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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5. Chapter 4 "A Thousand Bricks"

"Lorelei. It's been so long..." He smirked, "I'd love to stay and chat but the cops will be here any minute. You takin' the blame for me again? Or can you actually run now?" 

I was frozen still. His words hit me like a thousand bricks. He called the police? On himself? Suddenly all air was swiped from my lungs. Before I knew it sirens were in earshot. No, not again. I will not be seen.

I stood up and ran to my car, Ethan at my heels. I didn't stop to protest, I didn't have time. He jumped in my car before I could say anything or stop him.

I drove silently back towards Mineral Point. I have a nice backstory there, and they would be able to back me up if the cops showed up. Hopefully.

I stopped the car when we got to the 'Welcome to Mineral Point, Missouri' sign. Ethan looked at me with his grammy-winning smile. "Mineral Point? What is this, your safe haven?"

"Get out." I ordered. 

He frowned, "Why? We did so nice back there."

"There is no we, Ethan. You ruined my life. Now get out of this damn car right now." I said, raising my voice in anger. He crossed his arms, standing his ground. I sighed and popped the trunk, slipping out of the car myself. "Have it your way." I said, collecting my stuff and walking into town, leaving him to himself. 

"You're giving me your car?" He shouted jokingly. I didn't turn back. I kept my mouth shut. I heard him start the car and he drove alongside me. "You know, this would be so much easier if you'd come with me. I could show you the ropes, and maybe we could pick up where we left off."

I stopped abruptly. "Come with you? Pick up where we left off? You're joking, right? I never, and I mean never, want to see you again. Haven't you gotten what you wanted? I'm not coming with you. No way in hell. I have a life, a crappy life, but I have a life. And I will not let that be ruined by you again. I don't know what I was thinking when I dated you, but I know now that I never will go down that road again. You can follow me all you want, Ethan, but I will never forgive you. Ever.

He was silent. I took that as my cue to keep walking. I didn't move, he didn't follow me, he didn't even have a rude remark. I didn't stop walking, either. I walked right back to my old house. I didn't look back once, I wouldn't give him the satisfaction. 

How did he find me? Did he know I would be at that gas station, at that second? Was he... stalking me?

I guess I always knew it was too good to be true, being free of Ethan. All that I thought I knew about him is a lie. When Louis first left, I was lost. He found me. I knew his world moved too fast and shined too bright, but he turned into my only hope. He was the only one there, the only thing that kept me from thinking of Louis. 

Louis was truly my best friend, and when he came in that day, tear streaked face, swollen eyes, and small red rose in his right hand I knew. I knew that whatever it was, it was bad. 

He walked in, a small smile on his face, aside from his crying, and handed me the rose. He said, "Here, Rory."

I took the rose, and looked at him with a confused expression. "What's this for?" I asked. I noticed he was avoiding eye contact. My heart was pounding out of my chest, beads of sweat forming on my forehead. I could just tell something horrible was about to happen. 

He smiled sweetly. Sincerely. The look in his eyes said he wished he didn't have to tell me this. He opened his mouth, the words came out slowly and cautiously. His voice was even shaking. It was hard for him, but worse for me. "I made it into the X-Factor." 

At first I was confused. Why was this such a bad thing? It's his dream. Then I realized what he was really telling me. He was leaving. And he's too talented to not make it all the way through. I knew he would be something big. It's his destiny.

"Louis, don't worry about me. I'll be fine. This is your dream, and I'd be upset if you didn't try and make it happen." It was true. Everything I said to comfort him was true. I wanted him to be happy. But I also wanted him. 

"Lorelei, you know this means we may not be seeing each other for a long time. Your my bestfriend. It's not that easy..." I sighed, hugging him tightly. That was also true. I knew from there that I was losing my best friend. I couldn't tell him not to live his dream, but I couldn't tell him everything was okay, because it wasn't. 

We talked to each other less and less everyday, until the phone calls and texts stopped all together. After a month of not hearing from Louis, I met Ethan. He was everything Louis wasn't. The perfect distraction. They didn't have one thing in common, and it kept me from thinking of Louis. For a while.

I think part of me knew the second I saw Ethan that this would happen. It's not really anything he said or anything he did, it was the feeling that came along with it. I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are, and I knew that when Louis left I wasn't myself anymore. Being with Ethan brought out a different side of me, a side I wished to bury under the surface until I died. A part that shouldn't be there, but it is.

I broke a promise to myself and to Louis that night. A promise I wish I could have kept. I lost myself. I was no longer Lorelei Lee Songer, the girl everyone loved. The girl with the good grades, and bright future. The girl who wouldn't lie to soul, even for the better. I became Lorelei, the girl who lied to everyone, including herself. A girl who didn't care about life. A girl that was relied on the present too much to think of her future. I replaced all the good in me with lies. There was no going back to the old me, there's no such thing as a second chance. No redemption. Once you've chosen this life, you can't change your mind.

No matter how much I try, I will never be able to escape the past. I will never regain hope. I've lost all my faith. I'm living on the little life I have left, drinking nothing but coffee to keep me moving, and leaving when things get too hard. I'm weak.

Lorelei doesn't exist. She died years ago, when her best friend took the road to a happy life, with lights and cameras. While she took the road to crappy motels, and run down coffee houses. He took the road to heaven, while she took the road to hell. There's not denying it, either. She's dead, and has been replaced by me. 

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