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Endless Summer Nights

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Endless Summer Nights I saw him again. A couple of houses down from our own little bungalow, a family of four was also spending the summer on the island of St. Croix. I yelled at my 12-year old brother to hurry up and slung my backpack over my left shoulder. I've noticed a guy around my age down the street. I didn't know his name but I heard Dave, my step-dad refer to his family as the Williams Family. I watched as Jerry came running out of our beige summerhouse and leaping down the few concrete steps. "What took you so long?" "I couldn't find my trunks," he replied. "Geez, you could've worn something else." "Give it a rest, DeLanna." "Well, hurry up. I wanna get there before it gets too crowded," I snapped at my brother. I quickly walked ahead of him while he slipped his runners on his bare feet. It was only nine in the morning yet the sun was already beating down on my bare arms. I scolded myself for not lathering sunscreen on before heading out to the beach as Jerry and I trudged along the narrow path towards the shore. I wish I hadn't brought such a heavy load of books. The sun was really taking a toll on me. ...read more.


I woke up with the sunlight streaming through my open window. I yawned and lazily made my way to the smell of pancakes and bacon. My mother was in the kitchen cooking up a storm. I said good morning, and went back to my room. I was deciding on whether to wear my halter-top with a pair of cut-offs or a cargo skirt, when I heard a knock on my door. "Come in." I knew it was one of my parents, because Jerry never bothered to knock. He would just barge in like he owned the place. It was Dave. "Hey, what are your plans for the day?" "Nothing much." "Good," he said, grinning. "I wanted to take you and Jerry in town today. I saw something there yesterday that you might like." "Sure. Is mom coming?" "No, she's trying to catch up to a deadline. She's gonna be on her computer the whole day." My mom is a fashion magazine editor. I've always thought that her job was fun except that it required a lot of her time. Dave and I agreed on leaving right after breakfast and I settled on the white jean cut-offs with my blue halter-top. I hurried to the bathroom and quickly took a shower, where I didn't get myself any cleaner, but I got myself wet. ...read more.


He listened so intently to me playing the guitar and stared at me so deeply the whole time that I couldn't meet his gaze. I was more comfortable when we got back to chatting. When I told him I had to go, he offered to walk me home, throwing in an offer to carry my guitar for me. I just smiled and started walking, hoping he would get the idea that I accepted. My thin, spaghetti-strapped, lavender dress wrapped around my body as a gust of warm wind blew my shoulder-length, strawberry blonde hair back. Josh fell in step beside me, and I couldn't help but notice his lean, muscular body. Standing beside him, I could look him straight in the eye. When we reached my house, we stood awkwardly for a minute or two, shyly looking at each other. "I had a great time, DeLanna," he finally said. "Me too," I replied with a smile. "Um, so you wanna get together again tomorrow?" "Sure," I said, suddenly feeling nervous. He put his hand on my cheek then, said goodnight, and was gone before I could reply. He left me still standing in front of my house, my hand on my cheek, the spot tingling at his first touch. I stood there for what seemed like an eternity, watching him walk down the street until he was out of sight. The night went by in a blur and so did the rest of the summer. ...read more.

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