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Within Reach

Novel By: Kairi

Lavinia is a very shy girl, who's never really had a best friend, boyfriend or a secret as dark as the ocean's own abyss. When all of those things come at her, what will she do? View table of contents...


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Submitted:Oct 16, 2009    Reads: 98    Comments: 3    Likes: 1   

"You're a what!?" the mysterious boy asked.

"I'm not supposed to say!" I said nervously.

"It can't be true, can it? No way, Lavinia, this isn't real, wake up, wake up!" he was shouting at me with my face in his soft hands.

"This is real," I said calmly.

It wasn't real, it wasn't, couldn't be, could it? It's a dream, I told myself impatiently.

I sat up to find it wasn't real, thankfully, it could be a sign though, but a sign for what? I got up out of bed and began to get dressed for my first day.

"Lavinia!" my mother interrupted my thoughts unhappily.

I rolled my eyes and grabbed the rest of my belongings while slipping my black jacket over my t-shirt and headed downstairs.

"So are you excited for the first day of school?" she asked and smiled.

"Not sure," I rubbed my jeans and tilted my head slightly to the right. "I think so, but I just hope... I get good classes." I uncomfortably looked to the right after changing my words from what I originally was going to say.

"I'm sure you'll be fine with your classes, and with people," she smirked and I nodded, "and I've got to go to work, and you to school, so have a good day Lav!" she waved before shutting the door.

I waved back silently, and then a huge sigh of relief came out after the door had shut.

"Only one way to find out that," I bit my lip and grabbed my bag.

I grabbed my key at the top of the stairs and shut the shiny, wooden door behind me. I headed up to the top of the driveway and saw the bus was just coming to a halt. I sighed once more, knowing it wouldn't be the last time I did so, and walked up the stairs to see the crowded seats of two or three and I found my way to the nearest open one.

"You can sit here," I looked down from the number of 24 and the girl smiled politely and looked out the window.

"Hi, and thanks." I looked around and saw three girls across from us who were looking over the seat behind them to a couple of boys who were trying to talk to the boy behind me.

I sat up nervously, although not knowing why and looked over to the girl who was staring at me strangely.

"Sorry, and hi, I'm Lani, and you're?" she smiled and flicked her brown bangs out of her face.

"I'm Lavinia but you can call me Lav, if you want. . ." I trailed off and giggled.

"Hi Lav," a boy behind me said as he grabbed his book-bag and flicked a piece of my hair while getting off the bus.

"That's Will, and I guess it's time to get off," she laughed awkwardly and we got up and walked off with everyone else.

I stepped out from the dark metal room to see a bigger-than-you'd think school. The air was gloomy, but the faces were not; everyone was smiles and hugs and the school made of lightly-colored bricks even put a smile to my face.

Lani went over to a few more people, and people weren't really my thing, so I started to walk towards the school. My stomach was turning with nervousness and fright was overwhelming me.

"Lavi!" I turned to see Lani coming around a car towards me.

"Sorry, had to catch up with a few people," she giggled.

"It's okay, I wanted to get closer to the school anyway." I nodded and then stared at her dark eyes that made mine look white.

I then looked away, getting whiplashed by my blonde ponytail, and saw the guy named Will coming towards us. Lani leaned back onto a car, which I presumed was his, and I did the same. As I leaned back a boy's voice made me jump as it came out of the woods.

"Hey Will, this is Lavinia," Lani smiled and squeaked.

My face flushed and I stopped breathing as the cool autumn air blew my hair again. He smiled down at me and held out his hand for me to shake.

"Hi," I looked down shaking his hand still.

"So, how old are you?" he asked and to my comfort I could tell he was nervous too.

I looked down to our connected hands and pulled mine away while smiling stupidly.

"I'm fifteen, and you?" I said.

"I'm fifteen too," he smiled. "and Lani?" we looked over to her.

"I'm sixteen, but I'm in your grade, my birthday's in July." she grinned and said we should go inside the school now.

I followed her silently behind Will. I couldn't take my eyes off of his shaggy,dirty-blonde hair and his green eyes whenver he looked in my direction. We were at the doors now and instead of zapping out of my trance, I ran right into the door, face first. How embarrassing, I thought.

"Are you okay?" Lani laughed a little.

"Yeah, I'm fine, where's Will?" I looked over her shoulder eagerly.

"Over there, by all the other guys, wanna meet them?" my stomach turned over again.

"No thanks, I'm not good with guys, or people for that matter." my face turned hot.

"You'll be fine, I mean we don't have to talk to them," she stuttered and then laughed.

I laughed along with her until the bell rang, Lani and I went to homeroom but after that, we had all different classes, plus I was late for my first seven out of ten.

"Hey," Will said as he came to my side.

"Hiya," I said back and flicked a piece of my blonde hair away from my elbow.

"Where you headed, and how do like school?" I sighed deeply at this.

"I'm getting lost every class, this map really doesn't help," I laughed, "and I have art next, how 'bout you?" I unfolded the map again and tried to navigate my way around the hallways the best I could.

"Sorry about that, and I do to, so I'll take you to the classroom. Can I ask you something?" he stopped and looked into my eyes.

"Sure," I bit my lip, afraid he was going to ask me out. The more horrific thing is, I've never had a boyfriend, and I knew I could hardly talk to him without my face turning the color of a plum or without stuttering.

"Do you have contacts?" I could feel the blood rushing to my head as if I were upside down until the end of his sentence. I let out the air and started walking again.

"Haha, weird question, but no, why?" he looked into my eyes and smiled.

"Your eyes are crystal blue," his eyes turned a lighter shade of green.

I couldn't help smiling, although not knowing exactly why, and for the rest of the day, Will and I had the same classes, which was relieving.

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After school ended I decided to walk home with Lani, it had gotten warmer out and she wanted to show me the beach. The water was gorgeous, the sand felt like velvet, and it wasn't too sunny. Afterwards, we walked back to our houses, noticing that we were neighbors.

"Sweet," she said and giggled.

"Mhm, see you tomorrow." I said and walked inside of my new house.

I set my bag down in the kitchen and went upstairs. I luckily had no homework and I went straight to bed; I was lying in bed for over an hour, after saying goodnight, just thinking about Will--hoping I would doze off, and I did so. I had had the same dream as the night before--finding out the boy in my dream was Will.


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