I CHOSE YOU

EIGHTEEN-SUNSET


“No, I haven’t had my period for a while.”

“Do you need me to buy you a plan B?”

“That’s not what I meant, I take potions now,” she giggled, her mouth full of food.

“Good, no way I’m going to be an aunt during high school.”

She rolled her eyes. “Now, tell me about your relationship with Cormac.”

“Really?”

“Yes, really. Now tell me.”

“No.”

“Yes.”

“No.”

“Kyra, please. I missed so much.”

“Alyssa.”

“I have a vial full of veritaserum and I’m not afraid to use it.”

We sat in Alyssa’s room, twelve hours remaining. Everybody else? smoking in the living room, a driving charm cast on the wheel.

“Fuck you.”

“That’s not an answer Kyra.”

“He’s sweet, and he’s a flirt.”

“That’s not what I want to know.”

“What do you want to know? Didn’t I tell you this last night?”

“Don’t act dumb, you already know what I want to know. Yes you did but you didn’t tell me in-depth”

“I hate you.”

“No, you don’t.”

“Fine, He had a breeding kink.”

“That’s hot.”

“Not when he couldn’t get me to finish.”

“Tell me you broke up with him right after.”

“Then I’d be lying.”

“You dumb bitch. Your pleasure is just important as his,”

“Well, I stayed and tried another night. Didn’t improve, after finishing he entered a finger and said something along the lines ’right there, you’re gonna have my babies one day.”

“That could be hot.”

“Yeah, but it wasn’t. It was fucking weird. I’m not getting into relationships, I’m not going to love them anyways.”

“That doesn’t mean you can’t try.”

“Why? Love fucking sucks.”

“Kyra.”

“Alyssa, I don’t want to love again. It hurts too much. I can’t handle it, you know I can’t. Don’t you remember? I went psycho for two fucking years. I only got better this year.” My episodes appeared out of nowhere, like nightmares, or the random bug bites you wake up to. Both equally unpleasant.

“You don’t have to love now. But you deserve it, you deserve someone to love.”

“I’m tired. Alyssa, I’m so fucking tired.” She pulled me into a hug, comforting me. But it wasn’t helping, it was a stale and empty hug like she was being forced against her will to comfort me. Like I was a big fat responsibility that she would be happy without. Snap out of it.

“It’s okay, you’re okay. I’m right here, Kyra.”

“I know you are, but even when I’m not alone. I feel alone, everything just seems so far away. Like I’m a burden, and I put on this mask and I tell everybody that I’m okay, but I’m not okay. I don’t feel anything.”

The door busted open. “What are yall bitches doing?” Terence asked drinks in hand. He took a seat on the bed. He smelt of weed and alcohol.

“You stink,” Alyssa said, plugging her nose.

“I’m gonna take a nap here. Is that okay?” He closed his eyes and curled into a ball.


“How do we do this?” Draco asked me, emptying the bag that held the tent.

“Look at the instructions.”

The camp was secluded, with tall trees surrounding a flat opening. A large lake not too far and a few hot springs. Terence said there was a hiking trail close by that he wanted to try.

“I don’t want to read. You do it.”

“No, you’re gonna read it.”

He was going to protest but he gave up, deciding it would be better to listen. I put my hair up, while he picked up the required poles for the tent.

“Can we use a spell for this?”

“Draco, what type of spell will do this?”

I took a bite of an apple.

“Is this an appropriate time for eating apples?”

“What time would be appropriate?”


We all sat around a large campfire, roasting some s’mores. Daphne apparated hereafter Adrian sent her an owler. It was a windy night, not that it wasn’t nice. A few of us were wrapped in blankets, others were bundled in sweaters.

“Pucey, pass me another cracker,” Miles said, Pansy on his lap.

“No,” he muttered, his tongue stuck down in Daphne’s throat.

“You’re right there man. Just pass them.”

Terence grabbed the box of crackers and tossed them to Miles. An owl swooped close to the campfire, dropping a rolled parchment by my feet. It signed my family’s signature with a wax seal. Fuck, what did I do this time?

You know better than to give your father an attitude. I heard that school has given you pets, remember what happened to that dog. Casper, Was it? Change your attitude. A dress will be sent for your celestial ball, I can’t have you attending looking like a slag. Lose a few pounds while you’re at it, the dress cant be tailored any smaller. You best wear it, Rita skeeter wants to interview some pristine families, ours included. Last but not least, don’t go with anyone of lower blood status. Cant have a reputation for a whore daughter, I already have your father to worry about.

Sincerely mother.’

Bitch.

I tried to throw the letter into the flames but it flew away. Miles caught it right before it flew too far.

“Can I read?” he asked.

“Sure.”

He flattened the parchment and started to read the letter. His face scrunched and I could tell he was struggling to read.

“She did not,” Pansy said, ripping the paper from Mile’s hand.

“What?” Adrian asked.

“Your mom’s a bitch, Liner.” Pansy

“I know.” I took a swig of whiskey.

“What does it say?” Miles asked.

“Did you not read it?”

“No, I was only on the first sentence.”

She gave the note back to Miles. And took a seat next to me. “I’m sorry Liner. I know what it’s like to have a narcissistic mother.”

I smiled at her.

“What did it say?” Draco whispered.

“Random shit, about me having an attitude,”

“You’re not fat Kyra, your mother is lying.”

“Miles, that’s not fucking helping,” Pansy said, looking at Miles with a disappointing look.


