Finding Home

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Chapter Five

This isn’t the first fight Matty and I had since he got home. But we haven’t talked all night and I’ve been sitting at the bar drinking strawberry daiquiri’s for what had ended up being three hours while playing candy crush on my phone. At least any other time we were fighting I was home and I could keep an eye on both him and Kelia.

I’d been ignoring Matty’s and Luka’s calls and texts since I’ve arrived. The only way I’d answer was if it had anything to do with Kelia and Matty would for sure blow up my phone with both texts and calls if something horrible happened.

“Hey, can I get another one?” I asked the young female bartender in front of me. I’ve had four already, but who’s to say five is bad?

“You sure?” she glanced at me. “I hate to be that person but you’ve got some company watching you.” she secretly pointed behind me.

When I glanced over my shoulder I saw the usual paps who followed me around and they were all snapping photos of me while talking low with each other. I turned back to her with a grin on my face, “Lay it on me.”

“Alright girl, whatever you say.” she smiled at me, “This ones on the house. You look like you’re having a rough night.”

“You wouldn’t even begin to think.” I chuckled at the events that had happened through the night.

“If you don’t mind me asking, what’s going on?”

“I had a baby at sixteen, is what is going on.” I don’t blame Kelia, not at all. I love her to death and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her. But if I hadn’t of had a baby in high school, would I be arguing with Matty at all right now?

“Yeah, I know. And I think it’s really bold and brave of you to have her and continue to go to school.” she smiled while pouring me the red blended smoothie.

“You think so?” I took a sip from the straw.

“Well, yeah, not a lot of teenagers do that. A lot of them just get an abortion or drop out, but you did what not a lot of people could and you’re really fucking successful now. Look at you, a model, an actress, all while being a full time girlfriend and mom.” she clacked her glass to mine and took a shot of whiskey.

“Yeah, a full time girlfriend and mom at the age of twenty two. I should be going over my fucking lines, not arguing with the father of my child.” why am I saying this out loud? I don’t even know this girl. “What’s your name?”

“They call me Rose, sorry if I’m getting too personal but I know it’s tough. I’ve raised my sister since I was eleven, I also know it gets difficult. And I know men can be just as stressful as taking care of a child. But at the end, family is everything right?”

“Damn, you’re good.” how dare she say something I said in an interview and use it against me? I love it. “I like you, Rose.”

“Well I’m sure you know, but I am kind of a huge fan of you. So I like you, too.” she’s great and keeping her emotions in tight.

“What’s your Insta?” I picked my phone up from the counter and opened the Instagram app.

“Xoxo underscore its rose.” she squealed in excitement.

Ah, there it is.

I clicked on her page and I held the screen towards her so she could confirm it. She nodded her head as fast as she could. She watched my finger click the follow button and her face turned completely red.

“There, now we are friends.” I smiled at her. Okay, I’m only a little drunk. I wouldn’t have done this if I were sober. I probably wouldn’t have even seen her let alone follow her on Instagram.

My phone started vibrating in my hand.

LOML🥰 calling...

“Hey-y-y-y, Matty!” I decided to answer, but I have to act like I’m not drunk. Rose really helped me realize something I should’ve already realized. All with one simple statement. My statement.

“I’m at the hospital with Kelia, now you decide to fucking answer?” Matty screamed into the phone.

“W-what?” I wasn’t sure if I heard correctly, I’m so fucking drunk. “What did you say?”

“Are you drinking right now? Are you at a bar?” he whisper shouted into the phone.

“No, what do you mean you’re at the hospital with Kelia? What’s going on? What the fuck happened?” he does not have any power to try and change the subject after saying my daughter is at the hospital with him.

“She woke up and puked all over herself, had a fever of one hundred, and the sheets were covered in sweat. I tried giving her Motrin but it didn’t work and she kept puking with horrible stomach pain. I didn’t know what else to do.”

“What the fuck Matty! Why didn’t you text me and tell me it was an emergency?” it isn’t his fault, kind of. “I’m on my way.” I hung up the phone and glanced up to see Rose standing in front of me with a worried look on her face.

“I’ve got to go, where’d I put my purse?” I looked around like a typical drunk college girl.

“Uh-uh,” she held my purse up in the palm of her hand, “You’re drunk as hell and I’m not letting you drive anywhere. Go ahead and call someone or else I’m calling a cab. You’ve got a rep to uphold in our community and many others.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” I glared at her.

