It's Complicated

When Charlie moves from England to Australia, she develops feelings for her back door neighbor, Luke. Will he feel the same way, or will he stay trapped in an unhappy relationship with the gorgeous, "queen- bee" of their school.
What happens when sabotage and lies causes Charlie to shut Luke out, in hopes of protecting herself from heart break?
Follow this story, through the perspective of Charlie Myers and Luke Hemmings, as it leads up to answer the question on everyone's mind, will they make it?


11. Check Your Inbox

Charlie's POV:

I've never been so humiliated in my life.

I immediately ran to the closest bathroom to escape the embarrassment following Amber's act of revenge, which left me dripping head to foot in fruit punch. 


Looking at myself in the mirror, I realized what having feelings for Luke has done to me. I'm hiding in the bathroom of a party that was thrown in my honor, because Amber has once again humiliated me. 

I warned myself not to get close to Luke. Even with keeping my distance, I end up in a puddle of fruit punch.

Part of me wanted Luke to stand up for me, put Amber in her place. The fact that he didn't, and the fact that he's still with her, shows me where his heart is. Clearly I underestimated his feelings for her. 

In all this drama and disappointment, I forgot who I am. The pain and humiliation has changed me. Made me a harder person, a worse person.

And I'm alone. 


After several minutes of self-pity and attempting to rid my dress of fruit punch stains, Zayn entered the bathroom with a soft knock. 

"You look even hotter covered in fruit punch," Zayn whispered as he stumbled closer to me, clearly intoxicated.

"Zayn I'm really not in the mood." I said as I tried to push past him. "I just want to go home."

"You're not going anywhere until I say so." He slurred, planting his arm out in front of me, blocking my path. 

"Zayn, please get out of my way." I ordered, clearly taken aback.

Ignoring my request, he pinned me against the wall and forced himself on me.



Carley's POV:

*Carley is one of Amber's "minions"

I was drunk out of my mind and needed to find a quiet place before I blacked out, so I made my way to the closest bathroom. The door was unlocked, so I opened it. Finding the bathroom occupied after all, I was about to close the door and walk away, when I noticed Charlie was one of its occupants..... along with Zayn.

"Oh, Amber will love this" I sneered to myself as I pulled out my iPhone to record Charlie and Zayn- so Amber could use it against her later. 

After three minutes of footage, I clicked send, and watched the "Delivered iMessage" sign pop up under Amber's contact.

Then I blacked out.


Luke's POV:

I was about to leave the party when Amber suddenly stepped in front of me with an evil grin on her face. Shit.

"Amber its been a long night. Whatever drama you're smiling about, save it for tomorrow. We're all tired after your performance with the punch." I snapped as I pushed past her.

"Oh, what a shame, I assumed you'd be curious to see the progress Zayns made with Charlie." She toyed as she waved her phone in front of my face. 

Stopping dead in my tracks at the mention of Charlie's name, I spat, 

"What the hell is that supposed to mean?" 

"Check your inbox." She scoffed, crossing her arms. 

Pulling out my phone, I clicked the video sent from Amber. My screen lit up with footage of Charlie and Zayn hooking up. I never pictured Charlie as the type of person to have meaningless one night stands. I thought she was different. 


"You know, its crazy.. how wrong you can be about a person." I whispered with disappointment, before turning and angrily slamming the front door behind me as I stormed out of the party. 


Climbing into the driver's seat of my parked car, I threw my phone on the passenger seat. In the quietness of my car, I could hear the contents of the video which the noise of the party had blocked out.

"Zayn get away from me." I heard Charlie scream. "Someone please help me." 

"This would be a lot easier on us both if you'd hold still." Zayn grunted with frustration.

"Please stop. You're hurting me." Charlie cried hopelessly.

She's not hooking up with him. He's raping her. 


I jumped out of the car and sprinted back through the front door. 

"Charlie?" I shouted, beginning to panic.

All communication was blocked out by the sound of the blaring music so I desperately opened and closed random doors in an attempt to find her.


Finally, I walked into the bathroom where Zayn was forcing himself on Charlie. 

Furious, I pulled him off of her and threw him to the ground across the room. 

"Not cool man." Zayn slurred, while rubbing his head. 

That set me off.

I began firing punches blindly at Zayn's face until he lay motionless in a heap against the bathroom wall.

Then I directed my attention to Charlie. She had bruises forming around her throat and face. My heart broke seeing the frightened and helpless look in her eyes. 

"Lets get you home." I whispered with pity in my voice as I helped her to her feet. 

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