The sun streamed through the window and and a slight breeze
fluttered the thread worn cotton panels. Unfortunately for the
small body in the single bed underneath, the breeze was just as
hot as the stuffy air that was already in the room. Casey
stretched and moaned. "Saturday was thee longest day of the week
Saturday was long for Casey because as a 16 year old, spending
the day with her mother, whom constantly tried to reclaim her old
life, was not fun.
Casey thought about the day to come and dreaded the hours of
etiquette training and shopping thrift stores for designer
cloths that wouldn't betray the empty cupboards and empty bank
Life didn't always turn out fair. And good guys sometimes finish
last. Her father was a kind man who in the banking world was a
respected and powerful. Life was full of dinner parties, private
clubs and the best for little Casey. Mother was a perfect
socialite, with charities and brunchs with the other wives who
were blessed with rich husbands. Mother loved her role and was
good at it. Until that is, her husband had the bad luck of being
arrested for fraud.
Casey let her mind drift to those last few days before her
life as she knew it ended. She was aware the was something wrong
just by the glares between her parents. Kids always know when
mommy and daddy are mad. Mother was shoutin.g and screaming.
Words like embarrassment, failure, jail, stupid and swearing all
mixed into a verbal assault that Casey had never witnessed
"You piece of shit! You stupid little man. Do you know what
you've done? We will be out on the street! With nothing! The
house?" Mother screamed
Casey's father just nodded
" The beach house too?"
Again he nodded
" You fucking bastard! Our accounts are all frozen, none of
the credit cards will work, the district attorney said that you
will go to prison and everything we own now belongs to the
government! Edward I lunch with his wife for fuck sake!"
"Jane please, I never meant for this to happen. I just got
carried away, we will be fine, I promise" Edward pleaded.
"Fine? Are you insane? I am the gossip of the whole town! I
will never be able to show my face at the club again!"
Edward sighed and shrunk smaller in his chair " Honey we
cannot afford the club dues right now... Until we get back on our
feet we will have to adjust"
Jane walked over and slapped her husband of sixteen years in the
mouth. "I hate you and I am ashamed to call you my husband. You
are worthless." Jane hissed the last words through her perfect
Casey pretended everything was normal and continued going to
her high end private school, but the other students soon
overheard the rumors at home and peppered Casey with mean
spirited questions. When will she have to visit her dad in the
pen? They asked with a little smile on their lips
By the time she arrived home she was exhausted and tense. She
wanted so badly to scream at her parents for forgetting she was a
human being too and all this effected her as well, but proper
young ladies do not speak to their elders that way, proper young
ladies didn't worry their heads about matters of money.
After what seemed like ages, but in reality was just a few
days , tension in the house was so thick it was almost humming.
After dinner Jane returned to her rooms to drink in peace,
something she did every day for the past few weeks, and Edward
looked across the eight foot long teak table at Casey.
Tears were in his soft brown eyes, that are exactly the same
shade as hers.
"Honey I will love you forever,and I am so sorry" Casey didn't
know what to say,so she just smiled and said " I love you too
That night as Casey slept upstairs and his wife lay passed out in
the den, Edward had a long hot bath, then slit his wrists and
bled to death.
Casey decided to stay in bed until Mother called to her. The heat
was almost unbearable but the choice was easy , here or out there
with Mother. Living in a trailor made of metal in the summer is
unnatural Casey thought, but its better then the street. Dad has
been dead for three years now and wishing it was different will
solve nothing. Mother needed her and like it or not Casey needed
"Casey dear come out here I have some bad news" Jane called in a
sing song voice, which made it seem to Casey tbat she did,t think
it was bad at all.
" I have to cancel our shopping trip honey, I hope you will
forgive me" Jane had a uncanny ability to disregard the obvious
and go about her days in blissful disregard for Casey. Casey was
thrilled there was a break in her routine and maybe she could go
out of the yard and go swimming with the other teens in the
trailer park, who Mother looked down at and wrinkled her nose
like she smelled something bad at the mere mention of them.
"Thats ok Mother, I will find something else to do today. Maybe a
walk?" Casey tested the waters, no dice.
" no no dear , I have someone I want you to meet, a gentleman
that I've been having lunch with for awhile now"
Casey thought Mother was standing a bit taller, and at a closer
look, the makeup on her face was more precise, her raven hair
done without a flaw and the dress she was wearing looked new, as
opposed to the slightly worn ones she found at the stores they
" So who is he?" Casey asked. Casually looking in the cupboard
for some bread for toast.
"well" Jane gushed " he is an attorney from Dallas that just
moved here, We met at a church function, and he is a sweet,
handsome and very wealthy, so please make a good impression"
The first thing that came to Caseys mind was how happy Mother
looked. The smile she saw spread across her pale cheeks was
genuine . The second was, wait a second, wasn't he supposed to be
trying to make a good impression me?