“Brooke, you have to wake
up,” Cody nudged me. I slowly opened my eyes to see I was
still in his house cuddling up next to him, but it was just the two
“Where’s everyone else?
What time is it??” I shot up.
“It’s only eight. You fell
asleep on me once we started watching the movie. The guys left to
get some food and they’re coming back soon but I stayed back
because you were sleeping. But I woke you up because you were
crying in your sleep, is everything alright?” he asked. I
looked up into his deep green eyes and saw how concerned he
actually was. I felt safe in his arms, pressed up against his warm,
muscular body. And it’s not like I was the only one holding
on to him- his arm was around me too. I sat up a little straighter,
pressing my hand against his chest so I could adjust myself.
“I was crying?” I
wrong?” Cody asked sadly.
“Nothing,” I smiled.
“You’re not the same.
You’re not that same bright and smiley girl that Carter and I
called over four months ago. You used to laugh so loud and happily,
and now it seems forced and fake. You used to be so carefree. Now
it seems like you’re always watching out for something. You
were always so happy, and it’s so obvious that you’re
not anymore,” Cody said. “What happened to
This was it. My chance to let
everything out since Kelli stopped being there for me. He actually
cared. He wanted to know. He wanted to help me.
“Nothing happened,” I said.
“I’ve always been this way. I guess I’ve just
gotten tired of pretending to be okay.”
“How were you able to act okay
“Honestly, it was because Kelli
was there to help me. She would talk to me until I felt okay again.
But she doesn’t do that anymore. I guess she just
doesn’t care. I mean, I can’t really expect her to.
She’s happy now. She shouldn’t have to deal with me and
how sad I am because I’ll just bring her down.”
“She’s supposed to be your
best friend. Regardless of if she’s happy or not, she’s
supposed to be there for you,” he said. “Is it my fault
that she started acting like this?”
“It’s just ever since you
guys started dating, she’s been acting different- calling me
out on my insecurities, not listening to me vent even though I do
for her, ditching me to be with you. I guess I’m just kind of
lonely,” I said truthfully.
“Brooke, you should never feel
alone. You’ll always have us,” Cody said.
“Kelli said I’d always have
her and look at us now. We barely talk,” I said.
“The guys never shut up about
you. Even when you messed up and led them all on. Yeah
they’ve moved on to other girls but if those girls knew what
they still say about you, they’d ditch them in a second.
It’s hard for Kelli. She knows that those guys aren’t
as in to her as they are to you. You’re both beautiful, but
guys take more of an interest in you. She’s getting tired of
not being able to match up to you,” Cody said. "You have
to understand where she’s coming from.”
Kelli’s the victim here. Poor Kelli, forget about Brooke,
she’s pretty so she has no problems,” I said annoyed,
trying to get up. I can’t believe I actually thought about
letting Cody in. He’s not on my side. He’s on hers.
“That’s not what I said!
There’s a lot about Kelli that you don’t know,”
he grabbed my arm so I couldn’t leave.
“Kelli’s been my best
friend since fourth grade, of course I know her,” I
“Then you’d know the reason
she’s so jealous of you is because she found out I liked you
before I liked her,” he said. “Like, liked
"You're always taking sides but you
won't take away my pride,"-Decode, Paramore