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.


5. Our Outing.

Thursday flew by and before I knew it it was Friday. The day of mine and Louis' "outing". I still couldn't shake what Riley had said about him and his friends but I kept trying to push the thoughts away. 

My school day flew in and before I knew it I was sitting on my school bus on my way home. Riley hadn't spoken to me at all but I couldn't decide if that was a good or bad thing. Maisie chatted about what I should wear and how I should do my hair the full drive not knowing what I knew about Riley and Louis. I wanted to tell her but I knew what she would say. She would just say that a bad boy is always fun. 

My stop came and she wished me luck for tonight and I stepped off the bus with Riley close behind me. He brushed past me and started walking fast in the direction of our house. I sighed and chased after him. 

"Riley! Riley! You can't avoid me forever!" I shouted a few paces behind him. "But I can try." He said back spinning around to look at me. Pain spread through my body. Not physical pain, but emotional. "Why?" I mumbled. "Why what?" he asked. "Why are you being like this? I've told you nothings going on between me and Louis! He is being friendly! Why can't you accept that? He isn't going to hurt me! Theres nothing going on between us that can hurt me!" I screamed at him. He looked around him as if to see if anyone was watching us. "I'm not discussing this here Scarlett." he said sternly. "Okay, then where can we discuss it? Home? I bet not because mum might over hear about you and your friends using girls and going out getting drunk all the time." "Stop Scarlett. Back off me and my friends and I swear if mum finds out any of this-" "What will you do eh? You can't treat me like this Riley. I can go out with Louis if I want-" "Go out with him? What? Wheres he taking you?!" he hissed coming right up to my face as he spoke. Fear took over my body and I covered my face to protect myself. There was silence for a few moments and then he spoke. "You thought I was going to hit you" he spoke softly. I lowered my arms and looked at him. "I need to go." I whispered and walked past him. 

I didn't look back, I just kept walking. I got into my house and ran upstairs to my room ignoring the calls from my mum. I threw my stuff down on my bed and looked at myself in the mirror. A tear escaped from my eye and I quickly brushed it away. I opened my wardrobe and pulled out a t-shirt and shorts not caring if they even matched. I switched my uniform for the t-shirt and shorts and then looked at myself again. My phone buzzing snapped me out of my daydream. The text was from Louis.

"You excited for tonight as much as I am?" 

"Yeah. It'll be fun." I replied. Lying. 

"See u @7".

I closed my phone and sat down on my bed. There was a knock on my door and my mum stepped inside. "Scarlett? You okay?" she asked. I put on my best fake smile and nodded. She smiled back and sat down on the bed next to me. "Did something happen between you and Riley?" she asked. "No, nothing happened." I said fast. "Oh. Its just he came storming in with a bit of a temper and went straight to his room just like you.." she trailed off. "Nothing happened mum, honestly." I groaned. "Alright alright!" she gave up and stood up. "I'm going to go make dinner." she said walking towards my door. "Um mum, don't make anything for me, i'm um, going out with a friend." I explained. "Oh, really? Maisie?" she asked. "Yeah.. Maisie." I agreed and smiled. She nodded and walked out closing my door behind her. I gave a sigh of relief and lay back on the bed. 

I pulled my laptop from under my pillow and logged onto facebook when it loaded. I had an unread message from Maisie waiting for me. 

"You excited?!?!?!?!?! x" I rolled my eyes and began typing. 

"Sure am. x" 

She instantly replied.

"Really? You don't sound too sure. x" 

"Really. I am. I'll tell you how it goes when I get home. x" I logged off quickly before she could reply and stuck on some Bruno Mars to relax me. I looked at the clock on my laptop screen. 17:55. Just over an hour before Louis would arrive at my house. 

The front door banged loudly and I turned off the music and ran to my window. Riley was walking down the street. I remembered Louis telling me he was going to some party for his year. Why wasn't Louis going? I pushed the thought to the back of my mind to save for later to question Louis. I turned the music back on and sat down. I was already ready to go whenever Louis called and I had nothing to do. I only closed my eyes for 5 minutes..


The door bell ringing woke me up. I stopped the music and looked at the clock. 7. I sprinted out of my room towards the stairs but heard the door open. I could hear my mum and Louis talking and I started panicking. 

"Are you here for Riley? He's already gone out, Louis." my mum said. 

"Actually-" Louis started.

"Oh damn! I thought this might of been Maisie." I interrupted. Louis looked at me oddly and I gave him a look telling him to shut up. He caught on and turned back to my mum. "Well, I'll go text Riley and see if I can find him." Louis nodded and walked off. My mum closed the door and turned to me. "Is Maisie a no show then?" She asked. "Oh I'm sure she isn't. I'm going to wait outside for her. She shouldn't be too long, she text me." I smiled and opened the front door. I could see Louis walking a little further ahead towards a car. "Well, see ya mum!" I said and quickly closed the door. 

