I quickly closed the lid and looked around with a sigh of relief noticing that they were too preoccupied arguing with each other about whether they should bring the lamp or donate it. Not wanting to close the box again out of fear of it staying locked for yet another four years, I jam a piece of paper between the latch and closure. Leaving the box on the passenger seat of my car I think it's safe as I will return to in after I finishing loading up everything. I grab my second box of shoes, almost breaking my back while lugging it out to my car. I look around confused then realized the vehicle I left mere minutes ago was gone. Running back into the house I ask my mom, "Where did my car go? I was just about to drive it over to the new house." She tells me that my father took it over to unload everything and come back. I have a stunned look on my face as panic ensues, "Oh my god, the box is going to open up when he goes over a bump and there it will be, his rubbery 9 inch passenger riding shotgun," "Holy crap, he will never look at me the same, what can I do?!" There was nothing I could do except continue to pack my belongings and wait for him to return. I'm upstairs and I hear the front door swing open. As I come down with another box my dad helps me load it into my car and says nothing. I have no way of knowing what horrific events may have just occurred on that car ride, but I'm certainly not going to ask any questions. The car is full and I let my parents know I will drive it over and meet them there; as I hop in I notice the box is still on the passenger seat--lid closed. Thank god. For my own peace of mind I just assume that the box went unnoticed and my relationship with my father remains untainted.
Later that evening my friend came over to help me unpack and organize my things while my parents did the same down the hall. We're laughing at this ridiculous toy and to top the day off I can hear my dad laughing with my mom and saying, "Dear! Where the hell did this condom come from? Oh my god it's 35 years old! Haha why on earth do we still have this? Did you remember to take your birth control dear hahah! Chantal, do you want a 35 year old condom?!" I pretended that I didn't hear him.
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