like friends, like lovers (l.h) | teaser
pairing: luke hemmings x reader
genre: angst, fluff, smut
word count: 19.4k
involves: bestfriend!luke, college!au, popular!luke, unrequited love (perhaps), jealousy, toxic friendship, language, insecurities, emotional cheating (not involving the reader), mention of drinking, mentions of violence, unprotected sex, slight possessiveness, slight breeding kink, praise, luke is just clueless
summary: luke hemmings had been your friend since childhood. it would have been perfect if you hadn’t fallen in love with him. because then you wouldn’t have had to live with knowing the love of your life did not feel the same way. but when you try to do what’s best for both of you, it leads you to realize you didn’t know him as well as you thought. that he didn’t know himself as well as he thought, either.
You were giving him a chance to pull back, away from you and the friendship you had nurtured for so long. Perhaps because you were too weak to do it yourself. But, despite your efforts, it seemed like he was stubborn against letting you go.
No matter the lengths you went.
“Who is Brad?” Luke’s tone was dripping with an over exaggerated disgust. One you couldn’t help but roll your eyes at. “You’re going on a date with a Brad?”
“He’s nice.” You sounded defensive even through his incredulous look. He was partly right, how nice could a frat boy named Brad really be. But that wasn’t the point. The point was to get over Luke. To find a way to take your heart back and give it to someone who wanted it, to save yourself from the rejection you had been dwelling in. Find someone different from him. Different from the golden boy that was your best friend. Golden in every sense of the word. Especially in his aura that was bright and friendly and reminded you almost like a puppy, excitable and fun. One who made it perfectly obvious how much he loved praise and being liked by everyone around him, perking up whenever someone complimented him.
Eventually, you could separate yourself from Luke and your friendship, let it fade away like what usual friendships do given time and distance. What he seemed to refuse to do himself though you had given him plenty opportunities. He’d be busy with Jessica and you with…Brad, maybe. Having each other out of the pictures would help your relationships be so much more serious in a way they never could before. Not when the strongest and deepest connections you had were with each other. Your worries, your care, your priorities always with one another first before anyone else. Maybe without each other, you could use that intimate sort of love with your significant others for once.
“Where’d you even meet this guy? You never mentioned him before.” Luke frowned at you, trying to meet your eyes.
You shouldn’t have even told him.
release: october 22, 2021
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