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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After the beach date everyone went back to the house for some downtime, Lux and Harry deciding to spend some one-on-one time in the studio together. They parted to shower and change, and since Lux always takes long showers, Harry was the first to be in the studio.

He picked up Lux's guitar and flopped down on the couch, plucking at the strings lightly although he didn't know what he was doing. He smiled at the thought of her fingers touching the same areas that his were now, and it made him sigh in content with his current situation with her.

The door to the studio opened and she entered, her eyes locking on him instantly and her entire body freezing. He sat up as he watched her eyes flick over his body, lingering especially on his torso.

“What is that?” She said in a wispy voice, her eyes wide. “What...”

“What are you talking about?” He asked, standing and scrunching his eyebrows.

Lux looked up from his torso to his face, her eyes looking a little clouded and lost.

“What, Lux? You're freaking me out.” He took a step back slowly, his face wary.

“Your shirt.” She mumbled, biting her lip. “Jesus..”

He glanced down at the black tight Ramones t-shirt he had on and frowned. “You don't like it?”

Harry looked back up at her with his beautiful frowny face, with his wild curls in his eyes and that fucking sexy t-shirt and Lux felt her entire body tremble at the looks of him.

“You shouldn't be allowed to wear that ever because I think my ovaries are, like, exploding.”

He laughed loudly at the seriousness of her tone and the look on her face, and he shook his head as he laughed, stepping over to her and wrapping his fingers around her wrist. She let him tug her over to him and her hands reached out to touch his skinny torso, her eyes strictly on his face.

“You do know how fucking beautiful you are, don't you?” She whispered, her voice very serious again. Her face was tilted upward, her eyes locked with his as he smiled lightly and bowed his head to look down at her. His forehead bumped hers lightly as his fingers moved down to lock around hers.

“Sometimes I just look at you and I'm overwhelmed by you.. sometimes all I wonder about is the millions of beautiful girls in the world that love you..and why out of all of them, you saw me..”

“I didn't see you. I felt you.” Harry whispered, smiling lightly. “From the very moment you stomped into my life, I could feel you tugging at my heart and trying to break in. It was never about the way you look for me, it was always about how you make me feel. You being gorgeous is just a plus..”

Lux lightly smiled as he spoke, nudging his nose with hers softly when he finished.

“Is it bad that it's the complete opposite for me?” She whispered, frowning slightly. “I noticed your looks first, I mean... you were an asshole to me, there was no personality for me to notice. I was intrigued by the air of mystery that seemed to cloud around you, and I wanted to latch myself onto those lips of yours and never let go... but you made me feel like shit, a lot. I don't think I cared if there were any other qualities in you that I might like, I just wanted to have sex with you. Which honestly, is something I would expect from you. Does that make me a bad person?”

“Do you still feel like that? Like I'm an asshole toward you with no other redeeming qualities?” He looked a little concerned and maybe a touch hurt, but was trying to stay calm and neutral.

“No.” She whispered, looking back up into his eyes. “I feel more connected to you every minute we're together. I feel more connected to you than....anyone... ever.

Harry stared at her for a moment longer before grabbing onto both her hands and tugging her to the back of the studio behind the grand piano. He shushed her when she tried to question his actions and pulled her down with him onto the floor behind a drum set. She was barely on the floor when he grabbed her and tugged her against him, his hands guiding her legs around his waist so she was straddling him. Their eyes met, they stared without blinking for a long time, and then Harry lowered his eyelashes to look down at her lips as he ran his thumbs over them softly.

His chest was rising and falling fast and heavy, touching hers every time he inhaled, brushing up against her breasts and watching as her nipples went hard under the thin black t-shirt she had on. Clearly she wasn't wearing a bra, and so he moved his hands under her shirt onto the skin of her lower back, touching her bare skin lightly.

“I don't ever want to be without you.” He murmured, his eyes still locked with hers, never looking away except to look at her lips, which had parted lightly.

“Ever?” She whispered, lowering her face to his, touching his nose with her lips softly. She kissed the bridge of his nose down to the tip, over his cheekbones and over the dip above his upper lip.

“Ever.” He confirmed, finally closing his eyes to her face so he could brush his lips with hers.

Lux kissed him back eagerly, the only sound in her ears being the beating of her heart as her blood rushed, her hand palm down on his chest so she could feel his beat in unison. He groaned softly as their kisses continued, feather light and gentle which wasn't like them at all. Harry was used to the passion between them taking over and making their actions desperate and rough and, well, passionate.

