Holding Eric Part 12

October 14, 2014

Holding Eric part 12

Jacob irritated with Aunt Ginger remarks as he held the phone ringing, going direct to voice Mail hanging it up placing the phone in his shirt pocket pausing, looking out over the parking lot before getting down hooking everything up returning sitting looking over at the bag, pushing the Air valve in with a jerk moving forward to the interstate.

Grandfather David and the kids arrived after there long trail ride, Becky and Colleen riding in the back seat hurry to get out waiting for Jake, all smiles he had them trapped till he open the door letting them out this time, they like keeping him waiting for the most times they rode in the front now it was his turn.

“Jake let your sisters out” Grandfather said smiling looking over at Jake standing holding the knob looking up at them waiting.

“Ok it not fair they always keep me back there” Jake said letting them out

“Dwe’bb” Colleen said getting out only to look upward seeing her Mother waiting “Mom he wouldn’t let us out” Sarcastically with her head in the air snicker over at Jake.

“Maybe he wants his imaginary friend to get out first” Becky said getting out smirking

“He’s not real” Jake said moving away over to his mother

“Well if you didn’t hold him’ he wouldn’t do it to you” Mother (Penny) said smiling down to Jake raising his head back up knowing she was telling them to stop.

“Hi David’ how where the kids behaved?”

“Like fly in shit”

“Grandpa!” Becky remarked waiting on Colleen to get her stuff she forgot from the truck

“Hear from Jacob?”

“Yes he called’ you kids go inside will be right along”

Becky turn to Jake “Well you bringing your friend with you Jake”

“MOM” Jake said aggravated

“Becky stop antagonizing your brother”

Becky walking with Colleen while Jake rush past them inside.

“So he coming home for the weekend?”

“Be home tomorrow night”

“You sound different everything ok with you two?”

“Yes its fine you got a few maybe have some coffee?”

“Of course maybe you can tell me what’s been going on with Jacob the past few weeks”

Jake already taken Jacobs chair holding the remote, Colleen laying on the floor with a small pillow watching cartoons while Becky sat reading her small book story not wanting to be interrupted.

David sitting at the table waiting for Penny to finish the coffee before sitting down with him only looking in at the kids slowly stirring her coffee.

“So Jacob doing ok?” David asking watching her

“Yes fine’ he’s been busy lately that’s all”

“That’s not all I know it’s more so tell me” Raising his head taking the sugar bowl over to his cup, slowly taking two spoons stirring it as she sat looking at her cup.

“He pick this kid up and it’s been bothering him ever scene”

“Kid’ the one that he said was hurt”

“Yes seems Jacob took a liken to him’ why I don’t know” confused looking again at her cup

“Maybe it’s something about the boy’ he just needs to understand”

“Understand’ he has plenty around here already losing his driver making him do all the runs”

“Well I’m sure it will be alright” sipping from the edge blowing into the cup

“No he stopped in Denver to see him”

“Denver that’s where the boys from?”

“No Jacob took him to Denver from Rhode Island”

“This boy he drove to Denver”

“To his Aunt’s house, he’s a runaway”

“I’ll talk to him it’ll be alright stop your worrying now”

“Maybe you can make some scents why he had to stop to see him”

“Maybe just to check make sure he was ok”

“I think it was something more I really do”

“Like what?”

“I’m not sure Jacob was upset about him he didn’t want to talk about it”

“You don’t think anything happen between them’ Jacob loves you and the kids”

“I know just something’s been going on he’s not sleeping also”

“Not sleeping? This all started with the boy?”

“Yes the same week he lost the driver”

“I’ll talk to him will square things ok now just stop your worrying leave it to me ok”

“Ok’ Thanks David”

David saying goodbye to the kids, and again telling her not to worry, heading home.

Jacob pushing thru the night after stopping in Utah getting the last load off before stopping for gas, knowing his log book was over due on time, setting it next to the seat pulling up the spare just in case he was stopped, unable to rest pushing for home before dawn, down the back roads by the farms slowing down passing David’s farm seeing the barn and new horse trailer he bought for their Kentucky trip, stopping looking at the house with just the porch light on slowly backing in the driveway.

Penny had awoken with sounds from the Truck backing in the driveway shutting it down, putting on her robe heading to the kitchen turning on lights, Taking the coffee pot over rinsing it as Jacob walked in the front door holding his carryon bag seating it down by the door looking up seeing Penny.

“Good morning”

“Your home early I’m putting some coffee on”

“That sounds good … how’s Dad doing see he got his horse trailer” seating at the table watching her at the counter setting up the coffee pot getting two mugs down before sitting with him

“Your Dad took Jake with him to pick it out”

“I told him I would go with him” lowering his head taking a deep breath

“He understands you’re busy as usual”

“Not that busy’ we still had time before Kentucky trip”

“He knows you’ve been pushing again I told him about the last driver leaving”

“Great’ but Neil taking the runs for a while”

“Neil’ your cousin getting back on the road? …You want something to eat?”

“No I’m good just coffee”

“Thought you be in tonight so what happen?”

“Drove straight thru couldn’t sleep”

“You must be tired you look beat … tell me while I get us the coffee”

“Worried that’s all …. How Jake do on the colt?”

“Your Dad showed him a few things with his colt and he’s excited to show you”

“Good and the girls doing better roping the barrels”

“Yes’ the kids are just fine, drink your coffee and tell me what happen”

Jacob face all tighten looking at the steaming coffee slowly stirring the sugar around

“Jacob something happen let’s hear what happen” Penny asking taking the spoon from him, he sat looking at her for a second with a quick shake of his head, Penny reach over placing her hand on his looking up at him slowly raising his head

“Denver the bitch closed the door on me” Holding her hand telling her

“What she wouldn’t let you see the boy?” sitting back upright

Jacob taking a sip of hot coffee blowing at the rim to cool it down

“Eric was sent back to Rhode Island given to the state”

“Jess Jacob what he do?”

