I changed the rating of this story to T due to occasional swearing.
Here's the next chapter :)
Once we got to the building, we said goodbye to Nash and got out of the car. As we got out, Lou was walking towards the building.
"Hey ladies!" He said.
"Hi Lou!" I said, waving.
"Hey Lou!" said Pepper.
"Whats going on? I feel like I haven't seen you in days!"
"We went to Annie's for a sleepover!" said Tessie. "But, Mia got sick so Miss Hannigan had to take her home. But she's better now! And Annie's going on vacation!"
Pepper, Isabella, and I looked at each other, silently laughing. Tessie's a shy girl, but if she knows you, she can't stop talking!
Lou laughed and looked at me, "Well, Mia, I'm glad your feeling better!" He looked at the other girls, "So how is my Annie? Where's she going?"
The girls looked at each other.
"I don't think she actually knows," said Pepper.
"Yeah, I think Mr. Stacks is surprising her with where she's going. She never told us where," said Isabella.
"Sounds exciting!" said Lou. He then turned to Miss Hannigan, "How about you, baby? What's going on with you?"
Miss Hannigan pushed her hair out of her face.
"I'm doing okay," she said. I looked at the other girls and we made faces at each other.
"I was actually going to call you yesterday, but I had to pick up Mia."
"Oh, okay, well I've got to get back to the store. I'll see you later, I hope!"
"Come on girls, lets go inside," she said. We said goodbye to Lou and followed Miss Hannigan up to the apartment. When we got inside, the girls started walking to our room. Miss Hannigan was walking to hers when I grabbed her hand.
I pointed to the girls.
"You have to talk to them," I said. "They still don't believe me!"
She bent down and put her hand on my shoulder.
"I really don't know what to say to them," she said.
"Tell them what you told me," I said with a desperate look on my face. I looked back to see that the girls had disappeared into the hallway, and looked back to Hannigan. "Please?"
She stood up and sighed.
"Alright, I guess."
I smiled as she put her hand on my back. We walked into the hallway, where we saw the girls about to open the door to our room.
"Guys," said Miss Hannigan. They turned around.
"Could you maybe come into the living room with me?"
The three looked at each other, than looked at me. I shrugged.
"Did we do something wrong?" asked Pepper.
"No," said Miss Hannigan, putting her hands in her pockets. "No, you didn't, I just want to talk to you guys about something."
"Okay," said Pepper.
We followed Miss Hannigan into the living room. Tessie sat between Pepper and Isabella on the couch and I sat on my feet in the chair next to them. Miss Hannigan sat in the chair across from the couch.
"Listen, guys, I'm really sorry," she started to say. "I mean it, I really am. I feel terrible about the way I treated you in the past, but I really want to try and make up for it."
"You should feel bad," said Pepper, who was leaning on the armrest of the couch with her feet up. "You made us feel like crap!"
"I know, I know," said Miss Hannigan. "I'm sorry. I really want you guys to give me a chance to start over."
"Seriously?" said Pepper, sitting up. "You think we're going to forgive you just like that?"
"Pepper, stop," said Isabella, putting her hand on her should. Pepper pushed it off.
"No!" she said and looked at Miss Hannigan. "You've treated me like crap for the past two years! You don't even know anything about me because you've never cared! What about the next time you get drunk? Because I'm pretty sure we all know that you're just going to treat us like shit when that happens."
"Pepper," Miss Hannigan started to say before she was cut off.
"No! No, I'm not going to let you mess with me like that. You may have given us a place to live, but we all know that the only reason we're here is because you get money for keeping us. You've always been a cold hearted bitch and you're not going to change!"
She got up and ran down the hallway. We heard the door slam shut when she reached our room. Miss Hannigan took a deep breath and closed her eyes.
"Miss Hannigan?" said Isabella. Miss Hannigan looked up. "It's going to be really hard, but, I want to try and forgive you."
"Me too," said Tessie.
"If you say you want to start over, I guess I believe you," said Isabella.
