Holding Eric part 13
Hurry inside excided to show him his new pants spotting his sisters already cascading over him, without even a pep that he was there, Jake walk to his room tossing the bag on the bed returning to the livingroom sitting on the couch while they showed off more what they had gotten, Jake taking the pillow leaning into it on the edge watching golf already on, Jacob looked past Becky spotting Jake was upset ignoring them.
“Jake’ what’s up’ didn’t you find anything you needed?” Only nodding his head yes sitting upward still to the television set. “You two go put your stuff away ok’ you both look real nice, Jake come here” Jacob said lowering his eyes watching Jake slowly moving over, standing at the edge of the chair with his head down.
“Everything go ok at the store with grandpa?”
“Something on your mind? That you want to tell me”
“Jake” Jacob reach out pulling him over on his lap “Ok I said I would take you’ were still going ok”
“That’s not it dad it’s just they have to have everything and the other they said’ I should see a Doctor because my seeing things in the mirror”
“The boy again?”
“Yes Grandpa said it’s a good spirt reaching out to me’ is there such a thing?”
“Spirts can reach out’ but only to some people not everyone”
“Something made it reach out just to you, maybe because you’re special”
“Special pain in the butt mom said”
Smiling looking to the door as they came in “Did you find the right jeans you wanted?”
“Yea two pairs all blue not green or black’ we had frosty’s too”
David stood by backside of the chair looking over at the two of them, While Penny headed for the kitchen. “Jacob when you have a few!”
Jacob looked back at him “Sure Dad” Bouncing Jake off his nee “Maybe you’ll show me later ok?”
Jake smiled at him standing making his cheeks raise while smiling waiting
“What’s up come on what you want Jake?”
“Ok if I ride some?” Smiling nodding his head yes
“Go’ and always careful right?”
“Yes I’m not nuts like Collen going over stumps”
“No’ tattling remember” Jacob looking upward seeing his face drop sadden
“Sorry dad Can I still go then?”
“Yes ask your mom for the key”
Another big smile two them before rushing to the kitchen “Mom’ dad said I can ride for awhile”
David sat down on the couch while Jacob turn the golf off waiting to find out what happen, at the store with the girls or Jake, Instead David asked him about Eric wondering why he even gave him a ride to Denver in the first place telling him it was the wrong thing to do, Jacob defended himself, as a father telling David that Eric was in trouble beaten and just lost his Mother, doing what he felt was helping by taking him to his aunts, better him than someone else, David informed him it was against the law to take the boy out of the state in the first place, Jacob defending himself again before David eased up, agreeing to help and would check into the boys wellbeing.
Jacob agreed telling him about the letter having his name and address on it that he found in the truck, Becky ran out retrieving it for him, David looked at the letter inside showing it to Jacob as he didn’t even look inside the envelope, finding a letter from his Aunt, telling him about the big farm they lived on and how everything was great in Denver, she was looking forward to seeing him on his eleventh birthday, stopping at the date, two day after Jake’s own birthday turning Ten, looking at the date on the envelope one year ago.
What a shock he knew it was somewhere around Jakes age but he didn’t seem to feel they were the same age showing Penny the letter inside, all three felt it best to do what they could to find out more and see what they could do to help him, David said he would make a few calls and find out what he could but no promise’s, David said he would even take a ride up after next weekend’s Kentucky trip.
Meanwhile at the halfway house Jon found out they were sending him to another place, Jon asked how long before they would be sending him to another halfway house, then the bad news was reviled as the other possible places could not accommodate him, therefore he would have to go to the juvenile detention center till he reached eighteen, Jon was upset knowing this was the end for him, ending up in a place where all kinds of things could happen to him at his age, Mr. Blanton was sorry it was required by the state’s related stay time in any halfway house, Jon had already expired that time, Mr. Blanton said he still had one more chance that he hoped it would work before Monday and would let him know.
Jon informed Eric that he would not be around after Monday, knowing they already made plans on Eric heading to Canada next weekend, Eric hesitated a few before asking Jon to come with him to Canada it would have to be first thing in the morning after breakfast saying that no one would think anything other than they were going to the park as they had been doing every Saturday now.
Jon agreed to go with him it had to be better than being in the detention center, Jon did say he never before wondered off by himself, Eric quickly cheering him said it would be an adventure cross country and in Canada they could even work on ranches and become real cowboys on farms or even ranches they had plenty of them with young boys called something like dude ranch in that line sort of, more trying to convince him it would be ok along with himself dreaming of ranches.
