Hurdles

Our relationship. It wasn't sonnet inspiring, the story of it won't make thousands want to listen. But it was complicated and it was special to us. It was certainly more than I bargained for from just seeing a boy with a football helmet across the room.

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78. Seventy eight

"I'm ignored at dinner for the rest of the week. I can tell Brie and Daniel feel kind of bad and awkward about the whole thing because they make an effort all the time to talk to me which I do appreciate. 

"So Alice, how's Freddie?" Daniel asks at dinner on the last night of

"He's great thank you." I say, smiling. 

"So is he at university then?" Brie asks. 

"Yeah, he's studying Economics. I've actually applied to be on that course too." I say and then laugh a little. "God knows why, I'm probably going to be terrible at it but he's really good with things like that so hopefully he can help me."

"I'm sure you'll be great at it by yourself." Daniel beams. "You're brilliant at math aren't you?" 

I laugh. "I don't know about that."

"Harry, isn't she great at math?" he asks Harry who's at the sink getting a glass of water. 

"She's okay." he says bluntly and Daniel just raises his eyebrows. 

"Well she did better than you as far as I'm concerned so..."

I grin at him and he grins back. I appreciate him making an effort to make conversation with me and I appreciate Brie being so kind all week. I'm actually going to miss them when they go back, however relieved I'll be to see Harry leave.I do love them, they've basically become like my second parents. Mine are still so mad with the way I've been acting, it's good to have a second set I guess.

Freddie comes over that evening to hang out and I'm complaining about Harry's annoying little maths comment when Freddie sighs. I frown at him. 

"What?" I say and sigh too. "I need to shut up don't I?" 

"No." he chuckles. "No, you never need to shut up. I just think you need to give Harry a bit of a break." he puts his hands up defensively when he sees my face. "Hear me out! I just think he's over here, he's been forced to stay with his ex for a week, there's nobody his own age to talk to. Maybe we just need to show him a little kindness."

I sigh, rolling onto my front and looking at him. "Why should I do that after everything he's done?" 

"Because you're the bigger person." he smiles, tucking my hair behind my ear. "Jaclyn's having that party tomorrow, he doesn't leave until the next morning right? Invite him along."

I groan, resting my head on his chest. "Why do you even care?" 

"Because I feel bad for him. Invite him now."

"I don't wanna." I complain and then I hear footsteps walk past my door and Freddie perks up so it must be Harry. 

"Hey mate, doing anything tomorrow night?" Freddie calls out and when I look, Harry's looking at him confused. 

"More than likely not." he replies. 

"Want to come to a party? It's just a little gathering, drinks and everything. Should be fun." he says.

"Uh, yeah, sure." Harry shrugs and then walks off downstairs. Freddie smiles at me like he's saying I told you so. 

"Shut up." I hit his chest but I'm smiling. I can't believe how nice he is. 

"I guess I'm the bigger person." he teases and kisses my cheek. I know he's right even if he was joking. I've moved on from being in love with Harry, I should have moved on from the silly little rivalry as well. It does feel good to be inviting him to this party, even if I didn't do the actual inviting. I'm going to use tomorrow night as my opportunity to be the bigger person like Freddie said. 

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