Lunar Skylar

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Phobia

“Mason?”

“I need some water. I’m fucking thirsty.”

“Okay hurry up.”

He walked out the room and I looked around. I knew there was no one there but my heart was racing. I couldn’t move, I was scared out of my mind even though I knew I was safe, I could hear my heart beating, then the door opened and I passed out. I woke up again immediately. “Sky?”

“Mason. I almost died. Don’t go. I can’t be here.” I heaved getting up. “Mason I can’t.”

“Sky, there’s no one here, you’re safe now. I’m here--”

“You were gone and I was loosing my mind. I can’t be here.”

“Hey, don’t worry. Why don’t you sleep in Gemma’s room.”

“Okay.” I said going into her room. I laid down and then Mason closed the door.

“Mason where are you going?”

“I’m not sleeping in her room.” Then he left. I closed my eyes and tried to sleep. Once I’d fallen asleep, I heard Noah’s voice. “You’re dead.”

Then I felt his his kicks and punches and the toaster incident and then the beating. I then saw Jamie holding a knife and then felt a sharp stab on my thigh. I dropped to the ground screaming in pain and then I felt a bucket of water being splashed on me.

“Sky? Wake up!” Mason screamed. I opened my eyes and looked around startled.

He sat next to me. “Sorry I wet you. You were having a really really bad nightmare.”

I sat up right and looked at him confused. “What time is it?”

“It’s only four. Want me to sleep next to you?”

“My sheets are wet thanks to you.” I snapped.

“Woah, what’s up with you?” He asked stopping me from going out the door. “Where are you going?”

“None of your business.” I said slamming the door. I walked down the hallway and walked into Mason’s apartment and knocked on Lucas’s room. “Lucas?”

“What?” He asked opening the door.

“Why are you up?”

“I’m doing my assignment.”

“You should get some sleep.”

“I sleep at seven and why are you not asleep?”

“I just had a nightmare and now have a phobia of being in my room alone.”

“Why?”

“I keep picturing Noah’s friends and him and them beating me up. I mean, look at my bruises.” I said opening the light. He stood in shock. “Look at my stomach, my legs, my face, I’m all bruised.”

“Wait...he did that?”

“I got beaten up twice by them and--”

“Your neck.” He said looking at it. “Did you get strangled?”

“No, Noah grabbed onto it a few times.”

“So you got beaten up, by his friends and Noah himself, twice?”

“And stabbed by Jamie.” I pulled my pants down and pointed at my thigh. “They bandaged it up.”

“But why are they not arrested?”

“I can’t grass them up, now that I’m still in love with Noah and Jay is my brot...never mind. I just can’t--”

“He's your brothers?”

“No.” I lied. “I just can’t sleep alone in a room. I keep feeling them surrounding me. I mean, nine people ready to kill me at any point. They crowded my room.”

“I’m sorry....but still...why haven’t you--”

“I can’t.”

“Well forget Noah. You can visit him every day or something...”

“But how about Jay?”

“What? Why would you...” Then he paused. “He’s your brother?”

“N...yes..don’t tell anyone. I only found out yesterday...”

“No wonder, everyone thinks you’re twins. You practically look almost identical and your eyes and lips and voice--”

“We are steps. Not twins. Just share the same dad and Miles isn’t my brother..he’s Jay’s step brother--”

“I thought they were brothers?”

“No, they aren’t. They did think that but Jay found out Miles dad isn’t his dad but my dad.”

“Oh..does Miles know?”

“No. And don’t even think about telling anyone else. We want to keep it a secret.”

“But someone’s bound to know.”

“But if we keep it low no one will.”

“Yeah.” He sighed. “I really don’t understand what happened? I mean, doesn’t Mason sleep next to you every night?”

“Yeah but...I told him I felt someone’s eyes on me but he thought I was hallucinating and got annoyed so he went to sleep in the living room and the guys drugged him so he was dead and they cornered me.”

“Imagine being scared as hell....Jamie stabbed you...”

“Yeah. I need to hide my bruises with makeup. I feel so scared of being alone in my room. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.”

“They can’t come in--”

“Yesterday Jay came in, even if he was alone or not, he still managed to come in.”

“Okay...have you spoken to Mason about how you feel about being in your room alone?”

“No...”

“Maybe you should.”

“He’ll hate Noah and--”

“Why do you still love him?”

“I really don’t know...I’m just madly in love with him...”

“What about Aiden?”

“Aiden?”

“Do you like him?”

“No.”

“Okay...how about...Jordan?”

“He’s one of the people that tried to kill me--”

“Jordan? I swear--”

“He betrayed me.”

“Ouch.” He got up and went into the kitchen, then came back with two Doritos bags and two cokes.

“You look like you haven’t eaten in days.”

