POOOP! LAST EPISODE I FORGOT TO EDIT AND THERE WERE SO MANY DOUBLE WORDS!
Episode 9: How To Keep A Secret From Your Best Friends.....or at least for now....
For the next week and a half, Prank kept going to that house every chance she got. And her friends were waiting, who now lived together in that house. Now that she suddenly went to that old creaky place, everybody else in her life worried about it. Her parents keep trying to ask about it, but she makes excuses. AR, Louie, and Ruth try getting something out of her, but to no avail. The secret of the old house was being kept, and it would be very difficult to learn it. Her family stopped caring, after one time she said somebody just moved in and she's been playing with them. Louie and Ruth sometimes don't care either. But AR, she has vowed to find out what Prank's hiding. And she's starting to get somewhere in her search for answers.....
AR's House, Nov. 22nd, 2014. 10:07 PM. In her bedroom......
AR: *looking at photos she's been taking of the house* I just don't get it. If there was a monster in that house, why would Prank hide it from us and keep visiting it? Is she really THAT stupid? I know somebody didn't move in, that's for sure. Unless......what if somebody did? What if the things she's been visiting, are creatures that made that house their lair? *looks at another photo that shows a window* Wait a minute......*takes a magnifying glass and looks closer* Some-body's in that window. But who? It looks like a guy and a cat. And in the lower window, I think I see, the monster from before. What's going on here?
The phone starts to ring, and AR answers it.
Ruth: Hey AR! You won't believe this!
Ruth: I just found out Prank got permission to stay at that house much later in the night, like, up to 11:00 PM. Can you believe that? My parents don't let me out past 7!
AR: Ruth, you're 10 years old, going on 11. I can see why you don't get to stay out that late. Besides, your parents are more of the protective kind. Anyways, where did you learn this, and when did it happen?
Ruth: That boy, Jimmy, one of the boys Prank hates. He told me. He said that today he did his usual annoying schangines. Sing 1D and JB songs to the girls he hates, make kissy faces at other ones, and annoy Prank by constantly asking if she wants to go somewhere with him. Well, when he asked, she said, "No. I already have plans for tonight." And he asked, "What plans? What's more important than a Jake and the Never Land Pirates concert?" And she answered, "I'm going to my new friend's house, they just moved into that old house people said a monster lived in. Which by the way, there is none. I slept two nights in that house, in a row, and no monster." Then he asked, "How long are you gonna be there, you might fit the concert in your schedule." Then she said, "I'm staying there until 11, then I'm going home and spending the rest of my Friday night on the computer. Besides, there's two other reasons I'm saying no." And of course, he asked, "Why?" and of course she answered, "One, I hate Disney Jr shows. Two, I hate YOU! Now leave me alone before you really start making me mad." And then she threw a dirt ball at him.
AR: So, have you tried asking her or her parents about it?
Ruth: Yeah, after Jimmy told me about it, I looked for her. I found her after school, and she was already on the way there. I asked her if what he said was true, about her getting to stay there until 11. She said yes, it's been going on since Wednesday now. On school nights she goes over there and does homework and hangs out until 8, and on other nights she stays until 11. Then she started trying to get away from me, probably not wanting any more questions to be asked about the topic.
AR: Well, I was looking at some photos I took of the windows, and guess what I saw?
Ruth: People trying to go to the bathroom in peace?
AR: No! I saw a man and a cat, and it looked like they were fighting with dummies or something. And below that floor, I saw the monster in the window! The same one Louie, Prank, and I saw the first night! She lied about it! I knew it!
Ruth: But why would she lie about something like that?
AR: That part, I'm still trying to figure out.
Ruth: Sorry, Amber, but I've got to go now. Maybe tomorrow, if she's not at that house, you could "interrogate" her.
AR: Yeah, okay. See you, Rue.
Ruth: Told you not to call me that! *hangs up*
AR: *set down phone and takes one more look at the photos* Prank, what's so important about this house and the things in it that you can't even tell us? *sighs* I guess the only reason I'm trying to figure out this secret is that fact that I can't accept there's some secrets she won't tell me about, even if she tells me everything.
The next day, Prank is walking to the house, and is stopped by AR.....
Prank: Oh, hey Amber, what's up?
AR: Yeah, what is up?
PranK: Um.....the opposite of down?
AR: No! Well, I mean yes. I'm talking about what's up with you and that house!
Prank: Pfft, what house?
AR: The "haunted" one, the one Ruth dared us to sleep over-night in just over a week ago! I thought you would've forgotten about it as soon as dawn came, but here we are, almost two weeks away from that night, and you're still going over there. And now you're staying very late at night there! I know there's something in there, something you're not telling me or Louie or Ruth about. Or your parents. Not even your cats, I believe me, I've tried asking them. They had no idea what I was talking about.
Prank: You asked my cats if they knew what was in the house? And you thought I was the crazy one?!
AR: Come on Prank, you basically tell all your secrets to your cats! But even a secret you don't trust your cats with, Prank, that's huge!
Prank: Why do you care about that house, anyways?
AR: Because you keep going over there, as if somebody's waiting for you there. Somebody...who's your best friend.....more than me and the other guys.......
Prank: AR! I would never replace you, Louie, or Ruth! You guys will always be my best friends! My little gang! Our posse!
