The Broken Promise

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
"The Broken Promise" is a short story about a couple named Katherine and Ben... This is part 1 of their story so look out for more!

Submitted: October 28, 2009

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The water rippled gently against the white rocks at the shore as the sun shone high illuminating the land below. It was the height of summer, a summer that let love rise as though they were the hazy heat of the mid day sun.

Katherine lay against the grassy dunes, with her love of a year next to her his arms wrapped tightly around her. Their fingers entwined and their breathing was synchronised with repetitive movement of the whooshing tide. “I love you Ben...” Katherine smiled, exposing her gleaming and perfect teeth. She felt his touch lightly graze her cheek, so lightly it could be the gentle brush of the air.”Katherine...”he paused, a crooked smile washed over his sculptured face, “I love you so much more...” He chuckled.

The time passed by and crowds of people enjoying the summer weather passed; the couple remained. “I can’t wait for the party tonight it’s going to be so great! Imagine all the people we haven’t saw since summer began!” Katherine was too busy daydreaming about the night’s crazy events to notice the shadowing darkness cross Ben’s face. He muttered under his breath “...Sure...” Ben sensed his brooding depression emanating from his body being scrutinised by the wonder like green eyes of Katherine... “It should be good” he quickly added.

The sun chilled, sending icy fingertips brushing across the couples linking arms. “I have to go now. It takes a while to make a face this beautiful you know” the pair held onto the other tightly as though the winter gale force winds were striving to separate them. It wouldn’t Katherine thought, smiling a smile so big. Ben’s smile mesmerised her, his teeth so white, his eyes sparkling. “Now, that is a word of a lie. You’re unbelievably gorgeous Miss Katherine Furnell!” He chucked and brought his lusting lips to hers. Their worlds collided and they couldn’t care less.

Ben left Katherine on her porch before heading back to his Ford he was so proud of. Settling into his seat panic struck and nausea set in. She would be at the same party. Lucy! How stupid could he have been? Of all people he chose to confide in with his dirtiest darkest secret, he chose Lucy, the arch enemy of his dear girl. Confiding in Lucy was like Jennifer confiding in Angelina before she got her nails stuck firmly into Brad. But, what could he do now? He was an idiot but it was in the past. Maybe, just maybe, Katherine would understand.

He loved Katherine... So much in fact that the couple could live through anything and had. But would this make the delicate thread break? He thought to himself as the wheels took off course from his destination. He would have to talk to Lucy; persuade her to keep what had happened – what he had told her- to herself and whatever she talked about to Katherine, leave that subject out.

Head bent down Ben hesitantly rapped on Lucy’s door. Nerves causing his steady hands to shake. He was scared that Lucy wouldn’t be in. What am I going to do? He pleaded with his mind to give him the answer he wanted. To go back in time. “Ben! Hey” the girl at the door was Lucy alright. Her blonde hair curled back into a pony, those green eyes more aggressive than Katherine’s. “Don’t tell her Lucy!” he implored. Evil swept over Lucy’s face. “Come in Ben...” she beckoned. Her fun had begun.

Once inside the toasty warm front room of Lucy Hyde’s house Ben’s fear had reached its peak. “Lucy, please it’s not fair on Katherine... It would break her heart if she knew...” His brow frowned as his mind was demolished by a hurricane of thoughts. “If she knew what Benjamin? That in both your hours of need her dear boyfriend came to the enemy for a shoulder to cry on?” she grinned as she spat out the words. God, how she hated Katherine Furnell! “If you don’t mind Ben I have a party to get ready for... Will I see you there?” She winked, leaving a dazed and panicked Ben quivering on the porch. “Lucy please!” He called trying to melt her frozen heart.

Katherine looked incredible. Her fair hair hung casually over her shoulder and her violet dress flowed behind her as she giggled coming down the stairs like the bride Ben would want to see approaching from the church aisle. But, tonight, there was an objection. Lucy. Katherine’s sweet smile blocked out the vicious acts of Lucy; as Ben clasped his hand to hers and kissed her softly. “Ready?” he sighed as though he had no care in the world. “Ready” she replied definitely with no cares in her world.

