Tell Her

Tell Her is a novel written from the point of view of a lovable, ditsy lady-charmer; Danny who is impossibly in love with his best friend Ruby. Only her being his friend isn't the only obstacle he has to overcome...

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6. The rebound girl...

 

The Rebound Girl...

 

It had been a month since my revelation and I hadn’t seen or heard from Ruby. Not one measly text... Not that I hadn’t been trying, I’d sent copious amounts of ‘sorry’ texts, left messages on her answering machine and even tried a carrier pigeon...okay so the latter's not strictly true, but believe me when I say I’ve tried. She didn’t want to know me anymore.

And that’s when I met Rebecca – confident, sassy, sexy Rebecca. Granted she wasn’t the brightest crayon in the box but I could still hold an almost decent conversation with her.

We were exchanging compliments – the way new lovers do - in a quaint little restaurant just outside of town when I saw her. She was sitting with her group of female friends nursing a cappuccino and a slice of carrot cake.

Ruby.

Naturally she was a vision of perfection but there was something different about her... something I couldn’t put my finger on.

She caught me looking and her eyes were wide, she looked at Rebecca and then back to me. She shook her head slowly and then got to her feet to leave.

“Excuse me.” I breathed mirroring her actions, ready to follow her. I needed to know that she was okay even if she didn’t want to speak to me again.

We met just outside the restaurant and she threw her hands up in exasperation.

“Can’t you see I’m trying to get away from you?” She asked bluntly.

I shook my head, wounded. “Low blow Roo.”  

“This is because of me.” Ruby gesticulated with her petite, feminine hands, “This whole... this ‘rebound’ thing.”

“It’s because I like Rebecca,” I responded, “It has nothing to do with you.”

She rolled her eyes and placed her hands on her hips, “Yeah right, because you usually go for tacky girls like that.” She looked through the window towards my date and half-laughed, “I credited you with more taste than that.”

Ruby was never this bitchy, something was wrong, “Like you?” I asked softly.

She shook her head and pinned me with a cold look, “You’ll never have me.”

I bit down on my bottom lip and nodded once, “Not even as a friend?”

“Never.” She repeated harshly.

Again, I nodded, what more could I do? What more could I say? I turned on my heel ready to walk out of her life for good.

Goodbye Ruby...

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