“Because I haven’t. Mason keeps telling me to eat but I can’t be asked. Only thing I eat are doughnuts.”

“You need to eat though. You’ve gone through so much...I think you need to speak to someone. To get rid off all your troubles.”

“I’m not going to a therapist or psycho--”

“I mean me. Tell me everything. Maybe I can help?”

“Sure.” I said. I told him everything that happened since the lift accident till now.

“That’s a lot...a lot..” He said once I'd finished. “Tell me one of your fears.”

“Being in my room alone.”

“Why?”

“I keep seeing nine boys ready to kill me.”

“Okay...what if you imagine, nine boys who are absolutely innocent and don’t plan to kill you?”

“I wish.” I sighed laying down on his bed. “Is my life normal?”

“No.” He said. “But we can if you listen to me.”

“How?”

“First off, you are joining the football team.”

“But--”

“I’ll be there.” He reassured.

“Okay...this is really...I haven’t spoken to Jay...if I go to his apartment, Jordan’ll be there...”

“Make up an excuse.”

“Like?”

“Mr Sanderson asked you both to do an assignment before tomorrow as you both got chosen out of everyone in the class...”

“Good excuse.”


I knocked on Jordan and Jay’s apartment. Jay answered it. “Sky?” He rubbed his eyes. “What are you--”

“What are you doing here?” Jordan walked up to me.

“I’ve apparently been assigned to do a task with Jay. Mr Sanderson said, and it’s due at 9am today.”

“Oh.” Then Jordan went back to his room.

“He actually fell for that.” Jay crossed his arms. “Why are you really here?”

“I just came to speak to you but I might as well go home--”

“Come in.” He said.

“I can go back--”

“Don’t worry.” He said.

I walked into his room and sat on his bed. “This is really weird.”

“I really wish I could...never mind...”

“What?”

“Don’t worry about it.”

“No, tell me.”

“I really want to get to know my dad and it’s all just messed up and I’ve wasted years of my life and do I even want a dad--”

“Woah. Breathe.” I raised my eyebrows. “You can meet him. How about...we face time him?” I reached for my phone and dialed my dad’s number. After a while he picked up. “What is it? I’m aslee--”

“Jay’s here. We don’t want to tell anyone we’re related and so I think maybe instead of meeting in public, you can do it virtually or come to our house. What do you think Jay?”

“Sure...that is if your dad--”

“I’m also your dad.” Dad cut in. “And I don’t mind. Whatever makes you both happy. So, what did you want to talk about?”

“Good question...”

“Well...we can start by getting to know each other.” My dad, our dad, said suddenly. “This is really really awkward. I expected once you were eighteen we would be able to get to know each other and I could explain everything..”

“My mum was the problem...not you.”

“I still don’t know how you both haven’t figured it all out until now.” He shook his head. “You look like identical twins!”

“I really can’t believe we didn’t see that coming...”

“Everyone does say we sound alike and look alike...”

“Oh well...”

“What do we do now?”

“Jay, why don’t you tell us about your passion?”

“I want to be a doctor, specialising in pediatrics just like Sky. And I also love photography. I love cooking. I love watching movies and gaming.”

“I too love movies, I love cooking, I love making tiktoks and gaming too, and writing and cooking.”

“I like writing too but no one knows. I do lots of tiktoks too.”

“Do you?” Dad asked.

“Yes.”

“You both have got so much in common.” Dad said smiling. “Now are you both sure you don’t want to tell anyone?”

“Yeah.”

“So you’re not going to speak to each other in college?”

“Or we can visit each other at night?” Jay suggested.

“That’s a great idea...but we’ll be caught...”

“Not if we face time.”

“That’s a good idea...” My dad paused. “Your friends are still picking on her?”

“No. Not after what’d happened.”

“What?”

Then I opened the light, my dad almost jumped off the bed. “What on earth happened? You’re bruised!”

I got up and showed him my bruises, then my stabbing. He looked at me confused. “What happened? Did you get stabbed? Skylar--”

“I got stabbed by Jamie--”

“Jay’s friends?”

“Yes. And beaten up by them.”

“Have you gone to the police?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Noah, he’s Alex’s sister and Alex doesn’t deserve to lose him and his mum is always at our house, we’re family and Jay...he’s my brother. I believe people deserve second chances."

“But--”

“I believe in second chances...I believe people can change...people just need to understand their good side.”

“That’s nice of you. But are you sure--”

“I’m not happy with what they did--”

“Jay did you--”

“Jay didn’t even get involved. He didn’t beat me up or anything.”

“I didn’t. I’ve never done so. I just hang out with them because they’re my friends but I never beat any one up. Rarely.”

“Yeah...but I’m sure. If they don’t change...I’ll tell the police what they’d done. I’ve already taken photos just in case.”

“That’s good.”

