Leo and I graduated from high school last month. Ever since the ugly sweater party, Leo changed his looks. He never wears his hair slicked back anymore, and he's got contacts. To be honest, I miss the old Leo, with his big glasses and his "nerdy" clothes. I've told him this before, but he just laughs it off.
"No, Audrey. I don't miss the old me. I don't have to worry about breaking my glasses anymore." He pointed out.
Tonight, Leo and I are going to the library. We've been writing a story, and he says that's the best palce to write. We've almost finished writing it. I'm excited. It's about a girl who doesn't want a boyfriend, but then she meets this guy and he changes her mind. It's called Be With Me. Anyway, I get dressed and wait for Leo. He comes over, looking like the new Leo.
"Ready?" He asks. I nod. We walk outside hand in hand. The library is only five minutes from my house, so we're walking.
"I'm excited to finish this book." Leo says, swinging our hands.
"Me too. I already have an idea on how I think it should end."
"Really? What is it?"
"You'll see." I smile.
"Tease." Leo says, kissing my cheek.
Leo and I have just walked into the library when I hear girls giggling. I look over at them. They're staring at Leo and talking. They look like they're twelve. I roll my eyes. This happens everywhere we go. Ever since Leo changed his look, girls have been throwing themselves at him. It makes me mad because sometimes he doesn't do anything about it. We find an empty table and sit side by side. Usually, Leo and I write at the same time, then merge the two ideas together.
After thirty minutes of writing, we trade our pages and read them.
"Excuse me?" One of the girls I saw earlier had walked up to Leo. He turned.
"Can you grab that book up there?" She asked, pointing. Leo got up and grabbed it.
"Thank you!" She said. I saw her run back to her friends and giggle. He sits back down and starts reading again.
"I like this." Leo says, pointing to a spot on my page.
His hair was soaked and sticking to his head, the color of wet sand.
"What are you doing here?" She asked from the front door.
"I needed you." He said, shivering in the rain. She stepped onto the porch and walked to him. They're lips connected. Their fight was forgotten, and their love was saved.
"I like this part." I said, pointing to Leo's page.
"I've always needed you." She said, holding onto him. "I just didn't know it." He didn't say anything, just wrapped his arms around her and rocked her back and forth.
We decided to merge those two parts together, since they seem like the same scene. I suggested we don't use names for the characters. Leo said we could just use "she" and "he" and stuff like that. I think it's pretty good. Leo suddenly kissed my lips.
"What was that for?" I asked after he pulled away. He shrugged.
"We should go watch a movie. You can come over to my house." He said.
We walked to his house and decided to watch Up. Before Russell had even showed up, Leo's phone went off.
"Who's that?" I asked.
"Oh, just Amanda from work. I don't even know how she got my number." He didn't type anything back.
"Hey, can you pause the movie? I have to use the bathroom." He said. I nodded and paused it. After I heard the door shut, his phone went off again. I know I shouldn't have, but I looked at it.
Hey, here's my address: 234 Ridgewood Lane. Come over later ;)
I read it over and over, getting angrier each time. Leo walked in then.
"What are you doing?" He asked.
"Why is Amanda sending you her address?" I asked.
"Yeah. Right here." I showed him the phone.
"Audrey, I don't know! I've barely even talked to her!"
"Then why is she sending you her address?!" I started shouting.
"I told you, I don't know! Babe, you have to believe me."
"Don't 'babe' me. Girls have been throwing themselves at you since you changed your look. You haven't done ANYTHING about it! You flirt right back!"
"No I do not!" Leo shouted.
"Oh yeah? What about that girl at the library?" I asked.
"I was helping her get a book!"
"That girl was giggling with her friends as soon as you walked in!"
"I didn't notice." He said. "Look, I'm sorry." He stepped toward me and put his hands on my hips. I backed away from him.
"No. I just- I can't. I need a break." I saw his face fall.
"A break? From what?"
"THIS!" I shouted.
"Fine. We'll take a month break and see where that gets us." He said.
"Fine." I walked to his front door.
"What?" I snapped.
"Have a nice month."
"You too." I grunted, slamming the door behind me. As soon as I started walking, I started crying. No, he can go get with Amanda, or that girl from the library.
It started getting dark as I walked home. I dialed 911 on my phone and held my finger over the call button, just in case. I got home unharmed.
"Hey, did you finish the story?" Mom asked. I burst into tears.
"Audrey!" She said, rushing to hug me. "What's wrong."
"L-Leo and I b-broke up!" I sniffled.
"For a month!" I wailed.
"Oh, that's not so bad." She said. "It's just a break. Now, why don't I make us some hazelnut hot chocolate and you can tell me all about it?" I nodded and she kissed my cheek.
"Don't worry, sweetheart. Absence make the heart grow fonder." She squeezed my shoulders and went into the kitchen. I trudged upstairs and changed into pajamas. I looked at my tear-stained face in my mirror. Ugh, I look like crap. I washed off the rest of my makeup that wasn't running down my face. Now I look even worse. I threw myself down on my bed and sobbed into my pillow. I heard Mom knock on my door.
"Hey, I brought the stuff." She said, setting a big mug down on my nightstand. My mom makes the BEST hot chocolate with Nutella. She topped mine off with a bunch of whipped cream.
"Thanks." I said, taking a sip.
"Okay, spill it." She commanded, sitting at the foot of my bed. I told her everything, from when that "Cloude" girl flirted with him to that Amanda girl.
"Audrey..." She sighed. "This happens a lot. You'll get past it."
"What if we never get back together?" I sniffed loudly.
"Then you two weren't meant to be. Now, if you two get back together, you're probably soulmates." I laughed weakly.
"I hope so." I said, drinking the rest of my hot chocolate.
"Now, let's order some Chinese food and watch chick flicks." She said.
"Okay." I smiled. I'm glad she didn't offer to order Venice's. She hugged me before taking my hand and leading me downstairs.