Loves Written Words

Victoria Hawthorne is an ambitious writer, but when she finds a secret door in the library, her life is turned upside down when she finds a boy who has loved her for years.

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2. A House Party Like No Other

I opened the book to find a contents page. Chapter one, Birth. Chapter Ninety-Four. Death.

 

After flicking through the book I found that the actual writing stops at my current time, stopping at the point I entered the library. I found myself looking for the part where my dad passes, though I hear the old mans voice say “From the start” so I go back to the beginning of the book and read. Right up until college.

Chapter 18: College

As this book states, most of Victoria’s school life was simple, no boys to complicate things, a great circle of friends and great grades in all her classes. Her parents were extremely proud. Then college happened.

On the evening of February 13th 2012, she attended a house party with her closest friends, Lucy, Layla and Kerri. She had been there an hour before being pressured to drink underage, though she managed to find her way outside, sat down on a bench and called a cab back to campus. She didn’t even want to go anyway.

I remembered everything as the book said, Lucy was with her boyfriend Craig at the time; they used it as an opportunity to get drunk and have sex. Layla and Kerri weren’t too bothered about going either but ended up having a fun time, so they stayed.

‘Hey, whats a beautiful girl like you sitting alone out here, without a drink come on your not doing this house party thing properly.’ A young man from the party inside said.

‘Going home that’s what shes doing.’ Victoria replied, tired of drunk people coming up to her offering drinks. He sat next to her and smiled.

‘Yeah I thought so, I’m Leo*.’ He stuck his hand out for her to shake, she took it and simply replied with her own name.

‘My cab is here, I should get going.’ She stood up, thanked him for the company and climbed into her cab.

I smiled remembering how every now and then I would see Leo wandering around the campus; we never spoke again. I carried on reading the page to find out why Leo’s name was asterixed before noticing a footnote with his name in.

*Leo Franks

I sat up straight and saw that the old man had returned. “Its time for the library to close. You may take your book with you, though it must be returned tomorrow for me to continue. You may then also read Leo’s chapter from that night too.” I looked at him confused, before looking at my phone and seeing it was 6pm.

“Damn. I don’t understand how I spent this long reading about my own life…”

“Many people have passed through here, spent more than a week reading about their own lives, how they impacted others, not usually as young as you though. You’ll understand some day.” He gestured to the door.

“Thank you.” I smiled and placed my hand on his arm, and he smiled too. I headed out through the library; just as a voice rang out saying the library was closing. I headed to my car, and decided to drive the long way home to take time to let everything sink in.

*  *  *

When I arrived home my mother had made her famous tomato and mascarpone pasta. “Smells great mom!” I shouted through to the kitchen as I dropped my bag in the hallway, taking my laptop and journal from it. We ate and talked about our days, obviously I left out the whole thing and just said I spent they day looking up references for characters and countries I was writing about for my novel. “I had no luck with the actual writing of the chapter I’m working on so I refined my plans a bit for it.” I began typing up some notes while she cleared up the plates, but all I could think about was that book. We sat in silence as I typed away on my laptop, writing up notes, putting little details into characters I hadn’t before, reading over my work to make sure it all sounded right. Before I knew it, it was 11pm and my mother had gone to bed. I saved my stuff, closed down the laptop and began to head upstairs. I looked back at my bag in the hallway and stopped.

I need to carry on reading. I grabbed it from the bag and went back up the stairs.

*  *  *

The next thing I know my alarm is going off, I had fallen asleep reading my book, which was lay open, flat on the floor. I could hear my mother coming up the stairs, so I scrambled off the bed to grab the book; I shoved it under my pillow just as she opened the door. I stood up, “Good morning mom, did you sleep well?” I yawned as I picked up my phone and checked my emails.

“I did thank you, did you?” I smiled and nodded at her and headed to the bathroom to get ready for the day.

After breakfast I headed back to the library, and straight to the room with all the books from yesterday. I found the old man was sitting at the desk in the middle of the room. I placed my book in front of him.

“I’ve read my chapter from college, I'd like to read Leo’s.” he pushed a book towards me, exactly the same as mine, with Leo Franks in the same gold calligraphy as my own.

“Read chapter 19.” The old man looked up at me, he looked more tired than yesterday, I could see the age in his bright green eyes. I smiled and flicked to chapter 19. I sat down on the floor leaning against a book shelf and began to read.

Chapter 19: College, and that one house party.

College was fairly uneventful for Leo, though if he hadn’t gone to that house party that Aaron made him go to, he would never have fallen in love like he did. 

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