I told Jake that I was going for a walk and don’t let anybody in.
I took the long cut to the park, I wasn’t sleepy since I just woke up so I thought I should use my energy for a long walk so I could sleep tonight. I sat on the swing when I got to the park and did a little flashback on the first time I told I love you to Nick, I also remembered how we danced in the middle of the street and watched as the sun shine.
I saw a silhouette walking to the park. I knew it was a male, he sat on the grass, he sat on Nick and I’s spot. I stared at him and suddenly realized it was Nick. I smiled. He was sitting on our spot. Maybe he does remember some things. but not me.
I racked the swing so I made noise and to my success he looked around. When he spotted me he walked to my direction.
“Hey.” He said while walking “You’re my neighbor right?”
“Yeah.” I said putting the swing to a stop.
“Uh. Yea, how did you know?”
“My mom can’t stop talking about you.”
He chuckled and sat on the other swing.
“What are you doing up so late?” He asked
“I can’t sleep.”
“Me either.” He said “My mom says I used to go here a lot before and I thought I should come back you know, and see if I can remember anything.”
Mrs. Jonas knew that we’re always here at this hour.
“She keeps saying this is one of the places where one of the most important things happened in my life.”
I bit back my tongue from saying ’ of course it’s on of the most important places in your life,this is where you asked me out, this is were I told you I loved you for the first time, this is where we first saw sun rise together. oh, do you want me to go on?’
“Do you know me, before the accident?” He asked.
I bit back my tongue from telling him I’m his girlfriend. I didn’t want to be rejected face to face and I didn’t want to force him into a relationship if he was happy with his new girlfriend.
“Uh, yeah, we’re neighbors.”
“Of course. What else do you know about me?”
“Uh.. I know that your name “Nicholas”, means ‘Victory of the People’ and is of Greek origin“
“Really? How did you know?” He asked a smile forming on his face
“You told me about 6 months ago.”
“How about something more personal?”
“Hmm.” I thought about it “I know that the ringtone on your ipod is the James Bond 007 theme song.”
I told Jake that I was going for a walk and don’t let anybody in.
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Hahaha, I’ll be definitely making more. :)
Thanks for that wonderful compliment, haha, it inspired me to write the next chapter.
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When I was tucked in my bed and Joe was sitting on the end of the corner with Nick’s guitar, I closed my eyes. Joe started strumming the guitar and then in seconds, someone jumped on the bed that I had to open my eyes, Jake lied next to me looking at Joe and I closed my eyes again. He started singing and it felt like I was in heaven.
I woke up at around 10 pm, I look around and neither Joe nor Jake was there, I fixed myself in the bathroom then headed down, I saw Jake and Joe playing video games in the living room.
“You guys hungry?” I asked
They both looked at me startled.
“Oh, good you’re awake.” Joe said “We’re starving.”
They both stopped their game and followed me in the kitchen.
“Where did this come from?” I asked looking at the prepared food.
“We cooked it.” Joe said
“Why didn’t you eat?”
“Well, we were waiting for you.”
“Why didn’t you wake me?”
“Because you’re tired and you need sleep. come on let’s eat.” Joe said
“He’s an awesome cook!” Jake said ”He let me help, I’m his co-chef.”
We moved the food in the dining table said our grace then began eating.
“Hey,” I told Joe “That was a nice song.”
“Thanks, I’m glad you liked it.”
“I agree, it was amazing, Did you write it?” He asked
After eating, Joe said his goodbye to Jake and I walked him to his car.
“Thank you, Joe. I thought I won’t be able to sleep.”
“No problem. I enjoyed sharing my music with you too. I don’t get to do that much.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well, Everyone expects me to be brainless and talentless like my dad so I pretend to be, a worthless shit and sometimes I think that I am but I’m not.”
We only met yesterday but with the things that we now know about each other it feels like we’ve known each other for a long time.
“Well, I don’t think you’re a worthless shit.” I said “Thank you for visiting me.”
“That’s no problem.”
He entered his car.
“Good night Selena.” He said with a smile and drove off.
“Good night to you too.” I said following the black car he’s driving.
“I have a lot of good memories with Nick…” I said not really knowing where that came from “But I don’t know why the only memory of him I can remember is when his mom was talking to me about him waking up in the hospital, I wasn’t there, I was busy with school and babysitting Jake and I was scared to see him. His mom told me that he had amnesia but the doctor said he will remember some things in time and said she was having a hard time making him remember that she’s his mother and such and I thought, what would I say to him when I come there, I wondered how much it would hurt if he asked who I was, I couldn’t handle it and told his mom that I’d just wait till he comes out. The only way I saw him was with pictures. his mom’s showing me pictures of him in the hospital and sometimes I’d spot this girl on the other bed and that’s how I knew that his girlfriend now was his hospital roommate.”
“If he was some other guy I would’ve been able to get over him but…” I began to cry “He’s the first person I fell in love with, he’s the first person I told the three words to. I just thought you know, that he’d remember me when he see me but he never remembered.”
