Chapter 3- Midnight Friend
“Shouldn’t you be inside, enjoying your party?”
I turned around and saw Eric standing there.
I face back towards the scenery in front of me. “I just needed a quick breather. I’ll be back before anyone notices.”
“I already noticed.”
I snorted. “Well, obviously that wouldn’t include you since you already know I’m out here.”
I feel him walk up and stand next to me. “You aren’t as ladylike and proper as I thought you to be.”
I rolled my eyes and turned to face him. I put my hand over my heart acting hurt. “You wound me. But I never said I acted ladylike.”
“You didn’t.” He nodded, agreeing with me.
“My, my, did I let you down with my impulsive and sarcastic behavior?” I continued although I don’t know why.
“No. It’s... refreshing to have someone say what they think.”
“Thank you for the wonderful compliment.” I did a hair flip to be more dramatic.
He chuckles and gives me a smile, and right then and there, I felt my heart skip a beat.
No, I couldn’t be feeling this way towards a person I just met! And besides, I like Aiden!
It was quiet, a nice peaceful moment that wasn’t filled with tension. The breeze was soft and you can still hear the faint music coming from the ballroom. These are just one of the moments in your life where you wanted to engrave it into your memory and cherish it.
“Would you like to do me the honor of joining me for a walk around the garden?” I say with a polite ladylike voice.
“It would be my pleasure,” he winks and I laugh as he plays along.
Being a gentleman, he leads me down the stairs with my hand in his.
His had is very warm.
As we reach the bottom, his hand lingered on mine for a little longer than necessary before finally letting go of it. I started to walk towards my destination while he snapped out of his thoughts and quickly walked to catch up to me.
“Who is the boy you were with earlier?” he started.
“Which one?” All night I was being asked for a dance so he needed to be more specific.
“The blonde-haired, green-eyed one. He came up to you while our parents were talking.”
“Oh, you mean Aiden.”
He nodded. “What is he to you?”
I began to blush furiously as I opened my mouth to say something, but ended up closing it not knowing what to say. I looked down so my hair framed around my face, and he wouldn’t see it even with the little light from the moon.
“You don’t have to answer.”
I let out a small sigh of relief and turned to face him not expecting to see his jaw clench and his ahnds making fists.
“Just don’t go near him,” he finishes and looks at me with such intensity.
I didn’t realize I had stopped walking until now.
“Why?” I couldn’t help but ask. Aiden has been my childhood friend, setting crush aside, so Eric has to have a really good reason as to why I have to stay away.
He closes his eyes tightly in response as if he was trying to keep his emotions in check.
“Trust me, don’t go anywhere near him. He is not what you think.”
“You act like you know him better than I do.”
“I know him well enough to tell you that he’s not safe to be around.”
“Unless you have proof to your statement, I don’t see why I have to listen to you.”
He sighs and runs his hand through his hair.
“Look, you dont look like one to lie, and for some reason, in my gut I know to trust you, but it’s hard to believe that Aiden means any harm to anyone. I hope you understand where I’m coming from.” I say with finality, and start to walk once again.
We finally arrives at the gazebo and both of us take a seat across from each other.
“Let’s talk about something else,” I propose.
“How do you think our parents know each other so well?” I asked the question I’ve wondered since we were introduced.
“I mean even if our countries are allies, they seem close enough to be family.”
He shrugs. “I’ve never heard much of your family until yesterday when my mom was screaming about your invitation.”
“Well, I guess you’re about as clueless as I am.” I look down with my hands, playing witht them nervously not knowing what to say next.
My head turned towards the laughter coming from the doors we walked out of to see Alex and Crystal. I unconciously smile at how cute they were together.
“They are so cute together,” I say voicing my thoughts.
He nods and grins. “If only they both knew they like each other.”
“If only they had the guts to confess,” I add.
Eric chuckles and I just grin.
“You know, you’re actually not that bad.”
He raises his eyebrows. “Really. What kind of person did I seem like in your eyes?”
“With all honestly, I thought you were a serious person.”
There was a small pause.
I pretend to think about it for a moment the smile.
“Yup, I think that’s about it.”
After that, we talked for hours and very quickly I realized we both had things in common. We just clicked as if we knew each other for a long time. It was fun to spend time with him, and every so often my heart would skip a beat. I felt different around him than I do with Aiden which is unfamiliar to me. What does this mean? Is this what you would normally feel around a friend?
Then the clock struck midnight, and the fun came to an end.
“It was nice to meet you, but I have to get going. My mother must be looking for me.” I got up and wiped as much dirt as I could off my dress (since we decided to sit on the grass after a while).
“Let me escort you back” he offered, getting up as well. I blushed a deep shade of red.
“No thank you. I’ll be fine” I shouted, already running.
“When can I see you again?” he yelled.
I stopped. “Whenever”
He just stood there and nodded as I faced towards the front and continued to run once again. It was the best night of my life! But little did I know that it would be the last day I would see him in a long time.