Helping out a new friend

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A few days ago I had just gotten my license, I was so pumped that I didn't even remember that I had no car, and no money to buy one

I didn't really have a job either, I babysat for some neighbors but the pay was crap.  I didn't like any of their kids either, they were all little brats who pissed and shat everywhere.

My brother would occasionally lend me his car, a 1997 Pontiac, but it was crap and beaten to shit.  And plus, it never felt right driving someone else's car... The individuality of having a license all kind of fades away when it isn't even your car.

I eventually started mowing lawns and doing other house hold chores for my dads friend, David.

David was a nice man, nice house, great job, awesome pool, a NICE car, but no family. He also had a cute dog named Cookie

I envied the guy.  

I had saved up about $650 and was looking around the neighborhood for any cars to buy.  I saw a station wagon for sale, $479.
I laughed at myself, realizing that I was about to make myself into a soccer mom.  I quickly shook the idea of getting this girl-repellant car, and walked home.

One night during dinner, my dad asked if any car opportunities had popped up.  I told him no, and that I would keep looking. He quickly looked at me with enthusiasm, telling me about a car he saw for sale down the street.  

So after dinner, we walked down the street and saw the car he was talking about.
It was a nice SUV, pretty cool when you have a lot of friends to drive around.  
I immediately looked to my dad and told him I was ready for this car.

We walked up to the car and saw that there was a girl standing on the other side.

She smiled at us, "Hey! Are you guys the owner of this car? I'm interested in buying it!"

My heart jumped.  "Um no, we were also interested in getting it."

She looked a little upset, "well I've been saving for 2 months to get a car and I was here first, so..."

I looked at my dad, who looked at me and chuckled
"Not my problem Son"

I quickly walked towards the door and rang the bell, and out came a elderly woman with a cane.  She looked at me and asked in a quiet voice "yes?"

"Hello miss, I'm interested in your car, I have about $650 and would love to buy it."

"oh I'm sorry son, but I can't sell it for that price..."

Fuck! This old hag was screwing me out of an awesome car!

I walked over to my dad who quietly whispered "$650? Really son? I thought you said $6,500"

He laughed and walked home.
I soon followed, pissed off at how this turned out.

I glanced over at the lady and saw her talking to that girl, she was smiling and nodding a lot, then the girl walked into the house and the doors shut.

That bitch... She's buying the damn car. 

About a month passed and I kept saving up for a car, awaiting the day an opportunity would arise

I kept doing yard work and such for David, I hadn't been in his house in a while, he hadn't really been home much. He usually just came home, paid me, then ran off to God knows where.

One day he wanted me to take his dog for a walk.  I enjoyed time with Cookie, so I agreed, no questions asked.

We walked for about an hour, and then I decided it was a good idea to get on home before it was dark.

Cookie, being the little horn dog he is, noticed a Labrador retriever and ran after her, with naughty intentions I presume.  

Now I haven't been to the gym in a while, so catching Cookie would be no easy task.

I sprinted after Cookie and the lab for about two blocks before seeing an SUV stop in the middle of the road. A girl popped out of the car and whistled with her fingers

"Here cookie! Come here boy!"

I watched as Cookie turned around, tail wagging rapidly.  He ran towards her and jumped into her arms.  She put him in the car and drove off.

"Holy shit!"  she just fucking robbed Cookie!

What would David say? I just lost his dog to some stranger, how would he ever forgive me? And more importantly, who would pay me a shit load of cash to basically do chores?

My head was spinning, but all my body did was run after her.

I chased her car down for about 5 more blocks, and as she finally stopped and parked in a driveway, she noticed me and laughed.

I ran up to the car and gasped for air, hands on my knees trying to gather up something to say.

I looked up at her with furious eyes

She looked at me, now slightly annoyed.

"What do you want?"

I was finally able to say something

"Give me... Back... The damn dog!"

She looked puzzled 

"Umm, he isn't yours, this is my friends dog, I found him in the streets just now."

"that's because I was walking him for my neighbor! He's my responsibility"

"Your neighbor?" she looked at the house she'd parked in front of

"You mean his?" she said, pointing at the house

I hadn't noticed that I had ran all the way back to David's house.

"Yea, he's my dads friend, I work for him doing house work."

"Oh... I'm sorry, I didn't know."

She got Cookies leash and handed it to me, then got back in her car.

