DISCLAIMER: I do not own One Tree Hill, or any of the characters, except the made up ones.
DISCLAIMER: I do not own One Tree Hill, or any of the characters, except the made up ones.
AN: Okay, so here's my new story. The characters are a little AU. This story is kind of based on the songs "I Will Be" and O-Town's "All or Nothing" but they're just songs.
Last nights episode was so great and sad at the same time. The Naley was awesome though and Jamie was the best. I'm so feeling for Brooke but I wish she would tell someone else besides Deb. Next week looks pretty sad. I cried just for the previews. I'm happy I have a week to prepare for what is sure to be a sad episode. But I love this season so far.
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Haley James had the perfect life. Just starting her junior year at Duke everything's about to be turned upside down. She never thought that this would happen to her. But here she was in love with two different men. She's in for a ride when she finds herself fighting between her first love and the love of her life. Of course it's Naley!
The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.
Chapter One –At First Sight
The day started out like any other day. In time she would look back to this day and know it was the day that changed everything for her. Her life had been pretty simple and easy in the past. But even then nothing prepared her for the road ahead. Overtime she would analyze everything that happened that fateful night and even then she wouldn't understand it. That night changed everything –it changed her.
"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the sexiest of them all….of course it's me," Brooke said smirking from her desk. She continued admiring herself as Haley covered her face with her pillow. Even from across their small little dorm room Brooke could be heard loud and clear.
"Every year I get stuck with you as a roommate and every year I swear that it won't happen again and somehow it does!" Haley mumbled. She tried keeping her eyes closed but Brooke's laughter filled the air.
"You know you love me."
Moving the pillow off of her face she turned towards Brooke's side of the room. Boxes were pilled up all over the floor around her bed, clothes were laid out on her bed and floor, and a picture of Justin Timberlake was taped up right above her bed. Leave it to Brooke to unpack only her favorite Justin picture. Haley had unpacked everything the week before school started. Everything on her side of the room was perfect. To bad she couldn't invite anyone over because Brooke was messy. She closed her eyes briefly. She would have to be up for class soon anyway.
"Haley James, get your ass up!"
Opening her eyes she watched as Brooke winked at herself in the mirror. She couldn't help but roll her eyes. Brooke was completely in love with herself. They met during their freshman year at Duke. They both tried out and made the cheerleading team and hated each other right away. Somewhere along the way Brooke seemed to grow on her. After being roomed together for the last three semesters they had become really good friends. Brooke was the type of girl that got anything and everything she wanted. And for some crazy reason Brooke loved her. According to Brooke they were totally BFF. Haley had laughed when she heard that. Every semester she was sure that Brooke arranged it so that they could room together.
Brooke Davis was a social butterfly. She was sure that everyone on campus knew just who Brooke was. If there was a party Brooke was sure to be there. It was one of the main reasons that Haley herself got dragged to just about every party.
Brooke was from Los Angeles. Her father was some important business man and her mother she only described as a bitch. She never really talked much about her parents other than the fact that they were absentee parents who would rather drink and play golf than spend time with her. After Haley had heard that she instantly felt sorry for her. It wasn't long after that they became friends. Brooke was everything that she wasn't. Brave, bold, and absolutely beautiful. Brooke was seriously the most beautiful girl she had ever seen. She spoke her mind no matter who you were and did whatever it was that she wanted. In a way she envied Brooke. Brooke always went after everything she wanted and always got it.
Brooke had this carefree way about her. The only thing on her mind was cheerleading and boys. Well, boys at the very top of that list. She couldn't for the life of her figure out how Brooke had time for school. She spent more time dating and going out to parties than anything. It was really amazing that she found time to attend and pass all of her classes. Brooke Penelope Davis was really something else. And even though she was a pain in the ass sometimes, Haley loved her.
"I'm just so beautiful," Brooke said to herself. "I'm hooking up with the hottest guy at the party tonight…I don't care what he says. I'm so excited! I can't wait!" She clapped her hands together in happiness.
