Theodore

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"I don't like parties without Theo." I pouted, as Mara rolled her eyes.

"You can't not live, Han."

She thrust some black jeans in my direction as I groaned, wishing I could just fly to Theos dorm room and hide out with him forever. I texted him whilst Mara fixed her make up in the mirror.

Mara is dragging me to some shitty party. :(

He replied instantly, as I felt a smile spread across my face.

I've had to pay Billy to take his entourage somewhere else tonight. I'm tired and don't want to be woke up at stupid o clock. Don't look fit- Well- Don't try. Don't have fun. Use your knee if required. Text me when you are home. X

" 'Bring a bottle and be prepared to have fun!' Sounds good." Mara read out from her phone, as I groaned inwardly.

"Which means shitty party games and pissed up guys trying to cop a feel. Remind me again why you want to go?" I asked flatly, as I yawned, not feeling at all in the mood.

"Well you never know."

"Sorry?"

"I might meet Mr Right!" She exclaimed as I frowned.

"But I thought you were into Ryan?' I asked, perplexed. She sighed as she wriggled into her boob tube, which clung to her figure beautifully.

"God, I am. He's just...not that interested. He never texts me back or speaks to me. It's just, meh, I guess."

I was pretty sure Ryan liked Mara, and found it bizarre that he would take her number then play it cool. I wasn't overly aware of how he operated with girls; I tended to keep out of it.

"So you think you'll find someone at a party." I frowned, as I pulled on a long sleeved t shirt, loosening my curls as I dabbled lip gloss on.

"Not with you looking like that." She groaned, giving me the evil eye.

"Babes, I'm so happy it's crazy. I couldn't care less about these other guys."

"I guess. Well, you can help me find one." She chirped happily, as I laughed to myself.

An hour later I found myself in a rather beautiful house on the outskirts of town. It was being thrown by a girl called Ellen who had recently moved here. As I examined the marble staircase that led to not two but three different hallways, I began to feel anxiety for the owners. Did they realise a load of teens were currently smoking pot and inhaling vodka on their decadent sofas? Or that people were skinny dipping in their stunning pool? The music was stupidly loud, and I tried to avoid that room as best as I could, given that I valued my ear drums.

"Here you go." Beamed Mara as I stared at the drink in my hand, scrutinizing it carefully.

"What the fuck Mar, its blue." I grimaced as she knocked hers back, winking at me.

"Its hawaiian punch. Try it."

I sniffed it first, the pungent scent of alcohol making me feel immediately nauseous.

"Are there even any mixers in that?!' I groaned as I raised it to my lips. I took a sip, wishing I had listened to my instincts the first time. "Its like rocket fuel."

"But it will get us drunk!" Mara clapped, as she swung her hips to the music.

"Wonderful."

I followed her as we walked through the crowd, my anxiety easing somewhat as I saw quite a few of my brothers friends here. I frowned as I tugged on Maras arm.

"Right, so those guys over there know Ryan. What are they doing here? They are way too old to come to a teen party." I frowned suspiciously as she shrugged.

"They are like what, three years older than us? Four?" She wrinkled her nose as she gazed at them, now as perplexed as I was.

"Hmm. I'll ask Ryan." I shrugged, pulling out my phone as she suddenly gripped my arm.

"Oh Jesus. Don't text him, he's here." She squeaked, as I lifted my eyes to see my brother walk towards the others with another guy I didn't recognise.

"We need to go over there." I decided, as she gripped my arm with terror.

"No fucking way, he will think I'm stalking him."

"Fine. You wait here. I'll be right back."

I made my way over as his friend nudged him, nodding at me before looking away. Ryan turned to see me, frowning slightly as he looked around me.

"Han? What are you doing here?" He asked, clearly bewildered.

"I was going to ask you the same thing."

"Ricky's little cousin is throwing the party. She asked us to come to make sure theres no trouble." He said softly, lifting a bottle of water to his lips. I glanced over at the guy beside him, who was scanning the crowds with an air of authority.

"Ah...makes sense." I smiled, as I stole the water from him. "Sorry, the alcohol tastes like shit." I offered as a way of explanation.

"Keep it." He waved at me, as I noticed him searching the room.

"I'm here with Mara." I said tentatively, as I watched him carefully.

"Mmm."

"I thought you liked her." I tried, as he shrugged, giving nothing away. "Ry!"

"Han, I've gotta watch the dicks at this party. If anyone offers you anything, let me know straight away. Ok?"

