Between the Raindrops

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Epilogue

“Addie, I’m not gonna tell you again… GET UP!” My mom shouts from my bedroom doorway.

“But… you literally just told me again.” I say sarcastically, before sitting up in bed and smirking at my mother’s glare.

“Get dressed and come downstairs, we’ve got a surprise for you, but if you keep the attitude up I may just return it.” She says, and my eyes widen.

“You. Did. NOT!” I shout with a smile. “You got me a puppy!” I jump out of bed and rush over to hug my mom.

“No. I didn’t get you a puppy.” She deadpans. “Now get ready and let’s go. Don’t want to be late for your first day as a senior!” She sings as she heads down the stairs.

I grin and hurriedly rush over to my bathroom, quickly flinging my sleep clothes to the floor and getting into the steaming hot shower.

Once I’m finished, I step out and grab my toothbrush after wrapping my purple towel around my body.

“Hello beautiful.” I smile to myself through the mirror once my teeth are properly clean.

I reach over, and grab my pair of dark purple glasses. The same glasses Shane got me many months ago after a certain someone broke mine.

I cringe at the thought of Jared Winston.

I shake the thoughts away and remember what JoAnn told me, “Inhale the future, exhale the past.”

I still see her, but instead of every week, it’s every other week. I told my mom I was ready to be on my own, and that I didn’t need to see JoAnn anymore, but she insisted that I keep my appointments during the new school year.

I turn around and as I prepare to see the scale sitting on the floor staring up at me, I smile as I remember that I threw it out a couple months ago. JoAnn said I needed to stop relying so heavily on scales, and focus more on my inner health. She said the scale is just a reminder of how caught up I was in the darkness, and that throwing it away, shows how bright I shine now in the light.

Yeah, JoAnn is pretty cliché. However her techniques and words of wisdom really help me, and I will be forever grateful for how much she has helped me overcome.

I exit my bathroom and walk over to my closet, deciding on what to wear for my first day.

Shaking my head at everything I pick up, I reach over to my bedside table and pick up my cell phone.

“Hello?”

“Angie? Great. I need your help, ASAP.” I say as I hear her yawn.

“With?” She sighs.

“I don’t know what to wear today.” I say, and I can hear her snort.

“Just pick one of the new outfits we bought the other day. The high-waisted skinny jeans and one of the graphic crop tops.”

“A crop top to school? Won’t that show too much?” I say, trying my best to get out of wearing what she suggested.

“Addie… we’ve been over this. You tried the outfit on at the mall and it fit you perfectly. You need to broadcast your tone body to the world. You worked hard for it all summer.” She says and I can’t help but smile.

My dad and I went to the gym a few times a week, every week of summer vacation. I’ve never been in this good of shape in my entire life. I feel fantastic, and I can’t believe how long it took me to realize that I can be anything I want to be.

“Alright, I’ll wear it. Shall I go for the black boots, or will my black converse suffice?” I deadpan, already knowing her answer.

“The boots honestly looked amazing with the outfit.” I can practically hear her smirking. “It’s time to move you from some of your comfort zones.”

“Fine, but I’m still putting my hair up into a ponytail.” I say with finality in my tone.

“Just so long as you straighten your hair first, so your ponytail isn’t sticking out everywhere.” She instructs, and I take her advice.

“Deal, see you at school!” I say before hanging up and tossing my phone onto my bed.

I get dressed and slide my black boots on before I begin on my hair.

Once it’s completely straightened, I pull it up into a neat ponytail, and smile at the finished product.

I look over at the makeup sitting on my dresser, and shake my head.

I may look different on the outside, but I’m still Addilyn Bishop and I’ve never been properly acquainted with makeup. The natural look works best for me, so that’s what I stick to.

I stick my phone into my back pocket, and grab my purple bag before heading downstairs.

“Addie, dad won’t share the bacon!” Jacob whines from the dinner table.

I smile at my little brother, who just turned six by the way, and smirk at my dad.

“Dad, there’s plenty pig to go around don’t ya think?” I say, and I hear my mom laugh from the stove as she finishes the pancakes.

“Sweetie, I love you, but there’s never enough bacon in the world.” He says before popping another crispy piece into his mouth.

“Mom, did you make my omelet?” I ask, passing on the pancakes.

“Sure did, it’s on the table.” She sings while turning the stove off and joining us at the table.

I manage to snatch a few pieces of bacon from dad’s plate and as he gasps at me, I give two pieces to Jacob.

“Ha!” He laughs while pointing to our dad.

“Addie, you’ve… betrayed me.” My dad says while placing his hand over his heart.

“You’ll live.” I shrug, while eating my breakfast.

“Linds, our kids are monsters.” My dad says and my mom only gives him a pointed look.

“Well… I mean, they do share your DNA.” She smirks.

“Alright, that’s it. I want my real family back!” Dad pouts and Jacob giggles.

“Love you daddy.” He says, and my dad smiles.

“Love you too Son.”

After we finish eating, I stand up to head outside so I can catch the bus.

Then it dawns on me… mom mentioned a surprise.

“Oh mother dearest.” I sing with a smile.

“Yes?”

“You mentioned a surprise earlier, no?” I raise an eyebrow and my mom’s eyes widen.

“Damn, I almost forgot! Jon, why didn’t you remind me!” Mom whines as she slaps his chest.

He slowly rubs where she slapped him and glares at her. “Sheesh… violent.”

