(3 years ago)
"Thank you for choosing to stay at The Mallette Cottage. I hope you enjoyed your stay" I said politely as the family left. I bowed slightly and flashed them a perfect smile.
"Bethany!" I heard my name being called.
"Yes?" I said peeking through the doorway.
"The customers find you very likeable. Keep up the good work" Mrs. Mallette praised. Mrs. Mallette was my Mom's best friend and had taken me in after my parents had passed away in a tragic car accident. It had happened when I was only three so I didn't really remember it all too well, but sometimes, I'd see very vivid flashes of that time. It was a miracle that I even lived. I was told that I was supposed to not even be alive, but somehow, I managed to live. A real miracle they said. Even though I had lived, there was a scar behind my right ear that always haunted me. I shuddered just thinking about it.
"Thank you" I smiled and left to return to work. On my way back, I received a text from Justin. I smiled and my heart instantly warmed.
Meet me at our special place ;) -J
"Carla, can you-" I began before being cut off.
"Yes, just go" she said chuckling. I nodded and mouthed a thank you. I headed to the forested area, not too far away from the cottage. I knew exactly where Justin had said to meet. It was a place we used to go to all the time when we were younger. It was a place where only the two of us knew. A place for only us. It made me happy to know this.
"Hey" I said, moving under the branches. Justin flashed me a warm smile. I returned it. His face suddenly got serious as he took my hands into his by surprise.
"I want to ask you something. I know it's selfish of me, but please consider this" Justin said, almost pleading. I nodded. "Run away with me" he stated. I looked at him with wide eyes.
"W-what? What do you mean by that?" I asked checking if I heard him right.
"I want to escape this boring life. I want so much more than this. I want to be a singer not...someone who continues the family business" he explained.
"Please, I need you to come with me. You're the only one who understands how I feel. Mom and Dad all just care about the stupid cottage anyways. You know how much I want to become a singer. It's my dream" he persuaded. I took a moment to think. I had everything going for me here. I didn't want to leave, but I wanted to be with Justin too.
"But why do we have to leave?" I asked.
"Canada has nothing to offer. We need to go to America, Los Angeles actually" Justin said looking at me for some kind of hint to my response. I really didn't know what to say. Should I go or should I stay here? I've never been to America before. And neither has he. We didn't know anyone there and we had nothing. No family, no friends, no anything. I've never left here and going to the U.S. was unknown territory. I decided to take the risk and couldn't believe it as the words slipped out my mouth.
"Okay". Justin smiled brightly.
"Great, we're leaving tonight. Make sure my parents don't notice anything. They'll kill me if they find out" he said.
The flight to America was much faster than I thought it would be. Justin must have known I was going to give in or he was just lucky because everything was set up. He got us a place and all. I had been nervous throughout the whole journey. I have never lied to an adult before. It was very unlike me. I was always obedient, good, and never broke the rules. We had left in the middle of the night through the back door and Justin had left a horribly handwritten note saying we were going to America and he would stop at nothing to show them all that his dream wasn't hopeless. I admired this quality about him. It was one of the many things that made me fall for him. He was ambitious and determined unlike me who was more of a follower than anything else. I liked having a quiet and drama free life. Some would say that was boring, but that was how I was.
"We're here" Justin said, dropping our bags onto the floor in the new apartment building we were going to be living in while Justin made his dream a reality. It was furnished thankfully and there were two bedrooms. There was only one bathroom, but we could share. It was no big deal to share. "Like it?" he asked.
"It's just perfect" I answered.
This was going to be a new beginning for the future to come for both of us. Even though I was in place I never was before, I had Justin with me for each step of the way. We were going to be there for each other now and forever. Best friends forever and always.
"F.A.M.E" I said suddenly. It was our little thing we promised each other when we were kids. Another thing only the two of us knew.
"F.A.M.E" he said, remembering our promise. It was a promise I never thought would be broken. I was wrong though. So. terribly. wrong.