I awake the next morning to the feeling of someone nudging me in the leg and moving around in the bed. What the hell? I open my eyes and turn over finding Harry still fast asleep with his back facing me. I guess he accidentally kicked me in his sleep before turning over. I mean, it’s nothing new because most of the time he tends to kick me and move around a lot while he’s sleeping. Usually he’ll hog the covers as well but he didn’t do it this time thankfully. I sigh and sit up, propping my head against the headboard of his bed before grabbing my phone on the nightstand. I decide to go on Facebook just to see what people at my school have been up to.
I haven’t been on it in a while because all people do on there is complain or just post pictures of themselves bragging about how “hot” they are just to get attention. Thankfully I’m not one of those people. I play some games on my phone for a while until Harry kicked me again in his sleep and I had to wake him up. He wasn’t a happy camper when I did but he got over it once I cuddled with him. After lying in bed for a while we decide to downstairs to have breakfast since we were able to smell it from his room. When we got downstairs, we find our mothers in the kitchen. My mom was at the stove and Anne was sitting at the counter with Gemma! Why didn’t Anne tell us that Gemma was coming home? I guess she came unannounced.
“There are the two sleepy heads,” Gemma said when she saw Harry and I walk into the kitchen.
“When did you get home?” Harry asked her.
“I got here early this morning. I couldn’t miss my baby brother’s birthday party on Saturday,” she said.
She gets up from the counter and before Harry could do anything she immediately pulls him in for a hug.
“Get off,” Harry groaned.
“I missed you,” she said and kisses the top of his head before letting him go.
“Eww,” he mumbled.
“You’re so mean to your sister, Harry,” I giggled and give Gemma a hug.
“Alaina! I missed you,” she said.
“I missed you too,” I said.
“Shit when did you get so tall?” she asked after she released me from our hug.
I laugh after she said that. Ever since I turned 17 everyone has been telling me that I’ve gotten taller which is weird because I don’t feel like I did. I was always taller than Gemma but I guess after not seeing me for a while I guess she thought I grew some more.
“I don’t know. I guess I grew some more,” I laughed.
“I guess you did,” she said. “Can you just go back to being small?”
“Why so you can brag about being taller than me?” I joked.
“Maybe,” she replied.
I laugh again and then go over to help my mom carry the plate of pancakes she made at the stove to the counter. I set it down and then I go to the cabinet to myself one. Just as I reached up to get a plate, I feel someone poke me under my armpits from behind, making me gasp. I turn around and I find Harry standing there with a cute smile on his face. I sigh and playfully punch his shoulder.
“Didn’t I tell you years ago to not do that?” I asked him.
“Yeah but I did it again just to see if that’s still your weak spot,” he replied. “And after hearing you gasp, I take that as a yes,”
I laugh and playfully roll my eyes. He’s such a dork. I grab my plate from the cabinet and go over to the counter to get myself some food. Harry does the same and then we sit down at the table together. Just as I started eating my breakfast, I feel my phone begin to vibrate in my sweatpants pocket. I take it out and my heart accelerates like a million when I notice that Josh texted me.
Hey cutie. Still up for our date on Friday?
I look over at Harry and I immediately notice the hurt look on his face. Even though he didn’t see who texted me, I guess he was able to tell that it was Josh. Right then, I start to feel bad. I want to go on a date with Josh on Friday but at the same time I don’t want to hurt Harry because ever since he told me how he felt when he caught us making out at my house I’ve been kind of debating on whether or not I should cancel my date with Josh. Even though Harry has Kendall, he still has feelings for me and I would hate to see him jealous of Josh again. The last thing I need is for them to start a fight. Hopefully that never happens. Maybe I should just cancel and reschedule my date with him. I’m sure Josh will understand.
No don’t do it Alaina! He’s actually nice to you and wants to be with you. Don’t ruin a relationship over your best friend that continues to ditch you for a slut!
Do it Alaina! Harry may be right about Josh. Don’t risk yourself over an asshole.
