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Chapter 19

[Avery’s POV]

I didn’t need to lie. The last thing that I wanted to do was be one of those stupid girls who didn’t know what they’re feeling. I was falling in love with Colton…hard. In fact, harder than I could have imagined when I realized that I was jealous

He didn’t see me. He was too busy savoring the moment between him and his first love. I really thought that he was over her. He was in love with her since middle school for goodness’s sake! But how could I say that I was falling in love with him when I didn’t know him that much.

I walked away. Who the heck would stay after seeing that? I’m not a masochist. There was no reason for me to stay. I walked back to Emma’s side and joined her once again. I didn’t tell her what I saw. I just told her that I couldn’t find Colton and I’ll thank him for saving me tomorrow.

For once, I wished that Colton wasn’t the one who saved me from drowning. I wished it was Leon instead. Why? You wouldn’t see Leon snogging some girl out there.

Heck, how would I know? Maybe even Leon’s smooching someone right now.

I sighed at how Colton bothered me. Boys really were trouble.

[Colton’s POV]

I kept looking at Avery. The campfire literally highlighted her features. How could anyone be so…beautiful? I knew that I sounded like one of those cheesy guys in those girly television shows, but that’s what was going on inside me head and I didn’t know how to express it in words that’s why it came out like that.

Someone interrupted my thoughts by tapping my shoulder. I looked up and saw Andrea, the girl that I loved first and the girl that came between me and Ace. I didn’t know why I got angry at Avery for hitting her when she meant nothing to me at all.

Obviously, I wasn’t so sure about that. “May I talk to you for a minute?”

Eyeing her suspiciously, I stood up and we walked away from the others. Who wouldn’t think of her suspiciously? Firstly, she didn’t talk to me since she learned the truth about my brother being gay. And secondly, that’s just about it. We didn’t have any connection anymore even though we went to the same school. “What—“

“I’m sorry,” she blurted out before I could even finish my sentence.

“What?” Maybe I wasn’t just hearing things right.

She then repeated again, “Sorry,”

“Why are you saying this now?”

“I was wrong before. I regret it,” she explained then spoke the words that really blew me to shock. “I miss you,”

“You miss me?” I cleared. Why is she telling me this now? There were many opportunities for her to say this to me but she didn’t. I kept admiring her for a distance before Avery came.

Okay, maybe I still did have feelings for Andrea but there’s Avery. This was Bullshit. How could I choose between those two girls? Andrea was a sweet and charming girl. Avery? Well, she’s Avery, the person who tried to kill when I almost raped her before.

“Tell me, Colt,” so…we were back to nickname basis again? She reached for my hand and the touch of her skin on mine made me think of old times. “Did you love me before?”

“Yes, Andy,” I called her by her nickname again. I couldn’t resist this girl’s charm. Why? She was my first love. How could I be able to fucking resist her? But there’s Avery…. Damn it! Stop thinking about a girl when your first love’s in front of you, Colton! “I was,”

“Why didn’t you tell me?” she asked. “We were best friends before,” and that revelation blew me then and there. We were in fact best friends. Andrea, Ace and I were inseparable back then.

“I don’t know,” I sarcastically said. “Maybe because you were in love with my twin,”

“I was wrong, Colt,” and with that, she smashed her lips on mine. I couldn’t resist it. It was a dream came true. I never kissed Andrea before. I liked it. She was a good kisser indeed. But again, there’s Avery…Just to fucking stop myself from thinking about that girl who hated me, I kissed Andrea harder than I could have ever imagined.

I slipped my tongue into her mouth and she was too welcoming to let me enter. Our tongues battled for dominance, but unluckily, we needed air to live so we didn’t have a choice but to pull away from each other.

She grinned at me before whispering something in my ear. “My roommate’s still having fun here. Why don’t we continue this in my room?” and she dragged me to the direction of her room.

I didn’t have sex with a girl for a long time since the day I figured out that I was getting fond of Avery. And now, I’m going to do it again with the girl that rejected me for my gay twin.

I needed to admit, my mind wandered about Avery for the whole time.

And that’s when I realized the truth. Girls really were trouble.

[Avery’s POV]

“You know, yelling at your pillow and saying that you don’t like him makes you look crazy,” Emma pointed out. “And it will only strengthen your feelings for him more,”

She was right, I looked crazy and yelling at my pillow for almost an hour made me realize that I was really falling deeply in love with a sex addict. “I hate him!” I screamed with my face on the pillow. I punched the pillow again and again and I bet that it made me look crazier than before.

