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)


12. Your lips pressed to my neck

"And so we got married and now I'm here." Elizabeth finishes her story of what happened after I left. 

"Okay," I start, "that's great. I'm proud of you. But why are you here?" I ask, concerned. 

"Me and Jesse live in LA now. Well, I've lived in LA my entire life, but it's a new house. And I got this call from Zayn a few days ago about you being in San Diego in the streets. I thought he was hallucinating. And then I get this call today saying he wasn't hallucinating. That it was true he saw you at your home. So Jesse drove me up here so I can check this out. "

But Zayn promised NOT to tell anyone where I was. He broke it. 

"Well, it's great to see you again, Liz." I hug my cousin and she hugs me back. "So is Jesse coming back to pick you up?" 

She shakes her head no, "I planned on staying at a hotel for the rest of the weekend. But since I found you, mind if I take the extra bedroom?" 

"I don't mind." I answer. "I just need to tuck the kids in and we can catch up.

I walk upstairs, dress the kids into their pajamas, and tuck them in. Louisa wanted me to sing a quick song, so I sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. After that, I head downstairs. 

Elizabeth and I talk about our lives. Liz said that she was expecting twins next month and she's naming them Leah and Clarissa-Clary for short-and that she's just ready to give birth to them because "this is the most difficult thing I've had to carry around since the day I moved into my home" she claims. Well, I can't blame her. I had to carry one kid inside me twice.  

Then I tell her about my life after I ran away. Meeting Charlie at that frat party with Louisa (my dorm mate), dating Charlie, getting married, having Louisa (my child), having Tristan, telling her about the night I found out Charlie cheated on me was hard. I went into specific detail. 

Want to know what happened? 

Well, after Molly left, leaving me and Charlie arguing, I was about to storm out of the room when....

A repeat of that day from the cruise happened. 

There's a small scar on my back that was from that night. A shattered piece of glass. 

Liz's eyes were wide during the whole story. "I'm so sorry that happened." She sympathized. She went to hug me, and I accept it. 

"Well, he's gone now. I'm now divorced and living with two kids. We should probably go to bed." She agrees as we go upstairs. 

I woke up with a knot in my neck. I hate it when I get those. 

Well, I'm getting fucking old. 

I get out of my bed and walk downstairs. I can hear the TV on, so either Louisa or Elizabeth got up early. 

When I reach the bottom, I was half right on who was up. 

Louisa was up. She was watching Sofia the First on Disney. 

It was the person in the kitchen. 


In boxers. 

"Um," I start still holding onto my neck, "how did you get into my house?" I ask. 

"Elizabeth let me in last night." He answered. "Slept on your couch. Woke up to the little bundle of joy watching Disney jumping on me. Now I'm making myself coffee." He holds up a coffee mug. I roll my eyes as I rub my neck. "You okay?" He asked walking over to me.

"Yeah." I answer, "I got this knot in my neck. I'm used to them. I'm not going to be young forever, you know." 

"Let me help." 

"No, you don't..." 

"Turn around." 


"Allow me to help you, Brit. Now please turn around." 

I turn around and face the television. 

Zayn starts to rub my neck and oh my god it feels good. 

I've never gotten this good of a massage before. 

Actually, I've never gotten a massage at all. 

The last time I got one was when I was 18 before my high school graduation. That was June of 2013. 

Six years ago. 

"Hey, Zaynie boo, I thought you were married?" I hear Elizabeth say as she's walking downstairs, careful with each step. 

"I'm helping Brit." He replies. 

"I have a knot in my neck from sleeping." I add on.

"Yeah, and damn it's..." He stops there. "Britta?" 


"Where did you get this?" He places his finger on my back. 

He discovered my scar. 


[So I've only heard Story of My Life once since Friday. It was on....Friday. I got home from school and I had to get ready for a football game that night. So turned on my radio, changed to KISS FM, I believe Blurred Lines finished, and then Story of My Life played and after that, I haven't heard it since. 

So songs for this chapter are:

Off the Chain-Selena Gomez and the Scene

Girl of My Dreams-........The Naked Brothers Band (that old band from like 2006 or something. I don't know how my old songs from my iPod shuffle got onto my phone. Random fun fact: did you know Nat Wolff is playing Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars?)

Diana-One Direction

Demons-Imagine Dragons

So thanks for reading! Like, favorite, comment, the World Series is tied at two games a piece, I got over a hundred percent in French last quarter.


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