With that Haley stood up and walked out of the room with her pillow in hand. It was only eight in the morning and already Brooke was talking about some party. Hell, it was only the first week of school. She still had classes today. It was her junior year. She didn't have time to go to a party. She had a million things to do. Brooke didn't seem to notice as Haley slammed their door and walked right across the hallway. She didn't even bother to knock as she opened the door. She noticed her bestfriend grinning at her as she walked in. Just like her side of her dorm room, everything was perfect.
She put a pout on her face as she walked slowly towards her best friend's bed. Lindsey smiled as she moved over quickly as Haley lay next to her.
"Have you heard of knocking?"
Haley glared at Lindsey's roommate, Rachel Gatina, the whore of Duke University. Rachel was a sophomore and still managed to make it through more guys than Haley could count. The little redhead vixen was on just about every guys speed dial. Everyone Haley knew hated her. Well, that of course besides Rachel's bestfriend in crime Nikki Elliot. Just thinking about the two of them made her stomach twist in disgust.
"Oh, It is home," Haley rolled her eyes. "Brooke won't let me sleep." She leaned into Lindsey and put a huge pout on her face.
"At least, you don't live with the devil," Lindsey mumbled as she glared at Rachel.
"Whatever, fatty!" Rachel shot back as she glared at the two of them. Haley turned and shot Rachel her disgusted face. Rachel's side of the room was hot pink. Everything on her side of the room was hot pink. Haley and Lindsey both hated that color. Haley was sure that Rachel had it that way on purpose just to piss Lindsey off.
"Rach-ho, shouldn't you be off fucking some poor guy dumb enough to fall for your evilness?" Haley asked sweetly. "That is unless you've already fucked every guy on campus. Oh my god, you might have to actually start fucking freshmen." Lindsey started laughing as Rachel stood up and grabbed her things.
"You're just jealous," Rachel said smugly. "I mean I would be too if I was a fat girl with a little head!"
"Yeah, that's what we are…jealous," Lindsey laughed out. "Ple-ase."
"Early appointment?" Haley questioned as she raised an eyebrow.
"Her next victim," Lindsey mumbled. "Poor guy." Rachel stormed out of their dorm room slamming the door as she went. "I'd say we did better than we did yesterday."
"She's such a t…treat," Haley said nicely.
"You should have gone with your first choice…tramp," Lindsey said laughing. "I'll tell ya, Hales. You're too nice."
"Don't I know it," Haley answered. She smiled at Lindsey before raising an eyebrow. "Do I have a little head?"
Lindsey started giggling. "No, Hales. Your head is just perfect."
"Do you think I'm fat?" Haley questioned as she glanced down at herself.
"Yes," Lindsey stated while looking her up and down. "You are pretty hot and tempting!"
"You've been hanging around with Brookie too much," Haley shook her head.
"Why does the universe hate me? Why, Hales? Why me? Why out of all the people in this building did I get paired with her…only a week into school and I want to kill her," Lindsey pointed out.
"Now, I feel sorry for you," Haley said smiling. "Brooke is like so much better than her."
"I told you," Lindsey stated matter of factly. "Plus, I love the Brookie Monster."
"Me too," Haley mumbled. "I just hate it when she doesn't let me sleep."
"I'll trade rooms with you if you want?" Lindsey asked with a grin.
"Unlike you I would kill Rachel," Haley admitted. "And you love me too much to let me do that, don't you?"
"I guess," Lindsey laughed.
Haley smiled at her bestfriend. Lindsey Strauss had been her bestfriend since they were five. Their mothers were best friends and they lived next door to each other. Tree Hill, North Carolina is where they spent their childhood. Everyone thought they were sisters who never left the other's side. When they were fourteen they made a promise never to leave each other. The next year they found themselves in love with Duke University. It was then that they both decided to attend Duke. Summer after high school graduation they drove down to Duke together to start their new lives. Lindsey was her rock.
"You work tonight?" Lindsey questioned. Haley closed her eyes at the thought of her stupid job. Last semester she had started bartending at the local bar down the road from campus. The Pub was always packed with stupid college guys drinking their lives away.
