Not ‘Just’ Friends

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Chapter 8

Asher’s POV

After about half an hour, I got a mind link from ZhenZhen telling me to come to the hospital. It sounded urgent, so I quickly dashed to the hospital. When I got there, the emergency room was filled with Justin’s family. I found ZhenZhen sitting next to Abigail and I sat on the opposite side of her, where there was a free chair.

“ZhenZhen, what happened?” I asked her.

“I-I w-was....punishing Justin when I felt his pain. It was a lot and I ran h-home and found him o-on the floor. I-I didn’t know that he could feel it. He’d been a-acting like he c-couldn’t feel it, t-to impress me m-maybe, but he d-did and there were s-so many b-bruises,” she cried.

“Wait, wait, wait. Didn’t you say you’ve only been at this for two weeks? How could there be that many bruises to put him on the hospital?”

“She lied,” Abigail answered for her.


“It’s been going on for four months. The first time it happened, he called me to help him, since I’m a nurse. The next day, he called again, on the third he didn’t and I thought he was in trouble, so I went to check on him and he had passed out. He was drinking to numb the pain, but it just made it worse. He was always in so much pain and that’s on you, ZhenZhen,” she said angrily.

“Asher, pleas-”

“I can’t believe you ZhenZhen. You made me think my friend was a monster. When all along, you were the monster,” I said, my anger rising.

ZhenZhen’s POV

The doctor finally allowed me in to see Justin and when I saw him, I was so mad at myself for letting this happen. I wanted him to feel what I felt the night we met, but it had gone too far and I knew it.

I sat at his side and just started apologising for all I’d done and I took his hand in mine. Tears streamed down my face and I gasped when he squeezed my hand. He slowly opened his eyes and smiled softly at me. Happily, I smiled back and hugged him, not wanting to let go.

“Justin, I’m so, so, sorry,” I apologised.

He brought our intertwined hand to his lips and kissed them, “There’s nothing for you to be sorry about.”

“B-but it’s my fault that you’re here,” I stuttered.

“I don’t care about that, I’m just glad that you care about me enough to be here.”

“Justin, I- I don’t just care about you. I love you,” I said tears falling again.

“You do? I thought you were still scared of me after what I did to you.”

“I’m not scared of you, Justin. I was scared that you wouldn’t want me. I still remember that night. It seemed as if she was better than me and I still think she is,” I whispered.

I was scared of Justin for only a year, but after that, I felt that he wouldn’t love me like he loved Abigail. I always fantasised what it would be like, sleeping with him, he is my mate after all, it’s allowed. That’s the reason why all the men I slept with were called Justin. It made it easier to sleep with them if I thought they were my perfect mate.

“ZhenZhen, I want you to know that I love you. I’ll never ever love anyone else, but you and I don’t care about what happened in the past, I just want to focus on the future.”

“Okay,” I said, “I promise I’ll change for the better, even if that takes a really long time.”

“I’ll always be here by your side.”

And just like that, we’d mended our very broken relationship. I had lost the only friend I had, but at least I had Justin. I guess that’s all I really need.

Amanda’s POV

I was at the hospital for about an hour, when we were told that Justin was okay and we could go home. Asher was still really mad at ZhenZhen and I understand. He was her only friend and he gave her a chance when no one did, but she betrayed his trust and now he’s mad at himself for not trusting Justin.

Asher was one of the kindest people I’d ever met. He always gave chances to those who nobody else would dare give a second glance to. He was loyal, well, as long as you were also loyal to him. He didn’t like liars, because it’s hard to trust someone who’s always lying. He was so sweet, even though he says he’s not. It’s really hard not to fall in love with someone like him.

Apart from being the hottest man on planet earth, he’s got a great personality. I know that nobody is perfect, but he is an inch near perfect. With a groan, I shake away all thoughts of Asher and go to the training grounds since Alpha was with Samantha. If I was going to get over Asher, I was going to need help, so I called my other best friend, Hayley. She was the master when it came to getting over people, mainly because she could have a crush on more than five guys per day and have to find another guy to help her get over the one’s who would have rejected her.

Anyway, I borrowed Asher’s car which smelt just like him and I’m not at all complaining.

I thought you were trying to get over him, said Kira.

I am, but that starts when I get to school and see Hayley, I said back to my wolf.

Wow, getting over him is going to be really hard for you. She said softly.

Kira was right, getting over Asher was going to be really, really hard. With a sigh, I parked in front of mine and my friends’ house which we all shared when we were stacked with work.

“Hayley?” I called.

I heard some giggling and a lot of moaning from the kitchen and groaned myself. I hope they weren’t doing the nasty. I closed my eyes and walked to the kitchen and asked if they were doing anything.

“Uh.....Amanda, open your eyes,” she said, probably rolling her eyes.

They better not be getting down with it.

Opening my eyes, I saw Hayley with a tall brunette man. He had dark green eyes and a well built body.

“Who’s this?” I ask.

“I’m Ryker, Hayley’s boyfriend.”

“Boyfriend?” I said, completely shocked.

“Since when?”

“For one month now,” he answered kissing her cheek and said a goodbye to us.

“So you are finally in a committed relationship?” I asked her.

“Yup and I haven’t had a crush on anyone at all. I think he’s the one,” she squealed.

“Yeah, well, good for you. I actually need help getting over my crush.”

“Oh, so you finally admit you like Asher?” She says wiggling her eyebrows.

“Yes," I sighed, "Can you please help me get over him or not?” I asked.

“Of course. What are friends for?” She said with a evil smirk.

Whatever she had planned couldn’t be good.

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