Disclaimer: Dont own Total Drama Island
Justin was looking around, making sure no one would notice him. Today was exactly one day after the fight over Noah began, and somehow, Duncan and Cody were already reaching out to him. If he was going to stay within reach of Noahs love, he had to act now. Although he was hoping no one would notice him, it was actually pretty hard with Katie and Sadie looking for him to stare at. However, with a couple of swift moves, he was able to do it. He was actually looking for a certain CIT, who had been pouting in the dining room while eating some ice cream. She had noticed him as he walked over to her and sat down.
Justin? W-Whatre you doing here? She asked, trying to hide that shed been eating an entire carton of ice cream.
Upset about Duncan? he asked, and she stared at him. She wasnt exactly used to hearing his voice. However as shocked as she was, she glared at him and turned away from him to hide her face.
Me? Upset about DUNCAN!? spat Courtney. Absurd! Why would I be upset that the delinquent had liked someone before me? Why would I be upset that he liked a GUY before me? Why would I be
He saw a flicker of something in her eyes that looked like sadness, and knew that he could get his plan to work as long as he said the right things. He cleared his throat and caught her attention as he patted her back
There is a way for you to get him back
said Justin, and her eyes widened.
How? she asked.
I just need to know something
he said, looking into her eyes. How badly do you want him back?
She stared at him for a second, then thought
How badly did she want Duncan back? Duncan
The guy who taught her to loosen up. To have fun
Even if he was rude, obnoxious, and a juvenile delinquent, he was
important to Courtney
He taught her things. He helped her. He cared about her
Or so she thought
But the way he flirted with her, the things he said to her, she couldnt shake off the fact that something for her had been inside of him somewhere. She just had to get it back. And she was willing to do anything. Anything.
Id do anything
she said, trying to hide her desperation.
Anything? her eyes filled with determination.
With that, Justin knew. This was going to be easier than he thought.
The two of them had then taken the elevator to the third floor of the building they resided in for the competition. As soon as Justin explained his plan to Courtney, she had been a little hesitant at first, knowing that it was a little on the playing dirty thing, but her thoughts of Duncan only brought her determination back. They continued down the hallway to find the room they were looking for.
As Justin knocked lightly on the door, they hadnt heard anything other than a small Im coming from the other side. As the door slowly opened, they were met with the presence of the short, bulky, brace-faced girl wearing her usual glasses, ponytail, and green and pink attire. She stared at the two outside of her room in shock, cleaned her glasses, placed them back on her face and was still shocked. Apparently, the two had been those that she had been least expecting to come to her room at this time.
Hello, Beth greeted Courtney, kindly. Wed like to talk to you
Beth could have fainted right there. Two popular people were going to TALK to her! Did she die and go to heaven or something? Was her head playing tricks on her? Before she could think anymore, Courtney brushed past her into her room, and Beth followed as Justin walked in as well. Find a place to sit, Courtney cleared her throat to start their meeting.
You are aware of the little conflict between Justin, Cody, and Duncan, right?
Yeth she replied, the braces affecting her speech.
Well, you know that Cody and Duncan have a good chance of being chosen by Noah, right? she asked. Beth had nodded. Of course, Cody was her friend, so she wasnt that surprised.
Whaths the problem? she asked.
Look, we have a favor to ask of you
Noah had decided to sit next to Leshawna and Trent today in the refreshment bar. It was still pretty early and Cody hadnt gotten up, yet. However, Duncan had been sprawled on one of the chairs near the pool, and Noah couldnt help but stare at him when he thought about yesterdays talk in the closet
When he thought about it, hed have never thought Duncan could make him feel
like someone understood him. He told Duncan things he didnt even tell Cody, whod been his friend longer than Duncan had.
Duncan caught Noah looking his way, and waved lightly at him, causing the boy to feel the heat rushing to his cheeks again. He turned back to his book, which hed been trying to read, but kept getting distracted. With his sudden movement to turn back to his book, LeShawna and Trent looked at him with a raised eyebrow, then noticed Duncan.
Hey, Noah? Whats up, man? asked Trent.
Is Duncan bothering you? Do we need to get something through that thick skull of his? asked LeShawna, punching her fist into her hand.