"Nope," Haley said smiling at the thought. "I'm off."
"Yay, we can party tonight," Lindsey said sitting up.
"Not you too," Haley said laughing. "Brooke Jr."
"Come on," Lindsey whined. "Let's have some fun. It won't be as bad as last time, I promise. I won't drink as much."
"And you won't throw up on me again?" That had been the worse. Leave it to Brooke to let Lindsey drink more than she ever had in her life. That was one night that Haley wanted to forget.
"I'll try my best," Lindsey said smiling. She glanced over at the clock. "We're going to be late for class."
"Oh crap," Haley rushed out as she jumped out of Lindsey's bed. "I'll be ten minutes."
"Hurry up, hooker," Lindsey shouted as Haley slammed her door.
She spent her last two years here and she still couldn't believe how beautiful the campus really was. She took her time walking to the cafeteria knowing that Lindsey would be late anyway. If it was one thing she knew it was that Lindsey was always late. Walking inside, she grabbed a tray before standing in line. Once her tray was full she swiped her card before looking for an empty table. She spotted one in the back and walked back there taking a seat and pulling out her earphones. She tossed her I-pod in her bag before she started eating.
"Bitch! You couldn't wait for me?" Lindsey asked as she took a seat.
"Nope," Haley said with a huge grin before lifting her turkey sandwich and taking a huge bite. "Like I tell you everyday, I won't wait when you're always late!"
"Gosh, nerd much?" Lindsey rolled her eyes. "Just for that I won't tell you how unbelievable hot my Physics professor is."
Haley smiled knowingly. "Too bad you already did."
"I want him," Lindsey said with a pout. "If you love me you'll get him for me. He'll be the best Christmas present ever and I'll never ask you for anything ever again. Please, Grover." Haley laughed as soon as Lindsey called her by her childhood nickname. Only two people in the whole world called her that.
"Oh, okay. I'll kidnap a grown man and wrap him up for you," Haley joked as she shoved more food into her mouth.
"But I want him," Lindsey whined.
"Who?" Brooke questioned as she took a seat.
"Don't you have class right about now?" Haley asked as she glanced at her watch. She was pretty sure that Brooke had a Chemistry class at this time.
"Tutor girl, you know I always skip class the first Friday of every semester. It's like tradition," Brooke answered. Haley smiled as she glanced at Brooke. God, could she be more perfect? It's like Brooke rolled out of her bed every morning looking like a model. Her hair was following down pass her shoulders. The small light pink shirt she was wearing was low enough to see much more than Haley wanted to see of Brooke. And the black short skirt was way to short if you asked her but it was totally Brooke.
"What's your excuse for the rest?" Lindsey snickered.
"Nice," Haley laughed.
Brooke smirked. "Well, that's just good sense. We all can't attend class everyday like you two losers."
"That hurts," Haley mumbled as she placed her hand over her heart.
"Now, who were you two talking about?" Brooke asked again.
"Okay, fine. My unbelievably hot Physics professor," Lindsey admitted.
"Um, Mr. Chavez?" Brooke questioned.
"Oh, yeah he's sexy," Brooke said with a smirk. "And I totally already had him." Lindsey and Haley both dropped their food. Lindsey's shock didn't stop as Haley started laughing.
"I hate you," Lindsey declared.
"You're just jealous," Brooke smirked. "Besides I needed to pass his class last semester and I figured…"
"Brooke!" Haley scolded.
"Kidding," Brooke said laughing. "It was over the summer. I totally lied and told him I was a model. Can you believe that he believed me?"
"Uh, yeah," Haley answered. "If you hadn't noticed you're like the most beautiful girl like ever." She watched as Brooke rolled her eyes and started poking at her salad.
"Spill," Lindsey stated as she poked Brooke in the arm. "Details? How was it? How was he? I bet it was great." Lindsey drifted off into her dreamland which Haley could only assume included the hot professor.
"A girl never kisses and tells," Brooke said smugly.
"Brooke," Haley said in disbelief.
