Authors note: This chapter skips ahead 4 years into the future, making him about 22. I did it for story purposes. So no one gets confused: Noah moved to Bridgeport and is now working at a law firm. It’s not his choice of work, but he can’t do much with a bad hip other than desk work. Hope this makes things clear.
Also a warning: There is a descriptive sexual situation near the middle.
Noah’s new trait is party animal
4 years later…
Noah’s Point of View
It’s just one of those days. I know I have to get up for work, but I just don’t feel like moving. My head is pounding from last night. I guess that’s what I get when I decide to drink too much on a work night. I’m not even sure the alarm went off yet; I’ll wait until then to even try to move.
Oh god that’s right…
She ran her fingers along my spine, sending shivers down my back.
Oh please don’t do this right now. I just want to lay here and sleep until the last possible minute. Stacey was great last night and all… but ugh… my head.
“Noah, I know you can hear me.” she laughed “Don’t make me force you to get up.”
“Mhmm…” I groaned.
Without even the slightest warning she flipped me over and laid on top of me! Does she not understand that I just want to be left alone? Why do girls have to stay the entire night? They should just go home after they get what they want; especially this girl in particular. She’s like the queen of manipulation. That’s why she’s ranked so high in her corporation. I wouldn’t even consider us ‘friends with benefits’. It’s more like ‘two people who occasionally have sex’.
“See, I told you I’d make you get up.”
I sighed, “Stacey get off of me. I want to sleep until the alarm goes off.”
She sat up – still on top of me – laughing, “Oh that thing? I unplugged it last night. I thought we could just stay in bed today, whose going to notice we’re gone?”
My eyes grew wide, “WHAT!?” I shoved her off, and jumped out of bed “Why did you do that, Stacey!? You want to get me fired?? Now I only have 15 minutes to get ready!!”
God, she’s a selfish jerk! She knows I have to be at work at a certain time! She does things like this on purpose!! Why the heck would she care though? She can come into work 5 hours late and her boss won’t say two words. I mean why would he? She has him wrapped around her finger. I don’t even know why I sleep with her; I seriously dislike her so much sometimes.
She just laughed, “Oh come on. Don’t act like you didn’t want to be with me again. The moment I climbed on top of you, your solider went into full salute.”
“Screw you.” I spat, quickly walking to the bathroom.
Now I haft to take a shower in under 3 minutes!
Stupid Stacey. She just had to ruin one of the most relaxing parts of my day. I like having extra time in the morning so I can just let the warm water run down my back. No, not today though! Not only do I have to take a quick shower, I also had to make it cold… UGH!
“Wow, you don’t waste any time getting dressed now do you?”
“No Noah I do not; especially not today. I have a very important meeting at 10:30. It could be the breakthrough for our company.” she smiled wide “I can just see it now…”
See this is exactly what I’m talking about! She’ll make sure she’s on time for her meeting but she’ll purposely make me late for my job.
I rolled my eyes, “The queen strikes again. What bullcrap are you going to feed this company?”
She turned to face me, “Can’t tell you that.” she smirked “If I told you, you would have to come work for my company.”
I laughed, “Oh that’s rich. See I knew the truth would come out eventually. You pull all kinds of crap because you want me to work for you and your evil boss. No thanks, I’d rather not work for the devil.”
She chuckled, “You got jokes. Mock all you want though, eventually you’ll come around. They always do.”
I shook my head, “Not in this life time. I’d rather stick to filing cases at my law firm, then work near you. We have sex, and that’s it. I’d rather jump out that window then do anything that involves working for Robert Smith.”
“We’ll see about that sweet cheeks.”
“Bye Noah, have fun explaining why you’re late… again.” she laughed “Just remember, my offer stands.”
Sigh. I really need to stop getting myself involved with crazy chicks…
I’m late anyways, might as well take my time getting my outfit together…
“Alright, now where did I put my monkey suit?”
“Oh yeah Noah. You are one sexy beast.”
