Hard Knock Life

Jo Rivers seems to be your average beauty. Though her past says otherwise. As the memories bagin to fade, the scars remain a constant reminder of her rough life. What will happen when she becomes involved with the bad boy who frightens everyone? Can she let her walls down and let him in? Or will she push him away like she always has? Read to find out.(:


1. I don't wanna wait any longer.

-Jo's POV

"Come on Jo, let's go out tonight. It'll be fun."

My friend, Tori, begs me. She's home from college for a few weeks. Don't get me wrong, I love having her here. But all she ever wants to do is party and get drunk. I like to have fun, just not in that way.

“If I say yes, will you stop bugging me?” I laugh, trying to her off my back.

She violently nods her head up and down, tousling her short brown hair.


A short hour later I step out of the shower and start getting ready. My long blonde hair is blow dried and straightened. My long lashes are accentuated by black mascara and light eye shadow. My lips are naturally a deep red, something I’ve always loved.

I slip into a sleek black dress that reaches a little past mi mid-thigh due to my short legs. Everything about me is petite. Minus my lips, which is my greatest feature.


“Jesus Christ! Why did I have to pick my tallest heals?” I pine, standing outside the club. We’ve been here for close to an hour and the line has barely moved.

“Hi cutie.” I turn my head to see a tall man standing close by. He’s built like a linebacker. Broad shoulders, big chest, thick stature. He could do some serious damage.

“Um, hey.” I chuckle, turning towards Tori who’s off in her own world, searching for hot guys.

“What’s a hottie like uou doing here without a strong man on her arm?” He smirks at me, clearly not noticing the cold shoulder I’m giving him.

“She’s mine. Back off.” Tori butts in, kissing me on the cheek. I hold back my laughter, trying to make it believable.

His cheeks flush to a deep pink as he bows his head in defeat. Embarrassed, he walks away.

“Thanks for that.” I sigh, letting the nerves escape my body. Who knows what that guy could do to me? Being almost twice my size, he could easily throw me across the parking lot.

I’m always nervous when I’m around guys. I've been hurt too bad to let any into my life.


“Hello beautiful.” A raspy voice says into my ear over the thumbing music. For some reason, my heart starts pumping faster.

I turn around to have two sparkling green eyes burn into my face. They scan down my face, and around my body. I scoff, crossing my arms over my chest.

His thick brown curs hang on his face effortlessly. I get lost in his appearance. What can I say, he’s drop dead gorgeous.

“I’m Harry, and you are?” He smirks, taking my hand and gently kissing my knuckles. Instinctively, I pull my hand from his grasp.

“Not interested.”

When I turn around, Tori is nowhere to be seen. Probably getting another drink.

“Okay, ‘not interested’, what do you say we dance?” He asks, not getting the point. What is wrong with guys and not noticing when he’s not wanted?

His exterior is tough. Very tall and muscular. A body that could kill. Literally.

“No thanks.” I reply, taking a seat on the black couch behind me.

Instead of walking away, he sits right beside me, smiling. A dimple is uncovered on each side of his mouth.

As I’m getting lost in his appearance, his large hand is set on my knee. Goosebumps erupt on my skin as his warm hand gently rubs my cold leg.

When I make no effort to pull away, he slowly moves closer to the hem of my dress.

This guy is too cocky.

“Dude, hands off.” I snap as I come to my senses. I’ve never met this boy in my life and he’s already feeling me up.

Harry chuckles deeply, pulling his hand away.

“Tomorrow I’m taking you out. Like, on a date.” He boldly states. I’m taken aback by his forwardness.

“That’s gonna be tough if you don’t know anything about me.”

He seems to accept this as a challenge. Something for him to work towards. A hunt.

Authors note:

Hey! This is my first time posting a fanfic on here, so let me know what you think of it. Good or bad, let me know!


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