Chapter 1: Remembering Ian

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 1

Rainne hurried through the street, clutching her coat closer to her. The snow had begun to fall, and it was freezing out. She absolutely loved the snow, just not when she was out in it. Snowflakes settled on her eyelashes. Every time she blinked, she saw a flash of white right before her eyes. Her new boots were by now ruined. She hadn’t been planning on it snowing today. It wasn’t supposed to snow for another two weeks! Oh well, she would deal with them later. She was late.

As she marched down Main Street, she heard her phone buzz silently in her pocket. She pulled it out to see a text message from her babysitter. As she was reading it, she accidentally walked into some kind of wall. She stumbled backwards, and would have fallen on her butt, had an arm not reached out to steady her. Her head flew up and her eyes widened in surprise. It hadn’t been a wall. It had been a person!

“I am so sorry!” she blurted unattractively. “I really shouldn’t text and walk at the same time! I can’t multitask at all!” When the man just looked at her for a moment she smiled sheepishly. “Sorry.” she said again.

He had a curious expression lingering in his chocolate brown eyes. One of his dark eyebrows arched upwards, and his mouth curved into a half smile the longer he looked at her. Rainne couldn’t seem to take her eyes off of him. No matter where she tried to move them, it was like a magnet pulled them back to his chocolate brown ones. There was something so familiar about him, but she couldn’t place it.

“Rainne Summers?” he said. “Is that you?” When her eyes widened in shock, his smile broadened, taking that as confirmation. “Wow, you’ve grown up,” he continued when she said nothing. “Man, I haven’t seen you in over ten years!” What was he talking about? She had no clue who this man was, even if he did look incredibly familiar. His smile faltered a bit when she remained speechless. “You don’t remember me.” He stated sadly. She nodded.

After a moment of looking quite pitiful, he sighed and then stuck out a hand for her to shake saying, “Ian Price.” The name sounded incredible familiar, but she couldn’t quite place where from. So instead of pondering how she knew this man, she decided to just go with it. She shook his hand saying. “Rainne.”
He looked puzzled for a moment before he said completely serious, “Actually, this is snow. Maybe we need to get you to a doctor. I think you may have hit your head on my rock hard chest.” Wow… cocky bastard this one. Even if it was true. She could tell even through his jacket that he was quite fit. Rainne only grinned, and eventually succeeded in rescuing her hand from his giant one. She smiled and then remembered where she had been going in the first place. Crap. She was late.

“Oh, God.” she said. “I’m really late. I’ve got to go.”

His expression fell a bit and as she stepped around him to leave, he grabbed her arm lightly. When she turned to face him he said, “How about we grab coffee sometime? Help you remember all this awesomeness?”

Rainne only smiled politely and said, “Sorry, but I’m not in the habit of going out with men I’ve just met.” With that she turned to walk away, leaving Ian Price staring after her long after she’d disappeared in the crowded walkway.

 

 


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When Rainne walked into work, she was immediately bombarded by Sarah. “Where have you been?” she said in an annoyed tone. “I’ve had to cover for you for the last twenty minutes!”

Rainne fixed a pacifying expression on her face. “I’m so sorry! The babysitter was late, and then I ran into someone in the street and got a bit… umm, distracted,” she said hurriedly. She put her things in the back room and fixed her oh so classy work shirt before venturing out into the world of executives and other upper class people eating at a high-class restaurant. She plastered a big smile on her face before walking over to one of the tables in her area and saying, “Hello, my name is Rainne and I’ll be your server tonight. Can I start you gentlemen off with something to drink?”

After taking their order, she moved on to the next table, and the next, and the next. Before she knew it four hours had passed, and she was fairly close to being able to take her break. She really needed a cigarette. Normally she tried not to smoke, but today had been stressful, and one couldn’t hurt, right?

Sarah took her break at the same time as Rainne did and she went out back to smoke with her. They chatted idly for a few moments, before Rainne had the courage to bring up the topic that had been lurking at the back of her mind all day.

“Hey, Sarah?” she said quietly, half hoping that Sarah wouldn’t hear her and she could forget about him. Unfortunately, Sarah heard and muttered a quick “Hmm?” around her second cigarette of their break. Rainne deliberated for a moment before settling on just asking her. Most likely she didn’t even remember who this guy was either. “Do you remember a boy named Ian Price from when we were little?” Sarah scrunched up her face in concentration, trying to remember back that long. After a moment, Rainne decided to explain her curiosity. “I ran into him today, and he said he knew me from when we were little, but I had no clue who he was. I figured since we’ve been practically attached at the hip since we were born, you might remember him?”
“Ian…” Sarah repeated the name, testing it out in her mouth. “Ian… It sounds really familiar, but I can’t – oh wait! Wasn’t he that boy from your neighborhood? The one that moved away when we were like ten?”

Even as the words were out of her mouth, Rainne remembered vaguely. She had a memory of her and a young boy with scruffy brown hair and the same chocolate eyes that she had seen earlier in the day playing ball in her front yard. They must have been no older than five or six at the time. Both their parents watched as they played outside all day. “Hmmm…” she said, “that does sound vaguely familiar, now that you mention it.”

As she spoke, she glanced down at her watch and realized the time. Their break was over. “We have to get back to work,” she said bleakly to her best friend. With matching sighs, they both trudged back into the restaurant and got back to work.

As she was doing her regular rounds to check on all her tables, she noticed a new group of people had been seated in her section. She hurried to greet them and take their orders. She reached down to grab her pad of paper and a pen as she approached the table and looked up with a smile saying, “Hello and welcome to Chateau. My name is Rainne and I’ll be your server today. Can I start you off with some drinks?” she said robotically. She looked around the table to see who would speak first before realizing that one of the faces seemed a bit too familiar for her liking.
With a huge grin plastered across his face, Ian said, “Snow! Fancy seeing you here!”

 


Submitted: June 30, 2015

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Ryan McNally

Your style is great, I enjoyed what I read. Definitely interested to see where it's going - but where is the rest of this?

Tue, June 30th, 2015 7:54pm

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I have a couple more chapters written, but for the rest I still have to write it. :)

Tue, June 30th, 2015 1:31pm

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