Holding Eric Part 8

September 15, 2014

Holding Eric part 8

Denver to New York arriving in RI Airport, after a long flight back and forth in terminals’ for the next flight before reaching RI Airport, Eric walking beside Aunt Ginger past the early morning computers rushing thru security lines trying to get thru flights, Airport stores filling up as they continued looking for the luggage area, Aunt Ginger only had one medium suitcase for a short trip she could have done without.

Down the escalator finding the pickup area standing with the other passengers watching all the luggage’s slowly rotating outward, Eric watching waiting quickly spotted Aunt Gingers reaching over lifting it off without dropping it, returning to Aunt Ginger looking at the signs for the car rentals following alongside just before the doorway to the rental cars being stopped by security, checking the tags to match her ticket.

The young man handed her the paperwork along with a pointing out on a map of where we had to go, folding it in half heading to the line cars finding the pale blue compact placing the suitcase in the back seat driving to the city, pulling into the department of social services, Eric uneasy his Aunt still not talking that much about what was going on returning, placing the suitcase in the truck before heading inside, seeing the receptionist sitting behind the window carelessly shifting papers around asking what it was it in referents’ to and if she had an appointment with whom.

Waiting among the crowed seats everyone keeping to them self-other than small children trying to play around the chairs staying close to their mothers, crying babies being rocked back and forth till the window open “Mrs. Augustine she’ll see you now” pointing down the hallway “Fourth door to your right” not even looking up while they past her looking at the doors, Eric stopping at the door seeing Ms. Waterford sitting behind her desk only getting up when they walked in shaking Aunt Gingers hand looking at Eric.

“Well’ Eric did you have a nice flight back?” sitting down together in the small office area

“No’ where’s my mom I want to see her!” leaning forward on the desk

“Eric sit back” Aunt Ginger said in a firm voice

“She’s at the funeral home’ I’m sorry they did everything they could” opening the folded infront of her

“Sure they did’ what about you know?”

“He’s not going to bother you anymore you don’t have to worry about him”

“Worry never’ glad to see him locked up for a change” raising his head looking at the wall behind her seeing all the flyers showing happy family’s together.

“Will need to get a statement from you as what happen”

“What happen? You know what happen you don’t need my statement” uneasy moving in the chair

Turning their attention to the doorway standing looking in at them with his badge on his waist “This Eric?” walking right in the office standing next to Eric.

“Yes that’s him’ Eric you’ll need to go with Officer Nolan he needs to take your statement”

“No I’m not going with him!”

“Eric go with him it will be ok I’ll take care of everything here’ I’ll be right in with you in a second” Aunt Ginger said holding her purse tightly in her lap not even looking at Eric, only looking over as the officer waited, Eric got up sending the chair back hitting the wall behind them, Officer Nolan walked out with Eric leading him down the hallway.

“Mrs. Augustine everything’s been taking care of is there anything you need?”

“What’s to become of Eric now?”

“He’ll be ok will take good care of him”

“Look I just can’t take Eric to live with me I’m in the middle of a divorce”

“We understand these things happen he’ll be ok”

“It’s not that I don’t care it just it’s not the right time for me to be held down with a kid”

“We have made all the arrangements for him’ you just have to sign this form ad everything will be taking care of, Eric will go to a nice home and he’ll be with other kids his own age”

“You do understand it’s just impossible for me”

“I understand, here’s the address of the funeral home” Handing her the pamphlet as she sign the form handing it back, standing up together walking back to the front area.

“Will you need me for anything’ I’ll be at the motel?”

“Will call you’ you take care of your sister affairs will be in contact”

“Thank you should I talk to Eric?”

“No it’s better this way will tell him”

Aunt Ginger walked out the front door, getting in the car looking at the pamphlet checking the map before pulling out onto the roadway.

Officer Nolan open the door to the holding room were Eric had been placed six hours before without food or drink, Eric sat at the table with his hands crossed over sitting back upward when he walk in, watching him sitting down opening his folder looking it over.

Eric upset over being betrayed by his Aunt not cooperating with his questions breaking down after sitting watching him look at the paperwork, before telling him that it went on for the last two or three years after his father lost his job at the auto parts store because of his drinking that only made things hard around the house with his mother working a part time job just to pay the rent and grocery when he didn’t take the money for his drinking, she had to walk has they had reposed the car again his drinking rages going after them when he couldn’t find were she hid the money, pulling everything apart tossing it around the room, Eric came home a few times finding his room flipped upside down. Eric could avoid his rages only some of the times staying out late so he wasn’t his punching bag.

Eric was placed in the back seat of Officer Nolan’s car like a criminal taking to the halfway house, till they could find a place for him to stay with a family, pulling up to the white two story house Eric sat looking from the back seat not wanting to go inside, Officer Nolan open the back door leaning down with one hand on his folder looking at Eric sitting waiting.

“So this is the halfway house I’m staying at?” Looking up scooting halfway out

“This is it for now’ let’s go kid move!” Reaching down pulling on his arm getting him to standup

Walking to the door resisting as he rang the doorbell, greeted by an young girl “Hello”

“Mr. Blanton in?”

Looking at Eric with her eyes moving up and down at him before looking back at Officer Nolan spotting the badge and sidearm “Sure in the study go right in” Stepping aside watching him holding Eric’s arm moving him inside.

“What are you looking at Girl?” Eric snapped at her walking in

“Watch your tong boy”

“Yes sir Officer!” snipping right back

Forcing him in front of him to the study, Mr. Blanton getting up from his chair greeting as they walk in offering them a chair, Officer Nolan handed him the file sitting down, Mr. Blanton flip thru it stopping at one paper looking up “So Your Eric the runaway orphan?” looking down his noise slyly remarking.

“Yep that’s my name right there on your paper”

Officer Nolan reach over taking his arm squeezing him, Eric turning in his chair pulling at his fingers to let go. “Let go of me”

“He’s got a few problems as you can see” letting louse his arm smirking to Eric

“Little attitude will change that’ officer you can go now will handle him from here” standing up together “you stay’ sit and don’t move” pointing at Eric holding his sore arm showing his anger watching them.

“See you kid’ don’t let me see you on the streets” walking out the doorway with Mr. Blanton to the front door, Eric looking around the shelving stacked with Childcare books a few shelf’s nothing interesting to speak of, Mr. Blanton came back in the room with another boy older than him, standing by the door looking at Eric waiting for Mr. Blanton to sit down opening the folder again stopping at one point his eyes going back and forth to Eric and back to the paper.

“We got rules here Eric and you will follow them to a tee or you will be punished ‘if you don’t obey them as they are stated here” Handing Eric a paper to look at.

“Right rules’ how long am I supposed to be here?” glancing over the paper tossing it back on the desk

“This is Jon he’ll take you to your room”

“When do I get to see my Mother? She’s at the funeral place?”

“I’ll check into it’ now go with Jon” Right back to Eric’s folder

Slapping the chair back walking to the door, Jon just waved for him to follow him, slowly walking upstairs stopping at one bedroom with two bunk beds, walking inside Jon pointed to the top bunk” This is your bunk” Eric sat down on the lower bunk “I like the bottom” Fine you can have it I don’t mine the top” walking over to a dresser opening the draw as Erick sat watching him pulling out pants and a shirt.

“You need to get cleanup’ when was the last time you showered anyway” crunching his nose

“I can’t remember last I don’t need one”

“Yes you do and one way or the other you’ll take one”

“Really who’s going to make me you?”

“No the others will less you want Mr. Blanton to?”

“I don’t have a change of clothes these are fine still”

“You going or shall I just go get Mr. Blanton?” Tossing the clothes at him

Eric picked them up from the floor “Fine you win’ where’s these others?”

“In class”

“School you mean”

“No everyone is schooled here”

“Lead the way then Jon boy”

Stopping him looking right into his eyes “Don’t call me that again it’s Jon!”

Entering a room seeing one toilet and two sinks, on his left side an open area seeing shower heads for four persons like at swimming center before you went in a pool, with one bench Eric placed the clean clothes down starting to unbutton his shirt looking at Jon sitting down on the end watching him.

“What now” taking off his shirt setting it down

“I’ll get you a towel leave everything here on the bench till I get back”

Jon walked out of the room Eric walked around looking at the sinks with one long mirror over it seeing himself, lifting his arms smelling himself squinting checking all purple around the ribs and arms slowly turning looking at his back seeing where he had been kicked four days ago still black and blue on the backbones sticking outward, returning tossing his pants and shoes walking into the shower slowly turning the water seeing soap bars on shelves under each, washing himself.

