Donovan's Promise

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Aurora meets Donovan in an unlikely place

Chapter 3 (v.1) - Earth Angel

Submitted: April 15, 2019

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Submitted: April 15, 2019



When I got home I set my book bag down on the couch and went to grab a snack in the kitchen. My sister was still not home from school and neither were my mom or dad.   Snapping on the radio, the song Danger Zone came on and I began to work on the assignments that I had already been assigned.  After an hour or so tho, I had grown tired and decided to go for a walk again. 

My feet seemed to have a mind of their own. They walked me over to the same spot that I had come to yesterday and found my log and sat down to watch the river flowing a few yards from me. As the cicadas sang loudly in the background, I began to hum a little old song that had been going through my head since my walk home. 

Earth Angel, a song made popular again by the 1985 film Back to the Future, which I loved. 

"Earth angel...will you be mine?  My darling dear, love you all the time..."- I sang softly as I gazed across the river at the other side, which was woods and in the far distance, you could see part of the town and elevated train tracks further down.

"I'm just a fool...a fool in love with you..."- I said a little louder.  I felt inspired suddenly and it felt so good, so damn good, to be able to sing this song with everything that I had in my heart.

"Earth angel, earth angel, the one I adore. Love you forever and ever more....I'm just a fool...a fool in love..with you!"  I stood up about to continue on to the next part of the song when I suddenly realized that I wasn't alone. My heart nearly stopped and my jaw dropped as I saw Donovan standing a few feet behind me, looking at me and smiling.

At first I thought he was laughing at me or making fun of me. But something in the way he looked at me told me that this wasn't the case. His eyes, which were the color of the sky, twinkled when he saw me looking at him. His smile was warm and it made me want to smile too, in spite of the feeling of embarrassment I was feeling. He spoke first.

"Oh..I'm so sorry if I scared you. I...was just...walking by..and.."- he looked down, rather shyly and I continued for him.

"And you..heard my awful singing?  I'm sorry you..had to hear that..."- I said, looking away, trying to hide my red face.  He quickly corrected me.

"No. Don't be sorry. I liked it. You..sounded good,"- he said and this statement made me look up. Our eyes lingered and we both seemed to be trying to search for something to say. I attempted something by asking-

"Really? You...liked it?"

He nodded and smiled. His smile made me smile too and we took a step closer to each other. I motioned for him to sit with me on the log and he did. I looked over at him after we had listned to the cicadas for a few moments and had watched a train pass by in the distance. 

"'re...Donovan?"- I asked him, although I well knew who he was. 

He nodded and gave me a sidewards glance. "And you are...Aurora. Right?"

I nodded and we looked off into the distance. Although we were initially quiet and shy, slowly something made us start to open up and begin to speak. I told him that me and my family had just recently moved to Auburn from Chicago. He listned and asked me how I was liking it so far.  I shrugged and said that the town was fine. Lovely, even. But that I felt weird at times, especially during class, as I felt no one knew me there or wanted to know me. He looked at me and after a minute asked me something.

"What makes you feel as if no one at school wants to get to know you?"

I wasn't sure how to answer him.  I mumbled something about being the new kid in town and that I didn't fit in with anyone.  He looked at me, and it seemed as if he was really taking in what I'd told him. He then said wisely-

"You don't have to be the new kid in town to feel as if you don't fit in with anyone. Take me, for example. I don't fit in...and I've lived here all my life."

I looked from his face down to my feet and found myself saying- "Well...I don't see why you wouldn't fit in. You look...very normal to me."

Donovan smiled and sighed somewhat sadly. He saw me looking at him and saw me turn away, pretending that I was only checking the breeze. After some moments, he said softly-

"You're wrong you know..."

I looked at him. "About you being normal, you mean?"- I asked confused.  He shook his head with a little laugh which in turn made me laugh. Donovan had such a cute laugh.

"No...I mean about kids at school not wanting to get to know you."

Our eyes met and I found myself lost in the blues of his eyes. It took me a while to ask him a weak sounding "really?"

He nodded, and somehow seemed transfixed by my own brown eyes, tho I doubt anyone would ever find my eyes interesting. "I...I'd like to get to know you,"- he murmured and I smiled.  

"Hey.."- I said and continued. "That's funny..because I was just thinking the same thing about you."

We shared a grin and continued our evening gazing out at the river and sharing chit chat until I realized that I was late for dinner. I stood up and apologized, saying that I had to go. He stood up too and asked me where I lived. I told him and he said that he lived some two streets over on Bell Street. 

We stood there at the intersection and idled around as we sought a proper way of saying our goodbyes. He was taller than me and this was apparent when we stood side by side. I looked from his denim jacket to his face and saw him looking down. 

"Um...Donovan?  So...I guess we'll see each other at school tomorrow?"- I asked. 

He nodded and smiled. I watched him turn around and start to walk away towards his street. As he walked, I saw him turn slightly and give me a little sidewards glance. I couldn't help but smile all the way home and although my mom gave me grief for coming home late, I didn't care.

I felt...happy. I felt real joy and hope- two things I had never really felt before. 

And meeting Donovan Wright today was my reason for everything. 

I sighed contently as I ate my veggies, which my mom found weird, as I disliked carrots and zucchinis. But as I said, I didn't care. 

Tonight, I felt...alive.

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