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Grayson's POV

Me: if I have your number then why aren't we texting

Aria is typing...
Because I don't know if you'd be sending screenshots to people

Me: you don't trust me

Aria is typing...

Me: so does this mean Saturday isn't happening

Aria is typing...
I'm sorry but not anymore

I drove over to her house.

"Hi, Grayson."

"KJ. You're back. Nice seeing you."

"Why are you here?"

"I need to talk to Aria really quick."


"Grayson?" she walked out while drying her hair.

"I had a quick question for you."

"Okay? KJ, a moment please."

"I'll give you five minutes." we walked outside.

"Why don't you trust me?" I asked. "You said yes."

"Because Grayson. You probably go around telling girls the same thing. Your reputation is so bad. I know you say I'm different and you've 'crossed your heart and hope to die' but I don't know how many other people you've told that to. I'm scared okay. I don't know how to handle this. I don't know how to handle you." she ran her hands through her hair. I kissed her. She gave in but soon pulled back.

"And you can't keep kissing me like that so you get what you want and so that I forgive you quicker."

"What do I have to do to get you to trust me?"

"Grayson, I need time." she sighed and rubbed my cheek with her thumb, "to think all of this through."

"Is this suppose to be a test to see if I'm loyal to you?"

"Aria, your five minutes are up." KJ came out.

"I'll talk to you later." she looked at the ground as she walked in and KJ stared at me.

Aria's POV

"What the hell happened out there? I could hear you screaming from the kitchen."

"Don't worry about it." I looked away.

"Are you dating him?"

"KJ I'm not going to talk about this right now."

"Then when are you going to talk about it? You need to open up to me. Let me be there for you when Rosalie can't. You can't keep stuff in like this. It's toxic. I know for a fact that you don't wanna talk about this with Rosalie because you just don't. I know you."

"Really? Because after you went into high school, you completely neglected me. You never gave a single shit as to what I had to say. There were times I needed you, I needed my brother, but you were never there for me. It was always, 'shut up, Aria' or 'go away, Aria'. You never listened to me. Now all of a sudden you want to be there for me?" I could feel myself almost crying, "You expect me to open up to you? Before that, you listened to me. You were my shoulder to lean on when I cried or something. Then you changed."

"Aria, I–"

"Anyway. I have other things to do. Are you making dinner?"


"I have homework."

"Please. I'm so sorry I wasn't there for you throughout my high school years. I'm sorry I neglected you. But I'm here now. Please talk to me. I don't want you to go insane and blow up one of these days because you had no one to talk to."

"I just don't know what to do. I don't know how to handle all of this. After I started helping him and tutoring him I just... feelings started developing. Then that one day I just kissed him and sparks came out and I don't know, KJ. I don't know anything."

"Hey hey hey. It's okay not to know what's happening or how to feel about things. It happens." he walked over and held me, "It's happened to me, a lot. I was lost. I didn't know what to do. The stress gets real. You're not alone."

I hugged him tighter, "I don't wanna see him for the next while. I need to figure my shit out. Rosalie doesn't even know about this. She's gonna hate me if I tell her."

"If she's really your friend, she'll come around eventually."

"You don't know her like I do." I sighed.

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