“Seriously, it was the most awkward day of my life!” finished Troian. The last few days, Troian had been living at Lucy’s house. It was lots of fun, but kind of annoying at the same time.
She hadn’t told Troian about Ian’s kiss yet. She knew he had kissed her before she fell asleep, because she felt it. She wasn’t sure what that kiss meant, so she just ignored it during breakfast. But it just kept coming back to her mind. She wanted to tell Troian about it, but how?
“And you? Anything to tell me? Oh, what about Iaaaaaaan?” smiled Troian. “I saw you too together last night… Did anything happened?? Because, that would be kind of awkward at the studio!”
Yeah, looks like she wasn’t going to tell her now either.
He didn’t know why he did it. That’s how Ian was. A little bit stupid and impulsive, but not crazy. Still, he didn’t know why he kissed her. It was just a “good-night kiss”, nothing hot at all, and she probably hadn’t noticed. But, he felt like he needed more. He needed to kiss Lucy again. Not Aria, at the studio. He felt like he had to kiss Lucy. But, why?? They were friends. Oh, Scheiße, who was he deceiving, he loved her. He loved Lucy Hale. And he confirmed that when he saw her name on the cellphone screen.
“Wazuuuuuup” said Lucy on the phone. She was already on the street, so Troian wouldn’t bother her. “ I’m calling you for a favor”
“Sure ‘mam” smiled Ian “What do you need?”
“Do you remember that I told you I was taking German classes?” Lucy asked. “ So, I kind of have some test this week, but I suck at it. Would you mind helping me? Pleeeeeeeeeease?” whimped the little girl.
“Sure. When? We don’t have any shooting this week.” Answered Ian.“What about… Thursday? And if you want to, you can sleep here.” ‘Damn, am I going too fast?’ He though.
“Aaahn, I don’t know… We have the conference the following day… Can I answer you later?” She didn’t want to sleep there. She knew what had happened the last day she slept there, and she wasn’t sure about what to do with that. She needed sometime. It was only Monday, and they would only meet on Thursday. She had time.
“Ok, see you then” smiled Ian at the phone.
“Ok, bye” hung up Lucy. She needed to think about it. A lot.
It was Thursday. Lucy was heading to Ian’s house, so they could study German. As she walked down the street after taking the bus (her car was being fixed), she started to think about it. The past few days, she had thought about Ian a lot. More than she wanted. She couldn’t deny she had liked his kiss. That he was an amazing guy. That she liked him. Very much. She couldn’t deny that she loved him. Wait, and what does she knew about love? Love is something you feel, not that you can describe or name. Still, let’s face it: she really liked him.
At the moment she stated that to herself, she started to walk faster. She couldn’t wait to see Ian. She wanted to “study” with him. She liked him. She missed that feeling: to like someone. But, the question was: Did he like her back?
The bell rang. It was Lucy. Ian had only realized it was Thursday on that morning. His house was very messy, but at least not dirty. “I’ll help her with her German. Nothing else” he thought. He loved her, but he wasn’t sure she loved him back. Oh, God, he was struggling inside to not kiss her while opening the door.
“Hey!” said Lucy, entering his apartment. “So, as I am a mess and I came by bus, I forgot my books at home. Yep”.
“Oh, well, then you can tell me what is going to be on your test, I guess…” Lucy looked so beautiful. Ian could barely speak.
“My teacher told me that, for our first test, we were going to have just the easy phrases, such as guten Morgen and Wie ist dein Name” said Lucy with an affected pronunciation. It was almost hurting on Ian’s german ears, but they would practice that. She sat at the sofa and took from her purse a purple notebook and a pen. Ian sat next to her and started:
“Ok, tell me some words you remember from the daily use.”
“Huumm… Bitte, Danke, …” counted Lucy on her tiny fingers.
“Uhuuum, yes, what else?” encouraged Ian.
“… Hallo, Guten Tag, Auf Wiedersehen, Ich weiß nicht, Ja and Nein…”
“Also Gute Nacht” explained Ian. She looked so cute trying to speak a foreign language.
