The Downside of Being Charlie

By Jenny Torres Sanchez

Charlie is passed a crappy senior yr. regardless of wasting thirty kilos over the summer season, he nonetheless will get referred to as “Chunks” Grisner. What’s worse, he has to proportion a locker with the most important Lord of the Rings freak his university has ever obvious. He additionally can’t determine no matter if Charlotte VanderKleaton, the attractive strawberry lip-glossed new woman, likes him the way in which he likes her. Oh, after which there’s his mother. She’s disappeared—again—and his dad won’t discuss it.
someplace among the insanity, Charlie can not less than locate convenience in his one and basically expertise that simply could get him out of this life-sucking position. yet will he be capable to carry his head above water within the meantime?


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My ft maintain relocating and that i think like I’m now not even fairly me as I head towards the small lectern that has all at once been positioned subsequent to my assortment. I take a deep breath and step up at the podium. I transparent my throat and begin, “Um, hello, and thank you. thanks, Dr. Hoyt and Rennington collage for this chance. ” I take a deep breath simply because i actually suppose like I’m going to fall over. “So, um, yeah, my identify is Charlie Grisner. ” Am I conversing? Are those phrases relatively popping out of my mouth? “And this can be my assortment.

My abdominal drops. He is going directly to overexplain why he has to head, giving too many information about a few emergency finance assembly. “Yeah, I’ll be nice. ” I lower him off simply because I’ll lose it if he tells me one other rattling lie. this is often an excessive amount of for me to house. It’s not only his mendacity and sneaking round that makes the full scenario insufferable. It’s whatever else, whatever that is going a lot deeper. It’s like a heavily screwed-up feel of figuring out. simply because i am getting it. i do know why he’s doing this. and that i hate that i am getting it.

My identify is Lee from Hunter County health facility. I’m calling simply because . . . who am I conversing with? ” “This is Charlie Grisner. ” My middle begins pounding more durable. clinic? What occurred to mother? “What’s occurring? ” I ask as I begin to believe adrenaline dashing via my arms and legs. “How previous are you, Charlie? ” the fellow asks. The experience that whatever is particularly flawed makes me cooperate. “Eighteen, is it my mother? Is she there? ” “Yes, she’s the following. ” “What’s fallacious? Is whatever fallacious? Is she ok? ” They wouldn’t inform me she’s useless over the telephone, might they?

What’s happening? ” he asks. “I want a experience to the health center. ” “Are you harm? ” “No . . . ” “Charlie? ” The lump is getting larger. My eyes burn and any minute now i do know I’m going to begin the type of crying that shuts you down—makes it most unlikely to speak. “Um . . . it’s my mother . . . ” My voice is shaking. “She’s there, and that i . . . they simply known as, and that i . . . desire a experience simply because my dad’s out of city and that i can’t . . . ,” I clarify, attempting to get out all of the phrases. “Okay . . . Charlie? hear, simply sit back, ok? the place do you reside?

And did she say haunted hayride? As in Ol’ Gilly’s haunted hayride? As within the haunted hayride I swore I’d by no means perform back it doesn't matter what? i attempt to get well and never display my sadness, that i really idea she used to be asking me out. I stand there, pondering how the hell i will be able to again out of this now in view that i've got no purpose or hope of seeing Mark and Charlotte all chummy chummy jointly for an enchanted night. Then out of nowhere, like a few form of devilish imp with supernatural powers, Mark looks.

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