Summer Adventures

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For Maddie, summer is always an adventure with her neighbor Caleb. A sweet story about love and the innocence of childhood. Constructive critisism is encouraged.

  "There's one!" He shouted.

"Catch it!  Catch it!" I squealed.

Caleb chased the little lightning bug around, jumping and swinging his hands around in the air.  He had a huge smile on his face when he finally brought it back to me.

"Here ya go, Maddie."  His face glowed as he opened his hands to reveal the firefly.  We laid down on the grass, watching it's flickering tail-light.

"Let's name him Earl." I said, giggling.

Earl crawled around in Caleb's hands, then flew away, flashing at us as he made his escape.  Caleb and I laughed after him.

Caleb jumped up.  "C'mon Maddie, let's catch another one!"

 

Summer was my favorite season.  I loved to be outside in the warm sunshine and soft breeze.  It was always an adventure.  By eight-thirty every morning, I was outside romping about in the "wilderness" with my next-door neighbor, Caleb.

One of our favorite spots was a little creek that ran through our backyard woods.  He and I would splash barefoot through the cool water as we pretended to be explorers or Indians.  Then we would build forts and castles in the mud, knowing that our mothers would subject us to a vigorous cleaning when we got home.

Our mothers would often bring us to the little park down the road for a picnic.  Caleb and I would race each other to the slide while our mothers set up lunch on our favorite picnic table.  We would play until we were exhausted, then eat until we thought our bellies would explode.

As we grew older, Caleb and I outgrew fireflies and playgrounds.  We rode our bikes all around our small town, exploring every street and alleyway that our worn tires would travel.

After a long day of exploring, we could be found around a bonfire, roasting hot dogs and eating marshmallows.  Caleb and I would sing together while he played our favorite songs on his guitar.  Then we would sit on the grass together and make wishes on every shooting star.

By the summer of my thirteenth year, I'd begun to see Caleb in a new light.  I looked up to him in a way that I'd never looked up to anyone before.  He was so confident, so completely charming.  And he had the most captivating smile.  The way his eyes sparkled when he laughed was enough to make my heart jump.  It almost drove me crazy, sitting beside him and loving him more every second.

One morning, when I was fourteen, I woke up to something tapping on my bedroom window.  Confused, I looked outside.  My heart leapt when I saw Caleb, flashlight shining up into his face, wearing a hilarious grin.  I laughed and crept outside.

"What on earth are you doing?" I whispered, laughing.

"Wanna watch the sunrise?"

We walked to the park down the road and sat together on our picnic table.  Caleb brought his guitar and we sang quietly our favorite songs.  There had never been a moment so magical as when the first rays of the sun began to poke out from over the horizon.  I glanced at Caleb and his dark brown eyes locked with mine.

I needed to tell him.  "Caleb, I..."  My pulse quickened.  "I love you," I whispered.

His eyes searched mine.  "Sorry Maddie," he frowned, "I never saw you as more than a really good friend."

My world was crushed in an instant.  He didn't see me as more than a friend?  I began to wonder what it was about me that he didn't like.

It was never the same after that.  We still spent long summer days together, but we avoided saying or doing certain things that brought up that painful memory.

He didn't ask me to watch the sunrise again until summer two years later.  I woke up to his tapping again.  It was pitched black outside, but Caleb was standing there with a flashlight and a thermos of coffee.

"Feel like watching the sunrise with me?"

We walked to the same park and took a seat on our picnic table.  It felt so much like that summer night two years before, I couldn't keep the familiar scene from running through my head.  As much as I tried not to, I felt tears begin to sting my eyes.

"Maddie?" Caleb questioned, concern written on his face.  "What's wrong?"

I looked into his beautiful brown eyes and caught my breath.  "You," I wiped a tear away from my cheek.  "You said that you saw me only as a friend." I admitted.

"Oh, Maddie..."  He put an arm around my shoulder and I leaned into him.  "I didn't mean to hurt you.  I'm so sorry."  I cried until I ran out of tears.  I listened for a while to his quiet breathing and thought of all the love we could have shared.

"Maddie," He whispered.  "Look."

My gaze shifted to the horizon and I gasped.  It was the most beautiful sunrise I'd ever seen.  It was as if the sun decided to shine just for Caleb and me.

"It's so beautiful." I said quietly.

"You're beautiful."  I glanced up at him.  His eyes were gazing into mine.  He leaned in and kissed me softly.  "And I love you."

 

"There's one!" He shouted.

"Catch it!  Catch it!" She squealed.

I watched as Caleb reached out and caught the little firefly.  He slowly brought it down for little Araya to see.  She exploded with giggles as the lightning bug flashed his yellow tail-light at her.  I smiled as I watched Araya scoop the bug into her own hands and bring it to me.

"Look Mommy!" She wore the biggest grin as she opened her hand to reveal the firefly.  After a few seconds, it flew out of her hand and she ran away giggling.

"Let's catch another one!"


Submitted: July 25, 2011

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StayWithMe3

Awww!! That was absolutely adorable!! Very good story! (:

Mon, July 25th, 2011 6:46pm

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Thanks. :) I'm glad you liked it.

Mon, July 25th, 2011 12:16pm

K L Copley

awww that was beautiful! I love it! I love how its structured

Mon, July 25th, 2011 8:01pm

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Thank you so much! :) I'm really glad you liked it.

Tue, July 26th, 2011 6:50am

StephanieJane303

This truly is adorable. I love this story, it's so sweet. Well written too(:
Keep up the great work!

~Stephanie J.

Mon, July 25th, 2011 8:10pm

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Thanks, Stephanie! :) I'm glad you liked it.

Tue, July 26th, 2011 6:56am

Unfortunate Cowboy

Summer might jes be my favorite season, too. Interstin' how people live it differently, and the season means somethin' to each of 'em. Like the story, like that ya can write romance that I can keep up with...anyhow, what I mean is good job!

Wed, July 27th, 2011 3:31am

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Hahaha... Well, thanks Cowby! I'm glad you liked it. :) something interesting about this story... I never actually liked summer that much, and I'm not big on being outdoors, so a lot of people were definitely surprised that this story came from me. Haha. :)

Wed, July 27th, 2011 10:15pm

papermask

This was a really pretty story. Very sweet idea, too! :D

Tue, August 23rd, 2011 3:06am

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Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Mon, August 29th, 2011 12:08pm

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