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8. A reply

The following morning, Lucas felt incredibly rough.

He hadn't managed to get much sleep. Grumbling to himself, he slumped down to his basement and worked through his skincare routine, determined to make himself look fresh and well rested even if he didn't feel it. As he combed his hair, his eyes strayed to his C.D player.

Setting his comb down as soon as he deemed his hair presentable, he crossed over to the C.D player and opened it up to look at the disc inside. He discovered that it was a mixed C.D, self-made by Josh.

Feeling sick, he closed the C.D player back down then skipped to track two and pressed play. On the surface, the song didn't sound as eerie as The Police's 'Every Breath You Take' but taking Josh's behaviour into account, the creep factor was still high. He closed his eyes and winced as the chorus played throughout his basement.

'Love me, love me

Say that you love me

Fool me, fool me

Go on and fool me

Love me, love me

Pretend that you love me

Lead me, lead me

Just say that you need me'

Filled with deep apprehension, Lucas skipped to the third song on the C.D Josh had made for him. It was a Dusty Springfield song, one his mum had always sang around the house when she was alive. He had always loved the song and he hated how Josh was tainting that for him now.

'It doesn't matter where you go or what you do

I wanna spend each moment of the day with you

Oh, look what has happened with just one kiss

I never knew that I could be in love like this

It's crazy but it's true

I only want to be with you'

Although he really didn't want to hear anymore of the songs his tormentor had burned onto the disc, Lucas knew that he had to. Reaching his finger out, he skipped to the next song, shuddering as the lyrics met his ears.

'I want you to want me

I need you to need me

I'd love you to love me'

Losing all enjoyment he had once held for that particular song, Lucas clicked to the next track. The sound of Blondie blared and for the first time ever, Lucas really listened to the lyrics and fully understood the stalker meaning.

'One way or another, I'm gonna find ya

I'm gonna get ya, get ya, get ya, get ya'

Hearing the first two lines was enough so Lucas skipped to the next track, his heart clenching and stomach churning when he heard the vocals of his beloved Lady Gaga.

'I'm your biggest fan

I'll follow you until you love me

Papa-paparazzi

Baby, there's no other superstar

You know that I'll be

Papa-paparazzi'

Skipping to the next song, Lucas's blood instantly ran cold as the music sounded. He wasn't too familiar with the song and it took him a while to remember what it was and who it was by, but the music and lyrics served to creep him out more than all the other songs combined.

'You let me violate you

You let me desecrate you

You let me penetrate you

You let me complicate you'

As the words of the song pounded through his eardrums and echoed in his brain, Lucas knew the Josh situation was rapidly getting out of hand.

There was no way he could deal with the other teen alone. He wrapped his arms around himself, wishing desperately that his boyfriend was there to comfort and protect him.

'I wanna fuck you like an animal

I wanna feel you from the inside

I wanna fuck you like an animal'

Stopping the music, Lucas took the C.D out and slipped it into a plastic case before tucking it into his messenger bag. It was hardly something he wished to keep.

Heading upstairs, he joined his dad for breakfast, hoping the older Benson wouldn't recognise his discomfort. Of course, James was a very attentive father and he could tell that something was bothering his son.

"Lucas?" He asked looking at him carefully and waiting for him to open up.

"It's nothing." Lucas sighed. As much as he wanted to curl up in his dad's arms and have him take care of everything, he couldn't allow his dad to find out what was going on.

His dad wasn't well; he didn't need to know about Lucas's current problems. "Have you taken your medication?" He asked.

"Don't change the subject." James told him sternly. "Tell me what's going on. Is it Blake? Is there some girly song he won't let you sing?"

"No, no not at all." Lucas answered. "But Coach Kennester is having me sing 'Defying Gravity' next Friday when we perform in front of the rest of the school." He smiled.

"That's the song Mr. Blake gave to James last year." He added upon seeing his dad's confused look.

"Oh, well that's great." smiled. "And again, it's off topic. What's the matter with you kid?"

"Well there's this boy." Lucas began seeing his dad's eyebrows shoot up. "He he likes me. But I don't like him and I'm not sure how to tell him that without"

"Hurting his feelings." James guessed and Lucas just nodded. "Look, I don't really know about this stuff kid. Gay relationships are completely different to straight ones. But you've got a boyfriend; does this other guy know that?"