“ Yeah, Gute Nacht… Scheiße …”. They both laughed. When he stopped laughing, he realized how close they were. He could feel her warm breathing.
“ Hahaha… Do you want to know more funny phrases?” asked Ian, while Lucy was still smiling. “Hündin means bitch”
“ Oh really?” laughed Lucy. Oh my, she really liked Ian.
“ Yes, and when you don’t know what to say you can say ‘achso’. It’s like a neutral word” Ian got closer to Lucy, but she didn’t seem to notice it.
“ Well, guess I’ll use it a lot ” answered Lucy. Yes, she had noticed how close they were.
“ Do you know another useful phrase? “ Ian asked. “Ich liebe dich”
“ And what does that mean? “ Lucy was melting already. She had an idea of what it could mean.
“ I love you “ answered Ian, leaning on Lucy. He gently kissed her on the lips. He had been waiting for that since the moment she came in.
‘ Now love has a name. And it is Ian.’ Lucy thought. She loved him. She simply did.
“Attention, everyone!” Mr Urie’s voice raised above the others’ “Today, I’m glad to say that we are finishing the 2nd season” Everyone shouted in answer “So, Mr Harding is gently offering his apartment for a celebration with the whole crew” finished Mr Urie, when Ian appeared at his side. Lucy was doing her make-up, and imediately turned to the other girl looking for their answer to the invitation. The 3 of them were agreeing on going, so Lucy decided to go too. It wouldn’t be that bad. It had already been a week since she went to Ian’s apartment, and they were back to theur normal friendship. It would be nice.
At that moment, Ian came to her and asked “So, are you coming?”
“When will it be?” asking Lucy, lifting an eyebrow
“Tomorrow night. Do you need a ride?”
“No, now I’ve got my own car again” said Lucy, proudly.
“Well,well,well, look who’s the grown up now” joked Ian, smiling.Even if Lucy was tiny, she was very responsible.
“Mr Harding, come here, now!” yelled Mr Urie.
“Ok, see you tomorrow then” blinked Ian, turning back to Mr Urie “ I’m coming, crazy old man!”
“Ok, see you” answered Lucy. The dinner would be fun, what could go wrong?
Lucy parked her car along the road. It was getting cold outside, so she got her purple jacket. It was only September, how could it be cold? She straighten her black dress when got out of the car and headed to Ian’s building revolving door. At the lobby, she met Ashley and Troian, who greeted her with a smile.
“Hi, Lucy!” said Troian.
“We were just talking about you” smiled Ashley.
“About you and Ian…” completed Troian.
Turning her eyes, Lucy grabbed both of them by their arms and pulled them to the lift. “Ok, can I argue with you in his apartment? Let’s go!”.
The lift went to the last floor, and oppened directly into Ian’s place. The apartment was full of well dresses people, who seemed careless about the 3 girls at the door. Looking through the crowd, Lucy saw Ian talking to some of the “extra girls”.
“See you guys in a few hours” Lucy shouted above others’ voices, and went to meet Ian.
“Heey !” Lucy greeted Ian with a hug.
“Hi ! I knew you were coming, but Lily insisted that you would forget about it” said Ian, pointing to the fake blonde girl next to him. Lucy looked at her with a cold look “Who’s the bitch?” she thought. And why was she talking to Ian?
“Come here, I’ll show you the kitchen” Ian showed the way.
“Sooo, how is life going?” Ian asked politely, while serving a glass of whine to Lucy. God, she was just gorgeous in that black dress. Had she made something with her hair?
“Pretty fine. Actually, I’m starting german classes next month” smiled Lucy. Wow, Ian was not so bad that night, on his smoking. Not bad at all.
“Oh, really? Did you knew that I was born in Germany?” Ian took another sip in his whine. She was just… Wonderful. “Hey, control yourself, Ian…” he thought.
“No way!! Do you speak a little bit of German then?” Really, Ian was probably the most handsome man in the whole room. What was happening to her?
“Möchten Sie tanzen?” he asked.
“And what does that mean?”
“Would you like to dance?” answered Ian, taking Lucy by her hand and conducing her to the living room.
