Chapter 2.12 – Changed Her Mind

05-01-18_10-22-05 PM.pngCole woke up to thoughts of both Laney and Nicky.  He was confused. He looked at the pictures of him and Nicky.  They were taken the first night he kissed her.  It had been thrilling for both of them.  How could she say he was like a brother after that? It almost made him feel guilty for kissing Laney – almost.  But only because he was really worried about Nicky.

laneyHe closed his eyes and remembered how it felt to kiss Laney.  He could still feel her lips on his. It made him warm inside and he smiled. Laney had made it clear she wanted to be with him. Her kisses were hot. Plus, they had had a lot of fun together with the dance lessons. She even promised more lessons. He wasn’t sure how that happened, but he would do anything to have her kiss him like that again. Nope, he wasn’t disappointed at the prospect of having her in his arms again. Not at all.

05-01-18_10-45-47 PM.pngCole picked up the phone from the nightstand. He needed to ease his conscious and check on Nicky. He started to text her, but changed his mind before he even typed it. Instead, he found her number and touched it.

“Why are you calling me?”  came Nicky’s angry voice through the phone’s speakers.

05-01-18_10-50-33 PM.pngNot doing okay, he thought. “I called to check on you Nicky,” he snapped defensively.

“Check on me? Or gloat?” Nicky spit the words out like venom.

05-01-18_10-49-38 PMOuch. “Gloat? No. I wanted to see if you were okay. I was worried about you.”

“Have you looked at Laney’s Facebook page?”

“No…I hadn’t even thought about doing that.”

Her sigh was audible over the phone and he was pretty sure he could hear her eyes rolling, just like she always did when he didn’t do something right. It almost made him smile.

“Of course you didn’t,” she continued, “She posted a picture of you and her at Noah’s party. Apparently she’s now teaching you how to dance.”

05-01-18_11-32-48 PMHe quickly put the phone on speaker and went to her Facebook page to see what she was talking about.  Nicky was right.

FB Page

Cole ran his hand through his hair. There was always someone taking pictures with their phone so he wasn’t surprised. What surprised him was Nicky’s reaction. “Why are you mad? You told me to go talk to her.”

After a minute of silence, he heard Nicky sniff.

05-01-18_10-58-22 PM.pngNo more tears….please! thought Cole. He softened his tone. “Do you want me to come over?”

“No!” she said too quickly, “It’s just…I thought….oh, never mind.”

05-01-18_11-04-33 PM.pngCole felt a pang of guilt. Maybe she changed her mind and didn’t want to breakup. Although after the way Laney made him feel, he wasn’t sure if getting back with Nicky now was the right thing to do. Laney’s kisses were hot and hungry. She even climbed into his lap; said she wanted to see him again. Nope, he decided. He wasn’t going to sit here and let Nicky make him feel bad when she walked away from him. “Nicky, I’m coming over. Be there in a minute.”

No!…not at my house,” she said sounding panicked, “Meet me at the coffee shop.”

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05-01-18_6-58-42 PM.pngCole was already seated when Nicky arrived. His palms sweating and his knee was bobbing up and down. He almost didn’t recognize her. She had her glasses on and her hair stuffed under a cap. It was obvious she had been crying. He wanted to kick himself for making her come. But he needed to get to the bottom of what her problem was. He figured she would be glad to be rid of him. No one wants to kiss their sister, or in this case, brother. But, he didn’t know how to do this.

“I ordered your favorite, a mocha latte,” said Cole.

05-01-18_7-01-46 PMThat earned him a small smile as she sat down and picked up her drink. “Thank you,” she said, and her smile disappeared, “Look, I just didn’t want Mom seeing us together. She would just ask a bunch of questions I don’t want to answer.”

“Oh,” said Cole, his brow furrowed in more confusion. Her mother was always nice to him. Then he realized she went home early. With Kolby. Crying. No telling what she told her mother. She probably hates him now for breaking Nicky’s heart when he didn’t do a damn thing. This was so screwed up.

05-01-18_7-06-11 PM.png“Look Nicky,” he said after a moment, “I don’t understand why you are upset. You told me to go find Laney.  You said you didn’t want more with us. You said you only wanted to be friends. Did you change your mind now?  Is that why Laney’s Facebook post upset you?”

05-01-18_7-16-41 PM.pngNicky stared at the cup in her hand for a second before finally looking up and answering, her voice soft. “No Cole. I didn’t change my mind. It’s just that, well, it didn’t take you long….I mean….”  She stopped and let out a little breath and shook her head.  “Things are never going to be the same between us are they? We used to have fun. Now we can’t even have coffee. I miss you and the gang already. I feel like an outsider.”

