An Outburst & A Laptop Murder
As we pulled up into the Sunshine B&B driveway, I groaned as I hit the save button. Why had I started writing when I knew our destination wasn’t that far away? I shook my head. I guess I wasn’t thinking right after the accident.
After Mom and Laz explained to Matt what was going on, the adults tried to figure out a plan. After a lot of discussing they decided that we would drop off our stuff at the B&B and go from there.
“Just the way I remember it,” I heard Laz say as he walked up the steps.
I rolled out of the van and groaned as I looked at the steps. I heard someone snickering behind me.
“Attempt that if you want, but I’m going up the ramp,” Natalie said as she rolled around to the side of the house.
I nearly hit myself in the head. The ramp was RIGHT in front of me and I didn’t NOTICE it. What was up with me?
“Car accidents make you delusional,” Natalie said trying to comfort me. “I was sure delusional after mine.”
Apparently, everyone at the accident was delusional because they forgot one very important fact.
The Sunshine Bed & Breakfast wasn’t exactly wheelchair friendly.
I stared up at the thirty mocking steps while Laz and Mom tried to figure out what to do. Unless someone wanted to carry me up and down for the next six to eight months, we were going to have to find somewhere else to live.
“In the family room!”
“Natalie! You won’t believe what Leo did today!” A girl with red hair shouted as she walked up to me. I turned my wheelchair completely around and the look of shock that appeared on the girl’s face was worth a thousand words.
“You’re not Natalie,” The girl said like I was some Natalie imposter. “You look like her from behind, but your hair is a lighter shade of blonde. I’m Virginia Powers by the way.”
“I had a feeling,” I said. “Natalie summed you up perfectly when she called you bossy bubbly.”
“Are you a friend of Natalie’s?” Virginia asked.
“Not exactly. I’m more of follower. I crashed into her today though,” I said just to see a look of confusion on Virginia’s face.
And she did not disappoint.
“Wha…?” Virginia asked. Her shoulders slumped to a place shoulders have never been. She squinted her eyes so much that it looked as if they were closed. Her hands were swinging around until they found a place on her hips.
“Who are you?” Virginia asked. Her look turned accusing.
“I’m Charlotte Lily,” I said, “but everyone calls me Charlly.”
“Charlotte Lily… Why does that name sound familiar?” Virginia asked. Her confusion face returned.
“Virginia…,” Natalie said as she rolled into the hallway that was between the arch that took you to the restaurant and the rest of the house. “I see you’ve met Charlly.”
“This is just too confusing!” Virginia shouted. Her face turned into a weird mix between anger and confusion. “You said you didn’t know her!”
That retort was aimed at me. I tried not to smirk.
“But I also said I crashed into her today,” I said. Natalie laughed.
“Yup,” Natalie giggled. “It wasn’t a bad car crash, but it jolted me in my wheelchair.”
“My head is so congested and my heart is so angry that I can’t even make sense of this right now,” Virginia sighed.
“Why are you angry?” Natalie asked.
“Leo is the most self-center jerk in all of Berkshire County!” Virginia screamed.
“Whoa!” Natalie shouted with laughter. “What did Leo do this time?”
“So you’ve heard how Nelson asked Emily to be his girlfriend right?” Virginia said in sort of a whiney voice.
“Yeah, what of it?” Natalie asked.
“Well, today I kind of playfully asked Leo when he was going to make our relationship official,” Virginia said. She had to stop so she could catch her breath.
“And what happened next?” Natalie sighed. The look on her face told me that she already knew the answer. I kinda had a feeling what the answer was too.
“And looked at me and smirked! Smirked I say!” Virginia screamed.
“And?” Natalie and I asked at the same time.
“What do you mean and? He smirked at me when I asked him a serious question!” Virginia screamed at the top of her lungs.
“That’s it?” Natalie and I shouted.
“What is going on in here?” Darcy asked walking down the steps. “It sounds like bombs are going off.”
“You,” Virginia said as she hoped around me to get onto the steps. “You, Mr. Darcy Chadwick Edwards, will go down to Leo’s house and have a little talk with him.”
Darcy stood perfectly still on the tenth step.
“Um,” He stuttered.
“You will tell him that the next time his…potential girlfriend ask him a make or break relationship question he will answer with words and not smirks!” Virginia shouted.
“Huh?” Darcy asked.
“Long story,” Natalie said rolling her eyes.
“Look, Virginia, I can’t tell Leo what to do. If you’re so mad at him why don’t you just go tell him yourself,” Darcy said regaining his voice.