Jon Set a large plastic bag down before he walked into the shower, stopping next to him looking him over handing Eric a bottle “Here wash your hair” walking back out sitting down lifting Eric pants going thru the pockets pulling everything out setting it down on the bench, Eric walked out’ Jon handed him the towel asking “You smoke?”

“No why you checking me out?”

Jon holding a lighter flipping it not lighting “What’s this then if you don’t smoke”

“It’s a lighter I found at the airport” drying off reaching for the underwear slipping them on watching him.

“Why you have all this money you steal it?” folding it back up setting it down

“No I earn it mowing lawns and stuff” Reaching over taking it with the pants

“How you get all those bruises” Jon asking looking at his ribs

“I don’t talk about it’ you can have the lighter”

“It’s no good you can keep it hurry up and get dressed before someone comes in here and see’s you like that and start asking question holding the lighter outward placing his clothes in the bag.

”It’s for making fireworks’ you take the spring and set the flit on the ends folded together and toss it at a wall and Bang” Eric said taking the lighter putting in his pocket, Jon looking back his eyes sideways unsure what he meant handing him a tee shirt watching the doorway.

“Sure ok’ look you have to follow rules around here”

“I looked over them simple stuff’ so how many others are here?”

“Six of us and Mrs. Darvan, she’s the teacher and cooks also seeing we have everything we need”

“Mrs. Darvan the teacher?”

“You’ll meet her after your settle in’ grab you stuff lets go”

Skeptical walking back to the bedroom sitting right down on the bed looking up at Jon

“No were going down stairs after you comb your hair” Handing him a comb “You can keep it, it’s one of the rules combed hair at all times”

Pulling the comb thru stopping as it matted, Jon with his hand out for the comb, Eric handed it to him, Jon slowly managed to get it straight down on the sides and back “You need to keep it clean and comb ok?”

“Sure ok so what’s next on the list I should know about here?”

“You didn’t read it did you?”

“Some what is it that bad here what type of punishment they give anyway?”

“Look just follow what everyone else does and you’ll be fine”

Jon stepped back looking at his hair nodding ok handing him the comb with a side nod to follow they went down the hallway to another room where he could hear the others inside talking, Jon open the door everyone stop talking looking up at them.

“This is Eric everyone”

Gazing at him sitting at their desk, Mrs. Darvan sitting in a chair at the front looked over “Take a seat” Jon walked over with Eric sitting at two empty desks looking forward at Mrs. Devan.

Holding Eric Part 7

September 11, 2014

Holding Eric part 7

Penny walked into the bedroom seeing Jacob set his overnight bag on the bed, looking at it for a second this was not normal Jacob always set it by the dresser never on the bed, setting it aside waiting on him to finish, Refreshed clean shaven Jacob open the door seeing penny sitting on the edge of the bed waiting for him. “Everything ok Jacob?” Penny ask

“Sure everything fine have any problems while I was gone?”
“No everything here’s ok’ Jake missed you and the girls I don’t even want to get into that”
“How your Mother?”
“Fine she’s in Vegas with her friend strange you should ask”
“Honey I care about her just sometimes she needs all the attention around here”
“She loves the kids and pampers them to much’ just like your parents do, speaking of them Your dad’s coming by in the morning” Penny said smiling while Jacob sat down next to her smiling reaching around giving her a kiss looking at her eyes with another kiss

“What’s this?”
“I missed you that’s all” reaching around more laying her down on the bed, kissing each other while Jake stood at the door watching them “Dad ready to play ball now?” standing holding his glove and ball.

Sitting up looking at him Penny started laughing “Better go toss a ball or two” grinning getting up
“Jake’ you got some timing buddy”
“The door was open” tossing the ball back and forth in the glove
“Go I’ll start dinner” Penny said smiling walking around Jake

Jake all smiles walking outside together, on the front lawn tossing the ball back and forth almost twenty minutes’ before a car pulled in the driveway dropping off Becky and Colleen rushing over to Jacob, waving bye to Mrs. Holden backing out before heading inside, Jake looking at the trailer standing in the driveway tapping the ball, slowly looking over seeing them going inside, Jake walked down the side to the rear, looking at the door seeing it was locked grabbing the round lock pulling down a few times, dropping his glove bending over slowly getting up seeing a young boy staring at him in the mirror towards the front, hurry to the door climbing up looking inside.

Becky and Collen setting the table while Jacob sat having his coffee checking the TV news, Jake came in tossing his glove on the chair sitting down looking around the room seeing what they were doing.
“What’s up Jake you forget something?”
“What dad’ no I don’t think so” looking down at his shoes
“Your backpack’ show me what you did today”
“Sure dad” getting up stopping looking out the door, over to the truck before taking his backpack over next to the chair, pulling out a few papers showing him what he did.

While Eric sat in the livingroom chair at his Aunt’s house watching the cartoons, while she was on the phone talking to Ms. Waterford. In the other room before coming in standing looking down at him.
“Eric you have to go back home” setting the phone down on the end table

“What I can’t go back I want to stay here with you” Eric said upset moving his lips as his eyes started watering looking at her shaking his head no
“You just can’t stay here you have to go home”
“But Aunt Ginger why can’t I stay here with you?” looking at the floor cracks
“Because I can’t take care of you I’m in the middle of something right now”
“I’m not going back” Eric said rushing to the couch laying down crying

Aunt Ginger went over rubbing his back sitting next to him “Eric it’s not that I don’t want you to stay it’s just I cannot take care of you”
“You don’t like me anymore is that why?”
“I like you a lot’ but Mrs. Waterford said you have to come back to tell them what happen”
“I can tell them over the phone I don’t have to go there ever”
“Eric things happen after you left” getting emotional just watching him
“I know they took them away!” upsetting careless tone back
“They did take them only your Mother my sister was taken to the hospital”
“Maybe because he beat her again” looking away
“Eric honey Your Mother was hurt pretty bad this time”
“She’ll be fine she always is” watching the cartoons sideways
“Not this time she was hurt very bad”
“So’ it’s not the first time he went after us when he’s been drinking” only glancing at her
“How can I put it to you she didn’t make it I’m sorry”

Eric sat up looking at her tear’s rolling down, his face started getting red eyes moving back and forth trying to wipe the tears away, she reach around him holding him letting cry it out.
“Eric you got to be strong for your Mom now, come on little guy will work it out”
“My Mom’s dead?”
“Yes she tried to hold on”
Eric couldn’t hold back crying again falling in her arms holding her.

Blowing out the candles on his cake after they had dinner, while everyone enjoying the cake Jake open his presents enjoy each one setting them aside, enjoying his second slice. Becky cleared the table while Colleen placed them in the dishwasher hurry Jake to finish so they could go outside for his big present, All smiles and hugs Jake stood up Colleen reach over taking his arm “I get to give the birthday boy spankings how many” holding him while they all watch except Jacob eyes got wide

“No stop no more spanking no more hitting each other” slapping his hand down on the table, everyone stopped looking at him this wasn’t there dad talking he never said anything before surprised not saying anything just looking at him sitting closing his eyes lowering his head in his hands, Penny quickly got up over to him “My god Jacob what happen” reaching down looking at the kids together at the end of the table.

Jacob slowly looked up “I’m sorry kids’ please no more hitting around here ok”
“Ok dad we won’t we promise” Becky said as she was the oldest standing together with them nodding.

“Why don’t you kids go outside for a few will be right out go on now” Penny said watching them slowly walk around the table only looking over at Jacob.
“Jacob what happen” Penny asking sitting down next to him pushing the plate aside waiting
“This kid I pick up I noticed his purple color bruises on his arms that he tried to hide”
“This Kid had Bruises how old was this kid?”
“Just a boy a runaway from what I could gather”
“You gave this kid a ride?”
“All the way to his Aunts in Denver”
“Jacob’ how never mind I know you did that right thing’ you ready Jake been waiting over a week”

The two went outside all three sitting on the porch looking up at them coming out Becky waved for them to get up “Dad should we blind fold someone?” Jake looking pushing his lips together at her grinning
“No he knows about the new Bike he’s been wanting already”
Jake face dropped looking at him that’s not what he wanted dishearten walking together to the truck, Jake stopped at the door looking at the mirror just ahead of them, walking to the rear
“Turn around now till I tell you to look” Jacob said to Jake opening the door “Ok here’s your new Bike” Jake turn around slowly not very excited to see a bike, looking up smiling as Jacob lifting him inside rush to the seat sitting down on his new red Go cart feeling the wheel all smiles back.

