~Ethan~

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~Ethan~

What just happened?

I run my hands through my hair as I watch her head towards the cabin in the moonlight. My hands slowly drag down my face as I groan.

Why can't you see what I see? I love you, Mel.

I realized it all that time ago when we spent that night together at the bed and breakfast for my lacrosse competition.

I stared up at the night sky as I relaxed on the swing on the back porch. While we were in a small city, not many lights were on, making it possible to see almost all the stars sparkle in the dark canvas sky.

Tomorrow was my last game. If we won, we'd be the best in the state. The sound of someone bumping into a nearby rocking chair made me jump. I looked toward the porch and saw Melanie in a baggy tee shirt that just barely covered her bottom.

"Sorry, didn't mean to startle you. I'll just be leaving now," she sheepishly said.

"It's a free country," I said.

She looked me over then sat in one of the rocking chairs. She scooted to the edge of the chair and leaned her elbows on her knees.

"Couldn't sleep?" she asked.

I shook my head no.

"Me either," she said looking out onto the small, lush garden. "It's much cooler out here than inside."

"You don't look so comfortable. Here, sit next to me."

She eyed the empty spot on the swing next to me. A cool breeze rushed through her dark brown hair causing it to ripple around her like some goddess in a movie.

She sat down next to me. I smelled the lavender shampoo coming off her hair as another breeze swirled through us. I sighed, attempting to control my rapid heartbeat.

"It's beautiful, isn't it?" I practically whispered.

"What?"

You.

"The stars," I said, pointing up.

I watched her look up at the stars and gasp. She leaned her head back against the swing and my arm, which was draped over it.

"Do you mind?" she cautiously asked.

"I-It's fine," I said, rearranging the position of my legs so one ankle was now resting on the knee of the other.

Why was I so nervous? I felt sweat begin to form around my hairline. It wasn't that hot out; that's why I was outside and not inside, yet with Melanie sitting right next to me, it was if we had been transported into a sauna.

After a few minutes of silence, I realized how comfortable I was around her. We weren't even talking. Just enjoying this moment together. This gave me some courage as I inched a little closer to her on the swing.

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