I felt a little bad, maybe I had hurt her feelings by yelling at her

"Thanks for catching him... I chased him a good 2 blocks, I don't think I would have caught him if it weren't for you. "

She smiled, "No problem, tell David I said 'hey'."

She buckled up, then drove off
I watched as she turned the corner and disappeared.  Right then, i realized that she was the girl who bought the car i wanted.  I just stood there in shock, and a little bit of anger hit.

I took cookie inside and then went home.

About a week passed and I was again walking Cookie.
Not even 10 minutes into our walk, that girl drove by again and slowed down to our pace. 

"Hey! It's you!"  she yelled out with a huge smile on her face

I looked at her, and she instantly stopped smiling, I guess she saw the anger in my face.

"Hey... What's the matter?"

We had both stopped now, and Cookie was impatiently pulling at the leash.

"Your the damn girl who bought this car I wanted!"

Now SHE looked pissed.

"Um, I actually HAD money, unlike someone."
"Still, I haven't been able to find any cars for sale, this was the best deal I could find!"

She looked away and laughed 

"Well that's a shame, it's really a great car too.  I would have taken you for a ride in it, but I guess you and Cookie can keep walking everywhere."

She drove off quickly, and left a bunch of smoke in mine and cookies faces.

I hated that girl, and I wanted a car more than ever now.

I finally gave up and bought that shitty station wagon I had seen a while back, and tried fixing it up as much as possible.

I stopped working for David since the whole point of that  was to get a car.

I took the car out for a spin, it felt nice having my own car, even if it was a girl repellant.

I was trying to get used to driving again, since I hadn't driven in a whole now.

I was fixing my mirrors while driving real slow, when suddenly-


Hit a car.

"Son of a bitch!!!" was all I heard 

I hit a hummer, and I prayed that whoever was about to get out of the car did not match the voice of that yell I just heard.

A huge 6'5 guy who's had to have weighed about 220 lbs of pure muscle walked out and banged on my window

"Come on shit head! Get out here right now! Youre going to pay for this shit!"

I got out of the car slowly.

"I'm really sorry sir, I didn't mean to, I was distracted"

"Well son of a bitch! you were distracted!? Look at this fucking dent fuck-tard!"

He grabbed my shirt and I swear I felt myself lift a few feet off the ground

My life was flashing before my eyes, I was about to get the beating of a lifetime!

"Put him down Joey!"

I opened my eyes and saw that girl walking over to us, she was walking Cookie.

"Jane, you know this faggot?"

"Yea, we're friends, look I'll pay for the damage, please just let him go."

"Well, alright, if you say so... Tell your brothers and sisters I said hi."

"sure will. Thanks."
He dropped me on the hood of my car and drove off.

I was still in shock of what had just happened, I looked at her and she looked at me like my mom did when I failed a test in high school.

"Are you kidding me? You had this car for how long? A day?"

She puts her face in her palm for second and laughs 

"Thank God you didn't buy the SUV"

"Hey lighten up, I was distracted, it couldve happened to anyone"

"Yea, whatever dude, just watch the fuck out next time. I can't save your ass all the time."

She started walking away with Cookie and I suddenly felt like an ass
She saved me from a serious beat down and I hadn't even thanked her

"Hey listen, thanks for what you did, I was seriously about to piss myself."

She looked back and smiled. 

"Be careful next time."

And then she walked away.

I inspected my car, not to much damage, barely even noticeable.

I drove home safely, and went to bed, thinking about that girl...

The next day I went over to David's house and asked him who that girl was

"Jane? She's a friend of mine, she lives not to far from here.  She's been walking Cookie ever since you stopped."

"Sorry about that..."

"don't worry about it, it's not a problem.  She does it for free and Cookie really likes her."

"Oh, we'll I was just curious, she saved my ass by getting me out of an ass kicking last night."

"Haha really? Well I hope you thanked her properly."

"I didn't really get too."

"Well look, here's her address.  Why don't you go on over later, and thank her."

"Thanks, I will."

I hopped in my car and drove over to the address he'd given me, it was really close, about a 5minute drive.

I got to the house and walked up to the door.  I rang the door bell and heard kids screaming. Jane answered the door, she looked like shit.  She had food all over her, her hair was a mess, she was sweating and she looked exhausted.  

"Um, hey"

She turned around and yelled at what looked like a bunch of kids wrestling

"Hey guys, be quiet! I'm talking to a friend!"

