Falling for Us

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Chapter 8 - Anastasia’s POV

1 month later... since our fall semester ended, we just got back from home because my best friends decided to go with me and Michael, it was really fun! We had dinner together at his parents’ house.

I notice that my feelings have been developing about Michael but I don’t want to do it because I just got out of my long relationship with Henry, it was really hard to not miss Henry.

Michael does really understand why I felt depressed or moping a lot, he has been there for me no matter what, we are sitting on Michael’s bed since I’m at his apartment right now... we become best friends.

I see Michael is playing a game on Xbox in his family room as I sigh deeply.

“You okay?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion as I see Michael sighs deeply and he shakes his head and I ask in a curious voice, “What’s wrong?”

“I have no idea... I mean I’m not really happy.” Michael drops his controller down on his floor as he turns around to me and he says, “I mean I don’t know.”

I raise my eyebrows in concern as I look at Michael with a concerned look and I say in a concerned voice, “Tell me what’s wrong Mike.”

Michael shakes his head and he says, “I found out that my mom has cancer.” Michael looks at me with a sad look and he says, “I got called from my dad.”

I close my eyes tightly as I sigh deeply, I met Michael’s mom a few weeks ago when we went to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving break then Mia told us that she has been sick for a while. I open my eyes as I don’t know what else to say, I’m speechless and shocked.

“I just want to go home and visit my family.” Michael sighs deeply as he looks at me with a hopeful look and he asks in a curious voice, “Do you want to come with me?”

“Of course.” I smile softly and I say, “I’ll come back in the evening then we can go together.”

“Okay... we can leave at night time. We will drive.” Michael smiles small.

“Okay... I’ll see you later.” I lean toward to kiss Michael’s cheek as I walk away from him.


30 minutes later... I arrived home as I walk into my apartment and I see Harper and Maddison are sitting on our family room couch.

“Hey Ana.” Harper turns around to me and she asks in a curious voice, “You ok? You seem like you want to cry.”

I sigh deeply and I say, “Michael’s mom has cancer.” I walk toward our family room couch as I sit down on our family room couch and I see Maddison and Harper looks at me with a concerned look.

“Oh no...” Harper looks at me with a worried look and she asks in a curious voice, “Is Michael okay?”

“No, he’s just shocked and hurting a lot... he told me that he would go back to DC to visit them... I’m going with him.” I shrug as I sigh deeply and I ask in a curious voice, “Where’s Leah?”

“She went to Tyler’s house to stay there for a night.” Harper looks at me and she says, “She will be back tomorrow.”

“Okay... I have to pack my stuff to go...” I mumble softly as I get up from our family room couch and I walk away from them.

I walk toward my bedroom; I just couldn’t believe that Michael’s mom does have cancer... it scares us.

I see Harper walks into my bedroom as she looks at me with a concerned look and she asks in a curious voice, “You ok Ana?”

I sigh deeply as I shake my head and I say, “No... Michael’s mom has cancer.”

“Are you sure that you’ll go with Michael?” Harper walks toward my bed as she sits down on my bed.

I nodded as I am packing my clothes in my suitcase and I say, “For a while... I think Michael would need me to be there.”

“That’s fine... but you know you would have a lot of homework to make it up.” Harper shrugs as she looks at me with a neutral look.

“I know... I will email my teachers about it.” I smile softly as I sigh deeply.

“Good luck.”

“I will.”


3 hours later... I finished packing my stuff as I sigh deeply and I left my apartment and went to Michael’s apartment because he asked me to drive us to DC because he couldn’t drive while he’s stressing out about his mom having cancer.

We are in Michael’s car since I left my car at my apartment because maybe my friends need my car, which I don’t really mind...

I see Michael looks stressed out and overwhelmed; I feel bad for Michael because he doesn’t want to lose his mom.

“Michael?” I see Michael snaps out of his thoughts as he looks at me with a confused look and I ask in a curious voice, “Are you doing ok?”

