My Brothers Best Friend

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Chapter Thirty-Eight

Julie and I left the restaurant after our meals and did some shopping and walked around for a few hours before we went back to the condo to talk to the guys. We really hadn’t had any time just the two of us in what felt like forever, she told me all about the drama that I had missed and about the few parties that they had gone to while I was in the hospital. It was so nice to know all the things they did while I wasn’t around, I knew what Link had been up too from his letters. Even if he had forgotten to mention Jordan in any of them I was trying to look past that. It was after dinner when we had finally decided to go back to the condo. Julie and I were both so exhausted from our day. Entering through the door I heard Chase in the kitchen talking to who I can only assume was Link. I was still a little upset at him about what happened earlier, but I had to put that behind me if we were all going to go on a road trip together. Julie took my hand in reassurance as we walked into the kitchen together.

Chase was putting some groceries away while Link sat at the island eating a sandwich. I looked over at him briefly to see him looking at me. I quickly averted my eyes and looked at the floor. I wasn’t ready to face him just yet.

“Hey baby how was lunch?” Chase asked as he walked over to Julie taking her in his arms placing a kiss on her forehead. I was a little envious to their relationship right now. I don’t know what to think about Link and Jordan. I am trying my hardest to push all the negative thoughts into the back of my mind, but man is it ever hard.

“It was really good! Hailey and I discussed something that we wanted to talk to the both of you about…” Julie said as she looked around the room at the three of us. I took another step into the kitchen and leaned against the island. My body wanted to be close to Link even if I was still upset with him. I needed that comfort feeling I got when I was close to him.

“And just what might that be?” Chase asked as he held onto Julies hand and looked over at me. I tried my best to not give anything away with my facial expressions.

Julie motioned for me to tell them what I told her. I knew for a fact Chase was not going to be happy like Julie was.

“So, I might have gone and hired a PI to find mom and dad, not knowing where they were being driving me nuts…” I said lowly, just enough for them to hear me.

“You did what?” Chase asked as he leaned off the counter and started to walk towards me.

“I had too, please don’t be mad at me Chase. I needed to know where our parents were” I said looking at the ground, I knew he was going to be mad at me, but I had to do what I did.

“I’m not mad at you Hailey, I’m mad at myself for not thinking of that” he said as he walked over to me and gave me a hug. It was a huge relief knowing that he wasn’t mad at me.

“So, what did you find out then?” Link spoke up, I had almost forgotten that he was even here anymore, he was sitting so quietly. Chase pulled away from our hug and walked back over to Julie and stood beside her looking at me waiting for me to answer the question.

“Oh well moms on vacation still… and dad, well he’s not with the secretary anymore and he lives a few hours away from here. Julie and I were thinking the four of us could go on a road trip to go and see him, I think it would really help me with things if I could just confront him as to why he didn’t come and see me when I was sick” I explained myself to the three of them hoping they would understand my wanting to go see my dad, and by them I meant Chase and Link, I already knew Julie would be down to go.

Chase and Link looked at each other for a second before they both turned to look at me again.

“Ok fine, but just because you think it will help you. We’ll leave tomorrow morning. Bed everyone, we have a long day ahead of us tomorrow” Chase spoke out as he took Julies hand in his again, he nodded to Link as the two of the walked down the hall towards Chases room leaving just Link and I alone in the kitchen. I still felt like I was over reacting with things a little but who knows.

I looked over at him to see him looking at me, I shyly looked away and turned to walk to my bedroom, once I got to my door I looked in his room to see that he had in fact cleared off his bed and had it ready for him to get into it. I shouldn’t be sad, I was the one who told him I was going to be sleeping alone tonight but apart of me still was. Shaking off the feeling, or at least trying to I walked into my room and over to my lamp beside my bed, I turned it on, so I could see what I was doing to get ready for bed.

