My Forever Is You, Book 1: Reunited

By: Ashley Blake

Amy had a huge smile on her face and gave me a big hug when she saw me. “This is going to be so amazing Lauren! We are going to have the best time!” She started to ask me all kinds of questions like who I thought will have changed the most, who would still be living at home, who would be married with kids and on and on. I swear I must have blanked out at some point because I saw her lips moving but I didn’t hear any words coming out of her mouth. All I could think of was that this was really happening and I would be seeing Jake really soon. Then it hit me. What if he didn’t show up?

I grabbed her arm. “Amy! What if he doesn’t show up?” I had a panicked look on my face which I tried to play off.

“Lauren, there is no way that he will not be there.”

I wondered how she could be so sure, but I let it go. If he wasn’t there then it wasn’t meant to be. We cleared security and walked to our gate. As we were boarding the plane my palms became really sweaty and my throat felt very dry. I wanted to have a drink to calm me down but I knew that just one wouldn’t do the trick, so I decided against it because I didn’t want to show up to the reunion   sloshed out of my mind.

I must have dozed off on the plane because the next thing I knew we were touching down in beautiful Miami. I was a bit groggy and the second I realized where we were, panic set in.

“Amy, I can’t do this. I really can’t.” I was terrified and I didn’t want to leave the plane.

“Yes you can, now come on!” She tugged my arm to pull me off of the plane and I felt like a child.

“OK, OK. I’m coming.” I sulked a little bit and she ignored it. I could tell Amy was on a mission and once she got an idea into her head, there was no changing her mind. We’d known each other for 14 years and she had always been like that. I should have known that once I said yes to going to the reunion  , there was no turning back with Amy. The girl was relentless!

After we checked in on the ship, we showered, got dressed and went to look for other people who had already arrived. I’d chosen a beautiful, but casual dress and a simple wedge heel and I made sure my makeup and hair were perfect. I was a nervous wreck. I knew I had let my chance at true love get away from me and today might be the second chance I secretly had hoped for.

We asked the cruise director where we were supposed to meet everyone and she directed us to the lounge area. We ordered drinks, we saw a few people we knew and we chatted and got caught up. I felt a little bit relieved that I didn’t see Jake yet and I was starting to relax. Maybe he wasn’t going to show. I tried to switch my feelings to indifference but I did start to feel a little sad at the thought of not seeing him. Amy saw the expression on my face.

“What’s wrong?”

“I guess I was trying to pretend like I didn’t care if Jake showed or not, but I will be so sad if he doesn’t come Amy.”

“Lauren, he’s coming.” She sounded extremely sure of herself.

I raised an eyebrow at her definitive statement.

“How do you know that?”

She looked down at the floor.

“Amy, what are you not telling me?”

“OK, promise you won’t get mad.”

I hesitated and just looked at her.

“Promise.” Her arms were folded across her chest and she was tapping her foot like a school girl, looking at me with her raised eyebrows.

“Fine, I promise…but very reluctantly.”

“I emailed Jake and told him we were going to the reunion  . He emailed me back and said he would see us here.”

So it was official. I really was going to see him today after 10 years. I felt like I was going to faint.

“Well say something Lauren, don’t just stand there looking like a deer caught in headlights.”

“I’m just nervous, that’s all.” My voice suddenly got very small.

“As soon as you see him it will be like you just saw him yesterday. You’ll see.” Amy had a very mischievous look in her eye. I could tell that she had no doubt that Jake and I would get back together. But I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I had no idea where he was in his life. I didn’t know if he was happy with his professional life and I had absolutely no idea about his personal life.

“I know you two!” I couldn’t quite place the vaguely familiar voice behind me but when I turned around I was surprised to see Adam Franklin. Adam was gorgeous and had a crush on me our junior and senior year and he made no secret of it. Everyone knew that Jake and I were together, but that didn’t stop Adam from asking me out a thousand times.

“Hi Adam! It’s so good to see you!” I gave him a big hug. If there was anyone who could turn my head for a minute away from Jake, it was Adam. He was tall, with dirty blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. His look was the type I used to go for before I met Jake. His strong arms returned the hug and I had to admit that it felt good. He studied my face as he smiled at me.

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