Out of Reach

This is a story of a teenage romance which blossoms into something beyond beautiful. It has twists and turns, where a young couple fall in and out of love with each other and other people. How do their lives pan out in the end though?


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26. Birthday

 

I slowly open my eyes to darkness. I look at the alarm clock to see it’s only half past 5, and it’s a Saturday. I turn over to attempt to sleep, and smell Megan’s hair, soft and shampooed. Then I am blinded my white light, and hear a series of sounds; Megan’s quiet moaning to the reaction of the light, and my daughter rushing in with excitement.    

   “It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday!” I hear, and then feel her weight on top of me, bouncing and laughing. I laugh too. It’s so sweet to see her excitement. I begin to sing the first few lines of happy birthday whilst my eyes recover, and hear my tone-deaf voice come out in a croaky fashion. Both Daisy and Megan laugh at me.     

   “Okay then, shall I go and find your presents?”    

   “Yes, yes, yes!” She squeals with delight.  

   I open the front door to see two overly excited little girls, and two fathers waiting anxiously on our doorstep. I can tell one of them is incredibly rich. There is a black Aston martin sat on our drive which I just watched him climb out of, and simply the way he and his daughter are dressed screams rich, right down to the headband in her hair. The other son and daughter look similar to how Megan and I were when we lived in our first house. He is dressed in ratty jeans and a plain black t-shirt. His daughter has mouse brown hair and is wearing a creased dress. It seems unfair.     

   “Come in, come in.” I say with a smile on my face. Daisy rushes to the door to greet her friends. They go babbling off into the living room.     

   “So when should I pick up Imogen?” The rich man asks me.    

   “If you pick them up about 5 “o” clock-ish that would be great.” I say. They both nod before I say, “Sorry, what’re your names?”     “I’m Neil. Pleased to meet you.” The rich man sticks out his hand. I shake it, and realise he has a firm grip.    

   “Kevin.” The other bloke says who also shakes my hand.     

   “It’s nice to meet you both. I’m Dylan, Daisy’s father as you’ve probably already guessed.” After some small talk and getting to know who’s who, I make my way back inside. I see Megan finishing off the pass the parcel, and go and hug her from behind. She laughs at me, and turns around in my grip. We kiss.    

   “I love you Megan.” I say, kissing her again.    

   “I love you too.” She replies, kissing me in return. I laugh.     

   As I walk off, I turn around and say, “You’re gorgeous by the way.” She grins at me.     

   Then I’m left thinking about how everything worked out in the end, and although this isn’t the ending, it’s happy all the same, and it’s a beautiful time of my life. My daughter is 8 today, and I have my girlfriend who I will never take for granted again.  

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