You know, I've never really understood why they put parks right next to woods. And they wonder how kids get kidnapped from these places.
I walked around the track a few times, antsy. I didn't really expect him to show up, but even to just tutor me? I thought it might still be a possibility. Guess not. But that's not really why I'm here, anyway. Yeah, I waited to see if he'd show up, but now, since it's obvious he's not coming, I turn, walking into the woods. You're probably thinking that I'm crazy now, but I know what I'm doing. I know this whole area like the back of my hand. This is usually where I go to think. No, not in the dark woods, surrounded by trees. No, someplace better.
I turn into the meadow, breathing in the sweet breeze. I sit down on the soft grass right by the pond, hugging my knees close to me and trail my fingers through the warm water. I was wearing a white dress with a blue flowery pattern, and I guess I should have been worried about getting it dirty, but then again, I didn't really care.
Somewhere behind me, a twig snaps, followed by the wince of whoever was trying to be so quiet. I jump to my feet, turning to see Daymien standing awkwardly by the entrance between the woods and the meadow. I motion him over, dusting off the end of my dress and sitting back down. He sits beside me and we both stay quiet.
I look around us, taking in the surroundings, and speak up. "The sun is starting to set, which means it's getting late, so I should head home soon. Did you come here just to ignore me?" My voice sounds so weak and broken. I know those were my words, but that was not me talking.
He looks at me, thinking, and it's almost like he can see straight into me. He leans forward and pulls me into his arms. I lean back against his chest, melting. We sit there in silence, watching the sun set. I look around at our surroundings, at how the whole meadow was alight with an orange glow from the sun. It was so beautiful and peaceful.
Out of the corner of my eyes, I see Daymien watching me. I turn and my blue-grey eyes look right into his green ones. I get lost in them, time stilling, everything dissolving away, just him and I, nothing else. He starting leaning forward, then he was kissing me! My hand flies to his chin, holding his lips closer to my own, and my other arm holding his back, around his shoulders.
This kiss, my first kiss, it was perfect and beautiful and unlike any feeling ever described or experienced. Okay, so I have had a kiss before. A little peck on the lips from Terrance to show off during a party, but they never meant anything. I never felt anything. And nothing would ever feel like this did. I never wanted it to end, but as always, something ruins our moment.
My phone's ringing. "It's my mother" I mumble, flicking the screen as a way to answer it. "Hello?"
"Is Terrance there with you, dear?" She sounds weird.
"Of course I'm with Terrance." I lie, glancing at the real boy I'm with. "Who else would I be with?"
"His parents were just on the phone with him, and he hadn't seemed to know where you were."
"Oh, that's because he just left me. Why, what's going on?"
"You're staying at Carla's tonight." is all she said, then hung up. I see a few texts from Carla.
"I have to go." I said quickly, sliding up to my feet and dusting my dress off. "Carla's waiting for me in the lot."
"Wait" Daymien says, coming to stand in front of me, grabbing my hands in his. "I like you, too." he says, smiling wickedly, then just walks away.
"Really!" I call, "You pull the same thing on me as I did to you? Really?"
He turns to face me, but keeps backing up down the trail. The look he gives me, it says it all. I have him, but he also has me. We are stuck, and there is no going back. But I wouldn't want to. He stops, letting me catch up to him, hand outstretched for me to take. Everything at this one moment feels so right. What we have now, this is perfect.
We stop in front of Carla's car and he pulls me close. I thought he was going to kiss me again, but Carla beeping the horn of her car makes up both jump. I pull him into a hug instead, giving him a quick kiss on the cheek before hoping into the car, giving her a death glare.
This is the cover, but also my inspiration for
and vision of the kiss scene