Is this a puzzle Nikki can’t crack in Life Begins Here – Part Three?
“Nikki, I’m so sorry. I haven’t seen him in over a year.”
Life Begins Here – Part Three
“What do you mean? I know he’s here. I got the letters. He said he’d been staying here. Going to your shows. Travelling with you. He has to be here.”
“I’m sorry, but we broke up. I can’t help you, Nikki. Do you want a ride back home?”
I huffed and clenched my fists. “You’re useless.” I stomped down the hall and Flora hurried after me.
“Nikki, where are you going?”
“Home. This was stupid. I knew he abandoned us and he’s never going to come back.”
Flora grabbed my hand as we waited for the elevator. “I knew it was a bad idea coming here, but I thought it would help you. Thought you would finally be able to move on and stop living life for your brother and everyone else.”
I yanked my hand away. “You sound like my mother. You think I should write him off and forget he existed.”
She bit her lip. “Nothing like that. I just want you to have a life that’s yours. I’m going to college soon and I won’t be around to…”
“Sure, just rub it in my face! Everyone is going to college except me. Moving on except me. Everyone has forgotten about my brother.” I slumped against the wall and sunk into the floor. “Except me.”
“You’re not as alone as you think you are.”
“I don’t need your help, Flora. Just leave. I can find him myself.”
“I thought you wanted to go home.”
The elevator opened and I went inside. “I don’t know what I want.” I pressed the button for the main floor, then the doors closed. Flora tried to step in, but I nudged her out.
“I don’t want to be around people who don’t believe in me.”
“No. Leave me alone.”
To be continued…
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