Evergreens and wild magnolia trees scatter the area around the lake. The wild magnolias swiftly shift back and fourth in the wind. The wind carries the blossoms gently and lays them down on the bed of water. Under the distant trees behind the body of water, wild lilac bushes bloom. The view is absolutely captivating.

"Lilacs are my favorite flower." I say with a soft smile

When Declan hears this he sends me his boyish smile back. His smile is nothing like I've seen before, and for some reason it brings me joy that it's directed towards me. He makes me nervous but not in a bad way.

"Race you to the water." Declan challenges with a grin.

"W-what, I won't have any dry clothes to change into after." I say playing with my fingers, a nervous habit.

Declan's grin grows even wider "Come on lil' one, live a little." He pauses for a second, takes off his shirt and throws it to the side.

Let me tell you the view wowed me. His tan olive skin and his defined six pact. Sure I've seen Thomas shirtless before but he's my brother. Declan was another story of gorgeous. It's like he was a god sent from heaven. I suddenly felt my hands becoming sweaty and a blush settling in on my cheeks.

"On your mark, get set, go!" Declan yells and takes off running full speed.

It takes me a second to realize whats happening and his abs are immediately forgotten. Then before I know it I'm full out sprinting. I don't even care about getting my clothes wet anymore, now I'm just dead set on beating him. Step after step, I'm running so fast I can barely feel my legs. It's like the wind is carrying me with it.

Declan takes a quick glance back and surprise covers his face. I then kick it up a notch my arms are pumping rapidly, my breathing is speeding up, I can't hear anything at the moment.

My heart is pounding at a hundred miles per hour, and I can feel the adrenaline pumping in my veins. Almost there, only about twenty more feet to go. He's about two steps ahead of me. I can do it, I can beat him. Suddenly I'm right in line with him and we're running like nobody's watching. Then I feel the wet water at my feet and smile.

We tied.

"I didn't expect you to be that fast." Declan states.

"I used to play soccer." I mumble shyly.

"Used to, you don't still play?"

"No." I say quietly not elaborating.

He brushes off the question sensing I don't want to talk about it, which I'm grateful for. We're standing in the water and suddenly I see Declan smirk. I give him a weird look and then he starts splashing me. The water feels so cold against my skin and I'm about to say stop but realize there's no use, so instead I start splashing him back.

We're laughing and I'm actually having fun and right now I genuinely feel happy. I don't usually hangout with people but I don't remember the last time I had enjoyed myself like this.

Finally we stop splashing and I swim deeper into the water. It's relaxing out here, and its like you don't have to worry about anything when your here.

"This place is beautiful." I mumble quietly.

"Yeah it's nice to get away once in a while." My eyes move over to see Declan looking like he's deep in thought.

"Why did you bring me out here?" I ask. I mean me out of all people, but I don't say that. I want to know why because it's not like I scream fun.

Most people ignore me when they see me so I guess I'm just curious as to why he would want to skip with me. He just met me and I'm pretty sure I haven't made a good first impression, with me bumping into him and all.

"Always so curious." Declan chuckles

I ignore what he says and walk back to the shore. I sit and look at the sky. He comes and joins me a couple feet away. We sit in a comfortable silence just thinking. I hope we can come back again sometime soon.

I liked it a lot, it's like a get away. I don't have to think about being lonely all the time. I'm content here and it's nice, there's no anxiety crawling under my skin, it's like I'm safe from it.

"C-can you b-bring me back to school? My moms probably wondering where I am and my trucks there." I ask sheepishly.

"Of course lil' one." He pauses before saying, "I like that I make you nervous"

Heat immediately captures my cheeks and I can't form any words. He chuckles at my reaction, he knows he makes me nervous. We walk to car and I take one last look at this place and engrave it in my memory. I'm going to keep this our little secret.

The sun was setting on the drive back to school, there was different shades purples and oranges spread across the sky. When I was younger I used to lay outside on a blanket and watch the sunset. I aways thought it was so cool how the sky could be so many different shades.

Time flew by even though it didn't feel like we were there that long. It was six o'clock now and we still had about fifteen minutes until we reached town. I look out the window and let my thoughts carry me away.

Soon enough we pull up to the school and Declan parks next to the only vehicle left in the parking lot.

"You drive a truck? You're full of surprises Ellie."

I give him a smile "Thank you for today, it was a lot of fun."

"Today was only the start." He sends me a wink.

I'm a little confused about what he said but I smile and wave to him a goodbye. He grins then waves back and then I grab my book bag and hop in my truck. I start the engine but before I drive home I sneak a look over to see if Declan is still here but he already left.
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