She parked in the driveway and turned off her car. She sat in the car for a couple of minutes just looking up at the house before getting out and locking it up. Making her way up to the front door, she took a deep breath and unlocked it with the key she has been given. She looked into the empty house, the house normally so filled with life. As she took a step further into the foyer, she felt a memory come up.
"She's here!" he exclaimed, making his way through the foyer towards her with a grin on his face. But before he could reach her, her attention was stolen by the little dog vying for her attention.
She could feel him looking at her while she was rubbing the pup's underbelly. As she looked up, a smile graced her lips, and she moved to give him a hug.
"Hey. Have you been here long?" she asked.
"Not really," he replied, looking down at her.
"Hey let me say hi to your girlfriend!" a younger boy ran over and crushed her in a death-grip hug, "he's been moping around waiting for you, you know."
"Well duh!" she exclaimed as a giggle escaped her.
She gave a soft smile to the empty room just wishing that some life would appear there, that someone would come and greet her, but none came. She was all alone. She dropped her purse on the floor and moved towards the kitchen to wash her hands at the sink. As she was scrubbing the green apple soap into her hands, her eyes wandered to the living room and to the brown couch that sat there.
"I'm so exhausted. I had to wake up at five this morning to make it out to the stables before it got hot," she dropped to the couch and he followed her.
"Thanks for letting me come over with you," he said as he put his arm around her shoulders, pulling her to his side.
"No problem. I figured it'd be a good time to hang out a little, seeing as I'm normally alone here. I feel bad for you though, having to drive out here just for a short bit."
"I haven't seen you in a week. Of course I'd make the drive!"
She smiled up at him as she settled herself on his chest. He was looking at her with that smile again; the one she now knew was reserved for her. He pulled her up to give her a kiss on the temple before relaxing and asking how her morning ride was.
She made her way up the stairs to check on the bedrooms. After looking into the master bedroom and making sure everything was all right, she turned to the smaller room and entered it. Among the mess made by the teenager, she saw their picture. They all looked so happy in it: her, him, and her best friends. Then her eyes moved to the bed. That bed. Her eyebrows bunched together as she remembered that night.
It was dark in the room. She was sitting on the floor with her best friends and he was sprawled out across the bed with his arms brushing her shoulders.
"What are we watching guys?" he asked, looking into the computer screen where the YouTube page was pulled up.
"Have you guys ever seen this video? It's super hilarious," she moved to search the video she was talking about and clicked Play. They all settled into their places and started laughing along to what they were seeing on the screen.
As things quieted down, she heard a shift behind her and felt him place a small kiss on the top of her head. She turned to smile at him and saw that smile on his beautiful face. That was the first time he kissed her. She settled back into his arms as they wrapped tightly around her.
She tore her eyes away from the bed and moved to the window. She could see her car parked out front and could remember her response when he has asked her if she would kiss him. She had given him a hug and sadly proceeded to remind him that they weren't even supposed to be seeing each other.
"My parents don't know you're here with me. I can't kiss you with a clear conscience that I'm once again deliberately disobeying them."
Her words echoed in her mind as it continued to bring up memories after memories of the two of them together. Their first date at the park near her house. The day he asked her to be his girlfriend on her front porch. The times they'd leave class to meet up outside for a few minutes. The first party they went to together. Their first library date. She made her way back to the first floor and caught sight of the big dining table where they had a big fancy dinner the night before one of her best friends left for college. She remembered he had sat across from her and stretched his legs out. Feeling how cold her feet were under the table, he had placed his larger feet over hers so that they would warm up. They had shared a sweet smile before she turned her head to the man sitting at the head of the table to answer his question. Never before had she felt so loved. She had her best friends sitting around her as they laughed the night away. And she had the best boyfriend she could ever ask for.
She gave a sigh as she locked up the house and turned to her car. Her eyes zoned in on the passenger seat as she remembered when school first started. She was driving him back to his dorm after classes and as they were saying goodbye, he had leaned over and shyly kissed her lips. He got out of the car and told her goodnight before letting her drive off. As she had gotten home, she couldn't believe what had just happened to her. She had just had her first kiss. After so much debating and arguing, he had finally taken the leap to do it.
She shook her head and headed towards the driver's side to get into her car and turn the air on.
"There's a reason last summer is called 'last'. A year has passed" she muttered to herself, fiddling with the radio knob, "you've moved on and so has he. It's done."
She backed out of the driveway and drove out of the neighborhood. Her job for the day was done. She had checked her best friends' house while they were on vacation. The house where she had made so many memories with the many great people in her life. She smiled and drove towards her home, knowing she had to get ready for dinner with her friends. The ones who had been there for her after he left her a year ago. She ginned, recalling how they helped bring her back to life after everything happened. She was finally happy.