I stripped down to my undies and slipped on the baggy t-shirt of Links that I sleep in most nights and walked over to the bathroom. Washing my face and brushing my teeth seemed to drag on, I don’t know why it did, but it did. I felt like I was in the bathroom for ages. And then it hit me, most nights Link was standing beside me while I did all of this and then we would go off to bed together. I guess internally I was waiting for that to happen. I decided to braid my hair so that in the morning it had some nice beachy waves to it. Just as I finished Link walked into the bathroom from his side.

“Sorry… I thought you would have been done by now… I’ll go… sorry…” his voice sounded so hurt and sad. It was breaking my heart. I stood silently looking at his reflection in the mirror for a moment taking in his features. He had dark circles under his eyes from exhaustion and his hair was all messed up.

“No, I’m done now, go ahead” I said to him as I turned to leave back to my room.

“Hailey wait…” he pleaded, my heart yearned for him. I felt like monster. I turned back to look at him. His eyes were pleading for me to stay and hear what he had to say, so I did just that.

“I’m sorry… Jordan is just a friend Hailey I swear, but if it makes you uncomfortable that I am friends with her then I will not be anymore. I would never ever do anything to hurt you and I want you to know that. You mean the absolute world to me and I only just got you back I don’t want to lose you for any reason I will do whatever it is that you want me to please Hailey stop being mad at me I need you to love me it’s killing me… please” he took a step towards me and I wanted so badly to take a step away from him but I didn’t. He was too broken for me too. I let him come closer to me as he slowly took steps towards me. Once he was right in front of me looking down at me he placed his hands on my shoulders and pulled me to him. He wrapped his arms around my body pulling me close to him. Burying my face into his warm chest I breathed in. he smelled so nice, I always use to think it was weird when girls said they loved the smell of their boyfriends. He then took my hand in his. He pulled me towards his room.

“I know you said you wanted to sleep alone tonight but I need you by my side… and I made my bed just for you…” he said sheepishly with a cute little grin on his face. Link never made his bed ever. I gave him the look saying ‘wow good for you’ as he grinned like a child pulling me towards his bed, I crawled in as he pulled the blankets over me. He went back into the bathroom so that he could get ready for bed, I could feel how tired I was, and that sleep was going to overcome me very soon. I was nervous about tomorrow and seeing my dad. I had no idea what he was going to do or what I was going to say to him. What kind of a father doesn’t come and see their daughter in the hospital when she’s been in a coma for months?

I got comfy in Links bed, it had been so long since I had slept in his bed. We mostly just slept in mine and didn’t use his.

I heard Link finishing up in the bathroom, he walked out only wearing his boxers. I took him in all his glory. He had been working out a lot more when I was in the coma. It showed as he walked around the room turning off the light and getting into bed with me. As soon as he was in he pulled me close to his body and snuggled as close as he could get.

“I love you Hailey” he said into my hair where his face was currently nuzzled.

“I love you too Link” I whispered back to him, he squeezed me body tight for a second and then loosened and pulled away a bit. He pulled down my shoulder so that I turned to face him.

“Don’t worry about tomorrow Hailey, everything is going to be fine” he whispered to me.

“I’m scared Link, there has to be some reason as to why he never came to see me… I don’t think I did anything wrong for him to not want to see me…” I whispered back to him. He leaned forward and placed a kiss on my forehead.

“Hailey, don’t. You have done absolutely nothing wrong, your father is stupid for not coming to see you and he better have a good ass fucking reason for not. Chase will definitely have some words to say to him if his reasoning isn’t good enough, then once Chase is done I have a few words of my own to say to him” I could tell he was a little heated about the situation. I giggled, Link was not an aggressive person so to see him try to be was kind of amusing to me.

“This is why I love you” I giggled back to him snuggling closer again.

“I love you too baby, now get some sleep. We have a big day tomorrow, I’ll be by your side the entire day okay” I said to me as he wrapped his arms around me again, I nodded into his chest before I fell sleep finally take over my body.

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