Complicated Love- Book 2

This is Harry's point of view of the first book

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15. Complicated Love 2- Chapter 14

 

 Chapter 14- Slippery Diving Board Problems

It took Claire a minute to get to the edge of the pool and pull herself up. Slowly she climbed the latter to the diving board, one ring at a time. I wanted to go and help her, encourage her that there were people here to help her, but I knew I wasn’t supposed to know anything so I kept quiet and hoped she would be okay. She kept a steady pace for the first few feet up and slowed down as she got to the top. It looked like she was trying to feel how springy the board was before she stepped onto it. I could see her look down to us and she took another step, but her foot slipped. Claire was now hanging off the side of the board, and I was scared for her. I couldn’t get up there to help but before I knew what I was doing I got out of the pool and Hanaa yelled, “Claire hang on! I’m coming up!” I heard another voice yell at her, “Hanaa, what’s going on? Is she okay?” and realized I yelled at her. I was halfway up the latter when I yelled and Hanaa wasn’t far behind me. We got to the top and I was a little out of breath. I had panicked in the pool and the climb up the stairs calmed me down some. Somehow Hanaa calmly said, “Claire you’re going to be fine. Harry and I are both here to help you. We will get you down. But you need to listen very carefully.” I couldn’t tell if Claire was really listening, but she nodded her head. Hanaa knew something I didn’t, and she knew how to talk to Claire, she was crying and freaking out, but I’m sure she’s strong enough to get through this and pull herself up. Again, I could see us sitting in my room talking, and I knew this would work. “Let your right hand go and reach up with it. Harry’s going to walk over to you slowly and grab your wrist.” I felt her hand as I slowly grabbed her wrist. “I’ve got you. I won’t let you go.” Next Hanaa told her to open her eyes and look at me. “If you focus on Harry you won’t think about anything else.” When she did, I grabbed her chin and made sure she did what Hanaa said. Hanaa was telling me to pull Claire up onto the board so she could fit a knee under her stomach. I did that and I followed her eyes, the color was gone and I saw the fear that was behind them return. She looked at her left hand on the board. If that slipped she’d fall straight down. I could feel Niall, Louis, Liam, and Zayn’s eyes on us. She straightened out her knee and kneeled on her right knee. I grabbed both of Claire’s hands with one hand and pulled her up. Her knees buckled and she didn’t move, her body froze and she couldn’t move. I kissed Claire and walked her to the end of the board. Hanaa went down, then me, then Claire. Hanaa and I both said if she needed to, she could stop and breathe, and if she slipped, both of us are ready to catch her. The other 4 were at the bottom of the latter shouting encouraging comments at Claire. When all of our feet were firmly on the ground, we went into the bathrooms to change and sat down for a movie. I could tell she loved the theatre. It feels like home to her; and at the same time has the atmosphere of an actual movie theatre. I went and got a drink for us to share, and some popcorn. I wanted to see if I could get Claire to talk to me about why she’s so afraid of water. I can guess but I want to know the real reason. Hanaa didn’t like popcorn so she and Louis shared a bag of chocolate covered pretzels and a soda. I was too dazed to think about the movie, I think Claire was too and I noticed and kissed her. She tried really hard to smile but her lips quivered too much. At the end of the movie I brought Claire upstairs to my bedroom. It was a big cut off place from the rest of the house where we could talk and not be interrupted. “Are you alright? What happened when you were on the diving board?” she wasn’t looking at me when she answered, “I don’t want to talk about it. It was nothing really; I slipped and almost fell…” I stopped her by a sweet, gentle kiss that meant I didn’t care what was wrong; I will not leave Claire alone until I could help. “Tell me, and don’t worry about me.” So she started talking, “I’m afraid of water and I can’t swim. Hanaa only knows because I freaked out after I went with her to a pool party and refused to go into the water. I can’t explain why I’m afraid of it, I just am. I’ve been able to avoid it all my life, and when I heard you say we were going swimming, I told myself I was going to have to face my fear because I didn’t want to ruin the perfect day you had planned for us. I’m sorry if I already did.” She gave me a sideways glance that killed me with perfection inside. I couldn’t think of exactly what to say and I didn’t want to say the wrong thing, but the words finally came to me, “Claire, you can come to me about anything. Even if it’s as small as a fear of water, if we need to change our plans we will. Don’t think your ruining it just because of a fear. Everyone feels that way at some point in time because everyone has a fear.” She looked up at me and looked so relieved, and like something out of a magazine I didn’t think could exist when she said, “Why?” her voice cracked but I ignored it and said, “I love you.” 

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