Chapter 20 - Anastasia’s POV
3 years later... I am 21 years old, Michael is 23 years old... Michael and I have been friend for 3 years, I love it... we became closer and closer, we always hang out almost every day, I spent a night at Michael’s apartment and he spent a night at my apartment, since 3 years drove me crazy because one thing is that Harper and Maddison are moving out of my apartment so I am living alone at my own apartment which it’s okay with me.
Maddison and Harper are hanging out with me right now since we are going to the mall, I talked with Leah a few times but I do miss her a lot. She’s doing well and we will visit her this weekend.
I’m in my car with Maddison and Harper, we are singing along in my car since I’m driving...
“Anastasia?” Maddison raises her eyebrows in confusion and she asks in a curious voice, “Why Michael keeps calling you?” Maddison grabs my phone from my cup holder as she sees Michael’s number on my phone screen.
“Uhhh... I have no idea, answer him and put him on speaker.” I raise my eyebrows in confusion as I’m still driving us to the mall.
“Okay.” Maddison pressed the answer button on my phone and she says, “Hey Michael.”
“Hi Maddison, is Anastasia with you?” Michael sighs deeply as he shakes his head slowly.
“Yeah, I’m driving us to the mall...” I raise my eyebrows in confusion since he sounds off and I ask in a curious voice, “What’s wrong?”
“Remember my mom’s brain cancer got worse 2 years ago.” Michael sighs deeply as he shakes his head.
I drive on the side of the road to pull over and I ask in a curious voice, “Yeah, I remember... but what’s going on?”
Michael closes his eyes for a few seconds and he says, “My dad told me that my mom wouldn’t make it in a week.”
I gasp softly as I close my eyes for a few seconds and I say in a soft voice, “Oh my god...”
“Yeah... but I know you’re really busy today but do you think you can come over to my apartment so we can go to DC to visit my mom...?” Michael sighs deeply, I could tell his voice sound really off and I’m concerned about him.
“Sure... but when?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion and I say, “Mike... I can come back home and pack if you want me to.”
“Ummm we can go on Friday since it’s Tuesday today.” Michael sighs deeply and he says, “I’m sorry if I bother you.”
“No, it’s fine...” I smile weakly as I sigh deeply and I say, “I’ll come over to your apartment tomorrow night and we can go there in 2 days.”
“Okay, that’s fine... bye.”
“Bye Mike.” I see Maddison hangs up on my phone as I’m driving us to the mall.
I’m shocked that Michael’s mom will die in a week, I don’t understand why her cancer is getting worse and worse, I thought chemotherapy will help her and get her better, but I guess she isn’t going to get better, I’m really worried about her and her health. Plus I’m worried about Mackenzie and Michael and Lincoln too.
Later that evening... Sophia came over to my apartment after I dropped Harper and Maddison off at their apartments and I’m sitting on my own couch and listening to music on my speaker since Michael bought it for me and I haven’t used my MacBook because I have a huge writer block.
I sigh deeply as I close my eyes to calm myself down because I feel confused and sad about Michael as I open my eyes and I see Sophia sits down next to me and I smile weakly.
“Ana, Michael will be okay... you would be with him okay.” Sophia smiles softly as she looks at me with a sad look.
“I know... I mean...” I trail off as I shake my head slowly and I say, “I would have to be there for Mackenzie, Michael, and Lincoln.”
“It will be okay... I promise.” Sophia smiles softly as she looks at me with a worried look and she asks in a curious voice, “Do you want to go to Michael’s apartment to hang out?”
I look up at Sophia with a confused look as I nodded slowly and I say, “I know we are supposed to hang out and have a girl night in.”
“It’s fine... you seemed off lately... I am worried about you and I want to make sure you’re okay... I think you should pack and go to Michael’s apartment, I’m sure he does need you.” Sophia smiles softly and she says, “If you can drive yourself or you prefer me to drop you off.”
I sigh deeply and I say, “Gosh, you’re the best sister! I promise we will hang out when Michael and I get back from DC.” I see Sophia nodded and I get up as I walk away from Sophia so I can start packing my small stuff to go to DC.
3 hours later... I arrived at Michael’s apartment as I’m in Michael’s family room since Sophia dropped me off, Michael has been quiet for hours because he has been depressed for a while, I feel really bad for Michael, I hope he’ll be okay.
“Mike?” I snap Michael’s thought as I see Michael looks at me with a sad look.
“Hmmm?” Michael sighs deeply as he shakes his head and he says, “I’m sorry... too many things on my mind.”
“About your mom?” I see Michael nodded as I sigh deeply and I nodded and I say, “We will go to DC tomorrow okay...” I could see Michael smiles softly, I know he’s hurting so badly. Which I do get completely.
“Okay, I guess I’ll go to bed... will you be okay here?” Michael sees I nodded and he gets up from his family room couch and he walks away from me.
I sigh deeply as I grab my phone from his coffee table and I dial Mackenzie’s number on my phone as I put my phone on my ear while I’m waiting for Mackenzie to pick up.
“Hey Mack.” I sigh deeply and I ask in a curious voice, “Are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m okay... I’m just hurting about it.” Mackenzie sighs deeply as she shakes her head and she says, “I’m worried about Michael like how he would handle it.”
“Me too.” I sigh deeply and I say, “I’m at Michael’s apartment right now.” I yawn as I close my eyes for a second and I open my eyes and I say, “I just don’t want anything to happen to Michael or you or Lincoln.”
