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The Best Friend's Contract By athrhteera Characters: 21176

Updated: 2019-01-28 12:04


''I have a question, '' Aidan says, causing me to turn and look at him as we sit on opposite sides from one another on the ferris wheel; watching the crowd below, seeing how humans are rather tiny but we have big dreams while some might even have a big?ass?sass. ''Why did you break up with Noah?'' He asks.

''You're direct, '' I chuckle as he joins me.

''I mean. . . I know that?you?broke up with him but you never told me why, I want to know. I'm only seeing this as how I see him; in my own point of view but he seems like a really nice guy, Kenna. He was in love with you. So, why?'' His question seems more off than I expected, not that I didn't expect him to never ask questions like this but the reason why I broke up with Noah was never discussed.

Aidan's right, Noah was or still is a nice guy. He has always been there for me, no matter what or when. He understood me most and he took care of me when I needed him. There was no such thing as giving space when it comes to Noah because when we fight, it'll only last for a few minutes. . . he'd come straight to apologise, even though, sometimes. . . I was the cause of our fights and arguments.

''I'm like the bad guy here, aren't I?'' I smile, playing with my fingers as he continues to look at me; only waiting for my answer.

''I didn't mean it like that, '' He replies. ''I just want to know why, ''

''Okay. . . let me just tell you the whole story, then. You know how we met, right? We clicked right away and things just went with the flow; he couldn't keep himself away from me and I had fallen for his charms. He was like no other regular guy because he understood me like no one does, no offence. . . all I'm trying to say is that, he was a great boyfriend.'' I say, earning myself a smile from Aidan. ''I was the cause of our breakup. I didn't want to hurt him, ''

He furrow his brows, ''What do you mean?''

I hesitate for a moment before continuing, ''I was always busy. Wait, no. . . I?am?always busy. Things were going on fine for the first few months but as soon as I got myself occupied with work, I started to spend less time with him. I'd even forget about our dates. . . every time he planned them, '' I reply.

Truth be told, I hate it when I'm being reminded of what happened to my past relationship. People would say that we were perfect and that we'd get married one day, have beautiful children but things didn't work out as they said. There was nothing wrong with Noah; he was too perfect. There was just everything wrong with me.

''I even forgot about our first anniversary. So, when I got home. . . he was sitting at the dining table, all by himself; the candle had gone off and he was just staring at the empty plates, the empty spot in front of him where I would've been sitting. We didn't talk for days, he shut me out for constantly being busy but it didn't bother me much, '' I frown. ''Is it bad to say that I feel sorry for making him wait but as soon as I got to work, everything slipped off my mind?'' I add.

''Then, when he came to apologise. . . '' I look up at Aidan's face, seeing him surprised at my story. Just like that, ''Why? Why do you look surprised?'' I ask.

''It's just that, you forgot about your first anniversary with him but he came to you to apologise? You even busied yourself with work in order for you to forget about the whole thing instead of solving things out, '' He continues to speak.

''What was I supposed to do? I forgot that it was even our anniversary; I don't have time to remember a lot of things at once. You know how busy I am, Aidan. . . I can't simply push my work away to just pay attention to my own relationship.'' My voice raising with every word I speak, not realising how hard I'm trying to defend myself; even though, deep?down, I know it all began with me.

I should've apologised and I should've fixed things between us but I didn't. He fixed things between us because he didn't want to lose me; his effort was worth more than mine. Noah was everything a woman could ask for, he was patient. More importantly, he was?in?love.

''Well. . . it was your fault, '' He mutters but loud enough for me to hear. ''You should've put more effort to fix things than letting him give in just because he loves you. You were taking advantage, '' The words he said sting but there's no doubt that it's the truth. It was my fault and I shouldn't have felt nothing when I was going through my days but I felt fine.

''I know, '' I breathe out; laway.

We keep quiet for a couple of minutes before he starts to speak again, ''What if you were given another chance? Not a chance with Noah but a chance with?someone?new. . . would you try everything to make sure that you won't repeat the same mistakes?'' He asks, leaving me to think of something uncertain.

''I can try.'' I reply, seeing him nod his head with a small smile plastered on his face as he turns to look away, letting the wind blow onto his hair; carelessly. There are two kinds of situations that I find him being undeniably handsome. . . when the wind blows, when the sunlight hits his skin and I can't stop myself.

We step down from the ferris wheel as soon as our ride is over, walking side to side towards the crowd. Couples are walking hand in hand as they smile, enjoying themselves; showing how they're somewhat happy to be here.

