Not In That Way *Completed*

There is always that one little thing that can keep a person stable. That one little thing that makes a person feel alive. The thing that can make a person smile even when they are having a bad day.

For Cora Smith that thing is more like a someone. Her someone is Zachary Dawson. Her long time best friend and the person that saved her when her life was in shambles. For years, she has been battling for his attention against all the other girls around her. However, little did she know she had him wrapped around her little finger since the very beginning.

Join Cora on her journey in discovering the truth about Zachary, while all the while she is consumed with the fear that, in the end, the only words she will hear from him are, "I'm sorry, believe me, I love you, but not in that way......"

*Based on the song, "Not in That Way" by Sam Smith*

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15. Chapter 14


For the rest of the night, I lie in my bed. My eyes wet with tears. I can't take it upon myself to even look at the video right now. It would hurt too much. I toss and turn all night long, unable to calm myself down enough to sleep. At 5:00 in the morning, I am greeted by the wonderful sound of my alarm clock. I groan stumbling out of bed wiping my puffy eyes free of tears. Throwing on the first thing that I see, which happens to be a ratty old sweater and a pair of paint covered jeans. This day will be hell....


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Once I arrive at school, I make my way to my locker chucking my useless books in. Suddenly, I hear a voice come on over the speaker, "Cora Smith please come to the principal's office. I repeat, Cora Smith you are wanted in the principal's office."

Crap..What did I do now?

I walk towards the office with everyone's eyes on me. I notice the scowls and the disgusted looks, the whispers when they thought I wasn't listening. I round the corner coming to stand in front of the principal's office.

"Hey bitch!" I hear, as I grasp the handle.

I spin around, jaw dropping at the foul name. 

"I heard what you did to Nicole. Kind of a bitchy move ya think?" Kaitlyn, Nicole's second in command, snaps. 

"I didn't do anything.." I mutter, turning towards the office door.

Before I can even attempt to open the door, she grabs my arm sinking her nails in, nearly drawing blood.

"You know exactly what you did, you slut. You tried to break them up. You wanted little ol Zach to yourself. Well guess what, sweetheart, that is never going to happen. He will never love you. Huh, why would he? You are just so pathetic and lets not forget ugly." she sneers.

"I-I don't know what you are talking about..I didn't d-do anything." I stutter.

"Stop lying. Just stay away from them. If you get even ten feet away from them, I will end you." she threatens, before turning and strutting away.

I release a breath that I didn't know I was holding and glance around the hallway. Everyone is still staring and many are now snickering like there is no tomorrow. I roll my eyes turning around and wrenching the door open. 

I step up to the secretary's desk, before saying, "You guys asked to see me?"

"Oh, Cora Smith?" she asks.

"Yes." 

"Okay, well it was recently brought to our attention that you are a wonderful student and a very responsible one as well. In result to that, we have decided that it would not be a better decision than to let you show our new student around and she just so happens to be in all of the same classes as you." the receptionist says brightly. 

"Um, alright.." I mumble. 

She stands from the desk, leading me down another hallway and bringing me into another office. 

"Cora, this is Amanda Arnold. She is the new student that you will be showing around." the receptionist explains, grinning over at me.

The girl in front of me looked like the typical good girl. The glasses, the long skirt, the button up shirt. All the way down to her dress shoes. Her perfect smile and her braids made her look like a kindergartener. 

"Now, go on girls, you are gonna be late if you stand around any longer." the secretary chirps.

I roll my eyes, grumbling a "Come on."

Her eyes widen and she grabs her backpack, jumping to her feet. We walk out into the hallway and I turn the corner, glancing behind me making sure she is following. She jogs to catch up to me and says, "Boy you sure aren't friendly today."

"Sorry, bad day." I sigh, giving her a sympathetic smile.

"Oh, of course! It's totally fine." she exclaims.

"Do you wanna talk about it?" she persists. 

"Nope. I'd rather just forget it ever happened." I groan, rubbing my eyes. 

"Oh, okay." she says politely.

We walk in silence the rest of the way to first period. Once we get there, she skips up to the teacher and hands her the schedule. I continue to my seat, plopping down and glancing over at Zach.

"Ah, Miss. Arnold! It is a pleasure to meet you! Class, this is Amanda Arnold. She is our new student and I expect all of you to treat her with respect." the teacher announces.

Amanda scans the classroom, her eyes connecting with Zach's who is staring at her intently. A light blush covers her cheeks as she scurries down the aisle, sitting in the seat directly next to mine. 

I look down at the desk trying to hold in all my tears. It seems like I am just crying about everything these days, but I can't help it. 

"He is so hot." she whispers to me, fanning herself.

I take one more look over at Zach, before focusing my attention at the board. This is going to be a long day...

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Once lunch time finally arrives, I have just about had my limit with googly eyes and drooling. Amanda has done nothing but that every hour. She has continuously commented on how cute she thought Zach was and how amazing his eyes were. It was getting increasingly annoying especially since I was trying to avoid him...

