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Chapter 5

Scott:

After calling the truce, we watched some shows together until it was our stomach that interrupted us.

"I'm starving!" We declared together. We blinked at each other and laughed.

"So... shall we order a pizza?" I asked her.

"Sure."

"Toppings?" I asked her, walking towards the phone.

She thought for a minute and said, "Order whatever you want, I'm not allergic to anything. Ooh - tell them to add extra cheese. Mmh. Nova likes cheese."

"Sure." I chuckled and called the pizza place and ordered.

She was still sitting on the couch. I sat beside her and said, "So... what do you wanna do now?"

She turned towards me and said, "Hmm... since we've newly established our friendship status, I wanna know more bout my new friend."

"Okay... so let's start the basics first." I started making her nod. "What's your full name?"

"Novella Katherine Stark." She answered.

"Scott Hunter Taylor." I said mine.

"Wow... even your name's hot!" She exclaimed.

"My name's... hot?" I asked her, chuckling in amusement.

"Well, not everyone's lucky enough to have such a name. Your name sounds like you're a secret service agent or a rock star! Wait! You already are a rockstar." She giggled. "So... um... birthday?" She asked softly.

"August 5. You didn't know that? I mean, everything is on the internet."

"Well, yeah... but I just wanna hear it from you." She shrugged.

"So, when's yours?" I asked her.

"November 21."

"Um... how old are you?" I asked her, curiously.

"24. You?"

"26." I replied.

"Okay... Let's skip all this boring stuff and ask something interesting!" She said, excited.

"Sure... you start." As soon as I said that the door bell rang, I opened to see the pizza delivery guy.

We sat down at the dining table, eating our pizzas.

"So... what's the wildest thing you've done in high school?" She asked.

"Um... okay. Once, the dean decided to demolish our music room and was gonna use that room to construct an extended room for the jocks. So, the meeting was gonna take place between the parents and school authority, whether to let it remain a room for music practice or to destroy it. During the meeting the dean convinced most of the parents that the school didn't have any remaining musical talents. So me and my band barged in the meeting and started playing our songs." I said, smiling at the memory.

"Then what happened?" She asked me curiously.

"Well, apparently parents loved our performance, much to the dean's disapproval. So, the music room stayed!" I said, still laughing at the memory. "What bout you? Any wild thing?"

"Well... I was kinda boring in high school. I was the daughter of Richard and Valentina Stark, so I had to maintain a good-girl status because anything I'd do, would have affected my parent's image." She sighed dejectedly.

"So... moving on; your first kiss?" I asked her curiously, wiggling my eyebrows suggestively.

"Oh... um...er." She looked down, blushing prettily.

"Come on." I nudged her.

"Okay... but don't judge me 'cause of it, 'kay? Thinking bout it - it may be the wildest thing I've ever done." She murmured.

"Okay... now you've got me all curious." I rubbed my hands together grinning at her.

She laughed and started, "So... once when I was in high school, Aria wanted to go to this senior's party. Apparently, it was in the captain of the football team's house. He was throwing the party with his girlfriend, the head cheerleader - obviously! So, when we entered the party, I saw a large crowd was gathered in a corner, watching something. When we went there, we saw the team and the cheerleader were making fun of a nerdy kid who apparently had crashed the party. So I went to his rescue or whatever and said to them to leave him alone. They said the only way they would leave him alone was if I kissed him and allowed them to video-tape the kiss."

I dropped the pizza from my mouth clumsily.

She laughed and continued, "So, I look around to see everyone looking at me, wondering what would I do. So I got this evil plan in my mind and told the captain that if they're so interested in making fun, they could at least make it interesting."

"What do you mean?" I asked her.

"That's exactly what he asked me. So I said to him that if I could make everybody remember what a great party it was; he'd have to let the nerdy kid go. He obviously accepted, thinking there was no way I could do that. So, I took a deep breath and did it." She giggled.

"Did what?" I asked curiously.

"I er... um... I kissed the head cheerleader; the captain's girlfriend in front of everyone making the party a huge success." She said looking at me, shyly, waiting for my reaction.

I'm pretty sure my mouth was hanging open but I seriously didn't care. "You are seriously the hottest girl I've ever met!" I said to her in all seriousness.

"Um... I seriously don't understand how could you possibly find it hot?" I opened my mouth to explain when she interrupted, "Never mind! No need to explain. It's a guy thing... I get it."

"Okay. So... one more question." I looked to her.

She raised her eyebrow; so I asked, wiggling mine, "How was the kiss?"

"Um... I dunno exactly. I mean I've only kissed two people in my life including her and both their kisses felt nearly the same. So, I don't exactly have something to compare her to." She shrugged.

