Dark (a Cody Simpson fan fiction)

He thought she was just another girl. She thought he was her worst nightmare. But what they didn't know was that soon, they wouldn't be able to go on without each other. Follow Cody and Ella as their journey unfolds. Will she be able to change him? Will their love be enough to save him? What happens when innocence meets darkness?

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10. Chapter 10

Ella’s POV

“So he wants to have you back?” Rita summarized everything I had just explained and I nodded. 
“I knew my idea would work!” Macy exclaimed. 
“I don’t know what to do…” I admitted. 
“Wait, you’re not actually considering it, are you?” Rita asked. 
“Well…” 
“Seriously?” She seemed appalled by my response. 
“I haven’t been able to really get over him and he said he was in love with me. I mean, I feel the same way about him…” 
“What about Ben?” Macy asked, and I instantly felt guilty. 
“You should have seen the look on his face when I told him about my date with Ben. He didn’t want to show it, but I could tell he was heartbroken.” 
“So what?” Rita scowled. “He broke your heart already; you don’t have to feel bad about it. I don’t care how sincere he was, the guy was a giant prick to you. He doesn’t deserve a second chance after everything he’s put you through.” 
“Maybe you’re right…” I acknowledged. 
“You know I’m right,” Rita assured. “I swear, Cody fucked you up. You are going to go on that date with Ben on Friday and you’ll see that he’s exactly what you need. Cody belongs to your past. Ben, that’s the kind of guy you should see yourself with.” I still wasn’t entirely convinced, but my mind was all over the place right now. I could barely think straight.

“Macy,” her mum joined us outside in the backyard. “This came in the mail for you this morning,” she smiled, handing her daughter a white envelope.

Macy immediately snatched it from her mother’s hands. 
“It’s from RMIT!” she squealed, tearing it open. Her eyes hurriedly scanned the words that were in the letter as we all waited anxiously for the anticipated good news. “I got in!” Macy jumped up the canopy swing set and hugged her mum.

After running inside the house to tell the rest of her family, she finally came back to us. 
“I’m so happy for you, Mace!” Rita hugged her. 
“Thanks!” she smiled from ear to ear. 
“Congratulations,” I smiled, hugging her as well. 
“Thank you,” she was still smiling. “I can’t believe they accepted me!” 
“With you at RMIT and me at UniMelb, we’re going to have so much fun!” Rita exclaimed. 
“Yeah, we’ll only be like five minutes away from each other!” The girls let out sharp squeals to express their excitement.

They then finally calmed down and focused their attention on me. 
“Have you heard from Sydney yet?” Macy asked. I simply shook my head. “Don’t worry, you’ll get in,” she assured me. 
“Yeah, you’re one of the smartest students at school, you’re going to get in,” Rita backed her up. 
“I’m not that smart…” I countered. “My grades haven’t been that great lately…” I was starting to worry because everyone was getting accepted to the university of their choice whilst I was still waiting. 
“Ella, you’re gonna get in,” Rita assured. 
“I hope so…” I sighed. If I didn’t get in, I didn’t know what I would do. I needed to focus more on school, but everything going on the past couple of weeks had been distracting me from my studies. I really needed to get back on track.

“I think I’m gonna go,” I got up. “I should really be working on that English project.” 
“Oh, okay,” Macy shot me a sympathetic smile as the both of them knew what had led up to me working alone on it.

I walked home and sat at my desk, staring at the blank page on my computer screen. I only had ten pages written, nine of which Cody had typed. The only page I had done was the summary of the book that I had basically copied and pasted from the Internet. I kept assuring everyone that I was going to be fine working on this project by myself, but I knew deep down that I really needed Cody’s help. It was too late now though. I was the one who wanted to split up the team. I had to follow through with it.

I spent the next hours of the day reading and researching, rereading and analysing, and I eventually fell asleep on the keyboard. I had about three weeks left to hand in a minimum of forty-five pages. I was never one to procrastinate, but I really couldn’t focus at the moment. I decided to turn my computer off, convincing myself that I still had plenty of time to finish so I wouldn’t feel too guilty about it.

