Freddie's blow was just a start of a lot of things to come undone in the next few days, perhaps weeks. The whole Beth and Rhys scandal came to light, the arrest then the bottom fell out. Rhys ending up fighting for his life in the hospital.
Nobody wondered about Josh's face, but of course, Simon. Luckily, Josh stayed clear. Didn't even ask if he could go to Simon's. He just did. And luckily, Simon's mum was understanding, and it was really for the best.
"I just wish you would have told me more about them bullying you so, I could have done something," Simon wouldn't shut up about it. He'd go in bouts for days about Josh's incident, the lie about the footballers.
"I told you, you couldn't have fended them off. It was inevitable." Josh still looked like shit, but felt lucky to still be in one piece. He knew Freddie could have done worse. He'd never seen him like that. That wasn't the compassionate Freddie he knew. Josh felt he'd turned him into a monster. No way was he going to tell Simon about Freddie. "Just let it go, Simon. I'm fine now. Who knows, maybe this was about Rhys. Not about us at all." Again, he felt Rhys always had the family in some sort of grip. It was annoying, but he didn't want to see his brother laying there in a hospital bed, either.
"But I want to help." Simon put his arm around Josh for comfort there on Simon's bed.
"You have," Josh smiled. He wasn't going to look back now. It was finished with Freddie. He wouldn't dare even greet him on the street now. They might as well be strangers. "Its all going to be all right." He had to promise himself that. He kissed away Simon's troubles. Josh so wanted to forget his own.