Chapter 40 || We’ve Only Just Begun...
Driving down the street, so many thoughts were floating through my mind. I was on my way to Alex because he said that he wanted to talk to me about something.
I was really nervous and a bunch of possible scenarios crossed my mind. I feared a probable rejection but I was also afraid of actually being with him.
What if I screw up ? What if he decides to just be friends ? What if he decides not to just be friends ?
Anxiety was running through my veins and dominating my mind. I was afraid to find out but I couldn’t live with the uncertainty at the same time.
As slowly hit the brakes in front of Alex’ house, I couldn’t bring myself to get out of the car right away. Staring at my windshield apathetically, I closed my eyes, sighed deeply and opened the door of my car bit by bit.
Strolling over the wet grass, I stepped up the stairs and rang the doorbell a few times. Again, it was Alex’ mother who opened the door for me. “Hello, dear.”
“Hey, is Alex home ?“, I smiled at her as I walked through the door.
“Yes.“, she nodded and pointed in the direction of the garden. “He sits in his tree house.”
“The weather is horrible what is he doing out there ?”
Katie laughed at my comment and shrugged. “You know him. He has always been a little peculiar.” I could already see him through the patio door, casually sitting and swinging his legs back and forth.
I was standing in the middle of the garden, seeing Alex sitting on the edge of the tree house, when he saw me and immediately jumped down to the ground and walked towards me. “Alex...I-”
He didn’t even let me finish my sentence and pressed his lips against mine. My heart made a huge jump as our lips moved in sync. I pulled away and gazed into his chocolate brown eyes, being a little out of it.
Then he took my hand and lead me up in the tree house. I’ve grown a lot since the last time I had paid that wooden house a visit and, let’s say, it’s pretty cramped but somehow comfortable, nonetheless.
“I don’t know about you but I feel like I’m in one of those stupid romantic comedies.“, he huffed as he tried to sit more comfortably.
“We are not being that romantic. If we were in a movie or cheesy teen fiction story you’d be begging on your knees for me to give you a second chance.“, I grinned, giving him a little shove with my shoulder.
“I just kissed you in the most romantic way ever. My duty is done.“, Alex shrugged, pretending to be indifferent.
“I’m just saying.“, I threw my hands up in the air.
“We could still go back to the airport and dramatically ran towards each other like in the movies.“, he laughed at me.
“Well, I don’t get why the people in those movies feel the need to exaggerate right away. I mean they can go out at first and see what happens.”
“Are you indirectly asking me to go in a date with you?“, I raised my eyebrows at him.
“Maybe...what would you say if I did ?”
“Because dates are mostly for people who are trying to get to know each other so we’d have nothing to talk about since I practically know you better than myself. Plus, I’d rather be casually sitting here with you in the tree house than in a restaurant where we try to force to turn that date into something “perfect”. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s okay if it’s just good. I haven’t had that in a while and I don’t really need excitement or a fairytale, it’s enough if I don’t need to stress about something every minute of my life. Sitting here with you makes me feel relaxed and I get this inner tranquility which I seldom have.“, I linked my arm with his and put my head on his shoulder.
After a short moment of silence, I decided to break it.“I’m hungry.”
“Wow, now you’re the one who ruined the moment.“, he said teasingly and I lifted my head from his shoulder, seeing that his facial expression turned into a mixture of concern and seriousness.“I regretted it. I mean not telling you earlier. It’s a shame I wasted my first kiss on someone like her.”
“You didn’t. I was your first one.“, I replied, earning a puzzled look from Alex.
“What do you mean ?”
“Do you remember when we were little and used to play up here in the tree house and one time you fell down ? It was because you kissed me. I backed off and then you lost balance and fell from the tree house.”
I nodded.“Yup. I never said anything because I thought it would be too weird so I kept it a secret, especially in front of your ex-girlfriend.”
“Maybe if you did you could have spared me a long and rough journey.“, he chuckled and turned his head to me.
“Maybe.“, I responded. “But I believe everything happened for a reason and maybe if all of this had never happened, we would have never been able to solve that twisted case.”
“Maybe.“, he wore a pensive look on his face.“How about you grant me a second one, my little Spring.“, a smirk spread on his face and I just shook my head in response. “I just did and quit being so cheesy.”
“Then what about a third one ?“, I smiled and our lips locked again.
It’s quite weird because I had never thought that I’d be sitting here one day with Alex, having a conversation like that, let alone kissing him.
Somehow, at this very moment, it felt as things has never been differently, but at the same time the new situation felt a little odd, not in a bad way.
For a long time in my life, I have never felt so content and there was nothing that could take away that happiness from me because I had finally made peace with myself.