“I’ve never slept in a tent before. Have you?” Draco asked as he was entering the tent.

“Yes, many times.”

“Why?”

“Because I wanted to.”

“But you live in a manor.”

“You do too Draco.”

“I know I do.”

“Then you know it can be boring, and you know I don’t like my parents.”

“Oh, that makes more sense.” He sat on the air mattress, beside me. “Wait, why didn’t you ever invite me?”

“Because.”

“Because why?”

I laid down, pulling out the hair tie that held my hair up.

“Answer me, Kyra.” He was now hovering over me, his lips inches away from mine. His body heat warmed me through my clothes. His eyes were hooded and drunk, I was drowning in his scent. More or less his presence. I attempted to kiss him but he grabbed my chin. “That’s not an answer, love,” he whispered against my ear.

“I wanted to be alone.”

“Do you want to be alone now?” His smile grew when his knee rubbed against my clit, making me gasp lightly.

“I don’t know.” He turned to look me in my eyes, studying me.

“Good night, Liner.” He placed a kiss on my forehead before retracting and dozing off.


“No, I don’t like that one on you,” Alyssa said, handing me another bathing suit.

“Yeah, the colors don’t match your ‘vibe’. Pansy pressed a bathing suit against my arm, seeing if the colors would match my tone.

I held up the bathing suit Alyssa gave me. “This one is flashy, how am I supposed to wear it?”

“Just try it.”

I went to the bathroom and removed the bathing suit I currently had on, changing it for the bathing suit Alyssa gave me. It was a red flashy swimsuit, the bottoms were a thong. The top barely covered anything, not leaving much for the imagination. The flimsy material could easily be mistaken as lingerie. It was pretty, but I wasn’t feeling it.

I walked out of the bathroom and showed the girls.

“I don’t like it, I think we have better options,” Daphne said, placing her magazine down and finding another bathing suit. She handed me a light purple bathing suit with some ruffles on it. “Try this.”

I took the bathing suit, giving her a smile before entering the bathroom again. It was a slight struggle to adjust, but other than that it was perfect. It covered enough but still flaunted my best features. A good contrast to my skin. I tightened the strings of the bottom before leaving the bathroom and showing the girls.

“What do you guys think?”


“CANNONBALL!” Terence shouted before jumping off the cliff into the lake. Miles was dragging the cooler to the lake, Draco and Adrian bringing the chairs.

“Prick, he could’ve at least helped us,” Draco cursed under his breath.

The girls brought towels and other snacks, I brought the radio and ice cream. We were only a few feet from our destination, Terence wanting to be the first one to jump, dropped everything once he saw the cliff.

The boys propped open the chairs before running to the top of the cliff. Alyssa laid down a large blanket on the sand, putting her hair in a semi-neat bun, a few loose strands framing her face.

“We can beat the boys if we apparate there,” Daphne said, wand in hand.

“Don’t need to tell me twice.” I cast a quick apparition charm to catch up with the boys. Daphne showed up a few seconds later, Pansy and Alyssa behind her.

“Last to the top is a rotten egg,” Miles said, wiggling his brows.

“Oh, it’s on.” Pansy dashed to the top, Miles following quickly after her.

I shot Draco a glance before sprinting to the top. Miles and Pansy jumped hand in hand right as I got to the top.

“You’re faster than I thought, Liner.”

“What’s that supposed to mean, Malfoy.” I took a few slow steps closer to the edge as he walked closer to me. Closing the gap between us fast.

“You look very beautiful today.” He was now hovering over me. Payback. I wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling him in closer. Biting my lip as I glanced at his. He pushed a strand of my hair aside. His gentle calloused fingers gripping my chin, shifting it so his lips were centimeters away from mine.

His gaze focused on my lips, his pupils deep and dark, like something you could drown in. Focus.

“Until next time, Draco.” I gave him a wink before diving off the cliff. The wind pushing against my skin as I dove for the water. And in the few moments before my body hit the water, I felt free.

But it all came crashing down once I was engulfed in the body of water. I swam back to the top, Draco already at the surface. He splashed me before pulling me close, wrapping my legs around his waist. I draped my arms over his shoulders, and he placed his hand on my back.

“I could rip that bathing suit of you right here, right now.” His hair was a mess, but so subtly beautiful. His broad shoulders wrapped around me, his fingers trailing up and down my back.

“Right now, I don’t know if I want to kiss you or drown you.”

“Can I pick?”

“If you insist? I said sarcastically, rolling my eyes.

He brushed his lips against mine, pulling me closer; finally connecting them. His lips were soft, gentle, needing. “So fucking perfect,” he whispered against me. My fingers connected with his hair, messing with it while he deepened the kiss. The sunset wrapping us in golden warmth.

“We’ll continue this another time.” I dipped back under the water and swam back to the shore. Terence ran back to the campsite to grab his camera and firewood.

I sat on the blanket Alyssa put down previously, Draco taking a seat next to me.

I grabbed the popsicles and placed one into my mouth. It was melted slightly so the liquid dripped down my chest.

I swiped it with my thumb, licking my finger clean, Draco watching my every move.

“Problem Malfoy?”

“I need to be inside you,” he whispered. “Now.”

“Let’s at least wait for the sunset to pass.”

The sunset was magnificent, with pinkish gold hues. It was the type of thing that you wouldnt notice was beautiful unless you really looked at it. All the colors in the sky melted together, bringing the world together for a few minutes before it rested.


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