Shadow

Louisa Fletcher is not your average 21 year old university student. She has secrets, a complicated past that has made her build a strong outer shell, not letting anyone close enough to properly get to know the depths of her. Tyler Mitchell however, has had a troubled childhood and is struggling to find his way in his life. But, he has a secret, one so big it could cause serious turmoil if it were to ever come out. He's determined to keep it hidden, but will the untold truths between these two mysterious souls drive them apart, or will they manage to let one another see who they really are? Find out by reading Shadow.

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29. Chapter Twenty-Nine.

Tyler

 

I stepped out of the airplane, the cool breeze hitting my face. 

''Ah, welcome to the UK,''my boss said next to me, a content smile on his face. He'd grown up here and he called this place home, so the smile on his face was understandable. 

He'd asked me to accompany him here, to London for a business trip, saying he needed me with him to manage the marketing side of things. I happily agreed, and here we were, under the foggy clouds. 

An airport worker took care of our bags as we made our way to the big, shiny black range rover stood in front of the airport doors. We got in and I could smell the leather of the seats. 

We were driven to a hotel, a very tall building that had 4 lifts. After settling down in my room, there was a knock on my door. I opened it and faced my boss, who was wearing much less formal clothes, looking much more like a local than a head of a huge business. 

''Right, it's time to go out for the night,''he said enthusiastically, and I was stunned at how much he was treating me as a friend rather than an employee. I didn't mind, though. It made me feel more at ease.

''Where to?''I inquired, following him into the lift.

''There's a great bar I know down town, they might have live music tonight,''he said casually, scrolling through his phone. I would've never guessed my boss was going out to a bar with me in London. The thought made me want to chuckle. At least he knew how to let loose. 

When we exited the building, he called a cab and we drove to a bar, and he'd been right - there was live music. The place had dim lightning, lots of people walking in different directions, some moving their bodies to the music and others laughing whilst sipping a drink. 

I ordered a beer, and he did the same. ''Did you come here a lot when you lived here?''I asked, feeling like I could talk to my friend right now rather than my boss.

''Yeah, we used to have a gathering here every Friday night. God, those were good times,''he chuckled at the memory, taking a sip from his drink. 

Before I could reply, he saw who I'm guessing was an old friend of his and wondered off to him. I leaned against the bar, relaxing and feeling the pleasant music echo in my ears.

''Hello there, beautiful,''a voice next to me said, and I faced a blonde girl, who had tits so huge I don't even know how she had enough strength to carry them. The botox she'd injected far too much of was evident on her face, making her look more like a barbie doll than a human. 

''Hey,''I replied with no amusement in my voice, purely because I wasn't interested in this woman at all. 

''What are you, sweet thing, doing out here all alone?''she purred, sitting on a stool next to me and practically shoving her breasts up my face. 

I was about to reply with something sarcastic, but my whole body froze when I saw her. I didn't hear the music anymore, I didn't hear the girl next to me or whatever she was blabbering about, I only saw her. The world around me turned to slow motion, and I could hear my heart pound in my ears. I gripped the beer glass in my hand, the cold bringing great satisfaction to my now, in flames, body. 

I shoved past barbie doll and saw that she was talking to a few guys, with a drink in her hand. She was laughing, her head falling back a couple of times, just like she used to do with me all those years ago. Her hair was cut to her shoulders, but the dim light made it hard to make out any of her features completely. 

She turned around, and when she saw me, her expression changed drastically. Her face went white, which I could somehow see so clearly, even though the place was half dark. Her lips were in a straight line and I could see her knuckles turn white around her cup. 

Just as I was about to say something, she pushed past me and started making her way towards the exit. I followed her, anticipation bubbling deep in my stomach. When I pushed open the metal doors and walked outside, she was leaning against the brick wall, her head down and her hands in her hair. Fuck. I was making her freak out. 

I debated what to do next. If I talked to her, would it freak her out even more? I figured there was no point standing here in silence, so I took the step towards her. 

''Louisa,''her name rolled off my tongue, and she looked up at me. Her features had matured over the years, but her eyes still shined brightly and managed to lock my gaze into one place. She wore a low cut black dress, that showed off her shoulders and collar bone. The makeup she wore made her eyes even more vibrant, she looked mesmerising. 

''What are you doing here?''she asked, not backing away from me, just looking straight through me. 

''I'm here on a business trip,''I said, and I could see her eyes widen at the word business. Maybe she didn't think I could ever come this far, but so had a lot of people. 

''What about you?''I asked, curious to know everything about her new life. Her life that hadn't contained me in a long, long time.

''I live here.''

My breath caught in my lungs and I stared at her dumbfoundedly. I had so many questions to ask that I didn't know which to ask first, so I just stayed quiet and leaned against the wall next to her. 

''God, Tyler. It's been five years!''she exclaimed suddenly, throwing her arms up in the air. I noticed a bright diamond on her left ring finger, and I felt like I'd been punched in the gut. Engaged. She had a fiancé, and probably a great fucking life she'd made for herself after leaving me. What was I doing, barging into her new life like this?

''I understand, I shouldn't have even talked to you,''I said a bit colder than I intended to, and I saw the hurt expression on her face. She shook it off quickly and stood upright.

''I have a fiancé, Tyler. I've moved on,''she poured salt on my wound that I thought had healed ages ago, but the truth was - in these 5 years that I hadn't seen her, I hadn't managed to fall in love with anyone else. Whenever I slept with someone, it was for pure pleasure, not for meaning. I'd ditched more girls than I could count, which made me an ass, but I didn't feel anything.

Because my heart still fucking belonged to her. 

''I can see,''I muttered under my breath, and I knew I had no right to be angry or pissed. She deserved better than me all along, and I was glad she found better even if it hurt so damn much.

She sighed and looked up at me, I was sure I could see pity in her eyes. I didn't want her to think I hadn't gotten over her, but apparently it was all over my face. 

''I'm sorry things had to go-''she started, but I cut her off before she said something that would burn me even more, inside. 

''Don't apologise. Where is he?''I tried to sound friendly and not like I'd been swallowed whole by a wave of heartbreak, even though I'd gone through this 5 years ago, and here I was again, getting stepped over by the girl that I hadn't been able to forget. 

''He's inside,''she said quietly, her eyes down on the concrete. God, how I wish I could wrap my arms around her and inhale her scent just one more time. 

The door cranked open and a guy walked out, dressed in dress pants, his expensive suit jacket hanging open loosely. The rolled up sleeves showed off his silver watch. He tensed as he wrapped his arm around Louisa, hugging her close to his chest. 

Ah. So this was the fiancé. 

''Who's this?''he asked, kissing Louisa on her forehead. I could see the unhappy emotion all over his face, but he plastered on a smile for Louisa. I was certain she saw through it.

''Oh, just an old friend,''Louisa spoke, her eyes burning into mine. They hid a lot more than her fiancé could ever see, the word friend losing its meaning. Her cheeks flushed, and I smiled at the loser.

''Tyler,''I extended my hand, and he shook it, his eyes telling me one thing: to stay the hell away from his fiancé. He had every right to want me to fuck off, I would too if Louisa was still mine. Damn it, she should be. 

''Nathan.''he replied coldly, diverting his gaze back to Louisa. 

''We better get back inside, it's getting cold out here,''Nathan squeezed Louisa tighter to him, and I was sure I saw a feeling of uncomfort linger on her face. 

Before she could say anything to me, Nathan dragged her with him - so that when they were entering the bar, she looked over his shoulder and mouthed something that looked a lot like I'm so sorry

 

I hope you enjoyed this rather long chapter! Be sure to tell me how you like the story xx

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