When I Fell

Falling in love is tricky. There are so many movies and books that make it seem so easy and passionate and right but in the real word it's confusing and exciting and fun and frustrating and in the real world, things get in the way.


57. LVII

Chris' point of view

Jonas doesn't come home all day. We sat down in the living room and told Jane all about it and she says that he was bound to be angry and not to feel guilty and that he'll cool down. Jane, Ruby and I all sit there watching TV all evening, just waiting for him to come home. Jane keeps getting up and down from the arm chair, grabbing us drinks and glancing out of the window. I'm sat on the sofa and Ruby's head is in my lap and her hands are holding mine at her stomach and I can constantly feel her wriggling around. She's scared of him not coming home but she's nervous about him coming home. I'm exactly the same.

"Maybe I should go home." I say when it gets to nine pm and there's still no sign of him.

"Chris, you're more than welcome to stay, sweetheart." Jane says. 

"Thank you, but I just think it'll make him madder to see us both here."

"Chris." Ruby says, sitting up to look at me. She drapes an arm over my waist and my heart melts looking at her. She looks so tired. "Please stay. He's going to be angry either way."

"Rubes, I don't know..." I say, resting my hand on her side, trying to comfort her. 

"Please." she whispers. 

I look at her for a moment and then nod. She whispers a 'thank you' before lying back down, her head in my lap again. I play with her hair absentmindedly as I watch the clock. Nine turns into ten, ten turns into eleven, eleven turns into midnight and he's still not back. Ruby's fallen asleep.

"I think you're doing the right thing, you know?" Jane says, softly, looking at Ruby. "I know it's upset Jonas but you're right in not giving up on it all."

"Thank you." I say, looking down at Ruby as well. 

"I've never seen her so happy." Jane smiles. "She absolutely adores you."

"I love her." I say and I've never been more honest in anything I've said. I'm still looking at Ruby. She looks so peaceful. It's in that moment that I realise that whatever happens, whatever Jonas thinks or does, whatever Jason has made her feel, however sad and frustrating and scary this is going to get, she is completely worth it. I will drop everything for her. 

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