My mom walked into the house like normal...except there was a man with her. He was rather tall and average weight. He had thin, brown hair and a beard and mustache the same color.
I stood up and gave my mom the 'what's going on' look and she said, "Nicole. This is my friend, Luke."
This man-Luke-smiled my way and held out his hand for me to shake. I politely shook his hand and said, "Nice to meet you."
When he spoke, his voice was rough and kinda scratchy. "It's nice to finally meet you, Nicole. I've known April since high school...she hasn't changed a bit!"
My mom was showing a whole different side of her. She was acting like a flirty, prep or-something. "Oh Luke! Stop it."
She was giggling! "Anyway," my mom continued, "Luke and I came back for some coffee. Would you like something, dear?"
I replied, "Uh...no. I was just heading up to bed. Again, nice meeting you Luke...goodnight Mom."
They couldn't even respond to my comment, because I was gone in a flash. That was the awkwardest moment of my life!
Is my mom dating again? I picked up my cellphone and txted Josh and told him all about my encounter with Luke.
I typed: "You won't believe what just happened!"
A minute didn't even pass when I got a message back saying, "Hello to you too, Button! :p lol What's going on?"
I grinned at his little comment and replied back: "My mom brought home a man with her...his name is Luke and I think they're dating!"
When I sent that, I realized what I had just said...my mom was dating again! Why didn't she tell me?
My mom's giggling carried up to my bedroom door and I scrunched up my nose in disgust. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad she's happy...I really am, I just couldn't believe she would carry this secret around with her.
Josh soon replied back saying, "That's good she's finally happy. Aren't you happy for her, babe?
I had a feeling he was going to say something like that...
I said, "Of course I'm happy. Thing is she didn't tell me! Why would she keep it a secret?"
A soft knock came from behind my door and I raised up to answer it.
"Honey, I'm going to take Luke back to his truck alright?" My mom's lipstick was faded. They had been kissing.
Instead of simply saying 'Ok', I asked, "Why didn't you tell me about him?"
My mom's smile faded but shortly came back. She stated, "We'll talk about this later, Nicole. Sweet dreams!"
And she was gone.
My phone buzzed in my hand letting me know Josh sent a message back.
It said, "Maybe she knew you would be upset about it...you know because of your dad."
Josh was right. I was upset because I didn't know much about my dad except for his location.
I wanted to know why he left, why he would go so far away, why he wouldn't say...goodbye.
"maybe you're right...I'm gonna go to sleep. Goodnight, Josh :) <3" I closed my phone and placed it on the charger.
I was just about asleep when my phone starting ringing...
Who was calling me at this hour?
"Hello?" I said sleepily.
"...I'm sorry about the hour. I'm also sorry you had to find out about it this way. I'm so sorry, Nicole."
I sat straight in my bed when this person said my name.
The other end was silent and then it clicked. He had hung up.
With tears welling up in my eyes, I gently sat my phone back down and completely covered myself in blankets.
I had finally made contact with my dad!