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Walking For Miles - Part One
Published Feb 12, 2010


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Hey guys, sorry it has taken so long for me to get a story done since Bess' passing. just didn't know where to start, she had two different stories already half done, but I thought I would take a completely different idea so I could start from scratch.
I am still working on the story about Bess' life but I want to take my time with it, so this short series is here to fill in the gap.
Hope you enjoy it.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE IN THE LAST MONTH OR SO. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE IT :)

Mae xoxox

Hey guys, sorry it has taken so long for me to get a story done since Bess' passing. just didn't know where to start, she had two different stories already half done, but I thought I would take a completely different idea so I could start from scratch.
I am still working on the story about Bess' life but I want to take my time with it, so this short series is here to fill in the gap.
Hope you enjoy it.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN SO SUPPORTIVE IN THE LAST MONTH OR SO. YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE IT :)

Mae xoxox
The nurse looked at me as if I were a leper. 'Sign here, and here and then I can take you to your room.'
Hot tears prickled my eyes, but I signed the papers and handed them back to her.
Wow, I thought, it's finally happened Mallie. You've been committed to a nut house.
The nurse filed the papers and turned to glare at me one last time before heading down the long hallway.
She signaled me to follow.
The nurse took me to my new bedroom and tossed a grey sack like dress at me.
'Put this on, clean ones are in the drawer, nothing else is to be worn while you are here, when you have changed bring me the clothes that you have on now and I'll put them somewhere safe until you get out.'
I changed and sat on my bed. A girl was snoozing on the bed opposite but her eyelids fluttered open as soon as the nurse left.
'That woman is a nightmare!' She breathed, opening her eyes wider as if to push the point. 'I'm Abbey'.
'Mallie.'
She nodded slightly. 'Why are you in here?' She asked.
I rolled my eyes. 'My mum put me in here, I'm not crazy though.'
Abbey laughed. 'No one who is truly crazy THINKS they're crazy, do they? Otherwise they wouldn't BE crazy'.
'I suppose, but I'm not crazy, just sad...and my mum doesn't know what to do with me.'
'Come on, meet the other girls, then you'll see there is nothing to be sad about, missy!'
Abbey led me further down the hall and turned in a small REC room. It was as sterile looking as every other room in the place, but this one had a bunch of girls wearing the same grey sack as I was.
They didn't look any different than me. None were acting like lunatics.
Abbey made some quick introductions, they all seemed quite pleasant. So much for this making me feel better about myself.
I took a seat and spent the first three hours of my new life watching a brady bunch marathon.
My first meeting was scheduled for the next day. I was surprised to learn that the 'nurse' was actually a Dr and was also my psychiatrist.
She asked me the usual questions...how do you feel? What are you thinking? Why do you blame your mother for putting you in here? BLAH BLAH BLAH!
The end of the consult couldn't come soon enough!
'Okay, well I think you will benefit from being here. Are the girls treating you well?' She asked.
I nodded and headed out the door and back to my room.
The next three weeks were much the same. Sleep, take meds, eat, watch hours of boring reruns on TV, eat, TV, meds, eat, sleep.
I had to meet with the 'nurse' three times a week and each time she would ask the same questions, until the last one, when she decided to change my medication and also announced that I had earned the privilege of being able to go outside for a few hours a day if I wanted to.
At last! Something new to do!
I was allowed out for the first time a week later.
I sat on a bench and just enjoyed the cool air and beautiful surroundings.
I wished that I could share it with someone else though. The other girls came out sometimes, but I didn't really enjoy their company. I was lonely here, my mum hadn't even visited.
A few days later I was sitting outside, as usual, when I saw a boy going past the facility. It was strange, because the hospital is up in the hills, it's supposed to be a private place for the wealthy nutcases who want to recover away from prying eyes.
He turned to look at me and smiled and then went on his way.
I watching him until he was out of view, and almost fell off my seat.
He wasn't gorgeous, he just looked....nice, and mysterious. I wondered what he was doing up here.
Every day he would walk past and smile, sometimes I would get a wave, but everyday he continued walking and I was to shy to go over and say hello.
Finally, one day, he shouted 'Hello' and I got up the nerve to talk to him.
'Hi!' he said with a broad grin, 'I'm Miles.'
'Mallie.' I said, smiling back. 'Where are you going?'
'There's a place I like to sit just up the lane...I never went so often until I noticed you each day, though.' He blushed a little and looked as if he couldn't believe he had volunteered such information.
I smiled wider and blushed a little myself.
'What are you doing in a place like this?' He asked. 'You seem perfectly fine to me.'
And that was how we began our friendship.
Everyday from then he would stop and we would talk. We talked about anything and everything. I felt completely at ease with him, I even felt like I was making progress with my illness now, I felt elated. Everyday had a purpose now and Miles made me feel so validated.
I think I even started to love him a little bit.
I had been in the facility for three months when something happened in one of my consults.
'Your mother is coming tomorrow, you're leaving.' The nurse said. 'I don't think it's time quite yet, but she committed you, so she can make you leave.'
'NO!' I shouted, a little embarrassed at my outburst. 'I mean, if you don't think I'm ready, can't you just ...insist that I stay?'
'Afraid not.' She said. 'Can't do that sort of thing unless your posing a real threat to yourself or someone else, you've healed enough not to be high risk, so I can't keep you here, Mallie.'
I went outside and waited for Miles. I couldn't believe I was going to be torn away from him. I had healed but would I go straight back to the way I used to be without him?
I waited, and waited, and waited, until the nurse called my inside for supper.
Miles was no where to be seen.
I panicked, He would come back tomorrow and the days following and I would be gone, I couldn't even tell him where I was.
I allowed a tear to slip down my cheek before heading back in for dinner.
The next day arrived and I packed up all my things.
Before I left I said good bye to all the girls and then pulled Abbey aside. 'I need you to do something for me.'
She nodded. 'Sure.'
'I need you to go outside tomorrow at midday and when a boy with brown hair walks past, you need to tell him that I've gone home and give him this.' I handed her a slip of paper with my phone number and address on it.
Abbey said she would do it, and I was bundled back home by my mother.
Once I got home, my mum decided I should know why she pulled me out of the facility.
'The neighbours are starting to talk, they are starting to say terrible things about both of us, I had to bring you home, plus, Dr Marshall said you were doing great.'
I scowled at her, said 'Typical' and headed to my room.
For the next 2 weeks I stayed by the phone in my bedroom and waited for Miles' call. Every time the doorbell rang I would jump up and answer it before Lucy, our maid, could answer it.
Eventually I called Abbey to make sure she had passed on the note.
'No, I didn't do it.' She said. 'He never came past.'
I thanked her anyway and hung up.
I cried myself to sleep. I was beginning to feel desperate, school was starting in a few days, how could I face school without the one thing keeping me sane?
What if something terrible had happened to him?
I thought I could go back to the facility and have a look around the area, see if there were many houses around, maybe he would be out and about and we would have a chance meeting.
No, if I did that I would be walking for miles for no reason.

