The Bet (18+)

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Chapter 53

“Why did you do that?!” I asked Damon as we walked back toward the table.

“Nice punch, man!” His buddy said as I glared at him.

Damon took his seat and finished off his beer in one long chug. He wouldn’t look at me and I felt as if we were right back to where we were just an hour ago. Fucking great!

Charlotte gave me a thin smile from across the table but I didn’t want her pity. I did this to myself.

“Damon, talk to me,” I whispered into his ear before he shrugged me off. Anger gripped my insides as I grabbed his chin and forced him to look at me. “What is your problem?”

He chuckled. “My problem? My problem?!” He screamed the second time as I flinched. “My girl has fucked every guy on campus, it seems!”

I felt like crawling inside of myself but knew that wouldn’t get me out of this mess. He was right. I had slept with lots of guys, but that’s not who I am anymore.

“That was before you,” I choked out.

Scoffing, he glared into my eyes. “Before or after the bet?”

The blood quickly drained from my face again as I gawked at him. He knew about the bet? Who told him? When did he find out?

“Damon,” I started but he just shook his head and pushed away from our table and headed for the exit. Fuck!

I ran after him and finally caught up before he entered the parking lot.

“Damon!” I shouted and grabbed his arm.

He shook me free but did actually stop and look at me. His jaw was tight and he was glaring at me with so much anger.

“Who told you?” I whispered.

He scoffed and shook his head. “It wasn’t you, obviously.” He tried to turn and walk away again but I stopped him.

“Please don’t walk away again! I won’t be able to handle it!”

Turning, he pinned me with his eyes again. “What the fuck do you want from me, Taylor?!” He shouted.

“I don’t want anything from you, Damon. I just want you!"

His gaze held mine, but I could see the anger flaring in his eyes.

“Why? Why me? By the looks of it, you can have anyone.”

I felt the tears threatening the back of my eyes but I swallowed them back. I wouldn’t let him see me cry again.

“I don’t want just anyone. I’m done with that shit!”

“And you making a bet to fuck me is being done with that shit? How do I know any of this is real?!”

My heart thundered in my chest. If I didn’t get this out, he’d never truly be mine.

“It’s more real than anything I’ve felt in my life. Why do you think I kept coming to you? Why do you think I wanted to keep you a secret? You’re the best damn thing to ever happen to me and I didn’t want to lose it because of my asshole friends and the choices I’ve made.” The tears were streaming now and all the power in the world couldn’t stop them. “Why didn’t you tell me that you knew?!”

“Because I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt thinking you’d tell me yourself!”

He had completely ignored everything I had said before mentioning the bet again. Was I losing him all over?

“I didn’t want to lose you,” I whispered.

He stared deep into my eyes as his jaw tightened once more. “Was it always about the bet?”

I shook my head. “Only the first time. Everything after that was because I wanted you.”

Running a hand through his hair, he blew out a breath, and glared at me. I mentally begged him to say something, anything, but he just kept staring at me without a word. I can’t lose him again.

Then the blonde barbie came running out of the club with her friend and right up to Damon.

“Hey, cutie! There you are! We’re ready to go and thought you might want a ride back since we brought you here.” She glared over at me and I wanted to punch that stupid look off of her face.

And what did she say? She brought him here? He came with her? My head began to spin and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to throw up or scream. Just when I thought I was getting Damon back, reality bitch slapped me in the face.

“Ohmygod,” her friend sighed out as she stared down at her phone. “Tommy was just arrested!”

Alarm bells went off in my head as I looked between her and Damon. I guess the officers got all the evidence they needed and went after him. My knees shook and I needed to sit down. My head was spinning even more and I knew I was about to pass out.

Damon quickly came to me and wrapped his arm around my waist.

“Can you bring us back to campus, Patsy?”

Without another word, Damon led me toward a black Lexus car and got into the back seat with me as the girls slipped into the front. And then we were off and I still couldn’t think straight. So much had happened tonight and now I wished I hadn’t drunk so damn much! Tommy has been arrested for rape and I knew it would only be a matter of hours before my dad called or came pounding on my door. Fuck me.

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