Dark Side

Lux Gallagher is a contestant on The X Factor USA.
She thinks everything is going great for her, until the producers drop some news.

Everyone is getting their own celebrity mentor for the live shows.

Lux is excited, until she finds out her mentor is an obnoxious, pompous jerk.
Not only does he think he's God's Gift to women, he's in a boy band to top it off.
Will their constant arguing and fueding ruin her chances on the show?
Will their dark sides tear each other apart and destroy one another?

Find out who wins this war in Dark Side.

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28. After

 

Lux was the first one to wake up, probably because today was the results show and she was having a damn near heart attack. With a glance at Harry's sleeping body, she got out of bed slowly and quietly, hoping to let him sleep a bit longer while she got in the shower.

After all the crying, the yelling, the fighting, the kissing, and well, the pleasure... she was in a desperate need of a long, hot shower. While standing under the stream of hot water, she began to worry about that night like she expected herself too. Lux was all cried out though, so instead of letting her sadness and fear out by crying, it stayed inside of her, sizzling and waiting to explode.

Stepping out, dripping wet and smelling of berries and honey, she wrapped a big fluffy towel around her body and peeked out the door to see if Harry was still asleep. Her bed was empty. She scrunched her eyebrows together in confusion, stepping out slowly and looking around for any sign of him, but he was gone. He snuck out. Who sneaks out anymore?!

Lux groaned as she sat down on the edge of her bed, wondering how completely awkward today was going to be, wondering if he'll even talk to her after last night. Then she remembered her stupid late night confession, and began to freak out even more.

“Fuck.” She whispered, rubbing her forehead and shutting her eyes.

“Morning, love.” Lux jumped up, clutching her towel and spinning around to look at Harry.

He smiled at her, holding two steaming mugs in his hands, raising one at her. “Coffee?”

“Y-you... got me.. coffee?” She asked in a whisper, shock written all over her face as he handed her the mug slowly. He laughed lightly, nodding as he planted a light kiss to the side of her face.

“That's right.” He said, sipping his own coffee as he snuggled back into her bed.

She realized then that at some point overnight he lost his shirt, so he was sitting there shirtless. Her eyes wandered down over his chest and stomach, realizing he had quite the ab muscles going on.

“Look at us, we look like a couple of sluts.” Lux gestured to her small towel covering her naked body and then to his naked chest as he lounged in her bed. He grinned up at her, not replying, just looking into her eyes with a smile that made her squirm.

“How are you feeling?” He asked, and she looked down, clutching her towel tighter.

“Like I'm going to throw up if you keep staring at me like that.” She replied.

Harry laughed lightly, shaking his head but not removing his eyes from her, not even as he sipped his coffee. He tried to catch her eyes, but she refused. Her face began to feel hot and she knew she was probably turning a terrible red color.

“That's a nice color on you.” He commented, confirming her suspicions. She groaned and covered her face with her hand, turning away and back toward the bathroom.

“I'm just gonna go change.... and then die.” She said, taking a long sip of the coffee before putting it down and grabbing some clean clothes out of her drawers.

“Don't get dressed.” He said, “Come here.”

“Harry..” She raised her eyebrows at him, shooting him a look. “I have a long day today.”

“Exactly, so just come here for a second. I promise I won't do anything.”

He held his arms out to her, and she sighed heavily but crawled over to him anyways, clutching her towel even tighter. He patted his tummy, and she sighed as she laid her head down on it, looking up at him. He smiled down at her, tilting his head a bit as they stared.

With his free hand, he began to comb his fingertips through her wet hair, detangling it the way her mother used to when she was a little girl. She shook the memory out of her mind, looking down at his pale skin as she reached a hand out to trace over the contours of his muscles.

“What is it?” He whispered, “You look sad all of a sudden.”

“My mom used to do that.” She said, gesturing to his hand as it worked through her tangles.

“Oh yeah?” He asked, his voice still quiet and sweet. “Where is your mum?”

“She's dead.” Lux's voice was distant and cold, and she closed her eyes for a second.

He nearly dropped his coffee mug in shock, reaching over and putting it down so he could use both hands to tug her closer to him. She snuggled into his chest when he pulled her to it, feeling safe and comforted more than she thought she could be.

“I'm sorry, love.” He murmured, “When did it happen?”

“I was only 10.” She whispered back, shrugging. “S'alright. I still have my dad. Kind of.”

“What do you mean, kind of?” Harry pulled back to look into her eyes, which were the most distant he's ever seen them. She must hide her pain well, because he had no idea any of this happened.

“He's not around much. Lives in a different state than me....whatever, it's fine. I've been taking care of myself for a long time.” She shrugged, moving back from him and sitting up. “I really should get dressed now.”

“Wait..” He frowned, reaching out and tugging lightly on her arm. “Who raised you?”

“My aunt.” Lux turned back to look at him, “My mom's sister. We're close. So see, I'm okay.”

“Lux..”

“Who needs a mom? I.. I turned out fine.. right? I'm okay, right?” She asked, trying not to let him see the tears as they shone in her eyes, but he knew her better than that.

“You're fine. You're fine.” He whispered, tugging her back into a tight embrace. “You're more than fine. You came out absolutely incredible, Luxie. Don't ever doubt that.”

“You can be quite comforting when you want to, huh?” She tried to laugh, pulling back to look up at his face. He smiled lightly, reaching down to touch her cheek as softly as possible.

“When I need to.” He corrected, cupping her chin in his fingers. “When you need me.”

“I do need you.” Lux whispered, casting her eyes down and then slowly back up.

Harry lifted her face up to his, brushing his lips across hers like a paintbrush across canvas. Swift, gentle, perfect. It was almost as if they were made to be kissing each other, their lips fitting together like two pieces of a puzzle locking in. The kiss wasn't long, wasn't crazy sexual, just passionate and perfect and exactly what Lux needed at the moment.

“Go get dressed.” He murmured against her lips, kissing them twice more quickly before releasing her.

“Mmm?” Lux was delirious, her eyes closed, her body tingling everywhere from his kisses.

Harry laughed, kissing her once more. “Get dressed, Luxie.”

“Oh. Right.” She opened her eyes, looking down at her small towel and smiling with a blush before disappearing into the bathroom.

Harry sat back down on her bed, drinking his coffee as he waited for her, his hands shaking and his stomach turning. There she goes, letting him in some more, telling him intimate details of her life. And he still can't even tell her about a stupid fucking break-up? He sighed heavily and ran his fingers through his curls, waiting for her to return when the door opened and Sara wandered in.

She looked extremely happy, her entire face glowing.

“Harry...” She smiled at him. “What are you doing here? Half-naked, in Lux's bed..”

Her head tilted as she thought over this for a second, “Ohmygod, you guys didn't!”

“No, we didn't.” He laughed, “But by the looks of you, I'd say you did!”

“Don't be cheeky with me.” She smirked, and he laughed at her word choice.

“Where is Lux?”

“In the loo, gettin' dressed.” He said, looking back down at his mug. “Hey, I've got to get ready.. would you tell her I had to go?”

“Sure thing.” Sara grinned, and he had a feeling there was nothing that could make her sad today. Niall was clearly very good for her.

Harry wondered if he was that good for Lux as well... probably not.

“Thanks love.” He nodded before exiting, shutting the door and leaning against it

Mike, one of the main producers, was heading his way down the hall. He didn't look happy.

“Harry, house meeting in twenty minutes. Tell Sara and Lux.”

“House meeting? We've never had a house meeting before..”

Mike glanced at him, looking stern, “We've never had a reason before. Twenty minutes.”

Harry sighed heavily, shaking his head slowly, “This can't be good.”

 

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