When I Look at You

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Chapter Twenty One

The sound of the rain pelting the boat was still going strong a few hours later as we laid there in the bed. Blaine stroked my bare back as I listened to his heart beat from the spot I laid on his chest. We laid in silence for a long time, basking in the aftermath of what had just happened. When I thought about losing my virginity, I never thought it would be anything special. Just some night at a party or in the back of some dumb boys car to just get it done and over with. I never thought It would happen with someone like Blaine. Someone I loved and who loved me back. I was beginning to see what my mother what talking about before. I had fallen for Blaine and hard. Every fiber in my existance thought of him and yearned for him. He appeared just like a dream to me and I never wanted to wake up.

“Are you sleeping?” Blaine asked quietly.

“No.” I answered.

“Are you okay?” Shifting, I rolled so I could look at him.

“I’m fine. A little sore but nothing too serious. Are you?” He grinned, rubbing his eyes.

“I saw a little bit of heaven for a moment there. I might need to seek some spiritual guidance after that.” Rolling closer, I leaned into him. “I love you.”

“I love you, too.”

“I have a present for you.” Sitting up, he reached over her his still soaked jeans. He pulled something from the pocket before laying back down. “I was going to give it to you on the beach where it would have been a bit more romantic but mother nature is a jealous nag apparently. When I first met you, I knew that there was something special in you. I didn’t realize though just how much I needed that special thing in my life. Now I know it’s nothing special and it’s not an actual engagement ring but rather a promise ring.” He opened his hand and reveal a very thin banded silver ring. It had a small diamond in the middle as a setting. “With this ring, I promise to be there for you always and to be the one person in your life that you know will never let you down. So, would you consider being my forever?” Tears welled in my eyes as I smiled.

“Yes.” Gripping my left hand, he slid the ring onto my ring finger. “I stole one of your rings to see what size you were. I opened my first credit card to get this. I think for now, we should keep this between us. I don’t want Chris to kill me.”

The next morning, Blaine and I woke up and started getting ready to head back to the real world. For now, I slid the ring onto my other hand to not freak any of our parents out. I wasn’t sure how either of my parents would handle that one and I knew for sure that Jenna would have a downright panic attack if she saw it. So for now, we both agreed to keep it on the down low until after high school was over. We headed back to the marina where we docked Coop’s boat and cleaned our mess. I even took the bed sheets and shoved them in my bag to wash at home.

Blaine and I were packing up his truck when a house across the street from the parking lot caught my eye. It was a small cottage painted white with dark blue shutters. A small porch big enough for a swing was on the front and the yard wrapped around the side to the back. It was the perfect little house with a FOR SALE sign tacked to the front door. Tossing my stuff in the truck, I jogged over to the small house. There were flyers in a small container on the door and I grabbed on. It gave some information about the house like it had two bedrooms and two bathrooms and then the contact information for the real estate agent. Blaine appeared next to me a few seconds later.

“I just had a full conversation with thin air because I didn’t realize you walked away.” He said. “This house is nice.”

“Nice? It’s perfect for Mom and me!” Reaching over, I grabbed the door knob. It turned in my hand, the door swinging open.

“Kerri, that’s breaking and entering.” Blaine said.

“Not if the door is unlocked.” Grinning at him, I entered the house. He followed, shutting the door quickly behind him. The living room was a great size, big enough for a sectional which was set up for showing I guessed. There was a doorway that led to a dining room and an eat in kitchen. On the other side of the dining room was a bathroom and a staircase that led to the second floor. We walked up there, seeing two modest size bedrooms and another bathroom. There was also a door for the attic and a small storage closet under the stairs. “I love it!” I exclaimed, looking around the living room.

“Great. Let’s get out of here before we get arrested and show your mom it.” We left, heading back to the truck. Climbing in, he hit the highway again, this time heading towards the Wharf. Traffic was fairly light as we travelled, pulling onto our street fairly soon. Flashing red and blue lights caught my attention as Blaine turned the corner towards the cul de sac where my house and the Wharf was located. A police car and an ambulance were parked in front of my house. On my front porch, two police officers were talking to Tammy and my father. The front door opened and two paramedics appeared pulling a stretcher with my mother on it.

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