Jeff Hardy walked inside his house. He was just outside with his friend Shannon Moore. Shannon was like a brother to him.
The summer had just begun. Which of course meant no more school! (Yay!) Which of course meant more time to stay outside with friends! No more home-work! Jeff liked summers the most. Summers were always the best time of the year for him. It's when the suns out, School's out (hasn't that been said already?) and he could basically do whatever he wanted! (Basically.)
Jeff walked inside smiling, he then saw his Dad sitting on the couch.
"Hi Daddy!" He said happily. "I was outside playing with Shannon."
"Jeffrey," Gilbert Hardy started. "I have some big news so if you will please sit down."
Jeff looked, confused, at his father.
"Sit down, Jeffrey."
Jeff nodded and sat down. He looked at Gilbert (Gil), still confused.
"Jeffrey…there is something you have to know."
"What?" Jeff asked.
"Well, you see, before you were born, your Mother and I had another kid," Gil said.
Jeff's eyes went wide.
"You see, at the time…Your Mother and I…we couldn't keep him," Gil told him, "so we put him up for foster care."
Jeff looked at the ground in shock then back up at his Father.
Gil shook his head. "He's been from foster home to foster home."
"W-Why didn't anyone tell me this?" Jeff asked in shock.
"Because Jeff, I didn't know how you would take it," Gil told him.
"So why are you telling me now?" Jeff asked.
"One, it's because you deserve to know…two…it's because he's coming to live with us."
Jeff's mouth came open his eyes went wide…how could his life change in just a matter of minutes?
"WHAT???" Jeff asked jumping up.
"Jeffrey…" Gil started.
"WHEN IS HE COMING??!!!!" Jeff asked.
"In one week." Gil said.
"ONE WEEK! JUST ONE WEEK!" Jeff yelled. "YOU TELL ME YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE IN JUST ONE WEEK???!!!"
"WHO SAID THIS IS RUINING YOUR LIFE!" Gil said. "YOU LISTEN NOW AND YOU LISTEN GOOD! THAT BOY HASN'T HAD THE BEST LIFE! I THINK IT'S TIME HE COMES HERE AND LIVES WITH US! YOU HAVE NO SAY IN THIS!"
Jeff looked at his Dad then with one nasty look Jeff ran to his room.
THIS IS UNFAIR THIS IS SO UNFAIR! Jeff thought. I SHOULD HAVE A SAY IN THIS! THIS IS MY HOUSE TOO! AND THIS IS MY LIFE! HE CAN'T JUST COME IN AND RUIN IT! NOT ONLY WILL HE RUIN MY SUMMER! HE WILL RUIN MY WHOLE LIFE!
Jeff started crying. Tears of frustration and sadness.
Why couldn't Dad tell me I had a brother? I know I'm not that understanding now but that's because I've lived my whole life thinking I was an only child! Jeff was furious…and scared. What if my whole life changed 'cause of him? What if he's awful to me because I've lived in one place my whole life…and I don't even know how many places he's lived in. Jeff buried his face in his pillow. He was sobbing. I don't even know his name! Does he know mine?
Jeff ended up falling asleep from crying so much. When he got up he looked at the time 6:59PM.
Ugh dinner's probably ready. Jeff thought.
He was right. His Dad was sitting in the Kitchen.
"Did you fall asleep?" He asked.
"Yeah," Jeff said. He was still mad at his Dad.
"Listen, Jeffrey," Gil started. "I know you're not happy about this…but you have got to understand he-"
"What's his name?" Jeff interrupted.
"Matthew." Gil said. "I guess they call him Matt though."
Matt. Jeff thought. Matt Hardy. My BROTHER Matt Hardy.
"Jeffrey," Gil said. "I know you're not exactly happy about this…"
"Dad, how old is he?" Jeff (who is thirteen) asked.
3 years older.
Matt sat on the bed at his house. He was just told he was going back to be with his real Father. He WAS happy to get out of here. This was the worst one yet. He just wanted out.
Matt lay back on his bed. He grabbed a book.
"MATTHEW!" His 'Dad' yelled.
Matt sat up.
"Yes?" He asked.
"GET OUT HERE!" He yelled.
Matt nodded and walked out.
"Do you really want to leave this house?" The man asked.
Matt looked at the ground…to scared to answer that…
Jeff finished dinner. He hardly said a word after finding out Matt's age. He just wanted to go back to bed and figure this out. This was all so confusing…
"Jeffrey." Gil said.
"Try to be nice to him when he comes okay?" Gil told his son.
Jeff looked at the ground. "I can't promise that." He said.
Gil sighed. "Try to understand Jeff,"
Jeff shook his head.
"Goodnight." Jeff told him.
"It's only 7:04!"
But Jeff was already running to his room. He slammed the door behind him.
What's going to happen? He wondered. It's only one week till he comes here! Only one more week of my life being semi-normal…before it completely changes.
Matt lay in bed…trying to get some sleep. But it is hard to sleep…when you're choking on tears.