Sadie Brown's Story (Contest Submission)- Finished

This is based of a fairytale. Can you guess what?

Chapter 13

Stupid Triangles. Why not Circles? Or Lines. Those are Good.

He relaxed in my grip and whispered, "I know. Can we talk?"

I didn't miss a beat. "I really need to use the bathroom. But my legs hurt.."

"I'll carry you!" volunteered Niel. He scooped me up and went to the bathroom, Pierce blushing wildly behind. In front of the bathroom, I was set down.

"I didn't actually mean-"

"Sh. Please. I-" he ran his hand through his hair.

Uh-oh I suddenly realized what was going on. The tension and his jitteriness..

"Stupid triangles. Why not circles? Or lines. Those are good," I mumbled.

"Huh?"

"Nothing." I really didn't want what was about to happen to happen. "Niel, I actually need to go to the bathroom-"

"Wait. I need to talk."

"Well, you can think, and I'll just take a dump, and then we'll both be fresh!"

Niel gave a slight laugh but the anxiety in his eyes increased. "Do you love him?" he blurted.

I pulled my head back, like a turtle retreating into a shell. I probably looked retarded. "Uh.. what are you.. er.."

"You know, Brownie," he cringed at my nickname. "I mean. It's just such a cheesy and perfect ending, and it's not fair! I kissed you first!"

"What?" I was not liking the idea of so many people kissing my presumed-to-be-dead body.

"I did! He only came today. I was saying goodbye to you yesterday, and I thought of how I think I love you, and then I kissed you, and obviously nothing happened. And then pretty boy comes along-"

Sean popped his head around the corner. "Got it! He had soda. I observed the soda and it was an antidote! Huh! Science!"

"Oh right, the woman that gave me the apples gave me the soda," I replied, trying to get away from Nielson. I really didn't want to deal with it at the moment.

"I am so glad there is an actual explanation. Now, there are things to do.."Sean ducked back away, and I made after him. Niel grabbed my hand and looked at me. the sadness in his eyes shattered me into a million pieces.

"It's okay. You should be happy. I don't deserve you"

And I was angry. I refused to being cowardly. Niel deserved better. "You shut up!"

He looked pretty shocked.

"I have no care for this stupid love triangle crap, but I am going to do it the right way, damn it! I did not practically raise from the dead to break my best friend's heart. Yes, you are my best friend, you self-pitying fool! And you deserve so much better than me. I refuse to let you be heartbroken over someone like me. You are going to find a girl who loves you back as much as you love her, and you are going to have beautiful children because you are handsome! And if you have a day of regret, wherever I may be, whether it's Africa or next door, I will kick your sorry butt. No self-pity. Just love and gummy bears and allergy medicine because you have a problem, my friend."

Niel grinned ear to ear and pulled me into a hug. "God, you are so amazing."

"As are you, Sneezy. That apple pie was for you. I'm glad you didn't eat it and die."

"Me too."

And with that, I was carried back to Pierce by a smiling Nielson.

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