Noah looked at her and shook his head violently, which shocked the both of them. Noah was known to do weird things, but this was strange behavior for the lazy know-it-all. They could both tell THAT much. Then LeShawna had noticed a red tint on Noahs cheek, which mustve meant something considering how dark the boys skin was. She looked back at Duncan and grinned.
Boy, are you falling for Duncan? she asked, knowingly, and smirked when Noah grew redder.
Youre falling for Duncan? asked Trent, surprised by the sudden news. LeShawna laughed.
Dude, I dont know what he did, but it mustve been BIG! she said, and Noah looked at her with WIDE eyes.
N-NO! Nothing like that! he stuttered. Noah stopped and realized that he, of all people, was STUTTERING! Something was definitely wrong with him. Probably the love disease called Duncan.
Well, whatever it was, its definitely giving Cody competition noted Trent, seeing as Noahs actions about Duncan are more serious than his reactions about Cody.
Of COURSE! Cody needs competition!
They all jumped as Izzy had stepped over from behind the counter of the refreshment bar. She was wearing her usual outfit and had a camera with her, which brought questionable looks onto everyones faces. Noticing this, she laughed.
This is for when something else happens to Noah! I wont miss it this time! she said, proudly.
You didnt miss anything said Noah.
Uh, excuse me? started LeShawna. I SWEAR we all mustve missed something between you and Duncan
Izzys eyes nearly popped out of her sockets and her jaw nearly touched the floor.
You and DUNCAN!? What happened!? Tell me!! she said, grabbing Noahs collar. Noah stared at her with wide eyes at her sudden reaction and couldnt hide his blush.
W-We were just TALKING! he shouted, and Izzy let go of his collar.
Darn! So THATS what I missed yesterday!
And THATS where you were when I was looking for you! said Izzy, snapping at her dense nature.
Hey, Noah. Codys over there noted Trent, pointing to the tech-geek near the buildings entrance. He looked like hed woken up not too long ago and just got cleaned up.
Okay, so my plan for Duncan is unnecessary now
So lets just make you start with Cody now since Justins nowhere to be found! Go on! shouted Izzy, pulling Noah into the refreshment bar to get out of the pool area the dry way as to not get his clothes wet.
As they neared the tech-geek, whod been watching them curiously, Izzy pushed Noah, whod still been holding his book into the other boys arms. Both of them blushing furiously, Noah stood back up while Cody grinned hesitantly while scratching his neck. They looked at each other kindly, and as Cody was about to start a conversation, the unthinkable happened
Just as Justin, Beth, and Courtney walked outside of the building, Eva walked past the two geeks, accidentally pushing Cody into Noah, whod been unprepared for the sudden action and fell backwards as Cody fell on top of him
Cody stared into Noahs eyes. Everyone whod been watching nearly lost their eyes to them nearly leaving their sockets. Codys knees had been on both sides of Noahs waist, and with the fall, Codys hands rested right on top of Noahs arms. Noahs book had been a few inches away from the fallen two, and with the closeness of their faces, the two boys were frozen.
Neither of them noticed Duncans peeved expression, Justins dropped jaw, or Izzy taking pictures with a creepiest grin that shes ever mustered on her face. However, Codys breath was blowing on top of Noahs face, which Noah noted smelled like strawberries
The boys had stayed in that position for what seemed like ages, not sure what to say or do
Their faces were so close that just one little movement wouldve brought their lips together, and they both knew that. However, somehow, neither of them seemed to mind. In fact, Noahs face had turned red AGAIN from the closeness. Somehow, this was different from when Noah had been with Duncan, but he could tell why
When he looked into Codys eyes, however
Codys eyes were full of innocence. They were full of concern for the fact that hed fallen on top on Noah
Duncans eyes in the janitors closet had been full of something else
Yes, there was a hint of caring in them, yet
They seemed so dark and mysterious, while Codys eyes seemed to sparkle in the sunlight and completely shine with the emotions he felt, letting Noah know that he was worried about Noah being okay or not from the fall
He wasnt sure, but Noah couldve sworn that Cody had tried to lean in on Noahs face, before he had been pulled back by Trent in order to help them up. Noah had been dazed as LeShawna picked him up and shook him, hoping to get a reaction out of him. Finally snapping out of it, Noah looked around to see everyone staring at him with worried expressions, and noticed Duncan and Justin glaring at Cody again. Apparently, they, too, mustve noticed Cody trying to lean in
