I won’t brag about it. I live in New York City so it can get really loud sometimes-ok it is always loud here. I am just a city type of person. I go to school at the New York arts academy, where all the high school kids learn to sing, act, and dance. I am sorry if I forgot to mention I am in high school it just slips my mind sometimes.
I parked my car and started to walk to the school entrance. I saw my friend Clair and her boyfriend Sam. Sam and Clair catchy huh? Clair and I have known each other since kinder garden and that is a heck of a long time.
“Hey Jen” she walked up and hugged me and went back to holding Sam’s hand.
“Hi Clair ready for another day?” I winked at her. She hates school
“You bech- a” she said with a smile that couldn’t fool anyone.
“What’s going on Clair?” I asked as she lost the smile on her face.
“Oh! What nothing...nothing at all” she said, smiling, I glared at her from head to toe I knew she was lying. “Your dad well he…he hast to go to India for work” she said getting ready for me to yell.
I took a deep breath to hold in my anger for my dad not telling me in the first place.
“Oh well that's good for him I mean I’m sure he’ll call, right?” I said as I walked up with Clair and Sam to class
I was right; He did call well, the school of courses
“Jen?” he asked his voice sounding kind of different.
“Dad why did you call” I said trying to sound like I didn’t even know.
“Hun you are not convincing me, did Clair tell you! Man! She never lets me tell you anything” he said with some kind of anger in his voice.
I snickered into the phone. I knew he was smiling. I was kind of mad at him for not telling me but I loved him too much to be really mad at him.
“You are going to stay with Clair I already talked with her mom and dad”
“Ok. How long are you going to be gone?”
“A week tops”
“Um ok, dad, just please be safe” he laughed
“That’s my girl always looking out for the ones she loves”
I smiled thinking of how much I was going to miss him.
“Thanks dad I have to get back to class, I love you”
“Love you too girl you take care”
“I will bye”
I set the phone down and left the office and walked to my acting class just before the lunch bell rung. When school was over Clair, Sam, and I walked home. We first dropped off Sam at his house which was two streets away from Clair’s. Funny huh I swear she loves him way too much. After we dropped of Sam we went to Clair’s house.
I was surprised to not have talked to Clair the whole way to her house because we always talk. I wondered if she was mad at me or for once in her life she had nothing to say.
“Clair what’s up? Are you mad at me” I asked when we walked up the stairs to her room.
“No I am just tired my dance teacher pushed us really hard today. What did your dad talk to you about” she said changing the subject on me
“Oh nothing really he said that you never let him tell me anything” she smiled like she knew he was right.
“Want to go watch some TV my dad is not home so no foot ball”
“Sure sounds great”
We walked down stairs to see her mom standing in the living room. Her blond hair flipped on to her back as she turned to look at us. Her hazel eyes met mine. I could see tears rise to them.
“Beth what’s going on?” I asked
“Yeah mom, are you ok? I have never seen you this way before” Clair said as she walked to hug her mom
She turned on the TV holding my hand like I did not want to see this. The front door slammed shut.
“Andrew why are you home so early” Beth asked trying to hold back tears
He walked over and hugged me. He whispered into my ear
“I am so sorry this happened”
“What? What are you talking about” Clair and I asked
“She does not know yet” Beth said
Many thoughts where running though my head.
One was what were they talking about.
Two was if my dad was ok.
Three was why was Andrew a.k.a drew crying.
And last how come Clair and I had no clue what was going on.
Right then Beth lost it running into Drew’s arm’s crying so hard I thought Drew’s shirt was going to get wet. Clair looked at the TV to see what her mom had recorded. When Clair clicked on it by then even Clair’s dad was baling like crazy.
“Jen I can’t, how did. I am so sorry” she said starting to cry so hard and ran toured me. I could still not believe what I was watching. I know you have no clue what the heck is going on but let’s just say my dad’s first stop was on the bottom of the ocean. So I guess you know what happened.
“He-he can’t be He’s not dead!” I yelled as I ran out of the houses covering my face.
I did not know where I was going or if anyone was fallowing me. I hit someone’s arm when I was running so I stopped to see who it was. I looked up and saw Sam’s green eyes looking down on me. He put his arms around me like a coat. I know Clair is going out with him but he is like my brother. I have known him ever since preschool. His dad is my dad’s lower.
“I saw I am so sorry that this happened Jen” he said still holding me in his arms.
“I-just” I tried to pull it together but I just cried all over thinking about it.
We walked to his house because his dad needed to talk to me. The funny thing was we both have or had dads his mom died when he was born. We got to his houses. When I walked in his dad Ben and an older boy (which I had no clue who he was) were sitting at their dining room table. Ben was sitting at the far end of the table with the sad look that I have seen on every ones face since the TV thing like one minute ago.
“Hey Jen have a seat we need to talk ok Hun” Ben said
“Ok” I said as I took a seat and started to pull it together.
The boy I did not know was looking at me in a strange way I decided to say something about.
“Who are you?”
“Joey sorry I did not tell you when you got here” he said putting his hand out to shake mine. I just ignored it.
His brown eyes met mine and he pushed his caramel colored hair out of his eyes.
“Yes I see Joey I am Jeannette but my friends and family and only them call me Jen so you have to call me Jeannette”
“Ok Jen let’s talk” Ben said out of the blew
“Your father has told me if he passed away you would go live with your” he stopped and looked me in my eyes to see me holding back my tears.
“Your mother” he started
I looked up in shock I had never seen my mother in my life so why would I right now!
“The girl who almost put me up for adoption no thank you I can live with Clair”
“No you cannot live with her Jen this contract says” he stopped and read “The parent that has the child dies the child must be sent to the other parent buy law”
“Well I don’t care I will never go back with her!”I yelled as Sam took me away from the table.
“Please go with your mom for me Jen, please” “Why do you care I am not your girlfriend”
“So I” he stopped “I love you more than Clair”
I was in shock. Did I just here what I thought. He leaned over and kissed my head. He tried to hug me but I stepped away from him.
“No” I said brushing my hair away from my face.
“What do you mean no Jen” he asked stepping closer to me.
“You can’t love me Sam! You go out with my best friend I won’t let you hurt her like that I only and only will love you like a brother ok!” I said in a strong but quite voice
“Ok I just want you to be happy and safe if I was you the right thing to do would go with you mother Jen” he said with some kind of begging sound in his voice.
“Ok I will go with my mom but don’t even think about hurting Clair” I said taking a deep breath and regretting every word I said.
Sam smiled and hugged me. We headed back into the dining room to see two faces looking at us.
“So what do you want to do” Ben asked
“She will go with her mother, dad” Sam said putting his hands on my shoulders.
“Great! Sam please take Jen to go pack her bags” Ben said clapping his hands and started to stand up.
“Ok” Sam said.
“Bye Ben” I said as I looked at Joey and he smiled “Joey” I said and we left
After two hours of packing up stuff with Sam’s help. Sam, Clair, and I went out for pizza. “Clair we need to tell you something” I said after we ordered are pizza.
“Shout” she said sipping her water.
“I am going to live with my mother” I said hopping she would not flip out.
“Well good for you at least we can still be friends and go to the same school together right?” she asked with a look of concern on her face. Sam looked at me and back at Clair and said
“No she won’t she is moving to Kansas”
He looked over at me
“I am sorry Clair I have to it is the law”
“It is ok I understand but there just one thing” she said
She took out three matching charms two were on necklaces and one for a set of keys. She handed me one with on a necklace. I opened it; it had J+C+S and a pitcher of my dad!
“Clair I love this it is amazing”
Clair opened hers it had C+J and a pitcher of Sam. Then Sam opened his it had a picture of me and Clair one on both sides.
“Now we can all be together” she said
I put mine on and Sam helped Clair put on hers. After he helped her he took out his keys and put his charm on them. After we stuffed are faces with pizza we headed back to Clair’s house were Sam’s dad, Clair’s mom and dad, and Joey were outside drinking water and lemonade. I saw an old green pickup truck and an U-Haul truck hocked up to the back of it I knew it was Joey’s. We got out of the car and everyone who was sitting started to stand up.
“So where is my car I can drive myself there you know I am a big girl” I thought Clair kind of snickered in the back ground.
“You’re not taking your car this time” Joey said with a chuckle. I gave him a nasty look that surprised everyone out there and me.
“What he is trying to say is you won’t need it you are going to live at your mother’s ranch” said Ben
I looked at Clair who I thought was next to Sam but she was not she had her hand over here moth in as much shock as I was.
“RANCH! It is bad aknofe I have to ride with hick boy but a ranch you got to be kidding me. You did not tell me this you have to be crazy!” I yelled still pointing at Joey who looks pretty mad that I called him a hick. So I put my hand down.
“It is only about a seven to eight hour drive you will be there by nine o’clock” Beth said trying to help but didn’t at all.
“Only seven or eight hours I mean really” I said
By then Joey looked so mad I thought he was going to lose it and- he did.
