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❝Here, a couple pieces of tape will fix it.❞ ❝No, it won't.❞ look for the sequel, Superglue

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Chapter Twenty Three, The Weekend (entirely conversation)

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"DUDE, WHAT THE HELL?"

"I WAS DOING THE MISSION."

"I SAID COVER ME, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?"

"YES."

"THEN WHAT THE HELL?"

"Look, just let me get through this so you can come back!"

"You're gonna die! We always die! We had a plan, what the hell?"

"YOU'RE PUTTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON ME. BACK OFF."

"I HOPE YOU DIE, NIALL."

"I HOPE YOU STAY DEAD, ADRIAN."

"What is going on?"

"We're playing Halo, dad. Adrian brought his X-Box and a couple of games over."

"But are you boys okay?"

"Oh my god, dad, we're fine."

"Adrian, are you guys okay?"

"Yes, Mr. Horan. Sorry for the yelling. We're just frustrated about this one part."

"Do you guys need help?"

"Dad! Seriously, we're fine."

"Mr. Horan, if you want, I can show you how to play when Niall dies?"

"No! He's not playing. Dad, don't you have work?"

"I do, Niall. Thank you for offering, Adrian. Have fun guys, but try to keep your voices down."

"Yes, Mr. Horan."

"What the hell was that?"

"What?"

"You don't ask if he wants to play!"

"Dude, he offered to help. What was I supposed to say?"

"How about that we don't need help?"

"I'm sorry it never occurred to me. Happy?"

"No! I'm not happy. I am not freaking happy."

"I get this sense you're talking about something I don't know."

"Just... forget it. I'm restarting this."

"No, forget about the game and talk to me. Niall, what's wrong? Is it about Carmen?"

"No, not everything is about her."

"Lies. It has been since the second week of school when she moved here."

"No."

"Then what? Is it about Samantha?"

"God, no."

"What? Peter?"

"No."

"What is it?"

"Everything! I'm just sick of everything and last night I realized that. I miss everything. I miss how things used to be, you know? I was happy before."

"You're joking, right? You were miserable before. Maybe things don't look that great right this moment, but they're fifty times better. I haven't seen your parents around the house this much in, like, ever. Your mom is making us lunch today. She's usually running errands or in her office working. And don't tell me you don't like having those feelings for Carmen, because I know you do. Maybe you're at a rough patch with Peter, but time will mend it. And as for Samantha, she's just a black hole that's trying to suck you and everyone you're associated with in."

"I just want everything to be perfect and I hate that it's not. I need tape."

"What?"

"Just pass me my tape."

"Fine, there you go."

"Here, a couple pieces of tape will fix it."

"No, it won't."

"I should call her."

"Okay, you've seriously lost me and your mind."

"Tape fixes everything. Maybe for an indefinite amount of time, but it helps to mend things."

"And?"

"I wanted to help Carmen tape all the problems, but maybe I need to tape everything myself. I mean, I can't force everything to get better. I can't wish for everything to get better. And I can't ignore everything either. I need to be in control. I need to prove myself, and this is the answer to all my problems."

"A roll of scotch tape?"

"No, idiot, it's a metaphor."

"Right, sure it is."

"Were you even listening to me? I just had this major epiphany."

"Yes, I was, and I think you're the idiot."

"Bro, not cool."

"You're an idiot for thinking you have to do it all on your own. Do you honestly think it takes one man to build a skyscraper? Or one man to build a car, house, computer, or anything? No, it takes more than one person. Wait, okay, maybe one person can do some of those things, but if you consider mass production and-"

"I get it, I totally get it. I love your offer, but you can't help me with everything. There comes a time when a person just has to face life on their own. I'm sorry, buddy."

"I love you."

"If you ever repeat those words to me again, you'll be dead to me."

"Ouch, right in the heart."

"Wanna start this mission over?"

"Of course. Are we going to follow through with the plan?"

"I've got your back."

"Let's kick some alien-"

"I regret calling you over in the morning,"

"Pshh, don't lie to yourself."

"It's not lying if you're stating facts, doofus."

"Did you just call me a doofus? You're the doofus for calling me a doofus."

"And you are so going down."

"WHY ARE WE NOT PLAYING CO-OP ANYMORE?"

"Mwah-ha-ha!"

"I AM GOING TO KILL YOU."

"NOT IF I KILL YOU FIRST."

"YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME AND IM GONNA TAKE ALL THE WEAPONS."

"YOU SOB, PETER TOLD ME WHERE YOU HIDE."

"Dude...too soon."

"Oh...um, sorry man. I didn't know."

"Like how can you not feel anything right now? He was our brother. He is our brother."

"Not anymore."

"He is my brother. We made a wolf pack, Niall. We're blood now."

"Stop trying to copy Hangover. I told you it's not gonna work."

"If you black out, I'm not going to help you remember zilch."

"That's fine by me."

"And I'll be having fun with Peter."

"SOB."

"WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO NOW BRO? WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?"

"YOU ARE SO DEAD."

"COME AT ME."

"YOU SICK BASTARD."

"NOT LIKE THAT PERV."

"I'M NOT A PERVERT."

"THEN STOP TAKING EVERYTHING I SAY AS A SEXUAL REFERENCE."

"STOP MAKING SEXUAL REFERENCES."

"STOP HOLDING A FREAKING GRUDGE ON PETER WHEN HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG."

"Too soon."

"Seriously?"

"No, that just hurt more than I wanted to admit."

"You okay?"

"Yeah."

"I'm not sorry."

"I know. I don't want to kill you."

"I know."

"I still don't like Peter."

"I know. It's Samantha's fault. She's tearing us apart."

"That Barbie witch."

"You should totally get her back."

"No, because then I'll never get Peter back as a friend."

"I thought you didn't like him?"

"We're a wolf pack, remember?"

"So then who's alpha?"

"I think it's pretty obvious who the alpha is."

"YOU SOB."

"YOU ARE YOU IDIOT."

"Oh, so then...you're the beta."

"Duh."

"Makes sense."

"We should get Peter back. He was really good at Halo."

"You mean you should."

"I thought you wanted to help me?"

"Not with this."

"You suck so much, I swear."

"Pshh, you do."

"Peter does."

"Haha, nice!"

"So when are you gonna win Peter's heart back? Bet you can't do it tomorrow."

"Challenge accepted."

"IT'S NOT A CHALLENGE AND YOU ARE NOT AWESOME."

"I NEVER SAID I WAS AWESOME."

"Boys! I said to quiet down."

"Sorry, Mr. Horan. It's Niall's fault."

"I know, Adrian, everything always seems to be his fault."

"HEY, I'M RIGHT HERE."

"But it's not always his fault. Please, try to keep it down."

"Yes, Mr. Horan."

"You SOB."

"What?"

"You're such a kiss up."

"I don't kiss your father!"

"Gross! I never said you do!"

"Oh, I'm still not a kiss up."

"You totally are one. And especially to my mom."

"I'm not kissing up to your mom. I'm flirting with her."

"YOU SON OF A BEECH."

"OW. What is wrong with you?"

"Don't talk to my mom!"

"Oh, like you don't think my mom is hot?"

"She totally is. Your mom has it going on. She can be my Mrs. Robinson."

"YOU SON OF A BEECH."

"OW. SERIOUSLY. You did the same thing!"

"But you're a perv!"

"I am not! Your mom is hot. Deal with it."

"I wish Peter was here. He would be able to settle who's mom is hotter."

"Too soon."

"You're right."

"I should call him. Did he change his number?"

"No."

"Do you think he's busy?"

"No."

"Do you think he'll answer?"

"No."

"Adrian."

"Niall."

"I'm serious."

"Just call him."

"When was the last time you called him?"

"Before I came to your house today."

"Did he say anything about me?"

"Just that your the sole devil of this planet and he hates you with every cell of his body and wishes the wrath of a million suns upon you so that you'll burn to death and die in the most painful way possible."

"I'm not calling."

"I'm just kidding! Call him."

"No."

"Call."

"I don't wanna."

"Stop being a baby."

"What if he doesn't answer?"

"Leave a message and he'll get back to you."

"You just repeated his voicemail."

"Call him."

"I'm scared to."

"Of what?"

"His wrath of a million suns."

"Just call him."

"I like my tape idea better."

"Call. Peter. Now."

"O. K. It's ringing a lot."

"Shh, just wait."

"Oh...shoot...Hi Peter!"

"Say you need to talk."

"I was wondering if I could talk to you."

"It's important."

"It's really important, Peter."

"Tell him how you really, truly feel."

