Without You (Book 1)

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Chapter 16: All In

We lay in an open field by the park, staring up at the stars. I look over to Jackson, who is looking right back at me.

“You’re so beautiful in the moonlight.” He says as he smiles at me, causing me to smile back at him.

“No I’m not, but thank you.” I say as I look back up to the stars, admiring how they twinkle in the sky as the moon shines.

“You really are, why can’t you see that?” He intwines his fingers with mine.

“I’ve just been told otherwise too many times.” I sigh, keeping my eyes locked on the sky.

“Fuck them. They don’t get to decide that. I think you’re extremely beautiful, inside and out, I’ll try my best to make you see that, I promise.” He sits up and looks down at me.

“Maybe one day I’ll see what you see, but I can’t promise I will.” I say as I sit up and bring my lips to his, capturing them in a slow, sweet kiss.

He smiles against my lips, pulling me closer to him and pulling me onto his lap.

I giggle, breaking our kiss and smile at him. “I should get home soon.”

“Noo, stay a little longer.” He pulls me tighter against him.

“Only a little longer, my mum will kill me.” I place a quick kiss against his lips.

“Why do you say mum? It’s mom.” He asks

“I do say mum” I state, confused,

“No you say m-uhm” he laughs

“No I don’t.” I say, getting frustrated.

“It’s okay, you have a cute little accent.” He chuckles before kissing me again.

I roll my eyes at him. “Whatever”

He places his hand over his heart, pretending that I hurt his feelings. “Ouch that attitude.”

I giggle “You like my attitude.”

“I do” he admits.


One month later.

“Dawn! It’s time for school” my mum shouts.

I open my eyes to be greeted by the bright light streaming through my curtains.

Grumbling I shout back. ” I’m gonna stay home today, I’m tired.”

I close my eyes again, trying to fall back asleep.

My mum walks into the room. “Get your ass up, you’re going whether you like it or not.”

“I don’t want to” I argue back.

“It’s not your choice, you’ve been missing a lot of school lately and I’m done with it Dawn. Wake up and go.”

“Whatever.” I groan as I slide out of bed.

She leaves the room as I walk over to my closet, looking for something to wear.

I decide to just wear black jogging pants and a long sleeved halter top, skipping makeup completely.

Upon closer inspection I notice the top says queen, I silently laugh to myself as I style my hear and head out for the day.

As I get outside my phone vibrates so I check my messages.

“Hey, will I see you at school today? -Lil”

I quickly type back letting her know that I will be there.

This whole month has been crazy, when I’m not with Jackson I’m with Lillian and sometimes we all hang out together. I’ve met Carl and Kacie now too, me and Kacie have become friends and I kinda don’t like Carl, he’s a dick.

I’m starting to consider Lillian as my best friend, our friendship is so easy and effortless, we get along really well and we’re always hanging out together.

And me and Jackson are still together, doing really, really well. He always makes me laugh and smile. He always knows what to say and when to say it. I even told him about the bullying and he’s been there for me, he’s the only person I can count on.

Me and my mum have been fighting a lot, my stepdad came back and I blame him for it. It always gets like this when he’s here.

I hate him and I hate who my mum becomes when she’s with him.

As soon as I get to the front doors of school, Lillian comes running up to me wrapping me into a tight hug, laughing I hug her back.

“I missed you girly.” She says

“It’s only been a day since you’ve seen me.” I chuckle.

“I know but it felt like forever. Anywho come with me, Jackson is gonna meet us outback.” She says excitedly.

I think she has a little crush on Jackson because she always gets excited around him, I don’t mind though cause he’s mine.

We get outback shortly after and sit on the grass together, talking about anything and everything.

“So how are you and Jackson doing?” She asks

A big smile crosses my face. “Really well. I think I might love him, but I don’t know if it’s too soon or something but I’ve never felt this way about anyone else.”

Her face falls for a split second before she plastures on a smile. “Aww girl you’re hooked.” She teases.

“I am.” How could I not be?

Jackson walks up to us, placing his hands on my waist, pulling me close to him and placing a gentle kiss on my cheek. “Hey beautiful.”

I turn and face him, planting a big, sweet kiss on his lips. “Hey handsome. Are we skipping today too or are we gonna sit and listen to boring lectures?” I ask

“Hmmm how about we skip? Just us two?” He says, kissing me again.

Lillian clears her voices, obviously agitated. “What about me?”

“Just this once Lil, I wanna spend time with my beautiful girlfriend.” Jackson says, ignoring her attitude.

“Whatever.” She says.

“Lillian, well hang out tomorrow okay? Just us girls.” I add, trying to make her feel better.

She smiles with obvious effort, keeping her eyes on Jackson, “okay.”

Jackson takes my hand and leads me away from her. “Does she like me?” He asks.

“You noticed too?” I look at him.

“Yeah she kinda makes it obvious, how do you feel about it?” He looks back at me

“I’m okay with it as long as she accepts you’re mine and she can’t have you.” I say honestly.

“Staking your claim on me eh?” He jokes, smiling at me with his gorgeous crooked smile.

“You know it.” I wink at him.

He stops walking and looks directly into my eyes, placing a hand on my cheek.

“What are you doing?” I ask.

He takes a deep breath. “I love you, Dawn.”

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