Kiss Me Already

When Taylor moves to Australia she quickly makes friends and meets lots of new guys, including Leo. In her opinion he is an annoying jerk, but they have a connection and many things in common. She tries to keep away from him and his rebel ways, but with his constant flirting, she finds it hard to keep away from him. Leo is interested in Taylor from the moment he meets her, even though he has a girlfriend, he is completely drawn to her. Will she ever accept that they are perfect for each other?

Written from both Leo and Taylor's points of view.

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24. Chapter 24

Leo

I wake up, half expecting her to go crazy at me for being here, even though she was the one that suggested I should stay. I don't know how drunk she was last night, so I'm not sure if she remembers what happened or not. Surprisingly she's still lying beside me, at some point she moved around in the night and her head is now on my chest and her arm over my hips.

I look at her while she's asleep, sounds creepy, but I can't resist. She's not just some hot chick, she really is naturally beautiful.

"Hey" she says, waking up.

"Do you remember last night?" I ask, sitting up, but she pulls me back down.

"Yeah, sadly" she admits. "I made such a fool out of myself"

"You were a pain in the ass, but you didn't make a fool out of yourself" I say. She buries her head in my chest, I guess trying to get the thought of last night out of her head. It's like she's totally forgot how much she hated me yesterday, has she finally forgiven me?

We lay there for a while. It's Saturday, neither of us are in any rush to get up. Our peace is interrupted by her phone ringing. I look up and see it on the bedside drawer on my side. I grab it and hold it up so she can see.

"Now she wants to say bye, end the call" she says, shaking her head and lying back down.

"No" I say, getting up. There's no way that Taylor's bitch of a mom is going to get away with treating her like crap.

"What are you doing?" She asks, looking a little concerned.

"Calm down, I'm just going to have a word with her" I say. She seems to accept, but still looks a bit worried.

'Hello?' I say, answering on the last ring. She will probably be a bit confused when she hears a guy answering her daughters phone.

'I'm guessing that's not Taylor' she laughs over the phone.

'Zac?' She asks, obviously she hasn't spent enough time with Zac to know what he sounds like.

'No it's Leo, I'm Taylor's... Friend' I say, not really knowing what the situation is between us.

'Oh yes... Is my daughter there?' She asks. Her voice is cheery and normal like she holds no guilt at all.

'Yes, but you're not talking to her' I say, being smug.

'Excuse me?' She tuts, quite surprised. Who does she think she is? Who gets to talk to their daughter after completely walking out on her.

'You heard me, leave her alone, she wants nothing to do with you after you decided to leave her yesterday' I say, not meaning to raise my voice. I also don't know whether Taylor wants nothing to do with her mom, I look back expecting her to be pissed off, but she's just sat there smiling at what I'm saying to her mom.

'You cannot tell me what to do, she is my daughter' her mom says on the phone, I notice she's getting a bit snappy with me.

'She might be your daughter, but you're no mom to her' I say, realising its harsh, but it's also totally true.

'I've had enough, put Taylor on the phone!' She demands.

'Taylor is right here and she doesn't want to speak to you, so... Cya' I say, hanging up just as her whining voice begins to say something else.

I chuck her phone on her bed, that woman has winded me up a bit.

We are both in the same clothes we wore last night to the party. It's not like we had sex or anything, I literally stayed over here just to be there for her. That's something I never used to do. I've changed recently. I only ever used to stay around Mia's if I knew I was going to get laid.

"Thanks for that" she says, but she doesn't need to say thank you, it's something that needed to be done.

"We couldn't have her walking all over you could we" I tease, she manages to crack a small smile. Something is up with her, things aren't right between us. She's probably still a little pissed off with me, maybe I should start with an apology.

"Look I'm sorry about what happened at the beach, I didn't think you're dad would go that mad" I say, hoping she understands why I told her dad in the first place.

"It's fine, I just won't be able to compete in the surf comp" she says, making me feel really bad.

