Close as Strangers // LH


After some long over due thinking, Nikki decided to transfer to a new university to get a leg up on the competition of teaching. She's slightly socially awkward and is not the typical college type of girl. She mainly keeps to herself most of the time, studying or zoning out to music. And since transferring as a senior, it won't be easy to "fit right in". Cliques have been made, friends have become sisters and enemies may be in a ditch somewhere. Her plan of staying on the down low is quickly interrupted by a tall blue eyed beaut and she's not sure if it's for the good or not!


13. I Need Closure.

It's been nearly a month since I've last talked to Nic and really we didn't talk. It was just me telling her lies. Since then, the mates and I have had a few interviews with agents and have started recording our first ep.

"Halloween party tonight!" Calum chants, "come on Hemmo. Get pumped."

"Oh, I'm pumped. Bunch of hot girls wearing little to nothing. So glad it's not a Greek party though."

"I agree. More variety." He laughs sticking out his tongue.

"Bryana and I are ready," Ashton declares walking in with Bry be his side. They are dressed up as a Greek god and goddess.

"But Ashton couldn't stay away from the geek theme."

"Shut it, Cal. We look hot as hell."

"Yeah!" Bryana spats.

I watch as Calum assembles his batman costume.

"Go get ready, Luke," Bryana smiles.

"I'm going." I excuse myself to my room and look down at the laid out costume. A dead Victorian is what I'm going as. Of course Kels is going to be matching.

"Alright, how do I look?" I say stepping out of the room.

"Dead," Mikey says dressed in a steampunk costume.

"That's what I was aiming for."

The five of us head outside and down the sidewalk to Ashton's car. It's a short drive to our destination which is marked by an excessive amount of Halloween decorations.

"Go ahead, mates," I say stoping at the front door, "I have to wait for Kels."

They all nod and enter into the house. I stand awkwardly for about 15 minutes before Kelsey and a crap ton of her sorority friends show up.

"Hey baby," she smiles, hugging me.

"Hey, don't you look all hot and not dead?" I question.

"I said we were ditching the dead part. Once again you don't listen to me." She flips her hair and enters into the house with her friends.

"Yeah, no problem. It's not like I haven't seen waiting for you for the past 15 fucking minutes," I groan, stepping in myself.

I immediately spot the mates with a couple added girls. I recognize Bridgette and Scarlett, the chick Mikey has been dating, but I can't quite make out the other girl standing there. Her vampire costume is pretty elaborate and the make up she did makes its it so that if you didn't know any better, she was a real vamp.

"Babe, can you get me a drink?"

I rip my gaze away from the mystery vampire queen and turn to Kels, "Sure. I could use one too."

I meander through a crowd of dancing people to the kitchen making up a couple drinks.

"Hemmo," Calum says in his best batman voice.

"Yes, batman?"

"You good, mate?"

"I am now!" I raise the drinks.

"Niiiice," he grins grabbing himself a beer.

I nod turning back to the crowd to find Kelsey. I finally do, handing her the drink.

"Thank you," she smiles.

The party carries on, drinking, dancing and laughing at Mikey's attempts of dancing. I have yet to cross paths with the vampire queen but I'm sure it will eventually happen.

"Babe," Kelsey grabs my arm.


"The girls and I are going to hit up a Greek party. You don't have to come, if you don't want."

"Okay," I shrug, "be careful. Text me."

She winks, giving me a kiss on the cheek. I sigh in relief. No more ball and chain.

"I'm free," I cheer joining the lads. We ends up meeting up with Beck and Garrett. Garrett is a little awkward. Forever fixing his hair. A little premadona. The conversation with him gets boring so I wander back into the kitchen for another drink. I glance up out at the back porch and finally see Ms. vampire. Her curves are so tempting, the dark hair the cascades down her shoulders. I know it's a terrible idea but I take my drink and myself outside, casually walking over to her. "

You're not going to ravously attack me for blood are you?" I laugh but the mystery vamp freezes, turning her head from me.

"I was just kidding. I'm Luke."

"I know who you are," she speaks, finally turning towards me.

I'm stunned. This beautiful girl I knew all along. How couldn't I have realized?


She looks over my shoulder behind me.

"Kelsey isn't here."

She looks up at me before wrapping her arms around me. Her perfume fills my head. As I secure my arms around her, soaking her in. But as fast as the hug happened is as fast as it ends. Nic releases me then turns for the house.

"Nic? Wait!"

"No, I finally got my closure with this."

"What about mine?" I question.