My mind is telling me two different things and I can’t seem to decide. Side A is actually right because ever since Kendall came along, Harry has been ditching me for her. During those times Josh has been really nice to me, we have stuff in common, and I can tell he wants to be with me. I know Harry likes me but I know he likes Kendall more. So if I break up with Josh and decide to stay single, Harry will probably still continue to ditch me. Side B is right as well. What if Harry is telling the truth about Josh and not lying about him not being a good guy? Ugh! I hate when I can’t decide something right away. I want to go on the date with Josh but I can’t stop thinking about Harry.
Girl! Stop thinking about Harry and say yes! If Harry gets hurt then so what? Then he’ll know how you feel.
I think over for a few minutes and then I finally make my decision. I hope I don’t regret it later.
Yes we’re still on.
I send the message and wait for him to reply.
Cool. I’ll pick you up at 6.
I smile and put my phone back in my pocket and go back to eating my breakfast.
“You okay?” I asked Harry.
“Yeah, I’m fine,” he replied.
I can tell that he’s lying but I decide to let it go. I’m not in the mood to argue with him in front of my mom, Gemma, and Anne. Harry and I continue to eat in silence but then, we hear the doorbell ring. What the hell? Harry looks at me with a pissed off look on his face and I immediately put my hands up in defense. Does he seriously think I invited Josh over? Even though this is my second home, my mom would kill me if I let my boyfriend over without Anne’s permission.
“I’ll get it,” I said as I begin to get up from the table.
“No, I got it,” Harry said.
He gets up from his chair and then walks out to get the door. I swear, if that’s Josh then I’ll be really upset.
“I’ll get it,” Alaina said as she begins to get up from the table.
“No, I got it,” I said.
She sits back down in her chair and I get up, making my way out of the kitchen and down the hall to the front door. I swear if Alaina invited Josh over to my house then I’m going to be pissed off. I’m not in the mood to look at his face, especially while I’m eating. Just looking at him makes me think about how badly he treats girls and it makes me want to throw up. Ugh. Once I reach the door, I crack my knuckles and take a few deep breaths. Finally, I unlock the door getting ready to knock Josh out but when I realized it wasn’t him I slowly begin to calm down. Standing right in front of me is a tall, built man with brown hair and a black USA Marine Corps sweatshirt. What the fuck? Who is this guy? It better not be my Mum’s new boyfriend. He looks way to young to date someone like her.
“Hi,” he said.
“Hi?” I replied.
“Um…Harry right?” he asked.
I look at him weirdly. How does he know my name?
“Yeah…not to be rude or anything but do I know you?” I asked.
“Yeah. I’m Shane. Katie’s boyfriend,” he replied.
I think for a moment and then I begin to remember. Shane Harrison, Katie’s boyfriend. I knew he looked familiar but I just wasn’t sure. He used to live down the street from us but then he had to go to Iraq since he’s the Marine’s. Katie and my Mum have known him since they were in high school and he used to babysit Alaina and I whenever our parents went out when we were little. He was always a really cool guy. He and Katie didn’t start dating until a few years after Alaina’s father died. Ever since then, they’ve been getting pretty serious so I’m surprised they haven’t got married yet. I guess Katie wasn’t really ready for that yet since she was still kind of grieving over Alaina’s dad.
“Oh right. Sorry I didn’t recognize you for a minute,” I said.
“It’s fine. It’s been a while,” he laughed. “How are you?"
“Good. What about you?”
“Fine. I just got back from Iraq last night. Glad to be home for a while,” he said.
I invite him inside and shut the door behind him.
“Where is everyone?” he asked.
“In the kitchen,” I replied.
He nods and then he follows me back into the kitchen. Just as we walked in, Katie was talking to my Mum and Gemma. Just as she saw Shane, she immediately stops talking and literally runs over to him, hugging him tight.
“Shane! I missed you,” she said.
“I missed you too, Babe,” he said.
“I didn’t think you were coming until later because I thought you were going to be tried from your flight home last night,” Katie said.
“I was but I had to see you,”
She laughs and right then they start making out. Oh god. I walk back over to the table and Alaina making fake gagging noises, making me laugh a little. After a few minutes, Katie and Shane finally stop kissing and Shane goes over to greet my Mum and Gemma.
“Is that who I think it is?” he joked when he saw Alaina sitting at the table.
“Yes it is,” she replied and goes over to give him a hug.
“Man, how long has it been? How tall are you now?” he asked her.
“Five foot six,” she said.
