It was around six thirty that afternoon. Michael eyed Jakie suspiciously at the dinner table, making Jakie smirk.
"So, what's Atlanta like?" Daniel asked, trying to make small talk.
"Boring." Jakie replied. She looked down at her plate, and took a bite of her salad.
"What happened in Texas?" Michael asked.
"Nothing." Jakie said. "Nothing that you need to know, at least."
Michael looked at Daniel. "Just a word of advice, dad. Jakie's a vegetarian now."
"Really?" Daniel asked. "Since when?"
"Since I was thirteen."
"What did you do in Texas?"
"Why are you lying?"
"Yes you are. I know a liar when I see one."
"I'm not lying." Jakie said, gritting her teeth. "I'm going to my room." She said, got up, and left. She slammed her door. Michael just sat there, and bit his lip.
"I have never seen her that mad before." He said. Rap music began to blast from Jakie's room.
"And now she's listening to Eminem. And the song is explicit. I'm gonna go outside. I can't be around this negativity." Michael got up and left.
"I just don't know what to do." Daniel said.
"Just give her time," his mother's voice said. Daniel always called his mother when he had a predicament. "It's been ten years, she just needs to…..get used to the fact that she's in California and not Atlanta. Besides, she's a stubborn teenager, just like you were. She'll get over this phase."
"Everyone says it's a phase. But, she's lying to me about something, I just know it. I don't know what she likes anymore; I don't know what she wants from me,"
"She wants a father. You just need to give her time. She'll warm up to you. Trust me."
"She acts like she wants nothing to do with me."
"She has to warm up to you. You'll know when she wants to hang around you." There was something going on in the background. Then there was a crash. "Damn dog. Sorry honey, I have to go. I love you."
"I love you too, ma." Daniel said, trying not to laugh. He hung the phone up, and then tried to imagine what was going on, or what Adie would've done. Then again, she was a puppy. Then he tried to think about what his mother had said. About giving Jakie time. Maybe he did have to do that.
(THE NEXT DAY)
Jakie walked out of the apartment around 12:00 noon. Michael was still asleep, and Daniel was at work. She knew she would be back before her brother woke up, so she walked down to the beach in her bathing suit and then her towel under her arm. She put her glasses on right when she got to the beach. There was a group of boys off to the side when she walked down the steps, one of them carrying a soccer ball. There was also a group of girls gossiping, sitting on their towels, and then people were scattered, and some were in the water. Jakie smiled, put her towel down, and just sat there. After a while, she saw the group of boys walk over towards the water. One of them, the one with beautiful blonde hair, turned and looked at her. Jakie blushed, and looked away. One of the boys, the one who was holding a soccer ball, kicked it and they began playing. But the blonde one just stood around, and then walked off.
"Hey! Joey! Come on!" one of the boys yelled.
"Nah, not right now." Joey said. "I'm not in the mood."
"Come on, man!"
Jakie watched Joey leave, and really wanted to talk to him, but didn't really have the courage to. Then, the soccer ball soared over her head, and Joey caught it. He walked over to her.
"Don't hit the girl." He said, and kicked it back over to his friends. "Sorry about that." He said, looking at her.
"That's okay." Jakie said. "I don't really care. Boys will be boys."
"Yeah, that's what they all say."
Joey sat down next to her. "You have a name?"
"Jakie. Jakie LaRusso. I already know yours. Joey, right?"
"Yeah, Joey Lawrence."
"You know all about me," Joey said, as they walked. "Tell me about yourself. Where are you from?"
"Why'd you come here?"
"Well, it was either this or Texas, and I like beaches. I've been to the ones in Florida, so I just thought I'd see the ones here."
"There's nothing really special about this place,"
"Yeah, but this is coming from a guy who's lived here all his life. This girl has never been here before. It's a new experience for her."
"You know any karate?"
"…Some." Jakie answered. "Not a lot."
"Hey, I was wondering if you could come by my karate dojo tomorrow."
"Joey!" someone yelled.
"Sorry. I gotta go." Joey said. "See you tomorrow."
"Yeah," Jakie said as he walked off. "Defiantly."