Written by Tressa
Claudia walked down her school hallway with her new friend Kasey.
Claudia had started hanging out with the bad crowd at school now.
Claudia came to her locker and took out the books she
needed to take home with her.
"So Claudia, do you wanna go to the mall this weekend and see a movie
with Chris and Dana?" Kasey asked.
"Yea, I wish I could but, I am grounded." Claudia said.
"What? You didn't tell me. Why are your grounded?" Kasey asked.
"It's called don't skip school when your sister is home." Claudia said.
"You mean when we skipped school yesterday she found out?" Kasey asked.
"Yep, the principal left a message and Julia had to come home from
Stanford that day." Claudia said.
"How long?" Kasey asked.
"Two weeks, she said if she caught me on the phone or going to the mall
or even watch TV she would make it another four days. I mean can you
"She can't do that, Charlie is your guardian." Kasey said.
"Yes, but she kinda is too cause if something ever happens to Charlie
then she would be in charge
of me and Owen. When I got home she started yelling at me and was like,
I can't believe you
Claudia, remember what happened last year. Then she just said I was
grounded." Claudia said.
"Is that all." Kasey asked.
"I said, she couldn't do that. She said she could. Then she told
Charlie. Then I got the third degree with him. And, now Julia has two
weeks off for the semester. Which means she will be at home all the
time." Claudia said.
"God, that must suck." Kasey said.
"I guess, but it's kinda nice to have her home. I mean Charlie isn't
home that much with the baby
coming and all."
"Oh, okay. Well see you on Monday Claude." Kasey said and left. Claudia
went home and was happy not to see Julia there. She started on her
homework and only had a reading assignment to do. Once she got done with
that she figured she would turn on the TV she knew Julia most likely
wouldn't be home anytime soon anyway. She was into a show when suddenly
she heard the doorbell. She turned off the TV and went to the door. She
opened the door and was in shock. The figure that appeared at the door.
was Grandpa Jake.
"Claudia. It's me." Jake said. Claudia just stood there stunned.
"Om, wow." She said.
" I know your a little shocked."
"Wow, shocked yes, but I am happy to see you!"
She gave him a hug..
"How have you
"Well, that is why I stopped by Claudia. Can I come
"Of course." Claudia let him in
the door. They went into the living room and sat down.
"My, Claudia, you have grown up so
much the last time I have seen you." He smiled at her. She
smiled back. "Where is everyone?"
"I am not sure. But, Charlie's girlfriend is
having a baby." She said.
"Really, that is
great!" Jake said.
"Well, Jake, I mean Grandpa Jake. How
have you been?"
"Well, that is why I
am here..Claudia why aren't you upset with me..I left you
and now I have just come back." He
"I, I don't know." She answered. "But, that was in
the past." She said.
"Well Claudia I have
some bad news to break to you. I am very ill. I don't have
much longer." He said.
Jake, you can't die." She said. She was stunned. Just then
Julia came in.
"Claudia. Where are
you?" She yelled from the kitchen.
"In the living room
Jule." She came in to see Grandpa Jake.
"Oh my god." She yelled.
"What the hell
you doing here." She yelled.
thought I would see how you guys were doing."
doing fine. Now get out of here. Your
not welcome. Claudia shouldn't have even let you in! You
left us and came back once and your
not going to do it again. I don't want to see you. Get out
of here!" Julia yelled.
"Claudia, that's enough."
"It's okay Claudia,
I will go. I am staying at the Roosevelt if
you want to call." Jake said.
"No, she won't be calling
you." Julia yelled. With that Jake left.
When he shut the door Julia was angry. "Claudia, I can't
believe you! I can't believe you just let
him in like that. You have no right." Julia said.
Julia why do you care? You come home
from Stanford and act like you are in charge of everything
that I do. Grandpa Jake is dying!" She
said. "What?" She said. Julia just stared at her not
believing what her sister just said.
what do you mean he is dying?" Julia asked.
" Jules, he
just told me that he was not going to be
around much longer, then you had to just come in and storm
in like nothing happened." Claudia
"Claudia, regardless of the fact that he might die
you still shouldn't have left him in here. I
mean you just suddenly forgive him for leaving you. What
is the matter with you?" Julia asked.
"Julia, why do you have to be so selfish." Claudia pointed
out. She started walking up to her room
before her sister stopped her.
"Not so fast, your helping
me make dinner. We can talk about this
whole grandpa Jake thing later." Julia said.
Claudia went into the kitchen. Thirty
minutes later Bailey and Charlie came in with Owen.
"Where's Daphne?" Julia asked. They were
always together, practically inseparable.
"Oh, she had
this job thing to do." Charlie told Julia.
"Well dinners ready." Julia sat down the last pot on the
table. They were all enjoying their meal
when Claudia suddenly mentioned Grandpa Jake.
Grandpa Jake stopped by
today." Claudia told Bailey and Charlie. Bailey dropped
his fork into the spagetti..
"You mean he
had the nerve to stop here. Claudia did you let him in?"
