Chapter 2

A Nocturnal Beginning

Part 2

For the past few days, Samantha felt like she was having nothing but bad luck. Ever since Kimmy had came on to her in the mall, she couldn't bare the thought of ever seeing her again. As such, she spent every school day avoiding her at all costs, fearing that if they met face to face she would try to hit on her again, or even worse. Though deep down, she had felt guilty about running out on her, yet she couldn't bring herself to apologize because of the trauma.

Later one day after school, as Samantha was gathering some things from her locker, she was soon approached by Zach.

"Hey Samantha, what's up?" greeted Zach.

"Oh nothing, I'm just getting ready to go home."

"This is odd. Usually you always walk home with Kimmy."

"Kimmy and I aren't really hanging out anymore."

"Why not?"

"It's for personal reasons that I can't explain."

"Don't worry, you don't have to. It's your business, not mine. Whatever happened between you two sounds really serious, so it wouldn't be a good idea to talk about it."

"Thanks for the sympathy."


(Two hours later at the Miko household)

Samantha was up in her room sitting on her bed looking out the window while it was raining. She couldn't stop thinking about what had happened between her and Kimmy. It was something that would remain engraved in her memories and would never go away, no matter how hard she tried to get rid of her.

"How could I have not seen this coming beforehand. I can't believe it. And to think, she was my best friend." she said to no one in particular.

Soon, she heard a knock on her door.

"Who is it?"

"It's your mother." said Linda from outside the room.

"Come in."

Linda opened the door and walked in the room, closing it on her way in.

"I just came here to talk to you. Lately your father and I have been wondering why you're always so quiet and secretive these days. Did something happen?"

"It's too horrible to talk about."

"Samantha, you know that you can tell me anything. It's okay."

"I don't know if I can."

"It will be alright."

"Well, okay."

"Now tell me what's wrong."

"Last weekend at the mall, me and Kimmy were having a good time, it was just the two of us. We had lunch, we had a conversation, everything was fine until-"

"Until what?"

"Until she-"

"Come on honey, what is it?"

"Until she came on to me."

"She what?"

"She tried to seduce me."

"Why would she do that?"

"Because, she even kissed me."

"But that means-"

"Yes mom, she's bisexual."

"But why did you keep this from us for so long?"

"I was afraid that you'd be ashamed of me if you had found out."

"Samantha listen to me. You're my only child and I love you, so does your father and uncle. You shouldn't worry about what we think of you. Sure this was a traumatic experience for you, but when something like this happens, you can't keep it to yourself all the time."

"I know mom. But, I'm just so conflicted on what to do. It's like my mind is telling me to apologize for running out on her, but also my body is warning me to stay away from her."

"Look, it may seem shocking at first, but overtime you just learn to accept someone for who they are. That's how it is."

"What if I can't face her again. I've been avoiding her for days, but she's still my best friend."

"You can do it, just keep your confidence up and don't hold back."

"I love you mom." said Samantha.

"I love you too Samantha." replied Linda as they embraced each other in a hug.

Severals minutes later after the rain cleared away, Samantha had left the house and headed off for Kimmy's place. She was determined to rekindle her friendship and was also fully prepared to accept her for who she is.

But however, by the time she had arrived there she soon came upon an unexpected sight. Peeking in through one of the windows, Samantha spotted Kimmy, whom was on a couch in a living room, kissing what looked like an orange haired girl.

Riddled with shock, Samantha backed away and ran off without even saying a word.

"I can't believe this, she went off and found another girl to be with just because I rejected her affections. How could she do this to me?" thought Samantha.

(The Next day at school)

Kimmy was walking through the hallway, making her way to her second hour class. For all the days that passed, she couldn't stop thinking about Samantha. She felt hurt and disappointed at how Samantha had rejected her feelings. Although they had been best friends since childhood, deep down she had hoped that they could be more than friends.

However, she would soon get a surprise when she saw Samantha walking straight towards her. But judging from what she could see, Samantha looked rather angry.

"I need to talk to you." she said with a furious tone.

"Well, this is new. I never thought you would actually talk to me again especially since you've been dodging me for countless days." said Kimmy.

"Don't act cocky. I can't believe that you would betray me like this."

"I don't know what you mean?"

"What I mean is, I was my way to your house yesterday to try and apologize to you so we could patch things up. But the very moment I arrived, I saw you making out with some other girl."

"Oh my god, that's what this is about?" asked Kimmy as she started to become upset.

