A/N Hey everyone: here is the next chapter, I am so, so sorry it took so long to update. I was caught up in my other story and I had exams. And to top it all off it's a short chapter too, sorry! I will definitely try to update faster from now on.
Chapter 4: Choices
Steph didn't know what to think. On the one hand Meredith and her cronies were usually up to trouble and Danny would absolutely murder her if she went out this late. On the other hand Steph really wanted to fit in and it would be nice to be so invisible all the time. Besides, she thought to herself, it's only wrong if you get caught right? She quietly tiptoed out of bed and put on her best dress, and her only pair of heels. Wanting to impress Meredith she pulled on her leather jacket and put on some lip gloss. She laughed: Danny would freak if she saw her now.
Mark often had trouble sleeping, his parents fought a lot and Kimmie pretended nothing was wrong. So to calm down he usually sat on the porch for a while until he was tired enough to sleep. Something caught his eye: a girl was leaving the Tanner household, dressed provocatively. With a start he realised it was Steph! That girl worried him: she was sweet and loyal but she seemed like she was also easily led. He didn't want to see her get hurt; he grabbed his coat and got into his car: he was going to get to the bottom of this.
Meredith and Petra pulled up to the Tanner household in a red convertible with music blaring. Meredith jumped out: she was wearing a mini skirt and a very low cut top.
"Stephanie – babes you made it jump in."
Steph hated how fake Meredith always sounded but then again who was Steph to argue with one of the most popular girls in school.
Steph grinned back cheesily "right on." She winced at how lame she sounded. And got into the backseat. "So uh where are we going?"
Petra and Meredith smiled at each other "Well Mer over here as a test tomorrow and she has better things to do than study."
"And we thought that if you wanted to hang with us for the rest of the year you might want to help us out."
"Do you get us Stephanie?"
"Told you she was game." Meredith said to Petra, Petra just smiled fakely back at Meredith: she didn't really want another girl in their circle, but she would do anything Mer told her. She drove them up the road to the school.
"Close enough for us Mer?"
"Perfect, are you ready Stephanie?"
"Uh sure, so do you want me to help you study by the school or something?"
Petra and Meredith looked at each other incredulously and rolled their eyes – "nothing so strenuous: I just need to you to go into the office block and get the test answers."
"Here's the key, we'll be here waiting. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this Steph, you're a true friend."
Steph took the key from the shorter girl's outstretched hands. If she opened that door she would be one of the most popular girls at school, she'd never be teased, she'd always get what she wanted. But on the other hand she would be letting herself down.
"Actually girls I think I might sit this one out. As much as I would love to become a felon it's not really me." Steph said very quickly, trying to be funny and hoping they wouldn't do anything too mean to her.
Meredith and Petra glared at Steph for a while. Then they looked at each other and nodded. "Oh well – we knew you were nothing but trash all along Steph, have fun walking back home." Meredith said snarkily as she and Petra got into the car. Steph new better than to follow them. They drove off honking the horn and making rude gestures, Steph sat down on the sidewalk feeling like a complete idiot. She refused to let herself cry: she'd gotten herself into this mess and she was going to get herself out of it.
After about five minutes an old station wagon pulled up and stopped beside her. To Steph's complete surprise Mark Gibbler jumped out.
"Steph? Are you okay?" He asked concerned, he walked over to her and gave her a hand up.
"Not really?" She said, biting back tears "how did you know I was here?"
"I saw Meredith and Petra pick you up so I followed you."
"I'm glad you did."
"Well it's my own stupid fault: the girls rang and told me to meet them outside so I was curious you know? So I did and then they brought be here, told me to break into school and steal some test questions and then when I said no they left me here."
Mark looked livid "Oh God if they weren't girls I would beat them both up."
"No Mark honestly it's fine. They are popular girls and it's what they do. I just realised tonight that I'm not really one of them. Sneaking out and stealing isn't really my style."
"Stephanie Tanner, you really are something else."
"What can I say?" Steph joked, back to her old sarcastic self.
"So what should we do now?"
"Oh crap! Dad's going to kill me, then once he's done Uncle Jesse's going to kill me and once he's done Joey's going to kill me!"
"Wow you stick up to popular girls and you have multiple lives, cool!"
"Right sorry, not the time to joke, I get it. Well to be honest Steph I think you're just going to have to come clean with your dad. And to be honest I don't think he'll kill you, he'll probably just ground you till you're thirty."
"Wow that's such a comfort." Steph replied as she got into the passenger seat of Mark's car.
Steph opened the latch to the back door quietly and tiptoed upstairs to the bathroom: she took off her makeup and then went to change into some more fitting clothes, Danny would be mad enough without seeing her dressed so provocatively she then went down to her father's room. She was terrified, she hoped Danny would understand.
She climbed into his bed and switched on the beside light "Dad?"
Danny rubbed his eyes: "Steph, is everything ok?"
"Not really. I know you're going to be mad at me."
"Ok honey, that is a really, really bad line to open with." He said as he put his arm around her. Steph worried Danny the most of his three daughters – she was really outgoing and open but that meant she got hurt more easily.
