Get Me Back

**Sequel to Hanging On (A.K.A. read Hanging On first)** It's now six months after the eight month tour begins and Katie can't help but feel her relationship with Louis falling apart. When she discovers the secret he'd been trying to hide from her, she's devastated; how could she ever trust again, especially after the one who promised to never hurt her went against his word? As Katie tries to build herself back up, a new set of arms help pick her back up, showing her something she hasn't felt for a long time. Katie finds herself in a troubling situation, especially when the truth is ultimately revealed to her. Will she try and rebuild what she once had, or will she embrace the new future presenting itself to her?

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15. Chapter Fifteen

    “He…he mentioned having a brother once, but he made it sound like you were dead.” I had stupidly invited him into my apartment; curiosity was too strong to object to the logic in my mind.

    “You never decided to push it or realize he was lying?” Jace snorted. “I guess you really aren’t as smart as he said.”

    “Toby knew everything about me!” I snapped. “If he said I was smart than I was.”

    Jace shook his head, staring at me in amazement. “You…you really do disgust me, Katie. Do you know why?” I shook my head, my lip curling in anger. “You defend someone who made you live a complete lie. He fed you fantasies, Katie. He never loved you; he just wanted to keep you away from me.”

    “You’re wrong!” I yelled. “He loved me!”

    “The hell he did!” Jace roared, slamming his fists to the counter. I gripped the drawer handle behind me, ready to pull out anything to defend myself.

    I waited a second before responding. “There is something you and your brother had in common,” I laughed darkly.

    Jace looked at me. “What’s that?”

    “Your lack of control with your anger,” I spit. “Tell me, did he ever mention how I fought back against him? You don’t want to mix up with me, so why don’t you calm down or get out of my apartment.”

    Jace relaxed with a smirk on his face. “You’re sucked into that fantasy land he put you in. You’re blind.”

    “Love is blindness,” I answered simply, relaxing a bit myself. “What do you want?”

    “You.”

    I shook my head. “That’s not possible. You never had a chance from the start, Jace. You may look like Toby and you may get angry like him, but you could never replace the memories I have with him or love me the way he did. No one can love me or understand me the way that Toby did.”

    “I know I can’t, Katie. I don’t want to love you like he did. I want to love you like I can.”

    “Don’t come near me, Jace,” I whispered.

    Jace looked at me with hurt. “So you’re going to push me away now too?”

    I shook my head in disbelief. “What’s going on with you? First you’re angry and now you’re sad? Are you bipolar, Jace?”

    He snorted. “No; I’m just crazy about you.”

    “You don’t even know who I am,” I challenged.

    “Yes I do!” He yelled. I flinched back involuntarily. His eyes immediately softened and he sighed. “I know you very well, Katie. But I have the feeling you don’t know me, do you?”

    “No, not really,” I retorted. “So why don’t you tell me about yourself?”

    Jace smiled a little. “It would be better if I showed you rather than told you.”

 

    “Where are we? Is this where you work?” The questions kept pouring out of me as we turned down an old gravel road. I looked out the window to the dark night. We had driven far up north away from the cities and noise. All that you could hear now was the chirping of crickets.

    “Be patient. And Katie?” I turned to him. He looked over to me. “Promise me you’ll let me explain before you freak out, alright?”

    I furrowed my brow. “Why would I have reason to freak out, Jace? Where are you taking me?”

    “You’ll see soon enough. Here we are.” I looked out the windshield to see a ton of other parked cars. We stepped out, the chilly air sending a small shiver down my spine. I hugged my arms glad I had grabbed a sweatshirt. We walked towards what looked like an old abandoned barn, but it sounded far from it. We were high up, away from the people; this way they could participate. As we came up to the door, Jace grabbed my waist and pulled me close, catching me off guard.

    “You stay right next to me, alright? These people aren’t exactly…shy,” Jace murmured. I nodded and went closer to him, feeling safe.

    The second we walked through the door and past security, it was like a switch had been turned. The atmosphere went from peaceful to crazed: the people whooping, hollering, and jumping around crazily. I could smell the alcohol and see the cloud of rank smelling smoke climbing up to the ceiling, suffocating my lungs. I hugged my midsection and let Jace lead me through the people, weaving to avoid them.

    At one point I felt Jace’s presence get pulled away for a moment, the drunken man’s heavy breath and sloppy hands replacing Jace’s warm and welcoming ones. I panicked, swatting his hands away and searching frantically for Jace. I could hear him but he was nowhere to be found. Suddenly, I found him again and ran for him, not caring if I ran into another person. I wrapped my arm around him and kept myself close to him. I was reminded of Louis right then; he’d lost me in a crowd too but I never found him until it was too late, and here I found Jace just when I needed him. I frowned, brushing the though away quickly.

    “Here we are. Now, hold onto the ring’s cage and don’t move from this spot no matter what. I’ll be back in a little bit okay?” Jace gave me a quick hug.

    “Wait, where are you going?” I asked in a panicky voice.

    I couldn’t hear him clearly, only making out, “girl in my corner.” Corner?

