They looked so scared.
"WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!?" I screamed out of shock. I was so surprised.
Alright wait let me back track a bit. When I walked up the stairs, I saw Matt and Isabella making out on my goddamn couch.
"God guys. I don't need anyone to have sex on that couch thank you. I'm pretty sure my parents have already covered that" I was joking, but I really wanted to see their reactions.
It was worth it, Isabella literally jumped off of the couch and onto the floor and Matt just looked down at the couch for a while and then screamed.
I took this moment and grabbed Isabella's arm and pulled her into my room.
"Sorry Matt I'm stealing your girlfriend for a few minutes" I called as I closed the door. You could hear him groan from like Africa. "SO YOU BITCH TELL ME EVERYTHING!" I yelled in Isabella's face.
She laughed. "Well it was after you stormed out of the rink and I was yelling at Cameron because he was being an asshole. I was on the verge of hitting him, so Matt came and pulled me away and sat me down on the bleachers. Then he started talking trying to calm me down, and then he got annoying, so I kissed him to shut him up. And yeah I guess that lead to what you had to witness..." She trailed off. Meanwhile, I was screeching in the corner of my room.
"IZZY YOU AND MATT ARE TOTALLY A THING!"
"Noooo, we haven't even been on a date ye-"
"Don't worry. I gotchu"
"Belle, I swear to Jesus if you try to push this and it doesn't work, I will punch you in the throat"
"It's going to be fine. I've got this. Now get out of my room so I can sleep"
She laughed and started walking towards the door.
"Wait Iz? Can you tell Matt, Cam, Taylor, and Aaron to come here for a minute? I really need to tell them something"
"Yeah B, I'll send them in"
And then she left.
A few minutes later, all four boys walked into the room and sat in various spots around my room.
"Hey Bella, what's up?" Cameron asked.
"If I tell you guys something, do you swear not to tell anybody else?"
"Yeah" "Yes" and "Yup!" Were my responses.
"Okay, so at that party earlier, my ex boyfriend, Jace, came up to me to talk. He told me that he wanted to make sure he was over me, so he kissed me. I'm going to tell Nash, but I just wanted to get your opinions on the situation"
It was silence for a good 30 seconds. Taylor was the first to speak.
"Did you kiss him back?"
"Of course not!"
"Then I don't think there's a problem" Taylor said.
"Yeah, just tell Nash about it. It shouldn't be a big deal" Aaron said.
Matt and Cam nodded their heads in agreement.
"Alright guys. Thanks for the help"
"It wasn't a problem" Matt said.
"HOLD UP! Matthew Lee, I believe you have some news to share with the group. Would you mind?"
Matt blushed and looked down.
"Imsmsnxnskak" he mumbled.
"Excuse me?" I asked.
"I kissed Isabella" he said clearly.
Taylor screamed like a girl.
"WHAT THE FUCK MATT?!? WHEN WERE YOU GOING TO TELL US?!?" Aaron yelled.
"Uh after we went on our first official date?" Matt said, well more of asked.
"Oh my gosh, can you guys take your little girl drama into a different room? I'm kinda tired" I asked.
They mumbled sorry's and walked out. Before Cameron walked through the door, he turned around and came back over to me.
"Make sure you tell Nash, okay?" He kissed my forehead and ran back to the open door. He threw me a quick smile before the door closed.
I changed into sweatpants and a sports bra and climbed into my bed.
I fell into a dreamless sleep.
I woke up and felt someone's arms around me. Nash. I rolled over so I could look at him. I took in all of his features.
The way the morning sun lightly catches the highlights in his hair. The way his jawline curves almost perfectly.
Nash started mumbling.
"Uhh what?" I asked.
"I can feel you staring at me"
I blushed and said, "Oh" then rolled back over so I could sleep some more.
"I never said that it bothered me" he whispered into my hair.
"Well I wanna sleeeep"
"Nope. C'mon, we're going to go do things today. It's what, Saturday? That means we have like four more days here before we have to go to Boston"
"That's how we say it. We're going into Boston"
He laughed. "Well okay then. Let's go do something!"
I groaned. "Like what?"
"Let's go shopping!!"
"Nash the best mall is like forever away, I don't want to drive. Plus we can just go to Faneuil Hall in Boston when we get there"
"Ughhhhh fine" Secretly, I want to go shopping. I just love giving people a hard time. It's a problem.
"Go get showered"
"Why, do I not smell good right now?"
"No you smell like shit. Go take a shower" he said while laughing.
I was doing one of those stretches people do in the morning without getting out of the bed. But of course, things never go the way I plan and Nash pushed me off of the bed. I landed with a 'thud'.
"You did not just do that"
"Oh but I did"
He reached out an arm to help me up, but I pulled him down with me instead.
