It's Only The Beginning

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Chapter 1


It was a cool afternoon. The rain was coming down lightly, but it could've picked up at any moment. Five more minutes, I thought as a tear trickled down my cheek. There I was sitting in my car; alone, cold, scared... I just didn't know what to do with myself anymore. I sat there in the driver's seat, gripping the steering wheel as if my life depended on it. Glancing out the window, I knew that I had to get out at some point... just not yet. Opening up the mirror overhead, I took a look at myself and was disappointed.
"Oh God," I said, sniffling. All the time I'd spent on getting ready had all gone to waste. All the make-up I'd put on was all washed away by my tears that just didn't seem to stop. I looked over at the clock and sighed, falling back against the seat. I need to go in there, I told myself. So, pulling my 'emergency make-up' out, I began to salvage what was left of my look. After wiping off everything that was running down my cheeks, I re-did my mascara and added a hint of blush along with a soft touch of lipstick. Looking back in the mirror, I realized that it was a bit much, so I wiped off the lipstick and took another look. Perfect, I thought, partially happy that something right happened for once. Afterwards, I went to open the car door, but realized it was still raining. So, taking a deep breath, I finally got myself out of the car. Unfortunately, I was so concerned on getting into the building before getting rained on, that I hadn't noticed the young gentlemen walking the opposite direction.
"Oh, excuse m..."
"I'm sorry..."
"That's al..."
"It's just that," I started, but stopped almost immediately. I finally looked up and was completely mezmerized by his beautiful, blue eyes. "Uh... I'm sorry," I apologized. "It's just that..."
"No, no," he cut in, starting to laugh. "It's fine; it was an honest mistake," he said, smiling at me. It was then that I noticed that he had a bit of a southern accent, and it fit him well.
"Um, alright..." I agreed carefully, half-smiling. It was quiet for a few moments and all I could think about was getting out of here as fast as possible.
"Well, I can see that the rain's picking up," the man said. "And I'd hate to see someone get all wet; 'specially if they're looking as pretty as you are," he complimented me. I was too shocked to do anything, but stare. The comment was flattering, but it also angered me. Too soon; it's too soon, a part of me said inside my mind.
"Th... thank you," I forced out, holding back the oncoming tears. "Alright, well... goodbye," I said, then quickly turned and started towards the building. The man waved goodbye to me and turned the opposite direction, then started towards his car, sighing to himself when he realized he'd forgotten something.
"Wait!" he called out, turning back around to me. I froze, halfway in the door, halfway out. I quickly turned on my heels to see him, but was surprised when I saw the distance that had grown between us.
"Yes?" I asked gently. He stood there in the rain, staring up at me.
"I... I never got your name," he simply stated, seeming to be out of breath. Smilng at him for his thoughtfulness, I easily replied, "Rae." Then, I turned and continued on through the doorway, thinking I'd turned my back on him forever.

Josh's POV
Wow, I thought looking at her. She seems perfect, but there is definitely no way she'd fall for someone like me. I hardly know her anyways, I continued, getting into my car. Then, I started back to my hotel.

Normal POV
Later that night I was sitting on the couch back home, watching a love story on Lifetime. When a commercial break came on, I got up and went into the kitchen to grab something to snack on. While I was in there, the telephone began to ring, so I grabbed an apple, found the cordless phone, and answered, "Hello?"
"Hi, Rae. It's me, Melanie," my little sister said on the other end.
"Oh; hey," I answered, smiling. I walked back into the living room and sat down on the couch, asking, "What's up?" It was silent for a few seconds; then... "Nothing really; I was just wondering how you were doing," she admitted. Taking a bite of the apple, I answered back,"Oh; well I actually think that I'm doing better."
"That's good," she said, then more silence. Just then, there was a knock at the front door.
"Alright; well, someone's at the door, so I'll see you tomorrow and talk to you later," I said, standing up and starting down the front hall.
"Okay; take care of yourself," she said, and I smiled.
"Yes mother," I joked. "Love you; bye," I finished, hanging up; then I opened up the front door and noticed that it was still raining. However, it was the man that stood before me that really shocked me.
"Wh... what are you doing here?" I asked, becoming worried.
"Listen, before you kick me out I just want you to hear this," he said, and this time I could tell that he was definitely out of breath. "Earlier today... when I ran into you... I didn't know who you were," he forced out. "But now... I do," he said, looking at me. I was frozen in terror. Who was this man? What does he want? How did he know where to find me? All these different questions were racing through my mind at a hundred miles an hour that I could hardly take it. Gripping the door frame, I took a small step back from him, and carefully asked, "Who are you?"
"I'm Josh," he said, the rain beginning to pick up... and that was all it took.

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