TASTE ( Stark and Stone #1)

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19: Collision of lives

ADELYN’S POV

I am at a typical high school party, where kids don’t know what they are drinking or eating and grinding against anything that is moving. There are all sorts of scandals happening in front of my eyes. I just caught a guy trying to slip a molly in a girl’s drink, turns out she told him to do it. I’m surprised amidst this chaos there is no sign of Ashley and Hannah.

Yesterday’s events took a toll on me. I spent my night turning and twisting in bed without any sleep. I ignored Alastair for the rest of the night and left him unsatisfied. That man can make love to himself because I’m not doing that after how he chose her over me. Lily and Alastair were running through my mind like a disease I can’t get rid of. Above all, the curiosity of what Lily wanted from him was something that was troubling me. It felt more serious and intense than a usual “miss-my-ex”. It was all driving me insane.

So, I needed to get out of the house and spend my time with people I don’t care about much. I look around and there are red cups, of course, filled with booze being passed around and the music is so damn loud that it is enough to turn us all deaf. I hate it and I’ve already lost my one friend Gina to some guy he was trying to impress.

I excuse myself from the conversations with a bunch of cheerleaders which no longer interests me. I notice Emeric leaning against the wall, drinking shamelessly straight from the vodka bottle. His eyes stop at me and give him a moment to admire me before making my way towards him.

“Where is your girlfriend Ashley and her toxic version?”

I take the vodka from his hand and put it back on the table. He shouldn’t be drinking so much.

“Ashley is not my girlfriend. We hook up sometimes, we went out for a month or two. We don’t do labels but I don’t mind calling you my girlfriend. I think we had fun in the car. Anyways, they always arrive for the after-party.”

I think he has a high alcohol tolerance because he sounds completely sober to me.

“You make it sound as if you gave me more than just ride home in your car. Stop dreaming. You are not my type.”

I give him a once over and shook my head in disapproval. In seconds, he turns me around and presses me against the wall. He puts his hands on my waist and I loosely circle his neck with mine.

“I am everyone’s type. I could have given you more if you have asked for it. I’m at your service.”

His grey eyes were focused on my lips and as he moved forward I turned my head and his lips met my cheek. He pulled apart a little and then his lips kissed my neck and my eyes closed in impulse just like it did when Alastair kissed me there.

Alastair! Oh my god. What the hell am I doing?

“I have to go. Don’t drive okay, I don’t like you much but I don’t want to see you dead.”

I push myself away from him and before he could stop me I was running out of the house and into the much needed fresh air. I leave a text message to Gina letting her know that I’m leaving. I unlock my car and pull it out of the driveway.

As I’m pulling into my house street, I notice a car parked a few houses away from mine. I cut the engine and see my mother in the passenger seat with a man who was not Grayson.

The man in the driver’s seat was facing my mother so I couldn’t see his face. I was on high alert because this was the second time I caught my mom with another man. Even if this man was a friend, there was no need to have a conversation inside a car in the middle of the night.

Finally, they hugged and the man turned his head to check around.

I gasped out loud as if someone has punched me in the gut. What the hell was my mother doing with this man? Why would she betray me like that?

My mother opens the door and gave a goodbye wave to him before closing it. I duck down as I car passes through me. What the fuck was he doing in this town?

I have so many questions running through my mind and only one person can answer them all. I saw my mother slipping through the front door and shutting it softly behind her. I start the car and park it in the driveway.

Two more cars were parked which means Grayson and Alastair are both insides. I took forceful steps towards the door and make a beeline towards my mother who is in the kitchen sipping some wine.

“Mom!”

“Oh my god, Adelyn. You scared me. How was the party, honey?”
Her hands were slightly shaking when she settled the glass back on the counter.

“Well, let’s push aside these unnecessary questions and talk about the real deal. Did I just saw you with Harold Fox? Don’t even try to cover it up with an excuse because I think this is the second time I saw you with him. So tell me, mom, what is so important that you had to accompany yourself with that asshole.”
I was reeling by the time I was finished and I don’t care if I was louder than usual. My mother calmly took a sip and then her eyes connected with my enraged ones.

“For the sake of my sanity answer the questions, please.”
I was being pathetic. Behind all the rage was the fear of the unknown. She was hiding something from me by involving people who have almost ruined me.

“Keep it down. No one needs to know about this.”
My mother stood up and tried to walk towards me. I stopped with my hand and folded my arms against my chest. I won’t let her sweet talk out of this.

“I am this close to losing it if you don’t get to the point directly and immediately.”
My breaths were coming short and fast. I might be on the verge of having a heart attack.

“Okay, fine. I have hired Harold to get a hold of your father’s company.”
I stared at my mother in shock. Out of everything I never thought about this scenario.

My father’s first and last love is his company which is still more dear to him than his own daughter. He will die if anything happened to that company and here my mother is on the road to destroy him by hiring the best corporate lawyer in the damn state.

“W-Why? Why are you doing this mom? We are happy without him. We don’t need anything from him.”

My mother's gaze was fixed on something else. She was lost in memories of the past just like I get sometimes.

“You don’t know anything Adelyn. I married your father when I was young and so much in love with him. He was so amazing to me but gradually everything changed. We had you and I thought that will make us close again as a family. He grew more distant day by day devoting his time to his company rather than his newborn. I was always angry with him but I also loved him. He destroyed me for any other man. I don’t think I will ever be able to love Grayson even though he takes such good care of me, unlike your father. I want to ruin your father as he ruined me. I will take away the most important thing to him without care and watch him suffer.”
I don’t want to believe what my mother was telling me but I saw the angry purpose in her eyes. She was determined to ruin him. Even if he was never a good father to me he doesn’t deserve something like this.

“If you love me you will not utter a word about this to anyone, especially not to your father. If you did, just remember, your mother will be dead to you and don’t forget all the secrets I’m still hiding from your father.”

I stood still as if she had slapped me. If my father ever found out what I did, he will disown me and I can kiss my trust fund goodbye too. I think he might kill me.

“M-mom please.”
She ignored my plea and down the whole glass of wine in one go.

“Why Harold? Why not anyone else? You know what Fox’s are capable of.”
They are sharks who will eat you alive. They are the most untrustworthy people I’ve ever met and my father’s biggest enemy.

“You already know the reason. You cannot take down a powerful man like your father alone. I need them. You should go to sleep now. Go to your room, honey. Goodnight. We might have some guests tomorrow. I think there is no point of meeting in shady cars anymore”
I did what she told me to do and soon as she dismissed me. But there was one word that I couldn’t get out of my head, them.

Them.

Which only means that my past and my present are about to collide and if I know my luck, it is going to be disastrous.


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