We all put our bags in the car and we were off. A few hours passed and we arrived.
"Isn't it great to get away?" Cora's aunt asked.
"Yeah." Cora smiled.
We all walked to the beach shortly after.
"Jacob, will you build sandcastles with me?" Derek asked.
"Sure." I smiled.
After building for a good hour, I stood up. I walked around the beach to search for Cora.
I saw her talking to a guy. They held hands and kissed.
The guy walked away and I ran up to Cora.
"What was that? Why were you guys kissing? Who was that guy?"
"Why are you acting so jealous?" Cora asked.
"Because you're my girlfriend!"
She looked at me in confusion.
"What are you talking about?" She asked.
"Cora, we kissed. We cuddled..."
"Jacob, it was just a kiss. It doesn't mean we're dating. Get over it." She growled.
I stared at her as she walked away, and inside I wondered why I was so stupid.
I ran to the hotel and I went into the room.
"I can't believe I let myself fall for that." I growled and threw my clothes in my suitcase.
I slammed my suitcase shut and left the room.
"So stupid." I kept growling to myself.
Cora ran up to me.
"What are you doing?" She asked.
"Leaving. Like I should've done in the first place."
"Jacob, to be honest, it was just a kiss. It meant nothing."
"Did mine mean nothing or did his?"
"That's what I thought." I said and continued walking.
She grabbed my hand.
I pulled my hand away.
I looked back at her.
"I think of you as my brother. I never meant to hurt you, okay?"
"I'm not falling for that again." I shook my head and kept walking down the hall.
She jumped in front of me.
"Remember all the good times we've had? I don't want to lose you."
"I thought those times meant something. Although I also thought the kisses did too, and look how that turned out."
"Jacob, I can't lose my best friend."
"He's probably still at the beach. You should go get him." I smirked.
"Jacob, I'm serious. You're the best friend I have ever had."
"You don't lead your friends on, Cora. I can deal with you dating someone else. I can deal with just being friends. But the one thing I can't deal with is that you acted like the kiss was nothing. You led me on, and you will have no fucking idea how much that hurt." I growled and left.
"Why are we fighting over a stupid kiss?"
I glared at her.
"Do you know how much I liked you? How many times I thought about you? And that's not even the worst part. The worst part is that I fucking fell for you."
She stared at me, speechless.
I clenched my jaw, shook my head, and walked away.
I stormed out of the front door.
There was a bus station down the street and I caught a bus back home.
I stood in front of my house, my heart beating fast. I reached for the handle, but I quickly pulled my hand away.
I rang the doorbell and suddenly someone tackled me into the bushes.
The front door opened and shut after a few seconds.
I saw Cora putting her hand over my mouth.
"Jacob, you can't go back there. Your dad punched you and even though you're pissed at me, I will always care about you."
I looked at her, my heart beating fast.
She took her hand off of my mouth.
I was at a loss of words.
"Jacob, say something..."
I could tell she was telling the truth, but I couldn't get words to come out of my mouth.
I looked her in the eyes. I looked at her arms. I looked at her lips. She looked me in the eyes and put her hand on my cheek. I jumped up.
"What's wrong?" Cora asked.
"N-Nothing. Let's just go home." I said.
I went into my room and sat on my bed.
Cora walked in and sat next to me.
"Jacob, I really am sorry. I thought we were on the same page."
"It's fine." I said, taking my shoes off.
She looked at me, concern on her face.
"Okay. But if you ever need anybody to talk to, my room is right across the hall..."
"Yep." I said.
She left the room and I sighed deeply.
A text popped up on my phone a few minutes later.
I went to her room and knocked on the door.
She opened the door and looked at me.
"I have to ask you something." I said.
"You said you love me... did you mean that as in... a brother or-"
"Jacob, you've been there for me through thick and thin and I know I've messed up, but I didn't mean that as in a brother sort of way."
I stared at her.
"Which sort of way did you mean it? I just want to make sure I under-"
She kissed me on the lips before I could finish my sentence.
"I, uh... I'm going for a walk." I said quickly and left.
I took deep breaths and sat on a bench.
"This can't be happening. Should I trust her? No, no. I can't do that. What if she's being honest? No, Jacob, don't be an idiot." I said, talking to myself.
I stood up and paced back and forth.
Leaves were crunching and I turned around quickly. A girl was standing there, looking at me.
"You seem to have a lot on your mind." She said.
"It's that obvious, huh?" I sighed.
"Dude, you're pacing back and forth and talking to yourself. People don't do that when nothing is wrong." She said.
She sat on the bench.
"So, what's going on?" She asked, "If you don't mind me asking."
"Relationship problems." I sighed.
"I know most people tell others to follow their heart, but hearts are fucking stupid. What does your brain say?"
I thought for a minute. I knew what to do.
"You're right. Hey, I have to go. Thank your for your advice." I said.
When I got home, I went straight to Cora's room and knocked on the door.
"I think we should just be friends." I said.
"I thought you wanted to date..."
"Well, I've thought about it and I don't know what to trust anymore."
"Okay." She sighed and shut her door.