Alright, alright… I really need to get to work.
“Noah, it’s just so kind of you to grace us with your presence.”
Oh crap. I was hoping he would be busy in a meeting or something today. I walk in and he’s waiting in my office? Yeah, he’s definitely not happy.
“Uhm, hello Mr. Hemming.” I gulped “I-I can explain…”
He crossed his arms, “Oh do go on. I really would love to hear this.”
Wonderful, just wonderful. Why’d I have to sputter out the first thing that popped into my head? Now I haft to give him a lame excuse. Crap.
“Well you see…” I laughed nervously “There was this girl, and she-she kind of unplugged my alarm clock. I had it all set up and everything, but she, uhm, likes to screw with me.”
Wow, that sounded even worse when it came out of my mouth. God, I’m an idiot.
He uncrossed his arms, and just glared at me.
I hated when he did that! I never knew what he was going to say or how he was going to say it. I’ll admit it to anyone; my boss scares the crap out of me.
“A girl unplugged your alarm clock?” he repeated what I had said.
“What kind of horse crap is that?! You could at least come up with an excuse that was believable! Noah, I’ve seriously had it up to hear with you! You give me these excuses that make no sense and you’re constantly slacking! You’ve been fired twice this year by different companies, do you want to make it a 3rd time?!”
“N-no sir! I promise I’ll do better.” I stuttered.
“Yeah you better, kid! I’m not afraid to fire you! I don’t care if your hip is bad or not, it doesn’t mean you can’t do what your supposed to. Now stop messing around, and do YOUR JOB! Oh and you’re staying extra hours tonight for coming in late.”
I nodded, “Yes sir.”
Stupid STACEY! This is all her fault! I’m so done with her!
God, I seriously hate this job. I wish I could go out there and be something more than just someone who sits all day at a desk filing, writing reports, and sending e-mails. Sure I get to look through some pretty interesting cases, but that’s the highlight of my day. If it weren’t for my hip I’d be something that involved taking a risk. I don’t care what it would be either, just as long as it’s exciting.
It was around 1:20 am and I was busy working on these reports Mr. Hemming wanted to be fill out and send off to their neighboring law firm. I was so close to getting done, I wasn’t going to let anything distract me. I mean how could I? I was the only one left on the first floor; everyone else had already gone home.
“Hey, Noah.” Harley giggled.
Well… at least I thought I was alone.
Maybe if I don’t say too much to her she’ll go away. I seriously don’t have the time for some company right now. I just want to finish these reports and go crawl into my bed.
“Uh, yeah, hi Harley.”
She frowned, “That’s all you’re going to say is just hi? Come on Noah, we’re alone… You don’t have to worry about Mr. Hemming saying anything.”
Oh god I know where this is headed…
“Mhm, I have a lot of work to do, maybe another time.” I muttered trying to stay focused to what I was writing
She came closer to my desk, just staring at me with this look.
Leaning on it she said, “Noah don’t make me beg.”
I sighed, “Harley please I don’t have time. Can you just leave me alone? I’m working.”
I continued writing, trying my best not to pay attention to her. It got pretty hard to focus though when she threw stuff off my desk and just plopped herself down on it.
“Is there any way I could change your mind? I have many ways to persuade.” she smirked, inching her hand along the side of my leg.
“Harley… please…” I groaned, already feeling my pants grow tighter.
She didn’t stop though. She just moved her hand closer and closer, and kept moving it until she was inside my pants.
I pulled her hand away and sprung out of my seat.
“You really want this?” I asked sternly, grasping on to her.
Her breaths were small and forced. She just stared into my eyes not sure of what to do. I guess my sudden reaction startled her.
“Yes.” she sputtered out “I do.“
Without any warning I placed her against the window. I started kissing her hard and forceful on the lips. I didn’t even give her much of a chance to breathe. After a few moments, I lifted up her skirt and she unzipped my pants.
