❝ I don’t think I’m capable of retaining so much material. Yes, company is great. I was just going out to get some food. ❞
I don’t know about you, but I pretty much forget everything the second after I finish the exam. So The Grill then? You know, this town could really use a few new restaurants. I’ve only been here a few weeks and I’m already getting sick of that place. I don’t know how you can all still stand it.
❝ I feel like I need some fresh air. ❞
❝ I’ve been studying for far too long. ❞
I know how you feel. I’ve been stuck in my room studying for so long I’ve almost forgotten what the sun looks like. Want some company?
It wasn’t fair that he was putting Victoria through his shit storm of a life. He knew Vic would be worried about him, just like he would be on the verge of a mental breakdown if he ever saw her in the state that he was currently in. So, for the benefit of the beautiful girl he sat with, Lucas promised himself to keep his cool, and just enjoy the time he spent with Victoria. She had stayed at his house before, but not alone. Allison and her had crashed here, as well as a sort of hang-out-sleepover with Allison, Adam, Victoria and him when his parents were out of town. Right now, as much as the thoughts of the complicating information was swirling in his head, their sleeping arrangements had made it’s way into his head too, and he tried not to think to hard on the subject.
His side went cold when he dropped his arm, and he tried not to miss it, until Victoria completely turned to face him, resting her delicate hand against his leg and he didn’t let himself look down at it, knowing that if he focused on the feel of it, it would probably end up in a very embarrassing situation. Lucas looked at her with endearment and placed his hand on her cheek, smiling at her. “I’m sorry for what happened tonight.” He said softly, and tried to think of the right words to use that would explain what he had found out. He knew how mad he got to be left out in the dark by all this information, so should he be leaving Vic out too? “I found out some stuff that can’t be possible, Vic. People I trusted have been lying to me, friends I thought I could count on have been hiding things from me, and I would have been able to handle it all if it happened in different time frames, but all in the same day or two..I just..snapped.” He sighed, shaking his head at himself, and then taking his hand off her cheek and resting it on her thigh. “I’m sorry for the way I acted, I was a prick.” He said, looking into her eyes, apologetic.
Victoria blushed slightly as she felt Lucas’ hand gently caress her cheek. Seeing him smiling at her the way he always did had helped to calm her down slightly, but her guilt only returned when he began to apologise. She knew that tonight hadn’t been his fault and it broke her heart to see him blaming himself. “You don’t have anything to apologise for, Lucas. None of this is your fault.” Her words came out as barely more than a whisper, but she desperately tried to make Lucas realise how much she meant what she was saying. “And I am always going to be here for you, okay?” She gently smiled up at him and although he was still smiling back at her, Victoria could still clearly see the pain behind his eyes. When Lucas began to explain exactly what happened, she gave him an encouraging nod, knowing that it couldn’t be easy to relive what had put him in this state.
“What have they been lying about?” Victoria’s mind was spinning again as she tried to make sense of what Lucas was telling her. Over the last few weeks, she had met all of his friends, most of them becoming her own and she had never once thought that they could be hiding something. Of course, if it had been that obvious it wouldn’t have come as such a shock to Lucas. “What have they been hiding?” She asked gently, afraid that saying the wrong thing would cause him to spiral out of control again. Guilt rushed through her as she realised that she was another person hiding something from him. She hated lying to him, but the alternative was too dangerous. She would never do anything to put Lucas or anyone else she loved at risk, not again. But she knew that if he ever found out the truth about her, he would never forgive her and tears burned in her eyes at the thought. She quickly blinked them away not wanting to make this moment about her. “It’s okay.” She soothed as he started to shake his head and apologise yet again. She couldn’t help but take in a sharp breath as he moved his hand onto her thigh and she gently placed her own on top, entwining their fingers. “Please stop apologising, Lucas. You weren’t a prick. I don’t think you even know how to be a prick.”
To say the past few days had been stressful, would be the understatement of the century in Lucas’ opinion. To be here, with Victoria, had some kind of peaceful effect on Lucas, like it had with Allison, until he found out the other side of her that she’d been hiding. He didn’t even really want to watch Die Hard right now, so he ended up putting on whatever junk his mum kept around the house. Vic sat on his couch and soon enough, he joined her, sitting so close that the sides of their bodies touched closely together, not that Lucas minded.
As the credits rolled on, Lucas looked over to Victoria, a very small, very soft smile on his lips and he looked at her gratefully, then wrapped an arm around her shoulders and gave her a one armed hug. “Thanks. For you know, staying or whatever.” Lucas said, coughing during the sentence from being so uncomfortable. He hated feeling vulnerable, especially to someone like Victoria. He pulled his arm off her, just to be sure he never made her uncomfortable, and Lucas’ eyes went to the movie, ignoring the growing pain that felt like everything was going to go horribly wrong.
That morning, Victoria would never have guessed that her night would end with her curled up on Lucas’ couch worried out of her mind about him, but here she was. Although they hadn’t known each other for that long, he had quickly become one of her greatest friends and it scared her to see him so on edge. She knew that Lucas had lost his father not long before she moved to Mystic Falls, but he had always seemed happy and calm around her. So to see him looking so afraid and vulnerable had completely shocked her. She looked up at Lucas when he returned with the movie they were going to watch and flashed him what she hoped was a reassuring smile. Victoria was barely paying attention to the film, her eyes drifting over to Lucas every few minutes to make sure that he was okay. He seemed to be slightly more relaxed, but she knew that what ever had happened was still bothering him.
Her mind had been racing trying to figure out what could possibly be wrong, but nothing he had said made any sense to her. The only thing she knew for certain was that he had found out someone close to him had been lying. Guilt washed over as she remembered the promise she had made to him, knowing that she could never tell him the truth about her. But it was for his own safety, she wasn’t going to let anyone else get hurt because of her, especially not Lucas. Victoria was pulled out of her own thoughts by a warm arm being wrapped around her. She unconsciously moved further into the embrace and smiled softly at Lucas. “You don’t have to thank me. I wanted to stay, and it beats spending the night cooped up in my room studying anyway.” Victoria tried to ignore the disappointment she felt when Lucas suddenly moved his arm away from her and focused her attention back on the television. But it was pointless trying to watch the film, her mind was too preoccupied with thoughts of Lucas and what could have caused him to react like this. After several minutes of silence, Victoria couldn’t take it anymore and she turned to face him with a look of concern on her face. “Are you going to tell me what happened tonight?” She asked while gently placing her hand on his leg trying to give him some kind of comfort.
The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances.
I think I just need to be alone, Vic. And I don’t want to put you through that.
You wouldn’t be putting me through anything. If you want me to stay, I will. But I get it if you need some time to yourself. Just call me later at least, so I know you’re okay?
Why don’t we do something fun to get your mind off of it? I’ll even watch Die Hard with you, if you want.