Wouldn't Be A Lie

Her head was in the clouds, and his feet were glued to the ground. Playing like lovers in the moonlight, but never stepping out into the sunlight.

(In the process of being edited so I apologize for any craziness!!)

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6. Last Forever

Holly

On and on with our escape

We're driving out of the city together

Feel the breeze against your face

You touch my hand

A warm embrace forever

If I could freeze this frame

So things won't change

Now that we're here

We feel so alive

We can make this last forever

We can waste time together

 

I woke up again at noon and stretched. The sun was streaming and filtered the room in its soft warm glow. I smiled and shook Sam awake.

"What?" she said rubbing her eyes.

"I'm hungry," I said.

"Let's eat then," she said sitting up and swinging her legs over the edge of the bed and getting up.

We headed down the stairs and went into the kitchen. I reached for the Mini Wheats and Sam reached for Trix. We ate our bowls of cereal and then flopped down on the couch once we were done. We were watching the Saturday morning cartoons when Genevieve walked down the stairs wearing a white silk robe.

"Morning girls,” she said.

"Morning," we called out.

"Sam honey, I have to work today. Do you think you guys will be fine?" she asked.

"Yeah, mom," Sam said.

"Okay," Genevieve said walking back up the stairs.

"My mom would have never left me by myself," I said.

"You're mom loves you too much. That's why," Sam said.

"No, she's just too overprotective," I said.

"Well you're the only child she has left," she said.

"My sister visits once in awhile," I said.

"Once every year, according to everything you told me," Sam said.

"Who can blame her?" I said laughing.

"I like your mom," Sam said.

"I do too, but she can be overwhelming," I said.

Eli walked down the stairs and threw himself over Sam. Sam screamed and pushed him off. Eli laughed and ruffled her hair as he headed into the kitchen.

"He's so annoying," she said finger combing her hair.

"I guess so," I said.

For some reason, I didn't tell Sam that I had been in his room last night, when I couldn't sleep. It's not like I was hiding something from her, because nothing happened. I just didn't want her to know. I didn't know if that made me a bad friend or not, but I didn't tell her about it. Genevieve walked down the stairs wearing a dark blue pencil skirt, a white collared shirt, and black heels.

"I'm off to work," she said kissing Sam and I on the cheek, and kissing Eli on the forehead.

We all called out our goodbyes as she left out the door.

"We should go to the beach," Sam said as Eli sat down on the couch next to me.

"I don't have a bathing suit," I said.

"I'll let you borrow one of mine," Sam said.

"Are you gonna come?" I asked Eli.

"Maybe," he said.

"No, I don't want you to come," Sam said.

"Suddenly I want to come," Eli said.

Sam groaned and we headed back up the stairs. She opened one of her drawers and took out a two piece electric green bikini. She stripped off her pajamas and put it on. 

"You can pick whichever one you like," Sam said pulling her still straight her into a pony tail. 

I looked through the drawer and picked out a teal two piece and stripped off my clothes and put it on.

"It looks good on you," Sam said.

"So does yours," I said.

"You can keep it. I never wear it anyway," she said.

"No I couldn't" I said.

"Keep it. Seriously," she said.

"We should invite Guillermo and Austin," Sam continued.

"If you want to," I said pulling my straight ginger hair into a messy bun.

Sam called Austin and Guillermo and they both agreed to meet us at the beach. I slipped on light denim shorts and a loose white T-shirt and took white framed Ray-Bans shades from Sam's bathroom drawer, and applied chap stick to my dry lips. I pushed the shades to the top of my head as I packed a small bag with two towels, two water bottles, and sunscreen. Sam slipped on black shorts and a white T-shirt and pushed her neon green framed Ray Bans on the top of her head, and I slipped on white flip-flops and she slipped on black flip-flops and we headed back down the stairs. Eli sat on the couch now wearing white and black checkered board shorts and a white tank top. He had his orange surfboard next to him and his black Chucks on his feet.

"Are you guys ready?" he asked getting up and putting his board under his arm.

"Yeah," Sam said pushing her shades to the bridge of her nose and I did the same as we stepped out into the sun and as Eli locked the door behind us. We walked the fifteen minute walk to the beach and soon we were there. We spotted Austin and Guillermo in front of the surf shop. Austin was wearing blue, black, and white striped board shorts hung low on his hips, a black tank top, and black aviator shades. Guillermo was wearing red and black striped board shorts, a black T-shirt and had black Ray Bans shades on.  We walked towards Austin as Guillermo walked up to Sam and wrapped her into a hug. Austin hugged me, and I saw Eli look awkward and walk into the board shop. 

"You look nice," Austin said.

"Thanks, you too," I said.

"Should we go get a spot?" Guillermo asked us, his arm around Sam's waist.

"Yeah, let's go," I said as Austin took my hand in his.

We got a good spot not too far from the shore, but far away from all the other people that were there at the beach that day. Sam and I laid down the two towels and the boys went to go and get more water bottles. I lay back on my towel and took off my shorts and shirt. I let the sun hit my body and hoped that my pale skin wouldn't burn, even if I had already put on sunscreen. Sam did the same and we waited for the boys to come back the water bottles. I rested my weight on my shoulders and saw that Eli was walking near the shore, and I wasn't surprised to see Sabrina with him in a skimpy purple bikini. I frowned and soon Austin and Guillermo were back.

