Chapter 4 : Caught
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"Stop," I said softly against his lips.
"Do really you want me to?" He said, not letting go of me.
I breathed in deeply. Did I want him to? Hell no. But sometimes it isn't all about what I want.
He slowly moved his hands away from me and backed up a little. I looked into his blue eyes and saw regret.
"I'm sorry," He said and then walked out of the room back into the club.
I stood there looking at him leave and didn't make any attempt to stop him. There was nothing I could say that would make this situation any better. What was I going to do? I've never cheated on anyone before. I always said that if someone was going to cheat, then you don't deserve the person you're with. Shit, what a mess I've put myself in.
I wasn't in the mood for dancing anymore but I couldn't leave them since their car was at my house. I was debating on whether I should just sit in the room until the club was closed when Ron walked back in the room.
"Do you want to go outside?"
I nodded yes without thinking and took his outstretched hand. As we walked through the dancing bodies, we ran into Draco and Hermione and told them that we were going outside. They said they were ready to go and we hunted Harry down.
"Sorry, but I guess we can't stay up as late as everyone else," Hermione said as we walked toward the subway.
"It's okay, I'm really tired anyway," I said smiling slightly.
The train ride was relatively normal. I saw in-between Draco and Harry, avoiding Ron's eyes as much as I could. He was the only one standing but I knew he was looking down at me the whole time. When we finally got to my place I asked if they wanted to come inside.
"I think we are ready to go to sleep," Hermione said and gave me a hug. She was so sweet I could tell we would be good friends.
"Okay, let me tell you how to get back to.... where are you staying?" I asked realizing I didn't know.
"We're staying at the Coral Plaza, on 5th street," Harry answered.
"I know where that is, let me tell you how to get there."
After about five minutes of giving them easy directions, I was waving goodbye to them as they drove away. I had given everyone else a hug, including Ron. He didn't say anything to me but I didn't feel as if he was being rude to me. I just felt that he distanced himself from me because of what happened.
I walked inside my apartment and went straight into my room. There was a message on my phone and I figured it was James checking up on me. For the first time since I've met him I really didn't want to talk to him. I just wanted to be alone within my thoughts. I took off my clothes and stood in the hot shower for a long time. Showers always helped me think but this time it wasn't working.
I finally stopped the water after I could feel my skin tighten from the extreme heat. I dried myself with a soft towel and lied on my bed naked. I never bother wearing clothes to bed unless it was necessary. I climbed under the covers and waited for the sleep to take over.
I yawned loudly as I stretched across my bed and look at my clock. It was close to one p.m. and I was surprised that I slept that much. I guess everything that happened the previous night exhausted me more than I thought.
Last night. Wow, that was an amazing kiss. It was almost as if he was pouring his warmth into me with his tongue. Suddenly I was jerked out of my thoughts by the sound of the phone ringing. I looked at the caller ID and saw that is was James.
"Hey baby," I answered.
"What's up? Where were you last night?"
"I went out with Hermione and the others."
"Oh, did you have fun?"
"It was okay."
"That's good, well I was just checking up on you. I've got to get back to work."
"Okay honey, good luck."
"Thanks, I love you."
"I love you too."
I put down the phone and thought about what I was going to do. I truly did love James and I hated keeping this secret from him. I know that I will tell him when he gets back, this didn't seem like something to tell him over the phone.
I jumped off the bed and walked into the bathroom. I did my normal bathroom duties and pulled on some blue jeans and a red short-sleeved shirt with the FUBU label on the front. I poured some orange juice and sat down on the couch, wondering what I was going to do when my phone started to ring.
"Hmm..." I said and walked into my room. "Hello?"
"Hey Kris, what's up?"
"Chillin' Hermione, what are you doing?"
"Well, we were bored and we were wondering if you wanted to go out today?"
I paused, thinking if that was a good idea. Being around Ron had me doing stupid things and thinking stupid thoughts.
"Sure, I don't have any plans today," What the hell was I saying? Make something up Kris!
"Great, so we will be there in about an hour!"
I hung up my phone and plopped down on the bed. I should have lied but I've never really been good at that. Luckily James hasn't asked me any direct questions about last night so I didn't have to make anything up.
Damn, I'm always getting into some shit.
