Chapter One

I guess this is Goodbye then

Goodbye Iowa. Hello North Carolina. I was ready to ditch the corn fields and hit the sandy beach. I couldn't wait to get to my families beach house. It is my favorite place in the world, and not only that, it is huge. For years I wondered why my parents didn't just move there. We would always be by the beach because it was our backyard. I love riding my old style bike down the curvy road passing all the giant trees. The boardwalk was great. I loved all the tiny boutiques and my favorite restaurant, Ocean Blue.

It was a week into the summer and I was driving home from my best friend Sofia's house. I turned onto our road to see a U-Haul truck in the driveway and a for sale sign in front of the house. My father was standing in the yard watching the movers put several boxes and pieces of furniture into the truck.

"Are we moving?" I asked my dad. I had a little bit more enthusiasm in my voice then I expected. I mean don't get me wrong I love it here, I've lived here all my life, but sometimes I just wanted to get out of here, go somewhere else, explore.

My dad looked down and smiled at me. "Yes. We are moving to the beach house in NC." I could feel my face light up with joy. One of my biggest wishes has come true. Of course I would miss all my friends and all but I love the beach house. My brother Riley, he used to be the biggest klutz in the world. I remember one summer he fell down the stairs like five times. Riley is a sophomore in college this year. He goes to UNC which is also where my friend Tyler's sister Caroline goes who is also Riley's long time girl friend, they started dating the summer before they both went to college. My mom came out the side door of the house in her cotton shorts and a college t-shirt my brother Riley had sent. She had a box in her arms that said fragile on it.

"Well hello honey, I didn't know you were home from Sofia's so early." She called to me. She gave the box to the mover guys and then came to me and wrapped her arms around my head. "So I'm guessing your father told you the news." Her face was bright and happy.

"Yeah," I smiled at her. "I'm excited." And the truth was I am excited. "Um, I'm going to drive to Sofia's and tell her the news." As I walked to my car I speed dialed my friend Tyler. Besides him, his parents, and his sister Caroline, they were the only ones I knew from Hill Side. Tyler's parents are best friends with my parents. My dad had gone to college with Tyler's dad and they had been like best friends ever since then. When we go up to Hill Side in the summer we usually spend a ton of time with Tyler's family. Always being at each other's houses, grilling out pretty much every night, it was always a fun summer for our families. Tyler picked up on the third ring.

"Hey Bethy," he answered. I blushed a bit at the nickname. I've been called Bethy since probably the time I was born.

"Hey Ty, I have some really amazing news for you." I could feel the excitement rising up all the way from the tip of my toes to the top of my head.

"No let me guess," he chuckled. "You and your family are moving to Hill Side, and we will be able to hang out all the time and it will be freaking amazing."

"Oh my god how did you know." I can't believe he knew. This was going to be my surprise to him. UGH!

"Ha don't get all shook up Bethy. Your mom called my mom this morning and told her the news. And you know my mom; she can't keep a secret to save her life. So I'm sorry she ruined your big surprise."

"It's ok Ty. But I have to go I will see you soon." After we said our goodbyes I shut my phone and headed towards Fifth Street where Sofia lived. I opened my phone and dialed Sofia's number.

It took her awhile to pick up but when she finally did she sounded a bit out of breath. I could hear muffled sounds before she put the phone to her ear.


"Hey, I'm outside can you come out for a minute, I really need to talk to you?"

"Hi, can you come up here I'm like really busy. Just come on in, I'm the only one here."

"Yeah, I'll be up in a sec." I got out and headed into Sofia's big white house. From downstairs in her old fashioned kitchen I could hear her shuffling around in her room. I walked up the stairs and into her almost all white room. There was a plaid suitcase sitting on her bed. She was packing for something."Where are you going?" I asked. She walked out of her closet and smiled at me.

"We're taking a trip to L.A. to visit my Aunt. You know the one with like ten cats but she is also really rich and has an amazing house. She takes me shopping like every time we come down so I just have to bring a ton of allergy meds because right now my allergies are bad and they will be worse when I am around all those dang cats." She said. Sofia had orangeish blonde wavy hair that fell down to the middle of her back. She had on her old cut off shorts and a purple tank top. She was naturally beautiful, without make-up or styling her hair, all natural. The freckles on her face where darker now because of her tan and emerald green eyes glowed in the sun. She looked up at me and asked, "So what was it that you needed to tell me?"

"Oh, that, well we're moving." Sofia looked up at me with a sort of hurt look on her face. "We probably won't leave for a couple days and yeah." I felt sad about moving after I saw that look on her face.

Sofia nodded her head and said in a soft voice, "Where are you moving?"

"To the beach house in Hill Side," I replied. And that, I could tell just about killed her. Her emerald green eyes turned into more of a murky green and tears lined the bottom of her eyes.

She inhaled and said, "It should be nice for you." I could feel the tears pricking the back of my eyes. I went over to her and wrapped my arms around her waist for a hug, she did the same. Right as her face hit my shoulder she started bawling. "I don't know what I'm going to do without you here."

"I know right, I don't even know how I'm going to survive junior year without you." We were both crying until our eyes ran out of tears to spill. I got a text message. I pulled my phone out of my bag unlocking my screen to see the message.

You need to come home to help pack!

I lifted my head from Sofia's shoulder and inhaled a deep breath. "My mom says I need to come home to help pack."

"I guess this is goodbye then…For now anyways." Sofia's eyes were red and puffy from crying, but she gave me a smile that showed she was sad but yet happy for me. I smiled at her and walked towards her door.

I turned around and said, "Bye Sofe." She smiled at me and went back to her packing.

On the way home Tyler called me. He sounded pretty excited for us to get down there. He said that there was this fair on the pier in Williams that we absolutely had to go to. He was so happy, but the happiness was draining out of my body.