Chapter 3-Angry Birds

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Dedicated to TaintedRain! This is a really short chapter but I'll try to make the next one longer. Pinky promise! "Pinky promises are legit."~Faking Delinquency by TaintedRain

Chapter 3-Angry Birds

When Mom called me down for dinner, I had finished my book and debated whether to call Dylan about a hundred times. I finally told myself that I shouldn't call him since I still hadn't totally forgiven him yet. "We're going to have dinner at Max & Erma's, then maybe see a movie," Mom said. "How does that sound?"

"Oh, sure, just let me grab my bag," I said, running back upstairs. When I got back downstairs everyone was heading to the garage.

"We'll have to take two cars since September is here," Mom said. I ducked my head. I knew she wasn't trying to blame me, but I still felt ashamed. I didn't have to come here, but I didn't want to face a home with my Dad and Ashley acting all lovey-dovey. "I'll take September and you boys can take August's car.

When Mom started the car, she immediately started making small talk. I knew she was trying to delay the inevitable, so I cut the chase. "I'm sorry for coming here. I was too much of a coward to face Dad anymore and I didn't have anywhere else to go," I said.

She sighed. "You don't have to be sorry for coming here; I don't think I would have done anything differently if I were in your position."

I looked up at her. "But you don't want me here," I said. I meant to say it as a question, but it seemed more like a statement. She hadn't even remembered I was coming, not that anyone else had.

"I...I do," she said finally. "I think it would be good to know my daughter more, even though I've missed out on too many years to count."

"Seven," I said immediately.

She smiled slightly and glanced at me out of the corner of her eye. "It'll just take a little getting used to, having another person in the house. I'm glad we had this talk. It seems like we know each other better already." Just then we pulled into the parking lot of the mall. "Welcome to the Mall at Partridge Creek."

After we parked in a spot next to Austin's car, we headed to the southwest side of the mall to Max & Erma's. There were lights everywhere and a beautiful fountain. When we got to Max & Erma's I ordered a Tony's Bodacious Bacon Cheeseburger, which was delicious. The bacon was perfectly crisp and the garlic cheese spread was very creamy.

After dinner, we headed to the MJR Theater and tried to decide which movie to watch. I didn't really care, so we ended up choosing a horror movie. I wasn't sure if Mom would agree to it, but she seemed indifferent. She was probably used to seeing horror movies, since she had a son.

We were a bit early for the show, so we were the first ones in the theater and had our pick of seats. The boys wanted to sit in the top row so we could survey the whole theater. The theater started filling up and the boys started pointing people out. "Hey, look! Isn't that your ex-girlfriend?" Paul pointed out a blonde girl clinging to a fair haired guy to August.

August rolled his eyes. "She always was too clingy."

I tuned out until Austin said, "Doesn't that look like that Dylan guy? Who's he with?" My head shot up and searched around the room until I found who he was talking about. Sure enough, it was Dylan and Monique. He hadn't mentioned Monique was here, but I should have figured. They were dating, after all. I wondered why Monique hadn't come to see me, though. What happened to best friends forever? Oh, right. She cheated with my ex-boyfriend. "Ember? Are you okay?" Austin asked with a frown. I realized I was gripping the armrests and gritting my teeth.

"Yeah. I'm fine," I said, slowly letting go and placing my hands in my lap.

"If something's wrong—"

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