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Complicated Feelings [BOOK ONE] ✔

By nogitsunechey All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Other

XXIII

“Principles are the simplicity of the far side of complexity.” - Stephen Covey


| l a y n e |

Jeremy and Clara vanish from the room and my gut twists uncomfortably. She is going to tell him everything, and I can tell that he won’t take it well. I can tell that from the looks he gives her, that he will protect her and that he wants what’s best for her.

“What’s that look for?” Harriet asks.

I frown. “What look?”

“Your scary serious look,” Zeke laughs.

“Scary?” Nick scoffs. “More like idiotic.”

Lucy frowns. “What’s wrong with you?”

“Nothing.”

“Are you jealous of Clara and Jeremy?”

“No!”

“You are!” Zeke gasps, his voice overly sarcastic.

Nick groans. “I’m jealous then!”

“What do they have that you don’t?”

“Friendship.”

“Clara’s friendship,” Lucy muses. “Of course.”

“What about Clarity?” Harriet asks, all but spitting her name.

“She was trying to make Austin jealous, and it worked,” Nick explains. “I was trying to make Clara jealous, and it failed.”

“Of course it did,” Clara says. “I told you - only friends.”

“That you did.”

“Then why?”

“I just had a weird lot of hope.”

“It got you nowhere.”

“It got me somewhere.”

“Yeah. Further away.”

Nick nods in agreement.

“One more thing.”

“What?”

“You’re not sleeping in here again.”

“Fine. Who will then?”

“Anyone except you.”

“I will,” I say.

“Good idea, Layne,” Harriet says. “You’e the best one for her.”

“Why?”

“She trusts you more than anyone else.”

Clara bites her lip.

“I’m hurt, Clara,” Jeremy says sarcastically.

She grins. “Poor boy.”

I laugh. “It’s getting late. You better head home, Jer.”

“Yeah,” Jeremy says. “I’ll come by on Sunday.”

“You’re welcome anytime,” Harriet says.

“Thanks, Harriet.”

“Call me ‘Hari’ if you want to.”

Our jaws drop. Already?!

“I take it that this is rare?” Jeremy asks.

“Never happened before,” Harriet replies.

“Well then...”

“Hurt my sister again and you’ll regret it.”

“Wouldn’t dream of it.”

“Good.”

“Bye, Hari, Zeke, Lucy, Hollbrooke and Clara.”

“Bye!” we yell as he walks away.

“I’m going,” Nick says, walking out.

“Are you going to Sam’s?” I ask.

“Luce and I are,” Zeke says.

“We better go get ready,” Lucy mutters, dragging Zeke away.

“I am, but, I have to find Nick first,” Harriet vanishes.

“Clara?” I ask. “Are you going?”

“Should I?” Clara asks.

“It’ll help.”

“I’ll go if you are going.”

“Why me?”

“I just trust you so much easier.”

“I’m nobody special.”

“You must be.”

“Why do you say that?”

“You’re my friend, and my sister’s boyfriend.”

“Harriet would have had others before me.”

“That’s the thing, she didn’t.”

“All those guys...”

“She used them to try forget you.”

“Why?”

“She was afraid, Layne. She still is.”

“When did this start?”

Clara hands me a book. “Read it.”

“This is yours!” I protest.

“Just read it. March 15.”

I open the book and begin to read.

March 15, 2008
Something has changed. Harriet is happier, but, at the same time, she is afraid of something. She is happiest when she is around the group, though it’s mainly Layne that she is happy around. I have a faint idea and hope that it is real.
I am beginning to think that Harriet likes Layne, but is afraid of Layne rejecting her. I know Layne though, and he wouldn’t reject Harriet without a bloody good reason. I just hope that nothing bad comes of this.
I can trust Layne with anything but, I am still hesitant to trust Layne with Harriet’s heart. I don’t know if I can let them get much closer... If I can trust him, then Layne better treat her like an angel and not break her heart.

“That’s enough,” Clara says, taking the book.

“Three years?” I ask.

“That’s when I first began noticing it.”

“From what I read...”

“It sounds like I was crushing on you.”

“Yeah.”

“Creepy right?”

“You were.”

Clara blushes.

“My god. You were!”

Clara looks away.

“You still are,” I sigh.

“I can’t help it.”

“We’re going out.”

“I’ll go get ready.”

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