I'm startled awake by a crash. I jump out of bed and grab my phone. I stick it in my shirt pocket and pull out a mini baseball bat from under my bed. (What?It's for safety reasons.) I ope the door quietly and sneak down to the kitchen. I flip the light on and no one is there. I check the great room,party room,study,and the basement. No one. I head to Michael's room. "Michael," I whisper shout as I knock on the door lightly. "Micha-" I stop as I open the door to find him no where in sight. I check his bathroom,but the door is open and no one is there. Karen and Dad's room door is open and so is the bathroom. So,what could've made that sound? And more importantly,where is my brother? I sigh and creep back downstairs. I open the backdoor and see an empty yard. I close the door and lock it,walk to the front door and open that,and see Michael's car is gone. I shake my head,laughing to myself. I close the door and lock it. I then see what made the sound,the key holder was knocked down. I pick it back up. I go into my bedroom and close the door.
Me: Mikey,whre r u?
Mikey: oh srry for waking u
Mikey: I'm with Allison
Me: ok just wondering.
I put my phone on the nightstand and sit on the floor in front of my balcony door. I stare out it at the sky and the neighborhood.
I sit up and rub my eyes. I get up from the floor. I grab my phone and head downstairs. I look out the window and Michael's car isn't there. I sigh and call him. "Hey. What's u-" I cut him off. "Michael,where are you now? Or are you still with Allison?" I ask. "I had to get groceries." He says. "Michael,where are you really?" I walk around the room. "I'm busy getting some stuff,Emily." "Michael." I say. "Emily,trust me." "You better be here in an hour or I'm calling Mom and Dad." "Fine. And since when do you call her 'mom?'" "Since now." I tell him. "Whatever. Bye." "Bye."
Michael walks in and I stand up from the steps. "Okay,I'm here," He says. I hug him tight. "What's up?" "I don't want to lose another sibling." I whisper. "You had a sibling other than me?" "A sister. She died with my mother in a car accident." "Oh,sorry." He says. "Promise me you'll be careful." "I will,sis." I nod and let go of him. I go to the basement and turn on the computer. I try to find the video. I search through all the files,all 15 of them,I search through the video and pictures file. Nothing. I give up and rest my head in my hands. My elbow hits something and I sit up. A black screen with a play button appears. I press play. It's the video. I smile. "Now," I mumble. "How to send this to my laptop," I click the different buttons but nothing about sending. I move the mouse around a button I didn't click. I click it and a link appears I copy it,just in case,and,well,click it. The same video. I email myself the video. I turn off the computer when Michael comes down the stairs. I roll the computer chair back and stand up. "Hi." I say. "Hey." I go upstairs and when I make it out of Michael's sight,I start booking it up the stairs. I open my door,then close it,and grab my laptop. I open the email and click the link. I watch the entire video. "Do you think it's a girl or a boy?" My mother's sweet voice asks. "Ummmm,a girl!" Sarah,my sister,exclaims. They laugh and I laugh. She was always happy. "What's her name going to be?" Dad asks. "Umm,Emily!" I smile. "Huh,so that's how I go my name." I say. After watching the video,I close my laptop. I sit outside on the balcony for a while. Michael calls me downstairs so we could go to the diner,Smokin,with the others for dinner.
"Truth or Dare?" Allison asks me. "I only pick Truth so,truth!" I reply. "How many guys have you ever dated?" "Uhm,maybe 15,16?" I say. "Oh really?" Michael asks. I nod. "Okay,so uh Luke. Truth or dare?" I ask him. "Dare." He says,confidently. "Okay,I Dare you to go out into the road and yell that you love My Little Pony." I tell him. He watch as he walks from the great room to the door and he walks outside. He runs to the run and screams,"I LOVE MY LITTLE PONY!!!!" We all burst out laughing. He rubs back inside and closes the door. "Okay,okay. Calum,T or D?" Luke asks. "Truth." "Okay. Uhm,what is your deepest,darkest secret?" "Ohhhh." Allison murmurs. "I'm not really sure." Calum answers. "Okay then." Ashton says. "So,Michael,truth or dare?" "I'm not playing." Michael tells him. "Come on,Mikey." Allison complains. "Yeah,come on." I say. "Fine,dare." "I dare you to take us later tonight to the beach." "Ooohhh so scary." Michael says sarcastically. "I'm looking forward to it." Luke says. "Okay,Ash. Truth or dare?" Michael sighs. "Uhm,Truth." "Why are you still dating my sister?" "Because I love her." Michael rolls his eyes. "Okay." "So,Allison. Truth or Dare?" Ashton asks. "Dare." "Okay,I dare you to wear three jackets for as long as you can when we're at the beach." "Okay,challenge accepted."