Chapter 1: That Certain Spark

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

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A/N: Thank you bunches for checking out chapter 1 of That Certain Spark! I really appreciate your time. I sincerely hope each and every one of you enjoy the beginning of this novel. I'm super excited to write it, as i've been struggling with writer's block for months now. Comments are appreciated; I would love to know what to add/take away. Thanks again, lovelies!


Goodbyes were always hard, of that Mia was sure.

She knew it would be hard saying goodbye to Jake. It wouldn't be a simple, "I'll see you later," or even a fleeting hug. No, Jake's goodbye would take a lot of control. Without it, she knew he could change her mind. He was the only person that had the potential to talk her out of her dream. And what hurt the most was that she knew he wouldn't try. He had made it clear how much he wanted her to stay, and because of that, she felt terrible for leaving. But he also encouraged her. He let her know how proud he was, how much he loved and supported her deciscion, because that was her dream.That's what best friends did. Mia knew it would be hard. She understood how painful goodbyes could be. Especially when there was no way of knowing when she'd see him again.


Her head throbbed from all the crying, and she was exhausted from packing. Glancing at the clock on her nightstand, Mia realized she'd been at it for over seven hours. Scanning the near empty room, Mia realized just how much stuff she really had. Most of it was packed away in boxes that she'd open at her apartment in New York City. She'd been there once with Jake and his family, but vacationing there and living there were totally different experiences.

"You all packed up?" Her mom greeted her at the doorway with her puppy, Blue.

"Uh... yeah. I think i'll need another box."

Blue ran over to greet her, and settled in her lap. He wasn't any bigger than a pillow, and his favorite place to sleep was on her feet. Mia's mom returned a few minutes laterwith a box and a sad smile. "He's going to miss you."

Mia smiled, looking down at Blue. His curly gray fur was soft and warm against her bare feet, and she had to bite her lip to keep from crying again. "I'll miss him too. I wish I could take him with me."

Mrs. Stephens nodded. "I know you do sweetie." She sat down next to Mia, peering inside the last box she had packed. "Oh my... do you remember this trophy?"

Looking at the little pink trophy, Mia nodded. "That was my Little Miss Carolina trophy. I still can't believe I won that."

Laughing, Mrs. Stephens smiled. "I can. You deserved it. You were only three years old. I still remember the smile on your face when you won that crown. You slept with it on, you know. I tried and tried to take it off of you, but you were determined to sleep with your crown and your sash, just like a real princess."

Mia nodded. "That sounds like me. Always a princess."

They were quiet for a few minutes, when her dad arrived at the door. "Always my little princess."

Smiling through the tears, Mia greeted her dad with a hug. "I love you dad."

"I love you too, Mia. Here, this is for you. It's not a lot, but it'll get you through the month. Hopefully i'll be able to give you the rest in person at the end of the month?"

"When you come visit me, right?"

Her parents laughed. "Or when you come visit us."

They exchanged a quick glance, and motioned for her to come outside. She was completely shocked to find a brand new silver Audi sitting in the driveway, a huge pink bow on the hood. Tears of excitement formed in the corners of her eyes and threatened to fall. Forcing them away, Mia hugged both of her parents before jumping in the car.

"It's perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Both of her parents smiled, nodding. "Of course. Now go make us proud."


After packing her car and saying twelve rounds of goodbye, Mia was off to say one more goodbye. Her friends had all been over the previous weekend for a goodbye sleepover, and although it was nice to see them all before she left, Mia would have rather been spending it with Jake. He had been at a football camp and couldn't make it home until yesterday. She couldn't wait to see him, but she could've waited a lifetime for what she knew would be the hardest goodbye she'd ever have to say.

Her heart ached as she found Jake leaning against his car door, a small box in one hand, coffee in the other. She climbed out of the car, smiling as Jake took in the sight of hernew silver Audi.

"Wow. This is... wow. She's beautiful."

He made a walk around the car, running his fingers along the doors, nearly drooling with adoration. He was such a guy. Mia threw him the keys.

"Wanna take her for a drive? I've got an hour before..."

Jake cut her off beforeshe could finish a sentence she knew neither of them wanted to hear."Of course. Let's go."


Mia took in everything as they drove to their spot. Jake's dad had a house on the lake, a few yards away from a tiny wooden shack they had found while "exploring the island" when they were only elementary age. The house had only one room, but it was nice and open, with a window facing the water.The two of themhad boughtbean bag chairsto place in front of the window, and they often brought snacks for the really deep conversation days. She studied him as he nodded towards the coffee in the cupholder.