"Fine." I huffed, as I walked back to where I'd left Mara. She was watching us from behind a pillar as I sighed.

"No news. Other than the fact he is here as some sort of bodyguard."

She sighed dreamily as she gazed at him, knocking back more of the vile drinking her hands.

"I bet he only goes for Instagram models or some shit." She commented sadly, as I sighed with irritation.

"Well, forget about him. If he's stupid enough to not see how gorgeous you are then he doesn't deserve a chance with you. Let's find you someone else."

I scanned the crowd, my eyes falling on a familiar mop of dark hair and crystal clear grey eyes. My heart fluttered in my chest as I bit my lip, before turning to Mara.

"Jax is here."

"Oh yeah, like I'm ever going to go there after he told you he has always held a torch for you. Nope."

I shrugged as I continued to sweep the room, as I noticed another familiar face, but this time he was walking over to us, his eyes locked onto mine as I cleared my throat.

"What about this one..." I murmured, as Mara began to smile widely.

"Yes. Hell yes." She repeated as she finished her drink.

"You finally made it to a party." He smirked at me, as I grinned back at him.

"Edward, meet Mara. Mara, this is Edward. He's on my course."

His eyes flickered over to her with interest as she smiled flirtatiously.

"Hi." She breathed, as he gave her a small smile.

"Hello there. I don't think I've seen you around at college."

"Ha, you have. I walk by you most mornings."

I stepped back slightly as he smiled as her, an amused expression on his face.

"Nah, I'd have remembered you."

She blushed as she held up her glass, tapping it with her fingernail.

"I need another drink. I'll be right back." She smiled, as she walked towards the punch, her hips swaying as he watched her leave.

"Mara is amazing. I don't even know how she is single to be honest." I gushed, as I sipped my water.

"She's attractive. But not as attractive as you." He shrugged, as I almost choked. Was he being serious?

"Edward-"

"I know. You're with someone. He's a very lucky guy."

"I'm a very lucky girl." I snapped back, irritated that he was actually trying to make a move. "Excuse me Edward, I've got to watch paint dry."

His eyes widened in disbelief as I walked away, heading for the direction my brother was in last.

"Hey. You Ryan's sister?" A gruff voice asked at my elbow, as I turned to see one of the bodyguard crew eyeing me carefully.

"Yeah, why?"

"If you're looking for him, he's outside." He nodded to the patio doors, and I smiled gratefully.

"Thanks."

I'd finished my bottle of water, and I left it on a table filled with empty glasses. I really didn't feel like drinking, and after Edwards little show I just wanted to go home. I saw Ryan, looking angry as he had a heated conversation with someone I couldn't see. I stepped closer, to see him speaking in a low tone.

"So what, I don't fall at your feet so you come to a party dressed like that, hoping to get laid? You're only going to attract dickheads."

My ears pricked up as I froze, waiting to hear the response. It was muffled, but it was unmistakably a girls voice. Who was he talking to? I craned my neck to see if I could catch a glimpse of the mystery girl, when I heard him speak again.

"It wouldn't work. I'm not the kind of guy you want to be involved with." He said softly, as I frowned. What did he mean by that?

Suddenly I saw Mara walk away from him, shaking her head as she did. I jumped back, hoping she wouldn't see me.

"Mara, wait." He called, as she stopped, turning to look at him.

"What Ryan? You've said it. It wouldn't work."

I could hear the wobble in her voice as he gazed at her, the adoration clear in his eyes.

"You deserve better." He said softly, as he walked towards her. "But don't think that means I want you any less."

My heart soared for her, as I began to grin manically.

"Why wouldn't I want to be involved with you?" She asked, as his fingers brushed against hers softly.

"I'm not law abiding, shall we say. I don't want you involved in my world. We need to just be friends."

My eyes widened so much they almost fell out of my head. I mean, I knew my brother had some bad friends, but I didn't think he was part of any of that. I swallowed as I watched Mara walk up to him, his arm instinctively going around her waist as she did.

"Fine. Let's be friends, Ryan."

I wasn't sure if they were going to kiss, so I turned and walked back into the party. My head was reeling as I considered his words. I saw Mara marching back over to Edward, as my eyes flew back to that of my brothers. He was watching her with a cold stare in his eyes, his fists clenched by his sides. Suddenly his eyes darkened, and he strode into the party. I felt paralysed with fear as I watched him walk over to his friend, muttering something in his ear. I watched as Mara slid her arms around Edward's neck, as he dipped his head towards hers. Ryan watched as their lips met, before he walked out of the party, the door slamming behind him.

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