I am 19 now. I am sitting out on the front step by myself. Mum isn't here anymore, she left last year. For the better, I suppose. My brother lives in California, in a law firm. And dad, well. He is still here in my heart. I collect the daily paper now, and I sit on the step reading that whilst drinkin my coffee with 5 sugars. I'm lonely. Occasionally friends come over, mostly not though. I work a lot. But on my days off, I find myself sitting here, on the front step staring into a blank neighbourhood.


2. Chapter 2.

Later on in the night, Paul called me and told me I don't have to come into work tomorrow. I sit in the living room and eat take out while watching old family movies on the TV. The living room floor is filled with old videos from the family, the most recent was the day mum passed away. I got it on Camera. I get up and put it in the video player.


I held the Video Camera infront of my face, "It's mums 46th birthday! So, I am going to suprise her with this." I said, a wide grin on my face. I open a small box that has a necklace in it. "Okay, here we go." I say and begin filming my feet, walking up the stairs. I got to mums room and I hear a bang. I open the door. "Mum!" I scream and drop the video camera on the ground. The gift dropped next to it.

I run to her as she clings onto her chest. "Mum, Mum can you hear me?!" I scream, tears flowing down my face. She doesn't reply. "No, mum. You can't go now! You can't leave me!" I yell, I begin shaking her. Doing CPR, anything that will wake her up. She doesn't wake up. Her lifeless body sits against the floor, her eyes staring at nothing.

End Of Flashback

I realise that tears have built up in my eyes. I look down at my takeout and put in on the table infront of me. I curl up on the lounge and cry and cry. Why did my life become so lonely.

I stay here for a while, before sitting up and walking into the kitchen. I wash the dishes that are in the sink and put them away, and begin the boil the kettle. I make my coffee with 6 sugars and walk out the front and sit on the front step. I look at my yard that used to have green grass, and a nice garden next to the fence that makes a barrier from the neighbours yard. There yard is nice.

I look around at the blank night, there are no stars in the sky. I continue to look around before I stand up and walk inside my home. I walk into the kitchen and dump my cup in the sink and walk up the stairs to my room. I take off the pants and the shirt I was wearing and slide into bed. I lok at the digital clock and notice its midnight. I close my eyes and wait for my dreams to take me away.

When I wake, it is around 10. I roll out of bed and stand before walking into the bathroom and having a shower. I look at the pile of clean clothes the are on the end of my bed and pick out some clothes. I look out the window to see if it's sunny and to my delight it is. I put on some short and one of my mums shirts before tugging on shoes and walking out of my room and down the stairs.

I bend down and pick the car keys up off there spot on the floor and open the front door making sure it is locked behind me. I walk out the front and notice the bare yard. Dad would be disapointed. I walk to the car and start the engine. The radio starts to play and I turn it off. I begin driving, focusing on the road an thinking about what I can do with the yard.

We only have dirt now, really. As I pull into the gardening shop, I look around and find one of my mums old friends looking at the daisies. I get out of the car and close the door. Locking it then looking in the car window. My hair is a frizzy mess. I put my hair in a bunch and tye it back, loose strands going around my face.

My mum's friend notices me and smiles. I wish she didn't though. "Charlie, how have you been?" She asked and I give her a small smile, "Hello, Lilian. Oh, great, really." I said in a not so convincing voice. She frowns and then smiles again, "Doing some gardening?" She asked and I nodded, "If I wasn't I wouldn't be here." I said. I never liked Lilian. She was always rude to me and my brother. "Oh, now. No need for that attitude. How about-" I stop her with a chuckle, "I have to go, Lilian. I am really busy and I don't have time to talk." I make up an excuse and she nods, "Okay, see you soon." She says as I walk away. I hope not.

I pick out some different kinds of flowers and begin to think, will I actually look after these? I shrug and put myself to the challenge. I have no idea how to plant flowers but I will learn. I remember that in the shed there were sead that made the grass grow and equipment for gardening.

I end up buying over 70 different flowers. I put them on the back seat of the car and begin to drive home. As I pull into the driveway, I notice a lady gardening next door. I step out of the car and open the back door, carrying the flowers to the front step. I walk inside and put on appropriate shoes for this job and walk out the back to the shed. When I open it, I notice that nothing has been touched since dad died. I stand in there for a while, before grabbing some things and the grass seeds and walking out.