She closed the door behind her folded her arms.

"Hey, what's up?"

"I just wanted to say thank you for what you did last night, that was awesome of you and I feel really bad about how bad I've treated you."

She looked down and smiled

"Look, it's ok.  I just didn't want to see you get your face beaten inside out."

We both laughed, and then it got quiet.

"Those kids, are they...?"

"No, they are my brothers and sisters, I'm raising them."

"Where are your parents?"

"They  left us here, told me that I had to be a big girl and raise them all."

She was looking at her toes now

"They left us a bunch of cash, its lasted about 2 years, but its been running out lately. we were running out of options until David, your neighbor, walked by with Cookie and saw me crying on the door step.  He asked me what was wrong and i told him everything.  He's offered to help us out.  He's been paying bills and basically living here to help me with them.

So that's why he was hardly home.  

"He's really amazing, he helps so much and doesn't ask for anything in return."

She was crying now
She was fighting to hold it back, but I could tell she really needed to get the tears out. She probably hadn't cried to someone in a long time. She was a tough girl.

Suddenly I felt like a bad guy, this girl needed that car and I hated her for taking it.  

"Look I'm sorry about how I treated you, and for yelling at you that one night."

She wasn't crying anymore, but her eyes were puffy and red.

"It's fine, I understand. I felt bad about taking the car, but I really needed it-"

I cut her off, "It's fine, I totally get it."

I smiled at her and then it was quiet again.


A little girl opened the door from behind her and pulled at her shirt.

"Joshua hit me!"

Jane looked at me then back at the girl.

"ok ok, we will deal with him in a second. Go inside, I'll be right there."

I smiled at the girl who smiled back at me

"Is he your boyfriend Jane?"

We looked at eachother and laughed 

"No he is just a good friend mine."

"He looks nice."

The girl then quickly ran inside and left us alone.

"Well I really have to go, I have to take care of them."

"Yea ok, I'll let you go, thanks again."

She rubbed my shaggy hair quickly, trying to mess it up

"No problem"

She smiled, then shut the door.

A few weeks passed and I hadn't seen Jane in a while.  I guess she had gotten to busy to walk Cookie.

I went over to David while he was watering his lawn.  

"Hey David, where's Jane been? I havent seen her walking Cookie."

"Hey Steven.  Well Jane is really busy with her brothers and sisters, I can't ask her to walk Cookie for me anymore, she needs to be at home taking care of them."

I was a little disappointed, I actually missed seeing her around.

"Oh, yea I understand.  Well, thanks."

I started walking home when David called for me.

"You know Steven, she could really use a friend HER age, you know? I can't always be there for her, and she doesn't really have anyone to talk to.  She had to quit school a while ago."

Damn... I had no idea what this girl was going through.

"I guess I could help her with some chores?"

David laughed, "I said a friend, not a maid.  Someone to go out and hang with, see a movie, you know?"

"Yea, I get you."

"Look Steven, that girl is an angel, I really want whats best for her.  I'm going to talk to her tonight and ask her what she thinks about me setting her you and her up on a little 'play date', she could really take a breather."

"Who will watch her brothers and sisters?"

"I will. I'll go babysit them, I'm not busy during weekends.  You guys could stay at my place, here is a key."

He was trusting me with his house now? I guess he really did trust me.

"Like i said, she is an angel, so please take care of her. Show her a good time, ok?"

I nodded, I was actually getting really nervous at the thought of being alone with a girl for that long.  I only had one girl friend and she cheated on me with my best friend, so I was still kind of bitter.

David handed me the keys, then went over to Janes house.

I went inside, admiring the interior of the house.  It was super neat, well decorated, and smelled great.  

I really didn't mind sleeping over at his place, I had a bunch of awesome stuff; the pool, the jacuzzi, the HD flat screen tv, awesome DVD collection,fridge with good food... Dude had it made.

About 20 minutes later, I see Jane pull up to the drive way.
She has a few bags, probably clothes and stuff.

I walk outside to help her, and she quickly displays shock in seeing me.

"umm, what are you doing here?"

"David told me to watch his place while he's gone.  He wanted me to help you relax and have some fun.  He says that you should really take a break from babysitting."

She looked at me a bit uneasy

"Oh really? And how are YOU supposed to help me have fun?"

I didn't ...

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