Behind Your Back by Renae Collins

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Kendra feels terrible for loving Colin, but she can't seem to break away...She can only hope his girlfriend doesn't find out.

Submitted: July 23, 2012

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 He picked her up from behind and twirled her around. Her giggles and laughs echoed in the school courtyard. Her red hair landed perfectly across her flawless face, making her green eyes stand out. She was beautiful.

  If only she knew where he was last night.

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  His arm wrapped tightly around me, keeping me safe from the nightmare on the television screen. “It’s just a movie, babe,” he whispered soothingly in my ear and moved a piece of brown hair out of my eyes.

 “Yeah, a scary one,” I replied with a shaky voice. He shook his head dismissively.

 “Then why don’t you let me take your mind off of it?” he suggested temptingly.

 I smiled. “What do you have in mind?” He leaned in and placed his lips on mine gently, then with more force as the kiss got more and more heated. My body tingled with excitement and my mind grew  foggy as thoughts rushed and tangled together; but in the end, all I could think about was this kiss, his lips, how his hands felt as they caressed my body. Everything about what we were doing was wrong. What would Olivia think? I quickly pushed that thought out of my mind before the guilt set in again. 

“I love you, Kendra,” he said against my lips. It was a lie, we both knew that, but nothing really mattered at this point. 

“I love you, too, Colin,” I replied painfully. I hate to admit it, but it was true. I wish he could say it back full heartedly, but it was clear his heart was in Olivia’s hands. 

“Hey Baby! It’s Olivia, your favorite girl ever! Pick up please!” I heard Olivia’s voice break the silence that hung in the room. She personalized his ringtone to her voice so he’d always know it was her. I almost felt bad for her. She clearly cared about him, but he was skipping out on her.

 He looked at me with guilt written on his face. I rolled my eyes and shrugged, looking back at the television screen, trying to block out him calling her baby, saying he missed her and that he loved her. He hung up and looked at me. “Sorry about that babe,” he apologized and tried to kiss me. 

I moved away from him before he could. The guilt was sinking in again, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to ignore it this time. “I’m tired. I think I’ll just go up to bed, okay? I love you, night.” I skipped up the stairs and slammed the door shut before he could say anything. I listened carefully for him to leave, then let my breath out when his car pulled out of my driveway.

  I put my back against the wall, then slowly slid down and put my knees against my chest, hugging them. “Why can’t I just leave him?” I screamed into the thick night air. I hit my head against the wall and stared at the ceiling. “I’m so sorry, Olivia,” I whispered as a burning trail of tears slid down my face and outlined my jaw. Slowly, I felt myself slipping away into darkness, falling into what I hoped would be a dreamless sleep.

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“I can’t believe you guys would betray me like that! I trusted you!” Olivia screeched. “I thought you loved me, Colin! I thought Kendra was just a friend!” 

“Look, Olivia, I’m really sorry! I feel terrible!” I scrambled to find the right words to say.

 She rolled her eyes. “You should!” She looked at Colin. “I don’t even know what to say to either of you,” she said softly. “How long?” she asked.

 I looked at Colin, but he stayed silent. Any guilt or pain he felt was masked over with an emotionless face. “Three months,” I answered reluctantly. She nodded and walked away, head held high, tears falling slowly.

 She turned and looked back at us. “It’s over Colin! You can both fall in a hole!” And with that, she was gone. 

Colin didn’t say anything to me, and chased after Olivia. He was bound to charm his way back into her heart, make me look like the bad guy.

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I gasped as my eyes shot open. What if my dream became a reality? I had to do something to make it all stop, make sure neither Olivia, nor me, get hurt. Of course, what I had to do would hurt me more than ever.

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Colin looked at me from the corner of his eye and winked. He looked back at Olivia and kissed her cheek, slowly letting her slide out of his arms and to the ground. “I’ll be right back, baby. I’m going to go talk to Kendra,” I heard him say to her. 

She looked at me and smiled, nodding her head. “Tell her I said hey!” She called out to him as he jogged my way. 

“Hey, Olivia says-“

 I interrupted him. “’Hey’, I know, I heard her. I’m only a few feet away from you,” I said frustrated. 

“What’s wrong, babe?” 

“Don’t call me that! She could hear you!” 

“Seriously, what’s wrong?”

 I looked away from him and shook my head. “I’m tired of doing this. I’m tired of going behind her back! She thinks I’m just your friend!” 

“Then let her think that! You know you’re not just my friend, I love you.” 

“Oh, so that’s why I have to share you?” 

He looked around for Olivia, and then kissed my lips sweetly. “Don’t worry about her. You can have me all to yourself tonight,” he reassured me and walked off confidently, his arm swinging lazily at his side and blond hair blowing in the breeze.

  I’ll never understand how just one kiss from him can make everything better, or how it makes me melt so quickly. 

The guilt suddenly faded away. Maybe it’s not so bad being “the friend.”


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