“Didn’t his mom tell him that he already had a girlfriend. he tried but he wouldn’t listen cause he liked his room mate.”
“Does his mom like the new girl?”
“Well, I don’t know, like she said earlier, I haven’t talked to her in a while.”
“You’re stronger that Demi told me.” He smiled. ”Much more”
“Now, you should really go get some sleep.”
“You haven’t slept yet, so sleep.”
“How did you know?”
“I don’t know. Just a feeling, I guess.”
“Well, the problem is, I can’t.”
“That’s no problem, do you want me to sing to you?” He asked.
“You can sing?”
“Hey, It’s not only Demi that have the talent.”
I pretended to think about it for a moment.
“Fine.” I said giving in.
“Do you have a guitar?” He asked
“Uh. yeah, there’s a guitar that Nick left-“
“Alright. come on.”
Mom left a little bit after he prepared Joe’s meal. After eating we sat on the couch and watched some tv while Jake played in his room. I know it’s absurd to have a guy you only met at your house but I feel like I can trust him with my life, even though I have no idea why.
It was around noon and I was tired as hell. I haven’t slept yet and I don’t want Joe to leave yet.
“So, How long have you guys been together?” He asked his eyes still on the TV
I looked at him
“We’ve been dating for a long time already.”
“I know you don’t want to talk about it, I don’t either because it’s awkward but sometimes having someone to talk to helps.”
I stare at him.
“I’v been living my whole life pretending to be somebody I’m not, pretending to be like my dad, tough and macho and someone who everyone’s afraid of and deep inside I know it’s not me, I’m just an average guy inside and I’ve kept that to myself for a long time and going here I realized how much time I wasted you know. After this last year I’m going to college and most kids there they know who they are and what they want to be while I don’t have any clue because I’ve been lying to myself about who I am.”
“Did you tell your dad?”
“No.and I don’t think I can, it feels like it’s the only thing we have in common you know, with him, wrestling and brawl fights are all that we can talk about and I it’s the only way to talk to him so I don’t want to lose that.”
“So, Like I said, having someone to talk to helps. My ears are all yours.”
I sighed and shook my head
“I don’t know where to begin.”
“Just say what’s on your mind.”
I took a deep breath
While eating, I heard two car beeps outside, of course, being curious and all I looked out the window and saw Joe. He saw me and waved, I waved back and smile. I went out to go over his car.
“Dude. what are you doing here?” I asked not even trying hard to hide my smile.
“Well. It’s saturday so I thought we could hang out.”
“Okay? Well, come on inside my house.”
He went out of his car and started walking with me. Mrs. Jonas was flowering her flowers again and she spotted me. she waved at me and smiled.
“Hey Selena. How are you doing?”
“I’m doing fine Mrs. Jonas.”
She tried to smile.
“Who’s the young man?” She asked
I didn’t want to answer because it was awkward talking to your ex’s mother.
“Uh. Good morning ma’am, I’m Joe McAdam.”
“He’s Demi’s cousin.”
“Oh. Nice to meet you, Well Selena, I haven’t talked to you for a while, maybe you can visit me from time to time?”
“Uh. sure.” I said hiding the pain I was feeling.
We started walking away.
“Selena…” Joe and I stopped halfway “I’m sorry.. I really am, I just need someone right now, Nick is very different ever since…” I ran to and hugged her at once. If Nick’s accident was hard for me, it’s definitely hard for her. She started crying and all I could do was try my best not to cry along.
“I’m sorry too, Mrs. Jonas.” I rubbed her back and before I end up crying I told her that I really had to go.
“Awkward.” Jake said when Joe and I got inside.
“We’re you spying on me?”
“No, I wasn’t I was watching a movie.”
“Yes. He was spying.” Mom said coming out of the kitchen, she raid her eyebrow when she saw Joe.
“Oh, Good morning Ms. Gomez, I’m Joe.”
He smiled and mom smiled back.
“Demi’s cousin?” She asked
“How did you know?” I asked confused.
“You’re brother.” She smiled “Well Joe, Do you want breakfast?”
“Uh. I’m good Ma’am, I already ate -“
“No I think you want to eat.” Mom finalized.
“Okay. sure, I’d love to.”
“In here, You can never pass on food.” I said
“I kinda got that.”
He smiled again.
Jake ran down the stairs wearing his cowboy cop outfit with his toy gun.
“Who da man?” he screamed running down the stairs then he saw Joe and said “Awkward.”
Both Joe and I laughed.
“Jake this is Joe, Demi’s cousin and Joe this is Jake my weird little brother.”
Joe knelt so he and Jake are facing each other.
“Howdy partner” Joe said
“You’re alright.” He said
“Wait. You’re Demi’s cousin?” He thought for a second “Wow. I never thought someone hot could come from their family.” He realized he sounded like a girl “I meant-“
“Don’t worry man. I’ve been told by your sister.”
“Well, I meant that in a manly way.”
