3 years later…
"'Chaela, we're home", Sully shouted as he came in the front door.
"In here", she hollered back.
"Mommy", he ran into the kitchen and attached himself to her leg.
"Did you have fun at the store with Daddy?", she leaned forward and ruffled his hair.
He nodded his head, "Up, mommy".
"Hang on there Joe, your momma's busy", Sully chuckled.
Michaela leaned over and picked him up, "It's ok. Mommy needs a break anyway."
She walked around the kitchen island carrying him and took a seat at the table. It had been a crazy day. The girls were graduating today and she had decided to host a barbeque. Hannah and Katie had invited all their friends and Sully had offered to take Joey out to run errands with him. She loved her son, but she had forgotten just how much a toddler could get under foot when you were busy. Michaela rubbed her eyes.
"You, ok?", Sully leaned in and kissed her temple.
"Yes, just tired. It's been a busy day", she slumped back as Joey scrambled to get down.
"That one will wear you out doing nothing", Sully chuckled.
She giggled and rose to embrace him, "yep, I know".
"Well the good news is, after this party is finished I bet he'll crash for the night. Katie's already asked me if she and Hannah can hang out with Patrick. That means we'll have a quiet house to ourselves.", he smiled and placed a kiss on her neck.
"What could we do then?", she smirked.
"I can think of a few things", he chuckled.
She rose on her tip toes and placed a soft kiss to his lips. He tightened his grip and pulled her to him pressing the entire length of her body into his. His hand slowly trailed down her back and rested just below her waist. As he began to deepen the kiss even further, the front door flew open.
"Mom, mom…", Katie screamed. "It came…"
Katie rushed into the kitchen flailing an envelope around in her hand. Hannah was hot on her heels. Sully groaned and pulled away from Michaela resting his forehead on her shoulder.
"There'll be more of that later, if you're good", she giggled.
She turned toward Katie, "Well, what does it say?"
Katie shrugged and held out the envelop with a shaky hand, "I can't, you do it".
She handed it to Michaela, but she pushed it back to her. "You've waited too long for this, you do it."
Katie glanced down and nodded, "here goes nothing".
She ripped the top off and dug out the piece of paper inside. She began trembling as she continued to read.
Suddenly she jumped and launched herself into Michaela's arms.
"I got in", she squealed. "I did it, I can't believe it!"
"I'm so proud of you, sweetie", Michaela kissed her cheek and tightened her embrace. "You deserve this."
"Thanks mom, I'm gonna go tell Patrick. I'll see you later", she ran to her room to toss the letter on her bed and dashed back out the door.
Hannah sat down beside Michaela at the table, "I'm going to give her a minute, and then I'll go over there."
Michaela smiled at her, "I'm so proud of both of you. You've both worked so hard.
"Thanks", Hannah smiled. "I'm just glad that one of us knows our way around."
"It'll be nice having you both close by too", Michaela rubbed Hannah's shoulders.
Hannah had been excepted to several good schools, but had decided in the end to stay near home and attend NYU. She wanted to major in veterinary science. Katie had been wait listed at Columbia, but had just received the letter letting her know she was in.
Hannah smiled at Michaela, "Well, I'm going to head next door. I think Katie's had enough of a head start."
Over the past three years both girls had grown close to Patrick. It was quite obvious to everyone that he and Katie had a thing for each other. Neither one would admit it though. Other than hanging out in groups with friends, they'd never been on a date. They'd flirt and stared at one another, but neither would take action. Hannah had asked Katie about it one afternoon, and Katie had finally confessed that she thought she was in love with him. He doesn't seem to want me though she had told Hannah. He's never tried to kiss me, or told me how he feels. Katie had thrown herself into her studies and figured if Patrick really wanted to be with her, he'd tell her. Now here they were graduating from high school and they were still just friends.
Hannah walked in the back door to see Katie sitting on the couch, Patrick sitting on the floor playing video games. She came over and flopped down next to Katie.
"Did you tell him?", she asked.
"Tell me what?", Patrick turned around.
"I got in", Katie smiled. "Columbia, I got in".
"Wow, congratulations", he smiled and reached back to rub her knee.
