Hey Guys! I have read all your reviews and am very grateful for your input and advice.
I also had a reviewer wondering why Shelby was so…crazy. Why would she stoop down to murder? That answer is coming up…I promise. ;)
Here it is…the much awaited chapter. I hope you all have a good next week. God bless.
Discaimer: I don't own A Cinderella Story, or Shakespeare's works. I have kept Shakespeare's work in poem form. This makes sure that his work still flows with the elegance he was famous for.
A deep pounding pain reverberating in my head broke through my consciousness. Groaning, I rolled, over reaching for the Tylenol my roommate had left on the nightstand. Nightstand? How did I get to bed? Bolting up, I looked down at myself. The last thing I could recall was….the bathroom. Never mind, I must have dragged myself to bed somehow. Untangling myself from the covers; I noted the soreness in my muscles. I must have slept all day.
Sam slowly dragged her feet to the door. Her headache began to pound even more violently. Clutching the two pills in her hand she began to make her way towards the kitchen. Rounding the corner; she stopped. To her amazement; the kitchen had been cleaned spotless; new groceries sat on the counter and a delicious smell was emanating from the oven. Her roommate never cooked or cleaned…ever.
"Hello? Who's there?" Sam made her way over to the countertop…glancing around her small apartment briefly before inspecting the groceries. Whoever it was knew her favorites, sour cream and onion Pringles, sour patch kids, all her favorite junk food was there. Even the stovetop popcorn was there, with 2 movie rentals she had been dying to see.
"Tis torture, and not mercy: heaven is here,
Where Juliet lives; and every cat and dog
And little mouse, every unworthy thing,
Live here in heaven and may look on her;
But Romeo may not:"
A soft voice spoke from behind Sam. She turned in surprise and gasped as she saw his face. Austin stood there, a bouquet of red roses in his hand. He had on her favorite tuxedo; the tuxedo he wore the night they officially met. His blue eyes sparkled with unshed tears. As Sam let her eyes run over his face, she noted the dark circles under his eyes. The paleness of his skin. He was hurting too.
In that one moment she realized what a fool she had been. Austin would never do such a thing. She had been blind before; but as she looked around and saw all that he had done for her; how could she not forgive him? It was pointless to let this one fight drag on. For if she did, she would lose him forever.
"Sam, I'm…" before he could finish a single finger was placed on his lips.
"Shhh… I understand. She kissed you. I never should have doubted you. It just killed me to see you with your ex."
Austin's eyes softened. Taking her hand, he brought her palm to his lips. Kissing it softly he brought her close to him. Tucking her head into his chest. Sam sighed, her body finally relaxing. Taking in his scent she felt safe, she felt like no one could get between them.
"Sam, I love you. Only you. Shelby is only a shell; but you…you are beautiful inside and out. That's why I fell in love with you. You have a heart like no other's. You see people, really see them."
Sam pulled herself slightly out of his arms. Tilting her head up to look at him, she smiled for the first time in a day.
"Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
Brags of his substance, not of ornament:
They are but beggars that can count their worth;
But my true love is grown to such excess
I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth."
Sam spoke with a fierceness Austin had never witnessed before. Even when she had put him in his place in the locker room back in high school. Rising on her toes she placed her lips softly against his. He groaned, pulling her closer to him. His love for her knew no bounds. A feeling of loyalty and protectiveness washed through him as they moved their lips together. She was his, and he was hers. Just like Romeo and Juliet, they were destined; they had to be. Austin was going to make sure this time; they had a happy ending.
Somewhere else on campus:
"Daddy! It's so unfair. Austin loves me; but that, that..witch Samantha is taking him away from me!" Shelby paced, her pink bedazzled phone glittered in the sunlight.
"Sweetheart, I am trying everything I can to give you what you want. Remember when you wanted that one boy; but he said you were…"
"Yes! Daddy! Get to the point."
"Remember what I did for you sweetheart?"
Shelby sighed, her patience beginning to wane.
"I know, I know. You made sure He was never seen again."
"Just like I got rid of your mother when she threatened to leave, I have done a lot for us pumpkin. So do you want me to handle this?"
"Daddy, I just want her OUT of the picture! Austin was supposed to be mine!"
Shelby stamped her foot childishly. Ever since she was little her father had made sure she had gotten whatever she wanted. It was one of the perks of being the daughter of a major crime boss in the West Coast.
"I know, shmook-ums. Daddy is getting on plane this afternoon. I'll be there sometime tomorrow. Kisses!"
"Love, Love!" Shelby squealed as she snapped her phone shut. It had been easier than she thought convincing her father to do her bidding. A few water works; a few sobs. And he was all hers.
R/R! Please! I know that this took awhile to get out. I finally have a computer! :D God Bless You All!