As the summer dragged on Saturdays were always something me and Casa looked forward to. That’s when daddy would take us out with him on his boat. We would fish all day and just be with daddy. I really hated fishing, but loved being with daddy. Something told me that if I stayed close enough to him I would be just like him when I grew up. I wanted a wife like his and two sons just like him. First I had to get me a job so I could pay for a good wife like mama; daddy always told me that a good woman didn’t come cheap. So I think he had to pay a lot for mama and she gave him me and Casa as change. I love being in this family and planned on being in it forever.
We had a bucket of fish by the time the sun got too hot and started to head back home when daddy decided to get some crabs for mama. We pulled up in the marina and daddy docked the boat and then he started digging in the bucket to get one of the smaller fish out. He had Casa cut the fish into smaller pieces then tied some twine around each piece. Daddy then took the fish and twine and tossed it in the shallow pool just outside the marina. I held one of the lines with the fish pieces tied to the twine and daddy held the other. Casa had the net to scoop the crabs up as we lured them in with the cut fish. Man, I really didn’t like this, but it was for mama and I would do anything in the world for her. I sat there and watched the crabs surround the bait and I slowed pulled the line. The trick was to pull the line real slow so that the crabs would follow the meat and not realize they were being lured in and just when they got close enough Casa would catch them in the net. We did this a few times until we had a nice bucket of crabs for mama. She would be so happy, mama loved crabs.
Later that day when we got back home and cleaned up, me and Casa walked down to Mackenzie’s to see if she wanted to come over and eat with us. When we got there, we did our secret knock on her window, but we got no answer. We knew she was there because her bike was lying on the ground and her father’s truck was in the yard. We knocked again and called her name, Casa climbed up on a cinderblock and looked in her window. I asked Casa if he could see her and his face looked strange to me, like I had never seen him look before. I said, “is she in there?” Casa just looked in the window ignoring me with a blank face. He jumped down and said come on Ty let’s go. “Casa, was she in there?” Yeah, she’s in there, but her daddy was doing something to her that didn’t look right. Daddy’s ain’t suppose to be with their children like that. Like what Casa? I don’t know and I don’t wanna talk bout it. I stopped him from walking and spun him around, what did you see boy? He started to cry and ran home. I didn’t know if I should walk back to Mackenzie’s or go catch up to my brother. I stood there for a minute and decided to go catch Casa.
When I got home I didn’t see Casa so I ran upstairs and there he was on mama’s lap crying his eyes out. Mama was crying too and she motioned for me to come over. She hugged me tight and called for daddy to come upstairs. Daddy ran up the steps only hitting two or three stairs as he knew something was not right. Mama lifted Casa’s head and asked him to tell daddy what you told me. Casa couldn’t or wouldn’t speak, C’mon baby tell daddy what you told me, said mama. Casa wouldn’t speak and daddy rubbed his head and then asked me what happened? I told him we just went down to Mackenzie’s to see if she wanted to eat with us, was that wrong daddy? No son, you know Mackenzie is always welcome in this house. So what did she say? Well, we knocked on her window, but got no answer, so we knocked again and still she didn’t come out. So Casa got on that cinderblock and looked in the window and just looked really crazy like he was looking at a dead person. Then he jumped down and ran home. Mama was still cradling Casa and was just getting him to open up. Casa starts to tell us what he saw, but started to cry again and mama said, “it’s okay baby boy, you don’t have to say anything right now”. Y’all ready to eat? Mama said? I’m gonna go and put some of those nice fish on the grill. Come on Ty and help me.