Not ‘Just’ Friends

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Chapter 19

Five months later
Amanda’s POV

Graduation day!

I’ve always dreamed of what it would be like walking up stage to collect my certificate and all. It felt nothing like this. I had busted my ass trying to get good grades and really, I’d outdone myself. With my job as Luna’s bodyguard, a commander in training and a full time girlfriend to Asher, I’d still managed to come first in my entire stream. How freaking awesome is that?

With a huge smile, I walked up the stage and shook the dean’s hand then turned to the large crowd in front of us. My eyes landed on a pair of blue eyes that held nothing but love and pride. I took a deep breath and forgetting about my written speech I started talking.

“You know, I....uh....had this whole speech planned out. About three pages actually, but I won’t bore you with that so I’m just going to go ahead and say what really in my heart. I’d like to thank Asher, my absolutely incredible boyfriend, who has been with me for so long in my journey from, the beginning of college to now. I’m not going to lie, he’s been an absolute pain in the ass,” I said, getting a few laughs from the crowd, “...but, he always found a way to win my heart.

I’d also want to say thank you to my two best friends, Hayley Johnson and Jaelyn Kyle. I wasn’t really social during my time here, which to be honest, I deeply regret since whilst I’ve got the good grades, I don’t have a lot of people to call my friends. I don’t have anyone to hang out with all the time and talk to. Yes, I’ve got my very small social group, but I wish there were more people in my group.

What I’m trying to say is, college isn’t just a time for getting your grades and getting a job. It’s a time to make friends, experience heart break, whether it’s from a love or a friend. It’s a time to make great memories that you’ll tell you children’s children. It’s a time to make life changing decisions, not a time to sit in a corner and ignore everyone else’s presence just so you can get a diploma and wander around on your own for the rest of your life.

I’m not saying everyone should know everyone, I’m saying you should at least have one special person who you know that come hail, come thunder, will always be with you. You shouldn’t spend the rest of your life on your own, because life is tough and it’s better to share those tough experiences that you’ve been through with your friend or lover. For me, I say that Asher Sinclair is my one special person. I love him with all my heart and I hope each and every one of you leaving this hall to go out into the world find that one special someone to spend the rest of your life battling whatever it is that life will throw your way.

I’m grateful for all my teachers and for my mum, who couldn’t join us, since our relationship isn’t...the best. She always pushed me to study hard and look where I’m at now, mum. I’m valedictorian! It’s such an honour and to all of you who will be here for a few more years, good luck, god bless, and live long and prosper,” I concluded. The Star Trek geeks did the Spock thing with their hands. That’s one of the things I wish I could do.

The crowd rose up from their chairs applauding me for my speech and Asher sent a wink my way, to which I blushed. After such a long time dating, Asher still knew how to make me feel flattered. You’re all probably wondering what in goodness’ name is going on, since last time Asher and I were broken up.

Well, you see, two months ago, three weeks after Asher and I reunited after having been broken up for me week, we told Asher’s parents that we were together. My dad and Connor know, but my mum doesn’t care. She now tolerates me into the house and has small talk with me when needed, but things are still really bad between us. I don’t care anymore since Deloris is more of a mother to me than she ever was.

Speaking of Deloris, the reaction we got from her wasn’t expected. She was the one pushing for us to wait for our mates the most, yet she seemed overjoyed that we were together.

Two months earlier

“So Amanda baby, you’re one hundred percent fine with living without money, right?” Asher asked me nervously for the hundredth time.

Yes! Now stop asking me that. My job as Luna’s bodyguard pays a lot. More than yours as Delta. In only two years, we’ll be millionaires!” I told him and shook his head.

“You mean, you’ll be rich. It’s your money and I won't be able to buy you expensive gifts and taking you out!” He whined with a pout.

For a grown man of twenty-five, Asher sure did know how to act like a five-year-old.

“Asher, I don’t care about the money and the fancy restaurants and gifts. Yeah, of course I’ll miss the jewellery, but all I want is you. I don’t like dressing up all the time and having to go out and really takeout on the carpet would be nice for me.”

“Fine, but don’t start complaining when we’re in a shop and I can’t afford a bracelet for you.”

“Whatever, you big baby,” I did as we entered the front door of Asher’s childhood home, the scent of freshly baked cookies filling out noses.

“Amanda? Asher? Is that you guys?” called Deloris from the kitchen.

“Yes, mum!” Asher called back as we made our way to where she was.

She kissed Asher on the cheek and hugged me tightly then shoved a plate of cookies my way.

“Are these all for me?” I asked with a smile.

“Yes! I haven’t seen you in ages and you need some fattening up,” she said firmly.

“What about me?” Asher whined.

“What about you. You’re already fat,” she said.

“No, mum, this is all muscle,” he said back.

“Yeah, right,” she scoffed jokingly.

I watched them bicker back and forth as I stuffed the delicious warm cookies in my mouth and then swallowed as we made our way to the living room. We called Mr. Sinclair and Deloris to the living room and I took Asher’s hand in mine, which was slightly shaking. Asher had such a good relationship with his parents, especially his mother and he didn’t want to ruin that, but today that probably was going to happen.

“Mum. Dad. There’s....something Amanda and I need to tell you,” he started.

“What is it? You seem so tense about it,” Mr. Sinclair said.

“Well, you see, Asher and I.....we’ve always been very good friends, but....somewhere along the lines, we became...more than just friends,” I said.

“Oh, don’t tell me you’re friends with benefits? Amanda, you’re better than that,” Deloris said with a scowl on her lips.

“No, we’re more than just that,” Asher said quickly, “We’re a couple.”

With that, Deloris squealed happily and jumped up of her seat clapping like a five year old.

“I knew it! I knew it! You two are such a good couple. I see the way you look at each other. You’re in love aren’t you?” She asked.

“Yes, we are. Very much,” Asher clarified.

“Congrats son, you finally committed to someone,” said Me Sinclair.

“Wait, I thought you’d be mad. You always said we shouldn’t settle for choice mates,” I asked confused.

“Oh please, Asher is the most troublesome kid ever and I knew he would never listen to me about that. I always knew that he was going to settle for a choice mate sooner or later. I’m just glad you’re the one he chose. You’re beautiful, you’re smart, and not even a single hair on your body is made of plastic!” Deloris said happily.

“So you’re not mad?” Asher asked.

“No, we’re ecstatic. We just hope neither of you meet your chosen mates and if you do, nothing bad happens to you.”

We both let pit relieved sighs. “Oh thank goddess!”

“Now, who wants cookies?” Deloris asked.

“Me!” Mr Sinclair, Asher and me said simultaneously.

-not edited.

*for the first part, I edited most of it, so it’s not as bad as it was before. Again, I’m flooded with work, but will edit when i’ve Got the chance. Hope you enjoyed.

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