The following Monday when I got home from school, Mom told me she was going to move in with my Aunt Cora in California.
"You can stay with your dad or you can come with me."
I immediately chose to go with my mom to California. I hated my dad's guts for hurting her the same way Kyle hurt me.
I was a little upset I had to leave Maddie, though.
"It's okay. I understand why you have to leave. I'm really gonna miss you, though."
"I'm gonna miss you, too. We have to spend as much time as we can together before I leave."
So I spent all week with Maddie. She even helped me pack. But when it came time to leave for California, I kept wishing our time together would've been longer.
"Don't worry, Alexa," she said as she hugged me. "We'll still talk on the phone. We'll always be best friends forever."
"Yeah, I know we will."
When we arrived in California, my eyes grew wide. Everything was so big, and the weather was warm.
"Okay, Alexa," Mom said. "We need to hurry and get our bags. Aunt Cora is waiting for us."
When we walked through the gate, I saw Aunt Cora with a big grin on her face, and her arms were stretched out for a hug.
"Oh, Catherine, I'm so glad you made it. I'm so sorry you're going through this. Jim is such a selfish jerk."
"I know, Sis. Alexa is going through the same thing. She was in her room all week, moping."
"Well, you're in California now. And you've got me to cheer you up."
As we walked into Aunt Cora's house, she showed me to my room and started helping us unpack. She told me she had already enrolled me into Ryland High.
"I also bought you a car so you can feel more independent. I'm assuming you have your license."
"Yes, ma'am. Thank you."
"You'll do great, Alexa. And you'll make a lot of new friends."
"I hope you're right, Aunt Cora."
That following Monday, I was so nervous to start my first day. I found it hard to make new friends or even talk to anyone. i even ate lunch alone. Maddie, I miss you so much,
I thought to myself. How will I ever make it through senior year without you?
I was so afraid I wouldn't make any friends.
But the next day was a little better.
When I walked into Algebra class, I noticed a girl with short blonde hair waving me over. She had on a pink shirt and denim shorts.
"You're new here, right?" she asked as I approached her.
"Yeah, I guess."
"I'm Emma. I noticed you walk in yesterday. You took the seat behind me."
"Um, it's nice to meet you. I'm Alexa."
"That's a pretty name. So where you from?"
"Washington," I said as I sat down beside her. "My mom and I moved in with my aunt because her and my dad are getting a divorce."
"Oh, I'm so sorry. Well, you'll love it here."
As the rest of the day went on, Emma showed me around the school and helped me get to my classes. I felt relieved that I finally made a new friend. When I got home, I went to my room and called Maddie.
"Hey, bestie," she said. "How's California?"
"Everything's big here. And it's so warm. My first day at Ryland was kinda dull, but I met a girl today, and she seems pretty cool. Her name's Emma."
"That's great, Alexa. Now you don't have to feel so alone without me there. I just wish we could finish our senior year together."
"I know. I miss you so much."
"Me too. But you'll be fine."
"Thanks, Mads. Well, I'd better go. I have a lot of homework. I'll call you tomorrow."
"K. Love you, Lexie."