"You have kissed two people... in your entire life?" I asked her, looking shocked.

"Well, yeah." She said, shrugging. Like it was no biggie.

"Who was the other person?" I asked her nosily.

"My ex Brandon." She replied with disgusted expression on her face.

"Um... bad breakup?" I asked.

"Well, yeah... kinda. But I'm glad that breakup happened. I swear to God! It was the best thing that happened in my entire life." She exclaimed in all seriousness.

Then who was this Max guy from her nightmare?

After dinner, we decided to watch a movie during which Nova fell asleep, so we decide to call it a night.

So here I am now. It's three in the morning and I still can't stop thinking about her, even though we are just a room apart.

I got up from the bed and walked to the kitchen to eat something.

Just as I was about to leave, I heard some noises coming from the living room, so I switched on the kitchen light and waited.

I saw Nova walking with her eyes closed towards me in just her white shorts and black tank top.

On her way, she bumped into the couch making her open her eyes and mumble, "Sorry! Watch out for the couch."

She said sorry... to a couch!

She continued walking in my direction (still with her eyes closed) mumbling, "Water... find water... water... drink water."

She came straight at me and bumped into me and mumbled sleepily, "Sorry! Watch out for the wall!"

She thought I was a wall!

I took a step to my right so she could walk without bumping me. At the same time, she did the same and we bumped again.

"Sorry! Watch out for the moving wall." She mumbled.

Moving wall! God, she's adorable.

I thought about moving again but what if she did the same and we bumped into each other again. Mmh.

My thoughts were interrupted when she placed her hand on my chest. I looked at her to see her eyes still closed. She came forward and wrapped her hands around my waist, hugging me and snuggled closer, laying her head on my chest.

"Good night." She mumbled.

I chuckled and hugged her back making her sigh.

I ran my finger through her hair, loving the feel of her soft, silky hair on my skin.

I whispered to her, "Brownie?"

"Hmm." She mumbled.

"Brownie, wake up." I said to her, softly.

She looked up at me and opened her big brown eyes and stared at me in confusion before smiling cheekily, "Hi."

I chuckled and said, "Hi back."

"What are you doing in my room?" She asked, looking all confused and innocent.

"Um... Brownie? You're in the kitchen." I said to her, smiling inwardly at her cuteness.

She pulled herself off me and looked around and mumbled, "Hmm. Water... find water... water... drink water." And walked towards the fridge and poured herself a glass and started drinking it.

After drinking it, she walked towards me and asked, "No sleep?"

"Nahh."

"Nightmares?" She asked. blinking twice.

"Sometimes." I shrugged.

She still looked tired so I said, "Maybe you should go back to sleep."

She looked at me and asked, "What bout you?"

"I'll be okay, Brownie. I'll watch some T.V and go to bed soon, 'kay?" I said to her.

"'Kayy!" She mumbled and kissed my cheek and waddled back to her room.

After nearly, half an hour of watching T.V, one thing was for sure, I would surely be getting nightmares today, if not for my past then it would be for the scenes I watched on the T.V right now. Great.

I stood outside Nova's door and simply stared at it. After a minute, I marched forward and knocked.

She took exactly 2 minutes and 38 seconds to open the door.

Yeah! I counted!

She opened the door and again walked straight at me with her eyes closed and bumped into me and muttered, "Sorry. Watch out for the door!" and came forward and hugged me and snuggled closer and said, "Night!"

Chuckling, I hugged her back. I could seriously never get tired of such cuteness.

"Brownie, wake up!" I said to her.

She opened her eyes all confused and then smiled at me and said, "Hi!"

"Hi back!" I smiled.

"What are you doing in my room?" She asked.

"Um...That night, you said something bout sleeping pills helping you get rid of nightmares. Um... do you still have 'em?" I asked her.

She thought for a minute and then smiled and said, "I've have something much better."

She took my hand and led me to her room and pushed me down over her bed. I sat down while she pushed me further, making me lie on the left side of her bed while she laid down next to me.

"Brownie? Whatcha doing?" I asked her, wryly.

She turned towards me and I did the same. She took my hand in hers and placed it around her waist and placed her hand on my hair, running her fingers through them and said softly, "Once, someone in my life told me that whenever we have nightmares, it's because somewhere in our mind we feel alone, lonely or afraid. So we just need someone to make us feel safe. To make us realize that, someone's there for you, someone you can care about."

I tightened my hold on her and whispered, "That's deep!"

She chuckled, "Yeah, it is. Think of me as that someone."

She kissed my forehead and whispered, "Night, Ace!"

"Night, Brownie!" I whispered back.

She snuggled closer to me. And for the first time in many years...

I slept.

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