Thankfully, I awoke the next morning to the sound of my mother's frustration. That meant Caden wasn't here to annoy me. I sat up in bed, feeling a rush come upon me.
After a few moments, I got out of bed and made my way downstairs. Mom and Mason were in the kitchen. Mason was eating a plate of donut holes Mom had bought from Dunkin Donuts. I reached over and picked out a chocolate one, plopping it in my mouth.
My mom at the other end of the table, papers surrounding her. Her forehead was pressed against the palm of her hand which held a pencil. Her other hand typed on a calculator furiously.
She was doing taxes.
I sighed, knowing that today would be a rather boring day.
Mom looked up at me, happy to have a distraction from the taxes "Good morning Joanna"
"Joey" I corrected
"Joanna" She emphasized. "You're dad wants you this afternoon."
"My ex husband"
Mom had an interesting background. When she was a year or two older than my age, she got pregnant with me. While mom didn't know who the father was, gramma pretty much forced my mom into a marriage with her ex husband Cody. They got married, not knowing who was my real father. Finally, mom got a test done.
Ironically enough, Cody's best friend Chase turned out to have knocked my mom up. Chase was my biological dad. Cody was the father figure in my life. I rarely saw either of them.
Cody was now with a girlfriend of one year and Chase... well I couldn't remember the last time I'd hung out with him that either of us had spoken about our personal lives.
"When's Cody coming?" I asked
"He should be here in about an hour and a half." I groaned, sitting down in a chair beside Mason. He flicked a donut hole at me. It bounced off my cheek, falling onto the table top. I picked it up, setting it back on his plate "Don't through food Mason"
"Joanna, I suggest you go and get ready. I don't want him to have to wait here" Mom said. She had some serious hatred towards her ex husband "Especially if he has that tramp with her. What's her name? Jamie? Jasmine?"
"Hannah, Mom. Her name is Hannah"
I sighed, standing up "Want me to take care of Mason?"
"You're a life saver"
I took that as a yes. I picked Mason up from his seat, setting him on my hip. I walked up the stairs, heading towards his room. While Chase was my father, Cody was Mason's. Mom and Cody had gotten drunk one night while I was at a babysitter and the next thing you know, Mom's pregnant with Mason. They tried to make it work for a while, but they managed about five months after Mason was born. I guess opposites don't attract.
I sat Mason on his bed while I fetched his clothes "Guess where we're going today, Mase"
"Daddy's?" He asked
I nodded, trying to sound enthustastic. "Yup!"
"Is Hannah gonna be there?" He asked. Mason absolutely loved Hannah. I always worried for when Cody and Hannah broke up. Mason would be heartbroken. To him, Hannah was his other sister that he rarely got to see.
I was ok with that.
You see, Hannah had a son that I hung out with. His name was Jason. He was a Junior in highschool, but unfortunately, not mine. Jason was my best friend outside of school. That was the only reason I actually willingly went to Cody's anymore. If Jason wasn't there I was a total asshole to everyone.
I may have had a slight crush on Jason too...
Once Mason was changed I told him to play in his room while I got ready. Being the oh-so-obiedent child he is, Mason followed me into my room, messing around with my stuff while I did my hair.
An hour and a half later, the doorbell rang. I got up from the couch, answering the door. Cody stood there with Hannah at his side.
"HANNAH" Mason yelled running over and hugging her. She picked him up, laughing. Mom appeared a few moments later, her eyes on Hannah as if she were trying to burn her.
"Bye Mom" I said, giving her a quick kiss to leave as quickly as we could.
"Oh hello Carter!" Hannah said to my mother. Mom smiled a fake smile, putting on a fake (yet bitchy) personality.
"Hello Harriet" She smiled.
"Yes whatever. Anyways... here are the kids"
I knew Mom was