Little Lies 6

“I swear you have the worst timing!” I yelled when I swung the door of our trailer open. “You better be bleeding or at least have a broken bone!” I found my mom pacing back and forth in a frenzy. She appeared to be perfectly fine. “And what exactly is the emergency?” I hissed at her. She frowned and shrank away from me. “I know you’re angry but this was important! Way more important than your “date!” She huffed and threw an overdue bill in my face. “We’re getting evicted tomorrow if we don’t pay?” I stared at her incredulously. “How could you let this happen? I give you everything I earn!”

16

“I’m not stupid! I know you have a secret “getting out of town” fund stashed somewhere.” I kept the expression on my face unreadable. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” She rolled her eyes and threw her hands up. “Oh, cut it out! You don’t think I’ve heard you and Eva making your grand escape plans? You were planning to leave me here all by myself to shrivel up like an old prune. Well, sorry to bust your bubble, kiddo, but we’re going to need it! So fork it over.” I plopped down on a cushion in the floor miserably. “Where did the rest of the money go then? What did you spend it on?”

17

“Look around, Val. We needed things for the house. This is the nicest place we’ve ever lived in and I’d like to keep it that way.” She gave the living room at satisfactory smile. “Well, I’m not handing over my travel money. We’ll find another way. In fact, I’ll call Mr. G and see if he can meet me tonight. Whatever he pays me should be more than enough to cover the rent.” Mom nodded in agreement. “You should sleep with him so that he has to pay you double.” I would’ve slapped her if she’d been standing any closer. “You know I don’t do that!” I growled at her. “You can’t be in that type of business and have morals at the same time. It doesn’t work that way, sweetheart.” Mom tried to put her arm around my shoulders but I shoved her away furiously. “I’m not doing it! Besides I have a boyfriend now! Sort of.”

18

“You don’t have time for a fling or whatever this is. We’ve got bills to worry about and if Nancy gets her way, we’re going to be out on our asses soon enough. As much as I hate to admit it, we should probably start looking for a new place soon. You really need to just forget that guy…he’d drop you like a sack of potatoes if he knew who you really were.” She declared. “You might be right but I’d like to find out for myself.” I mumbled softly. She threw back her head and laughed at me. “Sweetie, I’m your mother. I’m always right.”

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