Bailey asked sounding mad.
but-" Claudia was interrupted by Charlie.
don't want you to talk to him. He's just
gonna hurt you again." Charlie said sternly.
" When could
you tell me who I couldn't talk to."
" Now." Charlie said.
" I don't care what
you say Char, you can't keep me from
talking to my grandfather. Before he dies I want to get to
know him a little better." Claudia
"What?" Bailey yelled.."Now, he's dying." Bailey
"Yep." Claudia said and
stormed out of the kitchen.
"Claudia, where are you
going?" Charlie yelled. He didn't get an
answer though. Claudia slammed her door shut and called
the Roosevelt..She didn't care what
her brothers said or Julia.
"Hello, Roosevelt" The
"Hi, can I please be connected
to the room of Jake Salinger." Claudia asked the
"Hold please." The phone rang and
Jake answered the phone.
"Jake. It's Claudia."
hello sweetheart. I thought you weren't
aloud to call me." He told her.
"Well, no one knows that I
am." Claudia said. "Well, Jake..What
is it that you have that is making you well..ill." Claudia
"Claudia is there anyway that I
could meet you at a restaurant or something. I don't want
to tell you over the phone." Claudia
was thinking about what Julia and Charlie had said, but
she didn't care. It was her life. Regardless
of what happened when she got home.
"Sure." Claudia told
Jake. They were going to meet for
lunch tomorrow at 12. The next day Claudia was ready to
go. It was already 11:30 and now she
just had to find a way out of the house. Since she was
grounded she hoped her siblings would
figure that she would be in her room the whole day. With
out anyone knowing she slipped out the
front door to go meet Jake. She meet at the restaurant he
told her to meet him at. She saw him
saving a table. She ran to him and gave him a hug. She was
so happy to see him again.
Claudia." Jake said.
"Hey, Jake, how are you..feeling?"
"Good, thank you." He
smiled. "How about you?" Jake asked his granddaughter.
"Good, I had to sneak out of the house
to get here though so I can't stay to long." Claudia told
"Oh I won't keep you long, you
know..It's really thoughtful that you still want to see me
even after all that I have done to you."
"Well, Jake. I mean, you are still family and I love you."
Claudia told him. Jake smiled.
you know I want to spend as much time as possible with
you. But, with your siblings it's going to
be hard." Jake told her.
"Forget them. I can do what I
want. It's my life and my choice." Claudia
"Claudia I have a rare sarcoma. It's all
over my body and well I just don't have
much time left." Jake said.
"Sarcoma, Jake. That's cancer.
Isn't it?" She asked anxiously. He
nodded his head.
"Jake, what did the doctors say?"
Claudia. They said that I had a few
months maybe days. I don't know, but I just wanna make the
best of it."
"Okay." Claudia started
to cry. She couldn't believe someone else in her family
had cancer. She was so close to Jake. She
could tell that he had lost a lot of weight and he didn't
look so well either. They continued to talk
and Claudia realized they had been there a long time and
Claudia said that she had to go home.
Jake gave her a ride home.
"Thanks Jake. It was fun this
afternoon." Claudia said.
"Well, I am
glad that I could see you before I get worst." Jake said.
"Say, how about if you meet me
tomorrow and we can go somewhere. You and me right after
school. What do you say?"
would be great." Claudia said and got out of his car. When
he pulled away she quietly went up
the stairs to her house and opened the door hoping no one
would notice. Wrong.
the hell have you been?" Julia yelled.
Claudia didn't know what to say. Bailey and
Charlie just came in. " She just came home." Julia
narrowed her eyes toward Claudia.
Claudia me and Bailey were worried sick about you. Where
were you?" Charlie asked.
om..Was visiting someone." She said quietly.
after Julia and Charlie told you not to
see Jake you still did, and aren't you grounded? You
shouldn't be sneaking out like this." Bailey
"I'm sorry." Claudia told everyone. "But, Jake is
really sick, he has cancer."
we're sorry about Jake, okay but, you still had no right
to sneak out and go see him. And, then
worry everyone else." Julia yelled and put her hands on
her hips. She always did that when she
"So ground me for another four days. I don't
care, you still can't keep me from seeing
Jake." Claudia told everyone.
"Claude, that's not the
point the point is you sneaked out of the house
not telling anyone. You scared us. We thought something
bad happened to you." Charlie said.
Claudia just sighed. "Claude you know what. Just go to
your room." Charlie said. "If your gonna
act like this, then I don't wanna see you." Charlie said
and left the room, Bailey following. Julia
was the only one left she was just standing there looking
"I am sorry Jules." Claudia
told her. "But, please let me see Jake tomorrow. I told
him I would."
"I have to think about it. I
don't know if I trust you," she said in a nasty voice.
"Jules." She moaned.
"Claudia, can't you
understand why the three of us don't want you to see
Jake?" Julia asked her sister.
don't want to see me get hurt, but Jules he is going to
die anyway just let me see him." Claudia
pleaded. She sighed.
"Okay, but on one condition don't
ever sneak out of the house again."
promise." Claudia smiled and hugged her sister. "Thanks."
She said and ran upstairs to her room.
