What We Call Life

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Following the life experiences of seven different people who are all connected in some way. Laina Montgomery is a single mom of two. She works at day care and is involved with AA. Teddie Hoffman is a single lesbian bar tender who tends to be a bit of a player. Dylan Montgomery is a Junior in high school and is madly in love with her girlfriend Lexi. Dennis Johnson is a married man with four kids who is trying to rekindle an old flame. Thomas Montgomery is a CEO of a company he owns and is very absent most of the time. Richard Day is the owner of a shrimp house, is single with no kids, and he doesn't really care when it comes dating. Dana Coast is new to the city and is a student at John Marshall Law School

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Laina

Submitted: April 12, 2013

Following the love experiences of seven different people who are all connected in some way. Lana Montgomery is a single mom of two. She works at day care and is involved with AA. Teddy Hoffman is a single lesbian bar tender who tends to be a bit of a player. Dylan Montgomery is a Junior in high school and is madly in love with her girlfriend Lexi. Dennis Hoffman is a married man with four kids who is trying to rekindle an old flame. Thomas Montgomery is a CEO of a company he owns and is very absent most of the time. Richard Day is the owner of a shrimp house, is single with no kids, and he doesn't really care when it comes dating. Dana Coast is new to the city and is an art major at the Art Institutes Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  TEDDIE   I have to be fast. I have a habit of running every day. Not because I want to but because I don’t feel... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  LAINA   I hear someone bust through the door as I poor myself a cup of coffee. It has to be Teddy. Dylan is alr... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  DENNIS   I remember the first time I laid on eyes on her. She was young and beautiful with a bright smile. It was... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  DYLAN   Where is my damn history book? I rummage through my locker trying to find the damn thing. I should really... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  RICHARD   “So, how’s it going with Marie?” Callie looks at me. “We broke up.” My answer sounds so n... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  THOMAS   The minute I walk into the door Amanda is right there ready to greet me. I wish she didn’t do that. La... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: April 12, 2013

  TEDDIE   I roll over in bed and look over to the clock. It’s one in the afternoon. I have to be at work at five... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  LAINA   I need to get Dylan up and ready for school and I have to get ready for work.  I get up and grab a ... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  DYLAN   I’ve been trying to call my dad all day. Of course the fucker can’t answer. Why can’t he be a dad? I ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   When is she going to be home? I’m so hungry and I don’t want to cook for myself. I lay my head down ... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  DANA   I honestly don’t know why I decided to come out with these girls. I don’t even understand why they inv... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  DENNIS   I still can’t get Laina out of my head. I really don’t understand what changed in me. I only married... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  RICHARD   Laina and I are seated at table. I hope she’s not mad that I decided to take her to dinner instead. She... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  THOMAS   I have five missed calls from Dylan. What the fuck does he want now? Does Laina do anything for him? I d... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  LAINA   I’m sitting on the train replaying my date with Richard over in my head. I still can’t believe he tri... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  DYLAN   I seriously don’t understand what her problem is. Why is she such a bitch all the time? I’m not stupi... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: April 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   Dana and I are walking down the street asking each other random questions. So far I’ve found out her f... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DENNIS   Even though Cory thinks it’s stupid and is pissed about it I can’t give up yet. I want to apologize ... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DYLAN   I’m waiting in the elevator. I know I shouldn’t be here because my dad will have a coronary but I don... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   I wake up to an alarm clock buzzing. What the fuck? I don’t have an alarm clock. I have no idea where ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  LAINA   My phone rings as I pull out eggs and sausage from the refrigerator. It’s Susan. “Hello?” ... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  THOMAS   I really don’t want to do this. The last thing I want is to talk to Laina but apparently she has some ... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  RICHARD   I need to find someone to work tonight. Jeremy just called off and I’m supposed to go out with Laina ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  LAINA   “I don’t’ want you to judge me.” I say. Richard gives me a weird look. I think he’s still tryin... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DANA   I’m sitting at the school library trying to figure out my homework. These questions are a little confu... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DYLAN   Lexi and I are eating lunch together like we always do. I should probably tell her that I’m moving in w... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   “Teddie get up.” My mom shakes my shoulder. Why is she waking me up? She never wakes me up. She alwa... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DENNIS   I’m sitting at my desk enjoying my prep period. This is the only time I don’t have a class. After th... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  LAINA   I hear the doorbell ring. I put down my book and walk over to the door. In the doorway stands my brother ... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  THOMAS   I’m sitting at in my office at home. Dylan as moved in without even asking me if it was okay. He’s s... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  RICHARD   “Did you ever look into that day care?” Callie asks me. We’re sitting on her couch just talking. ... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DANA   I’m glad Teddie called me and asked to meet up. She wants me to meet her at the bar she works at on Stat... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   I’m so glad a figured out a way to ditch Maci. I know it sounds bad but I really wanted to be alone wi... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  RICHARD   I can’t stop thinking about Laina. I can’t stop thinking about what Callie said about her. I don’... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  LAINA   I think I cried myself to sleep again last night. I’m sick of doing that. I feel someone’s arm around m... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DYLAN   My father’s a prick and my mother’s a bitch. I really hate both my parents. How did I get stuck in th... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   I’m over at Dana’s and we are lying in her bed. I can’t believe I haven’t slept with her yet. Sh... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  THOMAS   It’s nine o’clock at night and I’m still at the office. Surprisingly Amanda hasn’t called me. Sh... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DENNIS   Laina still hasn’t called me about Teddie. It’s been like two weeks. Maybe I should call her. I stil... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DANA   I’m sitting in my legal writing class and I can’t wait for it to be over. I really hate this class. &n... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  LAINA   I pull into the parking lot of a church. I really need this meeting. I haven’t been here in over a week... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  DYLAN   I’m on my way to pick up Lexi. We are going to my friend Michael’s party. My dad has no idea that I t... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: May 29, 2013

