I was wondering where Sian had gone. "Hey have you see Sian?" I asked my mate just as strands of blonde hair caught my attention. I smiled "Never mind."
I walked over to her as I saw her face being caught up in a frown. "Are you okay?" I asked her as she shook her head. "What happened?" I asked sounding concerned. I took her hand and led her to a quieter corner.
"I want to go home" she said as I frowned confused.
"Why? What's wrong? I thought you were having a good time?" I asked her as she sighed.
"I was, but please take me home" she pleaded sounding desperate.
"Baby, I can't just-" I started talking trying to reason with her but she cut me off anxiously.
"Please Soph!" She breathed heavily. I could sense she was in distress.
"Just tell me what happened" I said calmly trying to reflect on her.
"I can't- I" She started saying while she looked around. Her actions kept getting me more confused than before. "Look a guy tried it on and- please take me home, I'll tell you everything once I know we're alone" She whispered the last part in my ear as I frowned but nodded.
"Okay baby" I said as I wrapped my arm around her waist.
I said goodnight to most of my mates. I told them Sian wasn't feeling well so I was going to take her home. We collected our coats and had to call a taxi, since Rosie was our ride and she was staying. I was still trying to figure out what was going on. Even though guy tried it on with her, she seemed fine. I knew that wasn't the real reason we were going home. She had been hit on before, she never made such a fuss. Maybe something worse happened because I wasn't there?
My mind was rambling and I was imaging the worse kind of scenarios, even rape crossed my mind. She'd be more upset than this though? This wasn't upset, this was...anxiousness and fear.
"Babe, will you finally tell me what's going on" I said as we entered the house. She put her purse on the table and put the kettle on.
"I got frightened" She said quietly as I nodded. I walked over to her and wrapped my arms around her from behind.
"Yeah I figured that, but of what? What happened? Did that guy do something to you? Cause if he did I'll-" I started fuming as she turned around frowning and shook her head.
"That guy? Wha- Oh right, the guy. Soph that's not what this is about" She said clearly as I was taken aback.
"Then why tell me that?" I asked her as she sighed. She got out of my embrace and sat down. she petted the space next to her, hinting me to sit down next to her.
"Because I was scared someone in particular might have been listening" She said having her hands in her lap. It seemed like someone died and she was the one who had to tell me.
"Well we're alone now, so tell me. What's this all about? You're acting really strange. You're making me nervous" I said as she sighed laughing nervously.
"Yeah you should be" she mumbled under her breath as I widened my eyes.
"Honey seriously, what's going on? You're making me worried. I have a violent history remember, telling me I should be nervous, makes me feel like something big is going to go down" I said as I squeezed her arm.
"I wish I didn't have to tell you this but-" She said sighing at the end of her sentence as I waited for her to complete it. "When I went outside to get away from some guy, I heard some guy and Greg-" She started saying as I heard the front door open. She froze and stopped talking as we heard Greg's voice. She seemed so scared which made me so confused. She was squeezing my hand and her face turned white.
"Greg?" I asked quietly as he himself entered the room.
"Hello mate" he said cheery as I smiled.
"Hey, good night?" I asked him as he nodded. I was still looking at Sian who's breath had gotten heavier.
"Sian" he smiled as she smiled fakily and nodded. "Am I interrupting something?" He asked as I was about to answer no, but Sian beat me to it.
She said "Kind of" She said in a bitchy way. I frowned, but I let it go.
"Actually, we're okay. Come, sit" I said as Sian frowned and crossed her arms.
"So how bout the club tonight hu? The music was pretty tight right?" He smiled as I nodded in agreement. Sian was shaking her head angrily.
"I'm going to sleep. I hope you and your slobs have a good night" Sian huffed as she got up. I widened my eyes and so did Greg and his mates.
"Sian! I, uhm-"I tried to hold her up a bit, but it was no use she had already stomped up the stairs. I looked at Greg and didn't know what to say.
"What's up with your bird mate?" Greg asked me as I shrugged slowly.
"I have no idea. I'll go check it out " I said as he smiled sheepishly and I went upstairs.
"Sian?" I murmured as I entered the bedroom. She didn't even acknowledge the fact I was in the room. She completely ignored me, confusing me again. I grabbed her arm. "What is your problem?!" I asked her and she scoffed at me. She didn't say anything as I said a bit louder "Sian?" I looked at her expectantly. "What the hell is up with you?" I asked baffled as she finally answered me.
