I wake to a familiar voice that I haven't heard in far too long.
"Autumn," it says.
"Two more minutes," I beg.
"Wake up," it persists. "I have a fun day planned for us, baby."
I open my eyes and blink a few times, trying to confirm that what I'm seeing is actually in front of me.
"Damian?" I ask in shock.
I thought that voice was just my imagination.
"Hey," he smiles.
I instantly pull him in for a hug, tears rolling down my cheeks.
"Oh my gosh," I whisper.
"It's okay," he tells me. "I'm right here."
I press my lips to his.
Man, I missed this.
"How are you here?" I ask.
"I don't know, magic?" He shrugs.
"You remember the accident?" I ask him.
"But you don't have a scratch on you," I say, looking him over.
He nods again.
"You, you didn't suffer did you?" I ask.
"No, baby," he shakes his head.
"How are you here?" I ask again.
"I don't know," he admits. "But I only have a day."
"How do you know?" I ask.
"Well, this was in my pocket," he smirks. He pulls out a crumpled up sheet of paper with five words written on it: You only have a day.
"Well, that's a good indicator," I smile. "I missed you so much."
"You don't have to miss me," he grins. "I'm always with you. I promise."
I hug him again and bury my head in his shoulder.
"Spend the day with me," he pleads. "Just us."
"Okay," I agree.
I climb out of bed and change out of my pajamas. I throw on a red and black checkered flannel to match the one he's wearing and pull on a pair of skinny jeans and some black boots.
"You always wanted us to be that couple," he laughs.
"You know it's adorable," I smirk, moving in to kiss him. "I missed you so, so much."
"I'm here," he assures me.
I grab a winter coat and my Polaroid and we quietly sneak out of the house.
"Where are we going first?" I ask when we're safely outside.
"Sleigh riding," he smiles. "You always loved that."
I smile and climb over the fence behind him, running through the neighbor's yard and grabbing their sleds. We sprint to the massive hill on Elm and race each other down it.
"I totally won that!" I smile.
"You wish!" He argues. "I beat you by a mile."
"In your dreams!" I laugh.
"Okay, round two," he counters. "I can kick your butt again."
We climb up the hill and race down again. This time he really does beat me by a mile.
"Come here," I smile, pulling him in for a hug and kissing him.
"Hold on," he smirks, grabbing the Polaroid.
"What?" I ask.
He kisses me again and I hear a click, looking up to see a picture coming out.
"I love you," I smile.
"God, I love you, too," he shakes his head.
We spend another hour sleigh riding and taking pictures. This could not be more perfect.
"What's next?" I ask, leaning over to kiss him for the millionth time today.
"I was thinking we should put the sleds back and go to the diner for some hot chocolate," he suggests.
I smile and nod, pulling him in for a hug. I just want to hold him for as long as I can.
We begin the walk back to the neighbor's house and he lifts my hand to his lips.
"I love you," he whispers into my skin.
"I love you, too," I say.
We return the sleds and walk the remaining block to the diner. We grab a booth and he slides in next to me, wrapping an arm around me. A waitress comes over and takes our order of two hot chocolates.
"I'm sorry," I say.
"For what?" He asks.
"If I didn't let you kiss me the accident wouldn't have happened," I frown.
"Autumn, the accident was not your fault," he says. "I would've hit the truck no matter what."
"But maybe we wouldn't have been going as fast," I sigh.
"Autumn," he lays a hand on my cheek and turns my head toward him. "The accident was not your fault."
Plot twist! I hope you guys enjoy this chapter! I recently started a writing center at my school so that is taking up a lot of my time right now but I promise the updates for this book will not be affected! Updates for other books will continue to be slow for a while but I will update them again soon!