“Dad, what does mum think about all this?”

“She’s really mad at me for not being there for Jay, even though she knows it was impossible to see him. But she’s not mad at Jay because it’s not his fault. But...Jay just know...I did send letters.”

“My mum never lets me open a letter without her consent.”

“So now you see.” He sighed. “I’m sorry I wasn’t there but I promise I’ll be there from now on. Jay? I promise.”

“Okay. I trust you. My mum doesn’t know about this...”

“She’ll go crazy.”

“You need to grow up and stand up to her. There is no legal documents that say I can’t be with you. She just doesn’t let me.”

“How often do you send me letters?”

“Always. I send you letters every two to three days. Isn’t it Sky?”

“Yup. But you never let me read them do you.”

“Private and confidential.”

“Yeah, you’re lucky I’ve never opened them.”

“Yeah...I’m sorry I haven’t--”

“Hey, it’s fine. I’m just mad at my mum...I haven’t answered any of her calls.”

Then the door opened and I saw Noah. “Noah.”

“Okay this your boyfriend?”

“You sound funny. Are you drunk?”

“No. You like to play some games? How about--”

“Noah aren’t you going to shout at me?”

“For what?”

“I don’t know.”

“Is that your dad? Why are you face timing him? Wait, is Jay your twin?”

“No. Why would you say that?!”

“You look the same.” Then he went out the room.

“That was really weird...”

“Yeah. I think he’s probably learnt from what I’d said today.”

“He’s missed his camping trip.”

“Woah. That’s a relief. I really hate it when he goes there. It’s the worst place to go. People come back traumatized. Some even have heart attacks.”

“I don’t know why he even wants to go there.” My dad said.

“I know right.” I sighed. “Jay I really can’t sleep. Dad, I’m literally going crazy. I can’t even look at my bedroom.”

“Why? Are there spiders?”

“No, none of that...”

“Sky...maybe you should tell him..”

I hesitated for a moment.

“I won’t tell your mum, well I might, so long as it’s nothing too bad.”

I then started to speak from the shooting until the nightmares. It was a good few minutes..reliving..

“That was not what I was expecting...and you’re still with Noah?”

“You can’t change love. I actually think I’m stupid. I can’t stop thinking about him. That’s the problem.”

“I know you’re obsessed with me.” Noah said walking into the room. “Jay right?”

“Noah stop being an idiot.”

“Hi Sky’s dad.”

“Why are you being weird?”

“Chill. Okay.” Then he went out the room.

“Why didn’t he shout at us?”

“Why would he?”

“Because he’d think I’m cheating on him or he’ll get mad if he knows Jay’s my brother.”

“I’m literally tired of your friends and trust issues. I’ve got to go now. Bye.” Dad said yawning. He he cut the call.

“What if he’s drunk?”

“He can’t be. You know when he’s drunk and not. It’s clear.”

I got up and went looking around, then I saw him eating an apple. I took it straight from him. “You’ll die!!”

“What?”

“Allergies. Remember?”

“Right.”

Then he started scrolling through his phone and started singing. He sounded oddly...good.

“Since when did you sound so good?”

“Since forever. Always been better than my brother. Sky go away now.”

“Noah, why are you treating me like this?!”

“Like what. Now please Sky, go.”

“Your brother is way better than you!”

“We haven’t done a tiktok in a while.” He said out of nowhere.

“Because your brother doesn’t bother showing up. I’m tired of going around, maybe I should do a part 116 of pranking him.”

“He’ll be ready and also planning a worse prank on you!”

“Woah. Noah, calm--”

“My girlfriend is coming soon--”

“Your what?!”

“Girlfriend. Have you got--”

I punched him on the face and started yanking his hair. “I’m your girlfriend!!”

“Oh. Sorry, erm, hi girlfriend.” He gave a weak laugh.

“Noah, this isn’t funny.”

Then a girl walked in. “Hi babes.”

I pulled her hair and pushed her out the flat. “Scumbag!” I shouted. “Fucking touch my boyfriend I’ll stab you a million times!!”

“Sky what on earth--”

“Shut it. I’m your girlfriend. Now, what was I going to do?”

“Noah do you mind if she stays here for tonight?” Jay asked.

“Yeah, whatever.” Then he sighed and sat on the sofa watching TV.

“Noah...is everything okay?” Jay approached him carefully. “Why are you not getting mad?”

“Should I? I really don’t give a damn, just go. I’m trying to enjoy my life.”

“Noah do you love me?!” I asked.

“Yes.”

“Give me your phone.”

He took out his phone and froze. “I forgot my pin...”

"I know it." I took it from him and started checking all his contacts, after a good five minutes I handed the phone back to him. “I checked all contacts and recents...none of them are suspicious. Loyal.”

“Now go.”