I walked to my bed and sat down in the middle, feeling numbness in every bit of me. And then, I started crying. The worst kind too. The kind of crying that is silent. The one when everyone is asleep. The one where you feel it in your throat and your eyes become blurry from all the tears. The one where you just want to scream. The one where you have to hold your breath and grab your stomach to keep quiet. The one where you can’t breathe anymore.

I was losing my balance. I didn’t know what was worse: losing Cody… or the fact that I was losing me. It was like my whole world came crashing down whenever he wasn’t around and I didn’t know who I was anymore. We had only known each other for two months, but the time before that seemed like it belonged to another world. He made me feel wonderful things that I never knew existed and the scary thing was that I didn’t think I would ever feel that way again.

But as much as I wanted to run back to him and accept his apologies, I still couldn’t forget what Cody had done to me. He had hurt me more than anybody ever had. That was how much power he possessed and I didn’t know if I wanted to risk giving it back to him. I had to do what was best for me and I knew going on that date with Ben was the way to achieve that. Ben was the complete opposite of Cody and therefore, exactly what I needed.

 

Cody’s POV

I sat in the living room, working on my English project on The Great Gatsby. I figured it was the best and most productive way to keep my mind off Ella. Letting her know how I felt was the most embarrassing moment of my life. I felt like such an idiot. I couldn’t let this girl affect me this much. I had to make it stop. I just didn’t know how.

As I went back to typing on my computer, my phone started to ring. 
“Hey, Sonny, mate. What’s happening?” 
“Hey,” Sonny answered. “Have you ever heard of the Heart of Crimson?” he asked. 
“No…” I replied slowly, confusion lacing my voice. “What is it?” 
“It’s a necklace made with a single piece of red diamond in the shape of a heart. It’s one of the rarest gemstones in the world. It’s worth 2.5 million U.S. dollars. They only have three replicas in the entire world, and one of them is in Australia. A lady who goes by the name of Ellie Galway has it.” 
“So?” I asked, not understanding what he was getting at. 
“I want to have it. And you’re going to help me.” 
“You want me to go get it for you?” I asked warily. 
“We’ll go together,” he answered. I’d promised myself I’d stay away from this kind of things, but since Ella didn’t want me anymore, what did it matter? I had to keep myself busy anyway.

“I know you’ve got better break-in skills than anybody here,” he complimented. “I’ll even share some of the profits with you. What do you say?” I took a few seconds to think his offer through. 
“I’m in.”

Sonny gave me further details on where and when this was going to happen, and I could feel my stomach twitch with every word he said. I had done many break-ins before, but never to steal such valuable possession. That was a lot of money and we could get in a lot of trouble for it. But then again, Trouble was my middle name.

 

Ella’s POV

I STOOD IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR IN MY BEDROOM and examined my appearance for the fiftieth time. I wore a strapless blush coloured dress with a sweetheart neckline that fell right above my knees. I had on a simple French manicure with sparkles on it and a gold charm bracelet dangling from my left wrist. I wore very light peach eye shadow and matching lipstick, and liquid black liner nicely traced the outline of my blue eyes. A single waterfall braid encircled my head and a pair of white high heel shoes complimented the ensemble. Ben was taking me to a nice restaurant for our date tonight and I wanted everything to be perfect. I was hoping the night would go so smoothly that it would make me forget all about Cody, but deep down, I knew this would never happen.

“You look lovely,” I heard my mother’s voice coming from the doorway. I simply turned around and smiled. “I hope he’s worth it.” 
“He is,” I assured her. “Don’t worry, mum. Ben is nothing like Cody.” 
“I sure hope so,” she said, walking closer to me and gently stroking my hair. “Cody doesn’t deserve a girl such as wonderful as you are.” A lump started to form in my throat. She didn’t think Cody deserved me, just like he didn’t believe he deserved me either, and for some reason, the thought pained me.

Just as I was struggling to keep the tears from falling, we heard the doorbell ring. 
“That must be him,” my mum smiled. “I’ll go get it.” I simply nodded and watched my mum walk out of the room.

