It's April 2000. The 7th actually. A Friday. I was on a train to Oklahoma. I'm 16. And sick of my parents running my life. So, I packed and decided to move to Oklahoma, arriving at 8:30.pm I already had an apartment. My car was waiting when I got off. I went to the apartment,and walked in. I done some work set my bed up. Then put my computer and stuff in the extra room.then went to bed. I woke-up at 6:30 am.I showered and put on a housecoat til I found my cloths then put them on. I then went to find my school, where I would pick my work and stuff.it was for law school, already paid for. Just had to pick up the work. I then went to the grocery store. I needed to go. I found it and went in. I then started walking around. I was on isle four, when a lady and a man started coming up.
"Walker honey, you know we can't go, and leave Zac alone he might be 14 but he can't be alone." She said.
"I know honey, but I told the company I would come. And I guess he'll just have to come," he said." He hates the party's now there boring to him." She said.
"I know, but Tay doesn't want to go either. Why can't he stay with him?" He asked.
"He has a party at jacobs." She said.
"Well, he'll just have to come." He said.
"Mame." I said.
"Yes." She said.
"I didn't mean to listen but I heard you need a babysitter?" I asked.
"Yes. You babysit? I haven't seen you before." She said.
"I'm new in town. I done babysitting back in Newnan Ga. Til I decided it was time to get out on my own." I said.
"Ok, well, what's your name?" She asked.
"Jennifer Mayo." I said.
"He's 14, and he doesn't like babysitters at all. Are you sure you can handle him?" Walker asked.
"Yes. I'm sure. Ya'll names are?" I asked.
"Mr. and Mrs. Hanson." She said.
"Ok." I said.
"Well, we need the babysitter for tomorrow night. Are you free?" he asked.
"Yes sir." I said.
"Are you familiar with the area?" He asked.
"No, sir." I said. He wrote the directions down from the store.
"I'll see you at 6:30?" He asked.
"Done." I said. I went on and finished my shopping.and then went home. I finished unpacking and hooked things up. And then went to bed. I unpacked most of the next day at 4:00 I got a bag ready to take to with me. Then I walked outside and gave my self an hour to find the place and it took an hour. I pulled up and walked to the door. I rang the doorbell.
"Hello." A boy said, with blond hair.
"I'm here to babysit a Zachary Hanson?" I asked.
"Three doors down." he said.
"Zachary let her in." Mrs. Hanson said.
"I don't need a babysitter." he said.
"Let her in." She said.
"Come in please." he said.
I walked in. She introduced me to the rest of the family.and they left. I waved and so did Zac. He the locked me out. I found an open window and went in. I walked to the living room. He didn't even see me come in. He had a sex movie and popcorn. I walked to the tv and the vcr and cut it off.
"I'm not stupid and I will tell your parents." I said.
"How did you get in?" he asked.
"I came threw an open window."I said.
"Oh." he said.
I cut the vcr off and took the tape out. I put it in my pocket. I had big pockets.
"Now how about a game of monopoly or some tv?" I asked.
"I want to watch the movie. I always do." he said.
"Not tonight your not, unless you prove to me you can handle it." I said.
"I've watched it before." he said standing up. He went to get it.
"I don't think so." I said.
"But why not?" he asked.
"You can when I think your mature enough to. And you won't lock me out. I might even bring some new ones." I said.
"Huh? New ones most babysitters are so strict. Because there over 40." He said.
"And they make you eat prunes." I said.
"Yeah, how old are you 25?" he asked.
"16." I said.
"16!?!" he asked.
"Yes you have a problem with that?" I asked.
"No." he said.
"Good, then do you really want to watch it?" I asked.
"Yes." he said.
"Then tell me what is sex?" I asked.
He blushed a light shade of red.
"It's the difference between girls and boys," he said.
"Ok. Then what is it?" I asked.
"Intercourse what are you dum?" he asked.
"No, just checking." I said. He sat back down. I put it in and let him watch it. I did to. Afterwards he watched tv. I was going over some papers that needed to be filled out.
"I'm going to fix me something to eat. Do you want anything?" he asked.
"No thank you." I said."
He disappeared, about ten minutes passed. It was quite. To quite.
"Are you ok?" I asked.
"Yes." he said. I got up and walked to the kitchen.
"No your not. What happen?" I asked.
"The knife fell off the counter and got my arm," he said. I sat down.
"Where is the first aid kit?" I asked.
"Bathroom." he said.
I went and got it. Everything his mom had was stuff that stinged. I got two kinds. And the bandages.
"No, that stings." he said.
"I assure you it won't." I said. He let me. I bandaged his arm up.
"What were you trying to fix?" I asked.
"Beef and potatoes." he said. I fixed it. And then he ate.
"You know to be annoying you are sweet." I said.