“GET IN THE CAR!” he yelled so loud I thought that every neighbor Clair had has been looking outside.
“Now Joey was that really necessary?” I asked sounding like his mother
“Yes it was and if we don’t go now we are going to stay at gram’s house!”
“Ok can I say bye to people first please?”I asked
I first went over to Clair who looked like she was ready to cry and she hugged me so long I thought I was going to have to stay at “Gram’s” house. When she let go of me I went to her parents who hugged me at the same time.
“We love you” said Beth as they let go
“I love you too” I said
I walked over to Sam’s dad. Then hugged him.
“Thank you for everything I am going to miss you the most but don’t tell anyone” I said still hugging him we both laughed.
“Thanks Hun” he said
“Where is Sam?”I asked as we let go. I looked around.
“Inside” he whispered so quietly I could barely here him.
“Well let me just go inside to use the rest room before we go” I said as I walk up to the front door of Clair’s house.
I opened the front door to see Sam CRYING!
“Sam are you ok” I asked
He must have not heard me come in because he flinched a little. He was sitting in the living room. I walked over and sat next to him. He looked at me with his green eyes and smiled.
“I’m ok” he said. He blushed form thinking about me seeing him cry.
“We all cry Sam it Ok what’s up”
“It is you. I know that is kind of cheesy but true” he said I smiled
“What about me”
“Everything your smile, when you laugh, your hair, eyes I mean you’re really pretty Jen I have liked you ever since preschool”
I smiled I wish he could of said something sooner not like when I am about move! I couldn’t help it he said some really good things about me so I gave him a kiss him really fast he look at me in shock like he didn’t think I would do that I just smiled.
“This is good bye” he asked
“No I will always be with you” I handed him his keys that had the locket on it he smiled and hugged me. I stood up and left. Before I got to the door I stopped and looked back. Sam waved and I waved beck and headed out the door.
I got in the car and we drove off not knowing if I was ever going to see them after I left. We were eight hours into are drive and we haven’t talked once! But that was over.
“I am sorry” I said Joey looked at me
“For what being born”
“No I can’t control that” he smiled at me
“I am sorry for calling you a hick and not listening to you”
“It’s ok so what’s with you and that Sam guy”
“What do you mean?”
“I went to tell you, you had three seconds to get out of the house but you were doing something”
“Shut up it lasted five seconds!” I did not think much about it until now, thanks Joey! “Why do you need to know any way?”He smiled at me again
“Where here” he said
I looked out the window to see nothing but flat land, farm houses, and a couple of trackers.
“I have nothing to say”
“It’s not all that bad city girl”
“Don’t make me take away my sorry Joey!” I smiled
We pulled up though a long dirt and rock drive way. Yippy more dirt! I jumped out of the truck to see a lager ish gray farm house. Next to it was a red barn smaller then the house and let me tell you the house it pretty small.
“Your joking right” I said “I wonder what the school looks like if there’s any” I said under my breath looking around
“It’s not like houses in new York” Joey said talking me to the front door.
“Umm do I have to go in there” I asked pointing to the door.
“Heck yea” he pushed me closer to the door
“I-can’t” I spun around and Joey spun right back facing the door
“Just go” he said opening the screen door for me.
I open the front door slowly to see nothing but people looking at me. There was two red heads; one brown haired, another one who I thought was kind of a red ish brown and someone with black hair. I know I am going by hair color but it is too long to explain all of what they look like.
“Well this is different” I wisped to Joey
“That’s what we are kid different” said an older brown haired woman with green eyes.
“Oh you must be Wendy my “mother” I said. The black headed boy and a red headed girl tried not to laugh… to loud. When I turned around Joey went to get my things for tonight. She started to introduce people to me.
“This is Anna” she said pointing to a girl who looked my age with red hair and blue eyes she smiled so I smiled back “Amy who is Anna’s mom” a tall woman with red hair was in front of me. “Bob Anna’s dad” a tall man with the red ish brown hair was in front of me and he smiled. “And Nick” he was a boy who looked my age. He had black flowing hair and dark brown eyes a type of brown I have never seen. He smiled at me a little and it gave me a weird feeling in my stomach.
We all went back to doing our own stuff. Thank god. Well I hope.
“Hey you come here” the Anna girl was calling me over
“You know I have a name right”
“Oh yea I know I just don’t know what the name is”
“That’s really pretty I’m Anna as you know” I smiled at her. Anna and Joey were like the only people I liked in this town. So far.
She smiled and we talked some more and I found out that I don’t have to go to school which is good news for me. As we went on the next thing I knew we were planning for me to spend the night. I went to get a pair of cowboy boots out of Joey’s truck that he had bought me. It was so dark when I came back I couldn’t see. I bumped into someone and dropped my boots.
“Sorry Jean-nette? I won’t call you Jen Joey said not to” someone said I mad out a shape of a person and it sounded like a boy I saw with black hair as he got closer to me. His eye were glowing…..yellow. Was it nick?
“It’s ok. Nick?” oh grate Nick I mean that is just lame my face got red.
“You got it right, here are you boots” he got to the ground to get them then back up to hand them to me.
“Thanks shouldn’t you be home?” I asked I saw him look worried. “Forget I even asked that it was a stupid question” I said
“No it is ok I just work long some nights”
“Oh well that’s cool I didn’t know you worked here” thank you god for letting him work here.
“Yea I love animal’s birds the most, I know we just met but do you want” he stopped
“Want to what” I asked looking in to his eyes.
“Do you want to go riding tomorrow” he asked
“Well I loved to but I don’t know how”
“Then I will teach you”
“Ok” I said and he smiled and it made that weird feeling and I left to go to Anna’s ranch.
I woke up the next morning sleeping in Anna’s room that I had forgotten that I went here last night. Her room was covered with pitchers of dogs and some horses but mostly dogs. I heard Anna start to wake up.
“Hi Anna” I whispered to let her know I was up.
“Morning” she said rubbing her eyes and yawing.
“I have to go back to my ranch do you want to come with?” I asked as she sat up in her bed she looked tired and confused that I was asking her this right when she got up.
“Sure but what’s the rush-Nick?”She said
She got out of her bed and went to the window I followed her we looked out to see, Nick! He was riding a horse that was all black. Wow that’s a good horse for him. He got off his horse in front of Anna’s house and his horse started to eat some grass. Anna and I went down to the living room then to the front door Anna opened it right before Nick could.
“Oh well howdy Nick” said Anna
“Hi Nick” I said stepping outside with Nick and Anna.
“Howdy girls Jeannette are you ready to learn?” I looked at him then down to me to see I was still in my blue pock- a- dot pants and a blue tang top.
“Do I look like I am ready?” he smiled and the felling came back
“Let us get ready and we will be right out so I would come in if I was you” Anna said. I really liked Anna she was really funny. We went to her bedroom when Nick sat down and started to talk to Anna’s mom and dad.
Anna let me barrow some of her cloths I put on a pair of skinny jeans and a plaid blue shirt with my new cow boy boot I walk out to see Anna looking at me in a funny way.
“What?” I asked
“You like a cow girl I like it” she said
“Thanks, I don’t it is a little to country for me” she smiled and we headed out to her living room.
Nick stood up and looked surprised from a city girl now to a cow girl. Bob Anna’s Dad and Anna’s mom Amy smiled.
“I like it” said Bob
“Thanks” I said going over to Nick. Nick, Anna, and I walked outside. Anna ran to go get a horse and lucky for me I had a buddy seat with Nick. We all went back to the ranch. Anna, Nick, and I got off the horses and walked in to the house. I opened the Front door to see Joey take a sip of coffee.
“Hot!” he looked to see who opened the door. “Real Hot”
I blushed and looked at Nick for some reason he looked mad. Yes!
“See everyone thinks you’re hot even your own brother” Said Anna
Did she just say Brother! Even Joey didn’t aspect that he spit that coffee right out.
“Did you just say brother?” I yelled
“Oh you didn’t know? Sorry I thought you did” Anna said
Nick started to laugh
“Don’t you dare mention any thing I said last night” Joey yelled to Nick, even Anna laugh.
After Joey got dress we went out to the barn. Anna got on her horse Milo and went in to this huge gated piece of dirt. Nick got on his horse and went in too. Joey went to grab two horses for us and came out with a brown horse name Charlie for me and B.B for him.
“Ready to get on” Joey asked
“Yeah” I said. Joey told me to put a foot in his hand and he pushed me up
Then he got on to his horse.
“So what did you say about me” I asked
“I didn’t know you were my sister, ok”
“Ok” I said and we went in to the gated area.
Nick taught me how to trot and walk and some of the basic things.
“You’re a pro” Nick said
“You are really good” said Anna
“Thanks it is my first time. I have never been on this……animal, just to let you know.”
“It is called a horse out here” I looked to Joey
“I knew that”
They all started to laugh. Once we were all done riding we got off the horses and headed in to the house for lunch. I know the last time you were reading this I was just getting up but time just fly’s by when you are riding horses.
