Love At First Sight

Rachel was a normal 16 year old girl, her life was perfect. She had everything she could have possibly asked for; a boyfriend, a best friend, and and awesome dad. Then everything changed with the blink of an eye when an incident that happened 2 years ago come back to haunt her.

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4. It's For The Best

Rachel's P.O.V

 

"Jared" Did I just say that out loud? No, I couldn't have.

 

"Jared?" I heard Niall whisper. Oh my gosh! I did say it out loud, what do I do? I don't want him to find out, not ever. I don't want him to know how messed up my life is. Then the worst happened, he picked up my arm and pushed my sleeve up, revealing my scar. Should I still pretend to be asleep? No, I'll have to face this sometime. I slowly raised my head up blinking back the tears. I sat facing the wall opposite to me, regretting getting up.

 

"What is this?" Niall asked holding my wrest.

 

"I don't want to talk about it" I said still facing the wall. He then grabbed my arm forcing me to face him.

 

"No, tell me what this is. Who is Jared?" He asked with anger in his voice. He soon realized how he said that. "Im sorry" he said looking down at the duvet.

 

"Don't be. I just, don't wanna talk about it tonight. I'll tell you eventually." I said as he lifted his head up to look at me.

 

Niall's P.O.V.

 

I didn't want to push her anymore. Whatever happened really hurt her. She'll tell me when shes ready. "I understand." I said looking her in the eyes. I just want to hold her, but what if she doesn’t feel the same about me? I can’t ruin our friendship by telling her how I feel. "I should probably go home since we have school in the morning." I said giving her a hug before walking out.

 

Rachel's P.O.V.

“Goodnight, thanks for understanding.” I said as he walked out of my room. I don’t think I can face him tomorrow. Should I try to ignore him? I think that’s a good idea, I’m not ready to fall in love again. Especially with someone like him, someone who would never feel the same. I closed my eyes and drifted off to sleep.

The next morning I did all the things I needed to get ready, before I could walk out the door my dad stopped me. “Hey, there’s something I have to tell you.” He said worried how I will take it.

“What is it?” I asked with a worried voice.

“The end of the school year is coming up, as you know. And my boss wants me to go on a business trip all summer.”

“What?!” I don’t know if I should be excited or terrified. If I was back at home my dad leaving would be great. But I’m in a totally different part of the world, and I won’t even have Hannah. What am I going to do?

“You won’t be completely alone though” I looked up at him curiously. Who was coming over? “You can call Hannah after school today and let her know we would love to have her all summer” My eyes lit up in excitement.

“Ar-are you kidding” I said laughing.

“No, now go have a good day.” He told me kissing me on the forehead before opening the door for me. I walked to school with a smile on my face. I breathed the fresh, warm air in. That’s when I saw Niall walking with Harry. Why aren’t they taking their car? I was hoping I wouldn’t run into them, maybe if I don’t look at them they won’t see me. Of course it didn’t work.

“Hey Rachel!” Harry said walking towards me, Niall followed. I looked at him confused. We matched today. We both had on a Jack Wills hoodie and some jeans. It was a lazy day for me, I didn’t feel like dressing up. “Whoa, you two match” Harry said in amazement.

“Thank you captain obvious.” Niall said hitting Harry on the back of his head, messing up his curls a bit.

“Don’t touch the curls” Harry warned. I decided to speak, but not to Niall. If I spoke to him, I’d have the erg to kiss him. Even if he did like me back, which is impossible, I’ll just get hurt again. I can’t have another Jared.

“So Harry, why aren’t you two driving to school?” I asked refusing to look at Niall.

“When it’s really nice outside we like to walk and enjoy the day.” He answered. Then his phone buzzed, he smiled cheekily at the message. Who was he talking to? I nonchalantly looked at his phone reading the message.

From: Hannah(:

“Hey Hazza(: you have wonderful day too”

I looked up at him smiling ear to ear. “Hazza?” I said laughing a little. His cheeks turned red and he looked at the ground.

Harry’s P.O.V.

Hannah is amazing. I’ve never meet her before, yet I can’t stop thinking about her. But would it go anywhere? She lives in America and I live in Ireland. I came back to reality when I saw Niall frowning. He hasn’t said anything this whole time, he and Rachel haven’t even looked at each other. I’ll ask him later when we’re alone.

Niall’s P.O.V.

