Chapter 32 | Why is he Here?
“Thanks for the ride Cassandra! See you later Peyton!” I smile as Shane and I both get out of Cassandra’s car.
“No problem Addie! You two have a great day!” Cassandra smiles in return.
“Bye Shaney! Bye Addie! Oh, and tell Jacob I want to see him!” Peyton smiles as she waves from her car seat.
Both Shane and I wave goodbye and then turn around to walk inside the school building. We never got a chance to talk yesterday after school, so I still haven’t been able to confess all of my secrets with him yet. I’m still too worked up over everything that’s happened with Angie and the trial, so I told him we could talk another day about it all.
“What’s up?” He looks over to me.
“I might need your help after school.” I say.
“I’m going to the police station, because I want to speak with Officer Bernard alone.”
“What for?” He raises an eyebrow.
“I don’t know... I just can’t stop thinking about what happened at the trial. I need to figure out if what Jared’s lawyer said is true or not. I can’t even sleep at night. It’s all I think about.” I sigh as we make it to my locker.
Once we’re at my locker, I begin putting in my combination.
“I just feel like I don’t have the full truth. The only way to salvage my relationship with Angie is to get the truth.” I state.
“Even if that means learning what Jared’s lawyer said, is true?” Shane carefully asks.
“Yes.” I nod as I pull my notebook from my locker and stick it into my bag. “Even if I don’t like what I hear. Angie deserves the real truth, not just some piece of paper that anyone could have forged.”
“I highly doubt they would go to that extent.” I hear a chilling voice from behind.
I turn around to see Angie and Jax standing a few feet away from us. Jax let’s go of Angie’s hand and steps over to his locker as he begins putting in his combination.
“You don’t know that Angie. Look at what they did to Jacob. They almost killed him!” I exclaim as I notice a few people beginning to watch us.
I notice Angie’s features soften for a split second. “How is Jacob?” She finally asks.
I notice Shane and Jax giving each other looks that say, ‘I hope this doesn’t turn into a cat fight.’
“He’s fine. A lot better actually. He’s made a full recovery, for the most part.” I say a little softer. “It didn’t look good for a while there.”
Angie frowns, but then her expression turns solid again. “Well good. He didn’t deserve that. And neither did my father.”
“You’re right. Neither one of them deserved what happened to them. That’s why I’m going to uncover the truth today after school. I’m going to go talk to Officer Bernard.” I confess.
“Then I’m coming with you.” Angie states, rather than asks.
“Are you sure? What if you don’t like what you hear?”
“It’s better than never knowing the real truth.” She admits while taking Jax’s hand in hers again. “I’ll meet you after school.”
“Okay.” I say, before watching her walk away and over towards Rebecca’s locker.
“Are you sure that’s a good idea, Add?” Shane suddenly says while grabbing my hand.
“I really don’t see any other way of doing this.” I shrug while we both walk towards first period.
Both Shane and I greet Mrs. Andrews at the door, and take our normal seats in the back. I’m surprised when Angie and Jax walk into class, and take their normal seats on either side of me.
As the rest of the classroom fills up, Mrs. Andrews gets the attention of the class.
“Quiet down please!” Mrs. Andrews shouts.
“Ms. Sage, can you please come see me privately?” She instructs Angie who looks confused, but complies anyway.
They both walk over to the classroom door and Mrs. Andrews stands in front of Angie to shield her from the rest of the class.
I can only hear faint, hushed whispers as the rest of the class chats amongst themselves.
I just barely catch a glimpse of Angie’s eyes widening before she sprints out of the classroom.
Mrs. Andrews looks upset, as she slowly makes her way back to the front of the room.
“Alright class, pull out your notebooks and get ready for some notes.” Mrs. Andrews says quietly as the class follows her instructions.
Something in the very pit of my stomach tells me, I’m not going to see Angie for the rest of the day.
Jax leans over toward me.
“What do you think it is? Not her dad right?” He asks, clear worry on his face
“I don’t know.” I admit with a frown. “I hope not.”
However, something tells me that it is.
| Angelica’s POV |
“Ms. Sage, can you please come see me privately?” I look up at the sound of my name, but can’t quite decipher Mrs. Andrews facial expression.
I get up and follow her over to the classroom door, as she stands in front of me.
I relax a little hearing the class start to talk amongst themselves. At least they aren’t interested in my personal business.
“I um... I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the principle has excused you for the rest of the day.” Mrs. Andrews says, and my stomach instantly drops.
“Why? What’s wrong?”
“Well, it’s... it’s your father Angelica. He’s passed this morning.” She frowns genuinely.
“N-No... that can’t be right. I was just with him this morning.” I begin to shake my head as my eyes widen. I look up in time to catch a glimpse of Addie as she watches me.
“I am so sorry dear. I can’t even imagine what you’re feeling right now. Here is your excused note. Please take it and go be with your mother.” Mrs. Andrews hands me a slip of paper, so I immediately open the classroom door and bolt out.
I run until I’m outside of the school building where I finally gasp for air. I lean my body against the wall of the school building and drop my bag to the ground. I’m instantly bombarded with images of all the wonderful times I’ve spent with my father before the accident.
I have rehearsed myself for this moment over and over, though nothing still compares to the emptiness I currently feel inside.
I knew he was gone long before today, but actually hearing the word ‘passed’, makes everything almost too real to even bear.
I shake my head in denial for a few minutes before I realize nothing will bring him back. The only thing keeping me from completely falling apart, is knowing that he isn’t suffering through treatment anymore. He isn’t trapped inside of his own mind, begging to come out. He has finally let go and can become at peace with himself. He can move on. We can move on.
After collecting myself, I pick up my bag and begin walking home.
