Love Like That (L.H Fanfic)

“Have you ever had a love so pure and perfect with all its imperfections, that everyone wishes that they had one like that?”
“But even with all its imperfections, it takes only one mistake to destroy it”
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Sophie Marin has been known for falling in love. She fell in love so many times that at one point she just...fell. Without fear or hesitation. But each time, the relationship fell apart on her. Just as she was about to give up on dating, she fell in love. And she fell...hard. She wasnt expecting it to say the least. Nor did she expect it to happen so fast. But she was scared. So, not ready to date, she became friends with him. Thinking thats what he wanted too. But unknown to her, he felt the same. This guy is Luke Hemmings. The guy everyone wants. A contradiction to Soph. The girl no one wants. Their love was perfect. Everyone wishes they had a love like that, but do they?

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2. Chapter 2

I went back home, excited to tell Marie about the boy at Starbucks. Luke, his name was. I ran inside, beaming like an idiot. I opened my mouth to call out to her but then reality came crashing in. Luke had momentarily distracted me from reality and we weren’t even friends…yet. We could be though. And I really need some more of those because all of a sudden, I have like…none. I’m not ready for more, I don’t know when I will be.

I sighed and flopped down on the couch after tossing my keys and bag on the coffee table and placing my coffee on the counter. I didn’t realise how lonely it was to be without a friend around. I frowned. What was I going to do without Marie? She was the only person who was as close as someone could ever get to me. After a moment of pondering, I laughed out loud. She never really was a friend. Not really. I stared at my coffee, looking at the bold numbers. They were teasing me. I frowned again, thinking about him. Is he still working or has his shift ended? Would he even answer the call if I did call him? Or what if he gave me phony and is just kicking me while I’m down? I looked at the numbers again on the starbucks cup.

I sighed, giving in. I grabbed the cup and my mobile and dialled the number. I hit call before I could change my mind. As the dial tone sounded, my mind started to panic. But I took a breath and luckily, Luke answered on the third ring.

“Hello?” He said. I let out a breath and smiled. His voice was amazing.

“Luke?” I said, warily. I had to make sure this was him.

“Yes?” He said, warily too. “Who’s this?”

“It’s…uhm…it’s Sophie” I said. “The girl who got dumped by her friend after a blind date” I clarified.

“I know. You didn’t have to bring that up. It’s fine” He said, chuckling lightly. I heard voices in the background and I frowned. I was doing that a lot recently. Soon, I’ll have wrinkles and I’m only 19 years old.

“Are you still at work? I didn’t know. I shouldn’t have called. I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were still busy” I rambled. I hear Luke talking to someone and it sounds like he’s saying goodbye.

“Sophie, relax. I am still at work. But my shift just ended. It’s okay. What’s up? Miss me already?” He teased.

“Oh. Well, I don’t know. I’m just lonely, I guess”

“You got the case of the lonelies, huh?” He said. I laughed with him. He’s such a weirdo!

“Yeah, I guess you could say that”

“Well, I have the exact cure for that. Do you want it?” He said, cheekily.

“Uhm, yes” I said, like it’s the most obvious thing.

“Hmm…okay. Well, you’re gonna have to come and get it from me. And…you have to pay for it”

“Okay. Where are you? And what’s the price?”

“Uhm…I’m outside Target. And I’ll decide the price when you get here”

“Alright. I’ll meet you there in 10”

“Kay” He said and hung up. I sat up and felt myself smile. I don’t know why but I was excited to see him even though it’s been like 15 minutes since we last saw each other. Guess I really was lonely. But there was something about Luke that I just…liked. He’d made me smile without even trying.

I saved his number in my phone, threw out the empty coffee and walked out the door.

10 minutes later…

 I pulled up outside Target to find Luke casually leaning against the wall. He wasn’t wearing his starbucks uniform and it was a bit disorientating seeing him dressed in normal clothes. That and I was a little overwhelmed at how effortlessly flawless he looked in just a basic singlet and jeans. He wore Rayben sunglasses and a Kiss singlet. His jeans were basic black – though I don’t know why when it was practically 30 degrees outside, which was hot.

Compared to him, I felt like a dag. I was still wearing the same clothes from today. A plain white t-shirt and a mid-length floral skirt. I felt fabulous this morning, the paragon of perfect but now I kept mentally worrying. I should have redone my hair a bit. I should have touched up my makeup. Does my breath smell? Crap, do I even have any mints? Have I checked my teeth for any food? I took a deep breath. I’m sure I look fine. I walked up to him and smiled. He sensed me walking up to him and looked up. He beamed, showing a perfect set of white teeth. I didn’t notice it before but he had a lip ring. I never found it an attractive trait, I thought they were ugly. But with Luke, he seemed to pull off the look incredibly. And I found it…hot!

