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Alexander Gray and Aeliyah Blue have been enemies since third grade, when Alexander, Alex, put red fingerpaint in Aeliyah's hair. Now, he's pulled his latest prank, one that makes Aeliyah hate him so much more than she did before. Now she decides to start pranking back, and Alex develops feelings for her. He tries to befriend her but she will have none of the sort, as he has nonstop tortured her for the past 8 years. Can Alex convince her that he's done pranking? Or will Aeliyah never forgive him and continue on with her hatred? View table of contents...


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Submitted:Aug 5, 2013    Reads: 59    Comments: 1    Likes: 0   


" Haha, you're funny. Funny lookin'!" Landon teases, tapping Carrie's nose and making her blush. He whispers something in her ear, making her red cheeks darken and Alex and I go dump the trash. We just finished having lunch, and so far we've already seen the penguins and the reptiles and the amphibians. Now we have to see the africa animals. I take Alex's hand as we head to the first exhibit, a lion. Alex swings our arms back and forth, all the while making noises at the lions to get their attention. The female and male that are sitting together on the highest rock look up lazily, watching us with bored eyes. Alex makes a loud, growl sound and I burst into a fit of giggles. He keeps doing it and I clutch my stomach, still laughing. He turns and flashes me a million-dollar smile, taking my hand again. " What are you laughing at?" he asks innocently. I push his arm lightly and we visit the tigers, the bears, the giraffes, and finally the elephants. Alex begins his elephant call and they respond with their own. I take my phone out and snap a picture of him, just catching a perfect smile as he looks back at me and points back at the elephants. Definitely frame worthy. " Can I keep him?" he asks and I smile. He picks me up and puts me on his shoulders so I can see over the tall wall. The elephants make weird noises at me and after a few minutes Alex sets me down. " They like you," he says and I raise my eyebrow. " Oh yeah? Do you speak elephant?" I ask. " Actually, it happens to be my native language. See that one, right there? His names Frederick. He's my 7th cousin, twice removed," he says and I laugh. " Okay." I reply. I walk over to Carrie and Landon, waving back at Alex. " Goodbye, babe, I'll miss you now that you're going to live with your elephant family." I call and he takes off in a dead sprint at me, catching me around my waist and spinning me around. " I guess I'll stay. We can have little half elephant babies together," he says and I kiss him. " I can get used to that." I answer, quoting him from the hospital. Carrie and Landon smile at us and we head to the main food court of the zoo. We get icecream cones and of course I can't resist putting over half of mine on alex's face. He catches my face in one hand and smears icecream all over my mouth and nose and then licks it off. I wipe my face on his shirt as we finish our icecream and decide to call it a day. Well, not a day, but you know what I mean. It's only three o'clock. Alex and I go to the park, strolling along the sidewalk with our arms swinging. I glance across the park, watching a young couple swing a little girl back and forth between them as she giggles breathlessly. I smile and the couple captures the girl in their arms and they each kiss one of her cheeks. I smile at them and Alex tightens his arm around my waist. We sit on the bench for a while, just enjoying each other's company and then head back to my house. My parents are cooking dinner and Sophie is walking around the house silently. " Whats wrong Soph?" Alex asks, kneeling to her height. " Nothing." she says. " Then why aren't you smiling? How come you're not playing with your toys?" he asks. " Because. Grown ups don't play with toys. I don't play with toys." she explains. " Ah," he realizes, standing up. He glances around and then looks down at her. " Race you to the treehouse?" he asks. " Youre on!" she yells instantly and they take off outside. I grin and go into the kitchen to help my mom peel potatoes. " Hun, could I talk to Aeliyah alone?" she asks my dad. " Sure, babe," he says, going back into the living room. I think it's so cute that he still calls her babe after all these years. " So you and Alex are getting pretty serious huh? That promise ring?" she asks as I wash my hands and watch through the kitchen window as Alex throws Sophie up in the air and catches her. " Yeah," I agree, drying my hands. " I just wanted to remind you that as long as you're happy, your father and I are happy." she says. " I know, mom, thanks," I tell her and hug her. " I love you, sweetie," she says. " I love you too," I tell her honestly and we return to the potatoes. When dinner is ready we call Alex and Sophie in and eat. The doorbell rings and I stand up. " I got it." I say and go to the door. I open it and two men in military uniforms are standing there with their hats under their arms. " Can I help you?" I frown. " Ma'am, Captain Andrew Blue was KIA, killed in action, during duty. I'm very sorry for you and your family's loss." the one on the left says to me. " What? There has to be a mistake," I mumble, my eyes filling. " Im sorry. There's no mistake. Could I speak to his parents?" he asks. " Mom? Dad? Come here for a minute," I call, my voice breaking. Alex, hearing my voice, gets up too and catches me as my knees buckle. He looks up at the men by the door, clenches his jaw, and wraps his arms around me tightly. He pulls me to the stairs and sits beside me and begins whispering things in my ear. I can't hear it though, because all I can think about is how he must have died. Definitely gone down fighting. He would never just give up or surrender. Maybe he suffered. What if they tortured him? I clap my hands over my ears as if to block it out and bury my face in Alex's jacket. I can feel myself trembling and Sophie gets down from the table and walks to me. " Whats wrong?" she asks and I grab her in my arms and bury my face in her hair. I hear my mom scream and my dad yelling that they made a mistake and it only makes me cry and tremble harder. My dad shuts the door and then helps my mom up to their bedroom. Sophie runs up to ask mom what happened and Alex strokes my hair softly. Eventually we go up to my room too and i stare at a picture with Andrew in it, wearing his uniform with a giant, bright smile. Now, tears slip silently down my cheeks and I lay my head on Alex's shoulder. " It'll be okay," he says softly, wiping the tears off of my cheeks.




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