Charlie was sitting by the phone with his face in his hands when his mother walked by,
"Is something wrong?" she asked.
"Denise cancelled - again," the sixteen year-old moaned.
His mother sighed. It was evident that this girl her son was infatuated with used him only as a back-up date if she had no better offers. And Denise knew it, stringing him along and adding more angst to his teenage experience. Both she and her husband had tried to gently make their son aware of how Denise was really treating him, but he hadn't seen the light, yet.
"Did you have plans?" she asked.
"Yeah, we were going to go to the drive-in and see a double-feature."
A year earlier, an old abandoned drive-in theater had been refurbished and opened for business. People had been skeptical as to whether a revived novelty could be sustainable, but so far it had been doing well. And teens had been quick to discover that, like generations before, the darkened theater lot was perfect for making out in a car - or going further.
Another attraction for the teens was that they could go in for the earlier show which was usually family fare, then stay for the later movie that was sometimes more restrictive in ratings. Tonight's twin bill was much the same, with the later film being R-rated.
"Well, I don't mean to be unsympathetic," Charlie's mother replied. "But Michelle's sitter also cancelled and your dad and I also have plans. Could you watch your sister?"
Charlie rolled his eyes. In the span of a few minutes, he had gone from having hopes of (finally) getting in Denise's pants to being stuck with his seven year-old sister. His mother read the look and arched an eyebrow.
"None of that," she told him. "Michelle may not be a real date, but she's not a miniature Attila the Hun, either. We'll leave you some cash so you can take her to the drive-in. But only the first movie, okay? She doesn't need to see sex and violence in that second one."
Charlie grumbled his assent, wishing for the first time that the weekend would quickly pass.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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