"Well, I was in a hurry, and I guess I didn't really look before I crossed the street, and..." Cate continued.
"...The car hit you??" Kevin asked.
"No, almost. Next thing I know theres a black Escalade nearly two inches away from me. That driver really hit those brakes."
"Thank God he did! That driver would have been in deep trouble, not to mention I would have felt like shit if he'd hit
you," Aaron said. "Anyway, when the driver made his sudden stop, I got out of the car to see if she was okay. Big mistake.
Some fans must have been following in a cab or something and got out when they saw me. Next thing I knew there was like a
huge swarm of them."
"Yeah, that was scary. Anyway, I knew that even if he made it back into that car, the car would never get anywhere. He
told the driver to get out of there and I helped him lose the crowd." she told them.
Aaron agreed, "She knows her way around here. Since we didn't know where the driver went to meet us, we were looking for
him. By then, everyone following us was too far behind to catch up."
"Helps when you point at an unsuspecting pedestrian and yell 'Look! There he goes!'. I just can't believe some of them
really fell for it..." Cate pointed out.
"Me either, but it worked, thats all that matters..." Aaron said, still reminicing in recent events, "While we were looking
for the car, I asked Cate where she was headed. She said she wasn't headed anywhere in particular, and just then we met up
with the driver. It was like, a sign."
"Sign?" Alex inquired, "Of what?"
"That I was supposed to take her with me back here." he replied.
"Cate? Question." Brian requested.
"...Was that it?" she asked.
"No, this was: if you weren't headed anywhere in particular, why were you in such a hurry when you went to cross the street
when Aaron's driver almost hit you?"
"Oh. Guess its my turn?" she sighed. "Well, let me start by saying that my home life is pretty much hell. No, worse
"Oh come on," Aaron said, "Your parents can't be that bad."
Cate looked away from all of them. "Well, I really wouldn't know."
"...What? Wh-Where are they?"
"Cemetery." She said flatly after a few moments. Years of answering that question hadn't made the answer any easier to
say. "Well, I shouldn't say that," she continued, "'cause I really don't know that they were even buried. I always just assumed."
"...Oh. I'm so sorry, Cate." Aaron said apologetically, holding her hand and rubbing it with his thumb.
"I'm sorry too." Kevin added. The others followed suit.
"So am I," Brian chimed, "But that doesn't really answer my question."
"Oh, yeah, that. Well, I hate the woman they put me with -- the state I mean -- and I'm 17, so I really only had to stay
a little longer, but shes such a bitch. Won't let me do anything, unless it involves cleaning. She blames everything on me,
even if it wasn't my fault and she knows it wasn't. Then when the state comes to check up on how things are going shes the
perfect mother, pleasant and nice, and the horns come back out once they leave. She treats me like I'm a freak just because
I'm on medication. Anti-depressants, before you even ask." she took a deep breath to keep the cracking in her voice from getting
"Wow. I'm sorry." Nick said.
"Yeah, that sucks." Howie said.
"Today I got home like three minutes late because I had to drop off some homework to a neighbor, and she threw a shit fit.
Said that I'm not allowed to have friends. At all. That if she can't even stand me, why would anyone else? Tried to throw
a punch at me when I said that she wasn't exactly the most fun to put up with." Cate said, rubbing her arm with the hand Aaron
"...She punched you in the arm?" Kevin asked, noticing what she was doing.
"No, she went for my face, but I tried to block it with my arm."
"Yeah, so I packed up my clothes and my stuff, which there wasn't much of considering she only really buys stuff for her,
she only buys me things when she feels like it, which isn't very often. Anyway, I packed up, and I left her a note, the contents
of which I won't repeat, and I climbed out the window and left down the fire escape. Heard her screaming out my window from
about a block away and then started running. Thats when I almost got personal with an Escalade."
"I'm NOT letting you go back there." Aaron said to Cate. She looked him in the eyes, tears coming down her cheeks.
She hugged him and he rubbed her back. As he was calming her down, he looked around the room at the others. They gave each
other confirming looks. Brian nodded and sat down on Cate's other side.
"We won't either." he said.
"Well, I do have to go back at least once. Well, more like want to." Cate said, sitting up. Brian handed her a box of tissues
and she wiped the tears from her face.
"Why?" Kevin asked.
"Unlike her, I treat human beings like human beings, no matter what, so I guess I just wanna say goodbye the right way.
I also should make sure I got all my stuff and tell her that I'm going to make sure I'm not in her care anymore so she doesn't
seem surprised when I tell the state EVERYTHING. I think