I opened my bedroom window quietly and threw out my overnight bag.
Then I clambered out onto the ledge and lowered myself to the grass below.
I was 16 and sneaking out to see my new boyfriend, Calvin, 18.
We'd met at school and had started dating, but there was just one problem…my dad.
He thought I was too young to have a boyfriend, so I was sneaking out to see Calvin.
When I got round the corner, Calvin was there waiting.
"You've made it," he said, giving me a big hug. I always had so much fun with Calvin.
We'd talk for hours.
One weekend we went to see his dad, David, who took us to a fireworks display.
David was like an older, more charming version of Calvin.
I liked him; he always asked about my day and seemed genuinely interested.
Time passed. I left school and got a job as a receptionist at a computer repair centre.
I enjoyed making my own money, but Calvin didn't like it.
One night I went round to his house after work.
"I know what you've been up to," he shouted.
"Don't be so ridiculous," I told him. He kept on about it and I started to wonder if perhaps it was time for us to call it a day.
But then I fell pregnant.
I instantly started to panic.
Things weren't great between us and we were both so young – what was Calvin going to say?
To my relief, he was thrilled. I hoped the baby would bring us closer together, but he quickly lost interest and even refused to come to my first scan.
Then at seven weeks along, after an argument, I felt something warm between my legs.
I was bleeding.
I rushed straight to the hospital but it was too late, I'd lost the baby.
I was so crushed and Calvin and I drifted further apart.
One day he was supposed to pick me up from work but he never showed.
Something is going on, I thought.
I tried calling him but he didn't pick up, so I phoned one of his friends.
"Oh, he's probably with Aliex." The friend said.
I didn't know he had a mate called Aliex.
"Where does he live?" I asked.
My heart started to hammer in my chest. Afterwards, I went round to his house and banged on the door.
"I know you're in there!" I shouted.
Eventually he opened it, looking hot and flustered.
"You've got a girl in here haven't you?" I demanded.
"I don't know what you're talking about," he snorted.
I tried to push past him but he blocked my path.
Then I noticed something on his neck – a love bite!
"Er, my mate did it with a vacuum cleaner," he laughed awkwardly.
Humiliated, I turned and ran home.
I never wanted to see him again, but we both worked at the same Chinese restaurant so I had no choice.
At work, he kept trying to apologise and swore he wasn't seeing Aliex anymore, but I didn't believe him.
Then one day, his phone rang and I could hear a female voice on the other end.
"I'm with Calvin right now," I shouted so Aliex would hear.
"If you stay with him, you're stupid!"
I was upset but determined to move on with my life.
Later, my phone rang and I heard a familiar voice on the other end.
It was David, Calvin's dad!
"How are you doing, Laura?" he asked. "I heard about what happened with Calvin and wanted to check you're okay."
"I'm holding up, thanks," I said.
"I'm glad to hear it," he said. "Look, I don't suppose you'd fancy meeting up for a drink?"
I was shocked! My boyfriend's dad had invited me out. Or rather, ex-boyfriend. Was this overstepping the line?
Who cares what Calvin thinks! I thought.
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Australian Women's WeeklyFeb 14, 2019