“How about that girl?!”

“Chill. She’s my ex. Remember? She just came here. I told her to. I wanted you to meet her.”

“Meet her? Noah you’ve got issues!” Then I threw my phone at him. I followed Jay back to his room. “He’s cheating on me isn’t he?!”

“Noah’s not a good liar, I know him. He can’t lie without twitching or stuttering.”

“That is true. Only...” Then I realised something. I went out the room and straight up to Noah. I was about to kiss him when he dodged. I pulled his shirt up and found a mole. I knew it!!! I rushed back into Jay’s room. I’m going to kill Noah!!!

“You said you can’t sleep in your room because of us....right?”

“Yeah. I keep seeing the beating and stabbing. I can’t go back in there. I’m moving in with Mason or me and Gemma are switching rooms.” I said taking my phone out. “Gemma, we need to switch rooms--”

“NO! I am fucking sleeping. Don’t even--”

“I keep having nightmares about what’s happened and--”

“Sky I’m sorry and all...but no can do...”

“Gemma...”

“I’m moving back today. I can’t stand Noah.”

“Right.” I sighed. “What about night time? Can we sleep together?”

“No.”

Then I cut the call. I rang Mason. “Mason--”

“Sky where are you?!”

“With Lucas calm down.”

“Okay. But why--”

“He’s just helping me with my nightmares and being a therapist. Now please, can I move in with you?”

“No. I can sleep in your room--”

“Mason...I can’t be alone in my room.”

“I’ll stay with you--”

“But what if you need to go kitchen or--”

“I’ll be with you. Calm down.”

“Okay. So you will stay next to me.”

“Yes. I’ll be with you.”

“That’s so nice of you.”

“No problem. But just until you’re ready to face your inner demons--”

I cut the call. “He’s staying with me!”

“Yeah.” He smiled. “But he can’t always stay with you...”

“What?”

“Never mind.” He sighed. “I need to go back to sleep.”

“Right.” I stood up. “Shuffle up.”

“What? You can’t--”

“I can. You’re my new brother and I always sleep with siblings. Now I said move over.”

I laid next to him staring at the ceiling. “This room is--”

“I’m trying to sleep here.”

“Did you know, Mason and I--”

“I really want to sleep.”

“The whole point of me sleeping with you is to talk and get to know each other.”

“We can do that tomorrow. We have school tomorrow.”

“I forgot about that.”

“Sky please just shut up.” He hissed. Then closed his eyes. I kept talking until gradually we both fell asleep.


The door suddenly opened and I saw Noah speaking to someone on the phone when he suddenly froze, his phone dropped to the floor and so did his jaw. “Sky?” He looked like he was going to cry.

“Noah--”

He shook his head. “I can’t believe this.”

“It’s not what it looks like.” Jay said shoving me off the bed.

“Jay!”

Noah just slammed the door shut and walked off. I got up and quickly went after him. “Where are you going? Noah?”

“Let go off my hand!” He shouted. “You and Jay? Why--”

“We’re step siblings.”

“You’re what?!”

“We are step siblings.” Jay said walking up to us. “We didn’t want to tell you because we knew you’d go all...I don’t know.”

“You could’ve told me. It’s not like I won’t be your friend or anything. I mean, I would’ve last year practically destroyed you but...you’re my bro.”

“That’s a relief.” Then I paused. And glared at Noah.

“What? Did I say something wrong?”

“How was yesterday?”

“I mean, normal.” He looked down. “Why?”

“Your packs were really cool. I loved your abs--”

“Sky!” He glared at me. “Stop!”

“I never knew you could sing...or were not allergic to apples and..” I lifted his shirt. “Moles? Don’t see any now. Or did it disappear over night?”

“Okay, okay...” He blushed. “I might’ve gotten Calvin to replace me for the night....”

“You what?” Jay looked at him shocked. “I thought it was you, I mean yeah, you were acting just like Calvin but I just shrugged it off.”

“Noah will you please tell me what the fuck you were thinking?!”

“Sky, calm down. I just wanted to go there, I know you’d stop me because you were worried I’ll die or something. I’m here still alive. Not even traumatized. Nor is Miles--”

“Miles?!” Jay looked at him mad. “You let Miles go?!”

“Guys, we survived the night. It wasn’t that bad. People that go there exaggerate.”

“People have PTSD or even panic attacks. I need to go look for Miles.” Then he ran out the flat.

“You said six packs--”

“God sake, you’re not jealous are you?”

“My packs are way better than his.”

“Right.”

“Sky they are....right?”

“Yes. Chill.”

“My abs?”

“Fuck you Noah. Now, your brother bought his girlfriend over. How stupid.”

“I told him not to be suspicious. I payed him!”

“Well next time, you should make a good lie up. But again, you can’t lie.”

“Who said that?”

