9 chapter nine

Ronnie's POV

I felt like I was being kept in a box. Four walls keeping me in and slowly closing in on me. It's been over a month since my release from hospital but here I am still locked up in the house. The doctor said I can go out and all but my dad should still keep an eye on me. He even allowed me to start school next week, Yay! I guess, but for some reason I'm not happy and I don't know why. Who am I kidding? Of course, I know why.

It's been more than three weeks since Andy came to visit me. I tried to call him and text to tell him the good news about me getting my freedom back but he never picked up or replied. Every time I tried to text and tried to make conversation he would shan it with either a 'cool' or 'okay' and that's it. I planned so many things we'd do when I'm free again. He also promised to take me out to fun places like we did before but that's not the case. In fact, it's way worse. It's like he ignores me and is pushing me away. I know he has Summer now and I'm happy for him. Though I didn't expect it to be a reason to throw me away. It's like I don't exist anymore.

Andy and I have been best friends from upper school to secondary school which is a really long time. We've done almost everything together. We sat together every lunch and shared our food. We would go back home together if I begged my dad hard enough to let me walk home. We'd study together. Wake each other up with morning texts and end the night with goodnight texts. We might have been far apart but we lived like we were close together, in our own little bubble. Our friendship was close to perfect until Summer was all he could talk about. Then one day he just stopped showing up. He was the only one amongst my friends who came to visit and now I'm all alone.

I wish I could sleep but that's all I've been doing and I think I used up all my dream bubbles. Now here I am sulking on my bed, drowning in the blankets that have covered me completely. I've been like this since last night and I'm still waiting for something to cheer me up. Dad tried but I just turned him down just like I did with all my friends who help around the house. Not even food moved me. Just kidding nothing can stop me from eating absolutely nothing. Food comes first and food is bae! That's my motto.

"Ground! Please swallow me up now! I can't stand living like this anymore!" I shouted to no one in particular as I was the only one in my room. "Chocolate is the only thing that keeps me sane these days" I groan as I turn to my side so I can reach for the chocolate wrapper.

"What did I say about snacking in bed"

"Go away! Let me snack to my heart’s content."

"Vee!"

Vee? only one person calls me that. I turned to face the door so fast I couldn't help but finch when I felt the pain. I had been laying there in the same position for such a long time so I'm pretty sure someone can relate to the feeling.

"Are you okay?" Danny asked, worry evident in his eyes.

That was all it took for me to jump off my bed and into Danny's arms screaming. He's warm hugs are as warm as ever. He smelt so so good I couldn't help but sniff him and I felt Danny chuckle at that. I just held him tighter and didn't want to let go.

"Vee?"

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"Yeah?" I sounded muffled against his chest.

"Are you going to let go soon?"

"No!"

"We've been at it for a while now. I did miss you too much for my own good but I'm really tired."

"I'm still not letting go"

"At least allow me to walk to the bed. It's not like I'm going anywhere."

"Fine." I loosened the hug so we could walk to the bed. Once he sat down I maneuvered and ended up sitting on his lap still holding him tightly. I laid my head on his chest whilst he rested his chin on my head. The room quieted down and only our breathing could be heard. It felt so right to be held by Danny. I missed this feeling of home. It was different but still home.

"I missed you so much Daniel. It feels like I haven't seen you in forever."

"I missed you too Vee, too much. I can't even explain how overjoyed I am to see you."

"Don't worry about that, I can hear it" I giggled.

"What's do you mean?" He asked confused.

"Your heart is beating so fast. I'm sure if it keeps up it will rip out of your chest."

"That's all you love. My heart beats only for you."

"Well you're at the finish line so calm your racing heart."

"Oh no." Danny groaned "that's terrible" I couldn't help but laugh, that was so bad. Danny just looked at me with a smile. I couldn't see his face but I could feel he's eyes on me. He always had this intense gaze that always seemed to spot me in a crowd and that always made me feel so special. He was my special too. When I was satisfied enough I let go of him so I could look at him nicely.

He cut his hair in the sides and let it only on the top of his head. what's up with guys and this style? He had done dreads with the top hair which he tied back. He's face had changed a little as he looked more mature and his milky chocolate skin had a glow to it. He's eyes were a lighter grey now, and they looked even more prettier and I couldn't stop my smile. When Danny noticed what I was looking at he looked down. My smile dropped instantly. Placing my hand on his cheek concerned I asked.

"What's wrong Daniel?"

"It's just that some people think my eyes are weird and I'm kinda still getting used to them." How could they not? Daniel was a dark-skinned male with light grey eyes that almost looked white at a distance. Now that they looked even lighter it was hard not to stare and admire them. They contrasted with his skin so well it was scary.

"Your eyes look even more beautiful than before."

"You think so?"

"I know so. People are just jealous of how beautiful your eyes are. I am too." That caused him to chuckle before he laid on his back back and I was laying on top of him. It was peaceful and natural I couldn't help but sigh in content. I missed this and the grin on my face showed it. Until it hit me.

"Danny where is your mom?"

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