The next morning I heard someone walking into my room. "Hey wake up." Bruno said. "You're up early. Why?" I asked. "I don't know. I just felt like waking up early for a change." He said. He came over and sat on my bed. "Wanted to spend some extra time with ma lady." He said. "Bruno...I don't want to hurt you but...you do know that us kissing last night doesn't make us a couple or anything." I said not looking at him. "That's what I thought." He said looking a little disapointed. "Bruno I'm sorry, you know I love you but us being together would change things and it wouldn't last forever and when we break up we won't be able to be friends anymore and I don't want to lose you." I said. "Yeah, I get it. It's fine." He said. "Bruno come here." I said. He scooted closer to me and we kissed again but this time it was him that pulled away, "What about everything you just said?" He asked. "Oh...I forgot." I said. Bruno laughed, "Sure you did. You just can't resist me." He said. "Yes I can! I've been resisting you since we were born!" I said. "Yeah but we had never done anything and now that you know what it's like you won't be able to resist it." He said smiling. I threw a pillow at him. "Get out!" I yelled. He dodged the pillow and ran out. I didn't have much time to get ready so I just threw on some clothes that were laying on my floor and brushed my hair. I usually did my makeup and curled my hair but not today thanks to Bruno. I walked downstairs and my mom was laying on the couch. "Mom? Mom? Mom?!" I yelled. She still didn't move so I started shaking her, "Mom wake up!!" I screamed. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and dialed nine-one-one. "Hello,nine-one-one. How may I help you?" The lady asked. "My mom won't wake up!! She's laying on the couch and she's not moving! Can you please send an ambulance?!" I said trying to stay calm. "Someone will be there right away. Stay on the phone until they get there." The lady said. I few minutes later an ambulance pulled into my driveway and two men came running in. They put her on a strecher and took her to the hospital. I ran over to Bruno's house. "Bruno! Bruno where are you?? Bruno!" I yelled running up the stairs. "What? What's wrong?!" He yelled running towards me. "I...my mom...she's..." I tried to tell him but I couldn't get the words out. He grabbed me and held me close to him. "Baby what's wrong?" He asked. I couldn't say anything,all I could do was cry. Eric came running out of his room. "What's going on?! I heard screaming!" He said. "V what's wrong? Talk to me." Bruno said. He picked me up and carried me into his room. "V you have to tell me what's wrong. You're scaring me." Bruno said. Bruno and Eric sat down on the bed beside me. "Come on, talk to us." Eric said. "Where's mom? Has she left yet?" Bruno asked Eric. "Yeah, she just left. Everyone's gone except us." Eric said. "Can you stay home today? Just in case we need you." Bruno said to Eric. Eric nodded. "Tell us what's wrong, please." Eric said. "My mom, she's...I don't know." I said. "What happened?" Bruno asked. "I walked downstairs to leave and she was laying on the couch not moving, I tried to wake her up but she still wouldn't move. I don't know what's wrong with her. If she dies I won't have anyone." I said trying not to cry again. "Yes you will baby, you'll always have me. And Eric and my mom and my dad and Presley and Tahiti and Tiara and Jaime and all the rest of my family. We'll always be here for you." Bruno said with a smile. "I know this probably isn't a good time but...will you two just go out already?! I mean you guys are like the perfect couple." Eric said. "Yeah you were right...that wasn't the right time!! Get out!!" Bruno said. I scooted over and patted the bed beside me and Bruno layed down beside me. "Did you mean it?" I asked. "What?" Bruno asked. "That I'll always have you?" I asked. "I promise that I'll always be there for you. No matter where I am I'll always be there for you when you need me." He said wrapping his arms around me. "And I promise I'll always protect you. I love you. Do you need anything baby?" "Yeah one thing, I need you to stay here with me. Forever. Don't ever leave me." I said. Bruno smiled. "I promise." He said. I fell asleep and when I woke up Bruno was still laying beside me, staring at me. "You're beautiful. Don't ever forget it." Bruno said. I blushed. "Were you staring at me the whole time I was asleep?" I asked. "Yep." He said with a smile. "Makes me sound like a stalker doesn't it?" I laughed. "No it makes you sound like a really sweet boyfriend." I said. "Wait are we...?" He asked. "I don't know Bruno, you would be an amazing boyfriend but I don't want to ruin our friendship." I said. "I know, I don't want to ruin our friendship either. It's just sometimes I wonder...." He said. "Wonder what?" I asked. "What it would be like to be with you...for the rest of my life." He said. "Bruno, I love you. But I don't think it would work." I said. "Why not?! If we love each other then why wouldn't it work?" He asked. "It just wouldn't Bruno! How many people do you know that have been together since they were our age that are still together??" I asked. "None, but I don't know anyone that loves someone like I love you!" He said. We started kissing, Bruno moved closer to me and started taking my shirt off. We didn't notice Eric walk in. