Life After You

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Chapter 3

Landon’s POV –

It’s Saturday morning and Olivia and I have no classes today. Tori called me this morning and told me that she wanted us to surprise Olivia since her birthday is on Tuesday and she has lame class that day.

I agreed to the plans Tori made because she is Olivia’s best friend and apparently knows everything about my girlfriend, even though I’ve known her longer. Great logic.

I called Riley to make sure he was able to make it, although I already knew his answer before I called him.

“Hey man, listen... Tori just called an-” before I could finish I was cut off.

“Don’t worry, Tori already called me. All systems a go.”

“This isn’t the military...”

He made a sound similar to the one that walkie-talkie’s make before saying “over and out” and then hung up the phone.

I let a sigh escape my lips.

“What are you sighing about?” I heard a beautiful voice say behind me.

“Oh, Riley. You know how he is...” I chuckled, hoping that she didn’t hear any of my conversations prior.

“True.” She playfully said as she made her way to the kitchen.

I couldn’t help but watch her. The love of my life is the most breath-taking human being I have ever laid my eyes on. The best part, she’s all mine.

I knew from the moment we met that she was going to be a huge part of my life.

I was seven years old and had just moved into the two-story home on Maple Street. I didn’t know anyone being that this was a new town and I was going to start a new school. I was nervous but a little excited. It was my first day at Briorwood Elementary and I didn’t know a single soul.

I was walking to find my classroom and a mean, big kid knocked all of my books out of my hands while laughing with his friends. I knew second grade wasn’t going to be easy.

All of my things went flying and I could feel the redness sitting against my cheeks. My eyes started to water and I felt a delicate touch on my shoulder.

I turned around only to see the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life. Up until then, at least.

She had light brown pigtails that cascaded over her shoulders perfectly. She was wearing a pink tank top with light blue-jean overalls. Her sneakers were beautifully white as if they had just come out of the box that morning.

“Do you need some help?” She asked, a glint of a smile playing on her lips.

“Y-yes.” I stuttered.

“One sec, okay?” She said before darting away into a classroom. She came back empty handed and began kneeling down to help me gather my books.

“Those guys are big meanies okay? Don’t let them make you sad.”

She had an apologetic smile on her face as she handed me my things.

“What’s your name?” She asked, her smile growing bigger.

I looked into her eyes and saw pure innocence. She had light freckles resting on the tops of her cheeks and her long eyelashes made her eyes even more beautiful.

“L-Landon.” I mumbled. I did have a bit of a stuttering problem. Mix that with shyness and you have one mess of a child.

“Landon, I’m Olivia. My daddy says he named me after my grandma. She was a flower grower, I think.” She tapped her finger against her chin as if she was thinking hard about her grandmother and if she was a florist or not.

I pulled myself together long enough to smile at her and she noticed.

“There you go, Landon! Smile!” She cheered.

“Who is your teacher?” She asked. She sure did have many questions. I didn’t mind hearing her talk though. Her voice was incredible.

I shrugged my shoulders and pulled my classroom information out of my pocket.

Olivia immediately grabbed the piece of paper and stared at it, trying to read the teachers name.

“Um... this is a four... and this is a zero.” Her puzzled look was the cutest thing I had ever seen.

“Four and zero... hey wait! That’s my classroom!” She clapped her hands excitedly together and grabbed me by the hand.

“Come on, Landon! You can sit next to me! I’m sure Clara won’t mind. Besides...” She then got really close to me and whispered, “She doesn’t even share her cookies.”

I let her drag me into the classroom that had forty in big bold numbers at the top of the door.

She showed me her table and pulled the chair out for me.

“Sit there, Landon.” So I did.

I looked over at her and smiled. “T-Thank y-you.”

“We’re gonna be best-est friends Landon! Won’t that be fun?” She cheered.

All I could do was nod and watch her happy dance in her seat as the teacher started to call roll.

The teacher was introducing me to the classroom and Olivia happily stood up with me and held onto my hand.

“I knew him first guys so he’s my best friend. Sorry!” Then we sat back down and she clasped her hands together in a satisfied manner before the teacher started with class.

I made my very first best friend that day.

“Landon, are you even listening to me?” I heard Olivia ask from the kitchen.

I pulled myself away from my thoughts and tried to pretend like I was.

“Of course honey.”

“What did I say?”

“Um, well... you started with...” Before I could finish, she rolled her eyes and waved me off.

“It’s fine, all I was saying was what would you like to do today?”

I was going to suggest going to a movie because I really wanted to see the new Transformers movie that just came out, but then I remembered Tori’s phone call earlier. She specifically told me not to mess this up or she was going to behead me.

I don’t think she’s actually capable of that, but I wasn’t about to take that risk. Tori is feisty.

“I think Tori called earlier and wanted us to go see her today.” I tried to lie.

“Hm, she never mentioned anything to me.” Olivia sipped on her green tea as she sat down next to me.

“Well, she called while you were in the shower so I answered.”

“Landon, my phone was in the bathroom with me. I always listen to music when I shower.”

She gave me a stern look and I was mentally slapping myself. I needed to think fast.

