Chapter 12

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I headed into the kitchen, half expecting my mum to lash out and me, but instead, she was busy watching something at the dining table on her tablet. She even smiled at me when I headed to grab a juice box from the fridge.

So, it's not her. I thought, mentally cleaning her name of an imaginary list of suspects. I headed to the shop, wondering maybe if it was my father or one of the technicians, but they were all busy changing screens, and my father didn't look like he'd gotten up to do anything in the last three hours. I hung out with Theresa for a while, helping her out by holding things up, and handing her tools before eventually leaving the shop.

It was seven thirty P.M. when I got upstairs to my room. I put my laptop aside before heading to take a shower. If it was one of my sisters that saw us, then it should be okay - sort of. I prepared myself to confront them when I left the bathroom.

When I got out of the shower and walked into my room I eased a brow in confusion when I spotted Chloe sitting on my bed and staring straight at me.

"Do you mind?" I asked, motioning towards my towel wrapped body. She didn't look embarrassed though, and she just shrugged.

"Okay, what are you doing here?" I asked before trailing off in realization. I frowned a little, speaking up. "Were you the one that slammed the door to the workroom?"

Chloe looked away from me, staring at her lap before she eventually nodded, answering my question.

My face warmed up at that. "So you saw us?" I asked, running a hand through my wet curly hair. She looked up at me before nodding, only making my face to grow warmer.

"Are you guys dating?"

My eyes widened in shock, and I immediately shook my head as I wondered how on earth she'd come to that conclusion.

"No," I said, still shaking my head. I stopped, running a hand through my hair instead. "Why would you think that?" I asked, watching her shrug in response.

"I don't know. Maybe it was because he was closing in like exams towards the end of a semester, but you know, just maybe," she said, obvious sarcasm staining her tone.

I sighed, walking over to my bed before seating beside her at the edge.

"We're not dating," I said, trying to drill the information into her head. "I don't know what happened down there..."

"Do you like him?" she asked, cutting me mid-sentence. I turned my head to look at her, feeling my face warm up as I nodded slightly.

"Yeah," I muttered, playing with a loose thread of my brown towel.

"Ah, so you're gay?"

"I don't know. I just like Felix," I answered honestly. "What I'm saying is that I've never actually thought deeply about it. I really don't think I want to either."

"Oh, okay," she said. I looked down to find her wiggling her dark-skinned toes in the black fur carpet. I shook my head, smiling a little before staring up at the wall clock above.

"It's almost eight thirty," I said.

"Yeah, we should have had dinner by now," she said before getting up. "I'll be going now."

I nodded my head, watching as she headed for my room door. She suddenly turned, giving me a worried look.

"I'm okay with you dating Felix — or whatever it is you're doing with him. I'm sure Samantha will feel the same way, but I'm not too sure about our parents..." she trailed, pushing away the braid that had come loose from the colorful bobbin pins behind her ear.

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