These Bruises

"Que sera, you'll never guess who I saw."
I was loved. I was hurt. That was repeated when I left you. But there are two other people who I love. As a single mom with two little kids in California, my life got better. It was six years. Six years since I last saw you. Six years since those little talks. Now you can see that these bruises that I've been hiding for those six long years mean. (Second book in Little Talks duology)


4. Six years that's what it's been

~Britta POV~

"And let's just say that we're going to be doing the next book in the Percy Jackson series as a movie." Logan announces.

I take a sip of my coffee. "That's great, Logan!" I tell him, "but who's going to be everyone else in the story: Bianca, Nico, Artemis..."

"This is why you're not in the movie business, Britta." He stops me before I can continue.

"Mom!" Tristan comes over to me, "can we go to crowd?" I look out and see a crowd forming where there is usually a band.

"Sure, tell your sister and come outside." I answer. "I got to go." I tell Camille and Logan.

We reach the back of the crowd as the band begins to play. I wonder if they found someone to sing.


~Zayn POV~

"Haven't seen you since high school
Good to see you're still beautiful
Gravity hasn't started to pull
Quite yet- I bet you're rich as hell."

Wait, there's a girl part. And I don't know any girls in San Diego.

So should I sing it? NO!

But who will?

Does anyone remember this Train song?


~Britta POV~

I begin to sing Ashley Monroe's part in this song.

"One that's five, and one that's three
Been two years since he left me
Good to know that you got free
That town I know is keeping you down on your knees."


~Zayn POV~

Who was that? I don't know.

I walk into the crowd to find who sang that.

"These bruises
Makes for better conversation
Loses the vibe that separates."

Then the mystery girl joins in.

"It's good to let you in again
You're not alone in how you've been
Everybody loses-we all got bruises."

Now it's back to myself.
"We all got bruises.

Have you seen him?"
"Not in years.
How 'bout her?" She sings to me.
"No, but I hear
She's in Queens with the man of her dreams."


~Britta POV~
"Funny, back then she said that about you." I dance into the crowd.
Que sera, you'll never guess who I saw
Remember Johnny B?"
"Remember him? We're best friends practically
Let's do the soon again..." The singer in the band sings.

"ten years is that what it been?"
"Can't believe how time flies by." We sing together.
"Leaving you makes me wanna cry." He sings.

We're together in the chorus.

"These bruises
Makes for better conversation
Loses the vibe that separates.

It's good to let you in again
You're not alone in how you've been
Everybody loses-we all got bruises."


~Zayn POV~

"We all got bruises." Her voice is getting extremely closer. I can hear it.

"I would love to fix it all for you."

I wait for her to sing back, and she does.

"I would love to fix you too."

We're together.

"Please don't change a thing whatever you do."

And that's when I bump into someone.

"Oh, sorry." I say turning around as the woman does. It's the same woman I saw walking into Caribou Coffee earlier.

Wait a minute.

That's not any woman.


It's her.

Britta Carter.


~Britta POV~

It's him.

Zayn Malik.

I never wanted to see him ever again.

But I did.

Right now.


~Zayn POV~

I grab Britta's hand in mine and sing to her.

"These bruises make for better conversations.

Loses the vibes that separates.

Good to know you got a friend

To remember now and then.

Everybody loses."

We sing together. Our first duet.

Except she's not excited to see me. I know because I broke her heart.

"These bruises
Makes for better conversation
Loses the vibe that separates

It's good to let you in again
You're not alone in how you've been."

I sing alone.

"Everybody loses."

She repeats me and she looks like she's about to cry.

"Everybody loses."

Us again.

"Everybody loses-we all got bruises.

We all got bruises.

We all got bruises."

We finish the song. The crowd is applauding, and I'm smiling. But she isn't.

She runs out of the crowd, away from me.

It's six years ago again.

One minute, she was in my sight. The next, she's gone for six years.

Now I got to find her.

No, I don't want to find her...

I need to find her.

[Okay, so this is how I'm going to format my author's notes now. So thankfully I had no homework and no tests or quizzes tomorrow (but a football game to march in and marching band tonight), so I was able to finish the chapter and publish it. 

Okay, this is completely irrelevant, but if you want to know how I imagined Britta in Little Talks and These Bruises, I imagined Britta in Little Talks as Anna Kendrick because she is fabulous and one of my many girl crushes and I loved her in Pitch Perfect and in These Bruises I imagined her as Zoella Sugg (zoella280390 on YouTube) because she is my recent girl crush and she is beautiful and I love her YouTube videos. I'm watching one right now.

Alright, I need to eat. I have marching band until nine. Wish me luck tomorrow as I battle my cousin on the marching band field. Haha. Stay beautiful my lovely readers. Bye! Love you!]

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