Silently Falling

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•Chapter Twenty-Eight•

I WOKE UP with a massive headache and I felt completely and utterly weak to the core.

Slowly, I opened my eyes and looked over at James' sleeping figure as he cradled me in his arms with low snores emitting from him.

"James," I said poking him because he is a heavy sleeper.

He stirred and opened his eyes and looked at me with confusion before it finally clicked and he remembered exactly what had happened.

"Are you okay?" he asked with a concerned expression.

"I'm okay, I just have a headache and my body feels like I've been to hell and back," I joked trying to lighten the mood.

A small smile appeared on his face before it completely got wiped off and was replaced with a concerned one. "You had me scared when you nearly fainted or fainted anyway," he breathed as he pulled me closer to him. "I'm going to tell mum and dad that you are up and have Dr. Dave come over," he said as he reluctantly let go of me and walked out of my room.

I sighed because I knew I didn't have much time left and I had to tell Nick before it was too late or worse-he found out from someone else.

Minutes later, both mum and dad strode into my room with worried expressions and it broke my heart immensely. I sat up and mum engulfed me in a tight hug.

"I was so worried that...." she choked as a sob escaped her, "I don't want to lose you so soon."

I pulled back from the hug only to be pulled into another one by my dad.

"Pumpkin you had me worried when your mum called and told me you'd nearly passed out," he breathed.

"Dr. Dave is here," James said just as Dr. Dave walked in behind him.

"We will leave you two," my dad said and helped my mum up before they all left the room leaving the two us.

"This shouldn't take long," Dr. Dave said as he walked over to the bed and took a seat at the end of it. "Have you been taking your medication as I had prescribed?"

I nodded because for once I did as he had instructed.

"That's good to hear," he said smiling. "It was a minor thing and you shouldn't worry about it as long as you take the medication the way I have prescribed. Your mum will give it to you and please, don't stress yourself too much because we do not know what might happen next."

He stood up and smiled, "take it easy and try to stay off of your feet as much as possible."

With that being said he left. I laid back on my bed and stared at the ceiling as I became lost in my own thoughts.

"Hey!" James sat down next to me and I snapped out of my thoughts.

"Hey!"

"So since you're staying home today, I thought we could hang out and do something fun like old times. Just you and me," he beamed and I immediately remembered I had a History test.

"Oh come on," I breathed as I checked my phone. It was almost noon which meant I had missed the morning classes. But lucky me, History was in the afternoon.

"I need to get to school," I said and rushed to grab some sweats before heading into my bathroom to brush my teeth and hair.

"You need to drop me off at school," I said as I re-entered the room.

James gave me the 'hell no' look as if I was mad or something worse.

"No! You're not going to school today. Dr. Dave said you should rest."

I grabbed my rucksack and phone from my my nightside table to find countless voicemails and texts from Asher and Nick but didn't bother to listen or reply to any of them.

"I've got a History test to get to and you know how Mrs. Briggs is about missing one of her tests," I said. "So will you please drive me and I swear I'll be out just as soon as the class is over and you can pick me up then and we will do whatever it is you want," I bargained.

James stared at me for a while before he sighed and headed out the door, "fine let's go."

I smiled and followed after him downstairs. He grabbed his car keys from the counter and continued out the front door with me closely following behind. We got into his car and we drove in silence.

"What am I supposed to tell mum and dad when they call asking how you are?" he asked once we were in the school parking lot.

"The truth."

"No shit Sherlock," he said rolling his eyes dramatically. "Call me immediately you get out of class."

"I will."

"I mean it Lexi, call me. I don't want anything happening to you."

"I know and I will," I said and got out of the car.

It was lunch by the time I walked through the main school doors. The hallway was nearly empty except for a few students who were at their lockers putting away their book.

I made my way into the school cafeteria in search of Asher and Nick so I could explain what happened.

Asher was nowhere to seen but luckily I was able to spot a familiar head of dark curls at his usual table. Taking a deep breath, I made my way over to his table-our table if I was being honest considering I've been sitting there a lot lately.

"Alexis!" Jake exclaimed as he saw me walking over.

"Hey!" I waved awkwardly before I took a seat next to Nick.

"Where have you been all day?" Kai asked.

"Home."

"And you skipped class?" he asked arching an eyebrow at me.

"Yeah, something came up so I couldn't be here in the morning," I replied hoping I sounded casual about the whole thing.

"Okay! But we were all worried about you especially someone over here," Kai said elbowing Nick, hard.

Nick glared at him before he turned to look at me with concern clear as day in his forest green eyes. "Yeah I was worried about you after what happened yesterday and I tried calling but you didn't pick up any of my calls," he spoke gently. "Are you okay?"

I really need to tell him, don't I? Of course you have to tell him, my subconscious said.

"Yeah I'm okay. It was just a headache and I didn't really eat dinner so...." I said nervously as I chipped the nail polish from my hand.

"Okay if you say so."

I smiled at him because I was glad he didn't ask any more questions than I could handle right now.

"What should I wear for the dinner on Saturday? You know, when I meet your parents and brother," he asked casually. "I don't want them to hate me or think I'm one of those guys who think they are better than everyone. Or worse, that I'm a delinquent."

I rolled my eyes at his assumptions. "They won't hate you, trust me. My dad likes you and you've already won over James," I said. "Just wear something comfortable and lose the leather jacket."

Nick rolled his eyes but still smiled nevertheless. "Sure ma'am."

"I've got History with Mrs. Briggs so I'll talk to you guys later," I stood up and kissed Nick on his lips surprising both of us.

"Aww you're both too cute and adorable for me," Jake gushed just as a flash appeared.

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The History test wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was able to remember most of what Mrs. Briggs taught us even though I hadn't studied.

After the class was over, I made my way out to the school parking lot as I searched for my phone in my bag to call James. But I immediately realised that I didn't need to call him as there he stood leaning against his car talking casually with Asher as if they were old friends.

"What are you guys talking about?" I asked when I was near enough for them to hear me.

"Lord why didn't you text me back?" Asher asked as he engulfed me in a bear hug. "I had to find out from James that something happened to you."

I rolled my eyes as I pulled out of the embrace. "What ever happened to 'hey Alexis! It's so good you're here'?" I asked.

"Oh shush, you know I missed your annoying self today," he replied as he rolled his eyes as well. "I also can't believe I had to find out from James that you guys are having a dinner with Nick and you didn't invite me-your one and only best friend. We are practically soul mates you and I," he said as he placed a hand to his chest feigning hurt.

James scoffed from besides me. "That's because you're not invited," he piped in. "Now can we please go? I'd like to get to the movies before it's late."

"Which mall are we going to?" Ash asked, "because I'm coming and you're not leaving me out," he said.

"The one near Starbucks," James replied irritatedly and got into his car with me soon following after.

Asher got into his car just as James backed out of the parking lot and followed us.

We ended up seeing Monster Trucks, which I have to admit wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. After that, we grabbed some Italian food while Asher complained over the fact that he wasn't invited to the dinner and the fact he wouldn't be able to see me in my new black dress.

"Get over yourself Daniels," James said rolling his eyes, "and stop having such perverted thoughts about my sister," he said frowning.

Asher and I erupted into a fit of laughter and James joined in. We looked like a bunch of crazy kids to onlookers but I couldn't care less because I was having a great time with the people I cared for and who cared about me.

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