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Hello! :) Here's part 11. I want to thank everyone who have read and commented on my stories, I know I haven't replied to all the comments but please don't think that I don't read them or don't appreciate them. I do.
I also apologize for mistakes, it's 4:34 AM here right now and well...I should be sleeping :D

Hello! :) Here's part 11. I want to thank everyone who have read and commented on my stories, I know I haven't replied to all the comments but please don't think that I don't read them or don't appreciate them. I do.
I also apologize for mistakes, it's 4:34 AM here right now and well...I should be sleeping :D
I was sitting in front of school, waiting for Douglas's football practice to finish when something very unexpected happened. "Hello, Audrey!" A stranger said to me. I stared at the man. He gave me a friendly smile.
"Hello," I finally replied, though I had no idea who he was.
The stranger cleared his throat.
"I'm Greg Langerak," he said. "Jason's father."
Okay, I thought. Jason was the weird guy, the one who was always staring at me.
"Erm, nice to meet you," I told him, a bit confused. "I think Jason is playing football over there... Should I him?"
I knew that Jason was with Douglas and the rest of the boys from my class, I had seen him with them. "No, no," the man said. "Actually, I came to talk to you, Audrey. Don't you know who I am?"
Hadn't he just told me he was Jason's father?
I studied his face carefully. He was probably about 10 years older than my father.
I was quite sure I had never seen this man before.
"They never told you about me, did they?"
"Who?" I asked.
"I thought so," he said. "But that's just not right. You're back now and you should know."
I didn't understand anything anymore. Who never told me what?
"I'm your uncle, Audrey."
"My uncle? But my father doesn't have any - "
"Not your father," he cut me off. "I'm the brother of...of your... mother... Marie." It sounded like it was difficult for him to say these words.
"Yes. I'm sorry you had to find out like that but there are people who miss you," he continued. "I was hoping your father has told you about us, I thought that maybe you'd recognize Jason by his last name or that maybe you'd call...but you didn't even know..." I got up and looked at the man again. He said he was my uncle but for me he was still just a stranger. I wasn't feeling well. I wanted to go home.
"I'm sorry if I scared you, I didn't mean to," he said.
I tried to smile. I wasn't scared, no.
To be honest, I didn't know how to feel.
The whole situation was somewhat awkward and I wanted to escape.
"I should go home now," I said after some minutes of silence.
"Of course," Greg replied. "But, Audrey, I want you to know that there are people who would love to have you in their lives again. Don't forget that."
"Okay," I whispered as I walked away.
I got lost in thoughts, forgetting that I'd promised to wait for Douglas. I just wanted to go home.
So much had changed in such a short time. I had an uncle. And a cousin - suddenly, Jason's staring didn't seem weird at all. It was okay to stare at your cousin who didn't know she was your cousin. Right?
The phone was ringing impatiently when I got home.
It was Douglas, but instead of asking me why I had left (which I expected him to do) he said, "Jason's father told us that you weren't feeling well. What happened?"
"I'm fine. I'm sorry I left like that, but I needed to get home," I told him.
"What happened?" he asked again.
I sighed. "I really don't want to talk about it right now, Douglas." He'd find out sooner or later anyway. Or maybe he already knew. I wouldn't be surprised if I were the last one to know that I had an uncle.
After the phone call I went to my room and stayed there for hours. I was just lying on the floor, staring at the white ceiling. I felt confused. There were so many questions. Why had no one ever told me about my uncle? Were there only Greg and Jason or did I have more relatives I'd never heard of? And my mother...Marie...What about her?
I was going to get some answers. Very soon.
I got more and more nervous as it darkened outside. I knew Dad would get home soon and that he was the one who knew the answers. I also knew that my questions were not going to make him happy. I was in my room when he got home. I didn't go to greet him. I was a coward.
Dad came upstairs.
"Hi, here you are!" he happily said, knocking on the open door.
"Look, I bought you a new cell phone...It has got a really good camera and..."
I didn't say anything. I didn't even move. He noticed that.
"Audrey? What's wrong?" Dad sounded worried now. "Audrey?"
"I...I met Greg today."
Suddenly, I felt angry. Was "Oh" really all he had to say?
"So it's true? He really is my uncle? And you have never told me??? Why, Dad?"
"Audrey, you know I don't like to talk about anything connected to... your..."
"My mother? WHY?" I was shouting now.
"What is the big secret? Why you never talk about her? Was she really such a horrible person that you can't even talk about her?" "Please, Audrey, stop. There is no secret. I'm not going to have this conversation with you."
"But I want to know!"
I wasn't planning to give up. Not this time.
"Look at me, Dad! I'm 17 years old and I know nothing about my own mother. I need to know the truth!" "Fine!" My father snapped. "You want the truth? The truth is that no one has ever hurt me the way she did! I was ready to give up everything for her and she just walked away!" "She left us, Audrey!," his voice got louder. "She didn't even say good-bye! You were only two months old when she packed her things and disappeared! What kind of a mother does that??" "If she didn't want me anymore, she just should have said so and I would have accepted that, but I will never, NEVER forgive her for leaving YOU! You were just a BABY!" That's when Dad noticed I was crying. The tone of his voice changed immediately.
"Oh hunny, don't cry. I'm so sorry..."
"Come here", he tried to console me. "I didn't mean to shout." I tried to stop crying but the tears kept falling, burning my cheeks. Never before had I cried because of my mother, and now it seemed that all the tears came at once. "Forgive me, Dee, for not telling you. I just thought it was better if you didn't know anything about her. I was only some years older than you are now when I had to make this decision." He sighed. "Maybe moving back here was a mistake."
"No, Dad," I sobbed. "I know."
"Oh Audrey," Dad said. A single tear welled up in his eye and ran down his cheek as he hugged me. I didn't let him go before I was calm enough to speak again.
"I love you, Daddy." I told him.
"I love you, too."
At night I woke up hearing a baby cry. That was ... weird. I hadn't slept well and felt tired but I knew I had to get up and find the baby. I left my room, trying to understand where the crying came from. I stopped for a moment, listened carefully and headed up the stairs then. There was only one room on the third floor, and it was full of junk. Why would anyone leave a baby there? The crying got louder as I opened the door. I stepped inside. The baby was in my old crib. I got closer, not quite sure what to do. I knew I had to find a way to comfort the little one. She was there all alone, in this cold, dark room full of things that nobody needed anymore.
Suddenly, I recognized the baby. She was ... me.
A scream escaped my lips as I woke from the dream. "It was just a dream," I whispered. "Nothing more than a dream."
I took several deep breaths to calm myself but it didn't work.
Sorrow washed over me, filling my eyes with bitter tears. Again.

