Not In That Way *Completed*

There is always that one little thing that can keep a person stable. That one little thing that makes a person feel alive. The thing that can make a person smile even when they are having a bad day.

For Cora Smith that thing is more like a someone. Her someone is Zachary Dawson. Her long time best friend and the person that saved her when her life was in shambles. For years, she has been battling for his attention against all the other girls around her. However, little did she know she had him wrapped around her little finger since the very beginning.

Join Cora on her journey in discovering the truth about Zachary, while all the while she is consumed with the fear that, in the end, the only words she will hear from him are, "I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way......"

*Based on the song, "Not in That Way" by Sam Smith*

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14. Chapter 13

"See you tonight, baby."

I sigh as I watch the video again for 100th time tonight.

What the hell am I supposed to do? Should I tell him? Should I just let it come out on its own? I don't know what would be the best thing for me to do. I have the proof that I need, but would he hate me forever? Would he even listen to me or would he try to deny it?

A groan leaves my lips as I run my fingers through my hair, pulling at the roots.

He deserves to know....

"You don't think I know that!" I growl.

Then tell him...

"I can't he wouldn't believe me..." I whisper.

If you want him, you need to tell him....

"I know! Okay! But do I really want to be the one to ruin his relationship? He would hate me forever...." I mumble, throwing my phone across the room.

He wouldn't hate you...He would be grateful....

"I don't think I would ever be able to tell him. It would kill me to see him so upset. I can't tell him...." I mutter, staring down at the ground.

My bedroom door slowly creaks open, causing me to snap my head up.

Zach pokes his head in.

"Who are you talking to?" he asks.

"Um....Myself." I say, flushing a bright red.

He lets out a laugh.

"Okay, well what do you want to do tonight? Nicole is of shopping with her friends and I'm bored! Lets go have fun!!" he whines.

"I can't, Zach. I have homework." I giggle.

He groans throwing himself across the bottom of my bed. 

"You're always doing homework! Let's do something fun for once." he insists.

"What do you have in mind?" I sigh.

"Yay! Let's going rollerskating!" he says excitedly, hopping up and down like a little kid.

"Oh hell no! There is no way you will ever get me to do that!" I exclaim.

"Come on you big baby!" he calls, tugging on my hands.

"I can't even walk on flat ground without falling and you think that it's a good idea to put me on wheels?! I could kill someone!" I demand.

"Come on, Cora! If you love me, you'll go rollerskating with me." he begs, giving me his best puppy dog eyes.  

My eyes widen at his words.

"I-I...What?" I stutter, blinking rapidly. 

"I'm joking, Cora." he laughs, bumping his shoulder with mine. "But seriously, lets go. You're going."

"Ah- what? No." I say, shaking my head.

"Come on." he groans, tugging me up to my feet.

"Zach! I can't do this!" I insist.

"Cora, I promise you that I won't let you fall. I will be by your side every step of the way making sure you don't commit a murder on the innocent." he smirks.

I slap his arm, pouting "Shut up!"

He grabs ahold of my hand, pulling me out of the room. I pull my hand away, crossing my arms across my chest with a huff. He laughs with a roll of his eyes, grabbing his keys off the counter and leading me outside.

We slip into the car, pulling out of the driveway. For the rest of the drive there, I playfully ignore him. Once we arrive, I stomp into the roller skating rink completely ignoring his calls. Before I can fully enter, Zach catches up to me, grabbing my elbow and yanking me back outside.

"I was only joking, Cora! Come on! Don't be mad..." he says, with a worried expression on his face.

I burst into a fit of giggles, "I was only kidding."

He scoffs nudging my shoulder, "Don't joke around like that."

I stick my tongue out and skip into the rollerskating rink. 

"Cora!" Zach shouts, pushing through the crowd of people to get to me. 

He grabs my arm and pulls me to his side, slinging his arm around my shoulder. 

"I didn't think that there would be this many people here.." he murmurs. 

He leads me up to the counter asking the man for skates in our sizes. He grabs them off the shelf handing them to Zach before Zach leads me to one of the tables. I sit down taking a deep breath staring down at the floor feeling bile rise in my throat. I look up when I feel a hand on my arm.

"I won't let you fall." Zach promises.

