Chapter 21 || Word By Word, Her Hope Was Interred...
I stared at him in disbelief, trying to process what he just said. Not only what he said, but also the consequences this might entail. Apprehension was written all over his face and I couldn’t help close my eyes and letting out a deep sigh.
Taking a step forward, he took my hand and held it while lifting up my chin. “Jessica.“, he said staring at me as if he was trying to look in my soul.
“You must believe me that this decision doesn’t have anything to do with you, but I can’t leave Jayla now. I feel responsible for in some kind of way. She is going through hell right now and I can’t let her alone with that burden. This really has nothing to do with you, Jessica.“, his eyes were filled with fear and concern.
He probably thought that I’d hate him for making this decision and I believed I would too, but I didn’t. The choice he made was the right one since would have probably done the same thing. They had a relationship after all and also feelings for one another which I have to respect.
I feel sorry for Jayla, I really do. She may not be my favourite person but nobody deserves a malicious destiny like this. My mind immediately went to my mom who almost had the same fate as Jayla does. Our dad wasn’t able to take care of us properly because he put all of the energy he had into making my mom’s life a little less excruciating and I have never in my life blamed him for that decision.
Sure it wasn’t that easy but I’m still alive and he had a good reason for doing what he did. In this case my mom’s life was more important to me than my own therefore I understand Alex decision and know that this doesn’t have anything to do with me
“It’s okay.“, I exhaled. “No, really. I understand why you do that and you don’t have to explain yourself. You need to take care of her in a situation like that.“, he pulled me into a hug and a single tear rolled down my cheek. I tried to hold my grief back but it was too much too handle at once.
“Maybe in another lifetime.“, he mumbled and planted a kiss on my head.
More like a parallel universe. In another lifetime there still would be one thing that kept us from being together hence all I can do is suck it up and live with it.
I slowly pulled out of the hug, gazing into his profound dark brown eyes. A thousand thoughts were crossing my mind and I couldn’t decide which of these was hurting me the most.
My mind was drowning in the big ocean of my feelings which made it hard for me to differentiate actual reality from my desired reality.
Alex took a strand of my medium blonde hair, placed it behind my ears and kissed my cheek softly, still holding my hand. “I love you, Jessica.”
I waited for a long time to hear these words, but not in this context, not like that. Him saying that in this situation made everything worse and I felt like throwing up. My stomach was clenching and I was too nauseous to react properly to the mess I found myself in right now.
Gradually, my hand glided out of his grip. He glanced at me one more time before his gaze went to the ground and he turned around, stepping back into the hospital.
“I love you too.“, I whispered to myself, impossible for him to hear because he had entered the building by now.
I was surrounded by so many people which was the only reason that held me back from crying. I strolled along the parking lot, kicking an empty coke can in front of me.
The game is over.
When these rumours about me started I felt like the victim and I was to a certain degree, but then I started throwing tantrums and became a total bitch which had only just confirmed the rumours.
All this time I thought I was Cinderella, when in fact, I was just her evil step sister and we know how things are.
Evil stepsister aren’t supposed to have an happy ending.
The buzzing of my phone made me snap out of my thoughts. I looked at the screen to see that it was Sofía who was calling me.
“Jessica ?“, she asked hysterically. I was barely able to understand her since the noise level in the background was immeasurably high.
“Sofía ? Are you okay ? Where are you ?”
“Jessica, you need to come to the LACMA. This is a disaster.“, Sofía shouted into the phone. “Stay away from him or I’ll rip your head off. “, she screamed at someone in the background.
“What are you doing in Los Angeles ? Or rather what are you doing in a museum.“, I questioned her confused, putting her on loudspeaker.
The LACMA is located in Miracle Mile near West Hollywood which is only half an hour away from our my home.
“This whole area has been under a state of emergency for an hour. You know that Kyle’s father is the curator if the museum, right ? An important exhibition was taking place in here with a lot of rich people and decadent food and everything until the police arrived.“, she paused for a second.
“Apparently, Kyle’s father is being accused of taking part in the Greenheart Robbery and was lead out of the museum by two police men in front of everyone. I don’t know if he was being arrested right away or if he is still there since a lot of people are blocking the sidewalk and the streets. The whole museum is surrounded by hundreds of people who are either the press, the police or other people taking photos. Kyle is pestered by the press since he arrived and they cling to him like parasites. When I entered the museum, I saw Alex’ dad in the crowd. Maybe you can try to talk to him and find out what the hell is going on in here.“, Sofía’s words were almost drowned out by the noise in the background. I put my keys in the steering lock, turned it around and started driving.
“I’ll try but he isn’t allowed to tell me anything.“, I tried to explain to her.
Throwing my phone on the passenger seat, I navigated my car out of the parking lot. I know that I’m not supposed to be on the phone while I’m driving but this seems to be an emergency.
“Please try your luck. Kyle needs to get out of here as soon as possible. We have locked ourselves in the museum but the press is hammering against the door like crazy elephants. It’s almost impossible to get out of here without anybody’s help.“, the panic in her voice was evident. I couldn’t believe what was happening right now.
“What about the police ? Why aren’t they doing anything ? Are you alone ?”
“They tried but they are not enough people to make them back off and escort Kyle out of the museum. All the other guests left without a scratch since the press didn’t take interest in them and walked out before all these people arrived. We are trapped and can’t escape without your help.“, the pounding in the back got louder and louder.
“I’m on my way right now.”
“Please, hurry. Since we didn’t have keys for the doors we had to improvise and I don’t know how long this will keep us save.“, she stated in terror.
“Don’t worry. I’ll find a way to get you out of there.”