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Expect the unexpected- Chapter 1: Troubled Youth

Posted by Ashlea Burns on September 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Chapter 1: Troubled Youth

I woke up as the sun was shinning through my window. I laid in

bed staring at the ceiling, thinking about the recurring dream I have

had every night for the past five years. I keep thinking about that day

when my best friend and the only boy I have ever liked moved away.


I hated it, I hated the fact that I would never see him again. Well I

decided to get up instead of keeping those images in my mind. I went

and got ready for school, and walked downstairs where my mom had

made waffles. I could smell them all the way upstairs.


"Hi mom." I said as I sat down at the table.

"Morning Chloe, how are you today?" my mom replied.

"I'm alright." I said as I started eating.

My mom sat down at the table looking at the paper while she

drank her coffee. After I ate, I put my dishes in the sink and gave my

mom a kiss on the cheek.

"Bye mom." I said.

"Bye honey," she replied. "Have a good day."

I went out the door and headed to school. It was only a five

block walk and since it was really warm today I just walked. When I

got to school I went to class. Mr. Johnson is my teacher, and he was

such a boring teacher I sat there listening to my CD player through

my headphones and chewing gum, then I felt a tap on my shoulder. It

was Mr. Johnson. I took the headphones off.

"Ms. Anderson, either spit that gum out and leave those

headphones off or report to the principal's office!" he shouted at me.

I looked up at him and then stood up "See you later then." I said.

Then I walked out of class and headed to Mr. Parks office. Mr.

Parks was the school principal. He was a short, fat, and bald man. I

walked in and sat down.

"Ah, Ms. Anderson, you're here again I see." he said.

"Yep, I might as well stay here." I replied with a slight chuckle.

"This isn't a funny thing, Ms. Anderson, this is the 3rd time this

week that you have been in here for not behaving in class".

I just looked at him, then the bell rang and I got up and walked

out. Well I started walking down the hallway when I ran into my two

friends Mandy and Jessy.

"Hey" Mandy said as I walked up to them.

"Hey" I replied.

"Why do you always insist on misbehaving in class Chloe?"

Jessy asked.

"Because," I replied, "I just do".

"But why?" Jessy asked.

"Yeah, Chloe" Mandy said, "What happened to you, you used to

be a great student up until a few years ago."

We walked out of the school and headed towards my house,

since Jessy and Mandy both lived down the street from me we

always walked home together.

"Yeah I know." I said. "The past five years have been hard for


"What changed you?" Mandy asked.

I just kind of looked at the ground as we walked and I didn't say

anything. When we got to my house we walked in and my mom was

fixing dinner.

"Hi mom" I said.

"Hi Mrs. Anderson" both Jessy and Mandy said as we walked

through the living room.

"Hi Chloe," my mom said. Then she turned to Jessy and Mandy,

"Girls, please call me Beverly."

The girls looked at me then back at my mom and said "All right.

Hi Beverly."

"Now that's better" my mom said, as she continued making


"We are going to go to my room. All right mom?" I said.

"All right girls." she replied.

We went upstairs to my room and I laid on my bed on my

stomach while Jessy sat on the edge of the bed and Mandy sat in the

chair next to the bed.

"So Chloe" Mandy said, "Tell us what changed you."

I held my head up with my hands then said, "It all started when I

was twelve, and my best friend and only boyfriend Sam moved


"Is that it?" Mandy asked.

"Yeah," Jessy said, "Why did that change you?"

I looked up at them. "Because we had been friends since we

were three, he was like my soul mate or something. We did

everything together, he lived next door. We always seen each other,

then we started becoming more then friends when we were about ten

and then the day after I turned twelve he moved away. It crushed

me." I sat there just staring at the wall.

"Well, let me ask you this then." Jessy asked "If he wouldn't

have left or would come back, would you go back to the same girl

you use to be or do you think you would have changed either way?"

I looked at her and sighed. "I don't know, guess I will never

know." I replied.

"Well, it's six we got to go Jessy" Mandy said "We will see you

tomorrow Chloe."

"Okay." I said. I got up and both girls gave me a hug then went

out the door.

I laid back down on my bed, staring at the ceiling thinking. I

wondered what would have happened if he never left or if he did

came back.