"Sorry, um I did something stupid tonight. There were these two popular girls in my year Meredith and Petra and I've always wanted to be popular, well until tonight anyway. So um Meredith called me about an hour ago and told me to meet her outside."
Danny narrowed his eyes "go on"
"So I did"
"Dad – it gets worse, a lot worse so maybe if you could just hold out till the end and have your massive freak out session then rather than having lots along the way. It will be more efficient that way."
"Ok I'll try to hold my breath, keep going. I'm just going to quietly grip this pillow, very tightly and not say anything till you're done."
"Ta – ok so they pulled up in Petra's car and I got in, then we drove to the school. They told me to break in and steal the answers to this test that the girls had the next day. I said no, they drove off, I took a cab home and I came up here. I wanted to tell you straight away because otherwise I thought I'd chicken out." Steph felt a bit guilty about the white lie about the cab but she didn't want Mark to get into trouble.
Danny breathed deeply. "Steph I am so proud of you for coming to me straight away. And I'm glad you stood up to those girls."
"You're proud of me?" Steph asked surprised "you did hear what I said, didn't you? Not that I'm complaining."
"Honey it's always hard sticking up to people and you did it well. I hope you know now that popularity isn't everything."
"Yes I do and thanks for not being mad at me."
"Oh I'm very mad with you!"
"Oh so close!" Steph said under her breath.
"How mad are you?"
"Let's just say you're grounded till thanksgiving."
DJ was settling into college life well. She and her roommates were getting on excellently. It was like they were sisters, especially in the morning...
"Cass get out of the bathroom!" Viv yelled, waking DJ up from her dream. Viv's bushy hair was all over the place and she was still in her pyjamas.
"I got in here first!"
"You've been in there for half an hour!"
"You're in longer like every other morning!"
"Oh my God guys shut up!" Addie yelled from her room "I was trying to sleep in!" Addie was at her most irritable in the mornings.
Eventually realising that she would never be able to get back to sleep, DJ reluctantly rolled over and got up. She had her showers in the evening so she got dressed and went down to the breakfast hall. Everyone seemed to be more excited than usual: people were talking animatedly to each other rather than just eating their breakfast quietly like usual. DJ poured herself a bowl of cornflakes and went to sit next to Jemma who was a girl in some of her classes.
"Hey Jem, what's everyone talking about?"
"The marks are up for that big chem test we had a couple of weeks ago. They're posted on the department wall."
"Oh wow they're out earlier than I expected them to be."
"I reckon, are you keen to have a look?"
The girls finished their breakfast and wandered over. DJ could tell Jemma was nervous. She'd struggled at school and was finding varsity quite difficult, so she let Jemma check hers first.
"Oh DJ, wow I can't believe this I got an A-!"
DJ smiled, she was genuinely pleased for her friend. She gave Jemma a hug and then went to find her grade. She was fairly confident she'd do better than Jemma. She scrolled down the list till she got to her student number – with a shock she saw her grade C+.
"Well how'd you do?" Jemma asked excitedly.
"Not very well, Jem I think I'm going to have to go and sit down for a while." She knew she was being rude but she didn't care. She walked back to her dorm only to find that her roommates were still fighting over the bathroom, she wasn't in the mood to talk to them. Instead she went to the big field and lent against a big tree. What was she going to do with her life? She had never done that badly in any sort of science test before. How could she be so stupid, and how was she going to tell Danny that she'd almost failed her first test. DJ put her head in her hands and tried not to cry.
It had been three weeks since Joey had mailed in his application for the comic troupe and he had being basically running to the mail box every morning. But by now he was becoming more dejected and resigned to the fact that he wasn't going anywhere and he'd stopped checking the mail. However this morning Michelle came into his room.
"Joey there's mail for you."
"Aw thanks Michelle." He said as he took the bulky envelope off her. There seemed to be quite a few pieces of paper inside it: that was a good sign.
"You're welcome" Michelle said cutely before running back upstairs. Joey was glad he didn't have to open it in front of Michelle: she'd been so upset when DJ had left and he didn't think she'd want another family member leaving her without any warning. Joey rummaged around for his envelope opener and vigorously inserted it. He was too eager and completely ripped the envelope. 'That's what you get for being careful' he thought to himself.
He pulled out the first piece of paper
'Dear Joey we are delighted to inform you that you've been accepted...' Joey didn't need to read any further – he threw the papers aside, jumped in the air and let out a large whoop! He ran upstairs to the kitchen: he couldn't wait to tell the others.
When he reached the top of his stairs he saw Becky and Jesse in what seemed to be a various conversation.
"I'm nervous Jess, I've only just started this new job I can't afford to take time off to care for this new addition." Joey crept back down a couple of stairs so he could still hear what they were saying but so that they wouldn't see him.
"Becky everything is going to be fine. I know you're nervous but look at all the support you've got. I'll take off as much time as I can, Steph and Danny will pitch in and of course Joey looks after the twins anyway so it's not like he'll mid taking care of one more. I will all work out babe." Jess said as he hugged his wife.
Joey stood there in shock. How on earth was he going to tell them that he was leaving now?
A/N ok so I know it wasn't my best chapter ever but I hope you liked it, and as always please tell me what you thought xx