As they got to the “dancefloor”, Ian started to conduce Lucy, twisting her with the highest mastery as possible. She didn’t knew he was such a great dancer. He made it look easy, while the song seemed really hard to dance. His delicacy was already impressing everyone.
Lucy’s tiny body was really easy to conduce. Ian didn’t consider himself a really good dancer, but Lucy was making everything easier. She was letting herself be taken by the music, and seemed to be enjoying a lot.
As they twisted and danced, going down to the floor and laughing a lot, lots of people started to join them. When they saw, they were just a few feet away, and Ian could feel Lucy’s hot breathe. She was dancing like a pro, but, at the same time, without looking like one of the whores from the extra girls. She was amazing.
When Lucy started to get tired, she started to slow down and realized how close she was from Ian. She looked into his eyes, those deep eyes, like they were always there for her, with some kind of mistery. He looked at her back, and they stood like that for a few seconds.
Why she was like that? What was that feeling inside her? Was it about the alcohol? No, she only took one glass. Or two. She didn’t see Ian filling it up. What was happening to her? When she saw, they were getting closer.
Suddenly, she felt a little touch in her shoulder. When she turned, she saw the outstanding Keegan. He had his sweet smile in his face and gently asked her, extending his hand: “May I?”
Looking at Ian, searching for his answer, he made an encouraging nod, so Keegan took her to dance. After following keegan, she looked back to Ian, that looked at her one last time before going back to the bar in the kitchen.
A few minutes later, when the music went over and Keegan let her go after a bow, Lucy joined the other girls.
“What’s up girls?” greeted Lucy the other 3 girls.
“Hey” answered Troian and Shay.
“Hey !” smiled Ashley “Look who is talking to Ian as we speak… Little bitch Lily” cruelly said Ashley.
“How did security got her in? Look at the size of her skirt!” added Troian.
“Yes, and she is almost putting her skinny ass into Ian’s face” observed Shay, disgusted.
“Ok, girls, enough with the poison” interrupted Lucy. At that moment, Ian came closer and said into Lucy’s ear “Looks like Mr Skult brought some kilos as his partner” pointing to the fatty producer stealing chips at the kitchen. Lucy started to laugh out loud, and the 3 girls looked at each other with a naughty smile on their faces, and slowly left the living room.
They kept talking for hours, without even noticing. As the hours passed, people started to leave, and they only nodded good bye when going. In the middle of their conversation, Lucy realized they were the only ones in the room.
“Wait, Ian, I think everyone left. What time is it?”
“Oh my God, I’m such a terrible host! How rude I was…” he said, looking around the room.
“Well, then, I think I should go too. It’s already 1:00 am” Lucy said, looking at the clock. She should’ve been at home hours ago. “Thank you for the…” started her, when she saw the storm that was going on outside. She hadn’t even notice it had started to rain.
Fllowing Lucy’s eyes, Ian saw how much it was raining out here. There was no way she could get out of the apartment.
Scared, Lucy went running to the window and looked for her car on the sidewalk. In the middle of a brown dirty water, she saw her car. It had been already taken by the rain, and would get dry only by the morning.
Looking at Lucy’s disappointed face, Ian thought about the only thing to do to help. “Would you like to sleep here tonight?” he offered.
It wouldn’t be the best. But she had no choice. And Ian was acting really normal the past few days, so nothing could happen.
Getting happier with the idea, Lucy accepted “Sure, why not?”.
“Would you like another glass of wine, Mrs Montgomery?” offered Ian.
“Sure, Mr Fitz” said Lucy, extending her glass. They hadn’t drink too much, but they started to call each other by their character’s names.
“Hey, I’ve got an idea” said Lucy when she put her glass down. “How about we watch a movie?”. Drinking the rest of his wine, Ian agreed and went to the closet where he keeps his DVDs. He was glad they were Still sober, but Lucy seemed really tired.
Throwing herself in the sofa with a glass of wine, Lucy asked, with a yawn “What are we watching?”.
“Forrest Gump” Ian answered. He really liked that movie, and he didn’t want to watch anything romantic near Lucy. He seated next to her and pressed play in the remote control. Lucy yawned again.