Playing in the game-room along with everyone following everything they did before so no one would think any different, Eric asked Jon not to tell the others about Monday till the time was right, while he plan ahead the routes they would take, mingling with the others in games before dinner, washing before dinner making sure his hair was comb just so waiting at the table to be seated. Mr. Blanton stood at the end looking down the chairs looking at hands slowly walking around the table stopping at Eric, Looking back at him with his hands upward showing the were clean.
“Eric you comb your hair about time” saying with a slight grin walking to the other side stopping at Derek with a thumb Derek quickly took off for the bathroom “Sit” Everyone sat down waiting on Mrs. Darvan to server the dishes before anyone could start eating, Derek return showing clean hands and sat down then we could eat, Frank made a few comments to him before quickly told to stop.
Eric started feeling funny rubbing his noise a few times sniffing also after dinner while sitting on the bed with Jon checking out the atlas map, Frank walked in as usual quickly hiding the atlas grabbing the magazine they already had handy looking at it together laying back on the atlas watching Frank, getting his bathroom comic book giving them his sneer look over before heading out without saying anything, Jon jumped up checking the hallway making sure he wasn’t heading back for another comic book, gathering what was needed bundling everything in sweaters taking small twine rope tying them together lowering them out the window just getting dark outside, returning getting ready for ben everything layed out for morning, Frank came back in only checking what they were doing hitting the light off plopping on his bed not giving them any light left, with a half moon was plenty Eric had a hard time sniffing most of the night hoping he wasn’t coming down with a cold or something.
Saturday Morning Eric first to wake after a hard night mostly waking from a runny nose, standing on the lower bunk seeing Jon sound asleep still, slowly waking him before Frank woke up, hurry to get dressed and made sure their hair was combed just right before breakfast, just as they headed down the hall Mr. Blanton stopped them in the hallway wanting to see Jon after Breakfast then telling Eric he needed to see Mrs. Darvan before his sneezes get any worst, having Breakfast Eric didn’t seem like he needed to see her but felt he better while Jon was with Mr. Blanton.
Mrs. Darvan check his temperature finding it was a little high asking if he had any allergies, Eric stated he didn’t, telling him he could be coming down with a cold and it would be best if he stayed indoors today just to make sure, handing him a package of honey cough drops along with a small tissue package sending him to his room till later when she would check on him around lunch time.
Eric sat on the bed waiting for Jon to return having to tell him somehow they had to wait till after lunch before they could leave, Sniffles right and left while lying on the bed mostly near the pillow pulling it up stopped black spots around the sheet and bottom of the pillow case smelling it Sneezing right off a few more times tossing the pillow down it was Frank playing one of his mean trick again., wiping off what he could when Jon came in all sadden sitting down on the bed looking over.
“Gee’s man you ok?”
“Yea guess so but I’ve got some bad news”
“So do I and Frank … I’m not done with him yet look what he did Pepper” Showing Jon the sheet
“The trips off Eric I can’t go”
Stopping looking over sitting down with him “What’ What happen?”
“I’m being taken today”
“Look we can leave right now come on we can do this” Getting up looking back at Jon sitting only looking at him, closing the door returning to the bed “Ok so what they tell you then?’
“A family came thru last night to take me” lowering his head leaning next to him tear slowly dropped down on his leg looking over.
“So that’s good news then so why you crying you got a home”
“But we were going to be ranchers and do all the cowboy stuff together”
“That’s ok Cowboy stuff is hard work anyway and besides you’ll be happy now with a family that wants you that’s more important than being a cowboy riding ranges with no water or food right”
“But we were…going”
“No I was going’ till things with you change ok?”
“Will you stay here till they come for me?”
Eric looked around then in a low tone “I’ll see you off when the time comes, then I’ll be going”
“Thank you we had fun while you were here … will you write me”
“Sure you know I will’ just need your address before they take you”
“I’ll find out don’t worry … you will write?”
“Yes I need to know you’re ok’ right and if not I’ll come rescue you ok?” Smiling at him
“I better get the stuff outside before someone finds it you watch the door” Jon said hurry outside to the window tossing the sweaters back inside, Eric quickly placed them under the bed hurrying back inside before anybody spotted him, Jon placing what he could in a copy paper box Mr. Blanton gave him.
Derek came running in saying they wanted him in the office and bring his stuff with him saying it was going to be his room now with Eric and Frank. Surprised it had happen sooner than either expected
“Looks like this is it”
“Well better get going don’t want your new folks waiting now”
“Eric I’m sorry you’re not coming with me”
“Don’t worry I’ll find my friend and be happy again”
Walking down the hallway together to the office, Jon set the box down giving Eric a hug before going into the office, Eric sat down looking at the box of stuff not very much stuff for the time he was here, slowly the voices stopped and the door was opening Eric looked up to Mr. Blanton “Eric would you like to carry Jon’s box out for him?”