“Well you like it?” Jacob asking climbing up
Jake got out of the seat giving him a big hug around the waist “It’s just what I wanted dad”
“Well better thank your mother she pick it out” holding him as long as possible before he rush over getting down hugging his Mother, Jacob and the girls hurrying to get off the truck.

“See its Red not green” Jake said to Becky looking at the engine
“It has only one seat?” Becky asking
“Just one that’s all he needs”
“Dad how come he doesn’t have a roll bar?” Colleen asked watching Jake moving the wheel back and forth adjusting to the wraparound seat not pay any attention to them checking the pedals

“It has one if the time comes will put it on”
Penny squeezing Jacobs’s hand asking “Jacob’ you have that extra thing we talked about put on?”
“Sure did” pulling a key from his pocket “Jake here’s a key to start it but don’t loss it”
“A key like the Gators’ I have’ my own key” Jake taking the key placing it in stretching downward off the seat just reaching the pedals, looking up at Jacob.
“Adjust the seat forward the lever on the side Jake”
“Dad can we go riding in the back?” Becky asked pleating more than anything
“Go’ Jake think you can handle it ok?”
Becky and Colleen rushing around them to the barn
“Sure dad can I try it can I?”
“Start it just remember not too far”

“Use the break not your feet” Penny said all smiles holding Jacob
Jake all smiles back looking over the sidebar next to the seat putting on the seat belt ready, looking up at them smiling as he turn the key starting it, slowly moving forward around the trailer to the barn seeing the girls coming out on the Gators, buzzing right pass them to the open fields in the back as they hurrying to stay with him. Jacob and Penny sat on the back porch watching them in the field stirring up dust together.

Later that night after their shower’s before bed saying goodnight hugging and kissing, Jake being last as always taking to his dads lap squeezing him looking up “Thanks’ dad it was just what I wanted’ what’s Grandpa going to say about it?” his sad eyes looking back
“Don’t worry about your Grandpa it will be alright I’ll talk to him”
“But he wanted me to have that horse he looked at” with a worried frown
“The horse can wait a little longer, beside we have other horses”
“I know dad but he really wanted that one” sitting upward with one arm on his shoulder
“It’ll be fine now off to bed with you”
Jake kissed him rushing over to his Mother holding her “Thanks Mom I like it I’ll becareful”
“I know dear now you’ve had a long day time for bed” giving him a kiss sending him off

Holding Eric Part 6

September 9, 2014

Holding Eric part 6

Sitting down on the couch with Aunt Ginger, Eric turned seeing Jacob standing watching them.
“Please have a seat’ have you two eaten?” smiling back and forth at them
“Yes, we stopped’ I’m Jacob and you’re his Aunt?” Jacob asking sitting down in the chair
“Ginger Augustine’ everyone’s been so worried about what happen to him, how did you ever find him?”
“He found me sort of and well he has that way of asking that’s hard to refuse so I had to bring him” Jacob looking over at Eric checking around the room telling her, when Eric turn back shook his head so quickly only looking over to Aunt Ginger not seeing him do it.
“Do you have a bathroom I can use” Eric asked before Jacob could add anything sitting on the edge of the couch grinning his teeth.
“Sure honey down the hall on the left”

Eric quickly heading for the hallway, watching him till the door closed turning back looking at each other Ginger shook her head back and forth in a low voice “Eric mother Maggie just died in the hospital”
“He doesn’t know’ and his Father?” Jacob asking watching the hall
“He in jail the Eric’s social worker called here telling me what happen and to keep an eye for Eric one of his friends said he was headed here”
“Not what he’s expecting’ saying you lived on a big farm”
“Well that was a few years ago’ he was younger then” hearing the flush looking over seeing Eric returning, walking in sitting on the couch “Nice place you got Aunt Ginger so where’s Uncle Carlos?”
“He’s out of town for a while’ so you enjoy the big truck ride here did you?”
“Yes’ I didn’t walk here” Eric getting upset seeing how small the place really was
“Look I should go you two have a lot to talk about” Jacob said getting up

Eric rush over hugging him “Can’t you stay longer?” pleading with him
“No’ sorry I still have a load to drop off, I’m also parked in the road remember”
“When will you be back then?” Eric asking looking up
“About a week, I’ll be in the area I can stop by if that’s ok with your Aunt?” Ginger standing watching them raising her shoulders upward with only a small grin.
Jacob started walking to the door with Eric and Ginger following him out, “Take care ok”
“I will thanks Jacob” Eric said watching him walking back to the truck climbing in looking over at the two standing on the small porch with a wave from Eric as he waved back driving off, turning going back inside the house.

Jacob pulling into Kansas truck stop parking looking over to an empty seat, pulling his log book down starting to write inside stopping looking back at the bunk seeing the comic books by the pillow, lowering his head before finishing his report placing it above the visor holding the wheel looking outward, slowly getting out walking around the truck checking the tires stopping looking up at the passenger door hoping to see Eric watching him, only he wasn’t looking down.

Entering the fuel service area walking inside checking around him, truck drivers talking about loads just wasn’t holding his interest at that moment, Heading to the restaurant area, stopping at the cashier looking at the counter, coloring books and crayons with children’s menus setting next to them, Jacob reach over taking one, looking around the room deciding to sit at the counter for a change not of his regular places always taking a booth to relax more.

“Well don’t you look beat what do you have tonight?” Seating down a coffee cup and water glass
“English and some soup” reaching for the sugar
“Vegetable or Clam chowder?”
“Clam Chowder will do it thanks”
“Got a kid back home?”
Jacob looked up at her “Yes have three home what made you ask?”
“Maybe the coloring book” She said smiling at him
“Right’ I was thinking of someone that would have like it”
“Kids like to color it keeps them busy anyway” she smiled again heading back

Jacob looked at the coloring book showing two small kids playing with a ball, picking up his coffee, looking thru the pages before the waitress came back with his chowder “Here you go anything else?”
“No not right now” Jacob setting the book aside seeing the waitress standing still infront of him “So you heading home to the wife and kids?” Jacob looking again at the book “In the morning should be home”
“So where’s home?”
“Logan Texas”
“Bet they’ll be glad to see you, how long you been on the road?”
“Two weeks I’m ready for a break before the kids go back to school”
“Wish my kid was still in school he went in the army station in Florida”
“They do grow fast and before you know it on their own”
“Sure do miss him but should see him before Christmas”
“Kids grow on you that’s for sure, matter a fact need to call the wife”
“No Phone?”
“Went dead and of course forgot the charger that she’s always telling me to take”
“Better call her’ there they go again gotta run, take it easy things will look up” The waitress said walking away.

Jacob finished his meal walking around the gift shop stopping at the candy rack seeing Eric’s candy bars, reaching down taking a few before heading to the phones in the back lounge, pushing the buttons leaning on the wall waiting as it rang.

Sitting in her chair watching the TV when her phone rang glancing down not recognizing the number letting it go to voice mail looking at it waiting to hear who it was.
“Hello you there babe it’s me?”
Quickly reaching over picking it up “Jacob” pressing the mute button
“How’s everything?”
“About time you called, I was getting a little worried”
“Sorry had an unexpected run to make in Denver”
“Jake was asking for you”
“How was his camping trip?”
“He’s coming home tomorrow when you coming home?”
“Tomorrow and the girls how they doing?” In a low tone
“At a friend’s overnight’ you sound off you ok?” lowering her eyes to the side
“Sure am fine I’ll be home around noon, what time they getting home?”
“Three or so’ how’s your new team driver working out?”
“Not’ he quit Monday”
“Jee’s Jacob’ solo no wonder you must be tired”
“I’ll get some zzz’s and be-off first light”
“Well just be careful lot of road construction here”
“Ok I’ll see you soon love ya”
“Me too’ I’ll put on the steaks for dinner”
“Ok gotta go babe good night”
“Good night Hun see you tomorrow” Hearing the phone hanging up she held it for a second before setting it down, her face got tight again looking at the phone pressing the redial button letting it ring with no one picking it up’ hanging up’ placing it on the table turning the TV sound back on sitting back in the chair.

Dawn breaking Jacob waking to the sun coming in the front windshield reflecting around the back, sitting up looking at the dancing girl next to the candy bars setting on top of comic books, taking a deep breath standing up, reaching in the cabinet for a clean shirt before sitting down going over his log book still checking the passenger seat only envisioning Eric sleeping, returning the book back above the visor getting out of the truck, making his check over on the tires, stopping at the rear looking forward at his mirror, again Eric’s lost face looking back in the mirror haunting him, finishing getting in reaching for his thermos when he spotted the letter on the floor. Eric must have dropped it, reaching over to pick it up, Looking at his name before folding it in half placing it in his pocket, checking over the gauges before driving to the exit heading to the warehouse making a stop before going home.