I scramble into the cafeteria avoiding everyone's eyes, Amanda skipping along behind me. I grumble out my annoyance as I glance back and Amanda is once again stopped flirting with a different guy. I stomp over to her, grab her by the arm and pull her away.

"Hey! What was that for?" she exclaims.

"Come on. We're going to lunch." I growl dragging her into the cafeteria. 

"But I was talking to that guy!" she complains.

"Yeah well you can do that later, you are my responsibility and we are going to eat lunch. Either that or find the rest of your classes yourself." I snap, not being able to put up with her for much longer.

"Well damn, what crawled up your ass?" she asks, walking ahead of me into the lunch line.

I sigh my niceness getting the best of me.

"I'm sorry. I told you I was having a bad day, I'm not normally this bitchy." I apologize.

"It's okay, I wasn't gonna hold you to it. We all have our days." she smiles.

"Thanks I need a person like you in my life." I mumble, grabbing my lunch.

"Well isnt it a good thing that I am?" she smirks.

"Yeah. Yeah it is. I thought that you were gonna be a lot different than you are." I comment. 

"How so?" she asks, sitting down at a table.

"Well, for starters, no offense, but you look like a nerd and the pigtails kinda throw me off." I joke.

She laughs, "None taken. I do have to admit, I do look weird. This is just how I have always dressed. For most of my life I was homeschooled and my mother made me wear a uniform that looked like this, so I guess I just got used to dressing like this." she explains.

"Oh, do you like dressing like that?" I wonder.

"No, I just got used to it." she says, taking a bite of her food.

I nod my head, looking down at my plate. I pick at it, only looking up when i hear Zach's voice. 

"Why don't you come sit with us?" he smiles at Amanda.

"Nah, I'm good. I'll stay here with my friend. Oh! Cora this is Zach, Zach this is Cora." she introduces.

Zach puts a fake smile on his face and holds out a hand, "Hi, it's nice to meet you." 

I attempt to hide my shock, but I'm pretty sure that my jaw was lying on the floor. 

"Hi." I mumble, taking his hand, frowning at the familiar warmth that runs through my body. 

He pulls away, throwing out a 'See you later' to Amanda, before walking over to Nicole's table and pulling her into his lap.

"Wow, that was really awkward." Amanda mentions.

"Yup." I mutter, looking back down.

"Did you two know each other? Do you have a history?" she questions.

"Um, yeah. He used to be my best friend then he left me for her." I spit, glaring over at Nicole and Zach.

"Ouch. I'm sorry, I wouldn't of said anything if I knew you guys weren't on good terms." she mumbles.

"It's fine. I'm over it anyway." I easily lie, looking back down at my plate.

"You're stupid if you seriously think that I bought that. Of course you aren't over it. I can see that you feel something for him. It's too obvious. Hell, I think everyone knows. " she says.

My eyes widen as I stare at her, "What? How do you know?"

"How do you not?" she replies, raising an eyebrow.

"Maybe because I thought that I kept it a secret!" I nearly scream, tears welling up in my eyes. "No one can know! This would ruin me!" 

"Hey, hey. Calm down." she says, putting a hand over mine, "I'm not gonna say anything to anybody. I got your back sis."

"T-thank you." I hiccup, as the bell rings.

"Come on. Let's get to class." she whispers, picking up our trays.

Why do I have to be so weak? Why can't it be easy for me to talk to others, to him, normally? Why can't I just be normal?

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Later that night, I am laying in bed, waiting for my homework to come alive and explain itself to me, when the door opens. Zach's tear soaked face appears from the small crack. 

"C-can I c-come i-in?" he hiccups.

"Of course, What's wrong?" I ask, jumping off my bed and running over to him in worry. 

He doesn't say anything, just lets out a muffled sob and throws his arms around me. I wrap my arms around his neck, as he nuzzles his head into the crook of my neck. Neither of us say a word. I continue to silently hold him as he sobs, until he lets me go and guides me towards my bed. I stare at him questioningly when he sits down on the edge of the bed, putting his face in his hands. I scurry over to the bed, quickly putting away my schoolwork and sitting down beside him. 

"What's wrong?" I whisper, putting my hand on his thigh.

Realizing what I did, I quickly pull my hand away, but before I can he captures my hand in his, intertwining our fingers. 

"I thought she loved me.." he mumbles.

"What? Zach.. Tell me what happened." I reply.

"You got your wish, we're done." he mutters, more tears falling from his eyes.

"What? You and Nicole?" I ask.

"Yes." he snaps.

"Zach, I didn't want that. All I was worried about was exactly this. I didn't want her to hurt you like she has now. I hate seeing you this way. I would never wish heartbreak to you." I explain.

"Okay." he whispers, slumping over, so his head is now in my lap.

"Tell me what happened. I'm here for you." I tell him. 

