Chapter 48

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I woke up to Julian lightly tapping my shoulder.

"Alex?" he asked softly.

I opened my eyes slowly. It was dark. I barely could make out his figure crouching in front of my mattress.

"No," I said sarcastically. "I'm Goldilocks trying to figure out which bed is just right."

Julian laughed, then it got quiet again.

"Alright Alex, what's up?" he asked. "You've been acting weird."

"No I haven't," I said.

"Yes you have."

"Haven't!"

"Have!"

"What do you mean?" I asked. "Like how have I been acting weird?"

"Well for one thing you finished your song and ran off into the woods crying. Then you just kinda freak out around Rob at random times. Don't think I don't notice," he added. I shook my head. "C'mon. At least tell me about the song. You were amazing!"

"I wrote that song the night my parents and sister died," I started shakily. Julian looked intently at me.

"I had no idea. I know nothing about you," he said softly. I shook my head.

"You know nothing about me? Well...wanna hear the story of my life?"

He nodded.

"Anyway, the night they died, I was an absolute mess. It was my senior year, and I was living as an Emancipated Minor because the school was a couple hours away and that's where I wanted to go.
"My parents were coming to visit, along with my sister and her boyfriend. Then I got a call. They had gotten in an accident. I raced to the scene and immediately called Mrs. Gronkowski. Rob was in Arizona, so there was nothing he could do. It turned out he had just flown in to surprise me, and he came to the scene so I'd have someone.
"I didn't even say hello. He told me it would be ok but I yelled and screamed about how he was the only one I had left, yet he was in Arizona.
"Then he brought me home to my apartment, and I tried to commit suicide, but he stopped me. He then went to CVS to get food or something so I wouldn't starve myself, and I did what I always wanted to. I bought a $50 ticket to Bradford, England. I packed up my suitcase with all of my clothes, and left a note saying not to come looking for me, and that I was fine.
"Then I went to the airport and checked in and all that. I got my boarding pass printed, and soon I was off to England. I cried in a row all alone, wishing Rob was with me. I wrote that song over a thirteen hour flight. About how if I met God, I'd ask him that. Why did my family have to die? Why did he send someone after it was too late?"

"Wow," Julian said quietly. I shoved the heavy blankets off me.

"Can I have hug?" I asked, tears forming. Julian nodded and I hugged him. I put my head on his shoulder and the tears fell.

"Thanks Julian," I said, crawling back into bed.

"No problem Alex. Hey, at least you have another family too."

"What?"

"You have us. You have me, Danny, Tom, and Austin. You have us and we'll always be here. Goodnight little sis," Julian said, kissing my forehead.

"Goodnight big bro," I whispered, and one more tear slipped down my face.

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Hey. Hey I made this chapter kinda short cuz I wanted it to be heartfelt. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it was heartfelt.
OMG SO IN OTHER WORDS ITS SO WEIRD CUZ WE HAD A DANCE LAST NIGHT AND I DANCED WITH ONE OF MY GUY FRIENDS I'VE KNOWN SINCE KINDERGARTEN AND IT WAS WEIRD CUZ I DON'T LIKE HIM BUT LIKE I FELT A CONNECTION AND T'WAS REALLY WEIRD. WE'RE JUST FRIENDS AND THEN WE TEXTED FOR A FEW HOURS ABOUT HOW OUR CLASS IS SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE EACH OTHER ( I HAVE A REALLY SMALL CLASS) AND IT WAS TOTALLY WEIRD CUZ I SAW A SIDE TO HIM I BEVER KNEW. K THEN. CARRY ON MY LIVELY NUTELLA JARS!!!!!!
Btw they need a Nutella emoticon.
-L

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