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.

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16. XVI

Chris' point of view

It's been a whole week since that night with Ruby and she's acting like nothing ever happened with anything. She's not even acting like we didn't have that conversation, she's acting like we never became friends. She isn't being cold or anything, but right now I'm purely her big brother's best friend. She'll sit in the living room on her laptop while we play video games, she'll offer me a drink when I get to their house, she'll be polite and make small talk, but it's weird. Whenever she asks me how I am in that polite little voice of hers, I feel like screaming. This isn't how we talk to each other, this isn't how we interact. But I find myself talking back in the exact same way.

I'm in my room one evening, trying to think it all through, when Jonas calls me. 

"Hey." I mumble.

"Wow." he says. "You sound miserable."

"Just bored." I lie.

"Well good, I'm bored too. Do you wanna come over? Like, now?" he asks.

I think of sitting there and that unreadable expression on Ruby's face and just wishing to go home already and sigh. 

"I don't know man, I kinda feel like staying home tonight. I've got a couple of books I need to read for when we get back to college.

"We have three weeks until we go back to college dude, come on."

"Exactly. That's not a very long time."

"Suit yourself." he says. "Has this got anything to do with my sister?" 

My heart pounds and I sit bolt upright. "What? No, of course not, why would you think something like that?" 

"I dunno. You both just seem really uncomfortable around each other. Did something happen?" 

"No, nothing happened at all, man. I don't really know what to tell you. I really just need to get some work done to be honest."

He laughs, sounding a little relieved. "Okay, thank god for that. I kind of got this vibe from the two of you, I don't know, maybe I was just being a little paranoid. I just think that'd be really weird, you know?"

"Yes, it'd be so weird." I force a little laugh. "Well, have a good night. Invite Jon over or something."

"Will do. See you later, man."

"See you."

I sigh heavily as I put the phone down and turn to my laptop. I don't have to tell Ruby what just happened, there's not really any point, but I do see that it's an excuse to talk to her so I send her a message on Facebook.

Jonas thought there was something happening between us

She replies?:

What did you tell him?

I say:

I said it was ridiculous. He believed me. 

She says:

Well it is ridiculous, haha

I hesitate before replying:

It's not that ridiculous

She doesn't reply so I send another message:

What's going on with you, Ruby? Do we need to talk?

She says:

Haha, no? Chris, we're fine, I just don't want to upset Jonas. I'm not angry at you or anything like that.

Somehow, it doesn't feel like that was enough to put my mind at rest. I couldn't really protest and say that she needed to give me an explanation though, because I had one. So I just said 'Okay' and left it at that.

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