Like children * Complete *

We all made choices we regret; choices that tear us apart. We deplore them so much we wish we could start all over again.
But even with a second chance, can what has been broken be fixed?

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10. Chapter 9

I walk slowly out of the house and amble toward Niall’s house. Night has started to fall so streetlamps are switched on; snowflakes swirling around their light.

I see Niall leaned against one of them; a hand in his pocket and holding his phone in his other one. I move closer to him and he turns around, hearing the sound of my steps creaking on the snow covering the ground.

“I thought you would never come!” he exclaims, putting his phone back in his pocket. I smile weakly at him; I took my time before leaving the house, I wasn’t hurried to get out.

“But I’m here!” I reply and he nods.

“So... I listen to you, then! But hurry up or I’ll end up frozen!” He opens his mouth and breaths out; steam appears in front of him. I giggle which makes him smile. “Come on, Eileen! I don’t want to be a snowman!” I burst out laughing; he would be great as a snowman.

I try to calm myself down before deciding to tell him.

“I want to ask you something,” I start speaking. I take a deep breath before carrying on; I know how he would react. “Could you promise me not to forget me once you will be famous?” I whisper, looking down at my hands.

I hear him sigh loudly, “Eileen... Why are you always asking me this? What are you afraid of?” I look up at him; he is looking both annoyed and angry.

“You asked me this so many time when we were little! You made me promised you I’ll always be your best friend about a hundred times! Don’t you trust me?” he mutters his last question, a hurt look on his face.

“I...Yes... Of course...” I stutter shyly; he doesn’t seem to understand. Even with a hundred promises he forgot me.

“You don’t seem really convinced,” he says sharply.

“Niall, please, try to understand me! You’ll be gone and we won’t see each other for a very long time; you will meet a lot of people! And I couldn’t stand being left aside,” I shout, tears starting to form in my eyes.

“But why do you keep thinking I’ll forget you? I am not like that!” he yells.

“It’s because...” But I don’t finish my sentence; I can’t tell him.

“Because of what?” he asked, angry. I shake my head; tears flowing down my cheeks. “I...I can’t tell you,” I muttered; knowing this would make things worse.

“You can’t? Alright then,” he says simply. “I don’t see why I should promise you something as you don’t seem to trust me; I have enough, Eileen. I thought you would support me but you only think about yourself.” He stops me as I was about to reply. “I thought you really were my best friend but I don't think you regard me as yours. Goodbye, Eileen.”

And he walks away; leaving me under the streetlamp. I am unable to move; unable to speak. I want to run after him, to apologize, to explain him everything; but I can’t. I’m just standing there, still and crying my eyes out.

I see his figure disappear in the dark; he won’t come back. I messed everything up; I am selfish and egocentric and because of those awful flaws I just lost my best friend. I thought I got back in 2010 to make it all better but I made it worse than ever. Why am I like that? Why am I so stupid?

After a long time, I walk back to my house and go upstairs in my room; feeling miserable. Tears keep flowing down my face as I collapse on my bed.

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