I looked around the crowded restaurant, searching yet again for a glimpse of Verity's black-dyed hair. She would be wearing her favorite dress, lacy and flowing, with black velvet material and purple ribbons. My favorite as well.
My eyes searched over and over again. Anything to avoid looking at my watch on the table. It glared up at me, reminding me with every tick that Verity was late.
Tick. I can't stand this.
Tick. I've already waited an hour. Should I wait some more? Everyone's staring at me. Is that pity in their eyes?
I love her so much.
Maybe if I'd told her how I feel about her...
After another hour, I finally had to accept she wasn't coming. I beckoned the waiter and pushed my chair out from the table, trying not to take out my frustrations on the flimsy wood. It was then that I heard the murmur, travelling through the restaurant, gaining momentum as it pelted toward me.
"Did you hear?"
"What? What's happened?"
"Oh my God!"
I hovered, somewhere between sitting and standing, as my heart plummeted through my body and hit the ground with a smash. It was made of glass after all. So fragile. Shattered.
I knew, deep within every cell of my body, even before my mind understood the whispers. I would never see her again.
I could never tell her how much she meant to me.
"Verity." I whispered her name, not even sure whether anyone heard me.
Somehow, I managed to reach the street. I stood there, shoulders hunched, with no memory of how I'd made it through the restaurant. Had I crunched the pieces of my shattered heart as I walked?
A new round of whispers. No more, please.
It was the only thing people were talking about.
One word. Ringing in my ears. Getting louder and louder with each repetition. I couldn't shut it out. Couldn't stop it.
I jammed my hands over my ears. Squeezed my eyes tightly shut. But still the word found me, engraving itself deep into my brain. Screaming at me over and over again.
She was only seventeen. And I'd never even kissed her.
I've had so much fun writing this post. While not an actual excerpt from my manuscript FROM THE OTHER SIDE, it does give a little insight into Luke's feelings for Verity. Plus a tiny sneak peek into the plotline of my story (even if it does only touch about 1% of the surface!!!)
This blog fest was started over at Erica and Christy - great idea guys - so head over and check it out...