I paused for a second, “You still want this?”
She didn’t even use words. She just nodded her head up and down quickly, and then pulled me in closer to her. Before I did anything though she handed me this small wrapper, and I of course knew what it was. Quickly I slipped it on and then went at it.
I shoved inside of her and we just started going at it fast and hard. She moaned in pleasure with every thrust. I just closed my eyes and tried my best to hurry it along. I don’t even know why I’m doing this.
After the climax was reached, we fixed ourselves up. She pulled down her skirt and fixed her hair and I zipped up my pants feeling disgusted with myself.
“Can you please not tell anyone about this…” I sighed.
“Aw, I’m not allowed to kiss and tell?” she giggled.
“Please, just keep it to yourself alright?!” I nearly shouted.
Her smile faded, “Okay… I promise.”
My plan was to go home, but once I got inside my car all this guilt just washed over me. What am I doing with my life? I sleep with any random girl just because they ask me to, and I work at a crappy job that I hate. The whole reason I moved to Bridgeport was to start a new life for myself. Yeah I’ll say it’s a new life alright… I’d never even dare try to live like this back home. My parents would literally kill me.
So, I drove to the one place I knew would make all my worries go away. Well, make them feel like they went away…
“What can I get you?” the bartender asked.
“Just give me something strong.” I sighed.
She looked at me with concern, “You okay, kid?”
“I could explain to you my drawn out story, but I’d rather not. Thanks for asking though.”
“Well alright then suit yourself. I’m just going to let you know now that the bar closes in 1o minutes, so I’ll just give you one last drink of the night. It’s on the house.”
“Thanks.” I muttered, and then gulped down the drink.
Well it’s not enough to get me wasted, but at least I’ll feel fuzzy inside for a bit. This drink sure did have a kick to it.
With the remainder of the time left in the bar, I just sat there and let my thoughts wander. Although it marks about 4 years since I saw Riley, I can’t help but wonder what she is doing each and every night. I picture her in my head, and just day dream about what her life turned out to be like. I guess you can call me pretty pathetic for wrapping my entire world around a girl I only hardly knew… but I just can’t help it. I care so much about her and it hurts me. Although what is the use anymore? Riley clearly hates my guts. If the one girl that I thought was different hurt me, then they were all going to hurt me. How my life is now… it’s never going to get any better. This is what the rest of eternity is going to be like for me; a lifetime of me being miserable.
By the time they kicked me out, that drink had really kicked in. I feel so light headed and everything seems to be spinning. Maybe I should have just asked for a beer or something. What was in that drink??
I stumbled out on to the pavement, trying my best to keep myself from falling over. I had to stand back for a second and remember where I parked my car. Wait, maybe I shouldn’t drive at all… that would be bad.
Although thoughts about where my car was fell from my mind when this girl approached me. God, she looked so familiar…
“E-excuse me, do you have any spare change? I just need it for a bus fare, I swear.” she pleaded, her eyes full of worry.
I couldn’t even pay attention to her question. Her face was driving me up the wall. Who was this girl? How do I know her?? She stepped a little closer to me, the light now showing on her face and that’s when I realized why I knew her!
She gasped, “N-noah!??”
“Riley what the crap happened to you?” I exclaimed, “You look terrib- err… you look like you’ve been through a lot.”
She just stared at me. It was like she was unable to believe that I was standing in front of her.
“Riley?” I questioned again.
“I-I gotta go.” she cried, “I’m sorry I bothered you sir.”
“Riley what the-!? Why are you acting like this? Don’t pretend you don’t know me, you just said my name a few seconds ago.”
She turned from me, “It’s easier that way. Please, just leave me alone.”
“Dang it Riley! I’m not just going to leave you on the side of the road like this!” I shouted “You may not want my help, but you’re getting it.”
Her response was something I did not expect. She just fell into my arms and squeezed tightly onto my coat crying her eyes out. Her body was shivering and she felt so small under my grasp. I was scared to hold onto her too tight because she felt like she was going to break. God, what the heck happened to her?!
