He couldn't believe she left without letting him know!
Standing in front of his house, he scrubbed at the tears at the corners of his eyes. Mom was going to kill him for causing so much trouble!
Her arms dropped uselessly to the side and she just looked at him for a long moment. "Very well," she simply said before turning away.
Just then, Quentin came racing up the front walk. "You found him? Great!" Quentin said, coming to a rest in front of them. Fixing Gage with a stern stare, Quentin pointed a finger at him and lectured him for all the reasons the real world was not a safe place for a teenager.
"What do you mean it's over?" she'd snapped.
"Come on, Melanie. Your son was so upset about us that he ran away! I won't be responsible for that!" Quentin had argued.
"Oh please! You'd let a teenager run your life for you?" she said dismissively.
He heard more arguing and then hushed talking and finally heard Quentin slam the front door and gun his motor.
As he watched the waves, he thought that maybe things would change now that Quentin was gone & he was a teenager.
Mom caught up with him before he made it past the driveway.
The words 'love me' burned at the back of his throat. But, gritting his teeth, he just shook his head.
"Well, be reasonable! You can't leave in just your pajamas," Melanie tried to reason. "Look, I know it upsets you that I date a little," she said.
Ha, alittle?! Gage thought miserably. She might as well install a revolving door for her bedroom, he thought sarcastically.
"Will it help if I tone it down alittle?" she asked.
Gage looked up, hopeful. "You mean it?" he asked. "Promise?"
Melanie smiled, "Of course! I'll be discreet!"
Gage headed back inside, smiling. Things were going to change this time! He knew it!
"Do you even know what this puts me through?" she cried. "To find you gone! To have to call the police and tell them my son has left me?!" Sobbing into her hands she asked, "How can you do this to your own mother?!"
Gage looked at her suspiciously. "What do you want?"
"Sister?" Gage gulped. "I have a sister?"
Gage was stunned. He had a family! God, he hoped he didn't cry in front of his sister! "I thought I was all alone!" he managed to say.
"That's a promise," Christa said.
"I met my brother today!" Christa said crossly.
"I heard that you met someone interesting today," Melanie snapped. "You are never to see her again. She claims to be your sister, but she's a liar!"
Gage's mouth dropped open. "But, she said..."
Melanie waved her hand dismissively. "Who cares what she said! I said not to see her again!"