5 Seconds to Love You

After loosing the love of her life so young, Angelisa feels like she will never love again. She has lost all hope. But that's before she meets Luke Hemmings... He opens her eyes to the reality of what happened to her, and patiently helps her through it. He shows her what real love feels like, and Angelisa finally lets her heart move on. But that's when new tragedy strikes. @copyright 2015. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified, or distributed without the express prior written permission of the copyright holder. For permission contact Beautifully Hemmings on Movellas.com

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17. Chapter Seventeen - Luke

 

Chapter Seventeen

*Luke*

 

She said yes… She said yes. Without any hesitation really, other than that slight confusion. She didn’t even seem tense as we walk back to our first period class… What’s going on? I wasn’t expecting that reaction at all. I’m most certainly okay with it, but it’s odd. But yesterday she did say she was going to let me help her, maybe this is part of that. 

“Luke?” Angel asks, shaking me out of my thoughts.

“Huh?” 

“The bell rang a few minutes ago, and you’re still sitting there in your desk…” She giggles a little before sitting down next to me. I look around the classroom and realize that no one else is in the room. 

“What are you thinking about?” She asks, running a hand through her hair. 

I pause before answering, “you, mostly.” 

She tenses for a split second, before relaxing. I makes me proud of her that she’s getting better about controlling her fears. 

She then cocks her head, gives me a grin and asks, “What about me?"

“Your perfect eyes,” I start out with, smiling back at her. “The way they sparkle in all the right ways when the light hits them. And the way your hair falls on your shoulders just like a models. The way you looked at me when you said yes to my homecoming proposal.” Her grin widens a little.

“Well Luke, I’m glad to hear that.” She jokes before getting more serious. “But I just want you to remember that I’m still recovering from a shattered heart. I appreciate everything you’re doing, but It’s not going to be easy to fix me.” She bites her lip and looks at the ground. 

“I don’t care.” I reply. “I’m going to do whatever I can to help.” I stare into her blue orbs, and wish I could stay there forever, but then Angel cuts in.

“We should get to class.”

“I have a better idea,” I put a rebellious grin on my face. Angel quickly spins around, making sure out teacher wasn’t in the room.

“Luke, I- I’ve never ditched-“

“Don’t think of it that way Angel.” I try to convince her that we should leave. “Mrs. Grellie probably didn’t even take attendance, they’ll just think that we were sick today.” 

“Luke…” She trails off.

“Come on lets go.” I stand up and put my hand out, waiting for her to take it. She gives me a concerned look, but decides to trust me, placing her hand in mine. 

“Where-?” 

“Just trust me, it’ll be fun.” I cut her off, and lead her out of the school.

 

*****

 

"Can I ask where we’re going now?” Angel asks as we cruise down the highway, windows down, wind blowing in our faces.

“Still a surprise.” I reply teasingly, staring at the road ahead of me.

“How ‘bout now?” 

“Nope.” 

“Now?”

“Still no.”

“Nowwwwww?” She drags out the ending of the word.

“Just because you sound like a 2 year old does not mean I will tell you where we are going.” I take a turn onto a less busy country road, and push the gas pedal down a little farther. 

“Luke, you do realize you’re going like 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, right?” Angel asks with concern spread across her face. 

“Yeah, It’s kind of something I do to calm down, I don’t know i guess the wind blowing through the windows and the sound of the engine just calm me down. I can stop if it’s bothering you.” I begin to slow down.

“No,” She interjects. “No, I like it.” 

“I was hoping you’d say that.” I smile as she leans back in her seat, enjoying the ride. Even though she told me not to, I still slow down the car a bit just to be safe. 

I take another turn back onto a highway, and we come to a long beach with perfect white sand that I’ve come to love. I pull into the driveway of the large beach house and park the car while Angel gapes at the sight. 

“What is this place?” She asks in awe, quickly getting out of the car and running up to the door.

“This would be where I live, when I’m not at the bands house of course.” I meet her at the door and unlock it. She slowly steps inside, taking it all in. 

“Oh my God this place is beautiful!” 

“Wait until you see the deck out back.” I laugh as I lead her to the two giant glass doors that outlook the ocean. 

“Wow.” Is all she says, eyes fixated on the waves curling on the shore. 

“Come on.” I open the doors, and we walk out onto the beach. The wind picks up a little quicker as we step off the deck and into the sand, but it feels good. I watch as Angel kicks off her flip flops, and runs towards the ocean, but doesn’t go in. She stops at the edge of the water and bends down, picking up a starfish. 

