So, it's been about a week since I ran into Aaron, and I'm feeling a little better. I finally got to see Kate, too. Some of my life has fallen back into place. School was tomorrow, so before I went to bed, I went to go pull out my diary from my bag. "Where is it?" I searched all over the tree house. "I can't find it!" I continued to search through about half the night, until I thought that I would just search again in the morning.
I had just read half her diary, I thought. I had no idea how much pain and suffering she had been through… Why would she think it was her fault in the first place? I thought back to the day I found out she had been severely hurt, and I had lost Zac and Lizzie. I had been pained to hear in the first place that Tabby, my Tabs, had been hurt. Oh… I forgot to mention… I'm kinda… Uh… I'm kinda sorta in love with Tabby. I mean she's only a year younger than me. What harm could it do? So long as she doesn't find out, it's all right… Right?
So, here I sat, thinking about random things, but Tabby's face kept popping in and out of my mind like one of those whack-a-moles. They just come up, then quickly go back down. I would be thinking about the fun times I had with Lizzie, and Tabby's face seemed to have covered up Lizzie's face. Weird, right?
"I missed her." I looked up to see Kate standing in my doorway. She came over and sat at the foot of my bed. "What are you thinking about?" I sighed. "Why don't you just tell her? She likes you, you know."
I looked at her like she was crazy. "Why would she like me? I'm older than her. Besides, I don't like her…" I took a deep breath. "I think I love her."
"You WHAT???" She practically screamed. I quickly tackled her off my bed and to the floor. "AH! Get your fat ass off of me!!! GOSH!!" She pushed me onto my back and sat on my stomach, sticking her tongue out at me.
I rolled my eyes. "Very mature, Kate."
"What? And you are? HA!" She got off of me and started to walk back to her room. "Oh, and don't worry, I won't tell her…" I looked over at her and half-smiled. "…Soon. I'll tell her…" She paused and thought for a moment. "In a month. If you don't tell her by then, I'll tell her. Goodnight!" And with that, she had skipped off to her room. I groaned and fell back on my bed, putting my face in my hands. I only have a month before Kate tells Tabby. I don't want her to know! I sighed and fell asleep.
The Next Day…
(still Aaron's POV)
I got up and went into Kate's room. She was still sleeping like a baby. This is gonna be fun… "WAKE UP, KATE!!! YOU ONLY HAVE A HALF HOUR TO GET READY!" This was funny 'cause she takes, like, an hour and a half to get ready in the morning. One morning, she had fifteen minutes to get ready and… well… to put it in simpler words, she looked like crap.
"AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" She jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom. She stuck her head back out and glared at me. "You… Are evil." Oh crap… I forgot she had a clock in her bathroom.
I slowly backed up as she made her way towards me. I woke her up a half an hour earlier than she told me to. I woke her up at 5… a.m. "What?" I gave her an innocent smile and darted out of the room. She screamed in frustration.
"YOU ARE THE WORST BROTHER EVER!!!" I heard her turn the shower on.
"LOVE YOU TOO SIS!!!" I screamed back at her. I laughed and went to the kitchen. I usually made breakfast.
I couldn't find it anywhere. Where in the world could it be? I remember putting it in my backpack. How could it not be there? Was it really my hallucination or had Aaron really taken my diary the day he had discovered me? No… He wouldn't-
Oh! Aaron's here. I guess I'll just search for it some more after school. I quickly climbed down the tree house ladder, swinging my backpack over my shoulder and running towards his truck. I opened the back door and jumped in. "Hey Kate!" I gave her a hug. I looked at Aaron and tried to hold in my laughter. "… Aaron…" I leaned back on the seat and crossed my arms over my chest.
Aaron scoffed. "Well fine then! And I was gonna give you a present. Pfft." He turned back to the front and started driving.
"What?? Aw, man!" I sighed and sat forward. "Why not? I'm sorry. C'mon!" He smirked and looked back at me, but quickly turned back around so we didn't get into an accident. "Man, you suck sometimes."
"Whatever. You know you love me." I gulped and looked down a little.
"Um… Uh-huh. You keep thinking that…" Kate looked over at me with wide eyes. She really knew me better than I knew myself.
She leaned over to me and whispered quietly, "Meet me at my locker before lunch. We have to talk about something. No questions. Do it." I sighed and nodded. We were at the school, so I opened the door and was about to jump out when something hit the back of my head.
