The next day, the kids got up before 9:30 am. They all got dressed before heading downstairs to have breakfast.

"What time does the party start?" asked T.J.

"Around 3:00 pm," replied Buster.

"We're going out of town for the afternoon. We plan to go out for lunch before we take off. You kids can join us and I'll bring you there after that," said T.J.

"Sounds good," said Haylee.

"Should we put our overnight bags in your car so we'll be ready when you are?" asked Jenny.

"Good idea," commented T.J.

"I like that idea, too," added her nine-year-old.

After they ate, they brushed their teeth and put their toothbrushes in their bags before putting them in T.J.'s car.

"What time do you plan to leave for lunch?" asked Buster.

"Probably around noon," replied his mom.

"Alright," said Buster.

At noon, they went out for Chinese. T.J. took the kids to Frank's after that.

"What time are you getting us tomorrow?" asked Buster as they got out of the car.

"We're leaving for Dover at 1:00 pm, so I'll get you guys on the way. I'll let you have lunch with Frank," said T.J.

"Okay," said Buster while getting their bags.

"Have fun, kids," said T.J.

"Thanks," they all said at the same time.

They went to Frank's porch as Buster opened the door while going in and closed the door.

"Hi," said Mrs. Andrews.

"Hi. My family was heading out for the afternoon, so Mama brought us here after lunch," said Buster.

"Okay. You can put your bags on the couch for now," said Mrs. Andrews.

"Alright," said Lena.

"It's nice to see you again, Lena," said Mrs. Andrews.

"No one else knows she's here," said Buster. "She's a secret guest."

"I already knew about it from Frank and liked that idea," said Mrs. Andrews. "He's in his room."

They put their things on the couch and went off to see him.

"Lena, long time, no see," said Frank.

"I know. I'm glad to be out of the house to come here," said Lena.

"Me, too," said Frank. "Oh, we're having another guest coming shortly."

"Really?" asked Buster.

"Who is it?" asked Haylee.

"Her name is Rebecca. She lives around here, but she just started St. Trenton's School. She was getting bullied at a public school," said Frank.

"Jen and I knew who she is," said Lena.

"You do?" asked Frank.

"Yes, way back in day care. She's our age," said Jenny. "In fact, we were close friends. This was about four to five years ago. My dad had just left back then."

"We haven't seen her in a long time," said Lena. "I don't think we knew she was attending public school."

"Going to our school is a big change for her and is much happier now," said Frank.

"When did she start going to St. Trenton's School?" asked Buster.

"About a week ago," said Frank.

"I think we forgot to add that we had just seen her recently a few months ago while Lena and I were out with my mom. She looked unhappy because of that," said Jenny. "I almost forgot about her to be honest with you."

"I'm glad she got out of that tough school to a private school," said Lena.

"So am I," said Jenny.

"And, I recall you telling her your mom was sick when Becky saw that your mom had no hair," said Lena. "This was a month before I moved to Dover and got sick."

"She probably doesn't know I'm in foster care now," said Jenny.

"Is she coming with the others?" asked Buster.

"I'm not sure," said Frank.

At 3:00 pm, everyone showed up.

"Hi, everyone," said Buster.

"Hi," said Mason.

That was when they spotted Lena.

"Lena! You came!" they all exclaimed and did a group hug.

"This is a nice surprise," said Eric.

"I decided to keep her as a secret guest since none of you seen her in a long time," said Frank.

"I was glad she was coming," said Jenny.

"Is Becky here yet?" asked Mason.

"No. I thought she was coming with you," said Frank.

"She told us her mom is bringing her," said Eric.

"Jen and I can't wait to see Becky," said Lena.

"They were just telling us they knew her since daycare," said Frank.

"That's cool," said Jeff.

Then, the doorbell rang.

"That must be Becky," said Frank as he left the room to let her in and came back in with her. "Buster, this is Rebecca, but her friends call her Becky."

"Hello. Nice to meet you," said Buster.

"Same here," said Becky.

"Hi, Becky," Jenny and Lena said at the same time.

"Hi," said Becky as they all hugged. "It feels great to be with my close friends again."

"It has been so long. I didn't think you remembered us when you spotted us at a restaurant," said Lena.

"I was the one who recognized you both right away," said Becky. "How's your mom? I haven't seen you guys lately."

"She doesn't have much to live, so I just entered into foster care a couple of weeks ago," said Jenny.

"Oh, I'm sorry to hear that," said Becky.

"I just had a visit with her yesterday," said Jenny.

"Oh, good," said Becky. "And, I'm sorry to hear about your illness, Lena."

"Thank you," said Lena.

"My parents are going out tonight and we're having a babysitter," said Frank.

"It's hard to believe they have been married for ten years already," said Jenny.

"I know," said Frank.

"A good milestone," said Jessica.

"Amanda is going to be our babysitter. I knew about it from her," said Jenny.

"She's always fun to be around with," said Eric.

"What time is she coming over?" asked Jeff.

"Between 5 and 5:30 pm," replied Frank. "I'm having a big sleeping over in our family basement like we always do."

"Thank goodness it's big enough for all of us," said Mason.

"I agree," said Frank.

"Oh, yeah, one more thing I should tell you before the party begins," said Buster. "My grandparents are not moving in my house when I move out of there."

"Really?" asked Mason.

"They wanted Nana to rest," said Buster.

"What's wrong with her?" asked Becky.

"She has Alzheimer's," said Buster.

"My grandmother has it, so I know how that feels," said Becky. "She lives with us."

"They're actually moving away to Florida in November," said Buster.

"What?" asked Frank.

