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.


7. Beautiful



It's the day of the first live show, and all the mentors are here at the house with their contestants, prepping them for the show. Except, of course, Harry and Lux.

To his defense, Harry tried to prep Lux for the show, but she had herself locked in the bathroom since 6am, refusing to come out. He's been sitting in front of the door for the past 2 hours, waiting.

“C'mon, sweet cheeks. We've got things to do.” He sighed heavily, pressing his fingertips to the door softly. He tapped on it quietly, making a beat as he did so.

“I can't do it.” She said, sniffling and he groaned, slamming his hand to the door.

“Yes, you can. Now get out here or I'm gonna break the door down!” He threatened, his voice dripping with venom and impatience from dealing with her.

“You're too wimpy to break the door down.” Her voice was snobby and dripping with an equal amount of hatred as his did. Harry stood up and backed up, running at the door and throwing his full body weight against it. He bounced off like a bouncy ball against cement, and he heard Lux snicker inside.

“Told you.” She muttered as he rubbed his sore shoulder, slumping back down against the door.

“Damn mate, she's still not coming out, eh?” Louis and Zayn walked in, smirking down at him.

A bet on who will win the show between the mentors has risen, and it was getting pretty competitive. Every mentor put money on their own act, including Harry, and he was determined to win, because it was more about his pride than the money. He would not lose this show again. He couldn't.

“She'll come out.” Harry said, “And if she doesn't, I'm gonna light her shoe collection on fire!”

Lux banged on the door behind his head and he winced at the noise. “Don't touch my shoes!!”

“Then come out!” He yelled back, shutting his eyes, praying it would work.

“Bite me!” She replied, and he sighed.

“I will if you ever come out of there.” He grumbled, looking up at his mates.

They were holding back laughter, shaking their heads at him.

“I have an idea.” Niall said as he entered the room, holding his guitar, Liam in tow.

“What? I'm not singing to her, she doesn't deserve it! She's being stubborn!” Harry protested in a harsh whisper, watching the guys all shake their heads at him.

“Nah, mate, she's being terrified. You remember how it felt to be here, in her shoes. It's fuckin' scary.” Louis said, sitting on the floor next to him and slapping his shoulder lightly.

Harry looked away, not replying as Niall began to strum on his guitar softly. Liam stepped over to the door, pressing his ear against it for a second before starting.

You're insecure, don't know what for, you're turning heads when you walk through the door. Don't need make-up, to cover up, being the way that you are is enough..” He sang with a smile, staring at the door as if he were staring at Lux. Louis stood while Liam sang, pulling Harry up with him. They all stood facing the door, waiting to see if she'd come out. She didn't.

Harry rolled his eyes, continuing with his part. “Everyone else in the room can see it, everyone else but you..”

Baby you light up my world like nobody else, the way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed, but when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell you don't know, oh oh, you don't know you're beautiful...” They sang in perfect unison, all staring at the bathroom door the entire time. Louis hit Harry lightly and when he looked up, he saw the door was open a tiny crack, an eye poking out.

If only you saw what I can see, you'll understand why I want you so desperately. Right now I'm looking at you and I can't believe, you don't know, oh oh, you don't know you're beautiful, oh oh. That's what makes you beautiful.” Lux appeared, sticking her head out first, looking at each of their faces before emerging slowly with red rimmed eyes and puffy red lips.

But she was smiling.

Zayn walked over to her, grabbing her hand and pulling her away from the bathroom.

“You guys..” She smiled brightly, looking at them all except Harry. “Thank you. Really.”

“Ah it was nothin', love.” Louis shrugged, smiling.

“About damn time.” Harry huffed, folding his arms across his chest. Lux was still smiling though, raising her eyebrows at him. “What are you staring at?”

“You sang to me.” She smiled smugly, mocking his stance, her arms across her chest as well.

“I sang in general. I would never sing to you.” He stated dryly, “Now can we go get some work done?”

“Work? We're not going to get any work done, Harry. You're a crap mentor. You could care less about whether or not I win this competition. Your friends care more than you do.” Lux pushed past him, yanking various items out of her drawers and slamming them all. She opened her top drawer and stared into it for a second before slowly turning to face the guys.

“Harry Edward Styles, what did you do with my underwear?” Her voice was calm and steady, but he could practically see the steam coming out of her ears.

“Right then, see ya later mate.” Liam said, and they all nearly ran over one another as they all tried to squeeze out the door at the same time.

“Dunno what you're talkin' about.” Harry said, watching her with careful eyes.

She took a deep breath, then smiled slowly. “That's okay. I guess.. I just won't wear any.”

He watched her smirk before disappearing into the bathroom again with her clothes.

Just thinking about her not wearing underwear... around all those cameras and people and his friends... it was too much. But what made him grab her underwear from underneath her bed and put it back was the fact that he felt a familiar tightening in his groin area when he thought about her wearing no underwear. It excited him, and he can't be getting fucking excited over Lux, of all people.

He knocked on the bathroom door gently and it opened instantly. She had on black sweats, black and pink nikes, and a loose white v-neck with a black lacy bra under. He held out a pair of pink lace boyshorts, watching her smile before taking them and shutting the door.

She wins. Again.



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