Chapter 16- Daniel's POV

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*Picture of Daniel's older brother, Anthony, to the side --->


Chapter 16

Daniel's POV

That morning as I'm eating a bowl of mini wheats and looking at the local Crime Report, I hear the front door slam loudly. I assume it's just Anthony and keep chewing. I get up then to grab some orange juice out of the fridge when I hear someone shout "Anyone home in this shithole?" I immediately recognize the person's voice and shout back, "yeah, I'm here!"

I hear footsteps and turn around to find my brother's best friend Luis Garcia standing in the kitchen.

"Hey," he says, tossing his spare key that we gave him onto the table.

"Hey what's up?" I say, pouring myself a glass of orange juice.

"Just wanted to stop by. I was going to run a few errands, do you need anything?" He asks.

"Ahh, no I don't think so," I say but then I go on to say, "I actually wouldn't mind going for a drive, maybe go out for a smoke?" I suggest.

"Umm, ok sounds good, lets go," Luis says hesitantly.

For some reason Luis is acting unusually jumpy this morning and when we climb into his car he puts his head in his hands and lets out a huge sigh. I pretend like I don't notice that he's acting really fucking strange. I feel him looking at me and finally I turn to look at him and say, "hey you gonna turn on the ignition or are you just gonna sit there and stare at me like a dumb ass?"

He smirks at me. "Look it's nothing alright?"

"Yep," I say, even though I get this strange feeling that something's going on. I don't really know what so I ignore the nagging feeling and Luis pulls out of our neighborhood and onto the main road. We drive in silence for a few minutes before he says, "So Anthony told me you've been seeing some girl. Who is it?" He shoots me a knowing look and I feel completely caught off guard.

"Oh, um, it's no one just this girl from school that I have to work with on this science project," I say dismissively.

But Luis isn't going to leave it at that. "What's her name? Is she hot?" He asks and I roll my eyes.

"Well, is she? It's not a stupid question you know. If she's not hot then where's the fun in that?" He adds.

"Ok, ok yeah she is hot I guess," I give in. Yet at the same time I feel that "hot" isn't really the right word to describe Nora. I don't even know how to describe her really.

"Ahh, I knew it," Luis says, pushing me on the shoulder.

I continue to stare out the window at the passing cars and neighborhoods in silence until we reach a shopping center with a CVS and a few other small shops. Luis pulls into a space right in front of a florist shop and then turns off the car. I watch him get out and go to the back of the car and I hear him open the trunk. I look up from my phone when I see him come back around the front of the car; he's walking towards what appears to be a guy in his mid twenties, wearing an oversized green rain jacket and what looks like grey and blue pajama pants almost. He has a sleepy yet grateful look in his eyes as I watch Luis hand him a small brown package. The man fumbles around in his coat pockets before pulling out an envelope with shaky hands and hands it to Luis. I feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I see Luis turn around and the man he gave the package to walks away discreetly.

"What the hell just happened?" I say as soon as Luis opens the door to his car and slides back in next to me. I already think I know the answer to my own question but wait for him to respond anyway.

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