"My problem Sophie is that I'm trying to tell you something really important and you just brush it off, like that" She said snapping her fingers.
"Alright, I'm sorry. It's not Greg's fault that he came in at the wrong time. This house is the place for after parties, because it has a lot of space. I can't just send everyone home, it wouldn't be fair" I said to her as she shook her head chuckling bitterly.
"It's not his fault" She said in a bitchy way as I pulled her towards me.
"What has gotten into you?" I asked in a low voice, trying not to get to worked up.
"He, has!" She said a bit louder as frowned confused.
"Ugh, I tried to telling you before" She shouted.
"Tell me what? Will you tell me what the fuck is going on?" I yelled at her.
"I can't, not while he's here. He might- Oh fuck it, he probably has already heard me, I may as well come out and say it" she said as I crossed my arms waiting expectantly.
"Go on" I said calmer now.
"I heard him and his mate talk about you" She stated as I nodded.
"Right. So what? They were talking shit? Is that what this is about?" I asked her as she scoffed at me.
"I guess in a way they were." She sighed and looked at, her face expressing what she was feeling. She seemed in agony. She sighed deeply and said "It was him. The whole reason why you got kicked out of your gang." I frowned.
"What?" I said confused trying to grasp what she was telling me.
"He set you up Soph" She stated as I shook my head.
"Nah" I said trying to reason with my own thoughts and Sian's.
"So I'm lying then?" She said in a high pitch voice.
"I didn't say that. You just must've heard wrong, you must've heard it out of context. What did he say exactly?" I asked her.
"He told his mate that it was easy to have someone back off. That he did it to you and that he could do it to one of his 'gang members'" She said as I furrowed my brows. I tried grasping the idea of it even being remotely true.
"No, I-" I tried denying what she was saying.
"He played you, he played everyone" She said. "Babe, why would I lie?" she asked me desperately as I sighed and calmed down a bit. Seeing the girl I loved on the verge of tears made me believe she was telling the truth. She was right; why would she lie? But why would Greg do that?
"Alright, I'll confront him" I said as I was about to go down, but she held me back taking hold of my hand.
"And give him a chance to deny it and turn you against me?" She questioned anxiously.
"Babe, I have to find out one way or another" I said to her trying to get her see the logic in that.
"You can't! He might do something." She stated as I chuckled.
"Like what? "I asked her as she widened her eyes.
"Oh I don't know Sophie, he's a gang leader! I'm sure he'll think of something" she stated angrily. I hesitated for a moment but shook my head.
"No, Greg is my mate. Besides, even if he did try, he knows I've got too much shit on him to even try to hurt me or anyone I love okay?" I asked her but she wasn't satisfied. "Come on" I said dragging her downstairs.
"Hey, you're back" he said as I pursed my lips. "Come to apologize then?" He asked looking at Sian as she huffed. "Guess not" He said sounding amused.
I looked at Sian who was standing at the end of the staircase. Her face was tense, her arms were crossed, I sighed. "Greg, I was wondering something" I said to him as he hummed a bit. "I was wondering whatever happened when Jake and Will were turned in. I mean it wasn't me who showed the evidence that sent them to jail so-" I was talking but he interrupted me.
"I don't know Sophie" He grumbled a bit.
"Well I think we should do an investigation, since this was the thing that got me kicked out" I scolded a little sounding annoyed.
"Just let it go mate, we'll never know who did it. It was probably one of Jay's guys anyways" he mumbled nonchalantly.
"He's lying " I thought. I had known Greg for a long time and I knew when he was lying, especially 'bout stuff like this. He wouldn't just let it go.
"Right" I said and I looked at Sian who was still standing where she was 5 minutes ago. "Uhm Greg" I said nudging him and he looked at me. "The Mrs. and I would like to be alone, she's kind of upset. I know this is the after party and all, but would you mind if we just didn't do one, just this once?" I asked him as he chuckled.
"I get it, you want to get laid, I'll go. It's not much of an after party anyways" he said as he took his jacket and headed for the door while his lads followed him.
The minute they walked out of the door Sian rushed to me and said obviously sounding upset" Why didn't you confront him?!"
