Me & Emily

Floorboard is filled with baby toys
And empty coke bottles and coffee cups
Drivin' through the rain with no radio,
Tryin' not to wake her up

Haley James was driving on the interstate. The only noise was the steady rain hitting the windshield. She didn't have the radio on because she didn't want to wake Emily up. She looked down at the floorboard on the passenger side of the car. Coke bottles and coffee cups were strewn all about, she needed the caffeine to keep herself awake so she could keep driving. Another thing she was a baby blanket. Haley looked in the rearview mirror at the brown haired, green-eyed girl sleeping in her car seat. She remembered the day she was born and was given that blanket.

Flashback

"Oh Connor, this is so sweet" Haley said with tears in her eyes as she looked at the baby blanket.

"My mom took my old high school and college jerseys and had them made into a blanket for Em. This way when I travel, I can still always be with her" Connor replied.

A few tears fell down Haley's cheeks and Connor leaned over and kissed her forehead.

End flashback

Cell phone says low battery
God, what if I break down?
I'm just lookin' for an exit with a lotta lights,
A safe little interstate town

Her cell phone beeped and she looked down at it.

"Shit! My cell phone can't die now! I'm in the middle of nowhere! What if my car breaks down? What if I catch a flat tire? I just need to find somewhere to exit. A small town that's safe" she said outloud.

Just a cheap hotel,
With a single bed,
And cable TV
Is good enough for me and Emily

"I just need to find a hotel that's cheap. It doesn't have to be the Hilton. Just something with a single bed and cable TV. As soon as I find that I'll stop."

Haley saw a sign that said there was a gas station two miles ahead so she took the exit and pulled into the gas station. As she was pumping gas a car pulled up next to her.

"Excuse me, can you please tell me where I can find a hotel?" Haley questioned the person when they got out of their car.

"Yes, there's one in the next town over. It's called Tree Hill, it's about five miles down the road. It's nothing much. They only have single beds and cable TV" the old man replied politely.

"Good enough for me and Emily."

After getting further directions from the old man and thanking him, Haley got back on the interstate.

Some day, when she's old enough
She's gonna start askin' questions about him.
Some kid at school brings his Dad for show and tell,
And gets her little mind a-wonderin'
"Where's my daddy? Do I have one?
Does he not love me like you do?"
Oh, maybe I'll find someone to love the both of us,
And I'll tell her when she's old enough to know the truth

As Haley drove a million thoughts started running through her head.

"What am I going do when she gets older and starts school? All her friends are going have dads. Is she going to ask me where Connor is? If he loves her? What am I going to say? Maybe someday I'll find someone to love me and Emily and he can be her dad. Maybe I won't have to tell her about Connor until she's old enough to know the truth."

Will it break her heart?
Will she understand,
That I had to leave?
That's what was best for me and Emily

"Is it going to break her heart that I left her daddy? I need her to understand that I had to leave, it's what was best for the both of us. But, will she understand?" Haley thought as a lone tear ran down her cheek.

The house was never clean enough
His dinner never warm enough
Nothing I did was ever good enough to make him happy
So, I guess he gave me what he thought I deserved

Haley looked in her rearview mirror and saw the bruises on her face, becoming lost in painful memories.

Flashback

Connor walked into the room and Haley got off the couch and walked over to him.

"Hey baby."

"Haley, this house is filthy. You would think you could clean a house the right way!"

" I rented your favorite movie and made your favorite dinner. Emily's at your mom's. I thought we could have a night alone" Haley said sweetly.

"Well isn't that sweet. Do you want a f ucking award or something?" Connor replied sarcastically.

Connor walked out of the living room and into their bedroom. He came out a few minutes later all dressed up.

"Where are you going?"

"Out."

"Connor, you just got home. I haven't seen you in a month" Haley said as she grabbed his arm as he was walking past her.

Connor turned around and back-handed Haley.

"Don't f ucking touch me" he shouted and then walked out of the house.

end flashback

But it would kill me if he ever raised his hand to her

Flashback

"Daddy, come play with me" Emily said as she pulled on Connor's shirt.

"Not now Em, I'm busy."

"But, daddy I want you to come play with me now" Emily whined.

"I said not now Emily! Go in your f ucking room!" Connor shouted.

Emily burst into tears.

end flashback

Big rigs are throwin' rain on my windshield,
And I feel like they're laughin' at me
Finally the storm is lettin' up

And the mornin' is breakin' free
It's a brand new day
It's a second chance
Yesterday is just a memory
For me and Emily

Haley took the exit for Tree Hill, North Carolina. As the sun was rising she passed a place called Karen's Café.

"This is our second chance Em."

Floorboard is filled with baby toys
And empty coke bottles and coffee cups
At least there's one good thing he gave me
And she's starting to wake up

She pulled into the parking lot of the Tree Hill Hotel and turned off her car. Emily started to stir in her car seat.

"At least there's one good thing Connor gave me" Haley said aloud as she smiled at her daughter.

Please let me know what y'all think. Hate it? Like it? Any fave parts?
Thanks,
Crystal