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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3. Chapter 3

Cody’s POV

AFTER DROPPING ELLA OFF AT HER HOUSE, I SPED UP to my apartment. I dropped my keys into a bowl that sat on the coffee table and went straight to the bathroom. I opened the cabinet door, took out three different plastic bottles and dropped one pill out of each inside the palm of my hand. I looked down at the white, pink and green pills before tossing them into my mouth. I grabbed a cup from the sink, filled it with water and squeezed my eyes shut as the drugs cascaded down my throat.

I opened my eyes again and stared at my reflection in the mirror. 
“What’s wrong with you?” I asked it. A lot of things, I answered inwardly, looking down at the collection of medication that was lined up in front of me. I’d been working so hard to control my anger and this girl had managed to make all of my hard work vanish in just one night. I didn’t understand what was happening. I hadn’t even tried one move on her, which was very unusual for me. She expected me to want to have sex with her. I couldn’t blame her for that; that was what I was famous for. I’d told her that I didn’t want to do it with her; but I did. Man, I’d thought about throwing her over my couch at least fifty different ways, but… for some odd reason, I didn’t see her that way anymore. She deserved better. It was weird. She wasn’t like any other girl I’d been attracted to before. She wasn’t falling for my bullshit. I actually had to make an effort if I wanted to be with her and I kinda liked that. I liked that I had to try. And unlike any other girl I’d dated, she seemed genuinely interested in me – not in the tall, handsome bad boy everyone perceived me as, but who I really was. But after tonight, I had a feeling she wouldn’t be interested at all. The expression she had on her face was scarring. I’d frightened her. I usually liked the feeling that came along with scaring people, but it wasn’t as pleasant when it was her who feared me. I kicked the bottom of the bathroom door as an attempt to let out my frustration, which only grew bigger when the door bounced back onto the wall to hit me in the face.

After spending a whole minute fighting it, I walked over to my room, yanked my shirt over my head, pulled down my jeans and climbed into bed. I lay down, fingers intertwined behind my head, as I looked up to the ceiling. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. The first image to pop up in my head was of Ella. Ella and her long caramel hair that bounced graciously every time she spoke. Ella and her piercing blue eyes that were as deep as the sea. Ella and her luscious pink lips that had me wonder what taste they would allow if I ever got close enough to find out. With her soft features, she looked so innocent, like an angel. She was absolutely flawless.

“What’s happening to me?” I asked to myself. Whenever I thought of a woman, I’d fantasize about her big tits and fat arse, not about how her eyes resembled the ocean! You make me sick, I scowled interiorly. I had to make it stop. And I only knew of one way to do it. I needed to get that girl in here, and fast.

 

Ella’s POV

THE NEXT DAY, I SAT ON THE GRASS IN FRONT of the entrance at school as I ate lunch with Macy and Rita. I didn’t dare telling them about my date with Cody last night. They would only judge me after I’d promised them I’d stay away. The truth was, I didn’t think I was able to. I was like a small, cheap magnet you would find at the dollar store and Cody was the giant refrigerator; there was an invisible force pulling me towards him. No matter how much I tried, I simply couldn’t resist it.

“So, you guys remember Josh, right?” Macy asked in her perky voice. We both nodded. “Well… he asked me out on Friday!” High-pitched squeals escaped our mouths as we expressed our excitement for her. 
“I’m so happy for you!” Rita exclaimed. “He’s cute!!” 
“I know, right?!” Macy agreed. 
“Ella!” a voice coming from afar interrupted our squealing.

Our heads shot up to Cody walking up to us. I turned to notice the wary looks on my friends’ faces as Cody approached us and sat next to me. 
“Hey, girls,” he greeted them. They didn’t reply. They just stayed there, almost staggered. “Hi, Ella,” his gaze then fell on me. 
“Hi,” I shifted nervously. 
“How are you?” 
“I–I’m good,” I stammered. “Thanks.” 
“I was thinking…” he went on. “You should come over after school.” I parted my quivering lips but no sound was coming out. I glanced at Rita and Macy who stared back at me with blank expressions and then turned to Cody again. 
“I–I don’t know…” 
“Come on...” He extended his hand and let it slide down my arm. The touch of his fingertips against my bare skin was almost electrifying. My breath caught in my throat as I looked down at his arm, which had now returned to its initial position. “We’re gonna have to start working on that project, you know.” The beat of my heart began to accelerate. I could feel the pressing stares of my friends behind, urging me to decline the invitation. 
“Okay,” I finally replied, wanting to get all of this pressure over with. 
“Cool,” he smirked smugly. “I’ll be waiting for you in the parking lot.” He winked before jumping up and walking away.