“Luke! Look what I found!” She exclaims like a little kid, jumping up and down. I laugh as I make my way over to her. 

“You know, they say that throwing them back into the water is good luck.” 

“Do you believe it?” She asks, turning the starfish over in her hands.

“I like to think it’s true. Even if it’s not, I’d throw them back anyways.”

“How come?”

“Because if the tide goes out to strong, they’ll be stuck on the beach and they won’t live. I want to make a difference.” She looks up at me with admiration in her eyes, like the way you would look up to your biggest role model. 

“Why are you looking at me like that?” I ask. “It’s not like I’m changing the world.” She smiles at me before responding;

“You’re changing this little guys world.” She gently tosses the starfish into the water, and begins to walk along the shore. I just stare at her for a minute and watch the way the wind blows her hair back, and the foot prints she leaves in the sand that quickly get covered up by the waves rushing in. There’s something peaceful about the way she walks, the water hitting her feet. It makes me want to just walk the shore with her forever.

I jog to catch up with her, and once I’ve met her pace I try to match her steps so that we’re walking in sync. We both are silent, listening to the waves tumble in. The moment is so perfect, right out of a movie. I can only think of one thing that would make it better. Slowly, I move my hand closer to Angel’s, only hesitating for a second. When I know our hands are only centimeters apart, I slide my hand into hers. She stops walking for a moment, looking from her hand, to mine, then up to my eyes. Slowly, a small grin forms on her face. 

“Luke?” Her eyes are locked on mine.

“Yes?”

She doesn’t answer, but smiles wider as we begin to walk again. We stay like that for a while, walking in silence, before I decide to speak up. 

“Tell me about yourself.”

“What is there to know?” She answers bluntly, kicking up some sand in front of her. 

“Oh, I don’t know. Your hobbies, interests, favorite color…” I trail off. 

“Um… Well…” She pauses, her face showing that she’s thinking hard. “Well I used to be a gymnast before… before…”

“Thats amazing.” I say, knowing what she meant. “Were you good?”

“Excuse me?” She giggles a little.

“Were you good at gymnastics?”  I repeat myself.

“Well I went to State the year before I quit… So I guess I was decent at it.” 

“Why haven’t you started again?” I question curiously.

“Well until I met you, I didn’t really do anything at all. I just showed up to school, went home, did homework, then went to bed.” She stares hard at the ground. “My mom thought I was depressed. I probably was, I probably am.” 

“I don’t think you’re depressed necessarily.” I say, looking at the waves rolling in.

“Then what do you think?” She asks curiously, following my gaze to the waves.

“I think you’re a girl who needs someone to remind her what life’s all about.” I smile, and she gives me a look of interest. 

“That’s why you brought me out here?”

“A little ditching every now and then is good for the soul.” I laugh and playfully push her towards the water.

“I thought you said this wasn’t ditching!” She shouts back at me between giggles. “And now I’m all wet!” She stands up a little over ankle deep in the water.

“It’s just your ankles, come on man up!” I joke, pushing her again.

“LUKE!” She screams, trying to pull me out with her.

“Oh you’re not gonna succeed in getting me out any farther dear.” 

“Oh you wanna bet!?” She tugs on my arm harder, pulling until she looses her grip and falls flat on her butt.

“Oh my gosh Angel are you okay?!” I rush over to her, and extend my arm to help her up. She slowly takes my hand and without any warning, tugs me down. I easily loose my footing, and fall right down in the water with her.  

“I am now!” She exclaims, laughing.

“Okay, now that was rude.” I join her laughing.

“And you said I couldn’t get you.” She shakes her head.

“I guess I stand corrected.” I stand up and shake out my hair, then extend my hand out to her.

“I’m not risking you pulling me back in.” She giggles, standing up on her own.

“Lets go get dried off.” I leave my hand extended, hoping she’ll take it again.

“Gladly.” She looks down at my gesture, and promptly sets her hand in mine. 

 

 

Hey guys! I really tried to make this chapter a good one! I hope you enjoyed it! I tried to make a cute moment between Luke and Angel, and I hope I succeeded in your guys' eyes! I didn't have time to edit, so I'm sorry if there are any spelling/grammar mistakes. Also, I got my inspiration for part of this chapter from a poem called The Starfish Story, by Loren Eisley, so some credit goes to them! Please let me know what you thought, you feedback is always greatly appreciated! You guys rock, enjoy the story! <3

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