This is the sequel to: United Hearts, so if you haven't read that then you won't know the background to this and the relationship between Cornelia and Caleb. Anyway, on with the story!
Plot: After the events that have taken place in "United Hearts", Cornelia and Caleb meet again in New York City! How will their futures turn out? SEQUEL TO "UNITED HEARTS".
A/N: Sorry if the sequel isn't exactly great. Feel free to add suggestions when reviewing. Thanks for reading this! This involved Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia and Hay Lin + their boyfriends. Enjoy!
I'd like to dedicate this chapter to: Val Marsal. Seriously, you are freakin awesome.
Chapter 1: All is good
Cornelia walked through the streets of New York City, her hair blowing furiously in the wind. She was wearing a red floral top with dark blue skinny jeans, along with her brown, leather knee high boots. She beamed at the beautiful sunshine and strangers admiring her flawless figure. I don't know why I didn't move to New York earlier...I love this city so much...
It had been almost six years since Cornelia and her family had moved to New York. Over these years, she had successfully graduated from College and started a few businesses. In a few words – she was successful. Cornelia had a few stores, owned a beauty salon and had her own clothing line. Life was perfect. She was wandering through the streets, with nothing to do on a Saturday morning, and decided to go to Starbucks to get something to eat.
She flung open the doors to the usual place she would come quite often, and smiled at the staff, after taking off her sunglasses.
"Hey, Corny, the usual?"
Cornelia turned to see her long time friend – Eric Lyndon. He was tall, dark and handsome. His jet black hair covered his forehead, and he grinned at the blonde. "Yeah, thanks. So, Eric...How have you been?" She sat down on one of the stools closest to him, as he prepared her coffee and blueberry muffin.
"Good, Hay Lin and I have just found a new apartment. It's going great so far." He placed down her order and smiled, before serving another customer. Cornelia sighed and sat back on her seat. Hay Lin was the same age as Cornelia and Eric – 24 – and she was the bubbly Asian girl. Eric and Hay Lin were together for almost two years, and they had finally moved in together. They make such a great couple-
Her thoughts were interrupted by someone calling her name. Her head shot up to scan the people inside the shop – until her sight landed on a short redhead. "Will, I thought you would be planning your wedding – what are you doing in Starbucks?"
Will was 25 and engaged to Matt Olsen. Cornelia and Will had been friends since she moved to New York, where they had met at one of Cornelia's businesses. In a few week's time, Will was going to be officially married to Matt, and she had insisted on planning the wedding herself. Cornelia grinned at her friend who looked anything but a bride-to-be – she was wearing jogging pants, along with a vest top. The blonde couldn't help but smirk at her friend who was wiping a trail of sweat from her forehead. Will blushed and sat down next to her – splitting the blueberry muffin.
"Hey! That's my breakfast!" exclaimed Cornelia playfully, while she hit Will in the arm. Will stuck her tongue out and bit into the muffin – moaning in delight.
"Mhm, that's good. I so need a break...this wedding has got me more stressed out than the time when I had to chase Hay Lin away from that coffee stand down town."
Cornelia giggled and shook her head, reminiscing about all the humorous memories they had shared together. "Hahaha! I remember that one! Isn't it weird how Hay Lin is always looking for an excuse to get in one of her sugar rushes, while her boyfriend works in a coffee shop?"
"Yeah, some things never change..." mused Will, as she bit into another piece of the muffin. She swallowed, and then moved closer across the table. "Cornelia, what are you going to wear at the wedding? I have to know what my maid of honour will look like!"
Cornelia bit her lip and laughed nervously. "It's...a surprise, ok?"
Will rolled her eyes, and her mouth opened in shock. "Wait a minute, you haven't even got a dress yet, have you?"
"Ok...before you get mad, I have an excuse." Will raised her eyebrows at the blonde, who was fidgeting in her seat.
"Well...Hay Lin is designing it for me!" Cornelia beamed at Will who squealed. She rolled her eyes at her and ran her fingers through her long blonde hair.
Will dreamily stared into space as she placed her head on her hands. "I can't believe Matt and I are almost married. It feels like a fairytale..."
"Oh, get over it. You've been with him for five years, woman!" Cornelia rolled her eyes and raised an eyebrow at Will jokingly, who quickly retorted.
"You'll know what it's like when you get married, Cornelia. I mean, it's only been a few months with you and Zach, but you never know..." with that, Will winked at Cornelia and took one last bite at her muffin – before jumping all the way to the door. Cornelia grinned as she watched her leave, and took a sip of her coffee. She sighed as she sunk into her seat, deep in thought about her boyfriend.
Zach Moon was Cornelia's current boyfriend. He was the same age as her, and owned his own business. They were together for a few months and everything was great. The only problem in their relationship was that Zach would have less time to spend with Cornelia because of his work. They would frequently be interrupted when on dates because of business meetings or work related emergencies.
A heartfelt breath escaped her lips, as Cornelia stood up and placed a crisp five dollar bill on the counter. Eric turned around to see Cornelia and winked at her.
"Keep the change. I'll see you later, Eric."
She waved and exited the building. Well, I have the whole day to myself...What should I do? Go see how Hay Lin is at the store? Yeah, that's a good idea.
Cornelia smiled at herself and made her way to the store where Hay Lin worked, and which Cornelia owned. A few blocks of walking later, Cornelia opened the doors to see Hay Lin serving a customer. She glanced at the door and beamed at the blonde, after the customer had left.
"Hey Cornelia! What's up?"
"Nothing, just thought I'd stop by. How's everything at work?"
An exaggerated moan escaped Hay Lin's lips as she began, "Everything's fine except this one customer was being so rude and kept asking too many questions and I completely lost it and told her to shove her dress somewhere and "accidentally" knocked her over and -"
"Whoa! Slow down!" Cornelia cut her off and couldn't help laugh at her lively friend. She rolled her eyes at Hay Lin, who smiled brightly, revealing all her sparkling teeth. "So, you and Eric have got a new apartment! What's it like?"
Hay Lin sighed dreamily, as a blush crept on her face and her eyes lit up. "It's so wonderful. It's perfect...he's perfect." She whispered the last few words and Cornelia couldn't help but smile at her love struck friend, feeling happy for her. Hay Lin snapped out of her trance and turned her attention to Cornelia. "So, how's everything with Zach?"
Cornelia bit her lip and replied hesitantly, "Great...it's just that...we haven't exactly had some time together in a while..." She shook her head and looked to the floor. Hay Lin smiled at her regretfully, and placed a hand on top of Cornelia's sweetly.
"Hey, don't worry. Everything will fall into place. He's lucky to have a great person like you, Cornelia." Cornelia looked up and smiled at Hay Lin – feeling instantly uplifted. She nodded her head and hugged her Asian friend, who giggled happily. "Anyway, the dress is coming along perfectly! You want to come around my place and try it on in a few days?"
"That sounds great!" she beamed at her friend. "Well, I should probably get going. I'm going to go check on Dad and see how he's feeling."
Hay Lin nodded at her, "Aw, that's so sweet! I'm glad you're going to see him – he works too much!"
"Yeah, well, I'll see you soon. Take care!" Cornelia waved before walking outside and outside her apartment. She got into her car and drove towards her Dad's company building.