“Uh, what was that?” Macy questioned once Cody was out of hearing range. 
“Yeah, what happened to staying far away from him?” Rita’s neck craned in my direction. 
“We have to work on the project!” I defended poorly. 
“Can’t you do it somewhere else than at his place?” Macy enquired. 
“What does it matter?” I asked. The girls both looked at each other before letting out frustrated sighs. 
“You’re kidding me, right?” Rita raised her eyebrows at me. I didn’t respond, unsure of what they were referring to. “The English project is obviously just a ploy to, you know… get you in his bed.” My eyes grew wide at the sound of her words. The thought hadn’t even occurred to me. After seeing such a whole other side of Cody last night, I was more inclined to believe that those weren’t his intentions. “He’s not gonna try anything,” I stated. Besides, he had already told me he didn’t want to. 
“How do you know?” Macy asked. 
“You just don’t know him like I do,” the words slipped out before I could think them. 
“Oh my God!” Rita cried. “Listen to yourself! ‘You just don’t know him like I do.’ Wake up, Ella! You don’t know him at all!” 
“Don’t patronize me!” I retorted, offended. 
“I’m only trying to protect you.” 
“Well, I don’t need you to protect me. I’m doing fine on my own, thank you.” I grabbed my lunch bag and got up brusquely before heading back inside. Sometimes, Rita really had a knack for pissing me off. I was tired of living to everyone’s expectations. I wanted to try to listen to myself for a change – and “myself” was telling me that regardless of all preconceptions, Cody was who I wanted to be with.

 

MR. YOUNG’S MATH CLASS SEEMED AS IF IT WAS never gonna end. When the bell finally rang, I headed to my locker to drop in my math books and grab the stuff I needed for the English project.

As I closed the door, I spotted Rita from the corner of my eye. She seemed to have noticed me as well. I stood there for a moment, hoping she would walk up to me and apologize, but when I realized she wasn’t going to make the first move, I let out a sigh and walked over to her instead. I decided I was going to be the bigger person. I hated fighting with my best friend. All I wanted was for things to go back to where they were.

“Hey,” I forced a smile. Rita looked up at me, her eyebrows furrowed. 
“Hi.” She was obviously still upset about what had happened at lunch today. 
“I’m sorry,” I simply said. “I’m not sure what I am apologizing for, but I’m sorry. Can we just make up already?” She slammed her locker door shut, stood up and looked at me. 
“No, I’m sorry.” Her features softened. “I didn’t mean to be so hard on you. I just don’t want you to get hurt. I don’t trust him.” 
“But you trust me, right?” She parted her lips as if she was about to protest, but quickly stopped herself and nodded instead. “Then, that’s all that matters.” 
“So you’re really going?” she asked, disappointment clear in her tone. I bobbed my head in response. “Just… Promise me you won’t let him… try anything on you?” 
“I won’t. I pinky swear,” I said, holding out my pinky. She smiled warmly at me and I returned her gesture with a smile of my own as she hooked her finger to mine. Rita really didn’t mean any harm. She was just looking out for me. How could I possibly stay mad at her for caring so much?

After I hugged Rita goodbye, I exited the school and walked into the parking lot. My eyes scanned the cars that were parked in front of me and once I located Cody’s old black Charger, my feet started moving right towards it.

I looked through the window and observed Cody who seemed to be jamming to some song as his head was swaying from side to side with his earphones plugged inside his ears. I stood there for a moment, giggling at how goofy he looked. He seemed different. He wasn’t that thug who made everyone run for the hills whenever they saw him; he was just Cody.