"I didn't want that to happen, I just didn't want you to go surfing there again" I say, I would never purposely do something that would make her Dad stop her from entering the surf comp. It's like everything's suddenly changed and she's acting awkward around me, I don't know why.

"I think I should probably go and find Phoebe, I kind of ruined her party" she says, losing eye contact with me. She didn't even ruin the party, she only pissed off a couple of people. She's just once again looking for a get out card.

"So your just going to run away again? We need to talk" I say, not knowing how she doesn't see that.

"No we don't" she says.

Now I feel like I'm expected to leave and I do. I'm so sick of this, she can come to me now. All I wanted to do was just be there, but it's like she doesn't appreciate it. I'm kind of getting sick of it now.

"Look I said I was sorry about the whole Chase and Zara thing and I was just looking out for you at the cliffs, so if your not going appreciate that, then forget it" I say, possibly reacting a little too much. I walk out, as her rolling her eyes at me pisses me off even more. Girls are too much trouble I swear.

I head home, the whole time I sort of wish I didn't get so mad at her. Then again I had every right to, she really is overreacting. We were fine one minute and then she changed, I know I have been a bit of a jerk, but I've apologised as much as I can.

"Would you care to explain where you were last night?" Mom says, before I've even shut the front door behind me. She's saying it in a sort of sarcastic manner, so I'm hoping that means she's not actually that mad.

"Stayed at a friends" I say, although I'm sure Taylor and I are more than friends, considering we had sex.

"Oh really? What friends?" She says, I haven't got time to waste with her pointless questions.

"Taylor's, okay? Am I free to go now?" I joke.

"What's going on with you two?" She asks, as I begin to go upstairs.

"You tell me" I laugh, finding it laughable how weird things are with me and Taylor. I just wish I knew what was going on, it's down to her not me.

I take a shower and pull on some fresh clothes. Before I can have any breakfast my Dad walks into the kitchen with my board.

"Ready?" He asks, confusing me.

"What for?" I say, taking a bite of toast.

"I'm taking you training, it's the surf comp in less than a week" he replies.

"I'm awesome enough, I don't need your help" I say, with a full mouth. All he cares about is surfing, it's kind of pathetic.

"I'm afraid you don't have a say in the matter, now come on" he says, walking out, expecting me to follow. I go along with it, purely because I don't have the energy to have another row with the guy.

At the beach, it's really busy considering it's a Saturday. That means we have to walk really far down to a quieter space. Dad thinks he's some kind of expert surfer, I hate to admit it, but I think I'm a lot better than him.

"Go on then, the waves are looking good" he says, focussing on the sea. I sigh as I head into the water. Surfing was a lot more fun when Taylor used to join me, those memories seem like ages ago now. I'd give anything to have one more surf with her and pretend there was no awkwardness between us. For some reason I feel like that's never going to happen. Why am I so hung up on one chick? She needs to get out of my head.

I catch a few waves, I guide through them well, until I fall off twice. I'm not thinking clearly today, as I then fall off a third time. It's wearing me out already so I head back to the sand for a quick break.

"What the flaming hell was that?" Dad says, looking sort of freaked out.

"Drop it dad, I didn't want to come here in the first place" I moan.

"No I won't, when have you ever fallen off three times in a row?" He says, raising his voice slightly. It's that sort of voice that's trying to give me criticism, just to motivate me to do better.

"I won't fall off at the comp" I say, running my hand through my wet hair.

"Well I wouldn't be surprised if you did, what has gotten into you?" He says, I wish he would just stop.

"Nothing's gotten into me! I'm just not in the mood for this" I say, getting a bit pissed now. It's really crap, having a dad that owns a surf shop, he's always pushed me into it. I do enjoy it, but I see it as a hobby and he sees it as a sport and as my future.

