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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.
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!
Samantha Speed: There were several punctuation, grammar, and missing word problems but it did not detract from the story. This story was very well done, enjoyable, and had an interesting enough plot. It took a while to finish. This story is not complete. I love it, but I want to see another book or have more cha...
maewilde25: I liked this, though it dragged on for over 200pages and heaven knows I did not expect the plot twist in the middle. David being Cristiãn. I was wondering when he would show up and didn't know he was there all along. it looks like there should be a sequel, please let there be a sequel. I know the...
zoheusher20: What more can I say? The writing style and little details drew me into the book and for the entirety of the story I was Juliet. I felt her turmoil and emotions and every trouble or triumph as they arrived. This story was very different and had quite a few little but unexpected twists that made it...
brettylee: The narrative is slick yet punchy. Life, Family and Friends I believe is the core message so it’s easy to relate to. It’s surprisingly action packed. The author does a good job at keeping you guessing. Just when you think all is right, whack, the unexpected happens. The dialogue is energetic and ...
PokemænStivo: I have just finished reading this novel and I love it!First, the plot was very well designed. It tells the story of a person nearly kill herself. But then someone appears in her life. Someone who was already in this situation and came out of it. Someone who could hear, understand and help the oth...
OpheliaJones: This story took a different kind of spin on the "normal girl lives with definitely not normal guy" plot. The plot points of Frey's father, Liam's family, and Frey's view of Liam's world were good to read. She did not fall in love with him in the first couple weeks. Their lives were not smooth in ...
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...
Laraine Smith: My only suggestion on the grammar is to use www.grammarcheck.net. I have it bookmarked on Google Chrome. I see myself in the determination in this beautiful story! I have Cerebral Palsy, and I have dreams that I have been working hard for, too! The humor made me laugh!
Alex Rushmer: Chapter One: Not much is happening in this chapter, but I was absolutely fascinated by the depth of your character development. I love how you just sat there with the reader and explored Eddward. Usually, that sort of thing gets boring very fast, but this was actually really cool! He's so unique ...
JONANNA: As an avid reader it is not often I say that about a book. The plot is what was different and the twists where unexpected. This book is defiantly a page turner and enjoyable read. I can't wait to reread this novel after a little editing to finish off the shine on this wonderful novel.
Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...