It has been a week since we got back home from L.A and we live in an absolute chaos. With the move and the wedding preparations my mom is driving us crazy.
Tomorrow is the move. Our home feels like it has been bombarded. There are boxes scattered all around the house with the things we want to take with us. Dad is staying with us for the time being and he is trying to help as much as possible.
Thank god Jenn is coming here to get me out of this madness. When I heard her calling me from downstairs, I took the steps down two at a time, launched myself at her and hugged her hard.
“Wow there! I missed you too!” She said laughing at my reaction.
“Haha! Let’s go. By the way, when are you going to have your own car?”
“Soon I hope! I have saved some money but still not enough. I need at least 1000$ more.”
“Okay... You’ll get there! I am in a mood for pancakes, you?”
“I can’t say no to pancakes... You know that!”
“Okay. Jerry’s it is then!”
We got in her car and she started the ignition. After a five minute drive we were outside our favorite spot. Jerry makes the best pancakes in town. We walked inside and gave our order to Jerry before we sit to our usual booth.
“I still can’t believe that tomorrow is the move. I’m going to miss you... How am I supposed to get through the final year in high school without you?”
“Please Jenn, don’t remind me! I am thinking of getting a summer job to get the money for the car faster. At least that way I could come and see you. It’s just a half hour drive.”
“That’s a good idea. So, how do you feel about your mom getting married to Peter?”
“Well, my mom is really happy so I guess I’m okay with it. It’s a big adjustment though... having males in the house and a new sibling...”
I gave her with a questioning look. “Yeah. Liam is going to be a stepbrother or something to me and Zoe. I really don’t know... I’m still a bit confused.”
Jerry brought us our order and we dug in.
“I am definitely going to miss these pancakes...”
“Haha... I’m sure of it!”
We enjoyed each others company while eating our favorite pancakes and after an hour we left and went to the mall. That is one of the things I’m going to miss. A couple of hours later, we drove back. Jenn, hugged me tight before she left me just outside my childhood home. Tomorrow, I have a big day ahead of me. We said our goodbyes and when she drove off I went inside. Dad was standing close to the entrance hall arranging some boxes.
“Welcome back honey! How was your day with Jenn?”
“It was great! Is mom home yet?”
“She called me 15 minutes ago. She’s on her way.”
My dad caught my mood at once so he tried to cheer me up. Looking around the house and knowing that tomorrow we are moving makes me sad and melancholic.
“Wanna watch a movie or something?”
I always want to spend time with my dad so I agreed. “Sure dad. Where is Zoe by the way?”
“Up to her room. Why don’t you ask her is she wants to join us...”
“Sure. Be right back.”
I went upstairs and found my sister in her room. She was trying to figure out what things to keep and what to donate making a big mess in her room. I asked her if she wanted to join me and dad for a movie and she was up for it. I helped her close some of the boxes and then we went downstairs to join our dad.
After the movie and two slices of pizza that mom brought home for dinner, I called it a night and went to my room. I changed into a pair of shorts and a t-shirt , brushed my teeth and went to bed. I was lying there thinking that this was the last night I was spending in my room, in my childhood home, in my bed.
Tomorrow I’ll be in a new house, a new neighborhood, away from my best friend. Even though I wasn’t fond of the idea of changing schools in my last year of high school, I was glad because now I won’t be able to see Carter and Lexie anymore and be reminded of that night.
Everything with the move went smooth. It’s been three days since we moved here and I am still trying to put my new room in order. This room is bigger from my old room with two large windows and a big closet. The only downside is that there is no en suit bathroom in any bedroom of this house except the master bedroom on the second floor. That means that me, Zoe and Liam have to share the one and only bathroom of the first floor where our bedrooms are.
I was on the phone with Jennifer.
“How are you doing?”
“Good. I miss you though...”
“I miss you too Hannah! Skype later tonight?”
“You bet! What time?”
“Sure. Talk to you later Jenn!”
We ended the phone call. Luckily the day passed by quickly and after dinner I excused myself and went up to my room. Mom, Peter and Zoe stayed in the living room to watch a movie. I have no idea where Liam is cause I haven’t seen him all day. He didn’t show up for dinner. To be honest, I don’t know what to make of this... Maybe he doesn’t like us moving here after all! I spoke with dad earlier and he told me that tomorrow morning is coming to pick me and Zoe up for an outing.
As soon as I went upstairs I heard that beautiful melody again... Liam must be playing his guitar! I was standing just outside his door in the hallway, listening when I heard the sound of the skype call. I rushed in my room, closed the door and accepted the video call from Jenn.
“Hey... How was your day?”
“It was good. Yours?”
“Good I guess! Not much to tell you... I spoke with my dad. Tomorrow we are going out.”
“That’s great! By the way, I was wondering...”
“Well, when my car is fixed... maybe I could come and spend an entire day with you? How’s that sound?”
“Oh my god... Oh my god! Yes!”
“Hahahaha... Stop screaming!”
“We’ll have so much fun! You can bring your bathing suit with you and...”
“You guys have a pool? Oh my god!”
“That’s awesome! Okay then, I’ll let you know when I have news from the mechanic. I’m feeling sleepy... I’ll go to bed soon. Goodnight!”
The following morning Dad came to pick me and Zoe up. He was standing by the door waiting for us to get downstairs.
“How are my beautiful girls?”
“I am good dad.” Zoe said.
“Hey dad! Good morning!”
