The painful secret (1)

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Chapter twelve

Alice sighed and closed her cell. She turned to her blonde-haired boyfriend who was lying on his bed, on the verge of falling asleep. "Hmmm吉o one is answering and I was hoping that all of us could go to that movie tonight now that you're better, Jason."

The boy rolled onto his side and propped himself up on his elbow. "I think Brian said something about working on the art project tonight危aybe Allison is there"

Alice planted her hands on her hips. "Why didn't you tell me that before I called like five times?" She quirked a dark eyebrow at him.

Jason shrugged. "Don't know" He turned on his back again and pulled out his cell. "Want me to call Brian? Maybe he'll come too."

"No. That's alright," she replied, sighing. "If their working, we should just wait until another night." The dark haired girl sat on her bed, her back to Jason. "It seems like something is always coming up"

The blonde hooked his arm around her waist and brought her down next to him, kissing her gently when she turned to him. "It's alright. We'll do it some other night. It's not like we'll never see them again."

Alice smiled at him. "I know. I just want you and our friends to get to know Allison. She is really sweet and not weird like everyone thinks. I think you would really like her."

A smirk creased his lips. "I couldn't like anyone more than you though." He kissed her forehead this time as if to seal his statement.

She giggled. "Thank you, Jason."

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"We're sorry, Brian," his father said as he lowered his head. "You were right and we should have listened to you."

The dark haired boy tried to calm himself down, but he was so angry that he could barely control himself. Most the anger was directed at himself for not doing anything to stop Allison's father earlier. After Mr. Lia left, he convinced Allison to come back to his house with him. His parents picked them up and brought them back. Currently, she was resting in a guest room, but downstairs, Brian was livid.

"I told you it was her father!" He paced in front of his seated parents, eyes narrow and dangerous. "But you didn't think I was right because I'm not a psychologist. And, just because that宇hat asshole came to you so long ago, you immediately assumed it had to be someone else or even better, self inflicted."

Jenna stood from the couch and rested a gentle hand on her son's shoulder. "We were wrong, Brian," she started firmly. "But we will do whatever we can to make up for it."

"Yes," David said. "And we need you to talk to her and convince her to go to the police. Unless she goes, we cannot do anything right now. She trusts you, son."

Brian shrugged his mother's hand off his shoulder. "I'll talk to her, but I will not make her do anything she doesn't want to." He turned away from his parents and headed upstairs.

Jenna frowned and sat back down. "I've never seen him like that"

David wrapped an arm around her shoulders. "Don't worry, honey." A grin curved his lips. "It's because he likes her and cares about her."

She turned to her husband, shocked. Even she didn't see that coming. "Our Brian圭ares for someone?" It was a just statement. Her son had never been one to show such emotion, especially on the behalf of someone else. Jenna turned to her husband. "Finally"

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He knocked on her door, but didn't receive a reply, as he expected. Brian opened the door slowly and stepped inside, closing the wood slab behind him. His obsidian eyes fell on a red-haired girl curled up on the bed, looking out the far window. Her back was to him and she still didn't say anything.

Brian just stood there for a while, listening to her soft breaths. He walked over to her and sat down on the bed. Even though it seemed like she was sleeping, she wasn't. She was awake, but continued to say nothing to him.

"How are you?" he finally asked after long moments of silence.

It took her a long time to reply as if she was considering her answer. "刎ine" Her voice was so quiet that it was almost inaudible. After she answered, she scrunched up tighter into a ball on her side.

He glanced over his shoulder at her, knowing that she wasn't fine. Her face was sullen and her eyes were half-closed, almost as if they were struggling to stay open. A wave of quilt washed over him as he remembered the events that took place just one hour ago. What would have happened if he did do something? Maybe she wouldn't be in this state. "Allison匈-"

"Thank you冰rian," she said, stopping him mid-sentence.

The boy's eyes widened as his breath was caught in his throat. He turned away from her and sighed. "I don't deserve that匈 didn't do anything宇o deserve that"

"Yes you did" Allison replied, drawing his eyes back to her. "You圭ared安hen no one else even looked at me地nd you存aw that something was wrong. So宇hank you."

He looked at her, and a smile crept over his lips. It was an unfamiliar feeling to smile. It had been a long time since he grinned genuinely and this girl was the one who made him do so. Brian reached out and moved some of her red hair behind her ear, which made color taint her cheeks. But she didn't smile or look at him, which he wanted her to do so badly. He wanted to see her emerald eyes gazing at him. "Allison奸ook at me."

She furled herself up more. "I can't"

He moved more hair away from her face. "Why?"

Her eyes closed and she drew in a deep breath. "I'm圯mbarrassed吃ou saw me in my worse state圭rying在eaten匈 can't look at you."

Brian wouldn't accept that. He moved his hand under her cheek and gently turned her head to face him, but she averted her eyes and clutched the sheets in her small hands. Her hesitance yanked at his heart. "Allison." He said her name softly and stroked her flushed cheek with his thumb.

Finally, she looked at him, her emerald eyes unsure and地fraid. His dark ones scanned over every inch of her face; every flaw and every perfection. It was as if he was seeing her in the raw. Her breath thinned as her eyes stayed on him. "Brian如lease"

His eyes returned to hers and his head moved closer to hers. Not once did he move his eyes away or remove his gentle hand away from her cheek. He moved closer still, with every intention of putting his lips to hers. And just centimeters away from doing so, a knock came to the door.

Brian moved away and Allison turned away again, curling herself up on her side. The intruder came through the door. It was his mother and she was carrying a tray of food. "I brought you some dinner, Allison." She glanced at Brian who was standing now. "Do you want to eat up here too? I'll bring you some food if you do."

Brian looked back at Allison and shook his head. "No. I'll come downstairs."

"Alright." Jenna put the tray down on the small table next to the bed. "If you need anything, Allison, just ask." She looked at her son. "Come down when your ready."

He nodded and waited for her to leave before bending over the frail girl and kissing her temple gently. "Allison匈 should be the one宇hanking you," he whispered in her ear. Rising, he turned away and headed downstairs.
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