Chapter 49

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“Charlotte, you’ve been glued to that cell phone for the best part of three hours” my mom complained for the third time as we sat together, with Joshua, watching a movie.

I didn’t want to have to explain to her that it was Matt who I was texting. Needless to say I had been pissed off when I saw his arm around Laura in the office earlier that day.

He had told me that he was going to break it off with her. Not only was I annoyed with him, but I felt guilty. He had placed me in an awkward position. He was making me seem exactly how my dad and his mom did.

I didn’t want to be the object of someone’s adultery.

I continued to sit there, staring harshly at my screen as Matt continued to dish out apologies and reasons as to why he was yet to break up with her.

And of course, he knew that Emily and I were behind her sudden illness. He knew that we would have done something – or at least that Emily would have – and he was also pissed off with that. Although, he really had no right to be.

In a moment of anger, I threw my phone down onto the sofa beside me.

“Bad day?” my mom asked me full of concern. I was about to nod when Josh brought Laura up into the conversation.

“Charlotte,” he begun to my annoyance. As if he even being there was bad enough. I couldn’t be bothered with him at that moment.

“What?” I snapped.

Looking down at the floor, he nervously continued “what happened with your art teacher today? People said that she ran out and was violently ill afterwards, and went home.”

“You know nothing more than I do” I grunted, rolling my eyes.

By this time, my mom had begun to listen in. “Laura? Your art teacher? Matt’s girlfriend?”

“Yes yes yes” I answered her. For some reason I wanted to scream at both of them. They were really grating on me and I had no idea why I was acting like that.

“Oh, I bet Matt was really worried about her” she mulled.

“Yeah,” Josh added. “He took her to the hospital.”

Not knowing about that, I picked up my cell and initiated another accusation argument with him. It was one thing to comfort her, but to stay all day at the hospital with her? It was really getting to me.

I had never been this jealous before, nor had I shown this amount of jealousy before.

“Charlotte, who the hell are you texting that angrily?” my mom asked, slightly amused.

“Nobody.”

“Well, it must be someone” she challenged.

“Oh for God’s sake can you people not leave me alone?!” I shouted loudly as they both recoiled slightly in shock at my sudden outburst. I never usually was that bad.

“Charlotte,” she laughed. “Calm down. You would think you were-”

Before I could hear another one of her derogatory comments I ran upstairs, away from both of them.

Texting a mad reply to Matt, I ran to my room and flopped down on my bed. For the first time in a little while – almost three weeks – I felt the urge to hurt myself.

I really didn’t want to; especially because I knew that Matt would be annoyed and disappointed with me.

I rolled over and looked at the clock, it was half ten. I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I didn’t want to do anything stupid that I would regret.

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