A New Life
It seemed like time had stood still. Danny was getting ready to tell her parents who she wanted to live with. She knew this wouldn't be a permanent thing. If she ever wanted to change she could do it and she knew that. There was too much pressure that came with this decision. She felt like she was choosing one parent over the other. How could anyone choose one family member over the other. This all just seemed so wrong to her but there was nothing she could do to change it. Her mom was to stubborn to change her mind. Her dad just wanted to make sure that her mom was happy. No one really seemed to care how Danny felt. It was like she was a second thought to all of them except her friends. It would have been easier to decided if she didn't have things that made her attached to here. If you would have asked her four months ago if she would have great friends and a hard time leaving she would have laughed in your face.
"Mom, Dad I have decided where I want to live. I have decided I want to live with dad. I'm sorry mom I know how much this is hurting you but I want to stay and get to know my family. I also have made some really great friends and I just can't picture myself leaving them just yet. I need to get to know my aunts and uncles. I guess the most important thing would be that I want to get to know my dad. I have gotten to know you for the last thirteen years. I now believe that it is everyone else's turn to get to know me and that I get to know them."
"Baby I understand. I had a feeling that you would choose your father. I just hoped I wasn't right. I guess I was."
"Casey, are you sure you are okay with this. I can tell when you're not. You know that my house will always be open for you too right?"
"Yeah Derek I do. Well I will be leaving tomorrow. The sooner I get there the sooner I can get settled in. Bye Danny."
"Mom I am going to miss you."
"Don't worry you can get to know your dad more. I should have never kept that from you. That was my wrong that I did. "
"You didn't do anything wrong you were trying to protect me. But you just try a little too hard."
After that conversation Casey went to her room and packed up everything she had brought with her. She felt horrible knowing that it would be sometime before she got to see her daughter again. She knew that this was for the best, Danny needed to get to know Derek. She was just hoping that no one would be hurt in the end. That Derek would know what to do now that she would be leaving. She grabbed all of her things and headed downstairs. Her car was waiting for her by the time she got down there. She felt bad that she was leaving but she didn't want to stay here anymore she wanted to move on and the only way to do that would be to find a new place and go to it. She put everything in the car and then got into the car and drove off. Casey couldn't say anything to her daughter because she didn't think she would have the strength to continue through with it if she sad good bye to her. She just had to drive before she could think about anything else. Danny was crying as her mom pulled away. Derek was also sad to see Casey go but he knew he had to be brave for his daughter. He could not let her know that he was more hurt then anyone. He had loved her forever. Now she was going out of his life once again. This time he had something to remember her and know she would be back. He had Danielle who was his life now. Casey was crying as she pulled away from the house. She wish she could stay but so much had happened since she had last seen Derek.
"Danny, it is okay."
"I made the decision I have to live with it. I just hope I made the right one."
"You did don't worry. We will have fun and you will get to know your dad."
"I guess so, but there was something about wondering and wishing that the next man my mom brought home would become my dad. I always dreamed of what my father was like."
"Let me guess I am nothing like what you imagined."
"Yeah, I didn't think you cared I thought you were a low life or you were really famous and couldn't be bothered with a kid. That you just forgot all about us and acted like nothing had happened."
"I have loved your mother my whole life. Not really my whole life but since we were 16. When she left I was upset. To find out that I could have been with her this whole time really upsets me."
"Can I ask why you can't leave hockey? I have been telling my friends it is because of your contract but what is the real reason."
"Do you really want to know the reason why?"
"Yes I do what is it."
"I couldn't give up what I loved I know I love your mother but I just couldn't give up hockey and I wanted for her to stay but she said she couldn't if I was going to stay in hockey. She didn't like that I played hockey. I told her I would never stop her from her dreams of living and she said she had a dream job in New York that she wanted and was going to take it."
"Why would you let her go? Don't you love her? I just don't understand."
"I can't stop her form living her life. I do lover her you have to understand she wants to live a different life then me."
Danny walked back into the house. She had just watched her mother leave her. She didn't even tell her goodbye. She felt like her heart was dad was trying his best to make everything okay again with her. He was sucking horrible at this but she had to give him some credit because he was still getting use to being a dad in the first place. She walked into her room and fell onto her bed. She was just emotionally drained from tonight. She didn't think she would move from her bed. She just wanted to stay here and sleep for awhile.