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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5. 5: Friends

I wake to Jason staring at me again. He isn't pressing a wet cloth to my neck anymore, he's just brushing his hair out of his eyes. I smile. 

"Good morning." he says. I try to sit up again, and this time he doesn't fight to keep me down. After a moment I manage to sit up and I pull my hair back. 

"It's morning already?" I ask. Jason nods. 

"You slept through the night again." 

"Where did you sleep?" 

He hesitates. "Um...the floor." 

I furrow my eyebrows. "That doesn't sound very comfortable." 

"Well I was assuming that you didn't want me to wake you up and say that you had to sleep on the floor." he says. 

I smile again. Today he looks different. He's wearing a simple white v-neck shirt and black pants. He grins at me and I long to push his hair out of his eyes but he does it before I can. And then, before I can do anything else, he tucks a strand of my pale blonde hair behind my ear. 

I blush. I can't help it. This boy is so good looking and nice. 

"Are you feeling any better?" he asks. I nod because, in truth, my neck feels a lot better. It's just my temple and cheek that hurt now. "Well, that's good. Do you want to go somewhere with me? You never got to eat yesterday so I'm assuming you want food." 

"You assume a lot of stuff correctly." I say with a laugh. "Yes, I'd like some food."  

"Do you need help getting up?" 

I shake my head. As I start to sit up, however, a grueling pain shoot through my body and I groan. Jason places one hand on my back and I grip his other one with mine. After a moment I'm standing on the ground with Jason's hand still gripped tightly with mine. 

"Thanks," I say quietly. "Where are we going?" 

"Can you trust me enough to know that I'm not going to put you in a car or kidnap you?" he laughs and I laugh as well. 

"Yes." I say, and Jason takes my hand again and leads me out of the small room. 

When we walk outside, I gasp. We're basically in the middle of nowhere. All I see ahead of me is grass and the road. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. I start to cry. 

"Don't cry," Jason says, squeezing my hand. "It's okay. You aren't alone. I'm here, don't worry." 

Suddenly, I turn and wrap my arms around him. It's not because I like him or anything--no, that would be weird--it's because I need to reassure myself that he's real and he's there and I'm not completely alone now. I have no family anymore, but I have Jason and that's more than being alone. 

He seems surprised at first, but then he starts to rub my back gently. 

"Jason?" I ask. 

"Yes?" 

"Are you my friend?" 

Silence. I want more tears to fall, but nothing's happening. Jason isn't saying anything and I'm not crying. It's like the whole world has stopped. But then, he answers and my heart starts to beat normally again. 

"Do you want me to be your friend?" he asks. 

"With everything that I have." I answer. "I've never had a real friend before, and now that my whole family is gone, I have nobody except for you and I want to be your friend." 

His grip around me tightens and he says, "I've never had a real friend either." 

"So, can we be friends?" 

"Yes," he says finally. "I'd like that a lot." 

 

* * *

 

"When are we going to be there?" I ask. My feet are starting to hurt and Jason and I have been walking for what seems like hours now. I know it hasn't really been hours but it still feels like it. 

"Soon, I promise." he says. We're walking close together and I'm on the inside by the grass. Jason doesn't want anything bad to happen that deals with me and a car, so he walks on the road. My stomach growls and I place my right hand on it. 

"I'm starving." I say. 

"So am I. We're almost there." 

After a little while longer, we finally arrive at what looks like a small farm house. Jason grabs my hand and leads me up the steps to the front door. He knocks twice and before I can say anything someone opens the door. 

It's a woman. She's shorter than the both of us and her hair is streaked with gray. Like my dad. I grip Jason's hand harder to prevent myself from crying. 

"Hello J-" she starts to say, but Jason cuts her off. 

"No time for introductions right now," he says. "We're both starving. Can we talk over breakfast?" 

She raises an eyebrow. "Alright. Come on in." 

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