A Tea Filled Summer

Alexander Wills taught me a lot. He taught me about love, fitting in, having a social life. He also taught me about heartbreak and sensitivity. He never failed to amaze me with his patience, and his stunning features. He's someone you would swear could only exist in a movie. No one else can endlessly talk about serious debatable matters and have no one offended when he was done talking. No one else could ever love me as much, and I promise you, Alexander, they won't.

Cover credit to BoysInBooksAreBetter


6. 5

"So, it's really easy opening up in the morning," I explain to Alexander on Monday morning. "We get the money from the bank, we turn on the computers, we log onto all of the machines, we have to balance the drawer.." Alexander cuts me off.

"So, where do we start?"

As Alexander follows me around the store that morning, watching carefully as I show him how to pay bills and continually remind him of what is proper and improper to say to customer, I can't help but notice how he seems to be paying attention to me, and not the work he is supposed to be doing.

After four hours of work, Alexander could completely recite how to open the store. We each say goodbye to Harold, and exit the pharmacy when it finally turns to one o'clock.

"I enjoyed working with you," Alexander says with his adorable smile planted on his face. "You're a very good worker."

"Thank you," I smile. My uncle and Harold are very good friends. When my uncle learned that we would be living in the same town as the pharmacy, he hooked me up with a job there. Until I turned sixteen, I was only allowed to work for three hours a day, on school days and 8 on non-school days. Though, Harold always has really liked me, so he let the rules slide a little. I explain this all to Alexander.

"Do you want to be a pharmacist?" he asks.

I shake my head, "No. I don't have the slightest idea of what I want to be!"

He laughs, "I want to be a doctor." He smiles as he says this. "Ever since I was little, I've wanted to be one."

"That's probably the route I'll take as well." I say with a shrug.

"I thought you weren't sure," he says, with a puzzled look on his face.

I shrug again, "My father is a doctor. A highly paid doctor. And Michael's dad is a doctor. And both of our parents have really been pushing us that way. I know I could do it. I have the grades, I have the patience, I have the money for schooling. It's just, well, that I don't know if that's what I want to do everyday of my life. My dad is constantly being called and Michael would hardly ever see his dad. Like, if I have kids, which I doubt, I'd need to find a husband first, I wouldn't want to put them through that."

He doesn't reply, just continues walking silently, "You don't think that you could find a husband?"

"I could. I mean," I struggle with how to put my next sentence together, "I don't want to sound cocky. But a lot of guys ask me out. I'm not sure why, though. I'm rather boring. I always say no, too."

"I've already told you why," he states quietly, the smallest of smiles on his lips.

"Told me why what?" I confusedly ask.

"It's because you're beautiful, Aaryn." And at this, I smile very hard and blush so deeply, that I turn my face towards the ground in order to hide my face from him.

As we come upon the small dollar store, to which he accompanied me to two weeks ago, Alexander turns to me and says, "May I buy you a tea?"

I nod.


The rest of the summer goes by. And happens in the same sort of way. Alexander and I almost always would work at the same time. I would talk to Michael nearly nightly on the phone, I would do AP work and honors work, which were classes I was able to get Alexander into. Alexander would walk with me to and from work everyday we worked, and he would buy me a tea on the way home. And he would come ask me to do things on days that we did not work and he would buy me a tea. And we would talk and get to know each other so much better. And so he became the second best friend I have ever had. And we would go to the mall and to see movies and to drink Starbucks and to walk in the park and to go fishing.

On the night of August 13th, he would ask me to be his girlfriend. And I would accept.


And we fell in love.

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