"Thanks," I said.

"No problem," Austin said sitting next to me in the sand.

"Do you wanna share my towel?" I asked him.

"Sure," he said as I sat on the top half of the towel. 

"Do you wanna walk around?" he asked me.

"Yeah," I said getting up.

"Sam, I'm gonna go and walk with Austin kay?" I said to Sam.

She waved me off. Austin and I headed to the shore and we walked around talking about school, and how I liked Santa Monica so far. We stood in the water letting the low tide wash over our feet. Austin surprised me by taking my hand and running straight into the water. We fell in the water and we were thrown around by a couple of the waves. We stood up out of the water laughing. He shook his hair out and I wiped my face of any water. He rested his hands on my waist and I rested mine on his shoulders. His face came near mine to the point where space was nonexistent. His full lips were almost touching mine, but another wave rolled over and knocked us down. We got back up laughing and we decided to head back. 

Sam and Guillermo were gone, and no doubt they were off on their own romantic walk. We dried off with my towel and we headed to the surf shop. We went inside and looked around. I saw a beautiful white seashell necklace. I admired it, but didn't have any money to buy it, so I moved on and kept looking. Austin disappeared for a few minutes but returned. We left and went back deciding to play in the water. We ran into the water and he wrapped his arms around my waist and spun me around. His warm flesh felt good against my almost bare midriff. He had long gone shed his black tank top, to reveal a well sculpted chest. He let me go and we sat near the shore on the sand watching other people surf and swim in the water. I spotted Eli who had no Sabrina in tow, on his orange surfboard. His lean chest was nowhere near as sculpted as Austin's but it was still nice to look at. I watched as he swiftly and effortlessly dominated the waves. Minutes later and was dragging his surfboard to the shore, and running one hand through his wet hair. The sun was almost set, and Sam and Guillermo had joined Austin and I a couple of minutes before. 

"We should almost head home," Eli said flopping down next to me.

"Let's just pack up our stuff and watch the sun set," Sam said from the end of our small line.

We all walked back to our spot, and picked up our things. I slipped on my shorts, and got tangled up in my T-shirt. Austin helped me untangle myself and I didn't miss the glare Eli shot at Austin, as I let Austin’s hands wander over my bare stomach. We walked onto the pier and watched the sun disappear. We were all saying our goodbyes as Eli waited impatiently. 

"Before you go. I got you this," Austin said taking the white seashell necklace I had been looking at earlier. 

"I saw you looking at it," he continued.

"Thank you so much," I said as he fastened the clasp around my neck and left it lying around my neck.  

"Well you should get going. Looks like Eli is gonna rip my head off," Austin said wrapping me in his arms.

"Bye," I said.

Before I could fully step out of Austin’s arms, he pulled me in closer. He brushed his lips against mine once, twice. I got a bit impatient and forcefully crashed our lips together, fully aware of Eli’s eyes on us. Sam, Eli, and I, left soon after Austin and I’d heavy kiss.

"So, what are you and Austin?" Sam asked.

"I should ask you the same thing about Guillermo," I teased.

"We're friends, for now," she said.

"Well Austin and I are still friends," I said.

"But you wanna be more," Sam said winking.

"You shouldn't want to be more than friends," Eli interrupted.

"Since when do you tell me what I want?" I asked crossing my arms as we walked onto the porch.

"Since you became a little sister," Eli said stepping inside the house.

We ordered pizza and ate in the living room watching Grown-Ups. We stayed up until eleven until Sam and I decided to call it a night. I showered and changed into my pink cotton shorts and white tank top again. Sam showered while I changed and she changed into an over sized T-shirt and we both crawled into bed and knocked out within a few minutes. 

Two hours later at one in the morning I woke up again, and headed into Eli's room.

"Can't sleep again?" Eli asked.

"No," I said crawling on the bottom part of the bed. He was watching 21 Jump Street and I watched it with him.

"You know what I really want?" he told me.

"What?" I asked.

"I really want home-made pancakes right now," he said.

"You don't know how to make them?" I asked him.

"No," he answered.

"I do," I said.

"You do?" he asked.

"Want me to make some?" I asked.

"You don't have to," he said.

"Yeah, but I'm hungry too," I said getting off the bed.

"You would really do that?" he asked.

"Only if you help me," I responded.

He smiled and we walked down the stairs and into the kitchen. Minutes later we had a stack of pancakes and a mess of flour around the kitchen. We cleaned the mess up and headed outside to the backyard with our plates of pancakes and milk. We sat in lawn chair and watched the stars above. 

"Why don't you like Austin?" I asked him.

"Cause I don't," he said putting his empty glass and plate on top of mine. 

I hugged my bare legs to my chest. Eli had the sense to slip on a sweater. He pulled his sweater off and raised my arms and slipped it on my body.

"We should head back inside," I said standing up and picking up our plates.

