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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11. Chapter 11

Cody’s POV

I walked into the halls and glared at every student and teacher I passed by. The last few days had literally been hell. I still couldn’t believe I’d helped hiding a corpse and had to wash blood off hardwood floors and crimson stained walls. Not one second passed by without the constant fear of the cops barging into my apartment and telling me I was arrested for murder. The shocking news of Ellie Galway going missing had been making the headlines since Saturday morning when she didn’t show up to her sister’s yoga event at their family country club. Ellie Galway never stood up anyone. She would always call if she ever had to cancel plans and she had been talking about that event for weeks. There was no way she would have purposely missed it, her mother declared. “Something terrible must have happened to her,” to quote her own words. Ellie Galway’s portrait made the front page of every newspaper and her name was on the lips of every news anchor. There was no escaping this. Once the police would find her frail, inert body floating somewhere in a swamp, they’d start looking for the culprit. So many things could go wrong if they found out I was involved. Those were the thoughts keeping me awake at night.

After changing into my gym clothes for my final class of the day, I walked into the gymnasium and started shooting some hoops while the students were starting to arrive. Eventually, Tyler joined in and we played a quick game of b-ball until a scrawny teacher came into the room and asked for us to gather around.

“I know what you’re all thinking,” he said. “‘This isn’t our gym teacher!’” he made a poor impersonation of us. “Your Phys. Ed teacher has the flu, so I will be filling in today. Now, I’m not really sure what it is that you do in this class, but here’s how today is gonna go: you are going to play a friendly game of dodgeball, while I…” he pulled a rolled up newspaper out of his pocket, “will be finishing this crossword.” We all gaped at him. “What are you staring at me for?” he scowled. “Go on! Split up, start playing!”

Without further ado, the class quickly split up and we were soon at it. Throughout the entire game I couldn’t keep Ben out of my sight. While I was dealing with a murder case on Friday, he was off on his stupid date with Ella doing who knows what. What if they were dating now? Not that I cared anyway. She was free to do whatever she liked. And if Ben was who she liked, then I had to just accept that. Whatever was going on between them was none of my business. But if he ever hurt her, then I was going to have to make it my business because the last thing I wanted was for Ella to be hurt again.

 

Ella’s POV

“So, we could sum up Newton’s first law of motion by saying that things want to keep doing what they are already doing. If things are at rest, they want to stay at rest. If things are moving, they want to keep moving. In other words, things are lazy. So there’s a lot of laziness in the universe,” my physics teacher laughed. “Physicists have a special name for this laziness; it is known as inertia. So now, you understand Newton’s first law of motion!

“Now, let’s move on to Newton’s second law. As we know from the first law, to overcome the inertia of an object, we have to apply unbalanced force. Newton’s second law talks about how fast an object would move…”

I could barely concentrate on the class he was giving. I had far too much on my plate to focus on the fundamental laws of physics. Not only was I still having a hard time getting over Cody, but I had also found out I was most likely not going to be attending the University of Sydney next year. I had received a letter this morning informing me that I was currently on the waiting list because of the sudden drop in my grades. I hadn’t even bothered applying anywhere else because I was so sure I’d get in. But that was way before Cody arrived and turned my life upside down. Okay, he didn’t ruin it entirely… We had some good times together. The moments I spent with him might have even been the happiest I had ever experienced. I couldn’t help but smile at the memories we had made. But I also couldn’t forget about how he had hurt me. I finally understood what his cousin had warned me about the night before we had sex. Well, just be careful, alright?, his words replayed in my mind. You seem like a nice girl and while you think you might know Cody, I’ve known him his whole life. He can be very unpredictable. That he was. The day I confronted him at school after he’d left me, it was like I didn’t know him at all, as if I was talking to a completely different person. But then, when he apologized to me, it was like I’d finally gotten the Cody I had grown to love back. I didn’t know what to do. Even if I did forgive him, how would I know he wouldn’t hurt me again? The truth was that I hated myself for allowing him to hurt me, but not as much I hated myself for not hating him. Not even a little bit. But I guess it was easier to pretend I didn’t care than admit that not being with him was killing me.

“Now you’ve learned the first two laws of motions,” the teacher continued. “Let’s see… How many of you here like to ride their bicycles?”

About three quarter of the class raised their hands.