“You guys ready to eat” Wendy asked us as we walked into the kitchen.
“Yes ma’am so how come you never told me you had a daughter” Joey asked as he sat down putting lodes of food on to his plate.
“Well it is because every time I try to tell you, you zone out” Wendy said sitting down to eat with everyone.
“Do not! You never tried to tell me” he said. I could tell he was mad. Wendy gave him a mean look “ok so maybe you did”
“Why don’t you have any food?” she looked over at my empty plate then to all the food that was left on the table.
The table was small with a brick coloring. There were plates and pots all over I could not believe how much they ate around here.
“I am not that hungry, Wendy. Sorry I am wasting food” I said looking over at Joey, Nick, and Anna who were stuffing their faces with chicken, corn, and bisects with butter.
“You know you can call me mom’ Jen” she said about to reach my hand but I pulled it away before she could touch it.
“It is ok I rather not” everyone at the table look shocked that I would not call her mom. I mean I have never seen this lady in my life. Now for the first time I do see her she thinks I will call her mom. She has it all wrong I don’t think I will call her mom anytime soon.
“Well you have to I am your mother and you will treat me like I am!” she yelled looking me right in the eyes.
I stood up from my chair and everyone fell silent. And I said,
“I don’t even know you! So why would I call you mom?” she looked at me surprised that I would talk to her that way.
I had enough of them. I walked away from the table and Wendy fallowed me out the door.
“You come back!” she yelled
“Make me” I said stamping out of her reach.
I turned around to see Nick standing with my “mother”.
“She’ll be back” Said Nick coming out of the house with Joey and Anna.
“I am trying really hard to pull her in but she keeps pushing away I don’t know what I am doing wrong” Nick smiled at her
“You and me both” he whispered to his self.
“Well that was strange” Joey said
“Just let her be she is in a new place and you guys are being really harsh on her” Anna said as she walked off the porch to come find me.
I went around the barn and found a big stack of hay under a chain that kept people coming from that way. I sat down and put my head into my hand. I felt like I was going to cry right there and then but I couldn’t, not now. I was so mad about everything my dad’s death, living with Wendy, and having her make me call her mom. I mean what’s up with that. I looked over to see Anna’s boots turn the corner. I was glad to see her. I looked up and she smiled and sighed of relief.
“There you are I have been looking all over for you. Why did you run off like that?” She took a seat next to me and I looked at her.
“I could not be around her. She is not my mother I never even wanted to live with her” I stopped “Can I live with you” I smiled and Anna laughed
“I wish but I don’t think my parents would be up for it they have their hands full with the horses and me”
I forgot that her mom and dad owned a ranch. They own Mustangs .No it is not the car people dive. It is wild horse that lives around here from what I have seen they are sure pretty. Oh man! I look like a cow girl and sound like one too!
“I understand” I said with a sigh and Anna pushed me lightly on my shoulder.
“Do you want to go swimming in the lake at my ranch?” Anna asked as she stood up picking off the hay that was left on her.
I nodded and we went back to my house. I could barely see Joey, Wendy, and Nick sitting outside. They knew I would come back. Nick stood up when he saw Anna and I walk around the corner. I was surprised that he could see us all they from back there.
“I will go to my house to get dressed and Nick can drive you to my house” Said Anna
“No you let me where your cloths so I will let you barrow one on my suits to go swimming with.” I said smiling at her as we got closer to the house.
“Deal” she said
We stepped on to the porch and I did not look at my “mother”. Nick and Joey fallowed us in to the house.
“We’re going swimming want to come with” I asked them turning around to see them.
“Sure” said Nick and Joey nodded.
Anna and I headed in to my room. That I haven’t unpacked yet and Nick and Joey went to Joey’s room to get there suits on too.
“Here” I said handing Anna one of my dark red one- peace suits and a cover up. She looked at me and smiled. I knew she didn’t like two piece suits.
I got dressed in my bath room and Anna went in to the bath room across the hall.
“How do I look” she asked. She looked like a whole different person she had her hair down instead of up.
“You look great! I mean I like it”
“It is a little to city for me” she said and we both stared to crack up.
We went out to meet the boys in the living room. I had a white two peace with blue shorts and a pair of white sandals. Nick had on a dark blue pair of swim trunks and a white tang top. Joey had the same thing but red swim trunks.
“Ready” Joey asked walking out the door.
“Yep” Anna and I said.
We headed out the door to Joey’s truck and Anna and I had to sit in the back.
“Well this is comfortable” I whispered to Anna and she laughed.
“Are you guys doing ok” Nick yelled out the window to the back of the truck.
“Just fine” Anna yelled to him.
He knew she was lying because she was smiling. When we got to Anna’s house her parents were laying out on the deck near the lake trying to get a tan.
“Your parents are so cool” I joked with Anna and she blushed with embarrassment
“Ha-ha very funny” she said I smiled at her
The boys ran in front of us and jumped in to the water. They made a splash so big it got Anna’s parents wet and I am sure they did not like that.
“Sorry” said Joey spitting out the water he had sucked in.
“It’s ok that’s just what we need, to cool off” said Anna’s mom Amy. Anna’s dad bob started to laugh. He shook out his sun glasses and put them right back on to his head.
“There boys what are you going to do with them” I said since Joey was my brother.
“I hear that” said Amy looking at Bob
Anna and I took off are cover ups and put are feet in. I looked down and Nick jumped out of the water and grabbed my feet and pulled me under. I was freaking out. My head brushed out of the water and I yelled.
“What did you do that for!” everyone was looking at me in shock like something terrible was happing and Nick look like he was about to yell and cry. Man I thought he was a big boy.
“Get out of the water” Anna said taking my hand
“What?” I asked she pointed to the back of her head.
I did the same and when I looked at my hand it was covered with blood!
“NICK!” I yelled he jumped out of the water
“I am so sorry I didn’t mean” he said but he got interrupted by Anna’s mom.
“I think that is enough Nick”
We walked in the house lucky for me Ann’s dad was a doctor. We walked in the house without Nick. Of course. He had me sit down on a lawn chair in the bath room and my head was over the bath tub. It didn’t take up that much room I know we are in the county but there house was pretty big. Anna’s dad bob was in the tub with his knees on the ground trying to stitch my head back to gather. I sound like humpty dumpty.
“Just lean back a little for me” he said. I kind of felt a little light headed because I was loosening a lot of blood right know. They didn’t have the blood mashie that they could hook up to me so I had to keep hydrated and drink some water and all that good stuff.
It took a long time for it to get all stitched up it felt like someone was putting a knife in my head. Not needles this time because there were needles in my head.
“I still don’t feel that well you know” I said and bob looked down and smiled at me.
I stayed over at their house for dinner and again there table was piled high with food. But they didn’t make me eat a lot of it I had a roll, corn, and a hot dog on my plat unlike the others at the table. Even Anna had a lot of food. I looked around the table and something was missing but I couldn’t see what it was. I looked one more time and I got it, it was Nick!
“Can I please me excused from the table?” I ask standing up from my chair looking at Anna’s parents.
“Sure honey but what for” Bob asked
“I just want to get some fresh air” he nodded and they got back to eating.
It was dark outside so I could not see a lot. I looked up into the air and saw nothing but stars. In New York I could not see much because of all the lights and all the airplanes flying. All of the sudden I saw a huge bird! Its head looked down at me and it flew away. What kind of bird was that anyway a hawk? No couldn’t have it was too big it wigs were huge too I mean longer then its body. I thought I was just a little dizzy from my head or I was just seeing stuff but I couldn’t have it was too realistic. I looked back out at where Nick was sitting when we left him because my head was throbbing from looking up to long.
“Jeannette can we talk?” I jumped it sounded like Nick
“Sure I just saw a bird that was really big do you think you know what it was?” I asked I knew that was not what he wanted to be talking about at that moment.
His face light up and not in a good way. He tried to look normal but just couldn’t. “Well I would have to see it before I knew what it was there are a lot of big birds you know” he didn’t sound like his self.
“Nick your lying I can tell I have that same voice when I do” he coughed like he just had something in his throat.
“What do you mean? I am not I am just saying there are a lot of big birds. I don’t know all of them. Sorry, I cannot help you this time” he said sounding back to normal.
“Ok so what did you want to talk about?” I asked
“I am sorry I busted your head open I really didn’t mean to I was just messing with you and didn’t e-“he got cut off by me.
“It is ok. I mean I am ok. I didn’t die and Anna’s dad took care of me. It was my fault for leaning back I just didn’t feel my head hit the side of the deck” I smiled at him. He did his half smile back at me.
We went inside and almost all the food was gone and by now my food was cold so Amy put it in the micro wave for me. Nick scraped his down like he hadn’t eaten in days but I know he had a big lunch. He got up and I saw how skinny he was I was surprised didn’t his parents feed him? After we ate I couldn’t stay with Anna that night but I had no clue where I was so post to sleep since I didn’t have time to unpack yet.
