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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23. Welcome home

It wasn't a big welcome home party, but it was one.

There was food, cake, beer, and pop because of the kids and Camille (she's still 19 and underage). The cake was my favorite flavor: devils food with chocolate cream frosting and chocolate moose. I have an addiction with chocolate.

Everyone was telling me about what their lives are like right now.

Harry is married to Becca and they have a daughter Darcy, who's five. Becca is an accountant and Harry is Mr.Mom.

Niall is married to Rachel and they have a daughter Carly, who's four. Rachel works from home and Niall gives guitar lessons at a music school in Ireland.

Louis is married to Eleanor and they have twins Kelly and Kevin, both five. Louis plays soccer for Manchester United.

Liam broke up with Danielle, but is dating his current girlfriend Sophia. Liam is the only one from One Direction still singing.

Zayn is quite obvious. Married to Perrie. No job, but Perrie is still in Little Mix. Going to be a dad.

Nicole is still attending college at Oxford. She's aiming for a degree in the medicinal field.

Eleanor Ralston takes online courses for college and works at a diner.

Josie still lives in Mullingar. She's a budding author who's writing stories and getting them published.

Sereen is a voice-over actress. She's trying to land a real acting job.

Kaitylyn lives in Paris and got a modeling job. But she couldn't make it here.

Cassidy is engaged to an old friend of ours, Jack Oswald! I didn't know they dated until now. When Jack came over and noticed me.

Elizabeth got married to Jesse and she is currently pregnant with twins.

And then Katie. Katie got married! Shocker! And she's pregnant! Two months! Another shocker! Haha.

Now it was my turn.

"Well, nothing much to start off with," I rub my legs nervously, "but I got married at 19 and..." Everyone started to clap. Except for my kids, Liz, and Zayn. They all know the real truth behind my marriage. Well, the kids don't know yet, but they know we divorced. I take a deep breath and revealed. "But my husband and I divorced two years ago." That silenced everyone.

"Honey, what happened?" Dad sympathized.

I stare at the ground. "Too much to say around children." I admit. It's true. Kids these age don't want to know about affairs and rape. It will hurt their innocent little minds. "But I did have two children." I smile. That's when the clapping continues again. "And I got a degree in music from the University of California in Berkley."

I finally finished my life for the past six years, and the little welcome home party continues. I take another sip of beer and look around.

That was when I noticed a familiar figure in the window.

The figure spotted me and suddenly ran off.

Could it be?

Nah.

I ignore what happened and continued to have fun.

~Mystery guy 1

I pull out my phone as I lay on the dew-covered grass.

"Is she in there?"

"Yes, Rodger."

"Is everything in place?"

"Aren't we just going to get her whenever she's alone."

"True, Rodger."

"We should stop saying Rodger. The neighbors are looking over at me like I'm weird."

"Affirmative, Rodger."

"Damn it!"

[not going to be a big authors note. All I'm going to say is this:

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a safe and wonderful Christmas and don't get sick like I did three years ago!

Oh, and HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY LOUIS! I DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT YOU ARE NOW 22 and I'm not letting it sink it yet because you are fucking old! Like my cousin Will who has a beard!

But all and all! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE!]

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