Trouble in Tattoos

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Here we are, chapter 25! Oh good god!

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Chapter 25 (v.1) - "Sticks to the titts."

Submitted: May 12, 2016

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Chapter Song: Pity Party - Melanie Martinez

Travis and I carried the pizzas through the house and out onto the back deck. All up there was twelve pizzas, all of the different. Why they needed twelve pizzas? I have no idea. I mean six pizzas would’ve been enough to feed the fat fucks but who am I to say that they can’t have twelve pizzas between four boys and myself. I’d probably eat four, maybe five pieces and then be done.

But then again, they’re boys and boys are bottomless pits.

I sat down on one of the outdoor couches. It was made of that woven bamboo and the cushions on it weren’t that soft but they weren’t hard enough to feel like you were sitting on bricks. Travis went off to grab the boys and while I sat waiting for the bottomless pits to dig in first, I pulled my phone out of my pocket and rung Melody. I might as well invite her over and have some girl time since I’m forever surrounded by blokes these days.

“I was just thinking about you.” Melody said.

“Oh really?” I laughed.

“Not like that, you dirty perve.” Melody laughed.

As I went to answer, Alfie came running over to me and jumped onto my legs. I grunted as he did and gave him a pointed look. He just licked my leg and laid down with his head on my thigh and the rest of his body between calf muscles. My hand instantly going to him and scratching his head.

“I was ringing to see if you wanted to come round because right now, it’s a sausage party.” I laughed.

“Boys night in?” Melody asked.

“Exactly.” I said as I played with Alfie’s floppy ear. “And wondering if you will take the joys of going dress shopping with me tomorrow”

“Shit, that was quick, wasn’t it?” Melody said and I could hear the teasing in her voice.

“Fuck right off, that won’t happen.” I laughed as Travis and the boys came out.

“I’ll come with you. What dress are we shopping for?” Melody asked.

“Going to dinner at Tricksters on the weekend for Darius’ birthday so a flash dress.”

“Ah, alright. I’ll pack a bag and be round soon. I'll even speed there.” She laughed.

“Hurry up and save me from this sausage party.” I laughed.

“Knight Melody to your rescue.” Melody laughed and we hung up.

I watched the boys vacuum down the pizza for a moment before I got up and grabbed a slice. There was something in that air that seemed happy and I felt it. It made me feel better about the things going on in my life right now. It was like the heavy weight on my shoulders was lifted for the time being and for that I was grateful. Even if it’s with a group of boys who seem more like lovers than friends at times. I stared at them, taking a bite of the pizza and slowly chewed on it as I took them all in.

It was then that I turned away as an overwhelming happiness came over me. It was strange that I was like this, I shouldn’t be like this should i? I mean it was slightly my fault that I was stabbed by Laura, I didn’t spend a lot of time with her over the last few months and it probably made her angry with me so much that she grabbed the first chance she could to hurt me.

I shook my head mentally of the thoughts.

It wasn’t my fault that she stabbed me, that was all on her. I didn’t tell her to slip a knife into me, I didn’t tell her to take the cash and I sure as hell didn’t tell her to talk to Lacey about it. I turned around, my hair covering my face as I placed the pizza down, suddenly not hungry anymore and disappeared inside. The overwhelming happiness crashed and burned.

When I disappeared inside and straight to the bathroom downstairs. I closed the toilet lid down and let everything crash down on me.

Maybe it wasn’t an overwhelming happiness that hit me, maybe it was just the emotions I had been pushing away coming and crashing on me. My head went to my hands as the tears flowed steadily. Memories of me and Laura flashing through my head like a monologue.

From the time we crashed Rick’s party that we weren’t invited too, it was then that we became close; to the time where I had gone to her about the guy who was so forceful with his tongue that I almost choked on it and laughing about it; to the time I had the pregnancy scare; to the many times we had judged and made up conversations between people at the bar.