"I want to tell you how I really, truly feel about you."

"You've been a blind idiot to the true friendship and couldn't see how wonderful it was."

"I've been a total blind idiot to everything we had and didn't know how wonderful you were."

"You are my best friend and I miss you."

"You are my wolf brother and I miss you."

"I want to make amends to everything I've done wrong."

"I want to amend all my wrongs."

"I don't want to forget about what happened to us, but I want to put it in the past."

"I don't want to forget everything that happened between us, but I would like to move on and pick up where we left off."

"What do you say?"

"So?"

"What's he saying?"

"WHAT THE HELL? I AM NOT TRYING TO PROFESS MY LOVE TO YOU BECAUSE I DO NOT LOVE YOU. I JUST WANT YOU TO COME BACK AS MY FRIEND AND BROTHER BECAUSE I WAS A DICK FOR NO REASON."

"Haha! You're gay!"

"I AM NOT GAY, PETER. I AM MADLY IN LOVE WITH CARMEN AND I FREAKING DREAM ABOUT HER BECAUSE I'M IN SO DEEP."

"You're say gay! I should've recorded this."

"I SWEAR IF YOU TOLD SAMANTHA, I WILL CHOP OFF YOUR BALLS AND FEED IT TO LIONS WHILE GRIZZLY BEARS MAUL AT YOUR DICK."

"You totally want it in your mouth and butt!"

"I AM NOT GAY. THOSE WERE NOT SEXUAL REFERENCES. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?"

"They so were!"

"YES WE CAN STILL BE FRIENDS BECAUSE I DO NOT LOVE YOU AND AM NOT GAY."

"You are in denial!"

"I AM NOT IN DENIAL AND THAT IS NOT FUNNY, IT'S AN ANTIQUE JOKE."

"Classic!"

"HOW DO YOU WANT ME TO PROVE IT? THERE IS NOTHING TO PROVE."

"There's so many things hidden in your closet."

"FINE. I WILL MAKE CARMEN MY GIRLFRIEND BECAUSE I WANT TO BE HER BOYFRIEND BECAUSE I LOVE HER."

"Yeah right! She probably doesn't love you."

"THIS IS NOT A FREAKING CHALLENGE, BUT FINE. GOOD DAY."

"Oh geez, that was perfect."

"SHUT UP."

"Niall! How many times do I have to tell you to keep it down? I'm on an important conference call!"

"I'm sorry-"

"Sorry doesn't make up for the fact that I have to apologize to everyone that the boy screaming about how he is not gay is my son and had invited a friend over. Sorry doesn't make up for the fact I sound like a father who can't control his seventeen year old son."

"I promise it won't happen again."

"I don't want your promises, Niall. I just want you to respect the fact that even though I'm not focusing on my work as much as before, it is still important to me and I still have to do it."

"I will."

"Thank you. Now, can you boys find some other game to play or find something else to do besides playing Halo?"

"Yes, we'll watch a movie."

"Okay. And I'm sorry if I'm coming off too strong, I am just frustrated that I had to tell you a couple of times to lower your voices."

"Don't worry about it, dad. I should've taken your request more seriously."

"You boys have fun."

"Yes, dad."

"Yes, Mr. Horan."

"Crap, that was scary."

"Why?"

"I thought he was going to ground me again."

"You're not grounded anymore?"

"As of this morning I'm not."

"Nice."

"It is."

"I can't believe Peter thought you were gay and liked him."

"Shut up, Adrian. I was saying what you were telling me to."

"You weren't saying exactly what I was saying."

"I would have still sounded the same."

"It's still funny."

"Shut up."

"What are you gonna do now?"

"I don't know? I don't want to be Carmen's girlfriend under these circumstances. It'll be like I'm trying to use her."

"So then forget about what Peter said and go about it how you were before."

"I still have to tell her and she'll hate me for it."

"Remember when people were making fun of you two after school and were talking crud?"

"Yes."

"You guys were holding hands and when someone said you two were a fake couple, she kissed you."

"I know she did. It was freaking amazing."

"She kissed you to prove a point."

"And?"

"Maybe she won't hate you when you tell her and maybe you'll be super happy with how she helps you prove to Peter that you're not gay."

"That's ridiculous. I'm not hoping for the best because I'm already expecting the worst."

"Just do it and see what happens."

"You said she probably doesn't love me."

