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.'

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13. 'We need to talk.'

A/N

Do you guys want more Reuben POV's? Just comment, and I'll write some more :)

 

"We need to talk," Reuben sternly said, our eyes locked.

I scowled, "About what?"

"You'll find out; that's why I said we need to talk," he answered blankly, turning away from me.

Not liking the ring to his tone, I followed him, through to Drake's lounge. It was empty, other than us. The only sound was our footsteps, and the occasional curse from Reuben, due to his agony. Awkwardly, I stood still, and he balanced on his crutch.

He sighed lightly, looking in more emotional pain, than physical, "Look," he breathed in deeply, "They know how much you mean to me," he started, meaning the Angel kidnapping idiots, "And they want you dead."

"What? What've I done?" I squeaked.

"It's not what you've done, it's what I've done," he quickly replied, "Because of that, I think you should stay away from me, until they don't want me anymore," pain crossed his eyes, but he blinked it away.

Wait, what? My heart dropped into my stomach, and I felt physically weak. My arms fell from being crossed over my chest, to my sides, limp with my weakness. My breathing sped up, not hyperventilating, but I was getting there. What!? He wants me to stay away from him? Why is it, every time he comes back, he has to go again!? Or in this case, me leave him.

"W-what?" I stuttered.

"Tori, I'm telling you that we can't be together until I'm not wanted," he calmly told me, his eyes watering slightly.

"But... But... You don't have to cut me off!" I accused, raising my voice.

"Yes I do," he quietly said, trying to get me to lower my voice.

"No, you don't! You don't have to abandon me again!" I yelled.

"Do you want to get hurt!?" he shouted back, scaring me a bit.

"I don't care anymore! If it means you'll stay with me, for once, then yes," I continued with the loud voice, knowing that none of the others would want to face an angry Reuben with me.

"There's nothing stopping me from leaving you right now, but I thought I was being courteous by telling you why!" he stared down at me, so close to crying, his voice still frighteningly loud.

"Courteous my ass," I muttered, "Do you get some kind of joy, out of leaving me?" I sarcastically cried.

He chewed on his left snakebite, so unsure of his next move. Silently, he watched me, trying to predict what I'd say to his answer. Angry, and upset, I stood stock still, except for my extreme trembling. 

Reuben pretty much threw his crutch to the side, stepped forward, grabbed my waist, and pulled me against him. His slightly chapped lips locked onto mine, shocking me. I refused to kiss him back, and held my hands by my sides, fists clenched. That lasted for about one second, until I pulled him even closer, and kissed him. He moved his only available hand from my waist, to my face, gently wiping my fallen tears away with his thumb. I didn't even realise I was crying, but eyes felt a bit sore.

I felt incredibly weird - like I was filled with air. My spine was tingling, making me stand as close to him as possible. He softly pushed my fringe out of my eyes, his touch causing my skin to ignite in a blush. My breath was caught, just because of how perfect Reuben was. It wasn't fair.

I felt our lips part, and his brushed my ear lobe. My eyes fluttered open, to see that my lips were against his jaw. His jaw was clenched, as he tried to sort out his mucked up girlfriend. Wait - Was I his girlfriend? Or not yet? 

"Don't leave me, please," I quietly begged, my lips grazing his jaw with each word.

He sighed, his warm breath tickling my neck, "You know I need to."

"You know you don't want to," I retorted, my voice coming out sharper than I intended.

"Tori-"

"Reuben," I interrupted.

He sighed again, and lightly kissed my neck, "Fine, but promise to stay away from any trouble, and don't go out without Drake and Shane," he reasoned.

Eagerly, I nodded, and hugged him. Instantly, he hugged me, burying his face in the crook of my neck. It felt good to have him needing me, instead of the other way around. 

"I need you," I told him anyway.

His voice was slightly muffled, but he answered me, "I need you too. If I didn't have you, I wouldn't be alive."

 

A/N 

Right, so I was listening to Somebody That I Used To Know - Mayday Parade ft Vic Fuentes, which gave me the idea for this chapter. Then the song changed to Just The Way You Are - Pierce The Veil, so you can thank them for saving Tori's and Reuben's relationship. :D

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