“Seriously?You’re like the worst liar--”

Noah’s phone started to ring. He looked at me shocked. Then looked back at the phone. “It’s my brother.”

“Calvin?”

“No, Alex.”

“Pick it up.”

“We haven’t talked for months.”

“Just answer it...I’m sure it must be important.”

He hesitantly answered the call. “Hi Alex, why--”

“Alex has the virus.”

“She’s got the what?”

“Corona virus. She’s just been admitted.”

“Does mum know?”

“She does. She’s panicking and I told her, her immune system is strong and the doctors told us that she’s doing well but still ill.”

“So that’s good...right?”

“Yeah...I’ve miss you...”

“We haven’t talked for a while...”

“Three months maybe...how’s Xander?”

“He’s doing okay...panicking a bit...want to come over?”

“Yeah...can Sky come?”

“What? I thought you hated her?”

“We’re together--”

“Since when?!”

“A few months now. Four I think or less, I don’t know...”

“And she likes you?”

“She’s obsessed with me--”

I glared at him and snatched the phone off him. “He’s lying. He’s obsessed with me.”

“Hi Sky. He still bullying you?”

“Not anymore.”

“Oh. Are you guys in love?”

“He’s so in love with me.”

“But I thought he violated you on--”

“Did he post my diary?”

“Yes. And some other stuff that were clearly not true.”

“He’s definitely regretting it--”

“How are you still with him?”

“He’s sorry--”

“So you forgive him?”

“Yes--”

“But--”

“We’re coming.” Then I cut the call. “He asks too many questions.”

“And you don’t?”

“I’m being caring to everyone.”

“That...never mind..let’s go.”


Noah knocked on the door and both his brothers answered it.

“Noah...and Sky...both of you really are together?”

“No we’re not.” I said sarcastically. “It’s raining and cold, are you going to make us stand out here?”

“No, erm, come in.” Alex said. We walked into the livingroom and sat down awkwardly. “Why is this awkward?”

“Noah’s supposed to be bullying you right now and I should be yelling at him.” Xander said.

“So true.” Noah said.

“Not to be rude or anything...but what happened to your face and hands?”

“I got jumped by some girls in college--”

“Your neck?”

“Strangled. Wanna see my stab?”

“Stab?”

I pulled my pants down and they both looked at me startled, “You got stabbed?!”

“Clearly.” I pulled my pants back up. “And not hospitalized.”

“You serious? How--”

“Magic."

“This is really boring.”

“So boring.” I agreed.

“I’m gone with Alex.” Xander said. “Come on Alex.”

“But--”

“They’ll live. Enjoy, we need to do some stuff.”

Then they both left. I glared at Noah. “Your brothers are so annoying!”

“Shall we annoy them?”

“Like how?”

“They’re doing a tiktok right now...let’s do something.”

“Like...ruin it?”

“What if we convince them to go live today and we embarrass them?”

“That’s a good idea.” Then he paused. “Want to do a tiktok now?”

“About?”

“Let’s sneak up on them. I’m sure they’re doing something weird. If they are, we record them and let my 760k followers watch it. It’s not like they’re going to be mad at us.”

“Okay. That seems like fun and besides, they did that to you and Mason last time.”

“You’re right. It’s time to piss them off.”

We quietly went upstairs and I took my phone out and started recording. We could hear the song, Electric Love being played.

“Electric Love?”

“This has got to blow up!” I whispered. We opened the door a bit and peeked in. My jaw dropped, mainly for two reasons but let’s just act like there’s no second reason.

“What are they doing?” Noah whispered.

“Huh?”

“Sky, where are you looking? We are clearly seeing two idiots kissing!” He hissed.

Then they turned around and faced the camera. “Sike!” They both said. Alex had a piece of paper stuck to his lips clearly showing, they didn’t touch lips.

“They weren’t actually kissing.”

“That was scary.” I said switching the camera off. “It looked so real.”

“That was so scary. I actually thought there was some romance going on.”

Then Alex and Xander put a shirt on and started talking. “Okay, next one and tomorrow we can actually chill.”

“Okay.” Alex sighed putting on a new sound. Then they put a timer on. I took my phone out and started recording.

“Pay attention to me I don’t talk for my health.”

“I want you on my team.” Xander bit his lip and pulled Alex closer.

“So does everybody else.” Alex pulled out and rolled his eyes.

Xander leaned closer to him and slid his hands down his chest...“Let your guard down ain’t nobody gotta know.” He pushed him to the wall and looked at Alex’s lips. “If you with it girl I know a place we can go.”

Alex leaned in about to kiss him but dodged it and ruffled his hair. “What kind of girl do you take me for?” Then they both winked at the camera.

