perfect day; cloudless sky, cool breeze, crystal clear water at
the perfect temperature, grass greener than I have ever seen it,
and, to top it all off, I get to watch him. His perfectly toned
body running circles around the other players. Dodging between
them with the ball, his ash-coloured hair bouncing as he runs.
His proud smile lighting up his face as he scores yet another
goal. The very smile I fell in love with. The way his perfect
teeth shine even when it's dark. The way his bright lips look
like I could kiss them all day... but that will never happen. He
is happily taken by the head cheerleader, Mary Castell. Sweet,
innocent and pure; three words she definitely is not. One day,
Chance Valence will be hers no longer.
name is Melody. Melody Sweet to be exact. I know, it sounds like
a fairy's name or something, but I'm no fairy. I am an elf. A
full forest-dwelling, magic-using, flying, healing, lovable elf.
Of course, I don't actually live in a forest. I just feel safer
in amongst the trees, hearing their calming whispers. Yep, I can
talk to anything alive but one of the more finer things in life
is flying. Our flying is limited to night though, so we don't get
caught by humans. When we fly we leave a glowing trail, what most
humans believe to be shooting stars. Most of the common human
knowledge about elves is wrong. We don't have pointy ears and we
don't all sing and play the flute, (though I do). One of the few
things they got right, is our flowing language. Our very language
is said to be able to control something just by uttering it's
enough of the history lecture, lets talk about me. I am 16 years
old-a senior at Gem Rose High. Yeah, I'm a senior. Being an elf
sure has its advantages. Any book I read, or picture I see, I can
instantly memorise, so studying is a breeze. The other way is
that elves have a mystic power that makes it impossible for
people not to like me. Perfect grades and being teachers pet = a
very easy ticket to senior year.
High is the most expensive school in the state of California, so
all the kids here are pretty loaded with cash. Most of the people
are nice, (emphasis on the nice), but the nicest of all are my
best friends, Amelia and Chance. Yep, that's right, the Chance
from the start of my story. We have all been friends since
elementary school and have never been separated since.
one of the prettiest girls I've ever seen, and sweet too. She has
the body of a model, but she doesn't think so. We keep telling
her she is going to be either a world-class model or an A-list
actress, but she just dismisses us and changes the subject. Just
wait, it keeps getting better! On top of the looks and
personality, she has a voice like nothing I have ever heard. She
has the voice perfect for nearly any genre in music, but again
she dismisses us when we tell her.
there's Chance- always been better looking and more mature than
most his age, (something the three of us have in common), but I
only started seeing him this way in my junior years at Gem Rose.
He's the type of guy that doesn't let anyone touch his friends,
or even look at them funny. No one messes with Chance Valence, or
his friends. Being as athletic as he is, most people tend to
misconstrue his intellectual ability. That is, until he skipped
to the senior year with Amelia and I. Chance's dream job is a
doctor/scientist. He wants to be the one to find a cure for
cancer, and so far he is proving pretty worthy of doing
the two of them, they are the only people I have told about my
secret. It's pretty cool to be able to practice my healing on
real people, not just dummies and animals. All of a sudden I hear
Amelia's laugh in my ear and I snap out of my thoughts and into
reality to see Mary splashing in the lake.
cheats on Chance Valence and gets away with it. Mary Castell,
it's over," Chance says proudly, walking away from her and
move, it's about time," Amelia jokes as he comes towards us. Her
laugh is so angelic.
she wasn't exactly my type anyway," he says and winks at me.
Wait... He just winked at me,
he just wink at me?
then WHY did you go out with her?!" I snap. Amelia and Chance are
we talked about this. She threatened me, blackmailed me," he
says, looking hurt, "I thought you understood. Are you okay, Mel?
This isn't very like you."
sorry I'm fine, I just..." I say, choking. I can't tell
do this. "I... I..." I swallow my pride, "I love you," Amelia
gasps and gives the look of "How didn't she tell me?", or maybe
"How didn't I guess?"
takes his hand in mine, "I'm glad one of us has the guts to say
it." There's that smile again.
mean..." I say a little confused. Amelia's eyes darting between
us like she's watching a tennis match.
love you too," he says, moving his hands to my face, pulling my
face closer to his. My head starts spinning, a thousand thoughts
running through my mind. Then my mind goes blank, his lips
pressed against mine, they fit perfectly against his. I've had
kisses before, but they all meant nothing compared to this. His
lips are so warm. I feel his hand move to the back of my head and
pull me in tighter. Nothing matters in this moment but the two of
us. Wait, where's Amelia? I open my eyes and out of the corner of
my eye, I see her watching with a cute smile on her face. Relief
flows through me and I push all my thoughts back toward him. I
have never felt more alive, more happy. Right as I think that, he
pulls away. I just stare at him.
