What's Best

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Chapter 9

"Hey beautiful." Riley didn't even hear him, she continued to think about the choreography. It wasn't till his hands wrapped around her waist and he kissed her cheek that she awoke from her daydream.


"So, it's 1:30 in the morning. I'd say it's time for us to go to bed, since we have school tomorrow. Josh and Maya fell asleep on the couch." The brunette nodded her head and grinned. The green eyed man fixed up the air mattresses and she turned on the TV, because for whatever reason she can't fall asleep without some noise. "I'm sad."

"Join the club." She joked. "Why are you sad?" The brown eyed girl crawled onto the mattress.

"I'm going to have to go home soon." Her brows furrowed. "Now that you're starting to feel better, i'm pretty sure these overnighters are going to slow down."

"Why?" He inched the other air mattress as close as allowed by Cory and laid down.

"You're parents aren't going to let me stay here." Riley held his hand. "I don't wanna leave, I mean I really like you, but I love your parents reaction when we come home. With both, it's kind of win, win." The green eyed man stroked her hair.

"I don't want you to go."

"I'll stay as long as i'm allowed. Do you want to come with me to get more clothes tomorrow?" She nodded her head in agreement.

"Are we together?"

He sighed, everything inside of him wanted to say yes. "No, not until after Nationals. I don't want to distract you. But, the minute you're done dancing, you're coming to kiss me again. I should've kissed you more earlier, that was amazing."

"I felt like I was in a movie." She smiled. "Thank you."

"For what?" His lips touched her hand.

"Giving me a reason to keep living. For staying with me. For reminding me of Auggie. For, everything, helping me dance today." He stared into her eyes and his lips crashed onto hers again. Riley's body tingled and her toes curled, she rolled on top of him, continuing their embrace. Deepening their kiss with every second that passed.

"I really like you Riley."

"I like you too." The quarterback slowly rolled her off of him.

"I like you so much, that we're going to have to wait so you can stay focused on Nationals and not on me. That was the last time I kiss you, I swear."

"I won't stop you if you try though." She admitted. "Hey, where'd you learn to dance like that today?"

"I didn't learn, I just did what felt right. Following your movements and finding a way to touch you was my main focus." Her eyelids closed. "We moved pretty well together. Didn't we?"

"Mhm." She let out a deep breath and he could tell she was falling asleep. He continued to watch her for another 30 minutes.

"I love you." He whispered.


"Last time I was at your house, I fell like 3 times." He chuckled and stopped himself from reaching for her hand.

"You've been less clumsy lately, that's what happens when you move slower." Riley rolled her lips in. "I'm sorry, I didn't-"

"It's okay." It took a lot for her to move, she ate dinner last night but hadn't eaten at all today. It took a lot for her to just continue living daily life.

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