In Another Life


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3. Big Questions

"Autumn? Strange, but nice, to see you." Mom smiles and pulls me in for a hug.

"Hi mom. I have a huge question to ask you." Mom immediately looks concerned as I gesture for her to sit down.

"Can I move in with dad?" I ask and she stares at her feet.

"Autumn, may I ask, why?" She looks back up at me and I give her a slight smile.

"I'll be far away from Max and all the drama that's here, and you know, I never really see dad. I know I just saw him but.." I trail off and mom stands up and hugs me tightly.

"You're old enough Autumn. I'll give your dad a call, honey. Why don't you go get ready for the day? I have to go grocery shopping later." She smiles and I hug her back then run off to my bedroom.

I listen at the door to mom on the phone as I change into yoga pants and a blue tee shirt. I braid my hair and look at myself. I look like I've just been cheated on. Well, that works out. I hear mom click off the phone and I hurry to get downstairs. I find mom sitting at the kitchen table crying.

"Mom?" I whisper and she turns around to face me.

"Oh I'm so sorry, Autumn. It's just I'm going to miss you so much. Every 2 months you'll spend 3 nights at my house, your dad and I agreed. Luckily we have a friend who's a judge. You better start packing. We booked you a flight for early Sunday morning." She wraps her arms around me and sobs into my shoulder.

"I'm going to miss you so much mommy, but I feel this is what's good for me right now. I need to get away from everyone in this town. I wish I could do that without leaving you though. I'm going to go pack and then go to sleep. I'm exhausted. Tomorrow we'll go out to lunch!" I smile and kiss her cheek before heading back up to my bedroom. I toss a couple outfits onto my bed then pack the rest along with my makeup and most of my other stuff.

I change into comfy shorts and a pink tank top and climb under my blankets. I start crying again, thinking of how badly I miss Max and how badly I'm going to miss my mom. I cry myself to sleep but the next morning is insane.

When I wake up, I quickly get changed then rush downstairs and bake a batch of my moms favorite pancakes and eggs for her last breakfast with me. When she wakes up, she comes down, her eyes red from crying.

"Good morning Autumn. Boy, I didn't sleep too well. I'm going to miss you so much. Geez, I love you honey." She laughs and I slide her breakfast to her.

"I'm going to miss you too and duh, I love you so much! I thought we'd have a date on the porch and talk and eat your favorite breakfast! Coffee is brewing and it's a beautiful day!" I link arms with my mom and lead her to our screen porch.

"Awwww thanks sweetheart. This is fantastic!" She smiles and after breakfast she has to go to the store for some household items.

AUTHORS NOTE: sorry for the short chapters!

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