The Path to Choose

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  • Published: 24 Jan 2013
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A girl named Haley has had trouble her whole life with everything. Her life only seems to be getting worse, and she doesn't know how to turn it around. Will she turn it around? If so, how?


4. Meeting someone new

I might have considered Jake a friend now, but I was still reluctant to let him in.  I didn't let anyone inside so why would I let a guy I've only known for one day inside?  Either way, Jake seemed happy that I would at least talk to him now.  Well, I talk a little.  More than I was comfortable with.

Jake did most of the talking that day.  He pointed his family out to me, and I asked him about them.  Jake had a little brother and sister who were both 7.  They were twins.  He also had an older brother and sister.  His brother was 19, and his sister was 18.  Jake was the middle child.  He was 16, and I was 15.  When he asked if I had any brothers or sisters, I changed the subject, not wanting to talk about it.  

As he was telling me about his old home, I heard a women call his name.  Jake turned around to wave at his mom, telling her he'd be right there.  He said goodbye to me and the he'd see me Monday.  I said bye, watching him walk over to his family.  It'd never really bothered me that my parents avoided me, but setting there watching Jake with his parents, I was kind of jealous. You could see how much they loved him just by looking at them.

After Jake left, I opened my book ad continued reading.  By the time I was finished with it, it was getting late and the sun was starting to set.  I put my things back in my bag and got up off of the ground.  I dusted my pants off, looking around.  There were only a couple people in the park now.  I hadn't realized it when I was reading, but it looked like it was getting ready to rain.

I walked out of the park and started towards my house.  About a block away from home, I felt the first raindrop.  I started walking faster, not wanting to get caught in the rain.  By the time I rounded the corner onto my street, I was running.  The rain was falling faster now, threatening to soak my clothes.   I ran up the walkway to my house and opened the door.  I was surprised to hear laughter coming from the living room.  I hadn't heard my parents laugh in years.  

I took off my shoes and hung my coat up to dry.  I walked up to the living room doorway, peeking in quietly.  My mom and dad were setting on the couch together which faced away from the doorway, and there was another couple on the love seat.  My parents hadn't heard me come in, but the lady that was there saw me.

"Why, who is this?" She asked, looking at me.  She seemed really nice and cheerful.

My mother turned around on the couch to get a look at me.  Her eyes widened at the sight of me, but she recovered quickly. 

"Why that's our daughter, Haley." She said turning around.  

"Oh goodness." The lady said, looking me over.  "You're soaked, dear.  Where have you been?"

I swallowed and was quiet for a minute.  My parents never had friends over.  It made me kind of nervous. "Um.." I said.  "I was at the park."

"The park, but it's raining outside."

"Uh.. yeah.  It wasn't when I went this morning though."  My voice squeaked a little, and a shiver ran through me.  

"Well, you must be cold." The woman said sweetly.  "Why don't you go get changed and come back down here?"  I nodded and headed up the stairs.  "And Wendy," I heard the lady say to my mom. "I didn't know you had a daughter."

I went upstairs and into my room.  I quickly got changed and brushed my hair, trying to make myself look more presentable.  I don't know why, but I felt compelled to please the lady downstairs.  She seemed to intimidate my mother, and that kind of struck a nerve with me.  My mother wasn't intimidated by anyone.

I rushed back downstairs to find my mother and the woman talking.  The woman smiled at me and I took a seat in recliner.

"So Haley," the woman said turning to me.  "How have you been?"

"I've been good." I said quietly.  I didn't really know what else to say.  I didn't really care much about my parents, but I didn't want to make them look bad in front this lady.

"That's good.  How's school going?  Making good grades?"

"It's going fine.  I make all A's."

"All A's?  Well, that's terrific.  You didn't tell me she was so smart, Wendy."  My mom blushed and kept her eyes from meeting the woman's.

"Haley," she said, turning to me again.  "do you even have any idea who I am?"

I looked at her, trying to remember  if I'd seen her somewhere before., but she had said she didn't even know my mom had a daughter.  "No." I said finally.

She laughed a little and looked over at my mom.  "I don't really know how to feel about that.  Haley, dear, I'm your moms sister.  I'm your aunt."

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