“Where do you want to sleep?” Ian politely asked.
“I’m fine with the sofa” Lucy answered, softly.
“Oh, no, you can go to my bed” Ian denied. Lucy deserved the best. ”So, I can change the sheets for…” Ian started, turning to Lucy, that was already asleep. Looking at her, with that soft tiny face, Ian stood up and grabbed her into his arms, carrying her into his room.
Carefully, Ian put her on the bed, while her little lips tried to protest by saying something. “Shhh…” whispered Ian, and, gently kissed her on the lips. He turned off the lights, and went out of the room.
“… And the old lady started to hit me saying ‘Why did you date your student?! Pedophile! Pedophile!’“ told Ian, while Lucy was laughing out loud. She always had a lot of fun with Ian!
Starring at the empty boxes of Orio’s, still laughing, Lucy sighed “Oh well… I hate to stop the fun, but we haven’t rehearsed yet”
“Ok, we had to do it sometime…” agreed Ian, passing a script to Lucy.
“I’ll start” said Lucy “This hiding, this relationship, can’t continue like that!”
“Aria, look at me” continued Ian “We can do this. We can go through this. Together. Your parents are downstairs, and, I just have to tell them how much I love you. Together” finished Ian, taking Lucy’s hands.
“This wasn’t on the script…” thought Lucy to herself, but somehow, she continued. ”Promise me. Promise me we will do this, and not ignorate it”.
“I promise” said Ian, coming closer. Lucy’s heart started to beat faster. What was he doing? This definitely wasn’t on the script. He couldn’t kiss her. She wouldn’t let him. As he got his head closer, Lucy quickly stoop up and said “Oh my God, I forgot about Ashley!” Grabbing her purse, she added “I think we will do just fine tomorrow”.
She ran to the door and thanked “I had a great time today!” And closed the door with a thud.
What was that feeling inside her? When Ian got closer, it didn’t fell like when they were shooting. It felt … Right. But she couldn’t like Ian. No, she just couldn’t. Or was she only afraid of her feelings?
Inside the apartment, Ian was picking up the empty boxes of Orio’s and Pop-Tarts. Why did he do that? He ruined everything again. They were having a great time, and he ruined everything up by some confusing feelings. He couldn’t fancy Lucy. Or could he?
“…And then, Shay said that she didn’t want to make that scene. Can you believe it? So, I said to her…” While Ashley talked at the cupcake shop, Lucy kept deep in her thoughts. He was only 3 years older than her. They were work collegues. On the other hand, he was very handsome, she couldn’t deny it. Still, she couldn’t like him. Fancy him. Be in love with him. Wait, IN LOVE?
“… So, finally, she accepted to do it after I begged her a lot, and…”
“What do you think about Ian?” interrupted Lucy.
“Who, Ezra?” Ashley liked to call the actors by their characters names. “He is funny, and handsome in my opinion. But he is a terrible actor, haha. Also, I think…”
“No, Ashley, I mean, is he like a brother to you or would you date him?” interrupted Lucy.
“ I don’t know… Why are you…” said Ashley confused, when something lightened her “OH MY GOD, LUCY, YOU LIKE HIM!!”
Scared, Lucy stayed defensive “No, no! I mean, he is my friend, but, absolutely no! I was just asking…”
“Yes, you do! Oh. My. God/ You would look so cute together!!” smiled Ashley.
Turning her eyes, Lucy changed the subject “Shouldn’t we pay the bill now?” and quickly stood up with her wallet and entered the cupcake shop. “Was it getting that obvious?” Lucy thought.
“And… Cut!” yelled Mr Urie to the studio the following day. “Well done, Mrs Hale!”
Lucy wiped her mouth in the sweater sleeve. In that scene, she had to kiss Jason, but Drew was a terrible kisser. Why did Jaria had to exist?
she was walking to the make-up setion, when she heard Mr Urie, the director, calling.
“Mrs Hale! Please come here”
She turned around and saw Ian standing next to Mr Urie. Was that about the Christmas outfit again?
“Yes, Mr Urie, what’s the matter?” said Lucy when she got next to them.
At that moment, Ashley got next to them too.
