Not In That Way *Completed*

There is always that one little thing that can keep a person stable. That one little thing that makes a person feel alive. The thing that can make a person smile even when they are having a bad day.

For Cora Smith that thing is more like a someone. Her someone is Zachary Dawson. Her long time best friend and the person that saved her when her life was in shambles. For years, she has been battling for his attention against all the other girls around her. However, little did she know she had him wrapped around her little finger since the very beginning.

Join Cora on her journey in discovering the truth about Zachary, while all the while she is consumed with the fear that, in the end, the only words she will hear from him are, "I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way......"

*Based on the song, "Not in That Way" by Sam Smith*

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6. Chapter 5

It has been three days since my last encounter with Zach. The doctor has just informed me that I am free to go in a couple of months. As much as I am confused about what happened the last time that Zach was here. I miss him and I just need a distraction from my shitty life. If my dad isn't put in jail for what he did, I have no idea what I am going to do. Honestly, I would rather stay in here than go home with him. I just hope this whole thing with Zach is over. He was acting really strange. When he told me that he wouldn't be able to live in a world without me, I think that I just about melted. I thought that he would take it in a different direction. My hopes were crushed as soon as he said that he saw me as a little sister. My feelings for Zach aren't huge, but I think I do have a pretty big crush on him. I feel as if I am a schoolgirl that has just had her first kiss. It's pathetic really. I just love that I really mean that much to someone. I never thought that I would after my mother. My life completely changed for the better when I met Zach. He made me happy and he made me realize that there is more in life then just sorrow and despair. He was right what he said about me. When we met five years ago, I still wasn't over my mother's death and I thought that there wasn't any happiness left in the world. Honestly, I didn't want to be here without her because she was my everything. She was the one thing that made me happy. After she left, it was like the world went dark and the sun died. I was in a huge hole of self-loathing, like I said before, and Zach made me see that everything was okay. I was depressed. I had considered killing myself that same day actually. In some ways, he actually saved my life. Zachary Dawson saved my life and I don't know how I can repay him for that. 

I hope that after all that has happened. Zach can forgive me. It was the heat of the moment and I just wanted to be alone. I just never thought that something like this would happen. 

"You are thinking pretty hard." a voice says and I snap my head towards the door. 

"Hey! What are you doing here?" I ask him. 

"I don't mean to interrupt. I can come back if you want me to." he replies, 

"No! Stay!" I yell, jolting into a sitting position, only to let out a loud groan right after. 

"Are you alright?" he worries, rushing to my side. 

"Yeah. I'm great." I mutter, grimacing from the pain. 

"Do you want me to get a nurse or something?" he asks.

"No, I'm okay now. Can you help me up?" I reply, once the pain passes.

"Oh, Of course." he answers, gripping my arms.

Once I am in a sitting position, I look over at Zach.

"So, what brings you here today my good man?" I joke.

"Well I wanted to see how you were doing and I came to bring you your homework." he laughs, pulling out a stack of papers.

I groan taking the humongous stack of various books and papers into my hands. I flip through the huge stack discovering that all of the due dates are set for tomorrow.

"Oh my god. They want me to finish all of this crap by tomorrow?" I say, staring at Zach in disbelief.

"Oh about that, she told you to take as long as you need considering you are hurt, but there are a few that are due tomorrow. Most of it is due by next Friday. Then you get a new stack." he replies, cracking a grin. 

"Oh great." I complain.

"It'll be fine. I'll help." he smirks.                        

"You're planning on coming back?" I ask.

"Of course. Oh..." he pauses.

"What?" I wonder.

"Unless you don't want me to. If you still want me to stay away, I can." he continues, rubbing the back of his neck.

"Of course I want you to stay. That whole stay away from me crap is over." I smile.

"I was hoping you would say that." he grins back.

"So, you totally skipped out on me yesterday. That isn't very best friendly of you." I say, with a smile.

"Yeah, sorry, I got so pissed at myself. I didn't want to scare you or  break anything and end up paying a gold mine." he jokes. 

"Yeah. You did get pretty scary, but I know that you would never hurt me." I whisper.

"You can't always rely on that. As much as you think that I wouldn't hurt you, there could be sometime that I do. Hopefully I won't though." he replies.

"Are you saying that you think that you are gonna hurt me?" I ask, shocked.

"Well, I don't know. You can't really tell anything. I wasn't basing it simply on physical hurt. It also could be emotional. I know that there has been many times that I have hurt you already. There may come a day when I hurt you worse. I mean, no I'm not planning on it and I don't want it to happen, but I feel like one day it might." he answers.

"Why would you say that? I truly believe that you are never going to hurt me. I don't care if it's physically or emotionally. I don't think it will happen." I tell him.

"Cora, that is what I do. I hurt people. I can't help it and I don't mean to do it, but I do. It happens. I always say something wrong or do something to make them mad. I pretty much ruin everything." he mutters, with a frown.

"Zach, I know you. Everyone makes mistakes, but I am positive that you won't do that to me. You aren't like that." I whisper, taking his hand in mine.

"Thank you." he murmurs, leaning in and giving me a long hug.

"No problem. If you ever feel bad, just call me, I'll be there for you. You know that." I reply.

"Alright. I should go. I know you need to finish all that homework." he winks.

It is such a simple gesture, but the action alone makes warmth spread through my body. Before he leaves, he gives me one last hug and a kiss on the cheek. He turns sending me a grin and then walking out the door leaving me with a huge smile on my face. At that moment, my life felt good. I felt an emotion that I haven't felt in years. Happiness.


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A/N: Hey guys! 
An update actually on a Wednesday?! I'm actually pretty shocked myself. 

This chapter was a little short, but it is only a filler. I didn't want to make it too long. 

If you don't already know, I normally update this on Wednesday. Well I will be unable to update it next Wednesday because I am going to visit my grandma and my cousins. I won't have much access to a computer, so I will update again this Saturday before I leave. Sorry for the inconvenience guys. 

Anyways, I hope you guys liked it. Sorry if there are any mistakes. 

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