Keeping It UpMature

          "So are you excited to be getting out of here?" I asked, sitting on the newly made hospital bed.

          "Yeah. I'm kinda nervous to be going back to school," Tanner replied, pulling on his jacket. "But I'm going to be fine cause you'll be there."

          "I still can't believe you're going to my school," I replied, shaking my head. "It's crazy."

          It had been weeks since Tanner's attempeted suicide. Dr. Mirella had pronounced Tanner mentally stable enough to come back to school. Of course, Tanner asked if he could transfer schools and be with me. I was happy, but worried about the decision at the same time. Tanner's ex-girlfriend went the Bernard High School. There was no telling what could happen if he saw her.

          "Are you going to be okay going to the same school as Laura? I mean...it's not that I don't want you to do to the same school as me. I just want you to be safe and okay," I stated, smilling gently.

          "I'll be fine. I'm over what happened with her. Dr. Mirella helped me sort everything out. He thinks it'll be good for me to go to school with you," he replied, smiling.

          "Okay as long as you're sure," I replied, getting up from the bed.

           I grabbed my purse and headed out of the hospital room with Tanner. As we walked the hall we talked about what school was going to be like. I explained what school was like there and which teachers he would most likely want and most likely not. When we exited the building, our parents were waiting for us. They looked slightly awkward, standing slightly away from each other. Tanner sighed heavily as he approached his parents.

          "Tanner! How are you feeling?" asked Tanner's father.

          "I'm feeling fine. My hand right hand had a deeper cut and it doesn't close right anymore, but I'm okay," Tanner replied, showing his hand's disability.

          "That's good. I'm glad you're okay. Listen, you're mom and I talked. We've come to the decision that you can stay at my house for a couple days," he stated, smiling.

          "Listen, dad," sighed Tanner, glancing at me for a moment. "I don't think that's a good idea. I think I would rather stay with mom and, possibly, Shiloh. It's nothing against you or that woman, but I don't think I'm ready to meet them at all yet."

          His dad's face was a mixture of pain and hurt. He nodded his head and repeated that he was glad that Tanner was fine and then thanked me. Then he turned and said goodbye to his ex-wife and my parents. He retreated to his car and left.

          "I'm proud of you, hun," stated his mom, hugging him. "Would that be okay if Tanner could stay with you?"

          My parents looked at each other and then back at Tanner's mother. "Of course. That would be perfectly fine. We'd be happy to have Tanner over once and a while."

          "Thank you! I work a lot and now because of...this whole situation with my ex, I'm going to have to work longer hours," she replied, fixing Tanner's hair. "Speaking of work, I'm late. Tanner, let's go hun."

          "Bye, Tanner. I'll see you tomorrow maybe," I chirped, hugging him goodbye.

           We went our separate ways and went home. On the way there my parents talked about Tanner's parents. They were shocked about what had happened with his father and they seemed to love his mom. They said she was a good woman and that they would do their best to help her. They seemed to like Tanner as well. I was happy. Everyone was getting along.

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