July 9, 2012
McMillans 5 - Round 23
"Yeah, all the gang is back. We should throw a get together and get reacquainted," Riley replied, pulling out his phone.
"Who's that?" CJ asked Ben.
"That girl with the buns?" CJ pointed.
"Oh, that's Chloe, from high school. Don't you recognize her?"
"I don't think I ever met her. Would you introduce us?"
"It must be nice living so close to the beach!" Chloe said excitedly.
"We should go down there now! I bet it'd be beautiful to see the sun set!"
So, CJ trotted after Chloe as they made their way down to the surf.
CJ quietly listened. It sounded like Chloe had been searching for answers just like he had.
"...the only problem was that I really thought Edwin loved me. I can't believe I was that stupid!"
"I don't think it's stupid. I tried for years to get my Dad to love me. I never felt like I truly earned his love and respect."
Chloe ran her hands through the sand before standing up. "We have a lot in common, don't we?"
Chloe felt herself falling in love! "Of course!"
CJ hugged her back, stroking her back. "I know!"
Chloe frowned and looked at her feet. She couldn't believe she'd been so stupid. "I'm sorry." Why did she always ruin things like that?!
Chloe's heart started beating faster. "You love me?"
CJ smiled. "I do."
Chloe flung herself into his arms. "I love you, too, CJ! I was just scared to admit it first!"
"And just because we're not getting married doesn't mean we can't do other things..."
Chloe grinned. "Yes! Oh yes! I can't wait, CJ! This is like a dream come true!"