Their two friends were still punching some of the other guys. Mason and Logan started punching the rest. It wasn't long before the cars were filling up with smoke and I got the first whiff of fire.
"Oh no," I muttered to myself and dashed to the store. After I flung open the door, I screamed, "Lydia, Jessica, get out here now!"
They rushed from the back section and stared, dumbfounded at me. "Sam, what's going on?"
I latched onto Lydia's arm and dragged her out with me. "We're leaving. Now."
Jessica followed behind, but braked in the middle of the lot. Her eyes were wide as she took in the sight before her.
I shoved Lydia inside the car and twisted around. "Get lost! The cars are going to explode."
Mason and Logan's friends heard me and stopped. They grabbed Logan first, but all of them dragged Mason away from the guy he was punching. Fury lit up his face, but when Logan said something in his ear, he turned and leapt for his Escalade. As he climbed inside, his eyes met mine for a second.
I shrugged and shoved Jessica behind Lydia inside mine. Then I hurried into my car and we were out of there in a flash.
Everything happened so fast.
Lydia and Jessica were bowled over in the back. "I can't believe that happened!"
"What did happen?"
"Logan Kade is so hot."
Jessica snorted. "Logan is? Didn't you see Mason? I'd do him in a heartbeat."
Lydia moaned. "Let me go to bed with my dreams right now. Why can't they go to our school?"
Jessica grinned again. "I heard it's because public school is tougher. They didn't want a pansy school."
Lydia fanned herself. "Whatever. I don't care. I'm transferring."
Then Jessica grew serious. "You think that'll be on the news?"
Lydia lifted her shoulders. "All I know is how are we supposed to go home now? Sam, please, please, please can we go to another party? I bet I know where they're going."
I dropped them off at the party and left for home.
My weekend was spent packing and moving. The Kade house wasn't a house at all. It was a mansion, one that had pillars on their front patio. A fountain was in the foyer with a spiral staircase behind. Then there was the kitchen. It looked like it could've been built for a restaurant, with a chef that went with it. His name was Mousteff and he had a twitchy mustache and meaty hands. My mom introduced us, but it was with a hand waving in the air as if she was the first lady giving a tour. When we moved beyond the kitchen I glanced back. Moustefff was sharpening a meat cleaver. He winked before I turned the corner.
As for the actual moving, James Kade paid for a moving company, but he and his sons still helped with some things. Mason and Logan moved past me, grabbed boxes, and took them inside. I didn't look at them. They didn't look at me. And not once did anybody say a thing. The only two who talked were my mother and James. He was a tall slender man with graying white hair. There was a kindness in his blue eyes, but he never met my gaze, not even when he walked behind my mother with a hand at the small of her back.
"Analise," he murmured in her ear. "I have friends who've invited us out for drinks tonight."
She gave him a bright smile and whirled around, her hands raised in a clap. "Oh, that'd be wonderful. I'm excited to meet some of your friends."
"Mitchell and Malaya Smith. He owns Smith Telephones, the local company."
As they turned a corner, I heard my mother ask in a breathless voice, "Do you think Malaya would be interested in meeting for tea one afternoon? I'd love to meet some of the other ladies."