Silently Falling

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•Chapter Twenty-Seven•

HONESTLY I LOVE James but just no. He was in my closet flipping through my clothes as he tossed the ones he didn't like to the floor. He was being a complete nuisance as always.

"Get out!" I seethed from my bed where I had been texting Asher for the past hour.

James turned to give me a cheeky grin. "Stop being so over dramatic," he said as he rolled his eyes. "All I'm saying is," he started, "I think that you need to wear something sexy, you know-to show your figure and all. And don't you tell me otherwise because mum told me you went shopping and you bought something sexy."

I finally believe that I am cursed. Because this is just unbelievable. My mum and brother both ganging up on me like this was all the proof that I needed.

"You're a pain, did you know that?" I said sighing. "It's not even Friday yet and you're already planning on embarrassing me."

James turned back to my closet. "I just want to make sure things are perfect considering it's two days from now," he responded with amusement laced in his words. "Oh this dinner is going to be awesome," he said the last part quietly but I caught it.

"Where's the dress anyway?" he asked huffing, "I can't find it in this hell hole you call a closet."

I switched my phone off and tossed it on my bed before I got up and headed to the closet.

"It's not in here you moron. Mum has it safely kept away somewhere," I replied as I closed the closet and moved him towards my bedroom door.

James huffed, "I wasted my time going through that mess and now you tell me it's not even in there."

"No it's not, now please leave," I said as I shoved him out of my room and slammed the door on him.

"You're no fun," he huffed from the other side of the door before I heard him storm away.

I sighed and collapsed back on the bed as I closed my eyes trying to process everything. A beeping from my laptop snaped me out of my thoughts and I hastily stood up and walked over to my desk.

Nick's face popped up on my screen and I froze for a moment before accepting the call and plopping down on the swivel chair.

"Hey!" he breathed smiling at me.

"Hmm....okay hey," I replied a little surprised. "Not that I'm complaining or anything, but how did you get my Skype name because I pretty much don't remember giving it to you nor my phone number."

Nick shook his head at me, "and here I thought I would be greeted with love from my girlfriend but I guess that's not happening," he said instead just as Jake's face popped up on the screen.

The way he said girlfriend made me smile for whatever reason.

"Hey little sis," he said waving before he was being shoved away from the screen by Nick.

"Go away Jake," he said irritatedly, "can't I have a moment with my girlfriend without you two intruding?" he said to who I'm assumed was Jake and Kai.

"It's my house and my laptop," Kai said appearing on the screen. "So yeah, we will intrude as much as we want," he finished and then flashed me a smile. "Hey Alexis."

"Hey Jake, hey Kai," I waved smiling at them. "What's up?"

Kai pushed Nick away from the laptop and took his place, "nothing, just hanging out at my place," he replied. "Wanna come over?" he asked sounding hopeful.

"As in now?" I asked.

"Yeah as in now," Kai said with a duh look. "When did you think I meant?"

Nick shook his head at his friend whilst glaring at him.

"You do know it's nearly 8pm right?" I asked as I cocked my eyebrow at him.

"Oh!" he responded as realisation finally dawned on him.

"Thought as much."

"Can I talk to my girlfriend now?" Nick asked and Kai shrugged as he moved away from the laptop giving him chance.

"Sure man," Kai responded, "I'm ordering pizza so meet us downstairs when you're done flirting with your girlfriend and we can play some video games," he said as he shot him a smirk before he pulled Jake out of the room with him.

"Well that was fun," he deadpanned once the door had shut behind them.

I laughed at that, "but seriously, how did you get my Skype name?" I asked once more.

"I know people," he said smirking, "and you'll never know who."

"It was Asher wasn't it?" I asked knowing full well that he is the only one, aside from my family that knows it.

"Maybe."

I didn't know what to say because honestly, I didn't think Asher had it in him to be nice to Nick without me being there.

"What should I expect with your brother and dad?" Nick asked seriously. "I mean, I've meant your dad and he seemed fine but I'm not too sure about how he feels about me now," he admitted sheepishly.

I was expecting him to ask that and it took him long. "James is a big sweetheart and I know he will like you just like mum does, but, my dad on the other hand," I trailed off before continuing, "just be you and you'll be fine," I told him.

