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.


61. LXI

Ruby's point of view

Jonas and I go home without Chris. I don't know what's going to happen with Chris and I anymore but right now isn't the time to worry. Right now, I have to tell Mom what happened. 

This is going to break my heart because it's going to break hers. She is so happy with our life right now, she's so happy because she thinks her children are in a happy place. Sure, she knows Jonas and I are arguing but she's completely fine, she thinks we're just being how we should be. She is happy with where everybody is right now and I'm about to ruin it. 

"Mom?" Jonas calls as we walk through the door. 

"Yeah, sweetheart?" she calls back coming out of the kitchen. She smiles when she sees us stood together. "Oh I just knew you two would make up. Where's Chris? You should have brought him back for dinner!"

"Mom, Ruby needs to tell you something." he says, guiding me to the couch and then sitting down next to me. 

Mom frowns, sitting in the arm chair. "Alright. Sweetheart, what is it?"

I tell her everything and she cries and I cry and she asks why I didn't tell her and I say I don't know even though I do. Right now is the moment where I should be feeling relieved and should not know why I didn't tell anybody but that's not how it feels. I feel more terrified than ever. 

"Oh Ruby, I'm so sorry." she says, taking my hand. "I can't believe I didn't notice something was wrong."

I shake my head, not meeting her eye. "It's okay."

"Well we have to tell the police. We'll go to the station tomorrow morning and we'll press charges, okay?"

That's the last thing in the world I want but I can't fight it. I want to but I can't. I feel like I'm being taken away by this current and I feel like it's not going to end well.

I call Chris later on that night when I can't sleep. He picks up after a few rings. 

"Hi." he mumbles. "Are you okay?" 

"Did I wake you?" I ask. 

"It's fine. Are you okay?" 

"I don't know." I tell him. "I told Mom. We're pressing charges in the morning." I feel sick just saying it. 

"That's good." he says as if he's trying to convince me. He can tell I'm nervous about it. "Ruby, that's a good thing."

I begin to cry. "I'm so scared. What's Jason going to do?" 

"Jason's not going to do anything." he says, firmly. "Don't think things like that."

I can't stop crying. All I want is for him to be here but I know he can't be here because of what happened with Jonas. I don't want to press charges, I don't want to have told people, I didn't want any of this to happen. 

"Ruby, please don't cry. You know I can't be there, I'm sorry."

"It's not your fault." I sob down the phone. "I don't know what to do."

"Listen." he says softly. "You're going to be fine. You're going to go to the police office tomorrow, you're going to tell them what happened and they are going to give Jason what he deserves. Jason can't do anything to you, okay? Think of what he's put you through, don't you want him to be punished?" 

"I don't know." I say honestly. "I just want to leave it all behind me."

"You tried that, Rubes." he sounds so kind right now. "You tried and you couldn't. Look, he deserves whatever he gets. You have suffered enough, just let it all be resolved now."

I take in a shaky breath and sigh. "Okay. Thank you, Chris."

"I love you so much."

"I love you too." I say. 

"Get some sleep." he says in that gentle voice of his that makes everything sound okay. "I'll speak to you tomorrow."

"Okay. Night." I whisper and hang up the phone.

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