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22: Someone To Comfort Me
I couldn’t believe what my mother had told me last
night. I didn’t even cry, I was just in shock. The man I
once loved was now dying of lung cancer. I almost wanted
to tell myself that he deserved it after leaving my mother
and I. I was really upset because my mom had made me
cancel the trip with the girls and demanded that I go see
him. I didn’t even know where he lived or anything. My
weekend was completely ruined. I decided not to talk to
him, but my mom had called him back and told him that I
wasn’t ready to, but that we’d be down to visit him
tomorrow after I got done with school. Well, tomorrow was
here and I was on my way to visit my father along side my
mom. It had been seven years since my mom and I had both
seen him and I think she was more nervous that I was.
“So, where exactly does this man live?” I asked in
an annoying voice.
“Katy, don’t speak like that.” My mom said. “He
lives in Jonestown, like three in a half hours south.” She
“Is that by Covath?” I asked and instantly thought
of Sebastian, where he lived.
“Yeah, it’s like 25 minutes away.” My mom said
giving me a weird look, “Why?”
“Sebastian lives in Covath.” I said. Finally,
something that made me smile.
“I don’t think you’ll be having a lot of time to
see him.” My mom said. “As soon as we get to Jonestown, it
will be about 7:30 and then we’re going out to dinner and
then to the hotel.”
“Maybe he can come to the hotel for a little bit.”
“We’ll see.” She said.
Three hours later we arrived at the restaurant
where we were meeting my father. I still didn’t think I
was as nervous as my mother was to see him. I was just
actually dreading the whole idea of seeing the loser.
“Are you okay?” My mom asked with a smile as she
parked the car.
“I guess.” I said and gave her a weird look. “Are
you okay?” I asked.
“Yeah, I’m okay.” She said. We got out of the car
and walked up to the entrance.
“Kaitlyn?” I heard a man say from behind me. I
turned around to see a thin, pale fragile man with dark
hair and glasses smiling at me. “Hi.” He said and walked
closer to me. I couldn’t believe the man I was looking at
was my father. The last time I’d seen him he looked so
healthy and didn’t have glasses.
“Hey.” I said with a fake smile. There were tears
in his eyes and hugged me.
“How have you been?” He asked. “You’re not a
little girl anymore.” He said. Even his voice sounded
different, much softer.
“Good.” I smiled.
“Ya know, Katy, I don’t know how to tell you this,
but I do love you.” He said. Oh god, here we go, I
thought. I couldn’t even stand to see him like this and
now he was going to feed me a whole bunch of lies about
how he loves me. I didn’t want to be here at all. I didn’t
want to hear this kind of stuff from a man who never gave
a crap about me, but I decided to keep my cool and just
play along with him.
“Hello?” Sebastian said. I decided to call him
right after we left the restaurant.
“Hey.” I smiled. “What’s up?”
“Not much, you didn’t have to call me while you
were with your friends.” He said.
“About that.” I laughed. “I had a little bit of a
plan change.” I said.
“What do you mean?” He asked.
“Well, right now I’m driving around in Covath…” I
“Covath?” He laughed. “That’s like 20 minutes away
from me. What in the hell are you doing there?”
“Long story.” I said and rolled my eyes. “If you
feel like driving you can meet me at our hotel and we can
hang out for a little bit.”
“Yeah, what hotel?” I got happy butterflies and
now I couldn’t wait to see him.
“It’s the Holiday Inn on the corner of 78 and
Market St.” I said. “I’ll be waiting in the parking lot
“Okay, I’m leaving right now, I’ll see you in
about 25 minutes.” He said. I hung up with him and told my
mom my plan. She didn’t seem to happy about it, but I
didn’t care, she’d made me come down to visit.
“So, are you going to tell me why you’re all the
way down here anyways?” Sebastian said wrapping his arms
around me. We’d been standing in the parking lot for about
10 minutes greeting each other. I was so excited to see
“Well, my dad lives here.” I said after taking a
“Not a good subject?” He asked. We walked over and
sat on a bench by the entrance of the hotel.
“Well, let’s just say that I didn’t know he lives
here.” I said and sighed. “I don’t even really know him at
“Oh.” Sebastian said, he grabbed my hand. “So, why
did you come visit him?” He asked.
“I guess he’s dying of cancer.” I said letting out
a relieved laugh.
“You guess?” Sebastian said staring into my eyes.
“Well, he is.”
“Are you okay?” He asked squeezing my hand tighter.
“Yeah, I’m fine.” I said. “I mean, he didn’t care
about me all these years until he’s ready to die, it’s
like he wants me to feel bad for him.”
“I don’t know, not really.” I said and sniffled. I
was actually crying. “And that’s what I feel bad about.”
Sebastian lifted my face close to his and wiped my tears
and then kissed my lips. I put one hand on his face and
the other one on his back.
“I feel so stupid crying.” I said pulling away
“It’s okay.” Sebastian said and smiled. “Do you
want to talk more?” He asked.
“No.” I said.
“Well, let’s go to my car, it’s kind of cold.” He
laughed and grabbed my hand and pulled me up. When we got
to the car, he turned on some kind of soft emo music that
I’d heard before, but didn’t know the name of the band. He
leaned over towards me and we started making out. He was
almost too good to be true. He was so understanding and
never judged me.
“Maybe we could pick up to where we left off last
weekend?” I said pulling away from his lips and smiling.
“If you want to.” He said and grabbed my hands.