“I know that dear... but she called my phone because she said she knew you would probably be in the shower and she wanted to make sure we accepted plans with her before we did anything else.”

Good lie, Landon. I’d give myself a pat on the back but that would make Olivia look at me funny.

She lifted her head a little, as if she were pondering whether I was telling the truth or not.

“Something’s up, but alright. What does she want to do?” She asked, stirring her tea.

Crap. I don’t know what to say.

“Well, she said that she, er-wanted to go to the nearest mall and shop!”

Really, Landon.

“You’re a terrible liar babe. I’ll just call her and see what she wants to do.”

She dialed Tori and I stayed put to hear the conversation.

“Hey Tori, Landon said you wanted to go to the mall today to shop?” She said, grinning at me.

I could hear Tori through the speaker.

“Um, shop... right! Tell Landon he is a great friend for letting you know.”

She was going to slap me later for that one.

“So, want to meet at the mall?” Olivia asked.

“No! I mean... just come to the school yard first to meet with me so we can um, go together.”

“Okay...” Olivia said in an uneasy tone. “What time should we meet you there?”

“I’d say two and a half hours should be good!” Tori quickly said before announcing she had to go.

“Love ya, bye!” Then the call ended.

“Well, that was weird. You two are definitely up to something.” Olivia said laughing.

“What? Us? Never.” I looked around at anything but Olivia’s eyes.

Way to be subtle, Landon.

“Right. Well, I’m going to fix my hair.” She said before walking to the kitchen to place her cup in the sink.

I watched her as she walked to the bathroom and before she closed the door, she turned to me and said, “I have no idea why... but, it’s you Landon.”

I laughed as she shut the door.

It’s you, Olivia.

Two and a half very long hours later, Olivia and I were out the door and headed to the schoolyard. I have no idea what Tori has planned, but from the sound of it, it’s going to be good.

“I wonder why she wanted to meet at the schoolyard.” Olivia said, thinking aloud.

“Your guess is as good as mine.” I replied truthfully.

Olivia shrugged her shoulders and kept walking. I was beside her but a little bit behind her as I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket.

I pulled it out to reveal a text from Riley.

Riley: Make sure Olivia can’t see the schoolyard! Over & out!

Mentally face palming, I moved at a faster pace to get ahead of Olivia.

“What are you doing?” She asked.

“Just ya know... speed walking. Helps keep me in shape!” I winked.

Olivia just rolled her eyes with a small smile.

I knew we were nearing the schoolyard so I did the only thing that came to mind.

I pushed Olivia to the ground. Do not be alarmed, there was grass everywhere.

“Landon! What the hell!” She yelled, trying to pick herself back up.

I instantly grabbed her and turned her around so her back was facing the schoolyard.

I pulled her into a hug and continued walking backwards with her in my arms, so she couldn’t see behind me.

“Oh my god! Olivia! Are you okay? You must’ve accidentally tripped over my shoes!” I lied some more.

“Bullshit, Landon. You pushed me!” She yelled into my chest, trying to push me away.

Once I knew we were basically on the schoolyard, I let go and moved to the side.

Just as I did, the entire freshman class plus Riley screamed, “Happy Birthday Olivia!” and Tori came running up to embrace her.

Olivia’s angry expression turned into a happy one in an instant and she immediately knew why I ‘pushed’ her.

The schoolyard looked insane covered with picnic tables that had food and drinks scattered all around. Another picnic table held a bunch of birthday presents.

There were streamers thrown in the grass, I assume for decoration.

There is a giant cake resting on one of the picnic tables. It is pink with white polka dots all over and it has big Minnie mouse ears on the top with a pink and white polka dotted bow. There are also miniature Minnie mouse ears with pink bows sitting along the side of the cake in the front.

The cake read ‘Happy 19th Birthday Olivia!’ in big white letters.

Girly nonetheless, but Olivia loved Minnie mouse.

“Oh my gosh, you guys!” Olivia yelped.

Once Tori finally let go of her, she turned to me with a lovey expression on her face.

“Did you know about this? You helped with all of this?”

“Um, yes sweetie! Of course I did!” I lied. Tori smacked my arm and I instantly rubbed it to relieve the sting.

“Okay... okay, Tori did it. I just found out about it this morning.”

“I did actually have some help from Riley. Wherever he is...” Tori said, looking around for the dark haired boy.

We all spotted him in the corner of the schoolyard, trying to win over a freshman’s attention. That boy has zero game.

I gave Olivia an innocent smile, thinking she was going to smack me also. I quickly put my hand over my arm, but instead she pulled me in for a gentle kiss.

“Thank you for keeping this a surprise. I know it wasn’t easy.” She laughed.

“Yeah, yeah. Go party or whatever.” I said back, kissing her forehead.

She playfully nudged me and went to greet everyone who appeared for her birthday.

“Well Landon, you didn’t royally screw this up. Not too shabby.” Tori said, patting my back.

“Anything is worth seeing that smile on her face.” I replied almost automatically.

“Alright, don’t get all mushy on me Cavalier. Go have some fun with your girl.”

With that, I happily obliged.

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