These Bruises

"Que sera, you'll never guess who I saw."
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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)

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18. Mass messages

[so here comes the return of characters from the first story and then a surprise POV!]

Nicole-

I finish packing my bags and run out to my car. I throw my luggage into the back and jump into the driver's seat.

I rapidly fasten my seatbelt and start the car. I pull out of the driveway to my apartment building and speed away.

About a few moments ago I get an emergency text from Elizabeth, Britta's cousin from the cruise, saying that everyone needs to come to Florida before Friday.

Why?

Eleanor R.-

"Ralston!" I hear one of my co-workers scream from the back room. I quickly run to the back.

"What is it?" I ask. She was holding my phone, showing a new message.

From Elizabeth.

I snatch the phone out of her hand and read the message.

"EMERGENCY! I NEED EVERYONE TO CATCH A PLANE TO AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! NO EXCEPTION!"

I look to see who she sent the mass message to.

Nicole.

Me.

Josie.

Becca.

Rachel.

Sereen.

Wait a minute...

Sereen-

"Okay, Edwards, take five." My manager finally says as I take off the headphones and run out of the sound booth.

I've been doing voices for animated characters for quite some time, but this character is tough!

As I open a can of Arnold Palmer, my phone goes off. I pick it up and open the message.

From: Elizabeth "EMERGENCY! I NEED EVERYONE TO CATCH A PLANE TO AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! NO EXCEPTION!"

Oh, god.

"Hey, I'm needed in a family emergency! I'll be back in about...maybe a month."

Josie-

"Miss Meredith," my publisher starts, "I have to say, your manuscript is truly amazing."

I beam with delight. "Thanks, Mr.Henderson." I reply, "it's actually based on a real life experience of mine from a few years ago."

He looks at me suspicious. "So who is this Bailey character based on? And Zack and Jessie and everyone else?" He asks.

I take a deep breath, "Well, one of the character is..." My phone buzzes in my coat pocket. I pull it out and see a new message from Liz. "Mind I I take this?" I ask.

"No problem." Mr.Henderson answers. I run out of the room and open the text message.

"EMERGENCY! I NEED EVERYONE TO CATCH A PLANE TO AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! NO EXCEPTION!"

Florida.

Oh, god.

It's happening.

Becca-

BEEP BEEP BEEP! My work phone makes a noise. Someone is calling me at my office.

I pick up the phone and hit answer. "Rebecca Styles."

"Bec," my husband on the other line starts, "did you just get a message from Elizabeth?"

Elizabeth? "Aranello?" Britta's cousin.

"Yes." He answers.

"Harry, I'm in the middle of a huge project. And I don't have time to look at a text message. Can we talk about it when I get home?"

I hear Harry groan on the other line. God, that boy. "Fine, I'll look at it. Hold on." I put the phone between my head and shoulder and pull out my cell phone. I did get a text from Liz.

"EMERGENCY! I NEED EVERYONE TO CATCH A PLANE TO AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! NO EXCEPTION!"

My mouth drops. "Harry? You there?"

"Yes."

I shut off my computer and grab all my stuff into my briefcase. "Pack the bags and buy a plane ticket for tonight. Call Rachel and Niall to make sure they got the same text. I'm on my way home."

Rachel-

"You ready?" Niall asks me as we throw the luggage into the minivan.

"Yes I am." I answer. "Is Carly ready?"

"She's in her car seat." He answers jumping into the drivers seat.

"Mummy," Carly starts, "where are we going?"

I take a deep breath. "Florida, honey. You're going to meet one of mummy's old friend."

Niall starts the car and we head to Heathrow.

It's time.

"Are you sure Liz isn't kidding?" He asks as we get on the highway.

"If I know her, and yes she's odd, she isn't kidding."

Louis-

"EMERGENCY! I NEED EVERYONE TO CATCH A PLANE TO AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA BEFORE THIS FRIDAY! NO EXCEPTION!"

From Elizabeth Aranello.

Who was she again?

Elizabeth.

I only knew one Elizabeth and that was...

Britta's cousin Elizabeth.

"ELEANOR!" I yell from the living room jumping off the couch and running up the stairs. "ELEANOR DID YOU GET A..."

"LOU I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BUT BE QUIET YOU'RE GOING TO WAKE KELLY AND KEVIN!"

I switch to a hush tone. "Okay, but we need to pack."

"I'm already on it." She states, "wake the twins and get them ready. Make sure to pack them up because who knows how long we'll be in Florida."

"Okay." I run into the kids room because they share one and yell my famous words from a long time ago. "AHH THE LIGHTS!!" And turn the lights on. It always works.

"Dad!" Kelly yells, "we're in the middle of our nap!"

"Sorry, Kel, but wake your bro up and get dressed. We're going to Amelia Island, Florida."

Liam-

"So where are we going, Liam?" Sophia asks as we drive down to Heathrow.

"Have you been to Amelia Island, Florida?" I ask keeping my eyes on the road.

"Heard of Florida, but not Amelia Island." She answers.

"Well, one of my old friends live there and I just got a text from someone related to them saying to catch a plane to go there. I don't know why."

"Just think of it as a little getaway from work." She says looking in the car mirror.

"Okay." I say.

But what if...

Mystery guy-

I sit in a chair at LAX.

I got a call from someone saying to meet him here because he has information about someone that I knew for a while.

"Now landing is flight 256 from Heathrow Airport, England."

He said his flight was 256 from Heathrow. I head towards the gate where I knew the plane was landing. People starting filing off the airport and I kept looking for him. He said he would be the man with greasy blonde and a five o'clock shadow. Found him.

I walk over to him and introduce myself. "Are you 24637?" I ask. He nods. "So what is this meeting about?" I ask.

He looks around our surroundings first, then speaks in a low tone, "It's about your ex-wife. And her father."

[what is the meeting? Who is the mystery person? Who is 24637? Dun dun DUN!!

Songs of the chapter are:

Amsterdam-Imagine Dragons

I See Fire-Ed Sheeran

How to Save a Life-The Fray

QOTC: Do any of you play any instruments? I play flute.

Thanks for reading!

Bye!]

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