- Chapter 22 | No Goodbye Kiss?
A N A S T A S I A
Bowling is something that I love just like fighting is. I remember how my family would always go bowling when my Stepdad was home.
He loved bowling because it reminded him of his parents who passed away when he was in high school. Apparently, it was their tradition to have Friday night bowl night where they would go at midnight on every Friday.
When he married my mom, that became our tradition and we when Kai was old enough we took him too. I still remember how cute he looked when he knocked any pins down.
We always had to put the bumpers on the lane and get the ramp for him since he was still too young.
Johnathan, my stepdad taught me how to bowl and he was the best bowler that I knew. After he passed in the war, we stopped the tradition because it wasn’t the same without him.
I’m glad that Ryder brought me here for our first date because I have some of my best memories here. This place just feels safe and it’s nice to remember Johnathan.
Looking at Ryder I see that he is looking at the wall of bowling balls since the ones by the lane probably aren’t the ones that he likes to bowl with.
He reminds me of Johnathan in a way. And honestly, he seems like he thinks he’s the best of the best for bowling right now.
When he turned around towards me with a new bowling ball in his hand he smirked and I shook my head as he went and placed it with the others by the lane.
“I’m so going to beat you.” I said grinning as he walked to the table and began putting our names in.
“I’m the bowling King, you won’t stand a chance.” He said getting another ball.
“I bet I’m better than you. And pink? Really?” I asked him as he held up a pink ball.
“It’s not for me, it’s for you” he said handing me the ball and I laugh.
I’m really good at bowling, but he doesn’t know that.
I got in place and let go of the ball aiming for the gutter and it went straight into it. Then I turned towards Ryder with a pout.
“I suck” I said sadly, waiting for my ball to come back.
“No you don’t, I’ll help you this time.” He said walking up to me and I had to hold in my grin.
I grabbed the pink ball again stood in place while Ryder came up behind me with no space between us.
“This is how you do it” he said guiding my arms and I could feel his hot breath on the back of my neck.
“When I say go, I want you to let the ball go. Okay?” He said.
“Okay” I said grinning.
“Are you ready” he whispered into my ear.
I turned my head towards him smiling. “Yea”
He kissed my cheek as I turned my head back around. “Go” he said and I let the ball go.
We watched the ball go down the lane in a completely straight line, hitting the pin in the middle and knocking the rest down so that I got a spare. I turned around and hugged him, wrapping my arms around his neck.
He was so tall and I was barely touching the floor. As he was letting my feet go flat on the floor, he was staring at me and I stared right back.
His head followed me down and when my feet were flat on the floor, he kissed me.
It wasn’t rough, or too soft, it was perfect, but I didn’t feel sparks. No what I felt were much more like fireworks exploding all over my body.
After the kiss we went back to playing bowling and let me tell you, Ryder was in for a surprise.
“Let’s make a bet” I said.
“Ok, how about the winner get to make the loser yell anything the winner wants inside of here, for everyone to hear?” He suggests and I grin.
“It’s a bet” I said smirking.
“Yay! I won!” I said fist pumping the air.
“H-how?” Ryder asked stunned that I even beat his record.
“I told you earlier that I’m the best” I said grinning.
“But when we started you even got a gutter.” He said staring at the scoreboard.
“Maybe that was my intention” I said smiling.
“Now say it” I said.
“Do I have to?” He whined.
“Yes!” I said cheerfully
“Fine” He grumbled embarrassed.
“Anastasia is the queen of bowling and I am her servant. Now, can somebody come scratch my balls?!” He yelled and I was on the floor laughing my ass off.
“Oh my god! That was hilarious! Everyone looked at you like you were crazy” I said standing up, but was still laughing.
“Hurry let’s get out of here before someone comes and kicks us out” he says grabbing my hand and taking me to his car.
We get inside and he drives to drop me off at my house. Once we get there, I opened my door and get out as I turned to face him again.
“Bye” I said about to close the door when he stopped me.
“What? No goodbye kiss?” He asked smirking.
“No” I grinned and closed the door, I turned on my heels and walked up to my door when I hear him yell something from behind me.
“Bye Ana!” He yelled as he started driving away.
I walked inside, up to my room and started getting ready for bed.
When I laid in bed, I touched my lips as I began remembering the feeling of how they felt attached to Ryder’s.
Then I drifted off to sleep with one thought on my mind. “I think I’m falling for Ryder, but he is my family’s enemy..”