Tags: Teen Fiction, issue, Finding Yourself
Description: Rebecca Danvers, a smart straight-A student, and cheerleader, pushes a football player down the school bleachers in self-defense earning summer school only to get suspended for two weeks- which is the rest of the school year. When she cleans out the basement as punishment by order of her step-dad, she finds secrets her mom had left to be thrown away: a photo album of wedding pictures.
A small town, and her father are revealed as she arrives in Dalenfield, Georgia where she lies to her father about her mother being alive, when in reality her mother had died the year before from breast cancer. While trying to get to know the dad that she has never gotten to meet in her entire life, she is afraid of her secret getting out to her family, she finds that her father is hiding one of his own, or more like a personal demon. As she makes a new friend and gets to know her family, her own secret is revealed and her step-dad battles her biological father for custody. But, when her father falls in front of her eyes from a blackout, will he be able to get custody when he tells her the truth? All she wanted to do was give her dad a Second Chance, not cause trouble.
“Do you like hot chocolate?”
I was thrown off guard for a moment “Huh?” I said like an idiot making him chuckle, he shrugged as he looked at me.
“I was asking if you like hot chocolate.”
Nodding my head yes, I got up off the bed and put my hands on my hips “Yeah, I do. Why?” I asked, he made a follow motion with his hand and went out into the hallway, I followed him down the stairs and into the kitchen where a pot on the stove had milk warming up and a pot of freshly made coffee was made, there were all sorts of other things (Whip cream, chocolate syrup, caramel topping, etc) laid out on the bar.
I stood there with a bit of confusion “So, what are we doing?” I asked, he walked to the stove and turned off the top before pouring the milk into two huge coffee mugs that had cocoa in them.
“I try to hide these from ma, that way she doesn’t break them, or threaten to throw them at my head” he said about the coffee mugs with a chuckle then looked at me and held out a spoon to me and motioned to the mug with Batman on it “Come on, get to work.”
“Um, okay” I said as I stirred the cocoa in the mug and looked up at him, “This is odd …mom never let me have anything sugary.”
He looked a bit confused “Why not?” he asked as he grabbed the coffee pot and poured some into his mug before doing the same to mine.
“Sugar is bad for your teeth and health is what she always told me.” I finished mixing my cocoa and put down the spoon crossing my arms with a sigh “I never got to be like other kids in that way” I said, disappointed.
Johnny frowned while grabbing the cool whip spray bottle, he smirked “Well, mom isn’t here right now is she?” he asked as he made a couple of circles and a lot of cool whip came out into my mug.
A small ping hit my heart roughly, if he had known the truth I am pretty sure he wouldn’t have just said that.
My eyes widened before looking up at him “No. I guess not” I said as I looked at the candy and toppings he had laid out, I looked back at him, and we shared a grin.
Basically, all we did was make a mess in the kitchen, he got me with the cool whip by spraying it on my face, I got his tank top covered in chocolate syrup. We laughed as we mixed up toppings on the hot cocoa and coffee combination.
After we got cleaned up, we went to the living room to watch a movie and drink our treats.
“No way. Lee used to be a little dork” I said as I looked at the picture on the couch side table of my brother as a teen, he had the full on dorky look covered, complete with sweater vest.
What I said made Johnny laugh as our movie credits began to roll signalling the end of the movie, he sat on the other end of the couch, he finished off his sweet treat and looked at me “He used to care about his grades, now I think he tries to flunk” he told me as I put my mug down on the coffee table and looked back at him.
“I just don’t understand why mom left. This place is amazing” I said making him give me a small smile “And it has cool people as well.”
He smirked like an arrogant person “I’m not cool. I’m awesome” he said, I smiled at him before it slowly turned into a frown, he noticed this and gave a confused look, he reached his hand out and touched my arm “Hey, Whatever is bugging you, you can talk to me about. I assure you anything you say will be kept a secret.”
But, I couldn’t tell him I missed my mom. I couldn’t tell him I missed smelling her perfume and her stupid rules. The only thing I could say was : “I just don’t understand why she kept me away from this life. The only blood family I ever knew was her, I mean I knew I had actual family out there but, when I would go to ask her about them she would make an excuse not to talk about it.”
Johnny squeezed my shoulder “You’re here now. All that matters is that I am finally getting to spend time with my daughter, and Becky that alone means the world to me.”