"He knows." Lucas said. "And apparently he doesn't care. With Jensen away for a while he's trying his luck. I've tried to tell him I'm not interested but he just isn't getting the message."

"Well maybe you're dealing with this situation the wrong way." James suggested. "Is this kid out?" He asked and Lucas shook his head no.

"Then he's probably drawn to you because you are. He could be scared, confused or lonely. Perhaps all he really needs is a good friend. You can really help this boy out if you just be a friend to him. Little guys like you have to stick together."

"I'm not little." Lucas objected. "And this guy is hardly small and timid. I get the impression that you're picturing someone similar to me in your mind but that's not the case. He doesn't meet the gay stereotype. He's another big, strong and brainless jock."

"So he's just your type." James joked but faltered when Lucas didn't even crack a smile. "Lucas, when you say this guy is trying his luck, what do you mean? Is he hassling you?"

"I'm sure I'm just overreacting." Lucas lied.

"Maybe you're right. Maybe he does need a friend like me to help him sort things out. I'll talk to him and then I'm sure everything will be fine. It's nothing to worry about, honestly."

"Lucas?" James asked knowing his son wasn't telling him everything.

"I have to pick up Lizzy." Lucas replied collecting his bag and coat.

"You and me are gonna talk about this later, kid." James told him.

Leaving the house, Lucas checked the mailbox and found a letter addressed to Jennifer Benson.

Knowing that it must be a letter from Jensen, Lucas instantly felt better and clutched the envelope to his chest before placing it carefully in his bag to read later.

Getting into his car, he drove to his boyfriend's house to pick up Lizzy and take her to school.

"You're happier today." Lizzy observed.

"Yeah, I got a reply letter from Jensen." Lucas told her and she smiled asking what he'd written.

"I haven't read it yet. But I'll tell you when I pick you up ok. Now go on, get to class." He said pulling up at her school and watching her run off and join her friends, all of whom were boys.

~~~~

Arriving at Beach High, Lucas had to hurry or he'd be late. Moving quickly through the parking lot then through the school corridors, he was relieved to make it to French without running in to Josh.

Sitting beside Sakura, he put on his best French accent as he complimented her on her outfit and the new fire red streaks she'd added to her hair.

"Are you ok, Lucas?" Sakura asked after thanking him. "Jane told all the girls about the song Josh picked. It's just too creepy."

"I'll be fine." Lucas told her with false bravado, the thought of the C.D in his bag sending a shiver up his spine. "What else did Jane tell you?"

"Not much." Sakura answered. "Just that we have to spread the word that Josh's joined the choir" She said in a loud voice that caused everyone else to stare and their teacher to frown at them.

"And that us girls need to flirt with him next rehearsal." She continued in a whisper. "Lucas, what's going on?"

"He's just being a bully." Lucas shrugged. "That's the way he is."

"But why is he targeting you more than anyone?" Sakura asked. "And why did he join the choir?"

"I don't know." Lucas replied before responding to the teacher's question in French.

~~~~

That day, Tatia, Molly and Elena joined together to interrogate him about Josh all at once. He shook them off as best as he could but even Molly could tell he was hiding something.

Even Dean, Jake and Benny tentatively offered to listen if he needed to talk and said they'd beat Josh up if he needed them to.

Then Laura caught up with him and he led her outside to the bleachers during a free period so that he could talk to her properly.

Looking through his bag, he pulled out the C.D and handed it to her. She just looked at him, her expression clearly reading 'what the fuck?' as she waited for him to explain.

"Last night, I couldn't find Jensen's jacket." Lucas said causing Laura's look of confusion to deepen. "Then there was a knock on the door and I found it ripped to shreds on my doorstep."

"Sweetie, I'm sorry." Laura told him. "That sucks and everything but what does a jacket have to do with this C.D I'm holding?"

"The jacket was in my bedroom, I know I left it there." Lucas explained. "He broke into my room and stole it. He took some of my underwear too. And he left this C.D for me."

"Oh hell to the no!" Laura exclaimed. "You mean that mohawked moron has broken out of juvie?"

