THE LAMONT HOME - KITCHEN
sound of the kitchen door slamming shut startled Penelope as she stood by the
sink washing dishes. She quickly jumped and spun around to see Randy
stomping through the kitchen and into the living room.
"Randy? What's wrong? Why
are you traipsing through my kitchen like a pack of elephants?" When
she got no response, she quickly dried her hands and slung her dishtowel over
her shoulder and followed him. "Randy? Did you hear me?"
"Yes, Ma, I heard you," he
grumbled as he slumped down into a chair and buried his face in his hands.
"I just don't feel like talking."
"What happened?" Penelope
walked over to him and eyed him with concern. He'd always been such a
tenderhearted child. Just the slightest harsh word from his father would
send him crying to his room. She waited eagerly for a response, but again
got none. "Randy, talk to me. Tell me what's wrong!"
"Oh, I wished we'd never come to this
stupid town!" he blurted out. "Why did we have to come here,
Ma? Why couldn't we just stay in Kentucky? Everything was better
there! This place is horrible, the people are horrible..."
"Randy, dear, just calm down and tell
me what happened."
"Maggie Callison is what happened,
Ma! I ran into her at The Well and accidentally spilled her milkshake on
her. I tried to tell her it was an accident! I tried to tell her I
was sorry, but she' so...so horrible!"
Penelope covered her mouth in shock. Even the youngest of the Callisons
couldn't escape the curse of their arrogance! "Now, you listen to me,
don't you ever let those Callisons make you feel beneath them. Those
people are no better than we are! They've just got it in their heads that
just because they've got all that money and prestige that they can walk all over
everyone. Well, I'm here to tell you they can't! If that girl tries
to give you any trouble, you just hold your head high and remember that her
opinion doesn't matter! None of their opinions matter!"
Randy watched his mother closely. She
sure did get upset whenever the Callison name was brought up. He wondered
why she had such a strong response to them, but realized that she was
right. He couldn't let some snotty girl like Maggie ruin his day. He
did know, however, that he had to steer clear of her. He dreaded another
run-in like the one today.