“Ethan, you don’t understand. There’s nothing to discuss. If Iwere to go to college, I would go to Princeton. And since I’m not goingto Princeton, I’m not going to college.”“Always so stubborn.” He chuckled to himself. I turned my headto look up at him and smiled.“I love you.” He whispered, his breath caressing my face. I closedmy eyes and nodded. His lips hit mine and I weakly responded. Hepulled away and took my face between his hands.“We’re going to forget about this until later and have a goodtime tonight, okay?” I slowly nodded and Ethan helped me off theground.“You need a ride home?” He asked, taking my hand in his.“Yes.” I slid my huge coat on and grabbed my things beforeleaving. My fingers wrapped around Ethan’s knuckles and I marveled athis smooth, warm hands with my fingers. The gorgeous, thick snowflakes fell heavily from the sky, landingon my eyelashes and tangling in my hair. I scampered to the heatedcar and hopped in, breathing a sigh of relief. Ethan reached the car acouple seconds after me and started the engine. I turned the heatnotch all the way up and laid my head back, shutting my eyes.“Snow suits you.” Ethan said, running his finger along myeyelashes. I laughed and basked in the wonderful warmth.“I’ll pick you up around six okay? That gives you two hours to getready. Is that enough?” Ethan asked, backing out of the school parkinglot. I punched his hard arm and rolled my eyes.“I think I can handle basic math and yes, that’s plenty of time.Who else is coming?” I watched the snowfall, taking in all of its beauty.My grandma always said,
“The best things in life are free. So don’t let pass them by. Stop and admire their beauty.”
She told me that beforeshe died and I’ve taken every small thing to heart since then.“Sasha and Greg and Mandy and John.” He kept his eyes focusedon the icy road, going at a slow speed.“Oh, so we’re doing a triple date?” I waggled my eyebrows andturned on the radio quietly.“Yeah, I guess so, but we could always go back to my placeafter…” He suggested. I laughed and sang along to the song. He pulledup to my large house. I unbuckled myself and slumped in the seat.Going into that storm was the last thing I wanted to do, even if thefront door was only a few yards away.Ethan leaned across the seat and lightly kissed my lips.
didn’teven see my response coming. I dove at him, causing us both to endup laying in the driver’s seat, me on top of him, with our feet pressedagainst the passenger window.He chuckled and wound his fingers through my hair, forcing ourlips to meet. I slipped my tongue between his lips and I felt both his