Drive till you lose the road

Set during the 2nd season. Haley has left for New York, but can she avoid the temptations that come with the rock star's lifestyle? And if she falls, who will be there to help her pick herself back up?


12. Dirty little secret

By the time that Haley pulled Lucas's car into Peyton's driveway, she had managed to calm the flow of tears. Her first instinct was to walk on in, but something held her back. She rang the doorbell and waited, listening for any sign of life inside Peyton's house. She finally heard footsteps coming down the stairs, and she wiped her eyes again, in a last ditch effort to appear a bit more presentable. The door flew open, and as the girls faced each other, the look on Peyton's face slowly shifted from casual interest to disgust.


"What are you doing here?" Peyton asked rudely, as she crossed her arms and leaned against the door frame. Haley felt like that was they only question anyone cared to ask her anymore.

"I needed someone to talk to, and I didn't know where else to go." Haley replied in a small voice. It was obvious to her that Peyton wasn't pleased to see her.


"Oh yeah? What happened? Did you marry Lucas and ditch him too?" Peyton asked, with a fake smile plastered on her face. Haley was certain the shock was evident on her face. Where could Peyton have gotten that idea? Finally the answer snapped into place. Brooke.

"I should have known better than to come here. I mean obviously Brooke is out for my blood and you're her best friend. I just hoped that you would hear me out. We all know you've made your fair share of mistakes." Haley replied bitterly. She shot Peyton one more dark glance before she turned and left the blonde standing alone.


"Haley, wait." Peyton called after her. Haley turned back and saw Peyton walking towards her.

"You're right, I'm not a saint. I have no room to judge. I'm sorry." Peyton admitted. Haley gave her a small smile.


"Thank you Peyton." Haley said warmly, as the girls walked back into Peyton's house. Peyton nodded with a smile, before motioning for Haley to have a seat on the couch.

"So, spill." Peyton commanded, as she settled in at the other end of the couch. Haley took a deep breath as she collected her thoughts a bit before speaking.


"I don't even know what to say. I'm so confused. I thought that I was over Nathan. I thought that these last few months had shown me that he and I were just wrong for each other, you know?" Haley began, twiddling her wedding band that hung from a chain around her neck. Peyton nodded sympathetically and waited for Haley to continue.

"Landry, my manager, advised me to start going out more. I pretty much rehearsed, recorded, ate and slept. I was really lonely, so I took her advice. I met some really crazy people and we started going out and hitting the town almost nightly. I'm sure you saw the picture of me and Chris?" Haley asked, not surprised when Peyton nodded, slowly, with a pained look on her face.


"Yeah, that wasn't one of my finer moments. Then Brooke and Lucas showed up, and he was so disappointed in me, but we talked and everything was cool. Then, I don't know what happened. One minute I'm laying in bed with Lucas, just being with him and then next thing I knew we were having sex." Haley admitted, hiding her face behind her hands.

"Those four days were magical, Peyton. I've never felt so complete, so happy. Not even with Nathan. When I'm with Lucas I feel like my heart is going to burst because it can't possibly contain all the love I have for him." Haley smiled, brushing away the tears that had started to fall.


"But I had to tell Nathan. I wanted to be honest with him, he deserves that much. And he was so angry Peyton. I've never seen him like that. He scared me. What's worse is that when I saw him, it was like someone flipped a switch, inside of me, and all the feelings that I thought we gone, they came back. It was like I suddenly remembered every reason why I fell in love with him, and every reason why I married him. And now I don't know what to do. Nathan hates me, and he has every right too, and if I'm honest with Lucas, he'll hate me too." Haley finished softly, not meeting Peyton's eyes.

"Then don't tell him." Peyton said, as if it were the most obvious answer in the world.



"Really, Haley, you said it yourself, Nathan hates you. There is no future there." Peyton continued, trying to say the words as gently as she could.

"You love Lucas. Lucas obviously loves you. Just be happy with him. Let go of the past and just worry about your future with Lucas." Peyton advised, patting Haley's arm. Haley nodded as she mulled over Peyton's words. Could she really let go of the past, or more importantly, could she really let go of Nathan?

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