Rural area a school bus letting off a young boy in Logan Texas, going up the driveway to his house while holding his backpack to his side, Opening the door “Mom I’m home” Setting his pack down in the hallway hurrying to the kitchen seeing his mother washing dishes.

“Jake did you wipe your feet off?”
“Yes, Mom I did’ what are you cooking smells good?” looking at the stove
“Cake for your Birthday” She said turning giving him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek
“Mom’ what you get me? You can tell me” excided wanting to know with his big smile
“It can wait till later when your sisters and Father gets home”
“Mom can you give me a hint just a little one come on Mom just a little” Sitting down waiting hoping to find out before he got it, bouncing his shoulders waiting.
“No well maybe it’s big and you might like it” She said checking the stove.

Jake lips and eyes went upward, looking back around her at the big cake on the rack, scooting forward watching her stick a toothpick in side looking at it closing the door
“So when’s dad going to be here?” Jake said going over to the refrigerator opening the door looking inside, pulling out a soda can.
“You want a sandwich? Asking him finishing the dishes, getting a sour smell looking back
“No just looking seeing what you bought”
“Jake maybe you should take a shower before he gets home”
“Ok I will Mom can I have some corn chips?”

Reaching up opening the cabinet getting the bag for him’ “Here save some for your sisters”
“I will what are we having for dinner?”
“Steak and green beans”
“Green beans’ Mom can’t you make sweet potatoes”
“Your dad likes his green beans but I’ll make the birthday boy some”
“Thanks Mom’ did you hear that Mom?” stopping short looking to the front window
“What I didn’t hear anything?”
“Dad’s home I can hear him coming up the road” Hurry to the door looking out the window seeing the rig backing in, hurrying outside rushing to the truck as Jacob parked it next to the car shutting it down, Jake stood waiting for him to open the door “Hi Dad you’re home for my birthday just like you said you would be” Jacob getting out with Jake rushing him giving him a big hug, Jacob closed his eyes leaning down smelling his hair, before Jake let go climbing up pulling his overnight bag out, walking to the house with Jake stopping at the porch looking at her waiting, Jake taking his bag inside.

“Hi babe”
“Well hello stranger have a good sleep last night?’
“Not really” walking up giving her a kiss before going inside together Jacob smelling the air “Smells like someone’s been busy cooking”
“Jake’s cake’ you want something now?”
“No, I’m good maybe some coffee, I need to take a shower”
“Jake just got home before you so he smelling some from camp”
“That’s ok he’s fine’” Sitting down at the table watching Jake eat corn chips following with soda.
“So Dad where you go this time, what you bring me for my birthday?”
“Your Birthday is that what I was supposed to get a gift for you?”

Jake rush over giving him a big hug looking up “Dad you got me that go-cart?”
“No well maybe you’ll find out later” holding him close smelling his light brown hair
“Dad want to play some ball outside before dinner” standing up excited
“Jake your father just got home”
“Ok’ maybe later then dad”
“After dinner, Jake eat your chips”
“What happen on this trip that’s got to you’ don’t say nothing I know you so what happen?”
“I’ll tell you about it later’ I need to freshen up”
“Your coffee’s ready”
“I’ll only be few minutes the girls be home soon?”
“Sure anytime” watching Jacob getting up walking to the other room taking his overnight bag to the bedroom, “Jake why don’t you play your games for a little while till your sisters come home”
“Ok Mom can …” holding the chips
“Yes’ take them with you” Watching Jake taking the soda and corn chips leaving the room, opening the stove checking the cake before pulling it out to cool on the counter, looking back at the table seeing the coffee cup, taking off her apron walking to the bedroom.

Holding Eric Part 5

September 7, 2014

Holding Eric part 5

Wondering what was taking Jacob so long, Eric made his way back to the fuel counter asking for Jacob, She just pointed outside while talking with another truck driver, stepping outside slowly walking despite the wet pavement walking around a few puddles passing trucks finding only an empty space were they had parked, leaning on the dampness of the fender of another truck lowering his head wiping the small band of sweat from his brow, adjusting his hat around his curly blond hair, more panic setting in now when he felt someone touched his shoulder for that one second fearing the old man was back after him pulling away turning looking over seeing it was Jacob “It’s in the shop you ok? We had a flat” Looking up at Jacob “Thought maybe you left me here” slumped his shoulders

“Jacob smiled down “No not likely here anyway, here take the thermoses will get them filled”

Walking back together back to the dining room sitting at the counter, two coffee’s and water the same waitress not even asking taking the thermos’s “How she know what you want in them?” Eric asked

“She’s done it before”

“So you stop in here a lot?”

“When I’m passing thru Katie’ she’s works the night shift on weeknights”

“So when do we get to Nebraska?” Eric asked sipping his cup looking over

“Late tomorrow night’ one more stop to make before Denver”

“You’re going to Nebraska not Denver?” Eric tilted looking over

“Made a change were heading to Denver ok”

“Great I can see my Aunt it won’t be too late will it?”

“Will see’ Katie this is Eric’ were heading to Denver next”

“Hi Eric’ Jacob Denver another long trip you just go back?”

“What” Eric confused looking back and forth at them?

“He’s going to his Aunts for a while”

“Denver way too cold for me that’s for sure’ anything else?”

“No were good here see you on the return trip”

“Drive careful and good luck’ Eric hope to see you again sometime” Katie said watching them walking away picking up the cups seeing Jacob left her a five placing it in her smock smiling as they headed out the front door.

“Where are we anyway?” Eric asking spotting the truck next to the fuel area

“Branford take the thermos and jump in be right there”

Eric stopping looking at him taking the thermos “Mass?”

“No Connecticut’ not far from New Haven”

“How much farther is it to Denver? Standing at the driver’s door setting them down on the step

“Should pull in Wednesday Night” Jacob said opening the door letting him get in handing him the thermos “Be right back stay put this time!” in more a firm voice, Eric nodded back scooting over to his side seeing the package of Comic books checking out the window watching Jacob go inside, before sitting back looking at the Comics.

“Well you settled in looks like” Jacob said getting in letting it warm up checking his log

“It’s getting dark out all ready see the sky looks like more rain”

“Will pass it’ if you get tired jump in the back”

Eric looked back at the single bed seeing more bags Jacob picked up at the store, “I’m good”

“Ok’ used the pillow if you want” Pushing the Air valve moving to the exit, slowly to the traffic light watching the curve before getting on ninety-five north to New York.

Eric ended up getting the pillow setting it by the window leading back falling asleep from the darkness and seeing only tail lights waking up only when Jacob stopping at a toll station Near Newark, and once when they slowdown in North Brunswick for Route one to south ninety-five only falling back into the pillow, Pulling into the rest area parking alongside another semi shutting it down.

 Eric still sleeping while Jacob finished his log before reaching over “Eric you awake?”

“Yea now’ where are we Denver already?”

“No in Pennsylvania”

“Why we stop?’ rubbing his eyes looking around the area

“Needed a break and restroom’ put your shoes on will go up”

Pushing his hair back looking for his shoes bending over slipping them on with a big yawn seeing the reflection off the window of them from the lights inside, Jacob started out looking over “Come on you can get out on my side” Helping him down again walking to the rest area, Eric staying close to him seeing the cars with people sleeping on the seat as they walked.

Eric right for the stall closing the door behind him stopping opening the door back open looking at Jacob “You will wait for me in here not outside?” holding the door with one hand ready to unbuckle his belt

“Of Course I’ll wait just outside for you less someone comes in ok?”

“Ok I might be a little while maybe I ate too much”

“Be outside take your time no rush” Jacob said heading out, standing looking over the large map glancing at his watch, spotting a vending machine just over near the next building, walking up at the bathrooms “Eric be right next store they have vending machine with hot chocolate and coffee” Waiting not hearing him respond “Eric you ok? Eric” walking inside seeing him washing his hands looking back “Ready”

Following over to the vending machine watching the cup drop filling up with steam off the top, Jacob took the cup handing it to Eric waiting on another to fill, Eric sat down on the bench looking at the cars as Jacob sat next to him “How come they make Trucks Park so far away I almost didn’t make it”

Smiling back “Maybe because they are so big they would take too much room”

“It’s not fair to have us walk so far” wiping his mouth off from the chocolate

“Will spent a few hours here before we head out’ it should be daybreak by then”

“Already where the night go?”