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!" Eric yelled. Bruno got scared and fell off the bed. "Nothing! We weren't doing anything!!" Bruno yelled. "Well that didn't look like nothing!" Eric said. "Please please please don't tell anyone." Bruno said. "I won't but close the door next time! Don"t you know anything?!" Eric said. "No! That's NOT what we were doing! We were just...I don't know what we were doing." Bruno said. "You guys were REALLY close to doing something and I'm sure you would have gotten there if I wouldn't have walked in." Eric said. "NO WE WOULDN"T HAVE!" Bruno said. "Look, I saw where your hands were. You're WAY too young to be doing stuff like what you guys were about to do. And you should know better, if mom found out she would kill you both. Just be careful, maybe if I wouldn't have been home you could have gotten away with it and no I'm not encouraging you, but what were you guys thinking??" Eric whispered (but not quiet enough because I heard everything he said). "Look if you would have gone any farther you do know what would have happened right?" "She probably would have gotten pregnant." Bruno said looking at the floor. "Hey guys, I'm still here." I said waving my hand. "Um I think you should go home." Eric said. "I...I can't. I don't want to be alone." I said. "Sweetie, I think you should go home. I'll see you tomorrow if you come to school." Bruno said. I walked out and went over to my house and layed in my bed,I was so tired of always having to deal with things like this. My dad had run out on us when I was just a few months old then my mom gave me to my grandma because she didn't want me and then they had a huge custody battle over me and my mom won. And a few years later my grandma died and now my mom was going to die and I had no more family that I knew of. And of course as soon as me and Bruno "do" something Eric walks in, just add that to my list of things to worry about. I layed facedown on my bed and cried. An hour later I heard the front door open. "Hello?",someone said. I didn't say anything because I knew it wasn't Bruno. They walked upstairs. "V! Where are you?" They asked. They walked in my room. "Hey, how are you?" They asked. I turned around to see who it was and saw a girl from our school. "Shelby?" I asked. "Yeah, my family heard about your mom and my aunt told me to bring this cassorole over, it's downstairs." She said. "Oh thanks." I said. "Yeah, um I need to talk to you about something." She said. "Uh yeah, sure." I said. "Do you think..um...Bruno would go out with me?" She asked. "Wow um...I don't know." I said. "Not today though. He's with me today." I whispered with a laugh. "What's funny?" She asked. "Oh nothing. Just um thinking about a funny joke. I can call him and tell him to come over if you want me to." I said. "Oh that'd be awesome. Thanks." She said. I picked up my phone and dialed Bruno's number,"Hey can you come over right now?" I asked. Bruno laughed. "You want some more?" He asked. "Ha ha very funny. Just get over here, someone wants to see you." I said. "Alright I'll be there in a minute...if Eric doesn't see me." He said. "Ok he'll be over in a minute." I said to Shelby. "What do Bruno say that was "very funny"?" She asked. "Uh nothing." I said. Bruno walked in, "You wanted to see me babe?" He said. "Someone wanted to see you." I said motioning to Shelby. "Oh what I meant to say was, good afternoon ladies, how are you doing? You called for me?" He said. "I was wondering if you maybe wanted to...got out with me or something." Shelby said. Bruno looked at me and I shrugged. "Shelby I'm sorry but I don't think it'll work." Bruno said. "Oh well maybe some other time?" She said. "I don't know, I'm kinda in an...on&off relationship with someone." Bruno said looking at me. "What?! You're with her?!“ Shelby yelled pointing at me. "What makes you say that?" Bruno asked. "Cause you looked at her when you said that!" Shelby said. "No no no we aren't together, we don't want to ruin our friendship. We're friends and that's all." Bruno said trying to smile.
