Beatrice would never let a boy distract her from her goals!
Enter Luke Bennet, and a bet that he can make the straight-A girl fall for him. His good looks and bad-boy charm have Beatrice doing things sure to ruin her good-girl reputation. But Beatrice has her own charms… When he sees them, will Luke come clean?
Age Rating: 18+
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Beatrice would never let a boy distract her from her goals! Enter Luke Bennet, and a bet that he can make the straight-A girl fall for him. His good looks and bad-boy charm have Beatrice doing things sure to ruin her good-girl reputation. But Beatrice has her own charms… When he sees them, will Luke come clean?
Age Rating: 18+
Original Author: Davies
The first day of school was not something that Luke Bennet ever anticipated. School was just a distraction from all the things he wished he be doing, so was unimportant in his mind.
But, for the first day back of each year, he tried to keep a straight record.
Each year, his parents would lecture him about making a fresh start and trying to do better in school, even though they knew it was unlikely.
So, the first day back was a bit of a tradition for Luke.
As he pushed his way through the front doors into the over-crowded hallway, Luke smiled.
The buzz of everyone meeting up after the summer always made him smile; he’d always been the quiet type who sat on the edges of conversations.
Watching through the cracks but not getting directly involved.
Then the gasps and stares came. As with most outsiders, Luke did not have a direct friendship group to hang out with, so people had a bit of tendency to make up stories about him.
In his all black outfits, they gossiped about him beating people up who looked at him weirdly. Being a drug-dealer. Having had a stint in juvie.
He supposed it went with the typical image of a bad-boy.
None of it was true though. Yeah, he skipped school from time to time, but he wasn’t a bad person really. But he let the rumours fly; they didn’t hurt him.
Honestly, they just made people leave him alone, which he was grateful for.
The only guy who really knew what Luke was like stood up against the lockers, chatting up a giggly girl with blonde hair.
Luke rolled his eyes; if there was one person in school who had a reputation with the ladies, it was Jamie Dawson.
A typical jock in high school, Jamie Dawson was a tall and muscly boy, with immaculately styled honey brown hair, bright blue eyes and a winning smile.
It was no wonder that all the ladies swooned over him; everyone saw him as the catch of the school.
Which is why no one understood his friendship with Luke. In all honesty, Luke himself didn’t understand it.
Sure, they’d been to pre-school together, but usually a guy like Jamie would have dumped a guy like Luke years ago.
‘Hey.’ Luke called out to him.
Jamie looked up from the girl that he had started to kiss. ‘Hey Luke, didn’t see you there.’
‘Clearly.’ Luke smirked, looking at the girl.
Jamie smiled. ‘Alright honey, I think it’s time you go to class.’ He gently extricated himself from the girl’s grasp, lightly pushing her down the hallway.
‘You don’t waste your time, do you?’ Luke laughed.
Jamie shrugged. ‘It’s easy with her. Give her a few kind words and she’s all mine.’
Luke shook his head. ‘I don’t like your attitude towards women. I mean, they have feelings just like the rest of us. You should have more respect.’
‘Hey Mr High-and-Mighty, when did you get morals?’ Jamie looked at Luke with an arched eyebrow.
‘I’m just saying.’ Luke shrugged.
‘Yeah well, stay out of it.’ Jamie turned to his locker. ‘It’s my business.’
‘No need to get irritated. I’m just trying to be nice.’ Luke opened his own locker. ‘I know you’ve not been the same since you and Ellie broke up…’
‘I’m fine.’ Jamie interjected firmly.
‘You cared about her dude, it’s not a crime. I’m just saying you don’t need to sleep with everyone in a mile radius to make yourself feel better.’
‘Like I said, stay out of it.’ Jamie’s tone was icy.
Luke raised his hands up in defence. ‘Fine, I can take the hint.’
There was a brief pause whilst the tension diffused.
‘How was your summer?’ Jamie asked.
‘Uneventful.’ Luke sighed. ‘It’s so boring around here in this town. I wish there was something to do.’
‘Well, I’m sure you’ll welcome my yearly challenge then.’ Jamie grinned.
The yearly challenge, thought Luke. Great.
Ever since Luke and Jamie had been kids, on the first day of each school year they gave each other a challenge to complete before the end of the year.
At first, it had been things like steal the teacher’s pencil and see if they notice. Harmless stuff.
But now, the stakes were higher. Last year, Luke had challenged Jamie to ask out Ellie… and after how well that had went, Luke was dreading this year’s challenge.
‘So, what’s my challenge?’ Jamie asked.
Luke considered; he wanted to do something good for Jamie. ‘I challenge you to… to…’ He stopped, a great idea coming to him. ‘I challenge you to celibacy, for a whole month.’
‘Celibacy?’ Jamie asked. ‘I can’t do that. I mean, why the hell would I want to?’
Luke shrugged with a smile. ‘It’s my challenge. If you don’t take it, you know what the forfeit is.’
Pour a bowl of soup over yourself in the middle of the busy school cafeteria. Dumb, but not something that would be lived down easily. And there would have to be an explanation about the bet.
