Tainted Enchantment

Seventeen year old Sophie has just enrolled herself into a magical boarding school for fairies, a creature no one at her age believes, and doesn't know it. But whilst struggling with the distance from her boyfriend Drake and family, she unravels the truth about her real father and why people are out to kill her. In the end, who can Sophie trust? The boyfriend that has come to rescue her? Her best friend? Her roommate? Or the fey father she never knew she was related to? Which one is out to kill one of the most powerful fairies in history? Will the surprise she discovers send her into waves of depression? Follow the journey as Sophie learns who to keep close, and who not to keep close.

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5. Chapter Five

The friends of mine at school were just the same. I hadn’t told anyone and neither had Drake. I waited at his locker, wanting nothing more than to apologize and see his look of forgiveness. I felt I almost needed him to understand because, at the moment, it was he, my parents – notice how I said not Owen – and Todd. Probably his girlfriend too.

         I heard the laughter first. He and his boys carrying on and then it stopped because Drake has spotted me leaning against his locker and hushed his friends. My stomach turned to mush and I thought I was going to be sick, but then, for security, I looked up and … he smiled.

     My heart swelled in my chest-with happiness at the sight of him, and with hope.  Hope that maybe he's accepted reality and has forgiven me.

     "Hey," I greeted him, offering him a small smile.  My hand gripped the strap of my bag a bit tighter as I waited for him to say something.  He's kept me waiting more than long enough at this point.

     "Guys, I might be a minute," he told his friends before he took a step towards me and took my hands into his.  "Can we talk, Soph?"

     Unsure of what to say, I nodded.  He took the liberty of leading me out into the courtyard, which was always beautiful at this time of day.  The sun was over head, and the birds were chirping about.  Sometimes, both of us would sneak out of class to spend sometime together.  We'd meet at the bench under the big cherry blossom tree, which was the spot that he was leading me to now.

     He was still holding one of my hands as we sat.  "So, Sophie..."

     I held my breath.

     "I'm sorry I've kept to myself so much these past couple of days.  I really needed to use all that time to think clearly, and it's really hard for me to do that when you're around," he began.  I didn't say anything; I knew that he preferred it when I waited until he was done talking.  "There are many things that I've taken into consideration before I came to the decision that I have.  After all that time, I think that we've been together long enough that I can trust you while you're away.  This decision is because I really love you, Sophie.  These past three years have been by the best three years of my life, and I'd be an idiot to throw it away.  So, I was hoping that we could try and make the long-distance thing work, because I need you in my life, Sophie.  Forgive me, please?"

     It took a moment before his words fully sank into my mind.  Then I lost control of myself; I threw my arms around him and started crying onto his shoulder.  His arms wrapped around my frame and shushing me as he rocked me back and forth. 

     "What's wrong, Angel?  Why are you so sad?" he asked me, which made me cry even harder.  He had once said those words to me when we first met.

     There was no stopping the sobs that made my whole body shudder.  Along with it came a whole bunch of sniffling, gasping, and wailing.  "I can't stop crying!"  My arms tightened on him even more.  "I was so afraid that I was going to lose you!  You had me so scared.  I need you so much in my life, and words can't even begin to describe how I feel about you.  There is no possible way that I could truly function without you, but here I was, so close to losing you.  It was as though my world was falling apart, and now I can hardly breathe because this relief and happiness is so overwh-"

     He was able to slightly push me away far enough for him to lean in for a kiss.  Then the world was just me and him and us, and so perfect.

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