Chapter 20: Second Chances

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Chapter 20  

Even though both Ethan and I were on stage performing right now, I was still buzzing with everything that had happened which made me almost forget my next words.

"I'd give anything to keep them from seeing you here." I said thankfully memorising the line with confidence whilst looking into Ethan's eyes which relaxed me a little. I guess practicing in his backyard had helped but that didn't completely get rid of all my nerves.

"The darkness will hide me from them. And if you don't love me, let them find me here. I'd rather they killed me than have to live without your love."

I smiled as Ethan held out his arm and I reached for it slipping my hand between his. Then I remembered what the next line of the script said...

[Romeo kisses Juliet]

Oh no. Was Ethan really going to kiss me in front of all these people? I didn't hate him any more but I just didn't know if I wanted to kiss him, or for the matter if he wanted wanted to kiss me...

This was it.

Ethan did not waste any time removing the distance between us so I knew there was no escaping him now. All eyes of the audience were on us. I could imagine Liv's face right now filling up with a scowl. Okay, so maybe the real reason I was doing this and leaning in as well was to get revenge on her and really make her jealous. After all, she did deserve to feel the way I did or if not, I would make someone other than myself to giver her a massive slap right across the face.

No time to think about that now though.

Ethan and I were right in kissing distance. One of his arms snaked around my waist while his other made it's way higher as he cupped my face with the palm of his hand.  I closed my eyes unsure of where this was heading. All I could contemplate was that Ethan was going to kiss me and there was no way of escaping.

This situation felt exactly like when we had both tripped from walking in darkness and he had landed right on top of me. I was unable to move; locked in his embrace both in awe, but confused at the same time.

Why couldn't I be kissing anyone else right now? I didn't know how I was going to react afterwards even though I had kissed him before... Would it be the same feeling that would make me go crazy for wanting more or would things be different now because of what had happened?

Time to find out.

I still hand my eyes closed when I felt his lips slightly touch mine. You could say it was more of a friendly 'peck' then a kiss so it left me feeling neutral and sort of relieved.

My eyes fluttered open and by the look in his eyes, I could tell that he did that for my sake. He knew that I was a little 'weirded' out and confused so he had tried not to make things harder for me. I smiled in appreciation and mouthed to Ethan a quick 'thanks' but he didn't even seem to acknowledge it. That's when I remembered that we were still on stage in character of Romeo and Juliet with a whole theatre of people watching us.

Instead of being myself, I turned back into Juliet for only a few more lines when thankfully the curtains rolled down for an 'intermission.' 

Ethan and I walked backstage to where everyone else who had contributed in the play was cheering and congratulating us for a work so far. All I could do was smile at how nice and appreciative everyone was being towards me. I almost felt bad for Liv.

After a small chat everyone seemed to disappear leaving both Ethan and I alone. I was about to speak but Ethan beat me to it.

"Jamie, I don't know if you're still mad at me but I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't the one who kissed Liv and I would never ever have feelings for her."

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