“Nice. You’ve grown two full inches since 8th grade,” he joked.
Alaina laughs and playfully rolls her eyes like she always does.
“Fuck off,” she said, obviously joking.
“Alaina was that necessary?” Katie scolded.
“Sorry,” she mumbled and sits back down at the table.
She then starts pouring maple syrup on her second plate of pancakes. I take a look at her and butterflies start fluttering in my stomach. She’s so beautiful. Even though she just woke up and her hair is a little messed up from sleeping last night but still. Before she was able to notice that I was staring I quickly look away and start finishing my breakfast. After we finished, we washed our plates and we begin to go back upstairs to get dressed but Katie stopped us and told us to come back into the kitchen. We sit down at the counter and we wait to hear what Katie has to tell us. I seriously hope it’s something good.
“What is it mom?” Alaina asked her.
“Well…you know that Shane and I have been dating for a while right?” she asked.
“The other day before Shane came home, we were talking on video chat and he asked me a question that I obviously accepted,” Katie continued.
“Which is?” Alaina asked with a confused look on her face.
Katie looks back at Shane with a smile on her face and then turns back to Alaina. I think I know what Katie is talking about but I decide not to guess.
“Alaina, your mother and I are getting married,” Shane said.
I was expecting Alaina to scream but I thought wrong once she got up from her chair at the counter and literally ran over to them, hugging them tightly. She always loved Shane and she especially loved him being with her Mum. He’s a great guy and a great father figure to her.
“Oh my gosh! Are you serious?” she asked.
“Yes we’re serious,” Katie replied.
“It’s about time,” Gemma said.
“Right?” Alaina said, with a huge smile on her face.
We all laugh and then I take Alaina upstairs so we can dressed. I shut the door in my room and she goes to her bag to pick out an outfit for the day before going into the bathroom to shower. While she does her thing, I sit down on my bed and watch some TV. I’m glad I have Alaina here with me today. I don’t think I can spend one day without her. I mean, she’s so beautiful, funny, and fun to be around. If she weren’t here with me right now she would probably be with that idiot Josh. Ugh. I can’t believe she’s going on a date with him on Friday. I know for sure that he’s going to take her out, treat her like royalty, and then take her back to his house where he’s going to make her have sex with him against her will. I swear if he does that to her, I’m going to kick his ass and make sure he stays far away from her as possible.
Even though I tried before but if he touches her without her permission I will not hesitate to try again. He should have stayed away from her ever since they met but sadly he had to keep talking to her. He makes me sick. I can’t wait until he’s out of her life for good because I just can’t stand him being around her. I know I said this so many times but still. After 15 minutes or so, Alaina finally comes out of the bathroom dressed in light blue skinny jeans and an American Eagle long-sleeved shirt. Her is straightened and her makeup is done perfectly. I love when she does that with her hair because it looks so soft and shiny. She sits down on her bed and immediately snuggles up into me. I love how she has a boyfriend but cuddles and makes out with me behind his back.
“Did you miss me?” she giggled.
“Yes I did. You were in that shower for centuries,” I joked.
She laughs and nuzzles her face into my chest. She feels so warm and smells so good. It’s probably from her fruity scented body wash.
“Are you going to take a shower?” Alaina asked me.
“Yeah I’ll shower in a minute,” I replied.
“I found this funny video on YouTube the other day. Want to see it?” she asked.
“Yeah sure,” I said.
“Okay. My laptop is downstairs. I’ll be right back,”
She gets up from my bed and walks out of my room, shutting my door behind her. Fuck her ass looks good in those jeans.
I walk down the stairs and into the living room to get my laptop but once I got down there, I find my mom and Shane on the couch watching a movie. They haven’t been together in so long due to the fact of him being in Iraq. He’s been there for 3 years. I mean, he’s came home sometimes but he’s always been going back so he can do his job. I seriously hope he’s back for good because I hate when he’s gone. He may not be my real dad but he’s still like a father to me. I try to go past them without them noticing me but my hopes soon faded when they turned their heads to look at me when they noticed that I walked into the room. I briefly say hi and grab my laptop from the coffee table, unplugging it from the charger.
“Alaina, can we talk to you?” my mom asked.
“Sure what’s up?” I asked.