I nod my head, looking back down slipping my feet into the skates, before lacing them up. I glance up at Zach standing in front of me with a smile, his skates already on his feet. He grabs my hands pulling me up, wrapping his arm around my waist. I look up at him, fear evident in my eyes. 

"We're okay. You're okay." he whispers. 

He slowly starts to roll me towards the the rink, I grasped his arms tightly, nails digging in slightly. Once we reach the rink, he takes his arm from around my waist and steps out onto the slippery surface, beckoning for me to do the same. I cautiously step onto the rink, immediately losing my footing. Before I can slam to the ground, he wraps his arms around my waist setting me upright on my feet with a smirk. 

"You really aren't good at this. Are you?" he laughs.

"No! I told you I wasn't." I pout. 

"You'll be fine." he laughs, rolling me until we are standing in the middle of the rink. 

Slowly he takes a step forward pushing off and gliding away from me a bit. He turns around holding his hand out with a smile. I take a hold of his hand and he rolls me forward, but I quickly slip, my feet sliding out from under me. I slip out of his grasp and smack into the floor with a groan. 

"Cora!" he yells, grabbing me by my waist and helping me to my feet. 

I grab onto his shirt, glaring up at him. 

"Won't let me fall huh?" I snap.

"I didn't know you were gonna. It was such a small space, I didn't think you would be able to screw that up." he snickers. 

"Are you really mocking me right now? I'm done. I don't want to do this anymore. I'll be in the arcade." I grumble, attempting to skate off, falling in the process. 

I struggle to stand, people staring and laughing at me. Once I succeed, I glare over at Zach who is bent over laughing his ass off. 

I struggle over to the table, remaining glued to the wall the whole way. I strip off the skates, putting my converse back on. I glance over at Zach, who is holding the hand of a little girl helping her skate. I smile at the sight, a warm feeling appearing in my chest. The little girl nearly slips, but he quickly grabs her other hand keeping her steady. He turns the corner, looking over at me, a huge grin on his face. I return the smile, watching as the little girl pulls away from him and skates away. He rolls up to me and leans against the wall in front of me. 

"Hi." he whispers.

"Hi."

"You still mad?" he asks, combing a hand through his hair. 

"No, you're a jerk though." I grumble.

He scoffs, skating back out onto the rink. I roll my eyes and turn away from the rink, walking into the arcade.

I thought this would be fun.. I once again ended up being all by myself.

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Later that night, after Zach skated his little heart out, we were finally ready to leave. That is until a certain blonde walked in. 

"Nicole!" Zach calls, jogging up to her and taking her into his arms. 

She once again gave me a disgusted look before looking back over at Zach. 

"Zach, I told you to stay away from her." she whines, wrapping her arms around his neck. 

"Nicole, you know that I can't. She's my best friend." he sighs.

"I'm done, Zach! You are always with her! I never get to spend any time with you!" she shouts, throwing her hands up.

"Nicole, are you really gonna do this?" he asks.

"I told you that I was done with it. If you continue to hang out with her than, I will be forced to leave you. I can't trust her. I don't like cheaters, Zach." she snaps, stepping away from him.

"Are you serious right now?" he gasps.

"Dead serious." she grumbles, throwing another glare my way.

Zach looks over at me for a moment, before looking back over at Nicole. 

"I'm sorry, Cora." he whispers, without looking at me.

She lets out a squeal, wrapping her arms around him. I stare at them in disbelief. Did that really just happen? He wraps an arm around her shoulders leading her over to the rack of skates. I stare at their retreating forms, getting the sudden urge to rip that Barbie's makeup caked face off. I look away as tears well up in my eyes. Grabbing my things from the table, I begin my journey home. Remembering that he drove me here, I groan as I realize that I will have to walk the rest of the way. My walk home becomes agonizingly slow and I am left with nothing to entertain myself but my thoughts. 

He chose her. He fucking chose her. Over me. Again. I can't believe that I even doubted for a second if I should show him that video. Well, I am fucking striking the match and lighting this bomb on fire. And I'm doing it now.....

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A/N: Hey guys!

Sorry for such a late update! I had a lot of schoolwork to finish.. 

I hope that you enjoyed this chapter and if you did go ahead and give it a like. 

Love you guys! See you on sunday!

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