SURPRISE AT THE END OF CHAPTER!!!
The anonymous pair of feet I heard on the stairs, stopped and ran back down to where they had originated. Weird. I placed the picture of Grey and I back on my nightstand and made my way downstairs. On the way down, I found myself foundling with the necklace Avery gave me. It was cool against my skin, the way water feels during our summer’s at Cape Cod.
How I wish I could just go back.
Two girls from my dorm, juniors, were taking selfies… holding up beer bottles and middle fingers. “To Jake!” The brunette said. Or Sam, as I recently found out. Another was on the couch with earbuds in her ears, crying at the movie she was watching. I tried not to comment, but I bet she was watching The Notebook or better yet- Titanic.
Everyone has a ‘first time watching Titanic’ face.
I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them had experienced 'Jake' heart break.
“It’s seriously coming down out there.” Ali, my RA, said as she scooped leftover cookie dough ice cream into her mouth. I leaned over the counter next to her and grabbed a spoon myself.
"Hey Ali." I smiled. Even the girls in NORTH Cali up-talked a little.
”When I first saw you the other day when we were doing orientation, I saw my best friend, Auburn in you when I was a fresh.”
"That’s funny how your names are similar." Lottie chimed in, as she sat across from us, reading a fashion magazine on the island; Elle. Lottie had dark black locks, pale skin, and piercing sapphire orbs.
”Huh. A frweshh?” I tried to say, as I battled a mouth full of brain freeze.
"Yes. A freshman." Ali drew me in by my arm, bringing her lips to my ear. "You know, Matt’s not like the usual boyfriends that walk in and out of this place."
”Why is that?” I whispered.
"I actually like him." I smiled at her, feeling a warm sensation grow in my stomach. My next words where interrupted by Sarah.
”Ugh it smelled like something died in here… where’s my mother.” Sarah exclaimed upon entering. Sarah’s entrances where always seen and heard. “Oh. Thank God. You cleaned up Amanda’s puke. She couldn’t keep it in when she saw that kid Jake making out with some other girl.”
“Shh. Amanda’s over there with her laptop!.” Jenny, a girl with fiery red hair snarled pointing. To this day I still think Jenny had a thing for Amanda. Maybe that’s why she chose a Self-Operated Dorm House rather than separated dorms.
Ali waved her hands in the area the mess was previously in. “It was like a galaxy of green and orange crystals.”
I laughed, drawing Ali in by rubbing her shoulder. “It looks good as new.”
“So all of the girls in the living room are crying over that guy Jake?” I rolled my eyes. I was pretty sure his name was Sam. Maybe, maybe not.
”I’m sorry but I’m not going to be one of those pathetic girls that stops everything just for one guy.” I whispered making sure, what was said in the kitchen stayed in the kitchen.
I shot Ali and Lottie a look before heading to the door.
I felt the corners of my mouth stretch toward my ears when I saw him.
"Matt." I blushed. He was holding a bag and looked a little wary as he stood awkwardly on the wooden porch.
"Come in." I smiled. I motioned. ‘up’ with my pointer finger towards Ali who smiled enthusiastically and gave me a thumbs up. I started to walk upstairs and caught Matt behind me making sure it was okay with Ali for him to be upstairs, too.
"So, I just want to apologize for forgetting to give you your gifts at the party. I went back to my car around 10, and they were just sitting on the passenger seat mocking me."
”Matt, it’s okay. Really.”
"Yeah, well I didn’t want you to think that I forgot about you… so… I went to the Target up the street and got more gifts."
I laughed to myself. I had forgotten that it even was my birthday, let alone having gifts waiting to be opened.
”Here, here sit down.” His voice sounded like ‘Sleepy Time Tea’ felt.
We sat on the foot of my bed, as he took out an orange cd.
”Ed Sheeran! In the band.” “Yea. It was his first album before he came into the band. Plus, it was 50% off. Which, in hindsight, I probably could’ve just got from him…”
"I love it." I said looking into his drooping pale eyes.
"The Breakfast Club, Catching Fire, Captain America, Glee Seasons 1-4. All your favorites."
I gasped excitedly, hearing the plastic cases hit each other as they stacked up in Matt’s hands.
"And finally Rori, my favorite gift I bought you." Matt began to pull out a medium sized black box. "I want you to open it."
"Well, alright." I giggled. A rainbow stripped polaroid laid neatly inside. I stared at it, captured by it and what it meant to me. I’m not sure Matt knew too much about me and my old polaroid. Staring at the one lying in the black box brought back the best memories I’ve ever had in my life. The best days; when the air smelled of sea salt. My polaroid was the gateway to my soul. This replacement was probably the best gift anyone would give me.
I got up silently placing the polaroid perfectly on my desk. I stood there, arms crossed, brows furrowed-staring at it. I felt Matt’s delicate hand on my shoulder. “Don’t you like it?” I turned around to meet his eyes. “It’s perfect.” My hands moved up to his jawline as warm tingly sensations shook my bones. We looked at each, we kissed, and at that moment I wasn’t thinking about anybody but Matt.
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