Jess is just starting her second semester of being a Junior in high school. To start the semester off, she volunteers to show the new kid around the school. Mainly because she gets to skip gym class, but also because she is intrigued by the idea of meeting someone new. Over the first month of school, Jess becomes really close friend with the new student, but who wouldn't become best friends with Louis Tomlinson. He's funny, entertaining, and not to mention cute, but Jess would never admit to thinking that. Louis is always there for Jess, especially when she gets heart shattering news that changes everything.


24. Twenty Three.

“Wake up!” Bentley screamed, storming into Louis and I's tent.

I groaned and buried my head further into Louis' neck, the place it was currently resting.

“What time is it?” Louis asked, his voice thick with sleep.

“Five in the morning. Get up. We're going to go watch the sunrise,” Bentley responded.

Louis tightened his grip around me, taking a deep breath and exhaling slowly. When Louis chuckled, I opened my eyes to see him smiling lazily at me, sleep apparent in his eyes and hair. I ran my fingers through his hair to try and tame it but got distracted by how soft it was. Which is how we ended up kissing.

“Will you two stop kissing?” Jenna said, sticking her head into our tent. “We're going to miss the sunrise.”

I threw my pillow at her to make her go away and stood up to find a sweatshirt. Louis watched as I dug through my bad and smiled at me when I pulled one of his sweatshirts out of my bad. I pulled the soft material over my head, inhaling the scent of comfort and Louis.

“Do you have a stash of my clothes?” He stood up.

He stretched his arms above my head, his shirt riding up and showing a little bit of his stomach.

“Of course,” I laughed. “It would be smaller, but you leave your clothes at my house all the time.”

Louis winked at me, a sleepy smile still on his face, and walked out of the tent with me close behind.

“Took you guys long enough,” Garret rolled his eyes.

“It takes a while to wake up when you only get three hours of sleep,” I responded.

“And that's my fault?” He scoffed.

“Where's the coffee?” Louis grumbled from beside me.

“We don't have any. This is the wilderness, dude. No coffee allowed,” Bentley said.

Louis let out a loud groan and slumped over onto my shoulder. I patted him on the head.

“Where are we going to watch the sunrise?” I asked, my hand finding Louis'.

“It's only a short hike away,” Abigail said.

With that, we set out on our mission to watch the sunrise. Everyone was half sleep, so there wasn't much conversation. Except Louis occasionally complaining about having to walk without coffee in his system, and then Jenna or Hannah telling him to shut up. Other than that, we enjoyed the morning sounds of the woods, birds chirping, the wind blowing through the trees, the occasional rustle of leaves as a squirrel ran by. The spot we were going to was a spot I knew, having watched the sunset there before with my dad. It was a cliff of sorts, looking over the lake and the woods around it. I love to sit on the edge of the rocks and dangle my feet over the side. So that's what I did. I dragged Louis to the edge and sat down with him next to him. He laid his head on my shoulder, mine resting on top of his head. Garret and Hannah were sat on the edge of the cliff, too, while Abigail and Bentley chose to sit on top of a large rock a ways away from where the rest of us sat. Jenna sat next to me, and I couldn't help but feel bad for her since she was surrounded by couples. It must have been weird for her, but she didn't say anything. She's a good sport in any situation.

“The sunrise is almost as beautiful as you,” Louis said to me.

I burst out laughing, Louis looking at me with wide eyes, his mouth slightly opened as I cackled away.

“Why are you laughing?”

“Because that was the stupidest thing anyone has ever said to me,” I laughed, kissing him on the cheek albeit his overly cheesy jargon.

Louis rolled his eyes and shoved my shoulder, then brought me back to his side.

“You're kind of a jerk, you know?”

“I know,” I said, giggling.

“I was just trying to be nice,” he said.

I noticed that his cheeks were tinged with pink.

“I know you were,” I kissed his neck.

After a while, we all went back to our campsite, and I made the decision to take a much needed nap. I dragged Louis into our tent and told him that I couldn't sleep without him next to me. He gladly laid down with me. I laid my head on his chest and fell asleep almost immediately. I'm not the kind of person who can function on less than eight hours of sleep, so waking up at five in the morning to watch as sunrise was pushing it for me.