Luke could see Jamie’s internal debate. Even though Jamie didn’t know it at that point, Luke knew that if Jamie could do the challenge, it would be good for him.
It would get him out of the harmful cycle of sleeping with anything in a dress in order to fill the void in his life.
Jamie rolled his eyes with a sigh. ‘Fine, but my challenge is going to be super hard because you did that.’
‘Alright, what is it then?’
‘I challenge you to get a girl to sleep with you in the space of a month.’
Luke laughed. ‘Easy. I’ll just play on the bad-boy reputation and I’ll have girls swooning.’
‘Ah, it’s not that simple.’ Jamie smiled. ‘I get to pick the girl.’
‘Ok, no big deal. Just no ugly ones, please.’
‘I thought you were the one who was all about respecting women.’ Jamie smirked.
Luke elbowed him in the ribs. ‘You know what I meant.’
Jamie looked up and down the hallway, assessing all the girls who walked by. Then, his eyes locked on one girl, and a satisfied smile came onto his face.
‘Her.’ He pointed.
Luke followed his gaze to the lockers opposite where they were standing.
Beatrice King stood by her open locker, her school bag rested up against the block of lockers as she reached up to transfer her files into her bag.
Her light brown hair was firmly secured back in a middle height ponytail, with her no-nonsense round copper glasses pushed up the bridge of her nose, and the spattering of freckles that decorated her cheeks on full display due to the absence of foundation.
Luke assessed her. If he could get her to take her hair down, ditch the specs and wear something slightly more flattering than her blue jeans and polo neck, she had the potential to be quite pretty.
Prettier than his last attachment.
Glancing at Jamie, Luke nodded. ‘Yeah, why not. She’s not that bad looking.’
Jamie laughed. ‘I think she’s quite pretty actually. You finding her attractive wasn’t the problem; if you can get her to sleep with you within a month, I’ll be amazed.’
Luke shrugged. ‘Why?’
Jamie gestured over to Beatrice, who was still filling her rucksack full of files. ‘She’s so busy, I doubt she’d be able to fit dating you into her schedule. Plus, as far as I’ve heard, she’s the type of girl who wouldn’t… you know, until she thinks he’s like “the perfect guy”.’
‘Well, I’ll just have to be her perfect guy then, won’t I?’ Luke smiled.
Jamie laughed. ‘Over confident as usual. One day it’ll shoot you in the foot.’
‘How do you know so much about her?’ Luke asked.
Jamie frowned, looking down. ‘She’s Ellie’s best friend.’
Luke looked over to Beatrice as he heard her laugh. On cue, Ellie had appeared at her elbow and was pulling a funny face, clearly relating a story of some sort.
Her auburn hair framing her perfectly made up face, Ellie Maxwell was definitely a looker. She always had been.
Luke looked back at Jamie, who had turned back to his locker and appeared to be studying his biology file intently.
He always reacted that way when he saw Ellie; he had been heartbroken when they had broken up, and Luke knew that Jamie still wanted her back.
‘Are you sure she’s the right girl then?’ Luke asked Jamie gently.
Jamie coughed. ‘Of course, she’ll be a challenge.’
‘How I feel about it doesn’t matter.’ Jamie looked up to Luke solemnly. ‘Ellie and I can behave like mature adults; there is nothing between us now.’
Diverting Luke’s attention, Bea laughed lightly and smiled a crooked smile that scrunched up her nose adorably. Yes, this would be a fun challenge, Luke thought.
Someway or another, Luke found himself drifting across the hallway until he was stood beside Bea. Both girls turned to face him as he leaned against the lockers.
‘What are you girls laughing about?’
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Beatrice King loved the first day of school. It was always an exciting thing to start back on the new courses and curriculum.
Over the summer, she’d already done all the reading and made notes, so she felt super prepared as she organised her locker.
Organisation was the key to good grades Bea believed. Anything that was done without planning or control was bound to end in disaster.
‘Morning.’ A voice interrupted Bea from her colour coded locker filing.
She turned her head to see her best friend Ellie stood beside her.
She had had a new haircut, and her skin was tanned after the summer vacation, but other than that, Ellie was the same as she always was.
‘How was your summer?’ Ellie asked perkily.
‘Uneventful.’ Bea smiled. ‘You?’
‘Well, I ended up going on a date with that poor guy Connor who you stood up last term.’ Ellie launched into her tale of a whirlwind summer romance, and Bea laughed.
She was glad to see that her best friend had moved on after last-year’s debacle of her ex-boyfriend Jamie. For weeks after what had happened, Ellie had not spoken a word.
Even now, Bea didn’t know the full story; she doubted Ellie would ever tell.
Bea had never been particularly bothered by boys. They weren’t worth the time or the effort in her opinion.
Her best friend Ellie was always trying to convince her otherwise, setting her up on dates left, right and centre, which Bea never bothered going on.
Adding romance into her life was a hopeless cause as far as Bea was concerned.
