" No you don't, I love her more," Alex argues with Carrie as I sit
down next to them in the cafeteria. " Whatever. I do," Carrie
insists. " Who love's who more than who?" I ask. " I love you more
than Carrie does," Alex explains with a goofy grin. I roll my eyes
at them and he puts his arm around my shoulders and kisses my
temple. I steal a fry from Alex's tray and a cute guy sits beside
Carrie. " Hey," he says to her. " Um.. Hi?" she says glancing at me
for help. I shrug and he completely ignores us. " So I was sitting
over there, and I couldn't help but notice you're the most
beautiful girl I've ever seen. Would you like to go out with me?"
he asks and she blushes bright red. " Well... Yeah, sure. I guess,"
she stutters and he flashes her a bright grin. " Can I have your
number?" he asks and she takes her phone out. They exchang numbers
and then he tells her he'll text her later, taps the table as he
gets up, and goes back to his seat. " What was that?" I ask and
Carrie looks as confused as me. " I don't even know him." she says
and I laugh. " Hey, you got a date, though," I tell her and she
does a quick little happy dance. We laugh and finish our lunch and
then head out to the parking lot. It's a half day today because
there's a meeting going on for the teachers during school hours.
Alex and I head back to his place and his dad is already gone for
work. He sits on the stool in front of the piano and pushes the
cover up. I sit beside him and he starts to play, a soft, beautiful
tune. I listen to it for awhile, finally realizing it's A Drop In
the Ocean by Ron Pope. I tap my fingers on my leg to the beat and
then time it right and begin singing. " Just a drop in the ocean, a
change in the weather," I sing and Alex adds in too. " I was
praying that you and me might end up together. It's like wishing
for rain as I stand in the desert, but I'm holding you closer than
most, cause you are my heaven," we sing. We actually sound pretty
good together. He trails off on the piano and then grabs my face in
his hands and kisses me. I lean into him, kissing him back, and his
elbow accidentally hits on of the keys. We both jump at the sudden
noise and then laugh. I rest my fingers over the keys, playing the
same song, humming quietly to myself. " Youre a really good
singer," Alex tells me and I grin. " Youre not too bad either," I
answer and he takes one of my hands. He uses his other hand to help
me finish the song and then we sit on the couch and watch Hey
Arnold for the next few hours. Eventually we both fall asleep and
wake up early in the morning, still on the couch. I open my eyes
and Alex is watching me. " Youre so beautiful when you sleep." he
says. I smile and he kisses my lips and stands up from the couch.
He stretches his arms and then pulls me up too. I pop my back and
his arms go around my back tightly, keeping it straight. " I think
you broke your back," he says frantically and I laugh. I tilt my
head to the left and it pops loudly and he put his hand on my face
to keep it there. " Why are you trying to kill yourself? First your
spine and now your neck?" he asks with a grin. " Its a good thing
I'm a vampire, I can just turn you into one and you'll heal," he
says, pretending to bite my neck. I laugh and pretend to faint,
falling back onto the couch and he catches me and leans over me. "
You can't kill yourself. I can't live without you," he says softly
and I open my eyes. " I love you," I tell him. " I love you," he
replies. " What do you want to do today?" he asks. " Can we go to
the zoo?" I ask. " Do you want to?" he asks. I nod and stick my
bottom lip out. " Please?" I ask and he bites my lip and pulls it
with his teeth. I grin and he kisses me again. " Of course, babe,"
he replies. " Ooh! And Carrie and her new date can come," I say
with a grin. " Sure," he says and pulls me up. " I gotta take a
shower," he says. " Me too," I say and he smirks. He picks me up,
throwing me over his shoulder and runs upstairs to the bathroom.
When we're done taking a shower, we go to his room and get changed.
I find a pair of high waisted shorts and a white lace shirt. I let
my hair dry natural and then pull on my white flip flops. " Alex!
You take longer to get ready than I do!" I call into the bathroom,
falling backwards onto the bed. " Hey, you can't rush beauty." he
answers, coming out of the bathroom as I call Carrie. He sits
beside me on the bed and I comb my fingers through his hair to fix
it. He twirls one of my curls around his finger and finally Carrie
picks up. " Hey Carrie," I say when she says hello. " Wanna go to
the zoo with me and Alex?" I ask. " Im not tagging along as the
third wheel," she replies. " No, I mean you can bring that cute guy
that asked you out." I tell her. " Oh, well sure. Let me see if
he's up for it. I'll text you." she says. " Okay bye," I say and
hang up. I roll over onto my stomach on Alex and poke his nose. "
Shes gonna text me if that guy can make it with her." I explain and
he nods. He takes my hand and laces our fingers together, twisting
the promise ring around my finger. " We should get married on a
Saturday," he tells me. " Yeah?" I ask, lYing my head on his chest.
" Yeah. It's the best party day. Everybody is free on saturday," he
adds and I nod. " You know where we should get married? Busch
Stadium. How cool would that be? Like on the field? That would be
so awesome!" I exclaim. Although Alex plays football, we both watch
cardinals baseball religiously. I have so many cardinals jerseys in
my closet it's not even funny. " Yeah, that would be really cool.
So it's a date, then?" he asks and I nod and smile. " Its a date."
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