No, that was the last drink !hank you, though,( #tark answers, a full bottle of uinness still in his hand -e stares at the counter, thinking of all the eents that happened while *mily was in his life for the short three yearsNot being able to bare it any longer, #tark looks at the clock while he gets up to leae !he clock reads ./.0 As #tark starts his car, 1ohn 2ayer)s popular %reaming with a 3roken -eart comes onto the radio
Emily’s favorite song. She used to play it on the piano all the time.
#tark sits there for the first erse and the chorus before he changes the song to 2etallica)s *nter #andman -e pulls out of the parking lot and goes back home to his $alifornia home!hat)s another strike, #tark Another one and you)ll hae to go back to 4ail And soon enough you won)t hae enough money to get pay for bail,( I say, watching the news It)s been about two months since I)e been pulled out of #tark)s life because of the famous alien inasion in New York After that, %$+# placed me in a home somewhat close to #tark, but far enough away where it)s a day)s drie, so he can)t e5actly
out here !he family)s nice, a mother and a father with two sons !he older one, 6yle, is my age and the younger son, %ylan, is about 0 years old, so he doesn)t 7uite understand the whole foster care thing 3ut I)e been with #tark for so long, being pulled away from him is like haing your parent dieI sit at the table, stirring around my food which is now cold, still watching the news 2y head)s leaning on my free arm I look up to see 6yle, sitting down ne5t to me at the table-ey, you okay? You haen)t touched your food, and you)re the first one done,( 6yle saysYeah, I)m fine,( I respond #econd time he)s gotten in trouble 8ne more strike and he)s gonna go to 4ail, and he won)t hae enough money to pay for bail And knowing his record, the police department)s going to make him stay in 4ail for 7uite a while(I don)t want to be mean or anything, but it seems like he)s going back to old ways,( 6yle saysYeah And the only reason why he is is because I)m not there After #tark and 9epper broke up, I was there to keep him in line Now none of us are there, so he)s basically going to be screwed( 2y phone goes off and I look at it #tark8ne more strike and you)re fucked, #tark You
aware of that, right?( I say, picking up the phone