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Chris's POV

As I held Scarlett in my arms anger flushed all over me. How could someone hurt someone so precious and amazing. I finally understood why I couldn't move on. because I love Scarlett with all my heart and that will never change. I will never love anyone as much as I love Scarlett.

She cried on my shirt for a long time before she finally fell asleep on the couch we sat on and I rubbed her back. How have I never noticed those looks behind those eyes. They were always begging for help from anyone who could see. but we were all too oblivious to see. we all saw the woman on magazines. they happy one. we believed that smile was real. we never stopped to see the meaning behind that fake smile.

"how is she doing?" Robert asked.

" I really don't know." I said. she had her face rested on my chest.

"You would never think someone like her would have to go through this."

"someone like her?"

"someone who always wanted to help others. someone who was able to you laugh in the most akward times. someone who loves you." He said.

"I don't"

"save it Chris. if you guys were trying to find it you failed. i saw you to sneak off all the and the stolen glances. and how annoyed you got whenever someone brought up Romain." he said and i just shock my head. "so are ypu going to make your move."

"no."

"wait why?"

"Because, Scarlett is in pain right now. she is going through something no one should go threw. right now i- i think she needs a friend more then a lover." Robert nodded his head.

"well give her my best when she wakes. Her sibling said they will meet you at your house when you get home." I nodded my head. yes she would stay with me. no way in hell was I going to let her go back to that house. not again.

I gently rubbed her back. she moved from my arms very quickly when she woke up. '"hey it's just me." she looked at me before relaxing again. "how are you feeling?" I asked and she had no response. "come on." i said starting to stand up.

"I don't wanna go back." she muttered to be not getting up.

"you aren't going back, I'm taking you to my house." i said. she nodded slowly standing. I held out my hand for her and she gladly took it.

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I arrived at my house. the car ride over was really quiet. I didn't want to push it. I walked behind her as she walked to the front door. Sitting at my door step were Hunter, Vanessa, and Adrian. Vanessa instantly ran up to her and hugged her.

"are you okay?" she asked. Scarlett nodded her head.

"I'll kill him." Adrian said as he looked at the cut on her face.

"how long has this been going on?" Hunter asked. Scarlett looked down before walking inside. Her sibling looked at me.

"how long have you known about this?" Adrian asked.

"i just found out today man." i said walking into my house. "but she said it started a while ago when ever he was drunk."

"why didn't she tell anyone?" Vanessa asked.

"she was ahsamed. and you can't hurt him. she doesn't want that."

"why the hell not?" Adrian asked.

"because she is a better person then he is."

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Scarlett's POV

~~Dream~~

I sat in my room. the room where I used to sleep with the man I loved. This room was once full of love. now it's full of fear. fear of getting hurt, fear of saying the wrong thing, fear of him. i heard the faint footsteps of him walking to the room. With every step he took my heart beat increased. he would ether come in here happy, sliver and in a loving mood, or his new usual. Drunk, angry , and upset. mostly at me. even if we haven't spoken all day. most of the time when this happened the next day he would tell me he was sorry. how he was upset because of work and he never meant to hurt me. I loved him so i stayed and never thought too much of it until it started becoming more of a habit.

I saw as he walked into our room. the scent of alcohol followed him. I lowered my gaze from his hoping if i did he wouldn't act on his anger.

"what the hell do you think you are doing?" He asked as I was just sitting on the bed. I didn't answer him. " Answer me when I'm talking to you damit!" he yelled. causing me to jump for the sudden fright. he walked over to me and grabbed my hair pulling me up. "i don't see why I even married you." he said let go of my hair dropping me to the ground. he walked away leaving me with a pain in my head. Once we got in the shower I let my tears fall.

how did I fall so far?

~~end of dream~~

i woke up with tears on my face. it was about 11 pm right now. i needed some water. So I quietly got out of my bed, well Chris's guest room and walked to the kitchen. I grabbed a cup and turned around to see Chris standing there in front of me. i jumped in shock.

"I didn't mean to scare you. I just heard something." he saidl. I nodded my head before turning to get water. I didn't respond to him. i didn't know what to say to him. "how are you doing?" He asked. again i didn't respond. " you know you can talk to me. no one is going to judge you." he said kindly.

"I - I don't know what to say." I admitted to him.

" you don't have to say too much I just want to know how you are doing. I know it's hard." He said. i looked at him in his eyes. they showing a lot of sympathy.

" I don't know. I kinda always thought he was a good man. I don't understand why he started doing.... all of what he did."

"no one can ever really understand it. but what is important now. is that we got you out of that situation."

"thank you."

"you don't have to thank me. we are friends. we have each others back. and i hope you know that now."

"I'm sorry I didn't tell you I thought I could handle it alone."

"the thing is. you don't have to."

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