Here & Now 9

19

I spent the rest of the day getting to know all about Megan. I found that I really liked her and that made me feel kind of guilty. I understood my mom’s anger but to never tell me that she had a sister…it was crazy. That night I secured the locket around my neck as I climbed into bed. I had to go back and see if I could reason with my family members without telling them too much. I laid down and crossed my fingers over my chest. “Please let this work.” The next time I opened my eyes, I was back in 2000 and I could hear crying from across the room.

20

Meredith was lying across her bed with tears streaming down her face. I took a hesitant step towards her and called her name. “Meredith…what’s wrong?” I whispered. “Oh, it’s nothing.” She sniffed and wiped her face. “What happened to you the other night?” She glanced up at me. “Uh…I started feeling sick myself so I went to my parents’ for the weekend. Sorry I ditched you.” She sat up and shrugged. “It’s okay. I’m used to it.” She gave me a wounded smile. “I love Gary so much but he treats me like dirt. He’s never here when I need him!” I hurried to her side and sat next to her. “Well, I’m here. Is there anything I can do to help?” I asked. “No, Miriam. Not unless you can magically make Gary appear so I can tell him that we’re having a baby.” She sighed and put her face in her hands. “You’re pregnant?” I gasped. “Yup. See for yourself.” She showed me the pink positive sign on the pregnancy test. “Congratulations?” I joked awkwardly.

21

“I wish.” Meredith frowned. “Gary isn’t ready to settle down and help me raise this kid. I’ll have to quit school and find a job. How am I going to be able to do it on my own?” She began tearing up again. I couldn’t stand seeing her cry. I pulled her into my arms and rested my head on top of hers. “Maybe you’re wrong about him…he might surprise you. But you won’t know until you talk to him.” My voice was full of hope as I spoke. “If you see him around campus, will you tell him to come see me?” She whimpered. “Of course I will.” I had a feeling that I already knew where he was.

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