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Chapter Thirteen: A Chatterbox and Back Massage
Francis and Spinelli sat on the very last row. Jamie was still
feeling a little groggy, but he was slowly becoming more conscious.
Francis had never felt so irritated. How could anyone be so cruel enough
to do this to a child? It reminded him of how bad his father had treated
him. What made him decide to be abusive was an unexplained mystery.
"I can't believe Raoul actually went out and did this to him!" Francis said to Spinelli. "I mean, has he completely lost his mind or something?"
"Francis?" Jamie asked, cracking his eyes open.
"Hey, little guy," Francis said softly, rubbing his head. "You've had quite a trip, huh?"
"Raoul said he had some candy for me," Jamie explained. "Then, he whacked my head and tied me up."
"Don't worry, Raoul's not goin' to bother you anymore," Francis told him, although he couldn't exactly promise it.
Spinelli smiled at them. Whoever knew that Francis would have a way with kids? Jamie turned his head slightly and looked at her.
"Who's she?" he asked Francis.
"Uh, this is an old friend of mine, her name's Spinelli."
"That must be your last name, huh?" Jamie asked her.
"Um...yeah. I hate my first name," Spinelli explained.
"What it is? I won't laugh, I promise." Jamie crossed his heart with his index finger.
"It's not a funny name, I just hate it, but it's--Ashley," she said, shuddering at the sound of it.
"I think it's pretty," Jamie complimented her.
"If I said that, she'd think I was lying," Francis whispered to him.
"I heard that," Spinelli glared. "And, no, I wouldn't think you were lying. I'd think you were trying to irritate me!"
"Where are we goin'?" Jamie asked them, after realizing that they were on a bus.
"Man, he likes to talk, don't he?" Spinelli remarked.
"Yeah, a regular chatterbox," Francis replied back. Then to Jamie, "We're goin' to Reno, Nevada. Hey, I wonder if this piece of junk will go that far."
"I'd be surprised if it makes it there in one piece," Spinelli laughed.
"Why are we going there?" Jamie butted in.
"So that we can get to San Francisco faster," Spinelli answered.
"What's in San Francisco?" Jamie asked. "Oh! Are we gonna see the Golden Gate Bridge?!"
Francis couldn't help but laugh at his enthusiasm. "We might do that, but first, I'm gonna try and find my mom."
"Your mommy? I wish I could find my mommy..." he frowned.
"Tell you what. If I find my mom, maybe she'll adopt you and SHE can be you...
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