Keith didn't go to school the net day. His siblings stayed home that day to. He just couldn't deal with the grief. Everything around the house seemed to bring up some memory of his father. He just needed time to deal with his grief. Shirley understood and didn't mind them staying home that day.
He really wanted to see Cathy that day though.
The kids were gathered around the sofa as Shirley came downstairs.
"Ready to go?" she asked.
The kids looked up and nodded as their mother headed towards the door and opened it and locked it. The kids followed behind her and headed next door. Shirley knocked on the door and Janice answered it.
She smiled at them "Come on in, Dinner is almost ready"
The Partridges headed inside and sat down.
Keith spotted Cathy and smiled. He walked up to her.
"Hey, how are you doing?" He asked her.
She smiled back at him "Good. I didn't see you at school today"
"I decided to stay out, you see-" Then he stopped. He decided this wasn't the place to talk about it.
"Why don't we go talk in private?" He asked
She nodded "I'd like that,"
Then they headed outside to the back porch and sat down in the chairs. He sighed, was he really ready to explain this to her?
"Now, what is it you want to talk about?" she asked him.
He hesitated for a moment "The reason I was out today was because my father died the other day" he explained.
"Oh Keith, I'm so sorry if there is anything I can do to help just let me know" she said.
"Thanks, I appreciate it" he said.
"I can relate, my aunt died a few years ago, it was pretty hard on the family, especially my mom" she explained.
"Yeah, I plan on being in school tomorrow though" he said.
"You know, you're a pretty nice person Cathy" Keith said.
"You are to Keith"
"I was wondering if-" He said but then the door to the porch opened up, interrupting his question.
"Keith, Cathy dinners on the table" Cathy looked up to see her father, Jon Springsteen at the porch door.
Then the two headed inside and sat at the table beside each other.
Dinner started up silently but then after a while Janice spoke up.
"So, pardon me for asking Shirley but where is your husband?" Janice spoke up.
The table then went silent for a few minutes.
Shirley had tears in her eyes, but managed to speak.
"He…He died the other day" she said.
"Shirley, I'm sorry for bringing it up, if you need my help you can just call me, I'll give you our number" she said.
"So, if you guys need any help unpacking just let us know" Shirley said changing the topic.
"We wouldn't mind that at all, we still have a bunch of stuff to unpack" Jon said.
"Okay, we'll come over next weekend, I'll bring the kids along to" Shirley said.
"That would be terrific" Janice said smiling.
Once Keith and Cathy finished the two decided to head up stairs.
Cathy opened the door to her bedroom and they headed inside. Cathy sat down on the bed and Keith began looking threw her box of vinyl records.
"So, Keith you never got to tell me the question you were going to ask me earlier" she said. "What was it?"
"Oh, I was wondering, would you like to go to the movies with me this Saturday?" he asked.
"Oh Keith, I'm afraid not, I already have a date this Saturday"
"With who?" he asked.
Then she said something that would make him very angry.
"Gordy, do you know him?" she asked.
She didn't get an answer before he ran out of the door and slammed it behind him.
Of course he knew him.
Gordy was one of his best friends.