Chapter 24

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Camryn's POV

It's been a weeks since my dad left. He's been staying with my grandparents and has been trying to call me all week. I only answered one of his calls because Colton told me to.

I'm pissed that my dad would do this to me and my mom, it's just not right. My mom has been a complete mess so she hasn't even said anything about Colton being here all the time. He's been a great support system for both my mom and I. He's cooked and cleaned and even went grocery shopping while I consoled my mom during one of her breakdowns.

She hasn't been to work all week and I haven't been to work since my accident, but tonight's my first night back.

"Are you sure you'll be okay staying with her?" I ask Colton as I pull my apron over my head.

"Babe, we'll be fine, just go take it easy at work okay," he responds. I nod and walk over to my mom on the couch. She's been staring blankly at the television, flipping through the channels.

"Okay mom, I'm going to work, call me if you need anything," I say, kissing her cheek. She doesn't say anything, she just hugs her knees. I walk back over to Colton by the front door. "Seriously, call me if she freaks out again," I whisper.

"We'll be fine, now drive safe Camryn I mean it, I love you," he says, wrapping his arm around my waist, pulling me in for a kiss.

"I love you too," I smile. He opens the door for me and walks me to my car. "I'll call you on my break," I say before driving off.

It feels so weird driving back to work, I feel like I haven't been here in forever. I get to the diner exactly at seven and as I enter the doors, Abel loses it.

"CAMRYN!!!" she screams, running towards me. "You're back! Ryder said you were coming today, but I didn't think you would!" she says as she hugs me. She holds me so tightly all air leaves my body.

"Hey Camryn." I look up to see a shy Ryder waving from the kitchen. I smile and wave back. This is the first time I've seen him since he visited me in the hospital. I wonder if he knows that Colton and I are together.

"Hey Ryder, long time no see," I say, making my way behind the counter. He joins me and gives me a tight hug, tighter than Abel's.

"It's so nice to see you back here," he says into my hair.

"It's so nice to be back here," I laugh.

"Maybe we can finally reschedule our date?" he asks shyly. Oh crap. I don't want to start the night off with bad news. Well bad news for him. Luckily we're interrupted.

"Is that my favorite girl back there?" we hear an old man say. I turn around to see Dan sitting in his usual spot at the counter.

"DAN!" I cheer, pulling away from Ryder and walking over to my favorite old man.

"It is you! How've you been darling, I heard about your accident, tragic," he sighs.

"I'm good now Dan, all better," I tell him and he smiles.

"Good, now will you please serve me a great cup of coffee, no one else knows what they're doing around here!" he huffs.

"Hey!" Abel laughs from the cash register.

"Oops," he laughs. I pour him his black cup of coffee and he smiles with each sip. "This. Is. The. Best." he says and I laugh.

"Haven't lost my touch I see," I laugh.

"No you certainly have not, young lady. I'm looking forward to seeing you back here Camryn, til next time," he says standing up and tipping his hat at me. He pulls out his wallet and sets his money on the counter. I wave to him as he leaves and pick up the money.

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