Ugh! Would I ever get a moment alone with this guy? Why did they have to walk in the room?
“Good news,” Kat said. “We’ve only got two couples arriving this afternoon, and a few of our guests from last night have already stripped all the sheets, started the laundry, and cleaned the kitchen.”
“Seriously?” My heart warmed.
“Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that they had offered to help with that,” Brandon said, his mouth half full of bagel again.
“When did you talk to them?” I turned back to him.
“When they were making us breakfast.”
I sank into a chair and covered my face with my hands, breaking into tears again for what felt like the millionth time since the night before.
“Hey, sweetie. It’s gonna be okay.” Krystal wrapped her arms around me and Kat knelt at my feet.
“We’re here with you,” Kat said. “We’re going to stay with you for as long as you need us.”
“You’re the best friends I could ever ask for.” I tried to stop crying, but their outpouring of love for me was overpowering. “What would I do without you?”
“You don’t have to find out,” Krystal said.
“Yeah,” Kat piped in. “The three of us girls can run this place until your mom gets back on her feet. She’s been training us for this our whole lives.”
“That’s the thing, though. She’s not going to get back on her feet,” I said. “She’s dying. My momma is dying.” I broke into tears again.
The twins held me and let me cry. I couldn’t stop crying, just like I couldn’t stop crying last night and this morning while Brandon held me.
Where was Brandon? I lifted my head to find his gaze and felt whole when he smiled lightly back. It didn’t stop the tears, but it gave me a feeling of peace having him there. I wanted him to hold me again, but I didn’t want to ruin this moment with my best friends.
I forced myself to choke back sobs and calm down. Kat handed me a tissue and I blew my nose, then grabbed another and wiped my eyes. I took a deep breath and heaved my shoulders, shaking off the tears and stress. I could do this. I had to be strong.
The girls were still kneeling next to my chair and I leaned down to hug them both at the same time.
“I have to go up to the hospital now,” I said. “Will you guys stay here in case our guests arrive?”
“Of course,” Krystal said.
“They’re not scheduled to arrive until after dinner anyway, so don’t worry about a thing.”
“Go be with your mom,” Kat said. “We’ll be here when you get back.”
“Thanks, guys.” We gave each other one more three-way hug and then Brandon held out his hand, inviting me to come with him.
Running To You
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