JT: Tom, I don’t know how to say this but, here.
(JT handed his son a yellow ticket.)
Tom: Ha, ha, funny dad! This is a food ticket, for free food
from the government. Now really, what did you want to tell me?
JT: That’s it, I lost my job and we’re tight on
At school Tom, Cody and Matt walked
into school. Matt was going on about the date with Paige last week and how he was going to take her out Friday.
Matt: I never knew she was so cool, she-
Cody: Dude, shut up! We were there.
Tom: I’m sick of hearing about Paige.
Cody: Me too can we talk about something else?
Matt: Oh, like how close you and Maddy got?
Tom: Dude, what are you talking about?
Matt: I saw you two, getting all close and-
Cody: Shut up!
(He started to get red.)
Tom: Am I the only one who had a miserable time with Nelson?
Cody: Nothing happened between me and Maddy ok?
Cody: I’m serious!
Tom: One way to find out.
Matt: Let’s go ask Dairy Queen herself!
(Tom and Matt started to run into
Cody: Come on guys!
(Cody chased after them and they
finally stopped at Maddy’s locker. Matt closed it for her and she gave him a look.)
Maddy: Paige’s locker is the next one down.
Matt: We want to know something, did you have a good time with
Maddy: Um, no. Why?
Matt: You two were kind of close don’t you think?
Maddy: All we did was share a white pizza, he bought me a coke
and we didn’t say a word. Ok?
Cody: Another question, does Paige ever talk about her and Matt’s
Maddy: Yes, me and Katie can’t shut her up! Oh well, she
loves you Matt. Treat her right or face dire consequences.
(Maddy twisted her lock and walked
Matt: She is in love with you Cody.
Cody: Shut up.
Tom: I-I’ve got to go. Bye.
He ran by Dana and Julie - captain
and co-captain of the dance team. They were surrounded by boys and flirting with all of them at the same time. The bell rang
and everyone started to go. When they were finally alone, they started to giggle.
Dana: We did it Jewels! We’re on top of the world!
Julie: Yes! I was sick of Maddy, Katie and Paige getting the
Dana: Time to rub it in their faces!
(Dana and Julie walked right up
to Katie and Paige. The gave a we-are-so-much-better-then-you smile.)
Katie: Look, it’s the freak show.
Dana: For your information, we’re on the top of the 8th
Julie: Thanks to the Dance team.
Katie: Those people aren’t your friends, their your fans.
Julie: Then we have a lot of boy fans. Paige, that’s the
worst outfit I have ever seen.
Paige: No one asked you!
Katie: Calm down.
Dana: No one but a loser would go for a girl in that get-up.
Paige: Let me tell you I’m with Matt Manning!
(Julie and Dana exchanged looks.)
Katie: Are you with anyone?
Katie: Just what I thought.
(Katie and Paige walked away laughing
as Dana and Julie looked each other.)
Dana: How is she going out with Matt Manning?
Julie I don’t know.
Dana: Maybe she’s lying!
Julie: That must be it! I’ll ask Matt 2nd period. Well,
we better go, class starts soon.
(The two girls headed to their
first period class. Julie sat next to Matt 2nd period.)
Julie: Hey Matt.
Matt: Go away Julie.
Matt: I have my eye on someone.
Julie: That eye wouldn’t be Paige Van-Zant would it?
Matt: What? Who told you?
Julie: She did, she’s telling the whole school you two
are going out.
Matt: I took her on one date. It wasn’t even official.
Julie: Really? Why not?
Matt: I invited Maddy and Katie and brought Cody and Tom. We
went to the Dot for pizza.
Julie: Well if you don’t want to be known as Mr. Van-Zant
then I would stop this right now.
The bell rang and as the rest of
the class paid attention Matt was looking at the ground wondering what he should do. Julie smiled to herself for the rest
of the class. During lunch Tom sat next to Cody and Matt.
Matt: I can’t believe her! Talking about us, there is
Cody: Ok, this morning you were all over her. Now you are pushing
Matt: I can’t believe it though.
Tom: Matt, please just shut up.
Cody: Tom, where’s your lunch? Did you forget it?
Tom: Um, yeah. Don’t worry, I’m not hungry.
Cody: You ok man?
Tom: Yeah I’m fine! God what is it twenty questions or
(He got up and ran towards Paige,
Maddy and Katie. Matt and Cody sat there and watched.)
Matt: What’s his problem?
Cody: I don’t know, but I will find out.
Matt: You always run out on us when we’re out. Let him
Cody: Matt, you know why I run out. This kid isn’t eating,
he could die.
Matt: And so could you if I tell the whole world about-
Cody: I know, you’re right. Just don’t say that
(Paige watched her brother run
over to her. Maddy and Katie gave her a look as they were chewing some food.)
Paige: What’s up?
Tom: Paige, we need to talk.
Paige: Go ahead.
We don’t want to know anyway.
(The two girls got up and walked
towards the school steps.)
Paige: Tom, what’s wrong?
Tom: Can I have some food?
Paige: Why? Don’t you buy lunch?
Tom handed her the ticket JT gave
Paige: A free food pass. What’s going on?
Tom: Dad lost his job.
Paige: What? We have to do something!
Tom: Paige, can I just have a piece of that sandwich?
Paige: Yes, of course.
(Tom stuffed it into his mouth
and looked at his sister.)
Paige: Did you have breakfast this morning?
Paige: Why not?
Tom: No food in the house, we’re supposed to go to the
soup kitchen tonight for dinner. I don’t want to go! I’d be a laughing stock!
Paige: You need food Tom, you’ll die.
Tom: I can’t go.
Paige: Maybe Mom can-
Tom: I don’t want to live with mom’s other family.
Paige: You have to do something!
Tom: You’re right, and I have and idea of what I’m
going to do. Good-bye Paige.
He hugged his sister and ran off
campus. He got to his house and started to pack a suitcase. JT was at a job interview so he knew he wouldn’t be home
for a while. He wrote a note to his dad, and grabbed his bag. He wasn’t coming back.