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.


25. Hold


“Is this okay?”

A brief glimpse of Harry asking the same thing earlier went through Lux's mind instantly, but she pushed it back, smiling up at Zayn. He smiled back slowly, leaning down to kiss her forehead lightly, a butterfly of all kisses. She nuzzled into his chest, shivering slightly, and he instantly pulled the blankets up around her tighter. Her heart melted.

Who was seriously this sweet?

They've been snuggled under her covers for the past ten minutes, with Lux's face against his chest and their legs entangled together, a mess of limbs. Her skin was starkly pale against his, she noticed as she held onto his hand, and it made her smile with sadness.

Harry was just as pale as her..

“See... that wasn't so bad.” She said, looking up at him with a light smile. He quirked an eyebrow at her, smiling back weakly. She could tell he felt guilty for kissing her, and she absolutely hated it. She hated that she made him feel bad.

“Stop.” She said sternly, and then she moved up and pressed her lips firmly against his.

Lux pulled back slightly, as if she were going to stop kissing him and go back to laying down, but he reached up and grabbed her face, pulling her back down. His lips were on hers once more, and she felt nothing but comfort and ease. It was so, so nice for the moment. No complications with Zayn, just easy kisses.

“If he gets mad, I kissed you. Got it?” She said when she pulled back, raising her eyebrows.

He opened his mouth to protest but she silenced him with another kiss, surprised at how comfortable she was becoming with doing that. His lips on hers, it felt like something that was supposed to happen. Like if he kissed her more often, then she would feel better. It was different from Harry, who's kisses made her stomach twist and turn and set her on fire.

Everything was easy and cool with Zayn, but how easy should these things be?

“Let me take the fall, Z.” She murmured, gazing into his eyes. “Please, let me do this for you.”

“I don't like it. It's not like this is... something. Its just us kissing.. it's comfort..” He groaned, shutting his eyes and letting his head drop back against her pillows.

Lux nodded, “I know that and you know that, but Harry.... he'll see it how he wants to. I don't want your friendship with him to be put at risk, so let me take it. Okay?”

He opened his eyes slowly and looked up at her for a long time, “Okay..”

“Good.” She smiled, smirking. “Now can I please go back to enjoying this?”

He laughed lightly, and while he was laughing she leaned down and caught his bottom lip between her teeth gently. His laughter died down fast, his lips moving upwards to kiss her full on. She released his lip and kissed back, feeling something in the air around them shift.

When they pulled back from their last kiss, his eyes were darker, and she wondered if hers were as well. Before she could say anything, he grabbed the back of her thighs and flipped her over onto her back, hovering above her. Her eyebrows raised in surprise, but once again before she could do or say anything, he had his lips to hers. His hands were still on her thighs, and she felt her entire body shiver from being touched and kissed by a man who knows what he wants. It was a nice change.

“We... we should stop..” She mumbled against his lips, shaking her head. “We shouldn't..”

“Right.” He agreed, but didn't move off of her. He was just staring down at her, nodding.

“Okay, Zayn... we can't have sex.” She said louder, hoping it would make both him and herself understand. Lux knew that kissing and comforting each other could be forgiven... sex can't. And there was no way for her to cover for Zayn when it comes to sex.

“I can't tell Harry that your penis accidentally fell into my vagina.” She mumbled, shrugging.

He sighed heavily as he rolled off of her, looking up at the ceiling. “You think about him a lot.”

“Um..” She frowned, “I do not..”

“Yeah, you think about his feelings a lot. What would Harry think about this, what would Harry say about that... don't deny it, Lux. That's the second time you've mentioned how he'd feel about something we're doing. Maybe you should talk to him, try to fix things..”

“Ha!” She laughed loudly, shaking her head. “Yeah and maybe you should fix things with your stupid cheating ex-girlfriend!”

“That's different.” He said softly, turning to her now. “I was in a committed relationship with someone who betrayed my trust. You got into a fight with a guy... that you've kissed like...twice? You guys are fixable, and I'm sure Harry wants to fix things with you already.”

Lux scrunched up her face, “He was so mean. He hurt me, Z.”

“I know, babe.” He sighed, “I know he did. But do you think maybe you hurt him too?”

“I know that I did. I did on purpose.” She looked over at him then, a pointed look. “And you were right... it is worse when you do it on purpose. It feels worse.”

Zayn stared at her as she looked down at her hands, which seemed to be shaking as she spoke about Harry. He knew when he kissed her that he would never have her, not fully, not the way Harry does. But he didn't realize the hold they had on one another until now.

“Alright, then. Up you go.” He rolled out of bed and held out his hands to her.

“What? Where am I going?” She asked, taking his hands and allowing him to pull her up.

“To talk to him.” He said, and Lux began to protest so he clamped his hand over her mouth.

“Please, do this. I need you to take my advice and do what I say and hopefully some good comes out of it so I feel better about kissing my best mate's girl.” He squeezed her shoulders tightly as he spoke. She narrowed her eyes at his word choice.

“I'm not his girl!” Lux groaned, but grabbed Harry's hoodie off the floor anyways, yanking it back on. “But, I'll go talk to him. Only cause you're so cute when you beg.”

“Thanks, love.” He smiled, the most adorable smile she's ever seen on him ever, and it made her pinch his cheeks. He groaned as she did, reaching up to smack her hands away.

“You're so cute, I just wanna squeeze you to death.” She said, wrinkling her nose up as she lightly slapped his cheeks when she was finished pinching them.

“Go. Get your bum moving, now.” Zayn turned her around by her shoulders and began to march her to the door. She sighed heavily but allowed it anyways, reaching back to pat his hands gently as they left her bedroom.

“Thanks for the past half hour.” He smirked, watching her laugh lightly, nodding.

“No, no... thank you!” She answered, sighing in happiness when he leaned down to kiss both her cheeks. Lux smirked at him, "Off to stare in a mirror then, Z?"

"Oh of course, what else?" He laughed once more, giving her a tiny bow before turning and walking away from her. Lux watched him until he was out of sight, and then she turned around with a sigh, ready to go downstairs and face off with Harry once more.

It was not something she was looking forward to.

Lux didn't have to look far, though, because when she turned around, she could hear his voice and then she saw he was coming up the stairs. But he wasn't alone.



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