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I couldn't believe the condition of our apartment. But, I kept reminding myself others had it off way worse. Besides I've always been well-off this could be a good experience for me. I set to work to cleaning. Soon there was a knock at the door.

"The guys are here!" Ashley called after opening it.

"How did things go?" I asked them, wiping my forehead with my dirty hand. A stresk of grey appeared on my forehead.

"Mary-Kate?" Marc-Andre said, "Are you actually cleaning?" he said in disbelief

I stuck my tongue out at him with a smirk. "I know my room was always a mess but even this is too much for me." I said.

"Well, we ship out in four days. We have two days of basic, one day to say goodbye and gather our stuff, then we're off to LA." Brett said.

I suddenly felt dizzy and sat down quickly.

"Are you ok?" Brett said rushing over to me.

"I'm F-Fine" I said "I just didn't know you'd be gone so soon" I glanced over at Ashley, she looked just as shocked as me.

"I'm sorry, MK." Brett said softly.

Chapter 9


She and Ashley had been through so much in the past two days and I felt so helpless. I didn't know any way to make them happy again. I looked over to Matt and Marc-Andre and they felt the same.

"Is there anything I can do for you?" I asked her, hoping to get an indication of something productive to do.

She glanced around as if she weren't seeing anything. Then snapped out of her daze.

"Well, the bathroom needs cleaning. And the sinks clogged up" she said with a slight smile.

"Ladies and Gentlemen. She's back!" I informed everyone.

We all laughed and got to work.

I approached the bathroom with Marc-Andre, not the smartest move to make.

"Dude, what died in here?" Marc-Andre asked.

"I don't know, but I think it died more than once to give off this smell." I said covering my mouth and nose. "I'm going to need the heavy duty stuff for this. What's more powerful than industrial strength soap?"

"There is none!" Ashley yelled from the other room.

I grumbled a few words to myself. "Leave it up to the guys to do the dirty work." I said to Marc-Andre.

"I heard that!" Mary-Kate yelled from another room.

Marc-Andre and I looked at eachother and got to work before we got in trouble.


I figured that after an hour of hard work we all needed a break. And something to eat, I decided after my stomach grumbled noisily.

"Did anyone see where we were supposed to get food from?" I asked

"I saw something about rashions coupons near the registration table" Marc-Andre said

"Rashion coupons?!?!" oh boy. This was gonna take a little getting used to.

"I'll go with you" Matt offered.

"Thanks" I smiled.

We walked out the door and walked towards the registration table while holding hands. There were a lot of people. We figured another caravan of buses had arrived with survivors. We made it to the table and took some coupons. I asked about my parents and still no word.

"Don't worry." Matt said, "I'm sure they're just fine." He said. He leaned over and gave me a gentle kiss.

I kissed him back then we walked back to the apartment, slowly savoring every moment together. I was so greatful for a great boyfriend like Matt. We'd been going out for almost 2 years now. I met him a couple of months after Marc-Andre and I broke up. We've been together ever since.

We finally reached the door to the apartment and I sighed. I didn't want our time together to end.


I saw the look on her face and I got an idea. I opened the door and layed the tockets on the floor.

"Ashley and I are going to go have lunch together. We'll meet you guys back here later." I said from the doorway.

"Alright!" Was all I heard from inside.

I closed the door and was greeted by another kiss and a smile. "I got to do this more often." I thought to myself.

We headed outside the apartment building.

"So where are we going for lunch?" Ashley asked looking around.

I glanced around too, there wasn't exactly anywhere to go. Then I got a great idea...

Chapter 9

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