The English Teacher

Two different people from two different worlds. Sounds cliche, right? But it's true.

First there's Charlotte Dent. The normal kid in school who get's pretty good grades. She's a senior this year but hasn't exactly been in a "real" relationship.

And then there's Ashton Keiler. He was a player in high school which makes sense due to his good looks and hilarious personality. He ended up being an English teacher at Oak Grove High School.

When their paths meet, sparks fly. But can they keep the relationship a secret long enough for Charlotte to graduate?

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16. Ashton

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.”
 

 

-Charles Kuralt

 

 

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8 hours until Charlotte and I celebrate Christmas with her family and our friends. 8 hours until Charlotte introduces and tells her mother about us. 8 hours until 7.

 

 

                To say I was totally calm would be an understatement. All I’m thinking of is worse case scenarios, I mean there is an age difference and we aren’t legal. I could be labeled as a pedophile because of the age difference. Charlotte’s 17 and I’m 23, the legal age is 18 and she doesn’t turn 18 until May so we’re kind of screwed if anyone finds out about us. They could throw me in jail for having an “intimate” relationship with not only an underaged girl but also a student. Telling her mother was not helping these thoughts to stop.

 

 

                We decided we would be leaving a bit early so we would arrive early and can tell her mum in private, just in case she lashes out on us for being in this kind of relationship. However Charlotte keeps saying that her mum probably won’t lash out on us because she’s cool and all, but how can you be so sure?

 

 

On top of all that stuff, I still had the feeling that the gift I got Charlotte was going to be one she doesn’t like. I thought it was simple yet held power towards something somewhat in our “zone”, like the whole student and teacher thing. I was worrying about two totally separate things yet they both had me getting extremely nervous and sweaty.

 

 

Last night I had taken Charlotte out to the movies as, I guess, our first date. I did tell her that once she graduated from school I would take her out on a real date. One in which we didn’t have to hide who we were with, and just could be a normal couple.

 

 

She had also slept over last night because we had fallen asleep to watching some crappy television show. Truthfully, I love falling asleep and waking up to me having my hands raped around her waist and her snuggling into my chest. She was mine, and I don’t want to let her go.

 

 

“Good afternoon sleepyhead,” If you couldn’t tell, she just woke up from her slumber and went into the bathroom to get ready for the day to come. Well, more like wake up for the day to come.

 

 

I got off of the couch and headed towards the kitchen to start making lunch but when I get there, my plans changed.

 

 

“What is all this?”

 

 

“I thought I would make you lunch because I wanted to do something for you that you didn’t have to do for me,” Chase had made lunch for us all. You may think why this was kind of a shock to me but it was just a shock because he made lunch for us all when he didn’t have to. I usually make lunch for whoever’s over.

 

 

“Is Liam coming over tonight? Or is he going to the party? What are your plans?”

 

 

“He’s coming to the party. He’s going to be meeting us there, then he’s going to go and introduce me to his parents, and then we’ll come back after that.” Charlotte finally enters with a yawn as she sits down at the table.

 

 

“You ready?” Why did she have to bring that up? Now I’m freaking out again. Thank you very much Charlotte.

 

 

“What do you think? I’m personally meeting your mum today. Also may I remind you we are in a way coming out to her,” All she did was lean over and kiss me before taking my hand in hers and giving it a reassuring squeeze.

 

 

The rest of the day went by with us just laying around watching the television and having a laugh. Eventually all of that had to end and we had to start getting ready for tonight.

 

 

Right now we were all currently driving over to Charlottes in a nervous silence. I kept stealing glances at Charlotte because she was looking extremely cute tonight. She was rocking the simple look. A simple red shirt with a black skirt that had red roses and a bit of green stems on it, a leather jacket because it just completed the look and also it was winter. The rest of her outfit was just simple earrings, a simple owl necklace and a couple bracelets’. She looked absolutely stunning to me, and I’m not just saying that to be polite.

 

 

Once we entered the street towards her house she grabbed my hand for comfort as I gave it a light squeeze comforting myself as well. We all exited the car and headed towards her front door.

 

 

I slightly knocked on the door, “You know you could have just walked in. It is my house.”

 

 

“I wanted to be polite.”