I guess I fell asleep, because when I woke up it was morning,

and the sun was shinning through my window again. I laid there for a

minute, then got up, got dressed and went downstairs for breakfast. It

was another nice day and I walked to school. When I got there I sat

down at my desk. All through class I thought to myself, would I

change if Sam came back, would I still have the same feelings? It

really didn't matter since I wouldn't be seeing him anytime soon.

As I sat there thinking, Mr. Johnson announced that there was a

dance next week, he urged all of us to attend. A little later the bell

rang and I got up and walked out into the hallway. As I walked

through the hall Jessy and Mandy caught up to me.

"So Chloe, are you going to the dance?" Mandy asked

"I don't know." I replied. "Are you going Jessy?"

"Oh yeah, I wouldn't miss it for anything." Jessy said.

"Well, I guess I will go too then." I said.

As we walked home I thought to myself 'What's the worst that

could happen?' Jessy and Mandy went on home as I walked into my


"Is that you Chloe?" my mom asked.

"Yeah mom," I replied, "It's me, what are you doing?"

"I'm making dinner." she replied.

I sat down on a stool at the bar. "It smells good, what are we

having?" I asked.

My mom was standing at the counter tossing a salad. "It's your

favorite, lasagna." she said

"WOW," I said, "You haven't made that in a long time, what's

the special occasion?"

My mom looked at me. "I have a surprise for you." she said

"Really?" I asked "What is it?"

My mom looked down at the salad she was still tossing. "Well,"

she said, hesitating, "Someone you know is coming to town."

I took an apple from the bowl on the counter in front of me.

"Really?" I said taking a bite of the apple. "Well who is it?" I asked

"It's someone you knew well," she said, still not giving me a

straight answer.

"So who is it, Mom?" I asked again.

"All right," she said, "This might come as a shock to you."

"Come on mom," I said, "It's not like it's my old boyfriend or

something like that right?"

My mom didn't answer, she just started peeling potatoes.

"Right, mom?" I asked as I looked at her.

My mom was still looking at the potatoes she was peeling. "You

guessed it" she said "Sam is coming back to town."

My mom looked at me with a smile. I was in shock, and when I

was finally able to talk again, I asked, "Why is he coming back?"

"His dad got transferred back to town." she said

"How did you find this out?" I asked.

"Well," she replied, "I showed his dad a house on the next street


"Oh," I said. "When are they moving back?"

"I think they are moving next week." she replied.

"The dance is next week!" I said, jumping up off the stool.

"Well honey," my mom said, "He will probably be too busy

unpacking to go."

"Yeah," I said, "Maybe he will be."

"So do you still like him?" she asked.

"MOM!" I said.

"What?" she asked. "I was just curious."

I sat back down, still eating my apple.

She looked at me and said "Well do you?"

"I don't know'" I said. "It's been like five years since I seen him, I

mean I don't even know what he looks like now."

My mom walked over to me and handed me a picture and said,

"Here honey this is for you."

"What is it?" I asked.

"Look at it," she replied.

I flipped the picture over. It was of a cute guy with short

reddish, brown hair and green eyes "Wow, is that him?" I asked.

"Yep," my mom said. "Cute isn't he?"

"Yeah," I replied still looking at the picture. "How did you get

this mom?" I asked.

"His dad gave it to me to give to you, he said he knew Sam

would like you to have it." mom replied.

"Really?" I asked. "Well that was nice of him."

Mom had finished making dinner while we were talking and

had it on the table, she looked at me and said, "Dinner is ready


I went and sat at the table beside my mom and laid the picture

on the table beside me and we both ate.

After we ate I asked, "Mom, may I be excused?"

"Of course dear," she replied.

I got up from the table, taking the picture with me. "I'm going to

go work on my homework." I said. "Jessy may come over to study


"All right honey," mom replied. "I will let you know when she is


So I went up stairs to my room. I laid down on my bed, looking

at the picture and thinking to myself. He did get kind of cute, I told

myself. After a few minutes, I sat up and slammed the picture on the

table beside my bed.

"I don't care how cute he is, he left and broke my heart, and I

won't forget that!" I shouted to myself.

As I sat there, still fuming, my mom walked in and said, "Are

you all right dear?"

