Chapter 6 - Anastasia’s POV
2 days later... I’m at home right now since Michael texted me and told me that he’s on his way to pick me up.
I sigh deeply as I get up from my bed and I walk toward my closet as I grab my big sweatshirts from my hanger, it’s my most favorite sweatshirts ever.
I see Leah walks into my bedroom as she raises her eyebrows in confusion and she asks in a curious voice, “Where are you going?”
“Michael is taking me to the beach.” I shrug as I walk out of my closet and I see Leah looks sleepy and weak and I ask in a curious voice, “Leah, are you ok?”
“Yeah, I’m just tired.” Leah sighs deeply.
“I think Maddie or Harper will take you to the hospital if you feel that way.” I look at Leah with a worried look.
“Okay.” Leah nodded as she walks away from me.
I sigh deeply as I get ready for a day with Michael.
20 minutes later... I’m in Michael’s car since he’s driving us to the beach.
Michael is very nervous but he knows that I want to get out of my apartment for a while.
I turn around to Michael as I see Michael is still driving us. I noticed that Michael has his gray t-shirt and swim boxer but he has his sunglasses on him...
He brought my favorite pizza and his pizza too. He told me that we can eat on the sand or sit in his car, my pick.
I see Michael smiles softly at me.
“What?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion.
“Nothing, you seem really beautiful today.” Michael shrugs as he arrives at the beach.
“I guess we are here.” I smile as I unbuckle my seatbelt and I say, “The beach is really nice and quiet.”
“Yeah, I found it when I was driving to my new apartment.” Michael smiles as he turns his engine off and he asks in a curious voice, “Ready?”
I nodded as I grab the blanket from my lap and I open his passenger door as I get out of his car and I ask in a curious voice, “Do you think we can eat outside?”
“Of course.” Michael smiles as he walks toward me with our pizza boxes on his left hand since he beeps to lock his car door and he says, “Come on.”
5 minutes later... we are sitting on the blanket on the sand, we smiled and we talked to get to know each other.
“Can I ask you something?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion as I bite my pizza and I see Michael nodded and I ask in a curious voice, “Why do you want me to come?”
Michael sighs deeply and he says, “You went through so much with your past relationship, you hadn’t gone to classes or work for a while... I was really worried about you.” Michael sips his soda and he says, “Henry is an asshole.”
I nodded slowly as I sigh deeply and I say, “Yeah... he is.”
“But how did you deal with him since you kept going back with him before?” Michael raises his eyebrows in confusion and he says, “If he loved you, he wouldn’t cheat on you many times.”
I sigh deeply as I nodded, Michael is right because I went through so much because I kept going back with Henry many times, I thought I love him so much with all of my heart but I was fricking wrong because every time he cheated on me, he gave me a right reason why I believed his words... not action.
I shake my head slowly as I turn around to the ocean to see the wave, I let my tears falling down on my cheeks because I’m really an idiot for not breaking up with Henry for the first time when he cheated on me for the first time.
I feel Michael’s hand on my arm as he squeezes my arm gently and I burst into tears and I start crying hard.
“Yeah, you’re right...” I mumble softly as I sigh deeply and I turn around to Michael and I ask in a curious voice, “Did you feel the same way with your ex-girlfriend or current girlfriend...?”
Michael sighs deeply as he nodded and he says, “Yes, my ex-girlfriend Liz cheated on me before and broke my heart, I broke up with her at the end of the month before I came here.”
“Really?” I wipe my tears away with the back of my hand and I ask in a curious voice, “How long did you and Liz be together?”
Michael inhales sharply and he says, “Umm... I would say... my whole middle and high school.” Michael sighs deeply and he says, “After I found out that Liz cheated on me, I was so angry and hurt a lot... I didn’t come out of my room for 2 weeks; I was really depressed.”
“I see... that’s why I missed classes and work for 3 weeks because of my depression. You came over to my apartment once to talk to me.” I smile weakly as I sniff softly and I say, “I told myself that I need to be strong for myself.”
“I agree.” Michael smiles softly and he asks in a curious voice, “How did you find out that he cheated on you before?”
I raise my eyebrows in confusion as I nodded slowly and I say, “Well... he cheated on me for the first time, I was at home with my family when I was in junior year in high school, he came over to hang out with me but I could smell a perfume on him, which it wasn’t mine... then we argued a lot and I kicked him out.” I shake my head and I say, “Then I went back with him... he...” I pause as I shake my head and I look down on the blanket as I sigh deeply and I say, “He abused me.”
