Summer Love

There was a time when Doncaster was a calm, quiet town. When nothing too exciting happened, on Sundays women wore dresses and men wore suits, kids played in the green lawns, and teens were as close to behaved as they'll ever be.
Louis Tomlinson remembers this time clearer than anything else, one 2009 summer over all. Louis had dated before, maybe even claimed that he found "the one," that was until he met Elizabeth Clarke. She was probably the last person he ever imagined to fall for, but somehow the pieces fell into place. Elizabeth taught him everything he never learned, the pain and prize of being in love.


12. Ch 11

My eyes scanned the screen in front of me. I had coffee in my mug, only sweatpants on, crazy hat hair, and something like twenty tabs open. I probably looked psycho, but I didn't mind. I never minded what I looked like these days... All that mattered was her. It had been around three weeks since graduation. Today we established Elizabeth's bucketlist. The thought brought tears to my eyes. 

I want to do something... I can't just sit around and wait to die.

Her words from earlier rang through my mind. 

Babe, don't say that... You're going to be fine... You're going to be fine.

The conversation replayed and soon I felt as if I were reliving the moment...


We sat in the back of my rusty, burgundy pickup truck, just talking. She was cold. Recently she has been getting colder much easier. My arms were wrapped around her as she sat on my lap and mumbled things about books to me. She loved reading, I had picked up on it in all our time together. We ventured out to the beach a lot. We had a secret little nook there that both of us were obsessed with. When we went, Lizzie  would bring a new classic novel and I would bring my sisters or a football or I would just stare at her. She mesmerized me... Every single day. 

"Can we go to the spot?" Lizzie whispered, pulling me from my thoughts. 

"That's what I was thinking." I nodded, kissing the tip of her nose. Lizzie smiled lazily and dragged me out of the truck by the hand she was holding.


We got there in minutes and instantly climbed around the rocks to our own private mini-beach. Elizabeth smiled wide and sunk down into the sand. She didn't bring a book today and she looked like she was feeling well, so I prayed she wanted to go swimming. 

"Lou?" She whispered. 

"Yeah, babe?" I smiled, sitting down next to her. 

"I made my bucketlist." She said proudly. 

"What?" I stuttered, we hadn't talked about this in so long... These talks always ended in tears. 

"I know you probably aren't that happy... but I am. I finally know everything I've been dying to do." Lizzie's eyes sparkled. I frowned at her word choice, but didn't protest when she handed me her phone. 

Get a tattoo. A permanent one.

Go skinny dipping

Meet someone famous

Have a song written for me

See the Eiffel Tower

Swim with dolphins

Go to USA

Write something meaningful

Learn to play an instrument

Run a marathon

Send a message in a bottle

Sleep under the stars

Kiss in the rain

Go to a concert

Have my portrait painted

Learn to ballroom dance

Try to make a guard laugh at Buckingham Palace

Ride a segway

Write my will

Get married to the love of my life


I read the list six or seven times before I was finally able to look up with no tears in my eyes.

"I only did twenty because I didn't want to go too overboard... I think these can be done, though." She smiled proudly. I took her hand in mine and shut off her phone so I didn't have to think about it anymore. Gently I traced the back of her hand, drawing small circles and other shit to distract myself. I couldn't cry in front of her... I had to stay strong. 

"Lou?" Lizzie whispered, she sounded worried. 

"Yeah, babe?" I sighed, finally meeting her gorgeous grey eyes. They were grey today. A very sad, grey-blue. I didn't like her looking this sad. She deserved to be happy, was that too much to ask? 

"You ok?" She frowned, a little crinkle forming between her eyebrows. 

I leaned forward and kissed the wrinkle of worry. I wanted to kiss away all her pain. 

"I'm fine. You?" I smiled weakly. 

"I... I've had better." She laughed with little emotion. It felt like a stab to the chest. She sounded so broken and lost. 

"We're going to complete this list... or at least as much as we can. Then you're gonna get better and we can make another." I said happily. I cupped her face with my hand and stroked her cheek with my thumb. 

A small tear escaped Elizabeth's left eye and she sniffled back a few more. 

"Shh, baby. Baby don't cry. You're too pretty to cry." I soothed her gently, pulling her into my arms. 

"I-I'm sorry. You just love me too much." She sobbed into my shirt. 

I laughed and kissed her head. I loved her as much as I could, in the end I hope it's enough. 



"So, when do we start?" Lizzie asked quietly as a storm cloud darkened above us. 

I chuckled and squeezed her hand, unsure how to properly answer. I felt the first few drops of rain before I saw them. 

"Shit, we should go!" I smiled, grabbing Lizzie and pulling her onto my back as the rain really started picking up. 

"Wait!" She screamed when I was almost off the beach completely. 


Lizzie slid off my back and pulled my face down to hers. Her lips crashed into mine as the rain pelted our backs. The sound of waves crashing faded into a muffle in the background as she ran her hands through my hair and tugged me close to her. I lifted Elizabeth up to me and wrapped her legs around my waist. All I could feel was the wet sand under my feet, her wet lips on mine, and her hands pulling at my hair. A moan was released from my mouth as Lizzie slid her tongue against my lower lip. I mimicked the motion and soon we were fighting for dominance with out mouths.

Eventually we separated and Lizzie looked up to me through her eyelashes. 

"One done, nineteen to go." She whispered, biting down on her lip. I laughed and nodded then quickly picked her up onto my back again so we would make it home before the storm got really harsh. 





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