"Yes, apparently you just took it upon yourself to go out and find some other girl to make me look bad. You completely betrayed our friendship."

"You think that's the reason I did it? Well, let me tell you something. You couldn't even begin to understand how upset and hurt I was when you ran out on me that day after I made a move on you. I cried for hours in my room because of your rejection, it was as if I had nothing left in my life after what you did to me. A few days after that incident, I was miserable without you. Then when I ran into Stacy Marco, she asked me out on a date. Initially I turned her down because I was still in love with you and thought that maybe I'd eventually get another chance to be with you. But after doing some thinking, I realized that you'd never accept me for who I am, so I started seeing Stacy instead."

"You're right." said Samantha in a soft voice.


"I said you're right. I'm really sorry about hurting you like that, it's just that I was taken by surprise, that's all. To tell the truth, I couldn't stop thinking about you either. If you want to be who you are, that's your choice. And you don't have to worry, because I'll accept you no matter what. We can still be friends, but nothing more."

With smiles on their faces, they gave each other a hug, meaning that their friendship had finally been restored.

"Are you sure we can't be more than friends?" asked Kimmy pulling back to look her in the eye.


"Just kidding."

(Later in the evening)

Samantha was on her way back to home after having spent the whole day hanging out with Kimmy at her house. She was smiling the whole way, feeling happy that she had gotten her best friend back in her life.

"It sure feels nice to be friends with Kimmy again. Looks like my life is slowly coming back on track." she thought to herself.

But her happiness soon faded when she spotted an ambulance parked in front of her house, indicating that something was wrong.

"Oh no, this can't be." said Samantha before she rushed up to the scene. She gasped with shock when she saw her mother being rolled out of the house on a stretcher by two male paramedics.

"What's going on, what happened to her?" asked Samantha.

"Your mother was found collapsed on the floor in the bathroom by your uncle. He called us as soon as he found out, and we rushed over to get her." said one of the paramedics.

"But why did this happen?"

"There's no easy way to say this. Your mother is diagnosed with cancer, her health is deteriorating."

"But you can help her, can't you?"

"I'm sorry. But with her being the way she is, I'm afraid she won't make it."

But Samantha's response was not a calm one.


"S...Sa...Samantha... is that you?" asked a soft voice.

Samantha turned her head around to see that her mother Linda was awake. She released the paramedic and ran to her side, taking her hand within her own.

"I'm here mom, I'm here for you. I won't leave you."

"Samantha, my time is up. I'm not gonna make it, you have to move on."

"Mom, please don't die. You can fight this, I don't wanna lose you, not now." Samantha pleaded with tears forming in her eyes.

"Listen to me, honey. Don't worry about me, just move on with your life. Don't let anything stop you. Be strong and never let your guard down, just fight on."

"Mom I-"

"Shh, it's okay. I'll always be with you, in your heart. I'll Samantha."

After those last words, her eyes slowly closed and her hand slipped from Samantha's as she slowly drifted into unconsciousness. Linda Miko, was dead.

"I love you too, mom."

As she watched her mother get taken away before her very eyes, Samantha almost nearly tried to go after her again, only to be stopped when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned to look at her uncle, who had sympathetic look on his face. Without even a word, she embraced him in a hug, crying on his shoulder.

But they became even more upset upon finding out from another paramedic that Samantha's father Jacob was attacked at work by one of his fellow co-workers. He was stabbed through the chest several times with a knife before getting beaten really badly. He was quickly taken to the hospital to be medically treated, but despite the best efforts, he was not able to survive and soon died many moments later.

Many minutes later after the paramedics and the ambulance were gone, Samantha spent the entire time alone in her room, crying into her pillow. She couldn't understand how she had lost her parents in one night. It all seemed like a nightmare brought to life. This news left her feeling torn apart on the inside, and she knew there was nothing she could do to fix it. Her parents were gone, forever.

Her uncle Gaiyu himself was more upset than he looked. The trauma of losing his younger brother and sister-in-law at the same time made him feel nothing but guilt and sorrow. If only he had known this beforehand, he would have done all he can to try and prevent it. Yet, he was too late. This experience would continue to haunt him and his niece for the rest of their lives.

To Be Continued

Here's chapter 2.

Samantha's now reunited with her best friend. And so far everything was going well until she lost her parents, which is quite tragic. There's no telling what she'll do next.

Of course that will be in the next chapter.

I hope you enjoy this.

Later folks.