Wonderstruck

Do you ever just see a beautiful stranger? Not just a stranger that looks nice, but a really beautiful stranger who just captures you with the way they look and the way they act and makes you think about them at 2 am. A beautiful stranger that leaves you wonder struck and makes you somehow want to see them again and be with them forever yet at the same time, make you want to stay away from them so they remain this mysterious beautiful person that's in the world that would never hurt you.
I should have gone with the latter.

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Ethan's point of view

There's not a lot to Peveril Castle. You walk up a steep hill to get to it and you walk inside. Upstairs there's  a sort of balcony thing with little rooms that aren't even rooms anymore and then you go down some stairs into an empty space. There's nothing really to do but think 'wow, royalty has stood here'. 

I'm just on the bottom floor of the castle, looking out of the window when I see Rose walk onto the top of the hill. She doesn't even look tired from the walk up the hill and she was holding her baby sister as well (who is, thank god, just her sister, not her own child). I'm not even surprised to see her here, I could just tell it was going to happen. I like that she might have said to her parents "can we go to Peveril castle this week?" and that now she's looking around like she's waiting for something. Like maybe, just maybe, she's waiting for me. 

"Rose!" I call out of the little window and then dart back upstairs, going to another window. I chuckle at her confusion and then call out "Rosy!"

She smiles as she realises it's me and looks up. "It's Rose!"

"Nahhh." I wink at her and she hands the baby over to her mother and comes up the stairs to meet me. 

"Hey." she smiles. That smile. She is definitely pretty, wherever she is. 

"Hey Rosy Posy." I smile, shuffling aside so she can sit with me on the windowsill. 

"So my name isn't even my name anymore?" she asks me, sitting next to me. 

"Not to me." I wink. "So how are you?"

 

Rose's point of view

How am I? Absofreakinglutely in love with that wink of yours, that's how I am Ethan.

"As good as one can be after walking up that hill with a baby." I say instead. "And yourself?" 

"Pretty pissed off actually." he says, breathing out heavily but not quite sighing. I'm sitting facing him with my knees pulled up against my chest and he is sitting with one leg up, his knee on my hand, and one swinging over the edge of the windowsill. 

"How so?" I ask. 

"You." he says. 

My heart thuds. I mean, I know I'm kind of annoying, but I don't think I've had enough opportunity to piss him off. "What?" I splutter out, not being able to maintain the grace I was quite proud of so far. 

The corners of his mouth turn up. "You have to be fifteen don't you?" 

"What's wrong with me being fifteen?" I ask. 

"I'm eighteen. While you're here, I'm going to be going to university in like a few months. There's almost no chance of us going to the same university and even if we did, it wouldn't be for a few years. I'm just going to be in my dorm room crying about all the castles I'm not at with you."

My heart thuds even though I know he's not being serious. Then again, he didn't have to add on the 'with you' at the end.

"Ha ha. It's alright for some." I fake scowl at him.

"Oh I wasn't being sarcastic." he looks at me seriously. 

I look back at him but before I can ask him anything, my mum is coming up the stairs with Rain calling my name. I glance up at her and she frowns but then smiles. 

"Just wondered where you were. We're going to take a family picture in a moment, but take your time." she smiles fondly and then goes back down the stairs. 

I turn back to Ethan, frowning. "Where are your family?" 

"Oh they aren't here." he says, simply.

I frown still but feel a smile creeping up on my face. "Then why did you-"

"You should go take that picture." he says.

 

Ethan's point of view

I have to stifle a smile but as soon as she's out of sight, I chuckle happily. Not because I lied, I really did come here by myself just in case she showed. Not because she made me laugh, although she did. She's just so amusing. But I'm laughing because I'm happy. I'm happy to know her. Or I'm happy that I'm going to know her one day. 

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