Temptation of the Best Kind- Chapter Ten
A/N: If bạn are a Nate fan, I would warn bạn not to read this.
The crack of a fist hitting someone’s flesh reverberated through the school hallways. The two men that used to be best Những người bạn stared at each other, and shakily Nate brought a hand up to his aching jaw. Chuck forced himself to calm down and looked at his bloody knuckles. He had really được trao Nathaniel a good nhanh, swift cú đấm in the face. Nate continued to look dazed, but Chuck wished that he could cú đấm him again. Hitting Nate once was never going to be enough after all of the pain and heartbreak that he had caused them for the past couple of months.
His cheek started to swell and while still gripping it, he lashed out at Chuck. “What the fuck is your problem? First bạn feed me some piece of shit story about how bạn took Blair’s virginity and then bạn fucking hit me?” He couldn’t quite grasp the concept of what the hell was wrong with Chuck. He wasn’t a violent person, well not enough to hit someone at least. As he continued to look in his face, Nate started to get a little nervous. He looked like he was still ready to kill him, but he didn’t understand why.
“Let’s take this outside.” Chuck growled. The last thing he needed was to get suspended because of Nate. It would be much better if they had this conversation where no one could overhear them. When Nate didn’t walk towards the doors in a timely matter that suited him, he grabbed him bởi the scruff of his neck and basically threw him out the front door to the school.
As soon as the doors closed behind him, he threw Nate on the pavement. He looked around to make sure that no one was around, and when he was sure, he turned back to Nate. He made a face of disgust and spat at him, “I wasn’t lying when I đã đưa ý kiến that I took Blair’s virginity. It’s the truth and it happened months ago. We’ve been hiding it from bạn ever since, and while I know that was wrong what you’ve done is horrendous. You’ve kept me from the woman that I love.”
“Why the hell do bạn keep saying this? bạn can’t be really serious about this.”
He chuckled at Nate’s cluelessness. If there was one thing that bạn could count on Nate Archibald for, it was him being one clueless son of a bitch. His mind didn’t seem to absorb things like a normal person did.
He bent his head down until his face was a breath away from his former best friend. “For the last time,” he started maliciously. “It is the fucking truth. And I will never apologize for that. It was probably one of the single greatest nights of my life even though I couldn’t admit it at the time.”
Nate’s face changed in a heartbeat. A ferocious growl issued from his throat and he seemed to finally understand what he was saying. “You fucked my girlfriend?”
“Yes.” Chuck hissed.
“It started that one night at Victrola and I resisted her for a long time after that, but then again recently we slept together.”
Nate struggled to get off the ground and pushed with all his might against Chuck’s chest until he stumbled back a few steps. “You bastard! You’re my best friend and I trusted you, and bạn go behind my back and fuck my girlfriend. How could bạn do that to me?”
“Don’t act like bạn have ever được trao a shit about Blair because I know that bạn haven’t. And don’t act so innocent, bạn did almost the exactly the same thing. Does screwing Serena ring a bell?”
“That was different.” Nate began, but was interrupted almost immediately.
“How was that different? bạn had a girlfriend and decided that she wasn’t good enough, and bạn choose to have sex with Serena even though bạn knew that it would devastate Blair.”
Chuck walked back slowly to Nate, like a predator would.
Before he got to him though, Nate went around him. “I can’t believe any of this shit. Blair was pure and bạn ruined her!
Chuck cornered him against the tường and shoved him until Nate let out a gasp of pain. “When bạn say something like that it just proves my point. The only reason bạn wanted her in the first place was because she was innocent and she could play the part of your girlfriend well, but bạn didn’t want that for yourself. It was all for show. bạn wanted to screw around on her instead and act like it didn’t matter because to bạn it doesn’t. bạn only care about yourself and fuck anyone who gets in your way.”
Nate poked a finger into Chuck’s chest, but quickly removed it when he saw the furious glare on his face. “Don’t act like bạn give a shit about Blair either. It was all just a game to bạn too. Your game is to see how many woman bạn can get to sleep with and bạn just had to mess around with her. But I know bạn Chuck, and I know that all you’re interested in is sex with her. You’ve never cared for another human being in your life and don’t tell me that you’re going to start now. Because I will never fucking believe that.”
His anger evaporated as he thought about Blair. “This isn’t a game, Nathaniel. After I slept with her the first time I felt guilty for weeks and I did everything I could to stay away from her. I slept with other women, drank like crazy, did anything to take my mind off her, but nothing worked. And it didn’t help that she was determined to get me back in her bed, and finally I couldn’t resist her anymore. I didn’t want too, and I’m not going to now either. I tình yêu Blair.”
“What?” Nate asked on a spurt of laughter. “You tình yêu her?”
Some of the anger started to come back as he saw that Nate was laughing at what he assumed was all a joke. “I don’t know what the fuck you’re laughing at because it isn’t a joke at all. I do tình yêu her. She understands me and accepts me for who I am. And I truly believe that I am the only person who has ever got her.”
