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Comin' Home

I didn’t like having to move back home, especially since it was the beginning of my youngest sister’s senior year. I didn’t want to have to worry about her, because I knew that she had become somewhat of a partier, and my dad didn’t know how to control her. But with my mothers cancer coming back, I knew that my dad needed all the help that he could get around the house. Or, if nothing else, all of us kids back home. I, of course, would live on my own apartment. I had thought about asking Halley if I could move into her spare bedroom, but I decided against it after she informed me that Jack had just moved in, and I really didn’t want to be around the couple. I didn’t have anything against them, but I wasn’t really in the mood to live with two love birds. They had been together since we were in freshman year, about nine years ago. I had thought that they would’ve gotten married by now, but I understood that they wanted to wait.

I pulled into the parking spot assigned to my fourth floor walk up and got out. I popped the trunk, wondering to myself how I was going to get the last of my boxes up. There were two really heavy ones, and two more lighter ones. I was reaching for one of the lighter ones when I heard a voice, “Lucy? Is that you?” I turned around and my eyes widened behind my rainbow lensed sunglasses. I was soon face-to-face with the boy who broke my heart.

“Oh...hey Zack.” I forced a smile and he grinned back. His body had become more muscular since the last time I had seen him, and his arms had some ink.

“What are you doing back?” He asked, placing his hands on his hips.

I bit my lip, “Mom’s cancer came back. And they said that no amount of chemo or radiation would make it go away. So all of us kids are moving back to Maryland.”

Zack’s face fell and his eyes saddened, “Oh, Luce. I’m so sorry.” he walked forward and wrapped his arms around me. I stood there stunned that he was actually hugging me. I slowly placed my arms around his toned waist.

“Thanks, Zack.”

He pulled away and looked at my car, “Do you need any help?”

I hesitated, “Uh...sure. That would be great. Thanks.” I pointed to the box which had the rest of my clothes and he grabbed, lifting it effortlessly. I shook my head and smirked, grabbing my lighter box and shutting the trunk to my car.

He followed me to my apartment, and I couldn’t help but worry about him falling backwards down the stairs. When we reached my door, I put the box on my hip to open the door. “Just put the box in my room. It’s the door down the hall to your right.”

He shuffled his way through the messy apartment and down the hall. I followed behind him. When he had set the box down, he looked around and his eyes landed on my wrought iron canopy bed. The sheets were on it and his eyes landed on the comforter.

The last time he had seen my bed was the last time he had come over to my house, two months before the...incident.

My dark purple and black comforter was folded neatly down, my pillows resting just on the crease. I had my thin gauzy drapes hanging down, and I pulled my lip into my mouth; unsure if he would think my bed to be juvenile.

“I’ve always liked your bed.” he said finally, turning to me and giving me a smile. “It’s romantic.”

“Uh...thanks.” I replied awkwardly.

“What?” He asked raising an eyebrow.

“Well, normally that’s not how guys react when seeing my bed.”

“And how many guys have seen your bed?” he asked smirking his eyebrows raised.

My face flushed and I looked down, “I think I have one or two more boxes in my car.” I mumbled.


We were both silent heading down the stairs. When we had the last of my boxes in our hands, I locked my car again and stared up the stairs. Zack followed me and as we walked into the kitchen, I knew that it was a bad idea getting Zack to help me. But it was too late now, and I knew that I couldn’t just tell him to leave. He didn’t know that I was still so heartbroken about it. I had always acted like things were okay shortly after, because I had to. I didn’t have time to worry about it, because the game were coming up. We set the boxes down, and then sat on the couch. I pulled my long silver hair up and pulled it into a messy bun. I flipped on the t.v. and turned it to Netflix, then selected one of my favorite shows, Deadly Women.

“I see you still like your murder and mystery shows. You’ve been fascinated with them since I can remember.”

I laughed, I couldn’t help it and nodded, “Yeah. It’s just so...fascinating.”

He laughed and nudged me, “So you know...you never answered my question.”

“About my bed?” I asked raising an eyebrow, my own green eyes looking into his. He laughed and nodded “Well...I guess you were the last one.”

“Oh.” he said softly, “Well...why is that?”

I bit my lip, “Well, I was just too busy. With all my training, I just never had time for relationships.” I shrugged, “I don’t feel like I’m missing out or anything.”

He had become quiet and then looked at me. “Do you really believe that, Lucy?”

“Well, yeah.” I straightened up, “I have been busy! I work my ass off and-” I stopped. “You don’t understand, Zack. You’ve never really understood.”

“Lucy, that’s not what I meant at all.” He paused, “It’s just that, you had time for me and you’re saying that you don’t or didn’t have time. I don’t understand.”

I sighed, “I have to yet to find a guy who understands my passion for gymnastics. Who understands that my practicing comes first.”

“You’ve already won the gold in that AND ice skating. TWICE.