Michael sighs deeply as he shakes his head and he says, “No... I’m just stressing out; I’m waiting for my mom to call me to see what’s going on with my mom.”

“I understand.” I smile weakly and I say, “I’ll just drive for an hour and you can drive for another 2 hours.”

Michael nodded as he smiles softly and he says, “That’s fine, thank you for coming with me, I do appreciate that you would come with me.”

“Anytime, I’m glad that I could come with you... I think your family likes me.” I smirk softly.

Michael chuckles as he rolls his eyes and he says, “Pretty much.”

I giggle softly as we are still driving to DC.


3 hours later... I finally stop at McDonald’s since we are really hungry and we are in the parking lot since we have our delicious foods and drinks...

Michael looks at me as he asks in a curious voice, “Do you think you would handle my depression or anger?”

I sigh deeply as I see Michael looks at me with a confused look and I say, “Yes, I lost my best friend before Leah, Harper, and Maddison came into my life, I was so depressed and I had been crying a lot... I didn’t go out or do something fun for months.”

Michael nodded in understanding as he sighs deeply and he says, “I really don’t understand why she didn’t tell me or Mackenzie when we were there for Thanksgiving.”

I keep quiet as I sigh deeply.

Michael sighs deeply as he looks at me for few seconds and he says, “I’m sorry if I keep bringing up about my mom.”

I shake my head and I say, “No, you don’t have to apologize to me at all.” I smile softly as I bite my fries which it’s my favorite fries from McDonald’s and I say, “I completely understand how you feel.”

“Really?” Michael raises his eyebrows in confusion as he looks at me with a confused look and he asks in a curious voice, “How come?”

I sigh deeply as I look at Michael with a sad look and I say, “I lost my grandma due to cancer.” I shake my head as I look down on my fries, I really don’t share with people about my grandma because I don’t want people to pity me at all.

“How did it happen?” Michael sips his Fanta soda as he raises his eyebrows in confusion and he asks in a curious voice, “Was she close to you?”

I nodded as I smile softly to think about my grandma in good memories and I say, “She died when I was like maybe...” I pause to think deeper about how old I was when I lost her and I say, “I would say... like... 17 years old... about 2 years ago before I became 19.”

Understandable... I’m so sorry.” Michael sighs deeply and he says, “I don’t know what else to say...”

“Yeah, I get it.” I smile weakly as I sigh deeply and I ask in a curious voice, “What are your favorite memories with your mom?”

“What?”

“I mean... what’s your favorite memories with your mom that you and your mom had...?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion and I say, “I mean... my favorite memories with my grandma were... that I always went to her house all the time, hang out with her all the time and sleepover there when I had a bad day... that exactly what I need.” I sigh deeply and I say, “When I lost my grandma, I was really depressed because her death impacted me really hard and I couldn’t handle it.”

Michael nodded as he sighs deeply and he says, “I’m mommy’s boy.” Michael chuckles softly and he says, “My mom always takes me out to eat or movie while Mackenzie hangs out with my dad, since Mackenzie is a daddy’s little girl.” Michael looks at me with a happy look and he says, “She always wants to tell me that she wants me to pick the right woman who will always be there and love me no matter what and she wants me to make sure I’m doing okay and make sure I find the right woman.”

I smile softly as I nodded, I didn’t say anything because I completely understand why he felt that way, trust me, I want to find the right guy who would love me and who will always be there for me no matter what and I do get afraid to get in a new relationship because I really don’t know how I handle after my old relationship with my ex-boyfriend... I see Michael smiles softly at me and I say, “I think we should go.”

“Of course.” Michael clears his throat to cause me to giggles softly and we drive away to go to Michael’s parents’ house since Michael drove.


3 hours later... Michael woke me up since I fell asleep in his car and we arrived at Michael’s parents’ house and we went inside then Michael showed me where I would be sleeping for a few days or weeks.

I hope this week would be way better...

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