Hey there! sorry for the HUGEE break in updates! I just graduated and want to start getting back into this story! are people interested in reading more? in the mean time here's a little update for y'all!

They walked into the restaurant and sat down across from each other in their favorite booth. The girls ordered and chatted casually about life as Abbie sipped on a frozen margarita.

"What else is new darling?" Abbie said with a smile.

Gabby thought for a moment playing with her necklace. "I wrote this piece for my English elective and my teacher is submitting it for some sort of award."

"That's amazing! What's it about?"

"Uhmmm… Well… Sorta… I mean It's basically about me and mom and umm our relationship and stuff. I don't know, it's hard to explain I guess."

"Can I read it?" Abbie asked with a smile.

That was one of the things Gabby loved about Abbie, she was so blunt and forward. She wasn't going to tip toe around anything.

Gabby thought for a moment. "I guess when it's finished you can."

Abbie was about to say something when the waitress came over with their food.

The two women enjoyed the huge Mexican fiesta as they casually chatted about life. Just as they were about to pay for dinner (or rather just as Abbie was paying for dinner) a familiar face suddenly appeared next to their booth.

"Abigail." The women said curtly, "Gabriella" she added with a smile.

"Judge Donnelly" Abbie said extending her hand for a polite hand shake.

"Bureau Chief" Liz Donnelly corrected politely.

However the second the very professional handshake had finished Gabby was practically jumped out of her seat to give the women a hug. "Hi Liz!" Gabby said with a smile, "what are you doing here?"

"Just picking up some dinner when I saw you from across the restaurant. Although I must say I am surprised to find you here with Ms. Carmichael instead of your mother or Alexandra."

"Abs decided to come up for the weekend to surprise me because we haven't seen much of each other lately…" Gabby explained.

"Ah yes, and are you enjoying Washington D.C Abigail?"

"Yes, very much." Abbie said with her smile.

"Do you see much of Serena Southerlyn?"

Gabby bit her lip to hold back her giggles. Apparently the Bureau Chief was unaware of the long standing relationship between the two.

"I do." Abbie said with a twinkle in her eye that was not missed by Liz.

"Very well," Liz continued. "I will not keep you two any longer you must have a busy weekend ahead of you, I am sure Alexandra doesn't travel lightly." She concluded with a wink.

"News still spreads quickly in the DA's office I see." Abbie said with a smirk.

"No more so than usual, I had coffee with Alex today and she mentioned the big move. Anyways, enjoy your evening ladies. Oh and Abigail give my love to Serena." With that last comment and a smile Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly walked away from a dumbfounded Abbie and a chuckling Gabby. As soon as Liz was out of the restaurant Abbie let out a huge sigh of relief.

"I love Liz but that was so awkward."

Gabby had no response she just laughed as Abbie collected her credit card and the two left.

When the two of them arrived home Gabby immediately put curled up on the couch under her favorite blanket while Abbie grabbed a beer and a soda and put the DVD in. Before the movie even started Gabby curled into the corner of the couch and stared blankly ahead. "Abbie…" She began quietly. Abbie knew better than to say anything so she just looked quietly at Gabby.

"Do you think things are gonna get better? Because right now everything is supposed to be good but it just seems to keep sucking".

"Oh hon, its called being a teenage girl. Of course things are gonna get better. I know things are hard now but they will get better sooner or later you just gotta tough if out. And you my darlin' are one of the toughest young ladies I know."

Gabby smiled slightly as she turned back to the movie that had just started. The two watched the movie in silence as the end credits rolled Gabby stifled a yawn.

"Why don't we call it a night? You look exhausted." Abbie offered as she turned off the movie.

"Yea I think I'll crawl in bed. You gonna sleep in the extra room?"

"Yes ma'am. I'm gonna call Serena and then get a little work done first though."

"Why didn't she come with you this weekend?" Gabby asked eying her aunt carefully.

"I told her she wasn't allowed. It turned into quiet a little brawl. But I won…. I always do" Abbie said with a smile.

"Why not?" Gabby asked with a slight whine. "I haven't seen her in ages."

"Cuz my girl needed my undivided attention and some southern lovin' and we didn't need anyone distracting us".

Gabby smiled as she hugged her aunt, it was a nice reminder that regardless of her own life that Abbie always would take care of her.

Gabby walked to her room and crawled into bed. She took out her journal and began writing. She heard Abbie talk to Serena and finally go to bed, but Gabby just kept writing. Finally around 2:00 AM her eyes grew heavy and she feel asleep with her journal open on her lap.

Abbie woke up at 3 to use the restroom and decided to check on Gabby. When she walked into Gabby's room she was soundly asleep with her bedside lamp on and her journal open on her lap. All of Abbie's good judgment left as she quietly picked up Gabby's journal and began to read.

I hid within myself until there was nowhere else to go.

My body craved an escape.

An escape from what?

Myself. I need to escape myself.

How can one escape when they are the one holding them back?

My smile is reflected back at me.

FAKE it screams.

I shake

Begin to loose control

I find relief the only way I know how

In the depth of the porcelain bowl.

Abbie read the short poem over and over again, she wished she could reach into Gabby's soul and pull out all the pain, but she couldn't. Instead she closed the journal turned off the light and crawled into bed next to Gabby. Abbie quietly stroke the young girls hair as she drifted off into sleep.

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