Ellie cut off short and Bea stopped laughing, wondering what had interrupted her. Turning to look over her shoulder, Bea looked into the handsome face of a boy and instantly blushed.
‘What are you girls laughing about?’ He asked, his voice like warm satin.
‘Why do you care?’ Ellie asked defensively.
Bea looked at Ellie questioning the harsh response.
‘I see that you’ve finally warmed to me.’ Luke laughed.
‘Why should I?’ Ellie muttered through gritted teeth.
Bea looked from one to the other of them in confusion.
‘It seems you haven’t filled your little friend in.’ Luke teased.
‘Luke, this is my best friend Beatrice. Beatrice, this is one of Jamie’s friends, Luke.’
‘Pleasure to meet you.’ Luke extended his hand to shake.
Bea looked to Ellie for the go ahead, aware that Ellie’s use of her full name was a sign of a cold reception. Ellie smiled and nodded, her defensive manner soothing slightly.
With a shy smile, Bea took his hand. She gasped as he turned her hand over and pressed a gentle kiss to the back of it.
His lips were warm, and the sensation was different to anything Bea had ever felt before.
Ellie eyed Luke suspiciously. From what she knew of him, he wasn’t the type to flirt with girls, so his behaviour was unnatural.
Probably something to do with persuasion from her son-of-a-bitch ex-boyfriend.
Luke smiled at Bea. ‘I was wondering if you were free for dinner tonight.’
Bea looked shocked. ‘You… you’re asking me out? Like on a date?’
Luke laughed with a casual shrug. ‘You can call it whatever you want babe.’
‘I…I…’ Bea found herself speechless. Random, handsome boys didn’t just come up to girls like her in the corridor and ask them out on dates.
‘I think what my friend wants to say is thanks but no thanks.’ Ellie answered flatly, taking Bea’s arm in an effort to manoeuvre her away.
‘No!’ Bea said loudly, then resumed quieter. ‘I mean, I would like to, but I’m busy tonight.’
Luke smiled triumphantly. ‘Tomorrow then? Or Saturday?’
Bea shook her head with a frown. ‘Sorry, chess club. And I’ve got book club on Wednesday, choir on Thursday, extra maths on Friday…’
Luke laughed. ‘Busy girl. Well, tell you what: here’s my number.’ Suiting actions to words, Luke got out a piece of paper and scrawled his number across it, handing it to Bea.
‘Text me when you’re free.’
And with that, he swiftly walked away, leaving Bea feeling breathless.
‘What was that about?’ Ellie asked.
‘I… I don’t know.’ Bea stated, her eyes still glued on Luke’s back as he walked away.
‘You’re not seriously thinking of dating him, are you?’ Ellie looked at Bea like she had gone insane.
Bea turned. ‘I don’t know.’ She repeated. ‘Should I?’
Ellie frowned. The way her friend had reacted to Luke was uncharacteristic; Bea was never flustered by boys, but now she looked like she’d stepped straight out of a lousy rom-com.
The sappy smile, pink cheeks and dazed brightness in her eyes… Ellie knew it wasn’t a good sign.
But Ellie wanted Bea to be happy. And if a guy like Luke Bennet, as unlikely as it seemed, wanted to take her out, and that made Bea happy, then Ellie would just swallow her disapproval.
Shaking her head slightly at her thoughts, Ellie tried to convince herself that her animosity to Luke was not as a direct result of Jamie but failed. She knew that it was all because of Jamie.
Really, Ellie knew, she had no right to judge Luke. For all Ellie knew, he was a lovely guy who just had an awful taste in friends.
Sceptically, she doubted it was true, but decided to keep an open mind as best she could.
And Bea was beaming for the first time at something that wasn’t work. As her best friend, it was Ellie’s duty to support her through that, no matter her own cynical views on love.
Everyone deserved their first romance.
‘Do you want to go?’ Ellie plastered a smile on her face.
Bea bit her lip, considering. ‘Maybe. Possibly. Would it be bad of me if I did?’
Ellie laughed. ‘Of course not! If you want to date him, then that’s your choice.’
Bea frowned, looking down at her watch. ‘I’ll have to think about it. Come on; we have to get to class.’
Seconds later, the loud school bell rang out in the hall. Bea was always before the bell; Ellie didn’t know how she did it.
The friends walked down the corridor, and Bea continued to bite her bottom lip as she though hard. Bea was totally unconscious of the action, but the boys around her often saw it a sexy tease.
On more than one occasion, Ellie had had to tell them to back off.
‘You know, realistically, I don’t have time to date him.’ Bea concluded with a sigh. ‘It’s not practical to my schedule.’
Ellie smiled. ‘I think it’s high time you shook up that schedule of yours, so maybe this is the perfect opportunity.’
Bea frowned. ’I suppose I could drop chess club. The boys hate it when I win anyway. Or extra maths. I don’t really need to go, it’s just a bit of fun.’
‘There you go.’ Ellie playfully pushed Bea’s shoulder. ‘Easy.’
Bea didn’t look convinced. ‘Maybe…’
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