How It All Began

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“Aubree Grace, stop ogling the guys and pay attention!” Kaysie said as she snapped her fingers in front of my face, trying to divert my attention from the window.

I jumped slightly in shock as I swiveled around to face her. She had an amused smile on her face but there was something else. Something I couldn’t identify which was strange. I had known Kaysie Noelle Knight for fourteen years, ever since the night she was born. I was even at the hospital the night she was born. Granted I was only a few months old myself and therefore have no recollection of the day, I was there nonetheless.

“Finally decided to join me, have you? Or are you just going to go back to ogling the guys once I turn my back again?” she teased once she realized that she had my attention.

"I was not ogling the guys,” I protested knowing that it was pointless to argue but needing to do it anyway.

“Of course you weren’t. You were just staring at the sun and trying to find shapes in the clouds,” she retorted sarcastically.

“Exactly! You really do know me too well,” I responded as I agreed to her obvious lie.

“Whatever you say Aubree. Right now, though, I need your help. I don’t understand this at all and we have a test on Monday,” she said as she turned her attention back to the English book on the table in front of her.

We were studying Shakespeare in English and Kaysie couldn’t grasp the meaning for the life of her. She didn’t understand the way that Shakespeare wrote and therefore couldn’t figure out what was going on in the story. We had been sitting at the table for about an hour as I tried to explain it to her in a way that she would understand but it just wasn’t working. I was beginning to think that Kaysie was completely hopeless when it came to Shakespeare or any Old English for that matter.

“Let’s go through this again. Romeo and Juliet-“ I started to say but was interrupted when the back door was flung open causing it to hit the kitchen wall before bouncing back and almost hitting the person responsible.

“Hey Mischiefs, what’s going on in here?” Asher asked as he walked into the room with Austin following behind him.

                My breath caught in my throat and my heart started racing like crazy as soon as I caught sight of Asher.  He smiled at me before he turned his attention to his sister and I swear I almost fainted. I hated how I had known the guy my entire life and now I couldn’t even form a sentence while he was around, but I had no control over it. It had started the year before when I was in eighth grade. All my girlfriends were talking about who the hottest guy in our grade was and were rating them accordingly. They asked for my opinion and I couldn’t give them an answer. They named off a list of guys and asked me which one I thought was hotter but the only guy I could think of was Asher. After that, I started to notice little things about him. Like the way that he chewed on the corner of his lip when he was nervous or how the muscle in his jaw would twitch when he was angry. Or the half grin he always wore when he was up to something but didn’t really want anyone to know. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was completely in love with Asher Cohen Knight. As soon as I came to that realization, I lost all ability to speak in his presence which was just ridiculous since I had in fact known him my entire life. It was times like these that I really needed my best friend but I was afraid to tell Kaysie. I didn’t know what she’d do when I told her I was in love with her older brother.

“Bree here is trying to teach me Shakespeare but I can’t for the life of me understand it,” Kaysie answered after a moment once she realized that I wasn’t going to say a word.

“Shakespeare isn’t that hard. Here, let me show you,” Asher responded as he came to stand between my chair and Kaysie’s and leaned down so his forearms were resting on the table and he could see the book.

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