Just as Aidan is about to say something, my phone starts to ring which causes me to look down; seeing that it's a call from the hospital. My body tenses immediately, knowing that this might be an important call and there's nothing I can do.

''It's a call from work, '' I say, frowning down at my phone.

''I'll be here, '' He replies as I quickly make my way through the crowd, finding somewhere more quiet to pick the call.

I immediately answer the call to hear an anxious Marley, one of the male intern nurses. ''Hello. . . Dr. Anne?'' He greets; the staffs would sometimes call me by my middle name instead of my surname. ''I'm sorry for calling you on your week off but it's about Albert, '' He adds, which worries me.

''What's wrong with Albert? Is he okay?'' I ask, running my fingers through my hair.

''He's doing fine but his tantrums are getting worse. I'm worried about his health, '' He continues to speak. ''He wants to see you even though I'

ky man?'' He chuckles.

''The luckiest, '' I grin. ''Now, it's my turn to start asking you. Everyone has a weakness. My weakness appears to be near any good pastries. What about you?'' I ask, wanting to make sure that I can tease him about it or even fool around, that's my technic.

He runs his fingers through his hair, ''This is kind of embarrassing but I can't ride a bicycle, '' He looks away, his voice low and almost inaudible which surprises me as soon as he spoke the words. I mean, there are a lot of people who doesn't know how to ride a bicycle but. . . Aidan is like the perfect?catch?with no fear or weaknesses at all but I guess I'm wrong.

''You can't ride a bicycle?'' I start to laugh.

''You say it as if it's a bad thing!'' He exclaims as I sit up straight, laughing at the fact that he can't ride a bicycle; something simple and basic. Also something that we learn when we were kids but unfortunately, he didn't have that opportunity.

''No, no, no. Don't get me wrong, Aidan but, look at you. You're Aidan Ashton, you're the youngest and most successful CEO. Your name and your pictures are in?Forbes?Magazine. . . but you can't ride a bike. You can cook, you can swim, you can write and you can do?Calculus?as you read about?Business and Management?but. . . riding a bike?! You've got to be kidding me, '' I shake my head a few times, wanting to make sure that he's not joking.

''Father didn't have a chance to teach me. He taught Alain but he didn't teach me. Neither did he taught Mia, '' He mutters. ''Alain was the one who taught Mia how to ride a bike when father was and is always busy with his career, rarely there for his own family who would always wonder, '' He adds.

''You never told me things like this. . . '' I breathe out, ''I never knew.''

''I never wanted you to look at me and feel sorry about my?boring?childhood.'' He chuckles, lightly. ''I'm not surprised that Alain went through a perfectly good childhood and life up till now because he would always get whatever he wants ever since he was a kid. He's the first son in the family and he has always made father proud; not me but him, '' His voice low and almost inaudible but I understand by his pained expression, it shows how much he would want a better spent childhood with his father than letting Alain; the only one who got that chance.

''I mean, look at him, he won ten spelling bees when he was just a kid and then he became the captain of the football team when he was in high school as he got a high score for his?SAT, he followed my father's wishes as he went to his chosen university where he took his 'chosen' course, he fell in love with a woman who comes from a good background, ended up being the CFO because he's by far, really good at accounting and all that?shit. . . while I'm stuck, no idea whatsoever on how to ride a?damn?bicycle, '' He continues to speak as he sighs, shaking his head about his brother's accomplishments but by the look on his face, it shows how he just wanted more love from Marc.

''Are you comparing yourself to him?'' I ask.

''No. I was not the captain of the football team or anything special to my father but I got you, Kenna. You proved how worthy I am just by letting me be your best friend and I'm more than glad that I've pushed you down the swing. His life may have been far way better than mine but my life has always been great when I first laid eyes in you, '' He replies.

''So. . . no regrets, '' He laughs as I join him.

Just like that, I begin to lay my head on his shoulder as I wrap my arms around his, wanting to comfort him in any way possible.

''You'll always have me, Aidan. No matter what happens in your life or mine. . . you'll always have me to turn to, '' I mutter before smiling up at him; seeing him smiling back at me, his eyes glistening with hope that I've came to acknowledge.

''That's why I love you, Kenna.'' He snuggles closer towards me as he pecks onto my forehead.

''Aww, you're a sweet lil' guy, aren't you?'' I grin widely at him as I pinch the bridge of his nose, nudging side to side as we both laugh before letting him push me onto the ground, tickling onto both sides of my waist; causing me to laugh loudly.

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