Show Me Your Soul

What happens if life throws you off track? What if someone asks you to trust him, even though you know nothing about him? Would you trust him?
Cecily Martesse is a normal student in her second year at college. Just when the next normal semester starts, she meets Ace - a handsome boy that throws her life upside down. Compelled by his words, his voice, his behavior, she finds herself getting dragged into a world full of secrets, unfaithfulness and deceit.
Just when she hears some devastating news about her brother, she has to face things she never knew she could endure.
A story about love, trust and friendship. Rated Mature for adult language and hot love scenes.

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11. Victoria

 

CECILY

 

Monday went by in a blink of an eye. I didn’t see Anna that day at all but decided to talk to her tomorrow or next time I’ll see her.

Of course, I totally overslept the next morning because I didn’t hear my alarm. Although I went early to bed.

Mom, Dad and Marlene were already gone, so I had to sprint to the next subway station. After almost an hour, I arrived at the clinic, changed my clothes as fast as possible and walked into the lab room where Doctor Rayden supervised the course. As I walked into the room, I felt my whole semester quieting and looking at me. Great. Heading silently to Rayden, I apologized for being this late.

“Miss – uh – Martesse, I will ignore your late arrival this time. If that happens again, there will be consequences.”

I gulped. Oh boy, Rayden sure wasn’t as easy as the others…

I nodded, heading to my seat. Number 28. I looked around and found Ruby sitting two rows in front of me and Cassy two seats next to me. I turned around to see if Ace was close by, but I couldn’t find him anywhere. Oh, he must be sitting in the front row if the seats are alphabetically ordered…

Okay whatever.

After finishing the course at lunch time, I talked to Cassy and Ruby for a while. As we made our way through the hallway to our next lecture, I asked them where Anna was.

“I saw her a couple minutes ago. She must’ve left the lab very quickly”, Ruby said. She came closer to me and whispered: “By the way, did you get the chance to talk to Ace?”

I nodded briefly. “Yup, I told him to back off and now we’re… uh… ignoring each other.”

Cassy stopped walking, looking… appalled?

“Cecily and Ruby, I could so kick your asses right now! What the fuck were you two thinking? You–!” She turned her blazing eyes to me, “Why did you promise Anna to back off from Ace? Is she blind not to see that he clearly isn’t interested in her – whether you back off or not? And you–!” She turned her gaze to Ruby who looked as shocked as me. “Couldn’t you have given her an even stupider piece of advice? I can’t leave you two alone for one day without you making dumb decisions!”

I’ve never seen her so furious but when she calmed down, we explained her why I promised to Anna and lied to Ace about Aro.

“Aro! Oh my gosh, couldn’t you have picked a bigger nightmare!”, Cassy said and nearly started to go berserk again.

“Relax, Cassy. It’s not like I have to make out with him in front of Ace to prove anything or so!” Ew… “But I need to talk to Anna now.”

She rolled her eyes. “Fine! And what are you even going to tell her?” We made our way through the hallway again. Huh, that’s a good question…

“Um…well firstly, I need to apologize for dancing with Ace at the ball and then I don’t know. I’ll tell her I made myself clear that I’m not interested in him and she can flirt with him, ask him out on a date or whatsoever. Ugh, let’s not talk about them anymore. I would rather know something about your date last week, Cassy!”

Instantly, Cassy’s face turned bright and all her anger vanished. Unbelievable that she was looking like a fury two seconds ago and now she was beaming with delight like Tinkerbell.

“Yeah, it was really nice with Michael.”

She told us that he’s twenty-five and in his last semester as a law student. They had grabbed a bite and then watched a movie.

“And then?” We sat down in the amphitheater.

“I kind of slept with him a couple days ago.”

Well, that was fast. “What? But you–? Okay…”, what else can I say?

“Yeah well, unlike others I can read the signals a guy gives me and don’t wait forever to make the first step!”, she said jokingly and bumped me with her shoulder.

I rolled my eyes. I really don’t want to talk about my decisions anymore, so I dug further, “And how was… it? You know…” I blushed. I don’t want to be nosy or ask too personal things even though they were my friends but I’m just curious how sleeping with someone must feel like.

Cassy moaned, remembering their night together, “The sex was really, really good”

I nodded, blushing even harder when she continued talking about Michael.

Good. I don’t know what good sex is but it surely must have felt great the way she was presenting it. Good sex… good… really, really good…

The professor entered the room, beginning with his lecture but my mind was somewhere else.

Good sex… good… I screwed my eyes shut for a moment, imagining how I would be laying on the bed and he on top of me, our bodies melding when he would slowly push himself into me while I would stare in his eyes… electric eyes, his dark hair… his black hair begging me to run my hands through it while he would moan my name. Cecily… Cecily… Cec… Cec

Oh my God! What the hell am I thinking?! I opened my eyes, hoping that the images of surgical intervention would calm my libido. I am mostly shocked at my own perverted thoughts. Especially with… Ace?! I am simply tired. That’s the only logic explanation for my drifting thoughts.

