That One Summer // Luke Hemmings

It should be another typical summer for young Ariel Meadows, but of course it's not. She never expected to gain anything from working in an ice cream parlor, with people tracking in sand from the beach, but life has a way of surprising you. The group of guys she saw come in everyday, suddenly mean much more to her then she realized. Especially a certain one. Their love wasn't easy. It certainly wasn't fair, but they did truly love each other and that's all the mattered....right? © 2014


6. = Chapter Five =

That One Summer // Luke Hemmings




   The festival was packed, Luke holding my hand tightly in hopes of not losing me in the crowd. People pushed against my body, and I admit it hurt but I wouldn't change it for anything. I was with Luke, and I liked that.

   Chatter took up space in the air, a sweaty atmosphere hanging loosely in the environment. Luke's hand rarely ever left mine, and if it did it was to pay for something, or play a game in which he had earned me a prize. I held a giant penguin in my arms, a large black bowtie tied around its neck; moreover, I loved it.

   "Oh!" I exclaimed, holding onto the stuffed animal with one arm as I jabbed my finger in the opposite direction. A large stand stood tall from the ground, bags of cotton candy hanging from the awning. Luke chuckled, gripping my hand tighter and leading me over.

   "Luke, you don't have to!" I finally spoke, no matter how good cotton candy sounded. I hated spending peoples money and no way was I doing that to Luke.

   "Well, regardless, you're getting cotton candy," He smiled with a chuckle, "One extra large bag of cotton candy, please!" He ordered as the lady in the booth unclipped a bag, handing it to us. This bag had to be larger then me!

   Luke paid, as I thanked him profusely before digging into he cotton candy. We shared the bag, and after hours there was still more then half the bag left.

   We had ridden almost all the rides and it was getting late. The sky had begun to settle into an ombre of vibrant, strong colors. It was beautiful, picture perfect if you will. Our hands were still intertwined, the penguin now attached to my belt by the hook that was connected to its back.

   "This has been so much fun! Thank you so much for taking me!" I thanked him again as he chuckled.

   "Its no problem, really!" He insisted as a blush crept from my neck onto my cheeks.

   "Theres still one ride we haven't ridden..." He trailed off as I looked around. The ferris wheel.

   He turned to give me a smile before we both ran to the line. It wasn't as long as I anticipated and we were soon being ushered onto the cart. I was told to leave the cotton candy and penguin at the bottom which saddened me, but having Luke with me cheered me up.

   The ride was slow, and may I add, high. I looked over the edge, the cart rocking as I gasped, gripping the bar and sitting straight-forward. A laugh escaped Luke's lips.

   "I'm guessing you're not particularly fond of heights?" He assumed as I gave a shake of my head. Slowly, he snaked his arms around my cold shoulders, pulling me closer to him. I gave a smile, resting my head against his broad shoulders.

   The air was cold, the ride slower then ever. Every once in a while we'd stop because another cart was being filled. Eventually we reached the very top, the cart stopping completely. I looked down nervous, taking a deep breath as I squeezed my eyes shut, gripping the bar.

   "Hey, calm down! You're safe with me!" Luke cooed, his hand gently resting on top of mine. I nodded, slowly peeking out of one eye before snapping it shut.

   "Just look at me." He continued, his fingers gently pushing my eyes to look in his. I finally opened both eyes and only then did I realize how blue his eyes actually were.

   "You're safe. Nothing is going to happen to you!" He repeated as I nodded, suddenly feeling a sense of comfort.

   Very slowly, I found us both leaning towards each other. Before I could comprehend what was happening, his buttery soft lips were pressed against mine. I smiled, my hand on his neck as I enjoyed the feeling of bliss.

   After a few moments, we both pulled away, our foreheads leaning against one another's. I bit slowly at my lip, a tingling feeling still pulsing at my skin.

   Only then did I realize we were at the bottom and people were waiting for us to get off. My cheeks reddened in embarrassment as a few people awed due to the scene that had just taken place. Luke and I smiled awkwardly before rushing off.

   "Well, I guess it's time to head home! I had fun." He smiled as I returned the gesture with a nod.

   "So did I! Thank you so much for taking me." I thanked him, our hands still laced together. In my other arm was the penguin, and tied to it's arm was the cotton candy. We eventually found his car in the masses of them, as he opened the door for me like a gentleman. I thanked him with a smile as I got in, the door closing firmly beside me. As he walked around the car, I smiled leaning my head back as I brought my hand up to my lips.

   The tingling sensation still remained and I kept replaying that moment in my mind, over and over again. There was no way to explain how it felt. Shakesphere wouldn't be able to write a combination of words to describe my happiness, nor could Ed Sheeran collect lyrics to decipher my bliss. It was entirely to perfect.

   He finally got into the car, starting the engine and looking back as he backed from his parking space. We drove slowly through the crowds of people trying to get home, and I'm nearly positive it took us hours to get out of the parking lot alone. Nonetheless, we got to the road which was surprisingly open and bare.

   Our hands laid together, his large, warm hand twisted with my cold one. It felt amazing, just like the whole night had and never have I had it so bad.



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