Silently Falling

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•Chapter Fifteen•

I SAT ON my bed revisting all the events that took place over the weekend. My life was beginning to feel like those clichéd movies they always show on TV.

I didn't know how my life turned into a movie, but what I did know was it was all my mum's doing and I did not like it one bit. I did not appreciate her trying to set me up with one of my new friends. It didn't work like that. They were the first actual friends I made aside from Asher.

I grabbed my phone and dialed the one person I knew would always give me good advice. He picked up on the second ring.

"Alexis!" he said. "To what do I owe this call at such an ungodly hour?" he asked but I could hear the amusement in his words.

"Why are you being so formal all of a sudden?" I said laughing. "Can't I just call because I want to?" I asked. "Plus it's noon not past midnight."

"No! No you can't. You always want something so what is it?" he questioned.

"It's always straight to business with you," I joked. "It's mum," I said sighing after a while.

"What did she do? What happened to her?"

"Nothing happened to her. But she is trying to set me up with one of my school assignment partners."

The line was silent for a while before James burst out laughing. "She did didn't she?"

"Yes, yes she did and it wasn't funny," I said sighing. "Who in their right state of mind would just directly ask someone if they have girlfriend."

"Wow okay that's new. She asked the guy that?" James breathed still laughing, "and what did he say? Please tell me he said yes."

Is he being serious right now? Apparently my whole family is out to get me.

"Why? Why am I related to such people?" I said more to myself rather than to him.

James continued laughing from the other side of the line. "But honestly, I wish I was there, I would have helped her out."

"And why would you do that? You're supposed to act like an elder brother and not want your only young sister to date until she turns 40 or something."

"Nope!" he said popping the 'p'. "You my dear sister, need to get out more and get yourself a life, you do know what that means right?"

"Yes I know what that means. But you and I have different opinions on what getting a life really means."

"Whatever," he spoke and I just knew he rolled his eyes. "But honestly, I would have thought mum would have tried to set you up with Asher and not some random stranger."

Getting frustrated already, I ran a hand through my hair and my fingers got tangled in the knots. "The woman could easily do it if she wanted, but lucky for me he's got a girlfriend and doesn't like me in that way," I said.

"And how do you know he doesn't have feelings for you?"

"I just do."

The line was silent for a brief second before he spoke in a soft tone, "Alexis you know she just wants the best for you and so do I. That's why I'm telling you to go out there and find yourself a boyfriend and not let mum beat you to it," he said before bursting into laughter at his own words.

Yeah what an awesome brother he was.

I stood up and walked to the window where I just stood and looked outside as the Sun was slowly setting in the horizon, it was mix of orange and red and it looked breath taking. "No you shouldn't be telling me to do that."

The line got disconnected and I couldn't believe James just hung up on me like that without a proper goodbye or anything. I stood there by the window a minute longer before returning to my bed and sprawling on it as I looked up at the ceiling and just thought.

I was abruptly pulled away from my thoughts by the sound of an incoming Skype call and I immediately jolted up and grabbed my laptop from my desk and looked at the screen. James' name and face flashed on the screen and I decided to see why he decided to call after he rudely hung up on me.

"What do you want?" was the first thing I asked with a scowl on my face.

"To talk, the whole phone call thing just wasn't working out and this needs to be done face-to-face or face to screen," he said grinning. He looked dishelved with his hair sticking out every-which-way.

I sighed because I knew he was right. "Fine, but that doesn't mean it's right for you and mum to tell me to find a boyfriend. I'll do it on my own terms and when I feel ready."

"Yeah I know telling you to do that is a bad thing, but do you want to know why Lexi?"

"Why?"

"Because I care about you too much to not want to see you be alone for however long you'll still be here with us," he said. "You need to live a little you know. Break some hearts in the process too."

James was right, I needed to live a little before it was too late.

"Okay fine, I hate to admit it but you're right."

A huge grin spread on his face. "I always knew it," was all he said. "And if you do get yourself one, I'll need to have a talk with him and if he so ever so much as hurts you, I will rough him up good," he said with all seriousness.

I laughed at that because I knew he'd go ahead with his plan and do it. "Oh I will make sure he stays clear of you," I said still laughing. "I wouldn't want you to rough up his pretty face or anything," I said jokingly.

"I will find him don't you worry about it," he said with a straight face.

"No-" I was cut off by James' dorm room door flying open and in walked a half naked guy. He only had a towel wrapped around his waist as water dripped from him.

I closed my eyes and hoped his half-naked image would not be permanently engraved into the back of my brain.

"Dude have you seen my shirt and pants?" he asked, "I can't seem to find them anywhere."

"What the hell Vincent?" James barked, "learn to knock will you. You almost blinded my little sister with your nudity."

"You mean this is the famous sister you're always talking about?" he asked. "Alice come on open your eyes. I'm a total catch," he urged.

I carefully opened my eyes and looked at his face and not his full body. He had muddy brown hair which was dripping wet with blue-green eyes.

"It's Alexis actually," I responded.

"Yeah Alice that's what I said."

I shook my head at him but didn't bother to correct him.

James tossed him a pair of jeans with a shirt. "Put that on and get out. No actually get out and put that on somewhere where my sister won't see anything."

The guy, Vincent, shrugged and walked out of the room and James slammed the door behind him.

"That's your friend?" I asked when James had taken his previous spot in front of the Webcam.

"I know I need better friends but his not all bad," he said running a hand through his hair.

"If you say so. You know I'm only trying to look out for you after what happened when you were still in highschool."

"I know and if it wasn't for dad and you getting me on the right path, I wouldn't be where I am now," he said. "Those guys really did screw me over didn't they?"

I didn't want to tell him they did so I just nodded my head.

"They had rich parents and somewhere to fall back on if things didn't go right for them and I was foolish to think I actually belonged in their world. I nearly dropped out of school because of them. I was always wasted each school night and I nearly failed my exams twice, not once," he said as he tugged on his hair pretty hard.

"Stop beating yourself up over that, you're clean now and you're doing something that you love in University, so don't ever thing otherwise on that okay?"

"Okay!"

"But seriously that guy freaked me out," I said trying to lighten the mood. "I was scared he's towel would fall off any second and everything would be on display."

"You weren't the only one who thought so."

"Alice? Really? Do I look like an Alice to him or something?"

"You kinda do look like an Alice now that I look at you properly," he replied with a straight face.

"Seriously? I hate you right now."

"No you don't."

"Whatever, your friend creeped me out a lot," I said as I rolled my eyes.

James cracked a small smile, "Vin is a very different kind of person with a weird sense of humour but he's all I got so sue me will ya?" he said. "I gotta go, I'll talk to you later."

The call ended and I was left there staring at the dark screen and the image of a half-naked guy popped into my brain. I quickly shook my head, closed my laptop and placed it on my bedside table before I crawled into the duvet and let the darkness consume me.

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