He asks us to
show him our tickets but now no one has one because
the usher took the one we had. He tells us to leave
so we do.
"Well, now what?" I say as we head to the car.
"We can go to my house. My parents arenít home."
"Sounds like a plan."
We all pile into the car again and head over to his
house. We pull up in front and Danielle parks. We
get out and go inside. He puts some Guns N Roses on
the stereo and pulls out a big fat joint from a
cookie jar on the mantle.
"I canít believe you smoke that shit!" says
Danielle to Chris.
"Hey, itís better than drinking."
"I donít want to beat people up if I smoke a
Brian, Chris and I smoke the joint and Danielle
goesoutside and waits.
"Do you think that means I donít have a chance now
Peace?" Chris says.
"I have no idea. Itís been a few years since I saw
her. I didnít even know she doesnít like it. Good
luck, but before you try anything I want to be out
of town. She is my little sister, you know."
"True. No problem."
We finish smoking and I go outside and get
Danielle. She comes in and we just sit there and
watch TV for a few hours. After a while Danielle
and I go home. We just watch more TV and she
asks me when Iím gonna leave. I tell her I want to
leave in the morning because so far this time we
have avoided any arguments. We just keep talking
about random stuff and catch up as much as
possible. We end up going to bed about midnight. In
the morning, we wake up at 6 so that she can take
me to the highway and still get to school in time.
She gives me $20 and drops me off at a rest area on
Highway 85. I give her a hug goodbye and she wishes
After about 20 minutes, I get a ride from a guy
named Jeff and he tries to save my soul. I tell him
that I just donít have any beliefs at all but that
I appreciate it. He tells me he will be praying for
my safety and I thank him for it. He takes me south
of the Georgia line and drops me off in
Augusta, Georgia. I go to a McDonaldís and
have some McCrap. That leaves me with $15 left. I
sit there and keep getting free refills for a while
and read some books. A red-haired girl and her
boyfriend sit next to me. They are about 17, I
"Where are you from?" the guy asks.
"New York City."
"Wow. How did you get down here?"
"Hitchhiked. My first ride brought me all the way
to South Carolina."
"Thatís cool. Are you gonna go see your family?"
"Iím already done with that part. Iím going to the
Mardi Gras in New Orleans."
"Thatís a great time. I keep trying to talk him
into going." says the girl.