Careless -Complete-

You were my best friend. We did everything together. You were my first laugh, my first trouble, my first time. Then you left when I needed you most. So Liam, please tell me why you're back. I want us to be the same but how can that be? We can't because back then we were careless...and I'm a mother now.
Warning: Mature scenes and language.

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21. Apologies

“Mommy” a little voice whispered. I didn’t respond. “Mommy.”

Jamie.

“Hm?”

I peeked out of one eye and saw that it was still dark. What time is it?

“I go potty.”

I groaned. I felt around the bed for my phone and found it under my pillow. I pressed the home button and winced when the bright screen came up.

3:37 am

“You have to go now or you already went?” I whisper, hoping it wasn’t the latter.

“I go now” he whined. I sat up and looked around the bed to see Liam softly snoring and Jamie in between the both of us. I got out of bed and instantly froze. The window was still open.

I slowly picked up Jamie, careful not to stir Liam so much. I walked to the bathroom with him on my hip and winced again when I flicked on the light. I watched as he pulled down his pajama pants and got on the toilet seat. I wanted to laugh but that lowers his confidence. He got on backwards so he was basically straddling the seat and look down in the bowl as he peed.

“What are you doing?” I little laughed.

“I go pee” he mumbled, really concentrating on his task.

After he was finished he hoped off and flushed the toilet. I helped him with his pants and lifted him so we both could wash our hands.

I carried him back in the bedroom and laid him down.

“Go back to sleep baby” I whispered. I walked to the window and shut it. I got back into bed and snuggled under the covers, letting myself fall asleep again.

***

After taking a shower and getting ready for the day we went back to the hospital to see my mom. She’s doing much better than she was yesterday and said they might just release her next week.

Jamie was more than excited to talk to my parents about little silly things like his action figures.

“He reminds me of you, little Li” my mom softly smiled. I tinged as my dad nodded in agreement. “You think so?” Liam wondered.

My mom laughed, “Yeah, but you guys were about four or five at the time. Liam used to go on for hours about his new batman toys. It was crazy.”

I laughed as well at Liam’s embarrassed expression.

“I don’t remember much of those days” he mumbled. “Not even the day we met?” “Of course” he smiled.

I’d never forget that…

Flashback:

“Mommy, please no” I whined. I tried to pull my mom’s hand away from the direction she was heading, the next door neighbors’ house.

“Angelita, you’re fine. I met the mother a few days ago while enrolling you in school. I think knowing someone your first day with be nice.”

“But school doesn’t start for a month!”

“The earlier the better, right?”

I groaned as we approached the door. I’m so mad right now. I could’ve gone to ‘bring you kid to work day’ with my dad but no, I had to be here.

“I don’t know if the boy is going to like me. He might think I’m weird!” I exclaim after my mom rings the bell.

The door opens and a woman appears. My mom and her say hi and shake hands. The woman looks down at me and smiles. “Hello, and who are you?”

“Eden” my voice is soft from my shyness.

“Hello Eden, I’m Karen. Follow me; Liam should be up in his room.” I slowly walk in and am slapped in the face by the smell.

Food!

“I’ll have lunch ready shortly, come Ana Lucia” she gestures to my mother. “Just go ahead and go upstairs. Make yourself at home” she told me. I slowly nodded and left them in the kitchen. I was a bit lost but instantly saw the staircase. I walked up the stairs and heard a voice in one of the rooms.

Before I walked into the open door, I paused.

Do I look alright?

Oh what does it matter?! I’m five! Well…soon to be five.

I still gaze down at my jeans, sneakers and ‘Man of Steel’ shirt. My hair…ugh I hate it! It’s just a curly mess on the top of my head.

I slowly walked into the room and see him. He’s playing with some pretty cool toys. I knock on the door to get his attention. His head snaps in my direction and he smiles.

“Hi.”

Well he seems nice.

I walk a bit further into the room.

“Hi.”

“You wanna come play?”

I slowly nodded and made my way towards him. I sat across from him and his action figures.

“Okay, so I’ll be Batman and you are Robin, okay?” “Sure” I said and took the Robin figure.

He had Joker in the other hand.

“Batman, I’m taking out Gotham, with you in it.”

He moved Joker around as he talked in a weird voice.

“No you’re not because Robin and I can take you out any day” he said in a deep voice.

“I’ll destroy the both of you with my bombs!”

“Holy Batman! We have to unhook those bombs before they blow up Gotham!” I said.

He paused and looked at me. “You actually watch Batman?” I nodded. “Really?! Who’s your favorite character?” I shrugged, “I don’t have one. I only watch it while I wait for my favorite show.”

“Which is?”

“Man of steel.”

“That show’s alright.”

“No…it’s the best.”

