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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27. Quite faffing around

~Zayn POV

So last night was fun. Going to Cafe Karibo, seeing Britta sing and play guitar, and pretty much what happened after.

Yeah, we bonked.

We got home while everyone else went to the hotel. And well...yeah, we had sex. For the, how many times have we had it? Why the fuck am I counting?

I'd go into details, but it's a little hanky panky..

I woke up in Brit's room naked and got out of bed. I slipped my boxers on and went downstairs. I was greeted by her father. "Mr.Carter." I say to my surprise.

"Morning, Zayn." He replies as he got a pot of coffee prepared. "Had a lovely night?"

I walk into the kitchen a grabbed a glass of orange juice. "It was fine, thanks." Did he know? I remembered back on the cruise that one night where Katie heard us next door and Emily, the other employee, heard us across the hall. Then Louis called Katie looking for me. So they knew we were seeing each other.

"I heard you and my daughter last night." Shit, he knew. "It's okay. Just be careful with her."

Okay, that's a sigh of relief.

"So are you two dating?" He asked.

I sit on the couch. "No. We did at one point, but we broke up. Actually..." I take a deep breath. "I was the reason she ran away to California. I was seeing someone behind her back for a month. When I found out what I was doing, I left Megan in her cabin and ran up to my cabin. But I ran into Britta and she found out. Long story short, she kneed my in the balls, left me in pain, I recovered and went to tell everyone the situation, and I got kneed again by Niall, went down to Britta's cabin to find Katie and Mrs.Carter in there and it was empty. She was gone and such."

I wipe a tear a way remembering that day. If I had the chance to travel to any point in time and change it, I would go back to the first time I slept with Megan.

I hear footsteps and Britta comes downstairs in my t-shirt. "Morning, guys." She says as she walks over to the couch and sits next to me. "Whatcha doing?"

I look at Mr.Carter as he looks up at his daughter. "Nothing, darling." He answered. "Just about to turn on the news."

He reaches down to the coffee table to pick up the remote and turns on the telly. The story that was being told shocked all three of us.

"Local girl who ran away comes back for surprise homecoming".

A video of last night with Britta singing at pregame plays with her singing. Then the newscaster talks.

"Six years ago, Britta Carter of Amelia Islands disappeared from the famed Santa Monica Cruise ship in which her mother Kameron Carter works on. Six months after returning back to Florida, police, family members, and friends started a search party for the then 18 year old. Some say that she was kidnapped, while others say she was somewhere else. Last night however, the now 24 year old single mother of two returned home for the Pirates homecoming game against the Eagles during pregame. Turns out the family didn't know she was coming home. So welcome back to Florida, Britta."

I look over and she is smiling. She leans her head on my shoulders. "Thanks for finding me." She thanks.

I kiss her hair. "Hey, I knew that I would find you sooner or later." I mention.

Suddenly, her cell phone rings. She grabs it and looks at her screen. Logan was calling. "I gotta go take this." She says as she leaves the room.

"I wonder why he called her and not Camille?" I question. That's when my phone rings. It was Josie.

"May I help you?"

"Zayn, this is an issue of absolute importance!" She screams.

I wiggle my finger in my ear to make sure I still had my hearing. "Alright, what's the issue?"

"Remember when Logan said he had to go back to California for the script reading of 'The Titan's Curse'?"

I raise an eyebrow. "Yes. What's important about that?" I ask.

"Well, I know Rick Riordan pretty well, so I was emailing him saying how was script reading going and he said that the producers told him that script isn't even fully done and that it takes place NEXT MONTH!"

Next month?

How could Logan lie to Camille?

"Then why is he back in Cali?"

That's when Britta returns to the room, furious.

"Wake Camille up. I need to show her something."

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