As Riley made her way down the walk from the 'party house', at least that's what Mikaela called it, she thought about the activities of the night. Her kiss with Johnny, the dancing, the beat-filled music… it was all so fun! I wonder if I'll ever get a chance like that again, she wondered to herself. She looked down at her feet and stared at the cracks in the sidewalk. Step on a crack, you'll break your mother's back, she thought with a smile. Oh man, mom. She stopped walking and frowned. Will she ever find out about her sneaking out of the house? She certainly hoped not, because if she ever did, she would be grounded for life. She started walking again but something tugged her back on her shirt collar. She yelped as she was lifted up into the air. Whatever had gotten her, it turned her around. Her eyes widened at what she saw.
"Hello, dear," her mother greeted her with a smile.
She looked down at Car's hood and realized that he had been the one to grab her off her feet.
"If you ever get me up this late again, you are going to regret it," he threatened.
She bit her lip. "Okay, okay so you got me! I snuck out of the house to go to a party with some friends at school." She hung her head guiltily and closed her eyes.
Her mother waited before saying anything. She instructed Carter to put her down back on her feet. "Riley, you are grounded, and this time it's not just a week, its months. You are not to play with your friends, use the Fleemco replacement program and the phone at all for that matter, or eat anything that is associated with high amounts of sugar, for three months… or until I decide to relieve your punishment from you."
Riley flinched as her grounding punishments were said. "I'm so sorry mom." She looked up and saw her with a half smile on her lips. "What? Do you enjoy punishing me?"
"No, not at all, but I am so happy for you."
Riley's mouth dropped open. "What?!"
"First of all, you actually made a successful escape."
"At least in the beginning," Car pointed out.
"And second of all, you had your very first kiss with Johnny," she said, her smile growing, surprisingly wider, even to Car's shock.
"You… you saw that?"
"X-ray goggles. Every spy, as well as every mother, needs them," Car explained with ease.
"So, you let me kiss Johnny? When you were right outside the house watching?"
"Riley, honey, I wasn't about to interrupt that. I am just so glad that you stuck to your boundaries and didn't do anything you would regret in the future."
"Yeah, I guess so," she muttered as she walked around to Car's passenger door.
"But I hope that you will learn a lesson from your groundings, Riley."
"Oh, I will," she answered as she thought of actually having to stay away from sugar for three months. She let out a groan.
"Also, you are never wearing that horrid outfit ever again," K said with a glance to it as they started down the road.
"I don't care. I was going to throw it to the back of my closet anyway." It was too scratchy to wear on a regular basis.
"Good, because purple and black really aren't your colors, you should stick with lighter ones."
Riley stared at her mother for a while as that came out of her mouth. She had expected for her to completely blow up, but not Agent K. My mom is one of the kinder mothers that doesn't entirely lose it.
"Hmm, I might just move your punishment to four months," K muttered thoughtfully.
Riley rolled her eyes. And maybe not.
I really had trouble with the ending but I suppose it'll do, at least if you forgive me. Hope you liked this story! I might just write another with both Riley and Todd. I'll think about it. *wink* *wink*