Friends With Benefits


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52. Chapter 52

"Who are you texting?" I asked.
"Nobody," she said nonchalantly as she threw her phone down onto the bed. 
"I'm thirsty- you want anything?" she asked as she got up and headed towards her bedroom door.
"Erm, yeah sure, anything you have is fine."
She headed downstairs and my mind started to wander. Why wouldn't she tell me who she was texting? What was she trying to hide? I sat there eyeing her phone and debated whether or not to look through it. I needed to know who she was texting. I knew she'd be back soon. So now was my only chance. 
After about a minute of debating, I gave in and grabbed her phone quickly; going straight to her text messages. My heart dropped when I saw the person she had been texting was Zayn. I reluctantly clicked the message thread. 

*Message thread*
Zayn: Hey babe. I was just thinking about earlier today...
Leslie: Yeah, what's up? :)
Zayn: I was just wondering...you're not gonna tell Harry about what happened are you?
Leslie: Don't worry, I won't tell Harry :)
Zayn: cool thanks. Love u babe, you're the best x
Leslie: Of course! love you too! X 

I threw her phone back onto the bed and ran my fingers frustratingly through my hair. I knew it. I fucking knew it. I knew something was going on between them. Those messages were proof. They obviously meant only one thing- that she was cheating. I didn't know whether to cry or be angry. I can't believe this. How could she do this to me?
Just then Leslie walked into the room with a smile on her face, a smile that broke my heart, as she held two drinks in her hands. She came and sat beside me, handing me my drink and then sipping hers. I placed mine on her bedside table and looked over to her. Her smile faded as she saw how serious I looked.
"What's wrong?" she asked worriedly. I paused trying to think of how I was going to go about this. I let out a breath and began. 
"If for some reason you didn't want to be with me anymore, you'd tell me, right? I mean, I wouldn't want to be living a lie...I would just want you to be blunt with me and tell me you didn't love me anymore."
"What? Harry, I love you. Where is this coming from?" she asked with curious sincerity. 
"Well...I don't know...I mean, I've seen how you've been acting with Zayn lately and I couldn't help but wonder..." I began. 
"Wait...what?" she asked taken aback. "There's nothing going on between me and Zayn." There was no more sincerity in her voice now. 
"Well I mean telling Zayn you love him, and saying you "won't tell Harry," kind of makes it seem-"
"Wait- WHAT? You went through my phone?!" she yelled getting up off the bed and standing now to face me.
"Well I didn't have a choice!"
"I can't believe you did that!"
"Why are you so mad that I went through your phone!? If you didn't have anything to hide then you wouldn't care so much!" I said as I began to yell right back. 
"I DON'T have anything to hide! It's just the principle of it all, Harry! I'm mad at the fact that you went through my phone solely because you didn't trust me and felt the need to snoop!"
"Well what do you expect?! I come home and you're all close with Zayn on the couch and both of you are acting suspicious! Then he leaves without even making fucking eye contact with me! He can't even look me in the fucking eyes, Leslie! He's obviously hiding the fact that you two are fooling around behind my back! And then those text messages! They prove everything!"
"Are you fucking serious right now?! I can't believe that you think I would do that to you! And with Zayn for that matter- who is one of your best friends! But if you must fucking know- Zayn came over today because he wanted to vent to me, someone who he considers a close friend, about Mary breaking up with him and leaving him for someone else! When you saw me close with him on the couch it was because I was comforting him! He left so suddenly without making eye contact with you because he was fucking CRYING before you came home and he didn't want you to see him like that! That's right- he was crying! He wasn't leaving so abruptly and not making eye contact with you because he was trying to hide that we were fooling around, NO- he did it because he didn't want to appear weak in front of you! He didn't want you to see how much of a wreck he was! And those text messages- well they were him making sure I wouldn't tell you any of that!"
My face dropped and my eyes grew big with regret. I had gotten everything wrong. I felt like such an idiot. 
"W-what...Les, I'm so sorry, I didn't kno-" I began to say sincerely. 
"No, Harry. Don't even bother."
"Baby, please-" I said as I reached for her hand.
"No. Don't talk to me," she said moving her hand away from mine. I could see tears forming in her eyes as she turned around, headed to her bathroom and slammed the door behind her.

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