It took me a few more seconds before I finally knocked on the window as I was enjoying the view too much to interrupt him. He jumped at the sudden sound and his eyes locked with mine. I smiled and waved at him as he pulled his earphones out of his ears. He leaned over to my side and pushed the door open for me to get in. I sat on the cushiony seat and closed the door before buckling my seatbelt. 
“Hey,” Cody breathed, shock obvious in his voice. 
“What were you listening to?” I choked back a laugh. 
“Nothing,” he responded quickly. I could have sworn I saw him flush with embarrassment. An impish grin crept onto my face as I glanced down at his iPod. 
“Hey!” he cried as I snatched the device from his hands. I looked down at the screen and went agape. I could not believe what I had just read. I pulled onto the cords of the earpieces and plugged one inside my left ear, and burst out laughing. 
“One Direction?!” I couldn’t stop snickering. “You were listening to One Direction??” I bent forward as the muscles in my stomach were starting to ache. I then looked over at Cody who seemed even more embarrassed than before. 
“Well, their songs are catchy…” he argued. 
“This is hilarious!” I let out a few more giggles before finally catching my breath. 
“If you tell anyone about this…” he warned, leaning forward and grabbing my wrist, causing me to cease my laughter. The atmosphere inside the car had suddenly shifted to something more intense, almost electric. My face was only inches from his, as his breath mixed with my own, and we looked at each other like we were about to kiss.  
“I won’t…” I glanced down at his lips, and then went back to his eyes. I couldn’t kiss him. I couldn’t let that happen. 
“Good,” he whispered, letting go of his grip. I cleared my throat before sitting straight in my seat, and Cody did the same. He turned the key inside the whole before pulling out of the parking spot and driving off.

It didn’t take long before he steered the vehicle to the side of the road, stopping right in front of a building complex. He promptly got out of the car to make his way around it and open the passenger door for me. 
“You didn’t have to do that,” I told him. 
“I wanted to,” he smiled and I took his hand as he helped me out. I looked around, taking in my surroundings. This seemed to be one of the seediest neighbourhoods of Sydney’s suburbia. I folded my arms around me and Cody snaked one of his around my middle as he led me inside.

His apartment was on the second floor. He struggled with the key to open the door, and once he managed to do it, he stepped aside to let me walk in first. I stepped inside the residence and observed the setting. This place was so small, it almost represented the size of my bedroom. 
“You live here?” I asked, unsettled. 
“Yep,” he stated, shoving his hands inside the pockets of his jeans. “Want me to show you around?” He walked over to me and gestured the room that we were currently in. “This is the living area.” The walls seemed to be originally white, but the black and brown stains that covered it made it hard to determine. I looked a little bit closer and noticed that the paint was chapped everywhere. In the room was a small TV, an old-looking green sofa that sat two people, and a round coffee table. That was it.

“Then,” he walked over to the adjacent room, “we have the kitchen.” I walked into the kitchen and my eyes didn’t know where to look first. The place was crammed and could barely fit two people in it. There was a fridge that had turned yellow over the years and a stove that seemed to belong to another century. On the countertop sat a small microwave and a toaster that matched the colour of the refrigerator. It pained me to know people lived here. 
“Do you live here by yourself?” I couldn’t believe a family actually lived in this slum. 
“Yeah… It’s complicated,” he answered the question marks that had appeared on my face.

“If you’ll follow me,” he attempted to brighten up the mood by sliding over to the small hall as I followed him. “This,” he pushed a door open, “is the bathroom.” I took one quick look at it. “And this…” he walked into another room, “is my bedroom.”