Once I woke up again, the sun was shining brightly in my face, and Louis was no longer beside me. I checked my phone before I left the tent, seeing that it was almost eleven.

“Hi,” I mumbled, sitting down with Abigail, Jenna, and Hannah. “Where did the boys go?”

“Somewhere to go cliff diving or something,” Abigail responded, passing me the box of doughnut they were eating out of.

I grabbed a glazed doughnut. “What are we going to do?

“I wanted to go find that waterfall we were talking about last night. It's a ways away, but I think it would be fun to go and swim around, you know?” Hannah said.

“Sounds good to me,” Abigail nodded.

“As long as there's swimming involved, I'm in,” Jenna said, looking up from the book she was reading from.

“Jess?” Hannah looked at me, an expectant smile on her face.

“Yeah, let me go change,” I told them.

I grabbed another doughnut and went back into my tent to changed into my swimsuit and some shorts. Grabbed my phone, too, knowing that I would want to take pictures while we were out. I tossed that and a towel into my bad and met the girls back outside. Then we set out.

“So, how's Louis?” Hannah asked, bumping her shoulder into mine.

I blushed. “Perfect.”

“They never stop touching each other,” Jenna said, rolling her eyes. “It's so gross.”

“It's not like we kiss each other in front of you guys. We just like to hold hands and stuff,” I said.

“That's true. Save the constant making out for Abigail and Bentley,” Jenna said jokingly.

“We do not constantly make out,” she protested. We all looked at her and she blushed. “Okay, maybe it's a little true.”

“It's a lot true,” Jenna laughed.

“Says the girl without a boyfriend,” Hannah said, raising her eyebrows.

“I choose to be single for a reason,” Jenna responded.

“And that reason is?” I asked.

“Boys are stupid,” Jenna shrugged.

“That is so true,” Abigail said.

“What's the stupidest thing Bentley has ever done?” I asked curiously.

“He was trying to text me something really inappropriate, but he accidentally sent it to my sister,” she laughed.

“Oh, that's nothing. Once, Garret climbed up a tree in my backyard to try to sneak into my room, and my mom saw and called the cops because she thought it was someone trying to break into our house,” Hannah said.

“What about Louis?” Jenna asked me.

“Everything Louis does is stupid,” I laughed. “But the stupidest happened before we were dating. He was at my house for dinner, and while my mom and I were cooking, he came into the kitchen and slapped my mom on the butt, thinking it was me.”

“Okay, wow. You win,” Hannah laughed.

We continued sharing stories of our boyfriends until we found the waterfall. It was beautiful, with a decent sized swimming area around the water. There were rocks around the waterfall that someone could climb up and jump into the water below, as well as bountiful plants, and flowers, and trees. The water was also surprisingly warm, considering it was waterfall fed. Once we jumped in, our conversation naturally flowed back to the topic of boys.

“What was your first kiss with Louis like?” Abigail asked.

“I know which one you would count as our first kiss,” I answered. “We kissed twice about a month after we met, but neither of us thought anything about it. Then I kissed him for, like, a split second on our first date. But all of those were before we made our relationship official.”

“What was your first official kiss like?” Jenna asked me.

“It was so perfect. He was so gentle and sweet. And let me just say that Louis is a fantastic kisser,” I giggled.

“That's so cute,” Abigail said. “The first time Bentley and I kissed was a week after we started dating, and it was only because someone dared us to.”

“At least your first kiss isn't in the yearbook,” Hannah exclaimed.

“Oh, yeah. I forgot about that,” I laughed.

Garret and Hannah were homecoming king and queen last year, and Garret had kissed her during their spotlight dance. The yearbook photographer had gotten a picture of it, and it was printed in the school yearbook.

“I mean, at least you can look back at it and remember that moment forever,” Jenna pointed out.

“It would have been better if I hadn't cried afterward,” Hannah sighed.

“Why did you cry?” Jenna asked.

“I didn't want our first kiss to be in front of the entire school,” she explained.

