Cruel

Ru knew the world was cruel; she learned that the hard way. She thought that she was the only one, but when she met Luke Hemmings and then Calum Hood, everything changed.

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Chapter 28

 

Month 17. Day 31.

 

Today is the day. Today is the day where I go out in search of my new apartment. I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few days, and I decided that this is what I need to do. I need my own privacy, my own girl time, and I can’t focus on what the boys are going to think.

 

I’m following my real estate agent, Carrie, into the first apartment that I’m going to look at. It’s twenty or so minutes from the boys’ house and thirty from “Mali’s”.

 

“Okay, so this one is $400 a month. It’s pretty small; only two rooms, but it’s the perfect size for a single person.” She leads me inside and up the flight of stairs. She unlocks the door and leads me inside.

 

I look around the small space. The kitchen, living room, and bedroom are all in the same room. The bed is up on this loft thing, which is actually pretty freaking sweet. The walls are painted white and most of the furniture is white, with a few yellow throw pillows to add some color. The couch has pull out drawers, and I’m guessing that’s where I would put my clothes.

 

The fridge and the stove are shoved into a corner and there’s no counter space for me to fix any meals.

 

I walk into the bathroom and my eyes widen at its little size. The shower is barely big enough for me to fit and everything is so squished together that there’s barely any floor to walk on.

 

I turn back to Carrie and shake my head. “I’m not feeling it.” She smiles at my choice of words and leads me out of the apartment. “I like the price, but it’s just way too small.”

 

She leads me down the stairs and out the door. “So, we’re looking for something around the same price, but a little bigger?”

 

I nod. “I’m fine with the price going up a little bit more, but in the hundreds would be ideal.” She nods as she takes in my words and we both get into her Honda Civic.

 

She pulls out of the driveway. “So did you like the loft-styled bed?”

 

I nod fast. “Yeah, I thought that was really cool.” She starts to drive and we sit in silence for the next five minutes.

 

The second apartment is fifteen minutes from the boys’ and twenty five from “Mali’s”.

 

“Here we go.” Carrie leads me inside and we take the elevator to the very top floor. She unlocks the door and leads me into the apartment. “So, we call these studio apartments and they’re quite bigger than regular apartments. The price is only $750 a month, but you’ll see the difference in space.”

 

I nod, already seeing the difference. One of the walls is solid brick all the way up, and the other walls are painted a light brown. There’s another loft-style bed, but this time, the bed is on the bottom part and there’s storage at the top. There are stairs, not a ladder, leading from the top of the bed, and each stair has a storage compartment. I’m loving this place already.

 

The kitchen is larger than the first apartment, but not by much. At least there are a few counter spaces to prepare food. I peek into the bathroom and smile. There’s actually room to walk around in this one. And this one has a bathtub!

 

But as much as I love this place, I want to see more. I don’t want to make a quick decision about something like this.

 

I walk back to where Carrie is patiently standing by the front door. “I like it, but I’d like to see some more places.”

 

Carrie leads me out of the apartment and back into her car. “Okay, so the next apartment I’m thinking about for you is about ten minutes from here.”

 

I nod. “Let’s go.”

 

Ten minutes later, she’s leading me into the third apartment. It’s another studio style apartment with a loft bed. One wall is completely book shelves, and I can’t help the smile that creeps onto my face. Everything wooden in the room is a dark brown color, that makes the room feel… homey, I guess you could call it. The layout is pretty similar to the last apartment, but I love it. And it’s closer to the boys.

 

Apartment hunting has been harder than I thought it would be.

 

                        ***

 

Four hours later and I’m back home. After the third apartment, Carries showed me six more.

 

One had a whole wall that was a chalkboard. The second one, the bed was literally hanging from the ceiling. The third one didn’t have a loft bed, but the layout was still really cool. The fourth one was super wicked. The fifth one’s bed was practically on another floor. And the sixth one was very small, but also very cute. (pics attached to top of chapter)

 

I can’t stop thinking about what it’ll be like to live alone. I mean, I’ve thought about it when I was younger; when I wanted to get away from my parents and their rules, but I’m already out of my childhood home. This time, I’m on my own for real, and I’m really excited about it.

 

I can just imagine it now: me being able to walk around, half naked; me being able to leave my bras laying out without being teased about it; me being able to take a bath without one of the guys walking in to pee. Plus no stinky boy socks; no tripping over their various shoes; not having to worry about the guys eating all of my snacks. Sounds like heaven to me.

 

I knock on Calum’s door before walking in and he looks up and smiles. “Hey gorgeous. Where have you been?”

 

I plop down on the bed next to him and smile. “Just out.”

 

He raises an eyebrow at me. “Secrets, eh?” I shrug my shoulders.

 

“Nothing for you to be worried about.” He accepts that as my answer and wraps his arm around my shoulders.


After a year in therapy, I’m looking at apartments for myself.

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