As soon as I walked in I heard my mom moan and wail. Walking in to the living room I saw my mom curled up in a ball on the floor and surrounded by beer and wine bottles. "Oh my god mom what happened?"
"It's his birthday, couldn’t help myself they wine and the beer was staring at me in the face. It's his birthday and I can't celebrate it with him!"
"Oh my god I totally forgot-"
"You forgot?! He was your damn father! How could you?!!"
"I'm sorry mom I was caught up in my own life"
"Your own life?" That is a horrible excuse Liz! He was your father!" She wouldn't stop saying that I knew he was my father and the pain it caused me was still harsh. "He raised you for sixteen years! Then you just suddenly forget his birthday and you leave me to spend it alone?!"
"Mom you know I couldn't miss my first day of school"
"More excuses Liz you are truly pathetic!" I could tell she was drunk because she was slurring her words. Then amazingly she was able to get up which shocked me considering how drunk she was. The next thing she did shocked me the most, she got up and actually slapped me across the face and pushed me down to the ground.
"WHAT THE FUCK IS THE MATTER WITH YOU?!!" I screamed at her and then ran up into my room and slammed my door, as soon as I slammed the door I turned around and looked at my face in the mirror. I could see a red hand print appearing on my face pretty soon. Luckily I managed to grab Nick's cell phone number from him on the bus and I texted him Can you come over? I need someone to talk to Please?? He texted back almost immediately. Sure what’s up? Are you ok? I had no idea what to say so I went with my gut and texted back I don’t know tell I don’t know tell you when you get here I didn’t know if he would text back after that but sure enough he did Okay be there in fifteen minutes. I didn’t bother text back so I just sat on my bed waiting for the doorbell to ring. After a while I heard my mom retreating to her own room. Fifteen minutes later I heard the doorbell ring. Knowing it would be Nick I rushed down to get it before my mother. Opening the door there was Nick; as soon as I went outside I closed the door and hugged him crying on his shoulder. I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing. He put his arms around my waist, scared I might break maybe. Whispering comforting words in my ear he started to rub my back comfortingly. Not being able to hear his words over my sobs I just clung to him and continued to cry on his shoulder. After a while my sobs quieted down.
“Do you want to tell me what happened?” He whispered in my ear.
“It was my dad’s birthday today” My voice sounded different to me, it had no emotion in it.
“Oh Liz I’m so sorry.”
“That’s not why I’m upset.” I explained what happened to me when I got home from school.
When I finished my story he just stood there speechless but I could feel him tense his arms. His hands turned into fists as if he wanted to punch my mother, but then again I wouldn’t blame him.”Why would she do that to you? I thought she loved you?”
“Nick don’t worry about it-“He cut me off before I could finish.
“Don’t worry about it?!” I flinched from his yelling and letting go of him in the process, he understood why I flinched immediately “I’m sorry for yelling at you Liz but I can’t stand her hitting you and seeing that red mark on your face, I hid my cheek from him as soon as he said that “Don’t hide it from me Liz I want to help you”
“I’m sorry Nick I think we should go before she hears us”
He sighed tiredly “Alright where do you want to go”
We walked along the path in the park; I wanted to go somewhere quiet so no one would see the red mark on my face. While we walked Nick put his arm protectively around my waist think he was scared that my mom was going to come after me “You know she’s not going to come after me Nick.....she’s too drunk to care.” I said sadly.
“Don’t think that Liz I’m sure she still cares she’s probably going through a tough time. Why don’t you stay at my place tonight? I told my mom all about you and she seems to love you, plus I don’t think she would mind knowing what you mom did to you.”
“I would love to Nick but I don’t have anything to bring to your house, only the clothes on my back.” Plus I was kind of cold he felt like it dropped to -15 degrees outside, I shivered. Feeling me shiver Nick wordlessly took of his coat and put it around me. “Thanks” I whispered quietly and cuddled into him. Nick led us to a park bench and made me sit down with him.
“So do you want to come to my place tonight?”
“Are you sure it would be ok with your mom?”
“Yes she wouldn’t mind I will even call her right now.” After Nick called his mom and told me she would pick us up we went to the side of the street and sat on one of those bus stop benches. After a while Nick turned to look at me “Are you sure ok Liz?”
“Now that I’m with you I’m fantastic” He grinned at that and lent down to kiss me. As soon as our lips met sparks exploded wrapped my arms around his neck and opened my mouth to give his tongue entrance. Our tongues felt like they were doing a dance inside my mouth. Shortly we heard a honk. I pulled away and looked up to see a middle-age woman with brown hair and green eyes roll down her window. She got out of the silver van and went to meet us on the bench.
“Well if you guys are done making out then we can go back to our house.” I looked over and saw Nick blush with embarrassment; I giggled quietly to myself and pulled Nick up with me.
“Yes we are surely ready to go, and by the way I’m Liz” I put out my hand and the woman shook it.
“Hello I’m Nicks mom Sandra, Nick had talked so much about you believe it or not”
“MOM!” Nick yelled with pure embarrassment.
“What? I’m only telling the truth come on then it’s kind of chilly out here.”