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#10Midnight222Mar 18, 2010

Great chapter. It must have been a great shock to be approached by an uncle you didn't know you had. Its a shame her dad didn't tell her of her mum earlier, he is obviously still full of bitterness. Im looking forward to the next chapter \:rah\:

#11Malrose828Mar 19, 2010

Awesome chapter! Poor Audrey and her dad! \:\( Hopefully she can learn more about her mother and her family that she found out she had! 5/5! Keep writing!

#12DarkMoon689Mar 20, 2010

Great chapter.. I'll be looking foward for the next

#13fredbrennyMar 21, 2010

\:rah\: Wonderful chapter! I wonder where the rest of this story will take us\:wub\:

#14katlin194Mar 25, 2010

Vauuu..Väga huvitav! Ei jõua järgmist osa ära oodata \;\)

#15FikcijaMar 31, 2010

I'm feeling sad for her... Finding things out like this... But the story is very interesting. Waiting for the next part \:rah\:  I wonder if she will choose to communicate with her newly found relatives.

#16xxheartlessxx12Apr 2, 2010

Aww, that must be so much for Audrey to handle! I love your story very, very much! 5.0! \:rah\:

#17IllandryaApr 3, 2010

Yet another wonderful chapter in this thrilling story. I'm gald some more pieces of the puzzle were revealed, but there is still so much Audrey doesn't know! You write so well that I feel like I'm right alongside her as she makes her discoveries \:D

#18BFFQUEBRIApr 11, 2010

very good that chapter definitely left me on the edge of my seat! Great work can't wait for part 12!

#19MzGeekedApr 18, 2012

AWWW, I can kind of relate to the whole mom thing

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