“Wake up dude.” “LAKE WAKE THE HELL UP MAN.” Zaq yelled. “shit… did i fall asleep again?” I mumbeled. “Yeah man you’ve been doing that a lot lately, boss isn’t taking it lightly anymore. Screw him im leaving tomorrow anyway. I mean i guess, hey so you ready? Hell Yeah man. College…feels like i’ve been waiting for this day forever. Shit i have . Yeah well you know this is a huge step in life man. Zaq don’t give me that “remember your priorities” crap right now. I just need to get drunk and drunk…and even more drunk. Yeah well you speak to Dallas?How’s she taking you leaving? I dont know man. I tried calling her yesterday after work she didn’t pick up. Im going to see her when my shifts up. Well look at that Lake you are officially a free man. Call me later alright Ill come help you finish packing. Alright bro. Catch you later. Why has Dallas been avoiding me? Ill just drop in for a surprise visit…. Well her car is here. I hope shes here too. Damn i forgot how annoying her mom can get. Always asking me so many questions. lake said in his head as he approached the front door. Hey Mrs.Thompson Is Dallas here? Hello Lake hows everything ? Its good Im just looking for Dallas have you seen her? Oh yes yes shes up stairs . DALLAS LAKE IS HERE! oh connor stop yelling in the house you know i have bad nerves. DALLAS YOUR BOYFRIEND IS HERE!!!! Connor cut it out and go to your room. Sorry mom just trying to help. Sup Lake. Sup Conman. Hows your summer going little dude? Its alright i start highschool next week. Im pretty stoked. Alright man. You better play baseball so I can come and support. You know I’m a LAX man Lake. Eh well thats cool too. Hey where is Dallas? Shes upstairs I’ll go bang on her door. No its cool buddy I’ll go up stairs. Wow i forgot how huge this house was but Dallas’ room is unforgettable. Her door is hot pink with a “ perfect little angel” sign on the outside. Hey open up Dallas Its lake. Come in… I opened the door expecting a huge hug. She was just sitting on her bed. She looked out of it. Hey there… why havent you answered my calls… She was silent. Dallas! the silent treatment? really? the day before I lea… – I know you are leaving Lake you dont have to remind me. Whoa , I was startled a little bit. Well yeah… I wanted to talk to you before it was time to head off. i’m leaving right after I get my paycheck. Lake , do you even know what its like? I was a little confused… Lake do you know what its like to have the guy you devoted all your time to up and leave like everything is fine. Dallas I thought you were happy I was going away to school… Whats wrong now? Whats wrong? LAKE YOU ARE LEAVING TOMORROW I WONT SEE YOU FOR MONTHS AT A TIME! I don’t think I can do this. Do what? Dallas we planned everything out you can come visit Ill be here on Holidays It will work out. No it wont…you’ll go to college find someone prettier than me. Someone smarter than me probably a chick trying to be LAWYER. Im stuck here. working at my families ski resort. Going to Community College. ugh We are so different. So what! I spent the last 2 years of my life with you Dallas. You trying to tell me that Ill throw all that away? Dallas I love you. I love you too Lake but I dont think we can survive not being around.I have a feeling. Ive felt this way for a while now. Lake i think we should just go our separate ways… Are you serious right now? Its the only thing that makes sense. Youll have your freedom. You wont be tied down to me while you are away you can enjoy yourself.. I dont want to ENJOY MYSELF… i mean i do but – listen Lake I made up my mind. Its over. Now either you can come here and kiss me for the last time or you can leave and not say another word to me. Dallas I…. – just shut the hell up and kiss me Lake. Yeah man she was just like Its over. Wow man Im sorry. I didn’t see that one coming. Me either Zaq. I feel like theres something more behind it. Well I dont know what to tell you. Maybe shes just going through it man. Probably. Hey hows that girl you’re seeing whats her name again? Audrey ? Shes good. We’re leaving tomorrow super early. California here we come. It’s insane how we are going to be on separate sides of the world. Country Lake dont take it that serious. zaq punched me on the arm. Im going to miss you man. We grew up together since diapers. I know. I said with a little wariness We are getting old aren’t we? Zaq replied Yeah man. Alright enough with the sappy crap Lake lets finish packing. Alright cool.
