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Bonjour, je m'appelle Sydni (:
I decided my about me was boring, so I thought I'd switch it up!

Acting; singing; writing; volleyball; clumsy

I love disney movies, anchors, shoes, & travelling.
I hate pickles, coffee, & when people crack anything.
I love the rain & lightning, but I don't like thunder.
 I'm an actress in training, so watch for me on the big screen (;
Please check out my completed stories, 
Don't Tell, Speechless, & Finding My Way,
and my current story Discovering Destiny.

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A huge thank you to my 555 followers ♥ 10/01/12

  1. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
    posted a quote
    April 7, 2013 11:51am UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 5 part 2: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    “Are you kidding me?” Ryan asked disbelievingly.
    “YES! IN YOUR FACE RYAN!” Steve yelled, pointing at Ryan.
    “Finally!!” Bridget high-fived James and laughed.
    “You rock, Aislinn!” James laughed.
    “Sorry Ry, you shouldn’t have taught me how to play.” I shrugged playfully and he pointed at me, a look of determination on his face.
    “This isn’t over. I never lose this game. You just got lucky.”
    “Sure I did, because I’m the luckiest girl in the world, clearly.” I said sarcastically, but no one else really got what I was implying because they didn’t know what I’d been through. And I didn’t want them to find out, I was too afraid they’d treat me like a charity case. I didn’t want sympathy; I just wanted to have fun. And I was, I really liked Ryan and his friends, and it seemed like they liked me too.
    “I’m gonna get going, it’s getting chilly and I have to get up early tomorrow. Thanks though, I had a lot of fun!” I smiled as I stood up from the table.
    “Hey, anytime! Actually, we’re going to Universal next week, you should come with us!”
    “Yeah, that’d be fun!” I smiled.
    “Great! I’ll get your number from Ryan later and text you about it.” Bridget smiled.
    “Sounds good. Bye guys!” I turned and started walking. I heard footsteps and within a few seconds Ryan fell into step beside me. “No, you don’t have to walk me home. I’m fine, go back and play with everyone!”
    “Aislinn, we’ve been through this before, and I’m walking you home whether you want me to or not.
    “Alright, alright, I won’t fight you.”
    “Sorry you never found your friends, I hope they weren’t worried.”
    “Don’t worry about it; I had a good time anyways.” I smiled at him. “Your friends are really nice.”
    “Yeah,” he laughed, “they’re a little wacky.”
    I smiled but didn’t say anything. Conversations with people, especially boys, were not my strong suit. Not after Will.
    “Oh so what did you mean earlier? When you said you didn’t have the best luck?”
    “Maybe I’ll tell you some other time.” I smiled mirthlessly and Ryan just nodded.
    “So did you still want to go to the drive-in tomorrow night?” He tried to change the subject.
    “What movie is playing?”
    “I think P.S. I Love You, but I’m not sure.”
    “Oh, I’ve never seen it.”
    “How have you not seen it? Do you know what it’s about?” He was shocked.
    “No clue. Is it good?”
    “Okay. That’s it. You’re definitely coming. It’s a chick flick, but it’s so good. I love it. I’m making you come whether you want to or not.”
    “Okay,” I said laughing, “So I’ll see you tomorrow then?”
    “Tomorrow it is.” He grinned. “Goodnight, Aislinn.”
    Okay I'm really sorry it's so bad and that I haven't
    updated in like 3 years but I'm going to be better I promise!
    I wrote that chapter a while ago but I really didn't like it and I've tried
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    So I eventually just gave up and left it as is.
    So it's just a filler, but I hope it was decent...

