l was taught to be a good man; a gentleman. Hold doors open for others, not just women. Say "please" and "thank you". My mom would scream at me if I wasn't polite and respectful, especially out in public. She must be rolling around in her grave these days. 
You must think my story is a bad one, like a romantic love story about a girl that falls in love too quickly. However, mine's way different. You know, you read those books all the time about the love and the romance, but you don't often read about their lives and about how they got to where they are in life. 
This is our story.


8. Chapter Eight

Song: Beauty and the Beast by Céline Dion 

Hero by Sterling Knight 

"Stop calling me," 

"Jack-" I huffed and threw my phone on the kitchen table. 

"Uh-oh, I know that look. Girl trouble?" My Dad asked as he put his paper down. 

"You have no idea. Dad, what would you do if your girlfriend found out you were in love with another girl?" 

"It all depends on how long you've been in love with the girl."

"Months. We, well, we had something but I broke it off after she said I'm not her boyfriend but I can't shake her off,"

"You weren't her boyfriend? What did you mean by together?"

"Sex, Dad. Friends with benefits,"

He sighed, "Jackson. Your momma raised you better than that. Hell, I raised you better than that. You used a girl for her body and not for who she is,"

"At first, yeah. But Dad I stopped feeling that way after like a week. And now, I feel empty without her."

"You don't sound that way over the phone, son. If you truly love her, go after her."

"I can't,"

"And why not?"

"I agreed to no strings attached. Well, it was my idea. No feelings involved,"

He shook his head, "your mother would be so disappointed in you right now, Jackson," he shook his head once more before walking away.

I stood on the front porch of the yellow mansion in nothing but shorts and a muscle shirt in the freezing December air. I bounced on the balls of my feet as I waited for the door to open, hopefully.

"Jackson? It's twelve in the morning."

"I know and I know you were asleep but I just need to talk to you,"

"Go home, Jackson. You broke things off, no more booty calls."

"This isn't a booty call, Amber. Just let me in and we can talk,"

She shook her head, "no, I'm tired of getting used. Go home,"

"Amber! Let me talk to you. Start with five minutes and if you don't like what I have to say, kick me out I don't care. I just need to talk to you,"

"You are so damn lucky my family is away. Five minutes, Jackson."

"I know I broke things off but that was only because you said I wasn't your boyfriend,"


"I know I said no strings attached and I held to that for the first month. Then, things changed. I started to realize little things like the way you crinkle your nose when you don't like something. The way you constantly keep your feet moving so you don't have a muscle spasm. How you cuddle your pillow at night. The way you move your hair from side to side when you're uncomfortable. The hint of gold in your eyes that make them lighter than usual, the way you hide your birth mark on the back of your neck with your hair. The smile you give off when your brother tells you about his day at school. The way your eyes sparkle when you talk about your parents."

"You notices all of that? Nobody has ever noticed that,"

"That and so much more. You put this front up so guys see this girl who wants to sleep around but you aren't that girl. You want someone to love you for who you are but when they start to show emotion, you pull away,"

"What are you saying?"

"I'm saying, my strings attached the moment you put your arms around my waist while we slept. Amber, you aren't a casual buddy for me. You're someone I want to be with. I see what Jason and Talia have and I want that. But I want it with you,"

"But you're with Poppy,"

"She broke up with me after the fight. She saw the way I looked at you and broke up with me. Look, I'm no superhero, I can't fly, read minds, or shoot webs from my hands, although that would be pretty freakin' cool, but if you'd let me, I could be the one who holds your hand and kisses you in front of everyone."

"You wanna be with me?" I watched as the clock turned another minute. 12:25.

"There's not a day that goes by you're not on my mind,"

"That didn't answer my question,"

"Amber, I wanted to be with you the minute you blew me off at Scott's party. No pun intended,"

"Way to kill the moment."

"But yes, I wanna be with you physically, mentally, emotionally." She smiled and leaned into me. I propped myself on the arm of the couch as Amber laid her head on my chest. She so wants to be with me.

"By the way, we still can't tell Talia. Jason, yes. Talia, no."

"Agreed," I smiled. She nodded and put her hand on my arm and squeezed tightly. Yup, she so wants me.

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