  TEDDIE   Dana and I are lying in bed together. Her bare body is cuddled up to mine. I finally did it. I slept wit... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: June 14, 2013

DANA   Teddie is on top of me. We are really going at it. I guess it’s time for round two. Teddie’s phone keeps ringing.... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: June 14, 2013

THOMAS   Laina won’t stop calling my phone. I’m starting to get really pissed. Why the fuck is she blowing me up like th... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: June 14, 2013

RICHARD   I’m glad I got to see Laina tonight. I love being around her. I’m not sure what it is about her but I can’t ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: June 14, 2013

LAINA   “Laina?” I hear some woman say. I pull away from Richard and look over. It’s Susan. I jump out of my seat an... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: June 14, 2013

TEDDIE   I’m driving my mom’s car. Dana is sitting in the passenger seat. I really can’t believe what just happened. I... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: June 14, 2013

DYLAN   I wake up in a hospital bed. What happened? My right hand is in a cast. I look over to my left hand and it’s handc... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: June 14, 2013

RICHARD   Laina and I are seated on the couch. I have my arm around her and I have her pulled into me. Teddie just left with... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: June 14, 2013

Dennis

Submitted: June 14, 2013

DENNIS   I’ve trying to get ahold Laina for a week. Either he phone is off or she doesn’t answer. I tempted to just go o... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 10, 2013

THOMAS   I walk into my house walk straight to my office. I throw my briefcase on the desk. I sit down in my chair and lean ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 10, 2013

TEDDIE   Dana and I decided to stay in the hotel for another night. I’ve been really enjoying this. Last night we had a lo... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 10, 2013

DANA   It really confuses me as to why Teddie won’t talk about anything. I understand that her childhood was fucked up but... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 10, 2013

RICHARD   I wake up in Laina’s bed. My arm is around her and she’s still asleep. I know how a guy is supposed to feel wa... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: July 10, 2013

DYLAN   I’m sitting in this hospital. They still won’t let me see Lexi or even tell me what’s going on with her. They ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 10, 2013

LAINA   I’m over analyzing last night. Even though I really enjoyed it and it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced I k... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 10, 2013

THOMAS   I find it amazing that Laina hasn’t called me in two days and Amanda hasn’t bitched about me not being home in ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 10, 2013

TEDDIE   I wake up to someone shaking my shoulder. I roll over. It’s my mom. I look at the clock. It’s nine A.M. I had s... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: July 10, 2013

DENNIS   I’m driving home from work. This whole situation is starting to really drive me nuts. I just want at least one of... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 10, 2013

DANA   I think I’ve become really attached to Teddie.  It’s weird in a sense. I really do like her and I know she l... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 10, 2013

LAINA   I’m driving home from Dylan’s arraignment. I finally got to see him and talk to him. They decided to charge him ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 10, 2013

TEDDIE   I’m really anxious today. I think it has to do with the fact that I’m meeting my dad. This is really driving me... Read Chapter

Dennis

Submitted: July 12, 2013

DENNIS   “So.” I say breaking the silence between me and Teddie. “Are you in school?” I’m not really sure what els... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 12, 2013

LAINA   “GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY HOUSE!” I scream while shoving Dennis toward the door. My head is spinning I’m so fuck... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 12, 2013

RICHARD   “When do I get to meet this girl?” Callie asks. I look over to her and laugh. She’s desperate to meet the gi... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 12, 2013

DANA   I can’t believe what Teddie’s father said to her. This is why I still haven’t said anything to my parents. I do... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 12, 2013

THOMAS   I’m convinced that the fucking world must be coming to an end. Ihaven’t heard from Laina in a week and Amanda s... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: July 12, 2013

DYLAN   My preliminary hearing was a couple days ago and now I’m on my way to a fucking juvenile detention center. I have ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 12, 2013

