“There are no good girls gone bad- just bad girls found out.”
I stared at myself in the mirror, trying to decide whether the girl standing there was really me, or just someone I was pretending to be. These days, it was getting hard to tell.
Real Me wore short skirts and clingy tops and five inch heels. Pretend Me wore innocent dresses and ballet flats and demure tops. Real Me had tumbling blonde hair; Pretend Me had neat plaits or pony tails. Real Me smiled and laughed; Pretend Me just tried to blend in. Real Me was herself around everyone; Pretend Me was cool with strangers and only relaxed around her friends.
Right now, I was a cross between the two. I was wearing two inch heels, a dress that blended between innocent and flirtatious, and my hair was resting in a loose golden waterfall, the way I liked it. It was a look I never would’ve gone for before, apart from the hair, maybe. Before Dad had left and Mom had gone crazy and I’d had to be the adult.
Oh, and before I was determined to be a good girl to get a nice boyfriend. A nice boy who was arriving in exactly five minutes.
Grabbing my purse and shoving me phone in it, I called out, “Mom! I’m going out!”
No reply, as usual. I hurried downstairs, fiddling with the hem of my dress as I waited by the door for Liam to arrive. Would I have to act nice to keep him, or could we honestly get on if I was myself? Though right now, I wasn’t sure what part of ‘myself’ I was.
The doorbell rang, and I jumped. He was about three minutes early; Impressive. I jumped up and opened the door.
“Hi.” Liam smiled shyly at me. “Wow, you look great.”
“Thanks.” I smiled back at him. “You don’t look so bad yourself.”
He laughed and ran a hand nervously through his neatened hair. “Well, I try.” He gestured to his car. “Shall we go?”
“Sure.” We headed down the drive together. “So we’re going to see a movie today?”
“If you like,” he said, opening the door for me; very chivalrous. “Your choice, ‘course.”
I settled in the passenger seat. “Isn’t The Dark Knight Rises supposed to be really good?”
Liam’s mouth curled up as he slid into the driver’s seat. “You like Batman?”
“Sure. I’m a diehard fan.” I’d actually only ever seen one batman movie, and that was when I was twelve, or something.
Liam laughed; sense of humour. “If you’re up for it, then sure.”
We talked casually on the ride to the cinema. It was a nice talk; we generally liked the same kind of music, the same type of films. There were a couple of awkward silences, but they didn’t last for very long. When we reached the cinema, we discovered we both had a thing for salted popcorn and M&M’s, which worked out well. As we waited in the dark for the movie to start, we discussed friends and hobbies; our choice in friends seemed sort of similar, minus the whole werewolf thing, obviously, but our hobbies were completely different. Liam liked sport and doing energetic stuff, while I’d rather kick back and watch a movie with friends.
The film was good- a little too much action and blowing up stuff for me, but then what had I expected? I was more of a rom-com girl, but I knew from experience that rom-coms and first dates only mixed well if you were looking for awkwardness.
After the film, we went to Nando’s for a quick bite, and discussed the film in detail, just like I would with Addie and Ruby-May. It was nice, to have an easy, care-free conversation, without werewolf/Vampyre topics cropping up.
Afterwards, Liam drove me home. The conversation lulled a bit, but hey, for a first date, it had gone well. As he parked the car, he chivalrously opened the door for me and walked me to the front door.
“Did you have fun?” he asked hopefully.
“Sure. It was great.” I smiled up at him, truly meaning it.
Liam looked pleased. “Good. Me, too.”
I stopped at the door, and wondered, for the briefest moment, if he was going to kiss me. “We should do it again some time.”
“Yeah. I’d really like that.” He grinned at me, casually mussing his reddish hair.
“Thanks for everything.” I rested my hand on the door knob, hesitating.
“No problem.” He smiled warmly. “So... um...”
|Victoria Justice||as Addie Varcolac|
|Avan Jogia||as Theo Moonstone|
|Dakota Fanning||as Luna|
|Sara Paxton||as Ruby-May Moonstone|
|Dougie Poynter||as Derek Varcolac|
|Xavier Samuel||as Alex and Jared Moonstone|