Help Me, I'm the Victim of a Love Triangle

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Chapter 32: Complicated Revelation

After my shower I sit on the edge of my bed in pj’s and a towel wrapped about my head. revelation
The whole time I showered I kept thinking of what my mom had said, but still I don't get it. Somehow I feel more confused than I was before.

I check my phone to see that I have three missed messages that were sent while I was in the shower.

One from Levi, one from Silas, and one from an unfamiliar number.

I try to ignore the unknown number but curiosity gets the best of me as I click to view the message.

“Hey, it’s Colby... Rin There’s something you need to know.”

I get chills after reading the message. What? Why? How?

How did this guy get my number? Maybe from the school intermarry or something but still that’s creepy.

There’s something I need to know?

Nope. There’s nothing I need to know. Not from him anyhow. No freaking way am I replying back to that guy.

I block his number without giving it a second thought.

For all I know he could be the one leaving those letters in my family’s mailbox just for fun, though the possibility of that probably isn’t that high but whatever since I don’t like this guy either way.

I’m not scared of him or anything but it feels like for some reason he just wants my attention, so it’s best for me to make sure not to give it to him no matter what.

If I keep ignoring him he’ll get bored and go away, right?

I try to fight off the doubts in my mind as I click on the message from Levi. I instantly can see that it’s a pretty long message from him.

I quietly read the words out loud as I read what Levi sent, “I’m sorry for earlier when I grabbed your bracelet like that...
I don’t know why I acted like that. It wasn’t okay to do that so just wanted to apologize. Sorry Rin
I guess I was just jealous because Silas told me over the phone that you guys were on a date
I wish I had been your first date”

My stomach flips uncomfortably after reading the message. I have no idea how to respond to this. Do I say it's okay? Do I ignore the last bit about him being jealous and wishing to have been my first date? Do I just send some weird emoji in awkwardness?

I don't know so I just leave the message on read for now before I go to check the message from Silas.

“Did you like the present?”

Present? Oh, right. He slipped something into my pocket. I forgot about that.

I get up to find the shorts I had been wearing before. I put my hand in the pocket, feeling a long thin and flimsy rectangle shaped material.

I pull it out of pocket carefully, however as soon as I glance at it I begin to feel my face heat up.
"That sneaky bastard..." I murmured under my breath as I turn the object over in the palm of my hand so I can't see it clearly.

I can't believe he put this in my pocket.
"Are you serious? What the hell is wrong with you?" I furiously type up a reply before hitting send so hard that my finger hurts from the impact.
It doesn't even take a second before my phone starts to ring with Silas' name displayed.
"What?" I say as I answer the phone.
"Come on, don't be like that Rin. I thought you would want it. Besides it's not like I needed the second copy." He says. "I mean, I guess it's not the most ideal, but it's still a memory from today that I want to share with you even if you don't feel the same way about it. It wasn't right that I did that, but I feel like by doing that at least we reached some type of understand, right? Like the fact that you don't hate me or the that you kissed me on your own or what about-"
My head spins hearing everything he's saying. I cut him off, "Stop. I get it. So just stop. Ugh. This is too much to handle. What am I supposed to do with this anyways? It's not like I can display it in my room."
I sigh as I turn it over, finally allowing myself to look at the film strip from the photo booth. The panel of the kiss makes my heart beat fast so I flip it back over again to hide it.
"I don't care what you do with it since that your choice, but I at least hope you won't throw it away." Silas replied quietly. He then starts to speak just a little louder, "I'm sorry our date didn't go as planned. I only had this one shot and it was ruined but it still means so much to me. I hope we can do it again but I guess that might be too much to hope for. Anyways, goodnight Rin." He then hangs up before I can respond.
I stay with the phone still pressed against my ear. "Goodnight." I whisper back even though only the only response is ringing tone indicating an end of call.
I take a moment before going back to my text messages, clicking on the one for Levi again.
I read it a second time trying to figure out exactly how I feel reading it and if it differs from how I feel after talking to Silas on the phone.

My mom words about me knowing the answer but not wanting to admit it start runs through my mind.

Something finally clicks as I start to understand what she meant.

I'm finally able to come up with a response back to Levi.
"I'm sorry."
It's only two words and they don't seem enough but really what I want to say is, 'I'm sorry I don't think I can answer the way you or Silas want me to, because I think I have feelings for both of you.'
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