Cole was getting angry. All of that was her own fault. He still didn’t understand why SHE was upset.  He was the one that should be mad. And if it hadn’t been for Laney, he probably would be a whole lot more upset. He had no idea what to say to make her feel better, so he said the first thing that popped into his head. “Maybe we can find someone to ask you out. I’m sure Mia, or Tahani knows someone. Berto certainly does. You are sweet and pretty. Anyone would be crazy to turn down a date with you.”

05-01-18_7-15-14 PM.pngShe looked at him like he was speaking a foreign language and shook her head. “Don’t you dare. I need to get over you first.”

05-01-18_7-31-26 PM.pngCole couldn’t understand her. He thought she was over him. That’s why she dumped him. But she didn’t want him seeing Laney? And she wouldn’t go out with anyone else until she ‘got over him’? Whatever that meant. And she wanted to continue to hang out with him like nothing changed? He tried to read her expression but all he got was sadness and hurt.  But why?  “God Nicky!  You aren’t making any sense. Are you sure you don’t want to be with me?”

05-01-18_7-25-19 PM.png“No. . . I don’t know. . . No. . . Stop it. You are confusing me. I do and I don’t. Can’t we be friends without dating? I miss you. And if you are dating someone else, then I don’t feel like I can hang with you anymore.”

05-01-18_7-21-10 PM.pngCole was done with this conversation. It was a huge mistake. “You broke up with me, Nicky. I wanted to be with you. But you cut me off. I can’t do this with you anymore. I called you because I was worried about you and care about you. And now you are confusing the hell out of me. In my head, you were it for me. I saw you in my future. You can’t break up with me and then make me feel guilty about being with someone else.”

05-01-18_7-27-40 PM.pngCole stopped and took a deep breath and threw up his hands. “I’m done. I have to get to work!”

05-01-18_7-48-04 PM.png“Cole! …. and….Nicky?

Mia…Oh god, what if Laney is with her?  he thought. He spun around. Yep, Mia. And a pretty blonde he didn’t know but had seen around. Thank God. The two girls walked over to them.

05-01-18_7-55-53 PM“Hi Mia, I was just leaving,” said Cole, “Nicky could use some company, why don’t you guys join her?”

05-01-18_8-48-51 PM.pngNicky shot daggers at him with her eyes but he didn’t care. In fact he thought it was fitting. Let her try to explain everything to Mia, because he sure as hell couldn’t. And he knew for a fact Mia would ask. He stood up to leave. “See you around Nicky. Bye Mia and…uh?”

05-01-18_8-54-24 PM.png“Dannie Stevens,” said the pretty blonde, offering her name and a smile.

05-01-18_9-03-11 PM.png“Nice to meet you Dannie. Hate to run but I gotta get to work. Bye,” he said one last time and got the hell out of there.

Go to Chapter 2.13>>>>>>>

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A/N – Thanks to CitizenErased14 for Daniela “Dannie” Stevens.  We will see more of her later in the story. 

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42 thoughts on “Chapter 2.12 – Changed Her Mind

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  2. Ugh, Nicky is really starting to get on my nerves! I don’t know what the hell is wrong with her, but she can’t keep making my poor Cole feel bad about everything – I mean, make up your mind girl, what do you want?
    Laney is definitely aggressive! I think she’s marking her territory with that fb post… but why is her first name in quotation marks? It might be nothing, but it strikes me as a bit weird!
    And oooh, I recognize that blonde! She’s the third girl, right? Very pretty by the way! I didn’t expect her to make an appearance so fast! I’m so curious to see what is going to happen!

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    • Nicky has some issues and is confused. Poor Cole. He doesn’t know how to deal with it. And Laney is definitely marking her territory! 😂 She is going after Cole hard. The quotes are my bad. I forgot to remove them when I created the post. 🤭

      Yes…the blonde is the girl in the header. We won’t see her much right away, just needed to introduce her to Cole…he has his eyes for only Laney right now….especially after the awkward conversation with Nicky. Laney is making him feel wanted and Nicky – not so much…😕

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  3. Laney best not mess with Cole (too much)…. Or she’s in trouble with me. She has been warned. I’ll let them be for now. But, she’s on my watch list.

    Ooh, girl #3. Looking forward to seeing how those two end up together. (It’s going to happen, right?) I’m not attaching myself to a ship this gen. Too many!!

    Nicky is confusing me. Maybe she’s the possessive one. Hmm… She doesn’t want to be with him but she won’t let him date anyone else without throwing a hissy fit. Even if she told him to go talk to another girl.

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    • Nicky’s confused…we will find out later the reason for her acting like she is. Laney adores her new pet….okay, I only said that because Sempreviva said she was marking him a dog marks it’s territory…. 😂. But in truth she really does like Cole a lot. We will see if she “messes” with him.

