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Original Author's Note: I am addicted to y'all. This confirms it. I posted the last chapter of my last story less than 24 hours ago, and here I am, back again with a new story. I already had this story in the can, so I am just finally posting it. The first two chapters will be different from the rest of the story. They are being told from Raven and Chelsea's points of view respectively. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as enjoyed writing it.
New Author's Note: If you read this story when I originally posted it, there is one change that I made. I combined the first two chapters into one. So now Raven's Perspective and Chelsea's Point of View have been combined into one chapter called Perspectives. Enjoy.
Our first semester of our freshman year in college is almost over. Chelsea, Eddie and I have to figure out what to do over the winter break. Eddie's coming home tomorrow from school and we need some ideas. We want to have a winter to remember. School has been pretty much what I expected with one exception. I haven't had as much time as I thought I would. I have been busy trying to get my grades straight. Taking 15 credits in the first semester of my freshman year is overwhelming to say the least. But I have to do what I have to do. I do not want to blow my whole academic future in my freshman year!
Devon and I are still supposed to be dating, but our schedules are so off right now that I haven't spoken to him in almost two weeks. He's supposed to call me tonight. With me going to Stanford and him going to Washington State, it's putting a strain on our relationship. Something has to give over the winter break. I have been having second and third thoughts about how long our relationship can last. I can see the end of the rope, and it is closer than I thought. But I can't worry about that right now. I've got a bigger problem on my hands.
Forgive me if I slip into Sophia mode. You remember Sophia, from the Golden Girls? Well, anyway… Picture it. Two weeks ago. Stanford University. Palo Alto, California. Home of the Cardinal, no "S", just Cardinal. The dorm room that Chelsea and I share. It was early one Thursday afternoon. Chelsea had just gotten back from her Econ 101 class. She had a two-hour break before her afternoon history class. She had gone to the dining hall to grab lunch. I was in the middle of studying for a Government and Politics quiz when she came back. We started chatting about school and stuff just like we always do. That's not the problem. The problem came just before she left for her afternoon class.
"Alright, babe. I'm outta here. I'll see you around five. Kisses." Chelsea said as she grabbed her backpack off the bed. I felt her walking towards me. That's when we normally throw each other air kisses and go about our business.
Well, I had my head down going over my quiz review. I then remembered something I wanted to tell her before she left and I turned my head to say something to her. Apparently she was closer than I thought because the next thing I know our lips met. We were both frozen in shock for a moment, but then to my surprise we didn't pull away suddenly. We simply finished the peck (okay at five seconds it was a little longer than a peck) like we meant to do it, complete with the soft sound of our lips smacking and the mini-kiss at the end.
I started stuttering like crazy. "Girl, I… I'm sorry… I didn't mean to…" And you know what she said?
"Rae! What are you apologizing for? You don't have cooties, do you? Then it's all good. I won't tell Devon if you don't." Then she winked at me and smiled. "See you at five for dinner." She left for class and I was sitting there in shock. I haven't been able to stop thinking about that kiss since. What did that mean? She hasn't said a word about it since, and acts like nothing happened. Then again, maybe it was no big deal to her. Maybe she just chalked it up as something fluky that happened and she's moved on. I can't do it though.
Bottom line… I want another one. As crazy as that may sound, I want to kiss her again. Her lips were so soft and sweet. I could smell the strawberry scent of her hair and… it just felt right. It wasn't forced or even awkward. Oh my God! Am I actually saying that I'm crushing on my best friend? I think I am. This would be a good time for a vision... Well, anyway… I need to focus on winter break.
Chelsea is coming over to brainstorm about this winter break thing. I have ideas rolling around in my head but nothing that says, "Yes!" She'll be here in about twenty minutes. I better start getting ready.
Raven went over to her closet and pulled out an outfit and laid it on her bed. She was about to begin changing when there was a knock at her bedroom door.
"Rae? Can I come in?" Tonya Baxter asked from the other side of the door.
"Yeah, Mom. Door's open."
Tonya Baxter had been home from England for about seven months. She came home the day before Raven's high school graduation as a surprise. She wasn't due home until September, but there was no way she was going to miss her baby graduate.
"Isn't Devon still at school?" Tonya asked.
"Yeah. He's not coming home until tomorrow. Why?" Raven asked.
"Looks like you're getting ready for a date." Tonya said.
Raven looked at her mother with a puzzled look on her face then glanced back at her outfit on the bed. Sheer white blouse top that showed off her cleavage, dark denim House of Dereon jeans and black stiletto heels. Damn! She thought to herself. It does look like I'm going out. Am I trying to dress to impress… No! It was one five-second kiss. That's it.
"No. Chelsea's coming over to brainstorm about what we're gonna do for winter break. We might go to the mall afterwards."
"Is everything all right?" Tonya asked, sensing something out of sorts with her oldest child.
"Yeah. Everything is fine."
"I just wanted to make sure. You haven't mentioned Devon in weeks and now anytime you mention Chelsea you seem to get, I don't know, jumpy."
"Devon and I have just been busy with school and as for Chelsea, we are cool like cucumbers. We are Chrave. One mind, one friendship." Raven replied.
"Okay. Well, your father said dinner is in an hour." Tonya said before kissing Raven on the cheek and turning to leave. "I'll send Chelsea down when she gets here."
"Thanks, Mom." Raven said before Tonya closed the door. She then turned her attention back to the bed. "These are not date clothes." Raven mumbled to herself as she picked up the blouse. She kicked off her shoes and continued to undress. She was about to walk into her bathroom when she was pulled into a vision.
Chelsea looking flustered: " I… I've got to go. I'll see you in the morning."