“Maybe Andrea attacked Colton and Colton couldn’t pull away because the girl’s too strong,” I didn’t plan to tell Emma about it, but she saw through my walls and knew that there was something wrong with me. I told her about what I saw and she accompanied me back here in the room for comfort.

“Please,” I sat up and looked at her straight in the eyes. “I bet they’re having sex right now,”

“Maybe they’re not,” she argued. “I heard that Colton stopped having sex with girls a few weeks ago. And I bet that it’s because of you.”

“That’s impossible!” I yelled at her. “An—“ I was about to pour my feelings out when a sudden knock on the door interrupted me.

“Come in!” Emma yelled and Leon, Leo and Ace barged inside the room.

“Guess what?” Leon asked us.

“What?” Emma and I chorused.

“Andrea’s roommate went back to her room only to find...guess what it is?” I was pretty sure that Ace was trying to be enthusiastic whilst saying this. I guessed that Leo ordered him to do it. Ace was a quiet guy after all.

“Just tell us,” Emma rolled her eyes at the boys. I would have too if I wasn’t too depressed at Colton.

“The girl found Andrea and Colton having sex!” and that bought me. I stormed out of the room without taking a glance at my friends.

I was right all along…even though I really hoped that I wasn’t.

I sat on the sand and stared at the sea. It was like I’m in a chick flick movie where a girl was heartbroken because the guy that she fancied didn’t feel the same way. How could Colton feel the same way about me? With that looks of his, he could have any girl that he wanted. No one could have wanted a girl like me. All guys wanted some sort of girly girl that’s sweet, preppy and could make the world rain with cupcakes.

And obviously, I wasn’t one of those girls.

Someone joined me and I didn’t take a glance to know who it was. The voice was enough or me to identify him, “Do you really like him?”

“Yeah, Leon, I do,” I admitted without looking away from the sea. “I’m such a hypocrite, aren’t I? I mean, falling in love with him, that’s insane,”

“Falling in love with someone isn’t insane,” he told me as he lay his back down on the sand and gazed at the stars. “What’s insane?” he paused then answered his own question. “It’s falling in love with the wrong person,”

After a minute, I found myself laying on the ground and joining him at the view of the stars. “I wish that we can choose who to love, and honestly, I would choose you to be that person,”

“That’s the thing,” he whispered. “We don’t choose who to fall in love with,”

“I know,” I sighed. “If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be out here getting all depressed about Colton,”

“I’ll help you,” he blurted out and looked at me dead straight into the eyes.

“What?”

“I’ll help you,” he repeated again. “Let’s make him jealous,”

[Leon’s POV]

“I’ll help you,” I said. “Let’s make him jealous,”

I would have regretted saying those words but when I thought of the future, I knew I would have never regretted doing something that would make Avery happy. It was obvious that Colton has a thing for her…like me. I didn’t know why he had sex with that Andrea girl but I could quite say that he didn’t mean to do it. Everybody could see that he’s in love with Avery. He stopped being a sex addict for weeks, and I’m not that blind to see that it was all because of this girl beside me.

Even though it kind of pained me to give away the girl that I like, it was all worth it. Avery’s happiness was all worth it. Even if I ended up getting hurt, it didn’t matter. In a relationship, there were people meant to get hurt, and I am one of them, and so was Ace.

Ace, he was obviously becoming a guy again. But I was pretty sure that he would like Avery to be happy too, even if it meant giving her up for his one and only twin.

“I can’t,” she told me. “I can’t use you like that,”

“You can. I’ll be happy to,” that technically wasn’t a lie. I could act all sweet with her even though it’s not real and it’s limited. But I needed to take what I could get.

I then saw a figure coming out of a room behind Avery. It was Colton. “Look,” I sat up and she sat up too. “Colton’s here, we better make this work,”

“No,”

“Yes, Avery. You can do this,”

“I will not use you!”

“Why are you so afraid of using me?” I asked her curiously. Surely, it wasn’t that hard to make someone jealous. Everybody knew how to do it! And another thing, I was giving her the permission to use me. Why did girls have to be so difficult?

“W-What if you fall in love with me?” she stuttered whilst looking at me directly.

I then brought my face closer to hers. “Trust me, I wouldn’t,” the touch of her lips on mine was enough to make me the happiest man on earth.

I wouldn’t fall in love with her. Why? It’s simple.

It’s because I already am.

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