“You have a lip ring?” I asked. Did that breathless question really come from me?

“Huh? Oh. Right. Yeah I do. I wasn’t wearing it at Starbucks because it isn’t part of the dress code. Why? Don’t you like it?” He said, playing with the ring.

“No. I mean, yes. Yes I do like it. It really doesn’t bother me” I said, stumbling over my own words. For some reason, I couldn’t stop staring at his lips now and watch them as they moved as he talked. I could picture them doing many other things but I quickly stopped my train of thoughts there. This wasn’t me. Where was all these thoughts coming from? I wondered, shocked.

Luke waved his hand in front of me. “Helloooooooo? Earth to Sophie!” He said. I blinked and came back to reality.

“Sorry” I said, smiling awkwardly at him, trying to hide the fact that I was thinking….things. He looked at me expectantly and I realised he had asked a question. “Could you repeat that? Sorry, I zoned out for a minute”

“You’re telling me” He murmured. “I said ‘do you still want the cure for lonelies?’”

I laughed. “Yes. Please”

“Good. Because I am the cure. I will be your friend and stop you from being lonely. However, like I said on the phone, you have to pay for it”

“Alright. What’s the price?” I asked, curious. He thought for a moment.

“The price is a kiss. On the lips” He said. I was shocked but I wasn’t protesting. His lips were speaking to me and I was listening to every riveting word.

“What?”

“Kiss me, Soph. That’s the price and you said you’d pay it. So pay up” He said, beaming. I took a shaky breath. I can’t believe this was actually happening.

“You’re being serious?” I said. I wasn’t looking at him anymore, I was staring at his lips.

“I’m being 100%, absolutely serious” He said. Oh my god.

I leant in towards him and he leant in to me. Our lips touched and I gasped as the cold, metal of the lip ring touched me and it only added to the sensation. Luke started to pull me closer and….

“Sophie!! You still there? Hellooooo” Luke said, waving his hands in front of me, again. Crap! I was staring at his lips again. I blinked rapidly and forced myself to look at his eyes. Nope. Bad idea. I will get lost in them, there so blue. They’re like an ocean. His nose. I will look at his nose.

“Sorry” I can’t believe I actually thought that. What was with me today?

“It’s okay. You had a bad day. Which is why I am here. Now, are you going to pay me?”

“You haven’t told me the price yet” I said, confused.

“I did but you must have been out of it when I told you. It’s okay. I said that the price can be a large vanilla milkshake. Sound fair?” He asked, smiling shyly. I shrugged. A milkshake isn’t too expensive depending on where you go.

“Sure. A milkshake. I can afford that” We walked to the nearest café and I ordered the milkshake.

“You know what?” I said, turning to him.

“What?” He said, bumping me with his shoulder.

“It doesn’t surprise me that you like vanilla milkshakes. I could tell you were a vanilla type of person”

“You know what vanilla type of people look like?” He said, using the words I had said earlier. He smiled cheekily.

“Yes, I do actually. They’re all pale. Like me. I’m pale and I always like vanilla. Vanilla everything. Vanilla is a basic, common, classic flavour. Basic people like us like basic flavours. ” I said, shrugging.

“You have me all figured out, don’t you?” He said, taking his milkshake. I scoffed.

“Hardly. It takes one to know one, that’s all” I shrugged again. I seemed to be doing that a lot too.

“I don’t think your basic” Luke said, frowning. “I think you’re extraordinary”

I smiled at him. “Shut up. You’re just saying that because I bought you a milkshake”

“No. I mean, sure, I don’t know you well enough to say that. But your best friend just dumped you, you went on what can be possibly the worst blind date in history with the most obnoxious, disgusting, self-absorbed jerk in the world and you had the worst possible afternoon ever. But here you are, smiling and laughing. Acting like it was nothing. Not everyone can do that. So with what I know of you so far, I can tell that you’re strong, optimistic yet a realist and you soldier on with life. Because you know that life doesn’t stop for you and you can’t stop life just because of one horrible day. And because of that, I think you are not basic or ordinary but extraordinary. Because not everyone is like you” He said, seriously. I just stared at him. I had no idea what to say that. What do you say to that? No seriously, what do you say to something like that? Because I’m struggling to find a response.

“Oh” I managed to say. “Well, thanks? I guess”

“You’re welcome. Now come on, let’s go do something fun” He said, smiling. He acted as if he hadn’t just said a whole monologue about how extraordinary I am. But he knew that I was affected by it. I could see a smirk in his eyes. I rolled my eyes. Cheeky bastard I thought.

“What can we do that’s fun? It’s…shit, it’s nearly 5pm” I said, finally realising the time. I didn’t realise how late it was. How long had we been out here? Surely it hasn’t been that long since lunch.

