The M Factor: It's Now or Never

Love and war do not mix well together.

The M Factor competition is all-out war, as talented people from all over the continent compete for the chance of a lifetime. I still don't know how I am even here, among the talented.

Love isn't something that you could merely push away. It isn't a feeling you could just ignore. Which is why I struggle between the balance of love and war.

Which will win in the end?

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13. Possibilities

   "Never." 

 

   "Then, I guess the whole world will find out who Addison Carter likes," she shrugged, as if she was innocent. I resisted every urge to pounce her, but I bit back my shouts. Instead, I measured my options. I could either stay away from Jace and have my secret safe, or continue to say by Jace's side while the whole world (including Jace) will know my secret. What if he didn't want to be near me after he found out? Tammi had the same thing happen to her, and she was fine. But she didn't really like the boy like I do. I didn't want to chose either one of them, but opportunity of choice was walking away slowly and expectantly, and I wouldn't let it fall out of my grip. 

 

   "Wait." 

 

   Olivia pivoted slyly, folding her arms across her chest. "Changed your mind?" 

 

   I stood there, hesitating. But as I opened my mouth and the words spilled out, there was no turning back. 

 

   "What do you mean by stay away from Jace?"

 

   "Don't talk to him."

 

    "And drop him randomly? Wouldn't that need some explaining?" I wondered. 

 

   "No need for my explaining." 

 

   I saw what she was doing. She would ruin our friendship. Revealing my secret would ruin our friendship anyway. He was dating Olivia, he clearly didn't like me. 

 

   "Fine," I agreed, a pain stinging my chest, prickling at my eyes. "I'll stay away." 

 

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   "Good job, Eddy!" I called as his band, Eagle Lane, came swaggering off the stage. 

 

    He thanked me, and I gave him a thumbs-up as he walked over to Kat. 

 

   "Hey," a voice said from my side. I turned my head to see Matt, Eddy's bandmate. 

 

   "Hi, Matt. Awesome performance."

 

   "Thanks. I'm exhausted now, though." 

 

   "I would think you're exhausted- you just performed your butt off." I said with a laugh. "That sounded so much better in my head.

 

   Matt and I laughed, as my eyes fell upon Jace and Olivia. Olivia was talking to him quietly, and his eyes looked somewhere else. Although he nodded every so often, he looked like he wasn't there. His eyes drifted over to me as I snapped them away, and back to Matt, who was in the midst of telling the story of how he almost face planted on stage. I attempted to focus, but felt the mocking my ears of Olivia and Jace, like annoying mosquitoes in the summertime. 

 

   "Addison," Matt repeated. I snapped back into reality and focused on his eyes again. His deep eyes, which reminded me much of Jace's. 

 

  "Yeah?" 

 

   "I had to ask you a question," he recalled. 

 

   "Oh, right." I babbled. "You were saying?" 

 

   "Would you...like to go out with me sometime?" Matt asked, tucking his hands way nervously into the pockets of his black skinny jeans. 

 

   I admit, I was taken aback. I don't know how long I stared at him dumbfoundedly- everything was a daze. I thought about Jace. Well, what was he going to do? He didn't like me, I couldn't go near him, and I was acting as if he was already mine. He was never mine, and he never will be, why couldn't I just accept that? Why couldn't I stop myself from thinking about the beautiful boy?

 

   "Yeah!" I blurted, half-minded. His semi-grin creased on the ends, stretching out into an enormous beam, reaching both ears. I smiled back at him, feeling confident with my decision. Once we go out, I won't even remember Jace. 

 

    Yeah, right. Like that would ever happen.

 

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