Chapter 13 - The Lesson I've Learned
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AN: Okay guys, here's chapter 13. I'm pretty sure this is going to be the last chapter, because this will tie up everything. Don't forget to review, please.
(Lola's Point of View)
As I stood up on my shaky legs, I smiled at Zoey. She stood there, smiling patiently as I got used to my balance again. Since I'd been in the hospital, I haven't had to walk, and it almost seems hard now.
I took Zoey's hand and she helped me steady myself before leading me out. We got into the taxi which drove us back to PCA. We didn't talk the whole way there, but there wasn't really anything to say either. We got out and walked toward the dorms, and I smiled as I looked around the empty campus. It didn't really cross my mind that it was empty, and it was the middle of the day.
When Zoey pulled open the door to the lounge, I smiled, my eyes growing wide. Everyone was there, and my eyes drifted to a huge banner that was hanging up. It read: Welcome Back Lola on it in block letters, and I knew Zoey had more than likely done it. Zoey was the only person I knew that could make perfect block letters, and those were certainly perfect.
Nicole was the first to hug me, and everyone else quickly followed. I was talking to people that had hardly glanced at me before, and I got a funny feeling in my stomach, almost like someone was watching me. I looked up and across the room, only to meet eyes with Michael.
He smiled, and I returned it. I knew that he felt bad about what had happened, and I knew that he thought it was his fault. I excused myself from the conversation I was in with Nicole and a bunch of cheerleaders, and I walked over to Michael. He watched me walk slowly over to him, as my legs still felt weird when I walked.
"Hey." He said softly as I came up to him.
"I guess you caught me watching you, huh?" He asked, and I smiled.
"I'm glad I did."
"What's that supposed to mean?" He gave me a confused look, and I just rolled my eyes playfully.
"Well, you told me I wasn't pretty, so I'm not sure why you're looking at me anyway." I said the words slowly, so as not to hurt his feelings.
"Lola, I told you I was sorry about that. I wish I hadn't said it, I didn't mean it."
"You told me I wasn't pretty enough, Michael. I don't know if I can ever forgive you for that."
"Are you blaming me for what happened to you?" He asked, not to be rude, but just out of curiosity.
"No, I'm not. My time in the hospital gave me time to think about my life, Michael. I've…come to realize that I don't think I want to be with you anymore." I sighed as I said this. I hadn't thought it would be so hard to say it, but it was.
"Don't say anything. Maybe someday we could be friends again, but right now, all I want is to be free. I need space, Mike. I just want to be able to figure out what I want in my life."
"Of course." He muttered, looking at the floor.
"I'm sorry." I said, turning to walk away.
He grabbed my shoulder, spinning me around to face him again. He leaned in and kissed my cheek, and then pulled back.
"I love you, Lola. Don't you ever forget that. If you ever change your mind, you know where to find me."
With that, he turned and walked away, leaving me standing there. To anyone else, it would've looked like I'd just gotten dumped, but really, I had dumped him. I felt bad about it slightly, as I turned and walked over to Nicole and Dana, but later I started to realize something. I don't need a boyfriend to be who I am, I just need myself.
(Zoey's Point of View)
It's been four months since the Lola got out of the hospital, and boy have things changed. Let me tell you something, life is not as easy as everyone thinks it is. Most people think us kids have it easy, but really, being a teenager isn't all that it's cracked up to be. I mean, don't get me wrong, I loved being free, but now I'm starting to see that the older I get, the more things that become important.
Take Nicole for example. She and James have managed to become pretty good friends, and they talk on the phone a lot. Nicole has changed her ways so much since everything happened with James. She's not boy-crazy anymore, and she most definitely doesn't take anything for granted. She lives every day just by the moment, and doesn't make plans. She just does whatever, and tries not to worry.
Nicole has had guys ask her out since the breakup with James, but she's turned them all down. She says she doesn't need a guy right now, and all she needs right now is to live her life for herself, and not for anyone else.
An example of living life for yourself is Lola, who in four months has managed to change her whole life around. She stopped with the puking, and she's actually eating again. She and Michael stayed friends, but I know she doesn't want anything in life to tie her down. She finally let go of her acting dream, and is now working towards setting herself up to go to college to become a doctor.
Dana and Logan are still going strong, and I'm proud to say that he proposed to her. He actually got down on one knee right in the cafeteria and asked her to marry him. She agreed, but told him it had to wait until she finished college. They have their bad days, but mostly, they are the perfect couple.
It's amazing how much Dana has changed Logan, and he can actually have a conversation with someone with bragging now. Dana told Logan that he needed to prove that he was able to be a good person if he wanted her to marry him, and he jumped right on that.
I'm really happy for all of my friends, but deep down, I wish I could say my life is going smoothly too. However, it isn't. I'm five months pregnant with the baby of a guy I don't like. I hate the looks I get from people, but mostly I hate the fact that people have been calling me a slut. The whispers I could deal with, the stares were alright, but being called a slut isn't something I can live with.
Logan, Chase, and Michael stick up for me all the time, and Logan actually got into a fight with a guy who called me a whore. As for Chase and I, we're been doing pretty good. I'd like to say we're the perfect couple everyone always hoped for, but we aren't. We fight a lot, mostly about the baby.
Chase thinks I should tell James about the baby, but I really don't want to. I wish I could just change the baby to Chase's, but the truth is, I haven't slept with Chase. It's not that I don't want to, don't get me wrong, because I really do love him, but he doesn't think that's the way to go.
I've learned two things since I found out I was pregnant, and those things have become a big part of my life. The first is to never let someone tell you you're not good enough, because you are. If someone tells you that, that means they're the ones that aren't good enough. The other thing I've learned is not to let anyone get to you, and to always believe in yourself.
At the point I'm at now, I can't go anywhere without getting head shakes or whispered about, and I've learned to accept that. I'm sure some people think I'm crazy saying something like that, but you just have to let it go and move on. I've learned that you can't let the little things bring you down, because in the end, they don't really matter.
Being pregnant has showed me who my real friends are, and I'm grateful for that. It showed me that I have friends, like Chase, Michael, and Logan, who'll do just about anything for me. It's also showed me that I have friends that will be there for me no matter what happens, just like Nicole, Lola, and Dana. I've found friends in other places too, in places I've never expected.
I'm not sure what life will bring me, but at this point, I'm ready for anything.
AN: FINISHED! How was it? Did you guys think I rushed the ending, or was it okay? I was going to try to drag it into another chapter, but I feel that this was a good place to end it. If anyone would like to see a sequel one day, please tell me in a review, and also what'd you like to see happen or be talked about in the sequel. If a lot of people want one, I might just make one. Please review!