I walked into the room and felt a bit more at ease. At least it wasn’t as miserable as the ones I had just visited. The walls were plain white, but at least you could tell the colour with certainty. His bedroom was quite bare, actually. The only items in the room were a king size bed and a matching night stand. 
“So… is this where all the action happens?” I asked. He shook his head. 
“I don’t let them in here. I usually bag them on the couch.” 
“You bag them?” He nodded. I was utterly discussed with his choice of words. 
“Or fuck. Whichever you prefer.” I shivered at his words. 
“I’d rather refer to it as… love making.” He burst out laughing. 
“You’re serious?” 
“Yeah,” I stood my ground. “Isn’t sex supposed to be something intimate and meaningful that holds a lot of preciousness to both partners?” He stared at me for a moment before starting laughing again. 
“You crack me up, Ella!” he exclaimed. “You don’t actually believe in that shit, do you? Don’t tell me your first time was like in those movies with all the candles, the dimmed lights and romantic music playing. You know that shit doesn’t happen in real life.” I shifted uncomfortably, looking down to the hardwood floor. “Oh my, God! You’re a virgin??” he laughed uncontrollably. This had got to be the most embarrassing moment of my life. 
“Stop it,” I whined. Once he noticed my discomfort, his muscles relaxed as his laughter subdued. 
“Sorry, it’s just… I’m having a hard time believing it.” 
“I just want to wait for the right guy.” 
“So he’ll make love to you?” he cooed, totally mocking me. 
“Haven’t you ever wanted to make love to someone?” I attacked. 
He chuckled once and said, “I don’t ‘make love.’ I fuck, hard.”

I scratched the back of my head, suddenly feeling uncomfortable with the topic of our conversation. 
“So, uh… We should probably get started on the project,” I said.

We pulled our books out of our bags and sat on his bed. Our project consisted in reading To Kill a Mockingbird, make an in depth analysis of the story and characters, and compare the theatrical and cinematographic adaptations to the original work. Cody and I had yet to finish the book, so we were both sprawled out onto his bed, captured in our reading.

“Codes?” I asked, surprising myself as I’d just called him by his given nickname. His head shot up in my direction. “Here,” I explained, looking down at the paper Mrs Peterson had handed us where she gave us some pointers, “it says that while reading the book, we quickly realize why Scout is the way she is… Why is that?” I asked, confused by the question. 
“It’s easy.” I listened attentively as he answered me. “Scout is who she is because of the way Atticus raised her. He nurtured her mind, conscience and individuality in a way that sort of made her immune to the hypocrisy and notions of propriety of the outside world. So, she grew up in innocence, which made her more open-minded since she hasn’t been brainwashed like everyone else and therefore becomes a better human being.” My mouth gaped as I nodded in understanding. 
“Thanks,” I said as I jotted what he’d just told me. I sometimes had the feeling that Cody was a lot smarter than everyone gave him credit for. He probably didn’t want his intelligence to show because it would tarnish his reputation.

A couple minutes later, I found myself rereading the same sentence over and over again as Cody kept distracting me with the multiple agonizing sighs he was letting out. 
“What?” I snapped. 
“This is boring,” he complained. 
“Well, the less you whine about it, the faster you’ll finish,” I encouraged. 
“Let’s go somewhere.” 
“What? What about the project?” 
“It’s not for at least another three months! Come on, Ella! Do you ever do anything just for fun?” 
“I have fun!” I countered. 
“Then prove it,” he dared me. 
I eyed him for a second before saying, “Fuck it,” and I closed the book. “Where are we going?”

Refusing to let me know where we were headed to, I hopped in the car with Cody and we drove off to the secret location. The ride lasted about twenty minutes until Cody steered the wheel, channelizing the car into a vacant lot. 
“What are we doing here?” I asked, puzzled. He didn’t answer. He turned off the ignition and jumped out of the car. I followed his lead and did the same.

Next to our parking spot was what seemed to be the back of an old building. Behind it was a giant trampoline and a small fence made its way around it. I watched as Cody jumped over the barrier and started bouncing onto the canvas. 
“What are you doing?” I asked, watching him moving up and down. 
“What does it…look like I’m…doing? I’m jumping!” he answered in between jumps. 
“You’re crazy, you know that?” I couldn’t believe this guy. 
“Nothing I haven’t heard before,” he shrugged it off, still bouncing. “So, are you coming or what?” 
“I am not going over that thing,” I stated, referring to the rusty barricade. 
“Don’t you ever take any risks?” he asked. 
“I came out here with you, didn’t I?” He didn’t reply; he just kept on jumping. I had to admit it looked quite fun. I hadn’t been on a trampoline in a while, and I kind of wanted to try it again.