  2. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
    posted a quote
    April 7, 2013 11:48am UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 5 part 1: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    “You know, for someone who can’t swim, you sure do come to the beach a lot.”
    “Oh, hey Michelle.” I said, turning around to match the voice to a face. “And just because I can’t swim doesn’t mean I don’t like the water…I like it. I just don’t like being in it.”
    She nodded but didn’t say anything, seeming to sense it was a sensitive subject. “So, we’re having a bonfire later. Wanna come?”
    “Ooh, a bonfire, sounds exciting.” I said, slightly sarcastic, and Michelle rolled her eyes and nudged my shoulder.
    “Come on, it’ll be fun! Good music, food, boys…” She winked at me and I tried my best to smile, but it wasn’t too genuine. If only she knew that trying to persuade me with boys would only make me want to stay away more. But then I remembered that I was supposed to be trying to make friends and let go of everything that restrains me from having fun. So I agreed to meet her at the beach at 8.
    “Hey Grams? I’m going to head over a bonfire at the beach, my friend Michelle invited me.” I said right before I was about to leave.
    “Do you think Ryan will be there?” Grams smiled mischievously at me.
    “Grams!” I exclaimed. “I’ll see you later!” I called, shaking my head in disbelief as I walked out the door. She was too funny.
    “Have fun!” She shouted after me.
    I decided against wearing a sundress because it was already late, and I’d decided to just wear it tomorrow. I wore a pair of denim shorts and a loose tie-dye tank top; I felt like that was socially acceptable for a bonfire.
    I stood on the outskirts of the beach, searching for Michelle so I wouldn’t look lost. “Fancy meeting you here.”
    I turned around and Ryan smiled at me. “Hey, yeah I was supposed to meet a few friends here, but I don’t see them…” I trailed off looking into the crowd.
    “The ones who almost drowned you? I thought I told you to get better friends.” He smirked and I glared at him, holding back a smirk. “Come on, I’ll introduce you to mine.” He put his hand lightly between my shoulder blades and guided me toward a small group of people sitting at a picnic table.
    “Ryaaannnn!” One of his friends called as we approached the table.
    “Steve-oooooo!” Ryan retorted. “This is my friend Aislinn, she just moved here and she’s in need of some better friends.” Ryan said and I elbowed him. It didn’t faze him at all, aside from the fact that he laughed.
    “Oh yeah I remember you, Aislinn from the beach!” A red-headed girl spoke, cutting her conversation with a blonde haired boy I’d yet to learn the name of. I looked at her quizzically and she explained, “I’m a lifeguard with Ryan, I was on duty with him when he saved you. I’m Bridget by the way.” She smiled.
    “I’m James.” The blonde boy next to her said.
    “Hi.” I smiled at them both.
    “Wanna play cards? Have you ever played Egyptian rat screw?” James asked.
    “Nope, never heard of it.”
    “Don’t worry about it, I’ll teach her.” Ryan said from beside me.
    “No, then she’ll be way better than us! Ryan here is a pro. Can’t we let Steve teach her?” Bridget whined jokingly and Steve held up the middle finger to her.
    “Nope, I’m teaching her. Let’s go!” He said as he took his jacket off and we sat down at the table ready to play.
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  3. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    February 26, 2013 4:57pm UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 4 part 2: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    I looked up to see Ryan sitting across from me, his friends nowhere in sight. “What flavor is that?”
    “Orange banana.”
    “Oh, I like the blueberry strawberry.” He said.
    “I’m more into citruses than berries.”
    “You’re missing out. How are you feeling today?”
    “Do you always check up on the people you save? Is that in the job description?”
    “Nope.” I expected him to say more, but he didn’t. He just stared at me and waited for my answer.
    “I’m fine. My arm looks a lot better than it did yesterday.” I said.
    “How’s your head?”
    “My head feels fine. No doubt from the wonderful first aid job you did. Thank you, by the way.”
    “It was no problem, that actually is in the job description. So, where’d you move here from?” He asked.
    “California. I’m starting at the University of Miami in the fall and my Grams thought it would be a good idea to get accustomed to the area before starting.”
    “I’m starting there, too. What’s your major?”
    “Marine biology. What about you?”
    “Criminal justice. Can I ask a question?”
    “Go for it.” I said as I sipped on my smoothie, swirling the flavors around on my tongue.
    “You’re from California. Beautiful beaches. Your major is marine biology. And you can’t swim. ”
    “Those all sound like statements to me.” I said as I put my drink down and shifted.
    “Why didn’t you ever learn?”
    “Why do you care so much?”
    “I told you to find some new friends; I figured I could help you get started with that.” He challenged.
    “Thanks, but I don’t need anyone’s help. I’m perfectly fine on my own.” I smiled tightly and got up to throw away my empty cup.
    “I think you do. It doesn’t seem like you have the best taste.”
    “Excuse me? And what’s the supposed to me?” I crossed my arms stubbornly. Who did he think he was? He doesn’t know me at all!
    “The citrus smoothie. The berry ones are way better.” He joked. “Maybe I’ll get you one sometime.”
    “Yeah, maybe. I have to go.”
    “How come you do that?” He asked, stopping me.
    “Do what?”
    “Close off like that. Why?”
    “It’s just what I do.” I sighed, wishing I could justify it better. And it was. I guess after losing everyone I was close to I was afraid to get close to anyone again. Of course I wanted to make friends, but I really never had any guy friends. And I hadn’t really talked to any guys since Will. My heart ached just thinking about him.
    “I’m just trying to be friendly. You should try it.” He said, getting up from the table and starting to leave.
    “I know. And I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be rude; I’m just…not good at making friends I guess.”
    “Well I am, so this works out well!” He joked. “So I’m going to ask you to hang out sometime, and you’re going to say yes, are you following so far?” He asked and I nodded, holding back a playful glare. “Okay. Aislinn, do you want to hang out sometime? They show some cool movies at the drive in on Friday nights.”
    “Why sure, Ryan! I do like movies.” I smiled sarcastically.
    “Swell!” He said and I laughed. “See? Not so hard, right?”
    “Whatever,” I rolled my eyes playfully, “I should be getting home.”
    “Do you want a ride?” He gestured to his motorcycle.
    “I’m fine with walking, thanks though. I appreciate it.”
    “Okay.” He said.
    I turned and started walking down the street. I heard footsteps behind me and I stopped, turning slightly to see Ryan trailing behind me. I stared at him strangely until he caught up with me. “What?” He asked.
    “What are you doing?” I eyed him suspiciously.
    “Well, I’m not going to let you walk home alone at night now am I?” He said and he continued walking ahead of me. “Well, are you coming or what?” He called back to me. I hurried to catch up with him.
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  4. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
    posted a quote
    February 26, 2013 4:53pm UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 4 part 1: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    “Aislinn! Oh my gosh, are you okay? I’m so sorry! We had no idea you couldn’t swim! I tried to stop Brad, I should’ve--”
    “Michelle, it’s okay. You didn’t know. It’s not your fault. I’m not mad; it just scared me, that’s all.” I tried to shrug it off but in all honesty I was still really shaken up about it.
    “Okay, if you’re sure. I’m just so glad you’re okay!” She threw her arms around me, and I could tell we were going to be fast friends. At least I hoped we would. I could go with or without Brad, though. “Do you want to grab some lunch? I could show you some good places on the boardwalk.”
    “Rain check?” I smiled hopefully and she looked kind of hurt. “It’s nothing you did! It has nothing to do with you!” I tried to reassure her. “It’s… I’ll tell you about it some other time.”
    “Okay, see you soon!” She said as she let me go on my walk home. I turned toward the lifeguard chair and saw Ryan staring at me. Well, it looked like he was staring at me, but I couldn’t tell because of is sun glasses.
    “Grams, I’m home!” I yelled as I walked through the door. I’d decided I wasn’t going to tell her what happened today. I didn’t want her to worry over nothing. “Want me to make grilled cheeses?”
    “Sure, dear that sounds yummy- oh Aislinn, what’s happened to you? Why are you all cut up?” She fussed as she examined my head and arm. I had forgotten about those when I planned on not telling her.
    I sighed. “I met some kids and they thought it would be fun to go for a swim. It wasn’t so fun for me.”
    “Oh dear, are you alright? Why in the world would they do that?”
    “Don’t worry Grams, I’m fine. Really. And they didn’t know, it’s not their fault. I was too embarrassed to tell them… I didn’t want to explain everything.”
    “Oh, sweetie I’m sorry.” She said as she hugged me close to her. “How about I make the grilled cheeses?”
    Grams and I drove down to the boardwalk later that night, and I had her try an orange banana smoothie. She loved it. She said it was the perfect blend of orange, banana, and perfection. I could see us becoming frequent customers there.
    We sat down at a table and enjoyed our refreshing drinks, and I was careful not to spill it on my dress. I liked loose, floral clothing, and I especially loved sundresses. Jeans were just too constricting and tight. “I think he likes you.” Grams whispered, playfully nudging me. I looked over confusedly to where she was gesturing and saw Ryan sitting with some guys, looking at me. “He’s cute.” She decided.
    “That’s the lifeguard that saved me. His name’s Ryan. He probably recognizes me and is trying to remember how.”
    “Mhm, sure.” She winked at me and sipped her smoothie. I stuck my tongue out at her and she laughed. “Ready to go?”
    “Um, I think I’m going to hang out here for a bit. I’ll walk back in a little while. Is that okay?”
    She looked over toward Ryan, then back at me, wiggling her eyebrows. “Oh yes dear, that’s fine. Have fun.” She kissed my head and started walking toward the car. I rolled my eyes at her. She was ridiculous. I wasn’t staying for Ryan; I was staying purely because I loved being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air.
    I zoned out, and a few minutes later, someone cleared their throat.
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  5. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
    posted a quote
    February 22, 2013 12:07am UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 3: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    I looked up from my book and the sun blinded me. I put my book down and ran my fingers through the hot sand. My first time at the beach in Florida; it was beautiful. I was far away from the water, a good ways up the sand near behind the lifeguard chairs. I closed my eyes and put my head down, soaking in the wonderful warmth. I heard laughing and shouting and felt sand splatter onto my back in a shower. I craned my neck to see that my back, towel, and book were covered with sand.
    “Brad! You jerk! You could at least say sorry!” A feminine voice yelled. I looked up to see a tall brunette smiling down at me. “Here, let me help you.” She extended her hand down to me and I took it as I stood up. “I’m Michelle, by the way.” She said as she brushed the sand from my back.
    “Aislinn.” I half smiled as I leant down to brush the sand off my book.
    “That’s a pretty name. Sorry about Brad by the way, he’s not always like that.” She shook my towel out and laid it back down.
    “It’s no problem. It’s the beach, it always happens.” I smiled. Brad and a few other people jogged back over to us and I felt very out of place in their group, being the new girl no one knew. Brad shook his hair out, scattering water droplets all over my arm. I brushed them off nonchalantly.
    “Oh, hey there. You must be new here, I’d remember you. I’m Brad.” He held out his hand superciliously for me to shake and I shook it as I tried not to roll my eyes.
    “I’m Aislinn. And yeah, I just moved here from California for college.”
    “Very cool.” Brad said, flashing me a cocky smile. “You’re welcome to hang out with us if you want; we were just about to go in the water.”
    “Oh, no thanks, I’m fine here.”
    “Oh come on, we don’t bite.” Michelle smiled at me.
    “I just…don’t want to get my hair wet.” I lied. I sucked at lying.
    “Too bad, you’re coming!” Brad said as he picked me up and started walking toward the water with everyone else.
    “P-please put me down.” I said nervously.
    “Chill Aislinn! Your hair will be fine!” He laughed as he walked out on the dock, further out into the water where I had just been last night.
    “Brad, put me down now!” I said angrily, squirming in his arms. “You can’t do this! I don’t want to go in!”
    “Brad, put her down.” Michelle tried to help.
    “Let me go!” I yelled.
    “Okay, I’ll let you go.” He smirked as he threw me into the water.
    It happened so quickly I didn’t register what had happened until I was fully submerged in the salty current. The water filled my lungs and I choked, thrashing my legs to try and get to the surface. A wave must’ve come, because I was thrown around on the ocean floor as the edges of my vision blurred from my lack of air. My lungs were on fire and I struggled to swim upwards, but it was no use. My eyes started to close and I internally accepted the thought that I was destined to die in the ocean, just like my parents had.
    I gasped as I felt a pair of lips on mine blowing air into my lungs. My breathing was erratic as I struggled to catch my breath throughout my coughing fit. I coughed up salt water and felt a hand hitting my back, helping me get it out of my lungs.
    “It’s okay, you’re fine. I’m just going to take you to take care of your arm. Can you stand?” A soothing voice said to me after I was done coughing, I assumed it was the lifeguard who saved me. There were still stars in my vision and when I looked up to try and pin a face to the voice, the sun was right next to his head, blinding my sight of him.
    When I tried to stand my legs felt wobbly and I stumbled, but the lifeguard caught me right before I fell. He picked me up and started carrying me. I felt really weak in his strong arms, and I was glad for the support. I rested my head against the mystery man and let my eyes close.
    He set me down in a chair a few seconds later and I tried to focus my eyes. My head felt a lot better and my vision wasn’t fuzzy so I was reassured that I wasn’t going to die. “How do you feel?” The guy asked from behind me, rummaging through a cabinet to get some gauze for my arm, which I just now noticed had a decent-sized gash in it.
    “Alright.” I said, my voice croaky. I cleared my throat and waited for him to come over to me.
    He took my chin between his thumb and forefinger, gently tilting my head up to analyze something on my face. His eyes met mine and I had a strange feeling in my stomach. “Hey, you’re that guy. The motorcycle guy from last night.”
    “And you’re that girl.” He smirked slightly. “You have a small cut on your forehead.” He sat down next to me and gently ran his finger over it. He started to do some first aid, and I felt him spread a gel over the cut.
    “You almost hit me, you know.” I said, not letting it go.
    “Well, I just saved your life. So I think I made up for it.” He moved onto my arm and I stared at him intently. “Your friends don’t seem very nice. Did they know you can’t swim?”
    “I just met them. I moved here yesterday.” I averted eye contact.
    “Well, I’d suggest finding some new friends then…” He trailed off.
    “Aislinn.” I finished for him.
    “Aislinn,” he repeated, “I’m Ryan.”
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  6. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    February 20, 2013 4:57pm UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 2: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    I slipped my bag off my shoulder and dropped my suitcase on the floor with a loud thud.
    Finally, I thought, closing my eyes and soaking in the warm rays through the large glass doors that led to my own personal balcony.
    “This is beautiful, Grams!” I called down to my grandmother who was still unloading our things from the taxi, as I walked onto the balcony.
    She smiled smugly and winked at me. “Come help me with these bags!” She shouted back up. I quickly ran down the stairs and helped her bring all of the bags inside.
    We spent the majority of the day unpacking. It was only the two of us so we didn’t have that much baggage, but it still took us a while to arrange all the furniture and make it feel homey.
    I thought just my room was nice, but the entire house was plush and extravagant. I knew my Grams had money, but I didn’t realize she had this much money. But with her own money, plus the money she received when my grandfather died, plus some of the money from my parents, she was loaded. I was using the majority of my inheritance money to help pay for college. Grams helped out a little bit for my graduation present, but she said that wasn’t my entire present. She said she was giving me another one soon.
    I loved my Grams, and I was glad she wanted to help, but I didn’t want her to spend so much money on me. That was one of the things I loved about her: we were rich but she didn’t waste her money, she used it on essential things like a home and clothes and college and paying off the mortgage; so I wondered what else she would have gotten me.
    By the time we finished unpacking, we still had plans to paint a couple of rooms; it was around 5:30 so we went to pick up dinner from Five Guys. We had heard it was good, like Inside Out Burger; it was pretty greasy but really good!
    “Hey, Grams? I’m going to go for a walk, is that alright?” I asked her when we got home.
    “Sure sweetie, have fun.” She smiled as she kissed my cheek and went to sit outside. “Don’t get lost, Aislinn!”
    “I won’t!” I laughed.
    I walked outside and reveled in the feeling of the warm air caressing my skin. I decided I’d go down to the boardwalk and just walk around.
    I put in my iPod and cranked up Hang You Up by Yellowcard, one of my favorite bands.
    The sky was dark, but the moon was high, illuminating the water in a mysterious and seductive light. I subconsciously walked toward it, coming back to my senses when I stopped on the edge of the dock. I gasped and stepped back quickly, watching the lurid and eerie waves lap at the chipped wood. My heart hummed against my chest and I let out a sigh of relief as I started walking back.
    I walked back up near the shops and stopped to buy an orange banana smoothie. I made a mental note to bring Grams down here and have her try one as I sat down at a small table a little ways up the walk.
    I let my hair down and let it fall around my shoulders. I was sipping my drink and flipping through songs on my iPod when I felt like someone was watching me. I looked up and met the eyes of a guy talking to his friend a little further down the walk from me.
    He wore a leather jacket over a white T-shirt, and he was straddling a motor cycle. His brown hair was tousled from the helmet he held under his arm and he had a little bit of stubble on his chin. He was very attractive. He did some handshake with his friend and put his helmet over his head, staring at me the whole time. His eyes were shielded and I wasn’t sure if he was still looking at me, so I looked away and tried to focus on my iPod.
    I heard the engine rev and looked up right before his motorcycle whizzed past me and blew my hair back, so close it almost grazed my arm.
    This kind of angered me; what if he had hit me? I got up and threw out the remainder of my smoothie before starting my walk home.
    I decided that I’d go for another walk tomorrow afternoon. I hoped I would meet some people my age so maybe I would know somebody when I started at the University. But I had lots of time, and I was pretty good at making friends, so I wasn’t too worried about it.
    When I got home, I saw that Grams had fallen asleep outside, so I found a thin blanket and laid in on her gently. I didn’t want her to get cold during the night, and I wasn’t sure how much the temperature would drop during the night since it was our first night here.
    I went up to my room and pulled my phone out of my pocket. I had four new messages from my friends. They all said how much they missed me already and that they wanted to come and visit me soon. I texted them all back and changed into my pajamas, settling into bed.
    I tried to go to sleep, but my mind wouldn’t shut down. I kept thinking about earlier on the dock, when I almost fell into the water. It had looked so beautiful from far away, the blue waves sparkling as they swayed. It was enchanting. But up close the waters had a deep green tint to them, the white froth bubbling on the edge of the dock as the waves crashed against it. The water was dark and menacing, making it impossible to judge the depth of it, how far someone would sink if they fell in.
    I got up and opened the French doors that led to my balcony, stepping out. I took a deep breath and sucked in the cool night air. I closed my eyes and let the night consume me, calming my thoughts before I sunk back into bed and drifted to sleep.
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  7. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    February 19, 2013 1:14pm UTC
    Discovering Destiny
    Chapter 1: Aislinn's P.O.V.
    Destiny: the predetermined course of events that will necessarily happen to a person in the future. So basically, your future is set in stone since you’re born. Your life is pre-planned, and you just have to let it play out. Everything happens for a reason, all to lead you to your destiny.
    This was something I’d always strongly believed in, probably because my mom did too. But when Will died, I questioned this theory. What was the reason for taking away the love of my life? Why was killing Will necessary for me to achieve my destiny? And was dying really his destiny?
    I miss him still. I miss his laugh. I miss his hugs. I miss his cologne. I miss it all.
    I don’t think I’ll ever get over losing him. He was my first love, I can’t just move on. It’s not that simple.
    I try to tell myself that my destiny just had something else in store for me than I thought, that it was all a part of the plan. Will and I, we just weren’t in the cards. But I have a hard time believing that when he’s buried beneath the ground and I’m up here, alive and breathing, and suffering through the loss of yet another loved one.
    I woke up and stretched my arms, checking the time on the clock: 10:13. The sun shone through my windows and I was happy it was finally summer. I was glad I wouldn’t have to go back to that school again, there were too many memories there, memories of Will.
    “Good morning.” My grandmother greeted me as I walked into the dining room where she sat, reading the newspaper and sipping on a cup of coffee.
    “Morning.” I yawned. “Did you eat?”
    “No, actually I thought we could go out to breakfast today.”
    “Oh, okay. I’ll go get dressed.” I smiled as I put away the pan I had already started taking out of the cupboard.
    As we drove to the restaurant, I wondered why Grams offered to take me to breakfast. I loved her more than anything; she was all I had left. But I knew that she preferred eating at home, just the two of us, unless she had something important to say. I was a little worried.
    “So,” Grams said before setting her glass of orange juice back on the table. “I’ve done a lot of thinking about this,” She paused, contemplating his word choice, “and I think it would be a good idea if we moved down to Florida before you start college. It would be good for you to get to learn your way around, meet new people, get settled in before you start there, you know? And this way we’d be closer to each other!” She smiled at me but when I didn’t say anything her smile faltered. “What do you think?”
    “I think it’s a great idea. It’s just what I’ve been needing, to get away from here and all of…this.” I motioned around me.
    “I thought the same thing.” She agreed, taking my hand across the table.
    “So when can we go?” I asked eagerly, stabbing my pancakes with a fork.
    “Well I was looking at a house online, I’ll show it to you when we get home. If you like it then we can be out of here next week.”
    I swallowed and smiled genuinely. “That sounds awesome.”
    When we got home, Grams showed me the house. To be honest, I didn’t really care what it looked like. I wanted to go anyways. I hoped that Florida would be a fresh start, that it would help me move on from my parents and Will.
    Being in that house had so many memories of the three of them. My entire life, the person who I am is in that house. But I don’t think I’m that same person anymore.
    Grief and tragedy changed me. I just needed some time to recover. I mean, me and Will were together for three years: he was my first everything. My first kiss, my first date, my first boyfriend, my first time, my first love.
    Letting him go was harder than I expected. At first, I didn’t cry. I didn’t do anything. I didn’t want to believe it, and I thought if I ignored it then it wouldn’t be real. But it was real, and it happened, and now he’s gone.
    Just like my parents.
    But now I was getting the chance to move across the country and leave it all behind. It was a brilliant idea; I only hoped it was possible for me to do.
    I had only just gotten over grieving my parents’ death when Will died, and it was so overwhelming. I was in shock and I had to go to therapy for a little while. But my Grams helped me get through all of it; I don’t know what I’d do without her.
    In high school, I excelled in sciences and I was accepted into the University of Miami to study marine biology.
    If anything, my love marine life only increased when Will died. I got my own fish tank and I loved to just sit there and watch my fish swim. Most people would think that was boring, but I thought it was fascinating.
    Will did too. He was the only one that understood my passion for oceanography and marine life.
    I so badly wanted to believe we were destined for each other. He was my one and only. But I had to move on. That was seven months ago, and I’m done grieving. I’m ready to start a new chapter in my life.
    I hope you liked the first chapter!
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    Discovering Destiny
    “Do you believe in destiny?” I asked.
    “I don’t know, Aislinn.” He sighed, running a hand through his hair.
    “What if we’re not meant to be? What if fate has something more in store for us?”
    “I don’t care about fate, Ace. All I care about is you and me: right now, in this moment.”
    I didn’t realize it then, but I was right. Fate did have something more in store for us. For Will. For me.
    I guess we just weren’t meant to be.
    Aislinn Bloom and William Henderson had the kind of relationship that every teenager wanted. They were best friends, always there for each other, never fought; compatible in every way, happy, and most importantly, they were in love. The perfect, cliché high school relationship.
    But that all changed when tragedy struck and Will was killed.
    Seven months later, it’s Aislinn’s last summer before college and she still hasn’t moved on. Her view on destiny is shot and she doesn’t know where to go from there. She isn’t even sure she believes in destiny anymore.
    Then Aislinn meets Ryan, her total opposite. Despite their differences, Aislinn can’t help but feel drawn to him. But will Aislinn’s past get in the way of anything happening?
    Will Aislinn ever move on? Will she find out what her real destiny is?
    Find out in...
    Discovering Destiny
    Coming Soon

