The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 5 Part 2

While Mia was shrieking and running home, Ethan was in Ben’s living room. Ben had opened the door and asked Ethan to come in. Ethan, sure nothing horrible was going on, went in.

Ben offered him a root beer, which Ethan gladly accepted. They talked about some stuff, nothing exciting, until Ben got to the point of the visit.

“I have a favor to ask you,” Ben said. “I was wondering, when you do your paper route, if you could spy on the people who live on the other side of the duplex. There’s people going in and out of there all the time. I don’t know how many are in there. Is there any way you could keep an eye on them, let me know how many there are and what the inside of their house looks like and stuff?”

“I suppose. Not sure how I would look in their house.”

“I know. I’m not asking you to do anything stupid or get in trouble or anything. I was thinking how I could figure out what they are doing. I know they are hiding drugs in our house and I don’t know how. It makes me feel creepy. Just anything you could do to help would be great.”

“Yeah, I can check up on them. Instead of throwing their paper on the porch, I can put it on the hooks of their mailbox which is right by their door, which is sometimes open. Every day I can look through their windows and stuff.” Ethan paused to think. “Oh! I could act like I have to update their subscription information or something and could try to talk to them.”

“Well, again, I don’t want you to do anything dangerous, or get you in trouble or anything. But yeah, that would be great. I’ll let you get back to delivering papers. Let me know what you find out.”

Cool. Ethan had a mission. A top secret spy mission. His mission would begin immediately, in fact, as their house was the next one that got a paper.

Ethan walked back down Ben’s sidewalk, across the driveway, and up the other sidewalk. Ethan went to the porch noticing everything. He looked through their picture window. He saw the back of a couch, a lamp, a television, which was on a sports show talking about the NFL summer practices. It looked like there was a kitchen table, a few chairs on a tiled floor in front of a window in the back of the room. There were no people or sounds other than the television.

Ethan put the paper on the hooks of the mailbox and slowly walked back down the sidewalk listening for any voices. There were none. As Ethan got back to the driveway, their garage door went up and a golden retriever ran out the door, barked once, and jumped up and bit Ethan on the side of the stomach. Ethan was about to find out about these people whether he wanted to or not.

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The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 5 Part 1

The day dragged on. When would the papers get there so he could deliver them? Why was Ben waiting for him to deliver papers? What was going to happen? Mia was preparing for the worst. Mia was certain she would never see her brother again, that he would be swept up in some drug bust or something. Ethan didn’t think it was going to be anything horrible like that. He was just excited to have something exciting potentially be happening.

Eventually the papers arrived. Ethan got them ready and slung his fully-loaded paper bag over his right shoulder.

“I’m going to be a block or so behind you,” Mia said. “I won’t let you out of my sight. I have a bad feeling about this. Are you sure you want to deliver papers today?”

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The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 4 Part 4

Ethan was able to get off the roof after his mom set the ladder back up. His shirt had a hole in it and his stomach had scratches on it. But it was worth it, since he could tell Mia what Abby and Ben had been talking about.

“I have some news
You can use
About Ben and Abby
That’s not too shabby
,” Ethan sang as he entered Mia’s room.

“What did you hear?” an excited Mia asked.

“They’re going to get married and raise chickens,” Ethan said.

Mia rolled her eyes, “Seriously, Ethan? You’re such a dork. What did they say?”

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The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 4 Part 3

The following afternoon the family had a conversation about Ben. Drugs had indeed been found in Ben’s house. Ben was not in any immediate danger. There was no proof he had anything to do with it. At this point, all responsibility for the house fell on Ben’s dad. There was much confusion about what would happen next. The police were still investigating. At this point, Ben was fine.

While this news was shared, Abby was in tears. Mia listened for clues to convict Ben. Ethan heard some of the words and not others. He knew Ben was OK, drugs were involved, Ben had a dad, and there was a house in there at some point. No one ever knew what was going on in Ethan’s head.

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The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 4 Part 2

Abby and her mom had a very long talk that night in Abby’s room. Mia and Ethan tried their best to listen through the wall. It wasn’t working.

“I have a plan,” said Ethan. “I could climb into my closet, lift up the ceiling panel, and climb into. . .”

“You tried that already, dummy.”

“Oh yeah,” Ethan said as though it just dawned on him. “There’s gotta be a way to hear what’s going on.”

“Don’t you have that computer microphone dad gave you once? That long, skinny one?” Mia asked.

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The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 4 Part 1

“Babies say I’m awesome and I agree, cuz I am,” Ethan sang as he bounced around his room. Ethan was in the process of spending a Saturday doing not much of substance.

“I’m awesome,
Like a peach blossom.

“No, that’s not good.” Ethan paused trying to get his brain to find a word to rhyme with awesome.

“I’m awesome,
Like my teeth when I floss ‘em.”

Ethan was pleased with that one. He would remember that for later. It had been a couple weeks since Ben almost got hauled off to jail. Things had indeed quieted down. The only remnant of the event was the occasional ridicule Abby took from her brother and sister about dating a criminal. But the past events were about to be brought back to the forefront.

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The Dorkiest Dork Who Ever Dorked: Chapter 3 Part 4

“Mia and Ethan! Get up here!”

“Uh-oh, now you did it.” Mia said to Ethan.

“Did what?”

“You’re the dork that hit the policeman.” Mia said as they moved up the stairs arguing the whole way about who did what when to whom.

“Stop it!” said their dad. “I don’t want to hear about whose fault whatever was. The bottom line is that you two were snooping around, right?”

“Well, she was. . .”

“Stop it! Just answer the question: were you guys snooping around Ben’s house?”

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