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~Chapter 16~

Running to his locker Michael quickly unlocked it and started grabbing his books and putting them neatly in his bag. As he zips up his bag, Nika comes skipping up to him. “Hey Michael” Nika chirps as she twists her hair with her finger.

“Hi Nika, I haven’t seen you in a while”

“Oh gosh I know, I’m sorry but things have been hectic and also I’ve cheerleading-” before she can finish Michael cuts her off. “It’s okay Nika. We’ve all been busy this week” Michael chuckles.

Nika blushes knowing that she was rambling. She takes a deep breath before starting to speak again. “Well I just wanted to ask if you’re going to Anthony’s party tonight?”

“Oh I ah don’t know probably not,” he tells her.

Nika sticks out her bottom lip and pouts. “Oh come on Michael, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Linc’s going, Paul, Derek, and I’m sure Sucre’s going.” She reaches out and puts her hands in his and swings them left and right as she begs him to go.

Michael smiles and shakes his head in defeat. “Sure why not. I’ll stop by,” he says.

“Yay” Nika says as she wraps her arm around him. After a moment of shock Michael brought his arms up and patted her on the back. When she finally let go Michael took off running down the hall and down the stairs. He knew Linc was waiting for him but Linc told him he would wait for him for ten minutes and then would drive off. Michael hadn’t been late yet but wasn’t going to test him to see if he would.

Running out to the parking lot he hears someone calling his name. Turning around he raises one hand to block the sun from his eyes and can see Sucre running towards him. Michael continues slowly walking backwards and smile at him. “Hey”

When Sucre finally catches up to Michael he starts to slow down. “So Papi listen, there’s a party at Anthony Carter’s place. A senior on the football team, it will be our first high school party.”

“Yeah I told Nika I’d stop by” Michael told him.

“Good because there are going to be hot cheerleaders their Papi!” he started winking at Michael and patting him on the back. Both of them were laughing.

“Michael let’s go!” Michael heard Linc calling from his car. Nodding to him Michael said goodbye to Sucre and then made his way to the car.

“I told you ten minutes, then I leave and you’re on your own.” Linc said getting in the car and closing the door

“He’s not that late” Veronica said from the passenger seat.

“Yeah well I don’t like waiting”

Michael chuckles “Yeah I know you eat frozen pizza, frozen because it takes too long to warm up.”

Linc gave him an evil look in the rear view mirror. Turning around Linc wiped his arm back at Michael and playfully punched him in the stomach and then all three of them laughed.

~*~

“Come on V, I want to get to the party before Monday” Linc called up the stairs.

After yelling to Veronica up the stairs, Linc reentered the living room where Michael was watching t.v. They were waiting for Veronica to finish getting ready so that they could head to Anthony’s. “God it’s a mystery as to what women do in the bathroom that takes them an hour an a half to get ready.” Linc says as he collapses back on the couch beside Michael and stretching out his arms across the back of the couch.

Michael laughs and shakes his head. Linc turns and looks at him. “It ain’t funny man, just wait until it’s you waiting, and it could be sooner then you think” Linc smirks.

“What are you talking about?” Michael asks looking at him confused.

“Oh I don’t know, maybe you and the cute red head you’ve been hanging out with a lot” Linc smiles.

Michael gives a sarcastic laugh “Sara? We’re just friends” Michael tells him, although his tone isn’t all that convincing.

“Okay” Linc says sarcastically and Michael just shakes his head at him.

As the brothers were laughing, their mom walked in the front door. Moments later she walked into the living room to see her two sons sitting on the couch. “So what do you two have planned for tonight?” she asked them as she put the bills on the table behind the couch.

“We’re going to Anthony’s house, Veronica is upstairs changing” Linc said as Veronica came running the stairs. “Well speak of Mrs. America, who spends and hour and a half in the bathroom.”

Veronica entered the room and stuck her tongue out at Linc. She started to giggle and then turned to Christina “Hi Mrs. Scofield”

“Hello Veronica” Christina said giving her a hug. “Don’t worry about them, they have no idea what it’s like to be a woman” She smiles at Veronica.

Linc shakes his head as he stands up from the couch “Well we better get going” he says.

“Behave yourself okay. I don’t want Jacob Rose calling me to pick up my sons from the police station,” Christina tells them waving her finger at them.

“We will mom,” Michael says giving her a hug and kiss on the cheek.

She smiles “Your not who I’m worried about” She looked at Lincoln and all he does is smile. “I promise I’ll be good” also giving her a hug and kiss.

Linc wraps his arm around Veronica and the three start giggling as they run out the door.