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When the Moon Watches

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His bright eyes focused on the moon, her's engrossed by the handsome stranger. There is something mysterious about him, a deep sorrow etched on his face and a darkness engulfing his soul. Yet, he still seeks to capture the beauty, in his music, in his paintings, and in his heart. He intrigues her, scares her, and captivates her heart. Come explore an incident captured in the fabric of time as two souls come together again.

Romance / Fantasy
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Chapter 1 The Stray At My Door

Come to me my sweetest friend
Can you feel my heart again
I’ll take you back where you belong
And this will be our favorite song

-Goo Goo Dolls



I see you sitting under the stars every night. Your beautiful silhouette outlined by the moonlight. I wonder why you are there, why you can’t sleep. You look so alone and defeated yet you are so young and beautiful. How can you look so lost? Is this why I am drawn to you? Is this why I think about you all the time?

It’s cold outside and I worry about you. I hope you haven’t given up. I stare out the window always looking for you, my mysterious loner neighbor.

As I prepare to go to bed, my thoughts are still with you. Just from what I have witnessed every day, I wonder if you are suffering from depression or something else along those lines. I never see you with friends. The way you look up at the sky seems like the moon is your only friend. I want to be your friend. I want to be your sky. I want to be your moon.

“Jina, bring me some water please,” my boyfriend, Jaden, asked, taking me out of my thoughts.

He would be studying late so I wanted to help in any way I can. We had been living together for two months now. Our university dorms are extremely expensive so it made sense for us to live together to save money. He said he would rather live with me than a bunch of messy guys anyway. I was glad to have him close but living with him wasn’t what I expected.

I had met Jaden at a school social. He was the best looking guy in the room and my friend Mia had dared me to go talk to him. Before long we were dating and starting living together soon after.

“Sure, I’ll be right there babe,” I say, bringing myself back to the reality of my life.

With the pressures of school and work, we soon found out we had little time for each other and we weren’t that compatible, a mistake I would later regret.

I brought the water and said, “I’m taking Molly out for a walk.”

“Thanks, come back soon,” Jaden says and continues reading his book.

Molly is a little dog that we adopted together. We found the tiny fluff ball with matted fur and sad little eyes and instantly fell in love. We need to take him to a vet and don’t even know his breed, but it doesn’t matter. He is the sweetest little dog you could ever have. A great loss to someone, I’m sure.

I’m excited to walk my sweet little Molly and it’s because I finally made up my mind to talk to my vexing neighbor. This time I’ll say more than hi to the odd fellow.

Opening the door, the cool air hits me as I put down food for the neighborhood stray. I reach out and try to pet the calico cat but it avoids my hand, afraid to get caught. Molly sniffs the bowl and I pull him away before he eats the poor cat’s food. It seems no matter how much I feed him, the little cat is still very thin. I look up searching for my neighbor when I notice his eyes momentarily meeting mine. I smile thinking he’s like the little stray hanging by my door, pretty and thin with small expressive eyes.

“Hey,” I greeted him.

“Hey,” he responds. He held my gaze as he lifted the bottle to his lips and took a large gulp of his drink. I admire his long fingers and the bracelets dangling from his wrist.

He holds out the bottle offering me some. I accept the intimate gesture with a small nod eager to touch where his lips have been.

He smiles at me as if he knows the effect he has on me. The wind strokes his hair that shines in the moonlight. He’s even better looking up close. My eyes hold his gaze as I admire him. There is something about him that I find so attractive. His features are not perfect but they are striking and I want to keep staring at him. He is neither tall nor short and he looks more on the thin side in his ripped jeans and a black t-shirt.

He returns my gaze with an arrogant smirk as if he knew what I was thinking. I want to say something interesting but my mind is blank. I shiver from the strong breeze that funnels between our buildings wishing I had worn my hoodie.

“It’s cold out, shouldn’t you enjoy that inside?” I say gesturing towards the beer.

“I’m fine. I enjoy the night sky. It’s hard to feel alone with the heavens looking down at us … so many stars, but I’ll go inside if you join me for a chat and a beer. I looked up to see what he found so special and felt judged by the heavens.

“Thank you, that’s kind but I need to walk Molly.” I came to my senses and walked around him since he was sitting on the stoop of our apartment entrance.

“Another day perhaps,” he says, leaning down to rub Molly’s head.

“She’s cute,” he says.

“Thanks but it’s a boy.”

“Oh, I thought I heard you call it Molly.”

I laughed a little, bringing a smile to his face. “Yes, we thought it was a girl too when we found him. By the time we realized our mistake, Molly had stuck.”

“I guess it doesn’t matter. What is in a name? A rose is a rose and by any other name would smell as sweet.”

His cute smile makes me smile in return. I feel reassured. Maybe he’s not depressed. He seems friendly enough. Staring at his pale face the dark circles under his eyes betraying that he had not slept in days.

“You shouldn’t walk alone at night,” he warns. “There are dangers out there.”

His comment makes me think he wants to come. “Would you like to join me?”

“How do you know I’m not the one you should watch out for?”

I watched Molly’s soft fur brush against him. “Well, my dog seems to like you, I trust his judgment,” I said, making light of his attempt to scare me.

“But you know nothing about me.”

“That’s not true. I know where you live.”

He is quiet for a second, making me feel strange, “Just be careful.”

Are you trying to scare me?” I said, arching my eyebrow, “You know you can just say no,” I challenged.

“I’m trying to warn you. I’m not as innocent as I look.”

He puts on an innocent wide-eyed look, making me wonder how old he really is. How dangerous that sweet face is, making me fall for him.


He smirked and his face changed as if mocking me, suddenly sexy. There was a hint of danger there that made my pulse race. I couldn’t deny I was very attracted.

A rustle from a nearby bush startled me, making me jump. I realized it was probably the calico as my gaze was drawn back to his sultry eyes.

“If you want some company, come to me. I’d like to get to know you. If you are not scared that is,” he suggested. “I’m at number 3.”

“I have a boyfriend which you have probably seen. I’m not interested in you that way,” I lied.

“Oh, but I think you are. I’ve seen how you look at me from your window.”

“You presume too much. You are nothing but a stray hanging out by my door. Goodbye, kitty,” I say

annoyed at his boldness.

“But you care about the stray, don’t you?”

I shrugged watching the little smirk on his face as he waited for my answer.

“Yoongi, my name is Yoongi, in case you wondered. Goodbye, Jina.”

“How do you know my name?”

He didn’t answer and just smiled and turned away.

Thanks for reading. ❤

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