I live in a small town called Newport, California; itâ€™s not the best place to live, but itâ€™s the only place we can afford. My dad was moving out to go to a business trip, and my mom didnâ€™t like it very much. My little brother, Tommy, my mom, and I had to stay in Newport until my dad came back, but the house we lived in isnâ€™t exactly something you would call â€˜perfectâ€™. It was always making strange noises at night; it was a bit creepy. Anyway, Iâ€™m in 7th grade now, and my little brother, Tommy, is in 1st grade. Our new school was very different. No one seemed to care about much around here. If you bump into someone in the halls, they seem to be offended by that. I donâ€™t understand, am I supposed to introduce myself to these people?
â€œSarah! Get out of bed! Itâ€™s time for school, and donâ€™t forget to wake Tommy up!â€ my mom never seems to wake Tommy up; she always makes me do it.
â€œOk mom!â€ I was so tired that I couldnâ€™t even notice where I was going, â€œTommy, get up.â€ My eyes were half closed, but I could tell that he wasnâ€™t feeling too good.
â€œI donâ€™t feel so well, sissy. Can you tell mom to come upstairs and check my temperature?â€
â€œSure, I guess. Am I the only one who feels like Iâ€™m everyoneâ€™s servant today?â€
â€œJust go ok!â€ he yelled.
â€œFine, fine, gosh!â€ I started to walk down the stairs to the basement, to find my mom, when all of a sudden I saw the doorknob turning. I ran back up the stairs to find my mom, but she was no where in sight! I ran into Tommyâ€™s room, and he was gone, too! I couldnâ€™t believe it; was I really in this house by myself? It must be a dream, so I pinched myself; nope, not asleep.
â€œMom! Tommy! Where are you guys? Is anyone here?â€ I couldnâ€™t help being scared; my heart was