  9. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 14, 2013 6:52pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Epilogue: Ben's P.O.V.
    I walked along the lone path through the cemetery and stopped at the two graves I intended on visiting.
    I placed three white roses on the first grave, and placed five red roses on the next one: one for each year we were married. It wasn't fair that I had lost her so early on. We were supposed to have more time together.
    I missed Aly so much. The way her eyes sparkled, her contagious laugh, the way she would look at me like she was completely in love; I missed it all.
    I sat down and thought back on our life together. Everyone thought we were just foolish kids, getting married at 18. But we knew we weren’t; we were young, but we knew exactly what we wanted, and that was each other.
    We had gotten so much done, experienced so much in the five years that we were married. I proposed to her at graduation, and we got married within a few months. After the wedding, we took two years off before college and backpacked across Europe together. We went sky diving, we flew in a hot air balloon, we went to Alaska to see the Northern lights, we went to the White House, and in the last year of our marriage, we went to see the ball drop in Times Square. We even learned how to beat box.
    Aly believed, after what happened to Loretta, that it was possible for anyone to die young. She was afraid that she wouldn’t get done all of the things she wanted to accomplish in life. And she wanted to live not only for herself, but for Loretta. Thinking back now, it was crazy, almost scary that she thought that. It was like she knew.
    So after we got married, we embarked on a journey to accomplish her bucket list. She made me write one too, but we were going to finish hers first. We never did get to, but we came close.
    Aly even got a role in a movie. She was one of the main roles, and she was so excited for it to come out. She wouldn’t tell me anything about it, and insisted we went to the midnight premiere. But on the way home from the last day of filming, it was storming out really hard. Her car hydroplaned and flipped over. And just like that, within fifteen seconds, the love of my life; my beautiful wife, was gone forever.
    I’m 46 now, and I haven’t remarried. When Aly and I said our ‘I do’s’ we promised each other “for as long as we both shall live.” To me, that means that my love will always be devoted to her, whether or not she is here to return or receive it.
    And I’m going to spend the rest of my life doing just that. And I’m going to devote my life to Aly and to Loretta. I’ve already finished Aly’s bucket list, but now it’s time for me to finish my own. I need to do this for Aly. I need to do this for my undying love for her.
    I stood up from the grave and looked at it sadly, seeing her beautiful face so clearly, her extroardinary beauty frozen in time, as if she were really in front of me.
    I love you Aly, forever and always.
    So, what did you all think?
    Are you surprised?
    I tried to foreshadow Aly's death a little bit,
    so if you caught on beforehand, then you're awesome!
    I hope you all loved this story as much as I did.
    Thank you to all of my amazing readers who stuck with me,
    even when I didn't post for long periods of time.
    Let me know what you thought of it!