“I don’t know he seemed like he was going to be alright at his Aunts”

Sitting pondering drinking while penny sat watching him stew

“But you’re taking it hard’ so this is what’s been upsetting you?”

“Yes something about him’ he’s different … age and birthdays only a few days apart”

“So maybe we should check into it and find out about him them yes?”

“What check into him’ we have enough here already to worry about?”

“Jacob like you said something about him so will check what happen”

“What if he’s …”

“Jacob relax I’ll get your dad to help he won’t mind”

“My Dad hell Penny he’s already got his hands full with the new colts and Kentucky”

Finishing off his coffee ready to get up

“More coffee the kids will be up shortly”

“I need to shower before they get up or there won’t be any hot water”

“Ok’ you got about twenty minutes before Jake and Collen get up”

“Dad coming over this morning?” standing looking back at Penny taking the cups to the counter

“Said he would make breakfast for the kids”

“Great hope he’s in a good mood”

“Better hurry an take that shower sounds like he just pulled in” Penny looking out the window

“Ok’ I’ll be right out” hurrying to the bedroom

Penny reach up taking another cup for David before he came in setting it on the table as he walked in, David walked by looking down at the bag checking down the hallway hearing the shower.

“See he made it back” David said sitting down

“Just a short time ago, you wants some toast?”

“No how’s he doing any better?”

“He got Neil taking the runs for him”

“Neil thought he stopped driving?”

“Jacob didn’t say just he back driving”

“Maybe take some of the load off Jacob”

“I hope so”

Sitting with David over coffee Penny told him about Eric being placed in the state, saying Jacob was concerned about what happen to him and wanted to check into it, David said he could check into the matter for them, after all David did study for his Law degree, only using it sometimes when someone needed a quick Lawyer to help bail them out of jail.

Jake came in all tired sitting on David’s lap waking up.

“Your Dads home Jake” Penny said getting him an orange juice.

“He is” Getting down rushing to the bedroom stopping at the door seeing him spread out sleeping, returning back to the kitchen sitting in the chair.

“He’s sleeping right now”

“He’ll be up later and we can do the chores together before he wakes ok” David said smiling

“Ok Grandpa maybe we can go riding later I want to show Dad what new trick Bancho can do”

“Collen said you still seeing the image in the mirror?”

“Sometime’ he wants help”

“He wants you to help him?’

“Yes something about bars holding him”

“Maybe you could ask your Dad about the boy?”

“Dad ask Dad about an imaginary boy in a mirror” Frowning licking his lips from juice

“Maye he seen him also won’t hurt to ask’ I better start some Breakfast scrambled ok”

“With Bacon? And Hash brown squares” Jake asking smiling drinking orange juice.

Becky and Collen having breakfast together before heading out for their daily chores with Grandfather David watering, feeding and brushing the horses before letting them run in the field, David wanted to help out with school clothes heading into town, getting some nice outfits for the girls and pants for Jake, stopping on the way back at the video store buying a few new DVD’s while David and Jake looked among the outdated VHS Tapes, David found and older movie for all of them to watch later, Harvey. Becky thought it was foolish for an older man to have imaginary rabbit, sticking her noise in the air sort of making like she didn’t care looking out the window in the back seat, David stopped her a few times on the way back making jokes about Jakes imaginary friend saying he was too old to believing in such thing like the Easter bunny still, It wasn’t the first time she told him there was no Easter bunny that’s what lead David to find the movie.

Pulling into the driveway next to the blazer, Jake quickly got out holding his bag opening the door for the girls standing looking over at the truck while they hurried out, slowly Jake walked towards the truck, David almost to the door stopped looking over at Jake standing by the door looking to the window, David walked over next to him looking inside.

“Everything ok?”

“Grandpa’ do you see anything inside?”

“Will just open the door and look for you ok”

“No Grandpa its fine we don’t have to look really.

David already started opening the door with Jake backing up scared.

“Jake there’s nothing inside look come here look” David said holding the door open checking the bunk area then spotted the notebooks and paper packs, Jake slowly looking up then quickly at the mirror  letting out a deep breath of relieved.

“Come on Jake what is it this where you see the boy?”

“The mirror was first time but now he’s in the bathroom and hallway”

“So that explains why you put towels over the mirrors your mom told me about”

“Yes I … I don’t like seeing him he’s hurting” with water started in his eye’s rushing holding David “Now’ Now’ will find out together why he wants you to help him, think he’ll talk to me” David asking rubbing his back side walking back to the house.

“You thing I’m seeing things too I know he’s not real but it’s something right?”

“You’re not seeing things, something trying to reach for your help that’s all, say how old was this boy?”

Sitting on the front step together looking over to the truck again “Grandpa maybe my age but very sad”

“Your mind is open sometimes and it allows others to reach out to you like the Indian spirts”

“I’ve seen movies of Indian spirts way cool Grandpa … I’m just a kid”

“Sometimes spirts can reach out, maybe that’s all it is”

“This one had brown hair like mine, and a jacket on”

Behind them the door open turning back looking “Hi Mom Grandpa got me some nice pants want to see” Holding the bag upward.

“You to coming inside’ Jake your Fathers up go show him what you got”

“Ok coming in Grandpa?”

“Be right along go now”

“So what was that all about?”

“Just his mirror friend’ Jacob watching TV?”

“No having a late lunch you want a sandwich?”

“No let’s go in’ I need to ask Jacob a few questions”

Holding Eric Part 11

October 8, 2014

Holding Eric part 11

Swinging back and forth enjoying Jon’s company together seeing who could reach the highest, one of the other kids hollered out for them to come inside, “We have to go come on” Jon said letting the swing stop dragging his feet, looking up to the house stopping with Jon heading up before him, Eric stopped as he was getting off the swing looking down the side of the house spotting her car, M.s Waterford’s frozen expressions wondering why she was here after dumping him over to Nolan, his eyebrows lifted even a small smile hoping his Aunt was waiting inside.

