Truth Or Dare

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Chapter 17: No Need To Cry

“I can’t believe you didn’t tell me”, Tamara squeals while jumping up and down in excitement, “why didn’t you?”

I open my mouth to say something, to explain myself, but quickly close it again as I can’t come up with a good reason. A good lie. How do I explain to her that I’m, apparently, dating Noah, but somehow forgot to inform her about it the second it happened?

“I forgot…” I say in a lame attempt to explain myself. The lie isn’t good nor very creative, but it’s the best I can come up with right here on the spot.

“You forgot?” she says in disbelief. “You just happened to get together with Noah, one of the hottest guys on the team, but you just forgot to tell me about it?”

I can tell that she clearly doesn’t believe me, and to be honest, I understand why. The lie is honestly terrible.

“I just didn’t want to make such a big deal out of it…” I mumble, hoping she’ll give in and buy my lie.

“But it’s a huge deal!” she squeals. “Now, tell me everything.”

I instantly freeze at her words.

“W-what?” I stutter although I know exactly what she means.

“Tell me how it happened! Who made the first move? It was Noah, wasn’t it?”

“I’m really in the mood for coffee”, I blurt out, “you want some too? I can grab two.” I stand up from my bed before Tamara even have time to react, but before I’ve managed to get out of her reach, she grabs ahold of my wrist and pulls me back.

“Nu-uh. You’re not going anywhere until you’ve told me everything.”

“Tamara, please”, I whine, completely ignoring the fact that I’m probably sounding like a baby.

“C’mon, Lin”, she smiles excitedly, “don’t be shy.”
“Bu-” I start, but I’m suddenly cut off by the sound of my dorm room door being opened.

Both Tamara and I turn our head in that exact direction and are met by Noah who casually walks in.

“Uhm… is everything okay in here?” he asks with furrowed eyebrows as he notices the grip Tamara still has around my wrist.

“Yeah, everything is perfect”, she instantly replies and removes her hand from my arm, “Linnea was actually just about to tell me the story about how you two got together.”

“Oh, really?” Noah smirks as his gaze flickers to my horrified face.

“N-no”, I stutter, the blood rushing to my cheeks and turning them red, “I wasn’t.”

“She’s just shy”, Tamara smiles and I inwardly curse as Noah walks up to my bed and sit down on my free side.

“I bet she is”, he says as he wraps his arm around my waist.

I try to squirm out of his grip, but he only tightens it and even refuses to acknowledge my unwillingness.

It’s silent for a while until Noah speaks up again.

“It kinda just happened”, he says and smiles, as if the “memory” makes him happy. “We started talking more and more, both during basketball practices and outside of the gym. Then one day, last week actually, I followed her to her dorm after our late practice and we were talking and laughing and then suddenly we were kissing and holding hands instead.”

I have to restrain myself in order to not gag or laugh at his explanation. It’s honestly even worse than my lie and that means it’s terrible, to say the least.

“But when did you start liking each other?” Tamara says, obviously not satisfied with the story. “When did you two realize you had feelings for each other?”

“As soon as I figured out what an amazing person she is”, Noah says proudly and I almost roll my eyes at him.

Tamara turns her attention to me. “And you?”

I shrug. “I don’t know. As he said, it just kinda happened. It all came as surprise.” A bad surprise.

Tamara clasps her hands together. “Well, not that it matters, but I think you two look perfect together.”

“We sure do, huh?” Noah smirks and pecks my cheek as I fake a smile and do everything in my power to not shove him off of me.

I wonder what would happen if I told Tamara right now.

What if I just said it? Noah’s here, but as far as I know, he’s unarmed and there’s a ton of students in and outside of this building. If I’d scream, someone would hear me for sure. But what if it would already be too late?

On second thought, I think I’ll keep quiet - for now. I have to wrap my head around this whole situation and think it through carefully before I figure out what to do. I don’t want to rush things because who knows what will happen if I do? If something would happen to my friends or my family, I know for sure that I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself.  

“So, Lin”, Tamara says after a while, “you’re still up for tonight, right?”

“What happens tonight?” Noah asks, completely oblivious.

“Oh, we’re just going to this sorority we’re pledging”, Tamara smiles.

I can feel Noah stiffen beside me and I’m deeply hoping he hasn’t figured out what me joining a sorority could mean. If I’m lucky, it could mean that I’ll be able to switch room to one in the sorority house; to one where Noah can’t be my roommate.

“You’re joining a sorority?” he says and although he tries to sound normal, I can hear the anger in his voice.

Emlika M

Edited: 28.02.2019

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