"Alright," Brooke laughed out. "He was good."
"Good? Just good?" Lindsey questioned.
"How can you still want him after he's been with Brooke?" Haley asked in disbelief.
"Not all of us live the sweet and innocent life were all our dreams come true and our boyfriends are perfect," Lindsey joked as she rolled her eyes. "Plus, I love living vicariously through Brookie here. It gives me a little excitement. And with the way my classes are looking this semester, I need it."
"Whatever, my life is not perfect," Haley mumbled as she turned her attention back to her food.
"Brooke, details," Lindsey whined.
"I was pretty drunk, Linds," Brooke said laughing. "But he was very good with his hands."
"And I'm done eating," Haley dropped the remainder of her sandwich.
"He has beautiful hands," Lindsey said dreamily.
"Dimples, there you are."
Haley rolled her eyes as Brooke's bestfriend took a seat next to her. He tossed his arm effortlessly around Brooke's shoulder and pulled her into him. Haley hated the guy. If it wasn't obvious enough to the world she knew that Brooke was in love with him. Just like Brooke, he was from Los Angeles. They grew up together and had been best friends since they were toddlers. He was exactly like Brooke in every single way. They were equals and always had been. But the dumbass never realized Brooke's feelings and she never bothered to share. She pretended to be okay with the endless nights of one night stands but Haley knew better. Brooke never looked at anyone the way she looked at Johnny "Vegas" Norris.
"Hey, sexy," Brooke said smiling.
"I missed you in class today," Vegas smiled as he reached in her plate and pulled out a tomato.
"So you actually went," Haley mumbled. Lindsey smirked as both girls laughed quietly.
"That's a first," Lindsey added.
"Nice to see you too ladies," Vegas said with a huge smirk. "Coming to the party tonight, right? Everyone will be there." Haley wanted nothing more than to knock that smirk off of his face.
"Yeah, we'll be there," Brooke said winking at him.
"Great," Vegas said smiling. "I've got something's to do but I'll find you tonight." Without a second thought he leaned in and kissed Brooke on the cheek before standing up and walking away. Haley watched in disgust as Brooke turned quickly to watch him go. Brooke was way too strong and beautiful to put up with that asshole.
"What were we talking about?" Brooke asked as she turned back towards them.
"Brooke!" Lindsey was the one raising her voice. "I thought you were over him."
"What? I am," Brooke answered.
"You were just drooling over him," Haley stated as she glanced at the two girls.
"I was not," Brooke said rolling her eyes. "Plus, I can't help it if he's sexy. We're just friends, relax. Don't get your panties in a twist."
"We just don't want you to get hurt," Haley said softly. "If the guy can't realize how amazing you are then it's his loss."
"Yeah," Lindsey added. "You're too good for him. Please, don't pine away for him like you did all last semester?"
"I do not have feelings for him anymore," Brooke admitted. "Not in that way. I love him…he's my bestfriend..." she looked down and they both felt bad.
"We know," they both answered.
Nathan stood in front of his apartment door searching his pockets for the keys. After a long and exhausting day of classes he couldn't wait to sit down and relax. Things were so different here for him. Everything was different. A week and a half spent wondering around this new place and still he was lost.
He spent the last two years in New Hampshire attending Dartmouth. It's where his father Dan Scott attend and his grandfather Royal Scott attend. In fact, all of the Scott men attend Dartmouth. That is with the exception of two. It was like some sort of stupid tradition that they all seemed to believe in. Before that he spent almost all of his teenage years in the most expensive boarding schools on the east coast. This was the first time in his life where he actually got to live and be free.
He didn't care either way. His dad was a dick. He was pretty sure that he hadn't realized that he transferred to Duke yet. Nathan couldn't wait for that. Dan was always too busy with work to deal with him. Ever since he was little he had been ignored by his father. Dan was more worried about making more money. It didn't matter that his father was a millionaire, it didn't matter that he founded and was the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, and it didn't matter that he was one of the wealthiest men in Manhattan. His father only had on priority and it wasn't him. That had been certain since he was a kid.
