Chapter 3

He hadn't heard that name in long time. When he was younger they use to be really good friends. He wonder if Cooter was just as crazy as before.

It was the jingle of the door chime that brought him to the present. He looked up to see who had walked in. That's when he saw him, his uncle. It was too soon. He wasn't ready. He try to find a way out but the only way out was at the front. If he try to leave his uncle would see him. He wasn't ready for this yet. "What am I going to do?" he thought.

It was then that the waitress had brought him his plate. "Here you go sir. Would there be anything else?" she asked.

"Yes is there a back door?" he asked.

"Yes, but it's not for the customers. I'm sorry but if you want to leave it will have be out the front door." she told him.

"O.K." he replied. Trying to figure out how to get pass them with out being noticed. Panic was starting to set in he wasn't sure what he should do. He hated that his uncle had this much power over him. Here he was 19 years old and he felt like he was 12 years old when he did something wrong. He felt trapped.

"Hello Mr. Duke and Cooter." said the young waitress as she walked up to where they had sat down. "Hello Annie. How's your aunt and uncle doing?" asked Jesse. "They're fine Mr. Duke." replied Annie and placed menu in front of them. "That's good. I'll have to stop one day visit them." Jesse told her as he picked up the menu began looking at it. " They like that." she told him. "Annie you could brings us cups of coffee?" asked Cooter. "Sure thing Cooter." she said sweetly.

A few seconds later she was back with two cups of coffee. "Do you know what you like order?" she asked as pulled out her pad and pen. Jesse looked at the menu for a second longer before telling her. "I'll have a grill cheese sandwich and vegetable soup." he said as closed the menu and sat down in front of him. Then she looked over at Cooter waiting on him to tell what he like. "I'll have a cheese burger with everything on it and side of fries." he told her as closed the menu. "O.K. Is there anything else" she asked as she finished writing the order on the pad. "I thinks that all for now." Cooter told her.

Across the cafe the young man still hadn't figure out how to get pass his uncle. His only hope was that they didn't come to back where he was sitting.

It wasn't long before the waitress brought Cooter and Jesse there food.

"Here you go fellows." she said as she placed the plates in front of them.

"You you like a refill on your coffee, Mr. Duke?" she asked him.

"Sure." Jesse said as looked over to where his cup sat and notice it was empty

"Jesse do you sometimes wonder what life would be like if things hadn't happen?" asked Cooter.

"What you mean, Cooter?" asked the old man knowing what Cooter meant.

"I mean Do you ever wonder what happen to him? It's been 7 years and no one can find him. It's almost like he dropped off the face of planet. Don't you wonder why he's never came home after he turned 18?" asked Cooter.

"Cooter I wonder every day what happen to him. I pray each night that he will come back home to us safe. I wouldn't let myself believe that anything less. I would know in my heart if anything happen to him" said Jesse as a tear travel down his face.

"I'm sorry Jesse. I didn't mean to upset you." Cooter told him.

"It's all right, Cooter. I miss him. There are times I wonder what kind of man he has become. " said Jesse as wonder what his lost nephew was doing right now.