I have two weeks left here in Calfornia and I can't believe how quickly the summer flew by. I changed into my favorite denim shorts and my Hollister baby tee. I pulled my hair up into a sockbun and I applied very little make up. I put my flip-flops on and I smiled at Ashton who was outside with Hoss "My mother stayed over." Ashton said "how are things going?" I asked "Fine." He said "Do you want to escape today?" I asked "Please save me baby." Ashton said and I smiled at him "Where are you going today?" Ashton asked me "I need to go to the mall, I want to get Grandma Mary something nice." I said and Ashton nodded "I will go." Ashton said "go get permission, I need to go now." I said and Ashton ran inside and then a few moments later he met me back at the door "I will drive." Ashton said "good because I need to borrow your car." I said and he smiled at me.
When we got to the mall parking lot I leaned over and I kissed Ashton's lips softly "I didn't feel safe kissing you at home with your mother there." I said and he smiled at me "I'm not so sure why she's here, but I know she's up to something." Ashton said "I'm here for you babe." I said and Ashton smiled at me "Good, hopefully things will stay good." Ashton said "Yeah, let's go in babe." I said and I held Ashton's hand as we walked to the jewerly store and I found the perfect one: Grandma in diamonds and it was a golden heart shape locket, I could do a picture of Liam and I. "She will love it." Ashton said and I smiled at him, after I got the necklace I put it in my pocketbook and then we walked around the mall "I'm going to give it to her the night before I leave." I said "Oh yeah." Ashton said "I don't want to leave you or Grandma." I said and Ashton held me close to him. "I'm always in your heart." Ashton said and I smiled at him.
When we got home I kissed Ashton good-bye he had to spend time with his mother and I was going to spend time with Grandma "hello Grandma." I said and she smiled at me "I love you Caylee." She said patting the spot on the couch for me to sit next to her "I love you too." I said "This summer has been the best summer in eight years." Grandma said "I agree. I love every minute with you." I said "I'm going to miss you and Liam. I got to see a side of you, your mother never gets to see. The side of you, your father always talked about. He was proud of his strong and beautiful baby girl. He would alway say "Mom, I need to start saving up my little girl is going to Juillard." Well I know you have until February but you are an amazing dancer. You will amount to everything. I'm so proud of you." Grandma said "Thank you. Will you be at my Graduation in June? I know it's a long way to travel. " I said and I saw something in Grandma that I can't explain but "Yes baby I won't miss it for anything in the world." She said and I hugged her.
I changed into my pajamas and I put my glasses on. I curled up on the couch with Grandma and Sassy and we watched romance movies all night, Grandma couldn't fall asleep and I wanted to spend time with her. Around four am Grandma smiled at me and yawned "It's time to go to bed my dear." She said "Okay Grandma. I love you." I said and she smiled at me "Good-night, I love you." She said and I scooped up Sassy who started purring and I carried her up to our room, I got a text from Lauren, Lauren: Are you awake Cay? It was one am over there, Me: Yes Lauren, what's wrong? Lauren:I'm freaking out over this. My parents are cool about it, freaked but cool. I'm freaking out. Me: Laur, you are going to be a good mom. Don't freak out, you have 35 weeks to prepare. Lauren: Thanks Cay, sleep tight. I smiled at my phone and Sassy curled up next to my head and purred until she fell asleep, I know Lauren is going to feel better when I'm back in California with her. I feel like such a horrible friend because I'm not there with her.
It's the 22nd today, another day closer to good-byes and I have a stomach bug so I can't be near Caylee or Mary. Caylee and I are communicating by texting, I'm sure it will be gone and passed on by tomorrow. But today I have to deal with my mother being with me. "Are you seeing anyone?" I asked "I'm dating a guy who's a dentist." She said and I smiled at her "Does he have any kids?" I asked "He has two kids. Oh and we have a child together." She said "What?" I asked "The baby is a girl, she's two months old." My mom said "He's here with the baby. Maybe if you feel better tonight you and Caylee can meet her." My mom said "How old are his kids?" I asked "Jon is sixteen, and Clarissa is fourteen, your little sister's name is Emma." My mom said and I smiled at her, I bet she's beautiful.
It's that night and I am feeling better so Caylee and I are out at dinner with my mom, her boyfriend Kyle, and my half-sister Emma. "She's beautiful." I said and my mom smiled at me "She is very beautiful." Caylee said "Do you have any siblings Caylee?" My mom asked "Five brothers." Caylee said and she looked at her "Where do you want to go to school at?" Kyle asked "Juillard." Caylee said and they both smiled "Just like your mother." My mom said and Caylee smiled "Can I hold Emma?" She asked "Yes." She said, my mom has been out for 14 months, met Kyle a year old, found out she was pregnant, then 2 months ago had Emma. Emma has baby blue eyes and brown hair. "You're good with kids." My mom said and I smiled at her "I want to hold my little sister." I said and she smiled at me and handed Emma over "How would you like to move in with us?" My mom asked me and Caylee looked uncomfortable "I have to think about that." I said and she hugged me when we got home.
I went inside after kissing Caylee good-night "My mom wants me to move in with them." I told Aunt Claire and Uncle Carl "And your dad wants you to move in with him." Aunt Claire said "Only you can decide Ashton." Uncle Carl said "Don't base Jace's place just for Caylee, and don't base your mom's place because she asked you." Aunt Claire said "West Palm has always been my home." I said and she smiled at me "I'm staying here, finishing out my senior year in the high school I started at." I said and Aunt Claire smiledat me "Your mom is two hours away, you can still visit them." She said "Yeah, and I can visit dad on vacations." I said and she smiled at me. "You're a smart kid." Aunt Claire said "Thank you." I said and I went back outside.
Caylee came out, she was wearing her glasses, her long pajama pants and a tank top "Hey babe." Caylee said "I decided not to move in with either parent." I said "I figured so. Senior year and all." Caylee said "You're not upset?" I asked Caylee "Nope, Ash. We're going to handle this." Caylee said and I smiled at her. I kissed her lips softly, I was going to tell her that I loved her, when we throw them a going away party, Mary will tell them her secret that night after the party and I know Caylee is going to need me. I kissed Caylee again on the lips "I need to head on in." I said "Me too. I will see you tomorrow." Caylee said and I smiled at her "Okay beautiful." I said and Caylee smiled at me "Good-night babe." Caylee said kissing my lips again and I watched her walk away inside her house.