"Ivory?" a man in a gray suit asked. He had sandy blonde hair and dark blue eyes. His skin was lightly tanned and he stood a little less than a foot above me.
"Emmett?" I asked.
"Yeah, I can't believe we're finally meeting," he said pulling a chair out for me at the table. We had met over the internet six months ago. We had e-mailed, texted, and video chatted. The only problem was that he lived in LA and I lived in the outskirts of Seattle.
"So how is chemistry going?"
"Great," I said, "School will be back in session soon."
"It's not what you want though," he said.
"No, but not everyone gets to have a dream come true." I wanted to perform but my parents disagreed. I loved chemistry but I loved performing more.
"But you should. Besides you can't just give up on your dream. One of the reasons I came to Seattle was because my company is expanding."
"Yeah, you told me last week," I replied.
"The next branch is in Orlando," he said, "I'm moving there to supervise for a while."
"A few years, maybe longer, I'm asking though if you want to come with me," he said.
"Come with you? To Orlando?" I asked.
"Yes, I've got a suite in an apartment fifteen minutes from Disney World®. My dream is coming true, I want to help yours come true too."
"It's not that simple Emmett. Yes, they still have casting going on but I'm just not the right person to be a Disney Princess."
"Who says you aren't? You can sing, dance, and you have a gorgeous smile," he said. I blushed.
"School starts soon," I said.
"Take a year off. Come on Ivory, be spontaneous. Have some fun, come with me to Orlando." He grabbed my hands and a tingle went up my spine.
"When do we leave?" I asked biting my bottom lip.
"One week," he said, "I've got a few things to finish up in LA, I'll be here Thursday and we can go to the airport in the morning."
"Okay," I said, "I'll give my roommate a head's up and take a year off." He smiled, so a lot of people would think I was crazy to move clear across the country with a guy I barely knew but I did my background checks on him, no drug or alcohol abuse, stable home life, and he was really hot. Okay, so that one was a personal opinion.
"May I take you to your apartment?" he asked after dinner.
"I'd like that," I said. Later when we reached the door to my apartment I turned to face him.
"So, Thursday?" I asked.
"Thursday," he said and leaned in close, "I'm going to kiss you now." He pressed his lips on mine and put his hands on my waist. I wrapped my arms around his neck and let his tongue explore. You know how in movies whenever there's a kiss there are fireworks? Well I never thought that would happen to me yet it did. We stood there kissing for a while until a phone vibrated, it was mine.
"I'm so sorry," I said.
"It's okay, I'll see you Thursday," he said and kissed my lightly and headed down the hallway. I looked at my phone.
Ivy, your father and I are pleased to tell you that we're moving to the Caribbean. We'll be up to visit you for Thanksgiving. Good luck this year, make us proud. Love- Mom and Dad
I didn't even know that my mother knew how to text. I started to type a reply then stopped. How would they react when I told them I was moving to Florida with a guy I barely knew for a dream that may not even come true? I put my phone back in my pocket and opened the door to my apartment I shared with Gabby.
"You're back! So how was the date?" she asked.
"He asked me to move to Orlando with him."
"Wait, what?" she asked, "What'd you say?"
"Yes," I said, "I said yes. I'm leaving in a week. I'm taking a year off from school."
"How long have you known this guy? Ivory are you sure you want to do this?"
"Yeah, maybe, I don't know but I won't know unless I try. I can't stay here and study for something I don't really want. I've got to go live my life; maybe my life is in Florida."
"Are you sure you want to do this? Have you given it enough thought?"
"We're nineteen Gabby. I want to have some fun for a bit. My parents just moved to the Caribbean. Katrina is still at Yale, that's all their choices; it's time for me to make my own."
"Well if you're cool with it than so am I. So we should start packing." And that's what we did. Over the weekend we got most of my clothing packed. My clothes fit into two suitcases. The furniture came with the apartment so the only other stuff I had to pack was Jell-O, my border terrier. He'd be going in a crate on the plane. Jell-O was lying in his crate asleep.
"Jell-O," I said. He opened his eyes and his ears perked up.
"Want to go for a walk?" I asked. He barked and followed me to the door. I clipped on his leash and headed outside. About a half- hour into the walk my cell phone rang.
