Just a Coincidence

When 17 year old Maddi is told that she has to move back to her childhood town in Ireland, will her life be changed for better or for worse? Will she be willing to leave her Australian life behind? Or will something happen to make the move that little bit easier.







My first Movellas novel. Sorry if it's bad...

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23. Lady Handler

When people say crying is a sign of weakness, you just want to punch them in the face.

You can just imagine the slow motion reaction of this immense force slamming into their nose.

And then put it on replay.

Bella opened her eyes wide to dry the forming tears away.

 

***

 

It was about 12 o'clock in the morning and they were still in the dressing rooms. She was over-exhausted and decided to walk quickly outside in the hallway to answer a phone call.

As fun as it was talking to the boys and having a laugh, it was time to go home but no-one was taking any of her hints. She was yawning and slumping slightly, closing her eyes every so often but no one was picking anything up.

Bella was just about to go back into the dressing room after finally planning the best way to get the girls into the car when a hard hand feel onto her shoulder.

Maybe she was over-exaggerating but the extra weight seemed to pin her down so much that it was a difficulty just to turn around. Bella flinched as the grip began to tighten. She put on a brave face, got her sarcastic comments in order and sleep-sobered up to bitch slap this lady handler in the face.

"What the he..ll." Bella started before glancing at Luke.

A very drunk and/or high Luke.

Shit.

"Luke, why are you here?" Bella said before backtracking and finding a better question, "How did you get in."

Bella glanced down to Luke's knuckles to find them all scratched and swollen.

"Shit..." She rolled her eyes. "Luke. Go home." She said firmly, putting on the bravest face she could.

Bella looked at him. Something had changed. This is different to drugged Luke or drunk Luke that she was used to seeing on many occasions. He looked messed up, like a teenage ninja turtle on a rich type of steroids.

 

Luke's face hardened, "Not until I get what I want."

"And what would that be...." Bella egged on, knowing exactly what the returning answer was going to be.

Maddi may of been Luke's one and only but Bella knew Luke equally as well. They were friends, buddies, mates, whatever- both of them were as close as anyone other friendship couple in their group. Though it was evident that Luke and Maddi had sparks, Bella, knowing her friend as well as she did, knew that a little spark wouldn't initiate anything big.

I want Maddi." Luke replied in a child-like tone, making Bella grind her teeth.

"Well you can't see her. Look at you- you're as high as a kite. Get over yourself, you're married. This crush thing is beneath you now." She said, trying to reason with him.

Luke stepped closer to Bella and looked closely at her. She squirmed under his touch as if it was an electric current.

"I'm technically not married anymore. We got an annulment. It was a stupid drunken moment anyways. But I can tell that I make you uncomfortable now after everything that's happened." Luke said, rubbing his thumb up and down her shoulder.

Bella shrugged his hand off and stepped back.

"You always were the child genius."

"Don't be mean Bellsie! How long have we known each other  A long time! I even know that your eyes get puffy when you've been crying. And guess whose eyes are puffy?"

"Cause I'm tired from your horrible rhetorical questions!" Bella shot back.

Luke again filled the gap between them and pushed down hard on Bella's shoulders, making her flinch.

"Why were you crying?" He said harshly. 

"Luke I'm sorry but I have no emotional space to have this conversation with you right now." Bella said.

 

Bella felt the tears warm her eyes as she remembered the real reason for crying. She kicked herself for taking that phone call.

"Bella, I know I'm the last person you want to see right now, but I do have a little compassion. Is it me making you cry?" Luke said.

Bella sighed, he has no idea. Before, during, and after Maddi and Luke dated- guess who had a mad ass crush on Luke?

Bella. Bingo!

She cried the night Maddi had rang up saying they kissed and then again when they first had sex and she had to swear to keep it a secret from Maddi's parents. It was a big deal. Maddi had never done anything like that before and it was a huge step in her and Luke's relationship. Luke was the more experienced one in that area and from that night on, their relationship only got stronger which crushed Bella. Until the one day when it all fell apart. Bella procrastinated about taking a next step but decided it was a terrible idea. She didn't want what happened to Luke and Maddi's friendship, happen to hers either. The only person who knew about all this was Bella's dog, Bibi, but dogs can only give you so much understanding.

"Far out. Luke you haven't been around in weeks, wait, months and I'm supposed to tell you everything that's been happening in my life? I don't know what hell you've put yourself in but you need to get your ass outta here so we don't fall down with you."

Luke pushed Bella back against the wall and smirked.

'No wonder I didn't want to fuck you. You're to weak for my liking."

Bella grounded her back against the wall. Wow, that comment hurt. She raised her hand to slap Luke sharply across the face.

"You bi.." He started.

"Go home. Now!" Bella firmly spoke, noticing Luke's hand ball up at his sides.

"You can't tell me what to do. You can't tell me what I want."

"Maybe not, but I have people for that." Bella said, " Security!" 

"I've done nothing wrong!" Luke yelled in her face.

"You're in a restricted area! Bullshit you've done nothing wrong."

 

Bella could hear shouts and footsteps around the corner- from what she heard, it sounded like they'd been searching for him.

Bella scrunched up her nose when she felt Luke spit on her face. 

"Tell Maddi, if I can't see her, she'll have to come see me."

For some odd reason, Bella had an inkling that he would make that happen. Though Maddi may have been in the worst position with Luke, Bella would still happily take her place. He was a douche, but there was a spark in him that she had always loved. Luke started to run back down the corridor.

"In your dreams!" Bella yelled behind him. He stopped and turned around.

"I get what I want. You should know that by now. Maddi is all I want and all I ever will!"

"You're never going to get her." Bella started as a tear gushed down her face. "She's too good for you."

"That's what you think. She's better than you. Remember Bella, crying is a sign of weakness..."

And with that, Luke disappeared. Bella couldn't help but let the waterfall of emotions come gushing out. How could she let him get to her like this. How could he make her feel this way? That stupid phone call just pushed her over the edge.

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