"What's on your mind? It's a chick isn't it?" He says, sighing and shaking his head. Here we go, I can see that speech coming now, the speech where he says all I care about it girls and drinking. It's not even true. I care about one girl and whenever I go to parties, I hardly drink that much.

"It's nothing" I say, not wanting to talk to my Dad about it. Now I think about it, I never talk to him or my mom about anything like that.

"Let me have a wild guess, Taylor?" He says and at that I go straight back into the sea to try again. He will most likely be annoyed that I ignored him.

The second try doesn't go any better, I only fall off once this time. I'm dreading Dad's reaction more and more with every step I take out of the water.

"This is ridiculous Leo, your off your surfing because of some girl" he says, I'm about to rage inside.

"She's not just some girl Dad! I love her" I say, out of anger, but I guess it's true. Only, he wasn't the person I was supposed to tell.

"Don't be so pathetic, you don't even know the meaning of the word" he says, not approving.

"I can't stop thinking about her, I worry about her, I care about her, I want to be there for her, she's amazing, so tell me how I don't love the girl" I say, I don't sound very sentimental when saying all this stuff, I'm kind of shouting it like I'm arguing.

"Your kidding yourself son, all you like about her is the looks and you'll soon move onto the next girl" he says. He really has no idea, if he didn't spend all his life arguing with me, then maybe he would know me better.

"You don't know what I do and don't like" I say, sort of spitting the words out.

"Oh whatever forget it, we need to focus on your surfing so forget about her" he pretty much demands.

"Actually no, you forget it" I say picking up my board.

"Forget what? What-what are you talking about?" He says, very surprised.

"I'm out, I'm not doing the comp and that's the end of it" I say, making that final.

"What are you doing? Leo if you do this, your throwing away your future" he says.

"No, no I'm not, I'm throwing away the future you want for me!" I say, harshly pointing in his face when saying 'you'. I had to emphasise it, just so that he understood.

I walk away, ignoring the comments he's making that are attempting to encourage me to go back. But there's no way.

On Sunday, I've had a good day to calm down. I'm still pretty certain I won't be doing the surf comp.

It's getting late in the evening when I get a text from Ash, telling me to go meet them. I go along with it, as I've got nothing else to be doing. It also gets me away from my Dad, who won't quit trying to encourage me about the competition. I wish mom would tell him to back off, but she won't. She doesn't understand how hard it is.

As soon as I'm there, I order a beer. I find the group (minus Taylor) outside on the terrace. I feel out of place as there's Ruby and Ash, Phoebe and Luca and then me. It's not like they're perfect couples, over our time of being friends, half of us have dated each other. Ash had a little thing with Zara before he got with Ruby and Ruby dated Luca a little bit a couple of years back. I think I kissed Phoebe in the first year of high school. But that's all in the past, everyone seems to have grown up now.

The floor nearly falls from beneath me when I see Zara and Chase walk over. They aren't at each other's throats. They are holding hands.

They seem happy, which seems so weird to us. Before we recently found out about the two of them, all of us were very convinced that they were enemies. It's so typical that Chase is the bad guy in this equation and he ends up with a girl and not me, I'm the good guy, right?

"Alright?" Chase says, breaking my daze.

"Yeah" I say shortly, I'm still pissed at him and that's not changing any time soon.

"Can I have a word" he says, I agree as I'd like to see what he's got to say.

"What's this all about?" I ask, in a not so thrilled voice, when we are away from the others.

"I want to say sorry okay, for everything, your my mate and I don't want that to change" he says. I laugh a little, purely because I'm surprised by what he's saying.

"Thanks for the apology" I say, assuming that's all he's got to say. I can't bring myself to fully forgive him, when I do I just remember what he tried to do to Taylor at the beach bonfire.

"You were right about Zara too and I'm sorry I used Taylor, I know you like her and I got in the way of that" he says, he's acting totally different, it's almost like he's being mature.

"It's doesn't matter, it's over now" I say, forgetting about it, but not forgiving it.

