By ASHLEY PERSAUD
“Come on kids, it’s time for bed,” yelled John as he was cleaning, “you guys have a big first day of school tomorrow!” The youngest one, Jamie, comes running down the stairs. “Come on Dad! I’m 9 years old now, I can stay up later!” John looks at him and chuckles, “Okay son, I’ll let you stay up for 20 more minutes, but that’s it! Now get your butt upstairs kiddo!” Jamie scampers back up the stairs and yells, “Thanks Dad, you’re the best!”
After John finishes cleaning, he proceeds to walk down the hall and he knocks on his eldest daughter, Stephanie’s, door.
“I know you’re in there, please let me in, all I’m asking for is two minutes.” Stephanie gets up and opens the door. “Two minutes is all you have, so what do you want,” says Stephanie angrily. “Steph, listen, I know you’re mad at me for moving, I know it’s your senior year, and I’m sorry. But you know work is extremely important to me, and I think I have a great story here, I can just feel it.” Stephanie stands there in silence with her arms crossed, but then she finally decides to speak,
“You know how much I cared about my friends, and Matt. They were all there for me when everything happened with mom, and now I have no one. This year is going to be miserable, I can’t wait till I graduate so I can go to college and move out of this god forsaken town. Now get out, I’m done talking to you.” John stands up, and walks to the door, but he before he leaves he says, “Steph, just remember I love you.”
Then he closes the door.
John walks to the other end of the hall to check on his other daughter, Taylor, and then the doorbell rings. He thinks to himself that 10:00 PM is an odd time to have any visitors. He opens the door and sees a man standing with a welcome basket.
“Hello, I’m Michael Dunn, and I’m the President of The Neighborhood Watch, and on behalf of the town we would just like to welcome you!” Michael hands John the basket, and John says “Thanks Michael, I’m John Caste, and I just came from Atlanta with my three children.” Michael nods his head and smiles, “So what brings you to the small town of Danebridge may I ask?”
As John sets down the fruit basket he replies, “Well it was just time to get out of the city, we just needed a change of scenery.” Michael nods, “Well if you need anything, just come speak with me.” John reaches out to shake Michael’s hand, “Thanks a lot, I appreciate it, I’ll probably see you around, have a good night.” As Michael walks away he stops and turns, “And John, just remember, we are always watching.” Then he vanishes into the night.