I dropped them off in the sink on our way back to Eli's room. We continued to watch the movie, and hour later I heard Eli snoring. I took the remote from his hand and turned off the TV. I slid into my right side of his bed and fell asleep next to my best friend's brother once more. I woke up to find myself curled up against Eli's chest and his arm loosely wrapped around my waist. I turned my head to check the clock it was only four in the morning. I still had one more hour. I pulled his black bed sheets higher on my body and went back to sleep. I was woken up to Eli shaking me awake.

"It's past five already. You should go," he said.

"Okay," I said yawning.

I slid off the bed and walked out of his room and back into Sam's. I crawled under her sheets and fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. The rest of the week became a regular routine. Wake up, eat, go to school on the weekdays, come home, eat, fall asleep in Sam's bed, wake up in Eli's and head back to Sam's bed.  Eli's room had become my safe haven. He wasn't the same person that Sam and I thought was annoying during the day. He was different, and I had decided I liked the Eli only I got to see. I was surprised to find his arm around my waist, but I didn't want his arm to move. I liked Austin, but he didn't compare to what Eli made me feel like. Austin was only a friend; I didn't return his feelings because my heart was slowly becoming Eli's. 

It was the day before my parents were going to be back and to pick me up. All my things were packed, except two changes of clothes, shoes and pajamas. I decided to leave a pair of clothes at Sam's house. It was already ten at night, and we went to bed early. An hour later, when Sam was fast asleep, I slipped out of bed and back into Eli's room. 

"Last night in here," Eli said.

"Yeah," I said sitting next to him on the bed and pulling out my stash of candy from under his bed.

I began to keep a bag of candy in here; whenever I would get hungry I would take it out and eat it. Today I pulled out my bag and ate the Hershey's Kisses in the bag. 

"It's gonna be weird to not have you in my room keeping me awake," he said teasingly.

"Why do you like Sabrina?" I asked.

"I don't like her. She's just there," he said.

"What do you mean by there?" I asked.

"I dunno. She's just a girl that, I don't know. She's just always around. I don't feel anything for her," he said.

"Do you like kissing her?" I hear myself ask.

"I don't know," he said.

"So you do kiss her," I said.

"Yes, Holly," he said.

I like the way my name rolls off his tongue. It sounds beautiful. I had only known Eli and Sam for almost a couple months now, but I felt like I had known them forever. It was strange how I could fall in love with Eli in such a short amount of time. But ever since I had begun to come into his room almost two weeks ago, things changed for me. Call me foolish, but I would probably agree with you. But no matter what other people would think of me falling for Eli in only a month, it wouldn't change a thing. I didn't want to spend my time with Austin anymore; I wanted to spend my night in Eli's room. No one knew that every night I would come in here and just be with Eli. It was our secret. Mine and his. I took a leap of faith with what I said next.

"I can kiss you like she does," I said taking another chocolate and melting it with my tongue.

"I'm sure you can, but you're only like what ten Holls?" he said laughing.

"I'm fourteen and a half, I'm almost fifteen," I insisted.

"Either way. I'm almost sixteen. You're too young for me," he said.

"People date younger people all the time," I said.

"It almost sounds like you're interested in me," he said.

"And what if I am?" I said trying to sound like I didn't care even if I wanted to know the answer to my own question more than anything in the world. 

"Then you're interested and I wouldn't do anything about it," he said.

"And why wouldn't you do anything about it?" I asked my heart racing inside my chest.

"'Cause I just wouldn't baby girl," he says.

My heart skips beats when I hear him call me baby girl. It was ten times better than little sister.

"And why wouldn't you?" I insisted on a real answer.

"Why do you want to know so badly? Do you want me to say because I like you the way you like me?" he says.

"I don't like you," I mumble.

"Don't worry baby girl. I won't tell," he said laughing and pulling me into a hug.

"Well there's nothing you can say, 'cause I don't like you," I say pulling away from his arms I want to bury myself in. 

"Liar, liar," Eli sings.

"You're the liar," I say.

"How?" he asks.

"Because, you keep Sabrina around even if you don't like her. And because you don't want to admit that she's your girlfriend because she always comes over and you two are always in your room with the door shut," I said crossing my arms.

"I don't keep her around, she stays. And you come in my room with the door shut too. Does that mean you want to be my girl?" he says.

"You're such a jerk Eli," I say hitting him with a pillow.

"So you do want to be my girl?" he says almost making it difficult for me to understand.

I don't answer. He smiles.

"I asked you something Sydney," he said.

"I don't know do I?" I shot.

"I think you do. And if you want to be I wouldn't mind," he reveals.

"So you like me too?" I ask curiously with a smile on my face as he loosely wraps his arm around my shoulder.

"I have, since the first time I saw you. Remember you tried beating the shit outta me?" he says laughing.

"Yeah, I remember," I say yawning.

Eli turns off the TV and slips my candy bag back under the bed. He flips out the light.

“Go to sleep baby girl,” Eli said while stroking my hair.

“Later,” I said.

I enventually fell asleep wrapped in Eli’s arms, thinking that there was nowhere I’d rather be.

(All rights reserved to Fenech-Soler's Last Forever)

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