Back For You
“What do you mean Fiancée?!” Zoe screamed through the phone.
“Exactly that Zo,” Zoe was the only girl friend I had, me and her played football for our high school football team, and when me and Zoe were on the field together there was no stopping us. Zoe was a lot like me in many ways, we both preferred to go to a football match rather than shopping in our spare time. We both studied abroad in Australia together and we were each other’s best friends. Zoe had short wavy blond hair that reached her shoulders and piercing blue eyes.
“Ry, you’re joking?” Zoe said through the phone, I could still hear the shock in her voice.
“I’m not, I wish I was but I’m not.” I said as I sat down on my bed in my old bedroom. Everything was exactly the way I had left it since the last time I was here. I wasn’t expecting anything to move around since my Dad and brother were the only ones living here. My mom left my dad when I was 2 years old and since then it was just the three of us. I remember when I was younger all the little girls in the class would talk about their moms and I would miss her, I mean she was my mom after all, but as I got older I never felt like I was missing out. I consider myself almost lucky. Almost.
“Have you talked to Gemma?” Zoe asked.
“Yeah she was in the room when he told me; I don’t know Zo maybe this is God giving me a sign. I should just move on, get on with my life I mean I’m 23 years old” I said as I shuffled through my drawers looking for my field hockey sweat pants from back in the day when I was actually good at field hockey.
“Listen Rylynn I’ll call you later, it’s almost 3am here and I have a test tomorrow” Zoe said through her yawn.
“Oh shit, Zoe why didn’t you tell me I’m sorry” I said as I held the phone between my shoulder and ear as I tied my hair up into a messy bun.
“Because you needed to talk and I’m so glad you decided to tell me, just please keep me posted”
“I will for sure, only 3 more months till you’re homes for Christmas I can’t wait! But for now good luck with your test and let me know how it goes”
“I will bye Ry,” Zoe said before hanging up the phone.
I threw on my old Beatles t-shirt and looked in the mirror one last time; my long brown hair was on top of my head, I had my sweats on and my old t-shirt. Yup I was right; I look like a homeless man but I was comfortable and that’s all that matters.
“Hey dad?” I said running down the stairs, “I think there’s a game on T.V now, Hey dad are you home?” I called as I walked through my living room into the kitchen where I stopped dead in my tracks. “Talan!!!” I said as I ran into the open arms of my younger brother. “Hey” he said as he wrapped his arms around me.
“I missed you so much! Where, how, why are you here? When did you get back?” I said as I continued to hug him.
“I missed you too, and if you would stop squeezing me I’d tell you” he said as I felt his grip on me loosen.
“Sorry, it’s just been so long” I said smiling ear to ear as I took a step back to look at him. Even though he was 19 he looked a least 25, his hair was always buzzed short because of football and that’s was just the way he liked it.
“Well Dad texted me saying you surprised everyone at Anne’s house last night…and so I bought a train ticket right away. Then about an hour into the journey I got another text but this time it was from Gemma...she told me about what happened” Talan said with a sympathetic look on his face. I knew what the ‘thing that happened’ was, but I sure as hell was not about to show my brother of all people how much it was killing me.
“What are you talking about? Nothing happened last night Tal” I said crossing my arms over my chest as I directed my attention outside the window behind my brother.
“Ry, you know exactly what I’m talking about” He said trying to get my attention, but I refused to make eye contact with him. “RY!” he said grabbing my shoulders “look at me, I know that Harry told you about the engagement”
There he said it; my brother always had a way of knowing what I was thinking. I guess that’s why we’ve always been so close. We would always think of something naughty to do as kids, without even discussing it, knowing that we would be getting in so much trouble when our dad got home later. He knew me, and in a funny way I loved him for that.
“So, it’s fine it’s whatever” I said finally making eye contact with him as I walked over to the refrigerator for some apple juice.
“You sure?” he said leaning against the counter “Yeah, it’s fine. It’s been 8 years Talan a lot has changed” I replied sipping my cold glass of juice. “Plus, I haven’t been home in over a year”
“Whatever you say Rylynn” he said as I grabbed his suitcase from near the door.
“I don’t” I shouted behind him as he walked towards the stairs.
“23 years old and we still can’t admit to our feelings?” Talan teased as he made his way up the stairs. “You’re only hurting your self Ry”
Just as Talan made it up the stairs I heard a buzz come from my phone that was laying on the counter top, as a picture of Harry lit up the screen. The picture was taken from the first live show from when he was on the Xfactor and it was right after he ran of stage and engulfed me into a massive bear hug. I remember how nervous he was that day and how even though I had a huge mid term exam the coming Monday he practically guilt tripped me into coming down to London for the show. That was when I was utterly, and inconsolably head over heels for him, but so was the rest of the country. He was 16 I was 15 and things we a lot simpler.
“Hello” I said answering my phone.
“Are you going to come over or do you need an invite?” He asked, I could almost hear his smirk from the other end of the phone.
“Now that you mention it and invite would be lovely” I replied trying to control the smile that I bet he could hear through the phone.
“I’m not inviting, you have no choice” Harry said “Wonderful, haven’t seen my best friend in almost a year and he’s being his bossy old self” I said laughing halfheartedly into the phone.
“You haven’t at all changed have you?” Harry questioned. “Just my luck” he replied under his breath.
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