I turned back around to observe my reflection in the mirror one more time before grabbing my cream clutch bag and making my way down the staircase. My eyes promptly landed on Ben and my mum talking, but their conversation was immediately silenced as soon as they saw me.

“Wow,” Ben gasped. “You look beautiful.”

Ben wore a nice pair of black slacks and a matching blazer he kept open, underneath which he wore a white dress shirt, and his sleeves were rolled up. He looked really good, but I couldn’t help but feel slightly overdressed. 
“You don’t think it’s a little too much?” I asked fretfully. 
“No, no, not at all! You look stunning,” he breathed. 
“Thanks,” I smiled. 
“Here, I got you these,” he handed me a bouquet of red roses. 
“Oh, wow,” I blushed. “You really didn’t have to.” 
“I wanted to,” he insisted. 
“Thank you,” I said while inhaling the fresh smell. 
“I’ll go put them in a vase,” my mum offered, taking the flowers to the kitchen.

A few minutes later, I was in Ben’s car as we were on our way to the restaurant. The car ride was silent, but unlike the ones I had had with Cody, the silence bothered me. It was an awkward silence, as if we were both searching for things to say. It was never like that with Cody. We were always comfortable in our silence and I couldn’t help but think that maybe that was a sign that he and I should be together. If it was awkward now, I couldn’t possibly imagine what the rest of our date would be like.

It took us about twenty minutes to finally arrive to the location. I didn’t know this restaurant, but I could tell it was a really fancy one from its appearance and the people walking in and out of it.

As soon as we stepped inside, the hostess took us to the table Ben had reserved for us. 
“Can I get you anything while you decide on your order?” she smiled at the both of us. 
“Just some water for me,” Ben answered. 
“Same thing for me,” I smiled. And she walked away.

I took the menu that was laid out in front of me, and Ben did the same. My eyes scanned the variety of dishes and I couldn’t help but notice how expansive everything was. 
“Are you sure this is okay?” I asked. I didn’t want Ben to be bankrupt because of me. 
“Yeah,” he smiled. “You can choose whatever you want.” 
“Okay,” was all I said, and my eyes returned to the menu.

“Here you go,” a waitress poured water in our glasses. “Have you decided what you would like to eat for your entree?” 
“Yes, I will have the Kurobuta Pork Belly with Chestnut Puree and Poached Persimmons,” Ben answered as the woman scribbled down his order. 
“And what about you?” she smiled down at me. 
“Um…” I reviewed my options quickly. They had such fancy names for every meal that I didn’t even know what I was about to order. “I’ll have… the, uh… Confit Fillet of King Salmon with Avocado, Vanilla and Blood Orange.” 
“Alight, I will be back shortly.”

“So, how did you do on the math test?” Ben asked me once the waitress was gone. Did he really have nothing else to talk about but school? 
“I did okay,” I simply said. Actually, I’d failed that test, but it wasn’t something I wanted to go around. “What about you? Wait, let me guess. You got a hundred.” 
“Yeah,” Ben smiled sheepishly.

A few minutes later, our entrees were served and the date became even more awkward. The more time was passing by, the more I was starting to realize that, other than the two classes we shared, Ben and I had nothing in common. The evening was pretty dull and I was starting to miss Cody more and more. Unlike Ben, he always made me laugh and we would go on all kinds of adventures together. Nothing was ever boring with him.

After finishing desert, Ben drove me back home. He parked his car in front of my house and walked me to the front door. 
“Tonight was fun,” he said. 
“Yeah,” I lied, not wanting to hurt his feelings.

