You're The Closest To Heaven That I'll Ever Be
She got no response; no acknowledgement at all. She was lucky if she got a 'hello'. Her parents didn't talk to her much. In fact, they treated her as if she wasn't even there at all. Lily could do pretty much whatever she wanted and her parents would act as if she wasn't even there. You would think that would be a teenager's dream but not to Lily. All she wanted was to be accepted by her parents.
"Your parents don't care I'm here?" Andy asked as she dragged him up the stairs.
"Oh, yeah. They don't really care about what I do." Lily said as they reached the top of the stairs.
She pulled him around the corner, down the hallway and led him into her pale pink room. It had always been too girly for her. She tried to cover the walls with band posters but you could still see the pink walls.
She walked over and hopped on the bed that sat in the middle of the room and was pushed up against the back wall. She patted the spot next to her to tell Andy to sit next to her.
"So tell me," Lily said as Andy hopped on the bed next to her. "What school do you go to? Tell me about yourself."
"Oh, I don't go to school yet... I'm going to start at Riverview High on Monday." Andy said.
"Shut up! I go to Riverview!" Lily exclaimed.
Andy's eyes brightened. "Really?! That makes me feel so much better about going to a new school."
There was a soft knock on the door and Lily's mother poked her head in.
"I thought I heard an unfamiliar voice." She said. "Want to introduce me to your new friend, Lily?"
"Oh, this is Andy. He just moved here and he had no friends so I told him I would be his friend." Lily explained.
"Oh, that's nice." Her mom said. "Well, Andy, you're welcome to stay as long as you would like."
"Thanks..." Andy tried to hide his face behind his hair. He got a little shy about meeting parents and other adult figures.
Lily's mom nodded slightly and closed the door behind her.
"She seems nice." Andy observed.
"Yeah, well I didn't say my parents weren't nice. They just don't pay attention to me much." Lily scooted herself back against the pillows at the head of the bed and Andy followed. "Wanna watch a movie?" Lily asked.
"Uh, sure... What do you want to watch?" Andy said.
"Well, I've always wanted to watch Sweeney Todd." Lily admitted.
"Oh, yeah? My friend Chance and I did a video based on Sweeney Todd. But that was before I moved..."
"Really? That's so cool! I'd love to see it sometime." She smiled at him. "Okay, let's watch this movie." Lily put the movie in and snuggled up to Andy on the bed.
She rested her head on his shoulder and he placed his arm around her. As the movie started, Lily already felt her eyelids grow heavy. She hadn't been sleeping well the past few days. She tried to fight off the sleep a little longer but eventually her lids slipped shut and she was surrounded by sweet sleep.
She felt like only minutes had gone by when she finally opened her eyes again. When she woke up, Andy was still holding her and he was playing with her silky, black hair, humming a tune to himself.
"Oh, sorry..." Andy pulled his hand away from her head when he noticed she was awake.
"No, it's okay. It felt nice, keep going." She laid her head back down on his chest and slowly fell back asleep to his comforting touch and the soft sound of his breathing.