Mr. and Mrs. Bhandari's mouths dropped open. They must have seen a strange sight.
Holly J. was lying facedown on the seat of the hearse, which was tipped over, and lying next to the sidewalk. Jenna was lying on the hearse floor, next to the glove compartment. Everyone else was lying outside.
Sav was on their lawn, next to the mailbox, rubbing his arm in pain. Clare was on the sidewalk, along with Alli. Anya was on top of Eli (which Clare wasn't thrilled about) and Caleb was on top of K.C.
(which neither of them were thrilled about.) Wesley was in the driveway, lying near the Bhandari's car, and Adam had gotten bucked right out of the hearse, and flew so far, that he was lying next to the Bhandari's front steps.
Mr. Bhandari opened his mouth, and everyone plugged their ears.
"ALLIAH, SAVTAJ!" shouted Mr. Bhandari. "I CAN NOT BELIEVE YOU! I FIND YOU AT 10:00 P.M. LYING ON A GROUND IN FRONT OF A HEARSE, WHICH IS TIPPED OVER!"
"We were just with some friends!" Sav explained.
"Well, not all of them are friends" K.C. said, glancing at Caleb.
"YOU TWO TROUBLEMAKERS ARE OUT PAST YOUR CURFEW!" cried Mrs. Bhandari.
"It's not our fault, it's Wesley's!" Alli argued.
"DO NOT BLAME THIS ON SOMEONE ELSE, ALLIAH!" Mr. Bhandari scolded.
"YOU WERE THE ONE THAT GOT IN THAT CAR WITH HIM!" yelled Mrs. Bhandari. "YOU WERE BEING SO FOOLISH AND…" but just then Caleb kicked Caleb's mailbox over.
Mr. Bhandari's eyes bulged. "Caleb, why?" Sav moaned.
Mr. Bhandari turned to Sav and Alli, and shouted, "I AM VERY DISSAPOINTED IN YOU TWO! AND LOOK WHAT YOUR FRIEND DID TO OUR MAILBOX!"
"Our friend?" Alli asked. "That kid is no part of us!"
Mr. and Mrs. Bhandari ranted on, taking turns yelling at Sav, and then at Alli. The four of them were in a pretty heavy duty shouting match.
"AND I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR MAILBOX!" Mr. Bhandari yelled.
And just when his parents were starting to calm down, Alli said, "It was an ugly mailbox, anyway."
"Uh oh" muttered Sav.
"AN UGLY MAILBOX?" Mr. Bhandari exploded. "AN UGLY MAILBOX?"
"Here they go again," Clare said.
The Bhandaris yelled for several more minutes, until stopping.
"Can you guys just give us our death sente…um, I mean, punishments?" Sav asked.
"Fine" said Mrs. Bhandari, who always picked the punishments.
"I feel so bad for them…" muttered Anya.
"Alliah!" said Mrs. Bhandari. "I am taking your computer, and you will not have one more sleepover for two months!"
"Savtaj!" Mr. Bhandari told him. "I am taking your guitar for a month, and you have to go to bed at 8:00 every night!"
"And no treats or presents for either of you!" Mrs. Bhandari scolded. "Now come inside!"
Sav and Alli got up miserably, and followed their parents into their house.
Everyone was kind of bruised, but no one was seriously injured.
"I'd better text my mom" Holly J. announced, and proceeded to do that.
In nearly five minutes, Holly J's mom came rushing over, in her van.
"Holly J.!" called Mrs. Sinclair, rolling down her window.
"Are you okay?"
"I'm fine!" Holy J. told her, as her mom parked her van a good distance behind the crashed hearse, and got out.
"Guys!" Holly J. said, hurriedly. "My mom will want to know everything! I need a lie, fast!"
"Then you're gonna need me!" Eli announced. "True that" added Adam.
As Mrs. Sinclair reached Holly J, she gave everyone else a suspicious look.
"How did all of this happen if you were supposedly doing homework at The Dot?" Mrs. Sinclair asked, dangerously.
"I was!" said Holly J. She was getting extremely nervous.
"Then why are all these people here, if you were just with Sav?" asked Mrs. Sinclair, sharply.
"We all decided to study together!" Eli lied.
Mrs. Sinclair looked doubtful.
"What, you don't believe me?" asked Eli, pretending to look offended.
Clare giggled. Adam rolled his eyes.
Holly J. let Eli take over the story from there, feeling very relieved that her mom was buying it. And after about five more minutes, Holly J's mom even left, telling her that she was allowed to sleep over at Fiona's.
"I can NOT believe that worked!" Holly J. said.
"It worked on my mom!" Eli said, shrugging.
"Guys, I'm sorry that I crashed the hearse!" Wesley said.
"You know what, Wesley?" said Eli. "Just go home. None of us want you here, you know!"
Wesley wasn't really in a position to argue, so he called up Connor.
Connor's mom came, along with Connor, and they started talking excitedly about the video games they were going to play, when they got home.
