Title: Lilly's Push Chapter 2
Walking into my house I find my Mum packing a suitcase, and no one else at home. Logan had to drop Duncan off at his house and Dad was probably at the station. But why was Mum packing?
"Hey Mum, what's up?" I ask curiously.
"Oh, Veronica! Um, I'm glad your home! You need to pack your bag, we're going to visit your cousins." She says nervously, still packing her bag.
"Where's Dad, is he coming too?" I ask sitting down on the edge of her bed.
She shakes her head sadly.
"No sweetie. But we have to go now." Mum looks at me with a scary intensity. She looks worried and scared.
"Mum? I have an English Exam on Monday." I say, as I walk towards her.
"No! We have to go Veronica!" She suddenly becomes angry. "We have to go now!"
Someone knocking on the front door snaps her out of her anger. She straightens her shirt and pulls me into a hug.
"Let Logan in, and you two can go out and get takeaway for dinner." She says smiling, "I'll be here when you get back, I promise!"
"Ok" I say as I leave the room.
Logan is waiting at the door with his wetsuit over his shoulder and his board under his arm.
"Hey." He says smiling.
"Hey, put your stuff outside to dry and then we have to go pick up dinner." I say smiling back at him.
"You came to your senses and decided you don't want to poison us all?"
I just giggle in reply, smiling up at him as he walks past me to go out to the backyard to hang up his wetsuit and stand his surfboard against a wall.
"We're taking my car!" He says when he is ready to leave.
"Fine." I say, "BYE MUM!" I call to my Mum, who doesn't call back to me.
The trip to the Chinese take-out place was filled with the sound of the radio. I was too focused on that fact that I still haven't studied for my English Exam on Monday, and Logan was off on his own little world.
Once we bought dinner we got back into Logan's car. He opened the passenger door for me and I slide inside giggling.
"Such a gentleman." I say to him, as he climbs into his massive yellow car. He just grins at me and starts the car.
Suddenly 'Just The Way You Are' by Bruno Mars comes on the radio.
"I love this song!" I say, as I start to sing along to the lyrics.
"Oh God. Kill me now!" Logan moans.
I just poke my tongue out at him and keep singing.
Once we get home I walk into the house and find it empty.
My Mum was gone.
She left me after promising that she would be here when I got home. I run through the house calling out to her.
"Mum! MUM!" I yell.
Tears were falling freely down my face. I couldn't believe that she would leave me! She promised...
"Veronica, come here." Logan calls from the kitchen.
I walk into the kitchen finding him reading a small note.
"I found this on the bench." He says sadly, handing the note to me.
I have to leave for a while. I'll be back for you soon.
Love always, Mum.
How could she do this to me, and Dad?
"There was also this." Logan says, handing me a unicorn music box.
I just stare at it.
Tears still running down my face. I grab it off Logan and look at it. My face contorts in anger. I walk over to the bin and throw it in.
Logan looks at me with sad eyes. Suddenly I don't want to see his face.
The pity in his eyes was unbearable.
I turn away from him and walk to my bedroom slowly. I was sad, angry and confused. Nothing Logan had to say would make feel better. I needed Lilly.
I needed someone to talk to, someone to help me understand what had happened. I needed my best friend.
I throw myself onto my bed, and burst into tears again. My Mum was gone. She had left us. Why? Why had she left us? Did she really leave? Will she be there in the morning making me pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream? Or is she really gone?
But the main question buzzing around in my head was why?
I need Lilly, but I didn't have the strength to call her. I couldn't move. I was stuck lying on my bed with my arm at an uncomfortable position, but I couldn't move.
I hear a knock on my door.
"Go away Logan." I call out.
The door is suddenly thrown open.
"Hey, Veronica. You wanna watch a movie?" Lilly asks slyly. "It's your favorite!"
"When in Roma?" I say, as I pull myself up onto my elbows.
"Yep." She says, smiling at me. "Come on. I got chocolate, popcorn and snicker doodles."
I get out of bed, and she pulls me out of my room, down the corridor and into the living room. Logan was sitting on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. He smiled as I sat down next to him.
"You two actually had a conversation that wasn't forced by me?" I gape at Logan, as Lilly went in to the kitchen to get something.
"Yeah, what a shocker." He says, "It was for you so it doesn't really count. We decided to make a truce-"
"No," Lilly cut in as she sat down on the other side of me. "I decided that I needed his help to cheer you up, and make you forget about your current situation for two hours." She says smiling at me.
She gives my shoulders a squeeze and starts the movie.
"Thanks," I say, looking at Lilly, "to both of you." Turn to face Logan.
He just smiled at me and gave me the popcorn bowl.
"Now shut up, both of you. I'm trying to watch a movie!" Lilly yells at us.
"I love this song!" I say, as Kicking with You by Jason Mraz opens the movie.
"We know! Now shut up Ronnie." Logan says.
I just smile, as I hum along with the song. Maybe Mum will come back. Maybe I'll wake up tomorrow morning and she will be home. But right now, I'm just going to watch a movie with my best friends.