"That's very helpful," he replied sarcastically. "Glad to know I can always count on you."

"Of course," I replied with a cheeky grin. "That's why I'm here."

Nick rolled his eyes, "you're something else Alexis," he stated.

Before I could answer, my bedroom door flew open and James strode in.

"Lexi mum won't show me the dress you got," he said pouting not once noticing Nick.

"Would you give it a rest James, stop being annoying," I stated.

"That's what mum told me too," he huffed. "You both are so mean," he trailed off as his eyes finally landed on my laptop screen. "And who is he?"

I chewed the inside of my cheek and looked back and forth between the two. "This is Nick," I began, "Nick meet James, my annoying older brother."

James strode over and leaned closer to the laptop, "so this is the famous boyfriend I've been hearing out?" he asked.

"Guilty as charged," Nick said awkwardly.

"He's good looking that's for sure," James whispered and I laughed because it was true. "So......Nick uh?"

"James," Nick stated as he offered a small smile.

"Wait, is that what I think it is?" James asked squinting at the screen even more. "The thing behind you."

I looked at what he was referring to and all I could see were posters of basketball players and what not.

"Oh you mean the Micheal Jordan signed jersey?" Nick asked turning to face the said jersey.

James nodded eagerly, "yeah," he said. "Scoot over Lexi," he said not once did he take his eyes away from said jersey.

I moved over and James plopped down nearly sending me flying to the floor. I glared at him and stood up instead.

"Man how the hell did you get an M.J signed jersey?" he asked still not paying attention to me.

"Kai's dad got it for him for his tenth birthday," Nick responded. "You a fan?"

"Heck yeah I am," James said smiling like a goof.

I can't believe he just hijacked my face time with my boyfriend. Okay that's not something I ever thought I'd say.

With a sigh, I walked out of my room just as they began talking about basketball.

I made my way downstairs where mum was busy taking measurements of Lisa, her model.

"Hey Lisa," I waved smiling.

Lisa is one of mum's many models who she uses for designing. She's a beautiful blonde with big baby blue eyes and a body that most girls would kill to have. She's the same age as James and they both go to the same University.

"Hey Alexis," Lisa greeted smiling back at me. "Haven't seen you around lately, hope everything is fine," she said.

"It's pretty good I guess. But I've been busy with school and all," I replied as I sat down on the couch.

"Where's James?" mum asked.

I glowered at that and shook my head before replying, "his upstairs in my room talking to Nick," I said gruffly, "he literally hijacked our conversation."

Mum and Lisa chuckled, "I take it that this Nick is someone special," Lisa commented.

"He's her boyfriend," mum replied with a sly smile before returning back to her work. "You need to give her some fashion tips because seriously, just look at her," she said as she as her eyes racked over me.

I rolled my eyes at her antics, "mum it's not going to happen. Nick likes me for me, end of story," I said.

"But a little dressing up wouldn't kill you, you know," she said. "Am I not right Lisa?"

"I have to agree with Kate on this one Alexis," Lisa said as she sat next to me on the couch. "Plus, he'd totally take you anywhere," she whispered with a wink before she walked back to where mum was.

Suddenly, I felt light headed and I clutched my head in both hands. My whole body felt weak.

"What's wrong honey?" mum asked she rushed over to my side.

"I just feel weak," I replied still clutching my head, "I think I just need to rest and I'll be fine."

Both mum and Lisa had worried looks on their faces as I stood up and made my way back to my room. Once there, I walked over to the bed and nearly fell on my way.

"Alexis are you okay?" I heard James ask but my vision was blurry as dark spots appeared.

"Yeah just...." I didn't get to finish my sentence because the next thing I knew, I was falling but luckily I didn't hit the floor as James scooped me up in his hands and placed me on my bed.

"What's going on?" I heard Nick ask but his voice seemed further away.

He kept asking but James didn't say anything as he ran into my bathroom and returned with my pills in one hand and water in the other.

"Take this," he said helping me take the pills. After that, he walked back to my laptop and shut it off then he returned back to my side and pulled me into him.

My eyes felt heavy as I look at him, "you didn't have to shut it off on him like that," I said scolded him as I refered to Nick.

"Shh," James cooed as he holded me tightly and rubbed my back.

Before I knew it, the darkness had consumed me.

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