After school, I was at home doing homework. Carlos was with me doing his.
"I'm having a sleepover this weekend with my friends," said Carlos.
"That's good," I said.
"I'm looking forward to it," said Carlos. "I'll be using the attic."
"Makes sense. You know, we can use the family basement as well," I said.
"Oh, yeah, like we just did," said Carlos.
"Exactly," I said. "We'll have to make sure Dawn follows the rules this time if we still can't leave the house."
"I know, we'll have to be firm," said Carlos.
"If they gave us an okay, that's different," I said. "When are they coming over?"
"Friday since we have church on Sundays," said Carlos.
"Good choice," I said. "Dad and Sharon don't usually have plans unless they tell us."
"True," said Carlos.
"I don't mind being in charge if they have to," I said.
"I got the schedule. I would like you to attend my home games or whenever I'm playing against your school," said Carlos.
"Sure," I said.
He went to get the schedule and showed it to me.
"Most basketball games are either after school or at night," said Carlos. "My friends always come see me to cheer me on."
"Good idea," I said. "I won't assign myself on any sitting jobs. I leave afternoon ones to Mallory and Jessi since that's all they can do."
"It's okay if you can't," said Carlos.
"Are you sure?" I asked.
"Positive," said Carlos.
"I usually see Logan's as well," I said.
"I don't have practice on Monday until around five-thirty pm," said Carlos.
"Perfect, the same time I start the club meeting," I said.
The next day, Dad told me that he's putting me in charge to make sure that one leaves the house.
"Carlos and I talked about that part," I said.
"Good," said Dad. "I have a meeting and Sharon is working late."
"I have to baby-sit that night," said Dawn.
"The only thing is that I have a game at six-thirty pm. My friends are coming back here with me for the sleepover," said Carlos.
"Oh, yeah, I remember that," I said.
"That's fine. I'll make that an exception," said Dad. "That's the only time you can leave the house during sleepovers."
"Where is that located?" I asked.
"At Stoneybrook Day School," said Carlos.
"I can see if I can get a ride with Charlie and Kristy to bring me there after the club meeting. It ends at six pm," I said.
"Okay," said Carlos. "We'll be taking a bus back over there after the game."
"Fine," I said. "And, we have pizza when we come back here as a treat."
"Good idea," said Carlos.
Later, I texted Kristy to make arrangements. On Friday, I was at the game after the club meeting ended. Kristy decided to join in. Carlos had no issue with that.
"Dad put me in charge," I said.
"Good," said Kristy.
She was the only one who knew that Dawn got in trouble for breaking the rule.
"He said this is the only time we can leave the house," I said.
After the game finished, Carlos' team won by 5 points. That was a close game. Kristy's brother by for her while I took the bus with Carlos and his friends. At home, I said, "I'm going to order pizza to celebrate."
"Sounds good," said a friend, Mason.
That's what I did.
Carlos told me that Mason's new to the orphanage after his parents died last year. His mom had cancer and his father had a broken heart. The pizza came before nine-thirty pm. They had a fun time. They were all tired and went to bed before ten pm. They choose to sleep in the attic. It had enough room. Sharon came home from work afterwards. She had just picked up Dawn at the time and Dad got home from the meeting before ten-thirty pm.
"Carlos' team won," I said.
"That's a good thing," said Dad.
"They had a fun time and went to bed thirty minutes ago," I said.
I went to bed at eleven pm. I'm glad that Carlos is happy with my family. He feels that his family is still alive-only he'd have an extra sister, which is me. He had no trouble to fit in.