Unrequited//Hemmings

how can you hold onto someone when they're not even reaching.

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Monday's are always hard. You have to go back to school or work. Your sleeping pattern is fucked. The day seems to go in slow motion. The simplest tasks seem so difficult. But Monday's are even more obnoxious and hard to get through when everyone in school is nagging you about your 'boyfriend' sleeping with your enemy. Some people asked me how I was doing. I would say "I'm fine" and walk past them. Others laughed in my face. They told me he never actually liked me and that's why Luke slept with her. They told me I'd find someone better. Worst of all, they told me he never actually liked me. It hurt me the most because I knew it was true.

I heard the all too familiar maniacal laughter that has haunted me since freshman year from behind me. I tried picking up my pace but Taylor grabbed my arm and turned me around.

"Aw, girls, look at her. Poor, poor Aurora." Audrey pressed her finger into the middle of my chest. "You underestimated me and you paid for it. Do it again, and it will be worse." She began walking away while my blood boiled. Everything went slowly.

"You know what, Audrey? No." She turned around and laughed before crossing her arms.

"Excuse me?"

"I'm not going to let you boss me around anymore. I'm not going to let your words intimidate or scare me. You're never going to act on what you say. Sure you slept with Luke. Woopty fucking doo." People had begun to gather around us. "But guess what? If you wanted Luke so damn badly then go ahead and take him. He never liked me anyway. He's yours now. You guys are perfect for each other." I turned around to see Luke with a look of hurt and disappointment on his face. I pushed past him and the crowd of people that grew as I spoke. I walked past the class I was supposed to be in at the time. I walked past the principals office and straight out of the main door. Rain poured down on me as I began to walk home.

"Rory!" I rolled my eyes and kept walking. He eventually caught up and stood in front of me.

"Luke move, please." He didn't move.

"We need to talk"

"I don't want to talk"

"Rory I'm sorry. I was drunk. I know I can't make excuses but please forgive me. I don't want Audrey" He stopped there. He didn't say he wanted me.

"And you don't want me either, Luke, and you know it. I tried so hard not to let any of this bullshit get to me and it didn't at first. But because of the mistake you made, the entire school is making fun of me and telling me you never liked me in the first place. Me and you both know they're right. You don't need to fight for me Luke. I'm not going to fight for you anymore.  This game is over" I walked past him and left him standing, speechless, in the rain.

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I walked into my house and saw my mom leaning on the counter, looking at her phone.

"Rory? What are you doing home?" She asked, taking my soaking wet jacket. 

"I didn't feel well"

"Walking in the rain won't help, honey. Go get changed"

I went upstairs and changed into sweatpants and a sweatshirt. I walked back downstairs and joined my mom in the kitchen.

"Can I ask you something?" She nodded in response. "Why are you and dad getting a divorce?"

"Sweetie, I don't wanna talk about that"

"Is it because of me?" I knew it was a sensitive topic but I couldn't stop thinking about it.

"No, of course not. We're both very proud of you. Some people just fall out of love. We got married too early, too young. I still love your father. We just can't be together anymore." I nodded, taking everything in. I gave her a hug before heading back upstairs. I checked my phone and saw 3 missed calls and 8 messages from Luke.

Please answer me.

We can work this out.

Audrey means nothing to me.

At least let me know you're okay.

Rory?

Whatever.

You were right.

I don't need you.

I knew he didn't like me. I knew he didn't need me. But now it's confirmed. He doesn't need me.

And I don't need him.

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"He straight up told me he didn't need me" I explained to Michael through the phone.

"What a dick. You know, I really hate that kid" I laughed and nodded, although he couldn't see me.

"I kinda do too now" A silence came over us. It wasn't uncomfortable or awkward. Just silent. "Uh, Michael?"

"Yeah?"

"Will you come over?"

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