Joey drove the truck like always and I got to sit inside since I was “injured”. We got home and I went in my bed room to go to bed. When I walked in my room was unpacked and I had a bed! It was my two favorite colors blue and white. I walked back out to see Wendy my mother smiling she pointed around the corner. I looked over there to see Clair and Sam, they we here! I ran over and Clair jumped out of her seat and I hugged her for so long until I felt someone tape my arm. I let go of Clair and Sam was behind me so I hugged him and saw Joey standing there with a confused face. I let go of Sam and explained.
“This is Sam and Clair they were my best friends in New York” I looked at them then at Joey knowing they we going to flip when I tell him who he is. Clair looked at me like I was ready to say he was my boy friend. BAL! “This is my brother Joey” Clair’s moth dropped and Sam started to laugh.
“I thought he was your boyfriend” Clair said
“Yea I wished she was before I found out we had the same mom” Joey said we all started to laugh. “Yea I almost cried when I found out” we stated to laugh so hard that I my side started to hurt.
“Ok ok stop really it hearts” I yelled
“I can’t stop laughing” yelled Clair
“Really stop” Sam said trying to stop laughing.
We finely stopped and everyone was crying by that time. I wiped up the rest of my tears and went to go to bed. When I got my pajamas on I went to lie in my bed that I have never slept in since I have been staying at Ann’s house the whole time. Clair went to sleep in the gust bed room and Sam went in Joey’s room that had bunk beds. I was almost asleep until I heard pebbles being thrown at my window. I opened my eyes and froze, slowly getting out of bed. I wasn’t sure if I should look out there to possibly see anyone and anything. I grabbed my phone just in case. When I got to my window I moved my blinds and looked down to see, Nick?
“Hey rapunzel” he said looking up at me I smiled at him and waved.
“Don’t think can climb tonight I just cut my hair” I said
“Come down here!”
“I’d rather not I was almost asleep you know!” I said he smiled at me.
Sam heard nose coming from Jeanette’s bed room. He quietly walked down the hallway while Joey was in the bath room. He looked in her bed room to see her talking out her window. He could feel his face get red. He remembered what had happened in New York but he wondered if she did. He went to his room and looked out the window to see a boy with black hair and tan skin he looked like Jeannette. Don’t tell me she had another brother he thought. He was warring boot cut jeans with brown boots, a red unbutton shirt that had a white tang top under it. He got even madder looking at him. He couldn’t take it anymore. Did he want her to come with him? He walked back to her room and looked at her fall all over him. He knew that she liked him. He had known Jeannette for a long time so he could see it in her smile. He felt some one tap his arm and he hoped it wasn’t Clair. He turned to see Joey. He took a sigh of relief.
“What are you doing” Joey asked
“Nothing” he said blocking the few of Jeannette
“Don’t hide it bro, but don’t you go out with that one girl Clair” He whispered
“Yea but I always cared for Jeannette she is like my best friend but I want to be more then that”
“How about I make Clair like me and when she falls for me you can ask out her but you better do it fast before lover boy gets her” how did he know who she was talking to? Was he replaced? He asked him self
“Deal” Joey looked surprised did he really like her that much? Joey asked himself. They went to bed and waited for the next night to come. Jeannette didn’t go with Nick. Jeannette and Nick said there good bye’s and they both went off to bed.
I walked down stairs and saw my mom already making break- feast! She was still cooking when the table was full of pancakes, waffles, eggs, muffins, toast, and EST.
“This looks great” came a voice from behind me I already knew who it was.
“Morning Nick when don’t ever join us for break fest. My two friends are here and I want you to meet them I am sure you will love them” I said sitting down at the table.
I saw Joey and Sam come out of there room. When Joey saw Nick his eyes went wide. He look and talked to Sam. I looked away.
“That’s him lover boy he is joining us for break fest oh man what are we going to do!” Joey whispered.
“Just chill just try to pull in Clair as much as possible” Joey nodded and head over to Nick and I.
“Sam I want you to meet Nick” I said standing up pointing to Nick. He smiled and took a seat. “What’s up?” I asked
“I’m just tired that’s all” he said and I rolled my eyes and saw Clair come out. Her eyes where dead set on Nick. Oh brother, she likes my man.
“Um Jen who is he” She said pointing to Nick.
“He is my friend I met him when I came here with a girl named Anna we are riding over there want to come?”
“Yea I would love to” she said sitting down and putting a muffin on her plate
“Dig in everyone” said Wendy
“So this is your mom?” asked Sam
“Yep she loves to cook big meals so just take what you need there will be much more” I sad she started to laugh.
“I only do that when we have guest and Anna came over with Nick that’s why I cooked so much”
“I would love to see what you cook for just Joey and me” I smiled and got back to eating.
When we were done Sam, Clair, and I went in Sam’s car and Joey and Nick went in the truck. When we got to Anna’s house she was outside she look mad. I got out of the car and went over to her.
“What’s up you ok, I have never seen you like this” Anna looked to me and I looked behind me where are Sam and Clair?
“Well my mom gave away my favorite horse it is sad and I am mad at her” I looked to her left where Nick was then to the right where Joey was they weren’t there ether.
Anna looked around too. We didn’t see them. We went inside and Joey and Sam were talking. Oh no Clair wouldn’t!
“Nick! Stay here Anna” she did what she was told and I ran to the back of the house.
“What are you doing?” I yelled I saw Nick stuck to Clair like glue and he seemed to like it I saw Sam run around with the rest. Sam looked so mad. So did Joey and Anna.
“Clair what the h***” Sam yelled. I felt tears come to my eyes and Sam look at me and he looked even madder. By then Nick and Clair stopped kissing I was so mad I could not see why they would do this.
I turned around and ran to Joey and Anna. Joey hugged me and I hugged him for a minute. I let go I was so mad I went to a corner and punched it as hard as I could and started to kick it. My hand was bleeding badly it even stated to swell up. Every one look so surprised Nick went over to me and said
“What the heck is a matter with you stop!”
“Just shut it Nick. Just go back to where you came from” he tried to grab me and kiss me too. I don’t think that is a smart move at this time. I did the first thing and the worst thing that came to my mind I punched him right in the ribs.
He leaned over and cry out a word I cannot repeat. He jumped up and kick my shine I was on the ground. He was on top of me. I had this weird feeling in me. I got stronger and I pushed him over I punch his face and his nose let out blood. What was happing to me? He hit me in the back of my head how could he! I let go and fell back words. Nick stood up to see what he had done to me.
His eyes went wide I was in a ball on the ground and Anna lunged at me and so did Joey. Clair was still standing with her moth covered by her hand and was crying to see what she caused. Nick and Sam started to fight and Joey went in to. Finley Anna's parents came out.
“What are you doing?” Bob yelled
“Kids! Kids! Stop what’s going on?” Amy yelled.
They looked down at me to see me bleeding from my head and hand. My pants were ripped and I felt burses all over me. Bob went in to get a tazer and I wondered why he had that but it heart too much to think. He shot it at all the boys because they would not stop. They were all on the ground.
“What has gotten in to you kids? He has never had to use that! Not on 17 year olds?” Amy said as she knelt down next to me.
She brushed my hair out of my face. Bob went to help the boys. None of the girls expect me were heart. I could not get up. I could barley here voices I tried to open my eyes but they started to close again. This was it the end of me, my life. I was off to join my father. I could not believe what I had done to Nick to myself to everyone. I wanted to die.
“Jen! Jen stay with me Jen!” I heard Bobs voice fad away in my life left behind. I took my last look. Even Nick was lunging for me to try to save me but it was too late. I was out of time.
I felt warmth around me. I could feel ice cold sweat run down my head. Was I still alive? Did I only have a concoction? I could open my eyes! It was a bluer at first but I could make out chairs, a window, and people I knew where there. I did not know where I was. I turned my head to see more put a shocking pain went up my spin in to my head I thought I was ready to cry. I saw Clair who was on the opposite side of the room with Nick. I was getting madder by the second. Remembering everything that happened. It happened so fast I could not believe it did happen. Sam was with Joey and Anna and her mom. Bob was next to me and started to talk.
“Do you feel ok?” his voice sounding like an eco in my head.
“Yeah but where am I?” I gowned. Bob smiled and sighed of relief.
“We could not take you to the hospital because it was a mile away. You where very close to dyeing. I found a blood translator and this man saved your life.” He was pointing to Joey. He had given me blood to live. I couldn’t help but smile even though it heart. I felt better knowing that he helped me. I pushed myself up off my back. Bob look surprised and happy that I was recovering already. He was also surprised that I had got myself up that fast.
“Has Joey been drinking energy drinks lately?” I asked. He smiled and hugged me. He whispered in my ear
“I would do anything for my little sister” I hugged him tighter I felt safe to know that I had a brother to look after me. It was a good sister brother moment I think I saw Sam get some tears in his eyes.