I turned around to face her and replied, "Yeah mom, I'm fine."

"All right," she said, quickly moving to another subject. "I'm


going to the store do you need anything?"

"Yeah," I replied. "Would you get me some shampoo and some

chips please?"

"Sure honey." she said as she left the room and went back down


As I got my books out of my bag and laid them on my bed, I

heard the doorbell ring. Mom yelled up the stairs and said, "Chloe,

Jessy is here!"

"All right mom," I replied. "Can you send her up?

A few seconds later Jessy walked into my room and sat in the

chair beside my bed. She looked at me all excited and said, "Guess


"What?" I replied, looking at her curiously.

"I got asked to the dance!" she said.

"Really?" I replied, getting excited now. "By who?"

"Tom Jenkins." she answered.

I looked at her kind of funny then said "Who?"

She laughed, then replied, "You know, Mandy's brother."

"Oh, didn't he already graduate." I said.

"Yeah." she said still laughing slightly. "He was home when we

got to Mandy's house and he asked me. Said he would love to take


"That's cool." I said. She laughed again and said, "Yeah it's

pretty cool, so do you have a date yet?"

"No" I replied. "I plan to go alone." Then I looked down at my

books and said, "That is if I even go."

Jessy looked at me kind of shocked, then said, "What do you

mean? I thought you were going, what happened?"

"Nothing," I replied as I opened my book up to start my

homework. "I just don't know if I want to go or not that's all."

Jessy had a funny look on her face then she noticed the picture

of Sam that was laying on the table and asked, "Who's that??"

I grabbed the picture up and said "It's no one."

She came over and sat on the bed beside me then said, "Come

on Chloe, tell me who it is, Please?"

I looked at the picture, then handed it to her, and said, "You

remember the guy I was telling you about?"

"Yeah," she replied.

"Well, that's him." I said as I pointed to the picture.

As she looked at it she said, "He is really cute."

"Yeah, I know." I replied.

She looked up at me, and handing the picture back.

"So, how did you get this picture?" she asked.

I took the picture then replied, "My mom showed his dad a

house on the next street, and he gave it to her."

"Oh," she said. "So he is moving back?"

"Yeah," I replied looking at the picture again.

"When is he moving?" she asked.

"Next week." I said.

She looked at me and said, "Well, the dance is next week too."

My eyes started to water as I was still looking at the picture, "I

know." I replied.

She looked at me and said, "Why are you crying? He might

want to go."

"That's why." I replied as I wiped the tears from my eyes.

"So is that why you decided that you don't know if you're going

to go now or not?" she asked.

"Yes," I replied as I laid the picture on the table. "I mean, what if

he doesn't recognize me or like me anymore? He probably doesn't

even remember me."

She gave me a big hug and said "There, there, I'm sure he will

remember you."

I sat there hugging her and still crying, then said, "I don't know

what to do, I mean I still like him, but he hurt me."

She pulled me away from her and said, "Moving away wasn't his

fault you know, he had to go with his parents right?"

"Yeah," I replied as I wiped more tears from my eyes, "But he

promised to call and write but he never did."

She started laughing then said, "Oh Chloe, guys are like that

they say they will call but they never do."

I looked at her slightly laughing, then said, "Yeah I know, but

Sam was different, he never broke a promise to me until then."

"Well maybe this is your chance to ask him why he never called,

and maybe get back with him or something." she said

"Yeah maybe." I said.

"Just think about it." she said. "I got to get going, but I will see

you tomorrow all right?"

"All right." I replied. "See you tomorrow"

"Meet me at the mall, we can go shopping for a dress

tomorrow." She said.

"I will be there." I replied.

Jessy left and I laid on the bed staring at the ceiling, thinking.

Maybe Jessy is right, maybe this is my chance to make things

different. As I laid there thinking, I heard my mom come home.

She brought me up my shampoo and chips, then told me good

night. I got ready for bed then went to sleep.

