I decide to skip breakfast when I wake up. I don't want to remind Dakota of my existence, in case she would decide to tell everyone about me and Austin, causing her parents to choke on their toast.
When I do go downstairs, Mike and Mimi are at work, Dakota is nowhere to be found, and when I realize Austin isn't either, I get a sick feeling in my stomach when I realize he must be Cassidy. But I trust him, and I know he's doing the right thing. I just hope she doesn't make him feel too guilty.
When I go into the kitchen, there is a small package on the table, and my names on it. I pick it up and realize it's from my dad. Why would he send me anything?
I open it up and read the note first, "Ally, I'm sorry I never left you a key, and it will probably be too late by the time you get this, but here you go. Love dad." It says.
That's when the key falls out. I pick it up and stare at it. A house key, which means I can go home today instead of having to wait another day in this house. I can get away from Dakota. I smile big and I have to stop myself from dancing around the room.
I run up stairs and slam my door shut. I grab my suitcase from under my bed and start packing. I shove everything I possibly can into it, without bothering to fold anything. I don't live that far, they won't wrinkle that quickly right?
I'm almost done packing when Austin walks into my room. He walks over to me and watches me go back and forth from the dresser to my suitcase, "Packing early?" He asks.
"No! I got my house key in the mail from my dad, so I get to go home today!" I say happily.
"You're going to stay all alone at your house tonight?" He says.
Huh, I didn't really think of that. I was too excited to be able to go home that I didn't think of having to be there all alone for a night. I hate being alone.
"Oh, I guess so." I say.
"Will you be okay?" He asks.
"Yeah, I'll be fine." I say.
"Okay, I can give you a ride there when you're ready." He says.
"Alright cool." I tell him.
I wait until Mike and Mimi come home, so I can let them know what I'm doing and thank them for letting me stay. I swear I saw a tear in Mimi's eyes when she said goodbye. I told her how I don't live far and it's not like she's never going to see me. But she says I'm like a daughter to her, which made me feel good. Dakota wasn't home, so I lied and said I texted her about leaving.
The ride to my house was silent, neither Austin nor I had anything to say I guess. When we pulled in, he grabbed my bags for me and I unlocked the door. He put them upstairs in my room and met me in my kitchen, "Would you like to stay for dinner? I'm going to make pizza." I said.
"Sure." He says.
I grab all the stuff I need and we both start making our own small pizzas. I put extra cheese, and mini pepperonis on mine, while Austin put extra pepperoni and sauce on his. When we put them in the oven we sat down in the living room on the sofa. The silence occurred again, and I can't help to think that it's because of his chat with Cassidy earlier.
"So, how was Cassidy…?" I say hesitantly.
"Okay, she took it fine really." He says.
"Do you feel bad?" I ask him.
"Not really." He says.
"Well, that's good." I say.
"It is, because I have you." He says with a smile.
He leans in and kisses me softly, for just a moment. But when we break away, our eyes stay locked, and before I know it his lips are on mine again. Our kiss gets more intense, and before I can stop myself, I'm crawling on his lap, straddling his waist with my legs.
We don't stop kissing, and i start to feel his hands move from on my waist, to under my shirt. I feel his hands on my bare skin on my sides and I start to get goose bumps. I run my fingers through his thick blonde hair and we both deepen the kiss. Before I know it, I feel his hands bringing my shirt up, and that's when the alarm goes off on the stove, telling us our pizzas done. We both jump apart, frightened by the sudden noise. We're both gasping for air, and I jump off the couch and run into the kitchen.
I grab a pot holder and take both pizzas out of the oven, but the pot holder was thin, causing my hand to sting a little, "Ouch!" I yell and set down the pizzas.
Austin comes jogging in, "Are you okay?" He asks.
"Yeah, fine." I say.
I cut slices into each pizza and hand Austin a plate. We both grab a couple and sit down at the table. We both sit there quietly, taking small bites of our pizza. The air between us is awkward. Neither of us about to bring up what almost started to happen not too long ago.
When we're done eating, Austin says he'll clean up so I can go upstairs and unpack my things. I jog up the stairs, trying to clear my mind, and start taking out my bags, separating the dirty clothes from the clean ones. The dirty pile is getting bigger, and I feel as though tomorrow will defiantly be a laundry day.
I'm throwing my suitcases in my closet when Austin joins me in my room. He sits down on my chair in front of my desk and watches me finish unpacking. When I'm done, I sit down on my bed and we both look at each other.
"So earlier…" He says.
I nod, "Yeah?"
"I'm sorry if, if I was taking it too far." He says.
"You weren't." I say.
"Are you sure? I don't want to freak you out, or scare you. Or make you think I just want to get in your pants." He says.
"I know that you aren't like that, its okay." I tell him.
It's getting late, and Austin looks at his phone and realizes how late it actually is, "I should go." He says.
I stand up, and walk over to him. I wrap my arms around his waist, and he hugs me back, "What's wrong?" He asks.
"I'm scared. I don't want to be alone." I tell him.
"I said something about this earlier. You could have stayed at my house." He tells me.
