2: Shadows

Peyton is done being depressed. It's been four years since her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, was shot by a guy named Colton--and now, all she wants to see is Colton, dead. Though, the familiar shadows are distracting her, because they all remind her of her boyfriend. What happens when she finds out that she was right, all along? And what happens when more shadows get into the picture? © 2013 by beliebervision. All Rights Reserved.

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15. Chapter 14

Justin didn't know what to feel first, the anger or the pain. Right now--he just felt numb. He was well aware of Peyton trying to leave Colton's grasp, but Colton was keeping a firm hold on her hand. She eventually gave up and stared up at Justin with teary eyes. Everything was silent, until Colton spoke. 

"Well, well, well. Look who's alive." He spat. 

Justin shrugged that comment off, though, and said, "I suggest you let go of her. It would be a smart thing to do before I rip you apart." 

Colton smirked, but held Peyton's hand tighter. She made a surprised noise when he did, and tears started to silently make their way down her cheeks. All Justin wanted to do was hold her and make her feel better. But he knew she didn't deserve it. 

"I had a feeling that you were alive," Colton started. "Though I figured that someone must have dragged you out of that jail yard and over to a hospital. Chaz, perhaps?" 

"I don't see why that's important right now." Justin said through clenched teeth. 

"Oh, it is. I mean, I have a right to know why my main target is alive and well, and getting between mine and Peyton's fun. Right Peyton?" 

"You have no right to speak to her. Now shut up and look at me." Justin growled. Colton looked up at him, finally letting go of Peyton's hand as he did so. He stood up and made his way over to Justin. 

"This is what I wanted to do in the first place," Colton whispered. "Get between you and your girl--so you experience this horrible pain--and then finish you off. At least now, my plan is finally working. You won't die, happy, Justin. Because Peyton's with me now." 

Justin was ready to punch Colton in the face, but Peyton interrupted him by saying: "I'm not with either of you." 

Colton turned around and both of the boys said "What?" at the same time. 

Peyton wiped some tears from her face. "I'm done with this bullshit life. I'm going back to Stratford to live with my brother. I was going to after I killed you," She pointed at Colton. "But then you were so nice to me. And as for you," She glared at Justin. "I was planning on not having you back. Now that you are, though, I've changed my priorities. I don't want to be with either of you, because I don't want to be involved anymore." 

"Peyton," Justin started. "that's not possible. You can't just leave and expect everything to be fine."

"I'm surprised to hear that come out of your mouth, Bieber." Peyton said.

"Did you just call me--" Justin was about to finish his sentence when Ryan burst through the front door. They all jumped and turned around to glare at him. Ryan didn't seem to notice though, all he did was point an angry finger at Colton and said: 

"You're disgusting, I hope you know that."  

Colton looked at him with a confused look and slowly put his hands up in mock surrender. 

"Ryan what are you talking about?" Peyton asked. 

Justin proceeded to say, "Well he was sucking face with you, that's pretty disgusting." To which Peyton punched him in the arm.

"Why on earth would you two be kissing?" Ryan asked, looking between Colton and Peyton with a confused expression. They both shrugged and looked away. "Okay now you're really disgusting," He pointed at Colton again. "You go off kissing Justin's girlfriend when you obviously know he's alive and you have your own girlfriend in the hospital at the same time." 

"What the hell are you talking about? I don't have a girlfriend." Colton said. Now everybody looked confused. 

"Really?" Ryan asked. "Samantha? Red hair, really pretty, in the hospital with burns from the fire that you started?"

"Colton's dating Samantha?" Justin said. "What the fu--" 

"Justin. Shut up and let Colton explain." Peyton smacked him in the arm again. Justin groaned. 

Colton glared at them before turning to Ryan again. "Look I don't know where you got the bullshit idea that I started that hotel fire, and I have no clue who Samantha is." 

"But if you didn't start the fire," Peyton started. "then why were you at the hotel?" 

