Flopping down on my bed I quickly dialed Tori and she picked before a ring could even go through. I guess she was just as anxious to talk to me.
“I can’t believe this!” Tori and I gasped at the same time.
“How are we going to survive?” Tori asked rhetorically. I honestly didn’t have an answer to that and was hoping she would be able to come up with an idea but apparently she was just as lost.
“Ugh! 3 months in LOT? I’d would any day exchange that to be a Mortl”, Tori continued.
I knew LOT was going to be horrible, but I needed to convince Tori somehow that it wouldn’t be that bad or else the she would’ve honestly run away to Mortl land.
“Maybe it wouldn’t be that bad…” I said trailing off, waiting for her reaction. There was a gasp and then silence on her end. “…maybe..maybe by being in LOT, we’d get to collect inside information on how to overthrow the government!” I said the first thing that came into my head.
“OMG you’re right! Why didn’t I think of that?! You’re such a genius bestie!” Tori said squealing with joy.
Wow, that was easy I thought to myself. If only it were that easy to convince my parents into not sending us, but I’m sure there was no chance of that.
Tori and I spoke for a few more minutes and decided what were going to take and then she hung up because she needed to go to her Pilates class. I decided that I needed to go work out too, to blow some steam off. So I put on my gym clothes and headed to the kitchen to pick up a water bottle.
Inside the kitchen I noticed Meera was attempting to teach a struggling Jonah on how to wash the dishes. It was truly a rare sight and I never thought I would say this but I actually felt bad for Jonah.
“Hey bro!” I said walking up to him. He didn’t say anything but he looked up and I realized that his eyes were red. If it were any other day I would’ve made fun of him for crying, but I knew how he felt. His friends would never let him live this down when they found out.
I don’t know what came over me at that moment but somehow all I knew was that I couldn’t leave Jonah at home for the next three months. He seemed pretty tough on the outside but really that was just a front. He was the kind of guy who’d write mushy love songs and play guitar but he behaved like a jerk because of his friends.
It was around nine at night so my parents were in the living room watching news. I actually didn’t know what I needed to say until I was standing in front of them.
“If you’ve come here to ask us to not send you to LOT, then we’re telling you now not to waste your time because nothing is going to change our minds,” my dad said before I could even open my mouth to speak.
“I know and I deserve that. But that’s not what I’m here to ask you.” I said, hoping they’d calm down a little after I accepted my punishment. “I wanted to tell you, well ask you, if you’d let Jonah also go to LOT. It’s just I know him well and I know that in a few days he’ll just end up getting in trouble because all his friends are still here, and making him do the dishes for three months isn’t going to bring up his grades or change his attitude. Whereas if he went to LOT with me, he’d probably learn a few things and also stay away from his friends.” I said, all in one breath.
Mom and dad looked at me quizzically “Hmm, that’s actually not a bad idea…” Mom said looking at dad. I was doing imaginary cartwheels in my head. Dad looked convinced already. Anything that mom agrees to, dad has to agree. “Fine then. Jonah will go with you too. Maybe something will go in that thick brain of his while he’s there.” Dad said and then returned to watching tv.
I walked out of the room grinning. I felt good doing something good for someone.
I raced down to the gym and did a full one hour workout. My body was aching by the time I was done, but it felt good to get my mind off about thinking about tomorrow.
True I had convinced Tori that it was going to be fun, but I wasn’t so sure myself. It’s not like I had much of a choice anyway though. It would suck to be stuck with a bunch of plastic perfect people inventing more ways to destroy Mother Nature, but I had to do it. At least I’d have Jonah around to make fun of. He hated science even more than me and he understood literally nothing.
Later at night when I was lying on my bed looking at the glow-in-the-stars I had stuck to my ceiling, somebody knocked on my door.
“Come in. It’s open” I said lazily. Jonah walked in. He was so quiet, maybe he thought going to LOT was a lot worse than cleaning. I just hoped I hadn’t made him more miserable, but I didn’t have to worry any longer as he gave me a huge bear hug. “Thank you so much T! I love you so much right now” he said ruffling my hair. “Hey! I’m not a puppy!” I yelped pushing him away playfully.
Sigh. I was so relieved he wasn’t pissed at me. “Really, I don’t know how I would’ve spent three months washing those dishes. It is so complicated!” He said with a seriously confused look on his face.
I just laughed. Jonah tended to find even the most easiest thing complicated. “You owe me bro!” I said throwing a pillow at him which I knew was the start of a full fledged pillow fight.
“Oh no you didn’t!” Jonah said with an evil look in his eyes and lounged at me with another pillow. I squealed and ran around the room trying to avoid the flying pillows and flinging more pillows at him.