Lost In The Shadows

I’m Brooklyn Addison. I prefer to be referred to by my middle name which my dad gave me: Malia. Brooklyn screams your typical stuck up, bubbly and full of life teenager but that was the old me...

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4. Lost and In Love.

Chapter Four.

 

It was a few days after the party, after our ‘special moment’. Ever since that night, all I could think about was Aiden. I know something changed inside of me when we kissed, it was like I knew all along but I couldn’t admit it to myself, now I had to admit it to him. I knew he had feelings for me but I was the problem, I had too much baggage, I ruined people. But I felt like he changed me, he made me a better version of myself. The old version.

Getting out of bed, I walked up and down my room. It was so late at night and I couldn’t sleep, I had too many things on my mind. I hadn’t seen him since that Saturday night and I needed to but he had been busy. I picked up my laptop and brought up Facebook. Luckily, he was already online.

I typed…

Hey!

And then changed it…

Hiya.

No too boring, uninterested…

Hey, what you up to?

Good. He replied a minute later…

Hey Malia, I’m in bed, can’t sleep?

I waited a few minutes, not wanting to seem over interested.

Same, too many things on my mind…

Bleep…

Hmm, anything I can help with?

I smiled.

Maybe? Rooftop?

Seconds later…

I’ll be there in 20.

I quickly brushed through my angry knots in my hair, tied it back into its usual ponytail, put some more clothes on so I didn’t freeze to death and climbed out of the window. “Ouch!” I said in pain but whispering trying not to wake my dad or my sisters.

After a very long bike ride, I pulled up next to the apartments and saw Aiden standing there on the phone. When I got closer he said to the person on the other side of the call, “Cool, speak to you soon.” I didn’t want to seem noisy so I didn’t ask who he was talking to but I was dying to know. Somehow my body managed to hug him when my mind said no, it was weird and he was confused but he didn’t mind it.

We were up there for about half an ho­ur before he said this, “So, you opened up to me up here. I guess I should do the same!” he smiled. “Ok. I suppose not so many people know about this but when I was about ten-years-old, my dad died. There was an accident and he was in hospital for so long but I got to spend so much time with him in the last few weeks. A few years later, my mum got re-married. He was, is horrible. I don’t know what my mum saw in him but Jesus! He’s always taking her out of the country, that’s why my mum’s never at home. I always have the house to myself, which is nice, but you get lonely after a while.” I looked at him, so innocent but so much pain inside of him.

“Woah, Aiden. I’m so sorry. Why didn’t you tell me?”

He put his hands through his hair and sighed, “It’s ok. You had problems of your own.”

I glanced at him and laughed, “What?” he asked.

“We’re such a pair of troubled people.” trying to make light of our terrible lives.

I was trying to build up the courage to tell him how I felt but every time I tried to say something about it, nothing came out. “Look, we need to talk…” he stopped me before saying,

“Wait, I think I know what you’re going to say.” I told him to continue. “It’s about the whole boyfriend and girlfriend thing, right?” I nodded.

“I thought so. It’s alright, we’ll tell people you broke up with me or something tomorrow.” He smiled, painfully. I had gotten it all wrong, we were talking about totally opposite things. I was going to correct him but then he put his arm around me and just looked at the stars.

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The next day at school, Alexa came up to me near my locker, shockingly. “Hey, um. The other night was really fun. You and Aiden should come to our parties more often.” She smiled, looking at me nervously.

“Oh, I don’t know how Maddison would take that plus me and Aiden broke up.” I said, she looked genuinely sad at the fact that we ‘Broke Up’, almost as sad as I was.

 “Oh, that’s terrible! You guys seemed like you were so in love, I could feel the connection from the other side of the room. Any person could. Come here.” Alexa leaned in and hugged me tightly, like the whole world depended on it. It was horrible, I let alone enjoyed hugging my own dad and I definitely didn’t like hugging my ex-best friend. After she pulled away, I gave her the fakest smile my mouth could comprehend. Maddison started walking over so I said, “Talk of the devil, literally.” Alexa giggled quietly. Maddison gave Alexa a devilish look, if only looks could kill. “And… that is my que to leave. Bye Alexa.”

In class, a few hours later, my maths teacher was going on about algebra. Like who knew what ‘x’ was? All I could think about was Aiden. I wanted, no needed to tell him how I felt about him. It was now or never.

Class finished and I ran straight to the lunch hall, getting shouted at by staff on the way. This was it, I was going to tell him how I felt once and for all.

He was standing there in the Cafeteria, looking gorgeous in his own way as usual. Aiden was talking to someone, I couldn’t quite see who it was but they could wait. This was way more important. Out of breath and wheezing, I shouted, “Aiden!” he turned around and smiled. I could now see who was in front of him. It was this girl, a beautiful girl. She had this oval shaped face, flawless olive coloured skin. It was such natural beauty, the kind of beauty you didn’t need make-up for. Her petite body was long and tall like a model. As I walked closer, I saw her blue eyes, almost white and you could tell she had some kind of twinkle in them. “Malia! I have someone for you to meet.” Aiden said, excitedly. “This is my new girlfriend, Mia.”

TO BE CONTINUED...

 

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