Vacation from Hell: Part II

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Vacation from Hell

Part II

An R.L. Mathewson Chronicle


(A Vacation from Hell: Part I in case you forgot)

“You can sit on my lap if you want, Mikey,” Cole offered as Mikey moved to climb back into the van, carrying a bag white plastic bag filled with what he could only hope was junk food, and before she could take his cousin up on his offer, Sebastian reached over with a heavy sigh, grabbed her by the arm and with a quick yank, had her back on his lap where she belonged.

He ignored his cousin’s glare and Mikey’s mumbled, “I feel so used,” and shifted her on his lap so that he could see what lovely treats she was going to share with him. As he opened the bag and took a peak, he couldn’t help but wonder when she was going to learn. While the rest of them had quickly devoured their snacks seconds after purchasing them, Mikey had taken her time, checked out the sports magazines, and when she’d finished buying the snacks that he was going to have to help himself to, she’d sat on the stone wall that ran across the back of the gas station, rolling her baseball between her hands and-

“Where’s your baseball?” he asked when he realized that she wasn’t carrying it.

“It’s in the bag,” Mikey said, pulling the bag closer to take a look only to end up worrying her bottom lip and looking around the crowded van nervously, probably hoping that one of the other kids had grabbed it for her.

“Did you leave it outside?” he asked, already shifting her off his lap so that he could get up.

“What’s going on?” his father asked, pausing mid-buckle when Sebastian headed for the sliding side door.

“Mikey lost her ball,” he said, thankful that he didn’t have to explain, because they all knew how much baseball meant to Mikey.

She loved baseball and she was insanely good at it, which was probably why she never went anywhere without a baseball so that she could roll it between her hands. He still didn’t know why she did that. The only thing that he needed to know was that her ball was missing and they had four more hours left before they made it to the hotel. She would never survive that long without one.

“Cole, Jonathan, let’s go,” his father said as he got out and went to search for the ball.

Sebastian popped the door open and slid it aside just in time to see an SUV drive by with a boy in the back holding what he was really hoping wasn’t Mikey’s ball, but he had a bad feeling that it was. Biting back a curse that would have ended with him spending the week by his mother’s side, he jogged over to where he saw Mikey sitting earlier and-

“It’s not here,” Cole said as he joined him, and just in case they were wrong, and he was really hoping that he was wrong, they walked over to the stone wall and peered over only to find a freshly mowed lawn.

“Does she have another one in her bag?” Jonathan asked as he joined them.

“No,” Sebastian said, sighing as he jumped over the stonewall to take a better look only to end up ramming his fingers through his hair and really wishing that Mikey hadn’t given her extra ball to her baby brother, who couldn’t sleep these days unless he was cuddling one of his sister’s baseballs.

“Any luck?” his father asked as he finished walking the length of the stone wall.

“No,” Sebastian said, slowly exhaling as he looked up to find Mikey standing there, worrying her bottom lip before she forced a smile and said, “Thank you for looking, but it’s fine,” and he probably would have believed her if hadn’t seen the look on her face when she realized that it was gone.

“I’m sorry, sweetheart,” his father said, wrapping his arm around her and gave her small shoulders a gentle squeeze. “We’ll get you another one.”

“A better one,” Jonathan promised as he ran past her, giving one of the braids that she liked to wear her hair in a playful tug before heading for the van.

“I have to use the bathroom again,” Sebastian called after his father when Cole went to join them.

“Don’t be long,” his father said after a slight hesitation and a pointed look as Sebastian headed back towards the gas station with Cole by his side.

“I think I saw baseballs in the back,” Cole said, reading his mind.

“Good,” he said, sighing with relief as they headed inside and went straight towards the back where-

“Oh, god…” Cole said hollowly when they spotted them.

“Maybe they have more?” Sebastian said, trying not to panic as he searched desperately for another box of overpriced baseballs on the shelf only to end up releasing a shuttering sigh as his gaze landed back on the box that left him feeling sick to his stomach.

“Don’t,” Cole said, but they both knew that he didn’t have a choice.

Swallowing hard, he reached over and picked up the Red Sox souvenir baseball, knowing that Mikey wouldn’t care what team was on it, but the van full of Bradfords would never let him live it down. “It’s just a baseball,” he said weakly as he turned the baseball over in his hand and-

“And it’s twenty bucks,” Cole said, shaking his head in sympathy, because that was all the money that he had left for the trip since he’d spent the rest of his money on the birthday gift that he’d bought for his Dad.

“Let’s go,” he said, deciding to just get this over with.

“Man, you must really love her,” Cole said, chuckling as he followed him to the register.

Placing the baseball and the rest of his money on the counter, Sebastian shook his head and said, “It’s not that.”

“Then what is it?” Cole asked, sounding genuinely curious as the cashier handed Sabastian his receipt.

Grabbing the ball, he headed for the door and admitted with a shrug, “She makes everything better.”


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27 Responses to “Vacation from Hell: Part II”

  1. Valorie says:

    Omg!!!.. I can just see this book for Sebastian and Mikey coming to life.. Amazing i swear i smiled and said awwww like 3 times while reading this chronicle

  2. Anjee Z says:

    Awww. Seriously that was so cute. Seb and Mikey are adorable! I can’t wait for more… Soonish? Please? With cherries on top. And Twinkies!

  3. Melissa says:

    oh. emm..gee… I know Sebastian is a child, but I think I love him. “she makes everything better” might be the line that defines all Bradfords and their loves.

  4. Teresa brown says:

    I absolutely loved this. It great being able to see these to grow up just hope it turns in to a book of there own when there a bit older.

  5. Stacey says:

    I really can’t wait to read Sebastian’s story
    I love all these little nuggets you give us of Seb and Mikey in your chronicles

  6. Karen LeJeune says:

    Sha babe, she helps quiet his soul and find peace! Another Bradford wedding coming up!🤣😂😂🤪🤪😳🤦‍♀️💀🥜

  7. Erin says:

    I just love these little stories, they help tide me over until a new book comes out! I cannot wait to see what’s next!

  8. Kellie Baughman says:

    OMG!!! Melting into a puddle right now. Ok, realistically I know this is fiction, but please dear Lord in Heaven, tell me the are REAL Bradfords out there?? I’m even okay with the food addiction as long as they come with all the rest (characteristics). I really, really need to know if this type of man exists. Different note – R.L. just have to thank you for your stories and say how wonderful they are. I’ve even shared bits of the stories with my oldest daughters (18 yr old twins). They are now reading them also. It’s so much fun to share these stories and characters with them. We would love to have an opportunity to meet you, please post if you are doing any events this year. Faithful, avid, addicted reader…Kellie

  9. Eva-Maria Kannenberg says:

    My I am so hooked
    Every gIrö needs one guy like this and the world would be a better. . .
    I think I might cry and feel sorry for all of us

  10. esra says:

    I’ll never forgive you if you pull a gena showalter on us and not give mikey to seb when they’re adults. 😀 they’re sooo belong together.

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