All About You (Love and Hate Book 1)

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Joanna Mazurkiewicz


I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me. A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me. Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus. Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

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Chapter 1: Episode 1


“We’re here.” Dora slams on the brake pedal unexpectedly. The baggage on top of the backseat falls over, smacking me on the back of the head. I curse silently, hoping that Dora can’t hear me. She knows I don’t use that kind of language anymore.

“That’s great,” I mutter, massaging my skull. Dora beams, staring at me from the driver’s side. I chose to sit in the back, hoping to catch up on some sleep, but my plan failed because Dora blasted music at full volume when we left Gargle—our hometown.

“Oh, my God, India, this is so exciting. We’re finally here,” she goes on, her high-pitched voice ringing in my ears. “Look at these buildings. Can you imagine what—”

We get out of the car while she continues to talk. I know I should be listening, but I can’t seem to focus today, and her monologue about all the wild parties is always the same. An odd sensation brushes over me, and I start to wonder why I’m not excited like Dora. We’ve been counting down the days to come to Braxton, and now I feel like I need to turn back. Maybe I’m not meant to go anywhere else but Gargle.

I take a few deep breaths and stretch my neck. I’ve always wanted to study at Braxton University. My mother and grandmother went here. Dora’s always wanted to live on her own; she’s been talking about this ever since she was accepted.

Me, though, I just couldn’t wait to get away from my toxic past.

Dora’s my best friend, but I’m not sure if I made the right decision to drag her here with me this time around. Her parents are wealthy, she could go anywhere she wanted in England, but in the end, she followed me.

Maybe she decided to come to Braxton because we’ve always done everything together. We aren’t at all similar, but we’ve known each other for years and it’s just easy that way. Dora might be a distraction from all the important stuff I planned to do this year. She wants to party and carry on with the life she had in Gargle. Me? I want to distance myself from the past and concentrate on things that matter.

I walk around the car and begin pulling my bags from the boot. The sun is blazing in the sky, burning the nape of my neck. In a few weeks it’ll get cold; it’s surprising that the weather is still nice in late September. But I feel an odd tension in the air, as if this peaceful day is going to be ruined by a thunderstorm. I notice heavy dark clouds starting to gather in the south.

“Come on, India, let’s move.” Dora’s voice brings me back to reality. “I want to check out the campus before it gets dark.”

“All right, chill out. These bags are heavy.”

“Oh, sorry, Miss Sensitive.” She frowns. “Why are you in such a bad mood today?”

“I’m fine, just tired. Cut it out.”

She waves her hand and starts walking. I know exactly what she’s talking about. I was up late last night thinking about Christian, and each time I do that, the next day I’m never the same.

We left Gargle in the early afternoon. Mum insisted on packing tons of food for us. She still thinks we won’t be able to cook a proper meal for ourselves, and we’ll be living on beans on toast. My little sister, Josephine, kept asking if she could come and visit me soon. She wants to see Braxton for herself. She’s only fourteen, but she’s already heard stories about university life, and she can’t wait to taste freedom for herself.

I grab my bags and start following Dora. She’s walking towards the block of student apartments, her brown hair flowing freely around her shoulders. I don’t know why, but my stomach makes a funny jolt when I see the buildings stretching in front of us.

We cross the path and walk towards the entrance. I switch my bag to my other shoulder, as my arm starts to ache, and drag my main suitcase behind me. We notice a group of students playing rugby on the lawn. Dora’s already toying with her hair, pretending to be struggling with her luggage, probably hoping one of those blokes will give her a hand. I roll my eyes, ignoring her fake moans, and move ahead. For a moment, I feel someone’s eyes on me, so I stop and turn around.

One of the guy’s stare directly at me. He squeezes his eyes shut, and what feels like fire spreads down my spine. He appears familiar, but I shake my head—I don’t know anyone in Braxton, and the sudden blaze of heat is only my imagination. Dora manages to get the attention of one of the guys, and they start chatting away. This is just so typical of her.

“Pass the ball, Jacob,” someone shouts behind me. But I ignore the voice, even though it sounds so familiar, and it’s heating up the blood running through my body.

Suddenly, something hits me hard on the back of the head. I let go of a loud “Owww!” and swiftly turn around. I spot the rugby ball on the grass and reach up to massage my head. I narrow my eyes, spotting the same guy who was staring at me a few seconds ago. He’s standing there, smirking.

“What’s your problem?” I clench my jaw in anger.

He doesn’t seem the least bit sorry that he just hit me with a freaking ball. He’s tall and muscular, his dark hair cut close to his scalp. For some reason, the “Special Forces” haircut suits him. He’s too far ahead so I can’t see the colour of his eyes, but his gaze is pulling me to him like a magnet. Jeans hang low on his hips, and his white T-shirt is dirty, likely from rolling on the grass. I glance back at his friends, who stare at me, startled. Something isn’t right here—he obviously meant to hit me on purpose.

“Well, who have we got here? It’s the one and only, India Gretel.” He says my name loudly, like he wants to make sure everyone can hear him.

“Do I know you?” I impatiently eye him from head to toe. A large whacky grin appears on his handsome face. Something in his eyes tell me we’ve already met. His gaze hardens on me as he picks up the ball and closes the distance between us. It’s then that I see his wide jaw and full beautiful lips.

“Don’t fucking tell me you forgot about me already, Indi?” He smirks again. “Boys, let me introduce you to the biggest bitch to ever step foot in Braxton.”

I blink rapidly, staring at him, digging through my memories—anything that can tell me if I’ve seen him before, but I’ve got nothing.

“Oliver, who the hell is that?” one of his mates asks as he walks towards him.

Dora notices my little show because she approaches me, appearing equally confused. “India, who’s that douchebag?” She hikes her thumb towards him, frowning.