I let go of Joey. Anna took her turn for hugging me. Then Sam. Clair and Nick just stood back and didn’t even want to talk to me. I would agree with her on that one. I looked over Sam’s shoulder and Clair was holding Nicks hand! What were they a couple know or something? She saw me then let go of Nick’s hand. She came over to Joey and I. we were sitting on my bed. Anna sat on the other side of me just in case.
“I am really sorry Jen I didn’t think you liked him.” She said with sorrow.
“There’s no need to apologize he likes you a parentally. I fine with It I don’t need him” I looked at Nick and he got up ready to say something.
“See this is what you always do Jen I am trying to pull you in but you are a big fish that I am not strong enough for. When I called you rapunzle I know you liked it. When we went riding-“
“Ok I get you point just shut up for once Nick please. I liked you once and I wanted to give you a chance but I knew I couldn’t trust you and this is exactly why!”
”I only did this because she started it” he said coming closer to the bed looking madder by the minute.
“Oh so that means you can’t stop it?” I said I put my feet to the side of the bed.
“Well I like her I didn’t know that she went out with someone”
“You mean you liked kissing her wow like it makes things any better!” I yelled.
“Gust stop I need to say something” Sam said stepping in.
“What know?” I yelled I was really irritated right know I could not stand anyone!
“I wanted to split up with Clair in the first place I was mad that you liked Nick so I told Joey to hit on Clair so she would break up with me. I want to be with you Jen.”
“You what! Oh well know you got your wish but I have one more thing to say I am going out with Nick!” Clair yelled.
I looked at Nick and he looked like Clair was not supposes to say that. Sam looked mad. Bob and Amy looked confused and wanted to stay out of everything. Joey and Anna where just standing there. Joey looked foolish for helping Sam. I didn’t blame him. My head got a big head ace so I laid down on my pillow listening to everyone bicker over every problem they have. I was sick of it so I taped on Bobs shoulder. He knew what to do next.
“Kids be quit Jen is in pain and you guys care more about your selves right know. You should all be ashamed. Look at her you all love her like a sister. Or you want her to be your girl friend so would you mind! Please!” he said. He pushed the hair out of my face and started to rub my back.
Everyone shut up by then. Joey walked over to me. He sat next to me on the bed. I opened my eyes and held his hand. He smiled down at me. Now what? I thought.
I woke up the next morning tired, in pain, and mad for some reason.
I lifted my back off the bed then I twisted my feet around to the edge of the bed. I looked around and saw Nick sleeping in a chair next to my bed. Where is Joey? I asked myself. I started to hear Nick get up.
“Do you ever go home?” I asked him he opened his eyes like he had forgotten he was here.
“Um yeah I must have fell asleep I think your brother left so I will drive you home he left the truck”
“Well cant Anna just take me?” I asked
“No they left for church it is Sunday”
“Whatever just get up and lets go” I said he gave me a wow your mean look and I gave him I nasty smile.
We left to go back to my house. I was surprised my mom didn’t come to see me. I knew she was probably cooking a big meal though. That was good because I was really hungry today. When we were almost there I had to tell nick something.
“You are not eating breakfast with use today if you do I am kicking you out of the house” he gave me a look and said
“Why can’t I?”
“Oh Nick come on” I stop and looked as we turned the corner.
“NICK! Watch out!” I yelled he swerved to the side of the road and almost ran us in to a tree.
I looked behind us and a Black mustang with a red tip on its nose was standing there. He didn’t even run when the car came.
“That’s it I can’t be with you always try to kill me!” I hoped out of the car. And grabbed a halter and a lead rope out of the back of the truck.
I held out the halter in front of the horse. He or she backed up a little.
“It's ok you have to trust me” I rubbed a hand down his neck. It was so soft I moved his natty main out of the way. I step back and tried again. I held out the halter. I closed my eyes and held my berth. I felt the softness of the horse’s nose on my hand. I looked up. His or her eyes were closed. I slipped the halter over its head and put the lead rope on.
“Now where are you going to take it?” Nick asked
“I am riding it I am not going home with you”
“Oh no you are not riding that thing”
“Watch me” I jumped on to the horse. It was fine it didn’t buck me off or anything it liked me.
I kicked her with my heals and we rode off. The wind plowing though my hair. The smell of pine wiped past my nose. I saw my house I turned the corner with the lead rope. It did what it was told. I heard the pitter patter of it hoofs moving on the ground. I slowed down when I got closer to my house. I saw my mom and she smiled at me. Joey was out there with her but Clair and Sam had left.
“Where did you get the horse” she asked stepping of the porch coming near me.
“Nick almost hit it with his truck on the way here. I don’t think he belongs to anyone. Can we keep him?” I asked stepping off the horse.
“Of cores-“she got cut off by Joey.
“It would be a good responsibility to train the horse you should let her” I smiled at Joey for being on my side.
She looked back Joey then to the horse then to me.
“Well alright” I was so happy I did something crazy. I hugged her! She hugged me back. I let go of her. Joey look happy to see me getting along with my mother. I heard the sound of Joey’s truck polling up. I knew Joey was not going to be happy about this.
“My truck what did you do to it!” Joey yelled as Nick stepped out of the truck.
“We had a little problem that’s how she got the horse and I hit a tree polling out.” He said trying to act all innocent. I hated him.
“It’s his entire fault he would have hit the horse if I wouldn’t have told him. He had his eyes on me instead of the road.” I smiled at him and he looked really mad.
“If it was my fault I would have hit the tree if you wert distracting me!” he raised his voice. He got up in to my face.
“I am not scared of you, Nick. You know what I did to you and I’ll do it again.” I said pushing him.
“If you do that the horse is going to the glue factory” I hugged the horse’s neck knowing she wouldn’t dare.
I went in to the barn that night to check on my horse. She was a girl. I hadn’t figured a name out for her yet though. I sat on a stack on hay next to her stall. There were not a lot of horses in the barn. There was Wave, Charlie, B.B, and my horse. Only 4 horses. The barn fit 10. I thought and thought about names. Then it hit me. How fast she was running the red spot or her face. I desisted to name her fire light. I would call her fire. I know she is a horse but I need to talk to someone.
“Have you ever loved someone so much you can’t hate them?” I asked her. She made a naying nose. It look like she shook her head no.
“Well I have but I don’t know how to explain it. You don’t have a clue of what I am saying ether” I started to stand up. Fire put her head on my shoulder. I loved her. It is like I have known her forever like a human not a horse.
“What am I going to do?” I asked she gave a sigh. She started to nudge my head. She knew what I was feeling.
I woke up the next morning in the barn. Fire night was eating hay right from under me.
“Morning to you too” I said standing up getting all the hay off of me.
“Ok good you’re up” said a voice I jumped
“Joey you scared me” I said turning around
“Sorry Jen I didn’t mean to. How about you go get dressiest I have something to show you.”
I got dressiest and went to meet Joey outside.
“Where are we going?” I asked as he held the car door open for me.
“You’ll see” he said smiling heading to his side of the car.
I looked out the window the whole way to where ever we were going. He handed me a blind fold. When I put it on all I felt was the cool air blowing. I was so bored the 30 minute drive I bet to nowhere.
I took off the blind fold. I saw horses and more horses. When we went down a dirt road I saw a little shop. It was red and kind of looked like a barn. The shop said Mr. Harlow’s horse shop! It was my last name; Jeannette May Harlow. As soon as Joey parked the car I jumped out. I ran to his side of the truck and raped my arms around him neck. I hugged him forever. I know it may not be a big deal to you but it’s a big deal when it has your name on it and you own a horse.
“Jen this is your grandpa’s shop” He said. I lifted my head up to see his face.
“What? Really I mean I thought you were just here to buy me stuff” I said sarcastically, he smiled and hugged me some more.
“Well that is true but I thought you just wanted to see what your grandpa left you” he said letting go of me.
“Me?” I said he nodded and smiled at me.
We walked to the door of the shop. I walked in to see tones of saddles, horse shoes, blankets, and much more. I grabbed the arm of Joey. Then a cart. I dragged him through the store picking up anything and everything that was blue. When I was done I had two carts full.
“I think we have everything” Joey said looking at the piled high carts. I smiled. We went to check out everything.
“Welcome did you find everything ok” the girl at the front desk said looking at the computer screen. Then she looked up at us. She looked surprised when she saw Joey. Joey looked surprised too.
“Joey?” she asked
“Melody! Long time no see” he said smiling
“Yes who is she?” Melody asks she was looking at me. She had long brown wavy hair with bright green eyes.
”I’m his sister long lost sister” he looked at me and smiled.
“Jeannette I have heard a lot about you from Nick” my mind went blank who was she? How did she know Nick?
“I am Molly’s daughter. The owner of the homeless shelter. The one Nick lives at”
“Nick I thought he had parents he never told me” I said
I felt bad for telling him you can’t eat and told him to go home so I reached in Joeys pocket and grabbed his keys.
