He awoke the next morning to a voice yelling for breakfast. Had fallen asleep at his door, his back ached and his neck throbbed. He made a mental note to try sleeping in the bed the following night. He changed in a new shirt but stayed in the same pants, feeling they were clean enough to be used again.

When he arrived back in the kitchen, no one was there. Plates of pancakes, waffles, muffins, fruit and any kind of juice lined the table. He took an apple and bit into it, relishing the sweet taste. He did not feel his stomach could handle anything else. When no one showed up for after him, he took a seat and enjoyed the calm silence that feel around him. It was broken, however, but his mothers quickened footsteps.

"What is taking you so long? You are making everyone late by sitting here doing nothing." She said exasperated and frustrated. She left him and went out the front door. He followed her outside, closing the door behind him. She had already climbed into the car that sat in the driveway, a new class Mercedes Benz. He rushed to the car and climbed in the back seat, next to Olivia and behind Erik who sat stony face in the front seat. Tyler wondered if he was always that way, but he did not linger on that thought to long. His mother was already leaving the driveway by the time he managed to click his seat belt in place with shaky fingers.

When they arrived at the school, he felt out of place. He was the only one who did not have a backpack, having forgotten it at home, and a uniform.

"Go to the office." His mother said as he exited the car. As soon as he shut the door, she took off, leaving him and Erik behind. Erick, however, did not linger to help his Tyler find his way to the office. When Tyler turned around to find him, he had lost him in the throng of kids going into different classrooms. He took notice that the school was an outside campus. The offices, he could see, were located in the front and labeled. The classrooms were near the middle of the campus and a large gym was located at the back of the school. He entered one of the main offices and found a woman, whom he gave his name.

"Tyler Neil….Tyler Neil…Ah, here you are. Sorry about that, so many new kids have come in lately; it has been hard to keep track of them and what classes they had. Your old school sent us your transcripts and we matched your classes to what we have available here. Here is a map as well, once you are adjusted the school you will notice how easy it is to navigate, you should not have too much trouble. Welcome to Pike!"

Tyler thanked her and continued onto his first class.

The day went by with any new textbooks and new faces. By the next few weeks, the faces became familiar in his mind and he had made new friends, which he was greatly thankful. One of which was Jack.

"So, that's your brother?" Jack asked one day at lunch. He had given Tyler half of his sandwich, knowing that Tyler never brought one or bought one from the food carts. He never asked money from his mother since he knew she would not give him any, so he waited until he was home to grab something to eat while no one was looking.

"He's my half brother; we have the same mom but different dads. When my dad died, I moved in with her, I used to think she was dead until the social workers told me she lived here, so here I am. It's been terrible living with her and her family, she wasn't what I had imagined a mother to be. I honestly think she hates me."

Tyler used to dream of his mother. She had soft features and a warm smile. Her eyes would twinkle when they saw him and his father and she would love him as if he had seen other mothers do with their children. He used to wish deeply for the mothers he had seen on TV, like on Leave it to Beaver or The Brady Bunch. When he found out that his mother was alive, a great joy and uncertainly fell upon him. Why had she not wanted to see him? Did she leave him for a reason? What had made her so angry that she did not want to be with his family? His hopes and wishes were dashed when he saw the real woman from his dreams, a monster that fed on his anguish and fear.

"Go to the office." His mother said as he exited the car. As soon as he shut the door, she took off, leaving him and Erik behind. Erick, however, did not linger to help his Tyler find his way to the office. When Tyler turned around to find him, he had lost him in the throng of kids going into different classrooms. He took notice that the school was an outside campus. The offices, he could see, were located in the front and labeled. The classrooms were near the middle of the campus and a large gym was located at the back of the school. He entered one of the main offices and found a woman, whom he gave his name.

"Tyler Neil….Tyler Neil…Ah, here you are. Sorry about that, so many new kids have come in lately; it has been hard to keep track of them and their classes. Your old school sent us your transcripts and we matched your classes to what we have available here. Here is a map as well, once you are adjusted the school you will notice how easy it is to navigate, you should not have too much trouble. Welcome to Pike!"

Tyler thanked her and continued onto his first class.

The day went by with any new textbooks and new faces. By the next few weeks, the faces became familiar in his mind and he had made new friends, which he was greatly thankful. One of which was Jack.

"So, that's your brother?" Jack asked one day at lunch. He had given Tyler half of his sandwich, knowing that Tyler never brought one or bought one from the food carts. He never asked money from his mother since he knew she would not give him any, so he waited until he was home to grab something to eat while no one was looking.

"He's my half brother; we have the same mom but different dads. When my dad died, I moved in with her, I used to think she was dead until the social workers told me she lived here, so here I am. It's been terrible living with her and her family, she wasn't what I had imagined a mother to be. I honestly think she hates me."

Tyler used to dream of his mother. She had soft features and a warm smile. Her eyes would twinkle when they saw him and his father and she would love him as if he had seen other mothers do with their children. He used to wish deeply for the mothers he had seen on TV, like on Leave it to Beaver or The Brady Bunch. When he found out that his mother was alive, a great joy and uncertainly fell upon him. Why had she not wanted to see him? Did she leave him for a reason? What had made her so angry that she did not want to be with his family? His hopes and wishes were dashed when he saw the real woman from his dreams, a monster that fed on his anguish and fear.