“Not better than Batman.”

“Way better than Batman!”

“Nuh uh!”

“Uh huh!”

“Superman can’t even beat Batman” he argued.

“Yes he can! Superman is inhuman while Batman just knows a bunch of tricks and has cool gadgets because he’s rich.”

“Superman is so easily taken down by kryptonite.”

I rolled my eyes and stood to leave his room. I knew we wouldn’t get along. I turned to say a last word but saw his window.

“Hey, your window is right across from mine” I said as I pointed out his window. He looked for himself, “Oh yeah.”

I got an idea.

“You wanna go to my room?”

“What? How? By walking next door?”

“No. See that tree? We can go across there.”

He smiled, “I like your thinking.”

He stood and opened his window. We both leaned our heads out of it to see how high we were. I gulped.

“Maybe we shouldn’t.”

“Aw come on, you’re the one that said we should.”

I took a deep breath. “Okay so who first?” I asked. “Same time?” he suggested.

I nodded. He helped me out the window. I grabbed the first branch, the next and then the next. I heard him behind me. He was soon beside me. We decided to sit next to each on one sturdy branch.

“I dare you to jump” he said. “No way!” “I’ll do it if you do it.” “No.” He sighed. I looked down and became scared again. He laid his hand over mine that was gripping the branch. “Don’t think about it. The more you look down, the more you freak yourself out.”

I smiled at him.

“I’m Liam by the way.”

“Eden.”

“How do you spell it?”

“E-D-E-N.”

“Eh…I like Ed better or Eddy!”

“I prefer Eden.”

“Whatever Ed.”

I huffed. We continued across the tree until we got to my open window. I hopped in and stumbled a bit but Liam flipped right in his back.

“Are you okay?!”

He breathily laughed, “I’m fine.”

I held out my hand and helped him up when he took it.

“Liam!” We both heard from his room. “Eden!” Oh mom.

Both our moms looked around his room until seeing us outside his window and in my room.

“How in the world did you two get over there?!” “We climbed” Liam said.

“Do you know how dangerous that is?!” I shrugged.

“You two are gonna be trouble” Karen said.

And trouble is just what we were.

End of Flashback

“Yeah” I drawled. “Those days” Liam added.

“The doctors are going to be here again for a routine check up soon.”

“Like ‘thirty minutes’ soon?” “Yeah.” “Do you need anything from the cafeteria.”

“Ay no. Esa comida es tan cochina.” I laughed at my mom’s facial expression. “How about a drink?”

“Orange Juice please.”

“Ok I’ll be right back. Come with me” I said and took Liam by the wrist. Jamie willingly stayed with my parents.

“I told you your mom doesn’t hate you” Liam stated as we paid for her juice. I sighed, “I know. Doesn’t mean I’m not still upset about all of the things she’s said to me.”

“I thought you said you weren’t going to hold a grudge.”

“I’m not. I just think I deserve an apology. I’m not even going to mention it to her. She should know what she did wrong.”

He wrapped and arm around my shoulder as we went back to the elevators. “I’m proud of you for not acting cold towards her.” I gave him a confused look. “I was kind of expecting you too” he added.

I shrugged, “I wanted to but seeing my mom for the first time in years and in a hospital changed things.”

We were walking through the lobby where people, slept, waited and cried.

Liam stopped me and spun me around to face him. He tilted my chin up with his fingers and smashed his lips to mine. I immediately respond by curling my free hand behind his neck. I whimper when he pulls me flush against him with his hands tight on my hips.

He slowly pulled away, panting. He then embraced me in his arms, bending his head down to nuzzle my neck. “What was that for?” I breathily giggle. He began to leave wet kisses up my neck until leaving a few pecks on my lips and leaning his forehead against mine.

“I love you too, Eden.”

His eyes were bright and he became vulnerable with his confession.

A smile tugged the corners of my lips.

“Really?” I whispered.

“Of course” he said with tinged cheeks.

I leaned up and reconnected our lips. Pure passion was shared between us as our tongues collided and moans escaped our lips.

A clearing of the throat made us both reluctantly pull away. There was a nurse with her arms crossed over her chest, glaring at us. Oh yeah, forgot we were surrounded by people.

“Sorry” Liam mumbled, took my hand and led us back to my mom’s room.

“What took you two so long?” my dad asks. I open my mouth just to close it again when I don’t come up with a good lie.

“Mommy” Jamie exclaims. Thanks for the distraction baby.

I pick him up and settle him on my hip. He snuggled his face into my shoulder and used one of his dimpled hands to rub his droopy eyes.

“You tired?” He nodded, wrapping both of his arms around my neck. “You two should go” my dad suggested. “Wait, can you leave Eden and I alone for a bit?” my mom asked. I was a bit surprised. My dad nodded and got up from his seat. Liam took Jamie from me and left the room. I slowly walked to the chair that sat next to her bed.

