|Night: the Only Time of Day
Author: Life is Pandemonium PM
CHAPTER 17 UP! All he wanted to do was leave. Leave and fulfill his only dream: to go to Santa Fe. He had the perfect plan, but there's always something there to get in the way of everything.Rated: Fiction K+ - English - Jack K. - Chapters: 7 - Words: 7,931 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11-12-06 - Published: 05-26-06 - id: 2959078
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Thank you to all my reviewers! I love getting feedback, good or bad! Anyway, I wasn't doing anything this morning, so I thought I'd come on and write some more! Hope you all like
Jack yawned as he and the Jacobs brothers made their way down the street, avoiding huge puddles that occupied the sidewalk. He took out one of his newspapers and waves it in the air.
"EXTRA! EXTRA! RAIN KEPT ME UP ALL NIGHT!" he shouted out jokingly. David laughed and shook his head.
"I'll laugh if you sell any with that," David said.
"I'll laugh if you can sell any at all," Jack sarcastically shot back. He then smirked.
"Nice Jack, real nice." David said with a laugh. His little brother laughed also.
As the three walked on, the streets started to become filled with more and more people who were getting ready for a day of work. Among those people was another member of the Jacobs family: Sarah Jacobs. She was on her way to the factory with a basket of clothes in her hands. She was just the person Jack wanted to see. Just kidding.
"Oh, heya Sarah," David said as he waved to his sister. She smiled at him, but it soon faded when her eyes gazed over at Jack. Her pace then quickened and she put her head down as she walked past them. David and Les watched as she disappeared into the crowd of people.
Jack didn't look at her once. He couldn't anymore. Not since he broke it off with her. They had been going out since the end of the strike. About 8 months to be exact. Things were going fine with them, or so it seemed to others… and Sarah. The truth was, Sarah was really starting to annoy Jack. She was one of those really overprotective girlfriends. She constantly wanted to be with him, sometimes even hunting him down when she couldn't find him. This started to really bother Jack. He tried to put up with it, but after a while, he could stand it no more.
It was now about three weeks since Jack broke up with her, and Jack still couldn't bare to look at her, as she couldn't look at him. She was upset at him because not only did he break up with her, but he already had a new girlfriend: Wringer, a Brooklyn newsie.
Jack David and Les walked through a crowded street market, still selling their papers. While walking, they spotted Emerald. She was selling with Swifty, Itey, and Jake. No surprise there, though. Emerald was usually one to sell with the boys. The three made their way over to them.
"Heya guys," David said as they approached. Emerald turned and faced them.
"Oh, hey," Emerald said, taking out the cigar that she had in her mouth so she could talk.
"Whea yous headed to?" Swifty asked them as he sold a paper to a woman who was walking with her child. The lady gave him a nickel and told him to keep the change. He tipped his hat to her and thanked her.
"Irving Hall," Jack said as he shifted his papers to his shoulder. "We gonna see Medda afta wes sell."
"I just hope she doesn't attack me with that feather thing again," Les said, giving a fake shiver. The others laughed.
"Well, everyone's meetin ova at Tibby's later tonight. Afta yous see Medda, yous should meet us dere," Jake said to Jack David and Les. David shrugged.
"Eh, I dunno if me and Les can," He said. "Ma's makin a meatloaf tonight. I'd hate ta make her food go ta waste."
"Aww, come on Dave!" Les said looking up at him. He'd hate to turn down an invitation to hang with the other newsies. "Let's just go ta Tibby's. We don't gotta eat anything. Then afta, we can go back home and eat!" David shrugged.
"Eh, alright, I guess we can do that," David said. Les smiled wide. Jack laughed at how easily David caved.
"Well," Jack said, "We betta get goin if wes wanna catch Medda before she had a show. See ya lata."
"Alright, cya," Jake said. Everyone else then exchanged goodbyes and Jack, David, and Les continued on their way to Irving Hall. Itey watched them as they walked off.
"Is der sumtin up wit Jack?" he asked. The others turned to him, looking confused.
"What do ya mean?" Emerald asked as she raised an eyebrow.
"He seemed fine ta me," Jake shrugged.
"He seemed fine ta me, too," Itey said. The others then looked at him even more confused.
"Boy, what da hell you talkin bout?" Emerald asked him. Itey shrugged and turned back to him.
"Eh, nuttin," he said. "I just heard some people say dat dey think Jack's been actin weird. I don't think he is though."
"Who thought he was actin weird?" Jake asked with a raised eyebrow.
"I dunno. I think it was Shay and Lark. I heard two people talking outside last night."
"Really? What dey say?" Emerald asked him, getting interested in his story. Itey shifted his papers to under his arm.
"I dunno. Lark said something bout a ticket or something."
"A ticket?" Swifty asked.
"A train ticket?" Jake asked. Itey nodded
"I think so," he said. "She said something about Jack leaving."
"Jacks leaving!" Emerald asked as she started getting confused. Itey nodded.
"Dats what she said!" he said. "I'm not sure if they were right, though."
"Where he goin?" Swifty asked.
"I dunno," Itey answered. "Couldn't really hear dem." Emerald gave him a look.
"You sure you didn't just dream dis up?" she asked him, taking a puff from her cigar. Itey shook his head.
"No! I heard it with my own two ears!" he said. Emerald rolled her eyes.
"Look, I don't think he's goin anywhere, and he seemed fine ta me!" she said.
"Yeah, he seemed fine ta me, too," Itey said. "Dats why I asked if yous thought he was actin weird, because I didn't think he was. He seemed like da same old Jack. I'm just wonderin bout der story."
"Look, I'll talk ta Shay later and ask him what's going on, but till den, don't be spreading rumors," Emerald told the others. They all nodded and then went back to selling their papers.
This talk of Jack leaving got Emerald thinking. Was Jack really leaving?…
Ok, so there was chapter 7. I hope you enjoyed it! R&R please!