I think it’s time to tell him.
It’s been fun this week spending time with Cole. We have been going out on dates or hanging out with Sabrina and Dylan. Although it’s been fun, the days have been passing bringing us closer to a certain date.
The date I get to see my family again.
I have been so anxious and excited to see them. It’s been months since I’ve seen them. I missed my parents with their warm smiles and hugs. I even missed Kyle and his annoying antics.
Before they come, I want to tell Cole about the bond. He needs to know before I introduce him to my parents. My dad and Kyle will act harshly on him in the beginning, but I know they’ll like him. Mom will just be jumping up and down in joy.
“Penny for your thoughts?”
I looked at Cole. We were laying on his bed, staring at each other.
How do you tell someone that they are your soulmate and you will be together forever if a ceremony is performed?
I took a deep breath. I opened my mouth when the phone the Roberts got me rang. I smile apologetically and looked at my text. It was Sabrina asking if I could hang out. I declined quickly and turned back to Cole, laughing nervously.
“Let’s try this again. So-”
Cole’s phone rang. He looked annoyed by the second interruption and ignored it. He stared at me intently, encouraging me to go on.
Cole’s phone rang again. Frustrated, Cole answered the phone.
“Shut up!” he snapped. He hung up and turned off his phone.
“Continue.” he instructed gently. I would’ve laughed at his overreaction if I wasn’t so nervous.
“Cole, can I show you something?” I asked shyly.
Cole looked at me with a soft expression and kissed my lips softly. “You can show me anything.” He whispered. My heart fluttered and I hoped he took everything I showed him the right way.
I leaned my head closer and rest my forehead against his.
“Close your eyes.” I whisper softly. I saw his eyelashes flutter shut and I continued on with my plan. I concentrated on the connection between us and felt myself start to sleep.
“Rochelle...” Cole trailed off tiredly. He was sensing it as well as we both started falling asleep.
“It’s okay...trust me.” I yawned quietly.
We held each other tightly as we fell asleep.
I opened my eyes to see a field.
I instantly recognized this as the field we went to for our first date. Arms wrapped around my waist and I turned to see Cole smiling down at me.
“This is where my dreams are. Well lately.” Cole admitted as I laid my head on his chest.
“Really? It’s beautiful out here.” I sighed in content.
“It’s weird that you are actually in my dream. I like knowing the real you is with me right now.” Coke kissed the top of my head.
“And how do you know that I’m really here?” I asked at his confidence.
“Because I can sense it. It’s surreal that I know that and that alone makes me happy.”
I looked into his blue eyes and decided to tell him.
“I’m tired of keeping you in the dark. I know you want me to answer your question,” I paused so he understands what I’m talking about, which he did by squeezing my waist for encouragement. “Just please don’t freak out. I need to talk to you about the bond before my parents show up tomorrow.”
“I can never freak out with you here.” Cole said humbly as he played with my hair, twirling it around his fingers. At his fascinated expression, I began to tell him.
“A bond is a...connection between two souls. A bond is very special because it completes a person, makes them feel alive. Humans like to call this soulmates...” I stop and study his expression, searching for a reaction. His expression is serious and it encourages me to continue.
“Cole, most humans don’t find their soulmates. There are few humans that get this experience. Somnias are more likely to find their soulmates during their lifetime. There are three stages. First, when you meet your soulmate, the male would start having dreams of them, so they can keep contact. The next is touch. At school, when we touched skin to skin for the first time, that was the bond taking place. It was you that saved me from the bond with Derrick at that moment. Your touch canceled his. You saved me from my own personal hell.” I croaked at the end and gave him an endearing smile.
“What do you mean your bond with Derrick?” He croaked. I looked down.
"The third stage is the ritual. Once a ritual starts, it demands to be finished. Once it’s complete, our souls are intertwined with each other. Our hearts and minds keep us together until death...Derrick forced a bond on me. With that bond, I was bound to him. I felt the need to satisfy him and never cause him harm. That’s why I couldn’t escape him. I wanted to be near him 24/7.” I shuddered.
Cole looked furious at that moment. I wanted to comfort him but I didn’t want to trouble him more once he finds out. Maybe he won’t want this relationship between us. My touch.
“But recently, that changed.”
“How did it change?” Cole whispered. I looked him in the eyes.
“I found my soulmate, but I couldn’t be with him. Not yet at least until I told him the whole truth.” I hint.
Cole looked heartbroken. He looked at me blankly, but was failing miserably.
“Well, your soulmate is a lucky guy, I guess. Who is he?” he attempted to say. I looked at him. Did he really not know it was him? I couldn’t help the smile spread across my face as I went to smooth his worries. There was no one else out there for me besides him.
“Well, he has blonde hair and wonderful blue eyes. He’s sweet, kind, funny, and stubborn. He is my ray of light in a dark tunnel. The person that completes me.”
I pecked him on the lips, sending tingles down my spine.
“It’s you, Cole.” I whispered against his lips before pulling back.
He looked shocked.
“W-what?” he stuttered. I started to get worried. Was he terrified of me?
I tried to read him. Cole just looked at me in disbelief. I felt my heart break. He’s terrified. He wants nothing to do with me after this. I shouldn’t have said anything.
Cole hasn’t said a word for the last ten minutes. I felt tears fill my eyes but I pushed them back. I can cry in private. I get up hastily.
“I-I’m just going to wake us up now. I freaked you out and I’m sorry. Just forget about it.” I cracked. I began to wake us up while arms wrapped around my waist, pulling me to his chest.
I opened my eyes to glassy brown ones.
Soulmate. I had a soulmate.
I was heartbroken at first, thinking there was someone else out there for her. I didn’t know what I would do if she left me. But I froze when she broke the news to me.
When Rochelle was explaining this to me, everything clicked. The dreams, the sparks when we touch, my possessiveness towards her. It was all from our bond. Happiness spread through me. Everything made sense.
She was my soulmate. My other half. My equal.
I was so into my thoughts, I didn’t realize Rochelle was waiting on me to respond. She hurriedly started to get out of her spot and said she was leaving.
No. I won’t lose her. Ever.
I quickly pull her into my arms. Electricity flew through my whole body. I hummed.
“Don’t go.” I whispered again.
She turned around and looked at me and the sight in front of me made my heart break from the pain I caused her. Her eyes were full of tears and one managed to escape. I kissed the stray tear and looked at her.
“I’m glad you told me. Now this makes sense to me. Please don’t go. I need you to be here with me. I won’t let you go Rochelle Smith. I am being stubborn on this point. You are mine.” I said sternly. She gave me a watery smile and kissed me.
The kiss turned passionate. She played with my hair while I pulled her closer to me. I licked her bottom lip for entrance, which she happily granted. I moaned a little when our tongues touched. Damn she’s a good kisser.
Then glass shattered.
I pulled away and pinned Rochelle with my body against the wall. No way in hell am I letting her get hurt. I heard tires screech away from the house. I examined the window. It’s completely broken. Glass was everywhere in my room. Looking for the source, I spotted an old brick with a note.
I grabbed the note and read it out loud:
I’m getting you back. Tell your precious boyfriend he’s going to pay.
Like hell he will. I grabbed Rochelle’s hand when I saw the scared look on her face.
“Everything will be okay.” I whispered into her ear.
I looked out the broken window.
I wonder how I’m supposed to explain this to my mom.