Attracted to the Red Flag

Attracted to the Red Flag

Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance



Status: In Progress

Genre: Romance



After a tragedy in Hadley's life, she is forced to live with the boy who bullied her throughout her life. As their relationship progresses, so does their tolerance for one another. Will they fall in love or will he lose her to a bet with his best friend?
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After a tragedy in Hadley's life, she is forced to live with the boy who bullied her throughout her life. As their relationship progresses, so does their tolerance for one another. Will they fall in love or will he lose her to a bet with his best friend?

Chapter1 (v.1) - Chapter One

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: March 29, 2017

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: March 29, 2017




“Justin! Come downstairs, please,” Mrs. Quinn yelled up to her son.

He ran down the stairs, “What’s up, Mom?”

“The Harrison’s are in town and we are all having dinner together. They will be here at six sharp so please shower and look decent. We haven’t seen them in months since they moved and I don’t want a repeat of last time. Is that understood?”

“Are you serious? Hadley is just going to hang all over me! You know I can’t stand her!” Justin yelled angrily.

“Justin, I don’t ask you for much, this is the least you could do for me. Otherwise you can only dream about going to that party tonight after I ground you.”

“Fine. This is so unfair. I hate Hadley,” he yelled marching up the stairs to his room. 

Two hours passed and the doorbell rang at the Quinn residence. From upstairs, Justin could hear his mom’s high-pitched squeal as the Harrison’s walked inside. “Justin! Come downstairs!”

He sighed and finished buttoning his blue and white shirt along with his khaki pants. He walked downstairs, dreading the uncomfortable and annoying encounter he was about to have with Hadley Harrison. He could tolerate her parents, he loved them, but Hadley was always following him around. When they attended the same school, Justin chose popularity over Hadley and decided to ditch the extremely overweight and gawky girl everyone teased.

When he got the bottom of the stairs, Avery Harrison instantly embraced Justin. “Oh Justin! It’s so good to see you! My, you’ve grown into such a handsome man. I barely recognize you anymore”

“It’s so good to see you, Mrs. Harrison.”

“Justin, good to see you kiddo,” Mr. Harrison greeted as he shook Justin’s hand. “Honey, will you go help Hadley with the appetizers we left in the car?”

“Nonsense! Justin, go help Hadley outside,” Mrs. Quinn asked her son.

He groaned as he opened the door and walked outside to the Harrison’s car. As he approached the vehicle, he noticed long, natural, bleach blonde hair flowing from a beautifully petite girl. As she turned around to see the stranger behind her, Justin gasped. “Hadley?”

“Oh, hi Justin,” she responded looking down. “I promise I won’t bother you.”

“Oh uh…yeah. You look, wow, you look like a completely different person.”

“Well, every time I came over, you always avoided me. You haven’t seen me in a year or two at least.”

“Has it really been that long?” He asked rubbing his neck guiltily.


“It’s amazing what losing a ton of weight will do for you,” he laughed nervously.

“Right…why don’t you just help me get the food out of the car so we can end this painful small talk?”

“Yeah, no problem. Let me grab that,” he insisted. He scooped up the biggest tray of food and walked in the house.

“Justin, bring that in the dining room. And Hadley—oh my Hadley, you have grown up so much since we last saw you! You're absolutely stunning!”

“Thank you, Mrs. Quinn,” she responded hugging her favorite adult next to her own parents.

“Okay everyone, let’s get this food heated up and sit down for dinner,” Mrs. Quinn said walking in to the kitchen.

After heating everything up and finding their place at the dinner table, the two families caught up on everything in each other’s lives. Justin sat next to Hadley and tried to think of something to say. But Hadley was the first to start the conversation.

“Are you sure you want to sit next to me?” She asked raising an eyebrow.

“Now that you're no longer a nerd, I don’t mind,” he laughed.

She scoffed and looked away. She couldn’t believe how rude he still was after all these years. Just because she lost weight, now all of the sudden things were different? Please. But he didn’t take his eyes off of her. It was starting to creep her out. Why all of the sudden is he now suddenly interested, she thought. “Can I help you with something?”

“I can’t believe how different you look, Had,” he said awkwardly.

“I can’t believe you're even talking to me, let alone sitting next to me, Justin,” she responded sarcastically.

“Don’t you think you're being kind of rude? I’m trying to be nice here.”

“Are you kidding me? For years, you humiliated me in school over my weight, looks, and popularity! And I’m the one who's being rude? You're disgusting. Would you all please excuse me for a moment?”

Hadley left the table and walked into the kitchen. She took a few deep breaths. That was the first time she ever stood up for herself to Justin. Except it hadn’t done any good. He followed her into the kitchen. “You didn’t have to scream at me in front of my family.”

“Not everything is about you!”

“See, this is why you didn’t have any friends in school. You don’t care about anyone else’s feelings.”

“Oh my God. Please leave me alone.”

“You know, you may look hot, but you're personality is still ugly,” he laughed.

“Just kill me.” She walked back into the dining room.

“She wants me so bad,” he said to himself as he followed her back into the room with their parents.

After two more hours, the Harrison’s were heading on their way back home. Hadley ignored Justin after their argument in the kitchen and purposely ignored saying goodbye to him. The two families said their goodbyes as the Harrison’s drove towards home. Hadley couldn’t believe how awful Justin had gotten even more so over the years.

“Did you have fun tonight, dear?” Mrs. Harrison asked Hadley.

“I enjoyed seeing Mr. and Mrs. Quinn! I really wish Serena was there tonight.”  Serena was Justin’s older sister. She was a junior in college and when they were little, Hadley’s only friend.

“I know. It’s too bad she had to go back to school so early. But Justin is quite handsome isn’t he? I heard you two talking. He is quite taken by you, Sweetie,” her mom added.

“I would rather--”

“Honey!” Mrs. Harrison screamed.





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