I looked in the mirror for the millionth time in the last hour, and flattened out my dress. I had to admit, I did look pretty cute.
I’d tamed my long blonde hair into loose curls and pinned a bit of hair off to the side on one side of my head so it wouldn’t be in my face as much. Then I put on minimal make up since I didn’t like to cake my face with the stuff.
And now I was trying to find anything wrong with my outfit that consisted of a white sundress and beige gladiator sandals.
I don’t know why but for some reason I felt like I had to look perfect for this date.
Sounds crazy right? Ya I agree.
Maybe it was because I wanted to show my gratitude to Damon for visiting Tori with me and making her happy, or maybe I just wanted to prove him wrong from all those years ago when he called me ugly in grade four.
Whatever the reason, I needed to be perfect and as I stared intently at my reflection I thought that I couldn’t really get any better than this.
I checked the time, 11:29, Damon would be here any second.
My heart rate increased at that though. Was I actually excited and nervous?
What’s wrong with me?
Maybe I’m just feeling this because I want to know where he’s gonna take me. When I asked and he wouldn’t tell me, it killed me. I’m one of those people that don’t like surprises and secrets.
Seconds that felt like years passed, and I got more and more nervous.
Then the doorbell rang.
My palms got all sweaty and my heart skipped a beat. What the hell?
Just breath Sophia. This date doesn’t mean anything. It’s nothing special.
As soon as I composed myself I rushed downstairs and swung the front door open to reveal Damon.
I smiled at him as I pretty much checked him out. He was wearing dark jeans and a black T-shirt that hinted at the abs that lay beneath its material.
So overall he was pretty much drool worthy.
Wait. Why am I checking him out?!
I looked up at his face to see if he noticed how I was ogling him but luckily he was too busy checking me out to notice.
“You look gorgeous.” he compliments me quietly, managing to bring a light blush to my cheeks.
“Thanks, you’re not too bad yourself.” I replied, playing off his compliment smoothly, even though on the inside I was freaking out.
he rolled his eyes and gestured for me to follow him to his car, so together we got in his car and started our journey to wherever we were going.
About five minuets into the drive I got bored so I turned on the radio and guess what song was on? Hallelujah.
What is that? Our song or something?
We’ve sang that song together more than once already, and it was the first song we sang together.
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah.
Damon was singing softly and beautifully to the song and I couldn’t help but smile.
This side of Damon, the nice, singing, kid loving, Damon is something special.
Too bad he doesn’t show it very often, if he did I’m sure that every girl on earth would have fallen for him.
I sang along with Damon for the chorus and he looked over at me and smiled, before training his eyes back on the road.
But that smile, no matter how short it was, was something special.
It was warm and adoring and something I’ve never seen before.
Once I got over the shock of the smile he sent me, I started singing along to the song again and all to soon it finished and some stupid popular pop song came on.
“I’ve probably said this before but I really can’t believe how good our signing sounds together.” I gushed, breaking the silence between us, even though there was music on.
“We look pretty great together too.” Damon joked, or at least I think he was joking.
“Ha ha.” I said sarcastically.
“And it makes sense, we’re the most popular people in school, just imagine us together. We could rule the school. No scratch that, we could rule the world.” He rambled.
“Yeah, don’t get ahead of yourself big guy.” I told him, patting him on the arm.
He rolled his eyes and muttered “Whatever.”
I laughed and turned to look out the window. It looks like we’re heading out of town and into the middle of nowhere, all I see is woods on both sides of the road.
“You’re not taking me to the woods to kill me were no one can hear me scream, are you?” I asked, half joking, half serious.
He shot me a bewildered look and shook his head. “Why would I do that? I need you for our tree project, I don’t wanna fail.”
I scoffed and rolled my eyes, I knew he was lying but that was still mean.
“Aw, did I hurt your feelings?” he asked in a baby voice as if he was talking to a small child.
“No.” I grumbled and slapped him on the arm.
“I’m sorry sweetheart.” he apologized.
My heart skipped a beat at my nickname and I knew that I already forgave him even though I was never really mad.
“Whatever.” I mumbled, busy trying to figure out why that stupid nickname effects me so much.
After about an hour long car ride we finally arrived to wherever we were going.
Damon pulled up on the side of the road and told me I could get out while he got something from the trunk.
We were literally in the middle of nowhere, we weren’t even on paved roads anymore, about ten minuets back he turned onto a dirt road.
Once he got what he wanted from the trunk he walked into the woods with me following close behind.
“Okay, now I really think you’re going to kill me.” I told him.
He looked back at me and laughed, “I’m not going to kill you. Promise.”
I rolled my eyes, not completely believing him, but kept following him anyways.
We walked for ten minutes before Damon suddenly stopped and turned to me.
“This isn’t usually where I’d bring a girl on a date, because most girls wouldn’t appreciate it, but I think you will.” he told me, then he stepped into a clearing and I walked in behind him.
Beautiful. Breath taking. Out of this world. Unreal. Perfect.
That’s some words that come close to what I’m looking at.
