Tears & Heartbreak
Author: Lacey Raine

Chapter 2
Xander

 Carrie pulled me aside. "Hey, listen, before I forget. I got in touch with that Heidi chick," She said. I wrinkled my nose.

"Who?" I replied. She sighed and rolled her eyes.

"Damon's friend. The one we emailed," She said.

"Oh. Bit late for that, isn't it? His birthday was five months ago," I said. Carrie shook her head and sighed again.

"Whatever, Xander. She's coming here on Saturday. Don't tell Damon. I want it to be a surprise, okay?"

"Have you ran it past Stevie?" I asked.

"Of course I have, stupid," Carrie rolled her eyes, then walked away.

***

It was a fight to keep Paulie in his chair on Saturday morning. "Up!" He demanded, stretching his arms. "Up, now!"

"Eat your breakfast first, Paulie, then I'll get you out of the chair," I replied, wearily. Oh it's okay, Stevie, you do the morning shift, I'll cope... What the hell was I thinking? Paulie stretched farther up in his chair.

"Up! Up, up up!" He said.

"Eat your breakfast," I repeated.

"Don't want it! Yucky!" He shrieked, pushing the bowl of baby porridge away with such conviction that the whole baby chair shook.

"You eat it for Stevie," I said, desperately. Suddenly the doorbell rang. Carrie and I looked at each other. "Damon, can you get that?" I asked.

"Why can't Carrie do it?" He replied.

"Because, I've asked you to do it," I told him. "Now go and get the door." He sighed, but did as he was told. I followed him to the hallway, and Carrie stood at my left shoulder. We both watched in anticipation as he opened the door.

I don't think I'd ever seen Damon hug anyone unless they hugged him before. But when he opened the door, he flung his arms around Heidi and squeezed her. "Oh my God!" He said. "Dee! Hi. How are you? Oh my God, you look great."

"You look great too," She hugged him back. "I've missed you so much."

"I've missed you too," He said. It was only then that I noticed he wasn't stuttering. "Oh my God. What brings you here?"

"Well, Xander and Carrie got in touch," She smiled at him, then looked at us. "And I got my mum to bring me here."

"Really?" Damon turned with tears of gratitude glittering in his eyes. "Thanks, guys."

"Don't mention it, bud," I smiled. Paulie squealed behind us, desperate not to be ignored.

"Aw, who's this little cutie pie?" Heidi went over and tickled him under his chubby chin.

"My name's Paulie and I'm nearly two," He said, proudly.

"Wow! Aren't you a big boy?" She smiled. She picked up the spoon. "Are you not eating your breakfast?"

"No. It's yucky poo poo," He stuck his tongue out to prove a point.

"I've been trying for hours to get him to eat it," I said. Heidi smiled.

"One word, dude. Aeroplane," She said. Then she turned back to Paulie. "Wow, Paulie. Look at the plane!" She made the spoon swoop through the air, making plane noises. His mouth fell open in amazement and she put the spoon inside quickly. "Undocking in Terminal Two. Preparing for reload." She said, in a silly voice. Hm. The girl was good. I liked her.

My watch beeped suddenly. "Are you guys alright if I go out for a couple of hours?" I said.

"Sure," Carrie shrugged. "Why?"

"I'm meeting Axel," I said. Heidi blinked at me. "My boyfriend." I added.

"Oh. Kay then," She smiled. "Have fun."

"Will do," I replied, smiling back at her. "See you later, guys."

"Bye," The chorused. I left the house.

Axel was waiting for me on the beach. I hugged him- it was nice to be able to do that in public. "Hi. You okay?"

"Yep," He smiled at me. He'd had his braces off and had a Hollywood perfect smile.

"Oh my Jesus, you're so beautiful," I squeezed him. "I love you."

"Love you too," He kissed my cheek, then wove his fingers with mine. "So, hot stuff, what's on the agenda for today?"

"Up to you," I swung our hands gently. He thought about it, then smiled.

"How does just a walk sound?" He said. I grinned back.

"With you? Amazing," I squeezed his hand.

My God, I loved him so much.

 

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