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.

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6. I want. We Can't.

It lasted two minutes. When I pulled away from his lips my mind went crazy. My emotions were a mess and I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what I wanted. 

"I'm sorry." Louis whispered, only a few inches from my face. "I should go." I said standing up and fixing myself. "I'll drive you home." Louis said picking up his keys and standing up beside me. We walked out of his house and got into his car. The journey was silent. I guess we were both confused and in shock about what had just happened. 

"Thanks for the ride." I said breaking the silence as we stopped outside my house. "No problem." he replied. I reached for the door handle, ready to leave. "Scarlett wait." Louis said reaching across me and holding the handle tightly so I couldn't move. I looked at him with wide eyes. "I was thinking-" he started, loosening his grip from the handle and returning to his normal position "-and I came to the conclusion that I liked the kiss." he nodded looking out the front window. I looked at him in shock. "You couldn't have possibly-" his head turned and looked at me in confusion. "Why wouldn't have I liked it?" he asked. "This shouldn't be happening!" I laughed trying to break the tension. "Its crazy! Stupid! You're my brothers best friend! He went mad that you were even taking me out as a friend how do you-" "What?" Louis interrupted. "He knew we were going out tonight?" Louis asked. "Well, I told him we were but just as friends.." I trailed off. "And? What happened?" he urged. "I thought.. I thought.. He was going to hit me.." I struggled to say it. Louis' expression went from shock to what seemed like anger. His hands gripped the steering wheel firmly. "He what?" he said through gritted teeth. "H-He didn't touch me. Nothing happened. He just got a little close and I thought he was but he didn't. You know what? I should really be going-" I rambled on. "I didn't think he'd go that far. Hitting a girl." he tutted. "Pathetic." Louis spat. "He didn't hit me, Louis!" I shouted. "He almost did!" Louis turned and glared at me. "Goodbye Louis." I said and opened the door, slamming it closed. I walked up to my front door and brought down the handle. I heard Louis' car start up behind me and then drive away into the night as I stepped inside closing the door. 

The house was in darkness meaning that mum was asleep and Riley was still out. I trudged upstairs and went into my room closing the door. I walked over to my phone which I had also left behind and looked at the texts. There was 5, all from Maisie. Each text asked me how things were going and to call her as soon as possible. I text her saying "Good x" and deleted them all. I changed into pyjamas and got under my covers. I knew there was no way I was going to sleep. I looked at the clock next to me and it read 11pm. I pulled out my laptop and started looking up anything that would distract me from earlier events. 

 

Time flew by and soon it was 3am. I closed the laptop and placed it in its usual place under my pillow. As I did there was a bang downstairs as the front door closed. I tensed up and got out of the bed making my way to my bed room door and opening it a little to listen. There was a few bangs as whoever it was knocked into a few things. I walked out of my room and headed downstairs to see who it was. As I got further downstairs I could see the glow of the kitchen light and I headed towards the door. I opened the door slowly and it creaked at I did. 

Riley sat at the table with a can of beer clasped to his hand. My eyes widened when I seen him sat there. Drunk. He looked up at me, his eyes were red and he was sweaty from whatever he was doing.  

"R-Riley.. What have you done?" I said approaching him slowly. "Leave me alone." He scoffed as he took another swig from the beer can. "You can't carry on like this. You've changed so much from the big brother I used to know." I cried. "Who cares Scar?! This is my life now and I sure as hell don't care about how it turns out." He slurred. "You're just drunk. You do care." I argued back but all he did was laugh and take another drink. "Are you high too?" I asked and he smirked. Tears started filling my eyes and my anger increased. I lunged towards Riley to try take the beer can from him and he stood up in defense. "Don't." He spoke aggressively. "Or what? Are you gonna finish the job you started out in the street? Are you actually going to hit me this time?" I asked him. "You're leaving me no choice here Scarlett." He said. I reached for the beer can again and his free hand rose into the air and came crashing down onto my right cheek. My eye went fuzzy and my cheek felt like it was on fire. I collapsed onto a chair and clutched my cheek in agony. There was a loud crash as Riley dropped his beer can and the remaining liquid sparked up over my feet and legs. "Scar.." He spoke softly and reached out to hold me. "Don't touch me!" I stopped him. He stopped and backed away. I looked up at him through my left eye. Tears were falling from his eyes and he was holding himself up using the counter. "You're pathetic." I said using Louis' choice of words from earlier. I left the kitchen and ran to the bathroom and locked the door. I ran the cold water and stuck my cheek under the force. After 5 minutes I stood up normally again and looked at myself in the mirror. My right side of my face was red and swollen and I looked horribly pale everywhere else. As I looked at myself I couldn't hold back my tears and they came flowing out. I sat down on the bathroom floor and just cried. 