My hand slipped from the door knob and I fell flat on my face on the floor as Noah fell on top of me. We quickly got up. “I think we forgot the room, sorry--”

Alex cut the video and glared at us. “Were you spying on us?”

“No. Sky I think someone’s knocking on the--”

“Don’t! What were you expecting to do with this?”

“A bit of editing...” I looked at them guiltily.

“A bit of editing?” He paused. “You were both going to publicly humiliate us?” Xander snatched the phone off me.

“That is not true, just a few editing to make you guys look--”

“We are fucking brothers!” Xander threw the phone at me. “You are both troublemakers. Now go!”

“Urgh.” I rolled my eyes at them. “Loving the shirt and the packs....”

“Sky!” Noah dragged me downstairs. “You’ve got issues!”

“Want to edit this?”

“No! You just--”

“Do you understand English?”

“Sky you just hit on my br--”

“Hey, just winding them all up.”

“Stop winding everyone up!!!”

“Right...okay.”

“Wait...so you are going to listen to me?”

“Yeah. Now please--”

The door opened. “Why does no one lock the....what the?” Calvin walked in looking startled.

“Your brothers are in a romantic relationship.”

“I saw their latest videos. They’re not. Nice try.”

“They will be soon--”

“Jttttt...Calvin, they’re upstairs--”

“Let’s make them mad.”

“Right. We need to mix both tiktoks and make one gayest one ever.”

“Gay is bad?”

“No. They’re not gay and if they find out we said they’re gay, they’ll kill us.”

“At least we’ll get more followers.”

“Okay.”

We sat for a good twenty minutes trying to mix both videos up. Once we’d finished....it looked really legit. “I’m best at this.” I gloated. “Everyone knows it.”

“No, I’m better--”

“No I am--”

“Let’s just post this.” I said looking at the caption. “#relationships #lovers #couple #twins #joking #windup.”

“They’ll never read the caption.” Noah said. I pressed post and then shared the video with Noah and Calvin. Then I commented on Alex and Xander’s latest video. “It’s Sky. Want to watch my new tiktok? It’s really romantically innocently, and craziest video of the two of you.” I typed.

We waited a few minutes and then heard angry shouts. We quickly hid behind the sofa as we heard their angry footsteps. “Oh my goodness!!!” Alex groaned. “They are fucking annoying little rats that ruin everything!!”

“I’m going to kill them!”

“Where are you guys?!” Alex started opening doors around the house.

“We are so dead.” I whispered.

“It looked so legit.” Calvin smiled.

“Yeah, that’s exactly why they’re mad. And I think we are not going to see them for the next few years.”

“I’ll take it down.” I whispered again taking out my phone. It already had 557 likes. It has 75 shares. In just 2 minutes?! I deleted the video and looked at Noah.

Then I heard Alex say, “They took it down.”

“Thank god.” Xander exhaled slumping down on the sofa. “Not gonna lie, I’ve kinda missed them.”

“Even after this, you’re right. I really don’t know why this all went so wrong. He’s my brother..I can’t believe I haven’t--”

Calvin’s phone started to ring. Great. We got up and they looked at us shocked.

“You people!” Alex threw a pillow at us. “Why would you do that? It’s--”

“Don’t blame. It was just for fun, this place is oddly boring.” I cut in.

Xander shook his head. “No it’s not. You guys never bother coming--”

“It’s not like you guys ever call me.”

“They call me.” Calvin smirked. “Again, better twin.”

“Calvin stop. Noah we do care about you..you know that right?”

“I do. I just hate the fact we’ve all stopped this...bond..”

“We still have the bond.” Calvin said. Noah glared at him. “Calvin--”

“What I mean was us two and them two too.”

“Oh.”

“I love to mess you about.” He said ruffling his hair. “You look just like me.”

“And I look just like you. Magic.” He said sarcastically.

“Why do I feel so irrelevant right now?” I said out of nowhere.

“Yeah. You’re dating a guy that tried to kill you two days ago.”

“Tried to what?”

“Calvin I thought we weren’t going to talk about that.”

“Right...sorry.” He blushed. “Anyone up for pizza?”

“What did you mean kill her?”

“He meant nothing. Let’s just--”

“Noah.” Alex pulled him back. “Tell us.”

Noah hesitated for a bit. “I kinda hit her.”

“That explains the bruises and the thingy...but why would you do that?”

“At first, it was a misunderstanding which turned into a warning which I refused to listen to which ended up really really badly.”

“So Noah beat you up and got you all these bruises?!”

“And stabbed you?!”

“No, not him only--”

“Noah are you crazy!” Alex glared at him. “You’ve got issues. This isn’t Mason!”

“I am aware of that. I said I’m sorry. It’s not my fault she’s obsessed with me--”

“I’m not.”

“I know you’re obsessed with me.” Calvin winked at me. Noah almost punched him in the face.

