Chapter 15 | | The Truth is...

I stormed back into the building mindlessly, hoping Jackson and Noah weren't already infected with the Jessica virus. I was in the middle of the hallway and kept looking around me but I couldn't find anyone of them.

If Jessica already told them some stupid lie about me and Paula, I would never be able to defend myself. It'll be some weird stuff that I won't be able to disprove, something like she has done with Lizzie.

Even if she did, I hope they are intelligent enough to realize what she is up to.

Suddenly, I spotted Jackson in the, standing with some jocks of the football team. I rushed over to him, gripping his arm and pulling away instantly. He looked at me bewildered and touched his arm.

"Ouch. Your grip is tighter than expected", he whined. "Is there something wrong ? You look...weird.", he seemed to be quite the same way as always.

"Are you mad at me ?", I tested him.

"What ? Why would I be mad at you ?", his words caused me to sigh in relief. "Thank God."

"What are you even talking about '?", still wearing the confused look on his face.

"Haven't you heard what happened with Lizzie and Eddy ?", he really did not seem to know what I was talking about. I told him the short version of the whole story beginning with my suspicions until what happened at the party to now.

"Wait. You mean Jessica plans to humiliate you just in order to get rid of you ?", his face filled up with anger.

"The worst part is that Eddy obviously believes the whole story. As if Lizzie would do something like this. She was not even able to talk to Eddy at first, how is she supposed to talk to other guys she does not even know. We need to unbrainwash is head in order to bring him back to his senses.", Jackson nodded in agreement.

"I get that you are really mad at him and everything but there is a reason he acts like this. He had a girlfriend two years ago with whom he was completely in love with. Seriously, he wasn't always like this. One day he caught her with some guy having sex and since then, he is the Eddy how you know him. He really liked Lizzie, seriously. I guess he just assumed the worst before thinking about the whole situation because he never experienced something different."

Eddy heartbroken ? Wow I did not really see that coming. Seems like Noah is not the only one who is full of surprises.

"That does still not give him the right to talk to Lizzie like that, cheating ex girlfriend or no cheating ex-girlfriend but now I do understand why he behaves like this."

"Yeah, I know but I guess it's true what people say.", he said as we walked to our classrooms.

"What do you mean ?"

"Behind every bad boy is a girl who broke his heart.", with that he walked into his classroom, leaving me in the empty hallway.

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There are three types of friends: friends for a reason, friends for a season and friends for a lifetime. I'd consider mine to definitely belong in the third category. I could count on them and they could count on me no matter what. All for one and one for all. I do support Lizzie with all of my heart but as bad as it sounds: I do understand Eddy's reaction. Although Lizzie really did not do anything and he completely overreacted by humiliating her in front of the school, I do know how Eddy felt like.

You believe everything is more than perfect and then everything is crushed within a second and the person you claimed to know like yourself, becomes a stranger. The butterflies in your stomach you get when you see the person, the skip your heart makes when you hear their voice and the adrenaline, rushing through you body when the person touches you. All that suddenly seems like a total lie to you.

I do not wish anybody to ever have to experience something like this. It feels like someone ripped your heart out, smashed it onto the ground and stepped on it.

But do you know what is worse ?

Missing the opportunity to live your life because you were holding on to the grief so immensely that you forgot how happiness feels like and this, my friends, is the true misery. Being sad becomes your comfort zone, you are afraid to step out of it because for you it easier to stick to what is familiar than to take the risk to be happy. This is something I tell Lizzie all the time, although I have to admit I do not always live up to it myself but I honestly believe that is a risk everybody should take. It's a chance worth taking it because you owe it to yourself to be happy. Whatever makes you sad, leave it. Whatever makes you happy, keep it. The time will pass anyway. You can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don't want. It's your choice.

Of course there will be bad times but life is what you make out of it. Don't become the toy in your own game. It's not about waiting for the storm to be over, it's about learning how to dance in the rain. Sometimes you have to give up on people, not because you stopped caring but because they did and that is ok. You do not own anybody an explanation for anything you do.

The problem is that most of the people are aware of all this but that they have trouble to put it into practice. We read those motivational quotes everywhere, we know that there is a certain truth behind it and decide to change our life and live according to them but most of us fail miserably.

You know why ?

Because our mind is convinced but our heart is not. The moment you read the quote is not crucial but the moment you understand it. That moment when it makes click in your head, you understand why this quote is important and why you should live up to it.

You cannot force the moment to arrive, you cannot force a genuine realization but believe me the moment will come and then you'll be ready for it to embrace it.

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An enormous thank you to poppi1seed for the amazingly designed cover ❤❤❤❤

Hey guys,

I hope you liked that chapter.

I know it is very unusual because there was no actual plot in the second part but I thought of trying something new because I like concerning myself with those thing :)

Just tell me if you like it or not and I will try to include more of this or not if you do not like it :)

Love,

Sol

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