He spent his life in boarding schools. Even when he did get to go home for the few times that he did his father was never there. No, Nathan got to have the Manhattan mansion all to himself while his father was in some foreign country attending to his life –his company.
The moment he decided to transfer was one of the few times in the last ten years when he actually felt good about something. His cousin had mailed him a basketball tape of Duke playing Stanford last year in the playoffs.
Lucas Scott was not only his cousin but also his bestfriend. It didn't matter to Nathan that the last time he saw Lucas was when they were ten years old. To him Lucas always had the better life. He had two loving parents, Nathan's Uncle Keith and his Aunt Karen. He lived in a small little perfect town. Nathan had only been there a few times when he was little but it was way better than living in New York City. His mother had loved it too but his father wouldn't dream of his family living in a place like that. They were way to good for Tree Hill.
Lucas had been thrilled when Nathan called him over the summer to tell him the news. He promised Nathan that he would love it here and that they would get an apartment right off of campus so that they could live together. This last week and a half had been great. Things were really different here and he loved that. He hated his old life. It just wasn't for him. Plus, he loved being this far away from his father. Words couldn't describe how he hated the man.
He found his key and quickly unlocked the door.
He closed the door shut before walking over to the sofa and tossing his bag on the ground. He sat down and reached for the remote before turning it on Sports Center.
"How was class?" Lucas questioned.
"Well, I've already learned the stuff he's teaching last semester but other than that it's great," Nathan answered.
"I'm finally unpacked," Lucas said sitting on the chair and placing his legs up. "Its way better than living in a dorm room with some guy I don't even know. I talked to my dad this morning. He wants us to drive over there this Sunday for lunch. They both can't wait to see you. It's been too long, man."
"Yeah, that would be great," Nathan said with a halfhearted smile. When he was little he always wanted to go over to their house. Of course, that all stopped when his father cut Keith out of his life. He made him and his mother stay away from Karen and Lucas. Nathan hadn't talked to them since. That was until Lucas sent over the video with a letter saying how they should get to know each other.
"I mean it, man," Lucas said smiling. "We all miss you. I can't tell you how excited I am for you to be here. I mean transferring from Dartmouth? Dan must have been pretty pissed about that. I know my dad got hell for not going. And grandpa won't even talk to me because I came to Duke."
Nathan shrugged his shoulders. "I hated it there."
And he really meant that. He hated the fact that his father made him go there. He hated the fact that his father controlled him most of his life even though he was never around.
"It's good to have you here," Lucas said again. "I know we haven't really seen each other since your mom's funeral but –"
Nathan closed his eyes and Lucas's voice stopped. Like many things in his life he didn't like talking about her. Talking about her would bring back the memories of something that he didn't ever want to think about again. He had locked it away in his mind long ago and he wasn't going to start talking about it now. Like so many times in his life it was just a reminder of how he had no one. Ever since that stupid day he got home from school, he had no one.
"I'm sorry," Lucas said softly. "I didn't mean…"
"Its fine," Nathan said opening his eyes. Lucas smiled before turning his attention back to the TV. Nathan took a deep breath before reaching in his bag and pulling out the folded white paper right in front of one of his books.
He blocked everything out of his mind as he smiled and started folding up the paper. His mother had showed him how to make these when he was younger. On most days when he woke up in the mornings she would have it sitting on his nightstand. It was one of the warmest memories he had. When he was finished he twirled the flower in his hands as Lucas glanced at him.
"You made that?' Lucas questioned.
"Uh-huh," Nathan nodded his head.
"Is this for that girl you were telling me about?" Lucas asked with a smirk.
"No," Nathan lied. His mind instantly went back to Monday when he saw her for the first time.
Nathan examined his schedule again. He then pulled out the map of the campus that Lucas gave him this morning before looking at it. He looked around at where he was standing and then started heading in the direction that the map said. It was only his second class this semester and already things were so different than they were at Dartmouth.