"I just wanted to be home, I didn't really think about it." I tell him.
He moves away from me and makes me face him, "I can stay with you if you want. And I'll leave early so your father won't come home and freak." He says.
I nod at him, "Okay." I say.
"I'll set up a bed on the couch, do you have some blankets?" He asks.
"You can sleep with me." I tell him.
"Are you sure?" He asks.
I nod at him and grab my pajamas. I go into the bathroom and change quickly, realizing I'm having my first sleep over with a boy. And he happens to be thee Austin Moon, the most attractive boy I've seen. When I'm done I crawl into bed while Austin goes downstairs and grabs another slice of pizza; boys I tell you.
By the time he gets upstairs, I've dosed off a few times. I'm almost asleep this time when I hear him say my name. I blink a few times and look at him. He's standing awkwardly next to my bed. I sit up, "What's wrong?" I ask him.
"I don't have anything to sleep in. And I hate sleeping in jeans." He says.
"Just sleep in your boxers. I'm not a prude twelve year old." I say. We both laugh at that and I turn over and hide under the covers. I feel him crawl into bed a few minutes after and before I know it his arm is wrapped around my waist.
"Goodnight Allyson Dawson. I love you." He whispers in my ear.
"I love you too Austin Moon." I whisper back.
The next morning Austin leaves bright and early. I'm about to start my second load of laundry when I hear my front door open. I run downstairs and practically jump on my dad, "Dad!" I yell and hug him.
He laughs, "Wow, I've never seen you so excited to see your old man." He says.
"You've been gone too long!" I say.
I help him with his bags and then pour him a glass of ice tea and grab him a slice of left over pizza. We sit together for a while, talking about his trip and what I've been up to. The conversation lasts for a while, until Austin texts me and reminds me that I have something to tell him.
"So dad, I have something to tell you." I tell him.
He sets his glass down, "Oh boy. What did you do?" he asks.
I laugh nervously, "Nothing really…" I say.
"Go ahead, I can take it." He says.
"Okay, well you obviously know the Moons." I say.
He laughs, "No not at all. I just let you stay with strangers for two weeks." He says.
"Funny." I say, "Well you remember Austin right?" I ask.
"Oh yes. He was off at school right?" He asks.
"He was, but he's home now. And well we really reconnected and we're… together." I say.
"Together, like dating?" He asks.
I nod, "Yeah." I say.
"And you were living with him. That doesn't seem very appropriate." He says.
"We kept it very professional. We didn't really start dating until I left. We acted like total friends." I tell him. Most of it was the truth, right?
"I believe you. I trust you Allyson; you're very mature for you age. But he is older, just be careful okay? I don't want you to get hurt." He says.
"Thanks dad!" I say and kiss him on the cheek. My dad approves! Now it's the Moon's turn…
I go up to my room and wait patiently, hoping Austin is telling his parents right now. He isn't replying to my texts and I'm starting to get really nervous. I start pacing back and forth, until my father yells at me from downstairs, saying my footsteps are annoying him. I sigh and jump onto my bed, the suspense is killing me.
I hear a knock at the door and I jump up and run downstairs. I almost run into my father, but I get to the door first. When I open it, I'm shocked at what I see. It's Austin, and Dakota.
Austin smiles at me, and I lean against the door, "Uh, hi." I say.
"I told my parents. Everything went well, I'll tell you more later." Austin says and winks at me.
"Okay." I say, eyeing Dakota who is staring at the ground.
"And Dakota is here to talk to you. I'm going to go inside and chat with your father… He doesn't want to kill me right?" He asks.
I laugh, "Right"
He kisses me on the forehead and walks inside. Dakota goes over to the steps and sits down. I hesitate but sit down next to her. We sit in silence for a while until she decides to finally talk.
"I know I've been such a horrible best friend. I don't blame you for everything you've said to me. I've deserved it." She says.
I don't say anything, because I'm too surprised her actions. I can hear her voice cracking when she continues, "I don't know why I would care if your dating my brother. I was just jealous because you would only want to be with him when you came over, even though I was choosing James over you. But he's my first real boyfriend and I let it get to me head. I'm so sorry." She says, and is looking at me now.
"It's okay." I tell her, because it is. She's apologizing like this, how can I not accept it? I'm too nice. I can't handle this.
"No it's not. It really isn't. I know our friendship won't ever be the same after this but I hope we can start to fix it." She says.
"Okay." I tell her.
She starts to cry harder and she brings me in for a hug. We stay like that for a few minutes until she gets up, "I should go. Thank you for listening." She says.
I walk inside after and find Austin and my dad glue to the television watching some sports show. I laugh at the sight; they look like they're getting along already. Maybe everyone over reacted about this. This isn't so bad is it? When two people really love each other, no one should stop it; no one should be able to stop it. If it's meant to be, then it should happen.
I sit down between Austin and my dad with a big smile on my face. I think about my future that I'll hopefully be having with Austin, and how everything really did work out. I think life's going to be really good from now on.
Well that's it. I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for all the support and reviews, it's meant so much to me! I still have my story Mayday, and i will be starting a new one soon.