I glared at him, “So? What if I told you, ‘Oh, hey Zack. You’ve already had one hit album, so you should stop.’”

He then nodded, “Okay. I see your point.” he sighed, “I honestly missed you, Lucy. I haven’t seen you since graduation.” he paused, “Well not even then, because you were off training. Everything came second to that, didn’t it?”

I bit my lip, unsure of what to say. “Well...” his phone went off, saving me from having to come up with a reply.

“Hello? Yeah. Uh, sure.” he glanced at me, “Can I bring a friend? Of course I have friends, asshole.” He laughed, “Awesome. We’ll be over soon.” he got off the phone and looked at me, “Are you ready to go see some familiar faces?”

I looked at the ratty clothing I was wearing, “Uh, not like this.”

He laughed, “So go shower and then we can go.” I hesitated and he pouted, “Please, Lucy?”

I sighed, “Fiiiine. Let me go take a shower.” I got up and walked to the bathroom in my room and started the shower. I wasn’t sure what Zack coming back into my life meant.

When I came out I spied Zack laying on my bed. I had a towel around my hair and around my torso. His eyes looked up and stopped when they got to my face.

“Lucy, why didn’t you come home more?”

I shrugged and stepped into my closet and pulled on some clothes and then came back out. I braided my long hair into a fishtail braid. I grabbed my purse and then turned to him, “So where are we headed?”

“To Rian, Alex and Lisa’s. Jack and Halley will be there. So will Cassadee.”

“Cassadee?” I asked raising an eyebrow. He sort of shrugged, “Rian’s girlfriend.”

My eyes widened, and he nodded, “Yeah. They broke up. Please don’t ask them about it, I’ll explain later.”

I nodded and we walked out of my apartment, and to his vehicle. “Are you compensating for something?” I asked while getting inside. He laughed and then looked at me with an eyebrow cocked, “You know the answer to that.”

My face flushed and I turned to look out the window. My thoughts traveled back to when I was a freshman in high school.


I was walking into the doors of my new high school, Towson. It was just a few weeks into the school year and I had just moved to Maryland from Florida. I was wary about this new school, but the area had an amazing training facility, so I was just going to focus on my training. The twenty-eighth summer olympics were coming up in two thousand and four, and I was hoping to participate. I had been working extremely hard and was pretty sure that I would be able to go, but I also felt guilty for forcing my family to pack up and move from our hometown and move to Maryland.

I entered my English class and sat down in the back. I waited for the class to begin and honestly just wanted it to be over so that I could get to the gym and practice with my new coach. The olympics were in August, and I wanted to be the best I could be. A guy with dyed black hair sat down next to me. “Hey, you’re new.” He said quietly, and I nodded.

“Yep. Just moved here last week from Florida.”

“That’s cool. Where in Florida?”

I hesitated, because people normally laughed when I said where I was from, “Celebration.”

“Celebration?” he said quizzically.

“...Yeah. You know, the Disney town?”

He laughed, “Oh. Wow. Just...wow.”

I made a face, “Gee thanks.”

He shook his head, “No, no. You don’t understand. One of my buddies’ girlfriends is OBSESSED with Disney. She’s gonna flip when she meets you.”

I cocked an eyebrow, “Really now?”

“Yeah, but that means that you have to go to my other friends girlfriends party this weekend.”

I bit my lip, “I dunno. I don’t even know your name, and then I have my training...”

“Training?” he asked, obviously ignoring that he still hadn’t told me his name.

“Yeah, I’m training to be in the olympics. I’m actually pretty sure that I’m going to go to the next one.” His green eyes widened, and I nodded, “Yep, I’m pretty excited.”

“Wow that’s amazing...” his face flushed, “I never got your name did I?”

“It’s Lucy.”

He smiled, “Hi, Lucy. I’m Zack.”

After the class was over, I walked to my locker and Zack was standing beside me, “So, you’ll come to the party this Saturday night?”

I bit my lip, “Sure. Where’s it at?”

“How about I come pick you up?”

I half smiled, “Sure. Sounds fun.”

When class let out, Zack followed me and helped me find some of my classes, the only other one which we had together was our last class being home ec. I didn’t see either of my brothers, but that did surprise me. I was sure that they were still mad at me and were doing all they could to avoid me.

When Zack and I walked into the classroom, I saw my sister and she smiled at me. I smiled slightly back, Sadie being the only one besides our much younger siblings who wasn’t mad at me. But when she saw I walked in with Zack she gave me a look that I couldn’t decipher. I sat down next to him and he smiled at me, “I sure hope you can cook, because my skills are severely lacking.”

I laughed slightly and shook my head, “Not really. Sadie is the one who cooks at home.”

And as if on cue my sister walked over, “Luce, why don’t you introduce me to your friend?”

