Chapter 6: The Start of Something More

Tasha's POV

It was a beautiful night; the stars are out, the waves are gently rolling, the sand seemed to glisten but it was a bit chilly. I've been spending the whole night with Taylor, Tara and Jake and I've had a good time. We talked, we laughed, we ate and Taylor and I danced.

Taylor… it's been great having him by my side for most of the night. He's been gentleman-ly and polite and he asked me to get some fresh air with him outside after dancing. My mission for tonight was to clear up my feelings for him and I think, I think, that him asking me outside was to be able to do the same. My heart was beating so fast, he could probably hear it.

He put his suit around me and looked at the sea. "So…" I started off.

"Halley, I've been wanting to talk to you. I- I don't know how to tell you, it's- I can't control my feelings anymore. I had this big speech I rehearsed in my head a thousand times today but I seem to have forgotten everything, now I just have to say it straight up. I-" I cut him off.

"Taylor, you talk too fast. I understood some of the things you said but you seem... nervous. Everything alright?" I knew it. I knew it! My heart was beating faster than ever and I couldn't keep my mind straight. There were so many things in my mind; I didn't know what was happening to me. I've been in this situation too many times but none of them felt like this. I always had control over me before but right now, right now wasn't it.

I could see he was looking at me straight in the eye. He was serious and he seemed to have control over me. His stare felt like I was the only person in the world and I couldn't move. I couldn't move, I couldn't open my mouth, I couldn't move my eyes away. This was it.

"Halley- I like you. The first time I saw you, I instantly knew that I was going to have feelings for you. I like you Halley; A LOT. I need you in my life."

I need you in my life. I need you in my life. I need you in my life. I need you in my life. Those words were ringing in my ears and they didn't seem to stop. I opened my mouth to say something but nothing came out; not one word. I didn't know what to do, what to say, where to look except in his deep green eyes. My feelings were mixed; there was fear, anxiety, confusion and love. Love. Did I like him the way he liked me? I seem to, but something was missing. Something was needed for my feelings to be sure.

His eyes were still locked with mine but he seemed to come closer. He was going to kiss me. His eyelids were closing slowly and finally, his lips met mine. Boom, this was what was missing. The second it happened, something inside me just clicked into place. It was the feeling. I let myself melt into his warm, soft lips; responding the way I should be. He kissed me with desperate passion like he had wanted to do that for a long time. The feeling. I knew this was it and no words can describe how good it feels. I was in love. Finally. In love with Taylor, the guy I felt comfortable with. The guy who can make me feel special in any circumstances. We kissed for what seemed like forever and I never wanted to stop. It was different from kisses I have had but this one felt right.

We finally came up for air. He looked at me again, this time with adoring eyes. "Halley, you need to say something." He said.

I redeemed myself from my confusion. There were no mixed emotions in my mind anymore, but one thing stood out. I was certain with my feelings for him. I finally spoke. "Taylor, I like you too." I said. It wasn't much but it stated the truth. "I like you too—a lot."

We kissed again but softly. I was finally there. I'm finally in love, and I know, I know that it's right.

-half an hour later-

We were lying down in the sand, looking up at the stars. We didn't know the time because our stuff was inside but it didn't matter. I wanted this to last forever.

"That first time I saw you in Chemistry, I was stunned with how beautiful you were. I told myself that I needed to get you. Jake told me about you though, you not having a boyfriend your whole life. He told me to give up but I didn't, I wanted you." He squeezed my hand gently. Our fingers were intertwined and his hand felt soft and smooth.

I told him the story about my mother's lesson. He listened to me intently, interrupting me at appropriate times. I didn't mind, he said he was jealous with how I was able to control my feelings. I told him it wasn't that easy but he said he was just glad I thought he was the right one.

"Well, isn't that a lovely view." A familiar voice came from behind. Tara and Jake were hand to hand, smiling down at us. Tara's face was priceless; she was smiling at me like a proud mother. Jake was grinning at Taylor like he couldn't believe he achieved the impossible. We sat up and looked at each other. "Hey guys," I said, breaking the ice. Tara hugged me tightly and Jake showered Taylor with witty compliments.

"Oh Natasha, oh my God. You're with him! Oh my gosh, I can't believe you. I knew this was going to happen tonight, I just knew it. I am so proud of you, you're finally there!" she gushed.

"I know Tara. Calm down though. Let's go inside, it's a bit chilly." I said. I knew she was going to pry me with questions tomorrow but I didn't mind. She's my best friend and she had a right to know.

We straightened ourselves up and I walked next to Taylor's side. He put his arms around me and kissed me on the forehead. The two lovebirds in front of us were cooing at each other, Tara occasionally looking back at me. Taylor and I walked holding hands, letting the night complete itself.

It felt good, I'm finally feeling it.

A/N: Hey guys! I didn't put Taylor's POV as I felt he was getting to describe the events himself unequally with Tasha's POV. I let her get a turn to describe with how she was feeling and I think I did a pretty good job with writing it. Review? Thanks guys x