Everything was burning into my mind and I wanted it to go away.

My body shook as I took in unsteady breathes, the tears flowing fasters as my hair fell around me. I wanted nothing more than to erase my memories of Laura away so I’d just forget about her all together. I felt like I was some girlfriend who had just been broken up with from a guy I thought loved me back but didn’t.

Darius’ and Laura’s voice swam around in my head. One after the other, blending together.

“The police have got a name and face to who stabbed you that night.”

“I should’ve have never done it, it was wrong of me to do it.”

“Amity, it was Laura. Laura is the one who stabbed you.”

“For the money.”

“For one hundred thousand dollars.”

“I’m sorry Amity, I am.”

I shook my head, gripping my hair as I did so. I wanted the voices to get out of my head. I felt like I was going crazy as I took in the deep, shaky breathes trying to calm myself down. My heart raced and my body shook. I was breaking into pieces and I didn’t know if I could pull myself back together now that I had allowed myself to fall apart.

I flinched when two arms wrapped around me tightly and pulled me into them. If I thought I couldn’t cry any harder, I was definitely wrong about that. Whoever had their arms around me pulled me tighter into their chest as I cried the tears that I didn’t want to fucking cry. I didn’t want to be this weak, I’m not a weak person and yet here I am, balling like a baby.

Fucking pathetic.

“It’s okay,” Melody’s soothing voice rang through my head. “Just cry it out.”

Melody’s hand rubbed my back gently as I cried and allowed thoughts and memories of Laura exploded. My bottom lip quivered as I heard Melody talking to someone but I wasn’t really listening. As her voice filled the room, her hand stopped on my back. She moved herself away from me and I heard the door close and lock.

I looked up, my eyes probably making racoons proud. Melody sat down in front of me, her hand rubbing my knee as her green eyes looked into my own set of eyes. I could see the sadness and worry in her eyes and it made me look down at the ground as I wiped the fast but steady tears still falling down my face.

I focused on stopping my lip from quivering and stopping the tears from falling. My eyes burnt from the make-up going into my eyes. My hands shook and my body felt weak and tired but I wasn’t actually tired. I was emotionally drained from it all. I wanted it all to go away and never return to me.

“Are you okay?” Melody asked softly.

I shrugged as I shook my head slightly. “I don’t know anymore.”

“Is it just finally crashing down on you all at once?” Melody asked as she reached up and grabbed the tissues of the bathroom basin. “Here.”

I grabbed them from her and grabbed a few out. I wiped my eyes and blew my nose before tossing the tissues into the small bin next to the toilet. I grabbed more tissues and held it to my eyes.

“I think so, I don’t know. I thought I was okay, getting back on the right track and not being a miserable bitch but it just suddenly hit me before and I don’t know.” I sighed. “I hate this.”

“It’s okay, you know? To break,” Melody said as she turned herself and rested her back against the wall. “Nobody expects you to keep it in and bottle it up. It’s a shit thing to go through, nobody expected this to happen. Especially your so called best friend stabbing you for a wad of cash.”

“I never expected something like this to happen to me. I just have the same questions going through my head every day. Is it my fault for her doing it? Did I piss her off somehow? And a whole lot of other questions. I feel like it’s… It’s my fault somehow.” I said as tears started flowing faster down my face again.

“Oh babe, it’s not your fault. It never was and never will be your fault. This is all on Laura and Lacey. We all knew that Lacey was fucking crazy, just never this crazy. They're both in jail for a long time for what they have done and you will never have to see them again. However, you’ll probably be stuck with me, Travis and Sterling.” Melody laughed a little.

My lips twitched at her last comment. “More like you’ll all be stuck with me.”

“And you know what? I’d rather be stuck with you than Travis.” Melody smiled at me as she moved and wrapped her arms around me. “We’re all here for you, Amity. You don’t need to hide it okay? If you need sometime out away from the boys, or need someone to talk to, call me, come see me. I’ll be there for you no matter what, okay?”