Finally picking up his book and standing fully on his own, Noah had walked into the building and out of everyones eyesight. Everyone had looked at each other, while those who had bet on Cody in the previously mentioned bet had smirked in victory. They were completely sure that Noah would choose Cody now
However, with this, Justin had been glowering darkly. Once again, one of the other two had made a move on Noah, while he was still two steps behind. However, when he looked at Courtney and Beth, he smirked evilly. It didnt matter that the other two were ahead of him when it came to Noahs choice. He knew that had his plan worked, Noah would be as good as his
And with Courtney and Beth on his side, there was no way he could fail
Noah had walked up to his room, still trying to get the blush off his face. However, the smell of strawberries that was Codys breath was still stuck in his mind, and only making his face darker. As he stepped out of the elevator to his floor, he noticed a note stuck underneath his doorway, and walked over to pick it up
Please meet me in the pool at midnight
There was no name. The pool? What kind of place was that to meet someone? He pushed the thoughts aside as he tried to think of who he couldve gotten this note from. Cody definitely had the opportunity to drop this here, as hed woken up pretty late in the day, but midnight? It seemed like something Duncan would do to get Noah alone... Where he could get wet
Noah had to fight the blush again as he pushed the thought aside. He couldnt imagine that Justin had dropped this here
Well, hed just have to find out, wouldnt he? What could it hurt? Hes already going through hell, right?
Cody had gone to his room to avoid getting killed by Duncan, who had been REALLY peeved about the little scene earlier today
Hours had gone by since then, and Cody was constantly looking outside his window to check if Noah had come back outside. However, much to his disappointment, the boy had not been anywhere in the from of the five star resort that they all resided in
He couldnt help but think back to what it felt like being on top of Noah like that
It felt really
right! Being that close to Noah
It made Cody tingle with excitement! It was bad that he was thinking this about his FRIEND Noah, yet, couldnt help it. Sure, Noah was oddly filled with sarcasm and very cynical, but Cody had known of his family. Granted, Noah hadnt TOLD him about it. Its just that Cody brought his laptop with him and read the Total Drama Island Website to see that there were biographies of each camper (although he HIGHLY disagreed with his own biography).
It mustve been hard
Cody knew that much
Not only did Noah have to deal with his parents all the time, but all of his OLDER brothers and sisters as well! He couldnt imagine that it was easy, or Noah wouldnt be the person that he was now
Truthfully, when Cody thought of Noah, he thought of someone who was strong and enduring. Even if Noah lived in such a family, he must not have gotten much attention. Hell, as spoiled as Cody was by his parents, he couldnt imagine what itd be like had he had brothers and sisters of his own that couldve taken the attention away from him
Yet, Noah was still trying to live well, obviously. Hes taken opportunities, like when Cody watched his audition tape on the website and found out that he was class president. And he auditioned for this show! He was definitely not one to turn down things THAT easily. It was like he was TRYING to be recognized by his family
And someone who was that strong was definitely rare to find in this world. Cody liked girls, but hed never met anyone like Noah, who endured so much in his life
Then Cody started thinking
Noah mustve been a really passionate person to be trying so hard
The thought of being with such a passionate person
Of having that passion directed towards himself
Cody couldnt help but smile and stare off into space. Had anyone been looking at him, theyd have KNOWN he was definitely on Cloud nine right now
Suddenly, the time had gone by so fast with this train of thought that he hadnt realized it was 11:58 at night
And to bring him out of his thoughts, there had been a knock on his room door. Curious as to who would come here at this time of night, he opened his door with eyes filled of curiosity to see a friend of his standing in his doorway.
Hey, Beth! Whats up? he greeted kindly.
I wasth just bored
Can I watch TV wisth you? she asked, politely.
Sure. Not a problem! he said, letting her into the room.
He had no idea of the girls intentions
Duncan had been ANGRY! Cody had practically straddled the boy he liked, and was in NO way remorseful! There would be blood! There would be pain! There would be-
His thoughts had been interrupted when a knock had sounded upon his room door, and although angered, he stood to see who it had been. Opening his door, he looked to find someone unexpected in his doorway.
Uh, hey, Princess he replied, awkwardly.
Can I come in? she asked.