I couldn’t sleep all night. Probably from the mix of redbull and pizza zaq and I devoured packing our stuff for college. Today’s the big day.I cannot wait to leave this craphole of a town. LAKE COME HERE your dad and I want to tell you something” Mom called from the kitchen. “im coming. “ Hey guys whats up?” “now dear we know you are going away to college and you are getting older. But there are some things we need to tell you.” “Come on mom I know , Dont drink or do drugs, be responsible I know” “Yes that and -” “and thats it Lake. We don’t want to hear any stories about you passing away just be responsible buddy” dad said. “ I know pops you guys raised a responsible kid, got a job at 15 and been working ever since. I can take care of myself guys, Dont worry.” “We know Lake we just-” Hey Zaq Audrey and I are going to grab some smoothies I’ll be back in a few before we take off” I cut my mom off. I hated those talks and needed to get out of there fast before it got all emotionally smoggy in there. “Ok buddy you better be back to say bye to us” “I will dad don’t worry, later guys” I ran out the door as fast as I could. “ Now John why didn’t you let me tell the boy about the you know, changes he’s going to go through” “Because Lydia I don’t think he’s ready to hear about it. And he hasn’t even showed signs of the change. I just don’t think he has it in him.” “And how would you know that John?” “By time Greg was his age Lydia he could shift whenever he wanted and he was making a living off hunting fallen angels.” “Does our son look like he would even hurt a fly?” “ I guess you’re right John but you said yourself your changes were more sudden than Greg’s so what if he gets them any day?” “Well you don’t usually shift fully, you feel certain side effects maybe pass out once or twice from your body starting to get use to the rising temperature and by the time I’m sure he’ll let us know what’s wrong” “Then we can explain to him about it all” “I just hope he doesn’t lash out on us” “Well John I hope you are right that’s our baby. He better not get hurt from all this. You told me you know how to tame that side.” “I do, now that i’m in my 40s . my early 20s not so much.” “Oh dear John !” “Don’t worry Lydia I can help him”
Hey Audrey whats up? Hey lake last time seeing you for a WHILE you ready for college? Ready? Ready isnt even the word. I cant wait to get the hell out of this town already. zaq comes in Hell YEAH BYE BYE GOOD RIDDANCE i can’t wait to be on the beach with my beautiful babe. yes and get work done zaq college is more than just partying and hanging out. I know babe I know. So Lake , guess this a good bye good buddy. Yeah man. Im driving up to New York soon as you guys hit the road. You guys are lucky, cross country road trip before you go to school. So awesome. Man lake we always wanted to do one of these too I wish you could tag along. Me too zaq but hey audrey should be perfect company. What a hottie. Hey lake watch it just because you lost your girl dont start pushing up on mine. Yeah… Oh man too soon? sorry bro.No its cool. Im going to swing by Dallas’ house just before I hit the road anyway. Maybe I can talk her into being with me again. Man good luck with that Lake. Hey I’m out of here though. Call me when you get to your school. We will probably be somewhere on the open road. Yeah man stay in touch zaq. Hey audrey take care of zaq make sure he doesnt get kicked out of school and ending up having to come to mine. Alright ill try! bye lake! Wow zaq and audrey gone. on their way to california. why didn’t i take my talents to the pacific beach. alright im packed away time to swing over Dallas’ house. Ill call her first. “Hey Dallas you home?” “Yeah I thought you left?” “ No im leaving soon I want to swing by and get a official goodbye” Sure i mean okay ill be home.” “alright be there in 5” I finally pulled up to Dallas’ house but I wanted to avoid her parents at all cost. Hey dallas come outside im infront of your house. Dallas comes out in the hoodie I left at her house years ago. Hey i thought you were leaving earlier? I decided to wait til Zaq left with audrey I had some things to take care of anyway. How are you? Im doing the best as I can I guess. So I see the trucks all packed. Yeah i start school monday so I guess this is goodbye until I comeback to visit for thanksgiving. Yeah I guess so. Listen Dallas I don’t understand why we have to end things. I just need to know why do you want it to be over? We had all these plans and we were ready for everything. Please Lake dont put me through this. Not now lake. I cant take the hurt. I love you but it just wont work. DALLAS IM NOT LEAVING WITHOUT A EXPLANATION! Dallas’ mom comes running out the front door connor follows. Hey whats going on out here? Nothing mom. Lake was just leaving. Bye Lake. Dallas turns around without even lifting her head up and starts towards her house. Bye Lake good luck Dallas’ moms says from the front porch. Later bro connor follows up with. Bye guys. Tell Mr. Thompson I said thanks for fixing my truck too! I pull off and start towards the highway,hop on, and hit the open road. Goodbye Willow Grove.