Chapter 23

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"Then Vic jumps off the roof into the pool and smacks his arm on the edge of the pool, breaking it in three places. So he's in pain and Vivian's calling the ambulance but as that happens, Mike jumps from the roof and into the pool too. And the little shit broke his arm as well." Mr. Fuentes finishes his story grinning as I laugh.

Mr. Fuentes was telling me all of Vic and Mike's funny childhood stories. It was great. We were bonding and it was almost like I had a father again.

"Hey, can you pass me the screwdriver?" I ask leaning further into the car so I reach around the engine.

He passes me the screwdriver and I point it between the connector and the terminal post and twist it to lodge it firmly.

"Try starting the car now." I call and Mr. Fuentes does just that.

As I hoped, the engine starts running and I step away from the hood of the car. Mr. Fuentes is grinning at me proudly but I look past him to see Vic pulling up in the driveway. I feel a bubbly sensation enter my stomach as excitement fills me. I've been waiting for him to get home all day. I've missed him so much.

I notice an annoyed look on his face as he gets out of the car. Oh no, what's wrong? He walks into the garage and stops, crossing his arms over his chest.

"You should be in bed." He says coldly to me.

"I know, I just really needed to stretch my legs and your dad needed help with the car." I explain feeling a little hurt that he's being so cold towards me.

"I don't care. You heard what the doctor said; bed now." He says seriously and I sigh. Why is he so annoyed with me over this?

"Vic, relax. He was just helping me. We're almost finished." Mr. Fuentes says, seeming as shocked as I am about his attitude.

"Not my problem. He needs to follow doctor's orders." Vic snaps and I start feeling scared.

"It's alright Mr. Fuentes. I'll go. All you need to do is either clean or replace the cables." I explain pushing back tears.

He nods and hands me a hand towel to clean my greasy hands. I do just that before giving it back to him and he gives my shoulder a comforting squeeze. I follow Vic as he walks out of the garage and into the house. We go upstairs to his room and I instantly walk over to the bed. I slide off my shoes and get in, getting under the duvet as well. I roll over away from Vic and I let a few tears fall.

"I'm just going to go to sleep. Don't bother waking me up for dinner." I murmur, my voice squeaking from the lump that has risen in my throat.

Vic sighs and I feel the bed dip down. He rests his hand on my shoulder, his thumb lightly travelling over it.

"I've upset you, haven't I?" He asks softly and I huff.

"No shit." I mutter sarcastically as I roll over, letting more tears fall from my eyes.

"Please don't cry. I'm sorry." He pleads wiping my tears away with the back of his hand.

"What's wrong with you? I wait all day for you to get here because I missed you then we you get home, you attack me. I know that I shouldn't be out of bed but I've been doing so good lately and I really just wanted to help your dad." I explain getting more upset as I speak then just burst into sobs.

Vic pulls me into his arms and I bury my face into his chest.

"I knew you didn't love me. I knew it." I cry and he hugs me tighter.

"Hey, hey, that's not true. I do love you. More than anything. Don't doubt that. I was just upset and I took it out on you. I'm so, so sorry. I love you Kells." He rambles and I snivel into his chest starting to calm down now. "I promise, I'll never do that again."

"Why were you upset?" I ask curiously.

"It's not important. What's important is that you know that I'm beyond sorry and that I love you very much." He says obviously avoiding the question.

"It is important, what upset you?" I ask sternly.

He sighs and kisses my forehead.

"It's honestly nothing. I actually really want to talk to you about something." Vic says.

Though I still want to know what upset him, I'm now curious about what he wants to talk to me about.

"What is it?" I ask curiously.

"Oli's throwing a party on the weekend. He wants you to be there. So does Tay. Would you be comfortable with going?" Vic asks.

"Will you be there?" I ask.

"Of course." Vic nods.

"Do I have to sit in that stupid fucking wheelchair?" I ask a little bitterly. I honestly hate that thing.

"No but I trust that you won't be running laps around Oli's yard." Vic smirks and I giggle.

"Then I'll go." I decide and Vic grins before kissing my nose.

"I'll let Oli know right away." Vic says pulling out his phone and calling Oli.

It's going to be nice seeing my friends again, though I can't help but to feel intense anxiety about the party. A good majority of the school will be there and a lot of them hate me. I just hope the night is not a disaster.

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