I left the hospital walking slowly to my car as a steady stream of tears rolled off my face. I drove home. Not to Mason’s apartment, it was too much about his past, and I knew his past and his future were going to be very different things.
“Bella?” mom asked.
I looked at her, the hesitant smile on her lips, her wrinkles on her forehead. She had always been beautiful but over the last few years she had accumulated a few wrinkles on her forehead. Her dirty blonde hair was pulled back in a high ponytail and she was dressed in dark blue jeans and a plain green tee shirt.
I smiled through my tears at her, “Mom,” I hugged her.
“I’ve missed you,” she sighed.
Then I sobbed harder, I hadn’t seen her for a week. It was all my fault, I forgot about my family.
She sighed, “He’s been working…a lot,”
I studied her face for a minute and decided not to press her and dads relationship issues further.
But then, it turned out I didn’t have to.
“Oh Bella,” she collapsed onto my shoulder as I walked her to the couch in the living room, “Your father and I haven’t been getting along the greatest, but I never thought, I never expected, I mean…I just…”
“What?” I asked, I didn’t understand what she was saying, but I understood the raw fear in her eyes.
“He’s…he’s…there’s a girl. She’s young, she’s pretty, she’s better…” my mom trailed off again.
“Oh mom, are you sure?” I asked concerned. My mom didn’t deal well with being along. I left her, and so had dad.
She nodded, “I asked him. He denied at first, but one day I went to bring him lunch, he….he used to love it when I’d bring him lunch…she was…there. I asked her how she could go breaking up a family, what made her think she was so….good…she didn’t know what to say. I’m leaving your father, or, he’s already left me to be more exact.”
I hugged her and we rocked back and forth crying. I cried for her and for dad, for Mason too.
“He still wants to see you Bella,” she said after a moment.
I sighed, “Alright,”
I grabbed my keys and told mom I’d be back, she looked hesitant but let me go.
Once in the car I drove to the convenient store. I picked up a gallon of chocolate ice cream, my mom’s favourite assortment of celebrity gossip magazines, and a new movie that was a comedy. I made sure it didn’t have a love story and had the young girl behind the counter ring it all up. I hurriedly paid her and was back home in twenty minutes. Mom and I spent the night eating from the ice cream carton and laughing about two celebs that got in a fist fight over a pet dog.It was good to be home; even though home had changed so much. With dad gone, and all his stuff, the house seemed large and empty. Mom seemed more than happy to have me home for a bit and I briefly explained Mason’s situation.
When we got tired we climbed the stairs to our rooms in silence. She turned to the left to go to her master bedroom and I turned to the right to go to my room. I reached the door handle when I heard a sniffle from her. Without giving it a second thought I walked into her room and slept next to her, holding her hand until the morning.