Blame It On Me

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N A O M I


"Do you have to go?" I asked Kimberly as we gathered her things and put them in my Jeep.

"Yes. I'm sorry but I have school and work. I can't stay with y'all no matter how much I want to." She looked sad.

Kimberly has been here for three days and I didn't want her going anywhere.

"Ah I know. I-I just want my best friend to stick around with me." I had tears in my eyes and wiped them away.

"I know and I really want to stay, but I can't. We better leave now so I can catch my flight." She was trying to keep herself from crying and she closed the trunk once all her stuff was in.

"Okay." We slid into my jeep and drove to the airport.

...

"Man, I can see why you would want to come here." Kimberly smiled as we drew nearer and nearer to the airport.

"Yeah, it's pretty nice." I smiled back. I sighed a little and we sat in silence for a few seconds.

"Why aren't you and Riley together?" She questioned me.

"You heard him: 'Riley can't get tied down.' So why bother with trying to take away his freedom of being a one night stand for other girls." I sighed deeply.

"Oh honey, you need to go after him before someone else sinks their claws into him."

"I can't. There's no way he likes me."

"Are you kidding me right now?! He freaking adores you! You can tell by the way he looks at you."

"Ugh. I just don't know. What if it's not real. What if it's just a dream that reality had thrown my way to distract me and throw me off course."

"Maybe, but remember what your mom said."

"Don't stop shooting for the stars. I miss her so much. I miss my dad too."

"I know. I do too and so do my parents. No kid should lose both of their parents at the same time."

"Yeah. Can we please change the subject before my tears cause us to get into a car accident."

"Yeah." She smiled and I dabbed away my tears.

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We finally arrived at the airport. "You got everything?" I asked Kimberly as I helped her with her luggage.

"Yeah. I'm all good. Gosh darn it Naomi, you're gonna make me cry." She whimpered.

"I'm sorry. I just don't want to see my best friend go." I whimpered.

"I know. You better hurry up and skedaddle before it gets dark."

"You sound just like your mom."

"Don't remind me. I'll see you later. We'll FaceTime every night. Promise me that?"

"I promise."

"Oh before I forget, also promise me that you won't let Riley slip away from you."

"But I-"

"Promise?"

"I promise."

"Alright. Bye and I love you sissy."

"Bye Kinbs I love you too sis." We hugged goodbye and I watched as my best friend went to board her plane.

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Night fell quickly and it was pouring down rain. "This rain will be the death of my Jeep." I sighed to myself. I missed Kimberly a lot and just wanted to go back home and get her.

I turned on my phone's music and played my Sad Song playlist. I thought about what Kimberly made me promise her right before she left.

"Promise me that you won't let Riley slip away from you."

I knew that that would be an impossible promise to keep. I could already feel him start to slip away.

I knew that he would never love me and that caused a bruise on my heart. He is a player and can't get taken out of the game. No matter how much I try, we will never become anything but just friends.

Tears streamed down my face.

No, don't do this to yourself. Riley is just a phase. My mind was already over it, but my heart couldn't keep up.

But he isn't just a phase. He is special. My heart beat quickened.

If he was so special, then why hasn't he kissed me yet?

Maybe he's taking his time.

I doubt that. Friends don't kiss each other. That's all he thinks of us and that's how we should think of him.

But I don't want to...

You have to. Stop believing in love! It doesn't exist. I had let my emotions take over me.

My eyes were swamped with tears. I just wanted to know why it hurts this bad when I think about Riley. We weren't anything special, just two friends that shared a room together. He doesn't like me and I shouldn't like him. That's is just how it has to be.

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You're too proud to say that you made a mistake. You're coward till the end. I don't wanna admit, but we're not gonna fit. No I'm not the type that you like, why don't we just pretend.

The song made me cry even harder and I wanted to change it, but couldn't bring myself to it.

The rain kept coming and my Rick felt like he was sliding. I slowed down a bit so I could try to gain more control, but I couldn't.

My tires hissed across the concrete and my Jeep was out of control. It spun for a second and then took me off the road.

I tried to get it back, but couldn't and my brakes decided not to help me.

Damn it! Please make it stop!

My mind was in a panic and my heart dropped to my stomach.

"Common Rick! Please come back!!" I gritted my teeth and gripped the wheel trying to fight for control, but it was too late.

My Jeep shines his lights on a big oak tree and took it head on...and everything went black.

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