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23 August 2009 @ 08:03 pm
One shot - Love me two times  
Title: Love me two times
Author: choco_dreamer
Pairing: Nate/Jenny
Rating: PG
Summary: Nate is back from his trip from Europe and he wants Jenny back. Is Jenny ready to forgive and forget?
A/N: It takes a 102 degree fever and an exam tomorrow for me to find my muse (sort of). Written for burstoflight as a result of this meme from eons ago and a belated bday present. Hope you like it Susan!



Disclaimer: Not mine.

The first time he sees her after his trip back from Europe, it’s by accident. He’s sprawled on the sofa in the Van der Bass living room, having spent the afternoon playing Nintendo with Chuck, when she walks in. He has to do a double take because this...fierce woman in front of him is not the little girl he remembers leaving behind at the night of the Snow Flake Ball. Their eyes meet for the briefest of moments before she flicks them over to Chuck, her face expressionless, and mentions something about being late tonight, “There’s no need to send the limo to pick me up, Dean said he’ll drop me back.” Then she’s disappeared out the front door with the click of her heels before Nate realises that his heart is beating twice as fast.

Chuck eyes him wearily and quips about “Always wanting what you can’t have Nathanial”, but his mind is already lost somewhere in last Autumn when she pulled him behind the girls' toilets at some high school music festival and kissed him hard on the lips till he tasted blood.

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The next time he sees her he’s been waiting, leaning against his car, watching the gates of her school for a sign of those sandy white locks. He spots her surrounded by a flock of girls in different coloured headbands, all trying to keep up with her long strides, but she looks bored as she half-heartedly nods at their yapping. She walks right by him without so much as a glance and he has to reach out to grab her hand, “Jenny, wait.” There’s a beat as she appraises him with her cool blue eyes, then nods at the girls, “I’ll see you at Butter tonight.” They both wait for the girls to saunter off before she crosses her arms and fixes him with a stare, “What do you want Nate?”

“A second chance.”

She scoffs at that and swivels around to leave, but he stops her by grasping both her arms. “Please Jenny, just give me a chance to explain.”

“Explain what, Nate? That you didn’t mean any of those things you said to me at the Snow Flake Ball? That getting back together with Vanessa for the third time was a mistake? That you’re coming crawling back to me because Blair is off the market and I’m the newest Queen Bee you think you can parade around to your Grandfather’s?”

Her words feel like a slap to his face and he wants to ask if he really was that heartless, but instead he tells her what he should have admitted to her a year ago. “No. That I still love you.”

He waits for her eyes to soften, for her lips to form a smile, to feel her long fingers wrap around his neck as she kisses him. But none of that happen and they’re left where it all began: on the pavement by an empty road, just him and her and so many unspoken words in between.

She regards him with something akin to pity. “It’s never going to be that easy Nate.” She peels his fingers off her arm and turns to leave, “I loved you once. But I’ve learnt better.”

He’s the one watching her walk away this time and the irony isn’t lost in him. He thinks he finally knows what it feels like to have a heart broken.

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The last time he sees her it’s two years later at the after-party of the annual Waldorf Fashion Parade. She’s the toast of the night and she looks hot as hell in her little black dress and her red peep-toe boots. She moves around with a grace he hasn’t seen in her before, laughing and talking easily with the crowd that swarms around her. She finally stops in front of him and tips her champagne flute in a soft salute. “It’s good to see you.”

“You too,” he breathes truthfully. “You look beautiful. As was your show tonight.”

Her face lights up and he realises with a pang how much he’s missed making her smile.

“I guess you know I’m leaving tomorrow? To Paris?”

He nods, and she smiles almost wistfully, “This is goodbye then.”

“Not if you want to stay.”

She laughs and shakes her head. “There’s nothing keeping me here Nate.” She leans in and plants a soft kiss on his lips. She tastes like vintage Blanc de Noire and Brooklyn evenings and all the wrongs of his past he wishes he could make right. “Goodbye Nate.”

When she leaves, she never once looks back.

 
 
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Finn: Don't Stop Lovingsadnessofrain on August 23rd, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
That was so sad ;_;
But I'm kind of glad to see Nate getting what he deserves at last. Ha. Nice fic!
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
thank you! i'm happy you enjoyed it.
Alex {obsessed fangirl}: (celeb) Chace Crawfordtreehillover23 on August 23rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
That was amazing.
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
you're amazing. thanks for reading and reviewing.
Kaz Mackkazmack on August 23rd, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
aw that was actually really lovely even although its got a hint of saddness to it.
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
i'm really glad you liked it.
youfadesofast: dreamteam (c) angdeliayoufadesofast on August 23rd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
this was amazing. sad yes, but i loved your take on nate apologizing. if this happened on the show i'd probably cry for days and be like, why jenny why? but it makes an awesome fic :)
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
aww i hope i didn't make you cry :(
yes, i wanted nate to apologize but i didn't think jenny could take him back after what he's done to her? idk, but i'm glad you enjoyed it.
Chrischrisclana on August 23rd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Love this! I love seeing Nate do the chacing! lol I can't wait for more!
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
it's about time he does the chacing!
Susanburstoflight on August 24th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! It was great! :)

PS: My name is Susan not Sandy. LOL.
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
omg. now i feel HORRIBLE :S i'm so sorry bb! let's blame my fever for the mistake >
Susanburstoflight on August 24th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
No worries LOL. I had a teacher in high school who used to call me Sharon. LMAO.

Get better soon! *HUGS*
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i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
hehe, 'man-bangs' XD

i didn't know you were a nate-jenny fan bb?
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i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on August 24th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
i do have twitter! AND I'M FOLLOWING YOU WOMAN! find me here
aries_heiressaries_heiress on September 9th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
That was fantastic! Sad, but fantastic nonetheless. Always makes you wonder about 'what might have been'...
Befriended...hope that's ok.
i'm an ocean; far too shallow, much too deepchoco_dreamer on September 9th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
i'm glad you enjoyed it!
friend away :)
lexiesloan: GG; Strangerslexiesloan on March 25th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
I just stumbled across this and I thought it was so sad and beautiful! This line in particular: She tastes like vintage Blanc de Noire and Brooklyn evenings.