Disclaimer: The character's don't belong to me,
except for Ms. Witita.
Synopsis: Amanda feels guilty when she has to lie to her son.
"Great job Scarecrow, Mrs. King." Billy smiled
from where he sat behind his desk.
"So it's safe to say, ‘case closed'?" Lee quipped.
Amanda smiled at them. She and Lee had been working on this case for over a
month, checking out lead's, making phone calls, and scanning old files. They
hadn't had a real lead until this afternoon when they got an anonymous tip that
had turned out to be real. It was a good thing too, since they had had to work
many late nights, and her mother had been practically begging for some reason as
She sighed softly as Lee and Billy continued to ramble on about the case. Ever
since she had missed Jamie's play, mother had been reminding her every day not
to forget Parent's Night at school. ‘Parent's Night!' Amanda looked at her
watch in horror, she was late!
"Uh, excuse me, I've gotta go!"
Lee stopped mid-sentence. "What?"
"I've gotta go! It's Parent's Night at the school, and Jamie and mother
have been reminding me about it all week, and I'm late!"
"That was tonight?" Lee asked in surprise.
"Yes, I'm sorry sir, I've got to -"
"Go, Amanda!" Billy commanded.
Amanda sighed, relieved, "thank you sir." Then she remembered
"Lee, I don't have my car!"
Lee pulled out his keys. "I'll take you. Let's go." He then led her
gently out the door.
"Amanda, I'm going the speed limit."
"I know, but they're doing a presentation, and Jamie is so excited because
he's first, and if I miss it . . ."
"Amanda," Lee interrupted, "we're here."
Amanda looked out the window to see herself staring at the front steps.
She jumped out of the car leaving Lee to stare longingly after her. He wished
that he could go inside with her, but he knew that wasn't possible.
He shook his head and sighed, then putting the car into gear, he drove away.
Ms. Witita was the first person Amanda saw when she entered the lobby.
"Oh, Ms. Witita, have they started the presentations yet?"
Ms. Witita gave her a fake smile. "Mrs. King, how nice of you to come. Yes,
they started the presentations about twenty minutes ago. Your son was
Amanda groaned "I'm late."
"Yes, well, we always like to start on time. It teaches the children
punctuality." She gave a small chuckle, "as well as the parents."
She stomped off, leaving Amanda at a cross between seething anger, and horrible
sorrow. She had missed it again! Ever since she had taken the job at ‘IFF' she
had missed one thing after another. This job really wasn't for people with
She watched the rest of the kids from the doorway, trying to come up with
something resonable to say to her mother and Jamie.
"Mom! Mom! Did you see me? Wasn't it great?"
Jamie came flying towards her at top speed with dotty and Philip trailing behind
at a much slower pace.
"Uh, well actually, I heard-"
"How long have you been standing there Amanda? I had a seat saved for
you." Dotty interrupted.
"What did you think mom? Honestly?"
Amanda looked at how excited he was and didn't have the heart to tell him that
she had been late, . . again. "It was great Jamie."
The answer satisfied him, and he and his brother took off for the refreshment
stands. Amanda smiled at her mother, but it quickly faded when she saw Ms.
Witita glaring at her.
Ms. Witita was the only one who knew she had lied . . . . .
Amanda was cleaning the kitchen when she heard the tap at
the back door. She hurried over to open it, and wasn't surprised to see Lee
He peeked around her shoulder, saying, "are you busy?"
"Actually, yes. I have to finish the dishes, sweep the floor, and it
desperately needs to be mopped, not to mention the piles of laundry that I
haven't even started on."
"Where are your mother and the boys?"
She sighed, "they went to a party that one of the boys from school invited
them to. Mother went along to help chaperone."
He smiled, "so you're alone?"
She unconsciously gripped the door harder, "yes. Look, is there a reason
why you came."
Noticing the annoyance in her voice, he looked at her in concern, and had to
ask, "are you okay?"
"Fine. Listen Lee, I have a lot that needs to be done, and I'm not
accomplishing anything by standing here making small talk with you."
His eyes narrowed slightly, and he pushed her backwards gently, stepping into
the house after her.
"What do you think you're doing?"
"What do you mean, ‘what happened'?"
"What happened between the time that I dropped you off at the school, and
now, that made you so upset?"
She sat down on the couch and put her head in her hands. After a minute, she
looked up at him, and he was surprised to see tears forming in her eyes.
"I was too late, Lee."
Realization dawned, and he nodded sympathetically. "I'm sorry, Amanda. Is
"He doesn't know."
"He doesn't know that I wasn't there in time. In fact, he thinks I
was." She chuckled with no humor. "When he asked what I thought, I
lied, and one of his teachers caught me."
"What did his teacher say?" He asked, finally moving from his spot by
the door to sit next to her on the couch.
"She didn't say a word, but she sure glared."
"Amanda, I'm sorry."
The tone of his voice made her look at him in surprise. He gave a small smile.
"I'm sorry that you were late tonight, and that you missed his play
"How did you know about the play?"
His smile widened, "we have out ways."
"Lee, I feel-"
"Amanda! We're Home!" Dotty yelled from the front door.
Amanda's look turned to panic. "You've gotta get out of here!" She
He jumped from the couch and was out the door just before the kids came rushing
"Mom! Guess what! . . ."
Amanda tried to sound encouraging as she responded with a
As Philip started off on a long account of what had happened at the party,
Amanda looked nervously at the back door, and around the room to make sure that
there was no sigh that she had had a visitor.
When she noticed that Philip had concluded his story, she smiled, then looked at
her watch. "Guess what time it is?"
The two boys groaned, "mom!"
"Bed time. Scoot."
They groaned again, but headed up the stairs.
"‘Night mom!" Came the loud reply.
After they had left the room, Amanda turned to her mother. "Was the party
"Well, it was okay. How was your night?"
Amanda smiled wearily at her. "Busy."
"Well I'm just glad that IFF let you leave in time for Jamie's
presentation. It really meant a lot to him."
"I know, I won't say another word. Goodnight dear."
"Goodnight mother." Amanda sat in her chair fora couple minutes before
her conscience finally got the best of her.
She practically ran up the stairs and into her son's room. "Jamie?"
Jamie sat up in bed, and turned on his lamp. "What is it mom?"
"Jamie, I need to tell you something." She took a deep breath before
continuing. "I was late for your presentation tonight, I didn't get to see
"What?" He looked confused, "but mom, you said-"
"I heard from Ms. Witita that you did a great job tonight, so I guess I, .
"You lied, mom." He looked out the window dejectedly.
"It was just one mistake son," Amanda struggled to hold her tears
back. "I promise it won't ever happen again."
"It wasn't just ‘one mistake'. You also missed my play, or have you
forgotten that all ready? You're never there for me."
Amanda felt tears running down her face as she pulled him into a embrace.
"I'm so sorry."
He started crying, "don't make promises that you can't keep."
"Well," she gave a small smile, "as long as I'm not tied up, or
He gave a small chuckle, not realizing how honest she was being.
"I promise you that I won't miss another thing."
He smiled. "Okay," then waited a minute before asking, "can I
give you my presentation now, since you missed it?"
Amanda smiled back, "that would be great."
"Okay, see, back in the time of cavemen, they had these machines-"
"Machines?" She looked at him strangely.
"Well, not really machines," he grinned, then gave her another hug.
"I love you, mom."
"I love you too, Jamie," she whispered. "I love you too."