Monday woke up in the small hotel room. She’d spent her three days with her friend and now had to spend at least a night at a hotel with Billy. It was New Years. She looked around and found Billy standing at the doorway having a cigarette. Letting the cold winter air in. She pulled more of the blanket over her. She hated hotels. It had been a big part of her life during the age of thirteen. that was seven years ago. She was homeless then. Just as she was now. Living for three months between a hotel and the in the back of her fathers shop with her father and her brother left a distaste in her mouth regarding hotels. There was nothing you could do in life to completely avoid them. Billy noticed she was awake and said good morning. Monday smiled back. Only to quickly give a look of pain on her face. her body suddenly gave into cramps that were sever beyond a point. Billy put out his cigarette and walked over to the bed.
“Are you okay?”
“You want me to get a pain pill?”
“Sure. I don’t know what the heck is going on but it hurts.”
“You look like you’re going to be sick.”
“I feel like I’m going to be sick.”
The pain sickness lasted for a few moments and left just as quickly as it came. Leaving Monday confused. It wasn’t her time of the month. she just had that. Not to mention that it had been a week late as well. Odd considering she was on the pill.
With the pin behind her they waited for their friend Dan to pick them up. They had no vehicle of their own. Though Billy had driven their friend Saul’s car to pick her up from her mothers house. It was something they felt they should work on. Having their own mode of transportation would be very important.
It wasn’t long until Dan came by. They were going out and finding a place for Monday to stay until she found an apartment. First stop was Billy’s parents house to get some food. Not that Monday liked their ideas for dinner courses, it was something to eat.
Monday and Billy talked along the way.
“I’m thinking we should get roommates.” He commented.
“yeah, I’m on a limited budget. I only make $700 at most a month as a janitor and I don’t get extra hours anymore since we hired Nancy. Marie is great tow work with and I though we did a great job together at keeping the mall clean without the extra help.”
“I’ve seen you work. You don’t stop unless you’re taking your breaks and lunch.”
“Well, getting yelled out at that you don’t do everything that’s expected of you by the owner’s of the mall doesn’t help. Even though they don’t run Ma’s Janitorial. Really, they don’t have a say. But if we want their business, it isn’t too surprising to have them put their two cents in. I do everything on the check list and more. I spot mop, I sweep. I wash windows continuously throughout the day. They so dirty so easily. Kids fingerprints really show up. I wipe down the fake plants, the benches, take out garbage and wash the bins every day. The P.O. boxes, under the stairs, the stair railings, the elevator. You name it in that mall I clean it. I even offer to help the stores with cleaning even though I don’t have to.”
“Lot’s of work for a mall that doesn’t have much in it.”
“I know. It feels like a corporate building.”
“So, who should we have for a roommate?”
Monday thought for a moment, “How about Saul? He is always complaining about his parents and he is well old enough to not live with them.”
“Okay, we’ll stop by today and ask him.”
“But where am I going to stay until we get an apartment? The shelters around her only house men. The one for women is too far away from work. I would have to get up at 4:30 in the morning just to wake up and get ready. I can’t stay any longer at Andie’s. I don’t know anyone else. I know Saul’s parent’s give me the evil eye. They’re Quaker and I’m not spiritual at all.”
“How about Dan’s place? It’s only him and his roommate and sometimes his roommates girlfriend Ci Ci.”
Monday called up to Dan from the backseat, “Hey, Dan can I stay at your place for a while. I wont be in the way.”
“Yeah, I don’t see why not. I’ll let you have my room so you can have privacy.”
“I don’t want to kick you out of your own bed, Dan!”
“It’s no problem. You a girl and girls need privacy more than guys.”
They were almost to Billy’s parents’, Mable and John. Their house wasn’t great. Almost rundown. The outside needed a new coat of paint, the doors needed to be replaced. The windows need washing, the floor ripped up and new tile put in. Heck, while they were at it they just as well tear down the whole place and rebuild. Monday was sure that the house had code violations up the wazoo. Holes in the floors. The carpet was barely there and was never clean. They may have vacuumed. Monday couldn’t find it in her mind to tell them it was no use. You could smell mold right as you walked in. Monday was sure black mold was somewhere in the house. It was probably one of the factors to his family always getting sick and having breathing problems. She was glad she didn’t stay the night at the house. It was usually in one of the trailers on the property. Plus, Billy’s room wasn’t exactly easy to get into. Monday would soon regret overlooking his bad habits in hygiene.
Mable cheered as they walked in, “I’m making taco casserole for dinner. Billy will you do the dishes and your sister Hanna will set the table. You’re brother Terry will be home from the military tonight. Monday you’ll finally get the chance to meet him.”
Terry was the oldest of Billy and Hanna. He did well for himself by going into the Navy. He was the most grown up of the three. He lived on his own and provided health are and child care for his only daughter in the city. He’d never married the mother but went to great lengths to take care of his kid.
Hanna was the middle child. She’d been married once before. She never really did much. Actually, Monday didn’t know what she did outside of the hoe other than act less than her age and tried her hardest to find another man. She’s get dressed in the most revealing clothing and her makeup skills weren’t flattering to her attire. In Monday’s mind, she looked like a streetwalker when she dressed up. And more like a teenager when she wasn’t. Hannah was very cocky and acted like she was better than Billy.
Mable was an older lady. Short and round. always doing some kind of craft and watching movies. Her husband John worked and went to school. Majoring in electrical engineering. He worked nights and so Monday didn’t see him too much.
Dinner was not bad. Monday wasn’t used to casseroles almost every night. She’d gotten used to eating squash in the process though. She never liked it before until Mable served it to her. Cooked just right with a little butter.
“You guys going to get a place so you have somewhere to go at the end of the day?” She inquired.
“Yeah, I’ll be paying for it and all the utilities since between me and Billy, I’m the only one working for now. We’ve though of getting a roommate to help out with the bills. I only make $700 a month.” responded Monday.
“That’s good. It will be good for you guys to get your own place and start living life.”
After dinner Monday and Billy were driven to Dan’s trailer for the night. They watched Back to the Future movies and ate popcorn. Dan invited his girlfriend over. Saul hated this and constantly called Monday to see what Dan and Crys were up to. He liked Crys and didn’t think she should be with Dan. He got a little obsessive about her. She was very unique but she didn’t need men her were much older than her acting like she was a piece of property.
For the next two weeks, Monday would stay with Dan and his roommate until she found an apartment.