Cruel

Ru knew the world was cruel; she learned that the hard way. She thought that she was the only one, but when she met Luke Hemmings and then Calum Hood, everything changed.

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Chapter 25

 

Month 17. Day 16.

 

It’s 10 pm. Luke, Michael, and Ashton are out at their favorite pub: Andy’s. They offered to take Calum and I as well, but we both refused. The past couple days, we haven’t gotten the chance to be alone; the boys seemed to just want to stay home and do nothing. And with Luke home, there was no way for me to sneak away with Calum.

 

We’re sitting on Calum’s bed, me sitting in between his legs. I’m reading Pretending yet again, and Calum is playing with my hair and kissing my neck. He’s distracting the hell out of me, but I’m determined to finish this chapter.

 

“Dahlia Reynolds! You like him!”

 

My whole face feels like it’s on fire now, especially from the way she’s grinning. “No, Char. I mean… God I don’t know.”

 

“You do. It’s written all over your face.”

 

“He’s ignored me for three years. I don’t want to like him. I don’t want to have anything to do with him.”

 

She leans back against her seat. “Wes isn’t perfect, I’ll give you that. But he’s not one of the bad ones either. Maybe there’s a reason the two of you are finally coming together. Maybe this is like fate or something.”

 

“Enjoying your book?” Calum’s raspy voice interrupts my thoughts. I look up at him and nod.

 

“Very much.”

 

He begins to assault my neck again, making me groan. He chuckles against my skin, making me shiver.

 

“Calum, I swear…” He smiles.

 

“Please do; I bet it’s sexy.” I roll my eyes at him and go back to reading.

 

I laugh, unable to help myself. “I doubt it goes that deep.”

 

“How do you know? His father could be working some ghostly magic on the two of you from the other side.” She shakes her head.

 

“Man, this is enough to sober me up.”

 

“Told you to stay at the bar.”

 

“Please,” she snorts. “Watching Sty-”

 

I frown as the book is ripped from my hands, the page dog eared, and set on Calum’s bedside table. I pout at him. “Why would you do that?”

 

He smiles. “As much as I enjoy watching you read, I need to kiss you.” He picks me up and turns me around so I’m straddling his lap.

 

“You couldn’t even let me finish my chapter?” He laughs.

 

“You can finish it later.”

 

He cups my chin, gently rubbing the pad of his thumb over my jaw. He gives me one of those award winning smiles and leans in, kissing me hungrily. I kiss him back, sliding my arms around his shoulder, clasping my hands together behind his neck. He deepens the kiss, using his other hand to press my body against his. He moves his hands to hold my butt, making me moan.

 

I can feel him smiling as he drags his lips across my jaw. “I like how your body reacts to mine.”

 

“Perv,” I mumble and he chuckles.

 

“I’m not a perv, you weirdo. I’m just admiring a pretty girl.”

 

I try to hide my smile in his shoulder. “I hope that pretty girl is me.”

 

He chuckles and wraps his arms around me. “You are definitely that pretty girl, Ru.” I blush at his words as he kisses my head. “You make me so happy.”

 

I blush harder, “You make me happy too.”

 

He rolls me over and lays me on the bed on my back; he then leans over me and leaves tiny kisses over my face. I giggle and close my eyes as he continues. He smiles and presses his lips to mine for a few seconds, then pulls away. I open my eyes and pout at him, begging him with my eyes to give me an actual kiss.

 

When he doesn’t, I grab his cheeks and kiss him hard, not caring that all of his weight is on top of me. He leans on his elbows to relieve me of some of his weight as he kisses me back hard. He wraps his hands in my hair as he deepens the kiss, grazing his tongue over my bottom lip. I open my mouth for him and he slips his tongue in, rubbing it against mine. I rub back and he kisses me harder, making me moan.

 

He lets go of my hair with one hand and slides it up my shirt, cupping my boob when the door opens and Luke walks in. “What the hell!?”

 

Calum and I both jump, Calum moving off of me and sitting up. I make sure my shirt is back in place and run my fingers through my hair a few times.

 

“Don’t you knock?” Calum asks as he tries to catch his breath.

 

Luke ignores him and stares at me. “When you weren’t in my room, I decided to make sure he wasn’t torturing you in here. I guess he was doing the exact opposite.” His eyes are bloodshot, and I can smell the alcohol from here. I hope he didn't drive himself home….

 

“I told you that Calum isn’t a bad guy.” I say, standing up and walking over to Luke.

 

“He’s not good for you,” he whispers as he sets his hands on my waist. I allow it, even though I can feel Calum’s death glare behind me.

 

“You’re drunk.” I say firmly to Luke. “I think you need to go to bed.” I take his hands off of my waist and hold onto his wrists as I lead him to his room.

