I walked into Starbucks at exactly 4 o'clock, after work ended. Starbucks wasn't exactly packed with people, but there were a few customers.
I tried looking for a table until I accidentally bumped into someone and almost fell until he caught me. I gotta admit, that was embarrassing. I didn't try to look at him first, but when I did, I thought it was alright.
"You okay Ashley?" Louis' Familiar voice mumbled and gave me a smile. I gave him a smile and the two of us were staring at each other's eyes. His blue eyes staring into my brown eyes with such warmth and intensity.
We were like that for a moment there but then I realized that people were staring. I cleared my throat and backed away from Louis, who looked down and blushed. "Uh, let's go and take a seat on the couch, shall we?" Louis suggested and I nodded in embarrassment.
I walked toward the corner where we could have our privacy and sat on the couch, with him beside me. He placed his arms around my shoulder which I'm pretty much used to.
Well, I don't know how to react now. He's My Best Friend, but it's awkward that I have to just maintain our friendship until there only. We can't be more since I just have feelings for him, unlike what I have for Christopher. I shook the thought from my head and buried my face in my hands. "Is there a problem Ashley?" Louis asked me with sympathetic eyes.
"It's nothing, I'm fine. You don't have to worry." I assured him and he gave me a small smile which confused me. "You know Ashley, you can't fool me. I'm your Best Friend, I know when you have a problem or not." He said, urging me to tell him what my problem was. "Well... How about we get our Order first before talking?" I suggested, trying to postpone the conversation.
Louis, being the sweet guy he is, just sat there and raised his eyebrow. "No, I want to know now." He urged me to tell him and I just sighed. "I promise I'll tell you after getting our order. I'm starving." I told him and he sighed and got up. "Mocha Frap?" He asked me and I nodded.
As he left, I rested my head on my hand, checking my phone. Louis can be kind of pushy at times, but he's just worried about me, you know? Best Friends has to fulfill their duties in being there for their Best Friends, right?
After a while of pondering over stupid thoughts, Louis went back with 2 Venti-size Mocha Frappuccinos along with two platters of Belgium Waffles. "Yeah! My Favorite!!" I shouted and he chuckled, placing it on my spot. I sipped on my drink and grinned widely as I enjoyed it.
"So, what was that problem of yours?" He asked me and I placed down my drink, thinking thoroughly about how I'm going to tell him what I was thinking. Then, I thought of the perfect question for him.
"Louis, I know this is unusual and odd for me to ask, but what do you think is love for you?" I asked him, eyeing him and I noticed his eyes widen and looked down. I started to regret it. "No, it's okay, you don't have to an-"
"Love, for me, is not only happiness, but also pain..." Louis answered, staring in a blank space. " He cut me off before I could take back my words. "Love is nothing unless there's no excitement such as pain. It's not only happy things that happen, but also painful things. It's like a battlefield, you fight for those you love even if it costs your life. You go down at times, but you still manage to stand up just for your love. You fight for them no matter what, that's what I think it is." He finished looking at me in the end.
I thought about what he said and gave him a smile. He was actually right, but I set that aside first. "Thanks for the explanation Lou." I thanked him with a huge smile and he returned the smile. "I'm sorry about yesterday." He apologized with sorry eyes, I looked at him and told him not to worry about it. "It's fine, no worries. I should be the one who says sorry..." I admitted. "Ashley, you didn't do anything wrong, no worries. I just wanted to protect you, I totally understand. You were just surprised or upset, no need to apologize love." He told me soothingly as if it was nothing for him. I sighed and held his hand which was resting on the table. "Louis, no. Don't need to apologize. I know I hurt your feelings, I'm really sorry about that. I don't dare to hurt your feelings, so I'm really really sorry." I explained and he just nodded with a half smile. "It's okay." He told me and started munching on my Belgium Waffle.
"It's okay." I told her and started munching on my Belgium Waffle.
Don't get me wrong, I still love her. No matter how much I got hurt, I really still love her. She's the one and only girl I'll ever love, I mean it. I looked at her as she chewed on her Belgium Waffle and thought of her taking her somewhere after, even if she was the one who invited me.
"Where do you wanna go after?" I asked her and she looked at me. "Anywhere would be fine." She told me and I wondered where the best place would be. A place where she would enjoy... Then I remembered where. One of the places she wanted to go to the most.
I let her finish her food first before deciding to tell her that we have to leave.
"Hey, let's go somewhere." I told her and she looked at me with a curious look. "It's a surprise. Now come on and let's go." I forced her to stand up and we hopped on my car.
"Where are we going?" She asked me and I winked at her. "You'll see love."
After a long ride, we finally arrived to our destination. It was a beach, a relaxing beach with enough privacy for just the two of us. Her eyes glistened as she spotted the beach. She quickly got out of the car and kicked the sand surrounding us which amused her.
"You love it?" I asked her, kicking the sand with her. "Of course I do!" She told me and I smiled. "You remembered, do you?" She asked me as her smile faded into a frown. "This was the last place your father promised you to go to. Up until now, he hasn't granted your wish." I explained, remembering the memory when she told me. She folded her jeans up and looked at me. "Let's go to the water!" She said, running to the water.
I ran to the water but before splashing in, I felt it first. The water was cool and clean, just like the sand which was soft and white. It was so soft and it felt so good. This was one of the reason's why I chose my father to bring me to this beach, but he failed to do it. I felt huge hands behind me lift me up and splash me in the water, spinning me around.
Louis kept laughing and I just bursted out laughing and trying to let him put me down. "Put me down Lou!" I told him and he refused. "I'll never let you go." He told me and I rolled my eyes, realizing he just wanted to sound dramatic. "Put me down Lou!" I commanded again, trying to bite his hand.
"Uh-uh Princess, it's rude to bite people's hands. And you're demanding without a please. So I'll definitely not let you go." He told me sassily and kept bringing me everywhere, spinning me around.
"Lou, I'm getting dizzy now... Please put me down...." I groaned, trying to sound convincing. He sighed and placed me down, looking at me. Then, with my feet, I splashed water at him.
"Fooled you!!" I yelled and started running around, him racing after me. I thought he wouldn't catch me due to the sand. I thought. But I thought wrong.
He caught me and started tickling me until I fell to the ground and him still on top of me, tickling me nonstop. "Let's see about that!" I said and started tickling him. Who knew, Louis was ticklish. He kept laughing and couldn't breath. I kept giggling as well. "Stop... please, stop! Ashley, please!" He managed to gasp out and I showed him mercy. I sat up and looked at the wonderful sunset.
"You're lucky I'm nice." I told him and he smiled at me, intertwining his hands with mine. "I know Ashley, I know." He said as I laid on his shoulder.
This was the best.