At first, Duncan hesitated. Why would Courtney want to talk with him? Sure, they were on
okay terms when on the island, but
Ever since the whole Noah thing started, they hadnt really talked. However, he did miss fighting with her, and wouldnt mind being friends still if she accepted that, so he let her step into his room, closing the door behind him
But as perceptive as he was, he couldnt tell that something devious was about to do down tonight
It was 11:58 P.M., and Noah had been sitting with his feet in the pool. It had been warmed for nighttime purposes, and with no one else being around, he grew nervous. He started thinking that maybe the note was just some kind of prank to tease him for the whole thing that was happening right now
. However, he didnt notice the God-like figure walking behind him until two arms wrapped around his neck. He jumped at the contact, and turned his head around to see none other than
His eyes widened, and he tried to pry the others arms away from him, but Justins grip had been strong for a model like he was. Justin smiled at him, which Noah wasnt affected by, and was not only panicking from surprise, but confusion.
Whats the matter? Justin whispered into Noahs ear, making him shiver.
W-What are you doing?! he nearly shouted, finally getting Justins arms off of him
But causing him to fall into the pool
With this, Justin jumped in after him, and pulled him up for air. Noah coughed for a few minutes, but realized that the taller teen had been carrying him bridal style and started struggling. Getting tired of Noahs persistence, he dropped Noahs legs, grabbed both of his wrists and pinned him against the concrete that was the pools edge. Noah, who might as well have been hyperventilating, couldnt help but stare into Justins gorgeous eyes
Whats the matter? asked Justin again, leaning AWFULLY close to Noah, and practically towering over the dark-skinned boy
He couldnt blame himself for doing so, either. Not this time. Justin had caught him off-guard, and in seconds, pinned him against the wall! Maybe Noah SHOULD start working out or something. Not to sound like Ezekiel, but he had the strength of the average teenage girl!
I what? asked Justin. Finally composing himself and processing the situation, Noah gulped and spoke.
Whatre you doing
? he said slowly, as to avoid stuttering.
Only what Duncan and Cody have been doing this entire time
Is there something wrong with that? he asked. Is there something wrong with making a move?
B-But weve never even talked to each other! noted Noah, VERY uncomfortable with Justins behavior.
So? Neither have you and Duncan
Noah said, looking away.
Why would you like me? asked Noah. Were
complete opposites and-!
And thats exactly why, Noah
said Justin, causing Noah to lose his voice. When I first arrived here
automatically judged me. They loved me, when they didnt even know me
Noah felt as though Justin was rubbing it in his face. When Noah arrived to the island, no one said much to him. Duncan had been the only one to say anything to greet him. Not that it was the greatest of greetings, but still
A downhearted look was coming into Noahs eyes, no matter how hard he tried to hide it
Justin saw it, though.
Im not trying to show off, because its not that great, Noah
he started, but Noah argued this.
Not that great? People notice you! The recognize you! How can you say thats not great!? he asked, glaring daggers at Justin. People like you can get what you want with one smile! No effort needed whatsoever because you got everything with your birth! You dont work as hard as others need to
As hard as I need to
Justin stared at him sympathetically
Seeing Noah like this hurt him
It hurt him terribly
But my looks are the only thing people see of me
said Justin, getting Noah to look at him again, even though his eyes were growing watery. When people see me, they automatically think that Im cool
They dont ask me who I am, or what I am like. They feel they dont need to
They think that just because I look good, that makes me a cool guy
Is that such a bad thing? Noah asked sarcastically, not knowing where he was going with this
Yes. When people dont see the real you
It is that bad
People will assume things of you, and thats what theyll expect of you
and when youre not who they think you are
he paused, looking deep into Noahs eyes.
Then they say things
Like wow, those good looks were wasted
Noahs eyes widened. Well, he knew how hearing things like that felt
He knew it mustve been harder for someone like Justin, who practically LIVED off of his looks
Or some people will not even be listening to me when I talk to them
Because theyd be blinded by how good I look
Noah, people dont see who I am. They just see what they see, and never look underneath. Thats just how humans are
Noah stared into his eyes
It was true
People did that to him, too. His family, especially
Humans will always assume things. Never taking the chance to really see what the inside of things are
But you, Noah
he started, causing Noah to lose his train of thought.