-A month later-
Bruno walked into his room (where I was staying until my mom came home, Bruno had to sleep on the couch). "Get up. Time for school." He said trying to wake me up. I rolled over and faced the wall, "I'm not going! Leave me alone!" I said. "Look I know it's hard but you can't just keep hiding from the world. Skipping school won't help your mom at all, if she finds out it'll just worry her even more." He said. "I know but I don't even feel like trying anymore, I'm done with all this. I know me and my mom had problems with each other but I love her." I said trying not to cry. "Sweetie I know you do and it's hard to have someone you love in the hospital but it'll be ok." He said. "No, it won't Bruno. It won't be ok." I said. "Why not?" He asked. "Bruno my mom...she has cancer." I said crying harder then I ever had. "I...I'm so sorry." Bruno said but he stayed where he was. He didn't come over to hug me or kiss me and right now that was what I needed most. I hated myself for it. I only wanted him to hug me or kiss me or be laying beside me when I was hurt. I felt like I was using him and I felt awful about it. "I'm going home, I'll see you later." I said trying not to look at him. I walked over to my house but as soon as I got there I realized I couldn't take it, the house was so quiet. I walked out to my car, got in and drove to the park. I sat on a bench and cried. "Are you ok?" Someone asked. I looked up and saw Brandon, a guy from my math class. "I'm fine." I lied. He sat down beside me. "No you're not. Tell me what's wrong." He said. I sighed. "Yesterday I found out my mom has cancer and she's probably going to die." I said. "Oh my gosh, I'm sorry." He said giving me a hug. "I don't know what to do now. I don't have any more family and...I just don't know." I said. "Hey." He said lifting my chin up so I was looking at him. "Everything will be ok." "Thanks." I said. "If you ever need me just call me. You have my number don't you?" He asked. I nodded. "I have to go home, I'll see you later." I said walking to my car. I drove home and went to Bruno's house, no one was home yet so I went to Bruno's bed and layed down. I loved his bed, it was so soft and warm. And it smelled like him, his cologne and the beach with a hint of sweat and cinnamon. I fell asleep after a few minutes, "V wake up. Come on, get up." Someone said. "What?" I asked. I opened my eyes and saw Bruno standing by the bed. "What time is it?" I asked. "It's six. How long have you been sleeping?" Bruno asked. "I don't know, most of the day I guess." I said. "Well I thought you might want something to eat." He said. "No, I'm not hungry. I want to go back to sleep." I said. "Come on, you have to get out of bed sometime." He said. "No. I'm staying here forever." I said. "No you're not! I want my bed back!" He said. "No! It's mine now!" I said trying to make my laugh sound evil. "Alright, we'll do this the hard way." Bruno said. He picked me up and threw me over his shoulder, "Bruno! Put me down!" I yelled. He took me downstairs, "Hey mom, we're leaving. We'll be back soon." He said. "Alright,don't take too long." She said. Bruno threw me in the car and drove to the beach. "Get out." He said. I shook my head and stayed put. Bruno came around to my side of the car and tried to pull me out. "No! Leave me alone!" I yelled. Bruno finally got me out of the car and threw me over his shoulder again. He walked down to the water and put me down on the sand. "You need some fresh air." He said. I crossed my arms and frowned. "Take me home!" I said. "Nope. We're staying." He said. Bruno sat down beside me, he didn't say anything but I could tell he wanted to. I layed my head on his shoulder, "Thank you Bruno." I said. "What for?" He asked. "For being there for me. And for putting up with me." I said. He smiled, "No problem, that's what friends are for." He said. He started singing again,
"You can count on me like 1,2,3 and I'll be there. And I know when I need it I can count on you like 4,3,2 and you'll be there cause that's what friends are supposed to do oh yeah."