Jacob just looked down at him wanting to tell him he sleep thru it but left it be getting up together tossing the cups in the trash heading back to the truck. Unlocking the door Eric made his way up without help.

“Stay here got to make a walk around the trailer be right back” Jacob closed the door locking it before walking down the side of the trailer to the rear.

Watching him walking down in the driver seat mirror till he was out of sight, looking over to the other truck window seeing a sign blocking the inside, turning back seeing Jacob coming around the front unlocking the door opening it for him scooting over.

“Well I’m going in the back for a few winks you going to be ok here?”

“Sure I’ll be your watch dog’ you can have the pillow now”

“Nice just don’t open that door for anyone” Taking the pillow tossing on the bed

“I won’t get some rest want me to wake you?”

“No I’ll be awake just resting”

“Ok if I read my book?” holding the comic book upward

“Fine see you I about an hour or two” laying down looking forward

“That long?”

“Maybe sooner read your books” adjusting the pillow tapping the dancing girl

 Jacob woke up looking over seeing Eric sound asleep, pulling back on the Highway, entering Ohio before he woke up looking over. “why didn’t you wake me?” Eric asking

“You feel better this morning”

“Yea why did I say something last night?”

“You were talking some”

“Was it bad or what did I say I can’t remember what I was dreaming about”

“Couldn’t make it out’ will be stopping soon”

“We still in Pennsylvania?”

“No just about to cross into Chicago that’s in Illinois”

Looking out seeing only everything flat open country heading into a storm off to the right side, watching the clouds darken the sky seeing they were headed right at them.

“Looks like rain storm were going into”

“Will pass it might get a little rain”

Here it comes “Eric pointing to the windshield seeing the drops

Hitting the windshield hard and fast more like a bucket dumping on them and it was over, cars keeping with the two lane traffic only a cement garden them from coming over looking up seeing the sign as they entered into more lanes I-290 East Chicago South toll-way on the left exit seven Joliet route fifty with construction zone ahead on the left side.

“When we stopping?”

“You ok to the truck stop it’s a big one with lots inside”

“As long as it’s not too far” squirming in the seat

“Will make a stop before the Truck stop can you hold it?”

“I think so” picking up his hat off the floor

Stopping at the local truck stop refueling then back on the highway I-80 towards Iowa heading into Nebraska, watching the brownish horizon Jacob seeing Eric not exactly entertained from the view trying to read his comic book, finishing off the last of his chicken nuggets in the rush hour traffic almost fourteen hours having to stop a few times for the bathroom visits knowing young boys can only hold it just so long, reaching Nebraska exit towards the big warehouse’s Eric looked around watching Jacob back into a loading dock.

“Where are we?”

“Nebraska warehouse unloading the trailer here”

“Why you have to unload it?”

“That’s what loads are for to deliver from one place to another”

“You need help unloading it?”

“Sure you can help me”

Walking up the stairs inside standing at the desk looking around the warehouse, how big it was inside seeing the men unloading truck standing on little carts pulling the pallets outward dropping them and going back for more.

“What are they called” Eric asking pointing at the men

“Pallet jacks like Forklifts” Jacob said lifting him up setting him on the table

Eric looked over the table smiling at the man talking with Jacob showing him papers, while watching the men remove the pallets before a larger one came up taking them away down a long aisle stack high, Jacob lifted Eric down taking his hand keeping to the yellow lines to a small café room looking over the machines “See anything you want?” Eric looked at the corn chips pointing at them, tossing two coins in letting Eric push the buttons getting a soda from the next one before the two sat down watching from the window.

“What about your load we going to unload it?”

“They will take care of it for us”

“That’s nice of them, so we still going to Denver?”

“Soon as were done here”

“It’s getting dark out think my Aunt will still be up when we get there?”

“I think so we made good time”

 The truck unloaded and back on the road this time heading to the address in Denver Eric showed him at the truck stop, getting off the highway to the city of Denver pulling over looking at the street atlas, finding they were within a few block to his Aunt’s house, with a jerk pulling back into city traffic spotting the street sign turning down finding the house.

“This looks like the place your Aunt lives”

“Here it’s not a farm”

“This is the address you have”

Eric pulled the envelope looking at it then to the house, lowering his head reching for the door handle

“Eric would you like me to walk with you?”

“I should be ok here’ but if you want to you can” Eric said more wanting him to

The two walked up to the door, Jacob rang the doorbell waiting just looking at the door, the small current pulled back and she looked out opening the door quickly “Eric you made it god we were so worried” reaching out for him holding him, “Come inside please” She said lifting Eric upward holding him tightly before lowering him walking inside together to the livingroom.

 

Holding Eric Part 4

September 3, 2014

Holding Eric part 4
(Just a Note for my PLEASANT readers, I just want to thank you for reading it, I know my spelling is bad Only I try and get what I’m thinking down before it slips away, sometime I don’t check for every little thing wrong with the chapter till I have read it on a printed out form. So with that if you don’t like what I’ve put down please don’t put me down!) This part is short due to a person who told me not to write anymore after reading Holding Eric. Good thing he wasn’t around on YellowJacket Ha’Ha’.
Pulling out of the rest stop back on the highway, Eric sat watching the traffic increasing, glancing over to Jacob shifting watching back and forth in his side mirror keeping up with the traffic each time the motor roar lifting his head watching him down shifting a few times around curves and down a few hills, it seemed like hours riding trying not to fall asleep watching the lines in the road.
“Would he ..I mean could he have?” Eric hesitating asking
Jacob looked over “You’re trying to guess what could have happen back there?”
“Well maybe he just wanted to talk” Eric said scooting around in the seat better
“No’ you need to be more careful in rest areas just like when your home”
“I get it’ how did you know I was there?”
“Keeping an eye open to see if you were coming back”
“Thanks for helping me out”
“Getting hungry?”
“Little bit we stopping?”
“Next Truck stop we need to fuel up anyway”
“Didn’t you just get gas?”
“That was a few hundred miles ago”
Looking down at the side of his seat Eric picked up the thermos shaking it a few times before pouring out some in the cup holding it out ward to Jacob “Coffee?”
“No it’s been sitting will gets some fresh”
“This is a Thermos right so how come you called it a Thermoset then?”
Jacob smiled over “It has many temperatures hot, warm and then cold”
Tasting the coffee making a face feeling it was cold swallowing it, pouring the rest back in setting it back down next to him checking what was in the back, seeing only one bed with blankets and one single pillow setting near the back wall area, just near the top was a small refrigerator, with a dancing lady sitting on top, checking back around him a closet door with a duffle bag on the floor.
“This the truck stop exit?”
“Not yet about another fifty miles before we get there”
“You don’t listen to the radio?”
“Sometimes I do mostly checking the scenario out”
“What’s that?”
“All around you look outside everything you can possibly see is right outside these windows”
Eric looked out the window seeing the road and next to it long rows of stone walls lining the road with cement barriers diving the two roads, high mountains with no houses only trees growing in open fields.
“So why don’t you stop and see the sight’s” Eric asked him leaning on the door
“You don’t stop and take the sights’ sometimes you just have to look as you go by everything, maybe you can get a photo or two even that’s can be tricky at sixty miles an hour”
“You don’t stop at any of these places?”
“Sometimes when it’s a rest over till the next load going out”
“You must spend a lot of time driving”
“Almost eleven hours a day or more”
“You sleep back there at night?”
“Not all the time I like to stay a motels on the weekends and get a fresh start for the week”
“How many states you been in?”
“Few or more, here’s our exit hungry?”
“Little, this bouncing makes you go”
Jacob turn off the road heading into the truck stop slowly moving around other trucks pulling inbetween two stopping, Eric jump back in the seat when Jacob pulled the Air break, smiling over reaching for his log book, Eric trying to look at it Jacob waving him over, slowly getting up standing looking down at it as Jacob draw lines and marked it “This is the time and here’s the miles we went can you see it” Eric nodding watching him place the book back up “Ready’ I’m hungry” following Jacob out his door with Jacob helping him down when Eric reaching for the metal to grab onto “No don’t grab that” Jacob pulled him down “That’s the exhaust pipe you touch that you’ll get burnt” holding him still looking down at him.
“Sorry” Eric said looking at him still holding him
“You’ll learn but not that way’ let’s go” pulling Eric’s hat down over his face walking to the front
Right alongside Jacob walking inside the fuel station passed the gift shop and into the restaurant area holding his hand outward waving it back and forth to booths or table, Eric pointed to the tables, sitting down checking the other truck drivers looking over with Jacob only nodding his head to them, before the waitress came over setting two waters down.
“Evening boys special or buffet Meatloaf and Ham steaks”
“Buffet sounds good, two coffees and a large orange juice”
“Plates are on the side help your self’s”
Finished with their dinner, Jacob took the check before Eric could even see it walking together out Jacob told Eric to go check out the comic books, While he waited for the cashier to finish, Eric checking over a few trying to see how many were inside the package when Jacob walked over just as he was about to open it looking up.
“Find what you like?”
“They don’t tell you how many inside” Still trying to lift on e inside
“Look at the edge should be able to see, around five most of the time”
“To tight to tell” Eric flipped it tom it side finding it covered just looking back up holding it
“Just open it” Jacob nodded
“Open it?” Eric said ripping the top right back without hesitating pulling them out, showing them to Jacob, before placing them back inside, Jacob took the package over to the cashier looking back at Eric looking at the chrome items behind the glass.
“Eric meet you in the lounge’ I’ve got to check in with the dispatcher”
Eric’s head snapped back seeing him walking away, checking a few more items in the isles heading towards the fuel area, Jacob standing talking to the well-groomed female handing him papers, spotting Eric looking on Jacob just pointing down the hallway, Eric slowly walked down checking the boards showing trucks For sale before entering the Truck drivers lounge seeing a few drivers watching a movie on a wide screen TV set, only looking at him when he walked in sitting down waiting for Jacob.

