Chapter Six: Apologies
"Mom, Ty is staying the night," I holler into her room through the door. I can hear her and George talking quietly in there. I don't want to open the door and possibly have her talk to me or see them as a stupid couple. I turn to Ty and smile sweetly. He glares at me for some reason. "What?" I snap. His face softens and I see hurt flash through his eyes. I hadn't meant for it to sound so harsh. "Sorry, I didn't mean to be rude."
"I know," he says pulling me up against him and kisses me gently on the lips. "You really should just talk to her," he says. I sigh heavily. I had hoped he had dropped it already.
"No, not now. She has Goerge to talk to anyways. Come on. I'm tired and want to go to bed." I grab his hand and pull him down the hall to Matt's bedroom. I filck on the light and wait for the room to light up. "Here you go."
"Are you sure Matt's not going to mind me staying in his room?" Ty asks. I nod. "Okay then. Goodnight and I'll see you in the morning." He kisses me one last time goodnight and then flicks off the switch.
"Don't let the bed bugs bite," I say with a smile as he shuts the door. He smiles back and I turn and walk across the hall to my own room.
"Kaitlin! Ty! George! Breakfast!" I hear my mom's voice carry down the hall. I sigh heavily and look at my alarm clock. Six o'clock! Since when does she get up so early on a Saturday to make breakfast? "Come on guys! You want to eat while everything is warm! And George, you need to hurry unless you want to be late for work!" What? George is still here! Why didn't he leave last night? Never mind, he's going to be here every night because he and Mom are gettting married!
I'm mad at Mom and George all over again now. Now, I have another reason to be mad. I have to get up earlier on Saturdays bacause Mom will insist on making him breakfast before work just like she did for Dad, but Dad didn't work on weekends. I'm screaming a whole bunch of reasons why this is a bad idea in my head.
I throw on a pair of jeans and a plain blue T-shirt. I run a brush through my long, brown hair. I look at my reflection in the mirror. My hair is lying casually around my shoulders, my hazel eyes are dancing and are no longer red from crying. My cheecks are flushed from the anger I had just felt at Mom and George. My eyes could use a little make up but they'll have to wait until after breakfast and a shower.
I open my bedroom door and shut it behind me. Right as I turn around I see Ty coming out of Matt's room. He is fully dressed in brown shorts and a tight fiting T-shirt that shows off his muscles. His blue eyes flicker to my face and they light up when he sees me. Ty has brushed his hair and already put in the gell to flip it up in the front. He looks amazing as always.
"Good morning, cutie." He smiles and walks up and puts his hands on my waist.
"Good morning. How did you sleep?" I ask.
"Good. How about you?"
"Good, but it's still to early to be awake on a Saturday. It's all George's fault." He drops his hands and stares into my eyes. "What?" I ask, making sure that my tone isn't harsh like last night.
"I know your mad at your mom and George but will you please just talk to them. Your mom is an adult and should be allowed to make her own desions. You need to talk to her like an adult to get her to listen to you and tell her how you feel. First you need to start off by apologizing though."
Since when does Ty lecture me. I always thought that parents were for lecturing, not boyfriends. "Ty, can you please just drop it? She's my mom and this is my problem so butt out. I'll talk to her when I want and how I want," I reply harshly.
"Fine, whatever. I just thought you might want some advice. Also, don't give me that whole this is my problem so butt out crap. You're the one who came crying to me last night and wanted me to listen and be there for you. I did because I care about you but don't ask me to again if your going to act like a bitch." I feel my mouth drop open once he says this. I can't believe he just said that. I turn on my heels and run back into my room. I slam my door in face when he walks toward it. I jump on my bed and burry my face into the pillows and start crying. Ty knocks on my door a couple of times.
"Kaitlin, please. I'm sorry. I didn't mean that."
"I don't care! Leave me alone!" Ty obviously doesn't understand the meaning of those words though because he opens the door and closes it behind him. He comes over and sits on the edge of my bed. "Get off my bed, now!" He stands up and goes and sits in my desk chair.
"Kaitlin, please look at me," he pleads. I shake my head in the pillows. "Come on sweetie. Please."
"Don't call me sweetie and no."
"Okay. Please just look at me and let me say something and then I'll leave you alone," he beggs. I sigh heavily but I sit up and look at him with tear filled eyes. "Thank you." He comes over and sits on my bed. He opens his arms for me to crawl into. When I don't move toward him he scoots closer and then pulls me onto his lap. I try and struggle free but he is too strong for me. "Kaitlin, stop." I sit still but not because he told me to. It's because I know that I'm going to loose no matter what.
"What do you want?" I say firmly.
"For you to listen to me."
