Don't Stop

Sherryn and Toby were troublemakers.
Always have been.
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They've been best friends since the third grade.
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Sherryn's mom is always working at the hospital, so she's never around to see what her mom's boyfriend does to her.
Toby's parents are drug abusers and alcoholists.
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Sherryn's stubborn, and Toby has anger issues, but he'll deny it every time you try to tell him.
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They did something bad. They've done a lot of bad stuff before, but this one was too far.
And now they have to be on the move if they don't want to get caught.

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9. EIGHT

Toby-

The next day, my phone goes off at 6. I set it at that time because I wanted to go for a run before I got ready and walked to Sherryn's place. I used to do this with my mom almost every day when I was younger. She would wake me up and we would get ready and do a quick jog around our neighborhood. I get dressed in a pair of joggers and a T-shirt. I go to my parents' room and open the door quietly. My parents were both asleep. I walk over to my mom's side and nudge her a little. She opens her eyes.

"Hm?"

"Hey, mom. Do you wanna go on a run with me?" I whisper to her. She sits up, using her elbow to hold her weight. 

"Sure. Let me get ready real quick and I'll meet you downstairs." I smile and nod. I walk out and head downstairs. I make both of us protein drinks for later and then I get a granola bar for me and her. 

A few minutes later, I hear her walking into the kitchen, putting her hair into a ponytail. She looks up at me and smiles.

"I remember doing this with you every morning." I chuckle and nod.

"Yeah, me too. I miss doing it." She smiles.

"Yeah, me too." We both eat our granola bars in silence.

"Hey, how's Sherryn? It's been forever since I've seen her." I nod.

"She's doing good. She misses her mom, though."

"Oh, yeah. I bet she does since she's always taking shifts at the hospital. I actually saw her mom at the hospital yesterday. I had a check-up appointment and she just so happened to be my nurse." 

"Really?" She nods.

"Yeah. She looks really tired. It's really sad that she's working so much. I just wanna take her away and her daughter and us four can go on a trip." I grin.

"Yeah, I remember those days." When Sherryn and I were younger and Sherryn's parents were still married, my family and her family would plan trips together because her parents and my parents are, or were best friends. That's mainly how Sherryn and I became friends. We would take trips to cottages and beaches for a week maybe and just hang out. It was the best. Ever since Sherryn's parents split and my older brother died, we haven't gotten together.

We head out and start our morning jog. Whenever we would stop to catch our breaths, my mom would ask me about my day at school. I wouldn't tell her about Chad and his friends making fun of my parents, but I'd tell her that it was good.

"Sherryn and I were actually invited to a party on Saturday." My mom gives me this looks.

"What?"

"Is it one of those parties?" She asks. I shrug.

"I'm sure it is, Mom. But I'm not going to drink. Especially since the person that invited me is trying to hit on me. If I get drunk it'll just be easy for her to, you know..." She makes a face and I laugh. We run back to our house. We get in and my dad is sitting in the living room, putting his shoes on. He looks up at us and scoffs. My mom places her hands on her hips.

"Is there something you need to say, John?" He shakes his head.

"Nope. Nothing to neither one of you." Then he walks out of the house. She shakes her head and sighs. I pat her arm.

"It's fine, Mom. He doesn't want to change. We can't make him." She looks at me and nods.

"Okay, well get ready for school. I'll take you and Sherryn to school." I look at her.

"Really?" She smiles and nods.

"Yeah. I wanna see Sherryn. I'm still surprised that the two of you haven't dated yet. You two are inseparable." I grin.

"Nah. We're just really, really close." She shrugs.

"Mhm. Sure."

Once I got dressed, I went outside where my mom was already waiting for me in the car. I get in the passenger seat.

"Ready?" She looks at me. I nod. She pulls out of the driveway and starts driving. When we get there, I text Sherryn, letting her know that I'm waiting for her outside. Ten minutes later, she comes walking out the apartment building. She looks around, and my mom honks her car, causing her to jump. We both laugh, and I roll down my window, sticking my head out.

"Yo! Over here." She walks over with a confused look on her face. She gets in the back seat. My mom turns around and smiles at her, but her smile disappears with a shocked expression.

"Oh my gosh, Sherryn is that really you?" Sherryn gives her a nervous laugh.

"Yeah. It's been forever since I've seen you, Mrs. Laura." My mom waves her off.

"You know you can just call me Laura. I've known you since you were little." Sherryn smiles.

"Okay." She pulls out of the parking lot and drives us to school, asking Sherryn a lot of questions. When we make it to school and my mom drives away, Sherryn hits me.

"Ow!" I say, grabbing my arm.

"You couldn't have sent a text saying that your mom was going to drive us to school?" I shrug.

"I wanted to surprise you since you haven't seen her in forever. Why does it sound like your mad?"

"I'm not mad, it's just weird considering I haven't seen her since the eighth grade. And I don't like it when people ask me a lot of questions." I roll my eyes.

"I know. You think they're going to report you to the police or something." She nudges me and I laugh. When we get to my locker, Maurice, a student who all girls love, walks over to us.

"Hey, Sherryn," He says with a stupid grin on his face. Sherryn starts twirling her hair and smiles at him. I look at the two of them.

"Hi, Maurice." He reaches into his back pocket.

"I have something for you." He pulls out a folded piece of paper and gives it to her. She smiles.

"Thanks." He winks at her. Then he looks up at me and nods before walking away. I raise an eyebrow at Sherryn.

"Can you tell me what that was about?" I ask. She shakes her head.

"Nope. I can't." I lean at the note that she was reading.

"What does it say?" She quickly folds it and puts it in her pocket, not allowing me to see it.

"Nothing." Then she gives me a weird grin and walks away, leaving me completely confused.

 

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Another boring chapter, but I thought it would be nice if Toby and his mom had a chapter together. Enjoy!

-Zireee

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