Charlie Ever After

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29| Tanner

A/N: This is an extremely short chapter but I really wanted to give Tanner's small little perspective some light.

To say my mind is blown would be a vast understatement. Sex with Charlie... it's fucking incredible. Sure, I've slept with other women before, and yeah I guess it was enjoyable in the moment- but nothing compared to the magic I felt when me and Charlie connected on that level. It wasn't just sex; it was like our souls intermingled and became one. Sex with Charlie made me understand what people meant when they said making love.

We spent the whole day together vegging out in bed, eating and watching movies.

She has her head on my chest, her hand digging around in a bag of chips until she finds the perfect one, lifting it to her plump lips before munching down.

I can't help but stare down, admiring her as she snacked, her eyes glued intently to the television. She giggled at something- I wouldn't know since I stopped paying attention over a half hour ago, my attention drawn straight to her.

I didn't even know it was possible to feel this way, so content with someone. I feel so at peace with her by my side. The anger that I normally feel deep down seems to dissolve whenever she's around. She's like this pure little light that cleanses me. I didn't know happiness like this existed- that was until I met Charlie. Having her wrapped in my arms- I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

We were just drifting off to sleep when Collin bursts through my bedroom door.

"Bro, what the fuck." I yell, reaching for whatever is closet to me- which just so happens to be a full bottle of water- and chuck it at him.
"Fuck. Sorry. Shit." His hands fly up to block the hit from the bottle. It still ends up smacking him right in the thigh.

I hear Charlie giggle beside me and can't help but grin.

"We're dressed. We weren't doing anything, asshole; a knock would have just been fucking nice. You know, privacy?"

"Yeah, yeah. I was just coming to ask if you guys wanted to come to a party this weekend. It's twenty minutes away, some rich kids are throwing it." He shrugs his shoulders and I cock my eyebrow at him.

"You seriously barged in here like that to ask me if I wanted to go to a party?" I roll my eyes. Charlie continues to giggle beside me, and I look over at her, poking her in her side causing her to only laugh harder, before turning back to Collin.

"Well?" He asks expectantly.

"We'll see. I'll let you know." I groan, a grin tilting up the corner of my lips.

"Now get out."

He salutes me and marches out the door, shutting it behind him.

I envelop Charlie in my arms and pin her down on the bed, smothering her with small kisses as she giggles underneath me.

I drop Charlie off at her dorm a little while later and my heart breaks a little. I really enjoyed the time we got to spend together. Being able to wake up next to her is a feeling that's unmatchable; I know I'll be missing having her in my arms tonight.

I kiss her softly as she stands on her tippy toes. I pull her in close and nuzzle my face against the crook of her neck and breath in. Her scent is intermingled with mine and fills me with an embarrassing sense of pride.

"I love you. Call me when you get home." Charlie smiles at me as she pulls back. I can see her pretty little eyes traveling along my face, searching for any hint of hidden emotion. It's something I've noticed that she does. I don't know exactly what it means, but I can only guess that it's her looking for any negative change in my emotions- something I can only imagine she's subconsciously learned because of her ex.

I nod my head and smile at her. I place my hands on either side of her face and lean in and kiss her forehead, gently. I feel her relax into my arms and the vice around my heart cuts off all blood supply. I'm so far gone, in love with this girl. There's no going back. She's mine and I'm so grateful- so happy that I finally found someone who loves me back. I can be myself around her, I don't have to feel self-conscious when I act goofy or say something stupid- she just loves me anyway. The thought fills me with so much happiness and butterflies erupt in the pit of my stomach- fluttering away and making me feel like I have to vomit in the best of ways.

I pull away reluctantly and give her one more soft kiss. "I love you, baby. Talk to you soon." I say to her with a smile and give her one last squeeze before I turn around and walk out the door.

I'm so sorry it took so long for me to post this chapter! I was really hoping to have it posted right after the last, but the week got away from me! I hope you guys enjoy!
Let me know what you guys think so far!

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