“Ugh, for fuck’s sake,” I huffed. I walked over to the fence, propped myself over it and landed on the other side. 
“That’s my girl,” Cody smiled and I couldn’t help but blush at his comment. But I quickly suppressed the redness on my cheeks as I climbed over the trampoline and started jumping with him. 
“This is fun!” I exclaimed as I bounced up and down onto the blue material while facing him. 
“I told you!”

“You wanna see me do a backflip?” I suggested after a couple more jumps. 
“Uh, yeah!” Cody said. After jumping a few more times, mentally prepping myself, I bent my knees a little lower, jumped upwards and tucked them to my chest as I was propelled to the sky. I then extended my lower back and legs, untucking, as I landed back onto the stretched out fabric. 
“Wow!” Cody’s eyes widened. He seemed to be impressed with my skills. I simply smiled at him in recognition.

I decided to land on my back as I was getting a bit dizzy from the twirling that had just taken place. My sprawled out body faintly bounced to the shock of Cody’s feet hitting the cloth and he then joined me a few seconds later, lying next to me. 
“Sometimes I like to just lie on the grass, stare at the clouds and see what shapes I can find,” I shared, looking up to the sky above. 
“Okay,” Cody said. “I think this one,” he pointed at one of the big fluffy white hazes, “looks like a unicorn.” 
“This one,” I pointed at another, “looks like two birds flying.” 
“Nah, you’re way off! It looks like a duck eating another duck.” 
“What?” I laughed. 
“It’s true!” I laughed some more and then shook my head. 
“You really surprise me, you know,” I said, looking at him. 
“Why’s that?” he asked, turning to me as well. 
“You come off as this very tough guy who’s not affected by anyone or anything, but the more time I spend with you, the more I realize that there’s a lot more to you than that. Everyone thinks you’re so mean and ruthless, but… I think you’re actually a really nice guy. It’s a shame others don’t get to see it.” Cody looked almost as if he was scared I was finally starting to see through him. 
“I have a lot of demons hidden in my soul, Ella.” His features hardened. “It’s only a matter of time until they get out – and once they do, I promise you won’t think of me that way anymore.” It seemed painful for him to say it, almost as much as it pained me to see him so wretched. 
“Unless I can help make them disappear...” I took his hand in mine and interlocked my fingers with his. My heart ached for the boy lying next to me. All I wanted to do was make all of his troubles fade away. I rubbed my thumb over the back of his hand in an attempt to comfort him and it seemed to be working as a gentle smile traced upon his face. I beamed as I felt him caress my hand too. A weird feeling came over me as I observed the perfect creature in front of me. I felt abnormally at ease with him. If demons look like this, I thought, then please, send me to hell…

“Hey!” a man yelled from behind us, yanking me out of my thoughts. Both of our heads shot up towards the voice as we sat up simultaneously. “What are you two doing here?!” 
“Shit,” Cody and I cussed at the same time as our heads turned to face each other.

We both got up off the trampoline, jumped over the fence and ran to the Charger before the man could catch us. I pulled the door open and slid into my seat as quickly as possible, grinning from ear to ear. Normally, I would have been scared out of my mind, but the sudden rush of adrenaline made the experience so much more exhilarating.

Cody tore out of the lot, heading back to the road, as I watched the man behind who was vainly running after the car. I burst out laughing when he finally realized it was no use and walked back to wherever he came from. I turned back around in my seat and noticed Cody’s faint chuckle from the corner of my eyes. He looked so beautiful when he laughed.

“So, where are we going now?” I asked as I noticed he was rolling through an unfamiliar lane. The sun was starting to set. 
“You’ll see,” he smirked. 
“Again with the mysteries,” I sighed, shaking my head.

Cody was really growing on me. Less than twenty-four hours ago, my body would start to shiver at the simple sound of his name. But the longer time I spent with him, the more I realized he was probably just misunderstood. He’d talked about those demons interwoven in his soul. I wasn’t exactly sure what he’d meant by that, but I was convinced that I was able to help him. Somebody had once told me to be careful when trying to fix a broken person for you may cut yourself on their shattered pieces. But sometimes, you just have to take the risk. I had to at least try and help him conquer his demons because if I didn’t, I was afraid no one else would.

