Chapter 28

“Jack? Jack! Where are you?”

Mumbled, “here.”

“Where?” mom asked?

“Down here.”

“Why are you down in the basement?”

Pause.

“It was the worst day ever, Mom. I didn’t take my focus medicine and for some reason, I decided to take a piece of candy from one of the popular girls.”

“You took her candy?”

“She brought candy for everyone, but not me.  I took some anyway. One of the boys she hangs out with was there and started to call me a spaz. I tried to apologize, but she said, ‘Not now, Jack.’”

“Oh.”

“I’m so stupid. I will never live this down.”

“Do you want to buy her candy as an apology?”

“No! I don’t want to remind all of them what happened.”

“Did you try to apologize?”

“Yes, but she didn’t accept my apology.”

“Jack, you tried to apologize and you made a simple mistake. If they cannot accept that, then they are not your friends.”

“I know they are not my friends.”

“So you have to let this go.”

“I can’t stop thinking about it. I will never forget how I acted.”

“You will. Something else will come up to distract them and you from this day. I promise. Now, try to focus on something else, like your homework, or a book.”

“Can I have just a little while longer to be alone and listen to my music?”

“Sure. You can have until dinner. Then we will distract you with something else.”

“Thanks, Mom.”

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3 thoughts on “Chapter 28

  1. “Thanks, Mom.” I, too, feel Jack’s pain. We all do things we regret and think we will never live down. It’s a good thing Mom is there to help us put things in perspective.

  2. Unfortunately, we all do something stupid at times and we just want to hide form the world. It will pass. We know this. That somehow still doesn’t make us feel better. Hang in there, Jack.

  3. I think everyone has walked Jack’s shoes-at some point-regret for something gone wrong-I guess the point is to learn from mistakes, right? How will Jack learn from this mistake? Will words of the wiser advise? Looking forward to finding out what happens next…

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