CHAPTER FIVE: THE PARTY

    Zachary had invited some classmates over to his parents’ home in Talleyville while they were gone. All told, there were twenty people in the house, sharing stories and beer.
    
    Rebecca sat down on the sofa next to Eric. “You’re not very talkative tonight, are you?” she noted.

    “Well, the stuff they’re talking about doesn’t really interest me.” Eric told her. “I don’t give a fire truck who wins the football game. These folks think drinking too much is a good thing. Drink to enjoy, not to compete. That’s why I stick to beer. The drunkest you can get on beer is drunker than you wanna get anyway, so there’s no loss. You catch a buzz to socialize, but don’t overdose and get sick.”

    “Fire truck!” Rebecca repeated. “I’ll have to remember that one.”

    Eric drank another beer. There were fifteen people in the house. He drank another, and there were ten. “Everybody seems to be heading out, and the party is winding down. It’s 1:47 now. I’m calling it a night.” he told Rebecca.

    Rebecca smiled at Eric, and reached out to touch his arm. “Will you take me home tonight?” she asked.

    “No, I can’t.” he replied, shaking his head. “I’ve been drinking, and I’m in no shape to drive. I don’t drive if I’ve had even one beer, because it’s not right. I’m leaving my car parked here and calling a taxi, and I’m going the other way from where you live.”

    “I mean, like, will you take me home tonight, Eric?” she requested again.

    Eric looked annoyed. Then he turned and looked at her, shaking his head, saying, “What part of ‘NO’ don’t you understand? You know I’ve been drinking, and asking a drunk to drive you home is just as bad as driving drunk yourself.” He stood up, and used his cell phone to call a taxi. At 1:54 it arrived, and he left.




HOME PAGE
CHAPTER ONE: THE PARKING LOT
CHAPTER TWO: THE COMPUTER
CHAPTER THREE: THE LOUNGE
CHAPTER FOUR: THE CAFETERIA
CHAPTER SIX: LUNCH
CHAPTER SEVEN: MELISSA WORRIES   
CHAPTER EIGHT: MELISSA’S PROJECT
CHAPTER NINE: THE TEMPLE
CHAPTER TEN: RECRUITMENT
CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE PLANNING
CHAPTER TWELVE: OPERATION UNDERWAY
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: OPERATION MOVED
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: GLORIA
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: THE DISCUSSION
GLOSSARY


Copyright 2007 Tom Alciere