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?

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1. Chapter One: The Party

“You’re so lucky that you weren’t allowed to come,” I said into my phone.

I was sat at the edge of the deck as far away from the party as possible.

“Lucky,” scoffed Lisa unhappily. “I’m not sure luck had anything to do with it.” She was quiet for a moment before saying, “Okay maybe it was bad luck but God I wish I was there!”

Glancing over my shoulder I took in the sight of drunken college students dancing, doing the limbo and making out in the hot tub.

“I wish you were here too,” I said, picking at my long skirt. “Then I wouldn’t be alone.”

“I should have listened to you when you told me that the drainpipe outside my window needed replacing.”

I couldn’t help my lips from tugging into a smile. “Yes, you should have.”

“Now I have a broken leg and I’m grounded for two weeks.”

“I thought you got off easy. I was sure Dad was going to take away your pocket money as well.”

Lisa was my step-sister. Her mum had been married to my dad for just under two years. We were really close and got on well.

“Selena, next time I’m about to do something stupid please stop me.”

Laughing I replied, “I will. I promise.”

“So have you told Ash yet?” asked Lisa.

I blushed. “No and I’m not going to. Don’t you dare say anything to him otherwise I’ll tell Dad why you were really trying to sneak out.”

“Whoa, calm down. I’m not going to tell Ash, don’t worry.”

Ash was my best friend and we’d grown up together. I’d recently discovered that I had feelings for him but so did most of the other girls at college. Ash had gone from weedy and spotty to handsome and muscular over the summer and now every girl wanted to be with him. They only liked Ash for his looks though and not for his personality, which was pretty awesome by the way. Some people were so shallow.

I jumped when someone jabbed me in the ribs and my phone nearly slipped from my grasp. Ash sat down beside me. His brown hair was ruffled and his eyes were bright.

“I’ll call you back.”

“Was that Lisa?” asked Ash as I returned my phone to my pocket.

Nodding I smiled. “Happy birthday.”

He surprised me by pulling me into a hug. “It means a lot to me that you came. I know you don’t like crowds.”

“That’s okay.” I tried not to think about how good it felt to be in Ash’s arms or how nice he smelled but my cheeks reddened anyway.

Ash released me. “Nice top.”

Lisa had made me wear a purple top to match my eyes. I hated drawing attention to them but Lisa had insisted. People always thought that I wore contact lenses but I didn’t.

“Your parents will freak when they find out how many people were here.”

Ash smiled. “I’m not gonna tell them.”

A curvy blonde whose breasts were trying to escape from her bikini top stalked up to us. “Ash,” she said with a pout. “I thought you were going to dance with me?” Blondie twirled some hair around a slender finger and bit her lip provocatively.

I resisted the urge to roll my eyes.

“Sure thing, Marie.” Ash stood up with a grin. He took her hand and they strode away together.

Feeling slightly hurt I rested my head on my knees. Music was pounding from speakers in the living room which had become a dance floor. I could hear splashes and giggling coming from the hot tub. There was a cheer as someone did the limbo. Picking my drink up I drained it in one go. I really wanted to leave but seeing as this was Ash’s birthday party I decided that I should stay for at least another half an hour.

My phone started ringing. It was Lisa.

“What did I miss?” she asked enthusiastically.

Getting to my feet I descended the steps to the garden. “Not much. I was talking to Ash but some blonde called Marie stole him away.” I rubbed my temples. I was starting to get a headache. They usually appeared when I was surrounded by lots of people or feeling stressed.

Someone bumped into me making me drop my phone. I bent down to pick it up but the person had already retrieved it.

“Sorry about that. Here you go.”

It was a guy a few years older than me. His blond hair seemed to shine in the moonlight and even though he was handsome his expression was cold. It was his eyes that I couldn’t stop staring at though. They were violet, just like mine. Surprise registered on his face. Regarding me intently, he pressed the phone into my hand. His skin brushed mine and I shivered. I took a step backwards overwhelmed by fear. I didn’t know why but my instincts were screaming at me to run away as fast as I could. He looked like he wanted to say something but glanced over his shoulder before striding away.

I released the breath I didn’t realise I’d been holding. That guy had given me the heebie-jeebies. Once I had calmed down I started walking towards the tree at the end of the garden. There was a tyre swing on it. Ash’s dad had put it there for Ash’s sixth birthday. I remembered how thrilled Ash and I had been.

Tripping over something I landed in a heap on the ground. Muttering a curse I scrambled for my phone. I found it and stood up, straightening my clothes. Then turning around I searched for what I had fallen over. There was a girl laying face down on the ground.

“Hey, are you alright?” I asked as I carefully rolled her over.

Then I screamed.

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