"Daniel, this is Fippa. Fippa, Daniel." I introduced and hoped that Daniel wouldn't notice how discussed Filippa was.
"Nice to meet you, Fippa." Daniel smiled his brilliant smile. That smile would make a grown woman giggle. But Filippa was immune to him. She just nodded.
"I've heard a lot about you." Filippa said.
Oh no. This was not going well.
The whole afternoon was a disaster. My brothers barely said a word. Kayley was "busy" answering every single phone call. "I'm so sorry. It's work. I got to take this." She said and walked out of the room.
Filippa, on the other hand, was making an effort. An effort to make Daniel feel like an ass.
But Daniel. He was brilliant. He was friendly. He constantly tried to make a conversation. And when he didn't success, it didn't bother him. He smiled. I smiled and giggled. I tried to make them like him. I laughed at every single joke he told. I nodded and sighed.
"Well, this was nice. I hope you'll have a great time in Finland, Filippa. Netta, I'll call you. Bye!"
"Finally!" Nooa shouted.
"Nooa!" I hissed. "That's rude and you're so mean."
"If I have to hear your fake laugh one more time, I'm going to kill myself." he continued.
"It was not fake, you jerk! You were all very rude!" I nearly cried. I hated them all so much.
Niklas hugged me when he noticed how upset I was. I tried to push the jerk away, but my bear-like brother didn't move an inch.
"I'm sorry, Tiny. We weren't nice." He whispered. I sighed and stopped pushing him away. But then he continued: "But it was really annoying. You were trying too hard. And right now it's impossible for us to like him."
"Right." I said icily. "And why is that? He makes me happy. He literally saved me. You all saw how I was couple months ago. Then he showed up and look at me now!"
"Netsie, we know you. You don't have to do this." Kayley said. Suddenly she didn't have to answer any of her calls.
"So you all want me to crawl back to my bed? You want me to seriously think about jumping in front of a car? He has made it better!"
Filippa was very silent. She just looked at me with an expression I couldn't read.
"What?" I screamed.
"You thought about jumping in front of a car?" she asked silently.
Suddenly the whole room was quiet. Kayley was holding tears back. My brothers didn't know what to do. And Filippa, my dear Filippa... slapped me on my cheek.
"How dare you!" she shouted. I've never seen her so angry.
"You hit me." I whispered and held my cheek.
"Of course I hit you if you tell me that you thought about killing yourself!"
Kayley couldn't hold the tears back anymore. She started sobbing. Niklas and Nooa were still as statues.
"Netta. I'm going to tell you this only once. You DO NOT even think about that. You WILL NOT ruin other people's lives just because you are bad in relationships... NO! Don't interrupt me! You stop thinking only about yourself! Stop being a selfish bitch! Your family, your friends need you and love you. So take your head out of your ass and start to live your life!" No she was crying too.
Several months later
"Hey"! I said.
"Hey to yourself." Daniel answered and gave my cheek a kiss.
We met at the hospital cafeteria. He wore his white jacket.
"How are you?" he asked and gave a coffee mug.
"Um... I'm good."
He looked so friendly. His light brown hair and tender blue eyes reminded me of high school. Oh Daniel. How different our lives could be.
"And you? How are you?" I asked.
"I'm glad you wanted to see me."
"Yeah... I think I needed to explain."
He nodded. He patiently waited me to continue.
"Well... when you met my brothers, Kay and Fippa... I'm so sorry. They were awful! I hope they didn't upset you."
"Oh, don't worry about that. I kinda deserved it." He gently took my hand. I smiled. He was too good to be real.
"I guess so." I sighed. It felt so good that Daniel admitted that he had acted wrong.
"Netta, I'm so happy that... that you are giving me another chance." He lifted my hand and kissed it.
"I don't think I had any other choice. I never really got over you. Even with him, you were always on my mind." From the corner of my eye I saw cafeteria TV. The Olympics broadcast.