Dark Longing

Selena Abbott discovers that she isn't what she thought she was and neither was her mother.
Plunged into a dark world will Selena be able to resist the darkness or will she give in to the dark longing?


15. Chapter Fifteen: Return

“DID YOU AND Hayden have sex?” Was the first question Lisa bombarded me with when I eventually made my way downstairs.

“What? No!” I moved through to the kitchen, picking up bits of rubbish left over from the party.

Hobbling after me, Lisa said, “Well at least tell me that you kissed.” I shook my head and she frowned. “What were you two doing when you were at his house then?”

“I dunno, stuff.” I shrugged, rummaging through a cupboard for something to eat. I grabbed a packet of crisps and tore it open.

Lisa stole a crisp and stuffed it into her mouth. “Well if you’re not kissing Hayden can I? He’s so hot I felt like I was burning up just sitting next to him.” She fanned her face and giggled.

“Lisa, Hayden’s dangerous. You shouldn’t go anywhere near him.” I fixed her with a serious stare.

Pouting, she asked, “How come you can be near him? I thought you were going to pull Hayden’s arm from its socket when you yanked him after you upstairs.” Lisa narrowed her eyes suspiciously. “What were you two doing up there anyway? Hayden looked like a cat with a bowl of cream when he came back down.”

I sighed and put my half eaten bag of crisps on the side. Placing my hands on Lisa’s shoulders, I told her, “We were just talking. Look, nothing has happened between us and that’s the way I want to keep it. Hayden has taken an interest in me but I’m sure he’ll get bored and go bother someone else soon enough. Until then, I need you to stay away from him, Lisa. I mean it when I say that he’s dangerous. I would hate to see you get hurt.” Deflated, Lisa gave a small nod and I hugged her.

“What did Ash say to you? He must have seen Hayden leave because he asked me about him.”

Rolling my eyes, I replied, “He wanted to know Hayden’s life story.”

Lisa burst into a huge smile. “Ooh I bet he’s jealous.” She gripped my arm so tightly that I was worried about the circulation being cut off.

“Why? He’s got Marie.”

“Oh purlease,” Lisa scoffed. “Ash doesn’t like her that way. Maybe now he’ll realise that he has feelings for you.”

I rubbed my temples. “Can we please change the subject? How was the party? Did anything get broken?”

“Nope, nothing and I made sure that no one went upstairs. There’s still some rubbish scattered around though which we’ll have to clean up before the parents get back tomorrow.”

“I’ll do it. I’m really sorry about disappearing, Lisa.”

She drew me into her arms, saying, “I’m just glad that you’re safe and I won’t tell Mum and Dad, just like you won’t tell them about the party.”

“Deal.” I smiled.



When Dad and Kayleigh returned the next day the house was spotless. Kayleigh scooped us into her arms, practically crushing us.

Bringing the bags into the house, Dad laughed. “Honey, you’re squashing them.”

She released us looking horrified. “Oh I’m so sorry, it’s just that I missed you two so much.” Kayleigh rested a hand on her swollen stomach and gasped. “I’m not the only one!” She took one of my and Lisa’s hands and pressed them to her waist. The baby was kicking like crazy.

I smiled and offered to make Kayleigh a drink. She shook her head and told us that she was going for a lie down.

“Alright, you two,” Dad said, crossing his arms. “What happened?”

Lisa cast me a worried glance but I kept my eyes on Dad. “What do you mean?”

“The house is cleaner now than when we left. What did you do?”

“We just stayed in and did homework,” I said innocently.

Dad stared at us for a while before grinning. “I know I just wanted to scare you.” He messed up my hair and chuckled to himself.

I released the breath I hadn’t realised I’d been holding and managed a small smile.



“Ash is staring at you,” Lisa whispered.

I didn’t bother to look. “That’s nice,” I murmured, drinking some water.

She frowned. “Are you two fighting? You never fight.”

It was Monday lunchtime and instead of sitting with Lisa and me like he usually did, Ash was with Marie and the other popular people.

Huffing, Lisa said, “I don’t like this. You two are best friends. You shouldn’t let something stupid get between you.” She paused for a moment. “What are you even arguing about anyway? Hayden or Marie? Or is it both of them?”

“I’m just annoyed at Ash, that’s all.” I nibbled on a muesli bar, resisting the urge to turn and look at him.

“Are you going to eat that piece of cake?” Lisa asked, eyeing my slice of lemon drizzle hungrily.

“Go for it.” Snatching up the cake, Lisa peeled the Clingfilm off eagerly. I wasn’t hungry. Whatever it was that was going on with me and Ash was affecting my appetite.

Someone appeared beside our table and my stomach flipped at the thought that it could be Ash. I glanced up, my heart in my throat. It wasn’t him. It was Tommy the womanising jerk who had slept with nearly all the girls in college. The guy that Lisa had a massive crush on.

“Hey, babe,” he said to Lisa, his eyes covered by sunglasses even though it was cloudy. “That was a cool party. Let’s hang out some time.” Tommy gave us a flash of his pearly white teeth before swaggering away.

“OH. MY. GOD!” Lisa was practically jumping up and down in her seat. Squealing embarrassingly loudly, she cried, “Did you see that? Tommy called me babe!”

I wasn’t paying attention. I had made the mistake of turning to look at Ash. His eyes were locked on me, filled with a mixture of regret and something else that I couldn’t place. Ash was oblivious to Marie who was sat next to him and attempting to get Ash to pay attention to her so that she could feed him a chip. Feeling that she was being watched, Marie flipped her blonde hair and glared at me. It was a glare that said one thing. Back off bitch he’s mine.



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