She was happy that Julia could understand why she wanted
to see Jake. She woke up the next
morning and got ready for school. On the way to first
period she met up with her friend Kasey.
"Hey Claudia." Kasey said.
"Oh Kase, have a good weekend?"
Claudia was glad that she didn't
go to the mall.
"It was boring. How was your weekend
grounded." Kasey asked in a sarcastic
"My grandpa Jake came back." Claudia told her
"Are you serious?" She looked
shocked. Claudia had told her about Jake. "Whoa." She was
"Yep, but he is dying. So,
it's really sad..I am trying to see him as much as
"Claude I'm sorry." Kasey tried to
console her friend.
"Don't worry about it." Claudia shut
her locker and went to class. After school
Claudia caught a bus to the Roosevelt. She couldn't wait
to see him. Once she arrived she looked
around for him. He was no where to be seen. She waited for
two hours and finally went to the
"Excuse me." Claudia said in a snotty voice.
"Can I help you?" The attendant looked
up from her paperwork.
"Yes, I was supposed to me someone,
Jake Salinger, is he still here?"
Claudia asked, hoping he didn't leave her.
Mr.Salinger was admitted the General
Hospital." She said.
"Oh my god, thank you." She ran out
of the hotel and got a bus to the
hospital. She got there as fast as she could. She asked
the nurse and was directed to his room.
She went into his room and saw him lying there hooked up
to all of the machines it made her cry
and she had to leave the room.
"Excuse me." A person said.
"Yes?" She asked.
"Do you know
my father?" The lady asked.
"You mean your Jake's other
daughter?" Claudia asked confusingly.
"Yes, and you are."
"I guess Jake didn't tell you about
me. I am Claudia Salinger. Diana is his
other daughter. I am the granddaughter." She told him.
"Oh, now I remember. Yes, he said that he
was visiting you. It was so nice of you to come." She said
"Om, thanks. What is
going on?" She asked.
"Well. I talked to the doctor
and..he didn't give him much hope. He
doesn’t think he'll make it Claudia." The lady said.
"What? But, he was just fine yesterday. I was
supposed to meet him today. He can't just go away like
that." Claudia told her.
"I know, honey."
She touched Claudia on the shoulder. "Don't you have other
siblings..What was it..Julia, Bailey
and Charlie?" She asked.
"Would you like to call
them?" She asked her.
"Well, I guess I
should." Claudia excused herself and went to call.
"Salingers." Julia answered.
"Claudia! Where are you. You didn't say you
would be gone this long." She sounded
"You have to come to the hospital right now. It's
Jake." She told her.
"He's in the hospital?
Oh my god. Okay, I will be there as soon as possible. I
have no idea where Char and Bay are. I
will just have to come by myself." Julia sounded annoyed.
"Okay, just get here." She hung up the
phone. The doctor came just when Julia arrived. Claudia
was in the waiting room with Jane,
"Julia." Claudia was happy to see her.
Hey Claude." She sat down next to her.
"Hi, I am Jane. Jake's daughter." Jane said.
"Hi, nice to
meet you." Just then the doctor came in. "
Hi, are you the family?" Doctor Johnson asked. They looked
at each other.
"Yes, yes we are."
Jane told the doctor.
"I am sorry to say, but Jake won't
survive the night. He is not doing well. I
just thought we would tell you, so that you could be
prepared." Jane started to cry as well as
Claudia. Julia was just sitting there.
"I am going to go
see him." Julia said and got up. Julia went
into the room. It gave Julia chills to go in the room.
This is the same way her mother and father
were before they died. She let it pass her however. She
sat down next to Jake and held his hand.
"Jake, this is Julia." She had tears coming down her eyes.
"Om, well I know you can hear me, but
om..I just wanted to say that I was sorry for what I said
to you the other day. I was just upset I
really didn't mean it." She told him. "But, why? Jake.
Why, did you just leave us again. That's why
I was angry. But, now to see you here, laying here. I just
it's gonna be hard to realize that you are
not going to be here. You know Claudia really is fond of
you. She just lights up when she sees
you. But, I know that you are really sick and that you
probably won't make it...much longer. But,
Jake it's okay to go.. You know that. You'll see mom and
dad. And don't worry about Claudia, I
will watch after her. She will be okay. I will too. It
just hurts to see you like this. I wish I could've
gotten to know you better. But, Jake I have wanted to say
this for a long time. I love you. And,
Jake I mean that, Jake I really do. Mom will be happy to
see you." She said sobbing. Just then
his heart went off. Doctors and nurses ran in. Doctor
Johnson looked at his heart machine.
gone." The doctor told her. She shook her head in
understanding. Jane came running into the
"Oh my god." She started crying. Julia went out of
the room to tell Claudia.
took her sisters hand.
"Julia, did Jake wake up. Jane just
went hysterical and ran inside his room.
Is everything okay?" Claudia asked hoping Julia would tell
her that he had woken up.
he's gone." She said softly to her sister.
burst out with tears. Julia held on to her
sister. She hated seeing her sister look so sad. She
hugged her sister and said.
"Claudia, it's going
to be okay."