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Expect the unexpected- Chapter 2: Past & Present

Posted by Ashlea Burns on September 15, 2011 at 7:05 PM

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.

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