A/N: Okay, this is my first fictionpress story but it isn't my first story. I started writing on fanfiction and really wanted to develop my characters and give them their own look, personalities, and relationship buildings. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Chapter 1

His piercing blue eyes held mine. His lips brushed my cheek and his hands sent a trail of fire down my arm. I felt the goose bumps rise on my arm and willed them away. I couldn't make this any more painful then it already was. The truth was, it was wrong.

"Go." His whispered breath brushed against my ear. "You're free."

I wanted to hold on to him and tell him I didn't want to be free. Being free meant returning to my old life and never seeing him again. I didn't hold on to him though. I let a single tear fall down my face and he gently wiped it away.

"Don't cry my Juliet, this is what's best for you." He slowly bent down and pressed a soft, sweet kiss on my lips. "It's better if you forget about me."

I shook my head. "Never." I whispered drowning in the pools of blue.

There was a soft knock on the bedroom door and the door silently crept open. "Are you ready Jule?" Halie spoke softly.

I turned to look at her and saw the dried trails of tears on her own face. "Just a minute Hal."

She nodded glumly and Aiden stood pulling me up with him. He wrapped his arms around me pulling me into a protective embrace. The tears started to fall freely now onto his black t-shirt. His hand rubbed calming circles into my back as the emotions burst forward harder than ever. This was it, this was the last time I'd see him.

He pulled back from me slowly and lifted my chin. I saw the emotions in his eyes. He too wanted me to stay but he knew that staying wasn't an option. I had to go back and be the perfect daughter, student, and… fiancé. I had a wedding to plan, a wedding I wasn't quite sure of anymore.

He bent down kissing me on the forehead and took my hand guiding me toward the door. I wiped away the remaining trails of tears and took a deep breath. Halie met us at the door and Aiden passed my hand from his to hers. She gripped it tightly and led me out into the small living area.

Blake stood by the door with a weak smile on his face. He was watching Halie with the intensity deep within his soul. He loved her, and he had promised to get back to her. Lucky for Halie, she didn't have a significant other in the real world. In just a few weeks, they would "bump" into each other and it would be love at first sight. They had a plan and a future.

Evan sat on the couch with a frail Lana in his arms. Her skin was pale and her body was almost a skeleton. Looking at them, I couldn't regret the decision I had already made. Lana needed the money. The cancer was spreading faster than before and the doctors said that if the treatments kept going, there was a possibility that the next surgery could be a huge success and they could retrieve all the cancer from her body. She stood and crossed the room toward me. Evan trailed behind her.

"I'm going to miss you two." She said softly a tear glistening in the corner of her eye.

I wrapped my arms around her squeezing lightly. "Get better Lana. Promise?"

Her smile widened. "Of course. I'll try my best."

I moved to Evan and he picked me up in a great bear hug. "I'm going to miss you babe. Who will I make fun of now?" He placed me back on the floor and winked.

I crossed the small space to the front door where Blake stood waiting. He looked past me still watching Halie as she exchanged goodbyes with Lana and Evan. I waved my hand in his face and he blinked a couple of times shaking his head.

"Hey Jule." He smiled hugging me tightly. "I'm going to miss you too." His large hand came down to mess up my hair.

I rolled my eyes at him but couldn't fight off the smile. "Yeah, yeah. I wish you wouldn't do that."

He half smiled. "Yeah, I know."

Halie stood beside me and she leaned in to kiss Blake once more before heading toward our tedious task of lying and money exchanges. I turned around craning my neck to find Aiden once more. I wanted to have one last moment with him before I left.

He was nowhere in sight and my heart raced frantically. I would never see him again. He would never hold me in his arms or kiss me softly. I would never feel the goose bumps from his rough fingers as they lightly traced down my arms leaving a trail of fire.

With a deep breath, I fought back the tears and the urge to cry. I had to be strong. Weakness meant danger for the people I'd grown to love over the past six weeks. I shook the hair from my face and braced myself for the impact of my old life coming at me at a velocity unknown to both Halie and me.

I pushed through the screen door on the small house and glanced around at the familiar surroundings. There were pine trees upon pine trees all around. The woods were dense and I knew for fact you could walk in them and get lost for hours with every new twist, turn, and trail that lead deeper into the green world.

Halie's black mini cooper sat in front of the house. There was mud caked half way up the tire and half way up the door. Halie gasped from beside me and her tanned hand came up over her mouth.

"Ew, now I have to go clean it." She complained but I heard the smile in her voice.

"Compliments of Evan." Aiden's smooth voice came from behind me and I felt his familiar arms wrap around my stomach.

I leaned back into his embrace and smile. He smelled like axe and something that was just Aiden. His head bent down to place soft kisses all down my neck. I lived in the moment and cherished the feeling of his lips against my heated skin.