“Yeah mom?”

She sighed, “I just…I wanted to tell you that I’m happy for you angelita.”

I softly smiled.

“I see that you’re happy and taking good care of Noah and yourself. You’ve grown to be a lovely lady and I’m proud of you.”

I felt warm tears brim in my eyes.

“I also wanted to say that I’m sorry for everything I did those years ago. I should’ve been there for you when you needed me. I’m sorry.”

I wiped my stray tear. I stood from my seat, leaned down and hugged her. “I love you mom” I croaked. “I love you too mi angelita.”

***

“I’d much rather go to sleep.”

“Ed, you can’t just run from them” Liam tells me. My dad was back at the house with Jamie while Liam practically dragged me to his parents’ house.

“I’m tired and I just want to sleep, Li.”

“This’ll only take ten minutes.”

“They hate me! Ten minutes isn’t going to change anything.”

“They don’t hate you” he said and walked right into the house with me in tow.

“Is that you Liam?” his mother’s voice rings through the house. “Yeah and Eden” he answers back.

“In the kitchen.”

He tugged me to the kitchen. We stood in the archway.

“Oh Eden, honey, I’m so sorry” she cooed as she came to me and wrapped me in her arms. I wanted to hug her back but I was holding myself back.

She stepped back and held me at arm’s length. “I’m not mad. Not in any way am I upset with you. I was just a little surprised that’s all.”

“I’m sorry” I muttered.

“For what, love?”

“For not telling you” my voice was strained from my emotions.

“That’s in the past. Even if I’d known then it wouldn’t have changed anything between us. I loved you like you were my own daughter. It’ll always be that way.”

My body’s restraint loosened. I hugged her hard and sobbed into her shoulder. She gave soft strokes to my back.

“I’m so glad to know. Noah’ a bright boy.”

***

“It’s our last night, we should watch a movie or something” I suggested to my dad. “No, no. You guys need the rest and frankly, so do I. I’ll see you when you wake.” He kissed my forehead and left up the stairs. I gathered a sleepy Jamie in my arms and went up to my room.

Liam was there sorting through the clothes he’s left here the last couple nights ;)

“I thought you were going to yours?” I asked. “I am I need these clothes though.”

I go to my bag and take out Jamie’s pajamas. He lies on the bed while I change him out of his day clothes.

“Daddy’s not staying?” he asks. I shook my head, “No, he’s gonna be with his mommy and daddy. Just for the night.”

His face scrunches as if he’s going to start crying. Liam notices and is quick to pick him up and pat his back to soothe him. He instantly calms down. Liam gets his bag and rests the strap on his free shoulder.

Jamie leans back in his arms to get a look at his face. “No leave” he whines.

“Only for tonight.”

“No!” Stubborn boy.

“You’ll be fine. I promise. We’ll go get treats tomorrow if you be a good boy tonight.”

“Really?!”

“Yes. Now promise?”

“Promise.”

He kissed Jamie’s forehead and gave him a squeeze. “Goodnight.”

Jamie’s grip around Liam’s neck seemed to tighten when he tried to give him to me. I placed my hand on my baby’s back. “Jamie baby” I cooed.

“No” he muffled into Liam’s neck. Liam gave me a half smile.

“Come on.”

He squirmed from me.

Ouch.

“I love you daddy.”

I glanced at Liam’s wide eyes. He shut them and seemed to hold Jamie closer. “I love you too Jamie…So much.”

I wanted to cry. Not from the small ping of jealousy in me but this moment that I’m lucky to witness.

Liam looked up at me. “You think it’d be alright if he stayed the night with me?”

I smiled. “That’s fine.” I wouldn’t take Jamie away from him.

He gave me a smile back.

“Night night, Jamie” I said and kissed the back of his head. He seemed to be already asleep.

“He tends to wake up at night when he needs the bathroom. Just warning you.”

He nods with amusement shinning in his eyes. He leaned down and gave me a small kiss.

“Goodnight Eden. Love you.”

I felt the heat rise on my cheeks. “Love you too.”

A/N: Hey!!! I love this chapter! Anyway, I was gonna update Friday buy I had to wake up early Saturday for Cheer Competition. Then I was gonna update Saturday but by the time I got back home from competition it was already late and I was BEAT.

Anyways! I made another Movella and I'm super excited about it.

Echo

*Click* Picture after picture I take and you're there. Not really but on the camera screen. You're in my dreams. Your touch sends me away yet I've never met you. Who are you? Kiss me again. Make me feel alive in my reverie. If I feel this way in my dreams, why would I ever wake up?

Check it out!

-Mone'

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