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CHAPTER THREE.
have i lost my mind?


She skives the last hour of school, it's only physical education and she never does that anyway. she goes to see her father at the hospital because she's got something to tell him. Yes, she wants to tell her father first; it'll be easier.

She sits on the edge of his desk, swinging her legs backwards and forwards wondering how to tell her father. She looks around the office, wondering how an earth her father's finds anything when it resembles a pig sty.

"Lauren?"

Lauren looks up, continuing to swing her legs, "Hi dad."

"Shouldn't you be at school?"

She nods as he closes the office door and sits down in front of her, "I've been thinking about what mum said."

There's a silence and Lauren jumps off the desk, walks towards her father and sits down on his lap. She rests her head on his shoulder and smiles gently, "I want to stay here with you, I don't want to go to Canada."

Charlie's silent, still trying to take in what his daughter's just said; "Are you sure?"

She nods, the feeling of uncertainty disappearing from her stomach; "If I go to Canada with mum and Louis who are you going to have? No-one! You're gonna be on your own and I don't want that, I can't have you wallowing in self-pity can I?"

Charlie laughs and hugs his daughter tightly thinking that miracles really do exist. She kisses her father's cheek, stands up and walks towards the door. As she pulls the door towards her and opens it, she turns to Charlie; "I'll see you tonight then? Love you."

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Saturday 19th, 2pm — three weeks after she decided she'd rather stay in England and see her mother and brother twice a year. Nope it wasn't ideal but Lauren stuck by her decision to stay with her father, she didn't want him to be alone.

The airport is busy, thousands of people coming home from holiday or flying away for new adventures. Charlie, Baz, Lauren and Louis are all huddled together, Lauren biting her lip anxiously. Come to think of it, she wasn't too sure what she was doing.

Did she still want to stay here?

Lauren bends down and wraps her arms around her brother and hugs him tightly, "I love you Louis, be good." She taps his nose and he smiles brightly at his sister, not quiet grasping the concept that'll be six months from now, he'll next see her.

A tear rolls down her cheeks and she curses herself! She said she wouldn't cry!

Baz catches that her daughter's crying and smiles sadly, "Hey, it's okay." She wipes her daughter's tears, hugs her tightly and kisses the top of her head. Lauren sobs softly and Baz jokes; "You're gonna set me off in a minute."

Lauren laughs through her tears, "I love you mum."

"I love you too."

Baz takes Louis' hand and takes one last look at Charlie and Lauren before disappearing into the airport. Lauren laces her fingers with her father's and smiles sadly, wiping the tears with her other hand; "It's just us from now on dad."

"Just us." He answers back, squeezes her hand and smiles.

Just him and his daughter, forever.


jottings — this is the ending, just a short story that wouldn't leave me alone. per-lease if you like it enough to favourite, don't forget to leave a review;3