No Matter What - Part 1

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George is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a type of Autism. He has been going to a boy's boarding school since he was seven. The other boys bully him, and he can't control his emotions properly.

One day he meets the strange and mysterious Sam, the only boy he's really ever known who doesn't tease him or try to make him angry. So what will happen when George starts to fall for this wonderful and distant boy?

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19. George

Mum takes me into a room and starts. She has a lot of explaining to do.

                “Do you know who Samantha is?” she begins. I reply that I have no idea. She sighs. “A long time ago, Emily married Charlie.” I groan inwardly. I don’t know why. “Me and Charlie used to be best friends. I coped a lot better with boys that I did with girls. After a while, Charlie started coming to me more and more often. He said that he and Emily were having fights. Then, one night, he kissed me. I don’t know why, even to this day. Then, suddenly, he was having an affair with me, whilst he was married. I was astounded. I didn’t know how it had happened. I broke it off quickly.

                 A few years later, Emily found out. She was mad at me and at Charlie, but she couldn’t leave him though, because she was carrying his baby. They were always travelling, and they left soon after she found out. At that same time, I had married Paul, and I was pregnant with you.”

“Ugh!” I cut in. Why do mothers love talking about pregnancies?

“You were both born, and Emily seemed fine. I think she got over the little hiccup, and loved Charlie once more. She seemed fine with me too. They still travelled a lot, with a group of friends, but they often came back. And when they did, you two were glued at the hip. Every time they left, you cried yourself to sleep for the first few nights. I thought that you shouldn’t be allowed to see each other, but you looked so happy together, I couldn’t bring myself to stop it. Until you were seven. Then you were sent to boarding school, and you never saw her. You forgot about each other.

About eighteen months ago, Sam went missing, and I was always comforting Emily and Charlie. That set your father off. He knew about my affair, but was convinced it was nothing. Then one night, he came home and started ranting at me about never being home, never have tea cooked for him. He flew off the handle. In a few short months, we were div– divorced.” I stared.

“I don’t know how Samantha knew it was me, but she did. She knew. But she never guessed about you. I don’t know why. I’m sorry, love.” she finishes. I don’t know what to say, what to do. Mum looks almost scared. Then it dawns. Of me. My own mother is scared of me. Suddenly I don’t care. I don’t care about the past, or what happened, or what will happen. I just want to wipe that look off her face. I sit down beside her and hug her. She turns around and hugs me back. She whispers something into my hair.

“My big boy. You’re all grown up. I’m so proud of you.” And with that I turn my head into the shoulder and let the tears free. Tears for Sam, mum, all my anger, and everything else that’s happened.

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