I look up at the new apartment I bought, after I got my transfer papers through for starting my new job, i at the hospital here in town. This is my new start, I think to myself as I sigh and grab a box from the back of my jeep. I won’t allow myself to think about everything I left behind in Washington. My friends, family, husband... or I should say soon to be ex husband.
Getting into my apartment on the 5th floor and dumping the heavy box on the kitchen island I look around. It’s a new modern build, with an open plan kitchen living area. Two bedrooms at the back with a shared bathroom. It’s small but plenty of space for just myself. It won’t take long to make this feel like my home. My favourite bit about this apartment is the huge balcony that leads off the living area. I can’t wait to have my morning coffee sitting out there looking out over the town.
I hear a toot before I can do anymore looking around and look down over the glass balcony to see the removal van pulling up. I didn’t have much to move from Washington but I wanted to bring the few bits I did have. No way was I leaving them for him to get rid of. I smile and wave at my sister who’s jumping out of the van with my dad.
That is what I’m going to find hardest about moving here. Being away from my family since we’re so close. I see them at least twice a week and my sister was always dropping by. I didn’t even move out of the family home when I first went to university to start my doctors degree. I only moved after James convinced me to move in with him and that’s probably the biggest mistake of my life.
Before I can get myself down thinking about my past the door to my apartment bursts open and Rachel comes bouncing in with a box in her arms.
“Wow this place is real nice! You sure you don’t want me to move here with you?” She says as she drops the box next to the door and wonders down the hall towards the bedrooms “I mean it even has a bedroom for me!” She shouts back.
I laugh “as much as that sounds like an amazing time I don’t think mum would be to happy about that. Me moving here is hard enough on her. Plus you need to finish high school first!”
She huffs and I laugh. There’s fourteen years between us. Yeah a massive age gap! It was a huge shock for my mum and dad when they found out they were having Rachel. They had me young when they were 20 but I don’t think they ever planned on having another baby after so long. Now I couldn’t imagine my life without my high spirited bouncy sister.
“Jeez! Thanks for taking one of the heavy items Rach!” My dad says as he puffs in through my still open door with a side table for my bedroom.
“Dad! You should have waited I would help you with the heavier stuff!”
“If I waited for you two all day I would still be here by the end of the week. I need to get back to your mother as soon as possible, she’s ready to have a breakdown!” He says as he places the table down and stands with his hands on his hips looking around “this is real nice Laura, proud of you baby girl!”
I smile and give my dad a side hug “thanks dad. Means a lot to hear that. Let’s go get the rest of this stuff in here so we can go get dinner”
“Oh! Can I pick!! Please!” Rachel whines while heading out the door and back to the lift.
“Of course! You always pick!” Myself and my dad say at the same time causing us all to laugh again.
“Still don’t see why I can come out here to stay” Rachel moans while pouting her bottom lip and folding her arms as we go down in the lift.
“That will be because you have school to finish first! Plus your never allowed to move out of our house, your mother is going to lock you in and through away the key” my dad says chuckling.
“Yeah your not kidding! She’s still so upset about Laura moving here!”
“Tell you what why don’t you come out here for a few weeks when you finish school? We can have some proper girl time. Ill take some time off work and everything”
“Oh yes! That sounds so good! Can I dad?”
“Well I’m sure your mother will be upset again but I can’t really say no either. You will be 18 by then” he shrugs.
“Woo!” Rachel jumps up and down clapping and smiling as we walk to the rental moving van and start taking out the rest of my stuff.
Three hours later were sitting in my livingroom on the floor eating pizza and chicken wings while drinking cans of soda.