Jon turn around reaching the doorway “Eric come on” Eric hurrying next to Jon walking with him back to the office, stopping dead in his tracks as Eric spotted in the window Nolan with another Police officer and there she was Ms. Waterford sitting in the chair in front of the desk, lifting his head not seeing his Aunt inside quickly keeping himself out of eyesight next to the doorway. Jon knock on the door before opening it asking “You needed to see us or just Eric?” holding the door part way open.

Mr. Blanton stop talking looking up “Yes Jon you too’ Eric with you?” unable to see him.

“Sure he’s right here’ Eric they want you” Jon said leaning back waving Eric going inside

Mr. Blanton gestures them to two folding chairs by his desk, sitting down looking at the others staring back at them, Eric doing his best not to look at them looking around the room instead.

“Eric Just a few question to ask you if you’re up to it” Mr. Blanton asking

Eric looking over at Officer Nolan “Ok Why’… What happen?”

“Why you think anything Happen?” Mr. Blanton asked looking back at Officer Nolan

“It always something when Ms. Waterford brings the police with her and him”

Everyone silent watching Mr. Blanton handing the silvery hair officer the folder, before sitting at his desk, slowly looking over it, dressed in full uniform with small eagles on each collar glancing over at Eric and Jon a few times, while flipping thru the papers before closing it handing it back, Eric glued to his badges looking at the fancy designs and name printed just below it G. Dunkle turning facing Eric and Jon,

“Hello Eric looks like you’ve been thru a lot in the past?”

“So why am I here?” Nervously Asking

“Just needed to ask you a few Question as what happen”

“She knows what happen ask her” Eric frowning looking at Ms. Waterford

“Easy Eric this is a friendly visit …. When Officer Nolan brought you here did anything happen?”

“What at the station where he refused to get me water or anything to eat! Till I signed his paper” Eric said all tight lipped staring at Office Nolan, watching him turning away looking out the window.

“You didn’t give him anything?” Ms. Waterford snickered, her eyes almost popping out of the sockets with stares, Officer Nolan shook his head back and forth No “Eric I’m sorry they treated you that way”

“Eric’ everything ok here? They taking good care of you?”

“Sure everything’s just peachy’ so what do you want from me now?” folding his arms in front of him

Officer Dunkle seeing the bulge on his shirt, moving in front of him reaching down pulling his arm outward lifting the sleeve upward looking at the bandage, pulling it back down with a nod, turning looking back at Officer Nolan asking “Eric did you get this from Officer Nolan?”

“No’ hit it on the bed” Eric said looking up sideways at him

“Did Officer Nolan hurt you at any time or while bringing you here?” asking looking back at Nolan waiting staring down at Eric

“Sure when he yanked me out of the car” puckering his lips squinting to Nolan looking back straight face defining him to talk about him.

“Officer Nolan’ he said you Yanked him out?” Officer Dunkle turning towards Nolan waiting

“Sir it was a little ruff maybe that’s all”

“Ruff’ you yank me out and held me almost slamming the door on my hand” raising up in the chair hit the rear metal starting to breath fast

“Eric what arm did he Yank you out with?”

Eric stopped staring at Nolan looking down at his arm bandage “Well if I was I the driver side I think maybe it was the left one” holding his head sideways, watching Nolan squirming enjoying watching him getting in trouble.

“Same arm’ you said before you did this here … how?” Dunkle asked

“I broke the bed!” Eric said reluctantly raising his eyes up

“You broke the bed?”

“I already told you I did just ask Mr. Blanton he seen it”

“Yes it’s true he did’ it was an accident nothing more” Mr. Blanton reaffirming him

“What do you want form me? … ask Mrs. Waterford she knows everything about me why you think I’m here in the first place she put me here” Looking over at Jon hanging his head after making a grunt sound

“Eric take it easy’ just need to know what happen before you left home and how you ever got to Denver on your own did anyone help you” Mrs. Waterford said holding her purse in her lap.

Eric eyes became transfixed to the ceiling texture slowly circled the room trying not to recall what happen, without any thought of them around the room waiting for his response, everything seemed to pour in just as it did when he came home after playing with his friends, walking up the sidewalk together stopping in the driveway looking at the house, hearing his parents arguing inside as they watched Eric walking to the back of the house.

Standing at the back door for a second before going inside knowing what to expect after hearing the eerie sounds of his mother crying while hollering, walking into the messy kitchen seeing them standing in the doorway to the livingroom, His Father turning looking at him sipping on his beer bottle “Look what the cat dragged in” he said moving towards him, Eric trying to avoid him going around the table, when he push the table aside reaching over grabbing Eric slamming him across the chair to the floor standing over top with his bottle drawn back after kicking him in the side, Eric curled in a ball hiding his face waiting for him to stop, all of a sudden his mother pulled him away screaming at him to leave him alone looking thru his fingers watching her pulling him backwards, following after her in the livingroom giving Eric a chance to get away hurrying to his room closing the door.

“Eric’ Eric you ok’ something you what to tell us?”

Eric surprised looking at all of them looking right at him, Jon somehow reach over his hand on his looking up at him, while Mr. Blanton with one hand on his shoulder watching a single tear running down his cheek. “It was him just like before I got out” Eric said in a broken shiver voice

“I never touch the kid” Nolan blurted outward

“You’re ok now just relax” Mr. Blanton said turning looking at the officers and Ms. Waterford standing watching Eric wiping his eyes with his sleeve.

“Maybe we should do this another time” Officer G. Dunkle said worried tone in his voice.

“You wanted to know it was him my father it was his drinking ok’ he did this to us all the time ok” lowering his pale face trying to control his tears,

Officer Dunkle turn looking over “Nolan maybe its best if you wait outside”

“His Aunts not coming for him anyway” Nolan said reaching for the door knob

“What my Aunt not coming for me what do you mean by that?” Eric standing right up heart beating fast

“Will explain it to you please sit back down, Nolan close the door behind you” Officer Dunkle said

“Sir’ … Yes Sir” Nolan replied leaving the room.

