Two weeks later , exams are finally over and tomorrow me and Zoe are going to visit dad for the summer. I have packed my favorite outfits, shoes and beachwear. A few novels and mp3 music on my phone and now I am on Skype with Jenn.
“I’ll miss you!”
“I’ll miss you too!”
“Are you going to spend all summer there?”
“Yeah! I can’t wait! I haven’t seen my dad since Christmas and I’ve missed him terribly to be honest.”
“Well, I hope you have a great time with your dad then!”
“Thanks! Anyway, I need to get to bed early tonight so we’ll talk sometime tomorrow. Okay?”
I went to bed and before I know it, I fell asleep. I woke up the next morning feeling happier than the last couple of weeks. I took a shower, brushed my teeth and wore my hair in a loose braid.
I went to my sister’s room to see if she was up. I opened her door and soon enough I found her still in bed sleeping. I sighed...
“Zoe! Wake up! We are going to be late!”
“It’s early go away! I want to sleep!” She said whining.
I opened the blinds so the morning light could fill the room.
“It’s not early c’mon get up!”
“Arrrgh... Okay... I’m awake!” She said frustrated.
“Good. Get ready and come down for breakfast!”
After a couple of minutes Zoe came downstairs. We ate eggs with bacon for breakfast and mom helped us with our suitcases. Mom drove us to the airport and we went to the check in area. Soon, we heard over the speaker the announcement of our flight’s departure. We hugged our mom and said our goodbye’s.
“When you land call me.”
She looked at both of us ” Be nice and listen to your father. Have a great time!”
“I’m going to miss you!”
Mom smiled at us. “I’m going to miss you too my beautiful girls but we’ll talk on the phone. Relax and enjoy the summer with your father.”
The flight arrived on schedule. Dad was waiting for us. When we saw him, we stormed to his way.
“Dad!” I called him excitedly and hugged him.
“Hey Dad!” Zoe said.
“Hello my darlings! Welcome! Did you have a good flight?”
“Yes.” We said in unison.
We followed him to his car and got in. He started the car and told us that he is on vacation so we’re going to stay at his beach house. I called mom to let her know that everything was okay. After almost an hour drive, we arrived at the beach house.
When I entered, I took everything in. It was a huge open area with big windows that were wide open and led to an outside deck that is directly in front of the beach. In that area there was a joined living room with a kitchen and beside the big staircase is a small bathroom.
“Oh my god! This place is awesome dad!”
My dad smiled at me ” Let me show you to your rooms and help you get settled.”
Me and Zoe, followed our dad upstairs. There is a big wooden staircase that leads to the upper floor. There are four bedrooms upstairs. Two of the rooms have a sea view and the other two have a garden view at the left side of the house.
We followed our dad while he was giving us a little tour.
“This is my bedroom and home office, next door is a guest bedroom and you girls have the bedrooms with the sea view. Hannah this is yours and the next one at the end of the hall is Zoey’s. You have your own en suit bathroom.”
I took a look when he opened the door to my room and I was speechless.
“And Zoe this one is yours.”
“Oh my god! Seriously? Dad this is awesome!” My sister was jumping up and down.
“Okay girls, take your time to get settled and when you are ready you can change to your swimsuits. I’m going to make some snacks and then we can go for a swim. How’s that sound?”
“Yey!” We said in unison.
Without loosing any time, we went to our rooms to unpack and change. I took my favorite bikini out of my suitcase and after I put away all my clothes in the closet, I changed and went downstairs to meet dad. I couldn’t wait to get to the beach.
“Are you ready girls?” My dad asked from the kitchen.
“I am already there...” I yelled.
I rushed outside and followed the path from the deck that led to the sandy beach. I let the sun warm me and the sand on my toes gave me a tingling sensation. The breath of fresh air and the salty air of the beach made me smile like a kid that was giver a new toy.
Now I could empty my thoughts and relax. I turned back to look at Zoe who was screaming my name.
I saw her running towards me. “Whoever dives last, is a looser.... hahahha!”
My sister rushed to get into the water and I tried to catch up on her. We dived almost at the same time. We laughed and played with the water splashing each other. I was finally happy. Leaving the thoughts of Carter and what happened behind me.
The days have passed and I have managed to stop thinking about that damned party and the kiss between Carter and Lexie. I really liked him and after showing some interest in me and asked me out, I thought that he wanted to be my boyfriend or something... he even asked me to prom for God’s sake! I was so damn wrong to believe that he liked me.
It’s been almost a month since we got here and we are having the time of our lives the three of us. It didn’t last long though...
Like every other day, me and Zoe were out at the beach. After enjoying the sea and the sun for almost all day, we’ve decided to go back to the house to eat some ice cream. When we walked into the house we found our mom in the kitchen talking to dad.
