Hey there I'm Ayesa and this is my first fictionpress story. This may be my first story but I've written stories in fanfiction and my fanfiction profile can be found on my profile. So this story is basically about one couple who are encountering relationship problems even though they seem to love each other very much. Meanwhile, a boy struggles with his regrets, problems, and feelings as he watches his first love slip away from his grasp. So far, these couples don't seem to affect the other's relationship, but they will affect each other as time progresses. Hope you enjoy this story :)


Prologue

November 30, 2006

"Are you okay?" a voice asked behind me.
I turned around, my gaze away from the group of laughing kids playing in the grass of the park. I found myself looking at Alyssa, my childhood friend for about nine years already. We're at our friend Hannah's birthday party and now, we both stood away from the rest of the other kids. I smiled at her.

"Yeah. I am," I tried to assure her, trying not to look directly into her eyes which I knew were a mixture of blue and green like an ocean.
I took a risk by glancing at her eyes with my calm but tense ice-blue eyes. The ocean in her eyes was steady but not calm enough which showed that she didn't believe me.

"Are you sure?" she asked, tilting her head curiously like an owl. Her sleek black hair slid over one of her eyes and she casually brushed it aside. I was so used to being around her that I practically know all of her habits and characteristics.

"Yeah," I said, holding back the urge to swallow. But she must've noticed my nervousness, judging from the sudden glint in her eyes.

"Don't lie to me, Cole," she said, more of a reminder than a warning. Of course. Even though she's nine and I'm ten, we both know each other inside out. I sighed and gave up.

"Guess me standing away from the crowd gave it away, huh?" I said and she nodded. "I just like being alone sometimes, that's all."

"At someone's birthday party? You're supposed to be having fun not keeping away from it," she pointed out. "Besides, everyone loves you."
It was somehow true. Even though my frozen ice blue eyes, spiky black hair, and pale skin scared others at first, they learn to like me for my weird jokes and smartness. But other times...

"I guess, but I like to be alone sometimes," I said partially to myself.
"You're ten, Cole, you should spend your time enjoying your childhood while it lasts," she reminded me again. She's always the one to remind me about things.

"Well, you're only nine and you have more friends than I do," I reminded her this time. She smiled.

"Well, you'd have more than me if you actually talked to more people," she said, sticking her tongue out like the little girl she is.

"Again, I like being alone," I said, turning away from her.

"Oh, okay. I'll leave you alone," she announced, already walking away.

If it was someone else, I would've let them walk away. But for some reason, I didn't want her to leave me. She barely walked two steps before I grabbed her hand.

"No, no, don't go," I said somewhat teasing, but in my mind, I felt desperate to stop her from leaving. Her hand felt cool against my hot skin. She laughed a little.

"You know I'm just joking," she said, making me blush a little at me thinking that she was really leaving.

"I know because I know you," I reminded her, looking straight into her eyes that I've known so well.

We stared at each other in a comfortable silence, letting the time pass by us as always. Alyssa always made me remember the good times and forget about the bad. She never minded my randomness and always laughed at my not-so-funny jokes. I never minded her quietness and annoying, nagging, motherly behavior. We've known each other since she was born (I'm a year and about three months older than her), friends since we could walk, and knew everything about each other. We've been together for so long and we get along so well that our friends are starting to think we like each other a lot more than as friends. I used to think that Alyssa being more than as my best friend would be weird. But what's this feeling I'm starting to have around her? Why does it feel like butterflies are flying around in my stomach?

"Why are you looking at me like that?" she finally asked, smiling a little, showing that she was a bit embarrassed.

"I don't know," I confessed, blushing a little. "I like just being with you."

"I don't bother you at all?"

"No, you don't."

She began to blush a little too and nervously ran her fingers through her silky hair. For some reason, I was happy that I made her blush. She cleared her throat, snapping me out of my thoughts.

"We should probably head back," she pointed out.

Don't go, I thought.

"Okay," I sighed.

Before we were close to the other kids, I pulled her back.

"Can I ask you something?" I asked somewhat urgently. I needed to find something first, something to confirm this... feeling that I'm having. She thought about it for a minute and nodded, moving closer to me.

"What's on your mind?" she asked, her head tilted curiously and her eyes shining brightly in the dim autumn sun. Now that I thought about it, Alyssa is really pretty.

"Do you think...we'll always be together?" I asked, my mouth suddenly turning dry.

Why am I so nervous around her...?

I saw her eyes show an emotion I haven't seen before. It looked as if she was longing to say something.

"Of course," she assured, smiling innocently.

"Promise?" I asked, needing to hear her swear it. She looked at me as if she were thinking "Why are you asking this?" But she nodded.

"I promise," she swore.

And that's when I finally figured it out. I'm starting love Alyssa-Bianca Dimalanta more than as a friend.


So this prologue gives you a flashback of how one couple was like before they fell in love with each other. The next chapter will be in Alyssa's POV and gives a very short glimpse on her in the present and her relationship with Cole. Reviews and constructive critism would be nice :)