“What did he mean my Aunts not coming? Why” Eric said through an unexpected sniffle.

“Will talk about that in a second Eric, Would you two mind stepping out please” Mr. Blanton said with his hand gestured to the door.

“See you soon’ take care of yourself Eric I’m here for you if you need me just call” handing him her card

“Sure just call” holding the card watching them leave the room closing the door behind them talking in the hall way.

“Mr. Blanton will need him to sign the form before we leave”

“I’ll take care of that, and get back to you or if you want to wait you can here in the hallway?”

Jon and Eric leaning forward hearing them with the door cracked open enough to hear what they were saying, getting back upward in their seats with Mr. Blanton coming back in, walking to his desk picking up the folder returning pulling the stool over to Eric pulling out one paper letting Eric read it. Jon sat closed to him as he read the paper reaching over placing his hand on his leg to reassure him he was there.

“Eric would you sign on the bottom here, this will put him in a place that he will never harm you ever again” Eric looked at the paper, glancing between tears seeing the pen reaching for it, taking a deep breath looking where he was pointing signing his name while taking a deep breath of release.

“What going to happen now to me?” Eric handing him the paper and Pen asking

“Will talk a little later you relax some first, Jon sit here with him I’ll be right back” taking the paper with him going out into the hallway talking to Officer Dunkle and Ms. Waterford.

“He won’t ever hurt you again” Jon Said with Eric stared back in Jon’s sad watery eyes

“This happen to you too?”

“Yes a long time ago’ its over now, I’m better like you will be soon”

“Better than what’ I’m going to Denver to live with my Aunt”

“That’s good Denver nice place to live” hesitant

“After we go to the funeral will be going back”

Jon sat back lowering his head, Eric looked over “What you know something tell me”

Breaking the stares waiting for Jon to tell him with Mr. Blanton coming back in the room sitting back on the stool reaching outward taking Eric’s hand “Eric you know your mother didn’t make it”

“Sure I know that’ what my Aunt told you were going back after the funeral right?”

“Not exactly’ your Aunt has taking over the arrangements and as far as you, she well”

“She what?”

“Eric she sign you over to the state as she cannot take care of you”

“What why I don’t understand why not?” Eric’s face shifted from intrigued to terrified

“She has other problems in her life and feels you’re better off staying here”

Eric’s eyes bulged as he looked up at Mr. Blanton’ holding back another tear all pale “What about the funnel will I still be able to go?”

“No she felt it best you not be there”

Sitting dropping his head downward to his knees grabbing at his ankles trying to hold back his tears, Mr. Blanton and Jon stayed with him till he could get hold of himself before taking him back to the bedroom to lay down for a while, after two weeks staying in the halfway house it was more than Eric could stand.

The older boys Frank and Derek the oldest and biggest instigator’s keep poking jokes and fighting with him about his father, while Jon and Scott did everything they could to stop them only getting themselves in trouble, Eric told Jon he had to leave and wanted him to go with him, just after finding out the truck driver accent was from Texas, far from here but anything had to be better, planning his route looking at maps trying to remember what was on the side of the trucks door, hoping maybe he could look him up, maybe he wanted him as a partner to ride with again smiling looking at photos of trucks at truck stops, pointing out what he could remember where they stopped at.

Jacob sitting in a rest stop dropping his log book next to the seat bending over picking it up spotting the letter, hesitating looking at it before reaching down for it, with a smile setting it with the log book over the visor finishing off his coffee, before reaching over taking his phone from the center.

Waiting on the third ring “Hello”

“Hi it’s just me!” In a low tone voice

“You’re calling Early everything ok?”

“Sort of thinking about going to Denver”

“Ok’ you going to stop and check on the boy?”

“Found his letter so I was thinking its not far off track, I can make up the time”

“If you want to just be careful and call after you’ve talk with him ok”

“Ok the kids out riding with dad still”

“Your Fathers has them trailing again”

“Jake was asking for the key”

“Only if he did his chores”

“I know so when you heading over?”

“I’m about three hours away then I’ll be going down to Utah”

‘So you’ll be home Thursday and you can take the kids shopping”

“Sure thing you pick up the school clouts already”

“Yes and you get the supplies with them”

“Ok’ well tell them I’ll be home soon and love ya dear”

“Me too drive careful love ya too”

Getting off at the exit seeing the plaza parking, walking inside looking at school supplies placing a few in the carriage heading to the front checkout.

“See you’re getting your stuff early before it’s jam-packed with kids”

“It’s for a friend, hope I got everything he’ll need”

“What grade he in?”

“I don’t know he’s eleven mine is the same age so fifth or sixth”

“This should start him off” placing it in the bag

Taking the package walking to the office talking with the manager before heading back to the tuck watching a few parents walking children into the store, Jacob set the package on the seat pulling around back of the store unhooking the trailer so he could bobtail to the Aunts hose without any problem of a trailer, looking again for the street hoping it was clear so he could park on the side. Finding a few open spots opened pulling in shutting it down taking the package to the door, Aunt Ginger cracked open the door looking at him standing outside.

“Hi I’m here to see Eric is he here about?”

“Eric’ who are you?”

“I brought him here before, about a week or so ago”

“Yes I remember you”

“Can I see him if it alright’ I pick him up some school supplies” holding the bag upward

“He’s not here he’s back in Road island” looking back in the house at someone inside

“Not with his father is he’ did he go to his mother funeral?”

“No’ that would have been too hard on him his birthday and all”

“His birthday?”

“The same day’ look I’m kind’a busy here”

“Who’s he with then not his Father?”

“No the states took him”

“I thought you would”

“No I can’t handle a teenage boy’ anything else?”

“Road Island”

“Yep anything else? I’ve got company” closing the door before he could say anything

“No thank you’ sorry to bother you!” Raised voice back, Turning walking back to the truck.

