[[Wake Up ->2]]You are in the middle of the backyard.
It must have been raining for a while now because you are soaking (link: "wet.")[wet.
The deck door slides open and mom calls your [[name.->3]]]
You go to the living room, jump on the couch and attempt to make yourself comfortable.
Within seconds of getting on the couch mom yells at you to get (link: "up.")[up.
"You're soaking wet! Get off the couch before you ruin it!"
Mom drapes a towel over you and helps you dry off.
She leaves the towel on you and walks away into the [[kitchen.->4]]]"Lunch is ready!" mom says as she peers in with a (link:"smile.")[smile.
You hurry into the kitchen.
You are starving and just start stuffing your face.
Some bits fall to the floor and before you can even react mom quickly cleans them up for you.
You finish up and decide to get back onto the couch because you are still feeling tired from [[yesterday.->5]]]You lay down on the couch and stare into the TV.
Mom comes in, puts a blanket over you, kisses you on the head then heads (link:"upstairs.")[upstairs.
You start to lose focus of everything and all your mind can think about is the sound of the (link:"rain.")[rain.
How sweet and relaxing it (link:"sounds.")[sounds.
Your eyes slowly close and you drift [[off.->6]]]]]
A loud slam wakes you up.
You look up to see dad and Aaron at the (link:"door.")[door.
Aaron quickly runs up the stairs and mom follows behind him.
Dad comes over and sits next to (link:"you.")[[[you.->7]]]]
Dad playfully rubs your head which is still damp from earlier.
"I see someone was outside today" dad says with a (link:"chuckle.")[ chuckle."
Before you can respond mom, who is now by the front door again, calls for dad.
He lets out a loud sigh as he gets up and walks over to (link:"her.")[ [[her.->8]]]]You're getting thirsty again and decide to go into the kitchen to get some (link:"water.")[water.
You hear loud noises coming from the living room and go back in to (link:"investigate.")[investigate.
The noises were mom and dad who are now screaming at each other.
The noise hurts your (link:"ears.")[ears.
Dad brushes past mom up the stairs and she follows him up, screaming at him the entire (link:"time.")[[[time.->9]]]]]]You get comfy on the couch again and stare at the TV.
As your concentration loosens, you realize that you can still hear the (link:"rain.")[rain.
The rain is soft and (link:"soothing.")[soothing.
The calm pitter patter of each drop soothes your (link:"ears.")[ears.
The relaxing feeling helps put you back to (link:"sleep.")[[[sleep.->10]]]]]]A loud creak wakes you up.
You look towards the stairs to see what made the noise but it's to dark to (link:"tell.")[tell.
A large figure slowly walks towards you and their body illuminates as the TV shines in the dark (link:"room.")[room.
It's just (link:"dad.")[dad.
He sits down next to (link:"you.")[[[you.->11]]]]]]
Dad looks sad as he turns and looks at (link:"you.")[you.
"I just don't know if we can keep this up, me and your mom.There's just been so much fighting trying to sort everything with Aaron out. I can admit it's been rough these past couple of months but deep down I love her and I believe she loves me too. Hell, I would'nt have married her if I didn't think so. Every challenge we've ever faced we have been able to overcome. But now this, on top of everything thats already going on, I just don't know. Maybe it is me, I screwed my life up. I work a halfass, deadend desk job barely making enough to support this family. Everything I wanted to do and become when I was younger is all gone.My future looks darker every day. I guess she's right, I am just one big loser. I mean look at me I'm talking (link:"to")[to
Before dad can finish the small glass window next to the front door (link:"shatters.")[[[shatters.->12]]]]]
A hand comes through the window and unlocks the door.
The door swings open, the door knob putting a hole in the (link:"wall.")[wall.
A man comes in and rushes towards you and (Link:"dad.")[[[dad.->13]]]]You have never seen this man before.
The man starts screaming and begins pointing something at (link:"dad.")[dad.
You can feel Something is wrong.
You turn and look at dad. He looks horrified and is (link:"shaking.")[shaking.
"Go upstairs to aarons room" dad says to you.
You stare blankly at dad, not wanting to leave his (link:"side.")[side.
"DAMN IT, I SAID GO TO AARONS ROOM! NOW (link:"GO!")[[[GO!->14]]]]]]
You quickly fumble up the stairs and head into Aaron's room.
Aaron shuts the door behind you and locks (link:"it.")[it.
As the door locks you hear two loud pops from (link:"downstairs.")[downstairs.
Aaron dives under the blanket on his bed and you follow.
There is a knock on the (link:"door")[door.
"Hey son it's dad, come open the door pal I need to talk to you."
Aaron begins to cry as he knows that is not his dads (link:"voice")[[[voice->15]]]]]]The door knob begins to turn back and forth very quickly.
Aaron is still crying and is now covered in (link:"sweat.")[sweat.
The knob stops (link:"shaking.")[shaking.
The door suddenly flies open and wood chips fly everywhere as the mans foot comes off the (link:"door.")[door.
Aaron runs over to the closet as if hes trying to get (link:"something.")[something.
The man raises his arm towards (link:"Aaron.")[Aaron.
Aaron falls to the (link:"floor.")[floor.
You go over to see if hes ok.
You nudge him over and over trying to get him to (link:"move.")[move.
He just lies (link:"there.")[there.
The man slowly starts walking towards (link:"you.")[you.
The man is right in front of you (link:"now.")[[[now.->17]]]]]]]The man rubs your (link:"head.")[head.
"Well aren't you a good little boy."
Your tail begins wagging beyond your (link:"control.")[control.
He continues rubbing your head as he grabs a ball off the floor.
"Hey boy want to play fetch?"
He throws the ball outside into the hallway.
Without any hesitation you immediately chase the ball and run out of the bedroom into the (link:"hall.")[[[hall.->18]]]]]You go through the hallway and head down the stairs.
Mom is moving towards the door fast but stops when she sees (link:"you.")[you.
"Come here boy, come to mommy. We need to leave right now, let's go"
As you move towards mom you remember why you came downstairs and dash into the other room looking for the (link:"ball.")[ball.
She yells at you one more time to come over but she is cut off by the same loud bang as (link:"before.")[before.
You find the ball behind the (link:"couch.")[[[couch.->19]]]]]]
You pick up the ball with your mouth and give it to the man as he is now standing behind (link:"you.")[you.
The man rubs your head again.
"Oh wow look what you found! Who's a good boy? Who? You are! Yes you are!"
The man goes into the kitchen and comes out with your bowl full of food and sets it down in front of (link:"you.")[you.
He pats your head one final time and walks out the front door with two large (link:"bags.")[[[bags.->20]]]]]
You finish the food and get comfortable on the couch (link:"again.")[again.
The TV is (link:"missing.")[missing.
You look out the (link:"window.")[window.
It is dark and still (link:"raining.")[raining.
You focus in on the sound of the drops as it soothes (link:"you.")[you.
The slow pitter patter of each (link:"drop.")[drop.
You slowly shut your eyes and fall (link:"asleep.")[asleep.]]]]]]]]]]