  10. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 14, 2013 6:39pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl8SuLBCq3k
    Chapter 45: Val's P.O.V.
    After about 20 minutes, I started squirming. “Mom, are you almost done?”
    She bit her lip and squinted her eyes, concentrating. “Yes! Done! With your eyes.” She laughed and I groaned. It was May 18th; prom day. I had agreed to let my mom do my makeup, but I didn’t think she would go so in depth! And she wouldn’t even let me see! What if I hated it? I mean, I knew I wouldn’t because my mom knows what I like, but I was so anxious! I just wanted to see it.
    She’d been helping me get ready all day. She painted my nails earlier and threaded my eyebrows, she learned how from her roommate in college, and now after finishing all of my makeup, she was doing my hair. She curled the ends and pinned it up in a low, intricate side bun, finishing it off with a beautiful, sparkling hair clip.
    My mom was lightly misting hairspray on my hair so it would stay in all night, when I heard a knock at the door. “Come in!” I called.
    I heard my bedroom door start to open. “No!! Stay out there I’m not ready yet!”
    My mom laughed. “Done! I’ll go keep him occupied, put on your dress! We'll be outside.” She said as she slipped out the door.
    I stood up and examined myself in the mirror. I looked beautiful. My mother had done a wonderful job on my hair, and my eye makeup matched my dress perfectly. I put on my silver heels and stood, loving the height they added.
    I quickly slipped off my robe and stepped into my dress. The pastel colors swirled beautifully around the dress as I spun, examining my appearance in the mirror. I smiled and felt satisfied. I put my phone, lip gloss, and ticket in my silver clutch purse and headed out to find my date.
    Ben’s P.O.V.
    Aly walked outside, her heels clicking, and I was mesmerized. She was beautiful, and her dress looked beautiful on her. My light pink bowtie matched her perfectly and I was glad. I handed her the bouquet of roses I had ordered. They were a very pale pink color, and it darkened to a deeper burgundy color around the edges. She put them up to her nose to smell them and smiled, her mom snapping a picture without her noticing.
    The sun was bright and illuminated Aly. Her hair glistened and sparkled like gold, her eyes bright and noticeable from the intricate makeup.
    “Thank you; they’re beautiful.” Aly said and smiled at me. The rest of the drama club would be here soon for pictures and I was sad I wouldn’t get more alone time with Aly.
    “That’s funny, I was just about to say the same thing about you.” I smirked at her and she laughed.
    “How do you manage to make the corniest things sound charming?” She smiled up at me and I felt my heart accelerate. Even after four months of being with her, I would never get used to the way she looked at me, or when she said ‘I love you.’ I got tingles every time.
    “Wow, no cocky comeback? I’m shocked.” She smirked and I rolled my eyes, stepping closer to her.
    “You look amazing, Aly-cat.” I said, tilting my head and kissing her. She smiled into the kiss and pulled awat, pecking me lightly again, giggling. She switched her bouquet over to one arm and intertwined her fingers with mine. “Thank you, Benny-boo. You’re lookin’ pretty good yourself.” She paused. “We should take some pictures before the others get here.” I nodded and her mom set us up in different positions on her porch, under the tree, next to the pond and on the wooden swing in her backyard.
    We put on our matching ray bans and took some silly pictures, too. Her mom wanted her to make a scrapbook of senior year, so we were taking a lot of pictures lately.
    Everyone else came and we all took pictures together: all the girls, all the guys, and all of us combined. Then we all left in the limo that we all chipped in to rent. It was going to be a fun night, and I couldn’t believe I got to spend it with the girl of my dreams.
    Val’s P.O.V.
    We arrived at the hotel and we all piled out of the limo. Roxy latched her arm around mine and we walked to the door together and waited for our dates. She took Brett, who was walking up to us with Ben. Ben rested his hand softly on my lower back, guiding me into the hotel where our prom was being held.
    The night went by so fast, and I couldn’t believe how quickly senior year flew by. So much had changed. So much had happened: Danny, Loretta, Ben, the play. It was all so overwhelming looking back on it now.
    “May I have this dance?” Ben held out his hand, interrupting my thoughts. I grinned and took it, walking onto the crowded dance floor with my boyfriend.
    Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion was playing and everything, for the first time in a really long time, felt perfect. This was the happiest I’d been in a while, and I owed it all to Ben.
    I leant my head in the crook of his neck and closed my eyes, enjoying our last dance of the night. I loved wearing the heels; I was almost Ben’s height in them.
    Neither of us spoke at first, and the silence was beautiful. Just being with him made me feel safe; it made me feel good.
    “So, after we finish school, where do you want to go first?” Ben spoke quietly, referring to my list.
    “I don’t care.” I said, picking my head up and looking him in his grey/green eyes. He looked at me curiously.
    I smiled up at him before answering.
    “I’ll go anywhere, as long as I’m with you.”
    THE END ♥
    There will not be a sequel, but there will be an epilogue
    that I will be posting in a few minutes!