“I know... I’m glad you are with Michael. Caleb and I will be there tomorrow night.” Mackenzie sighs deeply.
“Okay...” I sigh deeply as I pull my phone away from my ear and I get up from Michael’s family room couch as I walk out of his family room and I walk toward his guest bedroom as I walk into his guest bedroom after I close his guest bedroom door and I walk toward his guest bed as I sit down and I sigh deeply.
Long day tomorrow...
Next day... I open my eyes after I hear a noise out there as I get up from Michael’s guest bed and I walk out of his guest bedroom after I open his guest bedroom door as I walk toward his kitchen and I see Michael is cooking food in his kitchen.
Michael looks up at me as he smiles softly and he says, “Morning.”
“Morning Mike.” I raise my eyebrows in confusion and I ask in a curious voice, “Are you doing ok?”
Michael shakes his head and he says, “No, I’m not even okay at all but cooking always makes me feel better.” Michael sees I nodded as he notices that I’m really tired and he asks in a curious voice, “Did I wake you up?”
I nodded slowly and I say, “That’s fine... I’m not mad.” I sigh deeply and I say, “I’m really worried about you.”
“Don’t be.” Michael sighs deeply and he says, “I’ll be okay as long I have you, my dad, and Mackenzie.”
I nodded as I smile softly and I say, “Okay... I think I’m going to take a shower and change.”
“Okay.” Michael smiles weakly as he sees I walk away from him.
4 hours later... Michael and I are in his car since he decided to drive there... I’m reading my favorite book as we’re listening to music on his stereo in his car. I love his radio because of some of my favorite songs on his radio.
I keep looking at Michael a few times because I want him to tell me if something’s bothering him, I sigh deeply as I’m trying to get comfortable.
“Anastasia... what’s it?” Michael turns around to me as he looks at me with a worried look since he’s driving to his parents’ house.
“I don’t know...” I mumble softly as I shake my head and I see Michael looks at me with a ′Don’t lie to me′ look as I roll my eyes slowly and I say, “I know you’re not okay at all but I’m really worried about you.”
“You think I would do the same thing like my mom?” Michael raises his eyebrows angrily as he turns around to the road and he shakes his head and he says, “I’m not going act like my mom.”
Michael told me about what’s going on with his mom like her past, that she went through so much with battling with drugs.
“I know but I mean... if you feel depressed...” I trail off as I close my eyes because I really don’t know what the hell should I say and I open my eyes.
“Okay... I don’t want to talk about it anymore.” Michael snaps as he looks at me with a glaring look and he says, “Just... drop it.”
“Okay...” I sigh deeply as I look down on my book to get my mind off, I wouldn’t bother him anymore... I’m going to give him some space.
I close my eyes as I get more comfortable because I’m definitely going to sleep right now... I don’t really want to bother him.
I sigh deeply as I fall asleep.
3 hours later... I open my eyes as I hear we stopped and I see Michael looks at me with a neutral look and he looks really upset...
“What?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion as I see Michael sighs deeply.
“Nothing... we are here.” Michael mumbles softly as he gets out of his car with me.
I nodded slowly as I sigh deeply.
I notice that Michael wouldn’t say anything which I don’t blame him for this... but I’m really worried about him because I don’t want him to go through with his depression... I would have to be there for him.
“Can you just say something to me?” I see Michael shakes his head since we are walking toward the hospital building and I say, “I’m sorry Mike!”
“Really? You’re sorry?” Michael scoffs in disbelief and he says, “You know I wouldn’t do that because my mom begged me to not doing it.”
I sigh deeply as I nodded in understanding and I follow him inside of the hospital building as I see Michael looks at me with a glaring look, I decide to keep quieting because I don’t want to make him angrier at me.
We walk toward the elevator as I see Michael beeps to go up, I could tell Michael is nervous and he’s really angry... at me... which I do understand.
We see the elevator doors open as we walk into the elevator, Michael beeps 8th floor for cancer wing as I see Michael shakes his body, I could tell that he would go to break down in an emotional way. I beep to stop after I walk toward as I see Michael broke down in emotions and he starts crying hard.
I pull him closer to me even if he is angrier at me as I hold him tightly and I say, “Cry out.”
Michael has been crying out of his eyes as we fall down on the cold floor but we don’t care, I could feel his body shaking because he was sobbing harder as I close my eyes, I know it hurt him so badly. Hell if my mom dies or my dad dies, I would feel the same way... trust me...
30 minutes later... Michael finally calmed down from his emotional breakdown as he sighs deeply. I rub his back with my hand.
“You ok?” I look at him with a worried look.
Michael sighs deeply as he nodded and he says, “Yeah, I’m fine.”
“Okay...” I get up from the floor as I see Michael gets up from the floor as well and I ask in a curious voice, “You ready?”
“I guess.” Michael mumbles softly as he looks at me and he asks in a curious voice, “Are you mad at me?”
“No, I’m really worried about you because I don’t want anything to happen to you.” I smile weakly as I beep the unstop button and we go up.
“Thank you for being here for me when I couldn’t handle it by myself.” Michael looks up at me as he sighs deeply and he says, “I know it will be so hard for me and my family for a while. But I know... my mom loves you.”
I smile softly as I sigh deeply and I say, “I guess she approves of me.”
“Of course!” Michael smiles big as he looks at me and he says, “I’m glad that I have you in my life.”
“Same here Mike.” I put my hand on his shoulder as I squeeze his shoulder lightly to let him know I’m always here for him.
I hope everything will be okay...