Chapter 7

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**a couple days later, London charity event**

"Zack!" I yelled upstairs, "We're gonna be late!"

I put on my earrings and fixed my necklace.

"We're not gonna be late!" he called. "Nate picked up Tess and Luke and he's on his way now!"

Zack came trotting down the stairs, looking amazing in a tux.

"I thought Luke hated Tess?" I asked. Zack nodded.

"He does. Looking gorgeous, by the way," he said, giving me a peck on the cheek.

"Thanks. You're looking rather dashing as well," I commented. I honestly loved my dress. It was form-fitting and a lovely shade of elegant purple. It was strapless and went all the way down past my ankles. For shoes, I was just wearing a pair of purple stilettos.

"Babe, they're here," Zack said, snapping me out of my thoughts. We walked out to the car and Nate, Luke, and Tess were all in it. Zack hopped in the back and I hopped in the front. Nate and Luke were chattering away with Zack about something, but I honestly wasn't paying attention.

When we pulled up, it was all too surreal. The red carpet was out, and I was dying to walk on it. Then the paparazzi were here. It was just so unreal!

Nate and Tess got out of the car first, and I heard the fans screaming,

"NESS!"

It made me sick.

"Alex, you coming?" Luke snapped me back to reality. I took his arm and we started walking.

"Is that your girlfriend?!" one fan shouted.

"No," I replied, "just a really good friend. Nothing more."

We kept walking and
CLICK
*flash*
CLICK
*flash*
CLICK
*flash*

Finally we were past the awkward stage of it all. Now it was just reporters.

"Is this your girlfriend?" one guy asked.

"No," I replied again, "just really good friends."

Then we got away from everyone. I scanned for Zack in the crowd, and found him talking to a reporter.

"How would you describe love?" the reporter asked Zack.

"I think it's like...a blind man seeing the sun for the first time. I know, I know, it's a Twilight reference. My sisters read them, I swear!" he said. I smiled.

"I know it's hard for you," Luke whispered in my ear. I nodded and looked at Zack again. He looked at me and smiled tentatively.

I'm sorry, he mouthed.

I shook my head. Why was he sorry?
Luke and I made our way thought the crowd some more. I saw Lou and Ellie. I saw Henry. I saw Nate and...Tess?

Then I saw Zack and Tess again.
It looked like one man said, 'Congratulations,'.

What?

Luke and I kept walking around and saying hello. But something just didn't seem right. I also saw Mrs. Matthews (Momma M!), Mrs. Demers, and Anne, who was just the sweetest. Hmmm...I need to ask her something, I mentally noted. Then I thought back about how he looked at Tess...then me. He looked at her....

"And here you have it!" a British voice chimed. "First confirmation of the Zess relationship!"

Like a blind man seeing the sun for the first time. A hoarse cry escaped my lips.

"What's wrong?" Luke asked, stopping. My heart felt like it stopped. The realization hit me like a two ton brick.

"Zack and Tess," I said softly.

"And...?"

"Luke, don't play dumb. I know. The woman just bloody said it! Zack and Tess are together, aren't they?" I whimpered.

"Alex, I'm so sorry, I-"

My feet were moving before my brain had a chance to catch up. I'm pretty sure I lost a heel, but I didn't give a rat's ass at this point. I flew past the paps and ran to the street, Luke chasing behind me.

Cars.
Police officers.
Fans.
Cars.
Police officers.
Fans.
Paparazzi.

No. I wasn't stopping. The tears were flowing down my face rapidly, but I couldn't feel them.

Taxi, taxi, taxi....THERE!

I got into the first taxi I saw and started to bawl.

"Where to?" the cabbie asked.

"The Leischtershire Pub, please," I sniffled. I turned my head to look out the window when Luke appeared.

"Just leave me alone," I said. He left, sprinting. That was easy. The cabbie started driving, and before I knew it, I was at the pub across from our flat. I paid him and ran inside the flat, crying. I went into the guest room and sat on the bed.

"Why?" I whimpered. "Why? He couldn't have just told me to take a flying leap?"

Tears flowed down my face and onto my dress. I decided to go on Wattpad instead of just sitting around, miserable. I went on to read my favorite story. (Hey, don't judge. Once a fangirl, always a fangirl.) It was updated, thank everything holy. I finished the new chapter, and in the authors note read:

If it's true, congrats to Zack and Tess. ZESS 4 LIFE!

And that's when I really went ballistic. And only one thing went through my mind: Go back to your old habits, you sickening bitch.

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THIS IS BASICALLY WHAT GAPPENED (THE WATTPAD PART) WHEB I FOUND OUT. SO HOW'S SCHOOL? DO ANY OF YOU LIKE KINGSLEY THE YOUTUBER? I DO HE'S AMAZING AND ADORABLE AND STUFF. SO NUFF SAID. TTYL MY NUTELLA JARS
-L

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