"Ashley, are you ready? You don't wanna miss your flight."
I heard my mom yell from the bottom of the stairs.
"Yes I'm coming, just give me a sec."
I heard the front door close and I took one last look around my room.
It looked so different after I packed up all of my things, it was so empty.I left the room and made my way downstairs.
I sighed before closing the front door behind me.I got into the car and we started to drive.
"I'm gonna miss my little girl."
My mom said patting my thigh.
"I'm gonna miss you mom. Are you sure you just don't want me to stay? I can get my old job back and I can keep you company."
She smiled and shook her head.
"No no no, you've worked so hard to get to go to this school and live out your dream. I'm so proud of you. I know your gonna do great."
She's right, I have worked hard. I've always wanted this... But this is a big step for me and to be honest I'm terrified of living on my own.
" I don't wanna leave home mom, I don't want be alone everyday."
"Oh honey you'll make some friends, and did you forget that Sam is near and you'll get to see him often. He's gonna be waiting for your plane to land."
At her words I felt better. I've been so stressed out that I had totally spaced out that Sam is at another school in New York, which means I'll finally get to be back with my best friend. I mentally squealed at the thought and starred anxiously out the car window as the scenery quickly passed.
As we arrived at the airport I pulled out my phone and quickly texted Sam.
TO SAM: " hey bestie!!! I'm gonna be getting on the plane. I can't wait to see you! Be there soon! Love you bud!!!"
I place my phone back in my pocket and my mom parked the car.
"So. Are you ready lovely?."
I take a deep breathe and nod. I grabbed my bag out of the back seat and grab onto my moms hand as we walked to my gate.
"I guess this is it."
I say realizing this is really happening. She wipes her eyes as tears fall from her loving eyes.
"I love you so much mom."
I say wrapping my arms around her, tears now falling from my eyes as well.
"I love you my gorgeous baby girl."
I know my mom and I have times when we don't get along, but I'm still gonna miss her, and I'm gonna miss seeing her everyday.
I pull back and wipe my eyes as I hear my flight being called.
"Goodbye, call me when you land."
I say waving bye as I go to get onto the plane.
" I can't believe I'm doing this."
I say quietly to myself as I look for my seat.
"Can't believe your doing what?"
I hear a familiar voice say from behind me. I turn around and met by Luke's big blue eyes and award winning smile.
He pulls me into a hug. I don't want to let go, but I know there is probably annoyed people standing behind us waiting to find their seats so Luke and I make our way to our seats.
" what are you doing here?"
" I wanted to surprise you, I'm gonna visit you a few days. I know you've been stressed out about starting school, and I wanted to help with that."
He says smiling.
" I've really missed you."
I replied pressing my lips to his and just resting my forehead on his. he chose a great time to surprise me, I really need him right now.
My phone buzzed in my pocket and I pecked Luke's lips once more before checking it.
A message from Sam popped up on the screen.
FROM SAM: "Can't Wait! Have a safe flight. We're gonna have so much fun when you get here I promise. See ya soon! Love youuuuu!!!<3"
I smiled at his response and turned off my phone, setting it on my lap then turning my attention back to Luke.
As I felt the plane lift into the air I felt my heart begin to race and I grabbed Luke's hand.
"You okay babe?"
A couple of tears escaped as I began to feel my anxiety build up, Worries taking over my mind. What if I screw up something? What if no one likes me? What if something happens to mom while I'm away?
"Is this actually real? why am I doing this?."
"Yea, and this is a good thing. Your doing this because you have to do something with your amazing life. I know you wish you could just stay home and work at whatever jobs that are in town, but that's not you. You would never truly be happy with yourself if you gave up this great opportunity to do something you love. Your going to be fine. Your gonna have such a great time and you should be proud of yourself."
I laid my head on his shoulder and kissed his cheek, leaving my face in contact with his.
I said against his soft skin as I felt myself calm down.
He turned his face to me and left a soft kiss on my lips before resting his head on mine.
"Hey there angel. Long time no see. I've missed my little pain in the ass best friend."
I laughed and hugged him before I entangled my fingers with Luke's.
He said greeting Luke with one of those weird boy hug/pat things.
"So where are we headed. Do you wanna go see your dorm room or??"
"Actually I was gonna stay with Luke in his hotel room tonight. I'm gonna go to the school tomorrow."
I actually don't start for another couple days So I don't want to go sooner than I have to. I was most likely going to stay with Sam until I started school if Luke hadn't had came. I'll get to see Sam probably everyday now so I just want to spend as much time as I can with Luke while he's here.
"Are you gonna come hang out with us?"
I ask, because he acted like he was just going to leave.
"Um, sure if that's fine with Luke, I mean it's his hotel room."
"of coarse it's fine."
Luke says with a smile.
We grab our bags, and go to sam's car and drive to the hotel.
Luke checked in, and we headed up to the room. It's was pretty nice. It had a balcony and a king size bed, it's a very spacious room.
I watched as Ashley immediately walked over to the balcony and I smiled as I remembered that night we spent together so many months ago.
"I'm gonna use the bathroom."
I nodded then joined Ashley on the balcony.
She looked at me and smiled.
"I guess this is my new home for awhile."
She said looking out over the city.
I wrapped her in my arms and kissed the top of her head.
"I love you."
I said as our bodies rocked gently back and forth.
"I love you too."
She said resting her face against my chest.
I smile at the sound of the words. I truly do love her, I always have, and I love telling her, and I love hearing it back.
" it's getting really cold, lets go back inside."
I say noticing her cheeks turning red from the cool air.
She nodded in agreement and we went back into the room where Sam was sitting on the sofa near the bed. Ashley quickly grabbed her bag then walked to the bathroom.
I sat on the bed and pulled out my phone. The time read *7:30pm*
I took off my jacket and set my phone on the nightstand.
"So, how has the college life been?"
I asked Sam who looked up from his phone when I spoke.
"It's great. I miss my parents, but I don't really miss home. I'm glad to be in New York. I've always wanted to live here. And I've actually been seeing this girl."
He said blushing after saying the last part.
I heard Ashley's voice say. I turned around and she was in sweatpants and a fitted t-shirt.
"My little Sammy has found himself a girlfriend?!?!!"
Ashley said excitedly running over to him and pinching his cheeks.
I love how she's excited about someone else's relationship.
"When do I get to meet the lucky girl?"
"I guess tomorrow if you'd like."
"What's she like?"
"She's amazing. She's sweet, beautiful, caring. I really like her."
I watched as she kissed his forehead.
"Awe, I'm so happy for you."
She gave him a hug then sat next to me on the bed, wrapping her arm around mine.