Discover how Nikki will cope with her situation in Life Begins Here – Part Five.
“You sound just like Flora.”
“Then maybe you should start listening to us.”
Life Begins Here – Part Five
“Who does he think he is?” I paced in front of the apartment building with clenched fists, waiting for Flora to come down. “He thinks I always need someone else to make my choices. At least I didn’t abandon my family!”
Flora walked out and leaned against the brick wall with crossed arms. “Are you ready to apologize?”
“Why did you bring me here? Why did you force me to come find my brother?”
Flora raised her hands. “I guess the accusations haven’t stopped yet. It’s not like I twisted your arm and shoved you into my trunk. I thought you and I could have an adventure together before I left. It was never about your brother.”
I stopped pacing. “What do you mean?”
“I wanted my friend back. I thought doing this would get your mind off school and give you some kind of purpose. I’ve talked about college a lot lately, and I wanted to give you something else to focus on. You haven’t been the most present person in my life and I thought I could change that.”
My stomach twisted in knots. I leaned on the wall next to her, squinting at the sun. “I thought it’d be easier if I pushed you away. That way when you said goodbye, it wouldn’t hurt as much.”
“You thought leaving my best friend behind wouldn’t hurt?”
“Lawrence said he’s searching for our dad. He wouldn’t tell me anything else. I need to keep searching for the answers.”
“Maybe sometimes it’s better to sit back and wait for the timing to be right. When your brother’s ready, he’ll come back for you.”
“I think I finally need to talk to my mother about my dad and brother. We walk on eggshells around each other and never talk about anything real. It’s time to make a good decision and lay it all out on the table. Tell her what I’m really feeling.”
Flora squeezed my hand. “I’ll be right there with you for whatever you need.”
“Thanks, Flora. I know I can always count on you.”
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