I Know You're There: Malevolent Innocence

*Conclusion to the I Know You're There trilogy* Reuben's dead. Never to return. Tori doesn't grieve, she gets on with her life. In fact, her and Damien's wedding is coming up. Sure, she loves him, but not like she loved Reuben. Everything's fine; absolutely fine. Despite the fact she cries herself to sleep, and prays for Reuben to come back every moment, everything's fine. What am I saying? It's Tori Hills, nothing's going to be fine, especially when she's about to devote her life to the wrong guy. 'I swear, if mine and Reuben's love was fire, we'd be nothing, but ash.'


9. 'Don't ruin my wedding.'

Slowly, I wandered home, unable to meet anyones' polite gazes. I was tired, but relieved at last. I wouldn't have to marry Damien, and Reuben wouldn't hate me. I was still starstruck that he got his best friend to make sure we didn't form a relationship any further than friends. Did that mean Reuben knew Damien was playing him, Drake, Shane and Raven? Apparently Jason and Damien also had a bit of a mucked up past. I wanted to know more about that, but I didn't want to push it.

Sometimes, being so curious, could be really annoying. It kept me up at night, then I'd usually have nightmares about it when I finally got some sleep. Wow, my life was weird.

"Wait! Tori!" I heard someone yell.

I spun on my heel, slamming straight into a rather flat, hard chest. Groaning, I pulled away, rubbing my nose. After checking my nose wasn't bleeding, I looked up, to meet a pair of sapphire eyes, that belonged to Drake.

"What's so important that you needed to give me a broken nose?" I teased, tenderly touching the bridge of it.

"Ah... Sorry. You forgot your jacket," he held it out to me, and I gratefully took it.

"Thanks," I smiled, finally convinced my nose was fine.

"No problem," he grinned, pleased to be of some assistance to me.

A brief silence passed over us, until Drake ended up deciding to walk me home. I didn't really expect it, but company could do me some good, so I went along. He slowed his long stride, to meet my short pace, until we were walking at the same speed.

"Thanks," I repeated.

He scowled slightly, "For what?"

Exasperated, I rolled my eyes, "For everything, Drake. Without you, I'd end up marrying Damien - and I do not want to think about that," I said.

"Ah, right, that. Don't worry, sweetheart, it's my pleasure. Consider it my revenge on Damien," despite his dark words, his voice was chirpy, as per usual.

I thought about that for a moment... Revenge. That would mean that Drake was taking me away from Damien, to get back at him... Oh my god.

"But it won't be revenge..." I pondered out loud.

"What? Why not?" he asked, frowning.

"Damien doesn't really love me... He's just using me to spite Reuben..." I mused, frowning myself.

"I never thought of it like that," Drake honestly responded, his eyebrows furrowed in confusion.

"Well, pretty boy, I already have my doubts about your thinking," I smirked.

It took him a while to click with what I was implying, obligating my statement even further, "Hey!"

I giggled, not that fussed over Damien using me. I was using him too. Maybe Damien was secretly a Demon, too, judging by his secret ploys to hurt Reuben. To be fair, I was the one who jump started our relationship, but he used to be so... nice. More or less, a total sweetheart, but he was just lying to me the whole time. That's frustrating.

"Karma is so going to bite him back," I decided, getting nearer and nearer to home.

"Good," Drake huffed, clearly not pleased with Damien using me.

Silence hung over us, but it was comfortable. The occasional car whizzed past, and once again, another realisation hit me. Since I wasn't giving my life to someone else, I could still visit Reuben! This idea just seemed to be getting more appealing by the second, as amazing consequences flooded my mind.

"So, see you on the big day?" Drake smiled, and I looked up, to realise we were back at mine.

"I guess so..." the frown made it's way back onto my face.

"Seriously, stop frowning, sweetheart, it doesn't suit you," he scolded, smoothing the skin on my forehead out, with his thumb.

A smile tugged at the corners of my lips, making him smile too, "Unless Shane does his job correctly, you better get used to it," I smirked.

He rolled his eyes at me, "Whatever you say, sweetheart. Trust me, you're not marrying Damien. For goodness sakes, I'll protest if I have to. If for some reason I can't, just do what you do best."

"What's that?" I asked, intrigued.

"Your verbal diarrhoea. I don't know, announce that you're gay or something, if it goes wrong," he laughed.

"Oh, my verbal diarrhoea? Let me guess, Reuben told you every case of word vomit I've ever had?" I sarcastically replied, trying not to show my embarrassment.

"Pretty much. By the way, I liked that on your first date with him, your friend called, and you said 'Um... Just out... With a guy'. Your lying is awful," he chuckled huskily.

"I'm not good under pressure, okay!?" I squeaked, the blush staining my cheeks.

"I know, sweetheart," he smiled a crooked smile, and pecked my forehead, "And don't worry, I'll wear something pretty."

"Good, I don't want you ruining my wedding," I nudged his ribs with my elbow, receiving a hearty laugh.

"That's Shane's job."



Aloha! ... Here I go with the Hawaiian stuff again...

Anywho, just wanted to say I love Drake. He's awesome.

AND you guys are the best fans in the world. Seriously. And I wish I could send every one of you, a Reuben. If I ever win the lottery, which I'm still under aged to oblige, I will manufacture Reuben's... That sounds painful...

Here's the bad news...

I'm going away for two weeks, so I can't update :( I'm sorry! I promise when I get back, I'll write two long chapters for you guys, if I can.

Love you all!!!! x

P.S. Shout out to ♥Molsy♥ because she's one of my best friends, and she finally managed to figure out that the substitute teacher we sometimes have is very attractive... Wow I sound so old... But seriously, he's hot...


K, bye x

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