Starting it up hightailing it back to the plaza, backing under the trailer. Taking a deep breath banging on the steering wheel looking at the phone, reaching over hitting redial.

Holding Eric Part 10

October 2, 2014

Holding Eric part 10

Eric felt himself even more confused letting Mr. Blanton looking over his bruises carefully not to make Eric nervous, slowly moving his hand touching his side just under the rib cage, Eric took a deep breath in pain “AH!” Mr. Blanton pulled away looking at his face, both eyes closed tightly trying not to move, Mr. Blanton reaching up with his hand placing it on his shoulder “I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to hurt…” Eric now was leaning to one side in pain holding his ribcage “Relax breath slowly” telling Eric while standing up, looking over him for a second, before walking over to the side cabinet pulling out a package returning opening it handing it to him.

“Here place this on it’ it will help ease the pain” Eric took the blue folded pad placing it on his ribcage straighten up again his eyes filled slowly running down his cheeks.

Mr. Blanton walk over to his desk Opening the folder while picking up the phone, just as Jon and Scott walk in closing the folder setting the phone back down “Jon I need you to stay here with Eric’ Scott you come with me” walking around the desk to the door, Scott following right behind closing the door.

Jon puzzled standing just inside looking back and forth. “Holy crap what happen to you?” Jon asking’ pulling the small stool on the side over next to Eric watching him slowly move the pad around.

“I’m in big Trouble’ I’ve got to get out of here!” Eric said leaning over watching the door

“What? You can’t leave right now! Look at yourself” Jon holding his hand outward to stop him from getting up, Eric sat back down holding the pad away looking at his swollen red chest “I was only gone a few minutes or more did anyone come in?”

“No’ I just felt funny that’s all”

“That must have been so dream you had busting up the bed rail like that”

“Rail I broke something?”

“The latter to the top bunk you broke the rail off” Jon smiling grinning

“Sorry’ about your bed is that from me?” looking down at his shirt

“Eric?” Jon placed his hand on his shoulder “You all right you need anything? Eric!”

Eric still looking downward gulping than his hands started shaking holding the pad’, then a strange pressure consumed his chest, “Jon!” gasping for air dropping the pad “Help!”

“Eric STOP!” Jon screamed sending the stool flying behind him grabbing Eric, just as he was falling off the chair “Please don’t” Eric could hear Jon’s fluttering voice pulling him upward next to the chair kneeling down to him holding him, Eric could feel some pressure was being pressed against his chest, than everything went dark.

Jon leapt to his feet holding him upright when he heard approaching voices and footsteps. Standing looking at the door seeing Mr. Blanton appeared at the door talking to someone “HELP” Jon hollered out trying to hold him still, Mr. Blanton rushing over with Mrs. Darvan.

“Keep him still” His eyes opened as bright light flashed in his eyes followed by the whimpers of someone crying, someone familiar he knew that voice it was his Mom calling him, More flashing lights blocking him from seeing her standing over him.

“Mom?” Eric tried to speak, but found himself unable to even lift his arm to her.

“Mr. Blanton he just dropped off I didn’t know what to do” Jon Said standing back now watching them while Mrs. Darvan took over checking his side holding the pad while keeping his body upward for Mr. Blanton was opening a small bag pulling out a bottle injecting a needle inside, holding his arm up sticking it in “Jon what did he have to eat?”

“Just bologna sandwich with mustard nothing else!” Jon said in a broken voice outward scared, “He looked at his shirt and it started” reaching down picking up the stool “That’s what I was trying to tell you about” watching Mr. Blanton checking his chest area more while Examining his body his breathing very slow, opening his mouth looking inside for anything that might be stuck or blocking his breathing, not seeing anything waving to lower him down, taking the pad off checking him over “keep his legs up’ he’ll be ok” Jon quickly empty the trash can handing it to Mrs. Darvan

“What do we do now’ should I call for an ambulance?” Mrs. Darvan asking placing his legs on the small trash can, pushing his shirt aside.

“No he’ll be fine’ just seeing the blood might have made him too weak’ everything looks ok”

Eric lost in thought of all the times that he wished he was in a happier home with loving parents, his mother could only do so much to help him, mostly keeping him out of harm’s way sending him to his friend’s house for the weekends, somehow it didn’t matter anymore that his parents always fought with each other, it was over she was gone and Eric recognize deep down he would never see her again, she always made sure he had a birthday cake, even if it was only a cupcake they’d split together, here it was tomorrow his birthday and she wouldn’t be with him, as her funeral was the same day.

“Eric’ Eric come on son wake up” flashing lights again blocking his view slowly the light drifted to the side’ clearing the view seeing Mr. Blanton and Mrs. Darvan over him, with a chill from the cold floor raising his head, “Easy now” Sitting upward. “How you feel? Any pain?”

Eric shook his head back and forth taking a deep breath, Mrs. Darvan stood up with Jon walking over to him as Mr. Blanton help him sit in the chair “Ok you feeling better?” asking him handing him the pad.

“Ok I guess’ did I do something?” Eric stumbled asking

“Mrs. Darvan going to look at you Eric it will be ok she just wants to check”

Mrs. Darvan bent over lifting the pad away slowly letting Eric hold it, Turning back with a nod to Mr. Blanton pulling the small blind down covering the window, Jon sat back staying with Eric not saying anything just watching them back over at the desk looking over the folder.

“Jon would you help get his shoes off and Jean’s”

“His Pants?” Jon asking unsure reaching down untying his shoes.

