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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66. Chapter 66

Chapter 66

Harry’s POV

After I had dropped Gabrielle off at her house, I began to drive out of the neighborhood.

As I was making the turn out of the neighborhood, I saw a somewhat familiar car driving into the neighborhood. It was dark so I couldn’t see the car completely clear, but I had a feeling that it was probably Gabrielle’s dad driving home, so I was pretty happy that I got her home when I did, for her sake. I honestly wouldn’t have minded if her dad had gotten home before us, but I knew especially after that conversation we had, Gabrielle clearly wasn’t going to like it though. I’m sure if we were in that situation though, she’d sure as hell come up with a way to get out of it.

I was trying not to be, but I was still pretty annoyed with how she handled it when I was suggesting that she tell her dad about us. I understood why she didn’t want to tell him and she did have some pretty good reasoning’s as to why she wasn’t agreeing with anything that I was saying, but I still thought that it would be the best option to tell him.

I suppose that I could ease her into the idea of telling him, come up with some ways for her to lead on subtle hints to her dad and maybe that would help her be more open to the idea of telling him since he might already have an idea by then. I just didn’t realize how wrong it was of me to keep it form my aunt until she found out and she told me how upset she was that I hadn’t told her sooner.

I knew Gabrielle and her dad probably wouldn’t have that same reaction when she told him, but I think it might make her feel better and less stressed about everything if she just got that big lie off her back and out into the open so she wouldn’t have to hide it and live with herself keeping something from her own father. I also remembered that she was keeping our relationship from Bella too.

Maybe if she told Bella first and it made her feel less stressed and less like she was lying to everyone she cares about, maybe it’d make her more willing to tell her dad. Because honestly I was pretty tired of us just sneaking around all the time. I mean sure now we could hang out at my house since my aunt knows, but I was starting to not feel comfortable from keeping this from her father. He’s her father and I think he has the right to know about her personal life to some extent, but considering his feelings towards any and all hockey players, Gabrielle does of some reason to think differently.

Going back to Bella, I began thinking of ways that Gabrielle could tell her best friend about us. It may be a bit a harder to do that now that I’ve discovered Bella likes me, but I’m sure we could figure something out. I still haven’t really decided what I was going to do until I’d talked with Gabrielle, but I knew I couldn’t call her tonight so I’d try to call her tomorrow before I left for the park.

I was thinking about maybe just telling Bella no and then explain to her that I said no because I was seeing her best friend, but I wasn’t really sure what Gabrielle would think of that. She might want to be the one to tell Bella, or at least be there and have some control over it.

When I finally made it back to my aunt’s house, I just went straight into my room since I didn’t see my aunt anywhere since she was probably getting ready for bed in her room. I was a bit nervous for tomorrow for many reasons, but another one of them being that I was hoping nothing would change between my aunt and I.

I guess I don’t really know how anything would, but I just feel like things might be a bit weird for a while now that she knows about Gabrielle and knows that I basically lied to her for the longest time. Nevertheless though, I got myself ready to go to sleep, and after the long day I’d had, I fell asleep right when my head hit the pillow.

•••

I woke up the next morning in a way that I haven’t been woken up by in awhile. My eyes slowly opening as Ben was tugging at my arm.

“Hey buddy,” I said groggily and picked him up and set him on the ground, off of my bed.

“Get up, we have to go to the park,” he told me.

I told him to head back out to his mum and I would get up and get ready. He told me to be quick, causing me to laugh as he left my room. I rubbed my hands over my eyes before heading over to the dresser and grabbing some clothes out of the drawers.

After I was dressed, I checked the time on my phone and I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to have enough time to call Gabrielle before I left. I wasn’t even sure what time her dad left for work so I really didn’t want to call her while her dad was still at the house.

I decided to go ahead and take a quick shower this morning so I wouldn’t have to worry about taking one tonight. Awhile later, I was done with my shower and had finished getting ready. I probably had just enough time to eat breakfast before I took Ben to the park.

“Good morning,” my aunt said to me as I walked into the kitchen.

“Morning,” I said back as I took my place on the barstool at the counter.

“Sorry about having Ben wake you up, but he really wanted to go wake you up and you were still asleep, so I let him,” she told me as she placed a plate of eggs and sausage in front of me.

“That’s fine,” I said and then thanked her for the food as she gave me a glass of orange juice as well.

Once I finished eating, I placed my dishes in the sink and then headed to the living room to get Ben.

“Let’s go,” I said, placing my hands on the back of the couch, behind his head where he was sitting.

He quickly turned off the TV and jumped up from the couch and then ran to the front door. I followed him outside and unlocked my car door so he could get in.

On the drive to the park, Ben was telling me about what him and Sam were possibly going to do today in the little world that they had created out of the park. I tried my best to listen to what all he was saying, but I just kept thinking about what Bella might be asking me when we got to the park.

Once we did arrive at the park, Ben jumped out of the car, and I had to walk pretty fast to keep up with his little legs running. We soon met up with Bella and Sam at the bench they were usually at, and Ben and Sam instantly ran off into the park.

“Hey,” Bella said as we both sat down on the bench.

“Hey back,” I said to her as I had sat down.

“So I was going to wait until later, but I have a question and I’d kind of like to ask it now,” she began, and I already knew what she was going to ask.

“Okay,” I said and nodded for her to continue.

“So um, I know that I like just stopped hating you, but I was wondering if you maybe wanted to get some dinner or something tomorrow night,” she said.

“Sure,” I answered casually, and at first she looked a bit shocked yet happy that I said yes.

“I know it’s a bit weird with the whole feud thing at the rink, but I think it will be fine,” she told me, and I just nodded, hoping to be done with this conversation now.

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