“Sit down,” she said.
I obey and sit down on the couch beside her and Shane.
“We have something serious to tell you,” she continued.
“Oh my god, Mom! Please don’t tell me you’re pregnant,” I groaned.
I may love babies but I don’t want to have a baby brother or sister right now because then I would have to babysit a lot and I don’t want to do that.
“No, I’m not pregnant,” she laughed.
I sigh with relief. Thank god.
“Okay…then what do you need to tell me then?”
She looks at Shane and then back at me again. Just say what you have to say Mom so I can go back upstairs with Harry.
“Alaina, this isn’t easy to say to you but…after Shane and I get married, we’re moving to California,”
What the hell? California? That’s about 2 thousand miles away from here! That means I’m going to have to start at a new school and leave my friends, especially Harry. We’ve been best friends since birth and been inseparable since then. It’s going to be so hard being away from each other. I also don’t want to be away from my other friends too because they’ve been part of my life for a long time as well. Great, now I have to make new friends at my new school. And find a boyfriend since Josh probably wouldn’t want to have a long distance relationship. I seriously want to cry right now. New Jersey is my home, I’ve been here almost all of my life and leaving here would be devastating.
“What? We’re moving? When?” I exclaimed, but not too loudly because I didn’t want Harry to hear all the way from upstairs.
“Yes we are, after we get married,” she said.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because my troop is being stationed there for a few years,” Shane replied.
“Why can’t you just tell them you can’t move?”
“Because it’s part of my job,” he said.
I feel like I’m on the verge of crying. I can’t believe I’m leaving everything behind.
“This is so unfair!” I cried.
“We know, honey. But that’s how life is when you’re the army,” my mom said.
“What about my friends?” I asked.
“You can keep in touch and make new friends at your new school,” my mom said.
“But I don’t want new friends or go to a new school,” I cried. “I can stay here! I’m sure Anne won’t mind,”
I know Anne wouldn’t care if I stayed here while my mom and Shane are living in California. She loves me like I’m her second daughter.
“No, absolutely not!” my mom said.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because Anne has done so much for us already and I don’t want her to be responsible for you since you’re not her daughter,” she said.
“But Mom, I-“
“No but’s Alaina. We’re moving and that’s final,” she said.
I sigh with frustration and get up from the couch, going up the stairs to Harry’s room. I shut the door behind me and I find him on the bed. He’s dressed in skinny jeans and a t-shirt and his hair is tousled perfectly. It’s still a little damp but other than that, it looks perfect.
“Hey,” I said.
“Hey,” he replied. “Was everything okay downstairs?”
“You heard?” I asked.
He nods. Great. He probably heard everything we said.
“Yeah, I heard yelling. What was going on?”
I sigh and set my laptop down on his bed. I can’t believe I’m about to reveal the news to my best friend, my best friend that I’ve known since birth.
“I…I’m moving,” I mumbled.
“What?” he asked.
“I’m moving,” I said, feeling a tear roll down my cheek.
“Shane’s troop is stationing in California for a few years so we’ll be moving there after my mom and Shane get married,” I said.
“Oh my god,” he mumbled.
I cover my face and I immediately let the tears fall from eyes. I can’t believe I’m leaving my best friend. Even though I'm not going to after my mom and Shane get married but still. I feel Harry pull me into his arms and he holds me tight like he always does whenever I cry. I grip onto his t-shirt tightly, not wanting to let him go.
“Hey, everything is going to be okay,” he said.
“No it’s not,” I cried. “I’m going to live 2 thousand miles away from you. Can’t you see how hard that’s going to be?”
“It’s not like you’re moving tomorrow or anything,”
“I know but still,” I whispered.
I sniffle and wipe my eyes along the back of my hand.
“Don’t worry about leaving me now, okay? Once the time gets closer we’ll sort things out and when we get to see each other,”
I nod against his chest and I feel him kiss the top of my head.
After I managed to calm down, I go into the bathroom to fix my makeup since it smeared a little from crying. Then I go back into the room and for the rest of the day, Harry and I stay up there watching movies. Even though I’m moving in 4 months, I still want to spend as much time with him as possible before I go. I know it’s not going to be easy to leave him but I know we’re going to sort things out. Hopefully.