Holding Eric part 3

August 29, 2014

Holding Eric part 3

Everything around was strange being high above looking down cars able to see right inside, bending over tilted looking outward thru a small window built in the door, Eric watching him shifting gears following each movement clicking a button on the side without even looking at it, Hanging cord from a CB mic tangled above them Eric note the dial on sixteen, “How come your not on nineteen?” pointing at it
“Truckers are mostly staying on sixteen less mumbo jumbo” Glancing over looking at his hat
“Nebraska that’s where you’re going right’ how far is that from Denver?”
“A few miles away you asked me already before” Watching Eric looking in the back
“I did sorry just wondering” Eric said sitting back looking out the front window
“So you have a Name?”
“Eric what’s yours?”
“Jacob’ your dad really a truck driver?” Checking his mirror moving to another lane
“No he works in a warehouse when he’s not drinking” Checking the street sign to and exit
“So Eric why you on the run?”
Eric quickly turning “No I’m not on the run’ just going to my Aunts that all” looking down at the door handle and next to the seat.
“There’s coffee in the thermoset in the back if you want some’ the cream color one regular”
Eric seeing the thermos sitting next to the bed, looking upward able to standup looking around at the small area picking it up returning to his seat “No cups?”
“Use the top’ I’ve got other one don’t worry, should be still hot”

Ms. Waterford walked into the police station walking right by the desk to Thomas Hall’s desk sitting down looking at him and his partner, “Ms. Waterford we can’t do anything like I told you on the phone”
“There must be something Eric’s only eleven years old”
“If he’s spotted will call” officer Nolan said placing his hand on the phone looking over his desk
“He’s a runaway, we have lots of runaways he’s just one more on the list” Thomas said sitting backwards in his chair watching Nolan looking thru folders, Thomas looked down at the flyer of Eric ‘This the only photo you have?” Setting it aside
“Thomas this boys different than the normal runaways he’s been thru a lot the past few years” Ms. Waterford said getting up from her chair looking at the two of them going over another folder
“There all different’ he’ll come home when he’s ready or when he’s hungry” Nolan said slapping the folders down looking right at Ms. Waterford walking away from the desk to another part of the room
“Eric father’s is being charged with Maggie’s death’ when the boy shows up then we can do something about it, so like I said until he’s spotted our hands are tied”
“You will check with his Aunt in Denver?” Holding her briefcase resting on the desk asking
“Yes we’ll check with The Aunt if anything comes up will call you” going right back looking at his folder
Ms. Waterford turn walking away to the front desk, looking at everyone moving around not even paying attention who was around the front heading outside to her car, heading back to her office sitting at her desk pulling the file out of her brief case looking at Eric’s folder again reaching for the phone.
“Hello is this Mrs. Augustine?”
“Yes can I help you?” Turning down the radio in the kitchen trying to hold the phone
“Mrs. Augustine this is Ms. Waterford Family protection services in Road Island”
“Yes what has my Sister done this time?”
“I’m calling you about your sister and about Eric” checking who was walking by her door
“What’s happen that your calling me I’m in Denver what’s she done now?”
“Well it about Eric he’s run away and might be headed to Denver”
“Here’ why what happen is my sister ok?”
“No your sister’s in the hospital”
“Hospital’ did he get drunk again I warn my sister about him before she just won’t listen” sitting down at the table holding her soda looking to the other room of photos on the wall “Is she ok?”
“No didn’t anybody call you? She had a brain hemorrhage and they did everything they could I’m sorry to have to tell you or the phone”
“What Maggie is dead?”
“I’m so sorry”
“O’ my god Maggie no it can’t be I just talked to her yesterday” Setting the phone down on the table holding her head low trying not to cry, wiping the tears away hearing Ms. Waterford
“Hello Mrs. Augustine you still there Mrs. Augustine?”
“Yes’ yes I’m still here” holding the phone inbetween crying
“Eric doesn’t know about his mother he ran away before she died”
“Was Eric hurt is he ok when did all this happen?”
“We don’t know what happen only he did have some bruises when he show up at his friend’s house”
“How bad was it and what happen to Jack?”
“Jack being charged with involuntary manslaughter”
“You said Eric’s on the run trying to get here?”
“Yes as far as we were told by his friend before he took off”
“What about Maggie I can be on the next plane”
“Mrs. Augustine there’s not much here that can be done right now’ you need to be there for Eric when and if he shows up”
“I’ve got to go’ I’ll call you later”
“My condolences to you please call back as soon as you’re able you have my number?”
“Yes I have the number I’ll I will thank you for calling” Holding the phone in her hand hanging it up lowering into it crying.
While Eric woke up looking around seeing he was pulling into a rest stop “We stopping?”
“Need to stretch a little you can go look around if you want” Stopping the truck shutting down the engine reaching for his log book, writing inside it.
“You always write in that book when you stop?”
“It’s called a log book, keeps track of the miles and time”
“That’s what you have an odometer for and a watch for”
“Totally different altogether’ look why don’t you go visit the restrooms and walk around a little you’ve been sleeping over five hours” placing the log book back over the visor opening his door, looking at Eric just sitting watching him. “You might as well get out for a while” climbing down walking in the front seeing Eric getting down
“You going up” Eric asked
With a nod yes the two headed up to the restrooms, Eric stopped at the big map looking at it, checking around seeing him going inside, Eric hurry behind him “Hey were headed the wrong way this is South not west?” Eric said standing at the sink looking at him.
“Making a stop here then will be heading out”
“Where going the wrong way Denver the other way” Eric turn away heading back outside checking the cars parked out front.
“Eric come over here a second”
Turning around seeing Jacob looking at the map Eric headed over standing next to him pointing down “Here is where we turn to heading towards Denver can you see now why?”
Eric with a sly sign ok following him back, watching him again walking around it checking the tires “You do that everytime you stop check every tire why?” walking with Jacob to the other side
“Making sure there ok so we don’t end up with rubber flying off”
“Why don’t you get tires that don’t fly off?”
“Because they don’t make tires like that for truck traveling long hauls”
“Seems they should so you don’t have to stop and check them all the time”
“Your right someday maybe, you ready to hit the road?”
“No my turn’ you’re not going to leave me here are you?”
“No I’ll wait for you’ don’t be all day” Jacob said climbing in reaching for his log book.
Eric rush off to the restrooms hurry inside, one older man standing looking back at him, Eric stood trying not to look at him washing his hands looking over, Staying still even after he finished as the man just stood by the sink watching him. Turning starting to head out when the Man said” You’re not going to wash?” Eric shook his head and walked around the wall hurry back to the truck area, looking behind him seeing the man following him, Eric darted down the side of one truck hurry to the end stopping looking back seeing he drop his hat debating about going back for it not seeing him, just as he turn around the man stood looking at him “Going somewhere?” Eric backup into the trailer as the man got closer standing right in front of him holding one hand on the trailer just above his head “So kid what you doing around here?” Eric closed his eyes for a second waiting for his next move when all of a sudden the man was pulled back away by Jacob “what do you think you’re doing get out of here before I cream you” He took off running around the front while Eric stood with one tear looking up “Eric you have to be careful’ you ok he didn’t” “No can we go?” “Come on” Jacob said placing his arm around Eric wiping his tear off keeping his head down picking up his hat walking back to the truck together.