“Yes’ Jon will need to take a few photos of his prior injuries”

Eric sat watching Jon slowly removing his shoe’s, standing up dropping his jeans looking at them, Jon picked up the jeans folding them placing the on the chair, Mr. Blanton pointed to the wall Mrs. Darvan sat down in at the desk talking on the phone

“Eric I need you to stand as straight as possible near the wall” Slowly moving to the wall standing looking at Mr. Blanton holding a small camera click “Ok lower the pad and relax” Click “Ok on more turn around facing the wall” Click “Good’ hold still Jon’ you said the other as well?” Jon just nodded staying close by Eric. “Eric lower your shorts just a little” slowly lowering them with one hand hearing a gasping from the desk’ Eric stopped holding them. “Click” and another “Click”.

“Ok that’s good Jon help Eric get dressed’ you did real good Eric” Mr. Blanton said walking over pulling a shirt off the side cabinet handing it to Jon, then back to the desk, setting the camera down taking the phone. Mrs. Darvan filling out a form.

Eric reprieve more perhaps walked back to the chair watching the two talking at the desk, it wasn’t the first time he had to stand for photo’s more in the emergency room from other injuries he suffered, with his mother always standing by his side while they check over every part of his body. Jon helped getting him dressed trying not to hurt him any more from his bruised legs.

Mr. Blanton walk over kneeling down infront of Eric “Eric you got quite a mark on your side there do you know how you got it?” Reassuring him it was ok to talk about it.

“No it just appeared” feeling the outside of the shirt

“You must have do it when you broke the latter and somehow it went into your ribs”

“It was a bad dream that’s all I was fighting him off again”

“I understand but will work on those dreams ok”

“Ok am I in trouble for breaking it?”

“No you ok’ why don’t you and Jon go to the study for a while”

“Ok’ they going to take me away now?”

“No you’ll be here for the time being”

“Can we watch the TV?”

“Jon will set it up for you’ Jon take him with you but stay with him” in a firm voice yet soft to Jon

Jon and Eric slowly walked out of the room leaving the two talking over the file, entering the study only one other person was sitting inside on a long couch, looking up as they walked in holding his book waiting. “Hi Derek this is Eric he’s the new kid here”

Derek looked up closing his book “So you’re the kid that broke the bed?” asking watching them sitting down, Jon reaching the remote turning the TV on, Derek quickly said “What’s with the TV?”

“Mr. Blanton said it was ok”

“Must be a special day” Derek said sitting back.

Eric mind wandered from Jon sitting so close to him, making sure Derek stayed on his end, trying to look more over at Derek still unsure he looked about fourteen or maybe younger with his little light colored hair growing on his upper lip, quickly looking back at the TV as Derek look over “Am trying to read turn it off” in a ruff voice.  Jon turn looking at him “Fine no problem were going” Getting up turning the remote off waving to follow. Eric followed him upstairs past the class room seeing the class room empty, hearing the other kids around the corners walking into the room, where they were sitting around playing large game tables and some were drawing on the tablets.

“What do you think you like it better in here?” Jon Asking wondering around them

“Yea its ok” embarrassed watching the other kids’ only looking over, going back to what they were doing. Dropping his head following just behind him.

Jon turned smiled slightly “Good’ that’s a start so you want to join in on a game?”

“I don’t know too many games”

“That’s ok we don’t have to may be later’ anything you want to do?” Jon decided not to force him into doing anything that he wasn’t ready for.

“Not really maybe sit and look outside or something”

“We can go outside as long as you stay with me’ ok?” Jon said smiling walking towards the door.

“Sure ok” Eric followed Jon to the door leading out the backyard, stopping looking at the small sign posted next to it, Restricted Area’ in bold print, Jon just open the door walking out into the backyard.

Silent all around the yard only the faint sound of an air conditioning turned on in a window. Walking outward near the house and around the yard, two swings hanging from an old swing set off to the side, back yards open to the Nabors yards, covered barbeque set on the patio next to the house, walking to the side sitting on the swing set together slowly back and forth, Eric could see the roadway watching a car going by the front of the house.

“No fences or gates to hold you’ see it’s not so bad” Jon said excided swinging with Eric.

Eric suddenly realized that Jon wasn’t the carefree kid that he tried so desperately tried to portray, Jon was far from it Eric could see right thru him, only seeing his loneliness spotting some form of tragedy he must have suffered before, Jon wanted to be his friend trying to help to bring out the feelings hinting nervously that he also shared the same type he went thru before coming here to the halfway house.

Note: Thank you for the reviews’ Sorry for not getting this up sooner’ Eric will or will not go to the funeral. You asked ‘he will not as things have turn around for him, Eric must decide what choices he has left to deal with now before they choose for him. Will keep you informed Will.

Holding Eric Part 9

September 26, 2014

Holding Eric part 9

We left off with Eric sitting at the halfway house, uncomfortable sitting paying no attention Mrs. Darvan the school teacher talking about the civil war, pointing her long pointer at the chalkboard drawn map behind her desk, even that must have been from another school seeing they placed it on the wall with large screws and washers, just below it a soap tray mounted holding the eraser. Everything setup to resemble a classroom with world maps and time line history posters on the white walls, Eric looking over to Jon only pointing to the front sitting at his desk without books hands resting on the top, with a nod turning back glancing to Mrs. Darvan still raddling on seeing her name plate someone made in Old English type printing, frowning looking at the name Mrs. Devan with her name on the chalkboard Mrs. Darvan.

Lifting up in his seat checking out the only window visible with green leaves and tree branches mostly blocking the view, the only other window was in the door looking outward to the hallway, raising upward seeing if he could see anything around the hallway other than open doorways they already passed. Then it started Eric reaching down quickly holding his stomach while looking around the room as sounds of hunger echoed in the room disrupting the class, everything stopped no one said anything as the gurgling sounded again before stopping, Mrs. Darvan started talking ignoring the sounds when it started again trying to rub his belly not looking upward as she stopped, again the sounds overwhelmed the room.

Scooting low in the seat trying to avoid the stares from the others before Mrs. Darvan said outward “Eyes front” and right back reading, attempted to catch rhythm to whatever lesson she was blurting out, when another big one started it was a long echoing sound that again turn everyone’s heads backwards. Eric sighed and dropped his head to his desk as if trying to hide from Mrs. Darvan and the others sight.

