Chapter 8: Always There

The next morning, Alex looked up at the sky, kept thinking about his mom and looked at his necklace and felt so lonesome that he has no one in his life. He sat down, curled himself into a little ball and started to cry. Tears steamed down his face and Mike, Zeke, Sam, Riley and Nick went up to Alex. Nick wiped Alex's eyes just to realize that Alex needs comfort and support.

"Still thinking about your mom, aren't you?" asked Zeke.

"I keep looking at her necklace and I miss her so badly, man." said Alex.

Zeke and Sam looked at the necklace and read the inscription that says, "To Alex, no words can express how you've brought much joy to us these past 16 years that I have watched you grow into an independent, honest, sweet young man. No mother could be very proud. May our relationship as mother and son continue to grow for a long time to come. Love, mom."

"That's so sweet." said Riley.

"I guess you really miss her a lot, haven't you?" asked Mike.

"So much." said Alex, softly.

"Don't worry. Know that we're here for you, whenever you need us." said Sam.

"Thanks, guys." said Alex.

Riley, Mike, and Zeke walked back to the house, leaving Sam, Alex and Nick alone to talk with each other. Alex's eyes filled with tears and Sam wiped it for him. Sam sighed and said, "Listen, you'll get through this. Like we said, we're gonna be there for you, cause we love you."

"Yeah, no matter what, we'll be right here for you and know that you're not alone. We're here with you." said Nick.

Alex sniffled and smiled and began to hug Sam and Nick and said, "I love you, guys."

"We love you, too. Someday, when you die, you'll be able to see your mom again. Until then, we're right here for you." said Sam.

"Count on it." said Nick.

"I'm feeling better now. I'll be okay. It's nice to know I have a big family right there for me. And I get to spend time to make up for the ones me and my dad lost." said Alex.

That touched Sam's heart and hugged him so tightly, he got a little emotional and started to feel the love from his lost son. They all went inside and the radio played Hilary Duff's song, "Shine" as the family came together. Alex realizes that he has family right there for him and reminisces these moments together as the song begins to play.

Everyone knows

That I'm 10 feet under

Till you come along

And brighten my day

Everyone knows

That you kill the thunder

The roaring in my brain

Is giving me the strength

To see right through the haze

Shine

Come on and let it shine

Light me up

Make me feel alive

You got what it takes

(Shine on me today)

Shine

Come on and you know how

To lift my spirit off the ground

And chase those clouds away

Shine on me today

When everything's wrong

I just pick the phone up

The sound of your voice

Well, it fills my eyes

With tears of joy

Cause I'll know you'll be there

When I'm hanging by a thread

You're my heavensent

Shine

Come on and let it shine

Light me up

Make me feel alive

You got what it takes

(Shine on me today)

Shine

Come on and you know how

To lift my spirit off the ground

And chase those clouds away

Oh, I have this way

Of making me feel like I can fly

You're underneath my wings

So I won't free fall out of the sky

You're always there to save me

You know you save me

Shine

Come on and let it shine

Light me up

Make me feel alive (Lift me up)

You got what it takes (You got what it takes)
(Shine on me today)
Shine

Come on and you know how

To lift my spirit off the ground

And chase those clouds away

Come on and shine

Shine

Shine on me

Shine on me, shine on me tonight

Yeah

Shine on me today

Everyone knows

That I'm 10 feet under

Till you come along

And brighten my world

Alex, Bianca, Sam, Riley, Nick, Mike, Zack, Troy and Zeke looked at the sun together and stuck together as a family. Alex soon realizes that he may be alone, but his family always keeps him together, especially his long-lost dad. They all got along closer than ever before and they'll be together in the future.