"Oh yeah, that worked out well back in the hall way but what the heck, sure," I reply. He sighs heavily and then releases me. I don't move because I didn't expect that.
"Never mind, just go." He stands up to leave but I grab his arm and pull him back down on the bed.
"I said I'll listen so talk before I change my mind," I say.
"Thank you. Kaitlin, I'm sorry. I didn't mean anything that I said out in the hallway. I should stay out of your business if you ask. It's just hard for me to do that after you came crying to me." He pauses and looks at me expectantly.
"I know and I'm sorry too. I just didn't like you lecturing me."
"I know that now and I'm not going to anymore. I'm really sorry. I still want you to talk to me and share your problems with me because I care about you," he says softly. All I can do is nod. He opens his arms and I crawl into them. He pulls me tight to his chest and smooths my hair with his hand. I look up at his face and smile faintly. He smiles back and moves a hand to my cheek. He leans his face down so its just millimeters away from mine. "May I kiss you?" I nod. He moves his lips so they are touching mine. I feel my arms move and lock behind his head. He kisses me for another minute before pulling away.
"Does this mean your not mad at me anymore?" I laugh and nod. I stand up and dry my eyes the rest of the way and brush my hair again so Mom doesn't ask any questions. I take his hand and lead him down the stairs. Now, I'm starving and ready for breakfast.
Ty and I sit down at the table next to George and Mom, filling in the circle. We both thank her for breakfast. After that there is an awkard silence. I decide that I have the perfect way to solve this.
"Mom. George. I've decided to support you guys about your decision to get married even though I don't agree with it. Mom, Iwould like to talk to you calmly and in an adult way later today. I want to tell you how I feel and I want to know what you have to say, but not now though. Ty helped me realize that I need to be considerate of your guys' feelings if I want you to do the same for me." I look over at Ty. He nods, giving me the support that I need to continue. "So, I'm sorry about how I acted earlier."
"Oh honey! Thank you so much!" Mom jumps up from her seat and rushes over to hug me and I wrap my arms around her and squeeze her gently. "I'm sorry too. I should have talked to you and your brother first. I promise to do so from now on."
"Wait, theres more weddings that I don't know about," I say jokingly. Everyone laughs and I know I have colded the hot air between Mom, George, and I. Now, all I have left is Matt. Now, George has to hurry off to work at the police station. He gives Mom and me a hug before he leaves. And guess what, I even hug him back! Surprising, I know!
Ty and I head up the stairs to Matt's room so we can collect all of Ty's stuff. Ty turns to face me after I close Matt's door behind us. He walks up to me and places his hands on my hips. "You know that that was the right thing to do. It made your mom and George very happy. What made you change your mind?"
'I don't know. Maybe it could have been my super cute and sweet boyfriend," I tease. "But I still don't agree with the wedding."
"Hmm, I'd like to meet this boyfriend and put him in his place." I laugh and slap him playfully on the shoulder. We finish packing his stuff and then turn to leave the room. Right as we do, Matt comes in and I almost run into him.
"Oops, sorry Kaitlin. Oh hey, Ty." Ty says hi back before continuing to walk out the room. I start to follow him but stop quickly and turn to face Matt.
"Matt, I'm sorry I was so rude the other night. It isn't your fault Mom said yeas to George and it wasn't right for me to take my anger out on you. You were just trying to make me feel better. So sorry and thanks," i rush the words out of my mouth. I glance over at Ty and see him smiling like an idiot. I know that he is happy that I'm taking his advice and trying to make amends with my family.
"I forgive you and thanks," Matt replies. He grabs me and pulls me into a big hug. He says bye to Ty and we walk down the stairs to the front door. Ty says bye to my mom and I tell her that I'll be back after I walk with Ty to his house down the street.
We walk in silence enjoying the beautiful California morning. He doesn't say anything until we get to his house. "I'm glad you made up with everyone. I'm very proud of you. And I hope you'll keep coming to talk to me when somethings wrong even after I was such a jerk earlier," he says as he turns his back to his front door to face me.
"Yeah me too. And of course I'll keep talking to you because you're like the only one that knows about everything thats been happening. I've forgiven you for earlier as long as it doesn't happen again. I don't like fighting with you Ty." I now realize how important it was that I made amends with Mom, Matt, and George. Even though I don't like fighting with Ty, I'm glad we did otherwise I wouldn't have apologized today.
"I don't like fighting either." He pulls me into a hug and then pulls back to quickly kiss me. "I'll call you later. See you at school."
"Okay, bye." He waves and then walks inside. I turn and start walking back up the sidewalk to my house. I smile as he walks away. This wasn't how I imagined breakfast when I woke up, but it turned out better than I ever could have hoped.