She stops, turning towards me. "What about yours? What about yours?" She shakes her head, "were you the one who was humiliated by posters? Were you the one who was tricked into meeting you on the south lawn just to be exploited even more? And are you the one who continues to get stares, snickers and random blocked calls calling you a whore, slut, worthless bitch or whatever else they can think of?"

I can hear the pain in her voice, the sadness in her eyes. Those beautiful blue eyes. She swallows hard, looking down at the ground.

"I'm sorry. This is all my fault. I set myself up. I knew you had a girlfriend yet I let myself fall in love. I let myself get caught up in something I swear I never would-"

I stop her, swiftly pressing my lips to hers. I know she wants to fight it but instead I feel her melt right into me. I can taste a hint of strawberry mash whiskey as my tongue slides past her lips. I slide my hands to her hips and that when I stop myself.

"I'm so sorry," I whisper.

She hesitates to say something but walk away from me instead. That kiss wasn't closure it was more like torture. Nice going, Hemmo.

The night comes to an end and I'm dragging a drunk Calum into our dorm.

"You're the fucking best, Hemmo."

"I know, mate. I know."

I finally get Calum into his room with the help of Mikey.

"I'm bouncing over to Scarlett's. Any objections?"

"Nah, mate. Go ahead," I wave.

He smiles, "See you in the latter."

I watch him leave wiping the make up off my face before throwing myself on the couch. Kelsey never text me of course so I have no doubt she plastered somewhere. I'm at the point of not caring anymore but I quickly shoot her an irritated text anyways. Man, I thought I was over Nic but seeing her tonight just relit the fire. I let out a frustrated groan, laying my head back on the couch. I bit down on my lip, closing my eyes. The remittance of her kiss still lingers. I need her, badly. My phone basically taunts me in temptation to text her. I don't fight the urge and quickly snatch up my phone, finding her number. Please meet me somewhere. I don't care where and yes this is really Luke. It only takes her a couple minutes to respond. Near the science hall. I debate on changing but really have no time to do so. She'll have to deal with my costume. I push through my door and hurry down the steps, outside. I make the 10 minute trek, seeing her standing by a panic table still dressed as a vampire empress.

"Hey," I speak.

She greets me with a smile, "hi."

I slowly move in closer to her, unsure of myself.

"Okay, I'm not a rabid animal or anything.."

"I know, it's just-"

"It's just what? Gatekeeper."

"Those cuspids are quite intimidating."

"Oh," she laughs slowly rolling her tongue over one, "I'll put them away."

"But wouldn't that make the queen defenseless?"

She shrugs, "I enjoy a good challenge every once in a while."

"Ohhh, a good challenge, huh?"

"Yes, I can handle a dead man."

A moment silence passes before we both burst out into laughter.

"You should have been the gatekeeper from Ghostbusters!"

"I had no choice in the matter."

"I figured. I saw your vomit inducing couple costume."

"I know, I know."

She looks up at me, those stunning eyes. A smirk stretches across her face before she shakes her head.

"Even after everything that happened, I-"

Say it, please. Just say it.

"I can't hate you."

My stomach drops. It's not what I wanted to hear but it's better than nothing.

"I'm sure you did at one point."

"That night your lovely girlfriend set me up, I did. But it was my fault along. I knew you had a girlfriend."

"I sincerely hope you know the things I said that night, I didn't mean."
"Most of those things. You love Kelsey, I know that. If you didn't, you wouldn't stay with her."

I remain quiet, trying to process everything.

"But that's okay. I expect that."
"Why?" I blurt
"I don't know. I just don't get the creepy cheater vibe from you," she shrugs.
I laugh, "Creepy?!"
"I said I didn't!"
"So you would not speak to me if I was creepy?"
"God no!" She laughs, "well maybe. You are pretty to look at." "Pretty?" I groan. "Yes, pretty. Luke Hemmings is pretty."

I shake my head in disapproval.

"Oh, come on Hemmo. It's funny."
"I guess I'll let it slide," I sigh.

She grins at me, satisfied that she won the disagreement. It taking everything in my might not to kiss her at the moment. Lord knows I want to so bad.

"You're thinking too much," she says putting her hands on her hips, "spill it." I step closer to her.
"Luke," she warns.

I interlace both of my hand with hers.

"Please, don't."

I brush my lips across her cheek, kissing her temple. I hear her suck in a breath, her hands tightening their grip on mine.

"Forgive me," I speak softly, "but the queen is quite tempting."

She lets out a small laugh. "Oh, is she now?"

Nic presses her lips to mine, her tongue quickly slipping past them. I untangle our hands and slide my hands into her hair, pulling gently. A soft moan escapes her, making me want her even more. I drop one hand from her hair to her thigh, pulling it up onto my hip.

"Luke," she whispers, "not here."


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