Chapter 6: Leaving home
"Are you really leaving,Jo?" Eve asked with tear-stained eyes. I nodded, managing a little smile
"Just for a few days, E." I told her but her frown only seemed to grow deeper.
"Why?" She demanded. "Where will you go? Can I come with? Daddy, can I go with?" She turned to Eliot who eventually squatted to stand in front of her too.
"Eve-" He glanced at me and then sighed. "Jordan has a very important-" He paused. "School trip. You know, the ones with teachers and books and libraries?" He lied but Eve's frown seemed to ease.
"Dad will be here." I told her. "And Grant will be here." I glanced up at Grant who seemed to be looking off into space,oblivious to every other thing happening around him. "And in a few days, I'll be back." I assured her. She nodded slowly.
"Okay." She smiled faintly.
"I love you, Evie."I brushed my fingers through the tip of her hair and her smile immediately reached her ears as she wrapped her tiny hands around my neck.
"I love you too, Jo." She whispered. I cleared my throat once she let go, standing straight to meet Eliot.
"Call me once you get there." He ordered and I nodded in response. "Don't forget to take your medication."
I nodded again, fighting the tears that fought their way to my eyes. I'd never been away from them before. Never.
"Eat right." He finished and I managed a smile as he hugged me quickly.
"Always." I muttered and then turned to Grant. I raised a hand and then poked his temple.
"What are you thinking about?" I grinned. He looked at me for a second before breaking out a smile.
"Blue is not your colour."
I glanced down at the light blue dress I was wearing and then frowned.
"Asshole." I muttered but his smile only grew wider.
"See you in a few days, Light." He hugged me and I buried my face in his chest,allowing myself breathe in his scent.
"See you in a few days, Kennedy." I choked and he gave me a small salute. I managed a small smile as I turned away and then began to walk towards the white limousine which stood out weirdly among the small red coloured houses around,ours included.
The past four days had been a blur and I don't know exactly what Grant had done but I'd suddenly woken up this morning to a limousine that said 'Princeton' on the number plate parked in front of the house.
The driver of the vehicle however had been nice enough to let me get my things together under short notice. I just wished I'd had more time. I didn't know how Meredith would react if I sent the driver back to tell her I wasn't ready yet so I was willing to take whatever I got.
I felt a tear drop from my eyes as the driver of the vehicle held the door open for me. I got in and as soon as he shut the door behind me,I let my eyes move from Eve,to Eliot, and then Grant. I knew they couldn't see me through the tinted windows of the limousine but I waved either way.
Maybe I was being overly dramatic considering I was only going away for a few days but something in my guts told me that these few days would change my life forever.
And that the change would not be for the best.
It terrified the hell out of me.
As the limo drove further away from the house,I placed my headphone over my ears,feeling my body relax the moment Ashton Price's voice came through.
"I want you to be strong. Because only the strong survive. And I want you to be Brave,stick to who you are, stand your ground. Be you. Because that's what it takes to live. And life isn't just about surviving. Its about living."
Ashton Price was one of my favorite people in the world.
Had I met him before? No.
Had I at least seen him in person? Not really.
Was he aware of my existence? Did he know that out there,there was a girl named Jordan who absolutely adored every single thing he did? A girl named Jordan who'd watched every single movie he'd stared in and even those he'd made guest appearances in? Did he know there was a girl named Jordan who would do absolutely anything to meet him?
The internet said he was about my age. A year older if I was correct. Aside from the fact that he was a well known actor internationally, and the fact that he was an American Youth Ambassador,Ashton Price spoke the truth.
Every single sentence he made, every single word that came out of his mouth, I believed them.
I don't know why,how sane it was to believe so much in somebody I knew absolutely nothing about.
Grant said it was unhealthy. He'd called it an obsession,a celebrity crush that I needed to grow out of.
And maybe he was right.
Maybe it was unhealthy to believe so much in somebody I'd never breathed the same air with. Maybe one day,I'd actually grow up and realize it was just some stupid childhood infatuation.
But right now,I wasn't ready to grow up.
Because listening to Ashton Price gave me the strength I needed to push forward.
He gave me the will to survive.
He made me want to live.