“Shhhh… it’s okay.” I cooed into her ear “Everything is going to be okay.”
By the time we got back to my apartment the sun was already peaking over the trees. I was thinking about just letting her take a shower and get some sleep first, but I was sure she was hungry. I mean just look at her! She’s so boney.
“I hope you like waffles, snoot.” I smiled, “Cause’ it’s all I have right now. I haven’t had the chance to go shopping.”
I was trying to keep the subject cheery for her because she just seemed so damaged. I wasn’t going to force anything out of her, I’d let her explain only if she wanted. Plus I have to admit, for some strange reason I had this bubbling feeling inside my chest. I felt elated and I had this grin spread ear to ear. I know Riley is going through a lot, but I couldn’t help but smile just being around her. She made me happy…
She didn’t reply back to me no matter what I said. That’s okay though, I’ll just keep up this one sided conversation. I don’t want her to think badly of me again, I want her to know this time that I really do care. I’ve always cared.
“Sorry about the clothes being a little big. I didn’t know I was going to have to share them with a girl. I know it’s not usually what a girl would wear either, but at least it’s warm, eh?”
“Uhm, yes, thank you.” she said softly.
Hey, I’m getting somewhere! That’s the first time she spoke in the last couple of hours. I knew if I talked nice to her it would help her feel less tense.
“It’s not a problem snoot.”
She lowered her eyes and a small smile was on her face. She said something under her breath but I didn’t quite catch it. I wanted to ask her to repeat it but I sided against it.
“Well the waffles are done. Help yourself to as many as you want.”
She didn’t even give me a chance to put anything on them! She literally ran around and grabbed a plate then headed back to the closest seat. I never seen someone eat so fast in my entire life, and I lived with the hungriest man alive!
I chuckled, “You know those waffles aren’t going anywhere, right? I promise if you slow down even a little they will still be there.”
She just ignored my comment and continued to chow down. It makes me wonder when was the last time she had a hot meal.
After she ate about 7 waffles, I lead her to the bedroom where I told her she could use my bed to get some sleep; she just looked so exhausted. I of course was completely worn out myself, but I wasn’t going to be some creep and just lay next to her. She looks like she has been through enough so I just crashed onto the couch. I didn’t have work tomorrow, err I mean today, so I can sleep in as long as I wanted. Maybe when I wake up she’ll feel ready to tell me what happened, although I highly doubt that.
I woke up about 5 or 6 hours later. The first thing I did was head straight for my room to check on Riley. I just wanted to make sure she was alright. The thing is though; when I got into the room… she was gone! The only thing left from her was a crumpled piece of paper with something written on it.
Thank you so much for feeding me, and giving me something to wear. I always knew you cared, but I just couldn’t let you in to my life. You’re so sweet, and no matter how much I fight it I will always have a spot for you in my heart. I just wanted to say how sorry I am for treating you so cruelly all those years ago; I never meant any of it. I can’t stay though; you deserve someone better than me.
No you can’t be serious. She’s gone again!? Just after I got her back and she uses her knack and disappears again. What makes it even worse is that she actually cares about me! I knew she was different… I knew it.
Thanks for reading! Alright so things are getting a little tricky. Now I know first impression Noah just seems like he’s off being stupid but you have to think of it from his point of view. He honestly believed what he was doing was as good as it got. That life just didn’t have anything in store for him and he was meant to be miserable. Yes I know it’s his own choice with certain things, but his mind set isn’t right. He truly cares deeply for Riley, and she really hurt him badly… but she did it on purpose. She hurt him because she was scared to let him in for many reasons. Noah finally got a second chance in his mind, though she went and left him only this time she left a note letting him know she cared too. Now Noah is stuck with her actually caring for him, but he can’t get any closer to her. That can only make him hurt more….
Hope that makes sense! If you have any questions just let me know.