You werent blinded
All of the guys thought I was a cool guy
But you were the one who looked away when I had arrived
You were the one who didnt try to be my friend because of my looks
You saw me as another guy
He was at a loss of words now
He was in a pool, pinned to the wall by someone with the looks of a God, and was being complimented by that God
What was Noah suppose to say? What was he suppose to do? He didnt know
However, Justin wasnt finished talking, yet, and his next few words shocked Noah
Duncan and Cody dont deserve you, Noah
He stared at the taller boy with wide eyes. What did he mean by that?
They really dont
What was he saying!? Was there something Noah was missing!?
W-What do you mea-?started Noah, but his words were muffled.
Justin was kissing him. And he took full advantage of Noah speaking, as he stuck his tongue into Noahs open mouth, exploring it. Noahs eyes couldve popped out of his head with how big they got from this sudden action. Justin was definitely full of surprises! And yet, Noah couldnt pull away! Granted, he didnt have much room to do anything to stop. He was frozen in his spot. He could barely breath! He wasnt even reacting to how shocked he was from this! Suddenly, Justin left Noahs mouth and started planting light kisses down Noahs cheek and down the side of his neck, which caused Noahs chest to tighten, for him to shut his eyes, and make him bite his lip to keep from moaning
Then the images of Duncan and Cody flashed through his mind, and his eyes shot open as he pushed Justin off of him, which was made much easier due to him being off-guard. Justin watched as he quickly pulled himself out of the water and took a few steps back from the pool, stuttering and breathing heavily.
tell me that Duncan and Cody dont deserve me!? And then you do THAT!? he shouted, practically shaking from the shock and what seemed like anger coursing through his veins.
They dont, Noah! Justin argued. Go see for yourself what theyre doing! Why theyre not out here looking for you!
You have NO business telling me whos right for me and whos NOT! shouted Noah. At least the both of them had enough brains to keep from doing what YOU were about to do!
Well, why wouldnt they!? asked Justin. They must not really love you if theyre avoiding any contact with you!
THAT is NOT what love is!! Noah shouted back. They wouldnt do anything to hurt me! They wouldnt! I trust them!
Noah had no clue as to what he was saying anymore. The words were just flying out of his mouth. Yet, they all sounded accurate. But he couldnt just let Justin say these things about the people who came to understand him the most. He couldnt. Because he knew Justin was wrong.
Then where ARE they, Noah!? I actually DO care about you, but where are THEY!? he shouted. Noah was tired of hearing this.
You want me to prove it, dont you? That they do feel the way they say about me! he shouted. Well, fine! Ill show you! Ill show you!
With that, he ran inside the building towards the elevator and pressed the button that led to the one whos room was closest to the ground floor. Duncans. As he was doing this, he couldnt see the smirk on Justins face, which could only mean that something terrible was about to befall our favorite know-it-all
Duncan and Courtney had been fighting in his room. Again. Apparently, the first thing out of Courtneys mouth was that Noah didnt deserve Duncan, and that Noah didnt want Duncan, and of course, Duncan wasnt going to take that sitting down. He had been arguing with her this entire time about it. And she was STILL going on, only making Duncan feel worse
Im just trying to help you! said Courtney.
By what? Telling me what to do? Like you ALWAYS have?! he shouted.
Im just saying that this fight over Noah is pointless! What are the chances that hes going to choose you? she argued.
Whatre you saying? I got you to like me, didnt I!? Thats what it is, isnt it!? he shouted, making her flinch. Youre just jealous that I like someone else, and that he actually likes me back!
With this, neither of the two had noticed Noah arriving and standing right outside the door to hear everything that was happening between the two. However, what he heard next couldve caused him to break into tiny pieces
Look, this is just like any other challenge weve had on that stupid island! And like those challenges, Im gonna win! And Noah will be in my arms by the end of this game, youll see it! Ill beat Cody and Justin, and laugh it up in YOUR face when I win Noah as my prize!
Noah stood there. Listening to all those things that were just said. Challenge? Win? Game?
