Jack’s parents had one too many surprises for one night.
The first surprise is when their son, who had not had visitation privileges in a year and was confined to campus showed up on their doorstep in the middle of the night.
The second was the seven young girls he brought with him.
“These girls need a home.”
The rain had drenched Jack and the girls, but he had taken off his jacket and was holding it over them. They were wearing pajamas and no shoes, and shivered in the cold.
Jack could see his parents doing math in their heads. “Are they….yours?”
“They’re mine now.”
“But you’re seventeen!”
“And you are grandparents. This girls were not safe where they were. Please, let them stay here. Use my allowance to raise them. When I’m old enough to move out I will take them, but I cannot keep them with me at the school right now.”
Jack’s parents looked at the girls, they saw the burn marks on their arms, and exchanged a look.
“Very well. We will care for them until you can,” Jack’s dad said.
“Thank you.” Jack bowed, “Come on girls, I will show you your new rooms.”