Chapter 36

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Camryn's POV

"Aimee!! What the heck are you doing here?!" I ask excitingly as I make my way around the counter to hug my favorite cousin. It's been so long since I've last see her, I barely recognized her. She's almost as tall as me, her straight dark brown hair now reaches her waist, and her tan skin is all cleared up. Even though she's only a freshman I feel like she's all grown up.

"Well I had to do something since you went all MIA on me," she laughs, hugging me tightly. I quickly get back behind the counter.

"How'd you get over here?" I ask as I continue to wipe the already clean counters.

"I'm on break so I begged my dad to drive me down here, I already dropped my bags off at your place and figured I'll wait here until your shift is over," she explains. She lives about an hour and a half away so we don't see each other that much during school.

I forgot that her school gets two weeks for thanksgiving break whereas mine only gets one. I wonder how it's going to be next week. I've never spent a holiday without both of my parents.

I shake the sadness from my head and try to focus back on my cousin.

"So what has been going on with you Cam?!" She practically yells at me. "First, you stop talking to me out of nowhere, then we hear you got into an accident and now apparently your parents spilt up?"

I'm surprised that the only thing I'm focused on is that she didn't ask about Colton, but then I realize I've never had the chance to tell her about him.

"I'll explain everything on my break, but I need to take orders," I say quickly, moving from behind the counter over to the tables. I don't want to talk about all the bad things that happened, well at least not yet. I just want to tell her the reasons why I'm happy, but I need to get through this shift first.

After a couple of hours over serving and cleaning, Abel tells me to go on my break. I jump into the booth Aimee is sitting in.

"Okay, spill," she says, putting her phone down.

"Okay, first I stopped talking to you because I was... distracted, but it wasn't intentional."

"You got a life? Whaaaatttt," she jokes. I roll my eyes and fake a laugh.

"Anyways, as for my accident, it was pretty bad and I'm completely healed now, but I have this sick ass scar on my stomach, I'll show you later," I say, knowing that she was going to ask. "And then there's my parents. My mom and I caught my dad, you know, cheating, so she kicked him out." I look down at my hands.

For some reason I feel embarrassed. I always bragged about how perfect my parents were, about how I always wanted a relationship like theirs, but little did I know that it was all a lie.

"Aw Camryn," Aimee says, moving from her seat into my side of the booth. She hugs me tightly.

"I'm okay, I guess. I just feel bad for my mom," I tell her. "But you're not going to believe what I'm working on right now."

"You're not going to try and get them back together are you?" She asks.

"What? No, I'm looking for my birth parents," I say with a small, nervous smile.

"Oh!" she says, clearly surprised. "I uh, didn't expect that, but that's cool Cam. Does your mom know?"

"Yea, she was pretty upset about it, but it's something I have to do, you know?"

"Yea I get it," she says. "So is there anything else exciting going on?"

I smile at the thought of Colton. In my opinion, he's the most interesting thing about me. As I'm about to tell her al about him, my phone rings. I glance at the name. I hold my finger up to Aimee as I answer the call.

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