I let my eyes wander around the room and finally found Anna sitting in the middle row. Her body seemed tense, her hair in a messy bun while her face unusual flushed red. I need to talk to her after this lecture.

After finishing the lecture, I hurried and caught her in the hallway.

“Anna!”, I said. She turned around, giving me a sad smile. “Oh hey, Cecily.”

“Um, I need to talk to you for a moment.”

She looked at me wide-eyed but nodded briefly. We headed to the foyer, sitting on the benches. Luckily, no one was here. Everyone was probably at the cafeteria which was great. I don’t want to face any spectators if things will get ugly.

I cleared my throat, saying, “I don’t know how to start, so I’ll just be straightforward. First of all, I want to apologize for dancing with Ace at the ball. I didn’t think about it, he just pulled my arm and I completely forgot about my promise. I’m really sorry.” I talked without pausing to breathe, so I inhaled deeply.

“Okay.” Anna still looked absent-mindedly at the hallway, her fingers clenched.

Crap. “Uh, and I talked to Ace”, I added. “I made it clear that we’re just fellow students and that’s all.”

She was quiet for a couple seconds which felt like an eternity to me.

“That wasn’t necessary”, she said after a while.

Huh?

I blinked at her several times and realized what she just said. “He doesn’t want a relationship – with anyone. Or even a date”, she continued.

My mind was spinning. “What? But how–?”

“I asked him out yesterday. Before I could make some allusions about how I feel, he just said that he’s not interested and doesn’t want a date or relationship with anyone. He just wants fun – that’s what he said and t-then… he t-told me… that I’m not the right girl for h-having that k-kind of fun”, she sobbed, knotting her hands together. Big tear drops fell on her hand as her voice began to tremble.

I tried to calm her down, caressing her back, but what can I say to comfort her except “Shush, calm down” or “Don’t think about him, he’s an idiot”?

I hate seeing people cry in front of me. I always don’t know what to say or where to look and usually worsen the situation.

He doesn’t even want a date with her? Why isn’t he giving her a chance? And just fun? What kind of girls does he like?

I couldn’t help it but feel a sting in my chest, followed by a hot burn inside my veins.

Anna was too good to be the slutty friend with benefits but I would eventually be okay? What was that scene at the repair shop when he clearly doesn’t want anything serious!?

After a while, she stopped and wiped away her tears with a tissue.

Okay now I felt pure anger toward him. If he didn’t want a relationship from the start, then why did he even treat me like that? All the flirts, teasing, touches were just for fun – as expected from that guy. My emotions were swirling, followed by my rationality that reminded that I shouldn’t be furious. There is absolutely no reason to feel that way.

But I feel sorry for Anna. As soon as she calmed down, we headed to the cafeteria, sitting with the other girls at a table near the entrance. They saw her swollen, red eyes but I subtly signalized not to ask any questions.

We finished our meals and went upstairs where Ruby and I treated our patient. Anna was in a room next to us together with Cassy and Josh. Surely, that would have been awkward if she had to treat a patient with Ace together…

We finished at five and Ruby needed to go earlier, so I cleaned the chair, tray and put the things back to their places.

The basement floor was dead empty when I had changed my clothes. Apparently, the treatment was longer than I had thought.

I contemplated whether I should take the elevator or not but decided to walk upstairs. Unfortunately, Ace got out from the elevator just the moment I headed to the entrance. My heart stopped as images of earlier sidled from every corner of my brain, clouding my rationality for a fraction of second.

He was still in his scrubs and looked as tired as I felt. I need to get out of here. Before he could say anything – or ignore me – I focused on the glazed door when a huge, black limousine caught my eyes. The view was odd, seeing such a fancy car at the entrance of the clinic, however, I was so focused that I didn’t realize Ace standing next to me.

The driver opened the door and made his way to the back door, opening it for a woman. A young woman, probably around my age. She was gorgeous with her golden hair and the black polka dress she was wearing, bringing out her long legs as she made her way to the entrance door, a phone in her hand.

I snapped out of my staring, glancing at Ace who was looking as if he had seen a ghost. His face was ashen and his usually full lips a thin line. His entire body was tense, his blazing eyes focused on that girl. Does he know her? Just when I was about to ask him, her voice echoed through the hall.

 “… no, I just got here. Ugh, this place is so… tedious. And it already smells like a dental clinic in the hallway. Okay, I’ll call you later. Bye”, she said and hung up, removing her sunglasses.

The moment she opened her mouth to say something, Ace hissed, “What the fuck are you doing here, Victoria?”

She closed her mouth and grinned widely. “Nice to see you, too, Ace. You look good. Do you have a new haircut?” She reached to touch his hair, but he just slapped her hand away.

I couldn’t move my body an inch or look away. Her appearance was rattling me somehow. She radiated pure elegance. She turned her pointed chin to me, her eyes scanning me from head to toe.

“Hi, I’m Victoria McHugh.” She shook my hand.

“Cecily”, I mumbled.

Her smile was vicious when she looked from me to Ace and back to me, her voice as poisonous as the next thing she said.

Her chuckle was clattering in my ears. “Don’t tell me you’re the new girlfriend of my fiancé?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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