I never realized how much I missed Rosaline. Being that close to her and not being ordered to hurt her.
Her long dark brown hair perfectly covering her shoulders. Her beautiful ice blue eyes flickering behind her delicate eyelids. Her soft skin made me want to hold her. She may have been short to everyone else, but she was always perfect height for me.
I reached to stroke her hair and she flinched. That was how it would be from now on. I would always scare her. I lost her trust when I lost her.
The year that I was gone can’t be fixed. I could tell that she was miserable without me around.
My first day back to school, I could see that she was expecting something from me. When I didn’t do anything, she subtlety became sadder and more distant from everyone else. I think I was the only one who noticed.
“Hunt,” she muttered.
I smiled. She was dreaming of me.
“Hunt. Come back,” she whined.
I frowned. She was dreaming of me leaving her.
“I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I promise I’ll make it up to you.”
I reached into my pocket and pulled out my phone.
“Somewhere safe?” I thought out loud, searching through my contacts.
I was hesitant about secretly buying this phone, but if my mom bought it, they would know that they had another way to track me. It was also good that I had thought to put a barrier around my mom. This way they couldn’t harm her.
I found the number of a hotel she and I stayed at once. It wasn’t too far from here and it wasn’t too expensive. I called the number and a man answered.
“Hello. This is Sleep Suites. This is Chester McLanely speaking. How may I help you?” the man said.
“Hello, Mr. McLanely,” I replied. “I am calling to request a room.”
“Okay, Sir. And may I have your name?”
“Oh, Mr. Grey. Yes, we have your information on file. One moment please.”
I heard him type something, then he said, “Okay, what size room would you like?”
I looked at Rosaline and said, “Queen.”
“Okay, and how many nights would you like to have the room for?”
“Just for tonight, please.”
“Oh. And how soon should we expecting your arrival?”
“Within the next two hours.”
“Very well. Is your credit card information still the same?”
“Yes,” I said knowing that if they didn’t kill me, my mom would for using her card.
“Okay, Mr. Grey. Everything is set and we will wait for you to arrive.”
“You’re welcome. Goodbye.”
“Goodbye,” I said and hung up the phone. “Now all I have to do is wait for Rose to wake up, and we’ll be fine until morning.”
She whined again.
“I hope,” I sighed.
I got up and put a barrier around Rosaline. “Stay safe,” I said and went to the fast food place around the corner.
The tacky restaurant was brightly light and rather crowded despite it being late on a Thursday night. I made my way to the counter and was surprisingly greeted by one of our classmates.
“Hey, Grey,” I said.
“Oh. Hi, Ricky,” I responded.
Ricky Thomson was one of the senior star basketball players at our school, so it made sense that he only worked here at night when everyone else that actually cared about who he was, was asleep or too drunk to notice. He was constantly trying to get me to join the team since our freshman year. It was really annoying and now was no exception.
“So, Grey, have you decided on my offer yet?” Ricky asked. His “offer” included becoming automatic co-captain of the team if I joined.
“I haven’t decided yet. I still have to talk to my mom about it. Run it by her to see if it’s fine,” I lied.
“That’s cool,” he said. “So, what can I get you?”
“A burger, fries, and a water.”
“Got it.” He turned and packed my food. I let my mind drift off to Rosaline. If they knew I’d gone rogue, then they would send others after us—and it wouldn’t take long. I promised Rosaline that I’d always be there for her. I broke that promise and now I got her into more trouble than ever. But this time I was going to make sure she was safe.
“Hunter!” Ricky shouted.
“What?” I looked at him.
“Get a grip, dude. I’ve been saying your name for the past minute.”
“Oh, sorry,” I said. “How much?”
“$6.59,” he said. “Who is she?” he added with a smirk.
“There must be some girl on your mind if you were that thinking that hard.”
“No, absolutely not.”
He laughed. “It’s all over your face. So who is she? Do I know her or is she some chick you picked up while you were gone?”
I was getting annoyed. “It’s no one.”
“So someone I know.”
“You wouldn’t know her. No one does,” I said. That technically was true. No one knew the Rosaline that I did.
“So she’s really special.”
“Yeah,” I automatically said. “I mean no.” I blurted, then instantly felt guilty. “I mean…can I just have my food!?” I was completely flustered and needed to get out of there.
Ricky laughed more, “Chill, okay? $6.59.” I handed him the money, as he added, “Hey, anyone’s better than that Blackthorne freak that used to follow you around. She was so weird. Always walking in your shadow, trying to talk to you like she mattered. Good thing she finally got the hint when you got back.” He held out the bag to me and said, “I added another burger. On the house, future hoops star.”
“Actually, Ricky,” I said, “The answer is no.”
“What?” he asked stunned.
“Joining the team. The answer has, is and will always be no.” I slammed my hand on the counter causing most of the people look at me, but I didn’t care. “And don’t ever speak badly about Rosaline Blackthorne again, or I will personally make your life a living hell,” I quietly said to him.
He looked shocked and a little scared, but he didn’t say anything.
“I’m glad you understand,” I said and took the food from him. “Thanks for the burger,” I added as I turned away. I looked back over my shoulder and smiled, “Rose will enjoy it.”
I walked outside and prepared to go back to Rosaline, when a woman ran out calling, “Sir. Sir.”
I turned around and tried to hold back my anger. “Yes, Miss?”
She was wearing the same uniform as Ricky, but I could see from her name tag that she was the manager.
“Was something unsatisfactory with your order or your service?” she asked.
“I’m sorry. I am having a bad day an unnecessarily took it out on the cashier. I greatly apologize,” I said sadly staring into her eyes.
“Oh, well. Thank you. Please try to not let it happen again,” she blushed.
I got the reaction I was looking for, so I smiled, “Yes Ma’am. Once again, my sincerest apologies.”
She blushed more and nodded then made her way back inside. I sighed and walked back to the alley, being careful that no one was following me.
When I got back, I looked at Rosaline and saw that she had lain down. I laughed a little.
“Poor girl,” I said and sat next to her. I leaned her on my shoulder and hugged her.
I felt stupid that I could be this casual around her when she was sleep, but there was no way I could not feel embarrassed by this when she was awake. She moved closer and I smiled. She was going to wake up soon and when she did, I was going to tell her. I decided I would finally tell her that I loved her.
At least, I thought I was, until she opened her eyes.