Hugo and I sat by the lake, as per usual, but my mind was spinning out of control.
I felt his hand find mine, and my feelings for him were plagued by worry. I looked up at him sadly.
"We'll survive" he assured me. He went to kiss me, but I leaned back.
"Hugo" I sighed, lying down on the slightly damp grass. "What are we doing?"
His forehead creased deeply with a frown, sitting beside me.
"What do you mean?"
"Do you think Lacey's right? Are we doing something wrong?"
He abruptly stood up.
"I thought you understood, Emily" he snapped, looking upset.
"Hugo" I grimaced, getting up. "I understand you... Just not our situation."
He sat on the swings and took his frustration out by scuffing his shoes on the dirt.
"It probably happens all the time! Step-siblings becoming partners."
"I know!.. I know" I sighed.
"If you know, then don't let Lacey get into your head!" He leaned his face against the swing chain, his lips in a barely noticeable pout, his chocolate eyes melting my heart, pleading me.
I smiled in defeat.
"I guess it's just weird for people cause we live together and our parents are involved with eachother.. No real reason for us not to be together."
And I knew that there was no point in Lacey, fear and doubt eat me up. It wasn't going to change how I feel.
"How can I say no to you?"
I kissed to soft, smooth skin on his cheek.
Is this how mum felt? When she fell for my dad, but others thought it was wrong?
"Two star cross'd lovers" Hugo said wistfully, interrupting my thoughts. He lifted up my hand and gently placed his lips on my skin.
I blushed and smiled.
A bit of Shakespeare never goes amiss.
When we arrived home that evening, Lacey stared daggers at us.
I bit my lip and looked down. I didn't know whether I should be upset, ashamed, indignant or angry.
But what I did know for certain was that I had fallen for Hugo hard, and no one, especially not Lacey, was going to change that.
"Going to tell them now?" she snarled.
"Quit it, Lacey, it's none of your business" snapped Hugo.
"You must be joking. Of course it is!"
"You interfering cow!"
Hugo isn't aggressive by nature. He was beginning to snap.
"Why don't you just back off?!"
"Lacey, leave it" I worriedly warned. It was easy to see that she wasn't afraid to react to Hugo's anger. There was going to be a full blown fight if I didn't do something now, and I don't want to tell mum that Hugo is my boyfriend through a yelling match.
"We're telling them tomorrow, okay?!"
"I didn't ask you" she spat. But, she seemed satisfied with the answer.
"You better" she said in a menacing, low tone, before flouncing off.
"Are we telling them tomorrow?" Hugo asked.
"We are now" I breathed anxiously, playing nervously with my hair.