Suddenly, Ben stepped closer to me and next thing I knew, his lips were on mine. I stood, frozen to the spot, completely taken by surprise. Once he realized I wasn’t kissing him back, he quickly pulled away, and I blankly stared back at him. 
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I just thought…” 
“It’s fine,” I told him. “You just surprised me, that’s all.” 
“You didn’t really have fun tonight, did you?” 
“I did!” I hastened to reply. 
“No, you didn’t,” he resigned. “I can tell you’ve been distracted all night. It was like your body was there, but your mind was somewhere else.” He took a short pause. “You’re still not over him, are you?” I shook my head no. “So I guess we won’t be going out again…” 
“I’m really sorry, Ben,” I said. 
“You don’t have to be sorry.” I could tell he was sad that his feelings for me weren’t reciprocal. “I’ll see you at school then.” 
“Yeah,” I nodded, giving him a sympathetic smile. 
“Goodnight,” he smiled back faintly as he started walking away. 
“Goodnight,” I replied and stepped inside my house.

After closing the door behind me, I rested my back against it and sighed. This had got to be the worst date I had ever been on. And it wasn’t anything Ben did. Any girl would have classified this as the perfect date. But I simply couldn’t get Cody off my mind…

 

Cody’s POV

Sonny parked the car in a small lane, a few houses away from Mrs Galway’s. I followed behind him until we were finally facing the home of our target. It was one of the most upscale houses of Bellevue Hill. The walls were tinted a cream colour and flowers climbed their way around the windows. A water fountain illuminated the outside of the house, the splashing sound hoovering the chirping of the crickets. The impressive size of the residence amazed me. How much space did that woman need?

“Are you sure she’s not home?” I asked Sonny. 
“Yeah,” he answered. “She was invited to a ball tonight.” 
“A ball?” I laughed. Sonny nodded his head and we both burst into a laugh. What was she? Cinderella?

“So, what’s your plan?” Sonny asked me once his breathing evened out. 
“You got the pliers?” Sonny pulled the tool out of his back pocket and handed it to me.

I carefully went around the house to locate the security system. Once I finally found it, I cut off the multiple wires so it wouldn’t go off once we’d go inside. I turned to Sonny’s direction and gave him the ok sign for him to open the gate. I then quickly joined him as we approached the multiple garage doors.

“Did you bring the hanger?” I asked, and Sonny pulled it out. I untwisted the top to turn it into a long wire. I stood on the tip of my toes to try and reach the top of the garage door with it, but it was too high.

“Lift me up,” I said. 
“What? No way!” Sonny protested. 
“Do you want that necklace or not?” I asked. Sonny took a moment to think it through and then groaned in frustration. 
“This better be worth it,” he grumbled as he walked up behind me and held on to my thighs, and I sat on his shoulders. His body steadily rose until it reached its full height. This time, I had a much better angle and was able to slip the altered clothes hanger inside the thin slot separating the door from the rest of the structure. I wiggled the instrument around for a moment, trying to trigger the mechanism that allows a garage door to open. 
“Any time now,” Sonny huffed below me. 
“I’m trying, alright? It’s my first time trying this method, so cut me some slack.”

I waggled the piece of metal a little longer until I finally heard a clicking sound, and the garage door started to open. Sonny and I both sighed in relief. 
“Nice work, Simpson,” he smirked once I got off his shoulders.

We both walked inside and Sonny went to turn the nob on the door that would lead us inside the house. 
“It’s locked,” he deadpanned. 
“Wait, let me see,” I said, and he stepped aside to let me scrutinize the lock that was on the door. I folded the wire hanger in half and slipped it inside the lock to wiggle around with it until we heard another clicking sound. I smugly pushed the door open, proud of the skills I had gained over all these years.

Without wasting another minute, Sonny and I entered the house and spent what seemed like hours trying to figure out where the lady kept the necklace. We went through multiple bedrooms, closets, bathrooms… nothing. We simply couldn’t seem to get our hands on it. 
“Where the fuck is it??” Sonny was starting to get impatient.

We continued searching around for it, feeling the pressure of time weighing on us.