"Yes Laura," Lucas replied sarcastically. "Jensen broke out of juvie, snuck into my room, stole his own jacket then ripped it up and left it on my doorstep."

"Oh damn, you mean Josh was creeping around your bedroom?" Laura asked aghast and Lucas nodded.

"I'm sure of it. It must have been him." Lucas replied.

He expected Laura to fume. It looked like she was about to explode for a while, but then she just seemed far too stunned to actually chase Josh down and cause some damage.

He could see her mind processing everything he'd told her, not understanding Josh's reasons for doing such thing.

"He stole some underwear?" Laura asked sounding disgusted and Lucas nodded. "Lucas, what songs are on this disc?" She demanded to know as she looked down at the seemingly harmless C.D.

"Every breath you take." Lucaa listed.

"The stalker's anthem." Laura commented.

"One way or another." Lucas said. "Paparazzi. Closer to God by Nine Inch Nails."

Hearing mention of the Nine Inch Nails song, Laura launched to her feet, practically stampeding towards the school building, Lucas hurrying after her.

Even though the girl was his best friend and had once thrown a brick through the windshield of his beloved car, in that moment, Lucas was deeply afraid of her.

He simply followed her through the school, too scared to ask her to calm down as she tore down the corridors like an angry panther.

Finally, Laura located Josh with some of his football friends. She flung the C.D at him and it hit him in the chest. He looked up and actually stepped behind Zack when he saw Laura approaching, looking as though she was ready to snap his neck then tear his tendrils out with her teeth.

Marching up to the boys, Laura only had to glare at Zack for him to move, leaving her way to Josh unblocked.

She punched him in the eye, looking ready to aim another swing when Josh forcibly shoved her away from him.

She fell against Zack but quickly stood right again, punching Josh in the stomach as she shrieked at him, warning him to stay the hell away from Lucas.

"Calm down you crazy bitch." Josh told her grabbing her wrists to block her attacks. "Mr. Blake!"

He called out spotting the curly haired teacher who immediately rushed over to help.

"Laura, Laura, calm down." Mr. Blake said pulling the girl away. "Laura, that is enough!" He told her. "Gilligen's office, now!" He ordered before leading her away.

"You look cold, Benson." Josh commented as Lucas was left with the football jocks circled around him, his body trembling out of anger and fear.

"Wanna borrow my jacket?" Josh asked with a wink.

Not replying, Lucas looked about him for an escape route and quickly seized his opportunity when Zack stepped out of the circle, creating a gap.

He ran away, and even though none of them were chasing after him, he kept running until he collided with Dean and Elena, knocking the two blondes to the floor.

"Sorry." He apologised from where he'd landed on top of Dean.

"It's ok." Dean replied. A clicking sound went off and a flash attacked their eyes. "What was that?" He asked as the three helped one another to their feet.

"Asher Drayson with his camera." Elena answered. "The way you two landed, it looked a little sexual." She told them.

"You should prepare yourself for rumours to start spreading. All of us should. People will think you're cheating on Jensem," she said to Lucas.

"That you're gay," she said to Dean. "And that I'm your beard."

"I'm really sorry." Lucas apologised again.

"Don't worry about it." Dean shrugged.

"Why were you running down the halls like you were trying to escape Jane giving you a make-over?" Elena asked him.

"Josh." Lucas answered.

"I don't understand." Elena stated with her hands on her hips. "What is actually happening with him? And why has Jane ordered all of the girls in the choir to flirt with him next practice? This is getting ridiculous Lucas. Just admit you need help and tell us the problem so we can help fix it."

"Seriously, I don't even know the guy that well but I'm willing to kick his ass for you." Dean said.

"No," Lucas told him. "Laura took a few swings at him just now. Mr. Blake pulled her off and took her to see Gilligen. I don't need you to get into trouble for me as well."

The two blondes looked at each other, neither really knowing what to say or do.

"Maybe I could talk to Mr. Blake." Elena offered. "He was really good to me last year when I was having a tough time."

"He won't listen." Lucas sighed. "He never listens to anyone other than Brent."

"So let's talk to Brent." Dean suggested.

"He won't help." Lucas said. "Jane said she'll try and make him see sense but" He trailed off not knowing what to say.

