“Ugh! What? You’re still here? My mom said you had to leave an hour ago, Salem!” Raquel whined.
I took a sip of my juice box and shrugged.
“You have to leave! If you don’t go right now, I’m going to tell on you.” Raquel threatened, in her usual, prissy, nasally high-pitched voice.
“You just never shut up do you, Raquel?” I asked.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!”
“Hmm. Maybe I should get the sticks and stones out then?” I said, handing my fruit punch over to Clementine, who eagerly set it down on the table for me. “Why does Monkey get to stay, then?” I added.
“Mom says only one friend can stay the night, and I picked Monkey. So you two gotta go right now, or I’m telling my mom! This is my treehouse!”
“Okay hold on… Do you actually think I care if you tell your mom?”
“Your mom is stupid like you, I’m not afraid of her!”
Raquel ran away crying and Clementine, Monkey, and I sat back down where we were.
I picked my fruit punch back up and took another sip.
“I never liked her anyway. You’re my favorite, Clementine. No offense, Monkey.”
Of course Jocelyn called my mother and complained. Doesn’t matter though, every since I caught them crowning their little heir as prince, they’ve been afraid to tell me no.
Summer was almost over now, and aside from my stupid family, and even stupider friends, it hasn’t been that bad.
One day, Clementine was at her grandma’s house, so I was stuck with my family. My mom and dad thought it’d be a good idea to go out to eat one last time before school started.
Although the entire place reeked of outdoors, I knew this would be my perfect chance to get something I wanted!
“Mom… Dad… I don’t have a lot of friends at magic school…” I began.
“Aww honey why not?” Asked Kirsten.
I shrugged. “I unno. But I was thinking… What if Yellow or me gets lonely and wants to call home?”
“Then call home, they have phones…” Said dad.
“Well…. We’re not allowed to use the phones after 6:00 pm… So she does have a point!” Yellow said.
“Can I borrow your cellphone, Daddy? And you and Mommy can share?”
“No. Not happening, sorry.” He said.
“Daddy, why not!” I cried.
“Well Seymour, there’s no reason she can’t use it, why not?” Mom added.
Dad was quiet for a moment, and we all stared at him.
“Fine, but just while you’re in school.”
“But there are going to be some rules. First one, absolutely NO calling anyone on my contacts list, and NO answering calls or texts, got it?”
Fall finally came, and I was so excited get away from my loser dad and my slobby hippy mother.
We walked into the activity hall, and our classmates were gathered around the piano having a gay ole time, and I did not want to be a part of it, and instantly missed my friends in Appaloosa Plains.
Flynn jumped up to greet Yellow as I pulled my dad’s cellphone out of my bag and quickly turned the other way, after dialing Clementine’s number.
“My my, Yellow! You sure are getting tall!” Annabelle said, in her sweet little southern bell accent. Makes me sick.
“Y-You too, Annabelle.” He stuttered.
Ew. I could tell by his confused blank stare that my brother had a little crush. I wanted to barf!
“Her homework can wait, Brandt. This is important. Give her the phone, now.” I demanded.
“Oh hi Clementine… Nothing much, just watching Annabelle steal your man… Yep… She has boobs now… They’re not big, but they’re definitely there.”
After ranting for about five minutes, Clementine finally said something that could be useful to me.
“Don’t let her distract my hubby. He needs to learn his magic, or he’ll never be the heir!”
“Aha! Clem you’re a genius, gotta go bye!”
It was the perfect plan. I didn’t even have to do anything! As revolting as it may be, I’ll just let Yellow waste his time daydreaming about Ms. Louisiana, then he’ll be way too distracted to focus on his magic. When that happens, my parents will have no choice but to reconsider me as the heiress!
Midnight Hollow was like heaven without my parents around! The Crumplebottom sisters even let us explore the town on our own, as long as we stick together.
I didn’t really care what they wanted, the first stop on my agenda was the art museums!
Despite part of this dysfunctional circus of a family, Cassandra wasn’t that stupid or annoying!
When class officially started, Yellow was a nervous wreck. It was great!
We all took our seats as Beatrice took her time, and eventually got around to beginning class.
“Hmmm…. Let’s see here…. Ah, yes!” She began. “Today we will do some basic warm ups, conjuring an apple, and making it levitate. Who would like to begin?”
With no problems at all, I conjured a poison apple and let it float around me.
I shot Yellow a big smile. “What do you think about that?”
“Good job, Salem!” He said.
Annabelle took her turn, conjured a normal, boring, non- poisoned apple, whatever.
“Great work, Annabelle! Now have a seat, it’s Flynn’s turn.” Belinda called.
As Flynn got up, Annabelle approached Yellow.
“You’ll get the hang of it, someday!” She smiled.
Right after Yellow, Rococo is the least skilled witch in our class, and even she can levitate an apple.
The Crumplebottom sisters let our class play outside for a while to take a break. I’d rather stay inside and be bored.
I know my dad told me not to mess with his phone, but I was bored.
I had every intent to just play a game, but when I saw the ‘new text message‘ icon, I couldn’t help myself.
‘new message from Bob Smith‘
“Pft! Bob Smith, yeah that’s original!”
“Please call me when you’re alone.”
“Oh! This is too much, this is gold…” I laughed.
I video-called this Mr. Bob Smith and smiled into the camera.
. “Caught yaaaa!” I waved.
“Hi mom! Call me back when you get this. You won’t believe who just texted dad!”