The painful secret (1)

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Chapter seventeen

"Have you heard from Brian, Jason?" Alice asked, worried about her friend.

Jason shook his head. "Nothing. My phone hasn't rang all night." He sighed. The blonde hadn't seen Allison's marred back himself, but the descriptions his girlfriend gave were good enough. "What the hell are they trying to hide?"

"Can you call him? Maybe he'll answer"

Jaso was doubtful, but opened his phone and dialed Brian's number

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While Ally looked over the Lake's movie collection, Brian's cell vibrated in his pocket. Taking it out, he recognized the number as Jason's. He knew they were all curious as to what they saw yesterday and was surprised that it took them until today to call.

"Is it your mom?" Ally asked, her eyes still scanning the stacks of movies.

"It's Jason."

Allison's head snapped over to him, her eyes unsure. "What守m圬oes he want?"

"Do you really need to ask?"

She looked back at the movies and thought for a moment. "吋ell him"

Brian's eyes widened in shock. He was never expecting her to say that. "Are you sure, Ally?" She had been working so hard to hide her secret and now she wants him to tell Jason.

She explained. "I can't keep it secret forever冰esides, they already saw the scars."

He nodded and flipped open his phone. "Hey, Jason吃eah地bout that" So he told his blonde friend everything, never taking his eyes off Allison. At points, she flinched at the memories, but most of the time, she pretended like she didn't hear a thing. After leaving Jason in a stupor, and finishing his story, Brian closed his phone and sat down on the couch.

Allison picked out a movie. "This looks good," she said, putting the disk in the DVD player. It was called "The Secret Window" and starred one of her favorite actors. After, she sat on the couch, but on the other end. "Um安hat did he say?"

Brian shrugged. "Nothing when I got off the phone with him. He was dumbfounded by the story." He looked over at her. "You worried about what he and everything else are going to think?"

Allison nodded.

"Don't." His reply caught her attention. "It doesn't matter what they think anyway, right?"

A smile creased her lips as she nodded.

The movie started, but Brian was feeling奸onely. Ally was all the way at the other end of the couch and he didn't like it. But as he watched her, she didn't feel the same. In fact, the red-haired girl was curled up, comfortably, and gazing at the actor on the screen. He frowned and took hold of her ankle, pulling her towards him. It didn't work though. Ally ended up being sprawled across the couch, only her feet ending up in his lap.

She looked over her shoulder at him, after pausing the movie. "Hey. What are you doing?"

Without answering, Brian moved behind her and wrapped an arm around her, grabbing the remote from her hand. Leaning down to her ear, he whispered, "I was cold." He pushed play and started the movie again, drawing her closer to his body, his chest to her back.

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Allison was speechless. She didn't know what to do at first. At that moment, she was just concentrating on remembering to breathe. A blush had rushed to her cheeks and heat rushed through her. Butterflies erupted in her stomach from their closeness. True, they were close last night, but fear had drowned the insets fluttering in her gut at this moment.

The movie, and the actor, was the furthest thing from her mind now. She turned her head and met his gaze. "Brian?"

He arched an eyebrow. "Hmmm?"

Boldly, Allison finally said what had been on her mind for a long time. Something that she tried to ignore, but couldn't. "I奸ike you, Brian a lot." The phrase was simple, almost juvenile, but to Ally, it was as if the comment was the most important one she ever admitted. And, when he didn't reply, she turned her head back to the television, her heart sinking down to her stomach. "吉ever mind" she mumbled.

She felt like she was just rejected. Nausea replaced the butterflies and water swelled to her eyes. What she hated most was the fact that he said nothing at all. She wanted him to say that he didn't feel the same way, rather than stay quiet.

Then, his hand cupped her chin and made her look back to him. Brian still didn't say anything. He just looked in her eyes, swallowing her with his. His head came towards her. This was it. No interruptions. His lips touched hers and her eyes fluttered closed. Some of his weight fell on her when the gentle kiss flushed through him.

Allison was in ecstasy. Her heart raced, but her mind could only focus on one thing; Brian. His face was clear in her mind, even though her eyes were closed. She felt his thumb caress her cheek as he deepened the kiss, drawing her further into him and his warmth. It was her first kiss, but he made it comfortable and left her wanting more when he pulled away.

She didn't open her eyes at first, but a smile did crept across her mouth as she remember the lips that were just touching hers. Heat rushed over her and she flicked open her eyes to meet his. He, too, was smiling, which was a first to Allison. However, it only made her smile more.

"I like you too, Ally," he said, placing another soft kiss on her forehead.

Her eyes widened in happiness as she looked up at him. He rested behind her again, his hold around her waist tighter and more protective. She rested her head on his chest and turned back to the television. The actor on the screen couldn't even compare to Brian. Not after that.

Everything was perfect to Allison.

That is, until an unexpected visitor decided to drop by for the weekend.

"Surprise, little brother. Did you miss me?"
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