Facade

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Siblings

THEA’S POV

I chew on my lips, unable to hide my nerves. Xavier watches me as I practically burn a hole on his bedroom floor from all the pacing.

As soon as he’d heard the name, we drove straight to his house before he finally decided to give me my answer. However, it did absolutely nothing to calm me.

Instead, my heart wants to leap out of my chest and my brain has stopped working long ago.

I rub my temple, trying to ease the headache but it doesn’t work.

“Come ’ere.” Xavier beckons me towards him and I plop myself down beside him on the bed. He brings his arm around my shoulders and rests my head under his chin. “It’ll be alright.”

“You’re lying.”

His chest vibrates as a deep chuckle escapes him. “Whatever it is, I’m with you.”

“It’s not me I’m worried about.”

We both fall quiet as we contemplate the gravity of this situation. I nearly jump out of my skin when I hear voices downstairs. He’s here.

Xavier and I share a look before we descend downstairs. Confusion is prominent on my face as I take in the men gathering around.

“Woah, I didn’t know everyone’s going to be present,” Elijah says as he steps inside before his eyes fall on me. “Thea! Don’t leave without having dinner with us.” He turns to the rest of the boys. “You guys too. I’m cooking.”

“You don’t cook. You burn stuff.” Luke answers with an eye roll before taking the grocery bags from his Uncle’s hands and moving on to the kitchen. “I’ll cook.”

Elijah mutters something under his breath along the lines of ‘nobody appreciates me these days’ before following Luke to the kitchen.

Cole, Flynn, and Jason make their way towards the living room but not before greeting us on their way.

“You told me to come over so I called them as well. It’s fun with everyone present,” Flynn answers when he notices the questioning looks on our faces.

Xavier and I look at each other again. This is going to be harder than I thought with everyone here.

Cole shouts for us to join them because the movie’s about to start but I’m rooted to my spot.

I don’t know if I can do this.

“You guys start without us. We’ll take a while.” My heart jumps in my chest when I hear Xavier’s voice, shocked for a second.

His voice is a hundred times softer when he’s speaking to me. Even his eyes seem softer when they’re looking at me compared to everyone else. Amidst everything, I didn’t realize the kind of change I got to witness in Xavier.

It may be selfish but I love that only I’m allowed to see this side of him while he remains closed off to the rest of the world.

“Flynn, we need to talk.”

Flynn’s eyes widen for a second before he replies with, “Sure.”

We head up to Xavier’s room again to get some privacy. “I’ll leave you two alone.”

I hold on to his sleeve before Xavier can leave. “Stay, please.”

“You sure?”

I nod and watch as he blows a breath before leaning against the closed door.

“Guys, you’re scaring me. What do you want to talk about?”

“Flynn,” I start, hands trembling slightly, “there’s no easy way to say this so I’ll get to the point...”

“Yes, I’ll be the godfather of your child.”

“—we’re siblings.”

“What?”

“What?” My brows furrow in confusion and so does Flynn’s.

“You’re pregnant?” Xavier’s bewildered state flies off the door and in front of me in a flash as he clasps my shoulders, looking straight into my eyes.

“Huh? Who’s pregnant?” I ask, confused as to what just transpired.

“You aren’t pregnant?” Flynn’s disappointed tone makes me finally wrap my head around it.

“What?! No! I’m not pregnant!”

Xavier’s shoulders slump in relief.

“Then who’s pregnant?”

“Nobody’s pregnant, Flynn.”

“Aw, man! Then why am I here?”

All previous tension that had dissipated for a second comes back just as quick.

“We’re siblings.”

“Well, duh,” he speaks nonchalantly as if his answer didn’t just pop my eyes out of my sockets, “I see you as my sister. That makes us siblings.”

I facepalm just as Xavier turns around and slumps on the bed, sighing heavily as he buries his face in his hands. I don’t know whether to laugh at this ridiculous situation or cry because he’s so naive.

“What I meant is, we’re literally half-siblings. We share the same father. David Lawson.”

Silence.

Deafening silence.

Xavier watches his friend with a stoic face but I detect the concern in them.

I watch my friend stare at me unblinking for a whole minute before he turns around without a word and leaves the room.

Xavier and I share a look before we rush after him to make sure he’s alright.

Damn it! I knew I shouldn’t have done it. But not telling him would make it worse and I don’t want to lie to our friend.

Stupid Thea. I should have done it gently. Maybe approached a different way. What if I just ruined everything?

We find him sitting in the back yard, right on the grass, looking up at the sky and...what the fuck?

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