Expect the unexpected- Chapter 2: Past & Present

Posted by Ashlea Burns on September 15, 2011 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Chapter 2: Past & Present

The next morning, I got up and got ready to go meet Jessy at the

mall to look for a dress for the dance. I met Jessy at the front of the

mall and we went inside. There are a lot of shops in our mall, but

Jessy knew exactly which shop she wanted to go to, so I just

followed her up to the second level to a big shop called Formal


It was a large shop with a bunch of fancy dresses in the window, and

we spent most of the day there, trying on different dresses. As we

were trying one on, Jessy asked me, "So did you think about what I

said last night?"


"Yeah" I replied as I was putting the dress back on the hanger.

"And?" she said, sounding a little anxious.

"And what?" I replied as we walked out of the dressing room to

look at more dresses.

"So are you going to the dance then?" she asked.

"I'm looking for a dress aren't I?" I replied as I looked on a rack

for another dress.

"Yeah," she said. "I guess you are."

I looked at the rack of dresses and said with a slight laugh, "Well

there you go then."

She then started to laugh too. Well after we finally picked out a

dress we headed home, since we still had several days before the

dance we decided to go get shoes and accessories another day.

When I got home I took my dress to my room and laid it across

the chair. I heard the door bell ring and went to answer it. I opened

the door and my mom was standing there with her arms full of


"Here mom," I said as I took some of the bags from her.

"Thanks, honey," she said, walking through the door.

We took the bags of groceries to the kitchen and placed them on

the counter. As we were putting the groceries away the phone rang.

"I'll get it, Mom." I said.

"All right, honey." she replied, still putting food away.

I walked in the living room and picked the phone up. I put it to

my ear and said, "Hello?"

Then I heard a voice say, "Chloe?"

"Yes," I replied. "Who is this?"

"This is Sam." the voice replied.

I was struck speechless, then the voice said, "Hello? You


"Yeah." I replied. "I'm here, just can't believe it's you."

"Yeah, I know." he said. "It's been awhile, how have you been?"

"Good," I replied. "And yourself?"

"Good." he said.

It was quiet for a few seconds, then he said, "So, are you going

to the dance this coming week?"

I didn't say anything at first then said "Yeah, I'm going."

"Cool," he said. "Maybe I will see you there, not sure if I'm

gonna get to go yet or not."

I was still a little shocked but then said, "Yeah, maybe so."

"Hope you can go."

"Talk to you later, can't wait to see you again." he said.

"Bye" I said, then hung the phone up.

I sat down on the couch still a little stunned, and my mom

walked in and said "Who was it honey?"

"It was Sam." I replied.

"Really?" she said. "What did he want?"

I looked up at her and said, "He wanted to know if I was going

to the dance, said he might see me there."

"Well, that's nice." my mom said, sitting down beside me. "So

are you looking forward to seeing him?"

"Yeah, but" I started then I hesitated.

"But what"? my mom asked.

"But," I said, "he probably won't recognize me, I mean it's been

five years and I have changed a good bit, what if he doesn't like me


"Oh, honey," she said as she put her arm around my shoulder,

"He will know you, trust me."

"But how do you know?" I asked, a little confused.

"Because sweetheart," she said, "I gave his dad a picture of you

to give to Sam."

"Really?" I said getting a little excited.

"Of course, honey," she said.

"Oh, thank you, mom." I said as I gave her a big hug.

"You're welcome," she said smiling at me.

I got up and went to my room. I was laying on my bed thinking

to myself, 'maybe this will work out after all'. I laid there thinking

until I fell asleep.

The next morning when I got up I had to get ready for school, it \

was Monday, and the dance was this Friday, so I had some work to

do before then.I still had to find some shoes to go with my dress, and

some hair clips. Mandy, Jessy and I were gonna go after school

tomorrow to get them, so I got ready and headed to school. I was

putting my books in my locker when Jessy and Mandy walked up to


"Hi." Jessy said.

I shut my locker door and said "Hey, what's up?" to them both.

We started walking to class when Jessy asked, "So what did you

do after you went home last night?"

"I helped my mom put some groceries away." I replied.

"Oh," Jessy replied. "That's it?"

She acted as if she knew I talked to Sam. I looked at the floor as

we were walking and said, "I also talked to Sam."

Jessy and Mandy looked at each other in shock then Jessy said,

"Really? What did he say?"

Before I could answer, Mandy asked, "Who is Sam?"

