In the present

“I rather not go.”

“Why not?”

I was trying to get Liam to go to my favorite restaurant with me, because he has never been to one in the six months he has been here.

“Lauren, I’m just not in the mood, okay? Maybe another time.”

“You’ve been saying that for the past six months! Come on, just once? For me?” I begged.

“Why don’t you go with Emily?”

“First of all, her name is Emmi. Second of all, she’s in vacation in Florida,” I sighed. “In the six months you’ve been here, you never told me why you never leave the house!” I looked down at the floor and said softly, “Liam, I gave up almost everything for you. Remember?”

That was when the flashback started.