Chapter 2

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Ashton on side-

Riley-

I had made up my mind. Today I would tell Ashton.

Ryder had left early this morning and I was sitting in Ashton's room with him as we watched some sport thing.

"Ashton, we'll be back tomorrow morning!" His parents yelled from downstairs.

"Okay love you bye!" He yelled back and looked at me.

"Can you please tell me why you wouldn't swim? Please girlie." he said as he played with my hair.

"It's easier to show you." I said and put my hair in a high ponytail.

"What?" he asked slightly confused as I turned off the TV and shut the door.

"I'm going to show you. Ignore the clothing choices, it's just the easiest way to show you, don't freak out." I said standing infront of the Tv and didn't notice that he had moved infront of me.

"Okay." he said and I took off the sweat pants and sweatshirt then turned around so he could see the worst part.

"Oh my gosh." he breathed.

"It's bad I know." i said as I cried to myself.

"Can I touch it?" he asked and I nodded.

I felt his hand travel up and down the scar on my back then across the ones on my legs and then turned me around and traced the ones on my arms.

"Riley. Oh my gosh." he said and with the pain on his face I broke. I started sobbing as he wrapped me in a tight hug.

About half an hour later I was all cried out.

"Can you tell me what happened?" he asked carefully.

"I was walking through town a few nights ago after you dropped me at home. I shouldn't have, but I knew my dad was holding a meeting there. I didn't want to interrupt. Anyway, I was walking and it was about midnight and some guy pulled me into an alley."  I cried.

"Riley, stop, it's okay." he said.

"No, let me finish. He started cutting up my arms and back and legs and left me there feeling half dead, and according to Ryder, I looked half dead too.. I used whatever energy to find my phone and call Ryder. He came and got me and took care of me since I refused to let him call the police, you or my dad. I wouldn't go to the hospital either. And I didn't want to tell you because, well I don't even know why I just felt like I couldn't." I said.

"It's okay now." he said and played with my hair.

"I know, but it was just scary." I said and breathed in his calming scent.

"I couldn't imagine it being any less, but you're okay now, I'm here, and I'm never letting you out of my sight again and I bet the same goes with Ryder." he said.

The great thing about Ashton is he didn't mind Ryder. My last boyfriend hated him. Ashton and Ryder were friends and both equally as protective over me. 

"I know." I said and crawled off his lap and moved over to look out the window. The dark sky was painted with stars and the moon was a crescent and more beautiful than anything.

"It's really pretty." I said looking out.

"Yeah, it is." Ashton said as he braided my hair. Am I the only person that thinks having my hair played with is the best thing in the world? 

"Ashton, can we go lay out on one of the pool chairs with a pillow and blanket and look at the stars?" I asked hopefully.

"Sure, here I'll get some of your jeans you left here incase you sleep over, and do you want to wear one of your sweatshirts or mine?" he asked.

"Yours." I said.

"Figured, here." he said and took his sweatshirt off and threw it to me followed by my jeans. I couldn't help but smile when I saw the tattoo on his stomach and side. He had asked me to pick it for him last year and out of the options I picked a dragon.

"Thanks." I said and slipped my jeans on.

"You're not gonna put it on?" he asked.

"What? Oh yeah I will just......" I trailed off.

"You wanna borrow a shirt?" he asked and I nodded.

"Can you grabe me a bra I left here? This one is so uncomfortable." I said.

"Yeah,sure." he said and threw me the other stuff.

I quickly changed not caring that Ashton just saw me half naked.

"Let's go." I said and picked up a pillow.

"Right behind you." he said as he carried a blanket. Ooh that looks warm ( :) )

I ran down the stairs and opened the door to the backyard before sliding two of the  massive chairs together and placing down the pillow.

Ashton throws down the blanket and I take off my shoes and lay with him on the chairs.

"So, what do you want to do in life?" I ask quietly.

"Well next year go to college with you, then graduate, some stuff in between, get a job and start a family." he said.

"What's the stuff in between?" I asked moving closer.

"Something along the lines of marrying you." he said and kissed my nose.

"Well, I'll tell you right now that without hesitation it would be yes." I said.

"You mean that?" he asked.

"Yes. I love you Ashton." I said and kissed his cheek.

"Good, I love you too." he said and kissed the top of my head.

"What about you?" he asked.

"Same stuff except for marrying myself that would be weird and probably not legal." I said.

"Good. Hey look, a shooting star." he said.

"Make a wish." I whispered.

I wish that nothing, nobody will ruin my future with Ashton.


"What did you wish for?" he asked.

"Can't say or it won't come true." I said.

"Accurate. Hey let's get some sleep, I have big stuff planned for tomorrow." he said.

"Okay. Night Ashton." I said.

"Night Riley." he said and I quickly fell asleep.

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