"What happened to your home?"
"Boyfriend kicked me out..." When I say it, my eyes burn with tears remembering him breaking up with me in the hospital.
"I just broke up with my girl. Her heart gave up." My eyes blur with tears so I pull over and search for a tissue. I clean my face up and we continue to the park. I park my car and we walk to the Starbucks across the street. I offer to pay but he refuses to let me. We walk back to the park and sit on the two slides that are right next to each other. This gets disapproving looks from mothers and pretty soon, most of them move to the other side of the park or leave.
"So, what's your name?"
"Nice one. Didn't your mother teach you not to leave with strangers? It's V-Juliette. Juliette Ward."
"Pretty name. My other ex's name is Juliet."
"CC told you?"
"Why did you quit the band?"
"Valeri Johnson. She died."
"Oh." I say, guilt completely taking over my body, "What was your ex like?"
"A lot like you, actually. You're less depressed though."
"Yeah. Almost a spitting image of you too."
"So how far along are you?"
I look down to my belly and smile, "Few months. Shit. I have to make an appointment."
"My girl was pregnant when she died."
"Shame, really. So are you really going to quit BVB?"
"Please don't. I'm sure Valeri wouldn't want that."
"How would you know?"
"I'm a girl."
"We think alike."
"But you're not her."
"You argue just like her. Please stop."
"Okay, but you're not leaving the band."
"Exactly. Now let me try your coffee."
He and I ended up switching drinks because I liked the latte better than my mocha. When we finish, we decide to go swimming. I drive us back to Christian's house where he gets into his car and waits for me to get dressed. I wear a Batman bikini and a black net cover up over it. I slip on my sandals and run outside into the darkness of the night. I hop into the passenger seat of his car.
He drives to his house and walks me in. I cringe when I see the couch that we made this child on. He walks up the stairs and I tour the house for the millionth time. It's dirty ever since I left. I walk up the stairs and see him getting ready in the bathroom so I continue to our room. The door is still broken.
"Why is the door broken?"
"CC busted it down."
"To prevent Valeri from killing herself."
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Seventeen year old Valeri Johnson, or Val, or Ri is kind of in an awkward point in her life. In the middle of depression and somewhere close to peace of mind. Her mother died when she was young. Her father is in prison. she was adopted out to an abu...