“Of coarse you did.” Joe said trying hard not to laugh
Joe left a little bit after 10, he stayed a little bit playing cowboy and some video game with Jake.
“He’s alright.” Jake said peeking at my door.
I raised a brow.
“Hey, he’s a real cowboy, Cowboys are cool.”
“Nick is bad anyway.” He said “I mean, if he loved you he wouldn’t forget you” He yawned “Night Demi.” Then he disappeared.
He was right. If Nick loved me, he wouldn’t forget me. Why am I blaming Nick, amnesia is a serious thing and it’s not his fault to forget. But didn’t he at least wonder if he already had a girlfriend? or was this just reality telling me that he really didn’t love me?
Thank you Jake for giving me yet another thing to be depressed about.
I was up the whole night just thinking about what Jake had said, could it be true?
I watched at the clock tick and as the alarm went on when the small finger pointed at 6, I took a bath then ate my breakfast.
Joe and I walked along the sidewalk on our way back to my place after our date.
“So, I gotta ask you.” He said “How can you stand my cousin?”
“It’s a give and take kinda thing we have.”
“Whoa. She gives? I thought that girl was selfish”
I laughed again and he smiled
“Hah. That’s where you’re wrong.” I said “Yes. she is kinda selfish but I didn’t mean it like that you know. I meant, You know, like, She’s always got my back and I help her with her anger issues.”
“We’re a big fascinating family, you know.”
“Yeah. I kinda figured that out when I met Demi.” I shook my head “No. but really, she help me with a lot unconsciously.”
“That’s a big surprise.”
“Don’t tell her that though cause she’s gonna stop doing it if she realizes that someone notices how good she really is.”
“Even if it’s you?”
“Yeah. She want to be tough you know because of your family.”
“Ah. Yeah, we’re all forced to do that because everybody expects us to.”
“Why don’t you act like that anyway?”
“It’s because I’m tired of Juvie. That’s why I left texas, My dad he wants me to be tough you know and I don’t want that I just want to be me and well, here, it’s a lot better, Aunt sally is not that tough then again, Demi pretends to be because she grew up in Texas with us, with the tough crowd.”
“She told me she got bullied. how’s that possible.”
“I think that’s another reason why she’s acting tough and all that, she got bullied before because she was different you know, she wanted to be an actress and a singer and all her classmates thinks that it’s impossible and they just want to let her down.”
As we passed Nick’s house, I saw Nick going out of his car and I stared at him, when I knew that Joe noticed I looked away.
“Hey Selena!” I heard Mrs. Jonas greet.
I looked at Mrs. Jonas who was waving at me. I waved back.
“Hi Mrs. Jonas.”
I turned away quickly so that I won’t see Nick anymore.
“Pretty close family, Huh.” He whispered “The dude, who was he in your life?”
We stopped at my house, he walked me to my door.
“Oh. What happened?”
“He had this accident and he bumped his head or something and now he can’t remember me and he’s now dating his former hospital roommate.”
“Ouch. How long have you guys been over?”
“Two months I think.”
“How are you coping with it?”
I unlocked the door.
“Pretty good, I guess.”
We entered the house.
“Alex, I’m home!” I shouted.
“Demi!” I screamed when I spotted Demi near her locker.
“What?” She asked
I ran to her.
“I saw him?”
“Oh. you’ve met Joe.”
“He’s surprisingly hot.”
“Of coarse he’s hot, he’s athletic too.” She said “He’s a school heartthrob in his former school.”
“So you like him?” She asked but obviously she knew the answer. I did. Kinda. Then there comes my boyfriend with amnesia.
“Cous!” I heard someone say from behind me.
“Yo!” Demi said
“Where have you been? I’ve been texting you all morning.”
“Why are you texting me?”
“You didn’t read texts?” He said in disbelief “I told you I needed help, I don’t know which room is which.”
“Well, it’s not my fault.” She said “Blame mom, she took my phone cause I failed Math, Biology and Chemistry.” She rolled her eyes “Tsk. Like I’m gonna need that when I go to a movie audition.” I smiled “Good morning Ms. Lovato, What is the sum of the coefficients of ( [3x - 3x^2 +1]^744 ) x ( [- 3x + 3x^2 +1]^745 ) or Ms. Lovato What kinds of half reactions will result in a large increase in half-cell potential for a 1.0 unit increase in pH? or Ms. Lovato What would be the phenotype and genotype of the mother is normal and the two offsprings are both color blind. ” She said mimicking an interviewer “Oh Please, it’s not like George Lopez is gonna ask me that when he interviews me.”
Both Joe and I laughed
“Oookkaayy, Someone’s taking it a bit too hard.” Joe said
“No I am not!” Demi argued “My cellphone is my life.”
“Where did you get those questions anyway?” I asked
“Well, Those are the only questions I got right so I remembered it.”
“So that if mom asks why I failed I could blame the teachers and recite her those questions with answers and I could say In your face momma.”
Joe and I laughed again.