Different

Zeke pulled his motorcycle into Virgil's driveway. He sighed as he took his helmet off and shook out his hair. Good thing it was Friday, he needed to get away from the tangled up mess that was currently his life. He slowly walked toward the door and knocked. Amy swung the door open, then looked up at Zeke.

"Oh, it's just you," she remarked. "Go ahead in, they're waiting for you."

"Good to see you too, Amy," Zeke replied as he stepped past Virgil's little sister. He could already hear his two friends talking over the sound of the tv as he walked into the living room.

"Zeke!"

"Hey man!"

"Sorry I'm late, guys. Some stuff came up."

"You missed the first two tornadoes!" Charlie exclaimed.

"No doubt you'll tell me all about them," Zeke answered with a smile.

"Here, have some pizza," Virgil offered.

"Don't mind if I do."

Virgil handed the pizza box to Zeke, who took two large slices and transferred them to a paper plate. Looking into the box again he grabbed a third piece and laid it on top of the others. A few minutes later Charlie slid the box over to himself and opened it.

"Hey!" Charlie exclaimed. He pushed away the empty box then reached over and grabbed the last piece of pizza from off Zeke's plate. "That's mine, thank you very much!"

"I don't think so!" Zeke stood up, picking Charlie up off the couch and slinging the younger teen over his shoulders. He grabbed the pizza slice and while still holding Charlie began to eat it.

"Knock it off!" Charlie yelled, trying to grab the pizza and get down at the same time. "That is so not fair!"

"Ok, guys, that's enough," Virgil's mom said good-naturedly, coming in from the kitchen. Zeke smiled slightly, set Charlie down, and quietly finished eating the pizza slice.

At the 3rd ranked tornado Zeke's cell phone started to ring. He looked at the caller ID and groaned.

"Who's that?" Virgil asked casually.

"Uh, it's no one. Hang on one sec." Zeke flipped his phone open. "Yeah?" he answered with agitation in his voice. With an apologetic look at Virgil and Charlie he stood up and walked out of the room.

Virgil heard the door shut and exchanged a confused glance with Charlie.

"Who do you think it is?" Charlie asked.

Virgil shook his head. "I don't know." They waited around a couple minutes. After a while Zeke came back inside and started to grab his things.

"I gotta go," was all he said.

"Who was it?" Virgil asked. "Is everything ok?"

"Yeah, sure," Zeke answered in a distracted voice.

"What's going on?" Virgil asked again, looking a little worried.

"Nothing, just forget about it!"

"But-"

Zeke silenced Virgil with one cold glance.

"You haven't even seen the top tornado!" Charlie blurted as Zeke headed for the door.

"Charlie!" Zeke exclaimed, turning around. His voice became quiet. "Do you honestly think I care?" Without another word Zeke turned and walked out the door. A few seconds later Virgil and Charlie heard his motorcycle start up and pull quickly out of the driveway.

"Did he just revert to 'scary Zeke' on us?" Charlie asked softly.

"I think he did."

"But he never does that to us!"

"Something's going on with him," Virgil answered, still looking towards the door. "I guess we'll find out at school on Monday."