I debated on whether or not I should post this, but thought today would be a good day for Dreamer, so here you are.
While on the bus a feeling came over Rebecca that she hated to get; she felt that she was forgetting something, but what was it? She went down a list of things that she might be forgetting; a homework assignment, to study for a final exam, read through a textbook. A textbook that was what she was forgetting. Where’d I leave it? She thought; my locker, backpack, Mandy’s room?
“I have to return my Astronomy textbook into Mr Beaks tomorrow.”
“So what’s the big deal about that?”
“I left it at my parents’ house.”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes remember, I would always borrow yours because I didn’t want to have to go back there until it was absolutely necessary.”
“Oh yeah, I forgot.”
“We have to make a side trip to Mount Shadow.”
“Alright, but I want you to promise me something right now.”
“No matter what happens you will not get into a terrible fight with them, like you did the last time we were over there.”
“Alright,” Rebecca raised her right hand. “I promise.”
Why couldn’t I have just kept the dang book in my locker? Why’d I always leave it at their house?
From the moment Mr Beaks handed the Astronomy books to the class he said, “Well for some of you the only time that I will see you with this book will be today, and at the end of the semester; you will be fined otherwise.”
If Rebecca could afford to take the book fine she would’ve done so, but given her current circumstance she knew that she needed to suck it up and deal with the parental encounter.
They were dropped off at Hub Station and then took the next bus that would take them to Mount Shadow. They walked down the road towards Howlet Street quickly, completely in sync and focused on the task at hand.
Rebecca cracked open the door, checked for shoes next to the door, looked at the couch, and walked inside walking straight toward her bedroom. They weren’t surprised by her parents nor were they confronted. When Rebecca opened her bedroom door she was astonished to see that her room was left untouched, since they had cleaned up the last time they were there almost four weeks ago. She located her textbook quickly and put it into her backpack. They were about to walkout of her bedroom when a thought came to her revolving around her essay. She thinks about memorizing it, but the idea was far too important not to write down.
“Okay, you’re going to think that I am completely insane but I have an idea for my essays that I need to get down.”
“What no, Becks just memorize it and then type it up later.”
“I can’t it’s too important, look I don’t think that they’re here, there’s no shoes next to the door and the house is completely silent, it’ll only take a minute.”
“Okay, but you’d better make this fast.”
“I will.” Rebecca sat down at her desk and pulled out her laptop. She clicked on the essay word doc and typed as quickly as she possibly could, and then saved the document. “Finished,” she said, as she closed the laptop.”
Rebecca bent down to grab her backpack when spotted something from out of the corner of her eye. “Shit!” Her face froze into a horrified state.
“What?” Mandy exclaimed.
Jacob stood in her doorway with a menacing expression sprawled across his face. His lips curled, his left eyebrow was hoisted up his forehead, and eyes were gleaming. He looked as though he had plans of torturous proportion as Rebecca read face, wondering what he wanted from her.
“So back again are you?”
“Yes, for the moment,” Rebecca said coldly, hissing out each word.
“So why are you here now?” he asked. “Because I thought that I left you a pretty precise message the last time you’d come here, with that lesbo,” he announced smugly.
Rebecca brushed off his comment, keeping in mind Mandy’s request to not start a fight with him.
“I see that your nose has healed up nicely.”
“Had to pop it back into place last time but, I reckon it still looks pretty good.”
Rebecca examined Jacob’s nose and thought; it would’ve probably looked a hell of a lot better if he’d left it alone; because the bridge of his nose looks larger than it should be.
“What ya come to get?” he asked coolly.
“Is that right,” he arched his head. “Well that don’t look like a textbook to me.”
Rebecca looked in the direction where Jacob’s eyes were pointed. Yes great observation Einstein, she thought as she gritted her teeth, trying to remember her promise once more.
“No it isn’t.”
“Well then what’s that fancy looking laptop doing here?”
“It’s mine, I just needed to use it for a moment and now if you’ll excuse us Mandy and I need to get going.”
Rebecca could see Jacob’s eyes still fixated on the laptop.
“Bet ya could cash that puppy in for a pretty penny.”
Jacob entered her room and walked over to the desk.
Rebecca felt his eyes staring at the laptop, as he breathed down her neck, she pulled it from the desk, but Jacob yanked it from her hands. “Hey!”
“I could cash you in for some pretty crystals.”
Rebecca’s anger flipped on like a switch. “No, you will not hawk my laptop for drug money, you stupid bastard.”
Rebecca grabbed the laptop and struggled to take it from Jacob’s grip. “Let go of it!” she yelled.
She looked at Jacob’s face and could tell that his aggravation levels were quickly rising, he began to yank at the laptop and scream. His attitude resembled that of a five year-old child throwing a tantrum, Rebecca hated him.
His screams vibrated her eardrums, she noticed a third pair of hands join in the struggle to take control of the laptop, she looked to her side to find Mandy pulling with all of her might. His grip was weakening, she could feel it. She and Mandy gave the laptop a good tug.
The moment happened so quickly that it was over in a matter of seconds, but for Rebecca the scene dragged out, in a slow motion turn of events. She saw Jacob fall backwards and she felt herself slip backwards, with the laptop leaving both her own hands and Mandy’s, she spun around in time to hear it crash into the wall and then to see it collide with the floor.
Rebecca dropped to her knees, it was gone it had to be, what was she going to do now?
“Well there goes that plan,” she heard Jacob say.
She lept her feet and paced over to his position on the floor.
“There goes that plan!” she began to shout. “You have absolutely no idea what you’ve just done you stupid fucking meth head.” Rebecca began to breathe heavily, as if she were about to break off into sobs at any moment, as she continued with her speech. “I have worked so hard to get to this point and have waited as patiently as I possibly could, while having to deal you druggie morons. I’ve kept a 4.0 GPA since fourth grade and have done absolutely everything I can to be able to put things on my college applications. Now in one night you’ve destroyed everything that I’ve worked for.”
“Please like you would’ve actually got in anywhere, I just did you a favor sweetheart so how about showing me some gratitude. Let’s face it, you’re going to wind up just like your mom so go ahead and take a swig of cough syrup,” he laughed maniacally.
Rebecca who was now breathing heavier than before, balled her hand into a fist and once again hit Jacob’s nose, she felt and heard the sounds of bones cracking. She felt Mandy pulling her backwards. “Get your stuff and let’s go before you cause any more trouble.”
Jacob was in a ball on the floor screaming with his hands over his face. Rebecca grabbed her backpack and as turned around she saw Mandy scooping up her laptop. As they walked through the living room Rebecca caught sight of her mother lying on the couch staring them down as they approached the front door. “Rebecky,” she heard her mother call out as she shut the door behind her.