4's A Crowd

Recently moved into a new flat, Aspen Langford can't wait to explore London after living behind the convent gates for a year. Since moving there from California she was excited for a new adventure. But what happens when she's forced to move in with three other guys who seem completely infatuated with her. Every girl would be lucky to be in her place...thing is, Aspen has no clue who they are.

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24. Out the Door

Chapter 24

ASPEN’S P.O.V

I awakened with the sun engulfing my face, the warmness caressing my skin causing me to smile as I yawned stretching my arms and legs arching my back. I could feel Harry’s presence from the moment the sun kissed my skin. I lazily opened my eyes and was greeted by Harry’s eyes, they glowed light green and smoldered as I turned to face him. I had grown accustomed to this, seeing him every morning gazing at me like the way he did now. It only made me yearn for the dream I had last night where he whispered that he loved me, but watching him now only made that dream heart achingly sweet.

“Morning Aspen,” He whispered tucking a loose strand of my hair behind my ear. He let his hand rest on my cheek and I leaned against his warm hands closing my eyes.

“Good morning Harold,” I smirked at his reaction as he chuckled for my amusement and tugged me towards him. I grinned and put my hands over his shoulders playing with the brown ringlets that hung at the nape of his neck. His face was inches from mine and I could feel his desire on my thigh. As if on cue I felt my cheeks turn aflame like a lighter igniting a candle. 

“Kiss me,” He subtly ordered his lips hovering over mine. I leaned in and saw his eyes flicker with lust the laziness of the morning gone and replaced with longing and need. We were millimeters away when I heard my phone ring.

Harry groaned and released me from his hold as I leaned over him to grab my phone from the night stand. Answering it I placed it on my ear as I flopped back on the pillow.

“Hello?” I sighed exasperatedly into the phone. 

“Aspen.”

My heart clenched in my chest as I recognized the voice without hesitation, “Zayn.”

HARRY’S P.O.V

“Who is it?” I mouthed to her when I saw her shocked reaction. 

She crawled over me and got off the bed. I gave her a confused expression but she shook her head and waved me off. I sat up and realized I really needed to pee. I wondered who it could be, knowing that no one besides Liam had tried to text her oh and Zayn but I deleted it before she could see it. I couldn’t tell who it was she was talking to and strained my ears from the bathroom to the living room dying to hear the conversation that occurred fifteen feet away. 

“…I didn’t know I’m sorry,” I heard Aspen say faintly. I flushed the toilet and proceeded to wash my hands and unlocked the door going to the living room.

“Okay I’ll see you soon, bye,” She clicked off her phone and walked from the living room back to her room a livid expression plastered on her face, her eyes narrowed and jaw clenched

I grabbed her hand and pulled her towards me, “Hey what’s wrong?” I cupped her face and attempted to kiss her but she jerked away.

“I can’t believe you didn’t tell me,” Was all she said.

I arched an eyebrow, “Tell you what?” 

“Liam texted me. Zayn called. Any of that ring a bell?” She asked me through gritted teeth.

I averted my gaze from her and looked down at the floor as I stuffed my hands in the front pockets of my pajama bottoms, “Look I didn’t think it’d matter-“

“Didn’t matter?!” She paced around the living room, “I thought they wanted nothing to do with me because they never bothered to talk to me,” she turned back to me her eyes glistening, “Do you know what it’s like to know someone cares enough to still want to be around you despite the mistakes you made?” She continued the tears flowing from her cheeks, “My parents, after what happened, they sent me away- here! Not caring whether I was okay or not or if I would be,” Her back was towards me and I stood there immobilized by her tears, “All they wanted was me and the strain of the drama gone. I haven’t seen anything of them besides a weekly paycheck that covers all my expenses,” She crouched on the floor and folded her arms over her knees her sobs smothered by her hand, “Do you want to know what happened? Why I’m stuck here with nowhere to stay but with you?” She turned to face me and saw the tears flowing freely down her face. I nodded my feet planted on the ground like roots on the forest floor. “I was raped by a boy from my town, and then left drugged on the street next to my house. I was unconscious for a couple of hours and I awoke in my room, my parents not caring what happened only about what my neighbors would think if they saw.”

“Aspen I-“

She lifted her hand to cut me off, “Like I said I doesn’t matter what happened it’s all in the past I can’t change it. What hurts is that no one even bothered to ask how I was.”

I stood there unable to move my mouth dry out of words and my eyes close to tears, “I’m so sorry Aspen, I didn’t know.”

“Yea well I can’t blame you no one did,” her voice cracked as she stood and propped herself back onto the couch. “Can you please pretend that you care?”

I walked towards her every step feeling heavier than the last. I sat next to her dumbfounded not knowing what to say, what to do or how to comfort her. My elbows were leaning on my knees as my head hung debating what it is I possibly had to offer to her to make the pain she felt go away. “Of course I care about you Aspen I just don’t know how to say anything to make you feel better,” was what I mustered out of courage and a loss of words.

“I’m going to go for a while. I’ll be back later.”

I was about to speak up against it but it took all the will power I had to shut my mouth and nod as I watched her walk away and finally out the door. Knowing perhaps maybe someone better than me could offer her what I couldn’t.

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