 

“I’m not drunk.” He says, his voice raspy. “Seeing you two like that was enough to sober me up.” I open Luke’s bedroom door and lead him to his bed, slowly lowering him down onto it. I’m about to walk out of the room when Luke grabs my waist, pulling me on top of him. “We need to talk, Ru.”

 

“There’s nothing to talk about, Luke.” I say, struggling to get out of his grip. He’s strong, but the alcohol in his system is weakening him.

 

“Yes there is.” He says through his teeth.

 

“I believe she said there’s nothing to talk about, Luke.” I manage to break free when Calum distracts Luke with his words. Calum gently grabs my wrist and pulls me away from Luke and behind him, keeping me out of the way. He walks closer to Luke. “Look, Ru and I are a thing and you’re going to have to accept that.”

 

Luke stands up. “I’m not going to. You’re not good for her.”

 

“I haven’t done anything to hurt her.”

 

“Yes you have!” Luke yells. “The first day you ever met her, you hurt her! You made her fucking cry and I’m going to make sure that never happens again!”

 

“I was hurt. My sister had just committed suicide. When Ru said that she had tried several times, it hit a nerve to think of another beautiful girl trying to take her life. Ru got to stay alive, but my sister didn’t, and that pissed me off.” He takes another step towards Luke. “But Ru and I have talked this over and she’s not hurt about it anymore. She understands, she moved on from it.”

 

“Well I haven’t moved on from it.” Luke says and takes a step towards Calum. Now, they’re standing chest to chest, their faces almost pressed together.

 

“I’m not going to hurt her.” Calum says.

 

“I know the kind of person you are, Calum Hood. You’re an asshole, a player. You draw girls in with your romantic words and gestures and then when some other cute piece of ass comes around, you cheat. You play girls and you get off on it, too. You’re disgusting and I won’t let my best friend fall for it anymore. I’ll expose you, I swear I will.”

 

I can see Calum’s hands ball into fists. I quickly butt in, grabbing Calum’s hand and pulling him away from Luke. “Babe, go wait for me in your room. Let me talk to him and I’ll be there in a few minutes.”

 

Calum turns to me and kisses me hard, leaving me breathless. He pulls away almost as spontaneously as he began the kiss, and walks out of the room. I don’t move until I hear his bedroom door close, then I turn to Luke.

 

“You’re taking things too far, Luke.” I say, anger laced in my words.

 

“You need to stay away from him, Ru.”

 

“I’m not going to and you can’t control me. If I wanted to be controlled, I’d be living back with my mother.” He grabs my face in his hands, hard, and lowers his face close to mine.

 

“I’m not trying to control you, I’m trying to keep you safe.”

 

I try to squirm out of his grasp. “I don’t need you to keep me safe. I can take care of myself.”

 

“If you could take care of yourself, you wouldn’t have been raped.” His words burn like acid and I push him away from me. He staggers back and falls back onto the bed.

 

“I don’t know what your fucking problem is, Luke, but you need to knock it off. I don’t need a babysitter, especially one who’s keeping me from doing what I want to do. I’m not a little girl; I can take care of myself, and if I can’t, I have a boyfriend to step in and help me out. You don’t need to keep my from my boyfriend, Luke. He’s not going to hurt me. You’re not even helping, you’re just hurting me. I just want to be able to be happy with Calum, but if you can’t back the fuck off, I’m never going to be able to.”

 

“I don’t want you to be happy with him.” Luke says, making me roll my eyes.

 

“News flash: I like him and there’s nothing you can do or say to make me feel any different than that.”

 

“What happened to the Ru who needed me?” He asks, standing up and pacing the room. “What happened to the girl who was so fragile and vulnerable, the girl who needed me to be her shoulder to cry on? The girl who needed me to cheer her up and make her smile? The girl who wanted to actually be my friend?”

 

“I still want to be your friend!” I yell at him, throwing my hands into the air. “But you have to understand that I LIKE Calum and that it would make me very happy if you could get that through your fat head and be nice to him!”

 

“You’re supposed to like me!” He yells back, making me laugh.

 

“I’m not supposed to do anything! You’re my best friend; you’re like my brother, but I was never supposed to like you in any way other than a friend. If I did, I wouldn’t be with Calum. You helped me out of my slump, Luke, and I’ll always be grateful to you for that, but that doesn’t mean I have to fall for you. That doesn’t mean I have to be with you and you only. I’ll always be here for you, Luke. Always. Maybe not in the way you want me to be, but in the way that I’ve always been: a friend.”

 

“So just like that, you’re friendzoning me? You didn’t even give me a chance to be anything besides your friend.”

 

I sigh and run my hand through my hair. “I don’t want to sound harsh, Luke, but you’ve always been friendzoned. I’ve never wanted anything else from you than friendship.”

 

He looks at me like I just stuck a knife in his stomach, then pushes past me and leaves the room. I stand in place until I hear the front door shut.


After a year in therapy, I told the 100% truth.

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