Dax didn't think it would last long. But for a while he was usually there when Michelle showed up at Kramer's.
Funny, he never imagined being friends with his probation officer. But he was quiet when Michelle was around. He really couldn't think of a thing to say. It was better if he didn't speak. He just never did well with making friends. Its a surprise he didn't wear a T-shirt in school that said "Doesn't play well with others." And he didn't.
He'd been a fighter all his life. It was in his blood. Among other things. He was taking the pills now to curb his appetite for alcohol. There were other pills that made him feel rather listless too. Now he was just fighting himself. It felt as if the world was going by in a blur. And he thought it was all lost, Dax was somewhere peaking out from the dead leaves of life.
But then Michelle's car broke down and that's what started it all.
"No, no, I'm going to pay for this movie ticket." She'd told him. She could manage a matinee. "Besides you've seen the other Transformers movies. I haven't seen any of them." She made it sound as if she wouldn't dare deprive him of this trip to the movie theater. She said she hadn't seen a movie..since she didn't know when.
He only nodded still not sure what to say to her. But she still gushed about him saving her job down at GOOD WILL. All she had going for her at the moment was a little room upstairs at the boarding house where she stayed. There wasn't an eat in kitchen or even a bathroom. But the wallpaper was peach and the curtains were white sheets along the long windows.
Dax found himself dreaming about that room. He didn't want to, but it felt like heaven. Even if he'd only stood in the doorway.
"You're just being too nice to me." He managed. So he paid for the huge bag of popcorn and medium drinks. He didn't look at this as a date. Neither dressed up, really. If he had thought of it, then it might not have been as comfortable.
Right before they went into the darkness, he caught sight of Tess, but he quickly turned, hoping she wouldn't notice him. But all he could think of was her during the movie. Was he ever on Tess' mind? It made him sad to think that she'd completely forgotten about him. Still, he'd missed her smile, but he knew it wasn't him who made her smile, anymore.
He was sure it was the popcorn that made him sick, but he kept his courage up, or at least tried. Some how it was always easier in the dark.