Nate made a face of surprise. “You really tình yêu her?” Chuck nodded. “What do bạn mean you’re the only one that gets Blair? She is who she is.”
“No.” Chuck growled at once. He moved away from Nate, he couldn’t stand to stare at his pathetic face any longer. “This is why bạn were never good for Blair. bạn don’t understand who she is. bạn just don’t get that she doesn’t just want to be known for being a rich Upper East Sidder. She’s adventurous, fun, and she always wants to try something new. And I know all of this not because she’s told me, but because I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I get who she is. And bạn just never did.”
“That doesn’t change anything Chuck. You’ve betrayed me in the worst way and I’m never going to forgive bạn for that.”
“Forgive me? I know what bạn did to Blair and it’s going to be me who never forgives you, Nathaniel. Blair and I could have been together a long time ago, but bạn fucked us over with your whole blackmailing scheme. I was really hurt when Blair took bạn back, and I didn’t know why she did it. But finally Serena came to me yesterday and told me the truth. I know how bạn told Blair that bạn would ruin me if she didn’t stay with bạn until the end of senior year. Blair did all that to protect me and we’ve wasted so much time because of all this shit you’ve put me though.”
“I had no idea that bạn were in tình yêu with her.” A look of shame crossed his face, but only to be replaced bởi anger. “How could bạn have sex with her when bạn knew that she was my girlfriend?”
“Like I keep telling bạn I felt so guilty about that for a really long time. Blair was upset because she knew that she didn’t want to pretend to be something she wasn’t, and it just happened. It’s not like we planned it hoặc anything because I would never do that to someone that I would consider a friend. Friend’s girlfriends are always off limits to me. That is the one rule that I have always had. But bạn can’t blame us for any of this. bạn didn’t want her and bạn never did. So what does it even matter?”
“I’m sorry,” Nate mumbled in apology. “I have every right to be pissed off at bạn though, Chuck. bạn can’t tell me that. I know that blackmailing Blair was wrong, but it was all I could think to do at the time. She has been a total chó cái, bitch to me lately, and I think bạn probably know that better than anyone. Still it is a pretty hard pill to nuốt, nhạn when bạn find out that your best friend has been screwing your girlfriend whether bạn wanted her hoặc not.”
Chuck turned his angry eyes back on Nate. “I will concede that of course it’s hard to take on some level. But I will never forgive bạn for what bạn did, Nathaniel. bạn knew that Blair didn’t want you, but bạn everything in your power to make her miserable. She’s hasn’t been happy in months and all because of you.”
He continued to stare at anything, but Chuck’s face. He couldn’t stand to see the anger, the hate, and the resentment there. He finally lifted his eyes back to his though. “When bạn knew that bạn were in tình yêu with her why didn’t bạn just come to me, and tell me the truth?
He looked at Nate with something keen to hate. “If I had told bạn that, what would bạn have done to me? If bạn blackmailed Blair for something as simple as her not wanting bạn anymore, then I knew that bạn would never let me be happy with her. bạn are too selfish for that. The only thing that matters to bạn is Nathaniel Archibald and fuck everything else.”
“You’re with her now though. Isn’t that enough?”
He nodded angrily. “Yes, it’s enough for now.”
“Don’t let this effect our friendship, Chuck. We’ve been Những người bạn for too long to let some girl get in the way of all that.”
He moved back to the door. “You just never get it, Nate. I would much rather be with Blair any ngày of the week than be Những người bạn with you. Actually, I’m pretty sure that our friendship is pretty much over. I don’t want anything to do with bạn after everything that has happened.”
“Wait,” Nate hollered as he went to stop Chuck from going inside. “Don’t let this destroy our friendship. You’ll be sorry if bạn do.”
“No, Nate. You’re on your own now. Everybody calls me a fuck-up, but bạn have fucked up things worse than anybody else I have ever seen.”
He opened the glass door to the school and slammed it in Nate’s face. He was gone; Nate had Mất tích the only person that he had ever truly cared about. All because of Blair Waldorf.
Blair was waiting for him where she đã đưa ý kiến she would be. He met her at her locker. “Did everything go alright?” She asked immediately.
She looked so damn cute to him that he couldn’t resist her. The prim and proper Blair Waldorf was gone, and it had been replaced with the sexy siren that he knew had always been simmering underneath the surface. She had those cute little glasses that he loved on hàng đầu, đầu trang of her head and many sách in her hand. He hauled her to him and gave her what he felt was an earth shattering kiss
The sách that she had been holding lay forgotten on the floor, as she wrapped her arms around his neck. Under Chuck’s careful persuasion, her mouth opened to him and he slipped his tongue inside. A groan immediately bubbled out of her throat. And she licked every crevice in his mouth, only anxious to deepen the kiss.
