How to Heal
CHAPTER
1
Tragedy
I opened my door to find Theo. He had his signature lopsided grin and flowers.
Smiling, I said, “Hey you.”
He stepped inside and kissed me. There was water dripping down his face from the rain and both he and the flowers were soaked. “I have to go, but I just wanted to bring you these. How’re you feeling?”
I had the flu. “I’ve been better.”
He kissed my forehead. “Sorry love.”
“Don’t go,” I said. “It’s too rainy.” Sometimes Theo’s recklessness made me nervous.
He laughed and ran his fingers through my hair. “Kota, I’ll be fine.”
“I’ll drive you,” I blurted.
“You’re sick, Kota. You’re not going anywhere.”
“Really, Theo, it’s no trouble.”
“No.”
I bit my lip. “Okay.”
“Really, I’ll be fine.”
“Please be careful.”
“Kota, it’ll be fine. I’m just walking to the field.”
I shook my head and watched him go. I walked back over to the couch and sat down to finish watching my movie. Rubbing my aching stomach, I stood up and went to my room to go to bed.
My mom walked into my room. “How are you, sweetheart?”
I sat down on the edge of my bed. “Okay. Theo just came over and gave me flowers.”
“In this weather? Is that boy crazy?”
Before I could answer, my phone rang. I reached over to answer it.
Listening to it, I promptly threw up everything that I had managed to keep down.
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