They danced and drank the entire night away. At some point in the night, Sharlee was the most drunk one and the night became memorable for Anna and her friends. They knew Sharlee would most likely not remember anything.
At around two in the morning, Dale called Noah’s home to see if he had heard from Sharlee. Noah’s mother took the call. “No, we haven’t heard from her.” Noah had come down when he heard the phone ring.
It was around five in the morning when they finally left the club. The three young vampires were slightly buzzed from the alcohol but not much drunk, while Sharlee who was hammered like no tomorrow, was being held up by Edwin and Anna as they dragged her to the car to head home.
“ Caaaan’t weee staaay looonger guys!?!” Sharlee slurred her worlds and giggled. “Lets go see Noah… Have him come here!! NOOOOAAAH… I LOOOOOVE YOU!!”
The sun was rising and they all winced at the orange sky.
Sharlee looked up at the new person and said before passing out, “He’s cute.”
“Yeah, grabbed a bite to eat on the way here. Thought I would have to carry one of you home, seems like I wasn’t needed after all!” Marcus looked at his girlfriend from head to toe and said, “You’re so ravishing babe, wish I wasn’t busy last night.”
They all got into the car and headed home to Anna’s place. Silently closing the car doors to not wake anyone, they tipped-toed to the front door.
Sharlee just held her head down while being carried by him and Anna.
Anna continued, “ …Everyone up…”
Dale helped Sharlee into the bathroom to clean her up and take her home.
Dedric knew his daughter. “Yeah, I’m really sure she had no help getting that way.” Dedric sighed. He had had many discussions with Anna about her behavior. If not for the fact that she was a vampire, she could have put herself into serious danger. However, now she had involved a human child. He couldn’t let it pass this time.
“Anna, Sharlee could have been seriously harmed tonight.”
“I mean by the alcohol. You see how sick she still is. It’s time for you to start thinking about the results of your actions. I have no choice but to ground you. You are grounded for the next two weeks! No computer, no cellphones!”
Anna knew that there was nothing that she could say to change his mind. However, she hoped that if she talked with her Mother she could get it reduced to one week.
Dale answered. “If you call completely wasted okay!”
Sharlee was again very whoozy and wobbly, and so Dale helped her to the bathroom. Alissa followed them inside. “Alissa, we’re too upset to talk with her about this right now, and besides, she can’t even focus right now. We don’t want to say something that we can’t take back. She’s in no condition to fly home. I’ll change our flight to a later time.”
Alissa helped Sharlee take a shower and then put her to bed.
“Sharlee are you wasted?”
Noah tried not to laugh. “Are you at home?”
Sharlee forced her eyes open. “No, oh yeah.”
“I’ve gotta go now, Sharlee. I love you.”
They were planning to take an evening flight back to Mesa Valley. Dale and Alissa had discussed what they intended to say to Sharlee. They left the table and took Sharlee to another room to talk.
Sharlee’s head was throbbing and she still felt sick. She closed her eyes and held her head as she answered. “I don’t remember.”
“I don’t like it. I don’t like that I didn’t have control over what I did, and that I can’t remember what I did. Mom and Dad, I knew that I shouldn’t drink, but last night I just felt so bummed! I wanted to do something different, something that might take my mind off of things. That wasn’t the way to do it though. You don’t have to worry. I never want to feel this way again. Getting drunk isn’t fun!”
Alissa spoke. “Sharlee, while I’m glad to hear you say that, I would never have thought that you would take the first drink. You knew two things last night when you took that drink. You knew that you were underage, and you knew that your father and I would not approve! You knew that it was a dangerous and wrong thing to do!”
Despite her best intentions Alissa’s voice rose as her fear for Sharlee the night before came back to her.
Dale started back speaking, “We were worried sick about you last night Sharlee. We even called Noah to see if he knew where you were.”
“Yes. His mother said that they had no idea where you were!”
Sharlee had a vague memory of talking to Noah earlier in the morning.
“Mom and Dad, I’m sorry! I know that I screwed up. All that I can do is promise that it will never happen again. I won’t drink again until I’m 21, and I won’t ever get drunk again.”
“I’m glad to hear it, but we can’t just forget about last night. Your mother and I have discussed it. You are grounded for the next two weeks. You will still attend Noah’s trial, but other than that you will be here at this house. When we return home to Mesa Valley, you will only be permitted to go to school and then home. No TV, no cellphone and no computer.”
“I understand Dad, but what about Noah. I have to be there for him.”
Alissa looked at Dale. “Dale she’s right. He does need her support.”
Dale knew that there was something off with Noah’s parents. Noah’s mother hadn’t even let him speak with Noah the night before. So Sharlee was probably very important to Noah right now. “We’ll take that into consideration on a day to day basis.”
“I know you are Sharlee, but next time use your head!”