Chapter 6

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Dinner was extremely quiet-from Nathan and I. Beth and Chris talked up a storm, mentioning everything and anything. Amanda and Violet gave each other glances every so often. I knew we had to come up with an explanation sooner or later. I just thought and looked down on the lasagna.

"Honey, what's wrong?" Violet asked. She gently put her hand on mine and I reflexively jerked.

"I." I didn't know what to say and thought. My cheeks burned. "I don't get to see Nathan throughout the day. My teacher is tough. Homework is plentiful. I have cramps. It's just been a bad day." I lied. They nodded sympathetically.

"For a moment, I thought you guys had fought." Amanda laughed. Violet giggled. I faked a laugh and put my arm around my stomach in mock pain.

"May I be excused?" I said and they waved me off. I ran up the stairs. I heard Nathan's muffled voice as he also excused himself. I just ran up faster, determined to lock myself in my room before he got to me. Of course he was faster and met me up halfway to my room. He embraced me into a hug that I squirmed out of. A louder than expected THUD came as Nathan fell against the wall and I let a sob slip.

"I'm so sorry. Are you okay? I didn't mean to." I started going on before Nathan stopped me. The whole world just slipped away from underneath me as I fell against the wall and slipped towards the ground. I didn't feel the pain as I hit the floor. My tears blinded me. Blurred colours filled my vision. Someone pulled me up.

"Why?" I said. It was the only thing I could utter. Nathan hugged me so hard, to the point where i couldn't breath. I sobbed.

"IS EVERYTHING OKAY?" I heard Violet's voice scream. Footsteps before Nathan cleared his voice.

"Yeah, everything's good." His voice cracked and I pulled him into my room before they could get up and observe the scene. The lock clicked before I plopped onto the bed. The tears froze on my face and they wouldn't fall anymore. Nathan's arm went around me. I stiffened at the warm touch.

The longing to hug him back was almost irresistable. Almost. I stood exactly still as he hugged me.

"Answer the question." I mumbled.

"What question?" He said into my ear. I almost laughed.

"Why? Either Anna or me. Pick either her or me." I whispered before looking away. Weakness would only make me look worse now. I didn't need to look him in the eye. I kept the poker face I was becoming increasingly good at keeping.

"You. Always. I'll go text her right now, calling it off. I know I shouldn't have done it in the first place. I apologize. I owe you so much, Christie. I don't know how you ever, but could you please forgive me just this once. I promise. Please?" He said. Before I knew it, he was on his knees. I pulled him up instinctively.

"I'll only come up if you answer yes." He mumbled and forced his way back down. Knowing he was much stronger than I was, I gave in and let him stay down there for the second it took me to consider everything over. It wasn't hard. He had managed to persuade me.

"Oh fine. But one more screw up from you, and I don't care what you say or do. It's over." I said roughly and slammed the door on my way out. I didn't hear the regular, expected footsteps behind me and locked myself in the washroom. I took the headphones from my pocket and plugged them into the Ipod. I blared a song, not knowing which, up to max and put them in. My head pounded with each beat. Ignoring everything, I sat down and wept. 

Only Nathan knows how long I stayed in that washroom. When my mom came up and knocked, I just unlocked it and stepped out right into her waiting arms. Hugging her as tight as I could, I let her lead me into her room and the story slipped out. She nodded sympathetically, not yelling like I thought she would. She stroked my hair and I actually saw a tear slip from her eyes. The second the tear fell, my own stopped.

"Mom, why are you crying?" I stopped mid-story. She just shook her head. I looked at her until she rolled her eyes and laughed. We both bursted out laughing, and we couldn't stop. For a second, the world seemed normal and right. Worries and pressure all lifted off my shoulders. I was laughing with my mom. What could possibly be wrong, right?

Well the second my mom stopped, everything became serious again.

"So what's the deal with you and Nathan now?" She whispered. I shrugged my shoulders.

"We're together, but a whole part of me just can't do it anymore." I answered and she patted my back.

"Okay. We'll leave it at that for today. If anything else happens, tell me. I also have been meaning to tell you that I got a job in an office. So, we'll be paying rent to them really soon. Don't worry too much, okay?" She replied before gently pushing me out into the hallway. "Go do some homework or something."

 I walked to my room in silence, with a slight smile on my face.

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