" Chels, wait!" Raven said before Chelsea closed the bedroom door.
(END OF VISION)
"What in the world was that?" Raven asked out loud. She then shook herself when she saw the clock. Chelsea would be here in T minus 15 minutes and counting.
Knowing Raven the way I do, I'm sure she already told you what's going on. Two weeks ago, I kissed her. Or did she kiss me? Either way, we kissed. And let me tell you something… she's a really good kisser! I had no idea it was like that. You know how they say that if it's really something special, you feel butterflies? Well, damned if I didn't feel 'em! I kissed Raven and felt butterflies! What in the hell is going on around here?
The last two weeks, I have done the greatest tap dance job of my life avoiding the subject because I am scared to death to face it. I am not supposed to feel that way about my best friend. And I don't even know what "that way" is. Raven is my best friend and I love her to death. I would do anything in the world for her. I just don't understand why I couldn't pull away from that kiss. And I really don't understand why I want to do it again.
But this is crazy! She has Devon and I have Danny. And I have never looked at her like that. But, damnit, I want to kiss her again. It's beginning to drive me insane, but I cannot let her know that. She's probably forgotten about it anyway. I made sure I played it off well. And besides, we've been normal toward each other for the last two weeks so I'm sure it will blow over in my mind soon enough. One day we'll probably have a good laugh over this.
(Custom cell phone ringer – 50 Cent – P.I.M.P.)
"Hey, Eddie!" Chelsea chirped into the phone.
"Hey, Chels. I just wanted to make sure y'all are picking me up from the airport in the morning."
"Yes, Eddie." Chelsea said in an exasperated tone. It was the third time in the last two days he called to confirm their presence at the airport. "United, Flight 1912, coming in at 10:45. Rae and I will be there."
"Good. How you doin'?"
"Okay. No complaints." Chelsea answered in a very clipped tone.
"Chelsea, I've known you since the third grade. What's wrong? Is it you and Danny?"
"No. Danny and I are fine."
"No. We're good."
"Is it Rae?"
After a two second hesitation, Chelsea replied. "No. Rae and I are cool." Apparently the hesitation was too long for Eddie.
"It doesn't sound like it."
"Eddie, everything is fine! I promise." Chelsea said, before her conscience got the best of her. She always had a hard time lying to Eddie. "Okay, maybe there's a little something wrong but it's something that Rae doesn't know about and it's going to stay that way until I can sort things out. Okay?"
"What is it?" Eddie asked. Damnit! I was afraid he was going to ask that. Chelsea thought.
"I don't want to talk about it right now."
"Yes you do. Cause if you didn't you wouldn't have told me as much as you did. Get it off your chest. It'll make you feel better. I promise I won't breathe a word to anyone, especially Raven or Chantel."
I thought about it for a minute. It actually made a little sense. I am not good at holding in secrets. It always tells on me eventually and usually right around the two-week mark, which ironically enough is tomorrow. I went back and forth for a minute, but then decided to tell him.
"This is really touchy Eddie. And I don't want you to freak out on me when I tell you this, okay?"
"Alright Chels. Lay it on me."
"Well… two weeks ago…" Chelsea started before taking a deep breath. "Raven and I sort of kissed each other."
"Okay. You two air kiss and cheek kiss all the…"
"On the lips." Chelsea interrupted.
"For about five seconds."
"And I liked it."
"And I want to do it again." This time Chelsea was met with silence at the other end of the phone. "Eddie?" "Eddie? Please say something." "I knew this was a bad idea."
"I'm here Chels. And telling me was not a bad idea." Eddie reassured her. "She is a good kisser isn't she?" Eddie said, remembering the two kisses he shared with Raven.
"It was an accident Eddie! I went for an air kiss and she looked up at the last second and it just happened. It was just a peck! I swear!"
"Five seconds is not a peck. Was there tongue involved?"
"No, just lips."
"Did y'all jerk away real quick?"
"No. As a matter of fact, there was the five second full lip kiss then… the mini-peck."
"Oh, damn what?"
"Who initiated the mini-peck?"
"I don't know. Why?"
"The mini-peck is the 'that was feeling good-let me get one more kiss' kiss. Sounds like y'all were feelin' that one. Have y'all talked about it?"
"She apologized afterward and I played it off like it was no big deal. We've been cool since but still… I don't know. I can't take my mind off of it."
"Knowing Rae, she's still thinking about it too. What happened to your Raedar?"
"It's not working. I think I'm too closely involved on this one. I can't read her. What do I do? I'm on my way to her house now."
"Just act normal. Let me get there and observe you two in action and I'll know better."
"Do you think I'm weird for feeling the way that I do?"
"What about Danny?"
"I don't know. She is pulling on me strong. I have got to figure this out… quickly."
"Okay. I'll be there tomorrow and we can talk about it then. In the meantime, just be cool."
"I've been doing that for two weeks now. Another day won't kill me."
"That's what I need to hear. I'll see you tomorrow."
"I love you."
"I love you too. I holla."
Well, the cat's out of the bag now. Shit! Now I don't have a choice but to deal with this. Eddie's not gonna let me off the hook until I do. Chelsea pulled into the driveway at 519 Miranda Place. Eddie told me to just play it cool until tomorrow. It'll be fine. It'll be great! That's my girl Raven in there! Of course, if she kisses that well, I can imagine what else… Shut up Chelsea and get out of the car! You have to focus. You and Raven have to put your heads together to figure out this spring break thing. Then you can worry about the kiss. Chelsea stepped out of her car and headed for the front door.
What do you think? How is Chelsea going to handle the meeting with Raven? How is Raven going to react to Chelsea? Maybe chapter 2 will shed some light. But there's only one way to find out.
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