“Tell him myself? I’ve just about ruined any hopes of us ever living happily ever after…unlike some people!” Virginia shouted. She took a quick look at Natalie.
“You can’t be blaming me for your relationship woes!” Natalie snorted.
“Girls,” Darcy muttered as he tried to walk past Virginia, but Virginia grabbed his shirt.
“I don’t want to have to hurt you,” Darcy said with playfulness in his eyes.
“Neither do I,” Virginia said in a very dangerous voice.
“What do you want me to do? Yell at Leo just because he didn’t answer your question the way you wanted him to?” Darcy asked.
“Yes, as simple as that,” Virginia said.
“Um, no, not as simple as that,” Darcy said. “Maybe Leo doesn’t want whatever you wanted him to answer.”
“Are you saying I’m not good enough for him?” Virginia shouted. She let go of Darcy’s shirt and threw her hands up.
Darcy made a run for it. He ran down the steps and grabbed the handle bars of Natalie’s wheelchair.
“What are you doing?” Natalie laughed as Darcy pulled her towards the door.
“She won’t hurt me if I have you hostage!” Darcy shouted as he opened the door. He closed the door with a slam and I could hear Natalie giggling and screaming as he pushed her down the driveway.
“There goes the perfect couple!” Virginia screamed. If we were in a cartoon smoke would have been blowing out her ears and nose. “All happy and giggly. Well newsflash to world! All romances aren’t like that!”
Is she just figuring that out?
“What is going on in here?” Mr. Steve asked. “Has World War III erupted in here?”
Virginia gave him a look that made Mr. Steve grin.
“Where’d Natalie go?” Mr. Steve asked. The anger returned to Virginia’s face.
“She rolled off into the sunset with her knight in shinning armor while I’m drowning in the sea and my knight is riding away with a smirk on his face!” Virginia screamed. She stormed out the house and slammed the door harder than Darcy.
“I have no words,” Mr. Steve laughed. I smiled. I had a feeling my life was about to get more crazy with Virginia as an acquaintance.
“We’ve worked out a solution,” Mr. Steve said walking towards the restaurant. “Welcome to the Matthews family.”
“What?” I asked.
“We can either put the blowup bed in the N room or you can sleep in one of the other many other rooms,” Mr. Steve said as he brought my bags into Drury Hall.
“The N room?” I asked.
“That’s what Steve calls Natalie and Noel’s room because its shorter than saying Noel and Natalie’s room,” Mrs. Matthews said with a teasing voice.
“Love you too,” Mr. Steve said kissing Mrs. Matthews.
I made a mental note to ask Natalie if her parents kissed often, but since I was now living here I would be finding out sooner or later. My parents decided that I and I alone would be moving into the Matthews house during the six to eight months it would take to build our house. That might as well translate into a year with the threat of a long weather ahead.
I still can’t believe my mom would go along with this. This plan had to be one of Laz’s genius ideas and he must have sweat talked my mom into it because that’s the only logical answer I can think of.
“Do you think the girls would mine?” I asked.
“I can’t speak for Noel, but Natalie won’t mind,” Mrs. Matthews said. “Fourth door on the left.”
I rolled down the hall and was in for a total shock when I opened the door. The purple walls shined from the walls. Inspirational posters and ridiculous photos were hung on the walls. The picture right above Natalie and Noel’s bed was a picture of Natalie holding a cat. Megan holding a poor puppy. Yule and Bella were smiling and Noel was standing off in the corner looking like she wanted to freak out. If I had to be in that photo, I would have freaked out…and I don’t even have autism!
Yule came into the room a minute later with the blowup bed.
“I love that photo,” Yule snickered as he set the bed up.
“You do?” I asked. “It’s…it’s…it’s…”
“Hilarious,” Yule snorted.
“I was going to say creepy,” I blurted.
“That too,” Yule said. “The triplets would have been in that photo but they were still crying from the last one.”
“That would have been a disaster!” I laughed.
“Then you’ve got to see the picture the Kids picture in Mom and Dad’s room. Abby and Jaci are in that one too,” Yule said.
“Good Lord,” I said shaking my head.
“Yule,” I asked as he started to walk out the room, “do you like it here?”
“All I can is this ain’t New York City for sure,” Yule said. “It also ain’t Chicago.”
“How did you know…,” I said but he was gone.
I took one look at the picture and shook my head. Inspiration hit me. Where was the laptop?
That was an adult voice. This can’t be good.
I rolled out the room and found the remains of my laptop on the kitchen floor.