Chapter Three - Unsure

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Noah left the room, and emotionally spent I lay down and closed my eyes. I must have fallen asleep because when I woke, Noah was knelt in front of me, softly shaking me.

"All done." He murmured. "Everyone is gone... and I stripped your bed."

I looked at him and bit my lip. "You probably think I'm so lame."

He shook his head and sat down beside me as I pushed myself up. "You're kidding right?" He exclaimed. "When I walked into your room and saw what I saw... I had to restrain myself from beating that so called boyfriend of yours to a pulp."

"Ex." I mumbled. Josh and I were 100% over, even if he didn't know it yet. "And thank you for not beating him up. His father's a litigator, it would have been worse for you in the end."

"Seeing his smug face messed up a little would have been worth being sued." Noah laughed. "But I was trying to be the bigger person."

"Thank you." I murmured. "For doing that for me."

"Anytime Vi."

I smiled, no one had ever called me Vi before, it had always been liv. I liked Vi.

"I guess it's a good thing school is over. Going in on Monday after tonight would have been torture."

"That is a silver lining."

I nodded and went to stand up, but before I did I knew I needed the answer to someone that was plaguing my mind. I had never loved Josh, and I had known our relationship had an expiration date deep down... So maybe I had never planned on being with him like that, had me not giving it up to him... caused this to happen. Was I to blame for this situation?

"Noah, can I ask you a question. Woman to Man?"

Noah cleared his throat and nodded. "Yeah sure, fire away."

"Did not being with Josh... like that, me making him wait. Cause this? Was it unfair to expect him to wait."

Noah grabbed my hand, which caught me off guard, he turned me so that we were facing one another. "You were betrayed by two people Vi. and they did what they did because they are selfish and miserable. It has nothing to do with you. People do stupid shit for stupid reasons... but those reasons are always because of their reactions to something. They're in control of their own lives. Don't take on their shit."

I smiled and ignored the squirmy feeling in my stomach. When he'd first arrived I was almost regretful of his presence, now I was grateful for it.

"You sound like you're speaking from experience. Maybe you should take your own advice."

Noah released my hand and turned away. "What I'm dealing with is much bigger than a post high school love triangle gone wrong."

I didn't want to be offended, because what had happened was a post high school love triangle gone wrong. But in the same breath he had minimized my own pain in comparison to his. I stood up and walked to the door.

"I'll leave you to wallow on your own then." I mumbled as I walked out and closed the door behind me.

I walked into my bedroom, My bed was bare, sheets, blankets... everything. I grabbed my cell phone from my desk and walked out of the room and into Mom's and Rays. I had work in the morning, and after the night from hell, all I wanted was sleep. I lay on the bed, not bothering to pull the covers over and fell into a deep sleep.

When I woke up the next morning the blankets were over me and a glass of water sat on the nightstand next to a couple of advil. I sat up and picked the pills up. I downed them both at once and took a long sip of water.

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