We’re in a meadow that has tall grass and colourful flowers, and there’s a small, beautiful waterfall, surrounded by trees, and a little pond, lake type thing that people could swim in at the bottom.
I turned to Damon and open my mouth to say something, anything but couldn’t find my words, I was speechless.
“Wow.” I whispered after I regained some of my composure.
He smiled that same warm smile that he gave me in the car. “You like it?”
I nodded furiously and smiled a big goofy grin.
“I’m glad you do, this is one of my favourite places to go.” he told me.
“I’m totally making you bring me here all the time.” I said and started running across the meadow to the waterfall.
I could hear him laugh a boyish, carefree laugh, and run after me.
Just before I made it to the water he came up behind me and grabbed me around the waist, lifting me off the ground and spinning me around, before setting me back on my feet.
“How did you find this place?” I asked him, slightly breathless from running.
“My dad and I use to explore the forest a lot and eventually stumbled across this place. Then after we found it we would come here all the time, before he died.” he told me, saying the last part quietly.
“Oh.” I muttered quietly.
I cleared my throat awkwardly and pointed at the basket in his hand. “What’s in the basket?”
He gave me a thankful smile for changing the subject and said “Our lunch.”
“I’m glad I didn’t eat before our date.” I said more to myself then him.
“You must be starving then.” he guessed, opening the basket and taking out a blanket for us to sit on.
Then he took out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, orange juice and strawberries. Wow, all my favourite stuff.
I sat down next to him and dug in.
Man this was good.
Once we were done eating I asked him the question that’s been bugging me since he pulled out the food. “How did you know this stuff was my favourite?”
He shrugged, “We’ve been hanging out quite a bit, I kinda just caught on I guess.”
I nodded, that made sense.
We chatted about random stuff for a while after that, which was nice, I like having someone that I can talk to without ever running out of things to say.
“Wanna go for a little walk?” Damon’s suddenly asked.
“Sure.” I said, shrugging.
Damon got up and put his hand out to help me up, which I accepted.
But once I was up he didn’t let go, instead he started pulling me close to the water until we were walking along the edge, hand in hand, it was really nice.
“It’s weird.” I thought out loud after a few minuets of silence.
“What’s weird?” he asked.
“To think that we once hated each other so much. I mean anyone that saw us right now wouldn’t think we were ever enemies.” I answered, swinging our hands.
Damon nodded in agreement, “Ya, who would have though I’d be taking my enemy out on a date?” he asked rhetorically.
We kept walking in a comfortable silence when suddenly Damon grabbed me by the waist and threw me into the water.
“What the hell Damon!?” I yelled when I surfaced.
He didn’t reply because he was to busy laughing his ass off. Jerk.
If he wants to be like that, two could play at that game.
I started waving my hands wildly and faked choking on water.
“I can’t swim!” I yelled to him.
He immediately sobered up and dived in after me, grabbing my waist to keep me afloat.
I splashed water in his face and dunked him under, then swam away from him.
Take that Devil child!
Once he resurfaced me looked at me in confusion. “I though you couldn’t swim?”
I shook my head, this guy might have the looks but he definitely doesn’t have the brains.
“I was kidding.” I told him slowly.
“Not cool. You’re gonna pay for that!” He yelled and started swimming towards me.
I squealed and swam away as fast as I could.
Somehow we found ourselves under the waterfall, with my arms around his neck and his around my waist. How we got this way, is a mystery.
He looked intently into my eyes and I looked back into his.
“Sophia?” he whispered, an unknown emotion lacing his voice.
“Ya?” I whispered back.
Then his lips were on mine, gentle and slow and perfect.
His hands didn’t roam hungrily and he didn’t kiss me like he wanted to get in my pants, he just kissed me like I meant something to him.
The kiss was something I’ve never experienced before and made me feel things I’ve never felt, dangerous things.
Butterflies were having a party in my belly and were setting off fireworks too because I felt the sparks I felt the other time Damon and I kissed.
And all too soon the kiss ended due to our lack of oxygen.
“Holy shit.” I heard Damon whisper to himself, so quiet that if I wasn’t so close to him I wouldn’t have been able to hear.
“Sophia?” Damon whispered like he did before our kiss.
“Yeah?” I breathed.
“I-I like you. A lot.” he confessed.
I stared at him in shock. But I wasn’t shocked at what he said, I was shocked at what I just realized.
I, Sophia Mackenzie, like Damon Blake, my enemy.
And that’s exactly what I told him.
And when he heard that I felt the same way he felt, he pulled me into another heart stopping kiss.
Who would have though that two complete enemies would one day confess to each other that they liked each other?
The world sure did have a crazy way of bringing people together. Damon and I wouldn’t be here right now if it weren’t for Mr. Willis putting us in the same class and assigning us that stupid tree project.
For the rest of the day we stayed at the meadow, just talking and getting to know each other better, and for a while I forgot all about my past, and my crazy ex, and how sick Tori is.
For once I was truly happy, even if it was just for a little while.