After 20 minutes of sitting in the bathroom I left and went back to my room. As I passed the kitchen the light was still on probably meaning Riley was still in there. I entered my room and ran to my phone picking it up and opening 'New Message'. 

"Help." I typed in. I hit send and waited. A few seconds later the name flashed on my screen and I opened the message. "On my way." It read. I placed my phone down and went to my window, waiting. 

As I seen the familiar car approaching down the road I ran for downstairs. I grabbed the keys for the door on the way and fumbled opening the door. Scared Riley would hear me and confront me I flung the door open closing it quietly and running towards the now stopped car. As I ran the tears came back and started flowing. Louis flung his door open and ran to greet me pulling me in for a hug as I reached him. 

"I couldn't stop him. I couldn't stop him. I wasn't strong enough." I cried into his chest. Louis stroked my hair and rocked me. "Scarlett.." He whispered and held my head steady so he could examine the marks. "Why?.." he asked. "I provoked him. It was my fault. I was on his case about the drugs, the drinking, I-" "Shh, shh. You're okay." Louis mumbled holding me tight. "C'mon" Louis said and walked me towards my house. He opened the door slowly and examined inside to see if it was clear. He brought me inside and lead me upstairs. He looked at the door saying "Scarlett's Room." and entered the room. He lead me to the bed and placed me down bringing the covers over me. Louis bent down and kissed my forehead, relaxing me. "Its over." he whispered. "I'm going to go talk to Riley." he told me. My eyes widened and I grabbed his arm. "No. No way Louis. My mums sleeping she'll hear you. Don't please!" I started to panic and my breathing increased and the tears started forming again. "Shh okay, okay. I won't." Louis smiled in the dark and stroked my hair. I shifted over in the bed and opened the covers inviting him in. Silence took over once more. No one said or did anything for a few moments until Louis gave in and started taking his shoes and jacket off. He placed them on the ground and climbed in under the covers. I cuddled in close to him, feeling protected with him there. "Thank you." I muttered into his chest. He kissed the top of my head, probably saying 'you're welcome'. 

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I woke up with a thumping headache. I rubbed my head and flinched at the pain which reminded me of what happened with Riley. I looked beside me at Louis sleeping next to me silently. "Louis." I mumbled shaking him slightly. He stirred beside me and opened his eyes slowly. "Scarlett? You okay?" He wondered and rubbed his eyes sitting up in the bed. I sat up next to him, leaning my back against the headboard. "I'm fine. Thanks to you." I replied. "I'll talk to Riley." he said. "No please Louis. Don't. It'll only anger things more and I don't want to. I'll be fine." I reassured him. He nodded in defeat and threw the covers off him putting on his shoes and picking up his jacket. He stood up and threw it on. "I should be going." he said heading for the door. I stood up fast and ran after him grabbing him in a hug from behind. "Don't go." I whispered. He turned round to look at me. "You said you don't want anymore trouble Scarlett. This is going to cause more trouble. Me and you. Being together like this." Louis spoke. "Y-you don't want this? You don't want me?" I asked backing away from him. "I didn't say I didn't want it or you. I want you more than anything Scarlett but if its going to cause you more trouble then no. We can't do this." He said. I turned away and sat down on my bed. "Alright." I spoke through the tears. "I'll talk to you later, Louis." I said. "Scarlett.." Louis sighed. "Bye." He finished. My bedroom door opened and closed as Louis left. I heard him walk downstairs and go out the front door. I ran to the window and looked out as he climbed into his car and drove away. 