The hall was enormous and decorated with white and deep purple Lily flowers. Katherine gasped as she saw the sophisticated and modern decor that had converted the old church into the hall for the start of school party. “Wow! Isn’t this just amazing?!” A high pitched voice came from behind Ben and Katherine. Lucy. They both sighed and Katherine forced a fake smile. “Leave it Lucy” Ben spoke in a firm cold voice. Katherine shot him surprised glance but Ben only stared at Lucy showing her that he didn’t care for her games. He was too scared to play. “Oh Ben!” she shouted across the loud music which was now emanating from the huge black monster speakers in front of the square dance floor. “Don’t worry...” Lucy soothed in a menacing voice “Of course I won’t tell Katherine that you came to see me today to beg me, like a puppy, not to tell her of our night sharing.” She laughed “Oops! Dozy me!” she turned her hair flying back wards and walked towards the door to meet her date.

“KATHERINE!” Ben shouted so loud that even over the music his fellow school students stopped to see the commotion. Katherine was running out of the church, her dress hoisted up so she could easily escape. Ben stood frozen. He had had the best thing in this stupid town and he had ruined it by trusting the witch of Wells Ville Town – Lucy.

Katherine sobbed her hair blowing into her face; as though wiping away her tears. The icy moon illuminated the scene. The eyes’ of the happy couples glancing down at the mess sobbing on the church steps. “Katherine?” a voice she used to trust softly echoed from behind her as she stood up , straightened her dress and started to make her way down the stone steps. “Katherine, please!” He insisted, taking her arms in his warm hands. “Please...” he added with a desperation she had never heard before. Katherine turned reluctantly, not meeting his tearful eyes. “Ben, let go of me, please” she asked in a voice that sounded as though at any second she would let out a huge sob. “Not until you listen to me... I’m sorry Katherine! I didn’t know why I went to her, if I had knew it would hurt you so... I... I would of just...” He couldn’t finish. The hurt that was radiating from Katherine was like tiny stabs in his heart. How could he have done this to her? He felt his arms slump heavily to his side, expecting her to turn and walk out of his life without looking back. “Ben, why?” she asked with tears streaming from her emerald green eyes. Their hearts were breaking. Katherine was determined for answers, her heart breaking apart, but she needed to know.

How could she go on not knowing the whole truth? No matter what that truth was. She would know... She had to!

“Ben?” she called and met his eyes for this first time since they had entered the party. “Why did you go to Katherine?” she sighed and bit her lip before carrying on, “Do I mean that little to you?” She cried and put her arms folded across her chest, part because of the icy chill in the air, part because of the hurt she was keeping inside.

“Katherine...” He nervously took a step towards her. She didn’t back away but kept her eyes burning into his, as though she was searching his soul for her answers. “I love you. You mean everything to me. But, that night, I thought I had lost you. Forever... I couldn’t bare the pain. I just saw Lucy and she manipulated me. I didn’t even know who she was. I just thought she was concerned. But I was wrong...”

Katherine closed the gaping distance between them, lacing her fingers around Ben’s. She smiled. “Where being stupid aren’t we?” Ben’s brow folded in confusion. “Katherine...” He smiled as Katherine’s finger slowly reached to his lips, keeping him silent. He kisses her fingertip holding her hand in between them. “Ben. I love you... I don’t want to have to face school without you...” She bit her lip. “Please let’s just forget this?”

Ben sighed. There was a happy ending for him and Katherine, but, he didn’t deserve a happy ending. He knew he had hurt her and he could of stopped all this, he could of turned to somebody else to talk to. But, he turned to the person who Katherine hated the most. “Sweetheart, you know I love you to.” She closed his eyes, trapping the tears inside “But I broke our only promise” The tears escaped as he felt the tear in his heart deepen. Katherine smirked, “I’m not letting the broken promise excuse ruin us Benjamin!”

The broken promise was buried and that was that.


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