“Are any of you guys at the 'I love you' stage of your relationship?” Jenna suddenly asked.

“Yes and no. I feel it, and I think he does, too, but neither of us have said it,” Abigail said.

“I don't even know how to tell if I love Garret,” Hannah said. “I know I like him, a lot, but I don't know if I love him.”

“Yeah, and how do you tell the difference between love and in love?” Abigail asked, pulling her hair back with a ponytail holder.

“My mom told me that when you love someone, you are infatuated with them, but when you're in love with someone, your heart is invested in them,” Jenna said.

“Yeah, my mom told me the same thing,” Abigail said. “She told me that the difference between like, love, and in love, is similar to the difference between for now, for a while, and forever. I don't really know how to interpret that into my relationship, though.”

“Louis and I have told each other that we love each other,” I said quietly.

“When did you realize that you love him?” Hannah asked.

“I think it was when I saw him playing with my brothers for the first time, but it took me a while to realize it. I didn't know that I loved him, or maybe I didn't want to admit it, but I do love him.”

“Do you think you are in love with him?” Abigail asked.

“I'm not sure. All I know is that I can definitely picture having a future with him, and that makes me very happy,” I bite my lip to subside my smile.

“That's so cute. I think I'm going to throw up,” Jenna said.

We continued talking and swimming for a while, and it felt good to have girl time again. Since I've been spending most of my time with Louis, I haven't been able to talk about things like gossip and boys. And I would have continued talking with the girls, but the boys eventually found us. I don't know how, but, soon enough, they came running down the path and were jumping into the water with us. Louis swam over to me and attacked me with kisses. I pushed him off me and tried to dunk him under the water, but he captured me in his arms and brought me under with him.

“You jerk! I didn't want to get my hair wet,” I slapped him on the shoulder.

“It's lovely to see you, too, Jess. Yes, I did have fun throwing myself off cliffs, thanks for asking. And, yes, I did hurt myself, but not that badly. I'm glad you asked.”

“What did you do to hurt yourself?” I asked, suddenly concerned for his well being.

“I just scrapped my knee. I'm fine, really,” he told me with a smile.

“Did you get a band-aid?”

“Yes, I did. Unfortunately, the only band-aids we had were your Spongebob ones.”

“Okay, good. Do you need a kiss to make it feel better?” I asked him, swimming closer to him.

“Yes, please,” he captured my lips between his.

“And you said you never kiss in front of us,” Jenna yelled from across the water.

“What?” Louis asked as he pulled away from me.

“Don't worry about it,” I told him. “It was only girl talk.”

“Am I a topic of interest for your girl talk?”

“Always. We talk about you and the other boys all the time.”

“Bentley! Garret! Guess what,” Louis said, swimming away from me.

“What?” Bentley asked.

“The girls talk about us today,” Louis said smugly.

“Really?” Garret looked at Hannah.

“Jess, girl talk is private,” Hannah scolded me.

“It just slipped out,” I shrugged.

“Did you tell him what we said?” Abigail asked.


“Good. They don't need to know what we said,” Abigail said.

“Yeah, it would only inflate their egos,” Jenna laughed.

“You're going to have to tell us what you said,” Louis announced.

“I don't think so,” Jenna responded.

The books looked at each other and, in split second, they were swimming after us. We screamed and swam as fast we could away from them, grabbing our stuff and making a mad dash for the campsite. I ran as fast as I could, laughing hysterically as I did so. I looked over my shoulder and saw the other boys but no Louis. Then, I ran into something hard and was thrown over someone's shoulder. I screamed, laughing as Louis slapped me on the butt.

“Stop moving around, you're making it hard to carry you,” Louis said to me.

“If you put me down, it would be easier on both of us,” I countered.

“Not going to happen.”

I sighed and continued letting Louis carry me back to our tents. Once we got back, and Louis had set me down, I noticed that Garret and Bentley were both carrying their girlfriends up the trail, with Jenna skipping happily next to them.

“I love you,” I reminded Louis.

He looked at me with a smile, his eyes shining brightly. “I love you, too.”


a/n: please comment more. it makes me happy to read what you have to say :)

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