Lily had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Derek for years – which led to their steamy night ten months ago in her bedroom. Now, Lily is going off to college and she and Derek are still going strong. However, when school starts, she realizes it’s hard to maintain a relationship while also trying to live her own life. She and Derek find themselves falling apart and Lily has no idea where to turn.
Enter Jack. Everything about him is wrong for Lily and she knows it, but she can’t stop herself from being attracted to him. When things implode with Derek, it’s Jack who is there to pick up the pieces – and show Lily an entirely new set of experiences she didn’t know she was missing.
Of course, Jack has his own problems and once Lily gets to know him better, she starts to wonder if she can handle all of Jack. When Derek reappears on the scene, Lily is forced to decide between two guys and herself. Can she find herself without losing the people who matter in the process?
This is a work intended for readers 18+ as it features explicit sex between people in college. See where it began in the short story, “Her Brother’s Best Friend.”
He gathers his things and sits next to me on the bed. I am being a brat, but I’m angry and frustrated and I have no control over any of it. He pulls me toward his chest and runs his hands through my hair.
“I love you Lily. The first semester is tough. I missed you so much last year, you know, but then I came home for your birthday and the distraction got me through the rest of the semester. Let me be your distraction, okay? Call me if you need anything. If I am in class or whatever, I will call back as soon as I can.”
“I love you. You know that?”
“Yeah. I love you too,” I say, because it is true and, this miserable moment aside, I can’t deny that I do.
“Skype tonight, okay?”
“You wanna come with me to the car or-”
“It’ll be easier just to say bye now,” I say. And so we do. He is gone and I wait, foolishly thinking that maybe he will turn around, come back, and decide that he wants to stay longer. When he texts me an hour later, saying he made it back okay, I collapse onto my bed, crying. I have never felt so alone. In my mind, he’s in the middle of some drunken orgy with three girls right now, even though he is texting me and that makes no sense.
Inspiration: I wrote “Her Brother’s Best Friend” some time ago. It was just supposed to be a short story, but I loved the idea of finally getting to be with that guy you dreamed about for years and the story sold really well. I thought about where I wanted the story of Lily and Derek to go and started with a draft of something. It wasn’t working, though. Eventually I decided to make it a novella instead and it started to pick up. Once I got going and once I met the characters, I ended up with almost 55k words and it just all made sense. It’s not the story I thought it would be, but I like the one that it is.
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