"I had my car parked in the lot because there weren't any other spots to park around there. I wasn't in the hotel, I just used their parking lot." Colton said. 

Justin scowled. "Wow you're a bad ass!" 

Colton crossed his arms and stuck his tongue out at Justin, making Peyton giggle. They both smiled at her, then continued to glare at each other. Ryan, however, didn't think it was funny. 

"Stop acting like two year olds." He said. "We need to figure out what the hell is going on." 

Ryan continued to talk. He explained to all of them that when he went to visit Samantha in the hospital, she'd said that she was with a guy named Cooper. Everybody was confused at that point. Ryan had thought that she was talking about Colton, because Justin had seen her with him. 

"I was never inside of that hotel, and I was never with some hot chick. My name isn't even Cooper!" Colton protested. 

"Well do you know anybody named Cooper that happens to look just like you?" Peyton suggested. Colton shook his head. 

"I don't know a Cooper." 

"This shit is confusing," Justin said, earning a nod from everybody else. 

"So to sum it up," Colton licked his lips. "Justin thought he was following me, and he thought he saw me with this chick, Samantha, in the hotel. But I was never in the hotel, and I never saw that girl. And when Ryan visited her--assuming she was an old girlfriend of his--he accused me of setting the hotel on fire, just to hurt her." 

Ryan shrugged, but Colton continued to talk. 

"I didn't set the hotel on fire," He said. "Justin saw somebody else with Samantha--Cooper, whoever he is. He must have set the hotel on fire." 

"But Samantha mentioned another guy. She described him as tall, with jet black hair." Ryan said. Colton groaned. 

"Ugh, does this have to get more complicated?" 

"No," Peyton said, causing all three boys to look at her. "Colton, you summed it up just fine. But now we have the fact that there are two other guys involved in this. One's name is Cooper and the other is just tall with black hair. Right?" 

The boys nodded. 

"What I don't understand," Justin said. "Is how this is important. I mean who cares if that Cooper guy set that hotel on fire? It doesn't involve us." 

"But what if it does?" Peyton said. "I have a feeling that they were trying to get something from Colton." 

"Me?" Colton asked. "What would they want from me? Drugs? Cause I don't have any drugs." 

"I don't know what they'd want. But isn't all of this kind of ironic?" Peyton asked. Everybody knew that what she was saying was true, though nobody said anything. 

"It is ironic, but it doesn't have anything to do with us, Peyton." Justin placed a hand on her shoulder. She shrugged away and glared at him. 

"I have a feeling that it does have something to do with us, and I want to get to the bottom of it. Now, I know this is crazy, but, Colton?" 

Colton's head shot up. "Yeah?" 

"Can we stay with you, and can you help us figure out what's really going on? Assuming that you have nothing to do with it." 

"Peyton--" Justin started. 

"No, Justin. I know that he almost killed you and everything but these other two guys could be even more dangerous than Colton. Can you guys like make up or something? Your dad is dead because of Justin," She pointed at Colton. "But his mom is dead because of your dad. Personally, I think it would be easier to stop dwelling on that problem and focus on the problems that we have now." 

"You're not even mad at him for trying to kill me?!" Justin said with astonishment. 

"No, I'm not." Peyton crossed her arms. "Because you're alive, so why should I be mad?" 

"Because he tried to make your life a living hell." 

"Who cares? That's the past and this is now. I think we're going to need Colton's help with this." 

To everybody's surprise, Colton stuck his hand out toward Justin and said: "She's right. And I'm sorry. Now are you going to be a pussy and back out, or are we going to figure this out together?" 

Justin studied him. He had his suspicions about everything--but deep down he had a feeling that Colton wasn't lying and that he really had nothing to do with it. Reluctantly, he shook Colton's hand. Peyton smiled, but Justin's gaze was still fixed on Colton. 

"Never in a million years would I have thought that I'd be working with you," Justin said. "But whatever. Let's do this." 

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