“Sadie this is Zack, Zack this is my sister Sadie.” they both said hi and then Sadie looked at me, “So, Luce, mom and dad wanted me to tell you that we were going to have a housewarming thing this Saturday night-”

“Sorry, Sade, I can’t.” she raised her eyebrows. I cleared my throat and then continued, “Zack invited me to a party at his friends house.” she smiled and nodded, “Okay. I’ll let them know.”


I shook my head, and then got out of the stopped vehicle. “What have you been thinking about?”

I bit my lip and shrugged, “The first day we met.”

He chuckled and scratched the back of his head, “Wow. Back in the day. Weird that so much has happened since then, huh?”

I bit my lip, and nodded, “Yeah.” I replied, “A lot has happened.” I hopped out of the vehicle and shook my head, wondering what I was doing. I was setting myself up for heartbreak, and I just kept walking towards it. I couldn’t figure out why I was unable to stop myself.

And as I walked into the house, a figure ran at me, “Luceeee!” I hugged the girl back, “Hey, Hals. How have you been?”

“How have I been? How have you been Miss Gold?” I blushed and shrugged, “I’ve been okay. Busy.” she laced her hand with mine and pulled me to the kitchen. There I saw Jack, Alex, Lisa, Rian and two girls that I didn’t recognize. I figured one had to be Rian’s new girlfriend.

“Guys, look who Zack found!” the eyes turned to me and I blushed while waving a little, “Hey.” I said softly.

“Lucy!” Jack said and ran over to me and pulled me into a hug, and then said softly in my ear, “I have to talk to you about something. Come find me outside in an hour, okay?” I nodded once and then he pulled away.

After a few more ‘hello’s, and meeting Rian’s new girlfriend, Zack stole me away and pulled me out side and to the grass. We sat next to each other and he smiled, “I’ve really missed you, Lucy.” and then he laughed slightly, “I know, I know you probably think that I’m lying, but I’m not.”

When I opened my mouth to say something I was interrupted by the other girl who had been standing in the kitchen. “Zack, I’ve been looking all over for you.”

“Sorry, I was just catching up with Lucy.” she stood there with her hands on her hips and a look on her face like she could care less. Her dark blue eyes were shooting daggers at me while her shoulder length brown hair was moving slightly in nights breeze.

“Okay, well why don’t you formally introduce me to your friend.” And by the way she said it I knew that she didn’t like me. Which wasn’t new. A lot of girls didn’t like me without a reason. Zack and I stood up.

“Allie, this is Lucy. Lucy, this is Allie.”

I waved slightly and was caught slightly off guard when she acidly replied, “Zack’s girlfriend.” And then narrowed her eyes at me. “Wait, YOU’RE Lucy?”

“...I guess?” I said raising an eyebrow.

She turned and faced Zack, “Is she the Lucy?”

Zack pulled his lip into his mouth and nodded, “Yeah, it’s Lucy.”

She glared at me and pulled Zack inside, and I watched them confused as they made their way inside.

Soon after, Jack came out and he gave me a smile. “Hey there Diamond.” I laughed and shook my head, “Oh, Jack, you’re making me sound like a stripper.” he snickered and I continued, “How have you been?” he smiled and hugged me again.

“Pretty good. Just moved in with Halley. But I bet that you already knew that.” I nodded and he grinned, “So, Luce, do you remember that first party?” I grinned, “Yeah. I was actually just sort-of thinking about it on our way over.”

He laughed and nodded. His face then turned serious, “What do you think about Allie?”

I shrugged, “I don’t care who Zack dates. He can be with whomever he pleases.”

He laughed and nodded, knowing not to try and talk about that particular subject, and then we looked at the sky, “Perfect sky, it’s so pretty with the stars.” I said softly. He giggled at that I rolled my eyes, “Shut up. Are you ever going to give up on giggling whenever I say anything about the sky?”

“Probably not.”

I sighed, “Oh well, it was worth a shot.”

He sighed, “We’ve missed you, Luce. All of us have missed you.”

“Sorry I never visited. Time got away from me. I’ll be home for a while now though.” I hid the pain in my voice and I could tell that he didn’t sense that anything was wrong.

He smiled, “Awesome. The girls will be excited about that.”

A few hours later I wanted to go home, so I was walking around the house to try and find Zack. I waked into a room that was dark expect for the t.v. I saw a figure sitting on the bed and then I looked closer at the t.v. It was my first t.v. interview. I watched myself on the screen.

“So, Lucy, do you have a boyfriend at home?” I saw my younger self blush and then shake my head no. “No. I don’t have a boyfriend or anything like that.”

“But is there a boy that you like?” I saw myself blush even deeper. “Can we not talk about this?”

The interviewer laughed and nodded. There was then the recap of the routine that I had done to get the interview. I stood there and just watched Zack looking at the screen. I walked out of the door and started down the curb. I decided that I would call a cab.

When I got home I just slid onto the floor and cried. I really missed Zack.


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Oh and I know nothing about the Olympics, so I'm not going to go into much detail, minus the years and the locations. :3


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