“Where are you going?” Joey yelled as I went out the door.
“To find Nick I need to tell him something!” I yelled not looking back at them.
“How am I so post to get home?” he yelled but it was too late I was already out the door.
I drove an hour back to my house. I saw my mom outside reading a book.
“Where is the homeless shelter Nick lives at!” she came down the steps of the porch.
“Four miles down the road” she said.
“Thank you!” I yelled rolling up the widow speeding out leafing dust in her face. I would tell her sorry when I got back.
I saw the sign for the shelter. It looked nice. A cozy little place. I had to find him. I parked the car running out as I ripped the keys out shoving them in my pocket. The doors opened by themselves. Then a big burst of air hit me. Looking at all the people around me made me sad. I went to the front desk to see a lady with light brown hair and blond high lights. She had blue eyes and pale skin. Her name tag said Molly I was in the right place.
“Is Nick in” I asked she looked up at me.
“Why yes he is he is in room 14 right down the hall. May I ask who you are?” I nodded and said
“I am Jeannette May Harlow Nick’s friend.” She smiled at me.
“I know who you are now we hear a lot about you around here. But I don’t think he wants to see you at this time.”
“I know that’s what I came to fix” she smiled and nodded at me. I left to go see Nick.
10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Nicks room. The door was made of wood. It had the number made of silver. I knocked hoping he would answer.
“Come in!” he yelled. I opened the door. He looked up knowing this was not going to go good.”Get out” he said getting up from his bed.
“No Nick I really need to talk just listen please.” He sighed. Then sat right back down.
“Fine go ahead.” He said as I sat next to him.
“I am sorry I have been such a jerk. I have been so hard on you I shouldn’t have said anything. I didn’t know you lived here with no parents and-“I sat down and he put a finger over my lips.
“I understand Jen but I have something to tell you that I should have told you long ago” he said taking his hand away from my lips. He smiled.
“Me too” I said
“Go first” he said
“Same time” he said I nodded. 1...2…3 he held up the thread finger and we said
“I love you Jen” I held back what I was about to say he looked to me in a worried way. “And Jen I am sorry for what I did I didn’t mean for you to get hurt. You should not be sorry trust me” He was serious. He didn’t look happy. What was going on?
“Because I always try to make you die” he said. I remembered what I had said when Nick tried not to hit the horse.
“I have been thinking about that. What I said. It has never been your fault it is always mine. When you pulled me in the water. I sat back thinking I wouldn’t fall. When I tackled you I started it. The horse I tried to make you stop I did distract you.” I tried to grab his hand but he pulled away. I thought he liked me. Didn’t he?
“Jen it is not only that” he said trying to make his self sound less sad. “I haven’t had any girl friends because….I try to kiss and hug and hold hands to fast” I looked at him confused.
“You’re lying” I said looking down
“NO!” he yelled standing
“Nick I thought you liked me? Don’t you?”
“Well people change Jen”
“You just said you loved me that makes no sense”
“Well I do but apparently we should just be friends” he said backing up from me.
“What is that suppose to mean! You know what just forget it I should have never had came here” I said starting to walk to the door. Nick grabbed my arm. I pulled away. I looked back to see Nick coming after me. I started to walk faster then I ran. Joey and Melody came in.
“Where are you going now?” Joey ask grabbing my arm.
“Ask him” I said pulling away as fast as I could.
Joey looked at Nick. So did Melody.
“What did you do know” Joey asked turning around to come to the car with me.
Melody shock her head. As she walked to her mother. “Haven’t you done enough to her Nick just leaf her alone now” her mother nodded in agreement.
When I got to Joeys car my horse stuff was in the back filling up every little space. Some of it was in the car because it could not fit.
“You spent so much” I said looking back at him coming to the car and me.
“No I didn’t you are my sister it is never enough.” He said smiling stepping in the car. I went in after him.
When I got home I help Joey take the stuff in the barn. Fire had her own walk in closet! Luck! When we got done it was 3:30. I got out the new saddle, blanket, rains, and grooming supplies. I set her saddle on the stale door with her blanket and other things. I grabbed a lead rope and put it on fire night. I put on her ridding supplies and groomed her down then we where off in to the glistering sun light .Sounds like a fairy tale huh?
She went from a trot to a canter then a gallop! She was going so fast I could not believe it. I road to Anna’s house hopping she was home. I tied fire to her post outside.
“You might not want to leave her there” someone said I looked up it was Anna
“Why not?” I asked
“We have new Nabors and the daughter is trying to still my horse she out for mustangs”
“Oh then where should I put her?”I ask untying the rope.
She led me to their barn. There was a lock on the front door. They must really love there horses I thought.
“Put her in here” she said opening a stale door with chicken wire over the bare spots. It also had a lock on the door.
“This is a horse Ann not a celebrity” I said walking her in.
“Well she is beautiful and I am sure Chelsea would do anything to get her.”
“So that’s her name” I said closing the door. Anna smiled.
We walked back up to the house talking about the new girl. From what I have heard she sounds terrible. We walked in and saw her! There she was the she devil drinking coffee with Anna parents! She had a lot of pink on, her boots, chaps, jacket, and hat all pink.
“Ann your parents are so lovely” she said getting up to hug Anna. Anna backed away and stood behind me. Oh yeah get me into this I thought.
“Oh Ann who is this?” she asked walking around me. Anna tried to tell her but I spoke up.
“I can speak for myself I am Jeanette” I said.
“Oh well can I call you Jen?” she asked
“No I don’t like being called that unless the people who call me that are my friends” I said smiling at her.
“Well I be your friend, your best friend” she said looking outside. Had she seen me and Anna walking fire up? I hope not ….I thought to myself.
When Chelsea left to go home Anna and I went to the barn to get my horse so I could go home. The barn door was open! We ran as fast as we could I turned my head to the right were I left Fire. I really hoped she was there. When I looked I say a pink hat with my blue rains tied to the side with a note on it I read it out loud.
“Ha ha what did I say some best friend huh? I am entering her in the state fair horse computation hope you come, love C” I looked at Ann I was shock how could she just take her like that. I knelt down on to my knees to pick up the hat. I held it to my chest.
“How could she” I wisped to Ann. She knelt down next to me and held my hand.
“We’ll get her back trust me” she said looking in to my eye. I hugged her
“Should we tell your parents?” I asked
“No the show is in two days she will never have the horse ready in time” she said standing up. “I promise we are bringing Joey just in case” she said walking out of the barn.
“Let’s go!” Joey yelled. That’s right it is the day. The day Chelsea gets sweet revenge.
“Coming!” I yelled back I grabbed my hat and clunked now the stairs and gave my mom a hug. Then we left.
I hopped into Joey’s car. We went to Anna house and picked her up. I scooted over to the middle seat and let Ann sit next to me. She smiled at me and I knew she was ready. Joey didn’t look at Anna I wondered why but I could care less right now I wanted my horse.
It took a good hour to get there. When Anna got out of the car I told her I need to talk to Joey. We got out and talked at the front of the car.
“What’s up with you?” I asked. Getting up on the front of the truck to sit.
“What do you mean” he said leaning up agents the truck.
“I mean why won’t you talk to Anna?” I said I looked him right in the eyes.
“Well I don’t know I just” he sighed and looked to the ground.
“Tell me” I said I knew he was about to spill.
“Well you promise you won’t tell her” he said looking me in the eyes. I smiled at him I knew what he was going to say. “I like Anna” I smiled I was so happy. I got down from the front of the car put on my hat and said,
“I knew it!” and poked him in the stomach. He smiled but I knew he hated when I did that. He lunged at me and I ran for Anna.
I was out of berth when I got to her. I slouched over. When I caught my breath I stood straight and looked around me. It was huge! It looked like a football stadium. There where little pieces of land covered with sand and had realistic size statues of people riding their horses. There was two little kids that look like brother and sister running around. I smiled at the sight. It looked like the brother had the little girl’s hat. I looked back at where I saw them but they were gone. I felt a bump and I looked down the little boy had run into me.
The little boy had short blond hair he looked about six. He had his own hat and boots. I took the hat from his hands and he looked at me.
“That’s mine” he said putting his hands on his hips.
“No I believe this is hers” the little girl came over to me. I put it on her head and she smiled at me.
She had a pink plaid dress on and pink boots. Her hair was in braids. I looked up and saw their parents coming to me. The little girl looked over at them then ran to them.
“Daddy! Daddy!” she yelled. The dad grabbed her and held her in his arms.
“What is it” he said brushing her hair out of her face.
I looked at the ground so I could not see them. I was sad but I didn’t want to be. I looked at them and the dad smiled at me then told me to come over. I walked over to them. Then looked behind me to tell Joey to come over. Anna came over with him.
“What do you say to this lady” the dad said he had black hair and brown eyes. He reminded me of Nick.
“Thank you” she said in a sweet voice. I smiled at her.
