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Complicated Feelings [BOOK ONE] ✔

By nogitsunechey All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Other

VIII

“Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.” - Alan Perlis


| n i c k |

The mattress is softer than the fold-out sofa and I am almost asleep when I hear a whimper come from somewhere. I sit up and notice the sad expression on Clara’s face. A yelp escapes her and I walk over to her bed. I shake her and she flinches away.

“Clara,” I whisper.

“Don’t. Please,” Clara whimpers. “I didn’t do anything.”

“Wake up.”

“Don’t.”

“Clara.”

“Nick, help me.”

“I’m right here.”

“Don’t touch him!” Clara snaps.

“Clara!” I exclaim.

“NO!”

I shake her.

“NICK!”

“Clara-Jane!”

Her eyes fly open.

“Clara?”

“Am I dreaming?”

“No. Why?”

“He killed you.”

“You just had a nightmare.”

“Lucy, Zeke, Layne, Harriet, Mum and Robert were dead.”

“What?!”

“He hadn’t killed you yet. I wouldn’t let him.”

“Who?”

“My father.”

“Try to sleep.”

She grabs my wrist. “Stay.”

“Clara...”

“Please.”

“Move over.”

Clara smiles at me and shuffles over. I lift up the blankets and get into the bed with her. Clara cuddles up to me straight away and I put my arm around her. She sighs and I smile. Her eyes slowly droop and I allow myself to fall asleep too. I know that morning will come to soon and I hate it.


| c l a r a |

“What the hell is going on?!” Harriet yells.

“Clara had a nightmare and she asked me to stay,” Nick explains.

“You didn’t try anything did you?”

“Harriet!” Layne snaps. Oh no. “You know he wouldn’t dare.”

I open my eyes and my jaw drops at the sight that lays before me. Nick is in my bed and Harriet is laying on her stomach, on the floor, and Layne is sitting on top of her. Zeke is frozen in the doorway and Lucy is trying not to laugh.

“You’re going to catch a fly, Zeke,” I laugh.

Nick chuckles.

“Oh,” Zeke mumbles.

“What are you gawking at anyway?” Harriet growls, her emerald eyes flashing.

“Besides the fact that you only have a shirt and underwear on, nothing.”

Lucy bursts out laughing and Zeke grins. Nick laughs very loudly and I cover my ears. Layne smiles and forces himself not to laugh. I grin and it gets wiped off my face when I see Harriet’s angry face. I make a cutting motion and the laughter stops.

“I could ask why there is a bruise on Lucy’s neck, but we all know why,” Harriet retorts, her voice full of venom.

Lucy’s eyes go wide. “W-What?”

Zeke glares at Harriet.

Nick shares a look with Layne.

“Harriet Eliza Smithe!” I snap.

Harriet flinches.

“Apologise.”

“Sorry, Lucy. Sorry, Zeke.”

“Just don’t do it again,” Zeke mutters.

“I won’t. That was inexcusable.”

“Hell, it was unforgivable,” Lucy snaps, a tear streaking down her face.

“I apologised! What more do you want?!”

“Harriet-” Nick starts.

“STOP!” I yell. “Ganging up on Harriet won’t solve anything!”

“Clara’s right, guys,” Layne agrees.

“Sorry, Har,” Zeke says.

“It’s alright,” Harriet replies.

“I shouldn’t have said what I did,” Lucy says.

Harriet smiles. “I’ll survive.”

“Nick,” Layne says. “Your turn.”

“I didn’t say anything!” Nick protests.

“Fine.”

Everyone eventually goes to their rooms and gets dressed.

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