"Oh wow thanks Belles" he said sarcastically.
"Woah woah woah, sarcasm is my thing"
"It can be our thing"
"Go take a shower"
I pushed myself off the ground and headed towards my dresser to get clothes. I picked up an outfit and walked towards the door that leads to the hallway. I heard Nash whisper "check" before I could touch the knob.
"Excuse you? What're we, back in the third grade when that was cool?"
"Yup" he said with a smile.
I shook my head and continued on out of the room. I reached the bathroom and got in the shower, did my business, and then got dressed in the clothes I brought with me. I decided to go a little casual today and wore some dark jean shorts, a teal shirt, and an open blue flannel with white and teal.
I left the bathroom and went back into my room. Nash was sitting on my bed, already dressed. He was talking on my phone.
"Yup! Okay, I'll tell her. We'll be there! Thanks!" And he hung up.
"Who was that?"
"It was Michelle. She wants us to go over to her house for a little welcome home cookout. I guess the rest of your family is going to be there, like the aunts, uncles, and cousins that live in the area. Are you up for it?"
"Yeah! That'll be great!"
"Alright, I'll go get everybody else"
"No wait! Can this just be a me and you thing? We haven't really spent much time together since we've been here"
"Of course beautiful, anything for you!" And he gave me a small peck on the lips. He pulled me onto his lap. I rested my head on his shoulder and and intertwined our hands. "What's wrong?" He asked.
"Nothing, I just wish it was like this all the time. I just want to forget about everything"
"What's on your mind?"
"I have to tell you something. It's not really bad, but I just need to let you know"
"Okay, I'm all ears"
"Jace kissed me"
"It was during the party and I just let him. I didn't kiss- Wait, you knew?"
"Yeah, I saw it happen. I was looking for you since I had your food and I saw him go into the locker rooms, so I followed him. I saw everything that happened. I just wanted to see if you'd tell me"
I smiled so wide, I thought my cheeks would rip. Ew actually scratch that, that's just nasty.
I kissed him on the cheek.
"Thanks for trusting me"
"Of course, you're ma bae"
I giggled. "Now get up fatso, we have a cookout to get to"
He put his hand on his heart and feigned a look of pain. "Wow Bell, that hurts"
"Oh shut up" I pulled him up with me and dragged him to the door. Before walking out, I made sure to grab my purse with my money and things.
We reached the bottom of the stairs where everyone was sitting on my couch.
"Hey guys, we're going out. Make sure you clean up after yourselves. Mahogany, you're in charge" I said.
"Hey what about me?" Izzy asked.
"You should be thanking me. I'm giving you more alone time with your new boy toy over there"
She blushed and muttered something that sounded like "you fucking bitch" under her breath.
I laughed and blew her a kiss.
"Okay well bye guys!"
We got a chorus of "BYES" as we closed my front door. I tossed Nash the keys to my actual car, not my moms truck, and we got in. It's a small car, I don't know what brand.
He started it up and we were on our way to Mansfield for this cookout.
I reached across the console thingy and turned on the radio. 'Trumpets' by Jason DeRulo came on.
"I WROTE THIS SONG JUST
LOOKING AT YOU
YEAH THE DRUMS THE SWING LOW
AND THE TRUMPETS THEY GO"
I was screaming the words, while Nash laughed at me.
It went on like this for the whole half an hour car ride. At some point, my hand ended up holding Nash's. I have no idea when that happened.
I was giving Nash the directions to my aunts house and pointed out random landmarks on the way. We finally reached the house.
The car rolled to a stop at the bottom of the driveway. The house was set on a hill. I took in a deep breath and exhaled slowly. I unbuckled my seatbelt and opened the door. Nash was already out of the car and by my side when I stepped out.
I began the trek up the hill with Nash holding my hand. When I reached the flat part, Eric, Richard, and Tim were playing basketball. As soon as they heard my footsteps, they dropped the ball and came over to hug me. I hugged each of them, then pulled Nash up to the deck where majority of the family was. The first person to spot me was my 6 year old cousin, Leigha.
"BELLLAAAAAA!!!" She screamed and suddenly, some chubby arms were wrapped around my legs. I scooped her up and held her like a little baby.
"Why hello there Miss Leigha. You've grown so much!" I said.
"Why'd you leave me?"
I looked up to Nash. His eyes were full of sadness. He have a slight nod, as of to say it was okay to tell her things.
"Well honey, some bad things happened, and I just needed to get away. But, I'm back for now. That's all that matters"
She wrapped her little arms around my neck. "Don't leave me with these boys again! I was the only girl here!"
I put her down and she slipped her tiny left hand into my right hand. She pulled me over to the rest of the family. Nash followed.