"I figured you might need a little something to help keep you awake."

Mia smiled. "White mocha?"

"Mia, how long have we been best friends?"

Taking a sip of her coffee, Mia smiled. "Let's see... you moved here in first grade. So... about twelve years."

Jake smiled, "Exactly. I know you find it hard to believe, but i'm actually pretty good at remembering things."

Looking down at her lap, Mia knew he was right. He knew her better than anyone.

"Your birthday is November 27th. Your favorite color is sometimes pink, but sometimes purple, depending on your mood. You love chocolate, and could shop for shoes for days and not get bored. You're scared of the dark after we watch a scary movie, and you always seem toburn your ear when you curl your hair. You talk to Blue when you feel lonely, and you've always wanted a kitten. Olive Garden is your favorite restuarant, but you wished they served shrimp and cheese biscuits there, just like Red Lobster.You feel like a rebel when you eat cookie dough from the tub, and bubble baths help you unwind. You love the smell of vanilla, and your favorite coffee is awhite mocha, extra whip. How's that?"

Mia smiled, wondering in this moment why she had to leave. Couldn't she just attend the community college here in Beaufort instead of leaving Jake and everyone else behind?

"And now you're questioning if you should leave at all."

Shaking her head, Mia gave a sad smile.

"Am I wrong?"

"Actually, you've never been more right."


"Jake, please look at me."

Jake had his back turned to her, facing the water. This time though, he wasn't sitting comfortably in the blue bean bag he loved, and they hadn't brought snacks.

She moved towards him, resting her head on his arm as she stared out the window at the smooth waves the lake created.

"Why does it feel like it's all over? Why do I feel like everything's ending?"

Mia felt the tears run down her cheeks as she turned him to face her. "It isn't over. We're still best friends, Jake. I'm leaving to fulifil my dream. This is what i've always wanted to do. Juilliard is kind of a big deal for me."

Jake nodded. "I know. And i'm honestly more proud of you than anyone. You're my best friend, my sister, my family. And when you leave... when you leave everything's going to change."

Mia shook her head, hoping to convince herself that he'd be just fine. "You're leaving forClemson in a week, Jake. You're going to love it there. Isn't this your dream? You're finally going to play college football. You're big, strong, and I believe in you. You can do it. You don't need me.."

Mia paused to find the right words. "To be the amazing guy I know you are."

"But I do, Mia. You make me good."

There was so much more Mia wanted to say, so much more she wanted to tell him. But she felt her resolve falling, and the tears were falling harder now. He brought her into his arms, her head fell against his chest just like always. But this time, Mia knew that even Jake couldn't fix her breaking heart.

Submitted: January 26, 2013

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Wow, an amazing start to what I just know will be an amazing novel! I was completely captivated from the first sentence. I loved the part where Jake was reeling off loads of facts about Mia, that bit was so sweet. :'3 And her parents are so lovely. xD I honestly cannot wait to read more! Please KMU!!! :D

Sun, January 27th, 2013 1:38am


First comment! Haha, thank you! I am very glad you liked it!I will keep you posted as soon as I write more! I feel a writing spree coming on now that I seem to have a little more inspiration from all the Nicholas Sparks movies! Haha, thanks once again for the sweet comment, and thanks so much for reading! Much love! -E.L.

Sat, January 26th, 2013 6:08pm

Matthew D. Hay (Tangible Word)

Loved this :D I love the interaction between your characters, keeps the reader and involved and engaged :D You have such a captivating, descriptive style, I love it, KMU please!! :D

Sun, January 27th, 2013 2:29am


Wow, thank you so much. This comment made my night. I'm so glad you liked it! I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Sat, January 26th, 2013 6:33pm


Wow this was an amazing start!! I can't wait to see what happens next!! :3 Good Job!! :P KMU??

Sun, January 27th, 2013 3:27am


Thank you very much! I will most definetly keep you posted! Thanks again!

Sat, January 26th, 2013 7:57pm

Miss A

hello dearie .....
Thanks for dropping by and sending the reading request on my page .. well I'm not much of a romance/young adult reader .. but I hate to ignore or turn down reading requests .....
I must say , you have done a good job on the writing and like someone suggested here in the comments , you should definitely go for something extremely amazing or extremely horrifying in the coming chapters.. that will build up on the curiosity and appeal of your novel ... good job :)

Sun, January 27th, 2013 7:52am


Oh dear, i'm very sorry, but thank you so much for your comment! I'm so glad to hear that you liked it. I will for sure add something amazing/horrifying in the next chapter.

