The painful secret (1)

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Chapter thirteen

Lydia couldn't stop glancing at the two empty seats in the back of her homeroom. Both Brian and Allison were absent that Friday and she couldn't shake the feeling that they were together.

Over the weeks, she had lost interest in Brian, knowing that he had no intention of ever having any feelings for her, or anyone for that matter. But to think that Allison was the one that he went for irked her to no end.

The bell rang and she, Mark, and Brittlyn all left. They ran into Alice and Jason right outside the door and stopped to say hi.

"Hey, Lydia," Alice greeted. "I was looking for Allison. Was she not in homeroom?"

Lydia shook her head and crossed her arms. "She and Brian, both, weren't there."

Jason's eyes widened a bit and he cupped his chin in his forefinger and thumb. "That's a coincidence. They were working on their art project yesterday together地nd they're both absent today多mmm匈 wonder"

"Wh-at?!" Lydia was the most shocked out of everyone. "Brian can't possibly be with Allison! There is no way!" Thanks to Lydia's loud voice, gossip broke out among the other students instantly.

Alice arched an eyebrow at the blonde girl. "Why is it so impossible, Lydia?"

Lydia planted her hands on her hips. "Because Brian doesn't like weirdoes like her."

"She's not weird," the dark-haired girl combated. "You don't know her well enough to say that."

The blonde glared at her. "What the hell, Alice? Are you against me all of the sudden?"

Brody appeared among the crowd and stepped in before this little argument turned into a cat fight. "Hold on, you two. First of all, neither of you know what is going on at all to even be having this spat. And, to be honest, what ever is going on between them is none of your business unless they tell you about it themselves."

"Brody is right," Brittlyn said. "For all you know, they caught the cold Jason had in the beginning of the week. It is going around school after all."

Lydia huffed. "Whatever." She stormed off into the crowd with a very annoyed Mark following after her.

"Thanks for the backup, Britt," Brody said, turning to her.

A slight blush rose to her cheeks. "You're welcome," she replied. "You were right anyway."

"Hey," Alice started. "You two want to a movie with Jason and me tonight? I was trying to get Allison to go, but something always comes up and the movie is leaving theatres soon."

Brittlyn turned to Brody and when he nodded, she did as well. No one really knew what the relationship was between them. At parties, they would be all over each other, but at school, they acted as if they were friends. Their was an obvious attraction between them, but they still claimed to be nothing more than good friends.

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Allison knew she couldn't stay there forever. Her father would be home by Sunday and if he found out she had been at the Lakes安ell存he didn't want to think about he consequences. But there was a problem. Brian and his parents had no intention of allowing her to go back. In fact, they were trying to get her to file a report to the police against her father.

Brian had skipped school that day in case she needed anything. After yesterday, Allison couldn't be around him without getting red in the face. They hadn't talked about it and, even as he sat in a chair in the corner of her room, reading, she could feel butterflies flapping around in her stomach. She still lied in bed, barely moving except for when she had to go to the bathroom. Mostly because there was still a twang of pain that ran through her back when she did move.

"Hey, Brian?" she started, drawing him away from his book. "You didn't have to stay home, you know."

"I know," he replied simply.

Allison waited a bit before talking again. "Why then?"

Standing from his chair he walked over to the bed. "Do you want me to leave?"

She shook her head quickly, feeling that she may have sounded rude or ungrateful. "No. I don't. Really, you have done so much for me. I don't want you to be backed up with work on my account. That's all."

A smirk creased his lips. "I won't fall behind. And I'm here if you need anything. That's why I stayed home." He put a reassuring hand on her shoulder and waited for her to nod before taking it away. "So, why don't we do something and get you out of bed?"

Allison looked up at him and thought about it for a moment. The bed had become somewhat of a safety device to her, but maybe she should get up. It might be good for her in the long run. "What do you want to do?"

Brian went over to the window. "Let's go in the pool. It's a nice day."

"I don't have a bathing suit."

He turned back to her. "My mom kept some suits from when she was younger. You're really small, but I think she'll have one that will fit."

She nodded, albeit hesitantly and Brian left to retrieve one. Slowly, she swung her legs over the edge of the bed and sat up. A sharp pain coursed through her back, but she was determined to get past it. Now standing, and stretching, Allison went over the window and looked out at the pool. The sun reflected off of the crystalline water of the large pool, making it that much more alluring.

"Here you go," Brian said, coming back in the room. He handed the red bathing suit to her. "Just come downstairs when you're ready."

She nodded and waited for him to leave and close the door behind him.

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Allison had changed into the two-piece bathing suit, but refused to leave the room without a shirt. Her scars were still something she wasn't ready to expose yet. Brian was waiting in the kitchen for her, dressed in black trunks, but had no shirt.

And he was breathtaking.

Brian had defined abs and muscles that disappeared below the fabric of his shorts. His arms were strong and muscular and she could only think about when he held her in their strong embrace. Color rose to her cheeks, but she tried to hide it.

Thankfully, he didn't question her about the shirt, probably already knowing her reasons for wearing one. He led her out the glass door and to the pool area. There were lounge chairs, at the shallow end, that sat next to tables with umbrellas. White cement surrounded the pool, and a high fence allowed for privacy.

Brian was quick to jump in, shaking off the heat of the sun. A large splash made water stray from the pool and spray Allison. She couldn't help but smile. However, she decided to sit on the edge and dip her legs in first. She watched as the dark-haired boy swam towards her under the water.

He came up in front of her with a raised eyebrow. "Not getting in?"

"I will. I'm just宇aking my time" She flicked water at him with her toe, hitting him right in the face. It was hard to hold back the smile that played with the edges of her mouth.

Brian frowned and grabbed her arm. Without warning, the boy pulled her into the water. She gasped as she came to the surface. "Hey!"

He took a couple steps back and shrugged. "You brought that on yourself. If you hadn't-"

Brian was cut off by a large splash of water. His ears pricked at the soft giggling coming from the red-haired girl in front of him. It was the first time he ever heard her laugh and it was melodic to him. "You're gonna get it," he said, dryly.

Allison immediately stopped laughing when he returned the favor with a splash of his own, causing a wave of water to wash over her. She glared at him and pushed some of her hair behind her ear. She was about to splash him back, but he dove under the water and grabbed her ankle, pulling her under as well.

When he let go, she was quick to rise to the surface. Brian remained under for a while and when he decided to come up, Allison jumped on his back and tried to push him back under. Of course, it didn't work. He swam to the deeper end, with her still on his back, and dove under the surface again. Allison hooked her arms around his neck as he swam. It was kinda fun actually, so she stayed on him as he glided und the water.

Brian rose and grabbed onto the edge of the pool at the deepest part. Allison inched her way off and grabbed onto the edge as well, a smile on her lips. "That was fun."

"You know," he started, moving in front of her, keeping his hands on the pool's edge. However, there was a hand on either side of her. "You should smile more often."

Allison swallowed hard as she looked at him, her back to the cement wall. Their bodies were close and her legs even grazed against his as they tred to keep themselves up. He moved closer to her, his dark eyes diving into sparkling emerald ones. Still, as he continued to move closer, the red in face darkened. She was waiting for this again, ever since yesterday.

Then, just as his lips were centimeters away, a boisterous voice drew him away. "JERONIMO!" And then a large splash pulled Brian even further away.
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