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?


10. Chapter Ten: Frustration

I opened my eyes to find myself curled up in bed with my sketchbook beside me. Hayden was staring up at me, his lips drawn into a cocky smile. I had showered as soon as I’d gotten home to get the smell of Hayden’s cologne off me. It was harder to forget the feel of our bodies pressed together though. Tearing out the page I scrunched it into a ball before throwing it at the bin across the room. It hit the rim and bounced off, landing behind my desk. I groaned and scrambled to my feet, retrieving the paper and dropping it into the bin.


There was a knock on the door and Lisa appeared.

“Hey, I saw that your light was on,” she said closing the door behind her.

The clock on my wall showed that it was one in the morning.

Brushing some hair behind my ear, I replied, “I fell asleep with it on.”

Lisa hobbled over to the bed and dropped down onto it. “So I didn’t get a chance to ask you how this afternoon went. How was it?”

I perched myself on the edge of the bed. “I shouldn’t have gone.”

“Why? What happened?”

I shook my head not wanting to talk about it.

“Ash text me saying that you were acting kind of weird.”

Sighing, I attempted to hide my annoyance. “I wish you two would stop texting about me.”

“He was really worried, Sel,” Lisa informed me, completely serious.

“Ash only paid me attention when I was leaving.”

“Oh, was Marie there?” she asked.

I nodded.

Lisa stretched out a hand to take mine but I moved away.

“Goodnight, Lisa.”

“Sel, let’s talk about it.”

“There’s nothing to talk about,” I snapped.

Changing the subject, she said, “What about the party?”

I resisted the urge to sigh. “What party?”

“The party we’re having when Mum and Dad go away.” Lisa beamed.

“Oh God, seriously, you’re still on about throwing a party?”

She nudged my arm, saying, “Yeah, it’ll be great.”

“What’s it even for?” I asked.

Laughing, she asked, “Do we need a reason? We can always say that it’s a birthday party for you. You’re eighteen in a few weeks.”  

“I don’t want a party,” I mumbled rubbing my face. “No one will come anyway.”

“Sure they will.” Lisa got to her feet, practically vibrating with excitement. “Mum and Dad are going away Friday and get back Sunday. I’ll organise the party for Friday. I’m so excited!”

“Lisa!” I cried in frustration. “There’s no way Mum and Dad will even agree to let us have a party.”

She giggled. “That’s why we’re not going to tell them about it!” Bouncing from the room awkwardly because of her cast, Lisa disappeared and I hurled my notepad off the bed, burying myself in the bedcovers.



“I’m going to miss you both so much!” Kayleigh drew me and Lisa into a hug and kissed us both on the cheek.

Smiling, Dad gestured to the front door. “It’s time to go, love.” To me and Lisa, he said, “We’ll be back Sunday. Make sure you do all your homework. There are leftovers in the fridge. You will be alright, won’t you?”

Lisa burst into a grin and herded Dad and Kayleigh towards the front door. “We’ll be fine! You two have fun! See you Sunday!” Shoving them outside, Lisa slammed the door shut and spun around to face me. “Party time!”

I narrowed my eyes at her and went upstairs without a word. I played music loudly and sat down at my desk intending to do homework but I couldn’t concentrate.  I wished Lisa wasn’t so stubborn. This party was definitely not a good idea. I twirled my pencil and leaned back in my chair. Lisa was probably already hanging up decorations and sorting out the party food.

Thinking that maybe Ash would be able to dissuade Lisa I sent him a text asking him to talk to her. Ash however appeared to be as excited as Lisa was about the party. I groaned and stared up at the ceiling. Maybe it wouldn’t be too bad, after all no one would probably come.


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