Broken

Fixing a broken friendship is proven to be a lot more difficult when your friend is the one who needs fixing.

WARNING: may include swearing and mature topics.

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5. Chapter Three •Aaron•

Chapter Three •Aaron•

It was her.

It was Audrey.

She was the very last person I thought I would see when I opened the door.

You'd think that I would be stoked that I was finally seeing my best friend after three years, but I'm not. The last thing I want right now is a friendship.

I realize a little too late that I have been awkwardly staring at her, completely lost in thought.

"My mom wanted me to drive over and give you guys some of her homemade muffins." She says handing me a small tin.

I take the tin and say a quick thanks.

Just as I'm about to say bye and close the door a small voice yells, "Aaronnnnn!"

Before I can respond Grace's head pops out from behind the door.

"Who are you?" She asks looking up at Audrey in awe.

"I'm Audrey, you probably don't remember me because you were about this small." She says gesturing with her hand the height.

This is true as Grace was only around one when Audrey had left.

Grace begins babbling about unicorns and how they are real and Audrey shouldn't listen to anyone who says otherwise. She then goes on to ask if Audrey believes in unicorns.

I take this as an opportunity to really get a good look at Audrey.

Her dirty blonde hair sits on top of her head in a messy bun. Her green eyes twinkle as she listens to Grace talk her heart out.

"Hey Grace." I say looking down at her. "Audrey probably doesn't have time to listen to you talk about unicorns all afternoon."

She gives me a little pout before saying, "It was nice to meet you! Bye Audrey!"

Before Audrey can respond Grace is already racing back into the house.

"I can't believe how big she is. She's just the cutest little thing." Audrey says smiling wide.

"Don't let her cuteness fool you, she can be handful sometimes." I say with a slight smile, looking anywhere but at her.

Audrey lets out a laugh that slowly turns into a sigh. "Well I should get going. It was nice to see you Aaron, I hope to see you around." She says making a move to leave.

Doubt it.

"Bye." I say as I quickly swing the door closed.

Like I said, last person I expected to see.

"Was that Mia? She told me she was going to drop off some of her muffins. I hope I didn't miss her." My mom says as she fills up her watering pot in the kitchen sink.

"Actually Audrey dropped them off." I say sliding the tin onto the counter.

"I forgot to tell you that they moved back into town. How exciting is that?!" She says looking at me with a smile I haven't seen one in what feels like forever. It doesn't last long though. "Are you okay honey? Rough night?"

I let out a sigh, "Yeah, I didn't get much sleep."

"Do you want to talk about it?" She asks while drying her hands on a dishrag.

"Theres nothing to really talk about, you've heard it all before." I say concentrating on a small crumb on the floor.

"Some days are going to be harder then others." She says wrapping her short arms around me.

This was her motto.

She often used it when I caught her having a bad day.

But my mom is a bit better at hiding her off days then me.

"I'll tell you what, how about you get changed, I'll grab Grace and we can go for a drive?"

You see my mom isn't one to let a bad day get to her, which is bad for me as I love to mope around.

Of course I never argue with her, she doesn't deserve it because she tries her best to be happy around Grace and I. It's the least I can do.

"Yeah that sounds like a good idea." I say as I head upstairs.

I throw my hoodie to the side in exchange for a t-shirt and a pair of shorts.

When I come back downstairs Grace is waiting by the door and my mom has a huge grin on her face.

Two in one day. Was I dreaming?

"I just got off the phone with Mia. I convinced her to take a break from baking and meet up with us at the ice cream shop. She's going to get Audrey to tag along, isn't that wonderful?!" My mom says picking up Grace.

"Can I have a double scoop?" Grace asks the moment she hears the words 'ice cream shop'.

I definitely am not in the mood to make awkward small talk with Audrey.

'Oh hey Audrey look I know we used to be best friends but I'm not really up for it anymore and I don't really want to explain why.'

Yeah that would go over wonderfully.

Clearly my mom thought bringing Audrey back into my life would help me.

Well she was going to find out that she's wrong.

"Sounds good." I say not even bothering to fake a smile. Hopefully she gets the hint.

But most likely won't.

•••

The ride over consisted of me staring out the window wishing I could teleport, my mom 'sneaking' glances of me to see if I was okay and Grace trying to figure out what flavour of ice cream she wanted.

"I think I'm going to get vanilla." Grace says as we wait in line.

Mia and Audrey would be here any minute.

"Just vanilla?" I ask teasingly.

"Or maybe rocky road."

My mom gives me a look as Grace recites ten more flavours.

"Oh I know I'll get chocolate chip, with caramel and sprinkles."

From the corner of my eye I can see my mom frown for a moment.

The ice cream combination makes my heart numb.

The overly happy jingle of the bell goes off as Mia and Audrey walk through the door.

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