Chapter 3

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Ella's POV:

I shove my homework in my book bag. But as I'm going to pick up my bag, Declan picks it up first. He throws it over his shoulder and smiles at me.

"T-thank you." I say, trying to fight the big smile tugging at my lips.

Declan nods his head and says "After you lil' one."

I walk out of study hall and turn to him for directions. He waves his hand for me to follow him. We walk down the empty quiet halls. The halls are our school colors, royal blue and white.

"Where are we going." I ask curiously.

Surprisingly I don't feel nervous. But I don't want to speak to soon.

"Now whats the fun in that if I told you? You'll like it I promise."

I nod my head and then we become quiet for a bit, it's not awkward though. We reach the parking lot and walk toward a black GMC. When we finally reach the car he unlocks the doors and puts my backpack in the back seat. I open the passenger door and hop in, while he does the same.

"We won't get in t-trouble right." I can't help the worry. It's not like me to skip.

"Of course not, we are only missing a study hall, not a real class. I wouldn't intentionally try to get you in trouble Ellie." Declan assures amused.

"Okay."

I have never skipped a class before. Yeah I hate school and all but I'm to chicken to actually skip. Even if I did skip I wouldn't go anywhere alone. I hate being in the presence of people I don't know, it gives me anxiety. When I was younger it didn't really bother me. I used to have lots of friends but now I guess that's changed, or so my mom says.

Declan puts the key in the ignition starting the car. The radio is on but it's not loud. We pull out of the school parking lot and drive.

About twenty minutes into the drive we're surrounded by dark green trees and the sky is a clear blue with not a cloud in site.

I love the woods, I've always have. When I was younger my brother and I would go out in the woods and climb trees and make forts out of sticks. Sometimes the neighboring kids would join us.

There's few cars passing by but that's probably because people are still working at this time. It hits me suddenly that I forgot to tell my mom I'll be home a little later then usual. She knows I usually go right home after school and I don't want her to be worried when I don't show up.

'Hey mom I'll be home a little bit later today, I'm going to a friends house'. A little white lie won't hurt. I don't want her to know I skipped with some boy I don't even know.

I can't even believe it myself honestly. But I didn't want to cause a scene if I said no. I don't like to be the center of attention. Also how bad could it be, at least I'm not doing my boring homework right now.

Finally we pull into a little dirt area surrounded by trees. But beyond the trees there's a little rock beach. It was stunning, the water was a clear emerald green and the trees in the distance made this place feel magical.

I was speechless to say the least. I glance over at Declan and he's staring straight ahead to where I was staring just seconds ago. Then I decide to break the silence.

"It's beautiful." I mumble.

Declan smiles at my response. "I'm glad you like it." he opens the car door and gets out and I do the same. Declan starts walking over to the rocks and I follow. When we reach the rocks I look around. The view is much prettier close up. The water flows slowly to the rocks and the sun hits the water just right making it look like crystals.

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