What could have happened to him?

TO BE CONTINUED...
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#9xxheartlessxx12Feb 12, 2010

Hey Mae, lovin' the story, I don't think that Abby girl gave him the note! I hope Mallie finds him and things turn out good! i'm at the edge of my chair! cant wait for more! 5.0!

#10shaml_sim Feb 13, 2010

This is a wonderful start to your story, Mae \:wub\: You write really well. I'm already very intrigued about what could have happened to Mallie's friend, he was making her so happy! I hope she finds him soon but I'll have to wait until the next chapter to find out \:\) And I'm so glad you're writing a story on Bess' life, she was a beautiful person \:wub\:

#11candy820Feb 13, 2010

Great start!!! \:D  Waiting for the next chapter.\:D

#12muggelx1Feb 13, 2010

very good work...\:rah\:

#13spitzmagicFeb 15, 2010

Oh WOW this is a very good chapter, can't wait to find out what happened...\:rah\:

#14DT456Feb 28, 2010

A really good storie! \;\)

#15topaz27Mar 5, 2010

Great story, I look forward to next chapter \:rah\: 5.0 \:rah\: \:wub\:

#16smarysoxMar 31, 2010

Great so far. Hopefullly it'll only get better \:rah\:

#17DVSVJul 3, 2010

 Really goood work,nice story \:D

#18fabrizioammolloDec 11, 2011

Very interesting beginning! \:\)

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