I hate that she’s right. It wouldn’t be very wise of me to get caught with a DWI or DUI. Not only would the world know about it immediately but I’d set fire to my purpose; my foundation. I’d probably lose everything I have earned up to this point including the respect my daughter has for me and everyone else for the matter.

I unlocked my phone and scrolled through my contacts until I found someone who would be up at eleven at night.


I held the phone to my ear and it stopped ringing at the third ring, “Hello?”

“Hey-o, Garrett. What are you doing?” I whispered softly into the phone trying to suck up, “How was your blessed day?”

“What’s going on, Ki?” I heard him chuckle under his breath, “Are you drunk and calling for a ride?”

“Yeah, but I kind of need you to hurry because we need to rush to the hospital.”

“What’s going on?” he sounded worried.

“Kelia’s there, something’s wrong and Matty just called. So please hurry, and please bring something to help me sober up.”

“I’m on my way.”

“Thanks.” I hung up the phone and rested my head on my arms. “Fuck.”

“What happened?”

“I’m so fucking drunk, dude.” I lifted my head from my arms enough to look at her, “So fucking drunk.” and slammed my head back onto my arms to rest.

The freaking world is spinning. And I’m sure the people behind me are having a blast with the amount of pictures they are snapping. I kind of wish they would just leave me alone for a little bit, and just let me live my life in private. Just for a little bit, I’m not asking for much.

“You know, I think I just saved your life.” I heard Rose compliment herself.

I moaned in annoyance.

I felt like I had been sitting at the bar with my head resting on my arms trying to talk myself into becoming sober. My poor baby, she’s at the hospital without her mommy. My poor baby.

“Kiera, it’s me Garrett.” someone grabbed my shoulder and lifted my head up. “What did she have?”

“Just five strawberry daiquiris.” everything was a blur.

“Okay, I’ll take it from here.”

“Here, drink this. It’ll help you feel better.” Garrett handed me a hot paper cup.

“Garrett, I’m so drunk,” I giggled as I slurred my words and took a sip of the hot liquid. I wasn’t even sure what it was but I’m sure it’ll taste delicious. Garrett has a sweet touch to his food and drinks.


“I know, come on. We got two more coffees in the car and some McDonald’s.” I think I heard him laughing at me.

“This is why you’re the best.” I grabbed my purse from the bar, “Thank you, Rose! You rock!”

The food from McDonald’s that Garrett had got me plus the two cups of coffee I’ve drank had helped me sober up a bit.

Plus, I vomited most of the strawberry daiquiri’s up on the way out of the bar.

Garrett helped me walk into the entrance to the ER and I saw Matty sitting in the waiting area. I let go of Garrett and tried walking as normal as I could when approaching him.

“Hi.” I greeted him with a short smile.

He glanced at me and went back to looking at the ground without a word in return to my greetings.

“What happened? What did the doctors say?” I sat beside him, trying to ignore his ignorance.

“She’s getting a scan of her appendix for appendicitis. You were out drinking?” he glanced at me with his dark eyes.

“That doesn’t matter right now. Is she okay?” I snarked at him.

“It does matter that our daughter could be seriously hurt and you’re drunk while she’s getting tests done. Is that why you weren’t answering?” he whispered loud enough so only I could hear.

“We were arguing, Matty. Of course I was ignoring your calls. I thought maybe you would’ve texted that it was an emergency, because I would’ve answered right away. Don’t make this all my fault.”

“Yeah. She gets to-,”

“Mr and Mrs Santiago?” an older male doctor was standing next to the desk and he held a medical clipboard.

“That’s us.” Matty stood up from the waiting room chair and came face to face with the doctor. I tried to follow as normally as I could but I think it’s pointless for me to keep this going.

“Hi, I’m Doctor Reyes. I’m your daughters doctor.”

“Hi, I’m Kiera Johnson.” I shook his hand.

“Johnson? I apologize, I assumed you guys were married.” a lot of people think so.

I saw Matty’s face turn softer in the corner of my eye.

“It’s fine. What’s going on with our daughter? Can we see her?”

“Yes, we ran some blood tests and some scans to find Kelia does in fact have appendicitis. We are prepping the OR now, so if you guys could sign these papers after we go over what’s going to happen-,” he started walking and we followed him.

“What’s going to happen? What’s that mean?” Matty asked.

“I like to walk my patients parents through the procedure, as all of them are children and understand less. We are going to go over the steps and the risks of the surgery. But I can assure you I am the best you can possibly have in this state.”

