Don't you dare hurt her.

James is sitting on his bed waiting for Ben to talk. Ben’s been standing in his room looking at him straight faced for the past 10 minutes. Since James opened the door Ben hasn’t said a word. If he’s honest, James is feeling a bit worried, he’s never seen Ben without a smile on his face. The atmosphere in the room is incredibly uncomfortable and James doesn’t dare move. He wants Ben to talk first.

After what feels like eternity Ben finally speaks.

“I hope you’re happy with yourself James,” this was not what he was expecting to come out of Bens mouth and he begins to ask what he’s on about but Ben doesn’t give him the chance, “I mean, why else would you do it? I guess there’s always the possibility that you don’t know but you would have to be incredibly dim not to. Even I noticed, so I don’t see how you can’t have. I mean it’s obvious to any person. So I’m going to assume you have noticed. In which case, you are a complete jerk and she deserves better.”

Ben is pacing up and down the side of the bed where James is sitting and feeling very confused. He has no idea what Ben is talking about.

“Ben. Can you please explain?”

“What?,” Ben raises his eyebrows and looks at James with disgust. James stays sitting where he is and waits for Ben to continue, he’s worried that if he says anything else Ben might flip.

“You mean you don’t know?! You haven’t figured it out. You moron.”

“Clearly I haven’t. So if you’d like to enlighten me,” he doesn’t mean to be rude but he doesn’t like the fact that Ben is calling him stupid. He doesn’t see what he’s done wrong to piss him off. He’s been nothing but nice to Ben, so the fact that he’s now standing in his room calling him names is annoying him.

“She loves you James. Well I assume she still does,” Ben sighs and slides down to the floor, “I didn’t notice it at first. I just thought you were close, but then it became more obvious. The things she did when she was around you. For example, not look at your face when you smile because it makes her blush. The fact that her eyes are always on you. The list goes on. But I ignored it because I loved her. I still do, and I wanted to be with her. When she told me it wasn’t working out my heart broke. But I don’t think it was anything compared to what you put her through everyday. It’s so clear, in her eyes, whenever you are around! I don’t see how you can’t have noticed!”

James stays perfectly still, his eyes still on Ben. He doesn’t know what to say. He doesn’t know how to react. Inside his body is yelling at him to get up and find Autumn but there’s a voice telling him it can’t be true. Surely she would have said something by now? He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath. Getting his thoughts in order he speaks.

“Ben, please tell me what your saying is not lies. That you know for certain Autumn loves me too,” at the last word Bens head snaps up and there’s pain in his eyes.


“Yes. Too.”

“I…uh…,” Ben rests his head in his hands before he speaks, “Yes. It’s true.”

James mouth breaks out into a grin but it doesn’t last long as he realises what his kiss will have done to her. He hates himself for hurting her. He hates himself for not noticing the pain she must have been going through. He knows how much it hurt him to see her with Ben earlier and imagining feeling that for years pulls at his heart. He realises that he’s going to have to make up for it, but his eyes land on Ben and he instantly feels guilty.

“I’m sorry. I really am.”

“It’s okay. It’s not your fault I guess. I just though I had a chance this time,” Ben stands up and walks towards the door. He turns around just before he leaves and looks right at James, “Don’t you dare hurt her again. I will hurt you twice as much,” and with that he walks out into the hall and slams James’s door.

The End

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