The One Left Behind

Jodi's brother left her and her mother four years ago. When Jodi avoids seeing her brother, she meets a band and befriends them. Little does she know, her brother's path will cross her own and she will be faced with a decision that could potentially leave her alone with nobody left.

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1. Chapter 1

 

“Mom? Mom, what’s going on? Did something happen?” I asked running down the stairs.

“This is so great” she cheered jumping around, “Oh my goodness!”

Now she was making me laugh. “Mom, tell me!”

She finally turned to me and said, “Oh, sweetie, Grant’s coming home! I just can’t wait.”

I stopped dead. “What?”

“Grant is coming home, Jodi! Isn’t it great?”

“Why?”

She looked at me and saw my sudden lack of excitement. “I thought you’d be happy, you haven’t seen your brother for almost 4 years. What’s wrong?”

“What? Nothing, I am happy. I just thought- I thought we’d go visit him. That’s all. I’m fine. I’m going to finish my homework.” I turned on my heel and ran back upstairs.

“Jodi-“ But my door was closed before I heard the rest of what she was going to say.

I threw on some jeans and a jacket and I was out the door.

“Jodi, I wanted to talk to you.”

“Sorry, mom, I’m going out with Kaycee. I’ll be back later.”

“But Jodi-“

I slammed the door shut behind me and began walking down the street. I was a couple blocks

away when I remembered I had to call Kaycee. I dialed her number and listened to it ring.

‘Hey, it’s Kaycee. Leave a message at the tone!’

Ugh! I hung up and dialed again, she answered on the fourth ring.

“Jodi? Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, um, are you busy tonight? I thought we could go out, have a few drinks-“

“Sorry, I can’t tonight. I’m- I’m on a date.” She sounded out of breath.

“Oh. Are you okay, you sound like you’ve been running?”

“Oh, yeah, I’m fine. I’m just working out.”

“I thought you said you were on a date.” Now I was suspicious.

“Yeah, we’re working out.” Her breathing was slowing down now.

“Mhmm. Well, I’ll let you two be, have fun, be safe."

“Bye.” She said and hung up before I could reply.

With a sigh, I put my phone away and crossed the street. A car honked its horn as I walked by it.

“Asshole,” I muttered as I walked by giving them the finger. I walked into the bar and sat at the counter. There were only a handful of other people here, all keeping quiet and minding their own business. Thank god.

“What can I get you?” the bartender asked.

“Mojito please.”

“Sure thing,” He winked as he made my drink.

“Thanks.” I muttered as he stared desperately at me.

“So what’s your name?” he asked.

“Uh, Jessica.” I said quickly.

“That’s a pretty name, I like it. Are you here all alone? You’re too pretty not to have a date.”

“She’s not alone. I’m here,” Someone said from my elbow. I gasped with surprise spilling my drink. He sat down on the stool without seeming to notice.

“Wh-“ I started.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.” He looked at me. “Could you get us some napkins?” He asked the bartender who was now glaring at him.

“Do I know you?” I asked when the bartender was out of earshot.

“No, but I thought you could use a break from Mr. Desperate over there.”

The bartender returned with the napkins and slammed them down on the counter and walked away without looking at either of us.

“Damn, somebody doesn’t take rejection well.” He whistled. A giggle came out of my mouth before I could stop it. I slapped my hand over my mouth and looked down at my glass.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know what that was.”

“I believe that’s called a giggle. Is something wrong with giggling?”

I looked at him, “No, it’s that- I mean- I thought- I just didn’t think somebody would be able to make me laugh tonight.”

“Well, then I must be doing something right.”

I was about to respond when my phone rang. I fished it out of my purse and answered it on the fourth ring.

“Hello?”

“Sweetie, you need to come home. Grant just got home! He wants to see you.” My mom practically yelled.

“Oh, um, I can’t right now. Kaycee and I are at a movie. I’ll see you when it’s over. Gotta go.” And I hung up before she could say anything.

“My name’s Luke.”

I looked up, “What?”

“I’m assuming you know that I’m not Kaycee, my name is Luke.”

“I know.” I sighed. When I saw his expression I added, “I mean I know that you’re not Kaycee. She’s pretty. Not that you’re not pretty, you are. I mean- ignore what I just said. I’m Jodi.”

Luke was batting his eyelashes at me when I looked back at him, “So you think I’m pretty?”

“Yes. I mean no. Uh...” I stuttered.

“Don’t worry. I’m not going to make you answer that.”

“Thank god.” I muttered taking a big sip of my drink, my cheeks burning.

We sat there and just talked for a long time until I looked at my phone.

“Shit!” I exclaimed, “I have to go, it’s late.”

“Here, let me drive you.”

“It’s alright, I can walk.” I said throwing some money on the counter for the three mojitos I ended up drinking.
“Don’t be crazy, it’s dark out.”

“Luke, really, my house is only a couple of minutes away.” Before he could answer I picked up my phone and my way towards the door and looked back at him, “Bye, Luke.”

I tore my eyes away and stepped outside. I let out a little cry of surprise. The wind bit my face leaving my nose and cheeks rosy red. I hugged my elbows and began walking down the street, my hair blowing behind me.

I ducked into an alleyway to get out of the wind and was greeted by a tall shadow in the shape of a man.

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