Here & Now 8

16

I woke up to the sound of Rey calling my name. “Dude, what’s your deal? I’ve been trying to wake you for a good twenty minutes.” She glared at me from the foot of my bed. “What? Why?” I jerked upright. “I think you were having a nightmare. You screamed so loud the walls were practically shaking.” I stared at her with wide eyes. “Miriam, I’m joking.” She shook her head. “Anyways, are you okay now?” I didn’t answer her as I glanced around the room. “Wait…this isn’t right.” Everything was back to normal. It had to be present day again. “Why am I here?” I murmured. Rey snorted in response. “That’s something I ask myself every day.” She smirked. I stood and clasped the locked around my neck. Could it really all have been only a dream? There was only one way to be sure though.

17

“Sorry for bothering you, Rey.” I shrugged apologetically as I searched for my phone. “Now if you’ll excuse me I need to make a phone call.” I’d tried my best not to sound rude but failed. “Yeah, whatever.” She huffed before she stormed off. “Why did I have to get stuck with the weirdo?” I chuckled at her remark then started dialing Ashley’s number. She answered on the second ring and told me how happy she was to hear from me. “Let’s cut to the chase. I know about Megan.” I waited for her to tell me that she didn’t know who I was talking about but instead I heard a sharp intake of breath from Ashley’s side of the line. “How did you find out?” That one sentence confirmed everything. “It doesn’t matter. How do I get in contact with her?” I asked. “Miri, I haven’t seen her in a long time…nearly sixteen years. I’m not sure.” She sighed. “Well find her!” I retorted impatiently. “I want to meet her.”

18

Ashley surprisingly came through for me and later that day I was meeting Megan on the patio of the same pub where she’d been with my father all those years ago. “Miriam.” She smiled warmly at me as she sat down across from me. Then I remembered where I’d seen her before…the sobbing woman. “You were at my mom’s funeral.” Her smile disappeared. “I wanted to speak to you but I knew you were already going through so much. I didn’t want to add to your pain.” I sat back in my chair and crossed my arms. “I want to know everything.” She nodded. “It started with a kiss…right here in this very spot. Then it led to much more and eventually I told your father that he had to choose between us. I was such a silly girl. He never loved me…it was always Meredith. He was on his way back to her when the accident happened.” She wiped a stray tear from her cheek. “Then your mom found out she was pregnant. I finally told her after you were born and she never forgave me. I always thought we would’ve patched things up one day.” She sobbed. I got up and wrapped her into a tight hug. “I’m going to fix this, I swear.” I promised her.

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