"You don't know me very well." he said.
"Well, I haven't seen your whole house." I said.
He showed me around. He went to bed on time. And I waited on his parents. They got home at 12:00.
"Where's Zac?" Walker asked.
"In bed asleep." I said.
"He's in bed?" He asked.
"Yeah at 9:45." I said.
"Ok," he said.
"Um....he did get cut. He said the knife fell off the counter he was fixing beef and patotoes." I said.
"Ok." he said.
"Are you free Sunday night?" He asked.
"Um....yeah." I said.
"About noon til 6:00. You can take him outside if you trust him enough." he said.
"I can make it." I said. I went home and came back the next day at noon. Walker handed me a check for $132.00.
"Payment for Saturday night. You left before I could give it wrote. It's 24.00 an hour. 12 for 1/2 and 6 for 15. And round it off if it's in between. And for 45 minutes it's 18. You understand?" he asked.
"Yes. But can you lower it. He's not that hard to watch." I said.
"Well. What do you have in mind?" he asked.
"How about 15 an hour. 45 min 11.25. 30 min 7.50 and 15 min 3.75?" I asked.
"If that's what you want." He said.
"I do." I said.
"Ok." he said.
They then left.
"Well, Zac. You want to see a movie?" I asked.
"Yeah." he said.
We went to the movies.
"Please." he begged.
"No, your to young for that one." I said.
"Please." he said. Giving me the pouting eyes.
"No. I refused my nephew and don't I think I can't." I said.
He lowered his head and watched the one I had tickets to. After the movie we went to the car.
"How about ice cream and then I'll take you to my house." I asked.
"Whatever." he said.
"Listen your to young." I said.
"I'm 14. I'm sick of being told." He said.
"Ok, when you get to my house you have 25 to choose from. So you can watch anyone of them you want." I said.
"I want to watch that one." he said.
"Zac. I done told you. You turn 16 and I'll rent it for you. If Tay or Ike came in and saw us I wouldn't be your babysitter it would be prunes." I said.
"Ok." He said. I pulled up and parked. He followed me to the apartment.
"Don't mind the mess." I said. He walked in.
"It don't look to messy." he said. I found the box and gave it to him.
"Vcr and tv's over there. Already hooked up." I said. He chose a few and sat down. I finished hanging my clothes up. I had a picture of Ben beside the bed. He was my boyfriend til I dumped him for hitting on a friend of mine named Angie. She gone to. I walked in.
"Are you getting hungry?" I asked.
"Yes." he said. I went to the kitchen and started cooking. About 10 minutes passed til I heard him yell stop. I walked in.
"What's is it?" I asked.
"I don't like it," he stated matter of factly. I walked to the tv. It was a man and a man. I cut it off.
"You ok?" I asked.
"Yeah." He said.
"OK." I said. I then cut the tv off and he came and helped me. After we ate I then took him home. He wrote me a check and I went home. A few weeks passed and I didn't get to watch him. When Walker called me I went over.
"Emergency trip to the office and everyone had to be at grandma's." he said.
"Mr. Hanson, if you don't mind me asking. How many babysitters has he had? Before me?" I asked.
"Twelve. Most only lasted a few days. There is one who has watched him for two years. Andrew." He said.
"Ok. I was just checking." I said.
"Probably talked to Jennie?" he asked.
"Yeah." I said.
"He hated that one." He said.
"I understand why." I said. I walked in.
"Mr. Hanson, how old is Andrew?" I asked.
"24." he said.
"Ok." I said.
He left. I walked on in and closed the door. He walked down the stairs.
"Jennifer, your the one watching me for a few hours?" he asked.
"Yeah, didn't you know?" I asked.
"No." he said. He ran down and hugged me.
"Nice to see you to." I said. We sat down.
"What's the mater?" I asked.
"What do you mean?" he asked.
"Your so quite. And who watched you last week?" I asked.
"Andrew." he said, and lowered his head.
"He's the 24 year old?" I asked. He nodded.
"Zac, you can talk to me." I said.
"There's nothing to talk about." he said.
"Ok." I said. A little time passed.
"Zac, why do you like me?" I asked.
"As a babysitter?" he asked.
"Yes." I said.
"Because your nice. You aren't so strict. And you don't scream at me." he said.
"Who screamed at you?" I asked.
"Angel. She hated me and I hated her. So she did." He said.
"Ok. You don't have to worry about me screaming at you." I said.
"I know." he said. I stayed three hours til his mom came home. Then I went home. Another month went by. It is now June 18th. I called.
"Walker this is Jennifer, I was wondering if you needed a babysitter for this weekend. Call me and see if Zac wants to come over for a few hours tomorrow or the day after." I said, and hung-up. They never called. Saturday they were gone all day. Sunday morning 5:33 am, the doorbell rang for 10 minutes.
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