Lilly spent the rest of the holidays avoiding Zach. She kept by Annah and Audrey and focused on her work, she was failing several subjects.
One night she was sat up in her dorm, reading a textbook when Audrey came up with a mysterious smile on her face.
"Um. Lilly?" She said.
Lilly looked up from her book. "Yeah?"
"Can you come down for a minute? I need your help with something."
"Can't you just bring it up? I'm not in the mood for socialising." Lilly said. She didn't want to see Zach at all. Not even in the corner of a room.
"Um. No. It's too big to bring up here."
"Too big? What-"
"It's a scale model of something for Astrono- Oh just come down!" Audrey insisted.
"Ugh. Okay okay!" Lilly grumbled.
As she stared to go down the staircase, a soft glow was coming from the bottom in the common room.
"What's going on?" She asked Audrey but she just smiled widely at her.
Lilly gasped loudly as she got to the bottom step. There was a single candle surrounded by several rose petals. As she looked there was a trail of them leading to the middle of the room where Zach was standing.
Lilly walked towards him slowly, he nervously smiled at her and she tried to return it but couldn't. Her face was frozen in shock.
"Lilly." Zach began.
"I am so sorry. Sorry for everything. Acting the way I did, not trusting you and just everything. There's no excuse for how I acted at all but I hate not talking to you. Seeing you everyday and your smile is what makes my day so perfect. You make my day so perfect. And how could anything ever be the same if you hated me?"
"I don't hate you." Was all Lilly could choke out.
"And that's why I- what?"
"I don't hate you Zach." Lilly said, louder this time.
"You don't?" He asked.
"No. I don't. You just have to stop being so jealous. Where's the Zach from by the lake so long ago? I want that Zach back."
Zach pushed his glasses back up his nose.
"If that's what you want then that's who I'll be."
"Good to hear." She stepped closer to him, dodging the candles and hugged him tightly.
"I've missed this." He whispered in her ear. Lilly just hugged him tighter and buried her face in his sweater, feeling tears prickle at her eyes.
She heard someone cough and looked up. She hadn't noticed Annah and Audrey standing in the corner.
"Audrey! You didn't have anything you wanted to show me did you!?" Lilly said accusingly, smiling though.
Audrey laughed sheepishly.
"Nah. You were so down without him and he was unbearable! You needed to be together!"
Annah nodded in agreement, smiling too.
Lilly spun round and put her arms around Zach's neck.
"I love you." She murmured.
"I love you too." He picked her up and twirled her around, placing his lips on hers. She smiled at the soft touch, not realising how much she'd missed this.
He finally put her down but kept her hand in his.
"Ew!" Audrey mocked.
"Get a room you two!" Annah giggled.
"And who were the ones that wanted us back together?!" Lilly asked, eyebrows raised.
"Yeah. I supposed you're right." Audrey grumbled.
"Suppose?! I'm always right." Lilly joked, Zach kissed the top of her head.
Dean and Jared came down the stairs and just stared at the candles.
"Awh. These for me?" Dean smirked.
"Oh yes! We've done all of this just for you." Audrey said sarcastically.
"Get over yourself Dean." Annah rolled her eyes, walking up to him and punching his arm.
"You say that now but just you watch princess. You'll come 'round."
"Ugh. Yes, of course i will. And princess? I think you're more of the damsel in distress here don't you think?" Annah retorted.
"Okay, Okay. You two stop flirting." Lilly said, leaning into Zach's side.
"Flirting?!" Annah spat.
"Why would I flirt with that!"
Dean laughed loudly.
"I think you're more Jared's type, eh?" He jabbed Jared, making him jump.
Jared just narrowed his eyes.
"I prefer books to people." He said shyly.
"I know you do." Dean said, tugging on Jared long hair.
"Cut it out Dean!" He said warningly.
"Jeez! If it isn't you and Annah at each other's throats it's you and Jared!" Audrey laughed at Dean.
"You want me to start on you darlin'?" He said to Audrey.
"Ha! Like you'd have a chance." She flipped her hair and turned away from him. Zach wasn't listening to any of it, he was looking at Lilly the whole time, beaming at her until she finally noticed.
"What!? You keep staring at me!" She laughed.
"You're just so beautiful." He said quietly.
"Ha! Of course I am." She straightened the collar of his shirt with her free hand.
"You are." He insisted.
"Okay. Sure." She faked a smile, biting the inside of her cheek.
"One day. You'll realise." He said but too quiet for her to hear.