"Yes. I recall Mama telling me Gramps was in an accident many years and injured his leg. It would get sore ever since," said Buster. "I just found out last night after I came with her and the girls after my hockey practice. They announced it at dinner."

"Gosh," said Jessica.

"I like seeing you guys while I'm here on weekends. Luckily, Mama said I can still visit you guys at one of your houses," said Buster.

"Okay, great," said Frank.

"So, my dad's calling Mrs. Morrison on Monday to put our house up for sale," said Buster. "I figured I'd tell you now so I can have a good time during the party."

"We don't blame you for that," said Eric.

"Nana will be with them because my grandparents are her caretakers and don't want to put her in a nursing home," said Buster.

"Good idea," said George.

At 4:45 pm, the kids were setting their sleeping bags up when the doorbell rang. Mrs. Andrews came to answer the door.

"Hi, Amanda, come on in," said Mrs. Andrews putting on her earrings.

"Thanks," said Amanda as she came in.

"The kids are having their sleepover in our family basement," said Mrs. Andrews.

"I remember they do that all the time when Frank has a big sleepover," said Amanda.

"Fred and I are leaving shortly. He's finishing getting ready," said Mrs. Andrews. "We're going out for dinner and a comedy show. We'll be back by 10:00 pm. The kids can stay up until then."

"I've let them do that, too," said Amanda.

"The kids will be getting pizza tonight," said Mrs. Andrews. "I left some money on the table when the kids are ready to order."

"Okay," said Amanda.

"Frank is adding a few things for Buster due to his diabetes," Mrs. Andrews continued.

"Jen already informed me that. I'm diabetic myself. I had it for years since I was a teenager," said Amanda. "I get a slice or two without the cheese."

"Buster does the same thing," said Mrs. Andrews.

"Oh, good," said Amanda.

"Are you ready to go, Lori?" asked Mr. Andrews as he was putting on his jacket.

"Yes," said his wife.

"Have a good time and happy anniversary," said Amanda.

"Thanks," they both said at the same time as they left the house.

10 minutes later, the kids came up.

"Hi, we didn't hear you come in because we were getting our things ready," said Frank.

"That's okay," said Amanda.

"Did Mom tell you that we got a new kid with us?" asked Frank.

"She was just starting to tell me when your father was ready to leave," replied Amanda.

"Amanda, this is Rebecca, also known as Becky, she's a new student at St. Trenton's School," said Frank.

"Hello," said Becky.

"Hi," said Amanda.

"Lena and I knew her since daycare," said Jenny.

"That's a small world," said Amanda.

"I know. It has been a long time since we went to separate schools after that. She recently started the private school because Frank told us she was getting bullied," said Jenny.

"I don't blame you," said Amanda.

"She was smart," said Frank.

"How do you like St. Trenton's?" asked Amanda.

"Much better. My other friends would stand up for me or the teachers would punish those mean kids, but that didn't work," said Becky. "We still remained in touch. They were glad I left that school."

"I bet," said Amanda.

"I was bullied for getting good grades. I try to ignore them and tell myself that they're just being jealous. I wasn't going to let them for my grades to go down," said Becky.

"That's right," said Amanda. "They feel bad for themselves."

"I don't let bullies bother me," said Buster. "Mama gives me good advice on how to handle them when I first got bullied."

"Like what?" asked Becky.

"The best thing to handle it is to just walk away. They'll get tired of you for not answering them and will stop bullying you," said Buster.

"I never thought of that," said Becky. "I had trouble speaking up. I was raised to treat people the way I wanted to be treated and if no one finds anything to say, don't say anything at all."

"I agree," said Buster.

"We had these two girls that used to tease them. I don't go for that," said Haylee. "I just tell them to drop it."

"We get along much better now after they promised not to be mean any longer in order to be friends," said Buster.

"They would tease us being friends," said Lena.

"Oh, really?" asked Becky.

"Yup. Haylee would tell them we're much too young to date, which is true," said Buster. "I always had friends that are girls."

"Which is good," said Becky.

"I know," said Buster.

At 6:00 pm, Frank ordered pizza, salad, and garlic bread. He ordered a half-cheese and a few without cheese for Amanda and Buster.

"Pizza will be here in 20 minutes," said Frank.

"Do you still eat in your family basement?" asked Amanda.

"Yes," replied Frank. "We plan to watch some movies as well."

"We always did that during sleepovers," added Jenny.

"I couldn't remember it at first," said Amanda.

"That's okay," said Mason.

"Did you eat yet?" asked Frank.

"Not yet," replied Amanda.

"You're welcome to eat with us like you always did," added Frank.

"Okay," said Amanda.

20 minutes later, pizza arrived, and Frank paid the driver along with the tip. His mother showed him how to tip anyone, especially for delivery. The kids helped to bring stuff downstairs. Amanda and Buster had salad first before having their slices without cheese while the kids were watching movies. After the movies, they cleaned up.

After that, Amanda said, "If any of you need me, I'll be upstairs."

"Sounds good," said Jeff.

At 9:00 pm, they got changed up. When Frank's parents got back an hour later, the kids were getting ready to go to bed.

"Did you both had a good time?" asked Amanda.

"Yes, we did," said Mrs. Andrews.

"The comedy show was excellent," said her husband.

"Oh, good. The kids are getting ready for bed. They had a great time, too," said Amanda. "They invited me to join them to have dinner."

Mrs. Andrews paid Amanda $100.

"Thank you," said Amanda.

"Anytime," said Mrs. Andrews as she left.

Downstairs, the kids were in their sleeping bags. They were whispering. Becky was near Lena and Jenny. They went to sleep by 11:00 pm.