“Wow, yeah. It is getting a little late. Hold on, let me check something” He grabbed his iPhone out and held the home button for 5 seconds.

“Hello. How may I help you?” Siri said, in her robotic voice.

“Siri, what time does the sunset today?” Luke asked, biting his lip anxiously. I watched him as he did it. I had no idea that that would be a such a turn on. I tried to look away but it wasn’t working.

“The sun set’s at 6pm tonight”

“Thanks siri” He pressed the home button to stop Siri. He smirked at me.

“What?” I asked him, warily. He was up to something.

“Nothing. We have an hour until the sun sets so I am going to show you something incredible but you can’t see where we are going” He said. He grabbed my hand and led to me my car. “Give me your keys”

“You want me to give you my car keys?” I stared at him like he was crazy. And he probably was, I mean I have only known him for a few hours.

“Yeah. Didn’t I just say that?” He asked, confused.

“You’re kidding, right?” I said, raising my eyebrows. He slowly shook his head.

“What? Do you not trust me?” He asked me, frowning.

“You must be crazy to think that after knowing you for a few hours, I would trust you with my car keys. This car is my baby. I don’t trust hardly anyone with the keys”

“Come on, please? I promise you, I will drive safely. I’m a really good driver” He pleaded. I looked at him sceptically.

“Oh yeah? Then why don’t you have a car yet?” I asked him. He rolled his eyes.

“Because I don’t have enough money for a car yet. Starbucks don’t give the best wages, you know. So until then, I have my P’s but no car”

“Please tell me you have your license on you then? Because I don’t want to lose my baby to the impound” That’s the rules around here. If someone else drives your car and doesn’t have their license, you lose your car. Even if it wasn’t you who was driving.

“Duh! I only carry it with me everywhere, in my wallet. I’m not stupid”

“Alright” I sighed. He looked at me, those ocean blue eyes sparkling with hope and happiness. How could those eyes make me so breathless?

“Alright?” He repeated, beaming.

“Alright. I’ll give you my car keys” I said, sighing again in defeat.

“You’ll let me drive your car?” He asked, unable to believe that I would actually let him drive.

“Yes, Luke. I will let you drive my car” I said to him. I dug through my handbag and pulled out my car keys.

“Are you serious? Are you sure? I mean, I don’t wanna crash your car or anything” He said, nervously. Yeah. So now you’re not so confident, are you? I thought.

“Luke. Just take my keys. Before I change my mind” I said, placing my keys in his hand. He smiled and nodded.

“Yes ma’am” He said, mockingly. I shoved him, laughing.

“Don’t call me ma’am. That’s what you call my mum. Not me”

“Yes, miss”

“Oh shut up” I said, getting in the car and rolling my eyes. Luke laughed at me and got in the car too. He whistled at the interior – all leather with a touchscreen Bluetooth radio and sat nav. I patted the dashboard. “Isn’t she beautiful?” I said.

“Yes she is indeed. Very beautiful. Present company excluded of course” He said, winking at me. I blushed and ducked my head shyly. He had to stop doing that. He started that car and it purred to life instantly. Luke’s jaw dropped. “I think I’m in love with your car”

“Well, she’s already taken. We’re in a relationship. Her name is Clare and I love her too. And until I find a guy, she is my only relationship”

“Damn” Luke muttered, chuckling. “So, speaking of, besides today, have you gone on a date before?”

“I used to ages ago. But I eventually stopped” I said, sighing. Luke frowned.

“Why’d you stop?” He asked. I sighed again. I didn’t really want to get into it. It was too hard for me but I told Luke because…well, there was something so honest and open about him…I just…I couldn’t explain it.

“Because I couldn’t put myself through it anymore. They were all horrible guys. I don’t know why I ever dated them in the first place. And I just couldn’t keep falling in love anymore. It hurt too much. So I just stopped” I said.

“How can you just stop yourself from falling in love?” He asked.

“I don’t know. I just mentally built a wall and if I ever felt like I was falling in love then I’d put that wall up, shut down my emotions and just not fall in love” Something I decided not to do with you I continued on in my head. It has been ages since I had fallen in love because that wall has never been down. And I don’t know how, but I somehow forgot to put it back up and then I met Luke today and he caught me off guard and I didn’t know I would fall in love so quickly and it just…happened. And now, I’m terrified. I’m scared. And I don’t know what to do.

“So you never want to fall in love again? Like ever?” He asked. He actually looked genuinely worried about my answer. Like he actually cares. I thought I saw something in his ocean blue eyes too.