"It's Katrina," my sister said, "What's this I hear of you moving to Florida?"
"How do you know about that?"
"I know people in high places," she said.
"You've been spying on me?! I'm nineteen Katrina; I can take care of myself."
"I know that, but mom and dad don't. Why haven't you old them?"
"Oh I don't know, because they'd blow a gasket! I'm going to tell them at Thanksgiving. Look I'll be fine. If I have any problems I'll be going back to school here for spring term. I got to go; Jell-O's spotted a squirrel." I shoved my phone back in my bag and walked home. It was only Wednesday so I was surprised to see Emmett in my apartment.
"Hey," he said standing up. I unclipped Jell-O and she ran to her water bowl.
"I wasn't expecting you till tomorrow," I said and he came over and kissed me.
"I got an earlier flight," he said afterward as we sat on the couch, "We can leave tomorrow morning."
"Good," I said, "Jell-O is the only one I need to pack." She came walking in and looked up at Emmett. She sniffed his hand, lost interest and walked away. I told him that I got her last spring, days before her last day at an animal shelter. He asked if there were any good pizza places in the area and I told him there was one about ten minutes away.
"We'll take my car," he said. I didn't have a car, never had.
"So how is your car getting across the country?"
"It'll stay here, I have someone helping out. When we get to Orlando I'm renting two cars." It suddenly dawned on me that he was paying for everything.
"You don't have to rent me a car. I'll rent one myself once I get a job. The only reason I don't have one now is because my job is around the corner."
"I can't let you take the bus to Disney," he said, "It's not a big deal Ivory, trust me. Is this the place?" he asked. I nodded and we headed into the restaurant.
"Ivory, 'tis good to see you again, how are you?" Louis asked.
"I'm good. It's my last night here, thought I'd go to the best pizza place in the world."
"Are you moving?"
"Yeah, to Orlando," I said. He looked behind me and saw Emmett and nodded.
"I hope you're happy there. A number six?" he asked.
"Yeah, what do you want to drink?" I asked Emmett.
"One the house, Ivory," he said placing the pizza down in front of us at the table.
"Thanks Uncle Louis," I said.
"He's your uncle?"
"No, but everyone calls him that," I said, "He never got to have a family of his own, so the area is his own family." Emmett nodded and took a bite of the Hawaiian pizza. We talked about various things throughout dinner. Places to visit, where we grew up, favorite novels and movies, and our families. Emmett grew up in San Diego but moved to LA a few years ago to finish up business school. Now he owns an expanding company and is twenty- three. He had two sisters and a brother who was going to Ohio State. His two sisters, twins, were both in Chicago.
"My sister is at Yale, studying economics. My parents just moved to the Caribbean," I said, "Here I am moving to Florida."
"You'll love it there. Sun and rain, plus it won't get too cold," he said. I smiled. Before we left Louis', he gave me a big hug and told me to come back for a visit.
When we arrived back at my apartment Gabby talked to Emmett while I took a shower. I quickly dried off and changed into my nightgown, as it was the only thing not in a suitcase. I was brushing my hair out when I was suddenly picked up. The nightgown was black short satin and barley reached my knees, so when he picked me up it rose higher. He was dressed only in plaid pajama pants. From his upper body I could tell he worked out.
He just laid me down on the bed and lied down next to me. He wrapped and arm around my stomach and pulled me close.
"Tomorrow, we'll be in Orlando," he said, "We have to be at the airport at eight." I nodded.
"So how was work?" Emmett asked. Our apartment had cream walls; he was sitting a light blue couch in front of a fireplace. He placed his book down and came up and kissed me.
"Busy, as usual," I said.
"Stressful?" he asked.
"You could say that," I said. He smiled and picked me up. My legs wrapped around his waist.
"I know a way to fix that," he said.
"Oh really?" I asked and he carried me into a bedroom. He closed the door with his foot and pressed me into the bed. I brought my hands up to rest on his neck and stopped. On my left ring finger were two silver rings.
I woke up and I was still in Emmett's arms. I thought the premonitions had stopped. I hadn't had any in over a year. This one was different though, this one showed me happy. I knew this because I felt it inside me.
A/N: So this is the first original story I've published online. Please review with what you thought and if you want me to continue writing. Thanks- Ms. Bell