“Oh my god mom! How? When did you get here?”
“Mom!” My sister screamed and ran to hug our mom.
“Oh my lovely girls!” She hugged us and after some catching up, I saw dad deep in thought.
“Dad? Is something wrong? By the way, mom why are you here?”
“Girls sit down please.” I studied his face and got worried. Something was up. Mom wouldn’t have been here otherwise.
“Please girls. Have a seat. Your mother came here because she has something important to tell you.”
Zoe looked at mom with a worried look. “Mom, is someone dying or something?”
Our mom smiled “No, of course not.”
“Then what is it?”
“I am perfectly fine! I have some good news though.”
“Let me leave you alone.” My dad said.
“No need Frank and thanks for understanding!”
I couldn’t take it any more. ” Will you please tell us what is going on? Why all the mystery...?”
Mom raised her hand and showed us her ring. “Peter proposed to me.” She said with a huge smile on her face.
“Oh my god! Mom you’re getting married?” My sister cheered.
Mom looked at me. She was waiting for my reaction because to tell you the truth I didn’t say anything... I was just standing there.
“Well?” She said looking at me still waiting for me to say something.
I wasn’t happy at all and to be honest the news of the proposal meant nothing to me. ” You haven’t told us why you are here though... You could tell us he proposed over the phone!”
“Hannah!” My father intervened.
“What?” I said clearly annoyed.
“Drop the attitude and let you mother explain!”
“It’s okay Frank.” She looked at both me and Zoe and dropped the bomb. ” I accepted Peter’s proposal and the wedding is in the last weekend of August. I want you to come back home with me tomorrow.”
“Noooo!” Me and Zoe said at the same time.
I looked at my father “Dad?” I said in a voice full of doubt.
My dad had a pained look on his face and that was enough confirmation for me. Oh my god! Are they fucking kidding me right now?
I looked at him like this was unreal. “Dad! You agreed to this?”
My dad had a sorry look on his face. “Girls you need to go with your mother. You’re going to live with Peter and his son so it will be better to get used to this before school starts again!”
“No! We were supposed to have this summer with you!” I yelled at him.
My mom intervened. “Please girls you need to understand that living under the same roof all of us will be a big change for you.”
“Then don’t marry him...so there won’t have to be any changes at all!” I interrupted.
“Girls... It’s better to move with them before the wedding so you could get used to this easier without the stress of new school all at once!”
“Yes Zoe. We are going to live at Peter’s. It’s a bigger house and that way you can still have your own room.”
I was going crazy... ” Oh my god... Oh my god! You have to be kidding me right now! Is this some kind of a sick joke? Because it’s not funny! I am not changing school on my last year of high school! My best friend Jennifer... You can’t do this to me!” I was furious and I was yelling at her but I didn’t care.
I interrupted her. “So we don’t have a say to this? Don’t you care about us?”
“Of course honey!” My mom said with a pleading look on her face.
“No! You are only thinking about yourself! Otherwise you wouldn’t do this to us.”
“Hannah that’s enough!” My father yelled.
I rushed up to my room with tears in my eyes. I was so angry! I was crying uncontrollably...
After a while, when I had calmed down a bit , I heard a knock on the door.
“Hannah can I come in?”
Dad came into my room and sat on the bed beside me. He put his hand under my chin, turned my head to face him and looked at my teary cheeks and red eyes.
He sighed. “I know that you are upset right now but you need to understand that your mother is right. It’s better for you to go now than have all these changes all at once on September.”
I shook my head and gave him a tight hug. I didn’t want to leave this place and be reminded of Carter again. I didn’t want to move to Peter’s house and not be able to be close to my best friend! I didn’t want to change school... But I knew they were right. My dad broke the silence.
“Maybe we can figure something out. I want to spend time with you and Zoe. What if I could come with you for some time. I am on vacation after all!”
“Oh my god dad! Really?”
“Yes really! You should know by now that there isn’t a single thing I wouldn’t do for my girls. I want to spend the rest of the summer with you one way or another. So, what do you say?”
I stopped sniffling and after looking at my dads face who was searching mine for my reaction, I gave him the biggest smile I could possibly master at that moment.
“I’ll take that as a yes.”
Maybe things were going to be better with my dad around for the rest of the summer but what about Jenn? I won’t be able to see her now that we are moving to Peter’s. And staying under the same roof with Liam... to be honest I don’t even know what to thing of that. The first time I saw him, he barely talked to me and made me think that he was rude. But then at the party and the shit with Carter, he tried to help me. He was so sweet that night.
(A/N: I hope you like the story so far. Don’t forget to comment, vote and follow. Stay tuned for the next chapter.)