We arrived at school and Rachel still hasn’t spoken to me, or looked at me for that matter. What’s wrong with her? “Hey you go ahead I need to talk to Rachel” I whispered to Harry. He nodded and walked into the school.

“Are you mad at me?” I asked as soon as Harry was out of hearing distance. She stared at me for a while with a blank expression across her face. I wish I knew what she’s thinking; it’d make things a lot less complicated.

“No, why would I be?” she still had no expression on her face. Not a smile, not even a frown. Her mouth was in a straight line and she stood completely still. When I looked in her eyes she had a mixture of emotions; fear, anger, betrayal, sadness, and even a little regret. I don’t know if I should be angry at her, or feel pity. I pondered for a moment on what tone of voice to use. She got impatient after a while and started to tap her foot against the floor.

“It’s just, you haven’t said a word to me since last night, you haven’t even looked at me until now.” I decided to go with a curious tone. At first her face turned hard, angry. Then, as if she realized something, she looked at the ground trying to hide her tears. “Hey, don’t cry. I just wanna know if I did something to make you upset.”

Rachel’s P.O.V.

Oh God. Why did Harry have to walk away? I knew this was coming, he’s gonna ask what happened with Jared I just know it. Tears formed in my eyes and, in attempt to not let him see, I quickly looked at the ground. But I failed he noticed. “Hey, don’t cry. I just wanna know if I did something to make you upset.” I have to avoid this conversation, but how? I looked at my phone to see the time, its 7:39. I have one minute until the bell. Surly I can stall for 60 seconds.

“No, you didn’t do anything. I’m not even upset, just really tired.” Once I said that I purposefully dropped my books on the ground. I bent over to pick them up as slowly as I could, but this didn’t seem to bother Niall.

“Are you sure? You seem kinda off today.” Just then the bell rang, thank you Jesus. I jumped to my feet and walked off as fast as I could, pretending I didn’t hear him. It was difficult to avoid Niall all day because he was in all of my classes. But I managed to not speak to him, somehow. Then in 8th period I realized what day it was, May 5th. How could that be? That can’t be right; the last day of school is May 17th. I looked around to find someone to ask, the only familiar face was Niall’s and I’m definitely not asking him. I could always ask the guy next to me, I think his name is Aiden. “Hey Aiden, is tomorrow really the last day of school?” He looked at me like I was stupid at first them his face turned friendly.

“Yeah! Isn’t it great?” He was very excited about summer. I’m sure everyone in school was. Wow, sophmore year flew by. Dad wasn’t kidding when he said time flies.

“Yeah, it’s fantastic. I’m so ready for summer” I emphasized the ‘so’ to get my point across. He looked at me with curiosity.

“You’re pretty cool. Why are you just now speaking to me?” he asked while a grin spread across his face. I could feel the heat going to my face and looked down until it was gone.

“I don’t know. It’s a shame though, you seem fun to be around.” His grin grew wider.

“Well, how about we hang out sometime? Here’s my number, call me sometime.” He handed me a piece of paper with his number in it. I didn’t even bother to open it; this isn’t such a good idea. Then the bell rang and he winked at me before exiting. I immediately regretted talking to him. Wasn’t this the thing I was trying to avoid? Why I was hiding from Niall and Harry? I amazed by my own stupidity. 

Niall’s P.O.V.

I’ve never really had a problem with jealousy before. But when I saw Aiden hitting on Rachel I was furious. This is unbelievable. I have to talk to her, I’ve been giving her space all day but I want answers. I need answers. So I waited until it was just us in the room. “Rachel, we need to talk.” She rolled her eyes. What’s with her today? Yesterday we were best friends, and now?

“What do you want?” her tone was angry and harsh.

“Please just talk to me. What’s wrong with you? Are you upset because I asked about your scar? Did you not want me to see it?” her eyes were wide with shock. She didn’t say anything for a while. I just waited and wondered how long it would take for her to answer.

“Please Niall. I don’t want you to know. I don’t want anyone to know. I think we should take a break for a while. You know, hang out with other people.” Her words put a hole in the middle of my heart. I couldn’t stand the idea of being away from her for just one second. I won’t let her do this.

“No.” I said firmly. “You don’t get to do that”

“Do what?”

“Make that decision. You played it all out in your head to where things ended badly and now you’re quitting early. It’s not fair to me or you. We could have a great… friendship.” ‘Friendship’ isn’t the word I would prefer to use.

“Well I am doing this. It’s for the best” She said and then walked out.

 

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