How did I get here?

Over the course of the last year, Reed Johnson's life has made some interesting twists and turns, and sadly, very few of them were for the better. Now, to get her away from the scenes that provoked her post-traumatic stress, her father has chosen to move the family back home to Nazareth in Pennsylvania.
Both old and new friends quickly start to make an impact on her life, and pretty soon, Reed is caught up in a web of drama while dealing with a lot of stuff herself. With an already fragile mental health, who knows how she'll end up?


23. Hello sis...

(Alex's POV)

I was heartbroken.

Not in the way you might think but in the "My best friend and also the girl I love ditched me after I saved her life" kind of way. She had left me in the hospital room never even waking me up to say goodbye. A nurse had woken me up when thay needed the room. It was embarrasing.

I had just put Gina to bed. My parents were in New York. Again. They were never home anymore. And Gina was growing and developing every day and they were missing out. They had practically left me to raise her on my own. And I was seventeen for crying out loud!

Tomorrow I had school again. Were I would have to sit through an entire english class with Reed. Well this would be interesting... Maybe I could fake a headache or something. But I would have to talk to her sooner or later. If not tomorrow then the day after when I had to drop Gina off at the danceclass. I might as well get it over with.

(Reed's POV)

I paused and took a deep breath outside the classroom. I was about to go to english. Where I would sit next to Alex. Whom I still hadn't called. The realization that this would be the first time since our fight that we would talk hit me. I went inside and looked to our usual table. Empty. I started to panic but quickly reasured myself that I was early and that he would be here in a few minutes. But the clock ticked, the minutes passed and Alex still didn't show up. Just when the teacher opened his mouth to start the lesson the door opened and Alex rushed inside. He mumbled an apology to the teacher and sat down without a single glance my way.

When the bell rang he was up and by the door in seconds. I ran out to find him leaning against the wall in an empty corridor. For some reason nobody was ever there. I ran over there and faced him but he turned his head to avoid looking me in the eye. "Alex I am so sorry. I should have called you. I should have gone to your house. I know I have been acting horrible and I just... I..." I was no longer in control of what came out of my mouth. It just flew out and I did nothing to stop it.  "And I haven't even thanked you yet! You saved my life Alex and I haven't even thanked you! I'm such a horrible person. And I overreacted so badly the other day and I'm so sorry and..." I was interupted. Alex had pulled me into a big bear hug and was murmuring in my ear. "Don't say that. You are not a horrible person. You have had a lot to deal with and I understand. A call would have been nice but this is much better." "But Alex I..." "No Reed just shut up. You are my best friend and beside Gina you are the best part of my life." I was taken aback by that. Those were big words and knowing what he felt for me I didn't know how to react. He squeezed me tighter before letting me go.

We walked to the cafeteria together and he went to sit with his friends from the football team. Instead of looking for Tim like I would have any other day I decided to find Emma instead. I hadn't talked to her for a while. And I did find her. Only I didn't want to interupt her since she was sitting with her toungue dwon some guys throat. I chuckled and found Tim.

After school that day I was waiting for Tim by the car. My phone buzzed in my pocket and I pulled it out looking at the caller ID. It was my sister. I had an older sister who had moved to France a while ago. I loved her and adored her but for some reason we didn't talk much anymore. "HEY!" I called into the phone. "Oh good lord you're alive! I heard what Ben did. I can't belive he broke out of jail! I am at the airport baby sis feel like picking me up?" "Wait you're where? Did you come all the way here because of me? Because I'm fine." "I got the first plane out of France when I heard sweetie." "I'll be there in a few. I just have to get Tim." I said forgetting that she didn't know about Tim. "Who is he?" "Oh right." I said and slapped my forehead. "He's my boyfriend." "Oh... I see..." "Oh please don't go all David on me!" "Is he dealing with it ok?" she chuckled "Yeah he has actually been quite cool about it all." "Ok sweetie I'll talk to you soon. My luggage is being brought out." "Ok see ya." I said and hung up.

Just then Tim arrived. "Who were you talking to?" "My sister. She is in town." "You have a sister too?" "Yeah didn't I tell you that?" "No you didn't." "Well we just have to go pick her up at the airport." "Ok." he said and kissed me before getting in the car.

At the airport I saw my sister through the windshield and as soon as I had parked the car I bolted towards her not even bothering to lock the car. I flew into her arms forgetting about my sidewound and winced. She held me out for inspection her beautiful face turning grave with worry. "Are you allright?" "Yeah I'm fine." "It's been so long! You're a woman!" She laughed and hugged me again. I had missed her so much. "And this is Tim?" She asked looking over my shoulder. "Yeah I am. Nice to meet you." He said and extended his hand to her. "Oh don't go all formal on me." She said and pulled him into an akward hug. When she pulled back we both laughed at his expression. He came to himself and said "Sorry. That was just not at all what I expected after David. " That made us all laugh.

On the way home Tim drove so that we could catch up. I learned that my sister (Jane) had gotten a boyfriend from a very wealthy family and that he was nearly so rich that he could almost wipe his ass with money after a visit to the toilet. I laughed at that metaphor. I had really missed Jane. "How long are you in town?" "As long as i want." She had replied with a grin. "Then you have to stay for my performance next weekend!" I squealed in exitement. I had a performance at the local theatre along with the rest of the dance studio. It was a fundraiser for the state home for kids and Lara had told them that I would dance with some guy she knew from Chicago. He was coming tomorrow so we could practise after she and I taught the little girls. They had come up with a name for the team all by themselves and it was so cute. "The Bumblebees". "Sure. I'd love to see you dance again." Jane laughed and looked out the window. "Things haven't changed around here at all have they?" "No not the slightest. Does Daddy know you're coming?" "Yeah he knows. But I bet Dave doesn't." She said with a mischevious grin plastered to her face.

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