“You shouldn’t be here.” I crossed my arms and blocked the view of the dining room from Aiden. “But I want to be. Why won’t you let me?” He stared at me intently. “You said you were in love with me after I told you that Lance had finally proposed! It was…” Flattering, I thought to myself. “Inappropriate.” I snapped. “I don’t understand why you waited until then to speak up. You had to know that it was going to complicate things.” Out of habit, I reached out to brush his hair out of his eyes. He jerked away and pointed from his heart to mine while anger darkened his pale features. “And you crushed me. I believe that makes us even.”
“How’s it going over there?” Lance stood with a grim line set across his face. He was just as unhappy to see Aiden as I was. “Perfectly fine.” Aiden sneered at him. “I was just leaving.” I held the door open for him and he pulled me out into the chilly night. He gently cupped my face and brushed his lips against my cheek. “Just remember, Ever…he cheated once. He’ll do it again. You’re too good for him.” I watched until his retreating silhouette became one with the dark…then I turned and fled in the opposite direction.
I came across a lone bench overlooking a cliff and there I collapsed and finally cried it all out. I was so upset with Aiden. How dare he lay this emotional crap on me just two days before my wedding! Of course I cared for him. He was the first boy I loved. We shared our first kiss at thirteen and not long after that, he was sent away to boarding school. When he came back four years later, he was so different. We remained the closest of friends but nothing else ever happened between us…until now.
The sound of a twig snapping interrupted my thoughts.
“Ever!” Lance cried when he saw me. “I’ve been looking all over for you.” He sat next to me and took my hand in his. “I just needed some fresh air. I’m so sorry for taking off like that.” I apologized. “Shh, it’s okay. I bet it was weird seeing him again, huh?” He put his arm around my shoulder to comfort me. “That’s an understatement.” I snorted and wiped my eyes. “I can’t blame the guy though, you’re amazing.” He beamed at me and I couldn’t help but smile. “So I have an idea about something fun we can do tomorrow. How about we head up to the bluffs, maybe have a picnic and swim for a while?” He suggested.
“That sounds awesome!” Danielle emerged out of the woods. “Oops, I didn’t mean to butt in.” She giggled. “So are we going?” I preferred to remain indoors with a glass of a wine and good book but as I told my mother earlier that same day… people change. “Why not? It’s a date!”