"Today was supposed to be our day and she told me this morning to meet her at her house tonight. S-she said that she had a surprise. Something she w-wanted to show me. Not really thinking about it, I went immediately and when I got there, there were a trail of roses leading to the bedroom. I thought i-it was adorable and I of c-course followed them. When I got to the bedroom, I heard sounds that turned out to be moans. When I opened the door, I realized the roses weren't really meant for me. She wasn't even sad about it, that's the saddest thing. I cared so much about her and she never even blinked in my direction when I caught them. All she s-said was 'surprise'. I didn't know what to do, so I stood there in shock. Then the dick that she was fucking had the nerve to turn and say, "Hey, why don't you take a video. It'll give you something to remember me by." That's when I lost it, I burst i-into tears and I pounded his face in..." he trails off. 

At that moment, I look down at his hands, gasping in shock as I see his knuckles already turning a faint purple. 

"I am going to kill that bitch." I growl, standing up to go get the first aid kit.

Before, I can leave though, he grabs my wrist, pulling me back.

"Please don't leave me.." he whimpers. 

"I'm just going to get the first aid kit." I mumble.

"I'm fine. Stay with me. I can't be left alone with my thoughts." he begs.

"You aren't fine, Zach. Let me take care of you. Please?" I murmur, taking his face into my hands.

He lets out a sigh, nodding his head, letting go of my wrist and nudging me towards the door. I give him one last glance before I slip out of the room and pad down the hallway to the bathroom. 

"Is he gonna be okay?" a voice says.

I jump into the air, putting a hand to my heart.

"Oh my gosh, you scared me." I murmur, trying to catch my breath.

"I'm sorry, I saw him run up the stairs and into your room. I just wanted to make sure he was alright." Mrs. Dawson laughs.

"I'm not sure. He is in pretty rough shape. He found out today that Nicole has been cheating on him for a while now. " I explain.

She lets out a gasp, "That bitch! See I told him she was no good! He would have been happier with you, but he never seems to believe me." 

"Um, yeah, I'm not sure that will ever happen.. I really need to get back, Zach needs me." I mumble, slipping into the bathroom and grabbing the kit.

When I come back out, Mrs. Dawson is no longer around and I find myself letting out a breath of relief. I hurry back to my bedroom. 

"What happened to you?" Zach mumbles, when he sees my flaming cheeks. 

"I ran into your mother and she made some jokes." I mutter, walking over to his curled in figure. 

He sits up and grabs my hand, pulling me to stand between his legs, and placing his head on my stomach. I smile slightly, grabbing one of his hands and attempt to clean it. He lets out a hiss of pain and tries to jerk his hand away. 

"Sorry." I mumble, frowning.

"It's alright. Just get it over with." he breaths, placing his head back onto my stomach. 

I continue to clean, but not without him attempting to pull away from me many more times. Once I am finished, I wrap a bandage around his hand and place a hand on his head. He wraps his arms around my waist and I begin softly running my hands through his soft hair. 

"I'm sorry that I came in here and interrupted you. I should have just dealt with this on my own." he mumbles. 

"No you shouldn't have. I don't care what time it is. I don't care what I am doing. Hell, I don't even care if it is 3 o'clock in the morning. If you want to talk about something you can always come to me. For anything." I say softly. 

"Okay. Can I stay here tonight? I just really need to be around someone right now." he whispers.

"Of course you can. You don't even need to ask." I reply, a blush forming on my face.

"Okay. Imma go to my room for a minute and get some stuff. Ya know let you change and stuff." he says, as he wipes the remaining tears from his face. 

"Sure. Are you gonna be alright?" I question. 

"Eventually." he sighs.

I give him a small smile, which he tries to return, failing slightly. He walks out of the room and I wipe my cheeks free of some of the tears that fell from my eyes. I slip on some pajamas and get my toothbrush, running to the bathroom to brush my teeth. When I return, Zach is already in bed snuggled into one of the pillows. He smiles at me when I enter the room. I hurriedly put my stuff away, before walking over to my bed and getting in. I turn out the lights, turning to face Zach. 

"Goodnight Zach." I whisper.

"Goodnight Cora." he answers.

We lay there in silence for a few moments until Zach breaks it, "Can I ask you something?"

"Of course."

"You have to promise me that it won't make anything awkward between us." he mumbles.

"Okay, I promise nothing will be awkward." 

"Can I....Can I hold you?" he stutters out.

My eyes widen and my cheeks flush a dark fuchsia. 

"You want to hold me?" I ask.

"Yeah, I mean just for tonight. I just need someone." he whispers.

Everything is silent for a few moments before Zach says, "You know what you're right. That was a stupid question."

"No! I- I mean it isn't. I get it. You can hold me if you want." I exclaim.

"Okay." he chuckles.

Zach wraps an arm around my waist pulling me into his chest and tucking my head under his chin. I lean my forehead against his bare chest, sighing contently. 

"Goodnight." he whispers.

"Night." I mumble, falling asleep immediately.

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A/N: Hey guys! 

Sorry that this is so late! I know that I haven't updated in a couple weeks, but hopefully this will make up for it! I tried to make this one a little bit longer than the previous chapters! Imma try to get back on top of writing more chapters and actually getting them up on Sundays, but they may still be a little short. Please bare with me guys and continue to read this story!

I am extremely excited for the future of this story and I hope that you all are as well! I hope that you guys like this chapter! I worked pretty hard on it!

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See you guys next week! (Hopefully :))

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