Halfway Gone (Louis Tomlinson)

It wasn't my intention. I didn't know it would happen like that. I was just simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, I have to run. And running from the law is not easy. Especially when your a 17 year old fugitive.

Despite all my attempts to hide and disguise myself, I can't seem to escape it. When I finally reached a small town in Missouri, nobody can find me. Right? It's not like I'm guilty, I didn't do anything. But, making the mistakes I made, no one will believe me. That's why I ran in the first place.

Now, in this small town out of all things possible, I run into my ex-best friend. Louis. He's the cause of this all. When he left for the X-Factor, I made some wrong turns and hung out with the wrong people. Sometimes, you can't hide from all your problems and when Louis begins asking questions, I do what I do best. Lie.

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3. Chapter 2 "Old Memories"

"Evie, I don't think I can do this." I tugged at her sleeve. We were walking into the Inn, where the one and only One Direction are checking in. Is this even like... legal? Of course it is, don't be stupid Lorelei. I mean Ruby. 

"Yes, Rory, you can. I didn't even think you were a fan, why are you making such a big deal?" I glared at her the second she said Rory. He gave me that nick-name, too. Wow, mourning in old past friendships. He won't even recognize me. I mean, I did change. A lot.

"Ruby. My name is Ruby. Get it right." I spat. I will admit, I'm very rude at times. I'm just nervous, who wouldn't be? If you were in my position, you'd probably be smart enough to stay at home, unlike me. What if he starts asking questions? What do I say? Oh yeah, I'm a fugitive. But don't worry, I didn't kill him, my boyfriend did, I'm just taking the blame. Yeah, because that will get me out of jail. Even though I'm not in jail... I should be. Wait, no. I shouldn't be. Oh whatever. You figure it out.

"Hey mom. What's up?" Evie said, walking behind the counter to her mom completely ignoring the five boys she was talking to. 

"Not now, Evie. I'm busy." She said, still upholding her fake smile. 

"Oh. That's right... I'm supposed to stay locked up in the house all day so I don't embarrass the hotel..." Evie said, obviously knowing from the start what she was supposed to be doing. 

"I never said that, I told you to help Mrs. Bennett out today." Micky said, defending herself. Her and Evie have an odd relationship. They're like sisters, but they're mother and daughter. 

"Sorry to interrupt but she's your daughter?" One of the boys asked. You could here his thick British accent easily, unlike mine. Mine sort of faded over time, being in America and all. "I would've thought you were sisters."

Michelle laughed. "Teen mom. Now, Evie, how about you show these boys to their room?" She asked, handing Evie a hotel key. "You can go, too, Ruby." Thanks Micky. I was doing just find pretending I wasn't here. 

"Oh no, that's okay. I think I'll just stay here." All the boys looked at me, not knowing I was there the whole time. I studied each of them, knowing exactly who all of them are since I watched X-Factor. My best friend, at the time, was on it. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. Maybe for pie, but not for the world.

"Come on Ruby! Let's take these nice gentlemen to their rooms." Evie said, whilst giving me the look. I knew what that meant. It meant, get your ass over here before I cut it off and burn it in the microwave. I sighed and followed Evie down the hall. The boys were luckily on the first floor, so no awkward elevator rides. 

"Here is your room! Enjoy your stay here at Micky Inn! And in Mineral Point." Evie said the usual welcome greet and opened the door for the boys. They all piled in one by one and Evie and I turned to walk away. "Phase one complete." She whispered. 

"Hey wait! Um, can I talk to you?" Louis said, running up to us. I pulled a fake confused face while my whole stomach dropped. My insides were burning like someone set fire inside me, and my body was trembling. 

"Who?" Evie asked. She was actually confused. I, on the other hand, knew what he was going to say. 

"Lorelei." He stated, looking at me with mean eyes. I felt angry, happy, and pain all at the same time. Angry at myself for coming, knowing this would happen. Happy he recognized me, and pain because of all the memories. I also felt hurt, the way he was looking at me. Like he wasn't even happy to see me. 

Evie's face was indescribable. I knew I'd have to explain this now. Or else I might loose my best friend, and that can't happen. Not again. "He knows you? The real you? And you know him?! Why am I just now hearing this?" She said, her face looking hurt and mad. 

"I can explain, later." I said, then looked right back at Louis. Evie stormed off, leaving us in the hallway alone. I couldn't tell what he was thinking, his face looked emotionless. But I could tell he was desperate for answers. I opened my mouth to speak but he beat me to it. 

"Why are you so... different looking?" I stood there a moment. Maybe he doesn't know... maybe no one told him. Or he's testing me. To see if I'll tell him the truth. Or he really hasn't heard. 

"Um, I thought change would do me some good." He still looked emotionless. 

"My mom... she told me that you were... gone." 

"Gone?" I asked, expectantly looking for an answer. 

"She wasn't very specific. All she said was... everyone thought... you killed yourself." He said, taking a moment to keep from crying. I looked at him with pained eyes. Wow. My mom actually did it.

I asked my mom if she'd tell people I was dead. I guess it worked, if that's what he thinks...

"Look, it's really hard to understand." I said sympathetically. I really want to tell him, I do. It's just, he may not believe me. I don't want to take that risk. He's not the same Louis, not after all this time. It's impossible. If I told him, he could turn me in.

"Then explain it to me, Rory. I cried for months! I thought you were dead, now you're here, alive? In America?!" He shouted, tears filling in the brim of his eyes. I felt a sharp pain in my heart. Seeing him sad, it hurts. A lot. I also got this jittery feeling when he said he cried for months. I mean, I know I was his best friend but we drifted apart for so long I though he'd forgotten about me.

"I'm sorry." I stood there a moment, looking at him. One single tear slid down my cheek. I quickly wiped it away and turned out the Inn. I ran straight for the door and ignored his calls. I can't do this. I just can't. Not with Louis.

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