Chapter 70

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I sat down again and smiled. The smile was replaced quickly by a frown.

"What's wrong babe?" Rob asked, knitting his eyebrows together.
Why is he so attractive? my subconscious asked.

"I need to go home. I need to get everything ready. You gonna hold up?" I asked, sighing. Rob laughed.

"I think I'll be ok. I love you babe."
I kissed his forehead and softly touched his cheek.

"I love you too darling."

I glanced apologetically at him.

"Go," he said with a laugh, pointing at the door. I smiled and left. I walked down the white hallways that I had come to know all too well. I walked down the halls humming Lifehouse. I went into the elevator. It was empty as I went down to the garage level and walked to my car in the cold. I looked at the sky. Nightfall. I got in my car and immediately put in my Marshal Mathers LP CD. I started rapping along to the CD as I drove down the city streets. I thought about Rob as I drove to the apartment. I put the car in the garage, and went into the elevator, pushing the floor 8 button. I entered the penthouse and sighed as I flopped on the couch.

"Hey Alex," a voice said.

"WHAT THE HELL?" I screamed.

"It's just me, Alex."

Julian appeared next to me. I raised my eyebrows.

"WHY THE HELL ARE YOU HERE?" I demanded.

"Well Tom called and said Rob was coming home tomorrow, so I figured I'd help out or just keep you company." Julian shrugged.

"Thanks," I sighed. "You're a killer friend."

He smiled.

"Thanks."

"Oh my gosh, that reminded me. Do you wanna hear your ringtone?" I asked. He laughed.

"Sure."

He called my phone.

"MY BEST FRIEND IS CALLING! HAVING A BEST FRIEND IS AMAZING!
THEY KNOW WHEN YOU'RE SLEEPING, WHEN YOU'RE AWAKE, AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING 24/7!
IT'S LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL STALKER! YOU SHOULD GET A BEST FRIEND! BUT IF YOU TAKE MINE, I'LL KILL YOU! MY BEST FRIEND IS AMAZING!"

Julian laughed. His eyes gleamed.

"Will you stay over 'til tomorrow?" I asked. He nodded.

"Of course," he said with a smile.

"I love you, bro," I sighed. "The big brother I never had."

"How's Rob holding up?" Julian asked. I shrugged.

"He's being Rob. He's pretending he's fine, and I know he's not. He's pretending that his knee is feeling great. You know, the usual he-thinks-that-he's-Superman-and-he's-invincible crap." I sighed, shaking my head. "He stubborn as an ass."

"I can agree with that," Julian sighed. I laughed as I looked at him. His high cheekbones, his short brown hair swept kinda to the side, his bright and gorgeous blue eyes, his strong jawline.
"How are things going with Nikki?" I asked him.

"Eh."

"Well, you're kinda hot!" I exclaimed. Julian raised an eyebrow skeptically. "No, I mean like you're an attractive guy...man? Guy-man. I'm just saying it's surprising that you two haven't...ya know, gotten together yet."

"I don't need anyone," he replied, staring hardly at the floor.

"That's a lie," I scoffed. "You can't isolate yourself from everyone. You need people around you. You need to love."

"But what if I don't want people around me? I don't want to love just to have it ripped away! I've been in love before Alex! It's not all that!" Julian angrily yelled. "Could you imagine waking up every day and watch someone you love, love someone else? Could you? Huh?"

"Julian, don't get angry at me," I said softly. "Things are gonna go well with you and Nikki. I promise."

"Maybe you're right. I'm sorry Alex," he said, his voice raw with emotion. I leaned in and kissed his lips quickly, like a peck on the cheek. Not like romantically, but in a way you'd kiss...a relative.

"That's because you're my brother," I said softly. "No more or less."

Julian's eyes focused intently on the ground. I wrapped him in a loving hug.

"Julian Francis Edelman, you will always need someone. And I'll be that someone, if you like. Forever. Always."

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OMG I READ AN AMAZING BOOK CALLED RIPPER BY THIS AUTHOR AND IT WSS A MURDER MYSTERY AND IT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME AND MY POOR HANDSOME BABY....! MY MOM AND I WENT TO PATRIOT PLACE (at Gillette Stadium) TO DO SOME SHOPPING AND IT HAD A PICTURE OF HIM AND JE LOOKED SL HANDSOME MY POOR BABY :((((((((( THEN I WAS MUMBLING AND WE SAW THIS REALLY ATTRACTIVE PICTURE OF JULIAN EDELMAN AND HE LOOKED HOT AS HELL LIKE WOAH. AND I WAS EMOTIONAL THE WHOLE DAY! SHOCKER RIGHT????????!!!!!!! LOLZ I LOVE YPU GUYSSS!!!
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