  11. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 14, 2013 6:22pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Chapter 44: Val's P.O.V.
    The next week, I was talking to Brooke on Facebook. I missed her so much, it was crazy. We both couldn’t believe how much she’d missed in the short time she’d been gone. She liked it in Australia, but she said she’d rather be here, where her life used to be. But she was ecstatic about Ben and I. She insisted that she could leave school and Skype me, but I didn’t want her to miss out on school.
    I was about to log off, when I received a friend request. Samuel Davis. Who is that? I wondered as I clicked on his page to look at the picture. It was a picture of the boy that I kissed at the mall. I smiled and accepted his friend request.
    Almost immediately, I got a message: Hey, it’s the boy from the mall. I’ve been trying to convince myself all week to friend you, because I wanted to thank you. What you said really helped me. It meant a lot that a stranger could care so much.
    Reading that made me feel amazing. Knowing that I helped someone, and impacted them was a feeling too good to explain.
    Good, I’m happy for you. Don’t forget what I said: you can always talk to me if you need someone!
    I replied.
    I will. And I wanted you to know that last night I told my parents, and they’re going to get me help.
    I was stunned. My eyes tears up and I smiled again. I couldn’t believe I had the power to do that; to save a life.
    Later, I told Ben what happened and showed him the messages: he was so proud of me. “Hey Aly?”
    “Yessum?” I answered and he laughed.
    “I think you can cross something else off your list.” Ben said, placing the paper and a red pen in front of me. He pointed the pen to a bullet point that said “help someone”.
    I smiled and took the pen from him, striking a line through the words.
    I took a bite of my chewy cookie and thought for a moment.
    “What are you thinking about?” Ben asked, and I hadn’t realized I’d been thinking for a little too long.
    “Well, I was going to say that you needed to help someone too, but then I remembered that you already did.” I said and he looked at me thoughtfully.
    “Who did I help?”
    “Me.” I said, putting my cookie down and swallowing. “You’ve always been there for me, Ben. I’ve never been able to count on anyone more than I can count on you. You’ve been there for me when I needed you the most, and… For a while, I was lost and I didn’t really know what to do or where to go from there. But you helped me find my way through it all. You found me.” I smiled slightly and looked into his eyes.
    Those gorgeous green/grey eyes that I loved were staring right back at me. He leaned over and kissed my cheek and my skin tingled. His lips lingered there until I turned my head and pressed my lips to his.
    He snaked his hand around my waist and pulled me closer to him on the couch. I smiled and placed my hands lightly on his neck. He pulled away and looked at me, his eyes twinkling.
    “I love you, Aly.” He said and I kissed his nose.
    “I love you, too.”
    “I love hearing you say that.” He sighed.
    I laid my head in his lap and he played with my hair, twirling my blonde locks between his fingers.
    “You know, Danny told me that he tried to call you Aly, and you told him he couldn’t.” Ben said and I could hear the amusement laced in his tone.
    I blushed a bit, and bit my lip. “Yeah.” I said softly. “No one else calls me Aly but you, it just doesn’t feel right.” He caressed my cheek with his forefinger and I pretended to bite it, laughing. I looked at him and studied his features, vowing to commit them to memory.
    He was beautiful, and I loved everything about him. I was afraid that one day I would lose him; scared that he would find someone better than me. But I hoped that wouldn’t happen for a long time, at least.
    I hoped that I would spend the rest of my life with him, however long or short that life may be. I wanted him in it. And that was all I would need to make me happy.

  12. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 14, 2013 6:18pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Chapter 43 Part 2: Ben's P.O.V. Cont.
    “Him?” Aly asked hesitantly.
    “Well, I’m not going to let you kiss someone attractive!” I laughed. “It’s on your list, so I figured we might as well get it over with now. And look at them making fun of him! They’ll worship him if someone as beautiful as you went up to him and kissed him.”
    “Good cover; just remember that I get to pick who you kiss too…” She trailed off, smirking evilly.
    “I don’t even want to know what you have planned.” I sighed, pushing her towards the boy.
    Aly tapped him on the shoulder from behind and as soon as he turned around, she kissed him. She pulled back and smiled sweetly at him, sending a content smirk towards the bullies. She looked at the boy again and her eyes went wide. She held him by the shoulders and a dark, serious expression plastered itself across her face. She spoke to him and it looked like he was listening intently to what he had to say. He nodded and Aly kissed his cheek, sending an arrogant wave to the other boys before walking back over to me. She laced her fingers in mine and we continued walking.
    “Classy.” I laughed. I looked back and saw the boys insulting him freaking out about what just happened and I shook my head. “You just made his night. What were you saying to him?”
    “He had cuts on his wrists and…I couldn’t just ignore it. And I told him to find me on Facebook, and we would stay in touch…” She said sadly.
    “You’re amazing, Aly. You might’ve just saved his life.”
    She smiled up at me before scanning through the crowd in the mall for a girl.
    “Oh, her!” She said suddenly, hitting me in the chest and pointing. I looked and saw a girl sitting alone on a bench, her eyes were puffy and it was obvious she’d been crying. “It’ll make her smile.” Aly said kindly.
    I walked over to the girl and sat down. She looked at me strangely. “What are you doing?” She asked. I then leaned in and kissed her and she was taken by surprise.
    “What was that for?” She asked, astonished.
    “Stop crying. Smile.” I said as I got up and made my way back over to Aly. I looked back and saw the girl smiling at the ground and I felt satisfied.
    “Kiss a stranger…check.” Aly smiled triumphantly.
    “Come on, one more!” I urged as I made her go up three sets of escalators to the top floor, knowing the mall closed at 11 o’clock, and it was 10:50.
    “What are we doing?” She asked as I pulled her to the middle of the floor, overlooking the rest of the mall below.
    “Yell.” I said and smiled.
    “Yell? Why?” She quirked an eyebrow.
    “Yell at the top of my lungs in a public place.” I recited effortlessly. “On three.” I looked at her and she nodded, a small smile dancing on her lips.
    “One,” she counted.
    “Two,” I continued.
    And then we yelled together, in the middle of the mall. It felt good. I never thought I wouldn’t care if people stared at me like I was a loon, but right now, yelling at the top of my lungs with Aly, I could care less what other people thought. I was happier than I thought possible.
    I finally got the girl.

