Chapter 18

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After consoling me, Matt ended up deciding that a film was not the best option. Instead, he wanted to talk.

I didn’t think it was a very good idea, in fact, I didn’t think I would be able to control my anger, but either way it was inescapable. I had been faced with a lot of inescapable things within the day that I had been there.

“You don’t have to stay…not if you don’t want to” Matt told me for the tenth time. “I’d rather you were happy with someone else than miserable with us.”

I sniffed. “I know that, but I don’t want to go back there. No matter how unhappy I am here it will still be better than how my life was before the whole switched thing.” As I began to pour my heart out, he listened intently. That was something I hadn’t seen in anyone for a while.

“Charlotte, I mean it. Just say the word and you can leave” he persisted. I knew that he wanted me to be happy, but it was getting a little annoying.

“I’ve only been here a day.” I told him. “I’m bound to feel like this. I can’t make that decision yet.”

He nodded. “Okay then.”

“I probably will be distant…for a while…”

“Are you sure it isn’t us? Because you were fine with Jimmy and Midge earlier” he pouted. “Is it us?”

“No. I guess there isn’t as much pressure with them, not like there is with you and Val. I don’t know what it is, but it will get better” I bluffed. I had no idea if anything would ever get better. I supposed that the only think we could do was try. “Sorry.”

“Don’t be sorry,” he smiled. “You have nothing to apologise for. We should have realised that. We just thought, because we are so close to the guys, that they wouldn’t be much of a problem. But I guess they are.”

“They’re not a problem. I just want to spend time with you. I don’t think I’ll feel very comfortable around others until I get of this hurdle.”

He nodded. “But, you do realise that you’ll be seeing them a lot?”


“Good. Well, anyway, we’re going to my parent’s house tomorrow, and then your mom’s sometime over the next few days or so.”

I nodded. I was actually a little surprised that I didn’t really want to be around Avenged Sevenfold that much. I guess I was starting to wish that I had been brought into a normal family.

“What time will Val be home?” I asked, shifting the topic fairly quickly. I didn’t really want to talk about our ‘feelings’ anymore.

“Your mom will be home later. Probably tonight” he told me. I could tell that he didn’t particularly like how I wasn’t referring to her as my mum, but I couldn’t be expected to use those names for them just yet.

They’d done nothing noteworthy to prove themselves as parents. Well, in all fairness I hadn’t been there long enough anyway to make an educated decision.

“Well,” I started. “What are we going to do until then?”

He looked around. “You want to give a movie another try?”

I nodded.

“How about we go for something different?” he suggested as he walked over to the television and began pouring through the cases that were there.

“You heard of Paranormal Activity?” he shouted across the room to me.

“Of course,” I simply replied.

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