Michael looks at me with a shocked look as he sees I look up at Michael and he asks in a curious voice, “Wait... he abused you... for how long?”
“I would say like 3 ½ years then he stopped doing it when I threatened him that I’ll call cops.” I sigh deeply as I shake my head and I say, “They already know about it.”
“My brother Derek wanted to fight him so badly, my parents wad really shocked because they were angry at him for hurting me but my sisters and my best friends had been supporting me no matter what.” I sigh deeply as I look at Michael with a sad look and I say, “Yeah... I told you but you can’t tell anyone.”
“Because I don’t want them to fight Henry and it was too late to report the cops because it happened a few years ago.” I sigh deeply as I shake my head and I say, “I left him, we broke up because he cheated on me again and he got another girl pregnant... then we screamed a lot because he cheated on me and I was really scared to leave my abusive and toxic relationship.”
Michael sighs deeply as he shakes his head and he scoots closer to me as he pulls me closer to hug me tightly and he says, “I’m not going to let anyone hurt you.”
I hug him as I nodded slowly and I feel Michael’s hand on my back to rub my back softly and I say, “I just hate how much I did it.”
“Did what?” Michael raises his eyebrows in confusion as he looks at me with a concerned look.
“Stayed with Henry when he cheated on me again and again.” I shrug and I say, “I remembered when he told me that I needed to lose my weights or I need to put extra clothes on me. But whenever he was drunk, he didn’t give a shit about my feelings after he cheated on me.”
“I’m sorry... if I would be your boyfriend, I would treat you a lot better...” Michael pauses as he pulls me away but holds me so he looks at me in my blue eyes and he says, “I wouldn’t say bad things about your body, I wouldn’t cheat on you or break your heart, I would just let you cry on me and talk to me, I would treat you like a princess.” Michael smiles softly.
I nodded as I smile softly and I say, “Thank you.”
“Anytime... but thank you for telling me about what’s going on with you.”
“You’re welcome.” I sigh deeply and I ask in a curious voice, “Wanna go in the water?”
Later that night... Michael and I got tired; Michael decided to let me drive his car since he’s trusting me.
I’m listening to music while driving to my apartment and Michael is sleeping.
I’m really glad that I expressed my true feelings to Michael because I feel like I can trust Michael fully, but I hope Henry wouldn’t be in my life anymore because Henry hurt me a lot and he had me physically, verbal, and mental abuse... he really didn’t care about me at all. We had been arguing all the time because Henry had been cheating on me and I kept going back with him many times. I know that my family would be so angry if I told them about my abusive relationship with Henry, they didn’t know that because I had make-up to hide any bruises on me.
I didn’t know about love at all because he lied to me and broke my heart... I realized that I’m really scared about a new relationship, Michael understands about it.
I smile softly as I’m still driving to my apartment.
40 minutes later... we arrived at my apartment, I woke Michael up, he was so cute when he was sleeping... Michael decided to walk me up to my apartment door to say bye.
“Mike, I had fun with you.” I smile as I see Michael nodded and I say, “Thank you for not judging me.”
“Of course, you’re my best friend... I’m always being here for you no matter what.” Michael smiles softly and he asks in a curious voice, “What are you doing for Thanksgiving break?”
“Ummm... I think I would be home with my family... why?” I raise my eyebrows in confusion.
“Well... I already talked to my parents about you and your friends, they suggest that you guys can come with me, Dylan, Adam, and Tyler to go to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving.” Michael smiles softly as he looks at me and he asks in a curious voice, “Only if it’s okay with you and girls?”
I nodded as I smile and I say, “I need to get away from my family for a while.” I see Michael nodded and I say, “See you tomorrow.”
“Okay... sleep well.” Michael smiles softly as he leans to kiss my cheek and he walks away from me.
I smile softly as I giggle softly and I say, “I will.” I turn around to our apartment front door as I unlock our apartment front door and I open it as I get into our apartment and I see Maddison and Harper raises their eyebrows in confusion and I ask in a curious voice, “What?”
“Did you and Mike have fun?” Harper smiles softly.
“Yeah, it was really nice to hang out with him.” I shrug as I walk toward our family room couch and about to sit down.
“Nope, you need to go take a shower and wash your hair!” Maddison rolls her eyes as she giggles.
I roll my eyes and I say, “Fine mom.”
I had fun with Michael, it was really nice to get to know him more.