“Risks?” I felt my heartbeat start racing. I don’t know if it’s from the alcohol or if it’s just my nerves being shot through because of the current events.

“Well, every surgery has its risks but you have very little chance of that happening based on your daughters results.” we stopped at a closed door.

“Right.” I took a deep breath. I could’ve never done this, never. I cannot believe I wanted to go to University for this. I could never imagine the view of breaking any kind of horrible news to anyone.

“Okay. She’s a bit drowsy from the pain meds and the dye but you can see her quickly before we take her into the OR. I’ll be back when it’s time to take her.” he grabbed the handle and opened the door for us.

I glanced in the room and saw Kelia laying on the hospital bed with an IV and wires hooked up to her as if she’s a robot.

My hearts breaking in a million pieces.

I ran into the room and threw my body over top of hers and started kissing the top of her head while hugging her. “My poor princess.”

“Mommy?” she glanced at me.

“Mommies here, baby. I’m here.” I pulled her hair back out of her face as the tears fell down my face.

“I’m scared, mommy.” she clung onto my body.

“I know, honey. But that nice doctor is going to fix you up easy peasy, daddy and I will be right here waiting for you to come back.” I hugged her back.

“Why were you and daddy yelling?” she rubbed her eyes.

I glanced up at him and saw a hurt look in his eyes, “We were just having a disagreement honey.”

“He’s not leaving us, is he?” she’s nearly asleep.

“I’m never letting him leave us again.” I assured her before looking at him who’s face looked a lot more relaxed and softer. I needed to assure him also that I’m never letting him leave us again.

“You promise?”

“I’m never leaving you two, ever again.” he placed one of his hands on the side of cheek before leaning over and kissing me on the forehead and then Kelia.

We were interrupted by a light knock at the door and we were greeted by Doctor Reyes and two other male doctors wearing the same white coat.

“Hiya, Kelia.” Doctor Reyes playfully greeted her.

“Hi.” she whimpered.

“Don’t be sad, you want to be a brave princess right?”

She nodded her head slowly.

“Come on, it’ll be fun playing as the brave princess. Mommy and daddy wouldn’t let anything happen that they didn’t know was right or wrong. You won’t even feel a thing.”

“Nothing at all?” she glanced at him with a confused look.

“We are going to put you into the magical world we have created, so you’ll have fun in the castle while I fix you up to serve as princess.” she giggled while he pressed on her lower stomach.

Wow, he’s good at this.

“Okay, I guess that’s fine.” she shrugged her shoulders and laid back into the hospital bed.

“Okay, Doctor Perry please lead our princess to the OR where we can use our magic to send her off while Doctor Kit and I go over the procedure with Kiera and Matteo.”

“Yes, sir.” I gave Kelia one final kiss and hug before Matty did and we watched as she left the room.

“I’m sorry.” Matty spoke up after a half hour of silence in the room.

I rolled my eyes at his half ass apology and went back to reading an article about dogs in the sun on my phone.

“I didn’t mean you weren’t talented enough, I swear.” he moved from the cushioned chair to the matching cushion love seat beside me, “You’re the most talented person I’ve ever known to planet. But you lied to me, and you were really good at it too.”

“I’m an actor, Matty. What else could you expect? I’m not the same girl I was five years ago. And I said it was only a few kisses. We got caught up in the moment and we kissed here and there but never in public. That was it, there was nothing else. There never will be anyone else.” I locked my phone and dropped it on my lap. “You think I’m not even talented enough to get into the movie on my own.”

“Babe, I didn’t mean that, I swear I didn’t mean it like that at all.”

“Then what did you mean?”

“What if he pulled some strings to have you as his co-star so he could get closer to you? I’m sure you guys kiss in the movie quite a few times.”

“What if nothing, I made it clear to him that we were strictly co-stars and that was it. It was left at that. And I’m going to have to kiss other people, too, if I act in other movies.” I took a deep breath in and out to calm myself down, “Why is it so hard for you to trust me when I say you’re the only one I’ll ever want?”

“Maybe you’ll leave me because I haven’t asked you to marry me or anything special.”

I sat myself up straight and came face to face with Matty, “I don’t need special, I need you.”

AUTHOR’S NOTE; I know this chapter is quite short compared to the other chapters but I swear the next chapter will be extra long & you’ll love it. ❤️ DONT forget to vote and comment.

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