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Love vs. Lust

Chapter 26

After another long kiss I finally agreed that Gordon could take me home. I didn’t want to go but I didn’t really have much of a choice, since I lived there. When we arrived at my house Cole’s car was standing in the driveway. I could tell that Gordon wasn’t happy about it from the expression on his face but he didn’t say anything. The idea of seeing Cole angered me and I had to stop myself from running into the house and screaming at him.

Gordon kissed me goodbye and promised to phone me later. I sneaked into the house and almost made it to my room without being seen.

“Can I talk to you?” I heard Cole’s voice coming from behind me.

“We have nothing to talk about” I replied without turning around, I wasn’t in the mood for another fight.

“Please Gabby, I love you” Cole begged, his voice cracking, making me feel a bit sad for him. Maybe he really did love me, but that still didn’t change the fact that I don’t love him.

I turned around slowly, taking a deep breath and trying to suppress my anger. He was standing a few feet away from me, looking at me with pleading eyes.

“Let me make it up to you, let me take you to the school dance on Friday night. It can be our first real date. I promise I won’t ever hurt you again” Cole pleaded. His words reminded me of the school dance which I had completely forgotten about. I was planning on asking Gordon to go with me on our way home but the kisses we shared totally clouded my mind.

“No Cole, I don’t want to go to the dance with you and we are never going to have a first date so please just stop asking” I replied.

“Please Gabby, don’t do this to us” he continued begging making me forget any pity I felt for him, he was really starting to work on my nerves, didn’t he understand  the word no?

“Look, I don’t want to sound like a bitch but you are really starting to piss me off and don’t tell me that I shouldn’t do this to us. Firstly, there is no us and secondly, you did this to yourself by lying. Now I am going to say this one last time, so listen carefully. I don’t want to go out with you, now or ever and I don’t love you so please just leave me alone” I said angrily. His eyes filled with hurt but I didn’t care, it was his own fault and the sooner he stopped begging me to take him back the better. He just stared at me like I had torn his heart out or something so I turned my back on him and made my way to my room.

Once I was inside I locked the door behind me and walked over to my cupboard. I took out my pajamas and quickly ran to the bathroom hoping that Cole wasn’t still in the passage. Luckily he wasn’t so I made it to the bathroom without any interruptions. I took a long hot shower and then went back to my room. My mom wasn’t home yet and I wasn’t really hungry so I just got into bed and laid down. I was a bit nervous about asking Gordon to go to the dance with me since I was sure that some of the older kids might recognize him.

I bit my lip as I picked up my phone and pressed dial on his name.

“Hi beautiful” he answered making me blush. He has never complimented me like that before and I really liked it.

“Hi” I replied smiling to myself.

“What can I do for you?” Gordon asked as if I might want him to come and rescue me again.

“Well, since you are asking, I was wondering if you would like to accompany me to my school dance on Friday night?” I asked, playing along. There was a short silence before he answered.

“I would love to” Gordon replied taking me by surprise.

“Are you sure? I mean, some of the kids might know who you are” I asked wanting to make sure that he really wanted to go.

“It doesn’t matter, I don’t care what they think. All that matters is that I’ll be going with you and that you accept me for who I am” he replied making my heart beat faster.

“Thank you” I whispered, unable to think of something better to say as my mind worked around the fact of how cute her really is. We spoke for a long while and I fell asleep to his singing again.

Thursday flew by quickly. Shelby and I were getting along fine and we spoke happily about the dance on Friday night. Reagan didn’t try speaking to us again and I somehow managed not to run into Cole which was a relief. Friday morning, Conner and I said our goodbyes to our mom and then left for school. It was going to be strange not having her around but in a way we were kind of used to it already since she was away on business a lot anyway.

“Conner told me that he asked you to the dance, I don’t blame you for saying no” Conner said on our way to school.

“Thanks, I guess” I replied, not sure what to say to that.

“I’m still going to be his friend but I’ll try my best to keep him away from you. I understand why you wouldn’t want to be with him after what happened” Conner continued. I just nodded my head, I always knew that they would stay friends so it wasn’t a surprise.

“So are you going to go to the dance?” Conner asked after a long silence.

“Yes” I answered hoping he wasn’t going to freak out when he heard who I was going with.

“With Gordon?” Conner asked but it came out more like a statement.

“Yes” I answered again, wondering if now was a good time to tell him that I agreed to be Gordon’s girlfriend.

“You know I don’t trust him” Conner said looking at me disapprovingly.

“I know, but it doesn’t change anything, he asked me to be his girlfriend and I agreed” I said figuring now was as good a time as ever. Conner sighed but didn’t say anything for a while. We drove in silence until we got to school.

“If that’s what you want, I’ll try to accept it but please just promise me that you’ll be careful” Conner said turning to face me.

“I don’t need to be careful, he won’t hurt me” I replied confidently. Conner sighed again shaking his head before smiling at me and getting out of the car.

As I made my way into the school I had to walk pass Cole’s car. I didn’t think much of it until I noticed that he was still sitting in it. I caught his eyes and he looked at me pleadingly. I almost felt sorry for him but not quite. This was his own fault after all so feeling sorry for himself was just stupid. I looked away without flinching and headed to my locker where I met Shelby.

I didn’t see Cole again for the whole day and by the time the final bell rang, announcing that school was out I was really excited. I never imagined that I would be excited about going to a dance but I was and I and I knew it was the fact that I was going with Gordon that was causing me to feel that way.

Since I was going with Gordon and Shelby was going with Walter we agreed that we would just meet up at the school. I drove home with Conner and immediately took a long hot bath when we got there. I didn’t want to waste any time since I wanted to look perfect.

When I was done I straightened my hair and then started applying my makeup. I put on much more then I usually did, wanting to look perfect. I applied dark grey eye shadow above my eyes, as well as eye liner and mascara making my eyes look smoky. I applied some light pink lipstick as well as lip gloss to finish off the look. Next I slipped into my little black dress and high heels.

I took a deep breath to calm my nerves before looking into the full length mirror on the inside of my cupboard door. I almost didn’t recognize myself.

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