Prologue: Ups and Downs
"Life is all about comfort. Relax and live a little." - Alex
"I can't just relax, man. I have to run and run until I am finally there. Where I want to be." - Logan
Prologue : Ups and downs.
Life is not really something any one can guess before it happens.
Life would sometimes throw at us things we could not catch. It'd happen. With every one. For everyone.
Imagine a giant wheel, and Alexandra was at the very top of it and Logan was somewhere in the middle.
And then it happened. Someone said, spin. The switch was started.
It started to spin and spin and spin. Round and round and round and round.
Head spinning, stomach twisting, they both came to a sudden stop.
She looked down. She was at the very bottom. He looked up and the sky was closer to his hand.
(Logan - seven years ago)
Sweaty bodies. ✔
One too many people in a small dorm room. ✔
Mattress the texture of rock. And ✔
Logan Adrian Forte stared at the laptop in front of him, the one he borrowed from Daniel. It was old, and was on the verge of eextinction and he needed to punch the A to make it work.
As he typed an essay about financial management, he looked around himself and promised himself that one day or the other, he would live the life. The Life.
The one Matt Evans and Daniel Anderson and Finley Collins lived. With their daddies' bank balance, of course. But he, he would earn everything by himself. For himself.
Except Daniel, his best friend, the other two always had a snooty look on their faces when they talked with Logan, as if they were somehow above Logan, above everyone else who was stuck in the middle and Logan hated it. Hated to be looked down.
One day... He wanted to look down. Not at people, but at the world.
And maybe, at Finley and Matt.
(Logan - four years ago)
"You are a newbie in this field. How can we --I-- trust you to build my cottage with the same precision and quality as the other already established builders would do?"
He had heard these line more than enough times. But he knew the answer to it, as well, one he sincerely believed in.
"Because I want to grow. I want to go very far. Your established builders, they are already in a place they can't go further up. Me, I want to go up from here and so I will work harder to show you, to show every one that I can. That I am good enough to be here."
"Hmm." The man looked at him, his eyes narrowed as he nodded. "Hmm."
"You will do. Go on, impress me." Logan smiled at him with excitement and relief. This here was his first big opportunity and he wanted to put everything he have in it. For it.
"Don't thank me yet. Thank me when I am completely amazed by what you did for me. I am only paying you if I am satisfied with the house, young man."
(Alexandra - 3 years ago)
Foam mattress. ✔
Air conditioning. ✔
Her very own coffee maker. ✔
And a brand new laptop. ✔
Alexandra Annie Steele was ready for her college years in a small apartment her dad had rented for her near her college. She was studying interior decorations and she was ready to take up the world of decorations in a storm. So ready.
"But daddy, I want a new car." Alex said with a whine.
"No, Allie girl. This has to do. You see, you can't get everything you want." He nodded with a stern look.
"But you can... "
"And it is mine." He winked at her. "You have to earn your gifts, Allie. You see, my new office, I was planning to hand it over to some of our usual contractors, but then an young man came to me and he was still so young, maybe only a couple years on you. And you should have listened to him talk. So inspiring. He was so confident in his ability to make this work and he told me that he wanted to go up and so he would do it better than those who were already on the top and he did it with such a drive that this came out better than all our other... "
"Bleep. Daddy, I have heard this story before, a million time and some more that I have lost the count of it. Remember?"
"Brat. Go on. It is getting late for your classes." He gave her a gentle push and she chuckled.
"Love you, daddy."
"Love you more, Allie girl."
(Alexandra - three months ago)
"But why did you, daddy? Why did you leave me here all alone? I am so afraid. They all want everything you have worked for. So long. So hard. The vultures. Daddy, come back." She cried, heart breaking for the man who had been her constant support and her only family. He had been everything for her, for so long. He had been her home and hearth and Haven.
But her daddy was gone. Gone in an instant, before she could understand what was happening.
There was no forewarning. One day he was here and the next day, no more.
He wasn't coming back, no matter how hard she cried, or begged. She was truly alone.
The walls of her house started to close in around her until she couldn't breathe properly.
She walked to the small cozy outhouse, the one her daddy had built for her, and she curled at one corner and fell asleep, tears dried on her cheeks.
Tomorrow she would lose this home, too.
Life is like this. A giant wheel. It went on its merry round and round. And we were supposed to go along.
Everyone would have their turn at the top. And of course, the bottom.
Logan and Alexandra was in that giant wheel. As it went around...
Logan was finally here. The top. The one he had worked so hard for. He was ready to fly and touch new heights. He was ready to mark his name on the world.
And Allie girl, she was here at the bottom. The ground was so close to her feet. Even through she wanted to fly away, far far away, she couldn't. The shackles tethering her to the ground, it was so strong. So hard. She couldn't break free from it.
And there, their story began.
It was fate. It was destiny.
One day, they would meet. It was written.
They wouldn't learn about the thread that connect them together, until later. But they would meet and their meeting would change them both.
They would meet and it would be all wrong, but still so right.
It was all preplanned. It was inevitable, their story.
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