After twenty minutes of torture, I near my house. I see an ambulance parked outside near the curb and my heart drops out of my chest. I walk up to the front door of my house and walk inside, completely unaware of what I am about to walk into.
“Oh sweetheart! No!” I hear my mothers cries. I clench my fists as I throw my bag onto the floor near the door and walk towards the one place I haven’t stepped foot into, in over a year.
As I peer into my father’s study, I see about five nurses working to turn off and unplug the many machines my father’s been hooked up to. I see my mom slouched over the bed onto my father’s chest, kissing his cheek repeatedly.
“Mom...” I slowly say as her head snaps upward and she lets out another painful sob as she races over to me and encloses her arms tightly around my torso.
“Oh Angelica... I can’t believe this day has finally come. I always thought that maybe one day he would wake up!” She cries onto my shoulder, as I feel my shirt become wet.
I resist the urge to tell her that he has been gone since the day of the accident – If that is what it truly was.
Instead, I just allow my mom to fall apart against my shoulder as I hold her steady.
“It’s okay mom. He’s in a better place now. No more monitor’s or waiting around for something to happen. We can finally start to heal and move on from all of this.” I painfully say as I feel my mom lift her head up to look at me.
“How can you say that? The better place he should be is here, with us! You’ve never had any faith in him, no wonder he’s finally let go!” She cries while pushing me away. “Just go, I can’t even look at you right now.”
She wipes at her face before sitting down beside my father’s body and clutching his lifeless hand.
“I’m so sorry sweetheart. I love you so much. Just please, don’t forget about me...”
I can’t bear to listen anymore, so I walk over to my father’s bedside and give him a kiss against his cold cheek. “Don’t worry dad, I’ll find out the truth.” I whisper so only I can hear, knowing he can’t anymore.
After that, I slowly walk out of his room, and allow my mother time alone to grieve before they take his body to the funeral home.
I immediately go upstairs to my bedroom and sit down on my bed as the tears begin to fall.
I look around at the Disney themed walls once more and I almost want to go buy some paint to cover the beautiful memories that surround this room. I remember when I was little, and I used to imagine that I was one of the many princess’s on my walls, dancing with my prince and enjoying my life. I never knew that one day, something would happen to change everything forever.
As tears threaten to keep falling from my face, I find the courage to stand back up.
The only thing left to do now, is to find out the truth.
I don’t know what finding out the truth will do to mine and Addie’s relationship, but I just pray I don’t find out something that I don’t want to know.
If Jon did in fact have something to do with my father’s death, I can promise you that he will go down for it one way or another.
And I always keep my promises.
| Addilyn’s POV |
I went all day long without hearing any news from Angie. I even tried calling her twice during lunch, but her cellphone went straight to voicemail.
Shane told me to just wait and see what she says, but waiting is complete torture.
Shane has been really sensitive towards me lately, but I haven’t asked him why. I feel like a part of him already knows what all I need to tell him about myself. He must know that the events taking place with Angie aren’t helping matters.
“Hey Jax, have you heard from Angie?” I ask once I locate him outside of the school building.
“Her mom called me earlier and left a voicemail.” Jax frowns. “Her dad... he’s passed away this morning.”
My eyes widen as I feel a pang of hurt deep inside my chest. Angie has been dreading this day for the last five years, though she tries her best to hide it.
I can’t believe he’s finally gone. Mr. Sage used to be one of my greatest role models, except for my parents, of course. He, Angie and I had the best relationship. I feel my eyes beginning to fill up with tears.
“Wow, I can’t believe the day has finally come.” I softly say as Jax immediately pulls me in for a hug. Shane steps aside and allows my best friend to console me.
“It’ll be okay Addie. We will all get through this together. Angie may not know it right now, but she needs both of us.” Jax says as he slowly pulls away.
“I hope you’re right.”
I turn to Shane and he reaches out for me. I allow him to hug me and then I pull back again.
“Let’s go. I want to get to the station before Officer Bernard goes home for the day.” I say to Shane as he nods. He agreed to walk with me to the station and help me get information from Officer Bernard.
After around twenty-five minutes, we finally make it to the police station. I’m happy it’s only beginning of Spring, so it isn’t too hot outside, otherwise we would be having a heat stroke.
As soon as we near the doors to the police station, we see Angie leaning up against the wall of the large building.
“Angie.” I gasp.
“Let’s do this, shall we?” She says with her face expressionless.
I can see right through her though. She’s trying her best to hide her true emotions, and I know that at any moment, she can break. I can see the hurt and the tired behind her dull blue eyes, and I wish I could just hug her until she feels better.
“I didn’t think you’d be coming.” I admit. “Why aren’t you home with your mom?”
“Because my mom only cares about one thing; my father. Let’s just get inside before Officer Bernard leaves.” She states while opening the doors to the police station and forcing herself to walk inside.
With Angie here, it makes me that much more nervous for whatever we’re about to find out.
As we walk inside the building, I see Officer Chuck standing behind his desk.
“Officer Chuck.” I greet with a smile. He looks up and almost looks confused for a split second, before giving me a toothy smile.
“Well here there Ms. Bishop. What brings you here today?”
“Well, we sort of, wanted to know if we could speak with Officer Bernard about something.”
Officer Chuck gives me a weird look before nodding.
“He’s in a meeting right now, but it should be over in a few minutes. Why don’t you go wait in his office, and I’ll let him know you kids are in there.” He smiles.
Shane, Angie and I walk towards Officer Bernard’s office before we slowly pull the wooden door open.
“Oh, hey Officer Bernard.” I greet as I notice him speaking with someone.
The gentlemen stands up from his seat and turns around with wide eyes.
“Dad?” My eyes widen as I notice Angie’s fists clench.
Why is he here?