“Who are you??” I heard an unfamiliar voice say as Sonny and I were rummaging through drawers. We both slowly turned around. I could feel my heart thumping hard against my chest. “What are you doing in my home??” the lady asked. She wasn’t dressed for a ball at all. Sonny and I both exchanged puzzled looks. “I’m going to call the police!” 
“Do that, and we’ll kill you,” Sonny said, brandishing a fire arm and pointing it right at her. What the hell is he doing?! I thought. I’m not killing anyone! The lady, who I assumed was Ellie Galway, found herself terrified as she was facing her own death. “Get down,” Sonny ordered, but Mrs Galway didn’t move. “Now!” he yelled, and she slowly lay down on the floor, her whole body trembling. “Where’s the necklace?!” 
“I don’t know what you’re talking about...” Her voice was quavering. 
“The Heart of Crimson,” he informed. 
“I don’t know…” she wailed. “Please, don’t kill me!” 
“Tell me where it is and I won’t kill you,” Sonny spoke in an oddly calm manner. 
“I don’t have it,” she cried. 
“Stop lying! We know you have it!”

Mrs Galway didn’t say anything this time. She simply sobbed on the floor. I could tell Sonny was getting impatient.

He walked over to the middle-aged woman, sat astride her back and pulled at her hair, forcing her head to move up so he could have a better look at her. Mrs Galway cried out in pain – and fear too, I supposed. 
“I’ll give you one more chance,” he almost whispered. “Tell us where the necklace is or I won’t hesitate to shoot you in the head.” He pressed the gun barrel against her right temple. 
“Please, don’t kill me!” she pleaded. “Please! Please!” Her cries grew louder and louder, until they were abruptly interrupted by a sharp, sudden, ear-splitting sound. And then, a deafening silence filled the room. Blood was splattered all over the wall and some even hit the ceiling. I was petrified, I could hardly move.

“What the fuck did you do?!” I finally got the words to come out of my mouth. 
“I just found what we were looking for,” he smirked as he slowly lifted up a small red pendant. “She was wearing it the whole time, can you believe it?” 
“You killed her!” I exclaimed. “Why did you do that?!” How had this burglary turned into a murder?? 
“That stupid bitch wouldn’t give me an answer!” he explained. “I had to shut her up!” 
“And what are you gonna do when the police finds out?” I asked. 
“Don’t you mean, what are we gonna do?” he implied. “You’re a part of this just as much as I am.” 
“But you’re the one who shot her!” 
“So? They don’t know that.” 
“But I do,” I threatened. 
“Okay, fine. Go tell them. But then I’ll just say you were to one to kill her. It’ll be my word against yours. Not to mention, I’ve spent years making sure my criminal record remains spotless, and you? I wouldn’t even know where to start, from setting your neighbour’s house on fire when you were nine to all the shoplifting and the drug deals… Oh, and remember that one time you almost beat your principal up to death? Yeah… I don’t know who they’d believe, really.” I was fuming with anger. How could he do this to me when I hadn’t even done anything? Sure, I’d broken inside the house, but I was not a killer. There was no way I was going to pay for a crime I didn’t commit.

“Look,” Sonny continued, “help me get rid of the body and hide the evidence, and I won’t say anything, alright? Only three people know about this – and one of them is dead. It’ll be our little secret.” I hated to admit it, but Sonny had a point. I’d be going to prison for sure if I confessed, for aiding and abetting if it wasn’t for felony murder. No one could link us to this crime. There were a ton of unsolved cases the police just gave up on. This could easily be one of them.

I could hardly convince myself, but I didn’t have any other choice. If I was incarcerated for murder, I could kiss my future goodbye. The small bit of ambition I had left to make something out of my life would automatically be gone. I couldn’t let that happen. I simply couldn’t.

 

 

A/N: Hello!! It's been a while, hasn't it? lol I just wanted to surprise you guys with an update as a holiday gift to you. I will start publishing again regularly early 2014, so be sure to watch out for that! Buuuuuuut, what do you guys think about the events that just took place?? Do you guys ship Ella and Ben?? Of course you don't! lol What about what just went down with Cody and Sonny though? Some heavy stuff, huh? Let me know what you think is going to happen next in the comment section down below and comment if you're happy I finally updated! Also, in case you haven't seen it yet, I have uploaded a new cover AND trailer (which you can check out down below!) for the story, so be sure to let me know your thoughts on that as well!There's a lot more of craziness happening later in the story, so get ready for that! haha xx

 

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