My brother’s best friend: I love/hate you Book #3

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2. Routine

“Mia, wake up.” Chiara’s voice sounded cheerful. I opened my eyes slowly and saw my best friend’s smiling face. “Good morning, tesoro.”

“Morning,” I mumbled and hid under my blanket. I still was sleepy, so I had no desire to leave my bed.

“Mia, you’ll be late for your classes.” Why was she always right? Ugh!

“I hate you.” I tossed my blanket aside and sat up. A wave of nausea hit me. I closed my eyes and started breathing deeply. It’s normal for the first trimester, yet I’m not ready for that feeling.

“You don’t.” Chi laughed and plopped herself down on my bed. “Are you alright? You suddenly became so pale.”

“I overslept. Other than that, I’m fine.” I averted my gaze and stood up. Rise and shine, Mia Ashton. Welcome to another boring day.

“What time did you fall asleep?”

“At 9?” I shrugged my shoulders and took a dark blue dress from my closet.

“I hate seeing you like this. It’s even worse than it was after Watson.” I glanced at Chiara. She folded her arms across her chest, looking at me with deep concern. “You were a selfish bitch, but at least you lived. Now, you exist.”

“Chi, I’m okay. Really. I switched my attention to my studies, that’s all. My grades are superb.” I faked a smile. What’s the point in my grades? Nobody would want to hire a single mom with a toddler. If I want my future back, the decision is obvious, but everything in me is resisting this idea. “How was your date with Miles?”

“Nope. We’re talking about you, Mia.” Chiara stood up and walked to me. She peered at me, and her eyes roamed over my face. “Let’s go somewhere after classes. Movies? Or shopping?”

“I would love to eat some pasta or pizza,” I said, and she smiled at me.

“Perfect,” Chi exclaimed. “I know just the place we need.”

Chiara continued talking about a small Italian restaurant Miles and she found not long ago, while I turned to the mirror and applied a little mascara to my eyelashes. My best friend was right, I looked pale. Taking a deep breath, I started combing my hair. I still was beautiful and sexy. A few guys from my year tried to get my number. One asked me on a date. They all heard no. I didn’t want to be in a relationship with anyone. Brody took my standards to an extremely high level. He’s the only one who fits the role, but I can’t have him.

“…Miles’s mom. Can you believe it?” I blinked, realizing I spaced out and heard nothing. “I honestly didn’t expect to be introduced to his mom already. Yet, it happened and… She’s absolutely amazing!”

“That’s great!” I turned around, smiling. “Chi, I’m really happy for you. Miles is a great guy, and he loves you.”

“Well, actually, he hasn’t said he loves me… Yet.” She cast her gaze to the side and bit her lower lip. A genuine smile stretched across my lips.

“Sweetheart, I’m sure it’s going to happen pretty soon. I have no doubts.” I wrapped my arms around her shoulders and squeezed her tightly.

“I hope so…” Chi smiled and hugged me back. Then, she sighed and took a step back. “We still have time for coffee. That’s actually the reason I woke you up so early.”

“Early?” Furrowing my brow, I stared at my best friend. She smiled at me mischievously.

“It’s 8:30.”

“Chi, really, that’s not funny!” I stomped my foot. “I have almost two hours before my classes start.”

“Look at the bright side, Mia.” Chiara walked to the door. “You have almost two hours to spend with your favorite person in the whole college.”

“Didn’t I say I hate you?”

“That’s the second time this morning.” Chi laughed and opened the door. “Let’s go, honey. I have a lot of things I want to share with you.”

I followed her out of the door, taking my purse in my hands. “What about?”

“Miles and Watson’s motorcycle customization shop earns them a really great amount of money. It’s so great that Miles is thinking about moving to our town!”

“Oh…” I arched my brow. “It’s highly possible you’ll be living together in a few months.”

“Let’s not rush things. It might be too soon.” Yet, her dreamy smile meant quite the opposite. “Though, I can’t say I haven’t thought about it. I remember how happy you were…”

Chiara shut up and glanced at me. “Sorry. It was stupid of me.”

“Nah. You said the truth. Living together with the person you love is amazing.” I smiled, feeling as if it was hard to breathe.

“Mia…” Chi took my hand in hers and turned me around to face her. “I want to take away your pain and sadness, so much.”

“I know, Chi...” I bit my lower lip in an attempt to stop my tears.

“Sweetheart,” she said and wrapped me in a hug. “You’ll be happy and loved because you deserve that more than anyone I know. You’ll get your happily ever after.”

“I hope so…” I sobbed and tried to smile.

“That’s better.” Chi winked at me and wiped away my tears. “Let’s go, Mia. Your favorite coffee at Starbucks will get you in a good mood in no time.”

“Sure.” I nodded and Chiara started walking. I hesitated for a few seconds. It was my chance to tell her the truth about my situation. Your situation, Mia? Have you already decided?! “Chi?”

“Yeah?” Chiara glanced at me over her shoulder.

“I have something to say to you, but I can’t do it now,” I said slowly.

“Why?” She furrowed her eyebrow.

“Because it’s complicated and I didn’t make any solid decision.” I took a deep breath. “Promise me to spend Monday evening with me, when we’re back in college.”

“Mia, it’s Wednesday and you know how curious I am. Do you want me dead?”

“Definitely not. But I really can’t say to you anything now. Please.”

“Fine. But lunch is on you today.” Chi pouted her lips. I laughed, shaking my head.

“Of course.” I walked to her and she nudged me with her shoulder. “Someone promised coffee to me.”

“Your wish is my command, my lady,” Chiara said and we both burst out laughing. Maybe, this day won’t be as boring as I expected.

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