My godmother, Alicia, stood up from her chair with tears in her eyes. She held her arms out for a hug. I let go of Leigha's hand and walked into my aunts hug.
She stroked my hair. "I missed you so much"
"I know. I missed you too"
She released me from her hug. "And who's this dashing fellow?"
I blushed. "This is Nash, my boyfriend. He was apart of that group I travel with"
Nash stuck out his hand for a handshake, but you could see the surprise in his face when he got pulled into a hug instead.
I went around the table and hugged everyone of my aunts and uncles. Along with Michelle and Alicia, I had four uncles and 2 other aunts. Bill, Patrick, Ryan, and Eric for the uncles, and Vivianne and Mercedes for the aunts. They all said the same things, that they missed me and loved me.
Ryan began grilling burgers and dogs for us to eat. I sat down with Nash next to me at the table. Everyone was having their own conversations, some were asking me questions about my new life and such.
After about twenty minutes of talking, Patrick began serving the food. I grabbed two burgers and out some condiments on them. I sat back down and Nash reached across my plate and tried taking one. I smacked his hand away. He pouted.
"Go get your own food"
"But... It's so far away"
"Aw poor baby" I made a sarcastic pouting face.
He laughed at me and got up to get some food for himself. Almost as soon as he got up, Leigha took his seat.
"Bella? Do you love Nash?"
I was shocked. "I think so Leigha, why?"
"Will someone ever love me like he loves you?"
I almost cried. "Of course baby. Just not yet, I'm not allowing you I have a boyfriend until you are at least 13"
She giggled. "Okay"
Nash came back at that moment. Leigha looked up at him, then over at me. I smiled and patted my lap, signaling her to sit on it. She lit up and climbed onto my lap.
We all ate and laughed outside for a good hour until it started to rain. At first it was a light drizzle, then out of nowhere, it got windy. We brought all of the food inside the house and stayed in there. By the time Eric came back with the last of the food, it was pouring.
Michelle put on the kettle to make tea and coffee. We all sat around the kitchen table to continue talking. Alicia turned to start a conversation with me.
"So, Isabelle, how's school going?"
"Um it's going good. I've been taking online classes and things since I'm traveling with the guys so much, but I'm doing great with them"
"How do you plan on getting a college education through the internet? You need to get yourself back in school"
"I'm doing fine with online classes. I don't want to go to college"
She looked as if I told her I kicked her dog. "But that's all you talked about"
"Exactly. Past tense. I realized I didn't want to spend the rest of my life in school. I want to continue traveling the country with my best friends"
"What are these ideas your uncle is putting in your head? You should be in school, getting a proper education. You should move back here with me and leave California. It isn't doing much good for your head"
"I don't want a proper education. I want to live life and be myself. I don't want to be here. Why would I do that? All this place comes with is terrible memories of the past. In California, I'm happy and doing what I love and making people happy"
"Your parents would be so disappointed in you right now. "
"Don't you dare bring my parents up now! They wanted me to be happy and live my life. Maybe that's why they didn't send me to live with you after their deaths" and I walked out. Straight out into the rain.
I started walking back down to my car when I remembered that Nash had my keys. I sighed, tears threatening to spill down onto my cheeks, and turned around, walking straight into Nash's chest. He pulled me into a hug and I let the tears fall.
"Shh it's okay. She can't do anything about your life. It's okay" I nodded and held on to him as if he were my life support. Which he basically is. Without him, I probably wouldn't be standing here.
When I finally stopped crying, he used one finger to lift my chin up. "You are beautiful and perfect in every way. Who cares if you don't go to an actual school? As long as you're happy, no one should even think about putting you down. She's just being a bitch, okay?" I nodded and shifted my eyes down. "Hey hey hey, look at me" I locked eyes with him. "I love you. I love you so much that it hurts. I don't know why I waited so long to tell you, but I truly love you"
I crashed my lips onto his. They moved in sync for a while, then he parted my lips with his. His hands roamed my back, then tangled themselves in my hair. I played with the little curls at the top of his neck. Meanwhile, it was pouring out here and I was getting drenched. I didn't care though. The kiss lasted for about five minutes, but then I felt a tap on my leg which caused me to break away.
It was Leigha.
"Bella please don't leave me again"
"Leigha, it's pouring out here. What're you doing?"
"I needed to make sure you weren't going to leave me"
"I'm just going home Lei"
"Promise me that you'll visit and we can have a girls day?"
"Of course sweetheart. Anything for you. Now go back inside before you get sick!"
She giggled, gave me a hug, and darted back into the house. I looked after her smiling.
I looked up at Nash, still smiling.
"What?" He asked me.
"Well obviously something's up"
"I just finally got my kiss in the rain" he laughed and we started walking to the car again.
We got in the car and headed back to Brockton.
I mean, home.