"Then I'll talk to him." Elena said decisively.

"You're not his girlfriend anymore," Lucas pointed out. "Why would he listen to you?"

"Sweetie, I'm the Head Cheerleader again." Elena reminded him. "That automatically restores my popularity. I've been working hard to restore my reputation and I'm nearly back on top. Even if he doesn't admit it, Brent cares about being popular. Since I'm popular again I'll have a better chance of persuading him to help than Jane. The fact that I'm his first love also works in my favour."

"Have Tatia help," Lucas told her. "She took his virginity. She has power over him too."

Nodding, Elena walked away, hands on hips and people parting for her as she prowled through the halls.

"Are you sure you're ok?" Dean asked him resting a hand on his shoulder.

"Fine, thank you." Lucas answered and the big-mouthed blonde gave him a weak smile before pulling him in for a comforting hug.

Another click and flash went off as Asher Drayson took another photo of them together. Lucas pulled away from Dean hoping that Josh wouldn't hurt him when those photos were posted over Asher's blog.

~~~~

Finally, Lucas found some alone time during his lunch break and took refuge in the choir room so he could read the letter.

Dear Jennifer,

The only comfort for me here is counting the days till I'm a free man again. Thinking of you keeps me going when things get kinda rough. Some of the dudes in here aren't the type you wanna mess with. Don't worry though, I'm keeping my head down and I'm getting by. It sucks, but I'll deal. Then as soon as I'm out, I'll sure as hell make up for the lost time, babe.

Stick close to the choir kids. Don't be too proud to ask for help if you need it. I couldn't handle it if something bad happened and I wasn't there to protect you. Just be careful and try and keep out of Josh's way. I promise that whatever happens, I'll sort it when I'm out.

I'm sorry that I disappointed you, babe. I really did mess up this time. But being in here, it's given me time to work on my guns and my abs some more. I'm gonna be even hotter when I come back, you won't be able to resist me, not that you ever could. Also, being away from you for so long, it really makes me realise just how much I love you.

You don't have to explain why you're not visiting me. I get it. But I don't care. Seeing your beautiful face will be worth getting my ass kicked. So please, think about coming to see me. I don't care what the dudes in here think.

I miss you and I jerk off over you every night. See you in my dreams, baby.

Love Jensen xxx

With a wistful sigh, Lucas folded the letter back up, his mind on his boyfriend. Closing his eyes, he wished with everything he had that Jensen would be let out soon.

"Letter from your boyfriend?" Josh asked from the doorway and Lucas leapt to his feet. "Well, aren't you gonna tell me what it says?"

Not giving Josh the satisfaction of a verbal response, Lucas simply glared before grabbing his bag and preparing to move past him.

"Hey, give that back." Lucas snapped when Josh took the letter.

"How sweet." Josh said mockingly. "Oh, whoops." He said as he tore the letter in half.

"You jerk." Lucas replied shoving the larger teen in the chest then smashing his fist into his nose.

With a few quick movements, Josh had Lucas pinned up against the wall.

"I heard about you and Blondie." Josh remarked. "How's Jensen gonna feel when he finds out you've been cheating on him?"

"I haven't cheated." Lucas insisted.

"Funny, all anyone can talk about is what a whore you are." Josh sneered at him.

"Excuse me, what's going on?" Miss Blake asked as she walked towards them, looking nervous and intimidated but determined at the same time.

Josh released Lucas and stepped away with his hands in the air.

"Just practicing a new dance routine for the choir." Josh told her.

"Lucas, is that true?" Miss Blake asked clearly not believing the jock.

"No." Lucas admitted glaring at Josh. "He was bullying me."

"In that case I think we ought to take this to Principal Gilligen's office." Miss Blake said.

"But Miss, Lucas punched me in the nose." Josh told her gesturing to the little dribble of blood falling from his nostril.

"He hit me first; I just acted out of self-defence." He smirked knowing that he couldn't really get in any trouble.

"Come with me, Lucas." Miss Blake said gently holding her arm out to him and then guiding him away. It took a lot of effort for her to remain professional and not glare at Josh, but she just about managed it as she escorted Lucas to his next class.
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