? Was that all Noah was to Duncan? A prize? Just a trophy to be awarded after winning a game
? An inanimate object that could be thrown away
Noah stumbled away from the door. The two had finally silenced themselves. Yet, even if they had continued talking, Noah wouldnt have heard them. The words Duncan had just spoke were still replaying in his mind
over and over and over
He couldnt believe it
The boy who trapped him in a closet all just to talk with him. The one who told him he should try new things
The one who excited him
Just thought of him as a prize
He ran as fast as he could from the door, and headed towards the elevator. There was still one person to count on. He wouldnt let Justin know that he was right. Maybe he was right about Duncan, but there was no doubt on Noahs mind that he was wrong about Cody. No doubt whatsoever.
Cody had been sitting on his bed, watching TV quietly with Beth since midnight
However, after a while, the girl had grown tired and fell asleep on Codys shoulder, exhausted. Awkward and hesitant at first, he held her shoulder and leaned his head on hers. As a friend would do in that situation. He and Beth were like brother and sister, so he didnt mind things like this
And besides, when he held her shoulder
he thought about what itd be like had Noah been with him like this
and the thought brought a smile to his face.
However, while it brought a smile to his face, someone elses face was filled with shock, and this person went unnoticed by the two.
Noah had been that person
And saying that he was heartbroken would be an understatement. It wasnt like he knew Cody wouldnt do that for any other person, but
He also knew the Beth had once had a little crush on the boy he had liked as well
He was destroyed. Lifeless. He staggered out of there as fast as he could and ran towards the elevator. Once inside, his panting grew so heavy that he couldnt hold it in anymore. He sunk to the ground, hugged his knees and cried. He believed in them. Both of them
He actually believed that they had both loved him
He couldnt feel anything. His entire soul had gone numb
The tears flowed down his cheeks like waterfalls, and he didnt even notice the elevator doors open
With Justin walking in. Noticing the boys broken form, he knelt down and touched his shoulder, causing Noah to jump and notice the handsome teen staring at him with eyes filled with concern. He thought about Justins previous words
I actually DO care about you, but where are THEY!?
He jumped forward into Justins arms, crying his heart out. Letting every sorrow he had spill onto Justins shirt
He couldnt believe them
He couldnt believe theyd do that
Justin really WAS the only one who cared about him
He believe THAT now
With his crying, Noah didnt notice the smirk on Justins face.
Can you help us break Cody and Duncans chances at getting Noah? Courtney asked politely. This shocked Beth to the highest degree. What were they asking of her?!
What!? Why? asked Beth.
Because its for their own good! Theres no way that Duncan has a chance with Noah! said Courtney.
Is thisth because YOU still like Duncan? asked Beth, narrowing her eyes.
Even if I didnt, he still doesnt have a chance! said Courtney.
But Cody doesth! Why are we ruining HIS chancthes? asked Beth.
Beth, think about it. Justin likes Noah, too, and who would you choose between the two? asked Courtney. Beth looked at Justin, who smiled at her, causing her to melt on the inside.
Justin she replied dreamily.
So wouldnt you WANT to do Cody a favor by saving him the trouble? asked Courtney.
Beth had snapped out of the Justin trance, but
Couldnt help but see Courtneys logic. If it was a choice between Justin and Cody, Cody would surely lose. She figured she could at least be a good friend and help him by doing this
Whatsth the plan
? she said.
Noah: *Still crying* Those
I cant believe them
Justin: It DID hurt for me to do that to Noah
But it was the only way for him to be mine. I had to take Duncan and Cody out of the picture somehow, and thats exactly what I did!
Duncan: Courtney really ticked me off tonight! What? Was she doubting my feelings for Noah!? She of all people have NO right in telling ME something like that! I really DO care about Noah! And Ive got a pretty good shot at getting him now!
Cody: I think I should just tell Noah how I feel about him already
His looks, his personality, everything about him is just driving me crazy! Plus, I think he really digs me! Weve gotten along really well these past few days! Were so gonna be together by tomorrow!
Beth: I feel kinda bad
Maybe I sthhouldnt have done this
Even if it would help Cody, what if Noah did like Cody a little? Wouldnt he be hurt
Courtney: I dont feel anything! I didnt do anything wrong! I was helping Duncan by doing this!
? He didnt have a chance with Noah, right? So not even Noah should feel bad! *She looked at the camera hesitantly*
Izzy: I dont know why
But I, like, SO feel like something big happened again, and that I MISSED it!! ARGH! That. Is. IT! I am SO stalking Noah from now on!!