No Matter What: The Story of Brian and Rena

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
When two best friends fall out after an unfortunate break up, will things ever be the same between them? Follow Brian as he tries to repair his friendship with Rena, no matter what.

Submitted: August 20, 2011

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“Where did she go?” Brian asked as he ran up to Kelly’s porch.

“I don’t know! She just ran out the door, sobbing,” she cried. “She was talking to Dan before she broke down. Do you think he finally told her?” Brian walked over to where the phone still lay, beeping from the disconnected phone call.

“Yeah, he told her.” Brian hung up the phone and hurried out the door.

“Wait! Where are you going?” Kelly called from the door.

“I know where to find her!” he yelled back as he got into his car and pulled out of the driveway.

Three minutes later Brian pulled up to the playground a block from her house and parked on the street. He jumped out of the car and ran towards the trailhead behind the playground. It was quite a way down the trail but he knew she’d be down there. They had met there when they were six years old, and been best friends ever since. He ran across the bridge, thanking god for the training he’d been doing for cross-country.Why would he tell hernow?Of all the times he could have broken her heart he pickedtoday, he thought, furiously. He came to the fork in the road and took the left-hand path.

It was odd, he thought now. He and Rena had even dated before, but they had never visited this place when they were dating. He figured that was a good thing, because six months ago their eleven month relationship had gone down in flames. The relationship had ended so badly, he hadn’t even spoken to her in months. Truth be told, if Kelly hadn’t called him to tell her that her sister had run out, he probably wouldn’t have even told her he was sorry her latest boyfriend had turned into such a jack-ass. Turning one last corner, he found where he’d been headed.

There was a small area just off the trail, hidden by a large tree. The ground fell away sharply about two feet until it continued to the edge of the creek along the trail’s path, but the tree extended out past the ground, gently curving upward until it was nearly vertical.

Brian didn’t even bother looking for her on the ground. He knew exactly where his ex-girlfriend would be right now. He walked right onto the tree and maneuvered his way through the branches, until he made it to the branch he was looking for. A few inches down the branch, carved into the bough, stared the words “Brain and Rena: Best Friends No Matter What”. They had been nine when he’d carved that into the branch, purposely misspelling “Brian” to make her laugh. Next to the words, grabbing the branch above with one hand and trying desperately to staunch the flow of tears with her other, sat Rena. She hadn’t even noticed Brian make his way up the tree.

Brian, moved up next to her, and placed his hand on her shoulder.

Rena yelped and jumped violently, nearly falling off the branch and grabbing the branch above with both hands. Brian instinctively wrapped his arm around her waist and grabbed the branch above with his arm as well. The action brought them within inches of each other, closer than they’d been in the past six months, and staring into each other’s eyes for the first time since the terrible break-up. Time stood still around them, and they hung there for what seemed like an eternity locked onto each other’s eyes, the only thought running through Brian’s head beingGod, I missed those soft green eyes.

Rena pulled her green eyes away from his blue ones, and pulled herself back onto the branch. Brian dropped his arm.

“What do you want?” Rena asked roughly, turning away from him.

“Kelly called me when you ran out on her,” he explained, instantly regretting it. He knew by the humorless laugh she gave that she expected he had only come because her sister had asked him too. And to make matters worse, that had been the only reason he had come in the first place.

“So why didn’t you just tell her where I was so you wouldn’t have to come? Or did you want to rub in the fact that the only boyfriend I managed to find after you was a filthy, lying cheater?” she stated steely. He could just imagine the look of anger and pain on her face.

“I told you I would never tell anyone about this place. If I knew you were here, I would come myself, so I did. Why does that shock you?” Brian pleaded.

“You made another promise to me that day, too! That we would always be friends, no matter what! And look how well that turned out!” She yelled, turning completely around to face him, no longer trying to conceal the tears now openly flowing down her face. He cringed, for the look of anger and pain he had imagined had been wrong. There was much more pain than he could have guessed, and that hurt more than any of her words could have. And still her words flew like a dagger in his heart, because he knew she was right.

“I wasn’t the one who ended it like you did, was I?!” he yelled back, desperate not to have to face the pain she was causing. “I wasn’t the one who decided that I didn’t appreciate you enough, was I?! It wasn’t me who stormed out of the restaurant on that last date just because I didn’t get dressed up enough for the damn dinner, was it?!”

“It wasn’t me that attracted girls like bees to honey, was it?!” she retorted even louder. “I wasn’t the one the damn waitress was flirting with every time we went to that stupid restaurant!”

