A/N: Hello people! This is my first fanfiction and I'm very excited for you to read it. I really want to hear what you guys think so please review it. This story will have a lot of romance, family moments, and some drama here and there. There will also be some new characters and some old ones. I'm open to your constructive-criticism and opinions I and hope you guys like it.
"Cheaters!" Ronnie shrieked as she threw the cards at her brother, Jonah. They were playing Uno and her brother had just gotten rid his last card. It wasn't really fair considering he had a little help. Next to him Will Blakelee sat laughing at Ronnie's reaction. Will, who had one first, helped Jonah win second.
"We didn't cheat," he said between chuckles. "You just lost."
"Yeah right. Anyway, it doesn't matter because cheaters never prosper." She said.
"Apparently they do because you lost!" Jonah yelled as he continued cracking up. Will soon joined in and Ronnie scoffed.
"Whatever" she said and let out a dramatic sigh. She rolled her eyes as she walked to her room.
Even though she was a little upset, she couldn't help but smile. It was nights like this that she enjoyed the most. Staying at home and seeing her brother happy and smiling. Ever since her father's death, those came few and far between and she treasured the moments when she could hear him laugh and just be a kid, one that enjoyed life and what it had to offer.
Then there was Will, her summer romance. Her heart skipped as she pictured his dark brown hair and his sweet smile. It had been about 5 months since Will had shown up and surprised her in New York. She still remembered how handsome he looked in his jeans and sweater, standing in her doorway, while she sat amazed that he was there. He was also a real help with Jonah. He would come over and hang out with him, watch movies, and he would even take him to the park where Ronnie used to. Even though Jonah didn't always seem like his normal upbeat self, hanging out Will seemed to take his mind off things at least for a little, and that was enough for Ronnie. Just to know that he was progressing.
"Am I in trouble?" her thoughts were interrupted as Will stood in the doorway.
She sighed and crossed her arms, looking out the window "Maybe."
He chuckled and made his way to her bed and sat down next to her.
"I'm sorry I cheated" he said in an exaggerated child-like voice.
Ronnie smiled "No, you're not." They both laughed and he scooted and rested his head on Ronnie's lap. She ran her fingers through his thick hair and stared at him.
"Thank you." She said finally.
He looked up at her confused "For what?"
"For coming, for being there for Jonah, and for me."
He looked at her for a long time. "In my opinion, I don't really have a choice because whatever makes you guys happy makes me happy."
Ronnie grinned and leaned down to kiss him softly on his lips. When she got up, she glanced at the alarm clock on her nightstand. It was 10:47.
"It's getting late. You should probably get going."
Will lived several miles downtown in a small apartment. Since he came to New York, it was all he could find on such short notice. It was relatively cramped, but definitely cozy. His parents had agreed to pay half his rent, so he was on an apartment hunt for more space.
"Yeah, you're right." He said. He got up and pulled Ronnie up from the bed and wrapped his arms around her. "I'm getting tired of this."He sighed. "I live like an hour away in the tiniest place ever."
"I know. That really sucks for you." Ronnie said.
Will laughed. "Which is why you're coming apartment hunting with me on Saturday."
"What?" she asked "I can't. I have to go practice at school."
Ronnie had been going to Julliard. A few weeks after her audition, she was already practicing three to four hours a day, and this weekend, she had five songs to go over.
"Please?" he said making his best puppy-dog face, which was not that impressive.
"Ok, fine. I'll go. But only because that face you're making looks absolutely ridiculous."
"Whatever. Come on."
They made their way out of the building and stood out on the curb. Ronnie stared at will's sad attempt to hail a cab. You'd think that being here five months would help, she thought. She smirked and pushed him aside. With a swift whistle, she shot up her hand and a yellow taxi skidded to a stop in front of them.
Will rolled his eyes and put his arm around her waist. "What would I do without you?"
"I honestly don't know" she stood up on her tiptoes and kissed him on his cheek."Good night, cheater."
He Smiled "Good night."
"Is Will gone?" Jonah asked, startling Ronnie, who was watching a boring documentary on female orangutans in the living room.
"Yeah, he left about an hour ago." Jonah must have taken a nap after Uno and didn't see Will leave.
"What are you watching?" he asked. He was wearing his fantastic four pajamas, his hair was strewn across his face, and his glasses sat on the rim of his nose.
"Just some boring documentary." She grabbed the remote and turned off the T.V. "What's up?"
He hesitated before speaking. "Can I ask you something?"
"Of course. "She said reaching out to him.
He took her hand and joined her on the couch. He thought really hard before speaking. "Today at school, in art class we did some painted glass portraits and I held it up to the light and it…it sort of looked just like…..like dad's did. Jonah sniffled and wiped his nose with the back of his hand. "It sort of just…..just shined like dad did at the funeral. I know nobody noticed but me," his sobs grew deeper and he started stammering his words "n-nobody else knows what it f-feels like. I j-j-just miss him so much." Ronnie held him tight to her chest.
"I miss him, too." She said as the tears she had tried to hold back rolled over her cheek. She thought back to the funeral. How the sun shined through the stained glass window Jonah and her father made. How the colors looked like perfect little, carved diamonds in the light. It was her father and she knew it.
She pulled Jonah's glasses off of his face and wiped away his tears with her hand. He took another deep breath to compose himself and continued.
"He's never going to be here to play with me, to talk to me, to hug me, to take me to games, to build things with me. It's like I'm trapped in a bad dream and I'm sick of it! I'm so sick of it and he's never coming back, Ronnie!"
She held his face and looked into his eyes. "He'll always be here, Jonah. Right in your heart, all you have to do is think about him and he'll be there. I promise."
He looked at her as if his life depended on it. He threw his arms around her and they held each other for what felt like forever.
She rocked him back and forth until he was all cried out and when his breathing began to slow, she carried him to his bedroom. As she lay in her bed, she stared up at the ceiling and looked up at the few little glow-in-the dark stars she put up there when she was younger. She remembered her dad helping her up on the ladder as she eagerly stuck them everywhere she could. She always meant to take them down when he left. But now she kept them up there, as if to keep a small piece of him in her room. She began humming a few notes as they came into her head. She looked up at the stars until her eyes gave up on her and she was enclosed in darkness.
A/N: Okay, guys so what did you think? Also, I'm trying to keep it as accurate as possible, so if there is something that I write that happened a different way in the book, feel free to correct me. I'll also try to update more chapters as soon as possible.