Jessy looked at her and said, "Remember that guy she was

telling us about, that left five years ago?"

"Yeah," Mandy said.

"That's Sam." Jessy told her.

"Oh, I see." Mandy replied.

"Yeah," I said as we got to class.

We sat down beside each other, still talking, because class hadn't

started yet.

"So what did he want?" Jessy asked.

"He wanted to know if I was going to the dance." I replied. "He

said he might see me there."

"Really?" Mandy asked. "So he is moving back here?"

"Yeah," I replied. "He said if he wasn't to busy he would come

to the dance."

Jessy looked at me and said, "You still worried he won't

recognize you?"

"Yeah," Mandy said, "It has been 5 years."

"Yeah, I know." I said as I got my books out. "But my mom gave

his dad a picture of me to give him."

"Really?" Jessy asked.

"Yeah," I replied.

"Well, that's cool," Mandy said.

"Yeah, it's pretty cool." I replied, as class began.

I sat there most of the day thinking about what I would say to

Sam when I seen him, and before I knew it, class was over and it was

time to go home.

The next day went by pretty fast too, and Jessy, Mandy and I

went to the mall to finish shopping for the dance.

The next two days seemed to fly by, and then it was Friday. We

didn't have school today because the dance was tonight and they had

to decorate, so I slept in a little then got up and had lunch with mom.

We were sitting at the table and she asked me if I needed a ride to the


"No, Mandy's brother is gonna take Jessy, Mandy and I." I


"That's nice of him." she said.

"Well Tom is Jessy's date." I said with a slight chuckle.

"Oh," she said.

I finished eating and went back to my room. I got all my stuff

ready for the dance. I laid out my dress and shoes, and while I was

trying to decide what to do with my hair, time went by pretty fast. I

took a shower and fixed my hair, I had decided to pull it up and put

the butterfly clips I bought the other day in it. I then put on a little

makeup and went in to get my dress on, it was a lavender dress that

had thin straps, it came just past my knees, and I got a pair of black

strappy shoes to go with it. As I was looking in the mirror, my mom

came in.

"You look beautiful honey." she said

"Thanks mom." I replied, giving her a big smile.

She came over and gave me a hug, then said, "I'm glad you

decided to go tonight."

"Me, too." I said.

"So are you and aunt Marie going out tonight?" I asked as I was

putting my shoes on.

"No," she replied, "Your aunt Marie is going to come over here,

and we are going to have a girls night and watch a movie or


"Sounds fun," I said, then I heard a car horn and said, "There's

my ride, I better go."

"All right honey, have a good time," she said. I gave her a kiss

on the cheek and went down the stairs and out the door.

I went outside and got into the back seat of Tom's car with

Mandy. Jessy was in the front with Tom.

"Hey, Chloe," Mandy said as I got in.

"Hey, Mandy," I replied.

I shut the door then said "Hey Jessy, Hey Tom."

They both said "Hi", then Jessy said "So, are you excited?"

"Yeah," I replied, "I am a little,"

"Yeah, I would be too if I was you." Mandy said.

Tom just kind of looked at us funny then said, "So what's going


"Chloe is meeting a boy she knows at the dance." Jessy told him

"Is that all? What's the big deal about that?" Tom asked.

"Well," said Mandy, "she knew him until they were 12 then he

moved away, and he just moved back this week."

"Oh," Tom said, "That's cool."

"Yeah it is," Mandy said, then there was silence.

"So Mandy," I said, "Who is your date?"

"His name is Eric," Mandy replied, "He is in our class, I'm

meeting him at the dance."

"That's cool." I said, then it was quiet the rest of the way to the


When we got there we all went inside. The gym was all decked

out in decorations and it was really crowded.

"I'm gonna go find my date," Mandy said, then walked out into

the crowd of people.

As we were standing there, Tom asked Jessy, "Do you wanna


"Sure." she replied. She looked at me and asked, "Do you mind

if we go too?"

"Not at all," I said. "Go ahead."

Then they went to the dance floor. I just found a table and sat

down. I was sitting there thinking about when I was twelve and the

day Sam left, and how it made me feel. We had been so close it was

a sudden change when they decided to move away, he told me one

day and then was gone two days later.