Holding Eric part 2

August 21, 2014

Homing Eric part 2

Jerry sat looking at him “You can spend the night here”
“What about you’re Mom?’
“She won’t come in don’t worry”
“You have anything to eat tonight?”
“No left in a hurry”
“I’ll get you something what would you like?”
“It doesn’t matter whatever you can fine”
“Chicken sandwich sound ok?”
“Sure”
Jerry headed to the kitchen while Eric made himself comfortable on the bed laying back checking out his book setting on the night stand, Jerry came in with a plate and soda handing it to Eric, “Thanks’” biting into the sandwich holding the plate, Jerry open the dresser draw pulling out a box placing it on the bed sitting down just as Eric finished giving him back the empty plate flipping the soda tab open.
“What’s in the box?”
Jerry handed the box to Eric, slowly opening it looking inside seeing dollar bill stacked inside with a rubber band holding them, “What’s this?” Jerry waved his hand towards him “What it’s your money I can’t take your money”
“You’ll need it, its ok” Jerry said taking the empty box back holding it
“I have money almost forty five dollars” Flipping the bills with his finger
“Take it for your trip you’ll need it for a bus ticket and food”
“They won’t sell me one because of my age” looking down at the rubber band snapping it
“So take it anyway”
Eric set the money on the night stand “Thanks’ Jerry you’re a real friend”
“You tired or you want to stay up for a while?”
“Little bit’ where you want me?”
“The bed”
“What both of use sleeping here in one bed?”
“No I’ll sleep over here I’m good”
Eric laid back down finishing off the soda watching Jerry spread out a blanket on the chair ready to turn off the light looking over “Night see you in the morning” clicking the light off.
Eric laid back looking at the ceiling than to Jerry already bundled under his blanket leaning on his arm, placing both arms up and under his head Eric slowly fell asleep.
“Wake up Wake up Eric she here come on you got to get out of here” Jerry pushing on his arm waking him “Eric hurry get your things” Eric quickly putting his sneakers on looking over to his pillow case tying his laces, hearing the door opening they looked over seeing Jerry’s mother and Ms. Waterford standing in the doorway.
“Hello Eric”
Eric just bowed his head getting up, Jerry already walking to the door as his Mother only fingered him out, Ms. Waterford stepped inside “Eric you’ll be fine now you’ll have a good family and they waiting to meet you” Eric could only follow her back into the livingroom seeing Jerry sitting on the couch with his mother standing over him, he knew Jerry was in trouble but had to find a way out of this.
“I’ll be right back got to use the old head ok?”
Ms. Waterford gave him a nod to go ahead walking in sitting down in the chair waiting for Eric to return holding her briefcase started talking to Jerry and his mom, Eric headed for the bathroom looking at the back door it was too open she could see him from the chair, entering the bathroom locking the door behind him and right over to the window opening it looking around, with a boost up on the laundry basket falling inside sliding outside hands first to the ground, looking back to the window hearing someone knocking, with a quick look around rushing to the back trees hiding just inside looking back watching Ms. Waterford looking out the window for him.
Hurrying thru the trees getting back on the train tracks where it was safe away from cars Eric walking another five mile this time near the truck stop hearing the trucks on the highway this was his only chance to get a ride out of town before they found him, walking among the trucks looking them over for out of state plates towards the restaurant area, going inside sitting at the counter looking them over hoping with his ball cap the waitress might think he was with them sitting in the truck area.
“Morning what do you have coffee or soda?”
“Coffee good any Hard roll’s?”
“Sure want it toasted?”
“Ok” Looking over to a few guys sitting in a booth talking
Seeing a trucker magazine on the next stool checking out the pages only looking up to the waitress setting the coffee down before walking away, reaching over for three sugar pack stirring them in when she brought over his roll “So where you guys headed today?” She asked
“Denver” trying not to look up just glancing to the entrains way
“Long trip ahead of you must be nice riding with your dad”
Snapping right up “Oh yea a blast sitting all day” picking up the roll
“Well if you need anything just wave”
“Ok thanks’” Eric said watching her checking the other drivers seeing if they needed more coffee taking the empty plates back, finishing off his roll dipping the last part in coffee checking the drivers.
Taking the magazine and check leaving a dollar by the plate walking to the cashier, standing looking around for someone to take his money, setting a dollars and fifty cents on the bill leaving on the counter walking into the store area looking around at the CB sets, turning looking to the counter and walking over checking out the candy bars line under it, taking three setting them on the counter.
“That do it for you?”
“Sure any maps?”
“Over by the restrooms”
Glancing over and back looking at the register price placing the money on the counter for her, taking his change and candy headed to the truck fuel pay station, seeing a few standing at the counter watching the news above them, Eric looked at the trucker magazines and keep his own rolling it up sticking it in his back pocket walking out side standing by the door checking out the trucks getting fuel.
One by one truck driver walking inside and back out while Eric lean on the rail watching them eating his candy bar. “You need a ride?” Looking over seeing an older man looking at him.
“Waiting on my dad’ were you headed?”
“West”
“So are we Denver”
“What load you hauling?”
Not sure crumbling the wrapper “Boxes of hanger”
“I’m in the green Peterbuilt if you’re looking for a ride” walking off
Eric looked around then started towards the trucks walking down a few then spotted him again checking his tires “What part west you going?” asking him
“Nebraska”
“Oh that’s how far from Denver?”
“Not far’ you need a ride don’t you?” watching Eric nodding his head “get in give me a few here and will be heading out’ you’re not wanted for anything are you?”
“No just need to get to Denver” Eric said watching him swat at the tires jumping back each time
“Go boy get in before someone see you”
Eric hurry around the side looking up at the handle not sure if he should go, when seeing a hand reaching around him opening the door “Jump up” Eric climb inside sitting looking over the front watching him walking around to the door getting in, holding his magazine looking over as he wrote in a small book only glancing at him a few times letting the motor run “What’s in Denver?” he asked
“My Aunt she lives there”
“So heading to your Aunts’ how long you been on the run?” placing the book over his visor checking the gages, Eric not sure if he should make a dash for it “Well I know what it’s like don’t worry I’ll get you closed to her” Eric smiled at him taking a slower breath looking around the yard as the stared pulling out.

Holding Eric

August 20, 2014

Holding Eric

 

Following along the Railroad tracks just to get away from all the hassles of home, it was too much with everyone fighting back and forth he just tired of hiding coving his ears not to hear them fighting anymore, that would only hold out just so much no matter how hard holding the pillow around his head the sounds were overwhelming, getting up from the bed tossing the pillow aside looking around his dim room, gathering a few clothes looking for something to put them in, only empty the pillow out placing what he needed inside stopping only as the hollering got closer to his bedroom door.

Sitting on the bed looking at the floor this was it the last time placing both hands over his ears trying to block the fighting, glancing at the window lowering his hands with a quick look around the room picking up his pillow case, slowly opening the window making sure they didn’t hear the metal sliding up before climbing out, just as Eric climbed out hearing a knock at the front door already knowing it must have been the police again it wasn’t the first time they came knocking.

Looking inside the window waiting for them to stop long enough to answer the door another knock without them stopping screaming at each other, hearing someone telling them to stop this worked both were quite hearing a car pulling up ducking down so they didn’t see him watching the officer going to the front, no lights or sirens to draw attention getting back up to the window only in time to hear them telling them that one of them was going to jail this time, everything went quite inside hearing a scuffle going on inside with his father yelling again before hearing his mother also another scuffle before it went quite again, leaning in the window waiting to see who they were going to take this time with another car approaching having to duck down looking over it was that Lady again the big shot social worker Mrs. Waterford, “Oh crap it’s her again” now was not the time to hang around she said last time’ she was taking me in if this happen again.

Eric headed away from the house hiding next store watching from the porch, seeing his parents taken away in separate cars leaving another officer there with the social worker, after ten or more minuets’ closing the front door before looking around outside of the house, ending up back at their cars talking to each other while Eric stay still keeping low out of sight knowing they were looking for him, watching them leaving slowly heading down the street checking making sure before walking back around the house to his window, finding it was closed and lock on the top going around the back door finding they also locked it kicking the door out of frustration, Eric never had a key to the front door always used the rear when coming or going anywhere, turning his head hearing the train going thru town grabbing his pillow case taking the alleyway behind the houses not to get spotted heading towards town.

Walking along the sidewalk in town holding his pillow sack in front like he was going to the laundry mat only a few blocks away watching every car going by before reaching the laundry mat going inside it was a safe place at the moment, with only a few inside Eric set the pillowcase down on the chair walking over to the soda machine getting a soda watching the outside keeping to himself returning to the chairs sitting down.