He turned the corner of one of the buildings and kept walking. It wasn't long before he made it to a large empty space surrounded by four huge buildings. He ignored all of the people standing around talking as he spotted the building that his next class was in. He folded the papers up and placed them in his back pocket. He held two books in his hand tight as he continued walking.
It was seconds later when he heard her laughter. He looked up without a second thought and looked around anxiously to find where that angelic sound came from. There were so many people around. He kept walking and tried to block out all of the voices. He heard that laughter again and turned his head quickly by one of the trees to his far right.
Then there she was.
For the first time in his whole life the world stopped moving. Everything and everyone around him faded away. He didn't stop walking but he kept his head turned as he gazed at her. He wondered how stupid he looked to someone watching him. His mouth was open and his hands were shaking. She was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Her chocolate locks fell right over her shoulders. Her matching chocolate eyes were sparkling as she laughed at the tall girl next to her.
It was then that she smiled and his knees gave out. He fell to the ground instantly as his books flew out of his hands. He hit the ground hard and he heard a few people laughing. He got up quickly and searched for his books. He found one and he noticed someone holding out the second one for him.
"Are you okay?"
"Um, yeah, thanks," Nathan stammered as he reached for his book. "I must have tripped."
"Well, be careful," she said smiling.
"Right," Nathan said nodding his head. She giggled before moving past him and then disappearing into the crowd of students. Nathan turned quickly but the girl was already gone. He shook his head clearing his thoughts as he took off walking again. He was going to be late again.
"Right," Lucas said laughing. "Just getting to know each other again and already you're lying to me. And here I thought we were going to be BFFs."
"BFF?" Nathan laughed.
"Best friends forever," Lucas chuckled. "Wait until you meet my friends. You'll understand."
"Yeah, I don't think I'm going to go to the party," Nathan stated as he continued twirling the white origami flower in his hand. It just wasn't his thing. Sure, he went to parties back at Dartmouth and of course there were parties at all the boarding school's he attended. But he never seemed to enjoy himself. He felt out of place most of the time. Hell, he felt that way all of the time. Ever since his mother left him and he wasn't aloud to see his real family, the only ones that cared about him. He didn't fit in anywhere.
"Dude," Lucas whined. "You have to come. It'll be fun. I promise. Plus, you need to meet new people. It's why you're here right. To start a new life, one that doesn't include him. Just come and meet my friends. You'll love them all. Please, I've been stuck in here all week with you. I haven't seen anyone. I've been ignoring my friends for you. Please?"
"I told you that you don't have to baby sit me," Nathan replied.
"But I'll feel bad if I go have fun without you," Lucas admitted. "You transferred all the way here to get to know me. Come on. Think of all the hot chics that are going to be there. Hot ones…please."
"You want to go meet chics?" Nathan asked with a smirk.
"Yes," Lucas said throwing up his hands. "Lot's of them. We're in college. It's what we do here!"
Lucas was starting to sound like his old friends Dave and Will. It seemed like all they wanted to do was party and meet hot chics.
"Fine," Nathan caved. "But if I make the night boring for you don't hate me."
"Never," Lucas said standing up. "It'll be just like old time. Only now we can drink and have a good time with women." He wiggled his eyebrows as Nathan laughed.
"When did we ever party?" Nathan asked amused.
"You remember," Lucas said laughing. "For my ninth birthday party? You're mom had your mansion full of Spiderman shit."
"Right," Nathan said with a chuckle.
"I'm going get ready," Lucas stated as he started walking out of the living room. "It's time for everyone to meet the Scott's."
"But they already know you," Nathan told him.
"Yeah," Lucas said smirking. "And I'm going to talk my little cousin up. They are going to love you man, just wait."
"You're three months older than me," Nathan rolled his eyes.
"There for, I'm older," Lucas smirked. "Plus, I'm like a legend around here."
Nathan laughed. "I did see your name and number plastered all over campus."
"I'm Lucas Scott!"
"Cocky much?" Nathan questioned as he made it to his room. He could still hear Lucas shouting from his room.
"We can't all be humble like you, Nate," Lucas shouted.
