Chapter 4: Strikeout
Back to Sebastians Point of view
Relaxing on the hills really helped me loosen up a little, and forget the world surrounding me. Laying on a nice soft bed of grass with the breeze flowing through the trees is one of the best gifts nature has to offer to the human race. Small light beams fall through the holes in the tree branches. The weather is just perfect, I hope it stays like this throughout the whole day.
I wonder how Collin is doing? He seemed so sad when he mentioned his parents. Though he was never close with his mom, I thought things would have cleared by now. Collin…I’m sorry I have been neglecting you as a friend. I’ve been so consumed with my own personal issues I forgot to keep up with him.
The family environment Collin was raised in was similar to mines, religious. The only difference was that my mother wasn’t as strict and over bearing as his. This could be the reason is why he always loved coming over to my house during the weekends. We treated him like our own, and my mom loved to invite him to our family bondings at the beach. He literally was like my older brother, and my mom’s second son. I knew he favored my family over his own. He has a tough time admitting it, but I know he wish his family was like mines. Kind, caring, loving, and supportive. Something that all kids should be able to say they receive from their loved ones at home.
Collin has it rough with no one to help him or be his support. I was his support till we both started getting busy.
Maybe I should make plans with him, and text him to hang out soon.
‘Hey Collin! I was just thinking about going to the beach tomorrow! Let’s hang out, just us two. Like we used to during our first summer as friends. :)’
I drift off into a daze before I wake up to a reply about an hour later.
‘Sounds great! I can’t wait. I’ll meet you there! Let me know if you need a ride before anything okay?’
I’m smiling to myself for a while, then I realize school is ended and I should be getting ready for the homecoming baseball game in a few hours.
As evening comes to life, our school’s baseball stadium begins to fill. Parents, students, and teachers come wearing our school colors, blue and gold. The crowd near the gates is getting congested as every minute passes by, getting closer to the first inning. Luckily for me I have my school’s news pass to get me in for free and not have to worry about such crowds, who seem to be hungry for an intense game.
I place myself near the front, close enough to get a good view of everyone and everything that is going on. Pen in my hand, I am prepared to take notes for class.
As the game progresses, it is clear our team is gonna leave the other team crying. Our audience still has the energy to cheer with all their might, making me look odd as I’m only writing down whatever is going on.
I look up and Blake is at the mound ready to pitch for the final inning. Before he throws, he looks at the audience and waves. The crowd goes while and cheers, and I swear that in the midst of the wave he spots me.
Like a deer in headlights, I freeze causing me to drop everything. My heart stops as if I just saw a ghost.
How does he do that?! How does he know exactly where I’m sitting? It’s like he just watches me.
The lady next to me notices, and kindly picks up my utensils.
“Why young man you dropped your supplies!” She yells over the crowd.
I quickly take it and say thank you, she is confused with my reaction but turns to cheer again. Quickly, and trying to avoid being obvious I leave the stadium. As I dash through the different rows, and railings, I hear the people count the strikes that Blake throws.
One. Two. Three! YOU’RE OUT!!
We won the game.
I sit at the foot of the steps, nervously waiting on the phone calling my mom.
“Hey, this is Linda Jay. Sorry I missed your-” I hang up.
“Fuck, mom! The only time I need you to take me home early is when you’re not answering your call. GAHHH.” My hands start to shake with what I thought was anger, but actual fear. I know something is going to happen.
As I wait, everyone at the game quickly leaves. Only about 30 minutes since they won, and the lot is almost empty with an eerie feeling to it. The only people left are the coaches and few baseball players. The security guards turned off some of the main lights, the only lights that are still on are in the parking lot. The weather doesn’t ease my nerves either, the moon is drowned in dark thick clouds that make seeing in the dark even harder. There are a few cars that pass, some that are easy to identify. The coaches have left, and there are only three or two people left.
My mom sends me a text which reads: ‘Sorry for not answering I was eating dinner. I can’t pick you up, can you get a ride home? I’m swamped with paper work right now. Dinner is on the table though, love you.’
Great. Now I have to go home alone.
Something about tonight makes me want to really shit myself. And I think I almost did reading the text. The time now is 10:13 pm, if I took bus I won’t get home till past twelve, I better start heading home now.
I make my path towards the bus stop in front of my school, when a car cuts right in between me and my destination.
The engine stops, and as soon as the the door opens the life in me goes cold.
Collin’s point of view
Laying in bed thinking about the day to come, its almost 10 and I should be getting my rest.
I can’t wait for tomorrow, it’ll be a great way for me and Sebastian to bond. It’s been so long. Gah, I feel like such a dork to be looking forward for a little day with my old buddy.
“Sweet dreams, Sebastian…Gah stupid butterflies.” I say with a smile on my face before I drift into dream land.