Just For A While

Rose has been bullied by Tiffany for a very long time. She always tried to ruin the friendship between Rose and her best friend Tori.
When Tiffany insults Rose with the fact she never had a boyfriend before, Rose claims she has one, even though she doesn't. Her friend Niall offers to be her 'fake boyfriend', but what happens when Rose is really starting to like Niall? For how long will they be able to fool everybody? Who will Niall believe?
Read it and find out!

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16. Awkward

 

NIALL’S POV:

I was speechless for a couple of seconds. I didn’t think that behind the happy, cheerful girl I’d met a couple of days ago, could be such a sad story. I mean, it was a sad story, wasn’t it? I guessed I shouldn’t have been so naïve. Everyone has a bad story to tell. I had one too, even though you wouldn’t think so at first sight. After years of practice I’d become very good at hiding my feelings. But enough about me, this was about Rose.
I just realized I still hadn’t answered yet. I looked up from my feet, into her sparkling blue eyes. This time, they didn’t sparkle because of happiness. This time, I saw eyes blinking in her eyes. I could tell she was trying not to cry. I felt heartbroken, just seeing her like that. It gave me the urge to give her a massive Horan-hug.
I tried to find the words to say but instead I looked down at my feet again. Why didn’t I say something? Why didn’t my tongue allow me to tell her the words I wanted to tell?
I wanted to say I was sorry for her, that she didn’t deserve to be treated like that and that I’d be there for her if she needed me. But I couldn’t.

“I, uuhm,” I finally managed to say, before she interrupted me.
“No, it’s fine. I didn’t mean to bother you with my past in the first place, so you don’t have to say something,” she mumbled. She looked down at her knees and fiddled her fingers awkwardly.
Still, I couldn’t possibly form a proper sentence. I didn’t quite understand what was happening to me. Normally I wasn’t shy or afraid to say what I wanted to say. It was just something she did to me. Something about her that made me paralyzed and not able to say anything.
A tear that had started to form in her eyes escaped and made his way down her cheek. I cannot tell how badly I wanted to lift my hand and be the one to wipe away that tear, but again, I couldn’t. I couldn’t do a thing.

 

ROSE’S POV:

I wasn’t sure what to expect in the first place when I decided to tell Niall what happened between Tiffany and me. I’d played the different possibilities in my head. Maybe I hoped he would comport me, and hug me or something like that, but I guessed I’d gotten my hopes to high – again. I did not expect this reaction at all. From all the bad things I thought could have happened, this was by far the worst. I felt tears starting to form in my eyes, and one tear fell down my cheek. I quickly wiped it away and stood up. “So,” I said awkwardly, “do you think we have to wait much longer?” I asked awkwardly.
Silence.

Eventually, he shrugged. I looked down at my feet. It was so obvious he didn’t want to be here with me. How could I have thought we were friends? I’d been so wrong.
I felt tears welling up in my eyes again. God, I hate crying. I makes you look so weak.
“I guess we should go back down the road to find the others. We might lose them otherwise,” I mumbled. He nodded, and stood up. He quickly walked towards the canoe and pushed it halfway into the water. I sat down inside it and he pushed the canoe entirely in the water.

This was going to be awkward as hell.  

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