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Chapter 12 - Back to Sicily

Alex

Going back home to Sicily, seemed the most sensible and best decision I had made in a very long time. But standing at the airport, waiting to board the plane… it felt wrong. I left my relationship with my sister in tatters. We hadn’t spoken since last night and our last conversation left me empty and hurt. All the things Carla said were true and she was just trying to make me understand and appreciate my worth… as a woman and as a Laurenti.

I looked down at the ticket in my hand and watched as a teardrop fell over the word Sicily. There was a wry smile on my face.

When I looked up, a feather could’ve knocked me over, I was that stunned.

Callum was standing in front of me, a duffelbag slung over his left shoulder. Still as charming as the first day I met him, the typical t-shirt and jeans kinda guy.

“Callum…” I never in a million years expected to see him here. I thought for sure I’d ruined that relationship too.

“So, you were just going to leave without saying goodbye…”

“I didn’t think you’d ever want to speak to me again… after what happened”

I couldn’t look into his eyes. It would probably be filled with same shame and contempt as Carla.

“I was pretty upset last night… and I blamed everything on Finn… but to be fair, you were every bit as responsible as he was…”

I could feel the tears welling up, but I held my resolve and didn’t cry.

He lifted my chin with the use of his index finger, forcing me to look into his eyes. To my surprise he was still smiling, and his eyes were warm and kind.

“Why are you here Callum?”

“To do what I should’ve done the first day I met you.”

“And what’s that? To tell me to get lost?”

His laughter echoes through the airport departures.

“To tell you… that I like you. I’ve liked you since the first day I saw you…”

My lips couldn’t help but to curve up into a smile.

He sucks in a deep breath, “… and then I started talking to you and getting to know you… and I wanted so bad to kiss you on our horseride to the Plantation… and… Alex… I’m in love with you…”

I was dumbfounded. I did not expect Callum to come down to him airport. How did he even know that I was here?

He was in love with me… he was in love with me

“Alex… did you hear what I said?” he seemed nervous.

I just wanted to make sure that I heard him right, that he didn’t make a mistake… that he really was in love with me. It all seemed so surreal.

“What… you… what did you say?” I finally get out some sort a coherent sentence.

He takes my hands in his, “I said that I’m in love with you Alessandra Laurenti…”

“You’re in love with me?”

I wasn’t sure why I was crying; because this is the happiest I’ve been in weeks. Callum was a great guy. He was smart, sensitive, caring, kind and generous… and he was in love with me.

“Oh babe, don’t cry…” he runs his thumbs across my cheeks, wiping away the tears.

“They’re happy tears…” I press kisses onto the palms of his hands, “I just thought that I had ruined everything with you… I really never meant to hurt you…”

“Well it’s a good thing that I’m pretty thick-skinned then hey?” his bright brown eyes lit up “But my ego is a bit fragile still… so… it would really ease my anxiety to know that you feel the same way about me…”

He tilts his head to the side.

“I one hundred percent feel the same way about you”

I have kissed quite a few guys in my life, but I have never been so nervous before… not even during my first kiss. I raised my trembling lips up to his and closed my eyes as he enclosed his mouth around mine.

I could feel the rest of the world fade into the background. Callum pulled me up into his arms and I’ve never felt so safe and loved before.

He reaches into his duffelbag and pulls out a flight ticket, holding it up for me to see.

“What is this?” I look at the detail on the ticket “Callum I already have a ticket to go to Sicily…”

“I know… this is my ticket”

I shriek with excitement and kiss him on his beautiful mouth. He lifts me up into his arms again and spins me around, like one of those corny moments in a romantic comedy. But I loved every minute of it. I could even hear the upbeat, happy pop song in the background.

“Oh by the way… I’m in love with you too” I say before I steal another kiss.

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