“Sure thing” Watching them together walking to the door following behind with a smile Eric could see they wanted him holding his hand together to the car, a younger boy slid out shaking Jon’s hand smiling it was his new friend he would be happy now, Eric holding back his own tears of joy handing Jon his box giving him a hug shaking his hand with a nod “Later Jon take care of yourself” Was all Eric could say heading back to the door watching the car pulling away Jon waving out the back window,
“You feeling better Mrs. Darvan give you something to help”
“Yes much better Thanks”
“Frank giving you any problems?”
“None that I can’t handle but Derek might have a problem with him”
“I’ll talk with him everything working out for you here”
“Sure just wonderful”
“Well if you need anything just come see me”
“Ok can I go to the game-room need to see what my new roomy doing?”
“Sure have a good time”
Jon never gave him that address to write maybe it was best thing not knowing, Eric slowly looked in the game room seeing Derek playing a board game with two others no one came out to say goodbye to Jon, was that what it was one day here next your gone without even a goodbye to everyone. Eric went to the bedroom sitting on the bed only glancing to the window reaching down pulling his bundle out, quickly pushing it back under spotting the atlas on the table, taking it opening it to Canada route rending the page out folding it placing it in his back pocket before setting the book right in view smiling tossing his bundle out the window before heading to the back door.
Heading into town stopping at the locale store seeing a charter bus in the parking lot with a bunch of kids coming from the store lining up around the bus, slowly walking over seeing what they were doing asking a few finding they were touring on bikes once they were dropped off at the cape, one asked if he was riding with them “sure right away” hoping to get a ride hurry inside the store gathering a few things along with the other kids, candy bars and extra cough drops just in case along with a large soda returning standing with them in line to the bus. Eric followed right along spotting a grownup asking for a paper, not sure watching moving ahead till it was his turn looking at the guy holding his hand outward.
“Well got your pass?” He stood looking down
“Not sure where I put it?” looking thru his pockets making sure the guy could smell the drops
“Hurry up your holding up the line”
“I’m looking hang on” Looking pulling out the map from his pocket “Nope this ant it where I put it”
“Look just get in we got to get moving” Keeping his head away from him pointing to get in
“What about the paper?”
“Get in already find it later” Avoiding hi
Eric quickly boarded the bus walking near the back sitting down watching the front as the others got in one boy scooting in next to him. “So ready to tour’ you got everything?”
“Sure want a candy bar?” Handing him one opening his looking out the window as the door shut
Pulling out into traffic watching the town slowly go by his window with a smile he was on his way.
“Names Gene ever been to the cape before?”
“Eric’ no you?” asking back biting into the last part crumbling the wrapper
“Once or twice but not touring just visiting the beach”
“Heard it’s nice … how long before we get there?”
“A few hours the coach said, then will have Fifty miles of coast line to ride”
“Cape Cod right”
“Yep well I’ll rest some you better to it’s a long ride”
“Sure rest ok” Eric said leaning back watching out the window
Next thing Eric knew the bus was stopping everyone was getting off, Following along with the other walking around the back side as they started unloading bikes from the rear, Eric looked to the stores
Gene by his side looking over “Yours should be out anytime now right”
“Good I’ll be right back nature calling”
“Ok hurry back I’ll wait for you with the rest of them
Eric hurry across the street to the gas station walking down the side and watching them from the back fence, Gene keep looking over before finely heading out with the others to a meeting area, Eric slowly walked around checking the stores and down the roadway to the beach, stopping in a café away from the road not to be seen ordering a cup of coffee sitting by the rear still able to see the roadway checking over the lunch special seeing the prices surprised ordering a tuna sandwich with fries
Giving them amble time to disburse on their touring, Eric walked around sightseeing before spotting a Truck unloading at the grocery store side door, walking up looking over the truck. Checking the tires walking around stopping at the cab looking to the doors inspection sticker, Hearing someone walk up behind him turning around looking at him holding a pad.
“You check your tires lately they look low” Eric said watching him
“Low what my tires low?”
“The inside left rear over here see” Eric pointing at it.
“Your right you know a few things about truck your dad a driver?”
“Yea he’s on his route to New Haven I was supposed to meet him in Bradford something”
“How come you’re here then?”
“I just missed the charter bus now I’ve got to get the next one”
“Hell I’m heading most of the way Hartford anyway you can still get the bus there right”
“Sure Hartford that’s near a truck stop too”
“Look that’s not it is it” Pointing to a charter bus going by them
“No that was for the Road bikes tours”
“Right so want a lift’ maybe we can get you to your dad quicker than the bus can”
“If it’s no problem wouldn’t want to put you out or anything”
“No always helping a trucker or trucker’s son in need climb in”