I pulled from his embrace and stood on my tiptoes to meet his lips in a hungry kiss. He smiled against my mouth but returned the feverish kisses. His hands trailed up to my head where he pulled me away from him.

"Go." He said once again. "I might be tempted to keep you here with me."

The left side of my mouth pulled up in what I hoped was a seductive smile. "I wouldn't mind."

A flash of sadness crossed his face. "Yeah, I know."

He turned around abruptly and stepped into the house letting the door slam behind him. I wanted to run after him and tell him I wasn't leaving. I knew that I couldn't though. Lana needed the money. In order for Lana to have the money, Halie and I had to return home safely.

Halie placed her hand on my shoulder and urged me toward the car. She slipped her arm through mine and guided me over toward the passenger's side. I ducked my head to get in the small car and watched the small house.

Evan, Lana, and Blake stood on the front porch. They waved silent goodbyes to us but as much as I loved them all, I didn't want to see their faces. I knew I would probably see them again. I knew Lana was strong enough to make it through the series of surgeries and Evan would be with her. They promised to keep in touch. Blake inevitably would end up with Halie. I had a feeling I would be seeing a lot of him in the next couple of weeks.

Aiden was a different story though. I wouldn't be able to see Aiden ever again. I was getting married to my Dad's right hand agent. He came from a wealthy family, as both Halie and I did, and it was almost inevitable that we would end up together. Dad loved Ethan, I did too… at least I thought I did.

I pulled down my mirror and watched the small paneled house in the woods disappear in the cloud of dust. All was quite in the small car and I couldn't believe how much my life had changed in the past six weeks. The house was like an alternate world.

I wasn't even supposed to be at the little house. I was supposed to be at a banquet for some charity but Halie had talked me into skipping it to go shopping. Okay, well she didn't really have to "talk me into it" per say, but she had suggested the idea and I had willingly obliged.

"Can you hand me that CD?" Halie asked pointing to the newest CD in her collection.

"Sure." I said handing her the CD.

She smiled and her smile turned into a fit of laughter. "Can you believe how weird this feels?" She asked slipping the CD into the player. The car pulled out onto the pavement and we took Adien's directions and turned left.

I nodded. "I know really, it's as if these past six weeks never happened." The impact of my words hit me and my heart sunk in my chest.

I frowned looking out the window when Halie placed a hand on my shoulder. "Don't worry Jule, everything's going to be just fine as soon as we get home. Ethan's a good guy. You'll find you made the right choice." Halie's words weren't as comforting as she would have liked them to be.

I shrugged. "Yeah, well we have a three hour drive up to Raleigh so we have plenty of time to go back." I suggested trying to hide the regret of leaving.

Halie didn't comment back. She just turned on the radio and found the station that was always played in the house. She cranked up the radio and 'Summertime' by New Kids on The Block started playing.

Halie took the next turn and picked up speed as we sped through the winding roads. "As soon as we get on 70," she explained, "I'll know where I'm going. Mom and Dad just bought a beach house about twenty minutes from here."

I nodded and leaned back into the seat. The music pounded through the system and an idea occurred to me. "Hey Hal?" I asked.

She reached for the radio and turned it down at a reasonable level. "Yeah?"

"Maybe we should put that beach house of yours to use." I grinned.

The corner of her lips turned up in a smile. "Yeah right." She laughed. "Like your father, or Ethan for that matter, is going to let you out of their sight in the next ten years."

I frowned knowing it was true. Knowing Daddy, he would have a tracking device planted under my skin. Knowing Ethan, I wouldn't be able to leave my house without a bodyguard at all times.

I frowned leaning back into the seat. "You're probably right."

We pulled out onto Highway 70 and into the weekend traffic. She cranked up the radio once more and I watched Havelock pass by us. Evan once said that Havelock should really be called Havenot. The only reason anything was there was due to Marine Air Station located there.

Again we passed through the town undetected. I had a feeling that it wouldn't be long. Knowing Daddy and Ethan, they had cars patrolling everywhere. That didn't even include Halie's Dad's private investigator.

We were passing through New Bern when we sat the blue lights flashing behind us. "They got us." Halie said dryly.

I laughed. "Do you expect anything less?"

She shrugged. "I'm surprised they didn't find us in the house."

There were three taps on Halie's window and she pressed the down button on her window. "Can I help you officer?"

He pulled out a picture and tilted his head. "Halie Lyons and Juliet Baines?" He asked looking from us to the picture.

We nodded. "Yeah, we're just trying to get home officer." I put on the innocent, traumatized victim look.

He nodded. "Uh huh." Then he pulled out his cell phone. "Hey Sarg?" He asked into the phone. "Yeah, it's Dixon. I've got the girls."

A/N: Okay, so I hope you liked it. I kind of started in the middle/later part of the story. The next chapter will explain a lot of what's going on. Anyway, I hope you like it!