My sister Zoe was so curious and she couldn’t help herself not to ask. “Where are we going?”
It’s a surprise... Come now, get in the car. It’s a bit of a long drive so let’s not waste time!”
An hour and a half later, we arrived at a huge entertainment park with lots of rides and games. I haven’t seen anything like that before... There was a big Fenris Wheel and a haunted house , train rides. There were also 3D and VR games. Stands with fresh lemonade ,iced tea, ice cream and other candies. There was also a big carousel and bumping cars.
We were speechless. I took my phone out and took photos of the place and we took selfies with Zoe and dad.
“Dad this is awesome!”
“Let’s have some fun!” Dad said smiling at us.
And we did have fun. We had a wonderful time with our dad but sadly time flies quickly when you’re having too much fun so we had to leave. On the way back , dad told us that he had to leave for L.A . Even though I didn’t like it one bit, I tried my best to keep a straight face. I didn’t want him to be more sad that he already was. When dad dropped us home, I wanted to have some alone time so I’ve made an escape to the garden at the back.
I was deep in my thoughts when suddenly I felt someone standing close to me.
“What are you doing back here alone?”
“Excuse me? Do I know you?” I said a bit irritated.
He gave me a smile. ” Oh yeah... Sorry! I’m Mark , Liam’s best friend.”
“Oh! Hi Mark, I’m Hannah!”
He looked at me from head to toe. “Wow!”
He scratched his head awkwardly. “Nothing! Don’t mind me... Going inside to find Liam. See ya!”
A few minutes later, I’ve decided to go up to my room. I climbed up the stairs and walked to my room. Mark was already in Liam’s room with him talking. I could hear them cause his door wasn’t fully closed. They were talking about me.
“Bro you’ve mentioned that Hannah is beautiful but...wow!”
“Will you stop it?!”
“Your sister is hot!”
“How many times do I have to tell you that she’s not my sister...?!”
“Well, future sister then.”
I could understand from Liam’s tone that he was irritated with Mark.
“Our parents aren’t even married yet but even if they were nothing changes the fact that we’re not related... not by blood at least!”
“Okay...Okay!” Mark said laughing.
After that I went straight to my room, closed the door and stayed there until 2am. I got up from bed even though it was very late and went down to the kitchen to get something to eat because I had skipped dinner earlier. I was standing in front of the open refrigerator door , trying to decide what to eat when he spoke.
“Can’t sleep either?”
I had my back turned to him but I was sure that he was standing right behind me because I could feel his breath. I don’t know what came over me... maybe the fact that he made me feel unwelcome because he was always in his room and he hardly spoke to me the last few days or maybe because I’ve heard how he talked to his friend abut me, I snapped at him!
“why the fuck you care?”
I turned around to face him. His eyes were wide open. I guess I took him by surprise. He stared at me with such an intensity that made me feel uncomfortable.
“Are you on your period or something? It was just a question. You don’t have to be rude!”
He kept staring at me but now he had a smirk on his face. What the fuck did he say to me? Was he for real? He had some nerve!
“I’m rude? Haha! What a nerve you have! You don’t even like me...”
“What?” He asked confused.
I closed the refrigerator’s door and stormed out of the kitchen.
He tried to stop me. “Hannah wait!”
But I was already at the stairs going up to my room.
What the fuck was that all about? Damn it! How could she possibly think that I don’t care? Now I am confused. Well, maybe I should try and talk to her when she is in a better mood or something... If only she knew how much I like her. I took a glass of milk up to my room and tried to get to sleep. My mind was filled with Hannah’s face. Damn it! I definitely need to talk to her and clear the air. At some point I managed to fall asleep.
I went up to my room and closed the door behind me. What is wrong with me?! I snapped at him and didn’t give him a chance to explain himself. That night after the party he was so nice to me, sweet and thoughtful and now from the moment we moved here he is distant like I don’t even exist... I am so confused! I was lying on my bed trying to get some sleep. Turning and tossing... After a couple of hours I gave up and got up to take a shower.
when I looked in the mirror, I saw the circles under my eyes evidence of my sleepless night. I put some concealer on got dressed in some comfortable clothes and went downstairs for breakfast. My mom was already there making breakfast and if I smelled correctly she is making pancakes.
“Good morning honey! Have a seat , I’m making your favorite!”
“By the way, it’s your birthday in two days...”
“Don’t sound that excited! what’s wrong Hannah?”
“Don’t know... I think...”
As soon as I saw Liam walking in the kitchen I stopped. What could I possibly say? Mom doesn’t need any more stress added now that she has the wedding preparations.
I gave her a reassuring look. “Never mind... Everything is okay.”
“Good morning!” Liam said.
When my mom turned her back to us to finish up the pancakes, Liam sat beside me at the kitchen island stool and whispered me... “It’s not what you think...”
What the hell was that? Couldn’t he be any more enigmatic? Noooo.... I am not going to let him ruin my morning. I got off the stool and made an excuse to leave.
“Be right back, I forgot to charge my phone.”
I went up to my room and tried to calm down. I don’t know how or why but for some reason he gets under my skin and I don’t like it.
** In the meantime in the kitchen **
“What’s up with her?”
“I don’t really know Liam... maybe it’s because her birthday is in two days.”
“Oh! maybe she misses her friend...”
“Liam you just gave me an idea. I’ll make some calls...”
A few minutes later, I went back downstairs.
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