A thousand possibilities

Falling in love in the most unexpected way is the sweetest thing but breaking up without an explanation is uncalled for.

Jean grew up in London and loved living there but after experiencing an awful break up she decided to leave her home country to put herself back together. After two months, she received an invitation to her sister's wedding. Jean flew back to London unexpectedly falling in love with the best man not knowing he was her ex-boyfriend's mate.

Will it be best to finish the missing pieces in the puzzle or find a new one and start again?

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19. Easy as 1,2,3

Jean POV  

 

“Jean? Wake up sweetie” my eyes fluttered open  

“What time is it?” I asked my aunt  

“It’s 4:00 in the morning. I have to leave for London. Your sister said she needed help with something. Don’t worry, I’ll be back next week” and she kissed my forehead  

“Wait! You’re going to leave me here alone?” I asked  

“I trust you Jean”  

“Of course” I replied immediately  

“Okay then. Good luck at school and don’t do any monkey business. I love you sweetie”  

“Love you too”  

I helped my aunt with her luggage and waved goodbye. When I entered the house a big sigh escaped my mouth. I have the house all by myself and what am I going to do? I remembered the last time I was alone in a house, Harry was there with me. I returned to my room and checked the clock. It was 8 o ‘clock and class starts at 9. Being alone paved way to think, just think. I lay in bed and sorted out all the things in my mind but somehow thinking about it is much more tiring than doing something physically. With all the things going on in my mind, I didn’t feel like going to school today instead I thought of cleaning my room after taking a bath.  

I filled the tub with water and added my favourite bubble bath – Cherry Blossom. After taking a bath, I opened my closet and the first thing I saw was my Aztec cropped top. I took it out of the rack and wore it. While looking at the mirror, a smile appeared on my face. It was when Harry, the guys and I went to the park. That was also the day when I remembered so much about my past and Harry was there to save me. I can clearly remember that day, “I can’t be no superman but for you I’d be superhuman”  

Moving on, the first thing I fixed was my bedside drawer. Inside are a couple of test papers from last week, my first aid kit and the letters and Handkerchief I got from Harry. I shook the memory off and moved to my shelf. I was putting my books back on the shelf when a petal fell on the floor.   

I stared at it and thought about where it came from. I checked the books one by one and from the book “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” a rose was inside. I think I used it as a bookmark. He gave it to me when we composed a song in the basement.   

Believe it or not everything is in order. I just had to fix my drawer and book shelf. I looked in the direction of my bathroom and my luggage was still there. I might still have things inside so I opened it. I put all my dirty clothes in the laundry basket, my shoes back on the shoe rack outside my room and my make-up and other personal stuff in my cabinet. I opened the zipper inside my luggage checking whether I left something inside. I reached for it and I got a paper.  I pulled it out and it was the music sheet Harry gave me together with his last letter. Right on cue, I started to cry. I went to the balcony and looked at a picture of him in my phone. I thought to myself, ‘I’m not that stupid girl still in love with you’  

“Jean why are you crying?” someone said. Where did that come from? “Down here”  

I looked down and Ryan was there, “You’re not answering my calls”   

“I’m sorry I was cleaning my room”  

He raised the books he was holding, “I have your homework” we both smiled  

“Wait. I’ll open the door for you”  

I looked at the mirror and wiped my tears. I fixed myself a bit and raced downstairs to open the door. He kissed me and my heart melted. I forgot I have a boyfriend. It’s so wrong to think of anyone else right now.  

“Here’s your homework for tomorrow and I brought dinner!” he pulled me closer “I figured since your aunt is out of town you don’t have anything to eat”  

“Wait how did you know about that?”  

“She called me before boarding the plane. She told me to keep an eye on you”  

I smirked, “it might be a bad idea leaving me to you”  

“I’m not sure about that” and he kissed me again. I pulled away “What’s wrong Jean?”  

“Nothing, I’m just starving” he smiled  

He helped me set the table. While eating he told me all the things that happened at school. I heard Ryan was first on the Prom King votes and Ria and I are tied. After a while he stopped eating, “what’s wrong?”  

