9 Years Later
Six-year-old Tyler sat in the front of the school bus, where all of the cool kids sat. Even in the first grade, he and his friends wanted to make a name for themselves. Otherwise, how else will the big kids play with them? Tyler Parker had his mother's reddish-brown hair and her sense of humor. He also had his father's golden hazel eyes and adorable smirk. This kid was going to be a heartbreaker when he grew up, and his parents knew it too.
Tyler made a lot of new friends on his first day of school and even talked to some big kids from the third grade. The day couldn't get any better, or so he thought. During lunchtime, he noticed a girl crying at her desk. She was a cute girl with light brown hair and blue eyes that reminded Tyler of the ocean. He grabbed his lunchbox and walked up to the girl who was crying by herself.
"What happened?" Tyler asked, patting the girl's back for comfort.
"I - I lost my l-lunch." The little girl said between sobs.
"You want to share with me?"
"Really? A-Are you sure?" The girl looked at him with her bright, innocent blue eyes.
"Yeah, sure. My mommy made me a huge lunch! She said to share with my friends if I wanted to."
"Are we friends?"
"Do you want to be friends?"
The girl nodded her head. "Yeah!"
"Okay then, friend. My name is Tyler. Tyler Parker. What's your name?"
"My name is Addie Scott."
"Nice to meet you Addie." He politely bowed and shook her hand.
She giggled. "Wow, such a gentleman."
"My dad told me to always be a gentleman to girls. I bet that's how he got my mom to marry him." He whispered the last part as if it was a secret.
The two new friends talked and ate together for the entire lunch period. Eventually, they became really good friends, and little did they know that they would become the best of friends one day - Just like both of their parents were.
6 Years Later
Twelve-year-old Tyler Parker sat on a park bench waiting for his best friend, Addie, to join him and their friends in a game of soccer, just like they did every weekend. While tying the laces on his cleats, he noticed his good friend Colin Nguyen walking up to him. "Yo, Parker! You ready to play or what?"
"Yeah, in a bit." Tyler answered, tying the laces on his other shoe. "I'm waiting for Addie. She said she'd be here in five minutes."
"Oh, right. The girlfriend," his friend teased.
"You know she's not my girlfriend, Colin. We're best friends." Everyone in their class thought that Tyler and Addie were dating, but that was absurd considering they were just friends. Sure Tyler has had a crush on her since her tenth birthday, and Addie had a tiny crush on him too, but neither of them has told each other how they felt. Tyler planned to tell her about his feelings at their eighth grade graduation, but for now, his feelings will remain a secret to everyone but himself.
"I'm just joking, buddy. But honestly, you two might as well be dating. You guys are as inseparable as peanut butter and jelly. You're always over her house, or she's always over your house. You spend every freaking waking moment together!"
"That's what best friends do." Tyler said as a matter-of-factly.
"Yeah, but you two will be dating in no time. Girls and guys can't stay best friends forever, dude."
"Why can't we?"
"Because you -" Before Colin could finish his explanation, Tyler spotted Addie running towards them in her full soccer gear.
"Hey guys," she said. "Sorry I'm late. I had a conversation with mom and dad that lasted forever!"
"What was it about?" Tyler asked, as he grabbed her hand for support and hoisted himself up from the bench.
"Um, I'll tell you about it after the game, okay?" Addie said, tying her long hair up into a mid-ponytail. "Play first, talk later."
"Alright, sounds good!"
When the game was over, Tyler and Addie were the only two left on the field. The two friends were lying on the grass, looking up at the clear sky. "Hey, Ty?" Addie said, rolling over to her stomach and propping herself up on her elbows. "We're always gonna be best friends, right?"
Tyler looked at her and propped himself on his elbows as she did. He slightly leaned his shoulder onto hers and said, "What do you mean? Of course we will."
"Even if we're miles away from each other?"
"I don't get what you're saying, Ad. What's up?"
Addie fiddled her thumbs and looked up at the beautiful, blue sky. "My parents told me that we're… moving."
"You're – what? Moving?" Tyler repeated, surprised. "Where are you moving to?"
Addie looked into his beautiful golden hazel eyes and chewed on her bottom lip before answering, "LA. My dad's company moved him to the branch in California."
"W-When are you leaving?"
"In two days…"
"Two days?" Tyler asked, shifting his weight from one arm to the other in nervousness. "Why are you leaving so early?"
"Dad said that the company is in desperate need of workers and need him there ASAP. I would've told you sooner, but mom and dad just told me about it this morning." She buried her face into her arms to cover up her face, because she didn't want him to see her crying.
After a moment of silence, Tyler finally spoke up. "Promise to call me every day?"
Addie looked at her best friend through teary eyes and nodded. "Of course. We'll video chat every day after school!"
2 Days Later…
Tyler left school early to go see his best friend off at the airport. Holding his favorite soccer ball under his arm, he spotted Addie with her parents in front of the their plane's gate. "Addie!" He called out as he ran over to her.
"Ty!" She waved back, running up to him. "Thanks for coming to see me off," she said when she caught up with him.
"I wouldn't have missed it for the world," he said, pulling her in for a hug. "Promise to call me every day, okay?"
"I will, I promise."
"Come back to Alabama and visit me soon, okay?"
"Definitely," she said through her tears.
He let go of her and handed her his favorite soccer ball. "Don't you ever forget about me, Addie Scott."
She accepted his most prized possession and hugged it. She took off her favorite necklace, which had a small golden soccer ball charm on it, and handed it to him in return. "And don't you ever forget about me, Tyler Parker."
He tightly held onto her necklace and placed it close to his heart. "I promise," he said.
Hi everyone, recently I've been missing the Inseparable and Forever and Always stories, and really wanted to bring it back. So, here is Promises, the third book to the Inseparable series!
Synopsis: Our beloved Faye and Andy have been happily married since we left them off in Forever and Always. Promises is a story about their son, Tyler and his best friend Addie. The inseparable pair is torn apart when Addie's family moves away. Four years later, Addie returns to her hometown, but can't remember anything or anyone – including Tyler. How will Tyler feel about his best friend and first love not knowing who he is? What happens when the two meet again and their feelings for one another are rediscovered? Stay tuned to see what happens in the third book of the Inseparable series, Promises. xoxo, Chelly