Chapter 17:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

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‘Hey,’ Corey opened the door and let her in. ‘Let me grab my stuff and we can go.’
Kara followed him into the kitchen as he grabbed his keys and jacket, ‘Oh yea. I got coffee…And decided I needed chocolate too…’
Corey looked at her. He smiled at the guilty look on her face, ‘You just can’t help yourself can you?’
She shook her head.
‘Come here,’ he said holding out his arms.
Kara walked over and hugged him. It was all she felt like doing, standing there in his kitchen hugging him. She felt his chin resting gently on the top of her head and his arms wrapped tightly around her and the firm beating of his heart in his chest.
‘Come on,’ Corey said, loosening his grip. ‘We should go.’
‘Yea I guess so. The coffee is probably getting cold.’
Corey locked up the house and Kara passed him a coffee and took a sip of her own. They got in the car and Kara passed him a block of chocolate.
‘Eat as much as you like,’ she said, starting the car. ‘Just let me have some.’
Corey laughed, ‘You know what?’
‘What?’ Kara said holding out her hand for a piece of chocolate.
‘I missed you last night…’
‘I know. I missed you too. I couldn’t sleep.’
‘I didn’t really have trouble sleeping…I didn’t sleep the night before though. It was just weird to wake up without you.’
Kara smiled and pushed in a CD.
She is running a hundred miles an hour in the wrong direction…
The pair sat in comfortable silence for a while.
…she is trying but the canyons ever widening in the depths of her cold heart…
‘So,’ Corey said. ‘How is everything right now?’
…so she sets out on another misadventure just to find she’s another two years older and she’s three more steps behind…
‘Right now I'm pretty good I guess,’ Kara shrugged.
…does anybody hear her? Can anybody see? Or does anybody even know she’s going down today…
Corey pressed the skip button on the CD player.
‘Too depressive,’ he said in response to her evil glare. ‘How come you’re wearing long sleeves? It’s not that cold.’
I'm not a stranger. No, I am yours. With crippled anger and tears that still drip sore…
Kara pushed up her sleeves revealing the now much paler marks across her wrists, ‘Do you actually think I can go in there showing my wrists?’
…a fragile flame aged is misery and when our hearts meet I know you see…
‘Hmm, I guess not…’ Corey said slowly.
…I do not want to be afraid, I do not want to die inside just to breathe in…
‘Kar...’ Corey glanced at her in time to catch her rolling her eyes at him.
I'm tired of feeling so numb. Relief exists I find it when I'm cut…
‘Track four,’ she said, turning her attention to the long line of traffic she could see ahead and deciding to travel by back streets instead.
‘Thankyou,’ Corey replied, pushing the skip button and letting his hand fall to her leg.
You keep me spinning around. Round, round, round, round, round, round, round…
The car was filled with overly happy pop music that Kara knew Corey would hate.
I was thinking only yesterday, I was thinking about tomorrow…
Corey pulled away and pretended to be sick before pushing eject on the CD player and picking up her CD case.
‘Didn’t you like it?’ Kara asked innocently, glancing away from the road.
‘Uh, no, no it wasn’t that I didn’t like it I just…’
Kara laughed.
‘Ahh, here we go, something that I hope is at least half decent. You’re music sucks,’ Corey said sliding a CD into the player.
‘You’re telling me,’ Kara laughed.
If I told you there’s somebody who loves you would you say “hey show me that place”? and if I told you that your feeling was actual would you say “hey take me to that place”?…
Kara raised her eyebrows at his choice in CD. It was a mix that she’d made ages ago and most of the music on it was actually alright but it wasn’t something she expected Corey to like.
And if I said there is a family and part of them moves as one, Oh do you feel the love that invites us? The liberty excites us. This disco has just began, just began…
‘See?’ Corey asked, passing her a piece of chocolate. ‘Is it so bad to let me choose the music?’
Give me love, give me liberty disco, the place everybody in the family is found…
Kara raised her eyebrows ass she popped the chocolate in her mouth, ‘I'm just surprised that you like this…’
On that day we will all be happy people when love liberty disco is in town…
Corey shrugged, ‘You get along well with your aunt and cousins don’t you?’
Sunday morning rain is falling…
‘Yea I guess. For the most part they are the family I don’t have,’ Kara turned into a shopping centre car park.
Shed some covers, share some skin…
‘What are we doing here Kara?’
The clouds surrounding us in moments unforgettable…
‘I need more coffee.’
You twist to fit the mould that I am in…
‘You just want coffee? Nothing else is going on here?’
And things just get so crazy…
‘I need coffee.’
Living life is hard to do…
‘Kar, talk to me. What’s going on?’
And I would gladly hit the road, get up and go if I knew…
‘Nothing. I'm fine. We’re running late. Forget the coffee.’
That some day it would lead me back to you…
‘Okay. But you will tell me what’s going on while we’re driving home.’
That some day it would lead me back to you…
Kara nodded and turned the corner. She parked next to a park and turned to face Corey. She just sat there watching him for a moment. Watching him as he watched her. Wondering what was going through his head. Wondering how much he was probably dreading this lunch or how insane he probably though she was.