AR: Then, who is this other person, that you keep hanging out with? Or should I say.....persons.
Prank: How do you know there's more than one?!
AR: Well, you guys should really get better curtains.
Prank: You've been spying on me?!?!
AR: Yes. Because I'm worried! I saw a sneak peek of what's in there. You lied about that monster, it's in there and very much not a life-sized toy! And now there's a guy and a weird looking cat!
Prank: Look, if I wanted to tell you-
AR: Oh, so are you being told to keep it a secret?
Prank: No! It's just that-
AR: It's just what? That you don't trust me anymore? That you hate me? What did I do that suddenly made you be more distant towards me? Now you barely talk to me anymore, much less telling me what's going on in your life! I heard about all the stuff I missed, that you didn't bother to tell me about. About a snow ball fight, your class winning that pizza party, and the chorus concert.
Prank: I'm not ready for anybody else to know! *covers mouth*
AR: Prank.....you can always tell me anything.....Haven't I always been the one who helps you solve your problems? The one who helps you get through your life crisises? The one you could always talk to when there was nobody else to speak to? Wasn't I the big sister you never had?
Prank: It's just....different this time.....I'm afraid....of what might happen.....about how you would react. Trust me....if you learned....if all three of learned.....I would lose-Nevermind. I have to...go. *starts to run away*
AR: Prank wait, I didn't mean to-Oh! Why does she always have to be difficult?! *kicks a rock*
Back to Prank, who has just stopped running now that AR is out of view.
Billy: When are you going to finally put your big girl pants on and tell them?
Prank: It's just, hard, okay?
Ruth: *a few feet away* Prank! Uh.....*hides in the bushes*
Billy: I thought you were the girl who always took risks? No matter what? What happened to that Prank I knew?
Prank: I thought you hated that Prank.
Billy: Well, yeah! All the risks you took were dangerous! But this one....it's different from the other ones. Not dangerous, as far as I can tell.
Prank: Yes, it is dangerous! For them! I don't....I don't want to lose them.
Billy: You won't! I'm sure once you explain to AR, Louie, and Ruth about how important this is to you, I'm sure they would understand and-
Prank: Understand?! They never do! They're always too worried over everything! Once they find out, I can just kiss my friends goodbye. *sighs* Those three always worry about me. AR the most, Louie not as much as AR. But he still does worry too much. Ruth....she would never survive one day without blabbing it to the world. Not this big of a secret.
Ruth: *whispers* Ooh....this must be a big secret.....
Billy: And you couldn't at least tell the people you're keeping a secret that you even are keeping them a secret? They should know about this, to be careful!
Prank: The only reason I haven't told Dashie and the guys is because I'm afraid they're gonna get too....careless. Gajeel might just take the chance to ruin the whole point of the word "secret", and Lily always has his back. Dashie, she wouldn't care at all. Foxy....I hate to say it, but he not the brightest light bulb of the bunch. But ArbyArby, he might just make me tell them.
Billy: Prank, you heard from AR for yourself. She's getting closer and closer every day. It's either you tell her now, and have a chance at explaining to them why it must be kept a secret. Or having her find out, overreact, and think she has to tell people to keep you safe.
Prank: I will, I will. But first, she has to learn to keep her nose out of other people's business. I mean, she always told Ruth not to spy on people, and now she's doing it herself!
Ruth: Holy macronii! I've got to tell AR about this! *runs back and finds AR* Amber! Amber! You won't believe what I just heard!
AR: Haven't I been telling you to stay out of things that don't concern you?
Ruth: Well, you've been doing it. Anyways, do you wanna hear what I just heard Prank tell Billy the voice, or not? It's about the secret....
AR: Tell me, tell me now!
Ruth: *whispers everything they said in AR's ear*
AR: Are you serious?
Ruth: Word-for-word, that's EXACTLY what they said.
AR: Hmmm. Gajeel....Lily....Dashie....Foxy....and Arby....those are their names?
Ruth: Yep, Dashie and the guys. So that must mean Lily is a boy name! I knew it!
AR: Lily, Dashie, and Arby sound like nicknames, but for what? Anyways, now I know why she won't tell me! She's afraid I might think-*gasps* Ruth, every time she said she thinks we might think it's too dangerous, what does it turn out to be?
Ruth: Uh....dangerous? But wait, Billy kept saying to tell us, and was pretty sure these people were safe. Billy is very much like you and Louie combined. Mature, serious, worrying, always hate jokes-
AR: That's not true! Anyways, now that I know a little more about these people, maybe I can start trying to ask her about them. That's what I'll do tomorrow!
Ruth: I don't know, Amber. Prank just doesn't seem ready for us to know about these guys. She seems to really care about them, I mean, she does worry about their safety. She's kind of like you now!
AR: You're right. Okay then, I'll ask her about it in, maybe, a few weeks?
Ruth: Okay, if you can wait that long. I know I won't be able to. Hey, maybe because I don't worry about her so much, she might let me know before you and Louie!
AR: Don't get your hopes up. You are NOT learning this secret before me!
Ruth: Well, I've been telling you almost all the information about it so far. So, I guess I am learning it before you.
AR: Why you!
To Be Continued.....