I nodded as I hugged her back and sighed a little. We stayed like that for a moment before Melody pulled back and helped me up. Melody told me to wash my face, take a few breathes and come out when I was ready. I just nodded and she left the bathroom.

I stared at myself in the mirror. My hazel eyes dull and almost seemed lifeless but there was that small bit hope in my eyes too. Dark make-up smudges rimmed my eyes and down my cheeks. I grabbed a wash cloth out of the small draws and turned the tap onto almost hot. When the water was warm enough, I placed the wash cloth underneath the water and ringed it out before wiping my face down. The hotness of the wash cloth seemed to wake my emotionally drained body up a little.

I wiped off my make-up to the best I could without a make-up wipe before washing the cloth out and ringing it out again. I hung it over the tap and tried my face with the plush black down on the towel rack. I turned back to the mirror, my face a little more lively. I flipped my hair over and gathered it into my hands before tying it into some sort of thing that tried to represent a bun and walked out of the bathroom.

Melody was standing by the bathroom against the wall. She looked over at me with a little smile.

“We’re going to go steal the rest of the pizza and then we are going to escape to Travis’ room and watch stupid rom-coms and comedies.” Melody said with a grin.

“Is he even going to want us eating pizza in that bed of his?” I laughed a little.

“You’re his girlfriend. Give him a little feel, bit of teasing and he won’t even care.” Melody said as we headed outside.

As soon as we got outside, Travis was standing in front of me. His hands cupping my face gently as he did so. His eyes searching mine for an answer that he would be able to find. Before I had a chance to open my mouth and tell him I was fine, he kissed me. He lingered for a minute before pulling back and pulling me into his chest. I stumbled a little as he did so but stayed with my head against his chest for a moment. I breathed in his musky cologne that sent my insides into a frenzy. He always smelt so fucking good, whatever cologne he wears, he needs to wear it all time.

“You’re okay, right?” Travis asked.

I nodded against his chest. “Sort of.”

“Okay.” Travis said as he pressed his lips against my hair.

I was thankful he didn’t push it any further because I just would’ve cried all over again and I’ve had enough crying for tonight. I didn’t want to be sad; I wanted to be happy or just a little happy. I didn’t like being the pity case. As I stayed leant against Travis, I felt myself being pulled backwards.

“Come on, before they realise.” Melody laughed.

I looked over my shoulder to see Melody with three boxes of pizza. I smiled a bit as I pulled away from Travis and went after Melody. It was then that I heard Sterling shout out at Melody. In return, Melody just laughed as we bounced up the stairs.

• • •

Melody and I walked around the store, nothing screaming at me to buy it. I hated shopping, especially when my mind was elsewhere. Last night had ended on a high; taking over Travis’ room because of the bigger TV and bed he had compared to my own and eating pizza while watching rom-coms all night Melody and falling asleep at some point because when I woke up, Travis was asleep with his head on my stomach and his arm slightly around my thighs.

“What about this?” Melody said and I looked over at her.

Melody was holding up a black dress that looked slim fitting, long sleeves and reached the floor. I walked over to her, my hands touching the soft material as I turned it round to see the back was a low U shape. I looked at her with an eyebrow raised. Melody grinned at me and nodded.

“It’s backless, Mel.” I stated.

“Yeah and? You got the norks for it.” Melody said nodding towards my chest.

“Have you seen me without a bra? They reach my toes.” I laughed.

“I’d say get a strapless bra that sticks to the titts but they really only work with girls that have less than you.” Melody said as she put the dress back. “Next one.”

We moved through the dresses, like we had done with the last two shops. It wasn’t that I was picky, well maybe it had a little do with that because I refused to wear dresses that dipped low at the front or had no back or were too short. Where Darius was holding his dinner party, it was flash. I had googled it to get an idea what I needed to have decent, classy dress. I think that’s where the fussiness comes in.