“Hi” the young boy seating in front of him said quietly with a smile looking back.

“Hey” replied Eric, trying to dismiss the acknowledgement and return to his own seclusion.

“I’m Scott” the boy looked back to the front of the class at Mrs. Darvan. “She’s always been a wordy one, huh’ never seems to shut up till now” he snickered softly and then looked back to Eric. “Your name’s Eric?”

“It’s Eric ok”

“Pleased to meet you Eric! Am Scott’ so why you here?”

“Shh!” Eric hissed raising his head, “You’re going to get us in trouble” his eyes whipping back across the room toward Mrs. Darvan, then to all them oblivious around except Jon. Feeling it coming on again reaching down holding his stomach, feeling it coming on with a much bigger gurgling sounds of hunger just echoed in the room disrupting Mrs. Darvon’s class again setting her pointer down holding the book open looking back. Eric rolled his eyes as he tapped his fingers nervously against his desk.

“Jon would you mind taking young Eric to the kitchen to help him with his problem” Mrs. Darvan said setting her book down on the desk, watching them with the others holding back the giggles.

“Yes Mrs. Darvan right away’ Eric come with me”

Eric scooting out of the seat almost knocking it over hitting the edge more embarrassed just as his stomach gurgling while walking to the door to Jon, followed by some whispered giggles, Mrs. Darvan Lifted her head with a small smile before turning back to the others. Jon already walking towards the stairs, following behind him headed down to the kitchen area, glancing around the clean kitchen with chairs tucked under the table and a small cream and sugar set near the back side, Jon pointed to the chair, Eric pulled it out stopping as the gurgling started’ Jon stood by the refrigerator looking back at him.

“Sit down when’s the last time you fed that thing?”

“Last night sometime I think?” Eric sat down rubbing his stomach.

“You Think’ you had something to eat or you don’t remember what you had?”

“Maybe a sandwich …. Yesterday?” Not sure looking away

Jon not even surprised holding the refrigerator door open, shaking his head looking back inside.

“They didn’t give me anything at the Airport or even that other place with that officer”

“Ok that might explain why you were drinking the shower water”

“You seen me drinking the water? I needed something to drink” trying again to stop his gurgling

“Next time just ask’ don’t drink from the shower that’s gross”

“The Airport had vending Machines’ we had no time to stop rushing to thru terminals”

“What did you do anyway?” Pulling out a loaf of bread and a small package placing them on the table

“Went to my Aunt’s in Denver!”

“Nice going Denver’ so you in trouble, is that why you’re here?” getting a knife and plate

“No’ My Aunt brought me back’ said I had to come back and somehow ended up here”

“Baloney ok’ Mayo or mustard?” holding the door open waiting looking back

“Mustard you won’t get in trouble will you?”

“No of course not”  Setting the stuff on the table making Eric’s sandwich, handing it to him on the small plate, sitting down watching him tear into it as it was his last meal pushing the lower part in puffin out his cheeks as chipmunks do eating walnuts. Eric heard a sigh creeping from his throat stopping swallowing

“You must be hungry do you want another one?” eyes wide watching him chew sitting more upward

Eric nodded gasping air as he push the last half in, Jon slid the plate over to him placing four slices of meat on the bread this time with a quick dash of Mustard in the center handing it to him “Slow down I’ll get you a soda try eating slower” Already biting into it seeing the mustard on the side of his lips, Jon picking up everything returning it, pulling out two sodas sitting back down watching Eric finishing it off.

“How long you been here?” Eric Asking opening the soda can

“Two years and three months” Taking the empty plate setting it aside

“So what you do anyway to end up here for so long?”

“Fighting at school all the time and not getting along at home”

“I’ll be out of here tomorrow! Going to my mother’s funeral”

“Funeral sorry’ Wait that’s why you got referred here?” Jon said’ Puzzled

“No’ because my father killed her’ maybe I was next on his list if I stayed around” burping after taking a long drink wiping his mouth off on the sleeve

“Good thing you got out when you did, who’s going to take you in the morning?” Checking the hallway hearing someone walking towards them not seeing anyone

“My Aunt will come get me” Another long Burp smiling

“Eric not so fast drink it slow’ so the police brought you here and didn’t say how long you be here?”

“My Aunt will come and get me’ she won’t leave me here” Finishing off the soda holding the can

“You got to follow rules here till she picks you up’ you did look at them right?”

“Sure” looking around him “so who this standing behind you watching us?”

Jon turning around hearing a rustling from behind “Get in here’ you know better than sneak up on anybody” the young girl walked in standing by the counter mostly looking at Eric “Eric his name and this is Tiffany”

“Hi Tiffany didn’t see you in the class?” Eric asking looking to her holding her cheek

“She on a break from school, they had to take her to the dentist today”

Squinting back watching her amused smirk holding her jaw walking away “Bye Tiffany”

“Come on lets go’ put your empty can in the box” Pointing next to the refrigerator pushing in his chair, the two headed down the hallway back to the bedroom. Jon stopping at the desk thumbing from side to side in the desk draws. “Yes here it is” Handing it to Eric sitting down next to him on the bed. “We have to follow rules … I’ve got a copy here”

Eric looking over the paper surprised at what was reading “You got to be kidding me”

“You’ve already started breaking them with talking back it’s being disobedience’s see right here” Pointing to the number on the paper sitting more on the edge of the bed

“Dressed and ready for breakfast at seven, till eight and school starts at eight that’s lam” Taking his finger going down the list “What’s this Chores’ me do chores what wash the floor and windows’ not me that’s for sure they can wash their own windows for all I care” Frowning handing him back the paper laying down on the bed adjusting the pillow to his head.

“What type of discipline do they have here?”

“You don’t want to know’ just try and follow the rules”

“Sure I’ll follow along for now anything else I should know about this place?”