Nathan stood uncomfortably in the corner of the frat house. Lucas was standing next to him talking to some girl he met when they arrived. The music in the background was ridiculous. Nathan took another sip from his water bottle as he glanced around the room.
"So what's your major?"
"Literature," Lucas answered. "Are you a freshman?"
"Yeah," the girl said smiling. "Is it that obvious?" Lucas smirked as he took in the sight of the girl again. Nathan rolled his eyes as he tried not to listen. The girl was short with blonde hair, it seemed like that's all it took to get Lucas's attention.
"What about you?" The girl asked as she pushed Nathan's arm. "What are you majoring in?"
"Business," Nathan answered. But I want to change that. He didn't want to work for his father. His father and grandfather would just love that.
"Yeah, it runs in the family," Lucas made a face as the girl started laughing.
"And you two are cousins?"
"Yep," Lucas smirked. "Don't we look it?" Lucas moved closer to Nathan and smiled.
"You have the same eyes," the girl said giggling.
"Did you hear that, Nate?" Lucas asked. "Melanie thinks we have the same eyes."
What gave it away? Blonde. "Yeah, I heard," Nathan said nicely. "I think I'll go get something to drink." Lucas smiled as Nathan walked off before turning his attention back to the girl.
Making his way through the crowd of drunken college students, he prayed that he would find the door. He did his good deed for the day. He made Lucas happy by going to this stupid party with him. He didn't need to stay and wait for Lucas to score.
Spending two hours in this place was enough. It was bad enough that he had to listen to Lucas and Melanie make small talk before they got it on. He didn't need to stay any longer. He had every intention on leaving but he heard it again. Even with all the voices and the music he could still hear her laughter.
He found himself smiling as his heart started racing. He looked through the crowd anxiously when finally he saw her again. Just like the first time he saw her, the world stopped moving and everything faded away. He let out a breath he hadn't realized he was holding as he watched her. Just like the last time she was laughing but now it was a shorter girl making her laugh. His smile widened as he took in the sight of her. She was wearing a short denim skirt with a white blouse and black hills. Her hair was flowing down again. Her eyes were sparkling and he felt his heart racing in his chest. He didn't know what was happening but he liked the way it felt. He never felt anything like he was feeling now.
He felt someone's hands run up his chest and he looked down and noticed some girl dancing on him. He quickly backed away.
"No thanks," Nathan said quickly moving past her.
"Dick," he heard her yell.
He walked slowly towards the beautiful girl that he couldn't stop thinking about. His heart hammering in his chest every step of the way. He reached in his pocket pulling out the origami flower from earlier. He noticed the girl she was talking to turn and start talking to some guy. He breathed a sigh of relief before continuing his journey towards her. No matter how much he wanted to run away and stop the chances of being shot down he couldn't stop walking. Something was pulling him towards her.
"Brooke! You did not tell him that," Haley questioned as she laughed at her roommate.
"Oh, I so did," Brooke said smugly. "Pulling me into an empty classroom just to have a quickie…I don't think so. I mean the sex wasn't even good the first time. What delusional world is he leaving in thinking that I would be up for round two?"
"That's the funniest thing ever," Haley laughed. "I'm so using that line."
"What's so funny about get off me bitch?" Brooke questioned.
"It just is," Haley laughed. "I think I should go find Lindsey. I don't want her hooking up with some stranger for rebound sex."
"It's been months," Brooke said loudly. "Please tell me she's had some sex in the last few months. I should have gone back home with guys for the summer. Didn't I teach you anything, Haley James?" She looked at Haley shaking her head.
"Sorry," Haley said softly as Brooke turned and started talking to some guy a few feet away. She was about to make her move to go find Lindsey. But looking up she saw him for the first time. She couldn't explain what happened in that moment. Her heart was pounding in her chest as he walked closer and she didn't know why.
