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A/N: Here's the update I promised ya'll! Not gonna lie, I'm pretty proud I updated so fast lol. Anyway, Enjoy :)

Ellie: A Battle Lost

The morning sun glowed bright on her dark coffee colored hair. Ellie stared out into the ocean; her face was composed into a slight frown. Her thoughts were more or less the same as they'd been the last hour or so, but instead of feeling confused over the past events, she felt a sense of dread enclosing at her chest.

The grip she had on her phone tightened and she tried to put off looking at the time until the small vibrations emitting off of the tiny device startled her.

Her questioning look quickly turned knowing as her aunt's name splayed itself across the screen.

She pressed the send button and winced as her aunt began to interrogate her on her whereabouts.

"I wake up and you're not even home! The car is gone and you don't even have the decency to leave me a note?"

Ellie tried not to sigh and so she explained as calmly as possible that she felt like going on a run – she looked down at her apparel and noted that jeans weren't exactly the best running bottoms. She would have to figure something out.

"Still," her aunt said, clearly agitated, "I think I deserve a heads up; you can't just go off on your own and expect me not to notice."

"I'm sorry…I'll leave a note or send you a text next time…" Her plans for the day would be ruined if her aunt made her go home right away, but deep inside she couldn't help but hope her plans would be cut short.

"Fine," her aunt responded, Ellie's heart sank, "keep on exercising, or whatever you're doing. Just be sure to come home before lunch." Ellie bit her lip and nodded before remembering she was speaking to her through the phone.

"Yea, don't worry, I'll be home earlier than that."

"Alright then, be careful Ellie," her aunt's tone was gentler than before and Ellie couldn't help but feel a bit guilty.

"I will. See ya." The conversation ended and Ellie pressed the end button with a sigh. She'd been so caught up in her situation that she'd completely forgotten the fact that she was a teenager, an orphaned teenager, living at her aunt and uncle's house.

Her thoughts were interrupted at the sound of someone clearing their throat. Ellie snapped her head towards the noise and she gave out a light gasp. The figure beside her was none other than Jacob.

"How long have you been standing there?" She snapped at him. Her surprise was quickly turning into anger.

"Not too long," he shrugged. The corners of his mouth were turned slightly up but his eyes bore into her with a force that made Ellie step back just a bit.

"Whatever, it's rude to listen in on people's conversations you know." She made it a point to turn her face away from him. Those eyes were yet again making her feel uncomfortable.

"And how do you know that? Maybe I was just trying to enjoy the morning sun – you're not the only one that enjoys going on early-morning runs." His tone was mocking, but she kept her eyes away from his face. Yet, she couldn't help but roll her eyes at his comment.

"So you were eavesdropping."

"Yea…I guess I was." Jacob said softly.

Ellie shook her head and turned back around to face him.

"Ok well I'm done talking to you. Bye." She was furious at herself for almost disregarding Seth's earlier warnings. Of course he meant her well, why hadn't she accepted that fact and moved on?

She turned on her heel and stomped her way back to her car. The thought that she was this close to going over to Jacob's and attempting to make conversation seemed like an almost laughable prospect to her now.

Ellie had barely taken five steps before she heard Jacob's call.

"Wait! Ellie!" She stopped on her tracks. He knew her name? Of course he did…she had given it to him that first time they'd met.

She could hear his footsteps reaching her; she hesitated before she resumed her defiant walking.

"Seriously, wait up Ellie. We need to talk." Ellie's anger bubbled over. She turned around and spat out the next words.

"We don't need to talk about anything Jacob. We don't even know each other and quite honestly I don't really care too."

The hurt in his eyes was evident but Ellie was too overcome by her present feelings to care.

"Just hear me out?" He whispered to her.

"Why should I?" Ellie didn't know why she was still arguing with him. If she were smart, she would've left a long time ago.

"Because we both know that you're lying to yourself."

"What?" Ellie said, clearly taken aback.

Jacob shrugged. "It's true and you know it." His eyes narrowed and turned away from her.

"Now are you gonna join me for breakfast or am I gonna have to drag you?" Ellie was speechless and she didn't know what to think.

He was clearly a nut case. And yet she followed him when he started walking. She didn't question him as they neared a motorcycle parked a good 300 meters away from where they had stood and argued. Ellie wondered why she hadn't heard him pull up but other than that her head was spinning with emotions she didn't quite understand.

It wasn't until he climbed on the motorcycle and held out a hand for her to join him that Ellie hesitated.

"Don't worry," he assured her, "I won't drive like a maniac." He grinned at her and for the second time since their first meeting, she couldn't help but admire his appearance. He was attractive – she couldn't deny him that, but despite his hulking figure and bulging biceps, Ellie couldn't help but trust what he said.

She nodded, took a deep breath, and climbed onto the bike.

The last thing Ellie remembered thinking was that maybe she was the one with the mental problem, not him. After all, she had just been yelling at him and now she was holding on to his waist?

"Yeah," she murmured to herself, "I am crazy."