“What’s up folks?” asked Ashley.
“What’s up, Hanna?” answered Lucy.
“Hey, Aria!” replied Ashley, turning to her.
“I’m sorry, Mrs Benson, but I was wanting to talk to Mrs Hale and Mr Harding” explained Mr Urie.
“Oh, it’s ok, I can wait” naively said Ashley, drinking a little bit more of her frozen yogurt.
Turning his eyes, Mr Urie got to the point “As both of you know, the scene that will be shoot by tomorrow is very important, as it is a love scene between Aria and Ezra”.
“Oh, Gosh, I won’t have to stay here until late, will I?” thought Lucy.
“… So I was wondering if you both couldn’t rehearse it until tomorrow”
“Wait, what? I’m sorry, but today I was going to hang out with Ashley after lunch break” explained Lucy.
“and I was going to pass by my mother’s house” lied Ian. He was just going to stay at home sleeping, but he was still feeling awkward about Lucy yesterday. He didn’t want to screw everything up again.
“Actually, Lu, it can wait! I don’t mind” smiled Ashley, while Lucy sent her a cold look.
“And I’m sure your mother can wait too, Mr Harding” agreed Mr Urie “Please, you have to rehearse it! I don’t want to fire you both” joked the director.
Convinced, Lucy agreed “Ok, but where could we rehearse then?”
“Oh, why don’t you go to Mr Harding’s apartment? I’m sure there’s plenty of space there!” said Mr Urie.
Ian raised his hand to disagree, but he didn’t want to fight with the director. Instead, he offered “I know you are without your car today, so, would you like a ride, Lucy?”
“Yes, she can go with you from here!” said Mr Urie.
“It will be fun!” affirmed Ashley.
“Sure it will’ thought Lucy and Ian, heading to the parking lot.
“So, how was that scene with Drew?” asked Ian politely. They hadn’t spoke yet during the car ride.
“Awful. He is a terrible kisser” laughed Lucy, looking at the road outside. Gosh, she was already getting a headache.
“Hum, interesting, I guess” Ian said.
He couldn’t deny he had felt jealous when Lucy and Drew kissed. But, why did he felt jealous? They were best friends, and he could never date Lucy. Wait, why did he said dating? They were almost siblings, for God’s sake! He couldn’t deny that she was very pretty, but, still, they would never be together. Ever.
“Lucy, are you okay?” said Ian, breaking the ice.
“Yes, it’s just… I’m just tired” lied Lucy. It wasn’t ok. She couldn’t deny that it was really awkward the day before, when they got really close. She couldn’t deny that their friendship had grown a lot since the 1st day, neither. But, she couldn’t be with him. It didn’t felt right, but she couldn’t deny her feelings. Wait deny her feelings? What feelings?
“You look… Weird, today” completed Ian, while parking the car in front of a big building.
“Really, I’m fine” said Lucy, getting quickly out of the car and passing through the revolving door.
Unlike Ezra’s, Ian’s apartment was huge, and was a penthouse. Looking around, Lucy could see the kitchen across from the living room, near the piano. Ian played the piano? And on the opposite side of the room, there were 4 doors, probably bedrooms. And, obviously, a beautiful view of the whole city.
“So, this is my humble home” said Ian, embarrassed due to Lucy’s expression
“Humble? We could put the whole crew in here for a party!” answered Lucy, astonished. Ian laughed, agreeing.
“So, I’ll take some Orio’s and you can take the script!” ordered Ian, going to the kitchen.
“Sure, captain” said Lucy, making a bow and heading to one of the big sofas.
(to be continued…)
*Triing* rang the bell. It was already 11pm, and Lucy was tired of rehearsing. The studio started to get quieter as people left, so her mind was getting clearer. She went straight to her dressing-room, and grabbed her coat and her purse. When she turned to the door, Natalie, the clothes designer, came towards the hallway.
”Oh, Lucy, dear” she said “ I need you to do me a favor”
“Hum, yes, sure, Mrs Banks”
“There are some outfits for the Christmas party that I need you to try on”
“Indeed, but, could you please give me them on Monday? I’m kind of in a hurry right now” answered Lucy, already looking at the room’s clock.
