TITLE: Nothing Left To Lose
GENRE: YA Contemporary
I toss my phone on the coffee table and sigh. Dad cancelled his weekend with me again. I hug my knees to my chest and lean back against the couch.
"The @#!*% bailed again, didn't he?" Mom pauses to light her cigarette. "I swear I never should have hooked up with him."
"Which means I would've never been born and messed up my parents' lives. But I know Mom doesn't mean it that way. "Just stop, okay? He said I could come over on Sunday instead."
"God forbid he missed out on partying with his friends." She leans down and kisses the top of my head. Her boobs almost explode out of her shirt, so I squirm out of their reach. "You gonna be okay here alone, Boo? you can always come to work with me and hang out."
"Nah, I'll stay here." Since I got my own boobs a few years ago when I turned twelve, I don't like handing out at the Lucky Lady, where Mom bartends. It's creepy the way the old guys check me out.
Some guy I've never seen before walks out of Mom's bedroom. "Tina, you ready?"
"Yeah. Oh, Amber this is Steve."
Steve and I nod at each other, and his gaze lingers a the front of my t-shirt.
"Hey," I motion with my hands. "I'm up here."
Steve looks from my face to my mom's. "Wow, you two look alike. Are you sisters?"
"She's my kid."