The night is moonless and time is 9:45 p.m. Max walks into his house. His father is laying on the couch watching television. Max walks in front of the tv. Micheal shifts his head from left to right, “Get the F**k out of the way! I’m watching my Godd***n show!” Max looks at him with a disgusted face and says, “I saw you buying your F****n drugs, you junkie! I saw you on County Drive!” Mike rolls his eyes and looks up, “Why the F**k do you care? I don’t see you paying for the rent Motherf***er? This is my S**t, so get our A** to your room.”
Max gets mad and squeezes the piece of wood in his hand, “At least I was there for my mother when she got jumped by the F****n gang members that you were buying drugs off of! How the F**k can you let that happen to her you son of a B***h! Michael smirked and says, “Well I’m not going to lose my connection because of some B***h! She could have gone another way home!” Max loses his temper, “I’M GOING TO F****N KILL YOU, YOU GODD**N BASTARD!” Michael can see the wooden stick in Max’s hand and stand up from the couch with open arms, “What the F**k are you going to do little boy? You want to fight me! Then do it P***y!” Max raises the wooden stick and swings it, but Michael dodges the hit. Mike pushes Max against the wall and punches him in the eye twice. Max gets unconscious and collapses on the floor. Then, Fernanda comes in the house tired from work because she had worked a long shift. She wasn’t aware of what was going on, so she runs in the direction of both of them and yells, “Stop it, Michael! Stop beating him!” Michael gets angrier and slaps Fernanda in the face with all his strength, “This is none of your business!” She instantly falls to the ground with tears running down her cheeks. Michael gets Max by the throat and yells, “Next time bring a Godd**m F****n gun you little B***h so you can have a chance. You are a pathetic, weak little S**t.” He squeezes Max’s throat as if he was using a grip strength. Fernanda is on the floor whimpering, “Please, Michael let my son go. He is just a kid. Kill me instead. I know you don’t love me anymore.” Michael looks at Fernanda with an irritated expression, “Shut the F**k up!” He lets go of Max’s neck and goes back to his couch. He opens a can of beer and chucks so hard that he chokes with anger. Max crawls to the direction of his mother and hugs her and says, “Mom, I love you. Please don’t say that. I don’t want to lose you.” They both go to Max’s room and fall asleep on his bed. Max remembered when he was a child his mom would always sing to him. He used to love hearing her voice as a child because he believed one day, that everything would be alright, but it only got worse. They sobbed the whole night as they laid on his bed.
The next day Max wakes up with his pillow all wet. He didn’t see his mother next to him. He assumed that she left to work early. As Max puts on his worn-out clothes and walks carefully to the living room. He tip-toes by his Michael. Max can see crushed beer cans, trash, and junk food all over the floor. It looks as if a dump truck threw trash all over Max’s living room. He goes into his jeans and takes out a $20 bill. Then, he walks out the door to go to school. During school, Max is spacing out in class. He is thinking about the incident that happened last night. The bell rings, and the whole class gets up to go to lunch. Max is not hungry, so he goes to the benches where his friend’s hangout. He can see Demetrius with a sports drink on one hand and a big burrito on the other. Max can see that Demetrius pockets were full of candies. Demetrius walks up to Max and says, “What’s up, Coop? What happened to your eye dude?” Max ignores the question and sighs, “Aye, AG got stabbed last night man.” Demetrius was about to take a bite of his burrito then stops, “What the F**k? Are you serious?” Max looks at Demetrius with a solemn look, “Yeah bro, we got F****n jumped by some PSM members. They punched Anthony and started pounding on him, so I jumped in. Then one of them stabbed him.” Demetrius choked up, “Man is he alright?” Max looked at the food line and nods his head, “Yeah, he is. The ambulance took him in.” Demetrius is concerned that Anthony is in the hospital, “Let’s go see him, that’s F**k up if we don’t go.” Max adjusts his shirt, “Yea lets go see him after school. I’m down.” They both agree to go see their friend that is in the hospital.