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“You think I should go back and check in the room again?” I asked Steph, digging deeper into my bag.
I could feel her shaking her head at me. “I doubt it’s there. You should really be more careful with your things.”
And, that was the start to her usual sermon. In this aspect, she seemed more like my mother than my best friend. But, I couldn’t really blame her. She was so obsessive compulsive that it probably irked her so much to be around a slob like me. It makes me wonder how we’ve been friends for so long. But maybe it was like the opposites attract thing.
“Oh!” I exclaimed triumphantly, as I held my glasses up. “Found it!”
I put the spectacles on, humming to myself, before noticing the unusual silence. I looked back at Steph who had fallen a few steps behind me. Her mouth hung open like she was in the middle of a word when Medussa turned her into stone.
“What?” I asked, meaning to approach her. But she was instantly animated, gesturing wildly with her hands. Despite this, she remained mute, her mouth opening and closing soundlessly. Confused, I turned to the direction she kept pointing at.
I couldn’t understand what the big deal was. Until I saw him. His dark hair. His smooth, chiseled face. His broad shoulders and long legs. But, most of all, his smirk. That was the thing that I was attracted to in the first place. His smirk just screamed of self-confidence and that, to me, was the sexiest thing a guy could have. That coupled with his swirling green eyes was perfection. Or, as close to perfection as you’ll get in this world, at least.
I was surprised to find his forest green orbs trained on me. It was difficult not to stare into them. Then I noticed the bouquet of roses in his hands. I figured he was going to give it to some girl. The burning sensation rising from the pit of my stomach caught me off guard. I had no reason to be jealous. He was, after all, just my crush. I had no claims to him.
I watched, curious as to who the lucky girl could be. To my confusion, he kept walking toward me. A small part of me- the embarrassing part of me that clung onto daydreams- squealed and I can’t deny that I allowed myself to believe that the roses were intended for me. That delusion only lasted for a second before the better part of me threw ice cold water on my face. I was probably just in his way. So, I took a few steps to the side expecting him to just walk past me. But he didn’t. Instead, he stopped in front of me and held out the bouquet.
My blood ran cold. While I was, just moments earlier, wishing and hoping that the roses were intended for me, having him actually do it was making me anxious. Scratch that. It was downright nerve-wrecking.
Someone squealed just behind me. I’m pretty sure it was Steph. I wanted to tell her to quiet down but I was too busy trying to wrap my head around what was happening.
“Leanne,” he breathed out.
How was it possible that my name sounded so much different coming from his mouth?
“I don’t really know how to say this but-”
I couldn’t look at his face. Not when he was giving me a suspiciously sincere look. So, I just stared at the bouquet he was holding out to me. That was when it hit me. The roses, the somewhat awkward stance, Steph’s squeals. It was like a nightmare come to life.
I was pretty sure he was still talking when a banshee-like scream tore through my chest and I fled the scene like a hell hound was after me.
catd69: Karim is a very talented writer. When I started reading his journey it took me into the book and I was in the story till the end. I've never felt this way with any other writers stories. If you want to read a gripping adventure, this will be the one book I would suggest you pick.
A.O. Chika: I loved the storyline. The characters, the settings, and the overall plot was great. I love how it started sweet in the beginning and then the angst set in. I did feel like the author writing style could use a bit of change as the book reads more like a YA novel than an Adult novel (I.e grown up ...
CurlyRed: I read this entire book in just under 4 hours I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! i found myself emotionally attached to the characters and making personal connections that i had never experienced before while reading a book! I was constantly wanting to read more, every chapter left me on a cliff hanger tha...
Giuliana Cassetta: My face is full of tears, I never cried like now with a book or even a movie. I loved every single chapter. I truly don't know what to say, I'm out of words and my eyes hurt from crying. Such an bittersweet story, it's so wonderful. One of my favorites for sure. Keep it up!
Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...
Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...
ayesha wali: This is the BEST novel i have read after a long while. Absolutely in love with this novel and seriously why is it not PUBLISHED YET?!?! THIS NOVEL IS AMAZING,BEAUTIFUL,MAGNIFICENT, I have no words to explain how truly precious this novel is im totally in love with the book and its characters! Goo...
Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...