"Where were you?" Zeke's Mom hugged him right away and his sister looked as if she could use a hug too, even if it was awkward.
"Well." Zeke bit a smile just wondering how much he really needed to tell her and his little sister.
"You better spill it, buster?" His sister gave him a serious stare.
"Uh. I-I moved out of the dorm." He looked straight at his Mom.
"WHAT!" Now she was giving him a dead stare.
"I-I met someone, and-and-and...um, she's very nice. I know you'd like her. You would, Mom. You, really would." Zeke felt his smile fading. That's when the quiet set in. They went for food then. And everyone stayed in silence for what seemed an eternity. His Mom got the chef salad while he and his sister wolfed down burgers and fries. It felt like a game they were playing. It was like his Mom hadn't heard a word he'd just said.
"Look, the whole purpose was for you to come early so you'd be used to the dorm for the fall." His mother reminded him as if he were this little boy who had lead a vast sheltered life.
"And, that's where I met Caitlin." Zeke felt he was holding his breath. It was so quiet. He guessed he was breathing.
"Is she pressuring you?" His mother wanted to know as their supper came to an end.
"No." Zeke winced. "We want to do this, besides, we'll be living with friends and its close to campus. And..and I'll get a job."
"You know how hard it is to get a job these days?" She looked at him blankly.
"Yeah." He nodded.
They got in the car then and he was sure his Mom was wanting to take him home. It scared him for a moment.
"Well, I want to see what you've got yourself into." His mom demanded, so in a few short minutes they were back at the old house.
"You sure its not a Fraternity?" She glared at him.
"She thinks you'd be mince meat at a Fraternity." His sister teased from the back seat. Zeke looked back at Sheila. He couldn't believe how much she'd grown up. She wasn't a little kid, anymore. She would be a Freshman in high school. He thought of Smed then. He'd never met his sister.