As she pulled over next to a park Cory glanced over at Kara. The strange thing was that although he knew meeting her aunt and cousins would be like meeting anyone else’s parents he wasn’t nervous. He was happy to be there with her whoever that meant he had to meet, whatever that meant he had to go through. All he wanted was to be with her. He watched as she turned to face him, watching him for a moment before she started to speak.
‘My cousins live down the street,’ Kara began. ‘I have no idea if you actually want to do this or if you’re doing it because you didn’t want to disappoint me…But we can leave whenever and we can do something afterwards if you want to and it means a lot to me that you agreed to come. So, thankyou.’
A smile crept across his face, ‘Did I give the impression I don’t want to do this?’
‘I don’t know, I just thought…’
Corey laughed and leaned over to give her a hug, ‘You’re so silly.’
Corey pulled back from her for a moment and pushed a piece of hair out of her face.
‘I’ve wanted to do this ever since this morning,’ he said and with that he leant over and kissed her gently.
Kara grinned and turned back to the steering wheel, ‘I guess we’d better go…’
Corey laughed, Yea, I guess so.’
* * *
‘Mum, they’re here,’ Drew called coming into the kitchen. He’d seen Kara drive up followed by Amber.
‘We’ll go and let them in then,’ his mother said, pulling a tray of cookies out of the oven.
‘Hey, we’re here,’ Came a voice from the hallway.
‘Kitchen,’ Drew called back.
Drew moved out of the doorway to let his cousin, his girlfriend and his cousin’s boyfriend into the room.
‘Drew!’ Kara exclaimed as he scooped her up into an enormous bear hug.
‘Hey,’ Drew grinned letting her down and leaning over to give Amber a kiss. He looked at Corey, ‘Nice to see you again.’
‘Yeah, you too,’ Corey replied.
‘Hey Aunty Kathy,’ Kara said leaning over to kiss her aunt on the cheek. ‘This is Corey.’
‘Hi Corey,’ Kathryn smiled at him. ‘I'm glad you could join us.’
Corey grinned, ‘Thanks for inviting me.’
‘Drew, why don’t you show Corey around and set up the Wii? The girls are going to help me finish up lunch it should be finished in a half hour or so,’ Kathryn said.
‘Sure mum.’
The boys walked out of the room and Kathy held out her arms, ‘So how are my two favourite girls doing?’
* * *
‘Wow,’ Corey said, sliding into the seat next to Kara. ‘It all smells great.’
‘Thankyou Corey,’ Kathy smiled.
Everyone piled their plates and started eating. The table was quiet as everyone heaped their plates and started eating.
‘Amber, honey. How did your doctor’s appointment go? Everything all okay now?’ Kathy asked as she dug her spoon into the potato salad.
‘Yeah, everything’s fine. It turns out that I just had a cold. I feel heaps better now,’ Amber replied.
The table went back to silence for a moment. Kara glanced at Corey who was watching her carefully.
‘Anyone else want a drink?’ she asked, standing up.
‘Yes please. I’ll have a coke,’ Drew said piling more meat onto his plate.
‘Just a water for me,’ Kathy replied.
‘I’ll have a Coke too if it’s not too much trouble,’ Amber replied.
‘I’ll help you,’ Corey stood up as she turned to look at him.
Kara nodded and headed towards the kitchen. Corey followed her. He leaned against a bench as she poured a glass of water and got four cans of Coke out of the fridge and then slid up onto the bench next to Corey.
‘So,’ he leant on her leg as he watched her carefully. ‘You alright?’
‘I don’t know. Mum called last night…’
‘I see.’
‘My grandma is going to travel to Europe and visit them for a week or two and apparently it’s my fault. Mum’s angry, yay!’
‘You know it’s not your fault though right?’
‘I guess.’
‘Well how could you have stopped it?’ Corey picked up three cans of coke and started to walk back to the dining room. He turned around to check that she was following.
‘I don’t know. It’s just stupid. I don’t understand how it can be blamed on me. Again. I can never do anything right.’
Corey smiled at her and stopped in the middle of the hallway, ‘I know one thing you can do right.’
‘Yeah sure, what?’
‘This,’ Corey said and leaned over to kiss her gently.
Kara smiled slightly, ‘Yea sure. Course I can. I'm sure I suck at that too.’
‘What are you talking about?’ Corey raised his eyebrows.
‘I'm talking about the fact that I have no idea what I'm doing.’
‘Yeah, well I think you’re perfect,’ Corey said as they entered the dining room. ‘Everything about you is perfect.’
Kara found herself going slightly pink at this. She passed her aunt the glass of water and sat back down, opening her coke.
‘So,’ she said. ‘What did we miss?’
‘Not much,’ Drew replied quickly shovelling food into his mouth.
‘Yeah, sure. Not much. Just Drew making dirty comments. I don’t know what I did wrong with that boy,’ Kathy laughed.
‘Mum!’
Kara laughed. Or at least she tried to. Normally she actually enjoyed these lunches but since that conversation with her mother late the night before nothing made her feel happy. She felt angry, hurt, betrayed, sensitive. For the next couple of minutes she concentrated on moving her food around her plate with her fork. She wasn’t hungry. She was hardly aware of the conversation going on around her, of her family getting to know Corey and asking him questions, of him nudging her under the table with his foot to see if she was okay, of Amber watching her closely out the corner of her eye.
Suddenly she felt really dizzy. Her head ached. Her vision blurred. She felt like she was going to be sick.
And then everything went black.


Submitted: October 15, 2009

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