It's Gonna Be Okay

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After a little while of talking on the phone, Nathan came back and sat next to me once again.

"Hey, I just got off the phone with Ryan. I told him I would explain everything to him when he got here, so you don't have to. He understands that you don't want to see the others right now, so he told them he would take care of it. He said he's walking over now. For now, just sit tight and relax. Everything's gonna be okay," He put his arm around me and pulled me in to a hug.

It's crazy how a few hours ago, this boy was a completely stranger. Now, he was a great friend, and someone I'd never forget. Ever.

Ryan's POV

Olivia slammed the door and left after the huge fight she had with Jackson and Dylan. Honestly, she really didn't do much wrong. I felt so bad for her. Everyone, including myself, treated her so badly sometimes and I hated it.

Dylan and Jackson walked back in the house after Olivia left and joined us in the living room. I decided to speak up for once. I was tired of them thinking they could intimidate me into silence all of the time.

"What you guys did was not cool. I don't care if she can be a brat and difficult sometimes, we are her older brothers and basically her only family. Sometimes you act like you love her and other times you treat her like she's disposable and not worth fighting for. It is our job to protect her," I looked directly at Jackson. "You literally just told her that none of us would care if she was dead," I finished. I was expecting them to come back at me, yelling and telling me I was wrong.

But they didn't.

"Ryan, you're right. We've been shitty brothers and people lately," Jackson sighed, plopping on the couch and putting his hands in his head. "I can't believe I let those words to her come out of my mouth," He mumbled to himself.

I straightened up a little. I was so happy to finally be heard.

"I'm not sure how you're ever going to fix this, but you two better talk to her. I'm worried that she's going to hurt herself," I demanded. Maybe I was getting a little ahead of myself with the demands, but it was my time to speak.

I looked at Ben and he nodded back. He turned to Dylan and Jackson.

"Even though you guys said some awful things in that argument, it's not just your faults. All of us haven't been there for her or each other in a while. It's time to step it up and quit being so distant," He added.

Dylan nodded in agreement and ran his fingers through his hair.

Jackson sat in silence for a minute and then piped up.

"I just want to say, I'm sorry if I've been a shitty brother lately. I know you all are very independent and grown up, but I haven't been there for you guys enough. I'll do better, I promise," He added on, finishing up our conversation.

We sat for the next hour or so, waiting for any sign of Olivia. Dylan had gone out with his police partner to look for her, and we made sure to get the word out to contact us if anyone saw her.

Suddenly, I got a phone call from a number I didn't know. Of course, I answered it right away.

"Hi, is this Ryan?"

"Yes, please tell me you know something about Olivia?"

"I am with her right now. We are on the bridge off of Bernard Street. You can trust me, she's safe."

"Thank you so much. I'll be there in less than 10 minutes. Tell her that."

"Okay, see you in 10."

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