Abby came home from work very happy. This was always a scary thing for her family. Happy means hyper. Hyper means people get hurt.
“Guys, guess what? This is so awesome” she yelled as she came in the door.
Her mother kindly and interestedly said “What?” with actual excitement.
Her dad said “Oh dear, what now?”
Her brother and sister barely noticed her presence.
“Ben and I are like, totally back together. The police have cleared their names. They don’t have any drug suspicions toward them at all. So, Ben and I are totally cool now. We’re back together! Isn’t that great?”
“I thought you already were back together,” said a disinterested and confused Ethan.
“Yeah, like what were all those dates you guys went on?” asked Mia.
“We were talking. Trying to work things through. I didn’t know if I should keep going out with him or not.”
“Oh, fascinating,” said Mia.
“Whatever, you’re just jealous,” said Abby.
“Ha! That’s funny.”
“Yeah, jealous she can’t get any drugs from her boyfriend,” said Ethan.
“Shut up, Ethan!” Abby said, and uh-oh, here comes some hyper hurt. Abby launched herself at her brother who defensively got up from the couch, only to receive a punch to the stomach.
“Hey, careful! That’s how Houdini died.” Ethan said.
“OK, OK, that’s enough. Good grief you people,” said their dad.
Abby and her mom and dad went to Abby’s room to talk over everything. Mia and Ethan were left on the couch.
“So, they weren’t dating while they were dating, or they were?” asked a still confused Ethan.
“No, she technically broke up with him while all the stuff was going on, but they were talking, seeing if they were going to get back together or not.”
“I don’t get it. If you still do stuff together when you’re not dating, what difference does dating make?”
“Just forget it Ethan.”
“I read somewhere that people who are on drugs often make conflicting decisions, one day they agree to something and the next they don’t. Maybe he’s going mad on drugs,” Ethan said.
“Yeah, I’m sure that’s what’s going on. Oh well, I guess I was wrong about Ben,” Mia said.
“Oh yeah! Sweet! This is awesome news! Twenty bucks, baby!”
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