A/N: Thanks to 'The Light' for pointing out my grammar mistake. You're right, it did sound like the house was smiling. I meant that the people in the picture with the house were smiling, but I forgot to add that in. I hope that makes more sense now.
- One -
Another school year was quickly coming to a close and Raye paced her bedroom panicked over how to get Lucas to forget Sarah. It had been months since they had split and yet he was still unable to move on.
Raye had tried everything she could think of to erase Sarah from his memory. She had tried parties and outings; signing them up for tennis tournaments. She had tried talking it out and ignoring it all together but somehow she was still planted firmly in his mind.
She picked up the phone and dialled Lucas' number from memory hoping that she would be able to think up a new way to draw his attention away from Sarah.
"Luke? It's Raye. Can you meet me at my house, there's something I need to ask you."
"Now? I'm kind of in the middle of something."
"Yes now, it's important." She looked at herself in the mirror. "Please." She pleaded.
"Well I guess if it's really that big a deal then okay. But Raye, if I get there and the big emergency is you want to know if you look better in pink or purple I'm not going to talk to you for the rest of the school year." He said knowingly.
"I swear it's not. Just please come."
"I'll be there in 10." He said and hung up the phone.
Raye resumed her pacing and wrung her hands in anticipation of his arrival. She usually knew exactly what to say and do, but this time she was unprepared. All she knew was that she had to see him.
She pulled back the curtain over her window and looked out at the grounds in front of her house. The property was vast, surrounded by trees on all sides. A paved road led from the driveway to the front gate and Raye couldn't help but feel alone. Their house and property were beautiful and they had been photographed with it numerous times for various magazines but she had always felt that the photographers missed the real picture. Just because they smiled in the picture didn't mean they were happy.
Raye shook the thoughts from her mind as she released the curtain and headed downstairs. She exited the front door and scanned the grounds for a spot of grass to sit on. She began walking toward it and startled herself when she thought she saw a shadow move.
"Hello?" She called out. "Is someone out here?" She waited for a reply but none came.
The eerie silence made her heart pound faster but she convinced herself that it was all in her mind. The shadows had played tricks on her since she was a child and she knew it was just her imagination running wild.
"What are you doing?" A voice came from overhead.
"Oh, Luke… was that you in the trees before? You almost gave me a heart attack."
"I don't know what you're talking about. Here," he extended his hand to help pull her up. "So what was so important that you needed to talk about?"
"And Sarah." She added as an afterthought.
"Not this again. Raye I told you to drop it. Get over it already." He was becoming tired of this same conversation. He was beginning to run out of ways to tell her to give it up.
"I will when you do."
"Why are you still hung up on her?"
"Because I love her." He said sadly.
"Well you need to stop because she doesn't love you. I heard she's going out with Colin now." She didn't mean to say something she knew would hurt him but he needed to know the truth. She was worried that Sarah would forgive him and they would reconcile but fortunately she had moved on.
"Why?" He put his hands over his ears. "Why are you trying to hurt me? Why can't you just leave me alone?"
"Because I care… too much maybe. I can't stand seeing you like this. This isn't you."
"Then who is it? I'm not the same person I was before. Sarah broke up with me over a lie. It's just a misunderstanding. Someone did this to me on purpose and I need to know why."
"No, you need to put it in the past." She needed to convince him to let it go.
"You just don't understand. How could you? You've never been in love." He looked away from her knowing his statement had to hurt.
"Never been in love, are you serious? Do you not know me at all? How can I get through to you? I've tried everything I can think of to get you over Sarah and do you know why? For me." It was more honest than she was planning to be but maybe if he knew she could finally have what she wanted. "I want you for me. That's why I keep bringing it up. That's why I want you to forget her. I want you to notice me. I want you to love me because I… I… because I love you, you idiot." She threw her arms around him and began sobbing into his chest. "You're so stupid."
"Raye… I… I never thought… Imean…" Shock was the easiest way to describe his thoughts.
In the two years he had known her he never thought she would feel that way about him. He never thought of himself as the kind of guy she would like and thus dismissed any feelings he might have had for her a long time ago. But seeing her now, crying in his arms, he just didn't have the heart to tell her.
- Two -
The horrors of high school drama, Nathan thought to himself as he watched from the shadows. It felt like a lifetime ago when he had been a teenager stuck in emotional warfare. He didn't envy them as he watched them awkwardly attempt to sort out their lives.
Nathan snuck on to the grounds earlier that morning with the sole intent of capturing Raye. But his plan was more complicated in execution than in theory. The place had more guards than the White House and each entrance was under heavy surveillance. It had amazed him that he was even able to make it in at all. But he had. And he thought his opportunity had finally come until the boy showed up. He watched hoping he would leave and he would have a second chance but no such luck. They were deep in conversation and it didn't seem they were going to be finished anytime soon.
Resigned, Nathan decided to call it a day and figure a way back off the grounds. Now that he knew how to get in he wasn't worried about coming back another day. He would take her when everyone was least expecting. He would get his money and live the life he deserved. His only concern was making sure Eric stayed distracted long enough to forget about their partnership. Even thought it was originally Eric's plan, Nathan felt ownership over it now… and he wasn't into sharing.
Well, I finally managed to find time to write another chapter, but I'm not really sure I like how it came out. The problem I think is that I have already written the chapters for September to January (previously A Sister's Love) and now I have to come up with something to fill in the rest of the months. I know my updating for this story is kind of slow but it's not as much fun to write this story as it is to write my other ones. I am continuing the story though, just be patient with slow updates.
Oh, and please read and review The Guidebook to Love. I really love writing that story but it hasn't gotten as many reviews as I had hoped. I would really love some more feedback for that story. Thanks.
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