As I was thinking, Mandy walked up with her date and said,

"Chloe, this is Eric."

"Hey, Eric." I replied

"Hey, there." he said.

"Well, we are gonna go dance." Mandy said, then they went out

and joined Jessy and Tom on the dance floor.

I sat there, continuing to think and remembering things from my

past, then I said to myself, "I shouldn't have come, I should just leave


As I went to get up, I felt a tap on my shoulder and heard a voice

say, "Would you care to dance?"

I turned around and was shocked, because standing before me

was Sam. I couldn't move, and I didn't know what to say. I just stood

there staring at him, then he said, "Are you all right?"

I shook my head yes, I still couldn't speak. He just kind of

looked at me.

"Yes, I would love to dance." I finally said.

And so we walked out onto the dance floor. As we were

dancing, I could hear Jessy whispering to Mandy and saying, "That's

him, that's Sam."

I was staring at Sam as we danced. "I'm glad you came." I said.

Sam looked right in my eyes and said, "So am I." He smiled as I

put my arms around his neck as we slow danced.

After a few dances, Sam asked me if I would like to go outside

for a walk. I just looked at him and said, "I would love to."

We headed out of the gym and walked to the football field. Once

we got there we sat on the bleachers, staring up at the stars. "It's so

beautiful out here." I said, as I was looking at the stars.

I felt Sam's hand brush against my face as he said, "Just like


I felt myself blush. I thought to myself "I can't believe how

strong my feeling still are for him, it's almost like he never left."

As I was still looking up, I then felt Sam's hand grab mine, the

feeling made me flinch a little but it felt really nice.

We sat there for a long time just staring up at the stars, then he

asked me, "May I drive you home?"

I turned to look at him then said, "Yes, I need to let Jessy know


"All right." he replied, then we walked back down to the dance.

After we got back I went and found Jessy, I introduced her and

Tom to Sam, then asked her, "Do you mind if Sam drives me


She smiled at me then said, "No, not at all."

"Are you sure?" I asked.

"Yeah," she replied, "it's fine, Eric is driving Mandy home

anyway too, so this way we can all spend some time with our dates."

Then she smiled and gave me a hug and said, "You two have fun

and I will talk to you later." "All right." I said, hugging her back.

Sam and I walked away.

"Just let me know when you wanna leave." he said as we were

walking through the gym.

I smiled at him and said, "Why don't we go for a ride then you

can take me home?"

He smiled back and said, "All right, that would be great."

We walked out and got into Sam's car. As we started down the

road, Sam asked me, "So where would you like to go?"

I sat there looking out the window then replied, "Why don't we

go to the park so we can talk?" "All right." he said with a smile.

We drove on down the road. When we got to the park we got out

and walked over to the swings, we both sat down on a swing and

started swinging, and after a few seconds Sam said, "The park hasn't

changed much in five years."

"No." I replied looking at the ground.

It was silent for a few minutes, then I said, "I'm really glad you

came back, I missed you."

Sam looked at me and smiled. As I looked at him, he grabbed

my hand and said, "I missed you too."

We sat there swinging for awhile as it got later, and colder, then

I got up and told Sam I was ready to leave.

We walked back to his car, he held the door open and I got in,

then he shut my door and got into the car and drove me home.

We were sitting outside my house and I said, "Well I had a great


"Me, too." he replied.

"Well, I better get inside." I said as I opened the door, and as I

was getting out.

"Hey Chloe?" Sam said

"Yes?" I replied, as I looked back at him.

He looked at me and asked, "Can I see you tomorrow?"

I smiled and said, "Of course you can."

He smiled at me and said, "See you tomorrow about 11 then."

"All right." I replied as I got out of the car and went in my


I went straight up to my room and got ready for bed. I laid in bed

thinking about what had happened tonight, wondering if he still felt

the same way about me. I thought he must, he held my hand and

smiled alot. I laid there thinking, then finally fell asleep.

The next morning I got up and started getting ready. I was

sorting through my clothes trying to decide what to wear, it was a

warm day already and it was only ten, so I decided to wear some

shorts and a tank top. As I was finishing getting ready I heard the

doorbell ring. I knew it was Sam so I just let Mom answer it. I put

my shoes on then went downstairs, and Sam and Mom were sitting at

the table when I came downstairs.

