The Fall of Us

©Molly Looby CampNaNoWriMo '14 !

Enter the world of Tye. The Fall has devastated much of the world as we know it but Tye knows nothing else. He and his best friend Eeli are ready to leave their home as soon as they reach thirteen years so that they can be off on their own and be who they want to be and do what they want to do. At last.

Tye and Eeli could never have imagined how dangerous the real world was going to be.

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I take a deep breath as I stop outside the door. I don’t mean to listen in secret but I can’t bring myself to go in. I need just one more moment before I change everyfin. I don’t wanna see the look on Eeli’s face. I can tell she’s cryin by the way she’s speakin. Phee’s doin his best to shush her.

“I’m sure we can fink of somefin Tye can do.”

“No. He can’t even fink of somefin. He dint even try! You saw! You jumped strate to it, Tye just sat there!”

“I’m sure he was just in shock, Ee.”

“He’s supposed to be my best friend.”

My chest gits tite an hot. I put my hand to the door handle, droppin my fist. I ain’t nockin now.

“Why ain’t he fightin this? Why ain’t he fightin her?”

“Cause she’s yer real dream,” I say as I open the door. “It’s cause I’m yer best friend that I know that. You only sing cause’a yer song an cause’a her.”

She goes quiet as she looks at me. “You could’a tried.”

It feels like someone’s grippin my throat but I force words out. “Tried what?” I walk towards her but don’t make contact. Her an Phee are sittin on a bed pushed against the wall. There’s a little cabinet next to it that’s slouchin to one side but nuffink else.

Nimmo jumps up to greet me but flattens his ears against his head when he sees I’m not in the mood.

“I dunno.” She’s quieter than usual. “Tried to fink of somefin.”

I shake my head. “I ain’t stayin if I ain’t wanted.”

“But I want you.”

“You don’t really. You don’t need me anymore.”

“I do, Tye!” Her voice is so high I flinch. “How dare you say that? Like you don’t matter! Yer the only fing that’s ever mattered!”

“Until Phee.”

She looks taken aback.

I lift my hands up to calm her. “I ain’t makin this about him but you know I’m rite. He matters, don’t he?”

Her eyes meet Phee’s an her whole body relaxes, just like I knew it would. She mite not even notice it. But I do. I always notice Eeli.

“I’d stay fer you, Eeli, of course I would. I would do anyfink fer you an you know that.”

“So why ain’t you?”

“You heard Wren. You can only keep one’a us.” I lean up against the wall an cross my arms as to keep my heart in my chest. “I ain’t ever gonna make you pick between us. I couldn’t do that. I love you, Eeli. I don’t wanna hurt you.”

“But?”

I shake my head an at last make my way over to her. “I’ve desided what to do. What I gotta do.” I try an ignore the fact I feel like I’m heavier than I ever bin.

Before I’m ready, she’s in my arms, clingin tite to me like I’m dyin an she can save me. Her nails bite my flesh but I don’t make a sound. Her soft figure is pressin up against me like she wants to disappear there but I only put my arms round her. I can feel the wet thru my teeshirt of her tears an the hot puffs of her breath.

“You can’t,” she says. “I don’t want you to.” Her eyes are huge an blue like the sky but tears are makin them a river. Her face is red an blotchy from cryin an her skin’s way too hot. Her mad hair’s stickin out at all angles. She has to sniff an wipe her nose on her arm.

An yet, she’s the most beautiful fing I ever seen in my life.

I take every happy moment inside a me in an force it to my face in a smile. I take my hand wiff it’s healed cut an push the hair off her face. She lets me tuck it behind her ear as the sobs shake her tiny frame. As I wipe the tears off her angel face, she knows what I’m gonna do. Just as I always know what she’s gonna do.

“An that’s the reason I gotta go.” I lean down to kiss her forehead but she tilts her head up at the last second an I catch her lips. Warmth shoots from the soft touch of them all thru my body from head to toe an I feel like I’m on fire but I don’t want nuffink to put it out. I wanna be scorched, I wanna be burned. I’m flyin an fallin all at once an I ain’t breathin or thinkin.

I’m just kissin her.

Wunderin why I ain’t never kissed her before.

An then it’s over an she’s lookin at me like everyfin’s different now. It ain’t an it’s never gonna be. I know she knows that. I’ve always known it but it’s taken me this long to listen to my own heart an my own head.

Wiffout another word, I leave, Eeli’s kiss tinglin on my lips an a ache fierce in my heart.

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