I lied there until I heard the doorbell ring. I climbed off the bed and picked up my blue pocketbook. I brushed my hair into a quick low ponytail and opened my front door. It was Ron... of course.
There was an awkward silence between us and I hated those.
I looked into his eyes and saw that he was sincere. I couldn't be too mad at him anyway, I DID kiss him back.
"So where are we going?" I asked. Might as well change the subject and forget about it.
"Well, we were hoping that you could show us around. We didn't want to look like lost tourists practically telling people to rob us."
I laughed at his comment and closed the door behind me. The others were standing outside their car waiting for us. I figured they knew we were taking the train again. The air filled with music as I answered my phone.
"Hey, I finally got a break," James said, sounding really tired.
"Good, you sound exhausted."
I noticed Ron was looking at me as I was talking and I could tell that he knew it was James. I couldn't read his eyes though, so I didn't know what he was thinking.
"Do you have plans tonight?" James asked.
"Well, I was planning on going to Jersey to visit my grandma and stay for a couple of days."
"Oh okay, well I'm about to go to sleep so call me later."
James hung up the phone and I stared at it. James has been short with me on the phone lately and I have been wondering why. We used to talk on the phone for hours when we were away from each other.
"Are you okay?"
I looked up at Ron and remembered I was standing outside. He looked truly concerned and I tried to give him a reassuring smile. He lifted his hand and placed it gently on my back as I walked up to the others.
"Your grandma is wicked," Draco said on the way back to New York.
"Yeah, and she is a really good cook!" Hermione exclaimed, rubbing her belly.
I laughed at them, thinking about the events of today. I decided to visit my grandma early and the others didn't object to it. She welcomed them in her house with open arms and even cooked more than usual. She loved them all, especially Ron, since she had a thing for redheads.
"I didn't think we would be there so long though," I said as I looked out the train window into the night sky.
"It was worth it. I really like your grandma," Ron said.
"That's because she had a crush on you!" Harry yelled and everyone laughed as Ron's ears turned red.
"Going to the Jersey Shore was fun also," Ron said in an obvious attempt to change the subject.
"Yeah, I wish we had brought our bathing suits," Hermione said wishfully.
"We can go again," I said. "As you can tell, it isn't a long way. Plus I want to do more shopping."
Even though I've done my share of sight seeing since I've moved to New York ten years ago, it never gets old when you find some cool things to buy from street merchants. I found this beautiful statue of a dolphin that was hollow glass. Apparently, I could put water in a small whole and it will have a slight ocean affect like in an aquarium. Even if the wasn't true, the statue was still nice.
When we finally arrived in my neighborhood, I invited them inside. I figured after such a busy day we could chill and watch some DVD's. I opened the door and stood by it while everyone walked in. Draco and Hermione sat on the couch as Harry looked through my collection of movies. Ron decided to sit on the lazy boy chair and watch me intently.
"I got to go to the bathroom real quick!" I said as I rushed to my room with my dolphin in hand.
I squeezed the dolphin tightly in my right hand until I felt it break. My heart was beating fast and for some reason I couldn't breathe very well. I could feel the blood seeping from my wound but the pain wasn't registering in my brain.
Ron came running up behind me and said, "I heard some glass breaking, are you oka.....?"
He looked at what I was staring at and became just as speechless as I was. In the bed that I picked out, was James with another girl. He looked up at me with such surprise and horror that I couldn't help but smile.
Actually I smirked.
"So, no wonder you have been so 'tired' lately."
The girl pulled the sheets up to cover her naked body in the bed. The thought of it made me sick and I threw up all over the floor. I ran into the bathroom and finished up my sickness. Ron ran after me and took a towel off the hanger. He wrapped my still bleeding hand up and used another towel to whip my lip. I said nothing as I let him take quick care of me and then I left the bathroom.
The cheater and his whore were out of the bed dressed and looked scared.
Good. They should be scared.
"Don't call me that," I said simply. I couldn't let this get to me. I had to calm down before I killed him AND her.
"But shit James, its over."
I walked out of the bedroom and saw that the others were standing up looking concerned. Ron had walked out behind me and stood by my side.
Everyone nodded, not asking any questions as they walked out of the door.
I turned around and punched an advancing James in the face. He fell back on his butt and held his swollen cheek.
"You're lucky that's all you get. But don't worry; you'll get what is coming to you soon."
