"Sydney, do you not hear me talking to you?" my mama said. I was afraid to look up.
Knowing her and the way she is the look on her face would not seem to pretty.
I look up anyway, suddenly not caring for a need to be manner able or knowing that I'm in trouble. For once I didn't care.
"Yeah, I hear you." I was sure that at that moment I was going to get the taste slapped out of my mouth but I had my doubts.
"Get in the house, now." her eyes wide and voice deep on the last word. I shrugged off Michael's arms around me and stood up quickly.
He stood up too. "I guess I'll see you around?" I said with hope in my voice. I didn't care that I was in front of my mama, she knew what friendship was.
"Sure," he said with a smile. I couldn't help but smile back.
He reached over and tried to give me a hug, but mama stuck her arms in the middle between us.
"Oh, no you don't. Off you go gramps." She said without joke in her voice. That part kind of freaked me out.
When Michael came from in front of our door mama practically pushed me inside.
I turn around to avoid myself from running into the couch. I looked at mama with a dead face on showing her that her tough eye look wasn't suiting her.
"Now listen, I want the truth and I want it right now." She said pointed to the floor.
"I will, as soon as you tell me what I did wrong." I put my hands behind my back trying to avoid from hitting something.
"What you did wrong? Are you seriously asking me this question?" she appointed coming around the couch coming towards me.
I stood there, with my head high. I wasn't going to let her get to me that easily.
"Well you didn't try to cover up the bruises very well first of all." She said pointing at my arm. "Has anyone asked you about that yet?" I shook my head.
"Ok then. Well another reason was that you didn't ask anyone if you could leave the apartment or let you sit in the hallway hugging and kissing on a boy that you barely even know."
I gave her an iffy look. How could she even say that about me, her own daughter?
"Mama, it wasn't like that. We were just…"
"Hugging and then leading to kissing. Yeah I know the whole story so don't waste your time." She interrupted me.
I gave her and irritated look. "No mama, that's not what, happened."
"Oh, well"- she plops herself on the couch- "… care to explain, dear?" she said patting the cushion next to her.
I looked at her with panic written all over my face. How do I tell her the truth? This was complicated. There was only one thing I could do.
I heard a door open from the backroom. It was the one that I was supposed to be staying in. the little girl-Penny- walks out towards the kitchen.
I take my gaze from her to mama. "Oh yeah, well… what about her huh? Care to explain?" I said pointing at her. Mama looked shocked at me like she couldn't find a lie to come up with.
This was gonna be a long night.