“Mommy said a swear word.” Jacob mumbles and I laugh.

“Alright, so, I need you to walk outside for me.” Mom says with a smile.

“Uh, okay?” I say, grabbing my bag and opening the front door. Once I step outside, the door immediately, slams shut.

“What the heck?” I glare while trying to open the front door again.

“Did you really just lock me out?” I shout, as I hear Jacob’s giggles from the other side of the door.

“Turn around and walk toward the driveway!” Dad shouts.

I roll my eyes and turn around. “This isn’t a funny prank…” I mumble while walking but immediately stop as I spot an unfamiliar car parked in the driveway behind my dad’s.

“Um…” I trail off, but then feel my phone buzz from my back pocket.

I take it out and see a text from my mom.

Mom: Open your bag and check the inside pocket.

I furrow my eyebrows, but check my bag anyway, surprised when I pull out a set of car keys.

“SHUT. UP.” I say as my eyes widen and I look up at the car and back at the front door to my house. My parents and Jacob are now standing in the doorway with smirks on their faces.

“SHUT UP!” I squeal while jogging over to the brand new, dark purple, 2018 Jeep.

I press the button on the keys and the doors unlock. I pull the door open and instantly smile as the fresh car scent infiltrates my nostrils.

I throw my bag into the passenger seat and get inside, running my hands along the black leather steering wheel. I start the car, and the perfect sounding engine hums as the radio kicks on and music starts playing. I change the station to one that I like, and turn it up loud.

My mom and dad walk over while Jacob stands on the porch.

“So is this the best senior present or what?” My mom smirks and I leap out of the car to pull her in for a hug.

“I can’t believe you did this for me! Thank you!” I smile and then turn to hug my dad.

“We’ve been saving for quite some time now, so you better enjoy it.” Dad says.

I give him an incredulous look. “Of course I’m going to enjoy it, it’s a freaking car!”

“Well, get going before you’re late for school!” He says and I quickly get back into the car before shutting the door and rolling the window down.

“Bye Jacob, have a great first day in first grade!” I wave and he waves back with a big smile. “Bye Addie!”

I carefully pull out of the driveway and head to school, music blaring from the speakers.

The bass in this thing is killer.

After my fifteen-minute ride, I pull into the school parking lot and find a spot. I can’t believe I am actually driving my own car right now.

Once I park, I get out and eye the front of the school.

I notice Angie and Jaxon sitting at one of the tables. I pull my phone out and text them, telling them to look up.

After a few seconds, they both look up and their eyes widen when they see me.

They immediately grab their bags and run over to me.

“No. Way.” Angie says.

“Yes way.” I grin.

“This is badass, Addie.” Jax says in awe while look at the Jeep. “I’m also diggin’ the purple. It suits you.” He smirks and I nod.

“Indeed it does.”

“You are so lucky. My mom said I don’t get a car until graduation.” Angie pouts.

“My mom said I don’t get a car until I get accepted into college.” Jax sighs and both Angie and I laugh.

“Well, this means I can give you both rides to school every day. So you better start being extra nice to me.” I smile as they both look at each other and then immediately come to either side of me.

“Here, Addie, let me carry your bag.” Jax smiles sweetly while taking my bag from my shoulder.

“Suck up.” Angie mumbles from the other side of me.

“I’m going to heavily enjoy this.” I say while they both discreetly glare at me.

“Add!” I hear from a few feet away.

I immediately push myself away from Angie and Jax and run over to jump into Shane’s arms.

“Hey you!” I smile as he lifts me up and kisses my cheek.

“Sorry I’m a little late, had to drop Peyton off at first grade. She’s so excited to share the same class as Jacob.” He smiles and I intertwine our fingers together.

“Yes, that’s great and all… but there’s something better.” I say and he raises an eyebrow.

“Look over there.” I point.

“What? All I see is a truck, a Camry and- OH MY GOD YOU GOT A JEEP!” His eyes widen as he lets go of my hand and walks over toward my new car.

I glare at my abandoned hand, but laugh while I watch him and Jaxon talk about cars.

“Alright, this, is sexy.” Shane concludes while turning around to give me a sweet kiss against my lips. Once he pulls away his eyes trail up and down my body as a smirk rests on his lips. “And so is my girlfriend.”

My cheeks instantly turn scarlet. “Stop.” I laugh while he kisses my cheek.

“Nope, never.” He states while taking my hand in his again.

We hear the bell ring so all the students start to head inside the building. Once we reach the lockers, I take note that all four of our lockers are along the same row.

Hm, that couldn’t have been better if we planned it.

“Wow, that like, never happens.” Angie says but we just laugh and shrug it off.

We start to set up our lockers before the doors to the school open and everyone immediately goes silent.

I don’t even notice as I try to organize my notebooks, even though I don’t even know which classes I’m going to have yet. I leave space for my soon to be textbooks, and just as I stick my locker mirror to the inside of my locker, I feel an odd shiver go down my spine.

Finally realizing how eerily quiet it is, I look up and turn towards the hallway.

“What the hell is going-“ but I can’t even finish my question as my eyes practically bulge from my skull and I suddenly forget how to breathe.

There, standing almost six feet tall, is my living worst nightmare.

Jared Winston.









*** There will be a sequel to this book! I haven’t started writing it yet, but it will follow Addilyn and her friends into their Senior year! Be on the lookout in a couple of weeks maybe!!***

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