“Are you freakin’ kidding me? Every single time we went to the mall, boys drooled when you walked by, and every single time we went to the smoothie place that damn guy behind the counter flirted with you!!!” Brian nearly screamed, matching her volume.

“Well, I didn’t notice now, did I?” she hollered, her voice finally cracking, and going back to a lower volume. “Because you were the only one I cared about. I thought you felt the same. I guess we know how that worked out.”

Brian reached out to touch her shoulder again, but she shrugged him off. Both her hands were still on the branch above, this time trying to control the frantic shudders that accompanied each sob.

“I did feel the same,” he whispered, and her head jerked up slightly. Brian started to leave. Rena swung out her hand to grab his, and turned to face him, tears still glistening on her cheeks. She looked as if she were about to say something, then shut her mouth and turned away again.

Brian continued off the branch, and went to leave. He was halfway back down the trail when he saw Dan, and the school tramp, Natalya. They were sitting at the exact spot where two weeks ago Dan had taken Rena. Anger rose in Brian’s stomach. Rushing over to them, a scowl on his face, he stopped two feet from where the couple leaned against a tree making out. Dan saw him and walked over to him grinning.

“What d’ya want, twinkle-toes?” he asked jeeringly. Ignoring the cross-country insult, Brian slammed his curled fist into the football player’s nose. Dan fell backwards as Natalya screamed.

Brian bent over his curled up body as Natalya tried to help Dan stop the blood flow coming from his broken nose.

“That’s for Rena,” he hissed through clenched teeth. Then he ran, full speed, back towards the tree.

Climbing up quietly, he found Rena exactly as he’d left her. Clambering back on to the branch, hegrabbed her shoulder and dragged her into a bear hug, just like he’d done for years as her best friend. She grabbed onto his shirt, tears still pouring down her face, one of his hands on the back of her head, one in the small of her back.

“I’m so sorry,” he whispered to her. “No one deserves this.”

“It’s m-m-my f-f-fault,” she stammered, hysterically. Brian grabbed both her shoulders and pushed her away so he could look into her face.

“No it’s not!” he said fiercely. “And don’t you ever let anyone tell you otherwise. What he did was his own fault. He’s the one that lost one of the most amazing girls I ever had the good fortune to meet.”

Rena smiled weakly, and curled against his chest again. “Thank you,” she told him, “for everything.”

“I am always going to be here for you,” he said. “We’re best friends, no matter what.” He helped her down from the tree, and walked her back through the trail, his arm around her waist, guiding her along. They found Natalya, and Dan where Brian had left them, Dan’s nose still bleeding violently. Rena’s mouth fell open at the sight of Dan glaring at Brian, and as they passed the other couple, her head continued to turn backwards to see the comical couple.

Brian gave her the three minute ride home, even though she insisted she could walk, and the entire way home, she stared at the dashboard, deep in thought. Brian knew he could tell what she was thinking if he looked into her eyes, but he was too afraid to get lost in her soft green eyes, and do something he would regret later.Like, oh I don’t know crash my car, he thought. He finally pulled up to her house, and got out to help her out of his car.

“It is my fault,” she stated simply, as he helped her out. Brian opened his mouth to reply. “It’s my fault,” she continued, before he could cut her off, “because I didn’t know what I had until I gave it up.”

“What d’you mean?” he asked confused.

“Brian, we’re more than best friends,” she told him. She looked up into his eyes, and he started to lose himself in hers.

Oh crap, he thought, as he leaned in closer.

“We’ve been more than just best friends for a long time,” she said, her face only inches from his now.

Brian and Rena drew closer. Panicking at the last second, Rena kissed him on the cheek.

Blushing, she walked away quickly, back up to the porch of her house. Brian watched her get to the door and reach for the handle before turning around, swearing, and swiftly kicking his tire. Pain shot up from his toe, causing him to swear again even louder. He put his hands on the edge of his car, and waited for the pain to subside. Suddenly a hand appeared on his arm and spun him around.

Rena grabbed the back of his head with one hand, his shoulder with the other, stood on her toes and kissed him.

The pain in his foot vanished instantly, as he grabbed her around the waist, lifted her up, and spun her in circles on her front lawn, still holding the unbroken kiss, not caring who in the world saw them at that moment, and, for the first time in six months, smiling. And he knew that he'd be smiling from then on, no matter what.


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