Cara: Helping HandsMature

"Sure, as long as I'm not still dead from my party." I grinned. "We can ask the guys to help. And Sam, if that's not too much of an issue."

"No, that'd be fine." She replied smiling. I relaxed; at least she was trying.

"Good. Well come on then, get me that cup of coffee. I think I'll have a look around the old place, now that none of us are going to be living here."

"Aye aye captain." She laughed as I disappeared back down the corridor to check out my old room. It was empty, dark, and cold. The mattress lay unwanted on the bed and I sat on it, shivering at the cold plastic feel under my fingers. I couldn't believe I had used to sleep here, on my own. It seemed so strange to me now, to have a bed to myself.

I lay back against the mattress and stared up at the ceiling. I was almost nineteen, I was in love, I had a place, I had an education... what wasn't to love? Oh and friends, amazing friends, and a band... my life was pretty awesome. So why did I feel like there was something nagging at me, something that was wrong?

Anna.

I knew I'd hurt her - eventhough I had done it unintentionally - I knew she was still down. The only thing I could think to do was to be a good friend, and to possibly set her up with someone. But then, her serial relationships were an issue and I didn't want to set anyone up with her when I knew she still cared about me...

"Cara! Coffee's ready!" She yelled from the kitchen and I sprang up, almost bumping myself on the shelf.

"Coming!" I called back and had a last look round my room before I headed out.

"Here you go." She grinned as she presented me with a coffee mug.

"Thanks. Anna... are you dating?"

"Dating? No why?" She asked, brow furrowed.

"I just wondered. You know because you date a lot and I wondered if you'd started again..."

"No, I haven't. I think I'm giving myself a break. If someone comes along, sure, but I'm not looking."

"Ok. Just wondered. You never know, someone might come along at my party!" I laughed and she shook her head with a sad smile.

"It's going to take me a while I think."

I sipped awkwardly from my mug for a moment and tried not think about why it would take her a while.

"Hey, don't worry about me." She said, smiling. "Want a biscuit with that?"

"No, thanks Anna. I should really drink it up and go. I'm going to cook tonight. But tomorrow I'm going shopping for a dress for my party - would you come with me? I don't want Sam to see until the day."

"Yeah sure, I'd love to."

"Good! I really want something special, and my family sent my birthday money up early so I can use that."

"Excellent! I love shopping." She grinned.

"I know." I stuck my tongue out. "Actually I asked Ali if she'd come too, I hope that's ok. I thought it could be a girly day and I was hoping you two had worked it out. Which obviously you have, so it's all good!" I grinned.

"Yeah that's fine. We can eat, find you a dress, me and Ali might find one..."

"Sounds good." I gulped some more coffee down.

"Yeah, I can't wait."

"Good. Me neither. Right I'd better go Anna. I'll text you tomorrow ok?"

"Sure."

I gave her a hug and grabbed my bag. She saw me out the door and waved as I headed off. I grinned. Ok, so it wasn't perfect; Anna still had feelings for me, but that didn't matter. She'd get over it - I hoped - and then we'd be back to normal.

I popped in to Pieces to say hi to Sam and give her a kiss before heading upstairs to get a start on the meal. I put potatoes in a pot and salmon in the oven, then chopped veg in preperation for when it needed to go in.

Then I sat on the sofa and flicked the t.v on.

The End

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