I walked out of my room and went down to the kitchen to get something to eat. Riley lay at the table with his head down. I tip toed around him to get some cereal. "Who was that?" he muttered and lifted his head. I froze where I stood. "Maisie." I lied. "Why did she sneak out? Was she here since last night?" he asked. "She had to go home for a family emergency and its early so she didn't want to wake everyone up. No. I asked her to come over after.. after.. everything." I finished. "Its not early. It's 11 in the morning. Mums gone to work already." Riley caught me out. I could feel his eyes boring into my back. I turned round to face him. When he seen my face he flinched and stood up. I backed away, scared. "I'm not going to hurt you." he said sounding disgusted. Disgusted in me, or himself? He walked towards the kitchen door. "I'm sorry Scar. Thats all I can say." He said and walked away. 

I relaxed and took a deep breath. I filled a bowl with cereal and milk and sat down to eat it. After eating I went and got a shower thinking it would make me feel better but I still felt the same. I dried my hair and caked myself in makeup, attempting to cover the evidence of mine and Riley's brawl.I grabbed my bag and placed my phone, keys and purse into it and walked round the back of my house to grab my bike as I couldn't drive yet and under the circumstances I wasn't asking Riley for a lift anywhere. I jumped on the bike and started cycling into town. 

By now it was 1pm and I started getting peckish again. I cycled to a Mc Donalds and placed my bike outside and walked inside. I ordered my food and sat down, beginning to devour my food. As I was eating a group of Riley's friends walked in chatting and laughing. Luckily Riley wasn't there. But Louis was. 

I kept my head down and continued eating my food trying not to draw attention to myself. 

"Scarlett! Hey!"

I looked up at Leonie from my art class and Tessa staring down at me. They sat down on the seats opposite me and smiled. "Wheres your brother?" Tessa asked. "We've been looking for him since last night." she laughed. "Oh, he's at home." I replied. I looked over at Louis who was staring at me until I looked at him and he quickly turned away and started talking to his other friends." I looked back at Leonie and Tessa. "Ah right. We'll probably all head over there after. Is your mum home?" Tessa asked. "No shes working." I smiled. "Great!" Leonie grinned. "We better get going. Was good seeing you! See ya at school!" Tessa smiled and they both stood up and walked back to their friends. 

I began eating again and tried not looking at Riley's group. Mainly Louis. But of course, he had to come over.

"Are you alright?" he asked sitting down where Tessa had sat before. "Oh, i'm fine you know. My face mustn't be noticeable since Tessa and Leonie never noticed." I shrugged and put another chip in my mouth. Louis sighed. "Seriously. Are you alright?" he asked again. "Fine." I replied. "Did anyone say anything.. about.. me being  there last night?" Louis asked. "Riley heard you. But I told him you were Maisie. Not fully sure he believes me but hopefully he does." I answered and he nodded. "I'm sorry Scarlett. If things were different we could work but its too risky and i'm not putting you in danger with Riley." he whispered. "You don't get it! If we're together or not its going to be dangerous for me with Riley! I now know his secrets about him going out drinking and doing drugs! I'm on his bad side now, Louis!" "Then get back on his good." Louis demanded. "Its not that simple." I sighed. "Make it simple then! You can't be on his bad side! You're getting yourself into deep trouble and the way i'm seeing things so far, I don't think its going to end up too good for you." He said looking at my cheek. 

"Louis! Cmon! We're headin' too Riley's!" a guy shouted from the other side of the room at Louis. "Yeah, i'll be there in two minutes!" Louis shouted back.

"This needs to stop. You and Riley need to get back to normal. And if that means you forgetting everything I told you and the drugs and the girls then so be it. Forget everything." Louis said standing up. "But-" I started but he stopped me. "No buts. Bye Scarlett." Louis said sternly and walked off leaving me alone again. 

I was in trouble and I didn't know how to get out of it. It wasn't as easy as Louis was making it out to be. Getting on Riley's good side again would not be easy. And as for forgetting everything Louis had told me? That was impossible. 

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