Equal Ice

I’m a performer, but I don’t act on a regular stage. I dress up in costumes, but I don’t play a character. My stage isn’t one in a theater; it’s clean slick ice at a rink. I don’t play a character, I’m just myself. Sometimes on the ice though, I feel like I’m someone else. Someone who is graceful and beautiful, it’s still me though, just a different side of me. A side that I like much more than my everyday self. Ice skating is much more work than people may think though, and some people don’t consider it a sport. It’s not as extreme as hockey for example. I may not look very tough, but I can accelerate faster than the guys on the racetrack. I take harder impacts than a rider being thrown from a bull. And I handle more G-Force than a fighter pilot. So why just be extreme, when you can be extremely graceful.

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132. Chapter 132

Chapter 132

Gabrielle’s POV

The next day at practice, I really didn’t get much skating done. The day before I had skated for a while but then laid down on the bleachers to think about what I wanted to do about this whole Harry thing. I ended up thinking I was getting somewhere, but them I would talk myself out of that decision without meaning to and then I’d be back to where I started.

So today I probably skated for a little over an hour before I finally just couldn’t focus anymore. Harry’s aunt still hadn’t called to let me know the day that he was leaving, and I really wanted to know. I wanted to see how much time I had left to decide if I wanted to go and talk to him or not and what I wanted to say.

As I was staring at the ceiling, the bright lights shining from up there began to irritate my eyes, so I decided to close them for now. The thought never occurred to me that I would probably fall asleep until I was woken up by a slam of a door and then someone shaking my shoulder.

The hand felt to big to be Bella’s and then I remembered that it couldn’t be her since she got a cold and decided just to stay home today. I quickly sat up, not caring anymore about who had woken me up because I remembered that Bella’s mom was coming to pick me up and I wanted to be out there on time. 

“Nice of you to wake up,” I heard a voice say and I immediately knew it was Zack.

“Leave me alone,” I mumbled as I sat up and began to get my bag together.

“Did figure skating get so boring for you that you fell asleep?” he said with a laugh and now more of the other guys on the team were beginning to come over to where we were.

I looked at the faces of everyone that was in here, trying to see if I could spot Harry anywhere but of course he’s not here. I guess I should really treat that as a good thing right now though. I shouldn’t even care right now to see him. We’re broken up and that’s it.

“I said leave me alone,” I said a bit more clear this time with a harsh tone.

“Oh someone’s feisty when they’re woken up are they now?” he smirked.

I just rolled my eyes at him and took my skates off since I hadn’t bothered to take them off before. As I was doing that, I noticed one of the other guys talk to Zack for a second before he turn back to me.

“So do you know why Harry is moving back to England?” he asked, his tone a bit more serious now.

I was surprised by his tone, I thought he would’ve just gone out on a rant and blamed me for it all or something. I couldn’t have really let myself be affected by it if he did do that though considering that him leaving might’ve had something to do with me. I’m guessing that the guys standing in front of me though contributed more that I did though.

“Did you ever stop and ask yourself that question?” I asked him.

“Uh yeah and I don’t have an answer. You were his girlfriend I thought you might now,” he said.

“Have you ever bothered to think that maybe you are the reason for any and all conflict that happens here,” I told him as I got up from the bleachers since my skates were now off, hoping I could just leave since Bella’s mom should be here any minute to come pick me up.

“What do you mean? I welcomed him in when he joined and showed him the ropes of this rink and was nothing but nice to him,” he told me.

“And you two were such good friends weren’t you?” I said sarcastically,

“According to him, you are quite obnoxious and a bit of an asshole, but I already knew that,” I added.

“Look I tried to be friends with him but he began to stop going to the buffet which was really the time we all had to get to know him. At first I was thinking it was just because he didn’t like us very much, but then I discovered it was because of you,” he told me. I jut ignored him and continued to try and make my way out of the rink.

“Seriously though do you know why he is leaving?” Adam chimed in to ask.

“No, why would you think I know?” I asked even though I already knew the answer as to why they thought I knew.

“You were the one that dated him, he spent more time with you than he did with us,” he said. “We’re broken up now, we aren’t exactly speaking right now,” I told him and turned back around again in hopes that I could finally leave.

“Why did you break up with him?” I heard Adam ask. I wish they could just shut up and let me leave.

“You know what people said to Harry and I when they found out, so why do you think I ended things? I think you all should know why better than anyone,” I told them,

“I thought you would be happy about it, I mean it was your goal all along, and you achieved it. I hope it was worth losing a team member though,” I said, and with that I finally left.

I really wasn’t sure if that was the reason that Harry was leaving, but I knew that they had to be apart of why he was leaving, They were the ones who were the angriest about it and took all that out on Harry and I. I was pretty happy with what I managed to say to them though and how I stood up for myself. And Harry I guess.

When I got outside of the rink, I saw Bella’s mom’s car waiting outside and I hoped that I hadn’t kept her waiting there for too long. I quickly went up to the car and got inside.

On the drive back to my house, Bella’s mom was talking to me a bit, but I wasn’t really paying attention as much as I probably should’ve been, but I was just stuck thinking about that only thing that I’ve been thinking about pretty much the past few days. I really wished that Harry’s aunt would just call me already so I could figure out exactly what I wanted to do.

When I had eventually tuned back in to what Bella’s mom was talking about, I tuned back out after awhile because a really had no clue what she was talking anymore since I hadn’t been listening for so long.

I’m guessing that Bella hadn’t told her yet that Harry was leaving, although I don’t know why. That just screams drama to Bella and I thought for sure that she would want to mention it to her mom.

There’s also the possibility that her mom does know, but she just has the decency to not say anything to me about it. Which was nice since I was still a bit angry with her for telling my dad about Harry and I, although he would’ve found out anyway.

I guess I should be okay with the fact that she told him. I knew that I was probably never going to do it because I’d be too scared, and I didn’t want to see his face when he had just found out. I should be over it by now anyway though since it happened, its over, and now Harry and I are broken up.

A few minutes later, I finally saw my neighborhood coming into view, and after a few more moments, she was driving up my street and pulling up to my house.

“Tell Bella I said hi,” I said once we had arrived at my house.

“I will,” she said and we both said bye to each other as I got out of the car and walked up to my front door.

Once I was in the house, I threw my bag on the couch and then I headed to the kitchen. I didn’t bother changing out of the clothes that I was wearing right now because all I really did at practice today was sit on the bleachers.

Just as I was opening up the pantry, I heard my phone ringing from my bag in the living room. I quickly went back into the living room and dug my phone out of my bag. I looked at the screen and saw that it was Harry’s aunt calling me.

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