When Two Worlds Collide
"She was scared
Lost in the dark.
I can survive,
With you by my side.
We're gonna be alright.
This is what happens when two worlds collide."
AN: hey guys! I know I'm definitely not the best at updating stories, but I've recently fell in love with a new show called Hollywood Heights! I've wanted to write one pretty much since the show began. This is just my version of how everything plays out. It's a little AU, I'm just going to warn you.
Loren Tate was used to being in the background. In fact, she practically lived in the background until she met Eddie. After winning Eddie Duran's song writing contest, the two quickly became friends. Not long after that, he kissed her. Eddie made her feel like she was no longer in the background. Ever since, the two have been inseparable. Her life couldn't get any better. But it could definitely get worse.
"It's so quiet," Loren commented, looking around the club. She felt Eddie squeeze her hand and turned back to him.
Eddie laughed, "It usually gets that way at," he paused to check his watch, "three-thirty in the morning."
Loren's eyes bulged, "Three-thirty? Mom's going to kill me."
Eddie raised his eyebrows and patiently waited for her to remember. Loren's mom had gone out of town on a trip with her fiancé, Don Masters. Don had proposed a few months ago and the couple was planning their wedding when Don decided they both needed a little break from all the planning... and also their kids. Although Loren was warming up to him, she still had her doubts about his intentions. Loren's face went from worried to relaxed in a matter of seconds.
"Oops," Loren laughed embarrassedly, her cheeks turning bright red, "I totally forgot that she's out of town."
She had almost forgotten what day it was, because she was so tired. Jake had both Eddie and her working around the clock on their albums.
Eddie grinned; he really did love it when she got all flustered around him.
"I suppose I'll forgive you, for a price." Eddie laughed at Loren's shocked face, putting his hands up in mock surrender, "A kiss. I meant a kiss."
Loren rolled her eyes, but kissed him anyway. The two pulled back after the sweet peck.
"Tonight was amazing." Loren said, gazing into Eddie's eyes, "you were amazing."
Tonight had been a special evening for the Duran's. It was Max's birthday and Eddie, with the help of his girlfriend, had surprised him with a party, in his own club. Not only that, but Eddie performed a special song for his dad. Eddie looked away, not wanting her to see him blush. Despite his not so subtle attempt, she saw.
"Aw, is the little rockstar getting embarrassed?" Loren teased, giggling a little at Eddie's attempt to look masculine even though his face was bright red.
He grabbed her playfully, intertwining their hands. He was laughing embarrassedly, but happily as he replied, "Little? I'm twenty-two years old. I'm hardly what you would call little."
Loren stuck her tongue out at her boyfriend, causing him to playfully gasp at her.
"Loren Tate, that is no way for a lady to act," He teased, pulling her closer to his body.
"Oh yeah? Well how is a lady supposed to act?" Loren whispered, suddenly feeling very shy about being this close to Eddie, even though they have been dating for months.
Eddie just grinned and gave her a peck on the cheek. Loren blushed, causing Eddie to grin even more.
"Hey, lovebirds," Max Duran laughed at the expression on their faces from across the bar, "thanks for everything. I still don't know how you managed to pull the wool over my eyes. In my own club, no less."
The couple reluctantly pulled away, but remained close as they walked towards Eddie's father.
"Ah, you know we can't tell you. What if we want to surprise you again?" Eddie laughed, pulling his father in for a hug, "Happy Birthday, Pop."
"Thanks, Eddie," Max patted his son on the back before they both pulled away, "And thank you, Loren, for everything."
"Like I would miss out on coming to the hottest club in LA," Loren joked, causing the two men to laugh, "Besides, I wouldn't miss your birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. Duran. I hope you had a great one."
"Loren, how many times have I told you—" Max started, causing Loren to interrupt.
"Okay, okay... Max," Loren laughed, "Happy Birthday, Max."
"Thank you," Max laughed, smiling warmly at his son's girlfriend before they shared a hug. Although he had had doubts before about Eddie and Loren's relationship, he soon learned that there wasn't any reason for the two to not be together. In fact, they sort of reminded of him and his late wife. Just the other night, he gave Eddie his blessing. He had almost forgotten what it looked like to see Eddie so happy.
The two pulled away and Max said goodbye and he made his way to his apartment above the club.
"So now what?" Eddie asked, putting his hand in hers as they walked out of the club.
Loren shook her head, "You're unbelievable, you know that? You got up early to work on some new songs; you threw your father the best surprise birthday party until the early morning hours. Now you ask what's next? I'm beginning to think you don't ever have time to sleep."
Loren had noticed the bags under his eyes a few days ago, but didn't say anything until now. It worried her how much Jake pressured Eddie about writing new songs.
"I'm fine. I get plenty of sleep," Eddie replies, as if reading her mind. Loren scoffed, not believing him. He gently pulled on her hand to get her to stop walking, "I just don't want to say goodbye yet."
Loren's face softened, squeezing Eddie's hand in awe, "You're sweet."
They shared a kiss, but it quickly turned passionate. Finally, Loren pulled away, desperately needing air. The two stood there for a moment, smiling at each other. Unfortunately, the moment wouldn't last long because both heard a car's tires squealing. They both turned, but the car was nearing and Loren could tell it would hit Eddie if he didn't move.
"Eddie, move!" Loren shouted, pushing him out of the way.
Eddie was forced backwards by Loren's push, not really understanding what was happening because it was all happening so fast. Just as soon as she pushed him out of the way, the car slammed into Loren's side. Eddie watched helplessly from the ground as Loren was thrown onto the top of the car, until moments later the car finally slammed on the breaks. Loren rolled helplessly onto the ground, unconscious.