RECAP: Nina & Damien, Nina's boyfriend, show some PDA, but it is interrupted by Amelia, Nina's sort of friend, who is searching for answers as to where her step brother - and Nina's former lover interest - has been for the past three days. Nina, who still feels obligated to look for Julian (Amelia's step brother/Nina's former love interest) because she wants to see him. Before Nina and Amelia leave, Damien & Nina make out. He leaves and the two girls drive to Julian's mother's house - they ring the doorbell & BOOM - there's Julian.
"Julian?" Amelia shouted nervously.
"What the hell are you doing here?" I asked her. "Why are you here?"
"We've been looking for you for the past three days. Why didn't you tell us you were here?" Amelia shouted again, now bursting into tears.
"Because I don't like people knowing where I am." I replied and looked at Nina. Oh Nina, how I missed her... even though she broke my heart.
"Well are you coming home or not?" Amelia asked. She had calmed down a little, but it was still hard to understand what she was saying.
"Why would I go to that hell hole you call a home? You guys don't even like me. You just pretend you do to look good in front of your friends. But really, you all hate me. In fact, I bet your mother told you to come here. Then she can tell all her friends how good of a daughter you are." I said, now starting to become enraged.
Amelia seemed to be getting angry as well. "Are you seriously saying this right now? Everyone has been looking for you! Our parents, our family friends, our grandfather-"
"OUR grandfather? You mean the same one that called me a wetback when he first met me and told me to go back to where I came from? Please don't tell me that BS, Amelia. I don't believe it!"
"Who is that at the door Julian?" My mother's weak, sickly voice called from upstairs. Although she was sick, she was still loud.
"Just.. people Mama." I replied. I looked at both Amelia and Nina. "Look, you found me. You've completed your quest. Now can you please leave my house?"
"Fine. I guess you don't care about us." Amelia said, turned and started to leave. Until she and I both noticed Nina was still standing there. "Nina, hello?" No answer. "Nina! We need to go back to school!"
"I need to talk to you." Nina finally said. Except the feeling I got was like butterflies flying in my stomach.
"Um.. sure." I said and opened the screen door. "Come in."
"Nina, seriously?" Amelia said and walked up to her. "We need to go!"
Nina looked at Amelia and said, "Amelia, I'll unlock the door for you. Just stay in there."
"You really think I'm going to stay in the car... by myself? Psh, no, I'm coming in-"
"Amelia, how about you stay in the house and we'll go to the car." Nina said and gave her a stern look.
There was a long, awkward, silent pause before Amelia finally said, "Fine. Don't take too long." She walked up to the door and pushed past me and sat on the couch in the living room that my mother threw up on a few days ago. I didn't bother to tell Amelia that.
We walked to Nina's car, which looked really nice and new. "New car?" I asked her. She nodded and smiled slightly. "So... what do you need to talk to me about?"
As soon as I asked, she answered with a question. "Why did you leave school and not tell me what happened to you?"
"You left and forgot about me, Julian." She answered.
"No I didn't. You forgot about me by getting a boyfriend." I replied back.
Nina took a deep breath. She looked as if she was about to cry, but she kept it all together. "Julian, we haven't spoken to each other in about three months. I've tried contacting you in those three months and what have you done? Ignored me. So don't come into my car telling me I've forgotten about you when you didn't even care to talk to me in the three months we haven't spoken to each other!" She yelled with a tear running down her cheek. When she said that, I kind of felt bad for not speaking with her. But at the same time, she had a new boyfriend - what was I supposed to do? I still loved her and wanted to be with her, so talking to her would not be good for neither of us. I cleared my throat and said,
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t talk to you. I’m sorry and disappeared for three months without telling you where I was. I’m sorry if I ever hurt you. I just want you to forgive me.”
Nina looked down at her French manicured nails, fumbling them while they made a sharp, but quiet clicking noise. When she stopped fumbling, I knew she had something to say. “I’m sorry too.”
“For what?” I asked her.
“For hurting you by getting a boyfriend. I’m really sorry.” She said again, another tear rolling down her cheek. I wiped her tear away and turned her head towards me. However, she was still looking down.
“Hey, it’s fine. I wasn’t there, so you found someone else. It’s really fine. I understand. If I were you I would have done the same thing. That just shows you do what’s best for you.” I slightly smiled, trying to force my way into saying something I really didn’t want to say, but I know she wanted to hear.
Nina finally looked up at me. She smiled back at me and gave me a warm, heartfelt hug. When she hugged me, something in me started to tingle. It wasn’t like there was something wrong – it felt kind of right. Kind of like being with the person you love again. As we started to remove ourselves from the embrace, I looked at her in the eyes and said, “I love you.” Then I kissed her on the lips.
Nina looked down. She didn’t look comfortable with the things I said and did. “Do you love me back?” I asked her. She just sat there and pretended at first that she didn’t hear me. When I asked again she said, “I don’t know.”
To be continued….