  13. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 14, 2013 6:14pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Chapter 43 Part 1: Ben's P.O.V. Cont.
    “I love you.” I said quietly, pulling away from Aly and resting my forehead against hers. Her eyes were still closed and she smiled warmly. She looked at me, and her blue eyes were bright and vibrant, visible even in the crappy auditorium lighting.
    “So where does this leave us?” She asked me.
    “Well, I guess that depends. What do you want?” I asked lowly and she shivered.
    “You.” She said, and I felt my heart beat faster.
    “Well then,” I paused, “Will you go steady with me, Aly-cat?”
    She smiled and nodded, showing her dimple off. “Yeah.” She spoke softly. I held her hips and kissed her again.
    I heard clapping and yelling.
    “Get it, Ben!” That one was Brett.
    “It’s about time!” Roxy yelled, exasperated.
    “Oh, guys leave them alone!” I think that was Marissa.
    We pulled away, both laughing and rolling our eyes at our immature friends.
    “You guys were spying on us!” Aly laughed, appalled.
    “Oh, chill, we all saw this coming, Aly-cat.” Paul said laughing hysterically and Aly rolled her eyes at him.
    I gave him a look and he ran the other way, me chasing him around the backstage area for making fun of me.
    * * * * * * * *
    After getting suffocating in hugs by my little sister and my mom, I looked over to see Mrs. Flannigan, Aly, and Aly’s mom talking to the scouts that had come to watch our performance.
    I kept talking to my mom while I waited for them to be done and as soon as the scouts exited the auditorium, Aly scurried over to me excitedly.
    “Hey, what happened?” I asked, steadying her as she laughed. I loved her laugh.
    “They said they were interested in me, Ben!” She exclaimed. “They said they’d keep in touch!” She laughed in bewilderment.
    “That’s amazing, Aly! You deserve it.” I replied as she threw her arms tightly around my neck. She rocked me from side to side excitedly before pulling back and cupping my face in her hands lightly. She widened her eyes and smiled, showing all of her teeth, squealing before running across the floor, spinning into her mom and hugging her.
    I laughed as I watched her, an amused smile playing on my lips.
    My mom came up again and told me that she was leaving, and I told her to wait and called Aly over.
    “Mom, I’d like you to meet my girlfriend, Valerie.” I smiled and my mom’s face lit up as she drew Aly into a hug.
    “Well, it took long enough!” She laughed. “I always knew you two would end up together.”
    She released Aly and I secured my arm around her waist as she leaned into me.
    “Well, we always hoped…” Aly’s mom joined in as she walked up, smiling smugly at us.
    “Mom, is it okay if we go out for a little bit?” Aly smiled innocently at her mom, pouting her lips.
    “It’s already 10 o’clock!” Her mom protested, but Aly just blinked her eyes in response. Her mom sighed. “It’s alright with me, be back by twelve!” She said sternly, but there was a hint of a smile on her face.
    “Mom?” I questioned.
    “Yes sweetie, its fine. Go; celebrate; have fun!” She waved us away and Aly latched onto my arm as we started out to my car.
    “So I thought, that we could go cross another thing or two off your list. Sound good?” I asked as I turned the key in the ignition.
    “Yeah, what were you thinking?” She asked enthusiastically.
    “Well, I have two in mind, but there’s a condition to one.”
    “Whatever you want.” She smiled.
    Check out part 2!

  14. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 6, 2013 10:58pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOjdXSrtUxA
    Chapter 42 Part 2: Val's P.O.V. Cont.
    “You were…amazing.”
    “Thank you, so were you.” I smiled slightly and wished that I could hug him to congratulate him, but I knew I shouldn’t.
    “Watching you act makes me better.” He said and I felt my cheeks get warm. I just hoped Ben wouldn’t be able to see my blush in the dim lighting. “How are you?”
    “I’m okay. It was weird at first, without her. But then I realized that it was more important than ever for me to do well. I needed to prove to everyone, but mainly to myself, that I could do it without her.” I said and he nodded.
    “I’m sorry, Ben. I shouldn’t have kissed you, I didn’t mean for it to ruin our friendship, I don’t want to lose you again.” I blurted out before I could stop myself and I saw his eyes flare with anger.
    “I…can’t, Aly.” He forced himself to say the words.
    “Ben, please,” I started.
    “Aly, do you not understand how hard it is for me? Do you really not know?”
    I looked at him confusedly and he groaned.
    “I’m in love with you, Aly! That’s why I can’t be friends with you anymore. Every time we kissed, it- it hurt me, knowing that it meant so much to me but nothing to you. And you kept saying it wasn’t fair to Danny…what about me? Did you ever wonder what you were doing to me? Did you ever stop and think about how I felt? And, it’s sickening to watch you be with him, knowing that it should be me. I can’t do this anymore, Aly. I’m sorry.” He said and turned around, walking away.
    At first, I was paralyzed. He was in love with me. I mean, I already knew, but to have him tell me flat out and to my face, it all felt real. And it pained me to see him so upset. But I figured I would mess with him a little bit, because he was hurting me, too. If he wasn’t so stubborn, I would’ve told him already!
    “I told Danny.” I called after him. He paused and turned around, staring at me. “I told him about us, and what we’ve been doing.” I said, walking closer to him, my heels clicking on the floor.
    “What did he say?” He said impassively. I couldn’t read his face, and I so badly wanted to know what he was thinking.
    “He forgave me.” I looked down and played with a loose string from the embroidery on my dress. Then, I unfolded the piece of paper I had grabbed from my bag. “And I wanted you to know that I crossed another item off my list.” I said, handing him the paper.
    “Fall in love.” He scorned. “So you guys are fine? No trouble in paradise?” He mocked harshly.
    “Not since I broke up with him.” I said and Ben’s head snapped up to mine.
    “You what?” His tough-guy façade had broken, but I couldn’t pin his facial expression to one specific emotion.
    “Last week; I broke up with him. I tried to tell you, but you wouldn’t listen to me.” I said and stepped even closer to him. We were only a few inches apart now and my heart rate skyrocketed off the charts.
    “But…” He held the paper up and showed it to me, his eyes searching mine for an answer.
    I grabbed it from him and let it fall to the floor. I stepped against him and cupped his face in my hands.
    “I didn’t fall in love with Danny; I fell in love with you.” I said boldly.
    He didn’t say anything, so I decided to go on.
    “You were right before, when you said that I could’ve already met ‘the one,’ known him my entire life, and just not have realized it? You were right. It’s you. You’re the one I want to be with. I love you, Ben. I always have, I just never realized it.” I surprised myself with how forward I was being, but I didn’t care; I needed him to know.
    “Aly, I--”
    “Shh,” I cut him off. “Just kiss me.” I whispered.
    His eyes flickered to my lips, and he grasped my wrists, which were still cupping his face, in his hands.
    He pulled me even closer to him, if that was possible, and kissed me. It seemed as if the whole room was spinning.
    I was hopelessly in love with him.
    What do you guys think?
    Again, I love this chapter,
    And I hate to say this, but I think there will only be one more chapter...
    but there will be an epilogue!
    So lemme know,
    and thank you so much for reading! (:

  15. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 6, 2013 10:55pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOjdXSrtUxA
    Chapter 42 Part 1: Ben's P.O.V.
    Tonight was the night. The performance for Romeo and Juliet, and I wasn’t nervous; I was only nervous to see Aly.
    It broke my heart to see her talking more with Danny, but I just pushed it to the back of my mind and tried to focus. If I was going to get through this, then I couldn’t think of Aly as Aly: I had to think of her as Juliet. I had to remember that we were playing parts of people who were in love; we weren’t actually in love. Well, I was in love with her, but she didn’t feel the same way. I needed to understand that and face reality: we would never be together.
    I gave up hope that we ever would be anything more than friends, which I knew was partially my fault for pushing her away. But I couldn’t bear to be with her and have her tell me it was all a mistake and that she was with Danny.
    I got dressed and took a deep breath. I made sure all of my costumes were lined up for my quick changes, and then I walked into the main backstage area. I looked over and I could see Roxy helping Aly secure her dress and I couldn’t help but think about how strikingly beautiful she was.
    It was going to be a long night.
    * * * * * * *
    The curtains closed and I lifted myself off of Aly. I stood and reached my hand out to help her up. Despite the darkness, she found my hand and I lifted her easily. The prop people came and quickly removed the bottle of poison and dagger off-stage, and the rest of the cast came onto the stage silently, lining up with Aly and I.
    The curtains opened and the applause was overwhelming. We each took our bows and the audience clapped especially loud for Aly and I. I was happy for her; she completely deserved it. I hoped the scouts were interested in her. I looked over at her as she resumed her place next to me and saw the tears in her eyes.
    I looked out and saw there was an empty seat in the front row that said “reserved;” it was the seat where Loretta used to sit every production. I felt like such a jack/ss for not realizing how hard tonight would be on Aly. But she did a phenomenal job at not letting it affect her performance.
    Even now, she was grinning widely, and I realized they must be happy tears. She must be happy that she was able to perform without Loretta. She knows that she would have made her proud.
    Val’s P.O.V.
    My eyes were watering, but I knew no one would be able to tell underneath the stage lights. I was sad that Loretta couldn’t be here to see me, but I was also happy. I was able to push past the grief and perform. And I performed to the best of my ability. Loretta would be proud. I knew she would. I was smiling from the memories of her sitting in the front row of previous productions, when she would run up on the stage and hug me. She was so young and didn’t understand she wasn’t supposed to do that.
    The curtains closed again and we all made our way off-stage, hugging each other and congratulating each other as we did so.
    The skirts of my gown swooshed around me as I walked swiftly towards my bag to go change.
    My heart stopped and I froze in my place. I quickly turned around and took in the sight of him. He was closer than he had sounded, about an arm’s length away.
    “Hi.” I spoke quietly.
    Check out part twoooo!

