"You know I was going to help, no matter what," Parker didn't know why Rachel thought he wouldn't. He'd brought all the prizes for the young adult reading program that she'd drawn names for to the high school auditorium.
As it was they were in their "I'm with the banned" T-shirts. Rachel had plenty of help. And no one seemed to mind that Derrick wasn't playing. He'd overheard one girl say to another, "Good riddance. He's an asshole."
"Look, the guys are setting up. I think its going OK." Parker looked around as if he could manage this if she'd just let him.
"Anything could go wrong." She glared.
"Well, we will handle it the best we can if it does. Just try not to think about it." Parker patted her on the back trying to get her to sit down.
About then, Gordy came up to talk to her about something.
Parker just sighed. How come one person could just cause so much friction? His cell rang then. It was Charlotte.
"Are you ready for your straight jacket yet?" She asked.
He walked by the girls who had set up tables for sodas to sell and bottles of water. There were a dozen or so pies someone had donated from the nearby bakery along with boxes of cookies to sell. All the proceeds would go to the young adult reading program.
"Everything looks great." He then said noticing all her colorful artwork about stretching from one end of the auditorium to the other. Charlotte had worked her butt off. At least the kids had put it up. She had their artwork on display too. Everyone was a winner. "Now if Gordy could just get Rachel on stage or somewhere before she goes bonkers."
"I have a feeling that's your job, Parker. The most important one is taking care of Rachel." Charlotte told him.
Parker sucked in a breath then. He guess he better find her.