“I have to go to school. I forgot my phone. Come with me?” I nodded. I entered the car and he drove. The whole ride to school he was so tensed. He kept on breathing in and out loudly and finally when we stopped in front of the school I asked him, “Ryan, the school is closed. Why are we here?” he just looked at me and signalled me to get out of the car. I got out and he extended his arm to me like asking me to hold his hand and follow him. I did it anyway. I grabbed his and he led me inside the school.  

“Where did you leave it?”  

“It’s in the field”  

“Why in the field? Ryan you’re scaring me”   

I felt his grip tightened, “You know I won’t hurt you”  I sighed. I followed him in the field. The lights were off and he led me in the middle. He let go of my hand but I grabbed him again, “its dark I can’t see anything”  

He uttered, “Don’t worry. I just have to get my phone”

 “I’ll come with you!”  

“Just stay here Jean. Trust me” I let go of his hand. After a few seconds, music started to play in the background. On the far east of the field I saw a light slowly widening and in a snap a video played in harmony with the music. It was like a documentary of when Ryan and I started dating. I was smiling and laughing while watching it because my friends were in the video wishing me and Ryan a long and healthy relationship.   

When the video ended I heard screams and the lights flashed on. I looked in the stands and it was like the whole student body is there. Everyone was wearing white shirt. The moment Ryan came back to the field walking towards me they were cheering and I didn’t know why. He was holding a mike and one hand behind his back.  

As soon as he started talking everyone stood still, “I still remember that feeling when I first bumped into you in the hallway. I felt queasy inside and my heart was fluttering” he smiled, “Everything I look for in a girl is you. Kind, Understanding, Loving and most importantly you see me as me. I just want you to remember that I really love you and nothing will ever separate us”  

“Why did you do this? Is there something special?”  

Everyone cheered again. He pointed to the stands, “They seem to know what I mean” Everyone in the stands turned around and they formed the phrase, “WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME?”  

My jaw dropped! He grabbed my hand and kneeled, “Jean I couldn’t imagine going with anyone else to this special evening” He added, “Will you go to prom with me?”  

I started to cry while smiling, “I cannot imagine it either” I pulled him up. I took the rose from his hands. I hugged him and whispered, “YES” Everyone cheered with us.   

While Ryan and I are walking towards his car, Ria came up to me.“J? I have to tell you something. Can I steal you for a minute?” Ryan held me tighter. It’s like he didn’t want me to go but I removed his hand and followed Ria.  

“What are you going to tell me?” I asked her  

 

Ryan POV

 

I watched Ria talk to Jean. I feel nervous. What is she telling her? Is it about me or us? I can’t keep still. I was pacing up and down the stairs. The moment Jean returned her expression cannot be explained in words.  

I asked, “Are you okay?”  

“Is there something you’re not telling me?”  

I was taken aback by her sudden question, “No” she just nodded  

The ride home was the worst ever. The silence is deafening me. We stopped in front of her house and there was no reaction from her even just one word.   

 

THE NEXT DAY  

 

Ria POV  

 

Prom is 2 days away and there are so many things to settle.  

“How are the decorations? Are they complete? How about the catering? Is the background for the Photo booth all set? How about the invitations? Okay thank you Harold!” I turned to Mike, my assistant “Give this quotation to Mr. Schwartz and have him sign it”  

I may have forgotten to tell them that I am the head of the prom committee. I am responsible for every detail and tasked to make prom the most memorable night of our lives. And believe me; I plan to make that happen.  

 

Ryan POV  

 

As soon as I entered the room, I saw Jean, “Will you tell me what happened last night?”  

She bowed her head, “if you have something to say to me, say it now”   

My eyes widened, “what did Ria tell you?”  

“I want to hear it from you”  

“Okay” I added, “if it’s about the past I have with her it’s long done. I don’t care about her…” but she cut me off  

She immediately looked at me, “You had a relationship with Ria?”  

“What do you mean? Isn’t that what she told you?”  

Tears started to form in her eyes, “She told me that you’re going back to California”  

I feel like such a fool! I can’t believe I just told her that. I tried to explain but she slammed the door in front of my face. In a few minutes, Ria was right next to me, “You made it so easy”  

 

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