  16. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 5, 2013 4:24pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1-4u9W-bns
    Chapter 41: Val's P.O.V.
    I was so upset that Ben wouldn’t let me talk to him. I wanted to tell him so badly. I thought maybe it could change everything, but I guess I was wrong. I still felt like it made the situation better though, because then maybe he would realize that I felt the same way.
    I thought breaking up with Danny would make everything easier. I thought it could make Ben forgive me and give me another chance, but I knew it would take more than that.
    But I was hoping it would help. Danny took it pretty well…
    *flashback to earlier, Val’s first stop before going to Ben’s*
    Danny opened the door and smiled. “Hey, come in.”
    “Oh, um, can we talk out here?” I asked, avoiding eye contact.
    He looked at me skeptically before nodding and closing the door behind him. We sat down on his steps and he cleared his throat. “So, uh, what’s up? Is everything okay?”
    I looked at him, my eyes already watering from guilt as I shook my head. “No, it’s not.” I whispered.
    “What’s the matter, Val? Talk to me.” He said, suddenly concerned and it only made me feel more guilty.
    I gulped, closing my eyes and taking in a shaky breath, holding it before exhaling and opening my eyes.
    “It’s Ben.” I said, pausing.
    “What about him?” Danny inquired.
    “We,” I took a deep breath. “We’ve been having an affair.” I finally let out and I looked at Danny.
    His face had paled and his eyes searched mine to see if I was joking. He closed his eyes. A few moments later, he looked up at me. “How long?”
    “We almost kissed right before our first date, but the first time, outside of the play, was at homecoming.” I said, swallowing the lump in my throat. He deserved to know.
    “How long have you had feelings for him?”
    I sighed. “I think I always have, but I didn’t realize or accept it until a couple weeks ago.” I said quietly.
    “I knew it; I knew there was something going on. I just didn’t want to admit it to myself…” He trailed off, shaking his head and scolding himself.
    “I’m sorry, Danny,” I said, choking up. “I never meant to hurt you.” I whispered.
    He laughed shortly and unexpectedly, scaring me. “You really love him don’t you?”
    “I think I might.” I answered without thinking, surprising myself.
    “How long have you been together?” He asked. “Like, officially?”
    “We aren’t. He’s angry with me, and I don’t know if he’ll forgive me for hurting him. But I couldn’t go on like this; I had to make things right with you.” I sighed, dropping my head. “I’m so sorry, Danny.” I whispered, finally looking into his eyes.
    “Thank you.” He said, his voice low. “I hope you work it out, you guys are good for each other.” He said finally.
    I smiled at him. “You’re amazing, you know that? You deserve so much better than this.” I said, hugging him.
    “Hey, you’re a great girl. So we weren’t right for each other, I can’t get mad at you for finding your Mr. Right, can I? It’s okay, I’ll be fine.” He reassured me, his eyes tearing up.
    “Thank you, Danny. You’ll find yours one day; but right now I need to go see if mine is willing to give me a chance to make it up to him.” I whispered.
    “He’d be crazy not to.”
    I smiled and kissed his cheek, waving to him as I got in my car and started on my way to Ben’s.
    *end of flashback*
    I didn’t really know what else to do. I wanted so badly to make things right with the both of them, but I knew I didn’t deserve either one of them.
    I couldn’t believe how well Danny took the break-up. But I was glad. It made me feel a bit better knowing that he understood.
    But I felt worse that Ben didn’t even want to see me aside from the play for a week. How was I supposed to go a week without talking to him? Without seeing him? Without him knowing how I feel?
    If this was what heartbreak felt like, then I hated it. I didn’t ever want to feel this way again. I just wanted Ben to know. I wanted to be with him. Plain and simple. Right now and forever.
    Wow, that sounds crazy, I thought, forever. And I meant it, I couldn’t imagine myself with anyone else; I wanted to be with him forever.
    I leaped off my bed and across my room, grabbing my notebook and red pen. I sat back down on my bed and drew a line in the red ink, writing the date next to it.
    I crossed a line through the words:
    Fall in love
    I closed the notebook containing my bucket list and sighed. It was official, and now I was sure: I wasn’t just falling for my best friend; I was in love with him.
    And I won’t let him go that easily. I want to be with him, and even though we might be going through a rough patch right now, that doesn’t matter, I’ll wait for him;
    I won’t give up on us.

  17. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 3, 2013 10:29pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9DFI3f6v4Q
    Chapter 40 Part 2: Ben's P.O.V Cont.
    I sighed, “Aly, I--”
    “Because you can’t. You just can’t. It’s a week before the show and that’s not fair to everyone that has worked so hard to make this our best show yet. And I know that you want to be in it. You’ve worked so hard. You really have earned that role.” She stopped and licked her lips, shaking her head, a sad smile forming on her lips.
    “Don’t let your problems with me interfere with the play. The show must go on right?” She laughed shortly, but it seemed forced. “We’re actors; we won’t be us on stage. So don’t let me be the reason you quit. You’re no quitter, Ben.” She finished as she looked up at me, pressing her lips together.
    “You’re right.” I said after mulling over what she said. “I can’t be selfish and ruin the play for everybody else.”
    Her eyes lit up and she suppressed a smile. “Thank you.” She said quietly. “I, um, I also wanted to talk to you about earlier. Well, it’s more that I need to talk to you than anything else. Sorry, I’m babbling, so what I wanted--”
    “Enough, Val.” I cut her off. I said it softly, I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but I didn’t want to listen to whatever it was she had to say. I surprised myself when I called her Val instead of Aly, and it was clear that she caught my slip-up too when a look of hurt registered on her face. “I said I’d stay. That didn’t mean I wanted to talk about what happened. It’s done. I don’t want to talk about it, and I think it would be better if we just didn’t talk for a few days outside of the play.” I tried to say it in the nicest way possible, but it still felt mean because I was saying it to Aly.
    “But Ben I had something really imp--”
    “I don’t care.” I said lightly as I collapsed on my bed and put my earphones in, hoping she would get the cue to leave.
    Her eyes glossed over and she gulped, nodding her head lightly and scrambling out of my room.
    A few minutes later, I felt weight pressing down on my bed and I opened my eyes to reveal my younger sister, Jamie.
    “Hey, Jame, what’s up?” I asked, sitting up and pulling my earphones out.
    “Why was Valley crying when she left here?” She asked.
    “It’s okay Jame, we had a fight was all.” I said and she looked at me sadly.
    “About what?” She asked.
    “Grown-up stuff, you’ll understand when you’re older.” I said and she sighed exaggeratedly.
    “That’s what everyone says.”
    I ruffled her hair and started tickling her and she squealed, kicking her feet.
    “Agh, Jame, I think you broke a rib.” I choked out, clutching my rib cage.
    “What? Really?” She asked, suddenly alarmed.
    “No.” I said and laughed as I continued tickling her.
    “Tha-that’s not fair!” She managed to get out between breaths. I released her and she hurried to my door so I couldn’t tickle her anymore.
    “Hey Ben?” She said curiously.
    “Hmm?” I sighed contentedly, leaning against the wall above my bed.
    “Do you think you and Valley will ever make up?”
    “I don’t know kiddo.” I said honestly.
    “But you love her, don’t you?” She asked innocently.
    I looked at her strangely, about to question her on how she knew or what gave her that idea, but there was no point in denying it. “Yeah Jamie, I do.”
    “Then you will.” She smiled before giggling and skipping away.
    So I'm hoping to wrap this up in a few more chapters, maybe 5ish or so?
    How was everyone's day?
    Mine was lovely because I got my braces off! Finally! (:
    I really hate that I keep having to post them in two parts because they're too long, ASJBDPBHP.
    Let me know what you think!

