"Another day, another nickel." my dad says to me as he picks me up from school.
Attempting to fake off a smirk I give a cheesy grin that creeps him out.
He makes a joke, of me and laughs. His us
On our way home he throws in the opinion that we should get some fast food.
I agree with him and we make our way to the fast food restaurant.
We both have a good lunch then get back to the car and continue to make our way back home.
We slowly turn through the four way traffic intersection and make it into our neighborhood. A few feet away from our driveway, I spot my next door neighbor watering his shrubs. He stares at me through the window as we pass by and make our way into our drive way.
My dad says, "boy, what a creep huh?"
I just reply with a yeah and make my out of the car with him...
While walking up the stairs of my house I notice my neighbor has brought his attention away from me and back to his shrubs...
My neighbor, Joey , isn't really what you would call... Social.
He confines himself in his house and only comes outside to gather his mail and water his shrubs, which look to be dead...
I occasionally hear weird noises from his house at night, but I try to ignore them.
I will admit, I sometimes wonder whats going on in there...
Finishing the last few steps, I make my way into my house with my dad following behind. He closes the door.
We make it inside to find my mom lying on the couch watching the news.
She informs us that another man has gone missing in the county... There's been a few over the month.
I walk by nodding my head in disappointment of what has happened to this man, hoping it won't happen to me or any of my family members.
I make it to my room and throw my back pack to the ground. Luckily, none of my teachers assigned any homework to me this evening, so I make my way to the computer. I also see the news of the missing man on the homepage of my browser.
I pass by it and make my way to Facebook. A few friends sent me messages, so I quickly reply to them then eventually get off.
It's almost time for me to go to sleep, so I get myself ready and plop myself into my warm bed.
This night I hear those weird noises again, coming from my neighbors house.
I eventually pass through the sounds and go to sleep. My dad wakes me up and tells me it's time to go to school. I search through my closet to find some clothes and quickly shove them on, grabbing my bag as I run out my door way.
My dads already waiting for me in the car, so I lastly jam my shoes on and run out side closing the door behind me. I turn to my right to find Joey watering his bushes.
I stumble down my steps and slip into the car.
My dad makes a corny joke about how fast I was moving...
We back out and make our way to school again. On our way up the road, Joeys stare is there to greet me. I look away... It creeps me out.
We finally arrive at school and I make my way inside my dad tells me he'll be here to pick me up. I wave my hand and say, "okay!" as I walk into the school
The school day soon ends and I await outside for my dad... I don't seem to see him anywhere.
"maybe he's late?", I think to myself...
Several minutes have now passed and my dad is no where in sight...
After another several minutes my mom finally arrives and picks me up.
I ask her, "where's dad, did he forget?"
She replies, "honey, your dads missing."
A blank look takes over my face... I push a chuckle out thinking its a joke and ask, "you're joking, right?"
She stares at me.
"this isn't a joke" I saw aloud.... This isn't a joke... This isn't a joke!
I slant down in sadness, just thinking hes missing...
"don't worry, sweety. The police are on a search for him."
I bring myself back up in the seat..
We're now on the four-way intersection and making our way down to our neighborhood...... There's Joey standing there...staring.
Me and my mom don't say anything to each other the whole ride home.
I get out and make my way up the stairs following in back of her.
I don't even touch the computer and I stay away from the television until bed time...
I ready my self for sleep, and once again lye on my bed. At night I here the noises.
I can't sleep.
I ask my mom if I can stay home for the day the next morning. She agrees to let me.