Summary: Boy meets girl, girl and boy fall in love, girl and boy's best friend fall for each other, boy finds out. CharlieLindaAdam triangle, some JuliePortman
Author's Note: So I just wanted to write a classic love triangle, this seemed like one that would work...it was going to be a one shot, but I decided it would work better like this! Reviews are so super awesome!
Disclaimer: I don't own anything.
The Oldest Story in the World
Chapter 1: Lancelot Falls for Guinevere
"Linda?" The teacher said, breaking her out of a daydream, "Are you with us?"
"Oh," She said, the past few weeks events were preying on her mind, her boyfriend Charlie looked at her from across the room and mouthed "Are you OK?" She nodded.
"So," The teacher said, "What do you think? Of Morte D'Arthur."
"Well," She swallowed, the subject matter of the ancient tragedy was hitting a little too close to home lately. "I think that maybe people are a little harsh on Lancelot and Guinevere. I mean, they were just following their hearts."
"Interesting," The teacher said, "Any one disagree?" Charlie raised his hand. "Charlie, we don't often hear from you." Linda looked at him.
"Personally I think that what they did sucks," He said, "I mean, you have to be able to trust your girl and your best friend, but Arthur couldn't do that."
"Maybe they couldn't help it," Adam Banks piped up from behind Charlie, "Maybe they just spent so much time ignoring how they felt that they just exploded."
"Good point Adam," The teacher nodded, "But please raise your hand next time."
"Sorry," He mumbled. The bell rang, and they all stood up and walked into the hallway. Linda and Adam looked back and forth at each other.
"So, what's with you two?" Charlie said, "You're spacing out in class, you're talking in class. Which is not the only weird behavior I've seen from you two."
"I don't know what you're talking about Charlie," Linda laughed, "I just stayed up really late, studying for that chem test today."
"And, you talked in class too," Adam said.
"Whatever," Charlie said, "I've gotta go meet with Coach about something. See you both later." He kissed Linda, and then headed down the hallway. They stood awkwardly, looking at each other.
"Meet me in the library?" She said, "We need to talk."
"Yeah," He nodded, "We do."
"Adam," Linda jumped, he smiled at her, "I'm sorry, I didn't see you."
"It's OK," He shrugged. "I tend to blend in." She looked at him. It was crazy, but she couldn't stop looking at him, she never could. Sometime in the past year she'd found herself unsure of how she felt about Adam and yet she stayed with Charlie.
"Good party," She smiled. He nodded. He loved her smile, he loved everything about her. But she'd fallen for Charlie, no big surprise there. Charlie was funny and outgoing and popular, Adam was Charlie's best friend, the only thing he had on him was Adam was a slightly better hockey player, not something that would impress Linda, since she hated competitive sports. Not to mention, she was dating his best friend. "Charlie's grounded."
"I know," He nodded.
"He didn't ask you to check up on me or anything?" She said teasingly, he laughed.
"Not quite," He shrugged, "Just thought I'd say hi." They talked, and laughed and enjoyed themselves, and before long they were looking at each other in that right about to fall kind of way. "Linda, I," He started but before he could finish he was kissing her. He wasn't sure how, or why, but he was. She was exhilarated by this. He slipped his hands around her waist, her around his neck. It went on for a few more minutes.
"Wait," She whispered, "We can't, you're Charlie's best friend."
"What if I wasn't?" He said softly, she looked at him curiously, "What if I wasn't his best friend, and you weren't his girlfriend. If things were different,"
"I'd never have stopped you," She said, she realized that he was still holding her and it felt so right. He kissed her again, neither of them could stop. One thing lead to another, and they'd slept together.
Adam walked into the Eden Hall library for what felt like the millionth time. He slipped to a back space, practically hidden between two bookcases where Linda was waiting for him. He gently took her in his arms and kissed her. This was what they did now, they snuck away, they lied, and every second they knew it would just hurt Charlie more, but they couldn't stop.
"Adam, stop," She whispered, "I actually wanted to talk." He nodded. "We have to tell him."
"Linda," He sighed, "We can't, you know we can't."
"I can't keep living like this," She said, "It's wrong."
"No it's not," He said, "It's how we feel,"
"I didn't mean we're wrong," She explained, "This, us, is the most right thing I've ever experienced, no, I mean, lying and sneaking and me still being with Charlie, that's what's wrong."
"Linda he's my best friend," He whispered, "And he loves you."
"And I love him," She sighed, "I always will, but its not the same. It's not like how I love you. I want to be with you Adam, for real. I'm going to tell him." He kissed her gently.
"I'll come with you," He said, "Maybe he'll freak out less if it's both of us." She smiled and kissed him. "I love you."
"I love you too." She smiled. "So, after practice?"
"Yeah," Adam nodded, "He's always in a better mood after hockey." He kissed her again, "I should go."
"OK," Linda smiled.
"You know babe," Dean Portman said as he and Julie Gaffney walked through the book shelves, "I keep spending so much time in the library I'm going to lose my rep."
"You keep saying crap like that I'm going to break up with you," She rolled her eyes, "No one makes you come stare at me while I study."
"I keep thinking I'm going to get some hot library action," He said. She eyed him. "I know, not likely, but a guy can dream."
"I thought TVP was going to be a bird course," She sighed, "This love triangle paper is killing me."
"You could write about our little love triangle," He said putting his arms around her waist.
"Uh you mean the whole my boyfriend and I mutually broke up and then you stared at me for three months until I asked you out thing," She looked at him, "Yeah that's the stuff of great drama. I think I might do Degrassi, you know Craig Manny Ashley."
"It was two months," He said.
"What?" She looked at him.
"Between when you broke up with Scooter and we got together," He said, "Two months." She laughed.
"You are such a girl," She shook her head. He put his arms around her waist and kissed her. "What are you doing?"
"Proving my manhood," He whispered gruffly. She laughed as he lifted her off her feet.
"Where are we going?" She said, "Dean, no I have work to do, I really," He kissed her, she giggled as he ran them into a back corner. He stopped and dropped her. "Oh don't stop now baby," She rolled her eyes.
"I think I've got a love triangle for you," He pointed, she turned and her eyes popped out, seeing Linda and Adam. She grabbed his hand and moved to the next bookcase before they could see them. "So, what do we do?"
"We don't do anything," She said, "It's none of our business Dean!"
"Linda cheating on Charlie with Banks," He said, "That's hugely our business."
"Maybe it's not what it looks like," She said, "Maybe they're rehearsing for a play or something."
"Yeah, because Adam's really big with the drama club," He said. She sighed. "You're close to him, can't you say something?"
"Wow," She said, "That's a great way to help our friendship. 'Hey Banksie, saw you macking with your best friend's girl in the library!' This does explain why he's been so weird lately." He looked at her. "I'll talk to him."
"Now, where were we?" He smiled, moving closer to her.
"I'm not in the mood now," She sighed, "I'm gonna go change for practice, see you later." She walked away. He groaned and leaned back against the wall.