Chilling

She struggles, he struggles. They are both cold hearted but not to each other. They fall for one another until they can’t fall further and what happens when they hit the bottom?

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5. Chapter Five

Him

I woke up swaddled in a thick, wet blanket. And when I looked up I felt paralyzed. My head was resting on the lap of a girl I'd never thought I'd be this close to. She was asleep but her face looked frustrated. She seemed to be dreaming. My heart was racing and I carefully sat up, looking around. It was still dark out and we were in a very warm car. I racked my brain to recall the past few moments that had taken place before I passed out.

As soon as they began flooding in, my stomach began to flip-flop. I couldn't believe what I did. How had my mind gone that deep? I didn't want to die, why had I done such a thing? A shot of pain came suddenly behind my right eye and I groaned in pain.

The girl jerked awake from my loud groan and stared at me like a deer. She blinked a couple of times and then relaxed a little bit.

"Are you okay?" I asked . She looked at me and nodded her head. We sat there awkwardly for a couple of seconds in silence.

"Well are you okay?" She fidgeted in her seat and her eye brows furrowed.

"Uh..." To be honest, I didn't know what to say to her. Something gripped a hold of my mind earlier and I gave in to it. I knew right now in my seat though, I felt okay. But whatever had happened then, I knew I wasn't. For the first time in my life, I was scared of myself.

"Just to let you know," she interrupted my thoughts and pulled out my phone to hand it to me, "I called your dad but the phone number didn't exist, and then I called your mom. She didn't answer so I left a message."

My chest tightened when she mentioned my dad. Of course the number didn't exist anymore.

"What did you tell her?" My voice low.

"I said that we, um the guard, who by the way, let us warm up in this car, pulled you out of the downtown lake. I told her that we would be here until she either came or you woke up."

I nodded my head and checked my phone, she hadn't tried to call back or send a message. The clock read 4:23 am. I remember it was around 3:30 am when I closed my phone and got up off the steps of the coffee shop. It had only been an hour since all of that had happened.

"Uh, I'm Clarence by the way, sorry I didn't say that earlier." I shook my head feeling so stupid. She grinned a little bit and spoke, "You're fine, um I'm Laura."

I suddenly became very self-conscious over the fact that I wasn't wearing a shirt. I looked around and recognized my stuff on the floor. I bent down and grabbed my shirt. Slipping it on I relaxed a little bit.

"If you don't mind me asking Clarence, what happened? I mean, I was at the park and I just watched you go to the edge and fall in. As soon I realized you weren't moving, I jumped in and swam to you. I pulled you the edge and thats when a guard found us." She said as she leaned forward.

I thought about it for a second and I decided I would tell her. My stomach was a mess as I began to speak.

"What happened wasn't good," I glanced at her and she nodded her head understandingly, "I wasn't thinking right. I knew what the consequences were if I stayed in there for a long time and apparently I wanted that. But I just want to make it clear. Right now, I don't want it. That was an awful thing to do."

She nodded and said okay. And then she took a large breath and let it out.

"Well, I'm not feeling cold anymore. My hair is a tangled mess though." She held her black hair in her hands. Normally, it was silky and shiny, and it flowed with her movements but right now, it was frizzy and like she said, tangled. She tried to finger comb it but she winced and stopped. I noticed the bags under her eyes, she was probably exhausted. That was my fault. Had I not done such a stupid thing, she wouldn't have had to pull me out and risk putting herself in danger. She was lucky that the guard found us. But what if he didn't? I felt so sick to my stomach. What would she have done if no one came to help?

"Laura, I'm so sorry." A lump in my throat began to form. She risked herself to save a stranger. To save me.

"Don't. Its fine. Really." She shook her head and her green eyes look straight in to mine, "I would do it all over again, if it meant that you would be alive." I smiled and fought back the tears that were trying desperately to form. I was not about to cry in front of a girl.

We sat there for a minute or two before my phone began to ring. It was my mom. I didn't want to answer it. Laura was staring at the phone along with me.

"Are you going to answer it?" She asked and pointed at the phone.

I sighed, "I don't know." Laura looked puzzled. She didn't understand why.

Finally after it kept ringing I huffed and answered.

"Hey Mom."

"Clarence, what the hell is going on?" I could hear she was tired and also furious.

"Just some stuff happened Mom. Its fine. Go back to sleep."

"Are you kidding me? No, seriously, why did I get a voicemail in the middle of the night by some girl telling me that my son had been pulled out of a lake? Do you know what getting a message like that does to a mom? You are going to come back to the house and explain everything immediately."

I groaned and rubbed my face, "Whatever." And hung up on her.

Laura had been staring at her lap looking so uncomfortable, I'm sure she heard my mom say all of that. I cleared my throat and she looked up at me.

"I hope I didn't make things worse." She said. You did, but its not like you knew. I shrugged, "Nah, this is my fault. I'm sorry I put you threw this."

I pulled the blanket off of me and opened the car door. Laura did the same and came around to the other side of the car. I shivered, my jeans were soaking wet and heavy. Slipping my shoes on, I glanced over at her. She had her arms crossed and she was pensively staring out at the lake.

"So where is the guard now?" I asked.

"He had to go do his rounds or something. I'll wait here for him to come back and let him know about you. But you should go. Don't want to keep your mom waiting." She said and I nodded my head.

"Thank you Laura."

She looked at me and sympathetically smiled. And before I knew it, her arms were around my waist. My heart ached and I wrapped my arms around her shoulders and hugged her tightly. I couldn't remember the last time someone hugged me. I needed this even if it was for a short moment. We pulled away and I said goodbye. I walked a few feet and looked behind me. She was watching me and when she noticed I looked back, she gave me a little wave. I waved back and finally went on my way.

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