The party went really well.
Luke spent a lot of time talking to people he hasn't seen in a long time and I know he appreciates that. I got to know Celeste and Luke's parents a lot more and really enjoyed talking to everyone.
I don't even want to leave tomorrow night.
Currently, Luke, Jack, Celeste, and myself are sitting around a fire made by Jack as Luke and Jack tell stories of when they were kids. I can't help but laugh at them all as I picture a little Luke doing all these things they're telling me.
I lay on him just as I had done on the bench swing and he holds onto me tightly, seeming to fear letting go. He hasn't let go of me pretty much all night and it's provided me nothing but comfort.
Being in his arms gives me a weird sense of protection. It's as if when I'm with him, I'm safe and nothing can happen to me.
"I would always try to set Luke up with girls but he never was interested," Jack says capturing my attention as I look up. "He always would rather study or read a book. I'm telling you, I never thought I'd see the day Luke would bring home a girl."
I laugh to myself at this as I turn to Luke who just wears a smile. He doesn't even deny it considering he and I know well that there really wasn't any other girls before me. That thought alone is enough to make butterflies erupt throughout me.
"We almost convinced ourselves to accept that he could be asexual," Jack says making Luke scoff.
"You're being dramatic."
"I am not!" Jack says, humor laced in his words. "You never were interested in girls and there were always pretty girls around our house. You never even looked at them."
Hearing this makes my heart race against my chest. I know Luke's told me that I'm the most beautiful girl he's ever laid eyes on but I never believed it. Out of his 23 years of living, how could I be the most beautiful one yet?
But listening to Jack tell us all about Luke not even paying attention to all the pretty girls around him growing up really makes me believe Luke's words.
"That's how you know Addison is extra damn special," Jack says looking to me. "You're the first girl in 23 years of his life that he actually looked at more than once."
I blush as every positive feeling pulsates through me and Luke squeezes my thigh. I will never stop telling myself how lucky I am to have a guy treat me as if I'm an actual queen.
"And I don't think I've ever seen Luke smile as much as he does when he's around you. So cheers to you Addison," Celeste says holding up her wine glass.
Luke and Jack raise their glasses as well and I try to hide the fact that I'm blushing like an idiot. Here they are going on and on about how amazing I am when in reality, Luke's the amazing one. He's the one that gives me a reason to be so happy.
"I've never felt more lucky than I do when I'm with Luke," I say turning my head to look at Luke as he watches me speak carefully. "He's the biggest blessing to ever come into my life and really has showed me what love is. If anyone deserves a cheers, it's him."
Luke's lips raise the slightest and he reaches forward to tuck a loose strand of hair behind my ear. I close my eyes for a split second to appreciate the feeling. As I open them, his eyes are still on me intensely as I don't dare to look away.
"Then there we have it, to Addison and Luke."
Luke looks over and raises his beer before saying, "To my best friend and brother finally being home. Also, to the girl who stuck by him through thick and thin."