Jessi had managed to swindle her way out of going to work. She hadn’t been in the mood anyway, and since she had bulldozed over the strange young man who was oddly kind, she figured she would spend the day showing him around the city.
“Do you always take people you’ve just met out on the city?” Dominic asked as they made their way through Central Park.
“You’ve caught me on an off day, which means you’ve caught me on a day that’s good for you. So, where do you hail from?” she asked, before inhaling deeply on her cigarette.
“Oh, somewhere far from here. I’m sure you’ve never heard of it.”
“Well, you look extremely young. Do your parents at least know where you are?”
Dominic laughed at the fact that someone much younger than him was asking whether his parents knew his whereabouts “they know I’ve left, or they should by now. I’m pretty sure they’ve seen it coming for a while.”
“Things that bad at home?”
“I just can’t be around them. I can’t be someplace where people convince themselves that the wrong thing is right.”
“It wouldn’t make sense to you.”
“No, not like that. It’s just…it’s all very complicated. I just hope they’re okay.” he finished
with a heavy sigh.
“You banished him, Henry! You banished him! Of course he left! You better fix this and bring our son back home!” Dominic’s mother yelled at his father. To say that Dominic’s disappearing act had caused a frenzy was an understatement.
“What do you want me to do Yvette? He broke the rules and then then he left stratosphere, illegally. My hands are tied.”
“No they are not! You and that board of fools can fix this!”
“No! You punished him for doing the right thing! You all know he was right, and you’re all just mad that he reminded you of your place in all of this! All of you are!”
“You all can’t! You’re trying to make decisions that are high above you! Finally, someone has the courage to stand up to morons and this is what happens! He did the right thing!”
“WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?!” Henry finally roared.
“I want you to fix this. You are the head of the council and you got bullied by a bunch of idiots who want to control everything. Get rid of that council and get our son back. I don’t care how you do it, just get him back.”
“Henry, so help me…get him back here and fix this or I am done.” Yvette calmly stated before storming out of their bedroom.
Henry sat on the edge of the bed and held his head in hands. Somehow, the planet and the people he loved more than anything, were all slipping away from him. He couldn’t figure out how things had gotten so bad, but he knew he had to figure out a way to get everything back in order, and he needed to figure it out fast.