“Nice,” he replied. “Have you ever wondered why a bicycle moves forward?” Everyone shook their head no. “Ah! Well, it moves according to Newton’s third law, which says that for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. When you push your pedal, the parts of the tire which touch the ground push it backwards. The ground also pushes the tires forward with the same force. So the parts of tires and Earth form a pair of action-reaction.”
“But what happens to the Earth when the tires are applying force to push it backwards…?” a girl sitting in the front asked. “I don’t get it…”
“Ah! Good question, Miss Malone! What does happen to the Earth? Well, nothing happens to it since the Earth is very big as compared to your bicycle. The force applied by your tires does not move it backwards, but the force applied by the Earth makes your bicycle move forward. Do you understand?”
“Not really, no…” the girl shook her head slowly, and the teacher looked at the rest of our puzzled faces.
“Uh… Ella,” he called my name, making me jump a little. “Why don’t you go to the gym and get me one of the balls there so I can demonstrate the concept to you guys?”
“Okay,” I simply answered while getting up and walking out of the classroom. The gymnasium wasn’t very far away.

As I stepped inside, I noticed a class was busy playing dodgeball. My eyes quickly scanned the students when they met familiar hazel ones, and my breath caught in my throat. After catching one of the balls that were being thrown around, Cody looked into my eyes with so much emotion it overwhelmed me. We both stood there, opposite sides of the room, and it was as if the rest of the world didn’t exist.

Then, a yellow ball came hitting Cody in the face, and that was when we both took conscience of our surroundings again. Cody became red as his gaze broke away from mine and diverted in the direction from which the ball had come. His eyes immediately found Ben’s, and everything else happened in a flash. Just like that, Cody was on top of Ben, giving him several punches in the face. No one was doing anything. Not even the teacher. They all just stood there, petrified by what they were witnessing. Cody’s fist kept making contact with Ben’s jaw and nose, and blood was splashing in every direction. I could tell Ben was close to losing consciousness, but Cody seemed nowhere near stopping.

Finally, a rush of adrenaline came over me, and I rushed over to them as fast as I could.
“STOP!” I said, only realizing now that tears were streaming down my face. “You’re going to kill him!” I yelled, struggling to pull Cody’s arm away from Ben’s face. For a moment, he wouldn’t stop, almost as if he was in some sort of trance. But when he realized my hands were pulling onto his arm, he ceased his movements and looked at me with so much pain in his eyes; I had never seen anything like it before. He then looked down at Ben, and that was when he got off of him. He got up and looked all around him. All we could hear was the sound of our heavy breathing and Ben’s faint whimpers. Cody slowly backed away as the teacher and a few of the students approached Ben’s limp body on the floor. I turned around, walked to where they kept all of the equipment, grabbed a ball and made my way back to class. I was still in shock over what had just happened. It was a side of him I had never seen, and it scared the crap out of me. I wasn’t sure how to respond to that.

“Thank you, Ella,” the teacher smiled as I handed him the blue ball I’d got. I walked back to my seat and he went on with his demonstration, hitting the ball on the floor and catching it once it bounced back. If I wasn’t paying attention earlier, I definitely wasn’t listening at all this time. I felt completely numb. What had just gone on in the gymnasium had drained every ounce of energy within me, and I simply sat there until the class ended.

When the bell rang, I didn’t know if I should head straight home or go see Ben to know how he was doing. Finally, I chose to walk to the infirmary. I knew the word had already gone around the school as I could hear small bits here and there of people’s conversations, and Cody’s name was mentioned in every one of them. I didn’t want to hear it though. I tried to block out all of their voices and simply focused on getting to the nurse’s office.

Once I finally made it there, I saw Ben sitting up on one of the beds with a blue ice bag on the left side of his head.
“Hey,” I spoke softly as I warily entered the room.
“Hey,” Ben greeted. “You can come in, the nurse isn’t here.” I relaxed a bit and sat on the edge of the bed.
“How are you feeling?” I asked.
“A little better,” he answered. “It still hurts though.”
“Can I see?”

Ben slowly removed the ice from his face, exposing the swollen area, which was most definitely going to turn into a black eye. I tried not to cringe too much, but it was really painful to see him in such bad shape.
“Yeah,” Ben answered my reaction and put the ice back on his eye.

“That guy is fucking crazy,” he grumbled. “He just starts hitting me out of nowhere! What a psycho…” I didn’t say anything. I couldn’t help but feel partly responsible for what had happened.
“I’m sorry,” was all I said.
“Don’t apologize,” Ben replied. “This definitely wasn’t your fault. Actually… you were the one who stopped him, weren’t you?” he remembered, and I nodded. “Thanks,” he said sincerely. “Who knows what could have happened if you wouldn’t have been there?” Cody might have killed him… “I’m just glad you’re not dating that prick anymore.”
“We were never dating,” I corrected.
“Right…” he acknowledged. “Well, I’m just happy you’re done with him. He doesn’t deserve a girl as amazing as you,” he smiled slightly. Why does everyone keeps saying that? I wondered to myself.

