Author: Lacey Raine

Chapter 14

 Jonah sighed and sat on the arm of the sofa. "Yeah. Luke, you don't understand. You obviously don't know me well enough. I really am worthless," He said.

"No, Jonah, you really aren't," I sat beside him and put my arms around him. He shrugged and sighed again.

"That's the way I've always been made to feel," He said. "Even before I was living with Blain. At the Homes, the older kids used to pick on me. I mean, there's the time I told you about, when they locked me in the basement. But they used to beat me up too. And right from when I was about nine, they'd tell me I was Goth or Emo . That's why I ran away the first time, from my foster parents. It didn't matter, they didn't really care about me anyway. That... that's when Blain found me."

"Oh, bless you, Jonah, you never told me all of that," I said, wiping his tears away from his cheeks. I kissed his forehead. "God, you poor kid. Your whole life has been hell, hasn't it?"

"Mm," He shrugged. "But it's over and done with now."

"Damn right it is," I gave him a squeeze. "I'd never do anything to hurt you, you know that, right?"

"I know," He leaned against my chest. "Thanks, Luke."

"Don't mention it, kiddo," I kissed his hair.

"I'm gonna go get in the shower, then I'm gonna try to get some sleep. Is that okay?"

"Sure it is," I smiled at him. He walked out of the living room and into the bathroom.

I rubbed my forehead. Oh dear Lord, poor Jonah. I'd been insisting for the whole time he'd been here that he didn't have to pay rent, but him going through this just to get a hundred quid for me? He really didn't think before he acted. I heard him singing quietly to himself in the shower and smiled. He had a great voice. Surely if he was going to play to any of his talents, it should've been that one. The shower stiopped and Jonah walked through into the living room, with just a towel wrapped round his waist. "Thanks for everything, Luke. Seriously," He said, walking through into his bedroom. I heard him getting dressed in his pyjamas before he came back through into the living room.

"Night, Lukey," He hugged me. "See you in the morning."

"See you," I hugged him back. He kissed me lightly on the lips before jogging back into his room and lying down on the bed.

Gina came round not long after. She smiled at me. "Hey. I was just on my way back from my mum's," She said.

"Oh. Hiya, honey," I bent my head and kissed her lightly.

"I feel like I haven't seen you in forever," She said. I noticed she had something written on her arm. I picked it up by her elbow and read it. I frowned.

"Who's Anthony?" I asked, bemused.

"Nobody," She pulled her sleeve down, covering her forearm. I rolled her sleeve back up. Call me baby *wink wink* Anthony... and then eleven digits. I looked back up at her.

"Gee... why have you been letting other guys write their numbers on your arm?" I said.

"He's just a guy from work," She shook her head. "He wanted me to get hold of Craig, our agent for him?"

"Call me baby?" I read. "Wink wink? Gee, that doesn't sound like he was just after the agent..."

"Luke, I love you, you know I do,"

"So why have you got this scumbags number on your arm?"

"Hey, Ant isn't a scumbag!" She said, then clamped a hand over her mouth.

I blinked at her. She looked down. "Gina... Gee... are you cheating on me?"

"I'm sorry," She whispered, looking down.

"I don't understand," I said, tears burning in my eyes. "I'm... we... you said you love me."

"I do. I did," She said, sniffing. "Luke, you've barely even talked to me in a month. I... I don't think we should be together anymore."

"What? No, we've barely had a chance! We've only been together a year," I pointed out. "I only said that I love you six months ago. Please, give me another try?"

"A girl has needs, Luke, and you're just not satisfying them anymore," She said. "You've been totally neglecting me."

"I'm sorry, Gee," I said. "Babe, I'll change for you."

"I'm not asking you to change Luke. You don't need to change for me. You don't have to be what I want anymore," She sighed. "I'll see you around, yeah?"

"I..." There was no point arguing. "Yeah. See you around."

Jonah came out of his room when the front door closed. He didn't say anything at first, just walked over and put his arms around me. He walked me over to the sofa and sat me down so my head was resting on his shoulder. He kissed the top of my head. "You don't need her, Lukey. You have me," He said, quietly.

"Thanks," I looked up at him. He really was gorgeous, especially now the bruises had cleared up. I'd always known that I kinda liked boys as well as girls, but I'd never felt this way about a guy before. I shifted closer to him and kissed him the way we'd kissed before.

When we broke apart, Jo-Jo kept his arms around my waist and grinned. "I've been waiting for you to do that for a month," He said.

"Well, I never realised before now how much you mean to me," I stroked his hair. "C'mon. Sleep in my bed with me tonight?"

"Sure," He smiled.

We walked into my room hand in hand and both fell asleep in my bed.


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