TEDDIE   God my head hurts. I sit up in bed and try to remember why my head hurts so badly. Dana is still asleep. I get out ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 12, 2013

LAINA   I wake up to someone pounding on the front door. What time is it? I look over to the clock. It’s nine in the morni... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 12, 2013

THOMAS   For the first time in my life I’m taking the day off. There is a lot going on in my head and I can’t fucking co... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 12, 2013

RICHARD   Laina and I are on my way to my sister’s house for dinner. Callie is ecstatic about finally meeting Laina. Laina... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 12, 2013

DANA   Since Teddie’s mom is gone we are sitting at her house. We are cuddled up on her couch watching a movie. We are pro... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 12, 2013

TEDDIE   Dana, Maci, and I are sitting outside behind me house. There are three open bags of chips, a box of crackers, and w... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 12, 2013

LAINA   I feel really nauseous. Why do I feel so nauseous? I sit up in bed and close my eyes. I take a couple deep breaths... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 12, 2013

THOMAS   I’m at the cemetery. I’m standing by my father’s grave. When I was a kid I wanted to be just like him but loo... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 12, 2013

RICHARD   I walk into the door of my house. I throw my keys on the coffee table. Laina is still sick and just wants to sleep... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 12, 2013

LAINA   I’m sitting in my car in my driveway. I’m breathing hard and trying not to completely lose it. I have this bad f... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 12, 2013

TEDDIE   Maci, Dana and I are at some club. We are all seated on a round couch the curves around a round glass table that is... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 12, 2013

THOMAS   I pull into the driveway of the house that used to be my and Laina’s home. I feel like at one point we were happy... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 12, 2013

DANA   I have no idea where I am but I don’t really care. I feel so heart broken. I can’t believe I actually trusted her... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 12, 2013

RICHARD   I pull into Laina’s drive way and throw the car in park. I kill then engine and practically run up to the door. ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 13, 2013

TEDDIE   By the time I walk into my house I can barely breathe. The cold night air is piercing my lungs like knives and the ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 13, 2013

LAINA   I’m completely mentally drained but I can’t sleep. I keep replaying the day over and over again in my head. Tedd... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 13, 2013

THOMAS   It’s pretty fucking pathetic that I have to sit in this bar all by myself because I don’t even have an acquaint... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 13, 2013

RICHARD   I’m on my way to Laina’s house. I know she broke it off last night but I can’t just walk away. I’m too inv... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 13, 2013

LAINA   “I know exactly what you want and breaking up with me isn’t it. You want someone who will love you no matter wha... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 13, 2013

TEDDIE   I’m standing outside of Dana’s dorm debating on whether or not I should actually go up to the door. I’m hones... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 13, 2013

THOMAS   I pull into the driveway of a nice house in a shitty neighborhood and park my car. I hope this is the right fucking... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: July 13, 2013

DYLAN   I’m sitting in a room with only two chairs and small round table. They told me I have a visitor. I bet it’s my m... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 13, 2013

DANA   Teddie and I are lying on my bed. We are face to face, just staring at each other. We’ve been laying here for hours... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 13, 2013

LAINA   I had a complete breakdown earlier when Susan was here. I told her everything. I told her about my almost slip that ... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 13, 2013

TEDDIE   If you look through our photo albums, you can tell when my mom stopped being happy. Dana and I are sitting on the c... Read Chapter

Dylan

Submitted: July 13, 2013

DYLAN   I’m sitting in the car with my Mom. I’m so glad that I finally get to go home. I’m sick of this fucking place.... Read Chapter

Thomas

Submitted: July 13, 2013

THOMAS   I’m sitting in the kitchen waiting for Laina to call and tell meDylan’s home. I hear the front door open. Who... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 13, 2013

LAINA   It’s three A.M. and I’m still awake. I can’t sleep. My brain is so overloaded. I stare over to the clock and i... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 13, 2013

RICHARD   Trying to hide my sadness is getting harder and harder. I’m trying to just throw myself into my job but I’m no... Read Chapter

Teddie

Submitted: July 13, 2013

TEDDIE   I wake up to something heavy being dropped. I jump out of bed and run into my Mom’s room. She’s pulling boxes o... Read Chapter

Dana

Submitted: July 13, 2013

DANA   I’m on my way to Teddie’s house and I’m hopelessly lost. I’ve never had to walk to her house by myself. She t... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 13, 2013

LAINA   I’m driving. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m just driving. The driver side window is rolled all the way... Read Chapter

Richard

Submitted: July 13, 2013

RICHARD   I’m sitting in my kitchen at the table. Highway Don’t Care by Tim McGraw is blaring in the background. I have ... Read Chapter

Laina

Submitted: July 13, 2013

LAINA   Richard and I are in the car on our way to Tennessee. We are holding in hands above the middle console. He smiles ov... Read Chapter