“Oh, I see Ben’s got a visitor,” the nurse took notice as she walked into the room. “How are you doing?” she asked him.
“Better,” he smiled. “Especially with her here,” he added, smiling at me. I smiled back to hide my discomfort.
“Well, I’ll let you rest,” I said while slowly getting up.

“Ella,” he called as I was about to exit the room.
“Yeah?” I turned around.
“Thanks for stopping by,” he said. “It means a lot.”
“No worries,” I answered before waving him goodbye and walking out.

When I arrived home, I noticed a note was taped on the refrigerator. My parents were out for the night and had left me some leftover food from last night in the fridge, but I wasn’t feeling very hungry. Instead, I just walked to my room and lied on my bed. I spent what felt like hours lying there, and not a single thought was going through my head. This was getting ridiculous. I was tired of everyone telling me that Cody wasn’t good enough for me, that he deserved better than me. Only I could know that, not them. It was my life after all. It was easy for them to tell me to move on from him or that I could do better than him because they weren’t the ones crying themselves to sleep every night because they felt like a part of them was missing. Falling in love with Cody was like finally finding myself when I didn’t even know I was lost. I missed him so much…

I could either stay here and continue to self-pity, or I could go out there and do something about it. Feeling sorry for myself wasn’t going to get me anywhere. I had to get him back.

In one swift movement, I got up my bed and did what I had to do: I got on a bus straight to Cody’s apartment. Once I reached the second floor, I knocked on the door but there was no answer. I knocked a few more times only to realize he probably wasn’t home. I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and searched for Cody in my contacts. I stared at the number a few seconds before taking a deep breath and pressing “call.” As soon as it was done dialling, I was sent to voicemail. Cody never turned his phone off and he always made sure it was charged. He must have been somewhere he couldn’t get signal. And one location immediately came to mind. I went back to my contacts list and dialled Rita’s number.
“Hey, Rita, it’s me,” I said after she answered. “I need a favour.”

Soon, I was sitting in Rita’s car as she was driving me to where Cody had taken me on our first date. I remembered him saying that was where he liked to go whenever the world was too much and I had a feeling I would find him there tonight.

“I can’t believe I’m helping you with this,” Rita admitted. “I hope you know what you’re doing.”
“I do,” I answered surely. Nothing had been right for the past couple of weeks, but this… this felt right.

After a while, the car finally stopped at the familiar gravel pit. Cody’s Charger was parked just in front of us.
“That’s his car,” I said.

Rita turned the ignition off and I took a deep breath.
“Are you ready?” she asked me.
“I don’t know,” I answered frankly. “I guess I’m about to find out.”
“If he tries to kill you,” she warned, “call me.” I shot her a look. “I’m just kidding! God…” I simply shook my head. “But seriously, are you sure you don’t want me to stay here and wait for you?”
“I’ll be fine,” I assured her.
“Okay,” she replied hesitantly. “But call me if you need anything.”
“I will,” I said while getting out of the car. “Thanks,” I said once outside.
“You’re welcome,” she smiled sympathetically and I pushed the car door close.

I watched as Rita revved up the engine and drove off the dark, lonely road. I turned around and looked at the top of the hill. This is it… I thought. I took another deep breath before walking up the slope.

I finally made it to the top, and it was then that I saw him, his back facing me. I don’t think he knew I was there. The amazing view and his thoughts seemed to be capturing all of his attention. I made a few more steps closer to him.

“I…” I could feel my voice already starting to break. “I don’t care. I don’t care what anyone says about you. I don’t care if you’re crazy. And I don’t care if you hurt me. Because, you know what? This – not being with you – hurts me even more.” His back was still facing me while I struggled to keep my composure. “I don’t understand what you’re doing… But I just know that I want to be with you.”
“What about Ben?” he questioned, his eyes not leaving the outlook.
“Forget about Ben. You’re the one I want to be with. What you said about not being good enough for me… It’s not true. I’ve never felt more complete than when I was with you and it literally kills me inside not being able to talk to you. I miss you, Cody. I know I should have said this sooner, but I was just really scared. And I’m sorry for making everything so complicated between us.

“I love you,” I added before bursting into tears.

Suddenly, I felt strong arms snake around me and hold me tight. I nuzzled my face into his shoulder and wrapped my arms around him tighter. He didn’t say anything. I missed feeling his body heat against mine. I had never felt safer.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered in my ear. I pulled away from the embrace, our eyes locked and I instantly crashed my lips against his. I missed this so much.

“Come home with me,” he murmured, and I nodded. He wrapped his arm around my shoulder and we walked to his car under the full moon and star-studded night.

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