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Chapter 17 - Michael’s POV

Next day... I wake up as I see my alarm is 3:30pm and I groan in annoyance, I didn’t understand why I am up late. I yawn as I grab my phone from my nightstand as I see I got 4 texts from Mackenzie and I got 1 text from Anastasia.

I open my text from Anastasia and I read her text.

‘Hey Mike, I hope you have a good day Mike, thanks for having dinner and walked me to my car, I had fun with you.’ Anastasia text me.

‘Hey Ana, you’re welcome, I know you were hungry, so I had to get chipotle for you, I’m glad that you had fun with me, but I can’t wait for our movie date if we are still a friend.’ I text her back.

I sigh deeply as I decided to call Mackenzie and I yawn.

“Hey Mike.” Mackenzie smiles big and she asks in a curious voice, “What time do you want me to be there?”

I shrug as I turn around my clock and I say, “About 7:30...”

“Okay, that’s fine.” Mackenzie smiles softly and she says, “I’ll see you later tonight.”

“Okay.” I yawn as I pull my phone away from my ear and I sigh deeply, I decided to take a shower and change my clothes.


30 minutes later... I got out of the shower and put my comfortable clothes on and I heard my phone was rung as I grab my phone from my nightstand and I see my mom’s number on my screen my phone.

“Hi mom.” I smile softly as I sit down on my bed.

“Hey sweetie, how are you?” Mia’s voice is tired and weak.

I raise my eyebrows in confusion and concerns and I ask in a curious voice, “Mom, you ok?”

Mia nodded as she smiles softly and she says, “Yes, I’m fine... I’m just relaxing right now because I’m at the hospital.”

“Mom!!!!” I sit up straight as I get more concerned and confused and I ask in a curious voice, “Why are you at the hospital?”

Mia sighs deeply and she says, “Calm down Mike, I’m just getting chemotherapy that’s all.”

I close my eyes as I shake my head in disbelief and I open my eyes and I say, “You scared me for a second mom.”

“I’m sorry sweetie, your dad is with me.” Mia smiles softly.

“Okay... so how’s chemotherapy going?”

“Difficult... it’s not even easy...” Mia shakes her head as she sighs deeply and she says, “I had been throwing up a lot lately and sleeping too much.”

I wince softly as I shake my head, I keep quiet because I’m hurting inside about how my mom’s progress with her brain cancer... I gulp slowly as I nodded while I listen more about Mia’s progress with her cancer.

“But I’ll be okay Mike, you don’t have to worry about me, you should just focus on yourself okay?” Mia smiles.

I sigh deeply as I nodded.

Stubborn mom.

“I have to go mom; I’ll call you later.” I mumble softly as I pull my phone away from my ear and I press the end button on my phone.

I really don’t want to talk to my mom because it makes me feel so depressed too much.

I close my eyes for a few seconds because I’m trying to not break down in emotions. I yawn.


Later that night... I wake up as I yawn, I guess I fell asleep for the whole day, I had been depressed for a while because of my mom has cancer, it has been bothering me so much lately and I have no idea how I feel right now. It scares me so much and I can tell that Mackenzie is scared too.

I realize it’s 8:30pm as I get up from my bed and I run toward the hallway from my bedroom as I see Mackenzie is sitting on my family room couch.

“Uhh... hi Mack.” I chuckle nervously as I see Mackenzie looks up at me from her MacBook and I say, “I’m sorry.”

Mackenzie smiles softly as she shakes her head and she says, “It’s okay... you were sleeping all day, I was really worried about you.”

I sigh deeply as I nodded in understanding and I say, “Mom called me.”

“I know... she called me after you hung up on her... you sounded concerned too much.” Mackenzie raises her eyebrows in confusion as she sees I sit down next to her on my family room couch and she says, “I’m really worried about mom too...”

I nodded as I close my eyes for a few seconds and I gulp slowly to calm myself down and I open my eyes as I see Mackenzie looks at me with a worried look and I say, “I don’t want to lose her.”

“I know Mike, me too.” Mackenzie smiles weakly.

I nodded.

I have nothing else to say because I don’t know what to think or say about mom but I would visit my mom again whenever I get a chance.

“So, how’s your life so far since you are still dating Caleb and your lovely kids?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion as I see Mackenzie rolls her eyes and I ask in a curious voice, “What?”

“Nothing...” Mackenzie sighs deeply and she says, “Caleb and I have been arguing for a while.”

“Why?” I sit up straight since I was leaning back to relax.

“Because Caleb and I haven’t go out a lot lately when we got back together and I found out that I’m pregnant again.” Mackenzie sighs deeply and she asks in a curious voice, “You know how I get heart issues when I was a baby right...?” Mackenzie sees I nodded and she says, “My heart acting up again.”