“Sorry to say, dear, but Mr Urie wants them ready by Monday. And, as in the episode Ezra is going to praise the dress, I thought the best thing to do is to let Ian choose!”
“What?” gaspered Lucy “Why does Ian has to choose my Christmas outfit?”
“Well, I thought that as he is your boyfriend in the series, he would act better if he really thought you looked gorgeous. Is there any problem, Lucy?”
“No, not at all” lied Lucy, as it was the thing she did the best. “So, when can I try them?”
“I thought that you both could come to my house on Sunday”
“Tomorrow? I’m sorry, but I have an importante lunch with my dad” lied Lucy again.
“Couldn’t you even pass there by the morning? It’s very important!”
“Ok, I’ll try!” agreed Lucy. This was already getting tiring and she had to go to the parking lot.
“Thank you very much, Lucy! See you tomorrow!” said Natalie while she walked to the door. “Oh, and don’t forget to lock everything when you leave!” yelled her, while going out.
“Ok, see you” answered Lucy to no one specific.
“Well, well, well” thought Lucy to herself “tomorrow is gonna be a reeeally long day”.
Not that she didn’t like Ian Harding. Not at all. He was very fine, and they were best friends. He always made her laugh on the studio, and they always hung out together with the others from the crew. It’s just that it was too akward to be mencioned as his girlfriend, and she wasn’t feeling like going out this weekend. Staying at home, eating ice cream and watching Glee, looked like a very promising scenario.
Lucy parked the car along the road, in front of Natalie’s house. Ian’s car was parked in front of her’s, and looked like he had already entered the house. “Always punctual” said Lucy to herself.
As she rang the bell, Mrs Banks came to greet her. “Hello, Mrs Hale! Come in, I’ve just baked some cupcakes” said Natalie while she opened the door. “Cupcakes aren’t a bad idea right now” thought Lucy, while entering the house.
It was a very simple, but very cozy place. The kitchen was on the other side of the living room, so Natalie crossed through the sofas to get to the cupcakes. Sitting in the sofa, was Ian Harding, with his usual happy-but-tired face. He was wearing a polo blues shirt with old jeans, and quickly greeted Lucy with a nod.
“Howdy” said Ian.
“Howdy” smiled Lucy. Since the first episode, that had become their “secret greeting” as Ian liked to call.
“Lucy, darling, tha first outfit is on the sofa on the left. You can start by trying it!” yelled Natalie from the kitchen.
“Ok, Mrs Banks!” answered Lucy, throwing her bag on the sofa. She picked up the green dress that was lying there.
“Turn around” ordered Lucy. Even though they had already made scenes in lingerie and they were very intimate, Lucy still felt awkward by changing in front of Ian.
As she ordered, Ian turned around and saw the painting behind him.
“What a beautiful view!” he said, starrying at the painting. Lucy laughed, while taking her pink and black baggy shirt off. Putting the green dress on her, she took off the black pants.
“Ok, now you can look” joked Lucy, while Ian turned back to her.
She was just outstanding. The dress made her beautiful eyes look big and gorgeous, and it made her look even tinier. She dropped her little head to the right, and while looking at the old mirror, she agreed with Ian’s thoughts “it isn’t that bad”.
Lucy looked at Ian through the mirror and saw him looking at her. Why was he starrying like that? He came closer and put his arms around her little waist. “I really liked it” he said in her ear.
He couldn’t contain himself. They were bestfriends, and he always looked at her as his little sister, but he couldn’t deny that she was gorgeous on that dress. What was happening to him? She was only his friend!
“Cupcakes are ready!” sang Mrs banks, coming through the kitchen door. Scared, Lucy got out from Ian’s arms and quickly changed her shirt and her pants in the middle of the room.
“I’m sorry, but I have a lunch now with my mom” Lucy said, quickly, while she took her bag and ran to the door.
“Wasn’t it with your dad?” asked Natalie, confused.
“You get it!” yelled Lucy going out of the door.
“What was that about?” asked Ian to himself, trying to get Lucy changing her clothes in the living room image out of his mind.