Forever Young

"It was the first kiss and the first time I felt connected to anything."

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17. Chapter 17

One hour. Michelle and my dad coming home in one hour. What do I say? How do I start? What will they do?

Questions like those boggle in my mind as I dial Ashton's number for the seventh time today.

"Baby you're going to be fine, just breathe." He picks up the phone, he knows its me and he knows I'm freaking out.

"But what if-"

"They won't, you won't. Trust me." He says, I hear the scatters of the mall behind him. He had to goto work. I need him here, with me, now.

"I'm sorry I had to go, baby. I wish I was there." Ash reads my mind.

"Me too…"

"Just hang in there, alright?"

"Okay…"

"Hey, I love you…" I hear him smile.

"I love you too…"

***

I watch as the headlights hit the window, it's 9:00pm and they're already here. I stand up, ready to greet them, as I still my nervous hands.

"Honey! We're home!" Dad bursts through the door, I laugh and jump in his arms.

"Oh, well hello to you too." He laughs and hugs me with one arm, the other holding his luggage.

"Michelle!" I say, walking up to her and hugging her.

"I don't like to be touched." She hisses but I don't care, even though she doesn't hug me back, I still squeeze her.

"Someone's in a good mood." My dad smiles, my face falls slightly.

"I gotta take a shower…" Michelle grumpily starts to walk away.

"Um, actually, before you all leave. I have something to tell you…"

"You're pregnant!" Michelle yells, my dad flicks her forehead and I fake laugh, even though my cheeks are burning up.

Well you and Ashton did-

Shut up!

My inner goddess and subconscious argue in my mind.

"No, no, no… But you do need to sit down…"

They give me a few awkward, confusing stares but sooner or later we are all sitting together around the living room.

"Um…" I start.

"M-M-Mom…" Shit, how do I say this… "Mom… She um…" Michelle's eyes are already glowing. "She stopped by…"

"Mom? She was here? What'd she say? Did she ask for me?" Michelle beams me with questions.

"Well actually-"

"I should call her…" Michelle stands up and reaches for the phone, dialing her number oh too quickly.

"Michelle, no…" I stand up and take the phone from her.

"No?"

"Well… We um… We kind of fought."

"So? Just cause she's mad at you doesn't mean she doesn't wanna talk to me…" She huffs.

"Michelle it's not like that-"

"Then what happen? What did you say?"

I think for a moment, Dad stays still on the couch just staring at the two of us, probably still stunned from the information.

"I told her she wasn't our mother anymore." I say with my head down.

"You what?!"

"Relax Michelle! Trust me, you wouldn't want to have seen her anyways. She's a bitch and she doesn't care about us…"

"If she doesn't care about us then why did she come over?"

"I don't know… To gloat… I mean, M, you should've seen her. She was dolled up head to toe and-"

"So what?! What does it matter what she was wearing?! I wanted to see her!"

"No! Michelle she left us! She left you."

"She didn't leave me!!! She left dad! She just forgot to bring me with her!!!" Michelle raises her voice as she starts to cry.

"Michelle stop lying to yourself! You know she left us… This isn't news!"

"She wanted to see me!! And I wanted to see her! I don't wanna go another year without her, Eve. And that's for me to decide, not you!!!" She runs off crying and I hear a door slam.

"Fuck." I murmur under my breath. Dad is sitting on the couch with his head in his hands, just rubbing his temples as he drains out the sound. I have to get out of here. I need to relax.

"I'm going to Grace's." I lie.

***

I've been walking for a half an hour now and I dial Ashton's number.

"Ash?"

"Evelyn?"

"Can you pick me up?"

"Sure, I'm leaving right now. Where are you babe?" I can hear him putting on his shoes on.

"I don't know," I sniffle. "I'm somewhere between Rosespring lane and Crook road."

"I'll find you." He says, we exchange 'I love you's' and I wait for his arrival.

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