As the sun came up on the quiet town of Piney Green, Oregon for a Monday Michael DeLorenzo sat at the kitchen table finishing his bagel with creme cheese and coffee. His father Sheriff Robert DeLorenzo sat across from him, and periodically asking him questions about his trip. The same basic questions he had been asking since last night. His mother Helen was finishing up her coffee and talking with her secretary at the Junior High School about scheduling the year end review interviews for that day and the rest of the week. His father ate a bite of his scrambled eggs and asked, "Did you remember your credit card?" Michael exhaled and replied, "Yes and it's only supposed to be used in case of emergencies, or the Zombie Apocalypse." Robert looked up and glared as he said, "Listen Micheal Steven. If you aren't careful you could end up staying here all summer. Your mother and I are still leery of you and your friends taking off for California. I'm not sure your car is gonna make it." Helen chimed in, "You'll be fine honey. Use your best judgement we trust you." When Helen said "we" she looked at Robert. Michael smiled at his mother and said, "Thanks mom." Robert shook his head and said, "Once again dad is the bad guy." Michael stood up as he was now done and said, "That's it. I'm waiting for my friends outside." He gave his mom a peck on the cheek and a quick one armed hug and said, "Bye mom I love you." Robert couldn't even look up at his son as he was still seething. Michael said, "Well see ya dad. I love you." He patted him on the shoulder and walked outside carrying his luggage. Michael sat on the porch-swing waiting for his friends as he looked at his 2009 Camry. Robert walked outside and stood next to the swing and asked, "Mind if I sit with you?" Michael replied, "Only if you promise no more questions." Robert chuckled and said, "Deal." Robert sat down and said, "Look Mike. I'm sorry you're my son and I worry about you. I know you're an adult and you're a smart good young man, but I'm your father and I will always worry about you." He shook his head and said, "When you get back from this trip you're gonna be home less than a week and then you're moving across country. That's a big change and not to mention..." Robert bowed his head said, "I've only told this to your mom, so please don't say anything to anyone." Michael looked at his father who said, "I'm retiring. I'll be putting in the paperwork this morning. My last day will be the day after you leave for Ohio. There's a lot of changes going on in our family and it's a little hard for me to take." Robert looked at Michael and said, "Just gimme some leeway for now okay, and above all have fun this summer. You've earned it. I love you son." Michael put his arms around Robert and they embraced as Michael said, "I love you too dad." When they broke their embrace Robert said, "I got one more surprise for you. Well actually it's from your older brother Eric. He wanted to be here to give it to you in person but he has mini-camps right now." Robert pulled out the garage door opener and pressed the button The door slowly yawned open as Robert handed Michael his keys and said, "Go take a look." Michael walked over to the garage and saw sitting there a brand new Mustang. Michael was speechless as his mouth hung open. He could hear the front door open as Helen walked out. Michael looked at his two smiling parents Robert tossed him the keys and said, "It's all yours. Eric heard about your trip and was impressed that you stayed on course with it all these years. He felt you should be rewarded for it and wanted you to go in style. He'll call you tonight. We'll have your old car disposed of while you're gone." Michael let out a "YES!" that echoed throughout the neighborhood. Just then Robert's radio went off and he walked away out of ear shot. Helen walked up to Michael and said, "I gotta get going. Text me when you all stop for the night. I love you honey." Micheal replied as he and his mom embraced, "Love you mom." Helen left and Robert walked over to Michael and said, "I gotta go too. Dewey and his boys are already making trouble for some of the campers by the other side of the lake." Michael nodded and replied, "Okay dad. I love you" The two embraced one more time and Robert said, "I love you too. You all be safe boy, because if you all get killed out there I'm gonna be really mad." Michael replied, "Well we can't have that." Robert chuckled as they broke their embrace and said, "Close the garage door. Your mom has already locked up the house." Michael nodded as Robert sprinted towards his Sheriff's Cruiser. Hitting the lights and sirens Robert was gone like a shot down the suburban streets. Michael got in his new Mustang and turned the key. The car roared to life and then began to purr like a kitten. Michael pulled out of the garage and then closed the door. He then went over to his porch and loaded up his luggage. Once it was loaded he waited for the rest of his friends to show up. Michael couldn't wait to see the looks on their faces when they saw what they were riding in.