“You're welcome” I said
The mom came over with the little boy holding her hand.
“I am sorry for his bother” she said to me. She also reminded me of Nick.
“It’s ok I have a brother myself” I said I took Joeys hand.
“Well I hope thesis kids will get along like you two” she said
“Well it took awhile” Joey said smiling at me.
I couldn’t help but see how much the parents looked like Nick. Then I said something out of the blue.
“Do you have any other kids?” they looked at me so did Joey and Anna.
“Um well yes” she said “a little boy we- well he left” she stopped and giggled then looked at me “I am sorry I am talking to you about this”
I smiled and said “it is ok” I looked at the dad “What was his name” I asked
“Why do you need to know?” the father asked
“Well I know a boy named Nick who came to a shelter at the age of seven. You remind me of him” I said they looked surprised.
“His name was Nick” the mother put her hand over her moth. I knew they were it.
“Where is he?” the father asked coming to me.
“Um well” I stop. Should I tell himI thought? “I…I don’t know I am sorry he never told me but he works for my mom” I said
“Will you tell him we are looking for him” I nodded at him and he gave me his address.
When I walked away Joey and Anna pulled me to the side before we got in.
“Why did you lie to them?” asked Joey
“They are Nick’s parents” Anna said
“Well maybe Nick ran away for a reason maybe he doesn’t want to come home” I said, Joey sighed and Anna rolled her eyes.
We walked in and went to are seats. We were going to the front row. I stopped half way down the stairs causing Anna to run in to me. I stepped off the stairs so everyone could get by. I looked closer to the person who was sitting in are row. He had dark hair and tan skin. He was here! Really! I walked down slowly only seeing him and only hearing my feet tap on the cement stairs. I went to my seat and stood right in front of him.
“Nice to see you here.” I said to him.
He looked up at me with his hat almost making his face look like a shadow. His brown eyes turned to a bright yellow into a blood shot red. It burned my eyes to look at them. I hit his hat down over his face and yelled.
“Stop!” he put his hat back in place and looked at the grown.
“What are you doing here?” He asked me
“Well this girl name Chelsea took my horse” I said getting mad just by saying her name.
“How do you know her?” he asked looking up at me.
“How can you not she lives right next to Anna” I stopped “How do you?”
“She volunteers at the shelter” he said I smiled and looked to my right
“Wow she is so” I looked at him “Fake” he smiled.
I sat next to him as Anna and Joey came over to get their seats too. Anna said hi but Joey was still mad at him. I think he always will be. The lights went out then a spot light came on to a man. He had a white beard and hair. He was wearing red top and brown chaps.
“Welcome everyone to the fifteenth annual town horse show!” he boomed. “We are going to start with the champion from last year Mrs. Chelsea Beck!” he yelled.
The lights went off again and I stood up to see my horse run out of the doors. She looked like a shouting star with all the diamonds on her. I looked in her eyes to see the camera flashes all over looking like lightning. The look on her face frightened me. I didn’t know if she was afraid or just mad at Chelsea for being on her back. The beautiful pitcher of my horse turned into a night mere when Fire stopped in the middle of the rink.
“Go! You stupid horse!” she kicked her with her heals once, twice, three times and she would not go.
Chelsea tried one more time and put the spicks on the back of her boot in to Fire’s flesh. I covered my moth and so did Anna. Joey was mad and Fire was not so happy too. She lifted her front feet off the ground. Chelsea did a back roll off her back and landed on her face almost every one gasped and stood up. Tons of men came out with guns that make you fall asleep, rope, and chains.
I looked around me to see if anyone was looking. No one was I jumped over and ran to my horse before the man fired at her. It hit my arm. It hurt badly but I didn’t care and for some reason I wasn’t getting tired. A man tried to grab me but I bit his hand. I smiled to myself. Another man grabbed my arm
“Is this your horse?” he yelled at me
“Who are you to know?” I asked pulling my arm out of his grip
“Chelsea’s father” I smiled at him
“Well why yes it is but you daughter stole it” I said to him
“Well I don’t care it almost killed my daughter” he said I looked over at my horse who was getting tied down.
I ran to her and untied the ropes as fast as I could.
“No!” I yelled
“Yes!” Chelsea’s dad yelled “It is going to be put down today!” how could he call my horse an it I mean really?
“No! Sir please she means everything to me don’t do this!” I tugged on his arm but he polled it away.
“I don’t care! I am doing this and you can’t stop me!” he yelled walking away.
I tried to run after him but couldn’t. Joey put his arms around me like a hug.
“Let me go! Let me go!” I yelled at him I was in tears by then.
“Calm down!” he yelled back to me.
“They're going to kill her” I turned to him and pushed him away.
They were taking her to the doors. I ran fast but not faster enough. The doors slammed in my face. I slid down to my knees and sunk my face into my hands. She is gone how could this happen to me?
I looked up to see every one looking at Anna, Joey, Nick, and I. We were the only people in the rink at that time. Anna came to me and sat on her knees next to me. She put her arm around me then hugged me. She let go and looked at me.
“I’m so sorry” she said “She is an evil witch” she added. Joey nodded in agreement.
“I’m sorry Jen” said Nick. I looked at him and smiled. Then I stood up.
“Thanks Nick, are we friends now?” I asked he smiled at me.
“Defiantly” he said
“Nick?” said a voice from behind use. We all looked over.
The lady we met was standing in the rink near the others and me. What is she doing here I thought? She walked over to Nick.
“I knew I would find you” she said and through her arms around him.
He looked at me then to his mom. Anna and Joey looked at me too. Tell him Joey mouthed. I looked at Nick then to Joey. I shook my head no and Joey came over to me and whispered
“Now!” into my ear
“Fine!” I whispered back to him.
I walked to Nick and asked if I could talk to Nick she let go and said yes. I took Nick to the doors Fire had gone through.
“Nick I need to tell you something” I said not looking at his face.
“Ok but first who is she?” I looked at him
“Well that’s what I needed to talk to you about Anna, Joey, and I met her and her husband also her two kids but they have a third one.” I said taking a deep breath.
“And your point” he said
“There third kid is here down in the rink” he looked confused then looked around. “It is you Nick there your parents” I said I handed him the address he looked surprised he looked at me to her then me. I smiled.
“No they can’t be” said Nick
“Trust me Nick they are but why did you run away?” I asked him
“You don’t need to know just not now” he said he looked at his mom. “It has been so long since I have seen her but I didn’t know I had a brother or sister or both” he looked at me and smiled
“Well it is both they are adorable though” I stopped “The little boy reminds me of you” I said and smiled.
We walked over to his mom and dad who had just came down with their kids.
“So you are my parents” Nick said looking at them from head to toe.
“Yes Nick we are you where only four when you ran away” Nick’s father said.
“I have always thought that it was my fault when you ran away” Nick’s mom said looking away getting tears in her eyes.
“I know it is not your fault” said Nick.
Nick’s mom smiled and put a hand on Nick’s face. Then she hugged him. He was surprised for a second but he hugged her back.
When we left Nick went with his parents to his new home. I was happy for him but I bet Molly was crying….a lot. I felt bad for her so I stopped by to see her. I walked in the doors but there was not a burst of air like last time. I saw Molly, my mom, and Melody where sitting in the front room.
“Hi Molly, are you ok” she looked at me. She was crying. I sat down next to her and hugged her “You know he loves you, you where a big part of his life” I said, she let go of me. She smiled at me and I smiled back.
“Thank you sweet heart” she sniffled.
I got up and went over to Melody next. She looked at me and smiled.
“I am ok” she said
“Are you really?” I asked she nodded
“Yeah Nick and me where” she stopped and but her fist to her lips. “Who am I kidding” she said and I leaned down and hugged her.
“It’s ok to cry you don’t have to act so tough ok” I said letting go of her. She smiled at me and nodded.
Melody drove me home while my mom staid there. It was about five when I got home. I thanked Melody and she left. I went into the house. It was quiet. Was Joey even here?
“Joey!” I yelled there was no response. “Joey!” I yelled again heading to his room.
I opened his door he wasn’t there. I saw a piece of paper on his bed. I picked it up. It said,
I knew you would come into my room.
I know it was my fault that Fire is going to get killed. I am on my way to get her. If I do go to jail or not I will get her for you. I will try to be home by five.
“Joey” I said aloud.
I went to my room and grabbed a bag I put a flash light and two waters in it. I didn’t want to take a horse. Actually I didn’t want to get noticed. I headed out side and left a note on the counter for my mom when she gets home. I put the bag on and headed to the end of are drive way. I was in a pair of jeans and a half sleeve shirt.
When I got to the end of the drive way I stopped looking down both roads. The horse place was a mile away. If I ran I would be there before Fire gets kill or Joey does. I started to walk down the road when I heard a gun Fire. Was I to late I thought.
