Teaser Thursday- Life Skills

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By mid-afternoon, he had finished the proposal and had given up on Trista. She’d said she would call to let him know whether their date was still on. He had taken that to mean she would call either way. Apparently he’d been wrong about that. The fact that she hadn’t called told him that she didn’t want to see him at all.

He could have called her to find out what was going on, but he didn’t see the point.

He printed the proposal and put it in his backpack so he would have it to show Mr. Spiretti on Monday, then went back to the living room to watch TV with his mother and Ron. “I thought you had a date with Trista,” Ron said.

“Yeah, I thought so, too.” Brian flopped down in the recliner, with his feet hanging over one arm of it. “She and I had a disagreement yesterday. She said she’d call today and she hasn’t yet, so I guess we aren’t going anywhere.”

“Why don’t you give her a call?” his mother said.

“She said she’d call me. I don’t want to bother her if she’s still upset about yesterday.” The truth was, he didn’t see the point in calling her. If she wanted to go to the stupid soccer game with him, she would have called. It wasn’t his problem if she couldn’t bother letting him know what was going on.

“What happened yesterday?” Ron asked.

Brian definitely didn’t want to explain to his mother and stepfather what he and Trista had argued about. Especially since Ron would probably side with Trista.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “We’ll work it out. Or not.”

“I hope you do,” his mother said. “You and Trista have been together a long time, and you were friends even before that. It would be a shame if the two of you broke up.”

“I guess. Can we please change the subject now?” He nodded at the TV. “And the channel. No offense, but I don’t actually want to watch a show about how to make the perfect soufflé.”

“We were going to go out to eat anyway.” Ron got up and brought the TV remote to Brian. “You can come with us if you want, since you aren’t going on your date.”

“No thanks. I’m sure you two will have a wonderful time without me.”

“Are you sure?” his mother said.

“Yeah. I’ll be fine.”

“We’ll probably be out late,” Ron said. “We might see a movie afterward. What did you and Javier see last night?”

Brian named the movie. “I wouldn’t recommend it. It was kind of stupid. I only went because Javier wanted to, but I wouldn’t go again if you paid me.”

Ron laughed. “I guess we won’t see that one, then. Give us a call if you decide you’re tired of hanging around here by yourself. Otherwise, we’ll see you when we get home.”

“Thanks.”