She blushed and shoved at his arm, "So where did you decide to go?"
"Well, I don't mean to brag, but I'm going to Harvard, decided last week."
"Wow Harvard, huh", she rolled her eyes. "Why didn't you tell me last week?"
"I didn't want to make you feel bad in case you didn't get in", he smiled. "Wait here, I got you something".
He jumped up and ran out of the room. Katie watched his retreating form. He was even better looking than when they first met, if that was even possible. His shoulders and chest were broader, and his muscles even more defined if that was even possible. All the hockey and running he did kept him in top shape. The way his jeans hung on his hips and the messy mop of blonde hair that he had. He was down right irresistible. Hannah noticed Katie staring and shouldered into her.
"You've got it so bad. Just tell him how you feel. You're leaving in two months for school.", Hannah shrugged.
"I can't. He sees me like a sister, Hannah. I don't want to ruin our friendship.", Katie sighed and dropped her head into her hands.
Just then Patrick reappeared with a box in his hands, "here. It's your graduation present."
"But I didn't get you anything", Katie gasped.
"It's ok, I wasn't expecting anything", he lifted his arm.
When he did this, his shirt rose and a small amount of skin revealed itself at his waist. Katie suppressed the groan that was rising in her throat. Did he know how hot he was? She took the box and opened it. Inside was a Columbia hoodie.
"I thought when the weather got bad that you might like to have that to wear to class.", he smiled at her.
"Thank you, I love it", she lifted it from the box and held it up.
The sweatshirt was a few sizes bigger than what she normally bought for herself. She held it up in front of her and looked at it puzzled.
"What size is that?", Hannah giggled.
"I bought it to fit me", Patrick blushed. "You seem to like to borrow my things when you're over here. I thought maybe it was because they're big and loose on you."
Hannah looked at Katie and then back at Patrick, "I'm gonna head home. I need to help get ready for the party. I'll see you later, Patrick."
"Yeah, see ya", he waved.
After Hannah left, Katie sat back down on the couch and Patrick joined her.
"Thank you, really. I love it.", she smiled and hugged the hoodie to her chest.
"I'm glad", he looked at her then down at his lap.
He slid himself in her direction and placed his arm behind her. She looked at him then back to her lap before looking back at his face.
"I was wondering….", he fumbled for words.
"Yes?", she looked at him pleading for him to tell her how he felt.
"Well…", just then he leaned forward and placed a kiss to her lips.
He pulled away and glanced at her eyes, "was that ok?" He scanned her face waiting for a reaction.
"Yes", she whispered when she finally found her voice.
She moved closer to him and turned to face him more fully. He trailed a finger down her cheek to her chin. She closed her eyes and leaned into him as he moved forward. He tilted his head and brushed his lips across hers, this time with more force and purpose. He lifted his hand and gripped the back of her neck and she mirrored the movement. She twisted her fingers in the soft hair at the nape of his neck as she broke the kiss and leaned her forehead against his. Both were gasping for air and silently trying to calm their nerves.
"I've been waiting forever to do that", he mumbled.
She looked up, puzzled by his confession, "but I thought?"
I've wanted to say something for awhile. I just was worried that you didn't feel the same way. I figured this was my chance. We're both leaving for school soon.", he smiled sheepishly at her.
She leaned into him and giggled.
"What's so funny?", he lifted her chin.
"Hannah told me the same thing", she blushed.
"Wait, what?", he shook his head.
"I've been trying to work up the confidence to tell you how I feel for awhile too", she turned away from him. "Now what? I mean, like you said you're leaving."
"We'll figure it out, don't worry", he leaned in and hugged her.
"I better head home, mom is gonna kill me if I don't help with the party. I'll see you tonight, right?", she smiled and stood to walk out the door.
"I wouldn't miss it", he smirked.
She stepped out into the yard and made her way back to her own house, giddy with excitement. What the future held? She had no idea. The world was soon going to be right at her finger tips. Yes, at this moment in her life she had everything she wanted.
So I hope all of you enjoyed this story. I'm currently working on a follow up to this that will follow Katie and Patrick's relationship. I'm not sure when I'll start posting it. It will be soon though. Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. J