“Noah, don’t you dare!!!” Alex shouted.

“Noah, you need to control your fucking anger, not going over to girls and beating the fuck out of them--”

“Hold up, yes me and the boys jumped her the first time but the second time, they went behind my back--”

“She got jumped twice?”

“And kidnapped by them.” I said.

“Noah, is this all true?!”

“Now, I can’t sleep in my bedroom anymore. Only when I've got Mason by my side!”

“It’s not that bad--”

“Noah, Mason left for forty seconds and I had a panic attack and passed out! Is that not bad enough?!” I pushed him. “This is all your stupid fault.”

“Hold up, don’t act all innocent, you tried to jump out a window and I saved you, you destroyed the wall and set fire to the flat and it all backfired and I came to your rescue before the fire could touch you!”

“And it all was your fault. You tied me up to a chair, you never let me go and I needed to escape and I thought there was a roof under me! And you locked me up in Jordan’s room! I had to set fire to cause a distraction and I knew you had fire extinguishers!”

The place fell silent. “It’s all your stupid fault. You and your stupid friends. You both wanted to kill me just because I was going to grass you up. It’s not my fault. None of it. So stop making it look like I’m the bad guy.”

“I didn’t say it was your fault.”

“My brain says it is, maybe I should’ve just let Patrick shoot me. Or Jamie should’ve stabbed me to death. Hope you’re happy.” Then I stormed out of the room and out the house. I didn’t care if it was raining or not. It’s not fair my life sucks. It’s not my fault god decided to give me this much pain.

“Sky. Hold up.” I heard Xander say. “I’m sorry for what he and his friends did. They’ve bullied you for years and that’s not okay.”

“Now you know. You guys never bother--”

“Sorry, I’m the one and Alex, we are the ones that always apologise on behalf--”

“I know.” I sighed.

“You might want to go to hospital--”

“They stitched it up and if I go back there, they’ll kill me.”

“Why?”

“Me and Mason escaped when I was supposed to do a few more hours.”

“Oh.” Then he paused. “Why don’t you tell me what happened?”

“What?”

“Noah and his friends, tell me.”

“It’s fine--”

“I need to know, at least if I’m going to kill him.” Then he paused. “Can Alex 1.1 listen too?”

“Fine.” I sighed.

“Hi Alex.”

“Xander I’ll die.”

“Okay then, before you die, wanna hear a story?”

“I’m dying! Xander!”

“You won’t, trust me.”

“I feel sick.”

“The doctors said you are doing better.”

She sighed. “What story?”

“Deadly story? Noah and Sky.”

“Shall I start from the shooting?” I asked Alex and Xander.

“Yeah.” She said. "I haven’t heard any interesting stories in a while.”

I started telling them everything. I told them everything from the shooting to meeting Aiden, gas and bomb attack, police chase, first jump, second jump, Noah’s violence all the way to my nightmare to him to the Calvin incident.

“That’s a lot...and in under a month and one week?” Xander asked.

“Yeah...”

“That’s...a lot..yeah...” Alex said.

“I wanted to hear it.”

“Same.” Alex 1.2 said. I got up and turned around seeing him standing red in the face. “I’ve got a cold now. I’ve been crouching behind this stupid fence!”

“Alex! Mind your business!” Alex hissed down the phone. “Stop being nosy.”

“Hey, I was wondering what you were doing. I was being a caring brother to all of you.”

“Nice try. You shouldn’t--”

“It’s fine.” I said.

Alex 1.2 said, “I’m going to make sure Noah doesn’t ever do that again--”

“Hold on, I know he’s sorry. I really know he is. Trust me.”

“But I will still teach him a lesson.”

“Don’t beat him up.”

“I might.” He paused.

“Are you going to tell the--”

“None of you tell the police.”

“But Jordan betrayed you. Noah--”

“Do you really want to see him behind bars?”

“No.” They all said at the same time.

“I’m sorry for the tiktok I made--”

“I enjoyed it.” Alex 1.1 said.

“You saw? Now everyone things we are in love when we’re not.” Xander whinged.

“I can tell everyone it was a joke and besides I write #joke #twins #windup.”

“No one reads the hashtags--”

“Everyone does apart from the two of you.”

“Fine. Lets just go get some hot chocolate, Sky?"

"I want to be in the rain."

"Okay....Alex?”

“Yeah.”

They both walked back to the house and I looked at the street. The rainy weather was no problem, yes I’m completely wet...but I don’t think that’s a problem. I mean, am I the only one that likes to dance around in the middle of the street on the pouring cold rain? Please tell me I’m not alone.

“Sky? Let’s go home.” I heard Noah’s, or was it Calvin...maybe Noah's voice crack. “Come on.”

I looked at him for a second. “Noah? Why are you bleeding? What happened? Noah?”

