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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17. The other way around

 

NIALL’S POV:

We paddled in silence for fifteen minutes I think. I’d guess we were both waiting for the other one to break the awkward silence that we both felt in between us.
I was so mad. Not at Rose, but at myself. I was a coward. I, Niall James Horan, was nothing more than a coward who can’t even speak to a girl when she needs it most. And why? You tell me.
We arrived at the junction where we went to the right last time. There was no one to be seen.
“Should we wait, or just go to the left this time,” Rose asked quietly. “I think we waited long enough, so we should go left,” I answered. Oh, never mind. I just thought it. Again.
I looked at her, but she just looked down at her feet. But then, she lifted her head and looked me in the eyes. Her eyes were full of pain and sadness. There was nothing left of the joy and the happiness that I could see before. Knowing it was me who made her feel this way, even though I didn’t want to, was unbearable. It stung my heart and I felt a tear rolling down my cheek.
“Niall, why are you crying,” Rose asked with an insecure voice.
Yet again, I couldn’t speak. So I just shook my head and felt more tears falling down my cheeks. She stood up very carefully, trying not to fall into the cold water, and moved over so she was sitting next to me. She wrapped her arms around me and that’s when I started sobbing.
She just stayed there like that, her arms around my waist. All I could think of, was that it should be the other way around. She should be crying and I should be the one that’s holding her tight, whispering in her ear that everything was going to be alright.
But she did it, when I couldn’t.

 

ROSE’S POV:

When Niall wasn’t crying anymore, I pulled away and wiped the tears away that were still on his cheeks. He let out a slight smile. He opened his mouth to say something but I interrupted him.
“You can explain me when we are back with the others. I just want to go home right now.” He nodded, so we continued our little voyage down the river. We still paddled in silence, but it wasn’t awkward anymore. It was just a comfortable silence and I was completely fine with that.
“Rose?” I heard Niall ask after thirty minutes had passed. I turned around and looked at him with a questioning look on my face. “Yes?” He looked down at his feet. “I’m sorry,” he said, tears starting to form in his eyes again.
“It’s okay, I’m fine,” I said shyly.
“No it’s not. I was a jerk, and I don’t even know what happened. I just want you to know that I really wanted to say something.” I looked down at my feet. I didn’t want him to see the tears in my eyes.
“But why didn’t you just say something then,” I whispered, my voice cracking up a bit. “I don’t know,” Niall said quietly, wrapping his arms around me and pulling me into a big, comforting hug. “I guess I just didn’t expect you to have such a sad story. I know it’s really naïve, but I…”
“It’s okay Niall, I’m…” I hesitated. I wanted to say ‘I’m used to it’, but I didn’t want him to worry any more right now. “I’m fine. Really.” He nodded. We pulled away and Niall smiled slightly.
“Now let’s go home, alright?” I smiled back. I’d become so good at fake smiling over the past years. “That would be great,” I answered. I was starting to feel hungry, and I guessed Niall was too. I chuckled. 

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