Platinum Heart

Winter Rose Ridland has always been rich. She's used to the maids cleaning for her, the butlers fetching her food, the kids at school bowing down before her, and the constant spending money--but what she isn't used to is surprise road trips. When her dad decides that it's time to send her to boarding school, the family packs up and leaves. What they weren't expecting was a freak car accident, and what Winter wasn't expecting was to survive--and more importantly, she wasn't expecting herself to be found. Will she find a way back to her old life, or will the boy who saves her show her a different one? © 2013 by beliebervision. All Rights Reserved.

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17. 17: Home

"What the hell was that?" Justin asks in a hushed yell. I'm sitting on the edge of his bed, looking down at my hands, not really sure how to answer the question. 

I shrug. 

"Seriously?" he asks again. "My first day back and you just had to say that. This is wonderful." 

I look up, my eyes wide and my lips formed into a frown. "Justin, I didn't mean to. You're the only famous person I've met so far and nobody introduced you to me. I woke up and you were cleaning a giant cut on my neck. That's why I trust you, because you saved me. But she's a different story."

He pauses a moment and then sighs and sits down next to me. "Yeah, that makes sense. I just thought..." 

"It's not your fault. It's not hers either. It's mine, I know, but I really don't find pleasure in fixing this." I say. 

Justin frowns. "Why not? I don't want my best friend and my other friend to fight during this whole trip." 

I don't respond. There is a million things wrong with what he's just said. One, he didn't specify who was his best friend and who was his...'other friend'. Two, whole trip?! I try to conjure up an answer to that, but I can't, and it makes him frustrated even more. 

"Well now I get to tell her to leave. But she's coming with, whether you like it or not. I want--no...I need her to be there tomorrow when everything happens, and if it gets stressful, she'll know what to do. So I'm sorry if you can't stand her." Justin says. 

"And I won't know what to do if things get stressful?" I ask, my eyes narrowed this time. 

Justin stands up and throws his hands in the air dramatically. "We haven't been friends for that long, Winter! Basically a month! That's how long I've known you!" 

I flinch, but he doesn't see. He's right, though. We have only known each other for a month, and during that month, he has never broken down like this in front of me. He's never yelled. He's always been kind to me. 

"I know." I say quietly and stand up. "I'll just go into my room and you guys can do whatever." 

Justin doesn't answer. I bite my lip so the tears wont fall, and then I walk towards and out the door. I pass Selena on the way out and accidentally bump into her. When I attempt to say sorry--for bumping into her--my voice cracks and I accidentally break down. She lightly touches my arm. 

"Oh honey, what happened?" 

I look up at her, tears streaming down my cheeks. "Nothing...I just," I try to say something, but nothing works. This time she rubs my arm gently. 

"Whatever he said, it's fine. It'll be okay. You just need some time away from him, that's all." she says. "How long have you been around each other? Have you had a break?" 

I run my hands along my face and shake my head. "No. Ever since I've met him I've been around him because there's no where else to go and he's my only friend. And ever since I've met him he's always been nothing but nice to me." 

Selena frowns. "I understand." she says quietly, and pauses, like whatever she's going to say next is too awkward to say right away. "But, what I don't understand, is why you said what you said to me. Because me and him are friends too, and he still feels like he needs to look after me sometimes. Maybe that's why he's mad." 

My eyes meet hers. Here I am, talking to the one girl I thought I hated the most. The one girl I thought was a bitch. And now, she's trying to comfort me. Trying to relate to my situation. 

For some reason, however, I still hate her guts.

"Well he wants to see you so you should probably go." I wipe some more tears away and turn towards my room. When I hear that she hasn't left, I decide to make the first move and walk away. 

 

 

About a few hours later I wake up to hear someone knocking on my door. I throw the covers off myself with a groan before getting out of bed to answer it. I open it as I'm rubbing my face and when I take my hands away from my eyes, I see Justin. I almost close the door on him. 

"What time is it?" I ask right away, knowing that he's probably here to tell me it's time to start packing. Even though I still have no clothes. 

He says nothing and instead, pushes past me into my room. I shut the door and turn around to face him. 

"Is it time to go or something?" I ask again. Justin shakes his head and sits down on the edge of my bed. I decide to stay where I am. 

"No," he says. "I just wanted to see if you would forgive me." 

"For what? It's not your fault." I say. "It's mine." 

"I don't know. I just kind of freaked out last night and I wanted to apologize for it." 

"Well, apology accepted. Even though I don't know why you're apologizing." 

Justin pats the spot on next to him on the bed. After a moment, I sigh and sit down. He puts an arm around my shoulders and I give in and lean into him. 

"I'm apologizing because Sel told me you were crying about something and I felt bad because I knew it was my fault." he explains. "I was going to do it earlier, but you were asleep. So I waited." 

I close my eyes and try to ignore the random butterflies in my stomach. I shouldn't have butterflies. That's not good. 

"Do you still want to go to MSG tomorrow? Because if not, we can always drop you off at home. I'm sure whoever takes care of the place is worried." Justin suggests. 

I sit straight up and stare at him wide eyed. I feel a smile creeping onto my lips. "I completely forgot! Oh my gosh. You mean I can actually go home?!" 

It takes him a while, but he nods. I squeal and wrap my arms around him. I catch him off guard and he almost falls back but he manages to steady himself and wrap his arms around me. I feel him rest his head on my shoulder. 

"You can go home." he says quietly. 

And that's all I think about for the rest of the night. Home. 

                                                                                    

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