My mum was severely winding me up. Why was she making pointed remarks about the holiday in front of Sam and Anna? Props to Anna, she actually stood up for me, but I could feel Sam's discomfort and I groaned inwardly.
"Anyway I should be out soon..." Anna said and my ears perked up. Surely not? If she truly had been as bad as they said...
"Already?" Sam said.
I half heard the rest of the conversation but my entire concentration was on Sam. I felt her hifting and her shoulders dropped a little as Anna admitted she might be out before we left. I slipped my hand gently in to hers and squeezed. My poor Sam, still worried she was going to lose me. But she never could. She looked at me, shrugged and smiled.
"Sam, weren't you going in to work?" My mum asked and I had to hold myself back. I could feel my face darkening.
"Yes, I really should go. I'll see you for lunch Mrs Gramms." She smiled at her and my mum returned it begrudgingly. "See you later." She muttered to me, stroking a little hair from my eyes. My insides warmed and I reached up to give her a kiss. She winked at me as we parted and I watched her leave before turning back to the bed.
"Mum. Are you serious right now?"
"What are you talking about Cara? Anna is this pillow high enough for you?" She was still fussing.
"I'm talking about you being incredibly rude to my girlfriend."
"I wasn't rude darling. I just pointed out that she said she had to go to work."
"That's not what I'm talking about. Well that's not the only thing. Get off her back mum. Seriously, I mean it."
"Don't talk to your mother like that."
"Mum, I'll talk to you how I want if you're going to try and ruin everything."
"Oh no you won't young lady."
"Mum I'm an adult."
"An adult. Yes." She said scornfully.
I glared at her.
"Um- Mrs Gramms? Could you two not fight? Please?" Anna said. My mother immediately began to apologise to her, plumping up her pillow.
"Sorry Anna." I muttered, shooting an apologetic look her way and daggers at my mother.
"Mrs Gramms, Cara loves Sam." That undertone of jealousy and dejected pain entered her voice and I winced. "I think you're going to have to let them go."
I stared at her. Little hypocritical Anna? But she was trying to help, so I stopped myself from commenting. My mum still didn't know Anna was gay, and I was not going to tell her. That was Anna's own decision.
"I just wish you were with someone more... I don't know... suited to your age?" My mum turned to me.
"Mum, there's a few years difference. You and dad had eleven."
"Yeah and look how well that turned out. Can't you try dating someone your own age?"
"She did." Anna muttered. My mum glanced over at her.
"Me." Anna muttered in reply. My mum stared at her for a moment and then coughed.
"Oh. Anna I had no idea. So you two dated?"
"I wouldn't really call it dating. It lasted three days." I muttered.
"But you two are such good friends! If you have to be gay at least having Anna would be... well normalish."
"Jeez mum! Anna and I had a crap relationship, I love Sam and that's the end of it. I did not choose to be gay, it's not a freaking choice! But I do choose Sam, and you're just going to have to deal with that." I turned on my heel and stormed out, slamming the door behind me.
"Cara?" I looked up. A familiar face was in front of me, but I couldn't quite remember her name... "It's Katy."
"Katy, right, sorry."
"Are you ok? Do you need a doctor?"
"No, I came to see Anna."
"Anna? That same one from last time? She must be accident prone." She grinned.
"No, just silly." I muttered.
"Hey you want to talk about it? Sit down?"
I hesitated but then nodded.
"No problem." She said as we sat down. "So what's wrong?"
"Anna starved herself, my mum's being a bitch about Sam and Anna just told my mum we'd dated and my mum thinks being gay is wrong but 'if I have to be' I should be with Anna." I took a deep breath and slumped in the chair.
"Wow. Sounds like fun in there. Listen love, not everyone is going to accept you being gay, and it sucks when family don't. But generally it's because they don't understand. Show her enough that you and Sam love each other, which I'm assuming you do, and she'll get used to it. As for Anna, I'll keep an eye on her. What made her start starving herself? If I remember, she had quite a nice body." She winked obviously trying to cheer me up.
"Pretty sure it has something to do with me choosing Sam over her. She wants me to be with her too. Her and my mum, what a team."
"Yikes. Well, if she's a good friend she'll be happy to just be that. And who knows, maybe your mum will come round, Anna will find someone, and you and Sam can get on with life. How is she by the way?"
"Sam? She's good. I forgot you two used to date."
"Ha yeah. More like fuck buddies really, what with my schedule. But yeah, we dated. Met her mum yet?"
"Terrifying isn't she?"
I laughed and nodded.
"There, you feel better now?"
"No problem. Here, this is my number." She wrote it on a slip of paper and clipped the pen back on to her pocket before handing the number to me. "Call me if you or your friends get taken in here again. Or if you just need a chat." She smiled and patted my shoulder.
"Thanks. I will."
"Alright. See you later champ." She got up and walked away, pausing to turn back and pull a face while pointing at her next patient. He had some pussy absess on his face. I giggled and put the number in my pocket.