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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17. Sweater weather

Britta and I left her room and headed downstairs for the living room. The moment we had just a while ago brought back all those memories from the cruise. And it was amazing.

When we get to the living room, we see Elizabeth watching Lazy Town with Britta's kids. Damn, the volume is up loud!

"Hey, guys!" Liz greets us, "you missed the episode where everyone eats junk food and gets sick." She knows something.

"Yeah!" Tristan cheers. "Ew, what smells?" He pinches his noise.

I smell myself. Shit, I reek. "That's me. I forgot I hadn't taken a shower yet!"

Britta chuckles. Well, she reeks of the same smell too. "I'm going to mom's room and go watch Higglytown Heroes." Tristan runs upstairs. His older sister follows him. That's when Liz looks at us suspiciously.

"Did you two...?" She asked with her head cocked to the side. I turn red, and so does Britta.

"No." Britta quickly answers. But there's a tone in her voice that proves she's lying. Liz nods her head.

Okay, yes we did.

"I knew it!" I just said that out loud. Quite smart. Right Zayn?

"So, are you guys back together?" Liz asked trying her hardest to bend down to get the remote and change the channel.

"No!"

"Yes!"

We look at each other. "Someday, you guys will." Liz states.

"We can't. He's married!" Britta exclaims.

I'm silent. She got me.

Then a phone buzzes.

Liz picks it up and looks at it. I expected it to be Jesse talking to her about something or her doctor about her twins. But it wasn't.

"I got to get going." She runs upstairs to gather her clothes. When she comes down, she about to walk out the door when Britta stops her.

"Where are you going?" She asks.

"Florida. Aunt Kameron and Katie are going to the Amelia Island High School homecoming football game and they invited me to come because you know, Katie is an alumni."

As she about to walk out the door, I blurt out what I was thinking.

"Britta should come!"

"What?!" They both question in unison.

"Zayn, I vowed when I ran away that would not be seen by my family!" Britta states, "I already saw my cousin, who no offense I didn't want to see, but my mother and sister?! That's not part of the plan!"

Elizabeth starts her side, "I'm not offended. But that's a great idea, Zayn! She should come with me! And we can surprise her family by having a surprise reunion at the game during the pregame."

"But my kids." Britta argues, "Molly is still on a business trip and Camille is in college. Logan is filming 'The Titan's Curse' and..."

"Logan...?" Liz asks. Yeah, Logan who?

"Lerman." Wait, what?

"THE Logan Lerman?!" Britta nods.

"Can we not get into how I know Percy Jackson?" We stopped talking. "So Logan is filming and I'm a single mom! So what will I do with Louisa and Tristan?"

"Bring them." I suggest.

Britta is quiet.

Will she come?

She better.

Oh, Britta, please come!

Oh, this pregnancy is so gruesome!

Home.

Should I go?

Will I see Camille, Molly, and Logan again?

Think, Carter, think.

This is a one time opportunity.

"Okay, I'll go."

[Alright! So if my counting is correct, 10 more days till Catching Fire, 11 more days till Day of the Doctor, and 13 more days till Midnight Memories! And then 15 more days till Thanksgiving break! I probably won't update during that time because my relatives will be over.

QOTC: What are you doing November 23rd (1D day and Day of the Doctor)? Depending on what time the big LiveStream is, I'll probably watch a little bit of it and then I'm going to a 50th anniversary party my friend is hosting.

Songs for the chapter are:

Sweater Weather-The Neighbourhood

City-Ed Sheeran

Every Which Way part 3-my marching band competition show because I'm cool.

The following songs will be added to the 8tracks mix I recently published.

Thanks for reading! Bye!]

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