Prologue Kendall is my everything. He is my breath and my food. He
is the gravity that holds me to earth and the medicine that keeps
me from going insane. I gently rest my head on his slightly
muscular shoulder as we walk along the street in the winter
weather, his hand in mine. I look around at the tall buildings
around us. I stop and look at the Old State Capitol. It's large
with a black fence around it. Small yellowy bricks make paths from
each gate to the Capitol. I've been in there once it was
interesting, all the facts and history about it. We continue and
cross the street. Before we make it across, Kendall picks me up and
cradles me like a baby. He skirts to the other side and pushes open
the doors to Coldstone Creamery. The lady at the counter smiles at
us and I laugh uncontrollably. Kendall sets me down on the tile
floor. I press my hands against his chest and kiss him lightly.
Putting his hands on my waist, he pulls me closer and kisses back.
The lady is older and smiles warmly. "Do you two need anything?"
She asks. I pull away from Kendall and turn towards the lady
blushing. "Sorry," I apologize for no reason. "Yes, I'll have a
scoop of Mint Chocolate." "Make that two scoops," Kendall says, not
letting go of my hand. She rings them up on the cash register.
"That's five dollars and sixty two cents." I open my purse to get
money out, but Kendall hands her a ten. "Hey, you know I'm not
broke!" I joke, softly knocking his head. He has dirty blonde hair
that needs to be cut and sparkling green eyes. I take my ice cream
and we head back outside, eating and walking at the same time. We
walk all the way back to our houses which are small, but not tiny.
I don't mind the size; I actually enjoy it. "You coming in
Charlotte?" Kendall asks, opening the door. He already knows I'm
going to. "Like usual." I don't think me and Kendall would ever be
like this if we weren't neighbors. I walk down the skinny hallway
to Kendall's bedroom. Both of us flop on the bed and Kendall takes
out his laptop. "Now what are we looking up?" I ponder, rolling on
my back and looking up at Kendall. He pushes my blonde hairs off
the computer. I flip to my stomach and hug his arm wrapped in a
gray thermal tee. "Things to do on a..." Kendall glances out the
window. Wispy snowflakes start to fall. "Snowy day." He touches the
small sliver of bare skin between my sweater and my jeans and
brings me close. We kiss. Even though we've done it a million
times, I feel tiny sparks in my stomach as he cups his hand around
my face. I slightly bring my legs around his. He stops and opens
his eyes. "Forever?" "Forever," I whisper, and he softly kisses my
neck. And this is when our wonderful forever begins.
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