I walk out the front and dump all the stuff on the lawn, before running inside and grabbing a cap and some sun glasses. I pul my hair into a ponytail and tuck it through the back of the cap. I carry the flowers over to the garden and look around. "Shit." I whisper, causing my neighbours head to look up. "Problem, dear?" She asked and I sigh, "I just, I forgot to by dirt." I said and she laughs a bit. "I have about 10 bags out the back, I will go grab you one." She said and I go to stop her but she is already on her feet.

When she get back, she walks around the fence and places the big bag of dirt next to me. "Thankyou so much." I say and she smiles. "No worries. Im Anne by the way." She says and I stand up and dust my hands off, "Charlie." I reply and she smiles before shaking my hand. "So, do you live in this big house by yourself? Where is your family?" She asked and I frown. "Uh, my brother lives in California and my parents. Um, they passed away." I say quietly and she puts her hand on my shoulder. "I am so sorry, dear." She said and I look at her, "It's okay." I say. No it isn't, stay out of my buisness.

She goes back to her work and I tun the dirt in the garden around before putting the new dirt on top of it. I hope I am doing this right. I look at Anne who has nearly finished her section of gardening and I begin to plant the flowers.

A few hours pass, and I have the hang of it. I only have one strip of flowers and yes, it took a few hours. I am a mechanic, just remember that. Anne has gone inside now, and I am on my last flower. Last as I am digging the hole, I see a shadow next to me. I ignore it and keep gardening. I hear a cough and I finally look up. The guy with the curls. I take my glasses of and stand. "Can I help you?" I asked and he smirks. "Oh, I was just watching plant flowers. Continue." He says, then he realises who I am. "Wait, your the girl who fixes my car yesterday." He points me out and I nod and sit back down and continue to plant the flower.

He stands there the whole time and when I am done, I pick up all the rubbish and put it in the bin around the house. When I walk back, I notice the boy sitting on my front step. "Get off my front step." I say, a bit to harshly. But no one can sit there. Only my mum and I. He stands and looks at me confused. "Why." He taunts me and I start to get mad. "That my mum and my spot." I say and he laughs. If only he knew.

I walk over to the bag of grass seeds and read the instructions. "Are you seriously reading instruction for grass seeds?" He asks and laughs harder. I seriously want to hit him. "Will you go away!" I say and he stops laughing. He thinks this is a game. "You fix cars. You don't garden! Why are you doing this? Just let your parents do it." He says and shrugs. I roll my eyes and begin to scatter grass seeds around my yard.

After a while, I finish and begin to water down the yard. "You know, I don't actually know your name." He said and I looked at him. "Charlie." I say and turn around again. "Oh, I am Harry." He says and I nod and continue to water the yard. When I am done, I clean up the yard, Harry decides he will help too which I greatful for. I am so tired.

I grab a bottle of water and walk out the front, and sit on the front step. Harry sits on the pavement infront of me and rests his hands back. "So, do you have any brothers or sisters?" He asked and I nod, "I have a brother. Mason." I said and he nods, "Yeah, I have a sister, Gemma. But she still lives in England." He said and I look past him and see something.

I stand up and walk toward it, it's a figure. A person. We have a small lake across the road and someone is there. It looks like, it's dad. "Dad!" I yell. Excitment floods through me as I run towards him. He turns around and smiles. "Charlie, where are you going? No ones there!" Harry calls as he chases after me. "Dad! It's me! Charlie!" I call. I look back at Harry smiling and back at dad. He's gone. "Dad no! Don't leave again! Dad!" I scream as loud as I can.

 I continue to run to wear he was but Harry's strong arms cling onto me. "Let go of me!" I scream and fight his grip but he doesn't let go. "Your going crazy Charlie! What the fuck are you doing!" Harry yells. "Let go of me!" I scream, tears are pouring out of my eyes.

"Charlie listen to me! Stop it!" Harry yells and I suddenly loose strength and fall the the ground. "He was right there Harry! I saw him!" I say pointing to the edge of the lake. Harry picks me up and carries me back across the street. I continue to cry, keeping my eyes squeezed closed.

He sits me down inside somewhere. I open my eyes and realise where in my living room. He is looking around at all the movies on the floor in shock, "Charlie, what the hell is going on." Harry snaps and I look at him. "Get out of my house, get out!" I scream and he looks at me, anger clear on his face. "I am trying to help!" He yells and I wince at his raised voice. "Your not helping! I have dealed with this for years! I don't need you here!" I yelled and he slammed his fist onto the wooden table and walked out, making sure he slammed the door behind him.




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