Chapter 15: Intense
“Eli, calm down! You’re hurting me!”
I screamed out in discomfort, terrified that Elijah’s grip continued to squeeze more tightly!
“Not until you tell me why he was calling you! Were you lying to me? Did something happened between you and Ren last night?!”
He yelled out, commanding me to tell him the truth! But I fear telling him anything...because I don’t know how he’ll react. I’m worried about what he might do to Ren. If seeing Ren and I hug each other is enough to piss him off. Then I could only imagine the worst-case scenario of what he might do if I told him Ren confessed his feelings to me...
As he shouted out my name, I could see the desperation in his eyes as I grew panicked! I don’t know what I’m supposed to say, lying isn’t the answer. However, I can’t bring myself to say anything. Avoiding his stern gaze, I looked down at my own two feet that were trembling beneath me. Taking a deep breath in, I paused before deciding to say anything...
“Ren, he...after I left the party, I didn’t want to go home. Because I wasn’t ready to face you after what I saw you do, so...Ren decided to take me to the nearby lake that’s close to town. All we did was talk and he mainly just took me there so I could calm myself...but...”
Stopping midway in my sentence, I could already feel the anxiety luring up behind me as I was slowly starting to regret telling Eli the story...
“What. Else. Happened!?”
He asked coldly, gripping my lower jaw with his hand he forced me to look at him. The fire in his eyes was infused with hate and rage as he pierced his gaze right at me! I could feel my own heart beating heavily with fear as I stared at him with sorrow in my eyes...
“He...told me he liked me.”
As I spoke out the words as quietly as I could, I was hoping that Eli wouldn’t be able to hear me in some kind of miracle. However, the reaction in his face said it all... his eyes grew wide with shock, and I noticed his jaw clenching tighter than before. He’s angry, maybe I shouldn’t have said anything? But then again, it was going to come out one way or another. Suddenly, a sharper pain ran through my arm as I grunted out in agony!
“Elijah! Please let me go! It hurts!”
I cried out in torment, trying to yank my arm free! He immediately loosened his grip, but he still wasn’t letting me go! Quickly turning himself around, he began pulling me alongside him. Where is he taking me now? Peeking over his shoulder, I noticed that we were heading towards the front door of his house! So I hurried my way in front of him, placing my hands onto his chest to stop him from going any further...
“Wait! What...where are we going right now!?”
I asked sounding confused and nervous as I tightened my grip on him...
“Luna, step aside,” Elijah responded sounding irritated as he tried to shrug me out of the way.
“No! Not until you tell me what you’re gonna do!”
I yelled back feeling agitated by his actions! Despite my efforts to talk to him, all he could do was look at me with anger in his eyes. I was no longer sure if he was angry at me or Ren, but either way... I don’t want him to hurt Ren. So I swiftly threw my hands around his shoulders, bringing myself closer to his body. My sudden actions lead to Eli wrapping his arms around me and quickly picking me off the floor! Naturally wrapping my legs around his waist, I secure my hold on him and felt myself being pressed up against the wall!
“I’m sorry...I’m sorry I didn’t tell you. I was just too afraid to say anything to you after what happened between you and Ren last night,” I cried out to him.
“Tell me something! Anything to make me stay, because I’m so close to getting in my truck right now and finding Ren to beat his fucking ass!”
He voiced out in hatred as his body began to shake with fury! I knew he would be upset when I told him the truth, but I would’ve never guessed he would act this outraged?! So I quickly placed my hands on each side of his face to have him look at me. I have to calm him down somehow...
“Eli, listen...whatever Ren said didn’t matter to me. Please, believe me...I love you so much, it’s not worth trying to find him for what he said. You know I would never leave you, so please...stop acting like this...you’re scaring me.”
My words trembled out with uneasiness, unsure if Elijah will stay regardless of what I had to say. Though to my surprise, his breathing began to calm down as he rested his head on my shoulders. Running my fingers gently through his hair, I placed a light kiss on his forehead. I really wanna show him how much love and care I have for him, but it’s hard to do so when Elijah’s jealousy and hatred get in the way...
“Luna, I have something really important to give to you,” Elijah responded, pulling his head slowly away from me.
Giving me a serious stare, he quickly walked us to the living room. Gently placing me down on the couch he stood himself in front of me. I then watched as Eli reached for his pocket and started digging for something?
“Eli? I swear you’re so bipolar sometimes. Like, I don’t know how you’ll act. One minute your acting so sweet...and then you switch to a completely different person. Just what is it that you have to show me?”
