Continue the adventure with Life Begins Here – Part Four!
“I don’t want to be around people who don’t believe in me.”
“No. Leave me alone.”
Life Begins Here – Part Four
When I exited the building, I ran across the street to an ice cream shop and sat in the corner booth. I ordered the largest sundae they had and began eating. Moments after, my phone rang. I answered it without looking at the number.
I dropped my spoon and it clanked against the table. “Lawrence?”
“Nikki, I don’t have a lot of time. Vanessa told me you were at her place. I asked her to lie about us so no one could find me. I’m looking for Dad. I have to catch a flight soon.”
“Lawrence.” My heart pounded so loudly that I couldn’t hear myself think. “You finally called.”
“Vanessa told me about your fight with Flora. She’s staying in her apartment until you go apologize.”
“Apologize… no, who are you to tell me to apologize?” Everyone in the shop looked at me, but I didn’t care. “It’s you who should apologize to me. You left without a goodbye, stopped sending letters, then you tell me you’re looking for Dad? You owe me an explanation.”
“I don’t have time to explain. There’s a lot you don’t understand.”
“I needed you here and you left me. I’m not getting into college. I don’t even have a job. I’ve had to take care of Mom all by myself because no one else is around.”
“I can’t let her know what I’m doing. She’ll feel even worse. She doesn’t want him found.”
“You’re the most selfish person in the history of the world. I hope you never come back!”
“Nikki, take a breath.”
The waitress walked over to me and placed her hands on her hips, showing me a fiery stare.
“Now, you’ve got me kicked out of the ice cream shop.”
“You don’t need me around to make decisions for you and hold your hand every time you’re scared. Stop blaming everyone else for your problems and live your own life.”
“You sound just like Flora.”
“Then maybe you should start listening to us.”
To be continued…
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