"Hi Sam," I said as I walked into the kitchen.

Sam looked at me smiling and said, "Good Morning."

"So what are you two going to do today?" mom asked

"I'm not sure." I replied, then looked at Sam and asked, "What

are we going to do?"

"What would you like to do?" Sam replied.

I sat there and thought for a second then said, "Why don't we go

to the lake?"

"That sounds like fun." Sam replied.

"That would be nice, have a good day." mom said

"We will." I said as I got up.

I gave my mom a kiss on the cheek and said, "Bye mom, be back


"All right, dear." she replied.

Sam and I then headed out the door and to his car. We got into

his car and headed to the lake. As we were riding, Sam asked me

what I had been doing the past few years and I replied, "Not too

much. School, hanging with my friends, that's about it."

"That's cool." he said as he drove down the road.

"How about you?" I asked.

Sam didn't say anything at first, then replied, "Not a lot, I went

to a private school for three years before we had to move again then I

was home-schooled for awhile."

"Really?" I asked. "That's kind of cool."

"Yeah," he said, not sounding very thrilled with what he had

been doing.

After about twenty minutes we arrived at the lake. We got out

and walked out towards the lake, there were some benches all around

the lake and there were also picnic tables, so we walked to one of the

benches and sat down looking at the lake.

"It's so beautiful." I said after a few minutes.

"Yes, it is." replied Sam.

We sat there for awhile, just looking out onto the lake, we

watched the ducks and the fish swimming,

"Can I ask you something?" I asked

He looked at me and replied, "Sure, what?"

I looked down at my hands and said, "Why did you leave


Sam looked down at the ground and said, "I didn't have a choice,

I didn't want to leave."

I looked at him and asked, "What happened?"

He got up and said, "Let's go for a walk."

I just looked at him weird, then got up and followed him.

As we were walking he said, "My dad got transferred. I told him

it wasn't fair, but he said we had to go anyway, that he didn't have a


"Oh," I said, looking at the ground as we walked along the lake.

"Yeah," he started again, "I didn't know it at the time, but my

dad worked for the FBI." "Really?" I asked.

"Yeah." he replied. "I was always told that he worked for the

government but was never told specifically as what."

It was quiet for a few minutes and I thought to myself as we

walked, "he didn't want to leave, he must have really liked me, since

he wanted to stay."

Sam stopped at the edge of the lake and was looking across the

water. I stood beside him as he started again, "I kept telling Dad that

moving was a mistake, that I was happy where I was." Then he

looked at me and said, "I told him I was happy with you."

I smiled at him, slightly blushing, he then looked back across the

lake, and was quiet again. "So," I said, "You really didn't want to


"No, I didn't." he replied.

We sat down on the bench a few feet away. After a few minutes

I looked at him and said, "So how come you never called?"

Sam looked at the ground then replied, "Because I couldn't."

I just looked at him kind of funny.

"My dad said I couldn't have any contact with anyone we used to

know, that if I did you wouldn't be safe." he said.

I looked down at the ground, trying to comprehend what he was


Sam turned towards me and grabbed my hands, he looked right

at me then said, "I never wanted to hurt you. It about tore me apart

knowing that I was leaving you. I know we were young but I knew

then that I loved you."

I looked into his eyes and I knew he was telling the truth.

"So why did everything fall apart?" I asked.

He turned and looked back at the ground and said, "Apparently,

there was someone after my dad, he told me about six months ago

that we were safe again. I'm still not sure what all happened, all I

know is we had no choice but to leave and now it's safe to be back."

He turned back towards me and said, "I turned into a completely

different person after I had to leave you. The private school I was in

was a boarding school and I got expelled five times in one year, so

my dad had to home school me. I just couldn't be happy without


I looked at him and smiled.

"Why are you smiling? he asked.

"Because," I replied, "I did the same thing, I was the total

opposite of myself after you left." "Really?" he asked.

"Yeah," I said. "It's crazy what effect a person can have on you

when they are gone."

"Yeah it is," he said as he held my hand again.

We stayed at the lake until the sun set, we talked about the past

and about the present, we walked along the water, skipped stones,

then we got back in his car and headed back to my house.