The time has arrived, the time for me to escape. To venture out and explore this large and fascinating world. No more school, no more curfew, no more-
“What are you doing?”
“That, you were just staring blankly into the wall.”
The only time I get to think to myself around here…
“Anthony, like you, I haven’t gone anywhere, I want to see the world, explore places. Could you do that for Mr. Griff here?”
Kaitlyn trusts me? To take care of her treasured dog toy? This is interesting.
“What are you getting to?”
“I’m sorry for being so rude to you last night, I hope this would make it up for both of us.”
“Did mom make you do this?”
“Fine, I’ll take your dog- “
“Whatever, just cause mom said so. I still won’t ignore the fact that you have been treating me like crap these weeks.”
“I’m telling mom!”
“Katlyn, go to bed. It’s way past your bedtime.”
“I don’t go to sleep at 9 anymore! I’m not a little girl!”
Kaitlyn stomps out of the room slamming the door behind her. She wasn’t always like this…
“C’mon Anthony, any time now.”
“In a minute dad.”
A new adventure is about to unfold.
“You made it! Looks like Mr. Bowman spared you the consequences.”
Liam gives me a warm greeting as I arrive at the airport. At times like these, I usually find myself grouping up with Liam, James, and Jennifer to spare myself all the meaningless conversations I have with my 5-year-old-minded classmates. They’ve been my closest friends ever since I moved here in Melbourne. At this point, it feels like I’ve lived here for my whole life which is starting to make me feel uneasy.
“Surprise, Surprise.” I respond
“Anthony! You made it!”
“James! What’s up? You feeling better already?”
“Wouldn’t want to miss a trip like this.”
“And Mason, you feeling better already?”
“Cold went away in a day.”
“Yeah, Mason couldn’t live a day without his anime.”
“psst, shut up.”
Glad to see the group back together.
“Alright class! Today’s the day! Now let us get started. Can I get Thomas, Jacob, Liam, James for group one.” Says Mr. Bowman
“For group two can I get, Mason, Jennifer, Lucas, Kyle.”
“And with me, Group 3, Emma, Charlotte, Evelyn, and Joshua.”
“OMG JOSH!” screams the entirety of group three in unison.
“And lastly, can I get Monica, Jeffery, Anthony, and Jennifer.”
“I believe that’s everyone. Please see me if you have any questions, we should be boarding in about twenty minutes.”
As I make my way across the large pathway inside the plane, I double-check my ticket to find my seat, it’s a window seat.
“Jennifer! You startled me!”
“Did you find the bathrooms yet?”
“Yeah, they’re at the end of the pathway to the left.”
“Gee, thanks. Man, Germany, far from home, isn’t it?”
“I’ve never been to Europe. Is the food as good as it looks?”
“I guess you would have to try it out for yourself, I personally am obsessed with European food, especially German food.”
“So, like schnitzel and bratwurst?”
“Ha! That’s just the tip of the iceberg!”
This is great. This is the longest we’ve ever held a conversation, at least until Jennifer’s bag of chips falls onto the floor during take-off, which we spend the next 5 minutes joking about. The sun’s quickly going down, and the lights are turned off inside the cabin. I quickly fall asleep until I am awakened about five hours later by the flight attendant who offers me a drink which I immediately reply with “ginger ale.”