I said in a tiresome sigh. Though Eli ignored my question as he pulled a small box out! I immediately felt my stomach tighten and I slowly began to feel light-headed about what was going on in front of me! He’s not going to...propose is he?! I mean, I do love Elijah more than anything in this world. But marriage is something serious! I’m still only 14, can I even get married that young?! Will my parents even approve of the idea?! Shaking all these thoughts away, I noticed Eli slowly crouching down in front of me! He then held the box right between us and peered into my eyes with a passionate gaze...
“Luna, I’m sorry for how I’ve been acting lately. I shouldn’t have been rough with you in the first place, but I will always have this fear inside me that you will one day leave me...even if one day I was to completely disappear from you. Would you move on with your life and forget about me so easily?”
Hearing his words, I could see his eyes begging for an answer. So many thoughts were running through my head of what was going on and what he’s asking of me, why? Isn’t it obvious? What a ridiculous thing to ask...
“I don’t want to think about that...I don’t ever want to think about you disappearing from my life. Not now, not ever. I won’t be able to move on...if you weren’t here anymore.”
Speaking my honest thoughts, I felt my eyes beginning to water. And before I knew it, Eli had already opened the box in front of me and took a ring out. All I could do was watch him as I held in my breath! Feeling the heavy butterflies flying around my stomach, I became nervous as I watched Eli place the ring on my right ring finger. Instantly dropping down my shoulders, I had a sudden relief...
“Did you think I was asking you to marry me?”
Elijah responded to my reaction as he was done putting the ring on my finger, he then looked up and gave me a mischievous smirk. All I could do was pout and nod my head slowly in embarrassment, my eyes then admired the ring that I was now wearing. It wasn’t a diamond ring....but there was something luminous about it. As I looked deeper into it, I noticed the different colors changing inside it, was it a mood ring?“It’s beautiful, I love it!”
I yelled out feeling completely happy with his gift as I wrapped my arms around him in excitement!
“But why are you giving it to me, and what kind of ring is this? It almost looks like there’s magic in it with how it glows so brightly.”
I said to him in a playful smile.
“Magic? You’re cute Luna. I’ve been meaning to give it to you for a while now, though I would’ve preferred to give you a wedding ring instead...but this will have to do. Luna, this ring is really important. So you have to promise me that you will never take it off. Do you understand...”
He said in a serious tone, pulling myself away from him I gave him a reassuring nod.
“I promise I won’t take it off...but why is it important that I keep it on?” I curiously asked.
“I just...need you to always have it on. It’ll keep my mind at peace knowing that you’re wearing it, okay?” He said while caressing my cheek.
“Alright...I won’t ever take it off, I will only take it off once I get my engagement ring.”
I jokingly responded while sticking out my tongue at him. Hearing him let out a light chuckle, he playfully pushed me down on the couch!
“How is it possible for me to be so pissed off a few minutes ago, to now being so calm whenever I hear your voice?”
He asked as he laid himself right next to me, snuggling myself close to his chest I enjoyed the wonderful smell of his cologne. It always brings me at ease when we’re like this, his warm presence makes me happy. I don’t know what I would do if he was to vanish one day from my life. Just thinking about it sends my emotions to a downward spiral of negative emotions, no! Eli won’t ever leave me, I trust him with all my heart. Slowly raising my head, I set my eyes around his neck, my gaze immediately stopped to noticed the hickey that I had left him the other day! I had completely forgotten about the bite mark!
“If you want, I could let you bite me again-”
“Huh?! I don’t want to, you pervert!”
I responded with a huff when Eli saw me staring at his hickey.
“Are you sure? You were blushing quite a lot when you were looking at my neck?”
He replied as he began to caress my cheek so sweetly...but I won’t fall into his little tricks so he could tease me.
“Nice try Eli, but I’m still upset at you for breaking my phone earlier. How am I supposed to explain this to my parents?!”
I asked in annoyance, though Eli didn’t seem bothered by my question as he grabbed each side of my waist!
“Just tell your mom and dad that you lost. Also, you don’t have to worry about keeping in contact with me...”
He explained before pulling me alongside him, feeling his warm broad chest being pressed up against my breast, it was comforting knowing how close we have gotten in these past months as a couple...but without my phone, how will I be able to keep in contact with him?
“How am I supposed to not worry? I can’t call or text you anymore...”
I responded with frustration, nevertheless, Eli didn’t seem bothered by that issue at all.
“Luna. Just leave it, your parents will give you a new phone. You’ll have your number changed and everything will be alright.”
I could tell by the sounds of Elijah’s voice, that his patience was wearing thin. So I decided to let it go as he asked. What’s done is done and I can’t do anything about it now, other than agreeing with him...