“Sky let’s just go home.” He winced as I touched his black eye.

“They do this to you?”

“Your accent’s really crazy.”

“It comes randomly. But...did they do this to you?”

“Let’s just go.”

“Noah why they do this to you? Your eye is--”

“Sky let’s go.”

“I’m not going. Not yet.” I said going back to the house. Noah pulled me back. “I shouldn’t have been an idiot. Sky don’t embarrass me.”

“Noah they punched you. They shouldn’t have.”

“Hey, it’s not my first time is it?”

“What do you mean?”

“Nothing.”

“Wait, Noah what do you mean?”

“They punch me sometimes....mostly when I bully you sometimes.”

“That’s like everyday.”

“Yeah. But occasionally.”

“Okay Noah. Let’s go to Alex 1.1 and tell her.”

“She’s in quarantine.” He sighed. "It's not a big deal, besides, my mum does beat me up so why can't they?"

"Your mum is your mum but they're not your mum."

"They're helping my mum."

“I’m going to go get a coat.” I lied. “You stay here.”

I went back in the house and locked the door. I went into the kitchen and pulled out two knives. “Xander, Alex.” I said going into the living room.

“Sky? Why--”

“Did you punch him up?”

“What did he say?”

“He refused to tell me, now I’m going to ask you one more time.”

“We did. He needs to learn but never does.”

“How often do you do that?”

“What? Why do you--”

I pointed the knife at him. “Xander, I’ll ask you again. How often?!”

“Daily....”

“Why?!”

“He needs to learn but he doesn’t, so we gave up and now he’s still not learnt.”

“When was the last time?”

“Six months ago or something.”

“Why do you do this? Calvin don’t even think about leaving.”

“I need to--”

“I promise you I’ll stab you if you don’t stop.”

“Sky, drop the knives.”

Then I heard the door. Noah was banging on it. “Sky?!”

“Listen, we had to okay? He had no right.”

“Yeah, so do you. You’re not his mum.”

“Hey, we are his brothers. We’re looking out for him. Even if that means punching him, but at the end of the day, we’re bros again.”

“Is he scared of you?”

“He is. But--”

“Guys, why would you do this to him?” I dropped the knives.

"Don't act all innocent you beat up--"

"Hold on, beat up is an exaggeration. I slap my sister yes but not punch or beat up."

"Well we slap him too but some times punch him."

"Okay then. But you both should know that he is deep down hurting, even if you don’t see it. I know, but I’ve never said anything about it. He still is. I’ve never spoken to him. Sometimes I do see his eyes were puffy but...I don’t want to ask. I did once, but he avoided speaking to me for days.”

“I didn’t know. He acts all normal--”

“He does. He does doesn’t he. No one bothers asking do they? Hey do you think I’m okay?”

“Yes--”

“Well guess what, a month ago, I tried to kill myself with a charger. I was in hospital when I did and that was because Mason left me. He told me he hates me isn’t it. He meant it. He really did. And it didn’t help with my depression because of your stupid brother and his friend’s hurtful words. I still am haunted by all their fucking words. Everyday they told me to kill myself, and so I thought, why not. My life is trash and full of pain isn’t it. If it wasn’t for Mason coming back, I’d have been dead! Dead!” I shouted. “So the happy girl you always see really is the most depressed girl you’ll ever see!” Then I stormed out the house without looking back at any of them and went straight to the bus stop and waited for the bus.

I went in and sat for a few minutes until I reached my stop. I got out and went into the apartment and then the elevator. Once I’d come out, I went straight to Mason’s flat and started screaming.

“They are fucking pieces of fucking idiots!!!”

I looked around waiting for Mason to tell me to shut up but nothing. Then I realised he was at school. I realised there were thirty six missed calls from him. Then the door opened and he rushed straight to me and hugged me so tightly, I thought I was about to pass out. He gave me my pills and I took them. “You left them at Jay’s.”

“Oh. Thanks.”

"Where did you go--”

“Me and Noah went to his brothers house, Alex has the covid. It all ended up pretty bad and I don’t think I want to see them again.”

“Why what happened?”

“They beat Noah up.”

“Serves him right.”

I shook my head at him and went back to my apartment.

“Sky open the door. I’m sorry.”

“Mason, go away. I am not going to.” Then I went to the bathroom and cleaned myself up. I had a shower and did my skin care routine and tied my hair into a messy bun, then I brushed my teeth and went to the kitchen. I looked around and found some waffles.

I sat down and watched some of the Hollyoaks episodes. I missed so many. This is perfect. Then I heard a knock. “Mason go away.”

“It’s us.” Xander said. “Please open the door.”

“Why should I?”

“Please.” Alex pleaded. “Just open it.”

I groaned as I opened the door. “What do you want?!"


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