I'm Trying To Be OK

Amber has worked hard to provide a great life for her little sister, Lily. When their father experiences a painful -and unexpected- death, their mother decides to choose a different life. Therefore, Amber is given no other choice other than to begin raising 3 year old Lily by herself at the age of just 16. Now Lily is going to be 5 years old and has become a big fan of One Direction, When Amber finally sets aside enough money to score tickets to a concert, the boys become very interested to know more about them. Their lives instantly change into something better than anything they could have ever imagined. Find out what happens throughout their journey of love, trust, risks, and happiness.


2. Mom's New Life

My mother decided to leave us after my dad's death. Every night she would come home completely drunk, and pretend like she wasn't. Some nights she wouldn't even show up. She had turned into a different woman, a monster. A monster that was no longer wanted by me or Lily. 

Lily was too young to understand what had happened to mom. She never talks about her, or asks questions, which is probably a good thing- for me. Because I wouldn't be able to handle it. Telling her that the woman that used to be our loving, brave, super kindhearted mother had left us. That she just walked out one morning and never came back. Without any warning. Without leaving anything behind but a blue post-it note on the fridge that said, Take care of your sister.

Lily knew that dad had died. Mom told her the same night it happened. But here's the thing, she was only 2 years old. She wasn't ready. She wasn't prepared to be sat down in a big hospital chair and told that the only man in her life was dead. She probably couldn't even understand the big words coming out of her mouth. 

"Bambi! I wanna wear this one!" Her angelic voice made the thoughts in my head disappear and the churning in my stomach stop. She used her nickname for me and of course it made me smile. I put my dishtowel down and scurried into our room. Lily had on a little teal dress (that was unzipped) and just one white sock on. Tiny white flowers danced around the bottom of her dress to match her new white shoes perfectly. 

"You look beautiful." I said, pinching her cheeks. "But let me help you out." I zipped up her dress and found her other sock and slipped it on her foot. She went into the closet to get her shoes while I got out the hairbrush and hairspray. I looked at my phone to check the time- 12:48. The concert started at three so I had plenty of time to get myself ready and take Lily to get some lunch. I put her shoes on and braided her light brown hair carefully. Her hair was just like mine, but straighter. My hair also had a bit of a red tint in it, which I get from my dad. I applied some hairspray and told her to cover her mouth. She always giggles afterwards and makes the mistake of breathing it in, then coughing her brains out, and then she giggles again. "Go sit on the couch and watch TV while I get ready." I told her, looking for the minuscule beauty mark under her right eyebrow. Everyday I'd made sure it was there, because she gets that from our dad. And I loved it, just because it makes her 20 times more beautiful than she already is.

She's my number one priority. Nothing else really matters. 


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