Austin looked at his watch. His ride was late, again. When it finally pulled into the drive he kept into the passenger seat. He looked at his friend Ben.
“Thanks for the ride.” He said buckling in, “It would be awesome if you were on time for once in your life.”
“Pfft.” Ben wiped his hands on his pants before backing out of the drive. “There’s only so much you can expect from me. I only just got my license back. They’re just waiting for me to f up.”
“There’s a cop.” Austin said pointing as it zipped past.
“They’re going to pull us over I know it…” Ben said as the lights flashed behind them. They pulled over and the cop whizzed past.
“Awesome! Let’s roll!” Austin shouted excitedly.
Ben pulled back onto the road and they headed into the school. They fist bumped and headed to their classes. Austin ran and was only a few minutes late, sliding into the room as the teacher called his name.
“Captain Awesome is in the house.” He said sliding into his seat. He shoved his bag under his chair. He heard some whispering behind him. He flashed his winning smile in response to their quips.
The teacher droned on about complicated equations. Austin daydreamed. Math was one of his least favorite part if the day. He wanted nothing more than to be done with school. He was only stuck in the prison for a few more months. His goal was to survive until the summer.
“Austin can you explain why we use the quadratic equation in this problem?” His teacher asked.
A one hundred percent truthful answer would have been no, he had no idea. He knew what the quadratic equation was, but not really why they used it. Austin took a shot, “Because it simplifies?”
He watched his teacher groan internally. Austin smirked then caught himself, he didn’t want them to know his plan. The less he tried the more his teachers seemed to care. He would pull it like he always did, turn in everything late after begging for a second the week before grades closed. He did decent on his tests. He would squeak out of high school with a c average if everything went according to plan.
He zombied through the rest of his classes. He managed to land a fry down Charlie’s plumbers crack, and get Ben to squirt milk out his nose at lunch. That was the highlight of the day.
After the final Bell rang he poured himself into the passenger bucketseat. And stretched out while Ben drove him home.
“Did you see Stacy’s dress today!” Ben gushed about his crush, “She is so freaking hot.”
Austin nodded and closed his eyes. He couldn’t wait to be home. When they pulled into the drive the car hadn’t stopped moving before he was out. He ran up the steps, and through the door. He took a deep breath smelling his mother’s cooking.
“Meatloaf, potatoes, and apple pie, awesome! He said entering the kitchen.
“You seem surprised. I told you we were having this last night.” She said setting the table. Austin plopped down at the table and started helping himself to food. She stood at the counter watching her teenage son devour food without breathing. “Ferocious as ever.”
“I’m not that bad anymore.” He said around a mouthful of food, “This tastes awesome mom!”
“Glad you like it.” She said with a sad smile.
He knew she just cooked for him, she could care less what she ate. Austin was pretty sure he was the only thing that kept her holding on. He did his best to cheer her up, but he felt like it was a loosing battle. He washed up the dishes and she went to bed leaving him to his own devices for the rest of the night.
Before he went to bed he poked his head into his mom’s room. “Night mom.”
There was no response, their usually wasn’t. She had been asleep for hours now, but he made a point to always say goodnight. He had just climbed into bed when his phone jangled.
He checked it Ben had texted him “party at Stacy’s pick you up in 20.” Sent 16 minutes ago.
Austin texted him back quickly “Awesome!”
He heard the car drive up and he hopped in. “So your early when we have to go to a party.”
Ben clenched the steeringwheel, “Dude I am so close to sealing the deal. You don’t even know! Her text had five smiley faces! ”
“Awesome dude!” He fist bumped his friend.
They arrived at the party and quickly disappeared into the crowd. Austin lost sight of his friend almost immediately. He got himself a drink from the cooler and mingled. He saw some people from school but a lot he didn’t recognize. He hit on a few girls and struck out. He decided to just enjoy the atmosphere and music. He saw Ben desperately following Stacy around but she seemed interested in everyone else except him. He laughed.
He was feeling tipsy when completely plastered Ben found him. He slurred “Let’s roll.”
“Let’s walk.” Austin said propping his heavily intoxicated friend up. He lead the way back to his house. “We will get your super awesome ride back in the morning.”
He dumped his friend on the couch, his mom wouldn’t mind, and headed to bed.
The next morning he got up dressed and headed to the living room where Ben was still sleeping. His friend had puked all over himself and the couch.
Austin poked him in the ribs. “Get up dude.”
Ben groaned and opened his eyes squinting up at him. “What? Why am I here? Why am I covered in puke?”
Austin watched the realization sink in.
“Sorry dude… I’ll clean it up.” Ben said sitting up. He quickly ran to the bathroom.
Austin heard him barf and came to check on him. Ben had managed to puke on everything in the bathroom. He couldn’t help but be sarcastic, “Awesome…”