It looked like someone ripped him out of an Abercrombie and Fitch magazine. Even from across the room as he made his way towards her she took in the sight of him. His dark hair was perfect as if he spent hours fixing it. He was tall and his body was absolutely perfect. Under that long sleeve grey shirt she was sure that he had muscles popping out everywhere. And those eyes, it was the first thing she had noticed about him. As he made it closer they seemed to change colors from a light blue to suddenly a very dark shade of the beautiful color. She was sure that her two friends would agree with her, he looked like a Greek god.
He made it in front of her moments later. He held out the origami flower to her and smiled once she took it in her hands. She looked up and their eyes locked. Blue met brown and he felt his knees go weak again. Only this time he stayed up with all the strength he had left in his body.
She felt Brooke's eyes on them.
"Damn boy, you're fine! Is that a flower?" Brooke asked smirking. "How sweet."
"You uh, what?" Brooke questioned.
Nathan felt his hands trembling as the girl that interrupted them started laughing. He felt himself getting more nervous as the girl just stood there looking at him like he was some idiot. Great job dumbass! Say something you idiot!
"You're the most beautiful girl in the room," Nathan said softly. He noticed the girl's eyes sparkling again and it made something in his stomach flutter. His breathing slowed down as the girl just smiled at him.
"Awe," Brooke mumbled.
Then just like that it all changed. A guy walked up to her and kissed her possessively as he just stood there and watched. Every single part of his heart was aching as he watched this guy making out with the girl that he hadn't stopped thinking about since Monday. He noticed the girl standing next to them look at him sadly before she made her way next to him. No matter how much it hurt he couldn't look away. Finally, the guy let her go out of his lip lock.
"Babe, you have to come see this. Felix is on his fifteenth beer. We're about to watch him funnel the next five. It's going to be awesome!"
"Charming," Brooke rolled her eyes.
"Butt out, Davis."
"In your dreams, Jacob," Brooke said annoyed. Jake rolled his eyes and noticed the guy standing next to Brooke. Somehow he knew that Vegas wasn't going to like this.
"Who's this guy?" Jake asked as he pointed to Nathan.
"My date asshole," Brooke answered as she wrapped her arm around his waist. Nathan thanked the heavens above as he smiled softly. He was embarrassed enough. He wanted nothing more than the grounds to open up and swallow him whole at this very moment. Mortified didn't even begin to describe what he was feeling.
"Come on, baby," Jake said with a pout. He placed his hands on her arms rubbing them up and down softly. Nathan watched as the girl gave into him.
He watched as the girl lost all of her resolve. "I'll be there in a second."
"Thanks, babe," Jake said smugly before leaning in a kissing her again. "I'll be waiting for you. Oh and Vegas is looking for you, Davis." With that he walked away.
"See ya, Haley," Brooke said letting Nathan go. "My boy is looking for me." She walked away also and left them standing there alone. Nathan shifted nervously before shoving his hands in his pockets.
"I'm an idiot," Nathan said softly looking down. Loser! Of course she had a boyfriend.
"What?! No," Haley replied. "That's the sweetest thing…"
"You don't have to say anything," Nathan said shaking his head. "You should get going. He's probably waiting for you. I didn't mean to um…I didn't think..."
"It's okay, really," Haley said softly. "I'll see you around."
I doubt it. "Yeah, sure," Nathan said with a halfhearted smile. She nodded her head and held up the flower smiling at him for a few seconds before starting to walk off. He felt a sharp pain in his chest as he watched her go. "Um, Haley."
She turned quickly to face him. "Yeah?"
"If you weren't with Jacob…uh, did I have a shot?" Nathan asked nervously. Yeah, like you want to get shot down again, you idiot. You obliviously love pain, don't you?
He watched as she smiled that dazzling smile again as his knees felt like they would give out any minute. His heart beat only seemed to increase as her eyes locked with his once again. He found himself getting lost in her brown orbs once again. He knew one thing for sure, he hated that Jacob guy. I hate him.
AN: And so begins the Nathan-Haley-Jake triangle. I know Haley is dating Jake now but I have some of the sweetest Naley moments planned for them. I promise there will be more Naley than Jaley. I wanted to say that Lucas and Nathan's apartment is Mouth and Skills apartment from season five. Please let me know what you think.