  18. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 3, 2013 10:27pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9DFI3f6v4Q
    Chapter 40 Part 1: Val's P.O.V
    I was in complete shock. I just stood there for a good few minutes after Ben left, alone in the auditorium. I really was a complete idiot. I quickly pulled on my gray cardigan and grabbed my bag, knowing exactly what I had to do. I was nervous, but it was necessary and it couldn’t wait any longer.
    I put my keys in the ignition and started my car, turning the radio up pretty loud to try and drown out my thoughts. I sang along with the Fray, but I still couldn’t keep my mind off of what I was going to do. It was nerve-racking, and I noticed I was tapping my fingers nervously on the steering wheel.
    I held my breath as I parked. I sat in my car for a moment, having to force myself to get out. I looked at the house in front of me and exhaled a deep breath I hadn’t even realized I was holding. I walked up the stone path quickly so I wouldn’t be able to change my mind, and knocked on the door.
    Here we go, I thought, stop number one of two.
    Ben’s P.O.V.
    I couldn’t believe I had just done that. Aly knows. She knows. I felt a mix of regret but also relief: I regretted blowing up at Aly like that; she didn’t know so how could I blame her for hurting me unintentionally? I also regretted telling her. Well, showing her. I hope it doesn’t ruin our friendship. But I think I knew before I did it that it would.
    But I hadn’t planned on telling her, it was a spur of the moment idea. A stupid, awful idea that ruined everything. I just wished that I could start today over, or maybe the week.
    Part of me wished I could take it back, but the other part of me was so relieved and happy. She finally knew and understood why I’ve been acting different. It was out in the open and I didn’t have to be worried about what would happen if she found out because she already knew. It felt like a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders.
    I wonder if she’ll tell Danny…would he say anything to me? Would he warn me again to stay away from Aly? Would he-
    My thoughts were interrupted by a knock on my bedroom door before it slowly opened. In walked a very distressed and disheveled Aly. Her blonde hair looked like it had just been thrown into a messy ponytail, with little wisps of golden blonde hair framing her face. Her features were tense and worried and she looked like she wanted to say something.
    “Hi.” Seriously, Ben? That’s the best you can do: ‘hi’?
    “Hi.” She said, looking down at her shoes. Her freckles were more prominent today and her blue eyes were brighter, despite the sadness laced within them.
    “Did you need something?” I asked after about three minutes of silence.
    She looked up at me and her face flushed, a light pink blush rising on her cheeks.
    “Sorry, I uh, I just,” She paused. “Are you really quitting the play?” She asked, regaining composure.
    Check out part 2!

  19. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 1, 2013 9:05pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZxZ2n2zpw
    Chapter 39 Part 2: Ben's P.O.V Cont.
    I could either try to make her choose me, or I could just let her be with Danny. As much as I wanted to be with Aly, and I did, more than anything; but I couldn’t do that to Danny. I couldn’t take Aly away from him; if she wanted to be with me, she could, but I couldn’t just take her away from Danny; it wasn’t right.
    But I couldn’t stand being near her when she kept doing this to me. I was getting seriously fed up with it. I would rather just be friends with her than keep going through this every day, but it’s painful to be friends with her when she’s so oblivious to the fact that I’m completely in love with her.
    The next day at school she tried to catch up to me in the hallway, but I just walked faster.
    “Ben! Slow down! Why are you avoiding me?” She called.
    “I’m not.” I half-shouted, annoyed as I turned around to face her. I could see hurt in her eyes, but she tried to keep her face neutral.
    “Okay, well then do you want to maybe grab some coffee after rehearsal?” She asked hopefully.
    “I’m busy.” I said shortly before turning around and continuing down the hallway.
    I didn’t want to talk to her right now; I needed some time to cool down. But I couldn’t do that when I had to see her every day for rehearsal.
    Val’s P.O.V.
    Ben had been angry at me all day, and he was shutting me out during rehearsal. I just wanted to talk to him! I wanted to tell him that I didn’t mean anything by the kiss and that we were just best friends. I wouldn’t mean it, of course, but I knew that was what he wanted and needed to hear to move past this.
    “Ben, can we talk?” I asked timidly at the end of rehearsal, hoping he wouldn’t blow up at me again. Everyone else had left, and it was just Ben and I in the auditorium.
    He looked at me and nodded.
    “Okay, well I just this that we should maybe talk about what happened, because you’ve been avoiding me and I think maybe we should clear some things up becau--”
    “Before you finish that,” He cut me off. “I need to tell you something.”
    “Um, alright.” I nodded, gulping. Maybe he really did feel the same way? Even if he did, I didn’t know what I would do.
    “I’m quitting the play.” Ben said and I gaped at him.
    “WHAT? WHY?” I yelled, astonished.
    “I just don’t want to do it anymore.” He said, averting his eyes.
    “Oh no, you better give me a better reason than that, Ben Jackson! How could you do this with only a week left? It’s not fair to any of us! No one else knows the part as well as you!” Why was he doing this?
    “Ryan’s my understudy, so I figured he could take the role.”
    “You’re really serious aren’t you?” I whispered. “Unbelievable.”
    “Oh, I’m unbelievable? Whatever, Aly.” He said, and he started walking off the stage.
    “Did all of this really mean nothing to you?!” I screamed after him, referring to the play. Anger was boiling in my veins and tears were threatening my eyes. He was going to jeopardize the play because I screwed up our friendship?
    He suddenly spun around and in three long strides he was in front of me with his arms wrapped tightly around my waist and his lips pressed firmly to mine.
    I didn’t have time to process what was happening before he pulled back and cupped my face in his hands, his forehead pressed to mine.
    “It’s meant a lot more to me than you think, Aly.” He said in a low voice that sent shivers down my spine. With that, he released me and walked away, leaving me staring after him, speechless.
    And that’s when I realized that I was wrong. I was so very wrong. How did I not realize before? I was so oblivious it was almost amusing. Thinking back on the past few weeks, I should’ve realized it. What an idiot. I’m such a jerk. He must hate me. He must think I’m just messing with him on purpose. He wasn’t avoiding me because he didn’t feel the same way; it was just the opposite.
    Ben Jackson was in love with me. How did I not realize earlier? I missed my chance.
    Hope you liked the chapter!
    Let me know what you think and thanks for reading!
    Happy New Year (:
    I have a good feeling about 2013!

  20. Snowflakes113 Snowflakes113
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    January 1, 2013 9:03pm UTC
    Finding My Way
    Song of the Chapter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZxZ2n2zpw
    Chapter 39: Val's P.O.V
    Ben had been getting really distant since our kiss and I was getting anxious.
    I should’ve known he didn’t feel the same way. He’s my best friend; I was confusing sympathy and care for love and even though I had Danny, I couldn’t help but be extremely disappointed.
    I just wish he didn’t lead me on and kiss me like that if he didn’t feel the same way. I sighed, dropping my head in my hands.
    I was so confused. And I was such a terrible person for cheating on Danny. And not telling him that I didn’t mean to say that I loved him. My relationship with him was a mess. But I couldn’t tell him, it would break his heart. What’s worse is that I think he would forgive me easily; he would just be disappointed in me.
    But it wasn’t even like it was one time or even an accident; it’s been quite a few times and this time it was on purpose. I meant to kiss him, because I wanted to. That was the difference with this time.
    But why was Ben avoiding me? That was why I always said it shouldn’t have happened; because I knew it would ruin our friendship. I was right, but I didn’t want to be. I needed to be wrong, I needed to talk to him and sort this out. I couldn’t lose him again over something so stupid. I could make my feelings for him disappear if that was what it took to stay friends with him.
    Ben’s P.O.V.
    I haven’t been going over Aly’s house for the past week, which might be a bad idea since the play is in one week and we need to be practicing and getting along, but I just can’t force myself to look at her. She keeps playing with my emotions like it’s a game and I don’t think I can take it anymore. The worst part is that I don’t even think she realizes it. She doesn’t even realize that I’m in love with her.
    And I don’t know why she keeps kissing me when she’s dating Danny! Sometimes, like when we kissed, it feels like she feels the same way, like she wants to be with me. And I think maybe I was avoiding her because I didn’t want to hear her say that it was a mistake again, because I know it wasn’t.
    She meant to kiss me. She wanted to kiss me. I could feel it, and I was sure. I was positive now that Aly had feelings for me, whether or not they were stronger than her feelings for Danny I wasn’t sure, or maybe I was completely wrong and she’s just so grief stricken and upset still that she needs all the love she can get, but regardless, I needed to make a choice now.
    Check out part 2!


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