I ran down the direction that Louis was. "Hey." I said panting. "Hey there." he smiled. "Wanna tell me what that was all about?" he asked leaning against the car and folding his arms. "Did you really expect me to tell her I was going out with Riley's best friend?" I asked and he shrugged. "I've nothing to hide." was his answer. "You'd be happy to tell Riley you're spending your Friday night with his little sisiter?" I asked raising my eyebrows. "Well... I..." he started thinking. "Exactly." I nodded and laughed and he laughed too. "Cmon, lets go." he said and opened the car door for me. I got inside and then he went round to the drivers side. 

He started driving into town to the cinema. "So what you wanna see? Anything good on?" he asked making conversation. "Um, World War Z looks good." I replied with a shrug. "World War Z it is then." He smiled. 

We arrived at the cinema and we walked inside. We walked towards the counter to buy our tickets, popcorn and drinks and I reached into my pocket to take out my money when I realised I didn't bring any. I was in such a rush I forgot. I stopped dead and Louis looked at me oddly. "Uh, whats up?" he asked. "I'm so sorry Louis! I didn't bring any cash" I groaned. "Hey don't worry! Its on me!" He laughed and dropped his arm around me. "Thanks" I smiled lightly and we walked up to the counter. As Louis was ordering everything I looked around the cinema. Whilst looking I seen Tessa from my Spanish class with a large group of people. One of them being Riley. My mouth fell open and I grabbed Louis' arm and pulled him behind the closest wall. 

"You told me he was at a party!" I whispered angrily. "What? Who?" Louis asked in confusion. "Riley! He's over there with a huge group of your friends!" I pointed. Louis looked behind the wall at the direction I was poiting at his friends and looked back at me. "Scarlett, i'm so sorry! I didn't know they were going to be here! I swear, they said there was a party!" He pleaded. "Oh really? Then why weren't you there? Why spend your Friday night with a 16 year old girl when you could be at some big party drinking and having a laugh?" I questioned him. "You gonna use me like all them other girls?" Once I started I couldn't stop. Everything Riley said came tumbling out. I could see the hurt spreading across his face but I didn't stop. "Scarlett. I don't know what Riley has told you but its not true." he whispered. "Sure it isn't." I said shaking my head and I walked away. I walked out of the cinema and sat on the steps. 

Someone came out and sat next to me. I looked up at Louis who wasn't looking at me. He stared out into the parking lot without a word. I folded my arms on my knees and placed my head ontop. Louis' arm wrapped around my now freezing skin and my body tensed up at his touch. 

"I promise you. I'm not like that." he mumbled softly. "And as for Riley.. I can't say the same thing." 

I looked up at Louis and we stared into eachothers eyes. "Tell me everything." I said. "Is that a question or a demand?" he chuckled. "Demand." I laughed lightly. He stood up and pulled me up. "Walk with me. Thats a demand too." he smiled. I nodded and we started walking. 

"He never used to be like this. I guess we got caught up in the wrong crowd. They did drugs, drank, you know? I do drink but I swear i'm not into the whole drug stuff and using girls? No way." He stated. "And Riley?" I asked. He took a breath, not wanting to tell. "Please, I need to know." I urged and he nodded. "He does some drugs. He isn't stupid though, he wouldn't do anything that would kill him. And he has been with some girls, simply for the sex." Louis explained. "Isn't stupid? Don't defend him Louis. All drugs are stupid and the thought of him using them poor girls, I can't believe the state he's getting himself into. And all this time, I never even knew. Uh." I sighed. "Even if you knew, you wouldn't have been able to stop him. Don't you think i've tried? I've told him if he continues he's going to do something he seriously regrets but he won't listen to me, he won't listen to anyone." he said. "Thanks for telling me." I smiled. "Its the least I could do. I mean this "outing" has turned into quite a disaster." Louis grinned. "Agreed" I laughed. "Lets go back to your car." I added. Louis nodded and we turned around, heading back to the car park. 

"Do you want to go back home?" Louis asked as we got into the car. "No. I want to stay with you." I blurted out. I looked down at my lap and started fidgeting. I could feel Louis' eyes looking at me and I looked up slowly at him smiling. The car started and he pulled out of the car space. "So, where we going?" I asked looking out the window. "My house. Um, if thats okay?" he asked concerned about what my answer would be. "Sure, that'd be nice." I smiled out the window. 

The rest of the journey was quiet and about 10 minutes later we arrived at Louis' house. "So is your parents home?" I asked as we stepped out of the car. "My mums working late at the hospital and my sisters are at a babysitters since my mum knew I'd be out late." "Oh. And your dad?" I asked. "He's not here." Louis said and that was it. I didn't question him. We walked up to the door and Louis opened it and I stepped inside and Louis turned the light on. The light blinded me as I was used to the dark. 

"Lovely house you have." I smiled and sat down on the sofa. "Thanks." Louis grinned and sat next to me. "You want anything? A drink maybe? Food?" he added. "Oh no thanks, i'm fine." 

We sat in silence until he reached out and placed a strand of my hair behind my ear and leaned in. "Lou-".


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