I through my bag over my shoulder and ran. I was running faster than usual I didn’t know it was because my brother was risking his life or my horse was but I wasn’t in the mood to think about it. When I got then it was sunset. There was an old barn that looked like it was about to topple over. I ran over there trying to be as quiet as I could. I looked though a hole in the barn.
I looked around and I could not see Fire. Was the gun from when they killed her? I hope not. I opened the door to the barn. It was dark in there so I got out my flash light.
“Joey? Fire?” I heard a mumble in the back. I stopped was it Joey or another person.
I slowly walked back there. Seeing all the horses here was sad. I got to the back where I saw fire. She had dark spots of the sides of her legs. Blood? She had a large bump on her back. I knew what it was but I wanted to make sure. I turned my flash light on it to see the caramel colored hair. Joey! He didn’t respond to the light. I ran to him and got on my knees.
“Joey answer me” I said he mumbled again.
I got next to him and put his face in my hands. He had a large cut on his head and chest. I gasped at the site. He open his eyes.
“Jen what happened?” he asked me.
“I don’t know Joey I just got here why did you come here?” I asked
“To get your horse back” he said weekly.
“You’re bleeding” I said
I ripped my pant leg of and put it on his head. I took off his shirt and put the other pant leg on it.
“Why are you doing this” he asked me “I know it is hot during the day but it is really cold at night” I looked him in the eyes.
Did he really think I cared about that? I mean he had saved my life and now I am saving his. It is a win, win deal.
“I know Joey, but I am ok but you’re not I will take care of you now because you took care of me when I got heart. Ok” I said still looking him in the eyes.
He smiled at me and said “ok” I hugged him he let out a mumble of ow.
“Sorry forgot” I said letting go of him really fast.
When Joey fell asleep I went over to look at Fire. Her legs where really swollen. I ripped my sleeves off and rapt them around her legs I laid on her stomach to keep me warm. I heard the steady breathing of her. I knew she was in pain. I wanted to help her but I couldn’t.
It was sun rise when I heard Joey get up. I had not slept at all last night. I guess the lullaby of mumbles of pain and horse are not soothing. I went over to him.
“Morning” I said
He opened his eyes and looked at me. His eyes as green as they were the first time I saw them sitting in front of me getting ready to take me home and ask me to be his girlfriend but to find out I was his long lost sister. Oh though where the good times.
“Hi my head hurts” he said
I smiled at him “it does? Now well can you at least remember what caused you to have the huge bump” he looked at me then said
“Kind of, I think I came to get your horse and a stallion came to me and knocked me forward. Hitting my head on his hoof. I would have been dead if I wouldn’t have grabbed a rock and shoved it up his hoof.” I moved out of the way and I roll over on it and cut myself.” He didn’t look sure but it sound sort of logical.
I took hold of him to help him get up. I looked at fire was she able to get up too? I took hold of her halter and tried to pull her up. She got her head off the ground. Keep going! I said in my mind. She had to get up she just had to! I looked to her sides to still see the blood stains from Joey and her own body. I went to her side and drew a circle around her wound with my finger. She was so warm and her sides where sticky. I got up and looked around. I saw an old rusted water pipe that was dripping slightly.
“Hold on” I said.
Joey was leaning up against the old barn, his hand still holding my old pant leg to his head. I went over to him and slight ripped off the cloth from his head and chest. Her let of a low sequel of pain, and I went to the old rusted pipe.
I griped the handle as the rusted meddle pealed my skin every time I tugged. My hands were letting out there cries once the water had started to flow. I put my hands under the water to wash away the pain. Then I set the cloth out to wash out and wet. I tore half of my shirt and wet it down also.
I brought over the wet pieces of cloth and rubbed down my brother’s head and chest. Once the blood was gone I set the cloth on there to let the water wet his skin.
“Thank you” he muttered softly.
I put a hand on his check softly. “You saved me twice; I should be the one saying sorry.” He smiled at me slightly but I knew that it heart.
Next I went to Fire brush her hot body with my raged clothes. I put my head on her body her heat was warmer then my father’s hug. It was like my father was living inside her watching over me protecting me when I failed to protect myself.
My month here was more than wondrous it was beautiful. The sun was warmer here. The people here where better, more loving and more like…..family. I had family here not just my dad in the crowded city on New York. I loved people here I had a love here where my life was just starting. It was my second life, I had two. My city life and my country life a little part of me I never knew of I nerve saw until I walked through the door of the old gray house.
I brushed Fire more he soft coat wet and warm. Her ribs touchable and heart beatable just waiting till she would go. She knew she was sick she knew I was sad, I knew she needed to get better. Please! Please! Please! Fire you need to get up I need you, we need you! I thought.
She rocked herself up on to her side. “Yes! Come on girl!” I whispered to her.
Joey cam behind me feeling what I felt inside. He put his hand on mine and looked at me.
“She will be ok” he smiled and brush Fire with his hand. I nodded with agreement.
I went to her halter and tried to tug her up again. She got to her side than she but her leg out. She was going to make it! She put both of her feet out and lifted herself into a sitting position. I tugged her harder and she got up of the grown!
“Good! Good!” I yelled hugging her neck.
I lifted Joey to his feet and helped him onto the horse. I got on in front of him and held on to her halter while Joey held on to me. I kicked her once and she took off into a small canter. She knew Joey was hurt. I turned and smiled at Joey. He looked better already.
It took a while to get back longer than it took to run here. We raced up the front driveway and Fire kicked rocks and dust up with her strong feet. I poled back hared causing her to rear up. Mama, Bob, Anna, and Amy all sitting on the porch while mama held the note I left her in her hand. She stood up ferrous and concerned when she saw Joey.
I smiled because I knew I was in big trouble. I hoped off my horse and Bob helped Joey off and took him to the house. Anna helped her dad as well and Amy put Fire into her stall. That left me and my mom sitting out in the hot sun with me looking like I had just got tackled by wild dogs.
“I-I am sorry” I looked to the ground.
“Leaving a note would not do anything!” she yelled.
“I know! I had to get her back and I only went to help Joey!’ she sighed and walked away from me.
I walked to the back of the barn where I had gone the first time I was mad. I sat in the same spot but looked out at the mountains and the fields of lush green grass. There was a tall tree by the barn it shad felt welcoming. I walked to it and looked up its branches where close together and thick.
I clenched on the closest branches and held myself up the best I could set my foot on the next branch and started to climb up. I was at the top with the hot air hitting my face. I sat upon the branch and looked out at what my eyes were missing the whole time. I sat there for a long time forgetting everything that happened. Letting me become the tree and my mind leave the world I was in.
I heard fallen branches break at the bottom of the tree. I polled my legs up hoping no one would see my leather brown boots. I didn’t hear it any more then I heard the clank of boots coming up my side of the tree. Oh please be Anna! I thought. It came closer to me to the point where it was behind me. I held my breath. I felt a warm hand on my shoulder.
I turned with fright. I felt unbalanced and held tight to the branch under me. My eyes met to the person who had held me and then there hand pressed over my mouth. The smell of horse and leather reached my nose. My heart stopped as they pressed their lips to my check. They took their hand off my mouth.
“Wa-wa” I could not talk. I felt like the wind so light. Who was he?
His blond hair and his beautiful bark brown eyes. He smiled and when he did I was sure it was him. The boy I thought I knew looked so different his hair and cloths all new. He was wearing a blue shirt with dark blue jeans and black riding boots. Why had he come? He was not allowed to be here, not with me.
“What are you doing here?” I finally got out. His smiled faded.
“What I am not welcome here?”
“Well I thought you were with you parents? They don’t live close to here, and you don’t have a car.”
“Yes I know” said Nick.”I ran here”
I looked at him in a confused way. What did he have to see here? The horses?
He sighed “I came to see you.” He said.
He what! “But why?”
“You will find out. Come on lets go riding”
“Um, uh ok” I said as he climbed his way down the tree.
I followed still dubious about his arrival. When I got to the barn he had already had are horses tacked up. I got up on to Fire’s hard back and kicked her slightly too fallow up with Nick.
We walked on the shaded and rocky trails in the woods I had just been starring at. I could not get Nicks new look out of my head I wanted to ask him many things, Why was he not with his parents? What was up with his new look? Why he had kissed me? And where we were going? We sat silently on are horses while he glanced at me and sometimes I looked at him. We walked under trees and over mountains not getting anywhere. What is taking so long! I wanted to yell. The boy looked to me
“We’re almost there” he smiled. How did he keep reading my mind.
“Does not look that way…” I say under my breath.
He smiles “Well we are here” he says. I look ahead and see a beautiful water fall.
I smile “Finally!” I tie my horse’s rains up to a tree and head down to the water fall bare foot and my jeans rolled up.
Nick came right behind me just smiling and looking as beautiful as normal. We walked and sat at the very top putting our feet in trying not to get pulled by the current.
17 up with her strong feet. I poled back hared causing her to rear up. Mama, Bob, Anna, and Amy all sitting on the porch while mama held the note I left her in her hand. She stood up ferrous and concerned when she saw Joey.