Copyright 2010 Emily Ward
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My sister and I used to be good friends. Halloween used to be our favorite holiday. One time, we got this idea to see how long we could stay out of the house before our parents noticed. I don’t remember if it was my idea or hers. It was a test. We wanted to see how much our parents cared about us.
We walked to the park with our bags of candy and sat under the slide, trading and bartering. The night lingered on. Julie fell asleep first, candy wrappers around her in the sand. I don’t know how long I stayed up after her, and I don’t know how long we were asleep for, but my parents found us. My dad yelled in Spanish, and my mom cried the entire way home, and we were grounded for a month. This is the first Halloween we’ve gone without some embarrassing escort they both trust.
I think this year’s a strange time to change their policies. This party is at Melanie’s house. Melanie has been my best friend for four years now, since we both joined the volleyball team in freshman year, but no one trusts her. Not even me.