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“We’ve survived worse champ,” dad said, squeezing my shoulder.
I turned from him, my heart heavy. Tears threatened to escape my eyes.
“Come on, don’t give me the cold shoulder.”
“I don’t want you to go. Can’t I come with you?”
He shook his head. “I’m lucky to get this job, and I’m rooming with a few guys. I told you Zoe, they’re not the kind of guys I want you to be around.”
“Then why are you going to be around them?”
“I’m doing what I have to do to support us. Just trust me, okay?”
I nodded. “When am I leaving?”
“Rob will be here to pick you up any minute now.”
I checked my bags, I had everything I’d need. “And this is only temporary right, until you get a place of your own?”
“You’ll be the first person I call.”
The doorbell rang, and I looked at my dad. He answered the door and a younger man stepped in.
“Hey Rob,” dad said, with a smile.
“Hey Charles,” Rob answered.
“Rob, I’d like you to meet my daughter, Zoe.”
I extended my hand and shook his. His grasp was firm, and he had a smile that looked natural on him.
“Ready to go?” Rob asked.
I nodded, and dad wrapped me in his arms. I hugged him with all my might, never wanting to let him go.
“I love you,” I said, as dad released me.
“I love you more. I’ll call you when I get there bud.”
I kissed his cheek and grabbed my duffel bag, Rob had already taken my others out to the car.
“Bye,” I whispered, giving him one last quick hug.
“Missing you already,” he called, as I got into the passenger seat of Rob’s car.
I waved to him until I couldn’t see him anymore, and then I leaned back in the seat. I pulled my pillow pet out of my duffel and curled up with Chloe, my Triceratops.
“So tell me a little about yourself,” Rob said.
“Well I’m sixteen, and I dance.”
“Dance eh? There’s a dance team at North Lake. JV or varsity?”
“I was on varsity at my old high school.”
“Then I’m sure you’ll have no problem making varsity at North Lake. They’re a pretty decent team.”
“So tell me about yourself and your family,” I said, cuddling Chloe. I took a sip of my diet coke.
“Well, I’m married. My wife’s name is Emma. I have seven sons.”
I choked and sputtered. “You have what?”
He smiled. “Yes, I have seven sons.”
“Wow.” I felt my face turning red from embarrassment.
He reached into his wallet and pulled out a picture.
I looked at his family. It was picture of them at the park. They looked like one of those perfect, cliché families that you see in cheesy pictures that come with a photo frame.
“What are their names?” I asked. I couldn’t take my eyes off the kid in the middle. He looked like a Hollister model. Well, they all did, but he looked like absolute perfection.
Basically he told me this:
Ethan was the oldest. He was 22 and is about to graduate from MIT.
Then there was Cody, he was 18, and he was about to graduate from high school. He’d been accepted to all the Ivy Leagues, but he chose to attend Princeton on a full academic scholarship.
Next was Mason, he was 17, and was the star of the track team. Rob seemed to tense up when he talked about him. He was brief and to the point, not much to say about Mason.
Carson was the Hollister worthy model boy, and he was 16. He was the quarterback of the school football team, of course. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at this one, how cliché.
Then came the twins, Joseph and James. They were both 14. James was into the arts and Joseph wasn’t. Rob didn’t mention anything else about Joseph. I wonder what he’s into?
Lastly there was Chase, he was 5, and the baby of the family.
“If I screw up their names, will they kill me?”
He chuckled. “I think they’ll forgive you.”
“So what’s North Lake High School like?”
“Just like your old high school.”
I shook my head. “I hope that’s not true. I hated my old high school. Let’s just say that you’ve gotta watch your back, because guns and knives were in every kid’s backpack.”
|Ariana Grande||as Zoe Baker|
|Paddy Mitchell||as Carson Walker|
|Robbie Amell||as Mason Walker|
|Zac Efron||as Ethan Walker|
|David Henrie||as Cody Walker|
|Jennifer Aniston||as Emma Walker|
|Patrick Dempsey||as Robert Walker|
|AnnaSophia Robb||as Melanie|
|Selena Gomez||as Haley Thompson|
|Shailene Woodley||as Alison Mariano|
|Kherington Payne||as Alyssa Carter|
|Logan Lerman||as Spencer|
|Harry Styles||as Joseph Walker|
|Jake T. Austin||as James Walker|
|James Wolk||as Charles Baker|
|Caleb Cohen||as Chase Walker|
|Julianne Hough||as Ms. K|