Today is not my day. I'm an administrator at my old high school, Mesa High. Today was the last day and the kids went crazy.

I was walking into the apartment I shared with my boyfriend, Charlie, when I subbed my toe and dropped all of the stuff that was in my office.

" Damn it to hell," I snarled and picked up the pictures, paper, and all the other shit.

" Glad to see you, too," Charlie said as he bent down and helped me pick up the stuff.

" Thanks," I mumbled as I walked to the kitchen and put all my stuff down. I put my elbows on the counter and rested my chin on the palms of my hand. Charlie stood behind me and wrap his arms around my waist.

" Bad day?"

" Yep. Now I know why Brennigan hated the last few days of school."

Charlie chuckled, " How many kids did you suspend?"

" Fourteen in the ninth grade. Can't wait for next year when I become a tenth grade administrator. I know who's gonna play the pranks and who's not." (A/N at my school administrators rotate from grade to grade with the students)

" Stella?"

" Hmm?" I moaned in contentment.

" I love you," he said kissing my neck.

I turned around so I could face him, " I love you, too."

I stood on my toes and kissed him lightly on his lips. Charlie wanted it to go further, so he picked me up and placed me on the kitchen counter. He kept his hands on my hips as I wrapped my legs around his torso, tangling my fingers into his hair. Eventually, we both needed air and pulled away. I put my head on his shoulder and caught my breath.

" I'm going to go change," I stated as I jumped off the counter.

" Kay. I'll be here," Charlie said.


Stella changed out of her suit and heels into a pair of grey sweats and a pink over sized one-shoulder shirt. I smiled and held my arms out. She smiled back and sat on my lap.

" So what do you want for dinner?" She asked, playing with my index finger.

" I don't know. Pizza?"

" As long as I don't have to change or cook."

" Okay. Let's get going," I said chuckling and kissing her cheek.

We walked out to my truck and climbed in. I was getting a little nervous and Stella must have noticed.

" Are you okay?" She asked looking at my grip on the steering wheel.

" Yeah. Fine. Great. Why'd you ask?" I said in one breath.

" You seem nervous. You know we are just getting pizza, right?"

" Yeah. Why wouldn't I know that?"

I could feel her stare at my face, " Never mind."

We finally arrived at Dante's Pizza. I got out in a hurry and Stella continued to stare at me.

" Are you sure you're okay?" She asked sliding out of the truck.

" Yeah. Let's just go get some pizza." I said taking her hand and walking into the restaurant.


We just ordered our food and Charlie is practically jumping out of his seat.

" Charlie! It's just pizza," I said putting my hand on his. He stopped jumping but then his leg started shaking.

" Do you have to go to the bathroom?"

" Huh? Oh. Yeah. Bathroom, okay," he stuttered out, walking away.

Damn. He is really nervous. We've been here plenty of times and I don't understand why he's nervous about pizza. I mean we even toured the country, preformed in front of millions and he's been dating me for six years. I was pulled out of my thoughts as the lights turned off. I heard things being moved around and then a spot light came on. Guess whom it was pointing at. That's right, me! Then another spotlight came on, illuminating the stage.

Olivia walked out and took the microphone, " Hey Stella. Charlie wanted me to sing this song for you since he sounds like a dying hippo when he sings." Everybody was laughing except Charlie.

" You know it's true," I called sticking my tongue out at him, making everybody including him laugh.

" Okay enough of the jokes," she said taping her foot once on the wood, giving the signal to begin:

Heartbeats fast

Colors and promises

How to be brave

How can I love when I'm afraid to fall

But watching you stand alone

All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you

Darling don't be afraid I have loved you

For a thousand years

I love you for a thousand more

Time stands still

Beauty in all she is

I will be brave

I will not let anything take away

What's standing in front of me

Every breath

Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you

Darling don't be afraid I have loved you

For a thousand years

I love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you

Time has brought your heart to me

I have loved you for a thousand years

I love you for a thousand more

One step closer

One step closer

I have died everyday waiting for you

Darling don't be afraid I have loved you

For a thousand years

I love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you

Time has brought your heart to me

I have loved you for a thousand years

I love you for a thousand more

Olivia stopped singing and the lights went off, again. I heard more rustling and the lights came back on. Everybody was still on the stage except Charlie; instead he was in front of me.

" Stella Lynn Yamada, I love you and I always will. I want to be with you the rest of my life. Will you marry me?"

I stared at him wordlessly, tears falling down my cheeks. He took that as a bad sign and looked down.

" Wait, no, ack," Charlie looked up at me, pain showing in his eyes, " Yes."

His face lit up instantly. He picked me up, spinning me around, and giving me a passionate kiss. The crowd cheered as Charlie set me down, wiping away my tears.

" Congratulations!" someone yelled. I turned around and saw my family walking towards us.

" Mom? Dad? Monkeys?"

" Come on, Stells. I thought you would stop calling us Monkeys once we turned eighteen," Justin stated.

I looked at my now eighteen year old brothers and smirked, " You got that in writing?"

" No," Josh said warily.

"Well, I have no record of that being said."

" Seriously Stella!" Josh exclaimed as Justin murmured, " I knew we should have recorded it!"

My mom chuckled while my dad pulled Charlie to the side.

" Oh Stella! I am so happy for you," she cried, pulling me into a hug.

" Thanks mom," chuckling as I returned the hug.


Stella's dad pulled me to the side and gave me a stern look.

" You better treat my daughter right. She may look tough but on the inside she's on a tightrope. At any moment she could fall and break or she can stay balanced and be happy. That all depends on you.

" You don't see the way she acts around you, She puts down her walls, something her mom and I have hopped she would do for us. You're the only one she opens up completely too. Trust me on that."

" Sir, I will treat her well. I always will. She means the world to me and I will never hurt her."

He looked me over, " You better. I like you but if you hurt her, I will hunt you down and make you life miserable."

My eyes widened and I nodded quickly. Did I mention he was a former spy for the N.S.A?

" Good. Well, let's head back over before Stella and her brothers cause a world war."

I turned to look at Stella and her brothers yelling at each other. That's my girl.


" Well if you don't have it in writing, how am I supposed to know you aren't lying?" I yelled throwing my hands up in exasperation.

" Because you said it last Christmas!" Josh yelled back.

" So?"

" Stop calling us monkeys," Justin exclaimed.

" Fine."

" Is it- wait what?" They said giving me a skeptical look.

" I said 'Fine'."


" Yeah, you're Thing 1," pointing to Josh, " and you're Thing 2," pointing at Justin.

" Are you serious?" Josh yelled. He has such a temper. Wonder who he got it from?

" Hey! Cut it out," Dad said sternly, " Boys, baby steps. It's better than monkeys."

Ah! Leave it to dad to make peace.

And that's the end of Chapter 1. I hope you all liked it.

My vacation starts on the 23rd so I'll try updating throughout that week.

Any way thank you to the people who voted on. I really couldn't think of a name for the brothers.