      Girl #3 may not get a shot at Cole…at least for time being. He has stars in eyes where Laney is concerned. ⭐️❤️⭐️

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    • Cole so doesn’t not understand women! Nicky is a special case. And the blonde from the banner was introduced although she won’t play a role for a bit. 😊 He is stuck on Laney right now and from her FB post, it appears she has her hooks in him good. And he loves it. 😂😂😂

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  4. I guesssss I can understand how Nicky feels, is one of those thing you can understand but not, like, put it into words? I dunno…Anyway, I sure hope Laney did not just tell everyone in school how ”good” Cole is and now every girl want’s to meet him, that would be a mess…A little worried about Laney, now, specially the ”he would do anything to have her kiss him like that again” makes me think she could manipulate Cole using her body…The thing is, Laney has barely appeard in the story, so, I am not sure if she is actually nice, or if this is just a facade…

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    • I will let you decide when we see more of her. Which we will next chapter! Of course. And I think every girl has felt like Nicky has at least once – if not at least once every month! 🙂 You understand sort of but can’t put into words how you feel. But more of what she wasn’t willing to say will come out later.

      Laney could totally use her body to manipulate Cole. He was very vulnerable after Nicky broke up with him and she totally took advantage. But whether or not she will is another story.

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  5. Well Laney is definitely making her intentions known. I am conflicted with Nicky, part of me feels bad for her and another part is wanting to shake some sense into her. I am a bit more understanding though. Unlike Laney, Nicky is a nerdy and somewhat introverted type, Plus I see signs of possible Bi-Polar, likely wrong on that but I’ve dated a girl like Nicky and she acted the exact same way. I don’t harbor any ill feelings for Laney for her actions though, she is just doing what the pretty outgoing girls do she makes her intentions known to the world, I think her feelings such as they are, are genuine, I don’t think she is out to do Cole harm. She likes him and she is having fun. I am anxious to see what is going on with Nicky though, despite having my own suspicions. Another great Chapter looking forward to more.

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    • Nicky has some internal struggles she is dealing with….they aren’t as sinister as everyone may think. 🙂 But she is exactly what you said, nerdy and introverted which is the polar opposite of Laney. I hope she isn’t Bi-Polar – that’s a hard thing to deal with. And Laney really does like Cole. She had an opportunity and went after him hard. And she did stake her claim to the world. The little hearts in her post said more than words. “She likes him and she is having fun.” Such a teenage thing to do! 🙂

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  6. Poor Cole, Nicky has him on an emotional roller coaster. But that is only because she is going through the same thing with herself. she is trying to figure things out for her own self, and is trying very hard not to ruin their friendship.

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  7. Dang, Nicky is sending poor Cole so many mixed messages. The poor kid. I think they both need some distance right now while she figures out what she wants! And speaking of wanting… Well, I guess it’s pretty clear what both Laney and Cole want right now 😉

    Also… DANNIE ❤ I got so excited to see her, even briefly!

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    • Mixed messages is right. Distance would be good for them both. She’s going to get distance whether she wanted it or not. Things are just too weird right now.

      You think you know you what Laney and Cole want? Haha! We will see tomorrow if you are right. 🍆

      And Dannie! Yes…she’s so cute. A blonde for a change! Everyone has been dark headed for a long time.

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  8. Dannie is really cute! 🙂

    Okay, now, this whole thing with Nicky, I can actually kind of understand because everything has changed for her but Cole, well, he still hangs out with the same group and brings Laney with him. Neither she nor Cole have done anything wrong, I think it’s just a lot of emotions and confused feelings to navigate through.

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  10. Oh, Nicky, Nicky, Nicky, I knew you weren’t as OK with things as you said you were. Poor Cole, he must be so confused right now, I hope they don’t completely lose their friendship…

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  11. Nicky…uh…I’m as confused as Cole. Seriously…even if you’re asexual, you can’t hold the guy you like to a standard of celibacy because it makes you feel more comfortable. Talk about selfish! You need to figure things out, girl!

    And Cole? RUN!

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  12. Umm, I noticed that Laney has Cole labeled as her new Best friend…. Wonder what happened to her former best friend? Again one of the pitfalls of steady dating is shown right here. Nicky is not over the steady dating yet and it shows in this chapter. She definately did NOT like the fact that Cole was not miserable and avidly went ahead and dated Laney as if what they had was not special. You cant have it both ways….
    Thanks for the finely crafted story and am reading on…

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    • Yes! Laney was staking her claim on Cole. It did hurt Nicky . . . Nicky isn’t ‘over’ Cole. If she really cared for him as a brother, then that wouldn’t upset her as much. Laney just happened to be in the right place at the right time and took full advantage like any other teen girl might do.

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