Upside Down

Story about a girl, who's life is not perfect but is better than most, until everything starts to go wrong. Broken down love life, no job and a sudden criminal conviction for a crime she did not commit leads Nysa Brookes into the arms of a dark and mysterious stranger. Can she turn her life around before time runs out?

Note: this story is incomplete, and has not been edited due to focus on other stories. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.

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7. Betrayal

“Where’s she gone?” i asked Seth who was still sitting on the armchair and watching TV.

“She left,” he said bluntly, “Said she drank too much,” he added, wiping his mouth on a dishcloth. I wasn’t angry for her bailing on my reconnection night. It was understandable as she was really drunk.

“You coming to bed, hun?” i asked, heading into the bedroom. He looked as if he was in his own world as he fiddled with his thumbs and stared at the wall.

“I’ll be in after,” he said in a way where i wasn’t actually sure if he was listening to me.

“Ok night!” i called and after no reply, i closed the door, feeling a bit hurt. I stood beside the bed and huffed at the state we’d left it in.

“Better get to work then,” i said under my breath and i yanked the quilt off the bed, which was covered in wine stains. Aside from the wine stains, there was something else that caught my eye. I reached down and picked up a black piece of clothing from the floor. A shiver ran down my spine when i realised what they were. I felt disgusted and my eyes started to water. I tried not to jump to any conclusions, but i felt hurt and angry just thinking about what they were doing in my bed and who’s they actually were, because they certainly weren’t my underwear. I’d officially changed my mind about sleeping; i needed some air instead. I stormed out of my room and avoided eye contact with Seth.

“What’s the matter, babe? I thought you were going to sleep?” Anger welled up inside of me and by saying babe it was as if he was trying to make me hate him.

“Why? Were you planning on going somewhere?!” i snapped, before rushing out of the apartment and slamming the door behind me.

        When i got onto the streets, i didn’t know what to do with myself and straight away i wished I’d brought a jacket. For a while i just paced back and forth, turning down random lanes and getting myself lost on purpose. Right now i didn’t feel like i had a home to return to anyway. I should have felt scared; roaming around the streets at ten o’clock in the night, with hardly any street lamps to light my way. However, my case was different. I didn’t feel scared. All i felt was anger, sadness and betrayal. And to be honest, i had no idea who i should blame. Whether it was myself, for not being there for Seth, not supporting him enough, not making him happy enough so much so that he’d gone to seek happiness in some other woman. As i didn’t know who the woman was, i didn’t know whether i could blame her or not. Was she making advances on Seth that no man could refuse? Was she the one in charge of this love affair? Controlling or blackmailing Seth? Could i even call it a love affair? Maybe it was just a one night stand. But the one i felt i should blame was definitely Seth. He betrayed me by cheating on me. And what made it worse was that he did it in our bed. He lied to me and i feel like i can’t trust him ever again. Thoughts raced around in my head as i continued endlessly roaming the dark streets. I didn’t realise how far I’d walked until i came across Wembley Dale Secondary School. It’s where i first met and fell in love with Seth. As i recalled my greatest memories, painful tears rolled down my face. Back in those days he was very popular with the ladies but he noticed one in particular -me- during an awkward first meeting in a game of dodge ball. Seth and i were on opposing teams and there were only a few of us left in the game. It was when i made the stupid mistake of turning my back to pick up a ball, but it wasn’t until i turned back around that i noticed the hard ball coming straight towards my face. He ran over to me straight away to see if i was alright while the nurse tended to my bleeding nose. I thought it was ‘true love’ back then but I’m starting to feel differently now. I huffed loudly and kicked a large stone off into the distance. It echoed loudly and when the streets fell silent again, i started to feel cold and alone. I wiped the tears away from my eyes, but they just kept falling. The stars from earlier were all covered up now and it looked as if it was going to rain any moment now. For some unknown reason, Raven’s words from earlier popped up in my head: “Don’t get too close to people. You never know who might betray you next.” Was that a warning? Was she trying to tell me that someone close to me was betraying me? I thought of all the people Seth and i new and i recalled the moments when i was out of the apartment and i automatically jumped to a conclusion that needed to be verified.

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