"Good, so, mates yeah?" He says.

"Mates" I say, smacking his shoulder in a friendly sort of way, it's just an excuse to go back to the others.

"Finally" Ruby says, when we both sit down.

"What?" I laugh.

"You two, the tension was getting too much" she says to me and Chase. They all talk for a while and all I can think about is Taylor and I'm getting sort of sick of it. I am mad at her, really mad, but I can't help thinking something is missing with the whole group here and not her.

"Hey Leo" Zara says quietly over the talking, she interrupts my thoughts, which is probably a good thing.

"Chase told me what you said to him, thank you" she says.

"No worries" I nod, taking a swig of my beer.

"Seriously Leo, thank you" she smiles.

"It's fine, I'm used to helping everyone else with their girl trouble except for my own" I say, not meaning to stop all conversation, but some how that sentence does. Everyone is looking at me, seeming pretty guilty.

"Leo... I did ask Taylor to come out, but she didn't really-" Phoebe begins, before I cut her off.

"It's all good, I don't want to see her anyway" I say, trying to pretend I don't care as much as I do.

"Why not?" Ruby asks.

"Because I don't, just drop it" I say, getting up to get another drink. I'm already thinking about her, I don't want to talk about her too. Every time I do, I just get more angry.

After a couple more drinks, I end up drunk calling her on the way home twice. But thankfully she doesn't pick up. I'm unsure of whether she's purposely ignoring me or whether she's asleep, it is 1am.

No, she's definitely ignoring me.

Taylor

I wish it wasn't Monday, I really wish it wasn't. My alarm is going off, but I'm trying to block it out. I'm suddenly forced to wake up when Zac storms in and threatens to throw my phone out the window. I burry myself under my quilt for a minute longer, until I get up. I'm not tired or sleepy, I just don't want school today. Everything is so messed up, I don't want to see him today, I can't. I need to stay away from him.

I wash and brush my teeth, before sorting out my hair and make up. I leave my hair curly, which will have to do. I grab a black skirt and white top, randomly out of my drawer.

I meet Ruby on the way in. I told her I couldn't go out last night because I had a Migraine. Total lies of course, but I have to stick to the story.

"Sorry I didn't make it last night, did you have fun?" I say.

"It was alright, but you didn't have to lie about why you weren't coming" she says, giving me a knowing look. She sees through my lies so easily, just like everyone really, I'm pretty awful at lying.

"Sorry" I say, not really wanting to talk about it.

"What is going on Tay? Leo likes you so much" she insists.

"Look can we not-" I attempt to end the conversation, but of course it doesn't work.

"Tay he does, he may have made a few mistakes, but he needs you, like I've never seen him this down" She says, but that's not how he seemed on Saturday, he seemed pissed at me.

"I don't care, I'm trying to forget about him" I say.

"Why? Come on" she encourages.

"No" I say, shortly.

"Why? Just talk to him and you'll see-"

"I like him, I really really like him, okay" I say, blurting it out before I even realise what I've said. She's with ash and he's friends with Leo, so I'm almost certain that information will reach him. She knows I more than like him and so do I and I'm afraid that he will find out and think that gives us hope, but it doesn't. I let my face fall in my hands as I regret saying it, I wasn't 100% sure about it, but now I've said it, I sort of am.

"Then tell me why both of you are acting like there's some huge barrier between you?" She asks, really not getting this.

"I don't know, things are so awkward between us, I've got to stay away from him" I say. I really need to, otherwise my feelings will just keep getting stronger.

"Why?" She asks.

"I just have to" I say, rushing up to the school gates now, just to end the conversation.

"That's so unfair, you two belong together" she says, which is a bit of a cliché.

As I walk into school I feel like walking straight back. I don't think I can do this. It's all too much, first my Mom leaving, then my Dad stopping me from surfing and now convincing myself that I need to stay away from the one guy that makes me happy. I definitely can't do this.

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