Two months after Laura’s birthday was Joey’s birthday.
“Laura, wake up. You have to go to school.”
“No. I want to sleep.”
“Laura, get out of bed this instant!” Joey hollered at her daughter.
“No!” came from under the pillow.
“I want to sleep.”
“I will call your father and he’ll get you out. And he will be angry at you.”
“You’re not supposed to call him at work. He said so himself.”
“Laura Noel Potter. NOW!” Joey commanded before she left Laura’s room.
It’s my birthday today and I can’t even get my own daughter out of bed. I will just call her in sick. she thought.
She called her office and then headed back to her own bed.
She had been laying in bed for the past hour thinking of her life. She wanted to be married by the time she was 24 and now look at her, a single mother at 26. She had tried to finish college but with Laura it was to hard. Her whole teenage life she wanted to go. Well, she did have a child.
Her thoughts her interrupted by the doorbell.
She let it ring.
Joey didn’t care who was at the door. Joey began to cry and slowly drift to sleep.’
Pacey waited for about 5 minutes after ringing the doorbell, but no one answered.
Joey told me she was staying home from work today. Maybe she is still taking Laura to school. But it’s 12 o’clock, my lunch hour break from work, she shouldn’t still be taking her to school. He opened the door with the key Joey gave him and went upstairs into Laura’s room.
She’s still here. She doesn’t feel hot or even look sick he concluded after feeling her forehead. Something must be wrong with Joey. She would never not bring Laura to school. I must find her. He walked briskly to Joey’s room where he saw her sleeping body.
Why does she have fresh tears in her eyes?
Just then, she moved and opened her eyes. “Pacey, what are you doing here?”
“I came to wish you a happy birthday. Are you okay? Why were you crying?”
“Thanks. I’m fine. I was just thinking of my crappy life.”
“What do you mean?”
“Look at it. My daughter won’t even get out of bed. Work is boring. You see Laura more than I do. When I was a teenager, my one goal was to go to college and graduate. Did that happen? No.” Joey began to cry on Pacey’s shoulder.
“How ‘bout this. We go out to the fanciest restaurant in town. I’m paying. It’s your birthday so put on something beautiful. I’m taking you on a date.”
To Be continued...........
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