I close my eyes for a few seconds to not break down in emotionally again and I ask in a soft and quiet voice, “So what will happen now?”

Mackenzie sighs deeply as she shakes her head and she says, “I have to go to the doctor again in VA.”

“When?”

“2 days.” Mackenzie sighs deeply and she says, “Hopefully not bad news.”

“Same here.” I mumble softly as I look up at Mackenzie since I look down on my lap and I ask in a curious voice, “So why didn’t you or Caleb hang out often?”

“Because of our kids but he was really angry because I was so busy with my books. I had been so busy with my new book and our kids are 14 and 17 years old right now.”

Mackenzie and Caleb have 2 kids, one girl and one boy... their names are Kaylee and Brandon. They are very sweet but very crazy sometimes.

“So... how’s Kaylee?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion and I say, “I mean... she went through so much with her life.”

Kaylee had been through so much in her life because her relationship failed her, her ex-boyfriend used her, didn’t really care about her... it kinda reminds me of me and Mackenzie...

Mackenzie sighs deeply and she says, “She’s doing okay... still struggling with her depression... hell... she’s 17 years old.”

I nodded in understanding as I keep quiet.

“You know mom had been fighting with her depression right?” Mackenzie raises her eyebrows in confusion as she sees I nodded and she says, “I’m worried about Kaylee because I don’t know if she will be okay or not, it stresses me out a lot.”

“And is she stressing Caleb out?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion.

“Yep.” Mackenzie sighs deeply.

“You guys have been married for 4 years and you gave Caleb another chance because you guys broke up for 2 years. So, why do you think Kaylee or Brandon have a hard time with their own life?”

Mackenzie sighs deeply as she nodded in agreement and she says, “You’re right... it’s not even easy.”

“No, it is not.” I shake my head and I say, “But you guys are a great parent to Kaylee and Brandon... trust me.”

Mackenzie smiles softly and she says, “Thank you Mike, I need that.”

I chuckle softly and I say, “Glad to know because I’m the best brother.” I wink.

Mackenzie laughs softly and she says, “Oh shut up.”

I laugh as I smile softly.

I miss Mackenzie, I always give her good advice and I’m glad that she’s talking to me and express her feelings to me if she needs to.


Next day... I wake up as I yawn and I get up from my bed since I didn’t go sleep until 4 in the morning because Mackenzie and I watched 4 movies and chatting a lot lately, blame on Mackenzie... then I went to our kitchen to find something to eat after I checked on Mackenzie since she’s still sleeping on my guest bedroom

I hear someone knocked as I raise my eyebrows in confusion because I was going to make breakfast and I walk out of our kitchen as I walk toward my front door and I open my front door as I see Anastasia smiles big with 4 bags from stores.

“Good morning Mike!” Anastasia smiles big as she looks at me with a happy look and she says, “I bought more foods if you don’t mind.”

I shake my head as I step away so Anastasia can come into my apartment and I ask in a curious voice, “How do you know?”

“Mackenzie told me before you went to bed because she told me that you barely have any food here.” Anastasia shrugs as she walks toward my kitchen and she says, “We can make foods.”

“Definitely.” I smile big as I follow her and I ask in a curious voice, “How are you?”

“I’m good... but really tired.” Anastasia shakes her head and she says, “I was finishing doing my homework then I was making an idea for my new book.”

“Oh yeah?” I see Anastasia nodded as she grabs my food out of the bag and I ask in a curious voice, “Any idea?”

“Nope.” Anastasia sighs deeply and she says, “It reminds me that my mom called me yesterday morning, she wanted me to go home to visit them but she asked me about you.”

“Uhhh... why?” I get nervous.

Anastasia giggles softly and she says, “They want to meet you.”

“Okay...” I smile softly and I ask in a curious voice, “When?”

“Next weekend.” Anastasia shrugs and she says, “We can be there for a week if you want?”

“That’s fine with me.” I nodded.

“Great.”


4 hours later... Anastasia and I finished making breakfast and we are watching a movie which’s my most favorite movie called Prom Night and Anastasia loves that movie so much like I do.

I see Mackenzie walks toward us as she looks so sleepy and I chuckle softly and I say, “Hey sleepyhead.”

“Hi.” Mackenzie yawns as she looks at Anastasia and she smiles softly and she says, “Hey Anastasia.”

“Hey Mack, I’ll go home now, we can see a movie in a couple of days.” Anastasia smiles softly as she sees I nodded after she turns around to me.

“Yeah, that’s fine... I’ll see you in a couple of days. And thank you for breakfast.”

“No problem.” Anastasia smiles softly.

“Ahh... you have breakfast.” Mackenzie smiles big as she walks away from us.

I roll my eyes as I see Anastasia giggles softly.

Gotta love Mackenzie.

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