TITLE: Troy of Helena
GENRE: MG Adventure
“If Aunt Gutsy is so crazy, why are you dumping us there for the summer! Mom would never--”
“Aunt Guts . . . Aunt Gusty is not crazy. She’s . . . uh . . . unique.”
Dad’s eyes nailed mine in the rearview mirror. “Look, Troy,” he said, “We’re lucky to have her in the family.”
“But we’re family now: you, me, Chloe. We should stick together.”
How couldn’t he see that?
I kicked the back of the passenger seat where my big sister Chloe sat.
For six weeks I’d tried to change his mind, but the stubborn trait isn’t just present in the Burke family gene pool—it does laps. And so, on a Friday in June, we were on our way to the farm.
I’d packed light.
As the Taurus barreled down Interstate 15, I resumed my attempts at persuasion.
“There won’t be anything to do there,” I said. “No cable. No internet. No— ”
“No whining! Please!” Dad said. “You don’t know what I’d give to spend a month in the country.”
“So do it!” I said, but I knew he wouldn’t.
Augusta Burke is my dad’s aunt which makes her my great-aunt. Only I didn’t think getting dumped on her farm for the summer was so great. I continued my protest with a major point.
Dad sucked in his breath and held it. He does that every time his boss Grimsby calls him at home.
“Show some respect,” Dad finally said.
Chloe looked over the back of the seat.