Lessons in Life & in Love


(Five years ago)

It was the sunshine that woke me up that morning, the bright light shining in my eyes from the opened curtain. I groaned softly as I opened my eyes slightly, allowing them to adjust to the light before I opened them any further. Once my eyes fully adjusted to the morning light, I rolled over in the bed, pulling the covers tightly around my body trying to keep warm.We were meant to be in the middle of summer but the weather was colder than you;d expect for this season. When I rolled over completely I smiled at the sleeping body next to me, he looked even better first thing in the morning. Tommy Griggs, my gorgeous boyfriend of six months, his shaggy dark brown hair falling softly over his closed eyes. I grinned, thinking about the stunning pair of hazel eyes that hid underneath those closed lids, a pair so warm that they made you melt at first glance. He was 6'3 with broad shoulders and a muscular build, but what more could you expect from a guy that has played baseball ever since he had been old enough to pick up a bat.

I gently brushed a few loose strands of his hair away from his eyes, he looked so peaceful when he slept. I watched him shift slightly, his groggy eyes opening slowly.

He smiled as he looked into my eyes, melting me instantly. "Hey" he said softly.

I blushed as his arms snaked around my waist, pulling me closer to him, "hey" I replied gently, "sorry I didn't mean to wake you."

He chuckled as he placed a light kiss on my lips, "Livy there is no need to apologise, I could think of nothing I like better than waking up to your smiling face."

Livy, yep that's me! My full name is Olivia Jasmine Mason, a seventeen year old girl from Melbourne, Australia. Most people called me Liv, Tommy was the only one that ever called me Livy, it was his little pet name for me.

I was about to kiss him again when I glanced over his shoulder at the time on his alarm clock, I groaned, "Damn it!" I hissed as I quickly jumped out of bed.

I wrapped one of his shirts around my naked body, considering I was only 5'8 it came down to my knees, looking more like a nightie on me but that's why I loved them. I always stole his clothes, there was something about their smell, they smelled so much like him and I loved that feeling of closeness to him when I wasn't near him.

Tommy sighed, "Where do you think you're going?"

I gave him a quick smile as I ran a brush through my mousy brown, shoulder length hair. "It's six thirty, my brother will be here in less than an hour to pick you up for baseball practice and if you remember correctly he thinks I'm staying at Lena's place."

He frowned at the thought, "I hate lying to him, he's your brother."

I sighed, "I know but he's also your best friend, we have to wait until the timings right."

Yes you heard me right, I did the horrible cliché thing, I fell for my brother's best friend. Sad I know but like the old saying goes 'you can't help who you fall for. Your heart does what it wants, when it wants and it never bothers to ask your permission before it does it.' We had been waiting for the 'right time' to tell him for the past six months. At first we just wanted to see if what we had was more than just a physical attraction but as time went by and we got closer, it just became that much harder to tell him.

I caught Tommy staring at me, a lustful look in his eyes. "What?" I asked.

Tommy gave me one of his award winning smirks, "why is it that my shirts seem to look so much better on you?"

I laughed, shaking my head, "down boy."

He pouted like a little kid, "can't you just come back to bed for just a little while longer?" He held out his arms hopefully.

I shook my head, grinning from ear to ear, "We both know that if I come anywhere near that bed it won't be just for a few minutes and I definitely don't want my brother finding out about us by seeing me in your bed."

I blew him a kiss, grabbing my overnight bag and going into the bathroom before I changed my mind, he was just so hard to resist sometimes. I locked the door behind me just to be on the safe side, I knew how persistent he could be. I shed his shirt, letting it fall to the floor, exchanging it for a pair of boot leg jeans and a light blue singlet top. I outlined my green eyes in eyeliner, dabbed a little bit of pink lip-gloss on my lips and I was good to go. I gathered up his shirt and was about to put it in his laundry hamper when a piece of paper fell out of his pocket, curiosity got the better of me and I opened it, what I read filled me with anger.

By the time I stormed out of the bathroom Tommy was out of bed, zipping up his favourite pair of jeans. He jumped at the sound of the door hitting the bedroom wall with a loud bang. "What's wrong?"

I glared at him, "what the hell is this?" I asked as I waved the piece of paper in front of him.

His face went white as a sheet when he realised what it was. "Where did you find that?" he queried.

I couldn't even look him in the eye, "it doesn't matter where I found it!" I stated, "The only thing that matters is the fact that you didn't tell me!"

Tommy took a step forward making me take one back, he sighed. "Baby I only just found out about it a week ago, please calm down."

Tears started rolling down my cheeks. "Calm down! How can I calm down? You've been ask to play baseball in America and I had to find out about it from a letter instead of from you."

He sat down on his bed, his head falling into his hands. "Livy the scouts were at one of my games a few months ago, my coach introduced me to them but I heard nothing so I thought it was a lost cause and then I got the letter."

I wiped the tears from my eyes, "so that's it is it? You're just going to leave."

He looked up at me, sadness in his eyes. "I don't know what to do! This is my dream Livy and it's being handed to me on a silver platter."

"What about us?" I queried.

Tommy sighed, "I don't want to loose you but this is everything I've ever wanted. This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make."

I glared at him, grabbing my bag and shoving all my belongings in it. "Then I'll make it easier for I'm out of here! Good luck with your dream."

I started to walk out but didn't get very far before his hand snaked around my waist, stopping me in my tracks. "Livy please, I love you."

I spun around facing his sad face, his eyes pleading for forgiveness. "No you don't. If you loved me this would be an easy decision to make. Goodbye Tommy."

I pulled myself from his grasp, running out of the house, not stopping until I was a good six blocks away. I collapsed on the ground, the tear flowing freely from my eyes.

I pulled out my mobile, dialling one of the only numbers I knew off by heart. After a couple of rings they answered their phone. "Lena it's Liv." I sobbed, "Can I come over?"

Present Day

"MUMMY!" A little child screamed.

I bolted upright, jumping out of my bed and heading towards the other bedroom. My eyes landed on the little girl, crying in her bed.

I approached her, taking her into my arms and holding her tightly. "Shh baby." I soothed, kissing her on the forehead. "Mummy's here."

I know, I know... Here i am starting a new story when i promised myself i wouldn't... so sue me lol. I couldn't help myself... i hope you like it, i already have the next few chapters' written so if you like this story let me know because only then will i update.