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10. 9

Chapter 9

            *Brigh’s POV*

            There was no way in hell that I was going to spend time at the mall with Michael and Kate. I couldn’t stand there and watch Michael lie straight to Kate’s face. I heard the little lie he came up with. He had no problem making me sound even crazier.

            I stomped up to my room and slammed the door. Well it looks like I’m going to spending a lot of time up here. Dammit now I’m going to be left alone with Michael everyday while Kate goes to work.

            The rain had started again and I smiled. I love the rainy weather the most. It just makes everything seem so much cozier. I said on my window seat and stared out again. I stared down at the place I thought I’d seen Harry. I don’t know what I expected to see. Maybe I hoped to see him standing there look up here smiling and waving. I sighed and looked down on my hands.

            I wish all of this never would have happened. Sure I would have never have met Harry, but I wouldn’t have to deal with the pain of losing him either.

            I heard a light knock on the door and said a quiet ‘come in’. Luckily Kate stepped through the door. She smiled and sat across from me on the window seat.

            “Listen Brigh, I know something happened last night so what was it.”

            “Like I heard Michael tell you, I thought I saw Harry again.” Fuck you Michael. Not only did you practically cheat on your girlfriend with me her best friend, but not I have to lie for him and cover it up.

            I’m tempted to just take her anger and tell her. Her being angry at me for telling the truth would be better than this false happy my lies are bringing her.

            “I don’t believe that for a goddamn second.”

            “Kate I’m telling you the truth it’s happened before. I’m fucking losing my mind okay.”

            “What the hell are you and Michael hiding?”

            “Nothing, we’ve both told you the truth.” Lying made my heart throb.

            She sighed, “Fine, if that’s what you say happened then I guess I believe you.” She said giving me a smiling.

            I gave her the most believable fake smile I could and turned back towards the window.

            “Okay well, I have work in an hour and a half. Michael and I are going to head to the shops. You still need to take the cough medicine, don’t think I don’t hear you still sniffling.”

            I stuck my tongue out at her. She shook her head and walked out of the room. I sighed and looked back out the window. Below me I could see Kate and Michael walking out to the car. Michael looked up at my window and we made eye contact. I rolled my eyes and got up. I can’t believe after everything that happened last night he continues to act like everything is normal with Kate.

            I lay down in my bed and stared up at the ceiling. Kate is going to find out sometime and she’s going to be even angrier that we lied to her. I’m going to have to talk to Michael sooner or later, it should be sooner but I want it to be later.

            My eyes were about to shut again, since it was so early in the morning, but my eyes shot open when my phone started ringing. I looked over to see that it was a blocked number. I hesitantly answered.

            “I want to come home.” I was confused before realization hit me.

            “Harry.” I whispered.

            The line went dead but the phone was still held to my ear. Tears came to my eyes and the phone finally slipped from my hand. Luckily it landed on my bed. My hand found its way to my mouth. That was Harry’s voice without a doubt. I should know, I heard nothing but that voice for months. It feels like I haven’t heard it in years.

            There’s no way I can ever tell Kate and Michael about this. They already think I’m crazy; getting phone calls from my supposed dead boyfriend won’t help that. I am almost one hundred percent certain that Harry is alive. There’s no way I can be imaging seeing him multiple times and now this phone call.

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            A half an hour later Kate and Michael returned from the shops. Kate quickly got ready for work. I again was held up in my room. I eventually will be able to face Michael after his confession but I think it may be too soon.

            Kate knocked on the door and entered. She was dressed for work and rushing around.

            “Hey, just wanted to let you know that I’m leaving soon. If you still aren’t feeling too well, Michael is right downstairs.

I heard Kate finishing getting ready and walked out the door. I was now alone in the house with Michael. I took a deep breath and my stomach growled. I would have to eat eventually. I sighed and opened my bedroom door. I stood there for a few seconds before walking down the stairs.

Michael was shocked to see me and sat up a little straighter on the couch. I ignored him and walked into the kitchen in search for food. The fridge and cabinets were freshly packed from Kate and Michael’s shopping trip.

I decided on making a frozen pizza; and yes, I planned on eating it all by myself. I took the pizza from the freezer and placed it on the counter to read the instructions. Just as I was placing the pizza in the microwave, Michael cleared his throat from behind me.

“Can we talk?” He said quietly, which is an unusual thing for Michael.

“I think you did enough talking last night.” I said angrily.

“You can’t seriously be mad at me for the way I feel.” He said defeated.

“No Michael, I’m not mad at you for having feelings for me, I might have been at first, but I realized that was stupid. I’m mad at you because you don’t love Kate anymore and you’re lying right to her face. It isn’t fair to her.”

“I know! I want to tell her, but I can’t. I can’t lose her. I can tell I’ve already lost you.” His voice cracked a little at the end.

I sighed and ran a hand through my hair, “Michael, you didn’t lose me. I’m just trying to deal with a huge confession like the one last night. I’m still your best friend. And you really need to tell Kate. I know how much it’s going to hurt her. I know I never want to see her hurt, but we can’t keep lying to her. I can’t keep a secret like this from my best friend.”

“Brigh, I don’t know how to do it.” His face looked like he was about to cry.

I quickly rushed over to him. He needed to know that I was still there for him, that I still cared about him. The pain on his face caused a pain in my heart. I never want to see him upset like this. I know this is partially my fault.

“Brigh I’m so fucking scared of losing everyone I care about. I saw what it was like after you lost Harry.”

“I’m not going anywhere Michael. And Kate’s going to be pissed a first, but trust me you won’t lose her forever.”

I stayed there hugging him for a while before I let go. He face was tear stained and so was the shoulder of my shirt, but I didn’t mind. I wiped some of his tears with my hand. Even though his six foot frame stood over me he seemed so small at that moment. I had never seen him so scared and vulnerable. It was almost enough to make me cry.

“So are you going to make that pizza?” He said cracking a smiled.

There’s the Michael I know.

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Sorry this update is a day late. -Tessa x

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