A/N- Just so you guys know... I have almost no experience with self-harm. Thankfully I haven't had to deal with it, yet. So everything I write about I've found out about online or I come up with it in my head.
WARNING: F-bomb later in the chapter and the usual warning. Don't like don't read.
"Honestly Joey, its fine."
"Maybe, but I feel better knowing that you at least bandaged it." He spotted Julia on her computer, "Hey Jules!"
"Can you stay with Emily for a bit?"
"Why?" Joey gave her a look that said 'don't ask', "Sure."
"I don't need a babysitter." Emily said upset.
"She's not a babysitter. I don't want you get lonely."
"You're going to be gone for a minute."
"Okay, fine." Joey walked off.
"Where's he off to?" Julia asked when he left.
"To get something."
"Emily... Is everything okay?"
"The word fine is overused." Emily wasn't sure how to respond, "So are you gonna tell me where he's going?"
"He's going to get the first aid kit. I scraped my hand on a chair."
"Your hand doesn't seem hurt. What really happened?" Emily didn't answer, "You can tell me, you know. I understand."
"No you don't! Everyone says they do but they don't! And I notice how people look at me when they know about it, how Joey looks at me." She stopped, "I'm sorry that was out of line. You were just trying to be nice."
"Its okay. Do you mind if I take a look?"
"I guess." Emily showed Julia her arm. She expected Julia to freak out or recoil but she remained unphased.
"That's a bad one. Have you ever considered going to a support group?"
"Those don't really work."
"Why do you think that?"
"Worked for me." Julia said quietly almost under her breath.
"I didn't catch that. Can you say it again?"
"I said it worked for me." Emily sat there staring at Julia. Everything made sense now. Joey telling Julia then saying she understood. Julia not looking at her like she was a bomb that could go off at any second. And the unphased look on her face when she saw her arm.
"You used to..."
"And you stopped?"
"It wasn't easy I can tell you that. But, I had an amazing support group. I went to those meetings and we talked about it and I managed to stop before I got to college." Julia gave Emily time to think about what she said. Then she said, "You want to stop. I know you do. If you want I can help you."
"Yeah. I think that if you try hard enough you can stop."
"Thank you so much."
"Where are you staying?"
"You're a college kid. You must have roommates."
"No. They're coming in a few months."
"You should move in to my apartment. Its Lauren, Jaime, and I right now. Melissa's really busy with Leaky and she has to spend a while in Florida to organize."
"I don't know."
"Okay. Well, think about it. Its easier if someone's monitoring you. That's why I asked."
"Thanks Julia." They hugged and Joey came in.
"Are you guys bonding?" He smiled.
"Yeah. Not about something you want to be bonding over." Julia said back.
"Did you bring the first-aid kit?"
"Yeah." Joey reached in and pulled out bandages and alcohol. He gently took Emily's arm.
"Hey Joey." Julia said, "Why don't I do that? I have 'experience'. Can you distract her?"
"That's a good idea." Julia poured the alcohol onto a piece of tissue and began to clean the cut.
"Ouch." Emily winced.
"That's what happens." Julia warned, "This is pretty bad. You need to be more careful."
"So what were you and Julia talking about when I came in?" Joey distracted her.
"Julia offered to help me stop."
"That was nice of her."
"I also told her she could move in if she wanted. So she's not alone. She said she'll think about it." Julia said as she wrapped and bandage around the arm.
"That's a good idea." He responded.
"I'm thinking about it." Emily said.
"All done." Emily looked at her arm to admire Julia's handiwork.
"You're really good at that."
"Its getting lateish. I really should get going." Emily said.
"I'll drive you." Joey responded.
"You don't have to."
"Yeah I do. You don't have a car."
"Can I come along for the ride?" Julia interrupted.
"Sure." The trio got to the car and soon were back at Emily's apartment building.
"Thanks guys. I had an awesome time today." Emily said.
"Anytime. Don't forget to call me later." Joey answered.
"That just reminded me. Emily I don't have your number." Julia stated.
"I'll give it to you later." Joey offered
"Bye." Emily waved.
"Bye." They said together. Joey and Julia watched Emily walk inside then drove off.
"Are you falling for her?" Julia asked when they were on the road.
"Are you sure?"
"So what if I am?"
"Joey, she is standing on the edge of a very high cliff. One wrong move and she will fall so hard and so fast you won't even notice something went wrong."
"What are you talking about?"
"You know what I'm talking about."
"You're talking about suicide aren't you?"
"But shes not..."
"She's one tiny baby step away Joey."
"I can handle it. You can't tell me who to fall in love with."
"I'm not saying that you shouldn't go for it. But you need to know what you're getting yourself into. If you're not sure about your feelings..."
"Joey, if this relationship happens and goes bad. It will go really bad. For both of you."
"I just want you to know the risks."
"You don't think I haven't thought about them! You, of all people, should understand falling in love with someone despite the risks and how inappropriate it may be."
"Joey, don't bring him into this right now."
"Why not? You won't tell him. But, you're jealous when he's out with other girls. You won't tell him because he's your best friend. You've been in love with your best friend since college and still haven't told him. Now, you tell me. Whose relationship is more fucked up?"
"I did tell him." Joey stopped, "He doesn't feel the same way." Julia started to cry.
"What? When did this happen?"
"A few weeks ago."
"That can't be right. He loves you. He told me himself."
"Well then he's lying to one of us. Because I told him, to his face, 'I love you' and he said back 'I don't.' then he asked me to leave because someone was coming over."
"I'm gonna kill the bastard."
"Don't do that. He doesn't like me back. It happens. Now lets get off of my sad, sad love life and back onto the topic of yours."
"Or better yet. Lets change the subject."
"Sure. That Jane Austen sketch was pretty funny..." She continued, the two of them laughing as they remembered that day's antics.
A/N- Longer than the last chapter. I don't know why this story is so easy to write.
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