Life is a rollercoaster

She'd been a fan of his forever, being with him was something she dreamed about (frequently), but when their paths cross, neither of them are prepared for the rollercoaster journey ahead.

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6. Chapter Six

It didn't take us long to get back, the traffic was light through the city as it was late. We sat down at the kitchen table and Soph just looked at me worriedly for a few minutes. There was nothing I could do to stop her looking at me that way. She sighed, got up from the table and opened a bottle of White wine and poured us each a glass. We sat in silence for a while, sipping at our drinks. We had nearly finished the bottle before I felt calm enough to speak.

"I think Dan’s jealous of Ronan" I finally managed to whisper.

"What? But that’s crazy you’ve only just met him" Sophie said in disbelief/

"I know but…"

I gave Sophie an abbreviated version of events. Conveniently leaving out the parts about Dan and I from earlier in the evening. I couldn't deal with her sympathy. I didn't deserve it.

"It’s stupid" I said, "the thing is Ronan's invited me for a drink tomorrow night"

"Wow!" "Aren’t you pleased?"

"I was…." I sighed, "I can’t go now though can I?"

"Of course you can Vic. Don’t be stupid"

"Look if you’re worried about what Dan will say I’ll cover for you"

I wasn't worried about what he'd say, more about what he'd do, but I kept those thoughts to myself.

"I mean it’s not as if anything’s going to happen is it?"

"I wish" I smiled properly at last. "Ronan Keating could have any woman in the world, he’s not gonna want a skinny welsh one is he?" we both laughed at this. We sat for a while chatting mindlessly, Sophie trying to make me feel better with lame jokes, before I called it a night and headed to bed.

I was shattered and thought I'd fall asleep easily. Instead I lay awake for most of the night. Too many thoughts running through my head. I was also in a lot of pain after my violent contact with the CIA wall, which was probably numbed somewhat by the alcohol I'd since consumed. I was probably going to be black and blue in the morning.

My mobile phone had been ringing persistently since Dan had finished work, vibrating along my bedside cabinet as I'd put it on silent, but I ignored it. I couldn’t speak to him. He’d left too many messages on my answer phone, the first few angry, the rest unreservedly apologetic. I ended up deleting the lot. I finally turned the phone off at about 3am I was sick of it disturbing my poor efforts at sleep, with it's missed calls and voicemail alerts. As I placed it back, I saw the small piece of paper that had been beneath it. Ronan's number.

At least I had a souvenir of Ronan’s time in Cardiff. I couldn’t actually go out with him tomorrow it was too risky. I tossed and turned running the argument over in my head, until I had another thought. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’d call him as soon as I got up. I mean it’s not everyday that a girl like me gets asked out for a drink by a gorgeous international singing star.

I must have fallen asleep at some point as when my alarm went off at 6am I felt like I’d been hit by a bus. I had literally had about two hours sleep. As I stepped gingerly out of bed, I discovered it was difficult to put weight on my left leg, but I swallowed down some strong painkillers with my breakfast and soldiered on. After I'd eaten I dragged myself back up the stairs and hauled my aching body into the shower. I dried myself off as I was looking in my wardrobe for something to wear. It was then that I saw the dress hanging from the doorframe where I’d left it last night and remembered Ronan’s words.

I smiled half heartedly as I remembered my bargain with myself in the middle of the night. I was definitely going to meet him. But I couldn’t very well wear the dress to work or I really would look like a hooker. I’d have to take it and change in to it later. The thought of doing this almost changed my mind. Then I reminded myself what an idiot Dan had been last night and was determined to do this. I arrived into work early, despite thinking I was going to be late. I sat down, glad I was the only one around, I pulled my mobile from my bag and dialled the number that I had saved in to my contacts earlier with shaking hands.

Ring ring, ring ring.

Ring ring, ring ring.

I drummed my fingernails on my desk impatiently as I waited for him to answer.

"Hello?" answered a sleepy male voice at the other end eventually.

"Ooh sorry did I wake you up?"

"Vicky?"

"Yeah, you said to call you..." I paused I wondered if he'd know I was grinning at him down the phone.

"Jesus woman, I didn’t mean in the middle of the night"

I laughed. "Ronan! It’s almost nine o clock, some of us actually have work to do" I teased.

"Vic?"

"Yeah?"

"Is it alright to call you that?"

"You just did"

"I meant…"

"No it’s fine honest" I laughed again "You wanted to ask me something?"

"Oh yeah. Look I know I asked you last night, but would you like to go out with me for a drink tonight?"

"I think that would be lovely"

"What sort of time?"

"Um, well I finish work at half five"

"Ok, how about I pick you up at about half six? I’ve got some interviews to do, but should be done by then"

"Hey, you don’t have to pick me up"

"No but I want to"

Ronan Keating wanted to pick me up! I resisted the urge to squeal.

"Okay then, come round the back, I’ll get Brian to let you in so you don’t have a million people following you"

I’ll just hope and pray that Dan’s not at work today, I added silently.

"What car you driving?"

"Silver BMW, why? Does that determine if you come out with me or not?" he asked with a hint of mischief in his voice.

"No you wally, I need to let Brian know so he can let you in with interrogating you"

"Hey!" he said pretending to be offended. "Nobodys ever called me a wally before"

"Ha ha, well then today’s your lucky day"

"Brian? Is he the guy I was talking to yesterday?"

"Oh yeah" I grimaced, thankful now that he couldn't see me.

"He told me all about you"

"Really?"

"Yeah it was all very complimentary"

"Good or I’d have given him a slap!"

Ronan laughed at this.

"Look Ronan. I’ve got to go now"

"Aw do you have to? Now that you’ve woken me up!"

"Yes! I’ve got about a million things to do before the end of the day!"

"Awww"

"Now no sulking please, I’ve really got to go, I’ll…see you later"

That sounded so weird.

"Yeah see you later hun"

Hun? I put the phone down reluctantly.

"Vic, what are you grinning at?" Julie made me jump as she came into the office.

"Er, nothing" I lied. I found it extremely hard to concentrate on work for the rest of the day, so I went out again a lunchtime.

"I’m not sure he’s working today, but if you see Dan, can you tell him I’m not here?" I asked Julie.

"Sure, have you two fallen out again?"

"Something like that" I said quietly as I left the office, fighting back tears.

As I was making my way towards the lift I felt my phone vibrate in my bag. I rummaged around for it and glanced at the display.

It was him. If he thought that I was speaking to him he had another thing coming.

I’d not made up my mind yet what was I was going to do. Should I finish with him? Was last night another 'one off'? He was a pleasure to be with msot of the time, last night was so out of character. My common sense was telling me that I should feel uneasy at the idea of staying with him, and I did. But after all that we’d been together I couldn’t just leave him. Could I?

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