Four hours and 3 hot chocolates later, I had finished Mia's book. It was amazing. I hadn't thought that it was possible, but Mia's writing had gotten even better. I couldn't believe that Mia had managed to write this. She had always been an amazing writer but this was one of the best things that I had read for a very long time.

After I had paid the bill, I got up and left the café. I decided to walk home, as I had nowhere to be anytime soon. About 4 blocks from my loft, I spotted one of those tiny specialist popup shops selling Star wars memorabilia. Normally I would have avoided the shop, but I needed to get the perfect present for Mia's birthday. Not a grand gesture, but something that showed her that I understand her and hopefully help her figure out how much I care.

I walked into the shop and a rack of memory sticks immediately caught my eye. From personal experience, I knew that Mia never backed anything up. The more I thought about it the more I liked it. Now all that was left was to find the perfect one. And then I saw it, the perfect one; tucked right at the back - it was Princess Leia in her Hoth outfit, which has always been Mia's favourite.

I grabbed it and quickly walked to the counter, worrying all the time that someone was going to come and grab it off me any second. I got to the counter and the sulky looking shop assistant looked up briefly then demanded 10$. I handed it over and left the shop. I walked home as fast as I possibly could, the whole way thinking about exactly what I was going to write to her.

Once I got home I sat at my desk and began to write. After about 10 minutes I began to remember why I hated English so much; I, unlike Mia, do not have a way with words. In fact, it's part of the reason that my relationship with Mia got so messed up in the first place. On my fifth attempt I came up with this:

Dear Mia,

What can I say? I don't know much about romance novels, but I think you must be the Stephen King of the genre. Your book is hot. Thanks for letting me read it. Anyone who doesn't want to publish it is a fool.

Anyways, since I know it is your Birthday and I also know you never remember to back anything up, here's a little something I made for you. It would be a shame if Ransom My Heart got lost before it ever saw the light of day because your hard drive crashed. See you tonight.

Love,

Michael

Then I put the note in an envelope with the USB and sealed the envelope with a kiss, hoping that by some miracle Mia would know it was there. I know – stupid, right? After that, I texted Lilly and my parents to ask if they wanted to come over for dinner. My mom quickly replied with a "yes" for all of them.

Ten minutes later, Lilly arrived in a huff muttering something about how, for all Mom knew, she could have had plans with Kenneth.

"Well hello to you too, Sis. You know, sometimes, I really can't understand how Mom and Dad live with you." After a few minutes, she looked at me and said,

"I want to make a video for Mia's Dad's campaign. I don't think that it will make her forgive me completely but it should at least help."I took a double take and asked her,

"Who are you, and what have you done with my sister?" I mean, seriously, this is way too nice for Lilly. She rolled her eyes and said in classic Lil style,

"And here I was thinking that being nice was the new fashion." I rolled my eyes and sent a text to my parents, asking how long they were going to be.

About 5 minutes later, there was a knock on the door. "Lil, can you get that, please?" The answer was, of course, no - so I reluctantly went to the door and opened it - only to be assailed with a hug from my mom. When she was done, my dad and I exchanged our usual look when either of the female members of our family becomes even slightly hysterical. He then patted me on the back and said,

"How did your coffee date with Mia go?" I began to respond that it was great, but interrupted myself and said,

"Wait, how did you know about that? Lilly?" I turned to my ever so darling sister, who replied,

"Yes?" and tried to look innocent - she failed. I rolled my eyes and asked her if she ever keeps her mouth shut. She then said that she does; but only when it suits her.

Just as I was about to reply with an equally caustic and witty response, my dad cut in and asked what we were having for dinner. "I ordered sushi from Nobu."

I got three puzzled looks as if to say, 'why would you do that?' Lilly was the first to actually say anything (of course). My parents both gave her a look - but she went on anyway,

"Why the hell would you pay for overpriced sushi, when you have been living in the birthplace of the stuff for two years?" I rolled my eyes and replied,

"I am feeling sentimental." She stuck her tongue out and I gave her a well-deserved head noggie. My mom gave me a reproving look, but made no move to break it up. After a few minutes of inflicting justice on my delightful younger sister - who was now pouting, there was a knock at the door, and I had to release her in order to answer it. I paid for the sushi and announced that dinner was here. The rest of dinner was remarkably uneventful. My sister, by some miracle, decided to behave like a normal human being and be somewhat pleasant. Well, as pleasant as Lil gets. We made plans for Mia's party. After I had said goodnight to my parents, I handed Lily the envelope containing Mia's present and made her swear to give it to Mia at school. She promised and left without saying anything else.

After she had left and the door had slammed shut, I sighed with relief. Even though it was only 10:30 I decided that I would go to bed. I did my teeth and got ready for bed, thinking about Mia all the time. I got into my bed and picked up Mia's necklace and decided that tomorrow night, I would get my Mia back. With thoughts of her filling my head, I drifted off to sleep.

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First of all I am sooo sorry. But here is a chapter. My life as usual is a complete disaster. I love you guys, thank you for your patience. Thank you to those who reviewed moosemika,mayannabeth, SweetRomance123, silverteria, tainabe, rubay, greenlem, Michaela, ika2206 and Literati-Lover. Thank you soo much to my beta Kimzi21