"No, no she's right," said Miss Hannigan. "I treated you guys like crap. Why would you ever forgive me after that?"
"Because, that's in the past." I stood up and walked over to Miss Hannigan, sitting on the armrest. "You said it yourself that you needed to learn how to love yourself before you can love us, and you did learn how to love yourself!"
"I was just thinking about myself again, wasn't I." She got up. "I have to go."
"Wait, Miss Hannigan!" I cried.
"No, I just, I need to be alone right now."
"So do you want us to forgive you or not?" asked Isabella.
"I need to figure this all out," she said. She walked towards her room and shut the door. I looked over at Isabella and Tessie.
"See Mia?" said Isabella, "We told you she couldn't change."
"But she is! I know she can!" I cried.
"Well, you were wrong," she said.
"Sorry Mia," said Tessie, putting her hand on my head. I shook her hand off and ran into our room. They followed me.
"This is all your fault!" I yelled at Pepper, "Why couldn't you just forgive her, she wants to start over!"
"Mia, get it through your head! She's never going to care about us! She never has and she never will!"
I felt my eyes water and tears roll down my face. I turned to Isabella and Tessie.
"What's wrong with you guys? Don't you want a mom?"
"She's not our mom!" yelled Pepper, I turned back to her. "And I would never want her to be my mom! She's a bitch who only cares about money. I can't believe you actually believed her. She doesn't want to change, she just wants the money she gets for us!"
I started to cry and ran out of the room. That wasn't true, I knew it wasn't. Miss Hannigan does care about us, she told me she did. She told me she was sorry and she wanted to start over. Why else would she say that?"
I walked over to her room. The door was open so I walked a few steps into the doorway to see her sitting on her bed. She looked at me.
"Mia, I really need you to leave me alone right now," she said.
"But you have to prove it to them," I cried. "That you're changing, you have to!"
"What's the point?" she said. "They don't want me to."
"Yes they do! I know Isabella and Tessie want to believe you. Pepper just doesn't want to get hurt like she has in other homes, but she does want to believe you I know it!"
"Mia," she started to say, wiping her own tears from her face. "I just need you to leave me alone right now."
"But," I started to see.
"Look," she said, standing up, "I just don't know if I can do this anymore.
"What do you mean?"
She shook her head.
"Maybe I'm just not fit to be a foster mom."
I started to cry again.
She walked towards me.
I walked out of the room and looked back at her. She shut the door, and I felt more tears coming down. I couldn't go back to my room, no, I didn't want to face my foster sisters. I walked into the living room and sat on the couch. Hugging my legs into my chest, I cried. I refused to believe Miss Hannigan would stop fostering us. No, she was the closest thing I had to a mom. She was finally changing, why would she do that? I cried more, thinking about my foster sisters. I was mad at them for not forgiving Miss Hannigan like I had, but I didn't want to be separated from them, which is exactly what would happen if Miss Hannigan stopped fostering us.
I sat there, crying.
There had to be a way to get the girls to forgive Miss Hannigan and see that she really did want to change.
There just had to.
So I think it's safe to say I have quite an obsession with Cameron Diaz. Over the past few days I've watched Bad Teacher, The Other Woman, Sex Tape, What to Expect When You're Expecting, My Sisters Keeper, Annie, and a bunch of bloopers/behind the scenes. Oh, and also countless interviews with her. Yeah...
Watching Bad Teacher again kind of made me want to write a crossover between that and Annie. I mean it would kind of make sense that Elizabeth wants more money since she doesn't get paid enough so she takes in a foster kids to get money every week. Something like that. Maybe I'll do that eventually. Idk. Maybe I'll wait until I'm done with this.
Also, I've told a few people that I was planning on writing a prequel to this story and I've already written the first few chapters. It's pretty much the movie in the POV of Mia. I'm not sure if I should wait until I finish this story to start publishing it or start publishing now. What do you guys think? Would you rather me wait til I finish this story?