Drive till you lose the road

Set during the 2nd season. Haley has left for New York, but can she avoid the temptations that come with the rock star's lifestyle? And if she falls, who will be there to help her pick herself back up?

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9. Things that make you go hmm

Haley gazed at Lucas across the room. She could tell, by the way his brow creased, that the call wasn't going well. She knew all of his little mannerisms, his quirks. She had known him for years. What she didn't know was when her feelings for him blurred the line between platonic and romantic. She remembered all too well how she had adamantly denied any "weird Joey and Dawson scenario" between them when they were younger. Had it been even then, that her feelings had changed?

 

"So, she said it was okay, grudgingly, and only because Brooke kinda left me stranded." Lucas said, pulling Haley out of her thoughts. Since Brooke had been Lucas's ride home, Haley had volunteered to drive him back to Tree Hill, but she didn't have a day off until Sunday. She smiled at the thought of Lucas spending the next four days with her.

"Well Mr. Scott, you can thank your mother for me. She just made me the happiest girl in the world." Haley grinned. Lucas chuckled at her cheesy grin.

 

"You can thank her yourself on Sunday." Lucas retorted, pulling Haley down onto the couch with him. The reality of the situation suddenly dawned on Haley. In four days, she would be in Tree Hill, with Lucas, and Nathan. Haley felt sick as she thought about telling Nathan that she had slept with his brother and best friend.

"So, not that I'm complaining or anything, but was kissing me a spur of the moment thing, or…" Lucas trailed off, at a loss for words.

 

"Or do I have secret feelings for you?" Hailey teased, pushing the dread out of her mind for now.

"Yeah, something like that." Lucas smiled. Haley ran her fingers down his cheek.

 

"I think I always have. I just didn't have the courage to act on them and risk our friendship" She admitted shyly.

"And then you met Nathan." Lucas added. Haley nodded slowly. She had come to realized, over the last few months, that the reason her relationship with Nathan failed was because they didn't know each other well enough. She hadn't known that he would shift back into the boy he had been when they had first met, the first time that they had a disagreement, and he didn't know how passionate Haley was about her music. Those fundamental pieces of information might have saved them months of heartache, but they had come to light when it was far too late to do anything about it.

 

"Yeah, and then I met Nathan, and you met Brooke and Peyton and Nikki." Haley jokingly ticked off the names on her fingers.

"Alright, Alright, retract the claws, point taken." Lucas joked, holding his hands up in defeat.

 

"Just so you know, though, I don't know why you were so scared. We could have had this years ago." Lucas whispered as he kissed her hair.

Brooke hated driving alone. It gave her far too much time to do the thing she hated most, think. About the time she'd reach the New York state border, she'd come to her senses and realized that she'd just left Lucas stranded in NYC. That realization was quickly replaced by another. That she'd promised Lucas and Haley not to rat them out, but she was going to show up Tree Hill, sans Lucas, and no good excuse. Biting her lip, she rationalized that telling Peyton wasn't really breaking her promise, since she and Peyton were so close, they were nearly the same person.

 

"P. Sawyer, am I ever glad to hear your voice!" She squealed when Peyton answered the phone.

"And to what do I owe the pleasure of a phone call this early in the day, B. Davis?" Peyton asked, amazed that Brooke was awake before noon.

 

"Drama, what else?" Brooke replied, as if it were the most obvious thing.

"Oh yeah, what kind? Haley walk in on you and Luke having wild monkey sex, or whatever it is that you to do?" Peyton joked.

 

"Uh, kinda the exact opposite." Brooke replied hesitantly. She knew that Peyton would be gung ho for a Haley James ass-whooping, when she found out what had happened.

"What are talking about Brooke?" Peyton asked, all traces of laughter gone from her voice.

 

"I walked in on Haley and Lucas, kissing, this morning and by the looks of it that was just the tip of the iceberg." Brooke spilled quickly.

"Oh my God. Are you sure you're sober? Lucas and Haley?" Peyton exclaimed. Brooke nodded, before she realized that Peyton couldn't see her.

 

"Yeah, I kinda flipped out on them. I read Lucas the riot act, then I ditched him. I'm on my way home." She admitted, with a shrug.

"Man, I can't believe that Haley would do that to Nathan. Or Lucas for that matter. This is going to kill Nathan." Peyton said worriedly. Brooke could just imagine her pacing across the floor, tugging a curl, the way she did when she was nervous.

 

"I know, Peyt" Brooke commiserated, but what worried Brooke more at the moment was fighting the green monster that had, surprisingly, reared its ugly head only a few hours ago.

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