Facade

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Not giving up

THEA’S POV

“Damn girl, you’re going to turn some heads today,” Lily whistles as I step out of the closet in my dress for the after-party.

The liquid gold satin embraces my curves, falling all the way to the floor. Delicate straps hold the dress in place as the neckline dips low enough for a teasing glimpse of my cleavage. The backless dress falls around my figure like a waterfall, a slit running up my right side, showcasing my metallic gold heel clad leg.

I style my chestnut brown hair into soft waves, letting them fall over my shoulders, and finish off my makeup before turning to look at my best friend.

Donned in a white, off-shouldered dress that falls to her feet much like mine, she has styled her pin-straight pink hair in the simplest yet elegant way.

“Shall we go?” She mocks a bow and holds her hand for me to take. I link my arm with hers and we both set off for the evening.

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“I have missed you so fucking much!” I chuckle against Flynn’s tight hold, my laugh muffled by his suit.

“I did too.”

The fashion show went perfectly but the boys couldn’t make it so today, they’re here to join the after-party.

I ended up staying backstage for the entire show yesterday, not wanting to face Xavier but that will be hard today considering everyone’s gathered in here.

“Aren’t you supposed to be with Xavier, though?”

“Nah, I already met him before I came to talk to you.” Upon noticing the slight hesitation on my face, he softens his expression. “The guy did something stupid, didn’t he?”

I force a chuckle. “It’s alright.”

“No, it’s not. I’ll talk some sense into him and if needed I’ll smack them right in his head.”

My heart lifts at the sincere conviction in his pale green eyes and I give him a genuine smile. “You don’t have to do that. It’s fine, really.”

Flynn doesn’t look convinced but nods anyway, not probing any further.

I take the moment to glace beside me to the pink-haired girl only to see her eyes are glued to the blond across the room, talking to the very person I’m avoiding.

I give her a small nudge making her gaze shift to mine. “Go, talk to him.”

She bites her lips with uncertainty but I give her an assuring nod, letting her know it’s alright. Without a word, she moves through the throngs of people until she reaches Cole.

At that moment, my breath hitches in my throat when Xavier’s stormy eyes land on mine. His blank expression reminds me of the first time we met. The only thing I want to do right now is crawl under the blankets in my bed.

He glances away, breaking our stare and disappointment fills my chest.

“Can I talk to you for a minute?” I turn my head to the Asian boy standing in front of me, hands in his pockets and eyes trained on me.

I blink in surprise.

“I’ll leave you two alone,” Flynn answers before making his way towards the buffet table.

“Shall we?” Jason motions for me to follow him and I do until we’re climbing up a set of stairs and before I know it, we’re on the upper floor.

Standing at a vantage point, I look down at everyone who can be seen from up here, and yet nobody looks up because they are too engaged with everything going on around them.

“Why are we here?”

“I wanted to talk to you about something?”

“I’m guessing it has something to do with Xavier?”

He cracks a one-sided smile. I’ve never really talked to Jason before but he’s someone you can be comfortable around.

“The guy’s an idiot.”

“Flynn said something along the lines of that.”

His eyes shine with amusement. “I talked to him. I know I shouldn’t get between you two but you’re a good person Thea.”

“How do you know that?”

His body shifts until he’s completely facing me. “Because you chose him.” My eyes widen in surprise. “He’s pushing you away for reasons that are not mine to discuss. But as his friend, I’m asking a favor from you—don’t give up on him yet. He just needs some time.”

I shake my head. “I didn’t give up on him but I cannot go against his words when I promised I’ll respect them.”

He nods with a somber expression, eyes dark eyes softening. “I understand. You want him to choose you just the way you did for him.”

Again, his knowledge shocks me. His words hit home making me lower my head and clutch my eyes close to keep the tears at bay.

“Did I ever tell you that I’m an orphan?”

My head shoots up to meet his gaze but his stare is on the people down at the party.

“We’ve never really talked much before.”

He gives me a lopsided grin before averting his eyes again. “My Moms adopted me when I was nine. I remember watching other kids at the orphanage find a home, desperately wishing someone would do the same for me.”

“You wanted someone to choose you too.” My voice is barely above a whisper but he catches them.

“Well, I got my wish. Two amazing women took me in and raised me as their own. They chose me.”

“I’m glad they did,” I offer him a sincere smile. “But what makes you say Xavier will do the same? Looking at him, I’d say he seems to be moving on.”

My heart clenches in my chest as I watch a familiar blonde making her way to the raven-haired boy, capturing him in a tight hug. Blondie’s hands stay glued on Xavier and I look away. It feels like someone is twisting a knife in my heart.

“He isn’t.”

“And what makes you say that?”

“Judging from the glare he’s shooting my way, I’d say my plan will work sooner than I expected.”

My head turns to look at the direction Jason looking at but he moves in front of me before I can, blocking my view.

I crane my neck to look up at him in confusion. He smiles down at me. “Don’t look.”

“You’re giving him the wrong impression by standing like this, you know?”

“Then I guess my plan’s working.”

A smile breaks on my face and a few chuckles escape my lips.

“Thank you, Jason. For everything.”

“Anything for my friends.” My heart thumps at the fact that he acknowledged me as a friend, making my smile widen.

He discreetly sneaks a peak before hastily turning around again. “Here he comes. I’ll leave you two to it.”

Leaning down, he pecks my cheek before turning around to leave. On his way down, he nods once at Xavier who is almost halfway up here, before turning around to wink at me.

My gaze moves to Xavier as he approaches me.

“I thought you never wanted to see my face again?”

Seeing him hurts and I cannot hide it from my face. He doesn’t stop and instead stalks towards me until we’re an inch apart.

“Thea,” he swallows thickly, stormy eyes boring into mine, “I’m sorry. For everything.”

I don’t say anything, contemplating on what to do but him being so close is clouding my senses.

“I—”

His face moves closer, lips a hair’s breadth apart. I can feel the blood pumping in my veins as memories of our first kiss rush back to me.

“I want to kiss you.”

All the air leaves my lungs and my eyes widen to the size of the moon. I see the way his eyes darken as they land on my lips.

Not bothering with an answer, I press my lips to his.

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