Oliver. That name rolls through my head like a snooker ball. It curls my toes and increases my heartbeat. It’s like a poison that crawls into my pores and wrecks my body. His name brings about both good and bad within me. It’s the name I’ve been trying to forget for the past two years.

I stare at him as if he isn’t really there, as if I’m hallucinating. My heart starts pounding, sending a signal to my brain to start running when he approaches me.

It’s not him—it can’t be.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know who you are.” I manage, but my voice easily gives away my lie. The memories whirl back to me like a storm. The colour of his eyes—they’re the same. They’re his eyes—I could never forget them. Deep blue, staring straight through me, touching my pain, the pain his brother caused so many times. I break eye contact quickly enough and turn around but have trouble breathing.

“I don’t know what’s made you so dumb, but whatever it is—it’s working,” he shouts, and his friends laugh.

“Hold on, India, is that—”

“Dora, I didn’t know you were still friends with that witch?”

Another insult that hurts even more than the first one. I can feel as the blood drains from my face, and my body goes rigid. I try to count to ten and control myself, but guilt pours into my stomach like hot lava.

Dora recognises him straightaway. “Oh, my God, Oliver—is that really you?” She chuckles. “You’ve changed.”

I glance back at her, trying to give her a sign to move along, but she’s standing there still staring at him.

He continues to humiliate me. “Do tell my friends here all about yourself, Indi. We all enjoy good horror stories.”

“Dora, let’s go,” I snap, even though I feel too numb to move. I clench my teeth and drag my feet forward, ignoring my skyrocketing pulse.

“Oliver, you look hot,” Dora singsongs flirtatiously. “See you around.”

She hurries after me. My stomach goes through a series of contractions as we walk through the building. My heart is pounding like it’s about to explode. I need to take a deep breath and forget I saw him. He was never supposed to go to Braxton. He isn’t here—it’s just my imagination. I wish I could change the past, but the tiny voice in my head tells me I brought this on myself.


“Do you want to stay a bit longer, honey?” Mum touched my hand gently as if I were made of glass. We were alone; many people had already left. Mum was waiting to take me home, but I couldn’t move, watching the pallbearers. They were lowering Christian’s coffin into the ground, their faces stone cold. Soon, no one was going to remember him and the things that he’d done. Soon, he was going to be forgotten.

Heavy, grey clouds hung over our heads. I stared at the same spot for several minutes, seeing the demons of darkness and death. They approached me, crawling along my back, and burrowing long needles through my heart.

“Yes.” I didn’t recognise my own voice—it sounded empty. Christian’s mother had asked me to sit with her in the front row. People were talking to me, but everything was like a blur. People came, then left, but I was still there, hurting.

Mum didn’t say anymore. She got up and left me alone with my own nightmare—maybe because it was easier that way. I stared as the coffin disappeared into the ground, and I was glad that he was dead. A few days had passed since the party at Christian’s home. I still hadn’t told anyone about what happened. When he dropped me home, I’d gone straight to my bedroom and cried. Christian had been an ideal teenager, but a few weeks before his death, he’d turned into a psychopath. He’d known throughout the years that I didn’t feel the same way about him, that I only wanted friendship, but he kept this knowledge under control until the party—then he lost it. He was devious, making sure no one noticed anything.

My mother had knocked on my door around midnight. For several minutes she was silent, then she gave me the news. Christian had been in a car accident and died in the hospital. Then she hugged me and told me to let it all go. I sobbed, feeling sorrow along with an incredible relief slowly filling me up. Part of me wanted him dead, the other part still cared for him.

My wish had come true only a few hours after he’d hurt me.

Then at the funeral, I was standing there, happy that he was out of my life for good. I had no idea how to deal with the pain he’d caused and those cruel, devastating memories. He’d destroyed me—then he just… disappeared.

Christian was gone. He’d taken the vicious and sadistic part of him to the grave, but he left me with emotional scars and a nightmare I would never forget.


It was Oliver. I hadn’t even noticed when he approached me, but I recognised his voice straightaway. He stood beside me for a moment, and my anger and agitation grew.

I turned to face him. “What do you want, Oliver?”

His long dark hair hung over his shoulders, wearing a long black Goth coat, eyes peering at me from beneath long black eyelashes. He then placed his hand on my arm. “I just wanted to make sure you’re all right.”

I clenched my fists, and my body tensed. Pure rage began coursing through me. Oliver was the one who was supposed to be at that party. If he had shown up like he’d promised, I would never have had to go through that nightmare. It was all his fault.

“He’s gone, Oliver,” I shouted. “You don’t need to check on me. You don’t have to be around me anymore.” My heart was pounding, but I felt so much better as soon as those words left my mouth.

“Come on, India, I know you’re hurting, but he was my brother and I’ll miss him, too.” He moved closer, and I couldn’t take it.

I pulled away and abruptly began stomping in the opposite direction. Then, I rounded on him to say a few more things. “I hate you, Oliver. I hate your fucking guts. Just stay away from me. I don’t want you anywhere near me.”

He stood there staring at me as if I were speaking a different language. His eyes darkened and he turned away. I felt better pushing him away. Fighting with him and hurting him was like therapy. It felt like some sort of release—something I couldn’t do to his brother—because he was dead. Sick and twisted, maybe? But I didn’t know what to do with all the anger built up within me. And Oliver was just a reminder… a reminder of everything…

“Indi, I don’t get it—”

“You don’t need to get anything, Oliver. I swear I’ll make your life difficult if you don’t stay away. I mean it. Christian is dead and we’re done.”

I turned and walked away, leaving him next to his dead brother. Before the party, I would have thrown myself into his arms and told him we needed to be strong now—together. But that was then. Now, I was shattered… my soul left in tattered pieces.