Noah was finally released from Juvenile Hall. With references from his shop teacher at the detention center, he was able to find a job at a local car repair shop. He also started attending high school.
Things really hadn’t changed much between him and his parents. He went back to spending a lot of time out in the garage when he was at home. He set up a spot to do his homework out there as well. He spent much of his time at home either studying or working on his motorcycle. His mother pretty much left him alone when he was out there. She kept control of his cellphone again with calls to Sharlee just once a week.
Noah didn’t feel that his mother had to know everything that he did. As long as he didn’t break any laws or miss his curfew, he wasn’t violating his probation. He didn’t tell her how much he was being paid. He was surprised when she only required him to pay one of the household bills. He had to pay the electric bill.
“I want to teach you responsibility Noah, but I don’t feel that paying more than that is appropriate for a child.”
One of the first things Noah did after being paid was to purchase another cellphone. Of course, he didn’t tell his mother. He used it to call Sharlee everyday during his lunch time at school and before he left work in the evenings.
It was the ringtone that couldn’t be heard by adults, and he kept the phone in the garage on his motorcycle. Noah had been released for a month before Sharlee could come to Bridgeport to see him. He hadn’t known if his mother would agree to the visit, but she had.
Sharlee called Noah after she arrived at the airport. “My flight was right after school. So I’m going to go to Bronson’s and change clothes, and then I’ll come to your house.”
Sharlee had agreed and headed to his house.
When Sharlee drove up to the house in the taxi, Melina went outside ahead of Noah. Melina stood in between them.
“Mrs. Hall, I promise that from this day on I’ll follow your rules, but Noah and I haven’t seen each other for such a very long time. Just this once can I please…”
Sharlee broke off as Noah stepped around his mother and pulled her into his arms and hugged her tightly. His girlfriend should not have to beg to be close to him. It felt so good to hold her in his arms again.
“Sharlee, I allowed you to come today, because I wanted to talk with you face to face. You claim to care about my son. Well he is doing very well now, and he doesn’t need any distractions. A girlfriend is the biggest distraction at his age. My point is that your relationship with Noah is over.”
She went into the house.
“My mother doesn’t know everything that I do. She thinks that I work every Saturday. At first that was supposed to be my schedule, but my manager hired another guy too. So now I work every other Saturday, but I just haven’t told her. On my Saturdays off, I stay away from home until the time that I usually get off from work. I go to the park and sometimes I catch a movie. A buddy and I from school are rebuilding the engine on his bike at his house.”
“Yes, I’m off. We can spend all day together, and she won’t know anything about it.”
“What if she finds out?”
“How about if we go to the overlook park to talk and then to the carnival?”
“To talk and other things that we need to catch up on.”
Sharlee smiled and laughed. “I don’t want to make things more difficult between you and your Mom, so I think I’d better leave now.”
Noah reluctantly agreed. Will drove up as they were talking.
“Thank you Mr. Owens.”
“Don’t let me interrupt you two.”
“I was going to call a taxi.”
“I know Melina won’t allow Noah to do it, so let me. I’ll be glad to drive you home, Sharlee.”
“It will be my pleasure.”
“Well, thank you.”
“So how long will you be in town?”
Will didn’t yet know that Melina had told Noah and Sharlee that they couldn’t see each other anymore.
Sharlee knew that he was hinting to be invited up. Bronson wasn’t home yet, and for some reason, she didn’t feel comfortable inviting him inside.
“Well, maybe some other time. Thanks for the ride!”
Sharlee quickly got out of the car and headed to the entrance of the building.
“Are you sure you don’t want to go out for breakfast?”
Noah saw that expression and look in her eye that always made him wonder what she was thinking as she looked at him. He decided to ask her.
“No, just at me.”
Noah whispered it softly in her ear. Sharlee’s cheeks were a little pink, but she smiled too. Even though they lived far apart, after that conversation they became even closer. They reached the point where they could each finish the others sentences, and most of the time, they each knew what the other was thinking with just a look or a glance.
“I’m guessing you’re Noah.”
“Yes, Sir. I’m Noah.”
“Well it’s nice to finally meet you, Noah.”
“It’s nice to meet you too.”
“I thought I heard you. I’m glad you two finally had a chance to meet.”
“The more people she has attending, the better it will look for her.”
They were not in the least interested in the art; and after they felt that they had been there long enough to be polite, they left on Noah’s chopper. Bronson was so engrossed in his current girlfriend that he didn’t even notice when they left.
As their kiss deepened, he felt the same wonderful sensations that he had remembered while he was locked up. He had wondered if they were really just a dream. Now he knew it was real. Her kisses always made him feel closely connected to her as though she was a part of him.
“Noah, you’d better go home now. You don’t have time to take me home. I’ll call a taxi.”
“Sharlee, I’m not leaving you alone here in the park!”
She stood up.
“My mother will just think that I’m working late.” He knew though that Sharlee was right. He couldn’t afford to break curfew.
Sharlee didn’t want anything to cause him to be locked up again. “Please go now, Noah. I’ll call a taxi. I’ll be fine. You’ve got to get home!”
He quickly kissed her and then jumped on his bike. He saw Sharlee making the call as he drove off. He cursed because he was forced to leave her alone like that. Being a girl like Sharlee alone at night in Bridgeport was different from being a girl alone in a city like Santa Fe.
The hairs on the back of her neck stood up and Sharlee had the feeling that she was being watched. She turned quickly and saw a man seated on a bench with his eyes glued to her. He was vaguely familiar although Sharlee didn’t know where she had seen him before. The way that he was looking at her made Sharlee shiver unpleasantly. At the same time, the taxi drove up. She ran over to it and got inside.
I’m sorry about the sizes of the pictures. WordPress was not cooperating. I don’t know what the problem is. Hopefully it will be corrected by the next chapter.