"I was joking. I honestly believe she likes you too and you'll get married and have fifty babies, all named after me of course."

"Freak. You're a total freak."

"I'm optimistic and realistic."

"Ha! You're a loser."

"I believe in you guys. We can go on double dates when you two get together. Oh! Maybe triple dates with Peter!"

"You mean with my ex girlfriend? Yeah, no."

"It's not awkward or weird if you become friends."

"We're talking about the same Samantha, right? The one that wants me dead?"

"Yes."

"You're a freaking idiot and I can't deal right now."

"What are you gonna do tomorrow?"

"Wake up, go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and floss, have Frosted Flakes, take a shower, idk what else. Entertain you since you'll unfortunately still be here."

"All that sounds quite lovely, but I think we should go to Carmen's house with a dozen roses."

"What? Why?"

"To make her swoon and fall in love with you. Duh."

"Why do you have to be there?"

"For moral support and a witness to make sure it really happens."

"No."

"Okay, I'll stay in your car."

"No!"

"And I won't take pictures."

"No!"

"I won't stare like a creepy, perverted stalker too. Happy?"

"No!"

"I won't cheer when you guys make out, either. I'll just sit in your car patiently. I promise."

"No! You're not going with me and it's not happening."

"Why? It's the perfect idea. She gave you roses, so you give her roses."

"I'm gonna play her that Taylor Swift song."

"You Belong With Me? Because Peter already had that idea with Samantha."

"No, wait what?"

"Yeah, he was going to play that for but chickened out last minute."

"That's so Peter, but no."

"Love Story, because that's your favorite song."

"No! How do you know that?"

"I don't, but now I do."

"That's not my favorite Taylor Swift song."

"Sure it's not. Is it Red?"

"No."

"What song?"

"You're gonna laugh."

"Just tell me."

"Well, I was going to give to her one red rose like she gave me. And then I was going to play Enchanted for her."

"You're going to watch a movie together?"

"No! I'm playing the Taylor Swift song for her. That's weird, right? God it's so stupid. I'm so stupid. She's going to hate it."

"No, that's awesome. You'll totally make out. Are you sure I can't go?"

"No!"

"Fine, I want a picture or it didn't happen."

"I'm not taking a picture."

"Fine."

"I'm also doing it tonight and I plan on reaching there the same time she came to my house."

"Weirdo."

"You said it was awesome."

"Yeah, until you continued on."

"Shut up."

"Play the song for me. I need to hear the lyrics."

"Fine, give me a second. I'm not playing the entire song, though, because it's kinda long."

"I have all day, Niall."

"No, because I'm leaving to go pick up a rose and stop at her house."

"When are you buying that rose? The flower shops don't stay open all day for late night emergency romantic gestures."

"I'm picking it from my backyard...duh."

"Oh, makes sense and you save a few bucks. Plus getting pricked would be better."

"Just shut up already. I'm playing it now."

"This is perfect!"

"You haven't listened to at least one verse yet."

"It's perfect. You'll make it to second base, bro. Congratulations! I'm so proud of you!"

"Proud of what? What's going on? I came to say lunch is ready."

"Niall here is going to ace his test, Mrs. Horan. And thank you, I can't wait for lunch."

"I made sandwiches, Adrian, nothing special. Niall, that's wonderful to hear. I'm proud of you and am happy that you are studying hard."

"Thanks mom."

"Come down to the kitchen soon, alright? And oh! I've always loved this song by Taylor Swift. It's such a sweet song."

"Right, Mrs. Horan?"

"Yes."

"We'll see you downstairs, mom."

"Okay."

"OW. WHAT THE HELL?"

"Shut up! My dad is on the phone."

"Sorry! Why'd you punch me?"

"For flirting with my mom!"

"That's not flirting."

"SOB."

"At least I don't like dicks."

"It's going to be a long weekend."

"You can say that again."

"It's going to be long weekend."

"Amen, brother."

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so. . . this happened. I almost cried because I wrote this awesome, funny, emotional chapter about Adrian and Niall and then my phone died when I was finishing the end and it never saved ),:  yes, I write on my phone the majority of the time bc my phone is my wife and we're happily married

but tbh, I'm sorry this story is going to sh*t. oh and new cover? yeah, um obviously Niall in the story isn't as old as Niall on the cover but... srsly it's way better than the old one and idk you tell me

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