Thursday, January 14, 2010
It’s the night of the big party, and Casey still has to convince her mother (Nancy from CROSSES) that she’ll be “good”. Of course, Casey has other plans. No one, however, expects how wild the party will really be… If you’re following this thread, re-read OGW 10/1, 11/5, 11/12, 12/10, 12/31.
Casey: “Mom, you look fine. Mom you’re beautiful! Leave your hair alone! You’re fine! It’s not like you’re going in—“
“Is that a threat Casey? Because you should just be glad you have a mother who will jump up on a mement’s notice—“
“Can we go now?”
“Where’s the fire, Casey, huh?”
“What’s really going on?”
“There’s nothing going on Mom, let’s just go. Please!”
To tell you the truth, I don’t know if something’s going on or not, I just know that Rain called me and said she wasn’t going to the party if Kayla wasn’t going, and Kayla was crying when I called. She wasn’t going to the party on her bike, ‘that’s for sure’is what she said. ‘I’m never riding that piece of junk again’ I asked did she mean the mountain bike she got for Christmas because—and she just said, ‘You wouldn’t understand Casey. You’re only fifteen.’ I was like, ‘Thanks Kayla, why do you have to say that to me? You said age was just a number—‘ She goes, “I was talking about Brian and me, Sweetie,’ and I thought I’m not your sweetie and you’re only sixteen anyway, but then I said okay, and I called Rain back then because she usually drives us all around, but she said no way was she driving tonight because she was going to have fun for once. I was like, ‘I can’t do any drugs, my mother made me promise,’which was almost true. Rain was all yellin’ and shit then about ‘who said anything about drugs, don’t be such a baby Casey, tell Kayla to get her Mom to drive us’so I was like, ‘Whatever,’ but only to myself and after I hung up, while I was calling Kayla back, who only started crying and saying maybe she shouldn’t go to the party at all but then she said she was getting a text, and it was Rain, and whatever it said calmed Kayla down so she said to me, “Casey, could your mother drive us?” I sighed, and I really really didn’t want my mother to drive us because she was going to act the way she was now—
“Okay, I’m ready. Is there anything between my teeth—“
“Mom, you’re just driving, you’re not going in, please please pretty please?”
She sighed. She rubbed toothpaste on her teeth, and I did the same, and we saw each other in the mirror and grinned. “I love you Mommy,” I said.
“I love you too Casey. Let’s go. Does my hair really look okay? Do you think I should grow it out?”
“You’re beautiful. You’re the best, Mom.” I pretended to ruffle her spiked hair, which of course you couldn’t really do because it would probably bite your hand, that’s just what I thought because it was so stiff with mousse, and also because it belonged to my Mom and she got really mad if you touched her hair and plus she would bite you herself if you rubbed her the wrong way.
“Do you need help?” she asked me when we were in her car, a red Mustang convertible with fangs for sure.
“Mom, I think I can buckle my own seatbelt.”
She leaned over me anyway. I rolled my eyes and gently pushed her away. “Remember what I told you,” she said.
“I know Mom, I’ll never ever no matter who offers it to me or how old I am, I’ll never take a pill. I promised you that already!”
“Just checking. Maybe I should check in with Michelle, see how she’s doing.”
“Please Mom! Kayla will have a cow. Please, just drive and be quiet please.”
I was thinking, as we drove in the warm night air, how good it felt to be driving with my mother, and going out with my best friends, and going to my first kegger. I was also, I admit it, thinking, if someone offers me an Oxy, I’ll probably take it.