The ride to the hotel was a silent one. I wanted to follow them there since I wasn't leaving my car but Ron forced me to let him drive. He didn't want me to because of my hand. I didn't put up much of an argument. I was dead inside. I couldn't believe what my eyes had laid upon. I started to feel sick again so I tried to think of something else.
Ron took a hold of my left hand, which was completely fine, and squeezed it gently. The feeling didn't register in my head until a couple of minutes later. I looked over at him and stared. I didn't smile or frown. I just stared.
His profile was gorgeous. From his soft skin to his rosy lips. He had a certain laid back quality about him, as if he didn't have a care in the world. His hair slightly brushed over his eyes, but I've never seen him brush them out of the way. I pulled my hand away from his and placed it on the back of his neck. We came to a stop but I didn't know where since I was still staring at him. He looked back at me with his searching blue eyes and I gently messaged his neck.
"How's your hand?"
I snapped out of my daze and remembered the pain. I frowned slightly and looked down at it, causing my hand to leave his warm body. The cloth on my wound was red but the bleeding had stopped. I told him this and he smiled.
"Good, you had me worried there for a second."
I looked around and noticed that we were right in front of the hotel, and the others were outside already parked and waiting on us. Ron and I both got out of my car and he pocketed my keys.
"I don't want you going anywhere and doing something stupid."
I nodded as I walked up to the elevator with them. Even though I wasn't thinking of doing anything at the moment, I probably would have thought of something later and took off. This kid was starting to scare me. He knew what I was thinking and even what I COULD be thinking later.
"Kris, you can stay with us," Hermione said as the stopped on their floor.
"Actually, I want her to stay with me," Ron said.
Everyone looked at him weird, except for me, who just looked at him in appreciation.
"I want to make sure her hand is okay."
"Thanks Hermione," I said. "But I don't want to impose on you two; I'll stay with Ron for tonight and thinking about everything else tomorrow."
She smiled slightly and gave me a small hug. As if I was her sister or something and I needed comfort. In which I did and I was grateful for that.
As Draco said goodbye and Harry patted me on the shoulder, Ron slipped in his key and led me inside his suit. It was the biggest room I have ever seen, with his own small living room, bedroom, and huge ass bathroom. I looked at his Jacuzzi and knew I was going to have fun.
"You can help yourself to that little fridge by the couch," Ron said. "And I'll bring you some fresh towels, so you can take a bath."
There he goes again, reading my mind. I took a peek into his room and it was cleaner than most guys were. The bed was king sized and I wondered if we could both fit in there.
I jumped at the sound of his voice and took the soft white towels from him. I walked into the bathroom and closed the door behind me. I walked over to the large tub and filled it with hot and soapy water. After a few minutes it was full and I stopped the water from flowing. I stripped naked of my clothes and climbed inside the steaming pool of water. I felt a sting in my injured hand but I paid no heed to it. I knew the soap was just cleaning the germs out.
After about thirty minutes of soaking there was a knock on the door.
"Kris? Are you okay?"
"I'm fine," I said quickly and I could hear him walk away.
I knew why he checked on me. He was afraid I'd pull a Britney Spears and kill myself in the water. Nah, I'm not that stupid, weak, or selfish enough to kill myself. In a way I am already dead. I had lost the love of my life. I didn't know how to be with anyone else. I have been with James entirely too long to remember how to date. But it doesn't matter; I'm not going to be with anyone for a long time.
I washed up and climbed out of the bathtub. Thinking about James brought back memories of tonight. As I put on an oversized bathrobe, I could feel the tears swell in my eyes and I let out a small sob.
"I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry," While I was saying this, my voice was breaking and I could feel the tears swell up more.
There was a knock on the door again.
"GO AWAY!" I screamed, fully crying now and I fell to my knees.
Of course, he did the exact opposite and walked in. The robe, which was obviously his, was hanging off my shoulders and showed a good about of cleavage. But I didn't care; I just sat there crying my eyes out.
He said nothing as he kneeled down in front of me and put his arms around me. I fell into his chest as he sat down and spread his legs around my crumpled figure. He held onto me tightly and I cried in his arms.
"God, I must be so attractive right now," I said sarcastically.
Ron looked down at me and wiped my tears away with his hands.
"I have never seen a more beautiful woman than you right now."
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