Chapter 7 : Fireworks

FOURTH OF JULY WAS TODAY, I was very excited for this day, because I loved seeing the different colors in the sky and watching my family light the fireworks. Sometimes, mom let us have own our sparklers. We had a firework party that was held between Our aunts and Uncles houses. They were both across the street from each other and all of my cousins were going to be there. I loved playing with cousins. We would play in the old cars that were parked in the back of house, pretending we were driving. Pushing all the window buttons and turn the wheel back and forth. My brother would pretend drive while I sat in the passenger seat. He would declare that he is the oldest and would be the one who gets to drive first. I wanted a turn, but I knew better than to argue with him.

My aunt and uncle lived in one house that had two stories that my mom told us were going to move in soon. Mom called it a “Split Foyer” the living room had two couches and a huge TV set that my uncles were huddled around watching football, there was a door on the far wall that lead to a deck in the backyard. The kitchen had brown cabinets and a square brown dining table with six brown chairs around it. Down the hallway, were two bedrooms and a bathroom. The downstairs had three bedrooms, a family room and a small bathroom. The house itself was tan all around with a large window in the front and two smaller ones. There were two small windows on each side of the house. In the back was a deck that had a long staircase, from the top of the house to the ground. In the backyard, people were playing the game horseshoe and drinking beer.

As I was walking to my Uncles house, Danika stopped me in the middle of the road.

“Sona, so Mom said she found your dad” said Danika excitedly. ” He is sitting in that blue car over there” she said pointing to a blue 4 door car. ” Come” gesturing me to follow her.

I just looked at her for a few seconds, my heart was thumping. I did not want to meet him , I did not know him. I did not WANT to get to know him. It felt weird finally seeing my dad, who I had never meant. So, I went down to the car that was filled with four guys. The one behind the driver’s seat smiled at me and I noticed that four of his front teeth were missing. He told me that I looked just like my mom and that I should keep up the good work. I had no idea what that meant, and I did not want to believe that this was my dad. When the car left, my mom came up to me and told me to get back into the house, she spanked me so hard I stumbled into the house crying.

Aunties house was built the same way like other house expect all of the walls were red. It was big, I loved going through her cabinets looking for romen noodles. I did not know how to cook them, so I would take the noodles out of the package and put the seasoning on the dried noodles and ate it. I loved sucking on the noodles until they were soft and lick some seasoning off the top. As I was eating my romen noodle lunch, my cousin came into the kitchen and ask if she could do my hair. I said okay! looking to the microwave mirror at my tangled hair. She spent an hour untangling my hair , tugging and pulling, I felt the pain shot from the top of my head to my toes. My head bounced back and forth as she grunted her way through my hair, putting it into two braids.

After she was done, everyone went outside to light some fireworks. As they were slowly lighting off the fireworks, the more my family got drunk and the more my stomach got that sour feeling again. Once they put a firework in peoples shoe to see which one would blow up. At one point in the night, Danika had no idea that they had put a firecracker in in her shoe and she put them on. The firework went off and she screamed in pain. Mom and Auntie took her to the hospital, I only saw a huge bandage around her food. She was screaming and yelling in pain as they pulled away.

As we were waiting for them to come back, Jacob had some toy army men that he blow up with fireworks. I refused to light any fireworks after watching Danika get hurt on one. I was more careful putting on my shoes from now on. I felt the penny in my pocket that I had found a few weeks ago, I had forgotten that it was there. twirling it around in my pocket, I was kept looking down to the road waiting for mom and Danika to get back. I felt like I could not do anything. Giving my penny a good rub, I went to one of the bedrooms and feel asleep listening to the fireworks and the drunk relatives celebrating.

That night I woke up to the sound of screaming, so I walked out of the bedroom to see my family huddled around the TV watching “The Blair Witch Project.” Not knowing where Mom was or Andrea, I stayed and watched:

A lady in the movie was seeing these symbols that were made by sticks and this guy was screaming about being lost and how they were going to get home. It got dark, so they set up a tent and it started to shake… 

I was too scared to watch anymore, I quickly walked back to the bedroom and went to sleep, having that same chasing dream again.

I ran fast as I could through the forest, the branches in front of my kept blocking my way. Something dark was chasing, I kept running. My mom kept calling my name and telling me to move quicker. We were running from something that wanted to take me away from her. 

HONK!! HOOOOOONNNNNK!!! I awoke to the sound of Andrea crying next to me and a car honking outside. We were sleeping at my aunts’ house, I could hear music and people talking just outside our bedroom door. I wanted to see what was going on, but I knew I had to be there for Andrea. I gave her bottle and looked around, Jacob and Shawna were laying close to each other under a blanket on the floor, Sarah was huddled in the corner, holding her arm sleeping. Andrea and our new brother Derek was laying right next to me. I crawled over to Sarah careful not to wake the others and looked at her arm. Since, it was dark in the bedroom I could not see much. What I saw terrified me, there was little burnt circles on her arm, one of them had started to bleed, so I wrapped my arm around her and rocked her to sleep. I felt anger towards mom for letting this happen to her. I thought we were all done with this, she had promised us. In the moonlight, I looked down at the little fate circles on arm thinking about when mom took her cigarette and burn my arm for not listening her.

As I moved my leg over my sisters leg, I heard a small ring sound. Looking down, the penny had fallen out of my pocket. I picked up the penny and promised myself from that day on, I would collect as much pennies as I could to get out of this hurtful place. I slide the penny back into my pocket and fell asleep.

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