Lilly was walking from the library with Annah back to the common room one night in January when Audrey came running up to them.
"Lilly!" She breathed, holding her side.
"It's Zach. And dean."
"What's happening?!" Lilly said urgently.
"Just. Go to the common room quickly!" She panted.
Lilly sprinted up the staircase, leaving Audrey and Annah behind.
She cautiously went inside to immediately be shocked at what she saw.
Zach and Dean in the centre of the room. The sound of Zach's voice, breaking from strain, loud and angry hit her ears. He was snarling something at Dean.
Finally Lilly focused on what he was saying.
"You slept with her!"
"No! You don't understand!" Dean was shouting back, plams raised in defence.
"I don't understand!? No. You don't understand!"
"We fell asleep on a chair! Nothing happened!" Dean shouted.
"Why don't i believe you?" Spat Zach.
"You can believe what you want to! Even if it is all lies." Dean said, eyes narrowed.
"Lies is it?! Then what's the truth!"
"I told you! Nothing happened between us." Dean clenched his fist in frustration.
"Oh come on. I've seen you! Flirting with her! Don't act like you don't know!"
"Really?! We joke! That's it! Look. I know you're with her so I wouldn't do anything!"
"Joking. So that's what you call it do you?"
Deans face contorted in anger and Jared came up to him.
"Dean. Don't. Don't hit him." He said quietly.
Dean laughed harshly.
"Hit him!? He'd bruise like a peach!"
"Let's see how you bruise then." Zach snarled, raising his fist.
"ZACH!" Lilly screamed, stepping between them.
"Don't you dare." She said angrily.
"Why shouldn't I!? He's trying to take you from me! You don't actually like him?!" Zach shouted.
"If you hit him then that's it. We're over."
"Why are you defending him Lilly?" Zach asked.
"Zach. I'm not having you going around punching anyone who talks to me!" She said firmly.
Dean stayed silent and Zach relaxed his shoulders.
"Lilly. I'm doing this for you. All of this. I love you. I'm trying to protect you!" He was pleading.
"Come on." She grabbed his arm and led him out of the room into the corridor, looking back and giving Dean a small nod before shutting the door.
Zach pulled her into a hug and whispered into her hair.
"It's all for you."
"Why do you do this?" She pulled away from his hug.
"Everything's fine and then you do something."
"Lilly. You don't need them- Dean, Jared. Even Annah and Audrey. We have eachother and that's all we need right?"
"What? Are you serious? Of course I need them. They're my friends!" She shouted at him.
"Zach. This is the final time. You've gone too far."
"Lilly. Don't." He grabbed her wrist.
"Zach. Let. Go." She turned to walk away but he pulled her around and slapped her hard. She gasped and her hand flew from Zach's grasp to her face. He had caught her eye and she could feel it swelling.
"What have you done?" She gasped.
"Lilly! I'm sorry! I'm so sorry. You were going to leave me. I love you." He sunk to his knees.
"Okay. Zach it was once. Let's just pretend this never happened."
Even though her eye was tingling painfully.