"Another song idea?" I asked. Bruno nodded. "Do you like it?" He asked. "Yeah, it's sounds like a hit." I said. "It's for us, a best friend song." He said. I smiled, he was so sweet. "Can we go home now?" I asked. "Yeah sure. You’re hungry?" He asked. "Yeah, let's go eat." I said. Bruno stood up and then helped me up. "Where do you want to eat?" He asked. "Your house." I said. We got in the car and Bruno drove home. We went inside. "Mom, can you make us something to eat?" Bruno asked. "Um I'm actually not hungry." I said running upstairs before Bruno could stop me. I sat on the stairs and listened to Bruno and his mom talk. "What's wrong with her?" She asked. "She's worried about her mom. Ever since she went to the hospital V's just been...different. I'm going upstairs to check on her." Bruno said. I ran into his room and layed down on his bed. "You need to eat something." He said. I didn't say anything. "Please? For me?" He said. He sat on the bed beside me. "Look she probably going to be in the hospital a while and if you don't eat anything the whole time she's gone you're going to die. You're going to have to eat something. And you need to go to school too." Bruno said. "Bruno I can't." I said. "Ok I'm done. I'm not going to try to help you if you're just going to lay there and feel sorry for yourself! Yeah you've got it bad but there are people out there who have it so much worse." Bruno said. "I know but things are just so hard and I can't take it anymore." I said. "I know that, everyone gets it hard sometimes and I know your life has been really hard but things aren't going to start getting better until you try to make them better. You have to get on with your life." He said. I looked up at Bruno. "You sound like Dr.Phil." I said. Bruno smile and took my hand. "Let's go get you some food." He said. I let him lead me downstairs and outside. "We're going to a restaurant." He said. He opened my door for me and I got in. "Bruno, I love you." I said. He looked at me and smiled. "I love you too, that's why I'm so worried about you. I know I won't be able to stand losing you." He said.
-A week later-
The phone rang and I picked it up. "Hello?" I asked. "Hey sweetie it's mom. I don't have much time to talk. Ok you know I only have a few more years so I made some arangements for you. I bought you a house a few streets down from where we live now and all the bills for it have been paid for. But only for the next twenty years. I also bought you a nice car that's already paid for and you have a bank account with a few million dollars in it. Oh and you also have a college fund with enough money in it for you to go to any college you want." She said. I was shocked and I had so many questions. "How did you get all that money? How much longer do you have? Do you get to come home?" I asked. "My grampa, uncle and both my parents were pretty rich and they all left me their money. I knew I would need it for something big so I put it all in a bank account. I have two maybe three years left because they caught the cancer soon but they know for sure I won't live more then three years. And I'll be home soon, I promise. But I have to go." She said. "Bye mom, I love you." I said. My mom hung up and I put the phone down. I couldn't believe that she had gotten so much money for me but I also couldn't belive I was only going to have my mom a few more years. I really wanted to be with Bruno right now but I had been causing him so much trouble for him lately and I was trying to give him a break. I went up to my room and layed on my bed. I wanted to cry but I couldn't, I was all out of tears. "V! Where are you?" Bruno yelled (almost giving me a heart attack because I hadn't heard him come in). I hid in my closet and tried to stay quiet, I heard Bruno walk up the stairs and come into my room. "I wonder where V is. Hmmm let's check behind door number one." He said opening my closet door. "There you are. Come out here, tell me what's wrong." He said. I shook my head and tried to close the door. "Come on V, talk to me sugar." He said putting his foot in front of the door so it wouldn't close. I would have just stayed there but I love it so much when he called me sugar. I held my arms up like a baby that wanted it's mommy to pick them up. Bruno picked me up and layed me on my bed. "Now will you talk to me?" He asked. "My mom's going to die soon." I said starting to sob. Bruno didn't say anything, he just held me close to him and didn't let me go.