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Pretend Love - Chapter 11

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Luke’s POV

I couldn’t sleep at all last night. I was so sure that Hailey would kiss me. Why didn’t she? I mean she was drunk enough to pull that seductive dance moves on me. I’ve never been rejected in my entire life. She has to be really stuck up to have had to avoid a simple kiss. That’s it. She’s just really, really stuck up, that’s all. I’m sure it’s not me. I can’t believe that one person could be so... so boring!

She really gets on my nerves that girl. Why can’t she just loosen up? And why was I so bothered by it? I really can’t believe she rejected me like that. No girl in her right mind would. Would they? Maybe I was losing my touch. I have been avoiding girls lately, a little too much... No, that can’t be it. What am I thinking? Why couldn’t I stop thinking?

Seriously, why did she reject me? How? Ok Luke, it’s time to face the facts, you can’t handle rejection. Not that it really was rejection, just her being stuck up. There was only one way to get over this.

I looked at myself in the mirror. "You are going to seduce the stuckup... right out of her!"

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Hailey’s POV

I couldn’t fall back asleep, as soon as I woke up and felt that terrible headache images of last night popped into my head. Did I kiss Luke? I remember the dancing and him turning me around, then nothing.

"Oh Hailey, what have you done?" I asked myself out loud. I couldn’t have. I would never do something like that. I’m sure of it, but then again I got really drunk, trying to prove to myself and everyone else that I was still the same Hailey as always, only a bit more...

I couldn’t take it anymore. I picked up my phone and dialed Luke. This was probably going to be the worst conversation ever.

The ringing stopped.
"Hello?"
"Luke, Hi."
"Well, well, if it isn’t miss ‘I can have fun too!’"
"I... I did go a little overboard, yes, I know."
"A little you say?"
"Luke... this is really uncomfortable, but... did we... kiss?"

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Luke’s POV

She couldn’t remember. That was a relieve, otherwise I probably would have heard about it every time I saw her. Wait, this could get real fun.

"Well, you couldn’t keep your hands off me."
"Oh my God... So we did?"
"Look I really didn’t plan on it, but who am I to say no to a woman whom so desperately wanted to kiss me."

There was silence for a while.

"Okay, well there’s nothing I can do about it now, but just know that I didn’t want to kiss you. I was really drunk and I... I was probably just... whatever! The point is that I didn’t mean to kiss you and I apologize, but it was obviously a mistake and I would appreciate it if no one finds out about this."

"Are you really going to blame this on the booze? Why not just admit that you find me attractive wanted to, how shall I say this... Get a piece of me?" I chuckled.
"Oh, you’re so full of it. I do so not find you attractive, not even a bit and I am blaming the booze, because that is the only reason I can think of that would let me kiss you! That and if I were to die and you kissed me!"

And with that being said she ended the phone call. She was really ticked off. It made me laugh. That was so fun. She must be regretting it so bad! That reminded me, I probably should get started on my plan to seduce her. It probably wouldn’t be that hard now, since she thinks that we already kissed.

I texted her to meet me at my house tonight for dinner with my parents. So I could get started with my plan and impress my father at the same time.

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Hailey’s POV

Oh no! Why did his parents have to choose tonight to invite me for dinner? I was so embarrassed... How am I going to face him? I wish I could talk to Janie about this. I can’t believe I did something so stupid, with Luke of all people!

I decided to wear a simple black knee-length dress with open toe pumps. I clipped my hair up and took a deep breath. This was going to be a long night.

Luckily Luke was still upstairs when I arrived, so I had a little time to calm my nerves. I talked with Luke’s mom while his dad got us something to drink.
"For the two lovely ladies." Luke’s father said as he handed us our drinks.
"Thank you Mr. H."
I felt a pair of arms circling my waist, then a kiss on my cheek.
"Hello my darling, I’m so glad to see you." I smiled at Luke, my stomach made a flip.
"As... am I."

Luke came from behind me and stood next to me putting his hand round my waist.
"What I don’t get a kiss?"
He was so deliberate! I smiled and gave him a really quick peck on his cheek.
"Of course you do." I smiled.

We moved to the dining room, Luke was too busy with his food to put too much attention on me, luckily, but then dinner was over and Luke’s parents suggested that we probably needed alone time so they would go to bed...

As soon as they were upstairs I grabbed my car keys.

"Okay, I should probably get going."
"Are you crazy? What would my parents think if they hear you leaving?"
"They won’t hear me leaving. The house is way too big to hear that far."
"That’s what you think. Just stay a little while, Please?"
"Okay, but only a little while!"
"Thank you. So what do you say we move this to the balcony?"
He pointed me in the direction and I started walking.
"Would you like a drink, maybe some wine?"
"I’d rather not, thank you."

We reached the balcony.

"Why not? Scared you’re going to kiss me again?"

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Luke’s POV

She blushed as soon as I mentioned it. She didn’t answer me right away.

"No. I’m not. Luke... I’m really embarrassed about that. I really didn’t mean to. I know you like rubbing things in my face, but could we please not talk about this? Ever?"
"Hailey, it was just a kiss. Why would you be embarrassed?"
"Please?"

The way she asked me made me soft. She was really embarrassed about it. Usually she would jump at the chance to fight with me, but now... she was different, she wasn’t as fiery as always. She was looking down, avoiding eye contact.

"Hailey, there’s really nothing to be embarrassed about, but don’t worry, I won’t mention it again."
"Thank you, Luke, and I really am sorry."
"It’s fine."

Well, that took the fun out of it. She really does regret that kiss. Why? It isn’t really that big a deal.
I watched her as we stood in silence for a while She was looking over the balcony holding her shoulders, looking so vulnerable.

I snapped out of my thoughts when I remembered why I invited her in the first place. I wasn’t going to seduce her by my usual way... This girl was old-fashioned. I had to make my move slowly.

"Wait here, I’ll be right back."

I came back with one of my hoodies and through it over her shoulders.
"There, that will keep you warm."
"Oh thank you, I was starting to feel a little chilly."
"Well, now you’re warm and it matches your outfit perfectly!"

She started giggling.

"I’m not so sure about that, but thank you."
"It’s my pleasure. Look I want to apologize for giving you such a hard time. I don’t know why I did..."

I knew exactly why. She was an uptight little thing that loved getting on my nerves and thinks that she is so... righteous...

"It’s okay, it’s not like I didn’t try to give you a hard time right back. I’m sorry about that, sometimes I just can’t help myself and yes you were right, I kind of did judge you a little, but... You seem to be different from what I thought. So, I’m really sorry."
"Apology accepted. Truce?"
"Truce." She said and stuck out her hand for a handshake.
"A handshake? Really? How about a hug?"
"Uhm... okay."
I moved closer and she wrapped her arms around me. We stayed like that for a while until she pulled back.

"Well, I can probably leave now?"
I cleared my throat. "Of course. I’ll walk you to your car."

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Hailey's POV

As I drove home I thought about Luke. He was so confusing. One moment he’s so annoying I want to kill him with my bare hands and the next moment he changes completely, and I feel bad for treating him the way I did. It was exhausting! At least we made a truce tonight. Now things would be much less complicated.
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Published: 12/24/2012
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