“Jesus,” I said, staring at Adam. “What happened to you?”
I ran to him on the sofa. His head was lifted back and he had a towel wrapped around his nose; stained with a ghastly red. Splattered, in pieces; thick in the middle, and thinning out on the sides; dotting in spots.
“I got jumped on my way home.”
“You got jumped?”
“Mugged as well.”
I ran to the kitchen and tore some ice out of the freezer, wrapping the contents in a clean towel. Then I came back to his side.
“No, it’s gross, don’t touch the towel.”
I rolled my eyes. “Adam, this is no time for etiquette.”
“It’s not as bad as it looks.”
“Just give me the towel.”
The towel had completely covered most of his face, so when he was revealed to me, it was definitely surprising; and I couldn’t hide my shock. His nose was painted in red and his left eye was bruised. A little cut was shown on his lips, but his nose was the worst. Actually, I didn’t know what was worse.
“I think we should take you to the hospital.”
“No,” he shook his head, placing the iced towel over his nose.
“What do you mean ‘no’? Are you crazy?”
“I told you it’s not that bad. Stop trying to act like you’re worried.”
I paused, taken aback. “It’s not an act.”
I bit my lip, unable to contain my thoughts and feelings any longer; feeling like I owed it to him at this point. “I don’t love you, Adam.”
Adam shook his head. “Figures,” he mumbled. “I guess you’re going back to Daniel then?”
I looked down at my fingertips resting on his knees and picking at each other’s nails. “I don’t love Daniel either.”
Adam lifted his head and stared at me in astonishment. His brows lifted and he blinked a few times. “Say again.”
I licked my lips nervously. I must have unintentionally looked hungry. “I do love the both of you; but I’m in love with neither. I’ve had some time to think to myself, and I’ve come to realise that I’ve been holding on because I was scared of losing the two best people I have ever known for the simple fact that I don’t love them back. I’m not proud to admit this, but I think I’ve strung you along for that reason. For selfish reasons. For stupid reasons. I’m just all around stupid,” I lightly chuckled, returning to chewing on my lip and unable to lock eyes with Adam.
Adam remained staring at me with wide eyes, unblinking, his chest lifting and descending erratically. For a moment, I thought it was a big mistake to reveal any of my feelings.
“Say something,” I pleaded.
Adam’s eyelids flickered, and suddenly life was brought back inside of him. He sighed. “So all my efforts were pointless.”
I mused. “Not entirely. Just made me love you even more.”
“Did I make you love me more than Daniel?” Adam smiled. I laughed. “Am I currently the frontrunner in the scheme of things?”
I sat up on the couch next to him. He lifted his arm over my head and I leaned in. “Thank you for making a joke.”
“Thank you for telling me the truth,” he said. “It fucking stings,” he laughed, “but thank you, nonetheless. You’re a great best friend, and I’d rather have you as my best friend than none at all.”
I kissed him on his cheek, unaware of a few slight lines and dots of blood had been picked up by my damp lips. “Thank you. You’re a great best friend, too.”
“Oh, from your lips,” he feigned a chest pain, placing a hand over his heart.
I giggled. “I’m sorry.”
He laughed with me. “It’s alright. I’ll get used to it. Have you told Daniel yet?”
I shook my head. “No, but I will soon enough.”
And I wasn’t looking forward to it.
***Hi all! Part 2 of my WattPad read is up; check it out now! What do you think of the title of the whole series? Hope you all enjoy the new story. I really need to cut back with all these stories popping up! I’ve also posted sneak peeks for the next post on my twitter; I’ve also started this new idea where I post phrases (or pictures) that my characters actually said (or saw) to create an extra layer to them, outside of the blogs! And don’t forget to follow me on twitter! Side note: How many people would love to be with Jake right now? HOT! Soul xo***