 

  

“Well you are making a good impression,” I turn to see Charlottes mum looking at us both with a grin on her face in the doorway. “I’m Kristen, it’s nice to finally meet you.”

 

 

“I’m Ashton,” Kristen led us through the hallway into the kitchen where all four of us sat down.

 

 

“So mum, we need to tell you something that’s kind of important.” Charlotte stated as she bit her lip nervously.

 

 

“You’re not pregnant are you?” Chase and I try to suppress a laugh at that but it didn’t really work.

 

 

“Gosh, mum , no. You know I wouldn’t want to get pregnant at this age.”

 

 

“I know, hun, but what is it? It’s not like you’re dating your teacher or anything, so what could have gotten you all nervous?” When we all went quite she gasped slightly, “Are you serious?”

 

 

“Mum… um… Ashton is my teacher, well our teacher,” She motions towards Chase, “So that’s why I’m so nervous. I don’t want you to leave just like dad did.” She stated while putting so much venom into the word dad. I wonder what happen to him.

 

 

“Charlotte I want you to know that I would never want to leave you no matter what. We have each other’s backs, so I don’t have a problem with your choice in who you date. I’m just happy you’ve found someone who makes you happy. You know that’s all I’ve wanted you to find since you know what happened. Your happiness means everything to me.” Kristen stated before pulling a tearful Charlotte into her arms, “I love you.”

 

 

A sigh of relief exits my mouth when I finally comprehend what Kristen had said. It turns out I worried for absolutely nothing. However that does happen to me most of the time.

 

 

All of us eventually ended up helping Kristen set up food and other things to get ready. Around 7 o’clock, the doorbell rang and Charlotte headed over to open the door with me following behind.

 

 

Poppy, Lucas, Cody, Max, Landon, Aiden, My parents, and also Poppy’s parents were all stood in the doorway. I was kind of surprised that my parents were here because I didn’t know that my parents were coming at all.

 

 

We all greeted each other before leading them all into the living room.

 

 

“Hey Ash, can I talk to you quick?” Max asked while glancing at Cody, while Cody had a smile on his face.

 

 

“Sure,” Max stands up but before he leaves Cody takes his left hand in his and places it to his lips, that’s when I notice it. “Max, what’s that on your finger?

 

 

“Um,” At this point everyone is in the room, including Liam who had arrived just a couple minutes ago, and looking at Max, Cody and I, “I was going to tell you this first before everyone else but I guess We’ll tell you all now. Cody and I are engaged.”

 

 

We all have huge grins on our faces until Poppy says something that makes us all start laughing hysterically. “I told you I knew this was going to happen. Welcome to the dark side Ashton Keiler.”

 

 

After that we all ate food, conversed with one another, opened presents, and watched those crappy Christmas carols on television. Poppy ended up walking over to Charlotte and I - while we were talking - and put a mistletoe over our heads, we kissed, Poppy squeled and moved on to the next couple. She's a weird one. Around 9:30 Liam and Chase left to meet with Liam’s parents and tell them about their relationship. My figures are crossed that they do because Chase already lost his family.

 

 

Eventually everyone left leaving Kristen, Charlotte and I. Charlotte and I decided I would just stay her for the night because I was too lazy to drive an hour and a half back to my place.

 

 

After helping cleaning up, Charlotte and I eventually made it up into her room.

 

 

“I was waiting to give you your present till we were alone. I don’t like seeing other people’s reactions towards the gifts I give to others.” I say as I pull a box out of my jacket pocket.

 

 

“Babe you know you didn’t have to get me anything. Now I feel like a bad girlfriend for not getting you anything,”

 

 

“You didn’t have to get me anything, it was my choice to get you something.” She slowly opens the case.

 

 

“This is amazing, I love it.” She kisses me before setting it down on the night stand.

 

 

“I know we’ve only been together for a little over a month, but I can feel there’s something special between the two of us. I just hope it lasts forever and always.” With that she captured my lips in a passionate kiss.

 

 

“I love you.” She says as we both lay down on her bed as Charlotte snuggles up into me.

 

 

“I love you, too. Forever and Always,”

 

 

 

“Forever and Always,” After that we happily drift into sleep with smiles on our faces. Forever and Always

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