Light at the end of the tunnel

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Chapter 17 (v.1) - Setting things straight

Submitted: August 03, 2017

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Chapter 17

Setting things straight

I sat outside on the bench alone on the side of a road. The wind was cold, but I didn’t want to go home. The rain had pretty much dried out, and the air was fresh. Just what I had needed then.

I stood up form the bench, with my hands in the front pickets of my jeans.

Everything around me was still, the roads were quiet. Not a single car drove by.

The night sky was empty. At that moment the whole world seemed empty.

I took a few steps forward, until I heard a noise. I startled, and immediately turned my head back. Nothing was in sight.

I turned back around, and continued slowly walking.

Then, the sound in the bushes appeared again.

The second time, I got a little suspicious.

That time I noticed the bushes move. I took a step back, and headed towards the bush near the bus stop.

Before I got there, Sidney appeared.

She showed herself. I was surprised. I didn’t think she would be out so late.

‘’ Hello.’’ She said shamefully. What did she have to be ashamed of, I was the one who was as red as ever.

‘’ Sidney?’’ I asked wondering.

‘’ Yes…’’ She replied, slowly walking out, and standing in front of me.

‘’ I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you.’’ ]

‘’ Why are you out here?’’

‘’ I didn’t like the way we left things, I was walking in the area, and saw you. I thought maybe we could talk.’’ She explained, and I didn’t think it was weird.

‘’ Sure.’’ I agreed. She walked beside me, and we started talking. I explained to her how I didn’t mean to be so rude to her, and that things were going down the hill for me.

‘’ I understand.’’ She told me softly moving her hair over her shoulder, and looking at the ground.

‘’ And now I’m in an argument with David. I just don’t know what’s going on.’’ I told her.

‘’ Why?’’ She asked me curiously.

‘’ I came over to his house today, and his sister and me didn’t have such a good time. I tried telling him that she hasn’t changed, but he doesn’t believe me!’’

I was so frustrated.

‘’ I’m sure it will be fine, you’re best friends. Something like this can’t ruin your friendship I’m sure.’’ Sidney sounded quite confident.

Maybe she was right, but then why did I think that telling her about it might have been a mistake?
 The next morning I was down stairs sitting at the table, reading a book.

My dad was away, trying to find a job, although I didn’t think he would succeed.

I was reading ‘ Until Tomorrow’ by Annie Kelly. True, it was a romance book, but I’ve always been like that. I loved the book. I remember reading it and just thinking, at the end of every romance book the characters end up happy together, or the end is always satisfying for the reader. It’s not always like that in real life. You read the book with your head down, and as soon as you lift it up, you’re back in reality.

The words on the page stay there, and you can always come back and continue. Take a break if you need. In real life you can’t step back, you have to keep your head up and continue reading the events that the world has in store for you.

As I read the book I had a cup of tea beside me.

The door opened. My dad was back. The first thing that came to my mind was him and mum. More specifically them and their divorce. I had decided already the night before to talk to him about it, and ask why didn’t he tell me about it. I thought I deserved to know what was happening to my parents.

He walked inside the house, and I was really surprised when I saw him. He was wearing his suit. A brief case in his right arm, and his shoes polished. He looked just the way he used to.

No jeans no sweaters, and no newspapers.

My eyes were wide open.

‘’ Dad?’’ I asked in a curious voice.

‘’ Hello son.’’ He told me proudly correcting his tie, with a slight smile on his face.

‘’ You got your job back?’’ I asked straight away closing the book looking impressed.

‘’ Did you really think I’d stay like I was a couple days ago? No, that was only a minor set back. Now everything’s back to normal.’’ He replied placing his brief case down, and sitting down at the table.

‘’ Are you sure about that?’’ I asked.

‘’ What are you implying?’’ he asked me.

‘’ I know that mum is dating someone else.’’ I didn’t think it would have been that easy for me to say, but it was.

‘’ Did your mother tell you?’’ He asked looking like he was ready to talk.

‘’ Yes, I spoke to her yesterday. Why didn’t you tell me?’’ I asked him wanting to know.

‘’ Because we thought it would come as too big of a shock for you.’’

I almost burst in to laughter in my head. It might have been an unexpected thing to happen, but in no way it was a surprise.

‘’ A shock? All you and mum ever do is fight! What came as a shock to me was the fact that you didn’t tell me!’’

He took a deep breath and started.

‘’ You know me and your mother have not had the best marriage. When she left for spa, it wasn’t planned to turn out this way, but it did. Everything happens for a reason. Neither of us had felt like there was anything to fight for anymore. Then over the time that she was away, I got a taste of what it’s like when we’re apart! It felt much better. I called her up ,and we talked about things, and decided to end our marriage. She then told me that she’s not been spending time alone.’’ He explained to me.

To be honest I did understand their situation. I’d be stupid if I didn’t! I’ve been here through almost every argument they’ve had!

‘’ What about me?’’ I asked.

‘’ What about you?’’ He didn’t understand.

‘’ You said you didn’t have anything left to fight for! What about me?!’’

‘’ Kevin, we’ve kept it together for you all this time! We’ve always known that this marriage was a mistake, but you were not! We wanted you to grow up in a family, but maybe we were wrong! You had to experience all this all your life! We’re both sorry that we couldn’t give you the childhood you deserve.’’

He spoke really sincerely , which was rare. I understood where he was coming from, and maybe I shouldn’t have been upset. I mean they would have told me eventually right?

‘’ I know, I’m sorry dad.’’ I apologized, which I didn’t do very often.

Both of us got up and hugged. As I hugged him, this strange feeling ran through my body, that I didn’t feel very often. Then I knew that nothing really was going to change if they get a divorce, because the only thing that might change is there will be less shouting.

Then everything felt like it wasn’t as dark as I had imagined it. But little did I know that that was not for long either.

As I was hugging him, in those few seconds I decided to start fresh, and first thing on my list was hanging out with Sidney again.

 


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