Chapter Thirty-Six

Lucas smiled as he gazed up at the open sky above him. It was a perfect end to a perfect day. After their afternoon at the spa, he and Melanie had walked around the mall together for a few hours, met up with Noah and Camryn for a late dinner, and had now headed back to the grassy park area near the spa to watch the stars.

08-06-15_3-18 PM

“You know something?” Melanie said softly.

“Mmm?” Lucas glanced over at her.

“That night at the bar, when you started talking to me…” She paused, then laughed softly. “I thought you were just some dumb, drunken kid trying to impress his friends by hitting on me or something.”

“Uh-huh… And what would be so impressive about that, exactly?” Lucas asked, amused.

She shrugged. “Well, aren’t ‘older women’ supposed to be like… exotic or something?” She turned to face him.

Lucas laughed so hard that he nearly snorted.

Even in the darkness, Lucas could see her cheeks begin to redden. “Okay, please forget that I ever said that.” She let out a small, nervous laugh.

It took a few moments for Lucas’ own laughter to finally begin to subside slightly. “Know what though? Now that you mention it, I’m pretty sure Noah made a comment like that on the drive home that night.”

Beside him, Melanie giggled. “Oh great, if it’s something Noah said I feel so much better.” She rolled her eyes, then sat up, preparing to stand. The task proved a bit challenging in her long skirt and heels.

“Oh, here…” Lucas stood quickly, then reached down and took Melanie’s hands, helping her to her feet.

Lucas had never held one of Melanie’s hands before, let alone both of them. They were soft and warm in his, and Lucas could not help but relish in the feeling for a few moments. He felt his heartbeat quicken slightly at the sensation.

Melanie did not pull away. In fact, she began gently stroking the back of his hands with her thumbs, her lips curling into a smile. “What I was trying to say before…” She said softly, looking intently into Lucas’ green eyes. “Is that I’m really happy you talked to me that night.”

08-06-15_3-20 PM

“Me too.” He smiled gently.

“These last couple of years haven’t been easy for me, you know?” She continued, releasing his hands slowly. “And, well, you know me… I don’t have a lot of friends…” Melanie shrugged. “It was lonely.” She confessed. “And I didn’t know how I could ever be happy again after I lost Christian…”

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Lucas’ heart had begun to beat even faster than before. “Mel…”

“Lucas, you changed everything for me. You gave me something that I didn’t even know I was missing…” She laughed. “God, that sounds so corny, but it’s true.” Melanie paused and bit her lip nervously for a moment. “I remember what you said that first night… That you weren’t looking for anything. And neither was I… But isn’t that supposed to be when you find the best things?” She drew closer to him. “When you aren’t looking?”

And then, it happened.

08-06-15_3-21 PM

It was sudden, brief, warm, and very, very sweet.

A million thoughts seemed to flood Lucas’ brain at once. Like how soft Mel’s lips were. And how good she smelled. And how his heart was surely about to burst from his chest with happiness.

But there was one thought that stood out, louder than the rest – Evelyn.

Lucas pulled away with great reluctance. “Look, Mel…” He began uncomfortably. “I really like you… A lot.” So much more than I should… “I just…” Lucas paused, leaving the thought unfinished. “I gotta work in the morning, so I should really go…” He stared down at his feet for a moment. “Maybe… this is a conversation we can continue later?”

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“S-sure…” Melanie replied, her face falling. The way she looked at him broke his heart. “Lucas, I’m sorry, I –”

“I’ll call you tomorrow, okay?” He cut her off. “Have a nice night.”

08-06-15_3-22 PM-2

Melanie said nothing as he turned and walked away.

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What am I gonna do? Lucas felt like he was going to be sick.

It was a guilt that seemed a thousand times worse than what he’d felt the morning after his birthday. But why? He asked himself.

Because that was meaningless. A second voice in the back of his mind seemed to answer. But this… Lucas thought of Melanie’s smile and the warmth of her hands in his.

08-06-15_3-27 PM

Lucas was done trying to kid himself — Mel was not just a friend. She was so much more… And she had been for a long time. He had been suppressing his true feelings for so long, but there was no use anymore.