Jon got up walking over to a large dresser opening a few draws moving a few things to another draw “You’ll put your stuff in here for now, nothing gets left out, all dirty clothes go in the basket in the corner and make sure your bed is made before you leave the room in the morning understand?”

“Sure I’ll play along for one night” getting up scooping his plastic bag stuffing it in the draw closing it looking at back at Jon now sitting on the bed.

“Frank shares this room! He’s not all there so if you say anything around him he’ll take it the wrong way and you’ll be in trouble”

“Sounds like Frank likes getting everyone in trouble around here, had a few in school like him”

“Just ignore him for the time being, Dinner will be ready at six sharp so make sure your hands are clean and hair combed before you go in the dining room’ whatever you do don’t sit down before Mr. Blanton signals us to sit down’ you’ve got to remember it was one of the rules!”

“Dam Rules” Eric’s eyebrow curled “So what do you do around here” seating down on the chair “So, how old are you?” inquired

“I’m fourteen’ stay here I’ll be back in a few” Jon said heading out the door

Eric looked around the room, thought for a moment confusion become restless getting back to the bed laying down staring at the top bunk, as his mind began to wander in an attempt to piece together what was happening to him. Picking up the paper reading what was required to stay within the rules.

While your here you will be required to follow the rules of the house with no exceptions, if you do not follow the below rules that are here you will have a punishment to the offence.

Mr. Blanton in charge of the Halfway house and will be address at all times as Mr. Blanton.

Children living here will be only address by their first name only, you will get along together without any arguing back and forth at any time, any arguments will be handled by the person in charge.

School hours will be strict so be on time for class, start time will be Monday thru Friday eight am till four pm, you will however have an hour for lunch that will be in the dining room.

Dinner will be at six PM sharp, you will be required not to sit down till everyone is asked to sit down stand behind your designated seat till your asked to sit down, During the meal you will eat everything that has been prepared, if you do not like a one type of food that will be on the menu for that week you must fill out a form as why you cannot have it.

The Bedroom that you will use will also be occupied by two or more persons, you will be responsible for its wellbeing keeping it clean at all times, School work will be done at the desk not on beds, you will keep the bed neat at all times when not in use, after you get up in the morning you will make the bed with all four corners tucked under the ends and pillow placed at the top, any extra blankets will be folded and placed at the bottom. Wear the proper pajamas to bed wake up time is six AM.

The Bathroom is for cleaning yourself and other personal needs, shower when you get up in the morning, washed your hair and keep it combed or brushed at all times.

Television will be in the study room and will only be on during the hours of six and eight pm, except weekends then only till eleven PM.

“How lame is this” tossing the paper aside adjusting the pillow relaxing knowing something that always assured him that he was meant for so much more, that there was a place where he belonged, wondering about his friend in the big green truck.

Things turned around thinking about the last time he sat on the porch away from the screams from behind him, he could hear his mother screaming at his father while he was tossing things around the room when she didn’t get him a beer, cringed as the sounds of metal hitting the floor or glass smashing against the walls, frustration and worried of fear he felt as his eye watered and tear rolled down his chin how much more could he put up with now even his Aunt seemed to abandon him, Eric struggled with his eyelids but they refused to open, his heart pounding trying not to remember what happen.

“Hey’ are you okay?”

Eric looked up as the figure of a small, boy came into focus, “Yeah’ what?” he groaned.

“Okay’ don’t move’ you’re going to be all right.” His voice became faint running back out the door

Rubbing his face with closed knuckles, Eric sat up in bed and looked around the room. Looking down at the floor scattered array of blood, his arm sore somehow while resting he must have hit the railing causing the bruising to rip open it was caked over the shirt sleeve dried, he felt weak lying back down.

Mr. Blanton came in the room with Jon and Scott following, Mr. Blanton reach down checking Eric forehead lifting Eric arm placing it on his stomach “ Eric’ Eric wake up son” Calling his name watching for a reaction, Eric slowly open his eyes tugging away thinking it was his father coming to get him again.

His hands turned to fists and he threw them upward protecting his face, Terror plagued his mind with his chest felt as if his heart were still racing within fear mostly from terror. Mr. Blanton reach up pulling at his hands free seeing the tears around his closed eyes waiting to get hit. “Eric you safe here open your eyes” Eric slowly open his eyes looking at him, feeling uncontrollable trembled in emotions that he lost everything.

“Eric you had a bad dream ok’ look you banged your arm let’s take care of that for you can you sit up?”

“It hurts so much!” he tried to say sitting upward his face coarse and red as Mr. Blanton help him sit upward, lifting his shirt looking at the dried blood.

“Jon will you and Scott take care of this I’ll take him to the office come in as soon as you can an don’t say anything to the others” Mr. Blanton said helping Eric up. Jon stood with Scott watching them leave the room, looking back down at the floor walking over pulling the blankets off tossing them on the floor.

“That was scary how did it happen?” Scott asked

“Hard to say I just left him for a few minutes’ help me before the others come in”

Bending down moving the blanket around seeing it was dried mostly, “I’ll get the wash bucket ok”

“Sure hurry back” returning wiping what he could.

Mr. Blanton walked Eric in the office seating him in the chair taking off his shirt slowly not to start the bleeding again seeing the marks up and down then spotted his backside “Who did this to you”

Eric sat trying to control his reactions from being touched “My Father” Eric feeling his hand washing down his arm its coolness caressing his skin, “I can’t even remember when it didn’t happened”

Mr.Blanton absorbing what had been said` cleaning and dressing the area watching his cringing trying not to shake so much “You don’t have to fear anything here” sitting in front of him looking at his watered face, keeping his voice low and unthreatening “I just want to understand what happen to you?”

The initial shock set the Eric off, tears sliding down his cheeks to realize he couldn’t fight this battle he had for so long, the words wouldn’t come out being placed here away from everything he had known, his breathing slowing back to normal looking up Mr. Boland hold a handkerchief for him.

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.


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