Chap. 1

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*20 Years Later*


Alice's POV

“Just a word please Ms. Montgomery” a man called.

       “I’m sorry, but I’m not working right now. Come into my office tomorrow” I called, sliding into my car.

“Please, just word, it’ll only take a minute” the man called again.

I glared at him. “I will be back tomorrow, that is final.”

He smiled. “That’s why I want to hire you, you’re a real fighter. But please, just give me one minute.”

“My office goes from 8-5. It’s 5:05, and I’m going home. Come back tomorrow.” I shut my car door and sped out of the parking lot.

“Hello” I called, shutting the door behind me.

“Hey mom” Trey called.

I went into the kitchen, where he was putting a frozen pizza in the oven.

I gave him a hug. “Thanks for making dinner hun.”

“No problem, but you might wanna check on Spencer.”

I glanced upstairs. “Why? What’s wrong?”

He shrugged and began to sort through the mail, avoiding my eyes.

I slipped off my shoes and went upstairs. I knocked on Spencer’s door and eased in.

He was sitting on his bed, music blasting. He was rhythmically throwing a football up and down, keeping in tune to the music. “What?”

“Just wondering how your day went.”

“Fine, everything’s great. You can leave now.”

I sighed. “Spencer, talk to me. Tell me what’s wrong.”

“Nothing’s wrong, just go. Can’t a guy get some space around here?”

I smiled and blew a kiss at him. “Dinner will be ready soon, Trey made pizza.”

“Of course he did” Spencer muttered.

I shook my head and went into my room. I pulled on a pair of sweats and a tank top. I let my hair down and pulled on fuzzy socks.

“Mom, someone’s on the phone for you” Trey called.

I sighed, betting it was that guy bothering me after work. I went downstairs and grabbed the phone.


 “Hey Alice, it’s Doctor Calcutta.”

“Hey doc, what’s up” I asked, sitting on the counter. I crossed my legs.

“I got your message.”

I sighed. “What should I do?”

“It’s completely normal for teenagers to pull away from their parents. Just act naturally, and he’ll return to normal soon enough.”

“Act naturally? How do I act naturally when he doesn’t say more than three words to me unless I press him” I asked, running my fingers through my hair.

“Don’t press him. I’m telling you Alice, this is completely normal in teenagers. It’s almost expected. Just let the phase run its course, he’ll be fine.”

 “I know. This is just so frustrating” I said, closing my eyes. I pinched the bridge of nose.

“Look, I can probably squeeze you in tomorrow if you’re really worried about him.”

“That would be wonderful.”

“Hold on, let me connect you to my secretary.”

Trey smiled at me. “Is that Doctor Calcutta?”

I nodded. “She said it’s normal.”

“Alright, we have tomorrow at 3:30 open. Will that work?”

“Hold on one second” I said. I put my hand over the receiver.

“What’s up” Trey asked, leaning against the counter.

“What are your plans for tomorrow?”

Trey shrugged. “Whatever you need me to do, I’ll do it.”

“Can you get Spencer to the doctor at 3:30? I’m representing a case in court tomorrow.”

Trey nodded. “Most definitely.”

I put the phone back up to my ear. “That sounds great.”

“See you then” the secretary said.

I hung up and wrote the appointment on the calendar. It was covered in doctor’s appointments, all for Spencer.

I sighed. “You wanna tell him” I asked Trey.

Trey shook his head. “That’s all on you mom.”

I went into the living room and turned on the TV to Fox News. I picked up the newspapers littering the floor and threw them in the recycling bin.

I let myself sink into the couch and wrapped myself in a blanket.

I flipped the channel to NCIS and stretched out. I watched the show, letting myself relax.

“Mom” Spencer called, thundering down the stairs. He came into the living room.

“What’s wrong” I asked, lazily. I smiled at him.

“I’m going running.”

I looked at him uneasily. “Alright, don’t go too far. Dinner’s going to be ready soon.”

He glared at me. “Can I leave now?”

I sighed. “Sure, love you.”

“Whatever” he called, slamming the door behind him.


Sorry about the shortness of this chapter, but I promise the next one will be sooo much better! I just had to give you an inside look into Alice's family. But I feel really bad about the less than one page chapter here, so I'll upload again this week.

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