Protecting You From Yourself (Original Story) ch 4 (Operation Feelings)It's been awhile, hasn't it! Well, here ya go, ch 4. Lots happen in this installment, like discovered feelings and then some DEATH embarrassing stuff. ;) Enjoy!
Age - 14
Gender - Female
Status - Alive
Looks - brown hair, blue eyes, average height
Age - 14
Gender - Female
Status - Alive and Protective of Alison
Looks - black hair, brown eyes, olive skin,average height
~ Tyler's POV ~
It's been about 5 months since Alison and Leonardo started going out. I was kind of just like a 3rd-wheel on some of their dates or whatever they called it. I took both Alyss and Melody when he couldn't. Turns out that Alyss did like Leo back, but I didn't tell him because Alison was always there. And I mean, always. I think it was starting to annoy Leo, but he didn't show any signs.
"How're you doing?" I asked him when we were finally alone. It was Saturday night and we were at my place. It was just barely the end of January.
"Ugh, horrible." he groaned. "Alison won't leave me alone. Being a 'boyfriend' or whatever anyone would call this is hard work. I wish I could break up with her, but it's like she won't let me..."
"I think this might be a bad time to say this, but dude. There's something I have to tell you." I adjusted myself so we were making eye contact. "But I think you should here it from her own mouth." I handed him an ear-piece. "Alyss and Melody are having a sleepover. They're talking about you."
"Me?" he said in confusion. He placed in the ear-piece, I listened to my own.
"... seriously, any comment?" Alyss asked.
Melody was silent for a moment. "I... I honestly have no idea. He could, but he also couldn't."
"Why do guys have to be so confusing?" Alyss moaned.
"I know, right?" Melody agreed. "Can't they just... say what they're feeling some times?"
"I wish." Alyss said. "It's like, 'what the hell is going on in your mind right now, Leonardo?' " Leo looked at me, but I motioned him silent.
"I feel like I'm back at summer camp," Melody said, "Except without the dance and without all the camp-i-ness."
"You mean without Graham?" Alyss said.
Melody sighed. "Yeah. Without him." There was a shuffle. "I miss him, Alyss. I really do. But I highly doubt that he liked me though..."
"It'll be OK, Mel. I'm totally positive you'll see him again, and that he liked you. Why else would he give that ring? I know it's around your neck, Melodious. You don't have to hide it from me."
"It's a plain fake silver ring that anyone could wear. He even said that it cost only a buck."
"Yeah, but still. It was sweet."
"OK, enough of my love life. How's yours going with HIM." Melody asked.
Alyss sighed. "He totally hates me. I know it." Leo looked at me again. No words. "But... I still like him. I don't think I'll ever not like him."
"No, it's not nice! Do you have any idea what it's like? Seeing the guy you like everyday, knowing he won't ever feel the same?"
"Uh, no I don't. Remember, I only knew him for 3 days! Do you know what it's like for me? Knowing I'll never ever see him again, and that I'm only left with a permanent reminder that he exist, and he will never know I like him, and I'll never know what he thought of me or if he even still remember me??"
There was a silence. Here and over there.
"I'm sorry." Melody finally said. Her voice was cracking. "It's just... I'm so sad... He... He..." Another shuffle.
"Shhh..." Alyss said. "It'll be alright."
"What if it doesn't?" Melody countered, tears in her voice. I felt a sudden pain in my heart. "What if things only get worse?"
Alyss hesitated, then said, "Then we'll deal with it together."
"Thanks." I took my ear-piece out. So did Leo.
"What was that for?" Leo asked.
"Dude, Alyss likes you." I said.
"OK, but why are you telling me this now?" he asked.
"She thinks you hate her."
"I know. But what can I do?"
"... Hadn't thought of that..." I mumbled.
"There's nothing I can do. I'm still stuck in this relationship. There's no way I can talk to her with Melody around." he laid back. "My life sucks."
"...." I started to think. That's when it hit me. "I've got it!!"
"What?" he asked, sitting up startled.
"It's almost Valentine's Day, right?" I said. He nodded slowly. "Well, we can work up a break-up plan and get you single for Valentine's Day. Then," I raised my hands like I had the best idea, "we give out free hugs."
"Yeah." I said. Yeah, best plan ever.
"Uh... OK. But how do I break up with Alison?"
"What, do I have to come up with all the plans around here!?!"
We started to laugh.
"Um, maybe just... ignore her? Or just tell her you don't want to date anymore."
"Nice plan. Poorly executed, but nice. I'll try it." he said.
"OK. Now... uh... what do we do?" I asked.
~ Monday. February 1st. ~
~ Leo's POV ~
"Alison... I don't want to date you anymore."
The words came out quickly and smoothly. Naturally.
"Uh... OK." she said. Like she was expected it.
"Um... OK. Bye." And I was gone. It was over.
"Is it done?" Tyler asked. I nodded. He looked past me to see Alison's table. "Dude, she's crying."
"What??" I tried to look, but Tyler stopped.
"No, Mary's staring - no, glaring - at you. It'll be awkward if you look."
"Uh, OK..." I started to feel a little guilty. "Is she really crying?"
"Not anymore, but yeah she was." he said.
"Damn. I'm feeling guilty..." I said.
"Oh, some girls are just... um... emotional. She'll get over it." Tyler said.
~~ Skip to Valentine's Day ~~
"Ready for Plan Heart?" Tyler asked.
"Yeah, well, more like Plan Hug." he admitted. "But are you ready?"
"OK, here." he handed me a paper and a highlighter.
"Write 'free hugs' on it." he said.
"Just do it." I wrote it.
"OK, let's go!" he took me by the arm and started yelling "FREE HUGS!!" all over the place. We passed they're table and they were laughing. At us. I started to blush, but we were already away. We went around. Tyler got 3 hugs, me four. When we went around for a second time, we got a reaction.
"Hey! Can I get a hug?" Melody's voice rang out. We faced her and she was like 'aw, what the hell, why not?'. Tyler beamed and walked to her, giving her a hug.
"YEAH! Four hugs!" Tyler cheered.
"Cool, I am number four." Melody said.
"Can I get one?" Alyss asked, raising a hand nervously. I wrapped my arms around her and she stiffened.
"I'm sorry." I whispered so low I doubt she heard.
"Me too." she whispered back.
Lunch ended at that exact moment. We split and Tyler came to me.
"Mission accomplished." he said with a smile. I nodded while blushing.
~ After School, Around 8 o' clock ~
"Oh. My. God. You won't believe it." he said feverishly.
"What is it?" I asked.
He took a deep breath. "Melody... likes me."
"Oh... kay.... And this is important to me how?"
Another deep breath. "I... I think I like her too, man."
~ End of Ch 4 ~
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