My Brother's Best Friend.

Scarlett Brooks begins sixth form college. She begins to find out secrets about her brother, secrets she wishes she sometimes never found out. However, she does take quite an interest in one of her brother's best friends.


16. Forget It.

I sat and looked at Harry and Louis who were standing infront of me. 

"This is bullshit Scarlett, we can't just let Riley do this!" Louis stated staring at me in disbelief. "Yes but you also have to remember that Riley is my brother" I reminded him and he sighed. "We just want to help you Scarlett. It's not right what he's doing." Harry backed Louis up and I stared at him in annoyance. "I don't suppose either of you have any non-violent ideas that involve Riley staying alive?" I asked and they both stayed silent. "Thought so." I mumbled. 

The living room door opened and my mum stepped inside looking drained. "Are you alright mum?" I asked as she sat down and sighed. "Whats wrong with him?" she asked, her voice broke and tears were in her eyes. "He's just gone off the rails a bit but I pro-" "A bit?" she laughed halfheartedly. "Okay... a lot. But I promise you, mum, we're going to help him through this." I said looking at Louis and Harry for back up and they both nodded. 

"God knows where he is now.." she trailed off and began crying heavily. I knelt infront of her, taking her hands into mine. "I'm sure he's alright mum. He's probably at a mate's house right now, perfectly fine. C'mon mum, please don't worry." I said and pulled her into a tight embrace. "Find him please Scarlett. Please." she cried and I could feel my heart breaking. I pulled away from my mum and stood up normally to face Louis and Harry. "Will you help me find him?" I asked them and they both agreed instantly. 

They went outside to their car as I continued to talk my mum down and control her. "Mum I'm going to find Riley alright? Just try not to worry, everythings going to be fine. I have Louis and Harry helping me aswell so with them I'm sure i'll get him home." I assured her and earned a weak, lifeless smile. I kissed her forehead and headed outside.

Harry's car was still parked outside my house from earlier and Louis' car was a little bit further up the street. As I got closer to Harry's car I noticed it was empty and soon Louis' headlights were flashing to indicate they were there. I walked up the path and jumped into the backseat of the car. 

"So, any idea of Riley's whereabouts?" I asked. "We've got a good idea." Harry said, turning his head to look at me as Louis pulled out of the parking space and into the road. "Let me guess, Tessa's place?" I sighed and Harry nodded, confirming my theory. 

The ride to Tessa's was pretty silent apart from the occasional 'are you sure you're alright' from Louis and Harry. Louis parked a few places down from Tessa's house and we got out of the cars and began walking towards it. 

As we got closer and closer my stomach began tightening and my head was spinning. We reached her porch and Harry reached out and knocked on the door. 

The door opened and our mouths fell open as we took in a very red-faced and puffy eyed Liam. "Mate, are you alright?" Louis asked cautiously. "What are you three doing here?" he asked, his voice was cracking and he sniffed loudly at the end of his sentence. "Uh, we came to see if you and Tessa wanted to hang out." Harry explained and I mentally thanked him for saving us. "This isn't exactly the best time right now." Liam answered and I could see the sadness in his eyes. "Liam whats happened?" Louis asked. 

Just then Tessa appeared behind Liam, also looking red-faced and her eye make-up was slightly smudged. "Whats happened?" I blurted out in panic. "Ask your fucking brother." Liam spat and I could feel the sick rising in my stomach. I looked from Liam to Tessa as tears began rising in my eyes. "Oh and tell him if he wants somebody to fuck with, go for people who aren't in relationships. Especially when it's one of his fucking so called friend's girlfriend." he added. "Hey man, calm down it's not Scarlett's fault." Harry spoke calmly. "Yeah but it's her bastard of a brother's!" he shouted. "Liam please!" Tessa cried reaching out to take hold of Liam's arm. He ripped his arm away from her grip and placed his hands behind his head. "No! Fucking stop Tessa! You don't get to tell me what the fuck to do when you go behind my back with one of my fucking friends!" He shouted. "Come on take it inside." Louis urged as he stepped foot inside Tessa's. "No. You know what? I'm so fucking done." Liam said barging past Louis and out into the porch. He pressed his forehead to mines and I closed my eyes in fear. "Tell your brother to watch his fucking back." he whispered harshly and brushed past me and walked off. 

I stood frozen to the porch as silence filled over the small group. The only sound to be heard was Tessa's gentle sobs. Harry placed his arm around me as he guided me inside Tessa's house and shut the door.

We walked into the living room and sat down. "What were you thinking Tessa." Louis asked, running his hand through his hair. "I don't know! It was only supposed to be a bit of fun. It never meant to come out." she mumbled. "You've completely broke him." Harry said which made Tessa let out another sob. "I didn't mean for any of this to happen." she cracked and put her head in her hands. "Do you know where Riley is?" I asked her. "No, I wasn't planning on seeing him tonight." she answered into her hands. I released a long sigh and closed my eyes, trying to get myself away from this mess. 

The sound of the front door opening snapped me back into reality and I looked up at the living room door expectantly. It opened a few seconds later and Riley wondered in. "Fuck. Can't get away from you people." he groaned and kicked the door enough to make it shut with a loud bang. He walked into the center of the living room and stood and took in the many eyes staring back at him. 

"Liam knows." Tessa whispered. Riley's face fell slightly but then a grin took over his face. "Good. How'd the poor bastard take it?" "Riley." Louis warned and my stomach started knotting. "Horribly. He's going to kill you." Tessa answered him which earned a laugh from Riley. "Well, Louis here could tell him thats clearly not the best idea. Right Louis?" Riley smirked and the violent image of Riley hitting Louis and Louis' blood splattering everywhere made me wince. "Get over yourself." Louis replied. "That lip of yours still looks pretty bad." Riley winked and Louis stood up. "Woah big guy! Looking for round two are we?" Riley laughed. Harry, who I had forgotten was sitting beside me, stood up next to Louis. "Back off Riley. We're not here for this." 

Riley's attention turned to me then. "So what are you all here for then? To give me another lecture? To beg me to come back home? To change my oh so wicked ways?" he said, humoring himself. "To come home. We just want to help you." I said. My voice sounded small and weak. "More of this shit." Riley sighed. "You need to get in your head that this is me and nothings going to change it alright?" he added. "Come on mate, just go home." Harry suggested but Riley just laughed. "Don't 'mate' me and just stop acting like my friend." Riley shouted making me jump at his tone. "Come on Tessa, we're gonna go out. Zayn's having a party at his place." Riley said, extending his hand out to a still crying Tessa. 

When she didn't react Riley dropped his hand and smirked. "You turning your back on me too? Alright. Fine by me. The sex was getting a little boring." he winked. "Get the fuck out of here." Louis spoke coldly. "Don't worry, i'm fucking going." 

As he walked to the door he turned and looked at me. "By the way, you can forget about me ever coming back to that place." 

He slammed both the living room and front door and then he was gone. 

For what felt like the 100th time in the last few days, my heart broke. 

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