"Wesley!" Connor was saying. "We can play Attack of the Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles!"
"Yeah!" Wesley said. "And after, we can play worms on a stick!" (No-one bothered to ask what worms on a stick was.)
"I can't stand listening to their nerdy plans!" said Eli.
"And when you tipped the hearse over, that was extremely cool!" Connor told Wesley.
"No it wasn't!" Holly J. cried. "It was really sick, and we're lucky that we're only bruised!"
After that, Connor and Wesley left.
"Have you noticed that not a word has come out of Caleb since an hour ago?" Jenna asked, in amazement.
"Caleb quiet?" asked K.C. "Can those words even be used in a sentence together?"
"It looks like he fell asleep", Anya told them.
"Probably worn out from all that yelling" Clare remarked.
"That's crazy!" cried K.C. "I just thought that the Bhandari's yelling made me deaf, and I couldn't hear Caleb!"
"But then how would you hear us?" Jenna pointed out.
"I don't know," said K.C.
But then, Caleb started to stir.
"He's getting us!" Jenna warned.
"Oh, god, help us…" muttered K.C. Eli shot him the look of death.
Caleb yawned, sat up, and yelled, "I NEED A JAWBREAKER!"
"You have been so annoying this whole day" K.C. began, "You wouldn't shut up, you dumped mints, on Adam, you knocked down the Bhandari's mailbox, and now you want a jawbreaker?"
"SO?" cried Caleb. "YOU BEHAVED MUCH WORSE THAN ME! YOU'RE A TROUT, AND A DEAD PEACOCK, AND A FROG THAT SPLAT ONTO A WALL, AND SHEEP THAT TOOK STEROIDS, AND A DUCK WITHOUT A BEAK!"
"Where does he come up with all these names?" asked K.C. amused.
"No idea!" replied Adam. "But I'm definitely using that 'frog that splat onto the wall' one in the future!"
Eli had to lie to four more sets of worried parents, until the only ones left were Holly J, Clare Eli, and Adam. Eli had agreed to drop off Adam and Clare at their houses, and to drop Holly J. off at Fiona's. (In case you're wondering, Adam knew how to fix the damage done to the hearse, and it was back to normal again, not counting the various mints and cheese fries scattered everywhere.)
Eli, Adam, Clare, and Holly J. all got into the hearse.
Holly J. texted Fiona about what had happened.
"That was epic!" Adam was saying. "The hearse flipping over, and everything! And all that fighting, and when we got flung right out of the car…"
"Yeah, I doubt your mom will think it's epic" Holly J. replied. That sure shut Adam up.
"My mom is going to be so pissed off!" Clare moaned. "Whatever lie you come up with Eli, she won't buy it! And she's already upset about me staying over your house yesterday!"
"Her parents don't like the Hotel Eli" Eli joked.
"Hey!" said Adam, looking out the window. "That car looks a lot like Fitz's!"
"Knowing him, he would break out of juvi!" said Clare, annoyed.
"Knowing him, he would cyber-stalk everyone in juvy, track them down, and stab them with knives" Eli announced.
"Eli!" laughed Clare.
"Actually, that wouldn't surprise me!" said Adam, laughing too.
Eli stopped off at Declan and Fiona's house.
"Oh, I almost forgot!" said Adam. "I didn't dare anyone today!"
You see, Adam made someone to a crazy, funny, or sick dare every day. He and Eli got a kick out of it.
"Can I do the dare on you, Holly J?" Adam pleaded.
"I really don't think…" began Holly J.
"You HAVE to!" said Eli. "Adam hasn't dared anyone once today!"
"Well…okay" said Holly J. nervously.
"I dare you to fill your backpack with rocks!" Adam laughed.
"What?" asked Holly J.
"You agreed to it!" said Adam.
Holly J. rolled her eyes, walked out onto Declan and Fiona's lawn, and picked up rock after rock, placing them in her backpack.
Adam and Eli were laughing their heads off.
"You guys are SO immature!" said Clare.
Eli stopped laughing at once. Adam didn't.
"Adam, quit laughing at her!" Clare said. Adam didn't seem to be listening, so Clare tugged his hat off.
"Hey!" Adam said. "Beanie is VERY sensitive!"
Meanwhile, Holly J. knocked on Declan and Fiona's door. Fiona answered it. She was already in her nightgown.
"Hey Holly J!" said Fiona, as Holly J. came in. "This sleepover is going to be awesome!"
"Yeah" agreed Holly J.
"Here, let me take your backpack" Fiona said to Holly J. tugging the backpack out of Holly J's hands.
Fiona took the backpack, and nearly dropped it.
"Geez, what's in here, rocks?" Fiona cried.
"Actually yes" Holly J. replied.
"Oh, come on!" said Fiona, looking skeptical. "Why would you have rocks in your…" But Holly J. opened her backpack to reveal all of the rocks sitting in there.
Fiona and Holly J. looked at each other, and both began to laugh.