The Bet (18+)

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Chapter 34

It took some work, but a week later and I was officially moved into Damon’s dorm room. He still wasn’t here and I hadn’t heard a word from him and my heart hurt. I missed him so badly, but being here in his room helped. It smelled like him.


I kept his bed in the exact same position and have had the best night's sleep ever. It probably helped that I bought a body pillow and snuggled it at night while I made myself think that it was Damon. It wasn’t even close but it helped.


Most of the people in the dorm building here wouldn’t even look at me. I’d been horrible to a lot of people and I didn’t blame them for not trusting me yet. I just hope they can come to realize that I’m not that bitch from Greek Row. I played the part for a long time, but it was finally time that I came out and showed everyone who I really was.


TJ was excited to have me in the building, but I think it had to do with him thinking he’d get lucky again. Fat chance, asshole. I was done with the old Taylor. She was gone.


I told him that I wouldn’t allow anyone else to stay with me, being that this was a two-person dorm technically, and he said that he couldn’t even if he wanted to. Apparently, Damon never officially left school and unless he stays away for six months, he’s still technically a student who lived in dorm 77. That gave me hope.


Someone knocked on the door but I was confused as to who it could be. I didn’t have any friends anymore. The girls flipped out when I told them what I was doing. They’ve been wretched ever since.


“Dad?”


My heart sank into my stomach as I stared up into his eyes. What the hell is he doing here?


“I didn’t believe it so I came right over. Tommy told his parents that you left the house and moved into the dorm rooms. I was also sent an email with your new room and board costs.” He marched into the room without an invitation as I shut the door behind him.


“Yeah, I- I was going to tell you about that, but-” I trailed off, not sure what to say to him. He wouldn’t understand.


“What’s going on with you lately, Taylor?” He asked, turning to glare at me. “You’re changing.”


I nodded. “Yeah, I am, and I love who I’m becoming. I couldn’t stay in that house anymore. It was fake and the person I used to be was fake.”


He scoffed. “You’ve been watching too many romance movies, haven’t you?”


“What?” That didn’t make any sense at all.


“Those movies and books always make the female character look strong and independent. Don’t forget where you come from, Taylor. The men take care of their women. Speaking of men,” he paused to inspect my room, “How is Tommy?”


I groaned. “I wouldn’t know,” I replied honestly, but when he whipped around, I jumped.


“We discussed this already, Taylor. I asked you to fix that. Why haven’t you?”


I wanted to tell him that there was someone else, but with Damon completely MIA, there was nobody. What do I say to keep him off my back?


“I’ve just been really distracted with my school work. It’s nearing the end of the semester so I’ve been studying. I’ll make up with Tommy.”


“Good,” Dad said as he straightened his tie. “At least I don’t have to pay that obscene amount of money for your room and board anymore.”


He walked toward the door and I followed him, thankful that he was leaving already.


But then he stopped and looked down at me. “Your mother was upset that you left her sorority. It wasn’t easy on her that her only daughter walked out on her legacy.”


I didn’t give a shit about her legacy at the house. I didn’t give a shit about any of that anymore. I only gave a shit about one thing and he was gone.


“Tell her I’m sorry,” I replied, hoping that would be sufficient enough.


“Hmm,” he stepped into the hallway and turned to tell me something more. His mouth opened and shut and then he looked strange before he turned and disappeared down the hallway. What the hell was that all about?


Whatever. He was gone and I hope he wasn’t coming back anytime soon. I crawled back onto the bed and stared out at the commons below. I had a bit before my next class and I much preferred to stay in here where Damon’s scent still lingered. I knew that wouldn’t last forever, but for now, I was going to enjoy it.


A/N: Well, Damon is still gone but at least she's in his room, right? Ugh. This story always breaks my heart. Still more to come. Working on more.

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