Teenage Runaways

Bella... a.k.a Isabella, is a 16 year old school girl who is devoted to her education. She sticks to the rules and obeys her strict parents 24/7. When an 18 year old, rebellious teenager moves to her city, it seems he knows a little bit too much about her.
"We all learn to make mistakes... and run from them."

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18. Chapter 9

It was just about midnight and we had been driving for almost half an hour. I was constantly fidgeting in my seat and Trevor kept glancing over at me with a worried look on his face. I tried not to make eye contact with him to keep it from getting awkward but the silence did that.

"I just... I can't understand why you were at his house in the first place Bell." Trevor said, quickly taking a look at me before looking back at the road.

"He said he wanted to talk. I needed to know the truth." I quietly replied.

"The truth about what Bella? What aren't you telling me?" he asked. When I didn't answer, he took my silence as a chance to interrogate me with more questions. "And what about yesterday huh? You said we were gonna meet up again." he stopped at a traffic light and turned to look at me. "Bella, answer me."

"It's a long story." I told him.

"I have time." he replied.

"You wouldn't understand." I argued back.

"Bella, why are you making such a big deal out of this? Seriously, we're suppose to be best friends and you're keeping huge secrets from me!" he shouted.

I turned to look at him and he raised his eyebrows. I sighed and shifted round a little to face him.

"Please Trevor... just trust me, okay. You don't want to hear this."

"Bella, I care about you. Your safety is crucial to me and I don't want to see you get hurt. Now tell me." he demanded in a soft voice.

I hesitated before scrunching my eyes shut and blurting it out. "Harry is a criminal." I didn't hear a reply so I opened my eyes. "Well..."

"Are you kidding me right now? Please tell me you're joking." he laughed.

"Trevor this isn't a joke! He confessed everything and you don't even want to know half the things he told me! I need to find him because I'm scared for him!" My voice echoed through the car.

Trevor's eyes shot open and his mouth grew wide. "Don't you mean scared of him. You've known this guy, what, a week... and you're already chasing after him! This is crazy... you're crazy!" Trevor shouted back.

"Well, according to Harry, I've known him for quite a while actually." I replied and turned to look out the window.

I watched the other cars as we sped past them and I could hear Trevor talking to himself as his eyes stayed fixed on the road. It took him a few minutes to catch onto what I just said.

"Wait. What do you mean quite a while? Bella... do you know something that I don't?" he asked. Obviously I do, but how am I suppose to explain it to him?

"Trevor, I really can't explain it, it would take a lot of time and I don't even understand half of it." I begged him to stop asking, but he was having none of it.

"Bella, you better tell me everything right now or I will stop this car and throw you out of it." Wow. That's how desperate he is to know.

"You know you can be really intimidating at times." I snapped.

"Tell me!" he shouted.

"Okay, okay, fine!" I replied before preparing myself. "Okay. This was a long time ago, about 10 years. It was only brief and he was just a homeless little kid who gave me his jacket. I'd forgotten about it until he reminded me just now. He never stopped thinking about me." Trevor kept his gaze on the road as I continued. "I was waiting for my father outside school. It was the father-daughter disco and he was running late. I had nobody to go in with and my Mum was already home. So, I sat on the curb and I waited in the cold. And then, this little scruffy kid came running up to me and we just... I don't know, got to know each other I guess. The rest is just one big confusing mess and I have no idea how I got myself into this situation." I shouted and felt my eyes fill up.

"Oh My Gosh... Bella, I'm sorry." Trevor said, handing me a tissue from his glove box.

"Why are you apologising?" I asked, wiping my eyes.

"Because I should have kept you away from him, I should have known he was bad news."

"Trevor, it's fine. We had no idea what type of guy he was. It's just a huge mistake and I'm gonna fix it, trust me." I smiled.

"Well, from now on, we are sticking together. I'm not letting you out of my sight!" he smiled back.

I gave him an awkward look before looking away.

"Oh My... what now? Are you gonna tell me that Harry's vanished and we'll never see him again and all our worries are gone?" Trevor laughed.

"Kinda." I replied slowly.

"Oh for the love of God! Bella, what the hell are you talking about because I'm seriously confused right now?!"

"Remember how I said criminal?" I asked.

"Yeah..."

"Well... um, Harry's gone because he is on a Wanted list for DUI and basically I'm going to find him... oh look the light is green!" I tried changing the subject but Trevor got the whole message.

"Woah woah woah! DUI? Wanted list? Isabella White what are you thinking?!" he shouted at me. "This guy has literally just ran away from you after trying to find you all these years. He's just confessed like his entire life to you... a crime he committed and now you want to go backpacking to track him down? What are you gonna do when you find him, huh? Are you gonna tell him that you love him? Are you gonna hand him in to the police? Or, even better, are you gonna run away with him so you'll both be free?" Trevor laughed. His sarcasm really pisses me off.

"Yeah, maybe I don't have any idea what I'm gonna do when I find him and maybe I am putting myself at risk but... this is the first time someone has ever shown the slightest bit of interest in me. For once in my life, I actually feel like someone cares about me, all of me, not just my future. Do you have any idea how it feels to sit in a room full of crowded people and still feel lonely? How it feels to have to live up to everyone's expectations of you and constantly feel disappointed in yourself when you don't make everyone proud? I'm finally doing something for myself and honestly, I fully understand if you're against it, but I'm going to find Harry with or without you."

"Oh God, Bella you're crazy. You are 100%, full blown, top of the range crazy! And I have had tons of experience in expectations and isolation okay, I'm gay Bella! And I don't know if you know this, but a lot of people don't like that. But I never cared, because I had the love of my life right in my hands and I let him go. I let him go because I was too selfish to realise what the hell was going on. So, I'm gonna tell you right now that I don't approve of this and if I had it my way, I would grass you up right now, but I'm not going to." Trevor said. I've never seen him this serious before.

"What are you saying Trevor?" I asked.

"I can't believe I'm saying this... I'm coming with you!"

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