As Reggie made her way through the halls of the school, she saw her brother. She wondered why he hadn't been at lunch. He was acting strange, looking around suspiciously while he talked to Ryan, a guy from his class. Reggie couldn't stand Ryan and she certainly didn't like him hanging out with her brother. He was a lowlife, always being disrespectful and getting into trouble. He was the classic bad-boy, the kind that girls threw themselves at all the time. Reggie didn't understand why they did that. Reggie worried about that kind of thing being appealing to Otto and she desperately didn't want him to start trying the whole "bad-boy" thing. Ryan looked through the halls, not spotting Reggie behind a locker, and handed Otto a piece of paper in exchange for money. When he had walked away, Otto started to unlock his locker and Reggie approached him.

"Rocket boy?"

Otto jumped hearing his sister's voice. "Oh. Hey, Reg."

"What was all that about?" Reggie asked.

"What?" Otto asked, trying too hard to seem casual.

"The thing with Ryan, the money, the paper?"

Otto quickly stuffed the paper in his locker. "Oh, nothing. It was, uh, just a, um, study guide!" Otto said faking a smile.

"A study guide," she repeated skeptically.


Reggie rolled her eyes and reached over to his locker, grabbing the paper before he could stop her. Her eyes widened as she realized what it was.

She looked around before angrily whispering, "Otto, these are test answers!"

Otto swatted the paper from her hands. "This is none of your business."

"You can't seriously be thinking about cheating."

"It's not cheating! I'm still going to study and everything. I just wanted a little... insurance."

"Insurance?" Reggie growled, still in shock.

"If I fail this test, there's no way Raymundo's gonna let me skate in the competition on Saturday."

"Could you possibly be any more of a bone-head?"

"It's the championship! I can't risk missing it! Just stay out of it, Reg," he said sternly.

"I don't believe this! You're actually gonna go through with this? And, what? Turn out like Ryan?"

"Why do you always have to butt into everyone's lives? I'm sick of you telling me what I can and can't do."

"I don't butt into everyone's lives! And when I do, it's to keep you from doing something incredibly stupid," she retorted.

"I don't need your protection. Stop trying to act like you're my mom. I've never had one before and I'm doing fine. I don't need one now, especially not from you."

That silenced Reggie. She stood still as her brother walked away. His words stung her. He had never had a mom? She knew Otto had been young when their mother died, but how could he say that? Tears welled up in her eyes as she started to think about her mom. She swallowed and kept herself from letting any tears fall. The bell rang and students pilled out of the cafeteria, filling the halls. Reggie gained her composure and started walking towards her class.