no idea how long I have been waiting for that moment," he says,
with one arm around my waist.
think I do," I say, my arms wrapped around my neck.
looks like that wait is finally over," he says happily, standing
up and offering his hand to help me up. I take it and he pulls me
up and signals Amelia to get up too, then places his hand on my
You guys are soooo cute together. You guys are together now
right?" Amelia says, jumping up along side us. Chance and I look
at each other and laugh.
so," we say together. The three of us start laughing.
are just too cute," Amelia says through laughs, flashing her
brilliant white teeth. I giggle and wrap my arms around him. He
grins and sweeps me up into his arms. I scream and start
squirming, kicking and hitting his chest. I eventually give up
and settle into his arms, burying myself in his chest.
to look around. People are staring. We are going to be the 'hot
goss' around here, well, us and poor, poor Mary. I put their
stories to the back of my mid and stared up at my boy. 'My boy,'
I like the way that sounds.
I mutter into his chest, only loud enough for him to hear.
gonna go shy about it now?" he says, with that smile
giggle, "MY BOY!" I scream as loud as I can, "Happy now?" I say
better," he says. I've never seen his eyes this bright before, or
even his smile this bright.
are you taking me?" I say, realising how far he's carried me. I
look at Amelia.
don't look at me," she says, still laughing. We both look at
see," he winks at me and my heart skips a beat.
but I wanna know now. You know I hate surprises," I say, acting
like a little kid.
bad," he says, trying to keep a straight face, "If I'm gonna be
"your boy", you're gonna have to get used to all these
surprises." He gives up on keeping a straight face. "and if
you're gonna be acting like a kid, you're gonna be punished
suitably" He finishes.
how's that?" I say, tilting my head.
this," he grins. He stops walking and lays me down on the ground
and pins me down by sitting on my waist and pressing my wrists to
the ground with one of his hands, "Hope you're not ticklish," he
No. Don't you dare. Chance Christopher Val-" I start to yell,
interrupted by a scream, my scream. His free hand starts tickling
the side of my ribs and sending me into a fit of tears and
laughter. "STOP!" I manage through the laughter, "I give, I
give." He lets me sit up and I look around, "This place is
beautiful, where are we?"
thought you would like it, I did make it just for you after all,"
he says, blushing at the last few words.
babe. I love it, almost as much as I love you," I say, standing
up and looking around.
single one of my favourite flowers is planted in small beds
around topiary hedges of all my favourite things. There's a music
note surrounded by lavenders, a book surrounded by honeysuckle
and even an owl surrounded by a bed of daffodils. I take a deep
breath through my nose, the smell is just as beautiful as it
looks, all the flowers mixed together creating a relaxing aroma
in itself. The small creek flowing through the garden adds to the
effect with the light bubbling sound of the flowing water against
the rocks. There's even a little koi pond at the end of one of
the cobble stone paths.
one of the paths into a small thicket. As I go further down the
path I see a small wooden cottage with beautiful growth weaving
through the even more beautiful craft-work. The cottage looks
like it's perfect for a small couple. A love seat on the upstairs
balcony overlooking the entire garden.
light footsteps behind me and spin around to jump in his arms.
"Babe, its beautiful, I lo- Oh Amelia, it's you. I could've sworn
it was Chance," I say, a bit confused.
it's not, he wandered off somewhere. Anyway, this place is
amazing. He was talking to me and said this was just the front
yard or something... don't know what he meant though," she says,
dismissing the last bit and beginning to ramble on about how
pretty everything is.
off to find Chance with Amelia hot at my heels. I can't believe
how beautiful this place is, even the wildlife here is beautiful.
The singing birds in the trees, the fish sparkling as the sun
hits the water, and it's all mine. No. Not mine. Ours. Ours
forever, nothing will separate us.
light footsteps on the grass; Chance. I race towards the sound. I
fly around the corner. I freeze. Shocked.
it? Why did you sto- Oh. Mel..." Amelia holds me from behind. The
sight that lay before me; a horrible nightmare. A beautiful
corpse, soaked in a bath of red. I sprint for him, tears
streaming down my face. I kneel down beside him and wrap myself
around him. His eyes flutter.
sorry. My pocket. Look," and with that, he took his last breath,
and closed his eyes forever.
Chance! You can't leave! You can't," I weep, tears pouring down
my face, "We were gonna be forever... Forever" I lay down on his
chest, feeling the absence of a heartbeat, the absence of his
breath, the absence of life, and let the tears fall. "In my heart
forever," I say, pressing my lips against his for one last