My name is Charlize Daniels, I go by Charlie. I see Mercy has made her case. (Like having four hot guys who want you is such a problem) But it’s my turn now. Being in the limelight wasn’t really my thing, but it seems like it’s the only way my story will be told.
My family has had a rough go it. With the death of my rock, my father, I wasn’t sure how to survive this world without him. He was my everything. At sixteen, with a brush of death of my own, it’s time I learn how to live again.
With the lost time I spent curled within myself, I may have lost one of the best things other than my father. Alex. I remember when….
Turning from what just happened, I walked towards the cars to find my dad’s and leaned against it. I wasn’t ready for things to be different. Summer was ending and I could feel change thick in the air. Things were going to be different no matter what I wanted.
“Are you ok?” Alex asked, catching up to me. I looked up at him with a steely glance. “Okay, you’re fine. But what happened?” he continued.
“Nothing I couldn’t take care of,” I said dismissively, holding my hand to block the shine from the setting sun. I’d handled that part.
“I’m sorry,” he said quietly. And I knew he wasn’t referring to what just transpired.
Turning my face away from his, I stared into nothing but my own thoughts.
“Look Charlie, you’re my best friend and I don’t want to lose you. I can’t help how I feel.” I didn’t have to explain myself to him. He knew me through and through. There wasn’t anything I could hide from him.
The heat of anger I felt flashed through my eyes back to his. I didn’t like that he read me so well.
“Charlie, I mean you’re beautiful and it’s hard not to notice.”
Fire disbursed from my eyes and burned holes in the ground, the direction I now stared because I was in uncharted territory. Still I said nothing. I had no idea how to reply.
Alex on the other hand seemed to need to say a few things. “I promise to only think of you as a sister from now on if you forgive me. It’s just in that moment like right now I feel something. Don’t you?”
So he was apologizing for the almost kiss. Had I wanted him to kiss me? I hadn’t turned away.
Footsteps had us both turning to see my dad come towards us. I was grateful for the interruption.
Dad spoke first. “Alex, you should go pick up your brother’s pride. We’ll see you later.” He said without a hint of humor. Turning his attention to me, he said, “Charlie, it’s time to go.”…..
And that was the best of my problems. I wasn’t sure, but I think someone is trying to kill me. I just needed to Remember, survive and find some happiness I’d lost.
(excerpt from Remember, a young adult parnaormal romance novel by Shannon Dermott copyright 2012)
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