Your son, 10-year old Sean, tends to be a very physical, live-in-the-moment type of guy, and not having his best friend around has been very hard on him. Even though they're able to e-mail, text, and talk on their phones, Sean misses doing things with Kevin where they can quietly enjoy each others company, talk about what they're doing or what they just saw or read, or just wrestle around.
With a three day weekend about to start, you'd promised Sean you'd take him to Kevin's house so they could have a sleepover. However, your spouse had an emergency at work, and is going to be several hours late, your car broke down and you're still waiting for the tow truck, and you can't reach Kevin's parents.
When you explain this to Sean, and promise to try to take him over their tomorrow, he has less of a melt down than you expected. It's not that he's not upset - he just seems very cold about it. He snorts, says that if it was something you wanted to do, you'd find a way, then he goes to his room.
You're both a bit hurt and upset by his comment, so you let him go, so you can have time to cool off. The tow truck arrives to get your car, but better - you're covered by warranty, so a rental car shows up a few minutes later. At that point, able to take him after all, and much calmer, you go to talk to Sean.
He's not in his room. He's not anyplace you can find.
Neither is his bike.
You get in the rental and head towards Kevin's new home. Sure enough, as you approach the edge of town...
"You said I could spend the night at Kevin's house, so I'm gonna."
- For the Record:
- If it makes a difference, it's about 8 miles to Kevin's new home, if you use the interstate, but only 5 if you use the old, state roads, though they don't have good breakdown lanes in a lot of areas, and aren't as well lit, so they're not as safe.
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