About a half-hour later, Cody pulled over to the side of a lonely road. Before I could even ask what we were doing here, he jumped out of the car and started walking straight into the woods. 
“Cody?” I asked, kicking the car door shut. “Where are you going?” 
“Just follow me!” he shouted back. I folded my arms against my chest and followed after him.

This place was giving me the creeps. The sky was already dark and the moonlight hit the trees, creating vast shades stretching out across the ground.

“Can you slow down?” I hurried my pace, trying to catch up to Cody who was already way ahead of me. 
“You’re too slow!” he nagged. I groaned in frustration as I sped up my walk. I couldn’t believe the things I got myself into because of him.

“We’re here,” Cody announced once we reached an open space where a mighty river was flowing and giant trees surrounded it. The way the moonlight shone through the glistening water was absolutely breathtaking. 
“This is beautiful.” I was in complete awe. 
“Isn’t it?” Cody agreed.

Suddenly, he grabbed the back of the collar of his shirt, yanking it over his head. 
“W-what are you doing?” I blinked multiple times, completely baffled as he started unbuttoning his pants. 
“Skinny dipping,” he smiled audaciously. I simply stood there as he tossed his shirt, jeans and sneakers to the side and climbed to the top of a rocky waterfall. 
“What the hell are you doing?!” I tried to distract myself from his very noticeably toned abs. As much as I was enjoying the view, I couldn’t help but worry for him. I was afraid he might fall and hit his head onto a rock. 
“Just livin’ life!” he shouted before jumping off into the river. I could feel my heart almost jumping out of my chest as I watched his body slam into the water, its splashing sound echoing through the nighttime quietness.

“Get in!” Cody encouraged once his head popped back up to the surface. I shook my head no. “Come on!” he whined. “Unless you want me to make you…” his lips curled up in a mischievous way. 
“Ugh, fuck it.” I turned around and pulled down my pants, not wanting to see Cody watching me as I undressed. I then removed my shirt and shoes, only to be left in my bra and panties.

I turned around and noticed Cody had been ogling me. I wrapped my arms around my stomach, suddenly feeling insecure. I cautiously approached the shoreline and dipped a toe in it. 
“Oh no!” I exclaimed, running back to the grass. The water was freezing.

Before I could grab my jeans, I heard footsteps behind me and arms suddenly snaked around my waist. 
“Ahhhh!” Cody lifted me up and dragged me back to the shore. He then put me down, my feet immersing into the cold fluid, and he pulled me by the arm as we ran towards the horizon, laughing, until the water reached our shoulders.

“I really hate you for making me do this!” I playfully slapped him on the arm. 
“You know you can’t resist me,” he replied. My smile slowly faded away, as I looked down to his lips. I felt the irrepressible urge to kiss him. I wanted to taste him, to feel him. I guessed Cody felt the same way too as we both leaned in, slightly tilting our heads to our right, and our lips finally sealed into a kiss. My hands gently cupped his face and his rested on my hips. In that instant, every single part of my body was tingling. It was like fireworks were crackling into the night sky. It was absolutely marvellous.

He then quickly pulled away, causing me to withdraw as well. His eyes didn’t leave mine. I could tell he’d felt the same ecstasy I’d felt. 
“It’s getting late,” his voice broke the silence. “We should get going.”

We both dried off with a blanket Cody kept in the trunk of his car, got dressed and we were back on the road.

I bit my lower lip as I kept glancing at Cody next to me. I looked at his mouth that was pressed against mine just a few minutes ago. Even though it had been a simple kiss, the most innocent of its kind, it felt like nothing I had ever experienced. I couldn’t suppress the smile that was plastered on my face, no matter how hard I tried to. My fingers traced down my lips, hoping to recreate the sensation Cody had procured to them. I felt happy, but scared also. It scared me that this boy I barely knew had such an impact over me. It was happening. I was getting attached. And I could only hope he wouldn’t take advantage of that.

 

 

 

A/N: They kissed!! Oh la la... Haha Let me know what you guys think and what you think is going to happen next in the comment section below!! xx

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