“What about this dress? It’s more you.” Melody said as she held up a red dress.

“It’s nice.” I said as I looked over her with a nod.

I went over to Melody, taking the dress from her and turning it around. The dress had really no back but it wasn’t as bad as the last one. It crossed between the shoulder blades and showed a little over my back. The front seemed to hide more of my chest and would show my curves which I was slightly okay with me. The material was soft but had a weird feel to it.

“Should I try it on?” I asked Melody, looking up at her and away from the dress.

“Yeah, go try it on. Only way you’ll know if you like it.” She smiled.

I just nodded again and went over to the dressing room, praying to whatever is up there that this was the dress. I was getting bored with shopping and just wanted to go home, get into more comfortable clothes and laze around on the couch. I slipped into the dressing room, and slipped out my clothes and replaced it with the red dress.

The bottom of my dress but with a pair of heels, it would just cover my feet which is what I wanted. I walked out of the dressing room, my hand behind my back and holding the dress together and looked in the mirror. I would definitely need to go braless but with my hair down; it’d make me feel a little less uncomfortable about it. I met Melody’s eyes in the mirror and she gave me a thumbs up with a smile.

“That’s the dress.” Melody said. “You need to buy it.”

“Are you sure?” I asked.

“I wouldn’t say buy it if I wasn’t. Travis won’t be able to contain himself.” She laughed.

I shook my head with a laugh. “I like the fit of it, I’m just unsure of the no bra thing.”

“You’ll be fine. You look stunning in it, Amity.” Melody said as she came over to me and zipped up the back. “You deserve one night where you feel fucking amazing after the last few weeks. Buy the dress, I’ll organise a make-up artist and a hairstylist.”

“Are you sure? I mean it’s not too… Un-classy?” I asked.

Melody shook her head. “No, it’s classy enough and it really screams you. Stop debating it, you like the dress?”

“Yeah.” I said as I looked at myself in the mirror.

The dress fitted me perfectly and it was comfortable. I just still wasn’t sure on it even though I really liked it.
“Then get it.” Melody smiled.

“Okay,” I nodded. “Let me go get changed back into my clothes. You need to unzip it now.”

Melody unzipped the dressed and I went back into the changing room. I got changed, placed the dress back onto the racked before walking out of the dressing room. As Melody and I came back to the front of the store, we were greeted by flashes of light. Melody swore under her breath but loud enough for me to hear it. I looked over at the windows to see a group of paparazzi standing just outside with their cameras glued their faces.

“Pay for the dress, we’ll get out.” Melody said as she shot a look over to the paparazzi. “Mother fuckers.”

“Why are they even following us?” I asked.

“We’re in Travis’ little circle, they know who we are.” Melody said as she moved to the counter. “Someone must have posted something because I was sure we weren’t tailed while coming here.”

“Probably were, they’re sneaky.” I commented as I paid for the dress and the girl bagged it up.

Once the dress was bagged up, I grabbed the bag from the girl with a smile. Melody and I braced ourselves for heading out the door. Melody had already slipped her sunglasses on and I followed in suit. We walked out the door, Melody using her hand bag as a shield from the flashes of light. I cover the side of my face with my hand as we pushed through the group.

“Amity, is it true you put Lacey in prison?”

“How are you, Amity? Melody?”

“Rumour has it you’re dating Travis Carter, Amity. Is it true?”

“Melody, what’s your thoughts on Lacey being arrested?”

I kept my mouth shut as questions kept getting thrown at us. We moved quickly and climbed into the car, the flashes still going off behind us. I shook my head as I dug into my hand bag and pulled out the set of sunglasses and placed them on my face.

“I guess news of Lacey being arrested is finally coming into light.” Melody said as she quickly started her car and pulled away from the shop.

“It took a while.” I said.

“Ken would’ve made sure it stayed on the down low.” Melody commented.

“Right.” I nodded.


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