“No, not until I can learn to trust guys again. I need to slowly let myself heal and considering the day I had today, I think it might be a while” Well, not really. I fell in love with you but I can’t tell you because I’m scared and terrified and you might not like me that way and I still don’t know if I can trust you.

Whatever I saw in Lukes eyes, vanished immediately. “Oh” He said. He sounded deflated.  “Well, enough talk about love. Do you have anything we could use as a blindfold?” He said. I frowned, not answering him for a second. I was seriously worried about him now. Why was so deflated about my answer?

“Uhm…I think I have a scarf in the backseat” I say slowly. Was I worried that he wasn’t happy with my answer?

He turned and grabbed the scarf. He smiled at me. “Don’t panic. I’m just temporarily blinding you until we get to the spot”

“Okay…” I said, slowly, again. Was I worried that I worried about his answer?

“You okay? We don’t have to do this, if you don’t want too. It’s completely understandable”

“What?” I said, zoning back in. I shook my head a little to try and clear my murky thoughts. It didn’t necessarily work….

“I asked if your positive you wanna do this?” He asked, concerned. I’d be concerned too, if I was him and my…friend?...kept zoning out on me.

“Yes!” I said, pushing all thoughts about it aside. “Come on, the day is burning away…literally. So make me blind, take me to this mystery place and surprise me or whatever”

Luke laughed. And the air nearly rushed out of my lungs. It could be the only I listen to for the rest of my life and I wouldn’t mind at all. “Alright then” He placed the scarf over my eyes and my vision disappeared. I felt him tie it behind my head and the absence of his fingers was noticed.

The car rolled smoothly away and Luke turned on the radio. Well, I assumed he turned on the radio, you know, because I’m blind at the moment…

Luke started to hum to the song on the radio and sing. I don’t think he actually meant to sing with me in the car. I think…I mean most people are very self-conscious about their singing voices. But damn, did he have a great voice.

“Your singing is amazing” I told him, matter-of-factly. He laughed awkwardly.

“Haha…yeah. Uhm, I don’t usually sing that often nor do I usually sing with other people near me. I forgot you were in the car with me” He replied. If I wasn’t blind at the moment, I bet he would be blushing.

“I thought so. But with a voice like that, there is nothing to be ashamed of. You should, like, join a talent show or something instead of serving caffeine to coffee addicts.

“Nah. It’s okay” He said. I smiled. He is awkward as an awkward penguin.

After 5 minutes of periodically stopping at what I could only assume were red lights and stop signs, we finally stopped. Luke turned off the ignition. “Can I take this thing off now? Its really itchy” I asked. It really was itching my face.

“Nope” He said, popping the ‘p’. “Not just yet”

I groaned. Luke chuckled. He took my hand and lead me to god knows where. After a few minutes of me bumping into things because Luke forgot I couldn’t see where I was going, we stopped.

“Okay. You can take the blindfold off now” He said. I could practically hear his smile in his words. I untied the scarf from my head and could see finally. Until I was temporarily blinded by the sudden light. I blinked a few times, letting my eyes adjust to the light. And when my vision restored, I gasped at what I saw. It was absolutely stunning. No picture could ever do this sight justice. Even if it was picture worthy.

The sunset was what Luke had wanted to show me. But he had taken me to the beach, which was empty. Which meant, the orange and pink sky reflected off the ocean and the sun was an orange disc, half-hidden behind the horizon. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Well…maybe the second most beautiful thing I had seen. The first was next to me, smiling like an idiot as if he had unearthed hidden treasure, which really he had. He watched the sunset with me and he took hold of my hand, glancing once at me before quickly going back to watching the sunset. Not wanting to miss a moment of it.

And really, I didn’t want too either. I mean, when was I going to see the sun set like this again? But it was hard. I couldn’t stop watching Luke watch the sunset. I bit my lip as I watched  him. I did pay attention to the sun too. I mean, it was beautiful. However, when you have the boy you’ve fallen in love standing next to you, looking perfect as he watches the sun set with you, it’s pretty hard to tear your eyes away from him. I only looked away when he looked at me so I pretended I was watching the sunset.

“She’s beautiful, isn’t she?” Luke said about the sun, smiling at me.

“Yeah, she is” I breathed. I could think of one thing more beautiful though.

“Present company excluded, as always” He said, nudging me.

“I’m not sure about that this time” I muttered. He heard me and shrugged.

“You could be right. But the most beautiful thing in a person is when they can’t even see their own beauty. They don’t know and they hide it even though they shouldn’t it. When they don’t know that they are beautiful, that’s truly what makes someone pretty damn gorgeous” He said. Again, I was speechless. He’s managed to do that twice in one day.

Yeah, but I wasn’t talking about myself or the sunset, I was talking about you. I thought, as the last of the sun vanished behind the horizon.

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