“Plenty of machine for you take your pick” Said one lady pulling clothes from a washer looking over

“That’s ok thanks’ waiting on my Mom” looking up watching her

“You have enough quarters” placing the last of her clothes in the basket

“She getting some thanks”

“Going to be dark soon seems to be getting dark earlier and lately”

“It’s the weather changing makes it darker”

“Colder too’ She coming soon?”

“She should be here already’ I don’t know what’s keeping her” getting up looking outside

“You want I could wait with you till she comes?”

“No maybe I should go check”

“Ok you have a good night now”

“You too good night”

Eric said still watching the window going back over getting his pillow case, heading out side looking down the street and back no police cars, seeing the lady putting in laundry inside her car turning asking “You need a ride?”

“No I’m good’ I’ll be ok thanks”

“Ok becareful”

Eric walking a little faster seeing the Railroad sign just ahead holding his sack over his shoulder started heading down the tracks staying out of view till the bend, his Aunt Ginger in Denver would take him in she liked him a lot and always said “Anytime you want to move in with me you can” Eric would kept his emotions shut down, and only on certain occasions would he actually reveal what he felt and that was to his Aunt she knew what was going on and could not do anything to change it.

Aunt Ginger’s was a long trip to be making without coasting an arm and leg for a bus ride, what Eric had scraped to collect a mere forty-five dollars from mowing lawns over the summer wouldn’t even cover the ticket maybe Jerry could help hurry along the tracks staying stepping on every other rail board when he could a few times trying the rail, stopping seeing the old building off in the woods with the moon light shining on one square pane of glass reflecting to him, Eric headed over to check it out hoping it was a good place to spend the night, tall over grown weeds covering the windows over the years setting his sack down on the short porch looking inside, weeds had taken over the inside thru the rotted floor boards turning back around looking to the trees before sitting on the few boards still left on the porch.

Eric stood outside the house looking thru the window hoping to spot Jerry watching TV, not seeing him noticing the wall clock it was late already ten twenty Jerry would have already gone to bed, around the side looking to his window hurrying over seeing the light was still on, with a tap seeing Jerry on his bed reading Jerry perked up looking over seeing him.

 “What are you doing out there?”

“Going to Denver”

“Gees Eric go to the back door”

Eric headed around the back Jerry already holding the door open waving him in, “hurry my room” Jerry said watching Eric going in, checking to make sure his parents were still watching TV returned closing  the door looking at Eric “What happen not your folks again?” sitting on the bed next to him.

“This time both went to jail”

“Your worker called here early looking for you”

“Man’ see wants to put be in some foster home or something”

“Mom told her she hadn’t seen you in a few days but would call when you showed up”

“Good thing I didn’t knock on the door then”

“That’s for sure so what you going to do now?”

“Head to my Aunt’s”

“Denver that’s what a billion miles away?”

“I can’t stay here’Waterford, I can get a ride at the truck stop”

Working on this new story hope you like it so far. Will

Between me you and God 10 Last

August 11, 2014

Originally posted on yellowjac:

Between Me You and God 10

BMYG  Part Ten.

Today is been just another day at the beach for me and Lucky, watching the waves come in shore, it’s so peaceful here late at night no one around just the sound of the waves, what a lonesome sound with the moon casing off the waves, Went thru the six pack now back home seeing someone called, Becky checking on us again every other day she calling making sure I still pick up the phone now and then, Becky came by about two mounts ago and found me sleeping on the floor must have scared her she didn’t even try to wake me just called for help, she was relived I was ok more scared that I went without saying goodbye.

It’s been a ride for me for sure the big wave is coming in soon, time has its limited now…

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Mike and Shawn’s Yellowjacket Adventure II

October 19, 2013

Mike and Shawn’s Yellowjacket Adventure II

The 2013-2014 Characters.  Just a little update for you.

Hello Follower and Looker’s:  Here seems to be a good start as request have been asking more about Mike, Shawn and all the persons involved, asking what chapter they wanted to know about only brought up the fact they seemed to be wanting to know more about each of them, with all the inquiries it was not easy to break down! most were asking what will happen to them, even a few got mad because Josh, Brian and Lisa were left behind, and let’s not forget Donna a few did not like her and was glad we got rid of her before something happen to all of them, In the town chapter it was hard to place what happen was going to happen if they couldn’t find the right shell and everything that when on that they had not even experienced yet that had changed now thanks to Doc and Ma only leaving them with many unanswered question, it was a roller coaster for all of them even Brian on the Farm but we know it had to happen tears followed as they had to leave not wanting to without finding more answerers than they were getting.

 Even thou we left a few behind somehow it wasn’t working with only the three trying to make it back home, so after looking for the right part we brought in Mat and Jeff they seemed to fit into everything that could happen taking our boys and Faye into a new light, A lot enjoyed the Dinner Joe the Marine and of course; Ma and Pa farms now we had to get the boys back on track so they were able to fly out and land again. That’s when they encountered Mat and Jeff our street boys with some history of their own as we followed them into another time somewhere in the western desert heat. Being overcome again they traveled in time to another place where we are now as they had fallen from the sky crashing in a hunting camp, hoping they could solve the problem and find a way to get back in there time will see if they make it home.

 As you know this is a Fiction Adventure Story of Two Young boy’s; Shawn and Mike finding them self in trouble after wondering off from their campsite site area, while playing swordsman in nearby wooded area, looking for a Sky lodge only thing was they were having such a good time they got lost as the snow started to come down heavy on them, The boys had been overtaken by the winter storm of November 15, 1996. Finding them self’s underground in a mine shaft with aliens along with other capture’s they plan to escape ending up traveling back in time. 

What about Mike, Shawn and the other’s you asked who are they? He’s  a little about them so you can go from there and stop wondering what they look like more so you don’t have to try and profile them we’ve been sent  a few emails and let me tell you that’s not and no way these kids they are Boys and girls that are just like any other young kid growing up back in time.

Mike and Shawn are your average teenager twelve years old both from a small Town in Connecticut, Mike now He’ll drink any type of soda, likes Banana Shakes when in season. His favored food is Mothers Meatloaf, and Pork Chops, Now Grill is a whole different story Pork Chops Ribs and of course Hamburgers with plenty of Ketchup, Fries over any chips unless they don’t have any even then better be ruffles not any old plain chip. He is a New York Yankees fan plays baseball, Likes watching classic western or SiFi movies His skin burns easily and has a bad habit of biting his lip when he gets upset, His mother Roberta is Home Keeper, and his father, Michael Sr, is a Day Shift Supervisor in the local Grocery Warehouse. Mike’s is an only child.

Shawn’s Average Twelve year old teenager; His favored Drink is Pepsi and of course Strawberry shakes.  Now food don’t put Spaghetti in front of him with Meat sauce he’ll eat the whole thing, Outside food Hamburgers and Grilled Fries not soaked in grease, by all means don’t forget the Potato chips better also have a bag of Corn chips handy.  He is a New York Yankees fan; Shawn plays soccer and baseball and plans to take tennis lessons.  Like watching classic movies and watching certain Star Trek TV shows.  Shawn’s best friend is Mike Loran. His mother Janet, is Home Keeper, and his father, Frank, is a businessman.  He has two siblings, Jamie is ten and a half year old sister more the boyish look with freckles on her face and shoulders, and Joey is the little Brother that’s only nine.

Josh somewhere around seven or eight years old. Thin dark brown hair

When taken: Has no knowledge as when or where he’s from.

Brian is Eleven years old: acts more like a twelve year old. Sandy Blond Hair

He was taken along with Chris who is seven from a row boat on the water, Shorty after their parents died in a car accident in 1978.

Donna is a Thirteen year old very Moody and self centered person; she has Sandy Blond Hair almost Shoulder Length, she and a friend were taken from a camp ground in 1991.

Lisa is Twelve years old. Quite held back

Faye is Twelve years old, Reddish Hair Shoulder length, Shy

Jeff and Mat found in nineteen sixty-eight; Jeff is only ten and Mat is eleven with brown almost black hair, hair down his shoulders, Covering his ear’s, the boys had been living on the street, sleeping in a cardboard box behind a building next to a dumpster till they were found by Mike and Shawn, Jeff has medium Sun Blond hair mostly Shy not very good with words or understanding as he’s past slowly comes out.

We know there is a lot more to inform you about but we had to stop at some point, Maybe that will help on some of your questions we hope so. Thanks all of you Chapter still coming Adventure II, so where always on the keys banging away for you Will and Max.


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