"OW!! You're such a retard Aaron!" I looked down at what he had thrown at my head. It was a friendship key chain. It said 'best' on it. "Let me guess, you have one that says 'friend' on it?" He grinned and nodded pulling me into a hug. "I have to keep you close, Tabs. I missed you too much to let go of you now that I've found you." Kate was standing behind Aaron rolling her eyes, which made me giggle.Kate's POV
I can't believe it! They're in love with each other and neither knows it! What idiots… I sighed and walked out of science the second the bell rang. It's so… What's the word? Meaningless. Well, to me. I don't want to be a neurosurgeon when I grow up, so why would I want to learn about it? Anyways, where is that girl? The lunch bell rang and she is nowhere in sight! I'm going to go with the fact that she waited for Aaron to catch up with her. Why would I think this? Oh, I don't know… Maybe it's because she's walking towards me laughing at something Aaron said… and it probably isn't funny, either. "Dude, you…" I pointed at Aaron. "…Have to go."
"Evil, evil girl…" Aaron stated simply. Tabby just laughed, gave Aaron a side-hug, and said bye. "Pshh… Well, fine then! You want me to leave?" We looked at each other then back at Aaron.
"Yeah, kinda." I smiled slightly. "It's a girl-to-girl kind of thing. You wouldn't understand." I smiled and winked at Tabby when Aaron wasn't looking. "So… Bu-bye."
"You know, you guys are evil…" I knew on the inside, he thought he was the most hilarious person on the planet, when truly, he wasn't. But of course, who was laughing? Tabby. This was exactly what I needed to talk to her about. "Why can't I-?" I shook my head and he sighed. "Bye."
We gave him a wave a said, "Bye," in unison.
"I think you know what I wanted to talk to you about…" I started.
What in the world could they be talking about? Was it about me? She's not gonna tell Tabby about me like- Well, loving her, is she? I knew I should've just walked straight to the café and waited for them to arrive, but my legs wouldn't move. I wanted to hear what they were talking about so bad. Why did Kate need to talk to Tabby… alone? Without me? Man, I miss Tabby already… I didn't want to, but since I couldn't move, I listened in on their conversation.
Tabby's voice rang in my ears; the gentle voice I adored. "…So what did you want to talk about?"
I heard Kate sigh. "You know what I wanted to talk to you about."
I turned the corner and moved my head in a position to where I could see their faces. Tabby was blushing and biting her lower lip. "Crap… You know? I didn't think it was that obvious…"
Kate laughed. "I know you too well." What did she know about Tabby that I didn't? And why aren't I in the loop? This is all so confusing. I mean- Gosh, you gotta stop talking to yourself, Aaron… Oh, wait… they're still talking…
"Well… What am I going to do? I don't want to ruin our friendship by telling him. And if I don't tell him, he might find someone else that's better than me in every way… I mean… It's not like I'm pretty or anything…" She curled her lips in and let out a slight sob. What the heck was she talking about? But of course she was right about one thing… She wasn't pretty… She was gorgeous… Her hair cascaded down her back, each brown curl seeming to fall into place. Her emerald green eyes made the world go 'round sometimes, it seemed. She was just beautiful, and there were simply no words to describe her, just like there were no words to describe why I love her. I just… do. I mean there's a lot more to her, though. She's smart, funny, caring, loving, talented, sweet… Need the list continue?
Kate gave Tabby a reassuring smile and hugged her as I saw a tear fall down her beautiful, yet seemingly fragile face. It made me break inside that she was crying. "I have a feeling things will work out in the end. Trust me, I have that gut instinct. I'm always right." This made me laugh loudly, and the sound rang in the empty hallways. Her? Always right? Yeah, right. I saw Kate and Tabby look my direction, but I didn't let them see me. I quickly tucked my head back around the corner. They must've shrugged it off, because they kept talking. Idiot…I mentally smacked myself on the forehead. I didn't want to risk being caught again. Knowing they weren't looking my direction, I looked once more.
"How? How do you know things will work out? I…" Tabby sighed. "I think I love him, Kate." This made my heart sink; my eyes went teary when I heard this sentence.
I quietly thought to myself, but… But I love you, Tabby… How could you do this?
Kate stumbled to find the right words. Obviously the comment caught her off guard. "Just wait… If your luck doesn't change in…" She pretended to think. I think we all know that Kate makes everyone think she actually thinks. She smiled, mentally satisfied with herself, and said, "In a month. If he doesn't ask you out in a month, I'll kick his ass, personally and just for you. I don't do it for a lot of people, you know." She nudged Tabby and smiled.
It was true, I thought. She doesn't kick ass for just anyone. I heard footsteps and knew that Tabby and Kate were starting to walk to the café. Crap…I darted down the hallway, making sure to make no sound as I made my way to the café.