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Complicated Feelings [BOOK ONE] ✔

By nogitsunechey All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Other

XXXVIII

“Nothing is true, but that which is simple.” - Goethe


| l a y n e |

Everything happens so quickly after the kiss; the cheers, the doctors rushing into the room, the tears, the flat-line. ‘I love you’ is the last thing Clara said to me before - NO! I won’t think about that! I think of her joking around not a minute before and her smile, the one that is still on her face. At least she went happily.

A beat starts in my head and I start tapping my foot along with it. The lads start tapping with me and I start humming a catchy tune. Everyone joins in; even the doctors. I look over at Lucy and she opens her mouth, her musical voice flowing out.

"Said I’d never leave her cause her hands fit like my t-shirt,
Tongue-tied over three words, cursed.
Running over thoughts that make my feet hurt,
Body’s intertwined with her lips."

Nick joins in, his deeper voice giving it an edge.

"Now she’s feeling so low since she went solo
Hole in the middle of my heart like a polo
And its no joke to me
So can we do it all over again?"

We all sing, our voices mixing in a harmonious way - the complete opposite of our personalities.

If you’re pretending from the start like this,
With a tight grip, then my kiss
Can mend your broken heart
I might miss everything you said to me.

And I can lend you broken parts
That might fit like this
And I will give you all my heart
So we can start it all over again."

Harriet starts, tears running down her face, but her soft voice not showing her distress.

"Can we take the same road two days in the same clothes
And I know just what she’ll say if I can make all this pain go
Can we stop this for a minute
You know, I can tell that your heart isn’t in it or with it."

I start singing, my own voice bringing a unification of sorts to our voices.

"Tell me with your mind, body and spirit
I can make your tears fall down like the showers that are British
Whether we’re together or apart
We can both remove the masks and admit we regret it from the start."

We all sing, the harmony filling the hallway again.

"If you’re pretending from the start like this,
With a tight grip, then my kiss
Can mend your broken heart
I might miss everything you said to me.

And I can lend you broken parts
That might fit like this
And I will give you all my heart
So we can start it all over again."

Zeke starts, his voice not deep like Nick’s, but higher like mine.

"You’ll never know how to make it on your own
And you’ll never show weakness for letting go
I guess you’re still hurt if this is over
But do you really want to be alone?"

Lucy sings again, this time pouring her distress into the lyrics.

"If you’re pretending from the start like this,
With a tight grip, then my kiss
Can mend your broken heart
I might miss everything you said to me."

We all start, the distress clear in our voices.

"And I can lend you broken parts
That might fit like this
And I will give you all my heart
So we can start it all over again.

If you’re pretending from the start like this,
With a tight grip, then my kiss
Can mend your broken heart
I might miss everything you said to me.

And I can lend you broken parts
That might fit like this
And I will give you all my heart."

Harriet finishes, her soft voice going deeper than I have ever heard her sing with.

So we can start it all over again."

We are all crying by then end of the song and the near silence is deafening after it. We are all hugging someone and sobbing quietly. There are a few sniffles that break the silence but, that stops when we hear the next noise.

Beep. Beep.

I run back into Clara’s room and stare at the monitor in shock. Sure enough there is a heartbeat, that or the monitor is going weird. I take Clara’s hand and the heartbeat speeds up. Everyone runs in and Clara’s eyes fly open. Her brown eyes meet my blue ones and she smiles.

“Layne,” Clara breathes.

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