Sun, January 27th, 2013 9:48am


This is so beautiful!!! I can't wait to read the rest. Could you please do me a favor and read my novel "Meeting a Vampire" in return. i hope you'll like it. thank you:)

Sun, January 27th, 2013 2:48pm


Thank you very much! I will for sure add it to my reading list and get to it as soon as I can! :)

Sun, January 27th, 2013 9:46am


*Sigh* I'm diggin' the romance aspect of it already! I'm such a sucker for love (Nicholas Sparks is one of my fav authors as well so you've got me hooked, lined and sunk if you write with the same type of 'romantic mentality' he does ;) ).

Anyway, great first chapter! Really well written!

Sun, January 27th, 2013 3:43pm


Thank you! That made my day! I LOVE Nicholas Sparks, and really hope to be half the writer he is some day! Thanks again for your sweet comment!

Sun, January 27th, 2013 9:45am


She should look up to him and he should kiss her! And then should do it! I think that would be amazing:D Romantic wise:D I know it would be rushing the gun, but that would be so breathtaking! Especially with your writing! XD This was an awesome first chapter!! I really like where this is headed, so please do keep me updated! I can't wait to read what happens next:D

Sun, January 27th, 2013 4:01pm


Awwwww! That would be absolutely perfect! I'll keep this in mind for sure! Thanks again for the advice, and I will surely keep you updated!

Sun, January 27th, 2013 9:44am

Jane Sterling

Utterly amazing.
I'm honestly quite speechless right now.
You have quite a talent love.
Please continue and make this book a #1.
It's already on its way up there!
Hurry and updated!
And tell me when you do.
Much love
~Jane Sterling

Sun, January 27th, 2013 9:49pm


Thank you so much. This comment just made my night. I am so very glad you liked it. I will be sure to keep you updated!

Sun, January 27th, 2013 5:32pm


I'm glad you asked me to read this. I really enjoyed this chapter. Please KMU! And if you get a chance read and comment on a novel of mine. I don't care which one. I'd just love to get some feedback from a fellow romance author! Thanks

Mon, January 28th, 2013 2:36am


Thank you! I'm very glad you enjoyed it! I will definetly try my best to get to one of your novels. :)

Sun, January 27th, 2013 7:20pm


Very well written well done on that front, but the story..
To be honest I am at a loss as to why on Earth you wrote it.
Its a story with no deep meaning, its not an inch deeper than it appears to be.

You are a great writer, no doubt but please don't waste your talent on stories like this.

I don't want to be mean, sorry if it seems that way, I am actually praising you.

Getting me to read a story with no meaning from start to finish simply due to the way its wrote is an achievement. I can't praise you enough on that.

Wed, January 30th, 2013 4:35pm


Thank you for this comment! It actually has meaning for me, but I definetly understand how it might be boring / meaningless to you. Thanks again for the advice and your praises! I appreciate it :)

Wed, January 30th, 2013 2:27pm


This is a beautifully written first chapter, it was amazingly detailed and the language is extraordinary. You showed me the frendship between Mia and Jake, it's so sad. There were a few tinnie-winnie errors that I have to mention. When you say I it should be capital letters so if you say i'll the I has to be a capital like this 'I'll.' You spelt decision wrong on the second paragraph and the six to last paragraph you spelt fulfill wrong, it's fulfill. Other than that it was pristine perfect. A very good job! :) I gave you an 'I Like It' vote!

Thu, January 31st, 2013 7:07pm


Oh gosh, I always spell decision wrong! Ha ha thank you so very much for the corrections and sweet comment! Oh, and thanks for the like!

Thu, January 31st, 2013 4:57pm


Awieee this chapter is so cute and sad! Gosh, I need to read more! Haha so KMU xo

Tue, February 12th, 2013 10:04pm


Haha thanks! I will be sure to keep you posted!

Thu, February 14th, 2013 9:17am

Take the World by Fire

Ohhh I really loved the start of this! Why isn't more posted! :( What girl can't relate to a broken heart!? Your writing flows so well. So please, KMU cutie! :)

Fri, March 1st, 2013 2:44pm


Thank you! I am SO sorry nothing more has been posted. I promise i'm working on it. I have been crazy busy here lately. Thanks so much again for your comment. I'll definitely keep you updated :)

Mon, March 11th, 2013 6:44am

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