Misspent Youth

Babysitting

I’m picking up my backpack and getting ready to head out, grab a car and go pick up Bobby when Mom bangs on my door.

“I’m heading out on a date. Watch Sharon while I’m gone.”

“Mom, I’m just on my way out to meet a friend downtown.”

“Listen Eddie, he’s tall, dark, and handsome, and paying. I’m out the door. Watch her!”

I grab my commlink and go to the living room where Sharon is surfing something or other on the TV.

“Looks like you’re with me for the evening, kid. I need to go pick up a friend downtown. Get your stuff.”

“I don’t want to go. I’m not done my game.”

“Look, we’ll pick up a pizza on the way back.”

“Yay pizza!!”

So we head out the door, Sharon’s still playing her game on her commlink. I stop next to a car and start hacking. I get the doors unlocked and start to open the back door for Sharon, she peers up from her commlink.

“Why are you stealing Mr. Gmernicki’s car?”

“I’m borrowing it.”

“Why didn’t he give you the keys?”

“I’m practicing my computer skills. Practice makes perfect. Isn’t that what they tell you in school?”

“Yeah, right.”

We drive downtown and I spot Bobby on the opposite side of the road. Looks like he had company but the last guy is backing his way down the alley. I whip the car across several lanes of traffic and pull the car to a stop with screeching tires. As Bobby turns, the rival ganger turns and runs. Bobby jumps in and I punch it out of there.

“Thanks, Eddie. You’re just in time.”

“Always, chummer. Looks like you made a mess back there.”

Bobby looks back. A crowd was gathering.

“Drek.”

Sharon looks up from her commlink.

“What did he mess up? I didn’t see”

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