Monday tripped over her feet. Scrambling to get away from the house carrying everything she could in her hands. The night was seemingly more dark with light from the porch set against it. She fell a bit, caught herself and breathed heavy. Lifting herself up with just her feet. Something she learned as a kid. Running from the taunts of other students. This time, she was running from the yelling woman she knew as her mother. Her boyfriend awaited for her in his car with a friend. He never stepped out. Just watched. Something she should have paid more attention to. her mind was only on the half shock of knowing she was homeless. Nothing new to her. It had happened before. Circumstances were different then, however. Now, it had all to do with her new boyfriend, Billy. She could hear her mother open up the backdoor, “You want to act like your old enough to do what you want, you can just leave. You don’t live here anymore.”
The words hurt. Tears came from her eyes. Yet, she was eager to just leave. In her mind there had been nothing wrong with how things were going. She worked more than full time as a janitor. Always got up at five in the morning to get ready for work even if she did tip-toe into the house at three. She always said whee she was going and if she’d be late getting home and who she was with. Didn’t most parents want their kids to do that? There were advertisements on TV all the time about parenting and such. She never really partied as a ten. Maybe a few intense hang outs with people she shouldn’t associated with but she never did drugs nor did she drink often. She was under age and she knew that. So, why was her mother mad about her behavior?
She made it to the car, Billy opened the door from the inside, “Get in honey.”
“Bitch!” Monday barked as she managed herself into the car, “Whatever. Let’s go.”
“Andie’s house, right?” Andie was Monday’s friend. One of the first she made after moving to this town and working at a sandwich shop, Smitty’s. They were the most unlikely of friend. Andie was always thinking she was sick and had an unusual diet of particular grains, yogurt, salad, and tofu. Nothing to really say “new age” just her body only having the tolerance of certain foods. Monday bared the though of having to eat that way for the next three days. In a very clean house with humidifiers, air cleaning machines and anti-bacterial hand wash.
“Right,” Tears came again. Billy stopped before he pushed on the gas.
“Are you going to be okay? We will make it through. Looking for an apartment shouldn’t be that hard. We just need something.”
The money of course would be coming from Monday’s bank account. She’d never had to make a budget. She only normally paid her cell phone bill and whatever she wanted and the food for her beloved cat that she had for fourteen years. The cat she would not see for a while until she got her own place. To make the night more interesting, it began to snow. It hadn’t really snowed since winter started. A little lay on the ground but winters here were cold and bare. Monday felt it was an omen. Then again with New Years only four days away, snow could be somewhat expected.
The trip to Andie’s house was quick. The town hadn’t grown as much on her parents side of town as it had on the other side. There were ore trees near Andie. The town was small but not too small. Maybe 3000 people. It grew slowly everyday. You could tell who had just moved here. License plates came in from most parts of the country. Upon getting there, Andie’s parents greeted her with hugs and handshakes. The reiterated that she could only stay three days and then she’d have to find another place to stay for a while. Monday agreed. She wasn’t too much hassle. Maybe in her mothers point of view. Billy gave Monday a kiss.
“I love you,” he said.
“Love you, too.”
What most people hadn’t known for a while until yesterday was that Monday and Billy were engaged. To many, they had just become engaged. When actually it had been about a month since he proposed. It was an awkward proposal. One that late, Monday wouldn’t suggest ever happen to women. It was, to say the least, a proposal made in the heat of intimacy. It did bring everything to a halt, Monday wouldn’t deny that. She had to back away and say they should go out to eat and discuss the matter. It was something Monday couldn’t bring up to her parent’s. Fearing they would have a heart attack.
She brushed back her long brown hair from her olive face. She was told she looked like Keira Knightly but Monday couldn’t see the resemblance. She thought more Hilary Swank from P.S. I Love You made more sense.
Andie came running out from her bedroom, “Oh, my God! Are you okay? I am so sorry to hear about it. You know, I always thought your mom had bad vibes.” Andie and her vibes. Her feelings on vibes were as short as her dark red hair and as high as her cheek bones. Everyone had their opinions on other people. That’s how gossip starts after all.
Billy’s friend Dan saw Andie and leaned in to whisper, ‘Is she taken?” Monday shoved hi away laughing. Only Dan could be so interested in the opposite sex at the wrong time. Besides. He had his girlfriend Crys, short for Chrystyl, over in the city.
Monday waves the guys off and went to settle into the bedroom she’d be sleeping in for a short three days. She hadn’t brought much with her. Some clothes, her music, books, and toiletries. She plopped on the bed looking around at the meticulous room. It wasn’t as bad as her mothers place. Not only was her mother’s home clean and fresh, it was well organized. So, it was nothing new. Unless you count the machines made to keep the air sanitary. It had always made Monday’s throat dry as sand paper. Andie hopped in the room with movies. Star Wars. One of the many interests Monday couldn’t escape. It seemed everyone she knew was deep into Star Wars. Including Billy. an avid collector of figurines and books and toy light sabers.
“Want to Watch them from the oldest to newest or in chronological order?” Beamed Andie.
“Which ever one you want. I’m the guest.”
“Okay, oldest to newest. But remember guests have first pick. That’s standard.”
And so started the movie. Movies that Monday would years from now, loathe.