When we got home Tina, Ethan, and Aidan were waiting for me outside on the steps. A feeling of guilt returned to my gut and it made me nauseous as I got closer to them to give them a hug. I never wanted to leave them again, but it all depended on my parents.
That night was exactly what I wanted. The five of us sat together in the living room as a family. I felt loved and listened to and I hoped that my parents would make me feel like this all the time.
When it came time for bed, my parents tucked the boys in, then Tina, then they came to me. It's been so long since they tucked me in I went to bed with a smile on my face.
Can you believe they said that?
For the first time all week I had a good nights sleep. When I woke both my parents looked like their normal selves and the kids seemed happier than usual. I was expecting the day to be amazing.
After dinner I was going to meet up with Meghan and Eric, but as I was leaving Mom stopped me. She didn't like the idea of me hanging out with the shelter kids. "A bad influence," is what she said, but they were the people who comforted me when my parents weren't there for me. We started to debate and soon Dad was downstairs taking Moms side. I wasn't even home 24 hours and we were back to arguing. This time Tina stepped in trying to calm us more down, but that got me even more frustrated and I had to step out before I said something to her I would regret.
When I met up with Meghan and Eric I told them about how perfect everything was between my family right up until our argument before I left the house. They told me that I should just come back to the shelter. They didn't think it was good for me, but I didn't want to leave Tina, Ethan, and Aidan again.