These Bruises

"Que sera, you'll never guess who I saw."
I was loved. I was hurt. That was repeated when I left you. But there are two other people who I love. As a single mom with two little kids in California, my life got better. It was six years. Six years since I last saw you. Six years since those little talks. Now you can see that these bruises that I've been hiding for those six long years mean. (Second book in Little Talks duology)


19. I'm going home to a place where I belong


"You want me to what?!" Camille asked standing in her doorway in her pajamas.

"I want you to come to Florida with me this afternoon." I repeat what I told her.

She steps out of the house. "Brit, I've never been to Florida before. Never less the east coast! Why are you even going there?"

I take a deep breath. "I'm going to surprise my family there. My high school's homecoming game is this Friday and I want to make an appearance. Even though my cousin and my..." What do I call Zayn? "Ex-boyfriend are here and going, I want you to come so I don't feel left out. You're my friend, Camille, and I need you with me."

She thinks for a moment, and then answers, "Alright, I'll go. I'll start packing and we can meet up at LAX. Okay? Are the kids coming?" She asks.

"Yes, and they are." I reply. "So see you soon?"

"See ya soon."

She goes back inside and closes the door.

I walk back to my house and enter it. The kids were all dressed and packed. "Tristan, Louisa, what are you guys doing?"

"We're ready for Florida!" Louisa exclaimed. I chuckle.

"Guys, we aren't leaving till this afternoon. Lizzie is getting her stuff from her house and Zaynie is packing up his stuff from his hotel, so we have enough time to relax. Plus mommy needs to pack."

They run into the living room and turn on the TV. Spongebob Squarepants of course.

I go up to my room and pack. We might be there for a while so I gather a decent surplus amount of clothes and excess things.

Then I go into my closet and grab two suitcases.

Those were the suitcases from the cruise. Filled with clothes and things from cabin 1F. After an hour of packing, I get dressed into a black laced sweater dress and black converse. I curl the ends of my blonde ombré and do my makeup light. I walk downstairs and everyone is sitting on the couch. Even Camille. Of course she has a key.

"So who's ready to go to Florida?" Zayn says.


We get our tickets and walk towards our gate for our flight.

The gates open and we step on. It's been a while since I last been on a plane, and the kids never even been on a plane in their life.

As we take our seats I look out through the window. I'm leaving my comfort zone. I'm coming out of hiding.

"Ladies and gentleman, please buckle your seatbelts. We are about to take off."

This is it.


Amelia Islands.


With my kids.



And Zayn.

[So how was everyone's weekend? Mine was good. I went to a 50th anniversary party for Doctor Who and there were Jammie Dodgers!! Before that, I watched four hours of 1D Day with my friend.

QOTC: favorite part of 1D Day? Mine was hour three: Niall and Louis' hour. Well, they're my two favorite members of the band (mostly Louis).

Songs for the chapter:

Half a Heart-One Direction

Strong-One Direction

Little White Lies-One Direction

Clarity-Zedd featuring Foxes

Thanks for reading!


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