    I clung to the cage for dear life, flinching whenever a hollering drunkard bumped his way by. Where was Jace at? Had he just ditched me, playing a cruel joke? I couldn’t stand to be abandoned like this. I was scared for my life. My attention was drawn to the center of the ring as the cheers of the crowd increased, drowning out all sense of thought. I looked at him in shock, not realizing what was going on. Jace pushed the towel through one of the cage holes next to me, keeping it in place. He flashed me a cocky grin before turning to his opponent.

    I needed to turn away, but I couldn’t force myself to break my eyes from his figure. I watched as he danced around the ring skillfully, dodging and blocking the swings and hooks coming from his towering, thick opponent. I feared for Jace; compared to this mountain of a man Jace was a small boulder. I gripped the cage instinctively, tensing every time he dodged.

    When Jace nailed him, I couldn’t help but cheer a little myself. I found myself smiling, cheering him on. I realized I was the girl in his corner; his fighting corner. It unsettled me deeply. Was this who Jace was? Why didn’t Toby ever tell me? Jace knocked the man down, hitting repeated blows to the mountain man’s face. The blood uncontrollably pouring from his nose and mouth signaled the end of the fight. I watched as Jace ran out, embracing me with his sweaty arms.

    I wanted so badly to hug him back, but I stopped myself. I didn’t want this. “Jace, I can’t do this.”

    He pulled back, looking at me confused. “What do you mean, Katie?”

    “I can’t be w-“

    “Hey asshole! Eat this!” I spun around, meeting the man’s fist, collapsing to the ground. I couldn’t keep a grip on my reality, sinking in and out of a hazy unconsciousness. Occasionally a cool hand would go across my forehead, trying to pull me back up, but I would always sink back down. I couldn’t feel anything, just the weariness consuming my now still body.

 

    I woke up with a start, immediately noting my unfamiliar white surroundings. The sun shone painfully through the large window, causing me to close my eyes again. “Oh sorry! I didn’t realize you were awake yet.” The harsh light dimmed and I opened my eyes again to see Kara standing next to me smiling. “Katie, how are you?” I didn’t answer and she shifted uncomfortably. “You really had me worried. You know you’ve been out for almost a day? Yeah, it was pretty bad,” she laughed nervously.

    I blinked, staring at her. “For God’s sake Katie say something!”

    “How did you know?”

    “What?”

    “How did you know what was happening?”

    “Oh I didn’t…Jace came to see me and I wanted to check up on you,” Kara said with hesitation.

    “After not speaking to me for months?” I answered bleakly. “All of a sudden you got the urge to just check on me? Do you know the hell I’ve been going through? It would have been nice to have you there to help me, you know.”

    “I was upset, okay? You left with just that note and I was so mad…then I saw how great you were doing and I heard your songs and I just…I thought you didn’t need me anymore.” Katie’s voice cracked, giving way to a few tears which she quickly brushed away.

    “I shouldn’t have said those things to you, Kara. It was completely wrong of me and I’m sorry.”

    “No it’s alright; I understand,” she smiled. I squeezed her hand, feeling good again.

    “Who was with you?” I asked suddenly. “What happened to Jace? Was he hurt?”

    “I was with Liam; we were talking and catching up when I got the call from Jace off of your phone. When he told me what was going on we immediately came down to see you. Jace is alright; he didn’t look too bad, just a couple scrapes and bruises. It’s a good thing that tree stopped the car, right?”

    I looked at her confused. “Tree? Car?”

    “Yeah Jace said you two were in a bad accident; it totaled his car, you know.”

    It dawned on me then. “Oh yeah…sorry I’m still a bit groggy. Do you think I could meet you down in the cafeteria for a coffee?”

    “Of course! Let me go make a call and I’ll see you there, okay?” I nodded and she stood up to leave. “There are clothes for you on the chair if you want to change.” Kara shut the door behind her, leaving me with privacy. I changed into the sweats and long sleeved shirt, glad it covered all the marks. I slipped on the grey moccasins and looked in the small mirror at my face. I had a black eye and my cheek might even scar, but other than that I would survive. I walked out of the room, slowly and painfully making my way down to the cafeteria.

    I looked around the cafeteria for Kara. I grew disappointed when I didn’t see her and decided to get a coffee. As I walked over to throw away the straw paper, I bumped into someone. “Sorry I didn’t see you,” I mumbled.

    I felt them grab my arm, turning me to them. I froze, unable to speak. Neither of us did; we just stood there looking at each other. He held my wrist, not daring to move. I couldn’t read the emotions swimming through his eyes and I was sure he was the same about me. It had been so long since seeing him, feeling his touch.

    He opened his mouth as though to say something, but sadness overcame him as he started crying. “Oh God, Kat,” he whispered. I heard my coffee drop into the trash as my jaw trembled.

    “Louis,” I sobbed. He pulled me into his arms, my face nuzzled into his neck as his arms wrapped around me, holding me against his warm body. I held onto him for dear life, not wanting to let go again.

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See, Jace isn't all that bad! You'll see him develop more in the next few chapters! I just love all these cliffhanger endings I leave for you guys ;) muahahaha xxx

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