Demi, Adriana, Sky, Mia, Tori and I walked through the front door of my house. We just got back from the beach. We went just to chill and talk about what I missed.
Adriana: So how's Justin?
I flopped onto the couch, turning on the TV.
Mia: Don't bring him up.
Me: I'm agreeing with Mia on this one.
They all looked at me, surprised.
Sky: Is something going on between you two?
Me: No. I just don't want to talk about him.
Tori: You always have something to say about him. Why not today?
Before I could even reply, my phone went off. I took it out, seeing Ava was calling. I ignored it, tossing my phone next to me.
Mia: Ava again?
Tori: Why can't she just leave us alone?
Demi: Why do you guys have to be so mean to her?
Mia: Cause she's a bitch.
Mom: Mia! Don't use that language in my house!
Mia: Sorry, Ms. Avery.
I grabbed my phone and walked out of the living room.
Tori: Dawn, are you okay?
I walked out the back door, closing it behind me. I looked up at the sky, wishing Justin was right beside me.
I looked out the window, may hands shoved into my pockets. I miss her so much. I wish I could call her, but I'm working. Plus, she's probably with her friends.
Scooter: Justin, come on. We have one more song to do and we're done for the night. The sooner you do the doing, the sooner you can call her.
I followed him back into the studio.
Scooter: Which one?
Kuk: Why not As Long As You Love Me?
Me: Cause I wrote that for Dawn and I don't want to miss her more than I already do.
Scooter: Smart kid.
I walked into the booth, putting the headphones on.
Me: Let's just get this over with.
They nodded and began the song.
Mom: Dawn, you've been out here for a while. Are you sure you're okay?
Me: I don't know.
Mom: You miss him, don't you?
I bit my lip, trying not to let the tears fall.
Me: I need to go to my room.
Mom: Okay, sweetie.
I walked past her and headed for my room.
She ran past us and up the stairs. I heard her door slam shut.
Tori: Is she okay?
Me: I don't know, but I'm gonna go talk to her.
They all nodded as I got up from the couch.
Almost thirteen years since I've been put in this stupid place. Well, I transferred to another prison, but still. I honestly feel guilty that I called my own daughter a slug. First of all, I was infuriated because Avery didn't bother to tell me she was pregnant four years before. She told me she was going away to college. But no. She was pregnant and fled to LA without even telling me. I hit her because I was drunk and didn't know what I was doing. I bashed out on my daughter because I was still forgiving Avery for lying to her again. When I get out of here, I will show them I've changed over the years.
?: Dawn, are you okay?
I sat up, wiping the tears from my eyes. I turned around, seeing Demi standing in the doorway.
Demi: It's Justin, isn't it?
I covered my face with my hands, tearing up again.
Me: I miss him so much.
Demi: He'll be back soon.
She sat down next to me, wrapping her arm around my shoulder. I rested my head on her shoulder.
Me: But I want to see him now.
Demi: There comes a time in life where you have to be separated from loved ones.
Me: But I don't want to be separated from him.
Demi: Soon enough, you'll see him again. A month could feel like one day.
Me: But a single second without him feels like years.
She rubbed my arm, trying to comfort me.
Demi: You need a day with your friends. How about Friday once you get home from school?
Me: I guess.
She smiled, wrapping her arms around me.
Demi: I gotta go, okay?
I nodded as she let me go. She got up from my bed and made her way to my bedroom door.
Demi: If it helps, listen to songs that aren't about love.
With that, she walked out of my room. Just as she left, my phone went off. Immediately, I took it out from under my pillow and quickly answered, hoping it was Justin.
?: Hey, baby.
I smiled. Thank God.
Me: Hey, Justin. What's up?
Justin: I'm walking out of the studio. You?
Me: Missing you.
Justin: I miss you, too. Time goes by so slow when we're not together.
Me: It sucks.
I laid down on my bed.
Me: I have school in the morning, so if you want to talk, you're gonna have to text me.
Justin: Isn't it a rule to not text in school?
Me: My teachers don't care. If they did, they would have suspended me for texting in their faces.
Justin: You're special.
Me: You know you love me.
Justin: I know you care
Me: Oh, God. Do NOT sing that to me. EVER.
Justin: You hate that song?
Me: It's annoying like how your voice used to be.
Justin: Yeah. It was pretty annoying.
I chuckled. I can't believe he just dissed himself.
Justin: I'm serious. I wanted my voice to get deeper so badly.
I rolled my eyes.
Me: At least your voice did change.
I drew circles on my pillow with my index finger.
Me: To be honest, I never really knew you existed until we met.
Justin: Then how come you knew those songs?
Me: I never really pay attention to the artist name. I just hear it and keep listening to it if I like the song.
There was an awkward silence between our two phone lines. That was until he broke it.
Justin: I can't wait to see you again.
Me: Yeah, but that's a whole month away.
Justin: I know, but time flies.
Me: Not when you're impatient.
I looked at the time, seeing it was almost nine at night.
Me: I have to go, Justin. I need to take a shower and head to bed.
Justin: Okay. I'll text you tomorrow.
Justin: Love you.
Me: Love you, too.
Justin: If I was there's, I'd kiss you good night.
Me: Sadly, you're not.
Me: Night, Justin.
Justin: Night, babe.
I hung up, smiling like an idiot. He's so adorable.