A/N Glad you liked the last chapter… I'm hoping for more reviews on this one, but I've been really bad about updating so… thank you for those of you who are still here!
When April reached Maureen's room she heard stifled sobs and what sounded like things being thrown around. She knocked once, and when Maureen didn't say anything she walked in. The first thing she saw was a pair of shorts that nearly missed her head.
"Maureen?" she asked cautiously after ducking out of the way.
April heard some incomprehensible mumbling coming from the direction of the closet.
"Mo, what are you doing?"
Maureen poked her tear-stained face out of the closet. "I'm leaving."
"You're… leaving… where?"
"I don't know, but I can not live in this house anymore. And don't try to stop me because it won't work."
"I'm not going to try and stop you, but come and sit for a minute… talk to me."
She started to protest, then came over and joined April who had made her way to the edge of Maureen's canopy bed. She sat down and turned to April.
"I can't do this anymore. I quit. All my life I've tried so hard to be the perfect daughter, to please my parents as much as my brother does. It seems like no matter what I do, it's never good enough. And, now, well… look at me, I'm having a fucking baby. I can't stand being here anymore. It's too depressing; I hate it! I'm not supported. I try so hard for things, and then I'm just told to do better! I give up trying to be perfect, I'm not, I am leaving this house and I don't know or care when or if I come back."
By this time, she was sobbing; April just sat there and held her. After a few minutes, Maureen pulled away. "Thanks for listening, and being here for me… sometimes it seems like no one else is…"
"Hey, what are friends for?"
"Yeah, so are you going to help me pack?"
"I guess so, if you're really serious about moving out… but where are you going to go?"
"I have no idea… I guess I couldn't really stay with you…"
"No, my parents…"
"Yeah, I know."
"Maybe-" started April.
"I might, there might be someone… I don't know if you'd want to…"
"Well… see there's this guy, and he used to baby-sit for me… until… well…"
"Well, he came out."
"Like out of the closet."
"Oh… and your parents don't approve of gay people?"
"No, not really, but anyway he graduated from college about a year ago I guess and he has a steady job teaching somewhere… at an elementary school I think."
"And… why are you telling me this?"
"Well, I think he might be willing to help you… you know, you could stay with him or something, he's really nice, and very generous… that is if you want to…"
"I don't really have much of a choice do I?"
"Well, I don't know, maybe… no, not really, unless Josh…"
"Right… yeah… hang on I'll call him, I think his number's at my house though."
"Fine, just let me finish packing and I'll go with you."
"Ok, here, let me help."
April and Maureen finished packing and managed to get out of the house without encountering Mrs. Johnson, who was banging around in the kitchen. They drove over to April's house where after searching through the mess in her room, she found the notebook with the phone number in it.
"Okay, Mo, here it is, are you sure you want to do this?"
"What other choice do I have April?"
"Good point… So, I'll call him."
She picked up the phone and dialed the number. It rang once, then twice, and then someone picked up.
"Hey, Collins, it's me, April, I have a huge favor to ask you, for a friend…"
After a somewhat lengthy conversation April got off the phone with a smile on her face.
"He said that's fine, and he'd be glad to have you…"
"That's not all is it… you don't seem too sure…" replied Maureen, who could tell her friend wasn't really happy.
"Well, the thing is… he lives in Scarsdale… not here…"
"Scarsdale isn't too far away… is it?"
"Well, no, but you would have to go to a different school… and we wouldn't get to see each other every day."
"I'll come every weekend… I don't want to leave you April, but I have to do this. I can't stay in my house anymore… I've been wanting freedom for a long time… and this baby gives me that chance…"
"How much freedom are you going to have once the baby is born Mo? It's a human being that you have to take care of."
"I know… I'll make it work… I have awhile to figure it out."
"How are you going to tell Josh you're leaving?"
"I…I…I don't know… I don't want to leave, but I have to, you understand, right April?" she turned towards her friend, her big brown eyes brimming with tears.
"It's okay, it's going to be fine… we'll get through this, you'll get through this." April replied, pulling Maureen into a comforting hug.
"I don't know what I'd do without you April, promise me you'll always be here for me?"
"I will. I'll always be your friend. Nothing will ever change that."
"Do you promise?"
A/N Well, that chapter turned out better than I thought it was going to… I will hopefully update much much sooner! Please review, it makes me happy! (It also encourages more writing)