"And say what? Hey Greg I heard you say you got me kicked out of the gang, what's up with that?" I said sarcastically. She looked down and breathed heavily. "I was never going to confront him head on. This was just like a test" I told her as she frown.
"Then why not tell me that upstairs?" She asked as I looked at her regrettably.
"Sorry, I just got so anxious. I was in my own mind babe." I said to her as she huffed and sat on the couch.
"Fucking twat" she mumbled angrily.
"Sian, the way you were acting towards him though- It was really reckless, like you said he could do something. Don't do that again, I don't want anything happening to you." I said as she looked at me.
"I know I'm sorry, he just annoys me. Sitting there all self - indulgent while he's just a piece of- aagh " she said in a high pitched voice as she sat down. She was shaking a bit.
"Babe, it's okay" I said while I wrapped my arms around her. "He's lying you know. I asked him those questions just to see what he would say. His answers told me enough" I said to her and she nodded.
"What are you going to do now?" She asked me as I had to think about it for a couple of minutes.
"I don't really know" I finally said. "I can't really confront him with anything, it would be too dangerous. But I can't really act civil around him either, knowing he-" I said but a sigh finished my sentence.
"I guess I could go to see Sol" I said finally breaking the silence we were both wrapped in for a couple of minutes. She lifted her head and looked at me frowning.
"Who's-" She asked as I answered before she could finish her question.
"Sol- Sol is basically someone that knows everything" I chuckled a bit. "I don't know how he does it, but he's like the crystal ball of the neighborhood" I said to her as she looked at me skeptically.
"I'm serious. Don't get me wrong, I would normally never consider Sol, but I'm out of options" I stated as she looked confused again.
"Sol asks for some things in return" I started saying while her frown started getting deeper as I continued "Not any sexual favors babe" I smiled as she shrugged. "Just the 'I scratch your back, you'll scratch mine' kind of policy" I said shyly and she still looked confused.
"Okay for example" I said feeling my cheeks getting flushed. "Last time I asked Sol for a favor, I ended up filling in for one of his strippers at a club" I stated and her eyes almost popped out of her head.
"You what?!" She almost screamed as I looked down in shame.
"I'm not proud of it okay? But I needed that info and that was what he wanted me to do, so I did it. I didn't even have to take off my clothes, I just had to dance in a real sexy manner with not many clothes on. But I always had my underwear on!" I said as she chuckled.
"You better have! I'm not sharing those lips" She said before pecking my lips "Or any other ones" She continued while stroking my center. "With anyone" She whispered. I flinched a little as she added some pressure. She chuckled.
"How old were you anyways when that happened?" She asked as I cleared my throat.
"Uhm about- ugh like last year" I stated embarrassed. Suddenly her face grew grimmer.
"Oh" She said quietly.
"I wanted some information about-" I sighed and looked down.
"Cara" she finished my sentence for me. I nodded as she mimicked me and nodded too, understandingly.
We went upstairs after that and I wrapped my arms around her once we were lying down. She was still a bit shaken with the whole ordeal.
"Hey, it's going to be okay. If I find out from Sol that it was really Greg, then we'll just pack our bags. I'll tell everyone and then we'll leave town and just go back to school okay?" I said to her as she frowned.
"You still don't believe me?!" She asked offended as I smiled.
"I do believe you baby. I need proof though. I won' t be able to convince the rest that he's no good with just your word." I stated as she nodded.
"They won't believe an outsider over him. I get that" she sighed. "I just don't want you to get into anything risky" She said as she hugged me tighter as if to show me she didn't want to let go of me. To show me, she really didn't want me to not get hurt.
"I know babe" I said to her and I kissed her lips tenderly. "I won't though. Sol is harmless." I said to her as she nodded.
"What about the favor that you have to return?" She asked me as I shrugged a little.
"I don't know baby, I'll just see where the situation takes me okay?" I murmured as she breathed out heavily. She kissed my neck and nodded.
It was the first time in a while Sian clung on to me the whole night through. When I woke up I had breakfast with her and told her I was going to see Sol after we had finished having breakfast. I could see on her face she wasn't really at ease with the whole thing, but I had to go.
"I love you" I said to her before I walked out of the door into the streets of Manchester.
Sol's place wasn't far, it was only a couple streets down. To be honest if Sol wasn't such a closed off person, I would've hung out with him more often.