But what about Evelyn? Lucas shook his head. How do I do this without breaking her heart? He wondered.

Wait… What am I thinking? Was it really that easy? Had he already made up his mind?

Lucas crept through the front door, his head hung low. His parents had already gone to bed, it seemed. He couldn’t help but feel grateful – He was in no mood to face anyone right now.

I need to go to bed, sleep on it… Figure out what I’m gonna do…

“Lucas?” A voice called out from the darkness.

It felt like his heart had stopped beating.

08-06-15_3-29 PM

A pale blue form floated before him in the moonlight. “We need to talk.”

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14 Responses to Chapter Thirty-Six

  1. julyvee94 says:

    She saw them 😦 Now they’re going to break up. Nooooooo 😥

    (still great updates)

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  2. theplumbob says:

    I hope they break up, it’s unfair of him to keep Evelyn hanging that way. He’s had plenty of time to decide what he wants… I like Lucas, but he sure sucks at making any big decisions – you can’t just drift through life the way he does!

    In any case, heneeds to decide one way or another, because currently neighter of the women is getting what they deserve!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      You speak the truth! Lucas fears hurting Ev — we’ve gotten a little bit of a taste before about how she can be over-emotional and angry/hurt fairly easily, and I think that’s really holding him back. In his mind, he’s just trying to keep everyone happy, but obviously he’s not being fair to either one of them (not to mention HE’S not really happy right now either…)

      A decision is on the horizon though, don’t worry… 😛

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  3. Lux Conant says:

    I’m glad that it was Mel who kissed him instead of him. I know he has feelings for her but he hasn’t really end things with Ev. Maybe she’ll be the one to do that, I’m sure she notices something even if she hasn’t seen Mel or anything.

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  4. She has to know something is up!!!

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  5. Jes2G says:

    GAAAAAAAAAH!!! Where’s the next chapter button?! So glad I have several more chapters to read lol.

    You know…I have a similar situation in my story where there is a guy and a girl who are best friends, and the girl is clearly in love with him. Everyone knows it except him. He thinks his family is crazy for thinking that they should date. After a while, he thinks that she has a “little” crush on him, but that’s it. One night, a brief conversation stirred up some feelings he didn’t realize he had, but he pushed them down. He’s been battling those feelings ever since, but they keep growing. Finally, one night the girl can’t take anymore of his oblivion and confesses that she’s in love with him and wants him to consider the feelings she knew he had, but he refused. He started dating someone, but he was still battling the feelings for his friend. Something happens, and he owns up to his feelings and tries to tell his friend, but the person he’s dating got in the way. I’d tell you how it all ends, but that may spoil it for anyone who’s reading this who reads my story.

    Anyway, I mention all of this to say that this saga has been going on for the last 30 chapters, and it’s been a slow moving, painful process for my readers…and I love it LOL. They’re so mad at me (in a good way!), and I knew exactly what I was doing when I started this subplot. Some may call it evil…I call it genius :-p However, now I’m on the other side of the situation when I read your story LOL. It’s kind of a cool experience to be in the writer’s seat and the reader’s seat of the same situation! Thanks!

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  6. alienphoenix says:

    See Lucas, now to women are going to be hurt just because you couldn’t grow a spine.
    Now TELL EVELYN THE TRUTH OR I SWEAR I’M GONNA FIND A WAY INTO THE GAME AND THROTTLE YOU MYSELF.

    *walks away still ranting and grumbling*

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Virtualee says:

    lmao @alienpheonix!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lovesstorms says:

    Bwahaha! Some of these comments. lol

    I wonder if she saw him, too. Thankfully, no waiting, on to the next sad chapter.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. shiba306 says:

    Ohhhhhh I just want to smack that boy!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. ARoseInBloom says:

    Evelyn–always there when Lucas needs a moment to gather his thoughts. LOL. I don’t know…I’m happy for him. He now just needs to be honest with Evelyn. And then maybe buy a new house somewhere away from her grave. Hehe

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