But not this time, this time it was soft and sweet and he felt like if he were to kiss her any harder she might crumble in his arms and disappear. Like he said, he wanted her with him always, and so any possibility of her disappearing, even irrational ones like her crumbling against his lips, were not to be toyed with. He couldn't risk it, and he wouldn't risk it. Things between them were fragile, Lux herself was fragile, and now that he had her in his grasp he didn't want to break her.

“So much for our game..” She mumbled against his lips, kissing him again as he smiled.

“Couldn't help myself. Guess you win.” He whispered, pulling her closer and raising his hands up on her back, running his nails down over her shoulder blades softly. “I give the title to you gladly.”

Lux let out a low, throaty laugh and then moaned as his lips trailed down over her neck and down to what was exposed of her chest. She sighed in content and allowed her eyelids to flutter open, and since her head was tilted back to give him more of her neck, her eyes were looking upwards.

They landed directly on a smirking Casey, who was holding her phone in her hand.

“Harry.” Lux jumped back, watching him take a second to realize what had happened before he stood up and helped her to her feet as well, both of them turning to look at Casey.

“I knew it.” She laughed, shaking her head. She held up her phone and they both saw on the screen was a video playing of them in their tight embrace, kissing passionately.

“You are such a cunt, I'm going to fucking-” Lux started in, but Harry grabbed her and pulled her back, shushing her. He swallowed harshly and groaned, sharing a look with Lux before turning to Casey.

“What do you want, Casey?” He asked, his voice low and meaner than Lux ever heard it.

“Oh, nothing.” She smiled, turning away and heading out. “Gotta go see Mike! See ya!”

“Casey, wait!” Harry shouted, running after her. Lux stayed behind, folding her arms around her chest and feeling tears blur in her eyes. She could feel herself begin to freak out as the realization of her being sent home came into her mind. How could she be so stupid?

Lux looked at Harry as he argued with Casey, who argued back with a sly smile on her face. She said something that made Harry's face fall completely, his hands running through his curls before he slowly nodded at her, which made her smile brightly as she turned to leave.

Harry stood there and watched her walk away, his frown deepening as he stared at the door to the studio shutting slowly behind her. He waited a long moment before turning to look at Lux, who felt as if everything were falling apart in slow motion. Her heart began to burn in her chest, consuming her.

“We, um.. we came to an agreement.” He whispered, and when Lux stepped forward to be closer to him, he stepped backwards. That's when she knew what the agreement entailed.

“No.” She said quietly, “No, Harry.”

“I'm no longer to mentor you, Lux.” He swallowed harshly, looking down at his feet. “I'm no longer to look at or speak to you or she'll show it to Mike.. and.. and I can't let that happen to you.”

“No!” Lux yelled, making him jump, “She can't have you, Harry. No! I'll go home.. I'll go..”

“No, you won't, don't say such a stupid thing! This is your chance and you're taking it, Lux! You shall never give up your dreams for me, do you hear me? I will never let that happen!” He was raising his voice as well, and it cracked as he spoke, which made him spin around away from her.

She watched his hand cover his mouth as he kept his back to her for a long moment before slowly turning back around to face her. He was biting down on his bottom lip as hard as possible.

“I would give up anything for you..” Lux whispered out, tears finally freeing from her eyes and falling down her cheeks slowly. “I know I shouldn't, but I would...”

“And I can't let you do that.” He replied, finally meeting her eyes, but he saw her tears and had to look back down instantly. Harry sighed heavily and ran his hands over his face. “I care about you too much.”

“Harry, please... not being able to be with you is bad enough but... but not being able to l-look at you? How am I supposed to do that? I.. I can't.” Her voice quivered as she sniffled and rubbed at her tears, trying to stop them hopelessly.

Harry's face hardened slowly, and he squared his shoulders and shook his head before looking up to meet her eyes. He looked like a statue, his face was so hard and cold. “What's done is done.”

He turned then to walk out of the room, but Lux sprung after him, grabbing his arm and pulling him back. He grabbed her face tightly and crushed his lips against her forehead roughly, holding them there for a long time. Her hands held onto his upper arms and she dug her fingers into his flesh, trying to hold him there but he wrestled away from her and turned away, out the door.

And Harry ran from her, just like Lux once did from him.

 

 

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