Chapter Ten

Finn's POV

Steve had been gone for hours, and Sean, Evan, and Doug were lounging on the couch playing on his state of the art gaming system. I couldn't be bothered to join them, I couldn't be bothered to do anything except wallow in self-pity at what an immature idiot I'd been. I loved the girl and yet I treated her like some low class whore, they'd picked up on the way into town.

I made my way to the fridge to grab another round of drinks, strongly wishing they'd be enough to numb the guilt and regret I was feeling. I handed everyone another beer and reclaimed my spot on the couch, staring up at the ceiling.

"I'll have to show you my exhibit tomorrow, only if you want of course-" Steve's trademark voice echoed in the spacious loft.

"That'd be great!" Meagan replied in an upbeat tone. "Thank-you for lunch and dinner," I could hear the smile in her voice and I wished it was me who was making her that happy.

"Well I had to make your lengthy road-trip worth the while," I heard them open the fridge in the kitchen and heard the distinct crack of beers being opened. "So you had a good time, yeah?"

"Of course!" Meagan and Steve appeared in the room moments later, and sank down onto the couch. Meagan occupying the spot by Sean's outstretched legs, while Steve sank into the empty to her side. I looked at him questioningly and he shrugged, mouthing 'talk to her' before turning his attention towards the screen.

"Hey Meagan can I talk to you?" I asked, mustering all my courage and guarding myself against her no doubt rejection.

"Okay," She stood and I motioned for her to follow me out the door. "wanna take a walk on the beach?"

"Sure," I grabbed my hoodie from beside the door and she did the same, before falling me down the two flights of steps outside.

Meagan's POV

As we stepped out onto the beach, I felt a nervous apprehension overwhelm me. We walked silently for a while, down the beach which was mostly abandoned save for a few couples enjoying a moonlight picnic or impromptu bonfire.

"So," I hesitated not knowing really how to start. "what did you want to talk about?"

"Okay look I know I acted like a royal jerk earlier, and you don't know how sorry I am. But you gotta understand that seeing you with Evan, it's really hard especially because of how I feel about you." He paused and took in a shaky breath.

"And how do you feel about me?" I whispered, surprised he even heard me.

"Meagan, I know this might be too little too late, but I-I love you." He took my hand and didn't let go as he stared at me sadly. "I understand if you still want to be with Evan, and I'll try to respect that if that's what makes you happy but-" Before he could finish that sentence I leaned in and kissed him softly on the lips. The kiss started off slowly but soon turned passionate, his tongue ran along my bottom lip seeking entrance which I happily obliged.

Finally after what felt like hours, but could've easily been minutes we broke away from each other both breathing heavily. I took his head in between my hands and gazed straight into his eyes.

"I love you too, Finn. I'm so sorry that everything went all crazy." I felt a few tears trail down my face, just so happy that he'd finally told me how he felt.

Finn's POV

I couldn't believe not only that I'd told her, but that she felt the same way. I grabbed her again and crashed my lips against hers, trying to convey just how much I loved her. She kissed me back hungrily, and we sank down into the sand as I laid ontop of her.

She broke away too quickly in my eyes, but I would be happy just to be able to bask in her presence, kissing or not. "I have to tell Evan." She said sadly, and I nodded.

"Well babe, don't bother actions speak louder than words." I heard Evan's familiar drawl and saw him staring at us with a mix of disgust and hurt clouding his features.

"Evan man, I'm-"

"Don't bother, as I said actions speak louder than words anyways." Evan charged at me unexpectedly and threw me to the sand, as Meagan let out a shrill yell. Evan began punching me repeatedly, and after I got over the initial shot I managed to land a few blows myself. "First Doug, then you! What the hell have I ever done to either of you?" He punched me hard in the nose, and it gave way with a sickening crunch. "Or do I really just have the worst taste in girlfriends? They all turn out to be two timing whores." He gave me one last blow before pushing himself off me and storming over to where Meagan was crying. "And you, you make me sick, don't bother showing your face to me ever again whore."