After sitting in the rain for an hour, I decided to take old Phoebe home. We decided to walk. Phoebe started talking about the guy she liked, and it reminded me of Jane, the hell I know why. Honestly, I didn't listen to her at all, all I know about this guy is that his name his Bob and that he likes playing football. And then I heard Phoebe’s voice, “Holden you are coming home right?” I didn't know what to goddam say. I knew I couldn't, but I said “Yes”, I didn’t want to make her sad. When we got home my mom opened the door and she was so goddam happy to see me but even with all the happiness in her eyes you could see that something was wrong. I bet it had something to do with Allie. Then she started asking me questions about Pencey. I …show more content…
Out of nowhere, she told me she liked me. I didn't know what to goddam do, I knew I liked her back but I didn't want to admit it. She waited for me to answer her, I don't know what the hell I was thinking,I got up and left. On my way out, I told her “Meet me at the lake in Central Park tomorrow at 11.” I didn't wait for her to respond. I went back home and this time my dad was home, he didn't even bother to hug me. He just asked me questions that I didn't have the answers to. I didn't listen to him, I was too busy thinking about Jane. But then he punched me. My nose was hurt from before but now the pain was even greater. I couldn't believe he did that. My dad never hit me before. I laid down on the floor bleeding for what seemed like an hour and then I got up and went to the garage. I was a moron to do that. The moment I walked in, so many memories of Allie flooded my mind. I started crying, I tried to stop but I couldn’t. I looked at the small mirror next to the door and I saw Allie. I freaked out and fell right on my head. Next thing I knew, I was in the hospital and Phoebe was lying down next to me. She looked so calm and pretty,I wish you could have seen her. But then she woke up, she gave me a hug. Usually I would have pushed her away because I don't like hugs or people feeling sorry for me but I let it go. This time I needed that hug. The doctor came into the room. He wanted to know how I felt and what had happened. I told him, I heard the
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