She finally pulled back when she felt it getting out of hand. She lightly placed a Kiss on hàng đầu, đầu trang of his lips. A reflection drew her attention to something over his shoulder and she saw Nate staring at them speechlessly. Blair began to feel uncomfortable when she saw that he had no intention to stop staring at her.
She saw the recognition dawn on Nate’s face and she figured that he finally realized that they were indeed a couple. Nate was sometimes so naive that it was ridiculous. He continued to stare at them, and Blair finally noticed the bruise that was creeping up on his face. That made her grimace.
Nate finally lifted his eyes directly to hers and mumbled, “I’m sorry.”
Blair đã đưa ý kiến nothing back to him, and after another moment he left. She would never be able to forgive him for what he had done and there was no reason to even to attempt to talk to him. It was basically pointless. She watched for a moment as Nate disappeared down a hallway, and found that same anger creeping up that always did when she thought about all of the shit that he had put her through and with no reason at all.
Chuck stroked the back of her neck with calm, and soothing gestures. She looked up at him. “What the hell happened between bạn two? Did bạn get into a fight?”
Blair’s tone was full of concern for him and he smiled lightly at that. “You could say that. I punched him, but he’s actually lucky that’s all that I did to him. I’ve never been so angry in my life and he deserves to pay for all that he’s done to us,” he continued stroking her neck and placed his other hand on her back.
She placed a hand over his. “I never wanted it to get physical between the two of you.”
“Don’t worry about it, Blair.”
“Do bạn think that we’ll ever be able to forgive him, Chuck?”
He thought about her câu hỏi and answered as honestly as he could. “I really don’t know. I’m not at the point right now, and maybe I will never be. And if that is the case, it’s okay. I’m tired of talking about Nathaniel though, aren’t you?”
A slight chuckle reverberated out of her mouth. “Yeah, I really am.”
“So am I,” his mouth lowered to hers and he brushed his lips across lightly against her mouth. “Forget about Nate. Let’s talk about us. It’s about time we did.”
They smiled at each other. And he realized that it was the first time that he had felt happy, truly happy, since the night that he had first made tình yêu to Blair. He wasn’t going to let anything else come between them, he would make sure of that.
Six months later
Things had gone back to normal as much as possible. Even all these months later, he still felt a crash of anger as he thought back to what his best friend had done to him. He had gotten closer with Serena as a result of all this. If it hadn’t been for her, he still probably wouldn’t have known the whole story about Nate blackmailing Blair. He could never thank Serena enough for all of that.
The first few months he found that he couldn’t even look Nate in the face, it was just too painful to see how greedy and selfish is friend had become and how nothing mattered to him other than himself. In the last two weeks, he had begun mildly speaking to Nate again. He didn’t think that he would ever be able to forgive him entirely and of course their friendship wasn’t the same, but it was a start, and that was all he could ask for.
“What do bạn want to do?”
Blair’s câu hỏi cut through to his thoughts and he grinned that devilish and evil smile that he was famous for. “You know what I want.”
She rewarded him with a smile of her own. “Again? Didn’t we just do that for the last few hours?”
“I can never get enough of you, Waldorf.”
She laughed. “The same goes for me, Bass.”
He turned serious for a moment. “So did bạn have plans for us today?”
“No, not really. I’ve been thinking about something for a while and I kind of wanted to run it bởi bạn to see what bạn think of the idea.”
He watched as the wind whipped around her hair and he fisted a hand in it and touched the silky strands. “Sure.”
“The past năm has been horrible in so many ways, but then the last six months have been amazing. But I have to admit that I’m a little sick of New York and I think we might need a vacation. What do bạn think of that?”
He nodded. “I couldn’t agree more. We do need to take a vacation and just get away from everything for a while, and be bởi ourselves.”
Blair smiled at that thought.
He removed his hand from her hair and dropped a quick Kiss on her lips. He grabbed her hand and intertwined her fingers with his as they continued to walk down the street. Chuck âm bass, tiếng bass, bass holding hands and kissing his girlfriend in public. Who would have ever thought that? It secretly made him grin. These sorts of things would have made him grimace a năm ago, but it had to admit that Blair had changed him in so many ways, just like he had changed her.
All his life he had never felt truly happy, but now with her he did. He had always felt like he was a major disappointment, but Blair always managed to make him feel differently. And that was the reason that he hadn’t felt the loss of his best friend so much. He had depended on Nate for so many years, and he thought that he would be devastated if he ever had to go without his friendship. But if the last few months had taught him anything, it was one thing. Blair Waldorf was the most important thing in his life, not Nate Archibald. She was the thing that he looked phía trước, chuyển tiếp to most in the ngày and he knew that would continue for each ngày thereafter.
A/N: Thoughts on the final chapter? And I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to a lot of Những người bạn who have shown me support over the last few days and week. It means everything. I also must thank three people who have dedicated chapters to me this week. So thank bạn Bianca, Lily, and Alicia. You’re amazing.